Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Cos Spring/Summer 11

It's no secret that I'm a huge Cos fan; I rave about it to anyone that will listen.
However, I took a friend in the Oxford Street store to break their Cos-virginity recently, and felt personally responsible when we both walked out empty-handed and a little disappointed.

Please don’t despair, as I’ve just browsed through their spring/summer collection and it’s fantastic. As we come to expect, there are some great easy-to-wear, minimalist pieces in classic muted colours. These are perfect for bridging the gap from day to night, and work wear to out-of-hours. My personal favourites are the black high-waisted trousers (above), and long-sleeved v-neck dress (below). I can’t wait until pay day to start shopping!

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Interview with make-up artist and hair stylist Zoe Walters

Can you introduce yourself?

Hello, I’m Zoe Walters from Cambridgeshire, and I'm a make-up artist and hair stylist.

How did you get into make-up artistry and hair styling?

There are quite a few hairdressers in my family, including my mum, so my love affair with hair started as far back as I can remember. However, I didn’t realise that hair should have been my career path from the start. It certainly wasn’t the obvious choice!

Instead I carved a corporate career for myself at a young age but I never felt truly inspired. I knew I had to do something which allowed me to express my artistic side; and that’s when it happened. I met celebrity make-up artist Lou Page quite randomly, without knowing exactly who she was, and I jumped at the chance when she gave me an opportunity to go on set and see how it all works. I was hooked and got professionally trained right away!

Who are your clients?

My clients can range from fashion designers and photographers, to producers in music, fashion, and TV.

What are you must-have items in your make-up bag?

Laura Mercier illuminating tinted moisturiser, Bare Escentuals mineral powder, Clinique lash power mascara, Sisley eyebrow pencil, powderazzi blusher trio by Benefit and several Urban Decay pallettes for eyes.

If you had to recommend investing in one look what would it be?

Mineral powders are underrated. They can be used to even skin tone, cover blemishes, contour and define. You can go overboard by using too much, but my advice is to apply lightly and make sure you tap excess powder off. This will help to achieve the fresh faced look, and achieve youthful and glowing looking skin.

What is your desert island product?

That's a tough question... For good skin care you need to use a good SPF moisturiser in your make-up. However, it’s a toss up between mascara and mineral powder - I just can't choose!

Which looks are you championing this spring/summer?

I’ve always love a smokey eye, it's timeless. Try working the S/S colours on the eyes with a matt nude lip for daytime. It's a versatile, fresh and youthful look.

An evening look can be made more intense by ramping up the eyes and lips in a darker colour.

We’ve just celebrated London Fashion week, in the past what has been your favourite catwalk look?

One of the trends this year was a very dark eye with full red glossy lips. Very intense and dramatic on a catwalk. London Fashion Week isn't just about the clothes anymore, it's the entire look.

The opposite of that also works well, blending eye and cheek colour in a bright tone, it inspires a more playful, futuristic look.

Finally, what other projects do you have in the future?

I've started filming a new TV show which will be aired on SKY in May/June, and I’m working on two major catwalk shows overseas.

I am also opening a make-up artistry academy for the new generation of professionals with my business partner. There’s a lot to learn both artistically and commercially in becoming a make-up artist which will be incorporated in the courses.

If that isn't enough, I'm aiming for a mainstream festival and a film towards the end of the year. Phew!

Thursday, 24 March 2011

YSL S/S 11 Collection

This beautiful video features the YSL S/S 11 collection. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
Shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin under the creative direction of Stefano Pilati. The video was set in the gardens of the 1930s Villa Bled Roknine in Marrakech's Palmeraie.

Pick Me Up, Digital Art Exhibition, Somerset House

I recently attended the launch night of Pick Me Up,
the digital art exhibition at Somerset House.
It was the best exhibition that I have been to in a long time
and I'd highly recommend it to you all!
The exhibition featured twenty top digital artists,
whose work was on sale to buy there and then.
The work on display was both of a high quality and extremely varied.
I loved the live screen-printing demonstrations,
the fact that most of the artists were on hand to discuss their work
and the digital art medium,
and best of all the DJs hiding in various corners.
Visit Pick Me Up until 27 March.
Live screen-printing demonstrations
Artists working at exhibition, all artwork then went on sale that night.
Live feed of artists drawing on projector stream.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, March 2011

Last weekend I went with the boyf to the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park.

It was my second time visiting the fair, and I wanted to enjoy it as much as I had the time previously, but unfortunately I found it a disappointment.

The fair just felt very disjointed this time, with the various artistic genres juxtaposed, and the quality letting it down.

Next time it would be great to see the genres grouped into sections, making it a customer-friendly experience, and also a higher standard of art.

I assume that the stands are filled by whichever gallery offers their money but there really ought to be a panel that judges each application on its own merit.

It’s a shame as I think that art can often be very exclusive so events like this really open it up to the wider audience.

Fingers crossed for next time!

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

WAH! Nails Leopard Print

This weekend I dropped in on WAH! Nails on the Kingsland Road for a birthday nail art treat.

I love WAH! Nails and their daring designs, and they created a striped leopard print effect for me which I love!

Ps. Please excuse the claw like photo...

Monday, 14 March 2011

Stolen Girlfriends Club

I've been doing a lot of browsing online recently as I'm growing more and more uninterested in my A/W clothes.
One label that I keep on coming back to is Stolen Girlfriends Club.
I love the wearable and easy-going nature of the Kiwi label;
it's both minimalist and effortlessly chic.
Here is a selection of my favourite designs from the collection, however I couldn't choose just one...
I can't wait to shop the collection soon, and will be heading down to Start Boutique to check it out!
What are your thoughts of the collection?

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Happy Birthday!

Today is my birthday!
Despite getting a year older (which obviously saddens me greatly), I still relish the prospect of a fortnight's worth of celebrations and self-bought treats. I have celebrated in a perfectly gastronomic way today, with the three c's: cappuccino, croissants, and cupcakes. If only every day were like this... Finally, I'd like to thank Stevie Wonder and Michael Eavis for their special words. Please note how tone deaf Michael Eavis is, it's hilarious!

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

T-Shirt and Tails March Loves

Affordable Art Fair – A great place to browse art, discover talent and of course, pick up a bargain or two. Paris Fashion Week highlights – From Chanel’s post-apocalyptic show to McQueen’s chilling ‘The Ice Queen and Her Court’ collection; It was incredible week for fashion.

Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – Gil Scott-Heron’s first album in thirteen years, produced by music darling of the moment, The xx’s Jamie Smith. A fantastic collaboration.

Holly Fulton scarf for Asos – Celebrating Fairtrade fortnight, love the art deco skyscraper print. Definitely one for my wish list.

Yunis & Eliza jewellery – Scupltured jewellery never looked better. A name to watch out for!

Clocks go back – Dust off your summer clothing and get ready for evenings spent in a pub garden. British summertime officially begins on Sunday 28 March. Summer here we come!

Monday, 7 March 2011

Mary Katrantzou, London Fashion Week A/W 11

As you may have already guessed, I am a big Mary Katrantzou fan! It has been my favourite show at both London Fashion Week S/S 11 and A/W 11, where both collections were heavily influenced by household interiors. Last year's show Katrantzou labelled 'the room on the women', whereas this year was entitled 'the women in the room'.
The prints in Katrantzou's recent show were just beautiful from the floral patterns on the knitwear and trousers, to the ming vase-inspired panels on the waist of the long, flowing, luxurious skirts. I just can't wait to see what she has in store for us next season!

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