Wednesday, 29 October 2014

My tips on staying stylish for Hush

Those lovely people at Hush asked me to take part in this month's Stylist's View. Think I might be looking a wee bit too smug about it in the photograph, though. Anyhow. I've answered the Hush style Q&A and picked out some of my favourite winter pieces; like the lovely Honeycomb scarf (£40, available HERE) the Quilted Sweatshirt and Coated Biker Jeans. Hush is the home of Casual Glamour and so there was plenty of gorgeous stuff to choose from.

Michelle Coat, £190, available HERE. Winter Stars Jumper, £75, available HERE and Coated Biker Jeans, £79, available HERE. And the parka is £170, available HERE.

And here's a bigger picture of the Quilted Sweatshirt, now £33.75 in the sale, available HERE, and the Leo Print Scarf, £35, available HERE. Oh and Hush are offering 10% off everything not in the sale with the promo code OCTEVENT.

Wrap up warm.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Helen Mirren: the new face of L'Oréal

In a genius move, French cosmetics giant L'Oréal has signed up Helen Mirren. How fabulous is that?! I've written a feature for the Guardian; read all about it HERE.

What do you think - has the beauty industry finally wised up?

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Inspirational Women: Kristin Scott Thomas

Kristin Scott Thomas has quit the silver screen for the stage. As a fan of her French films -  I've Loved You So Long and Leaving (not to mention earlier blockbusters like Four Weddings and The English Patient), I'm not sure how I feel about that. But Hollywood's loss is London's gain, and I have been fortunate enough to see one of my favourite actresses several times at the theatre. Most recently on Friday night in Electra at the Old Vic. Scott Thomas plays Electra with such an intense passion from the offset, that after an hour and a half of rolling around in the dirt you'd think she'd be completely exhausted. But, no. The 54-year-old actress seemed to be genuinely energized and uplifted by the audience's response. A standing ovation, of course.

And Mr That's Not My Age would never forgive me if I didn't give a shout out to the actor Peter Wight who plays a servant in Electra and is one of the hilariously hapless policemen in the Blog Widower's favourite comedy series Early Doors. Crime won't crack itself...

There's a great profile of Kristin Scott Thomas in the Guardian here. I was interested to read a comment she made last year on older women in film:

'I'm still asked to do leading roles in France, never in the UK. Never, ever. People ask me why, and I don't really know apart from the idea that in France people are less afraid of older women, or getting old. Why is it in the Anglo-Saxon culture that age is taboo?'

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Ines de la Fressange x Uniqlo: Part Deux

As I completely missed out last season, I've been keeping my eye on the Ines de la Fressange x Uniqlo autumn collection. Et voila! A new delivery of fabulous patterned shirts and tweed jackets est arriveé.

The tweed jackets are very reasonable, and very Ines. I think I prefer the dark green tweed jacket - though the dark grey herringbone version is oh-so chic, £89.90, available HERE:

The shirts are pretty fab. The polka dot flannel style is popular, hurry there's only size xs left. Available HERE for £29.90

Red cotton lawn print, £29.90, available HERE.

Oh and this patchwork cotton check shirt is now reduced to £14.90, available HERE.

C'est tout.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Mustard Yellow Coats & Clark's Desert Boots

That's Not My Front Door

I've been banging on about colourful winter coats for so long, thought it was about time I put my money where my mouth is. Actually, I say my money… this Cos cover-up was an impromptu gift from the ever-generous Mr That's Not My Age. Bless him. So, there we were having a local coffee (me in my autumn coat, chandelier earrings, hair tied back) when a friend of a friend exclaimed, 'Blimey, you look like royalty.' I laughed, managed not to spray soya latte all over my new jacket and prayed that she meant Grace Kelly, not Princess Anne.

If Cos has sold out of the mustard yellow, collarless coat, there's always the warm honey Margit from Toast, £275, available HERE or Boden's citrine Lottie coat, £132.30, available HERE.

And did you notice my new, slightly pointy Clark's Phenia Desert Boots? (£79, available HERE) I think they look quite Parisian, don't you?