What is it called when two bloggers meet and communicate through the old fashion medium of chinwag-over-a-cuppa?
So it was when fellow Vogue blogger and most graceful girl about town Erin O'Connor sashayed by Bruton Towers for a shodding. Erin in 130mm heels - someone needs to invent a new unit of measurement to do justice to those legs!
Also, must give a mention about Le Corbusier at the Barbican - my pick of the current exhibitions. The goggle-binned polymath still gives any young architect a touch of the vapours. Uncompromising and conceptual he was often disregarding of human beings in his thinking (let's flatten half of Paris and build identical tower blocks - err, non let's not).
Despite this, Swiss architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris - as he is otherwise known, is still hugely influential and inspiring. He paints; he sculpts; makes furniture and designed the most beautiful church of the last 100 years. (www.barbican.org.uk/lecorbusier)
I attended a rather curious event last night. A fashion show in the Canadian Consulate on Grosvenor Square. The event was in aid of the charity Women for Women International and organized by Browns’ all powerful Mrs B. It is testament to her powers of persuasion that she had not only convinced the Canadian Ambassador to remove most of his furniture (into the bedrooms upstairs I was told) but also to have corralled model royalty (Stella Tennent et al) and most of London's top design talent to donate their work and time. I donated shoes from my Spring Summer 2010 collection and a signed sketch, whilst Henry Holland threatened an evening at the Paramount Club in his lot, along with a lacy ensemble from his SS10 collection modelled by Peaches Geldolf. All in all the evening raised over £84,000 for a very deserving cause.
...and this was the view from my shoe factory in Italy.
Feels almost unreal. We turned up for work on Monday at our new home at 19 Bruton Place. It’s perfect. Shop on the bottom, showroom and press office on the first floor and offices on the top - originally designed by über architect Eric Parry. As we spent the day settling in, Erin O’Connor drank mint dulips in the bar below with the SHOWstudio team. As we've always said, Bruton Place - it's the place to be!
Just back from New York where I went to see Sienna’s play, finally!! To say I was completely blown away would be a major understatement...
I saw it with Fran Burns and this is what went past while I was waiting for her....
And yes, I did have a McDonalds....Only a milkshake so that doesn’t really count....does it?
And then we went for dinner…
Last weekend, our executive editor Fiona Golfar was invited to a wig party. This we HAD to share:
“After the inital "shoot me now" response I thought I would embrace the concept and rushed round to trusty Daniel Hersheson who wigged me up in a Sharon Stone-esque number! Daniel has been in the business long enough to remember how it was done in the 60's, and pinned the piece so tightly to my head it woud have stayed on even if I'd been dragged across the dancefloor by my golden locks! (Which, might I add, I was not).”
Tempted? Hershsesons are launching their own range of wigs right now...
We're always keen to add another brilliant online beauty website to our bookmarks and dollyleo.co.uk, which launched this week, has firmly won its place. It is the virtual extension of the fantastic Edinburgh beauty boutique DollyLeo and we're already hooked on its witty content and smart design. Click on the site's 'Beauty Bore Blog' and you can post your own product reviews.
Or if in Edinburgh visit DollyLeo, 22 Raeburn Place, tel: 0131 315 2035
It's been exactly two weeks since we tested the new Shellac manicure from Creative Nail Design which proclaims to last for - you guessed it - 14 days, and we can confidently say it is utterly chip resistant. For one member of the team who spectacularly fails to make a standard manicure ever last for more than 48 hours, Shellac's emergence is nothing short of life changing. Unlike a thick gel, it paints on as thinly as a varnish and sets under a UV lamp so the finish is super flattering, and yet unlike normal varnish the formulation retains a faultless, high-shine perfection whatever you submit it to. Amazing, non?
We love to visit Marian Newman's protégé David Barton at Percy & Reed, 157c Great Portland St, W1, for Shellac manicures, £35, tel: 020 7637 4634.
So to Selfridges today to see mother-and-daughter duo, Jerry Hall and Georgia Jagger, to talk… Well… Sunscreen. They were there to introduce us to a new Australian suncare range to be introduced exclusively in the store, Invisible Zinc. Both were waxing lyrical about the brand, which they have used for some time and love it so much that they wanted to lend their support. Jerry’s must-have is the Environmental Skin Protector, £18, (for the reason that it protects against smoke!) and Georgia’s favourite is the super cute Tinted Lip + Cheek Balm, £15 (because it’s make-up and suncare in one – what’s not to love?).
Buy them on the new retail section of the Selfridges website that launched a few weeks back: www.selfridges.com/en/StaticPage/InvisibleZinc
For more information about the brand go to: www.invisiblezinc.com