“Value yourself for what the [traditional mainstream] media doesn’t – your intelligence, your street smarts, your ability to play a kick-ass game of pool, whatever. So long as it’s not just valuing yourself for your ability to look hot in a bikini and be available to men, it’s an improvement.”
― Jessica Valenti
Boy, do I love an underskirt. Though underskirts ooze ‘party dress’ appeal, I love to toughen up ridiculously girly garments with boots and this dress is perfect to do so with. I seem to wear these little boots for most of the day and, for evening, simply trade the boots for heels and throw my hair into a messy updo (in this case, to show off the peter pan collar).
What I Wore:
Chi Chi London Kellie Dress (there are lots of great party styles in LittleBlackDress.co.uk‘s Christmas dresses collection here).
Even&Odd grey ankle boots from Zalando
Cashmere socks (similar here)
Waxing is one of life’s most universal and necessary evils. Even boys are in on the game now. Natch, the curse of supply and demand means we are now inundated with decisions to make on the where-and-hows of hair removal.
Not particularly faithful to anyone in the waxing world, London’s newly-opened Wax in The City may be a gamechanger. Though the eight-year-old brand itself is internationally renowned, the Kings Road location is Wax in The City’s first location in Britain. All Apple-store chic with smooth, minimalist lines, the branding is something to applaud.
With the idea of being a no appointment “walk-in service”, it’s all about quality and efficiency. There may be no facial-cum-massage-cum-waxing packages available, but Wax in The City is not designed to be a spa. With all of their waxing specialists (or ‘Depiladoras’) trained at the flagship academy in Berlin, the highlight is on their strip-free warm wax formula. The wax is a 100% natural formula based on high quality natural beeswax and is only available to Wax in The City. It is, strangely, the best smelling wax I have been around and the closest thing to pain-free that I have experienced.
With men and women welcome, I wouldn’t be surprised to see everyone I know popping in on a lunch break or two over the next few months.
With news of Alexa Chung joining forces with Eyeko to create an eye-popping collaboration collection I came to a realisation: I’m addicted to Eyeko.
Three quarters of my ‘daily face’ products are Eyeko. With a swipe of Skinny Eyeliner in black, a coat of Black Magic mascara, a brush-through of brow gel, and a few dots of BB cream (FaceKo for the future?), I’m a walking advertisement.
Not only that, but many of their other products are in frequent rotation in my MUA kit. Their Liquid Metal eyeliners in Rose Gold and Black Onyx are waterproof wedding staples and beautifully pigmented. The liquids of all liquids, and perfect companions to Eyeko’s lengthening Skinny Brush mascara (Bambi eyes in a tube). Every bride I have given a tube of Skinny Brush to has been converted; thanks to pro-vitamin B, the formula promotes growth and prevents lash breakage in the weeks running up to their wedding, while it creates smudge-proof peepers on their big day.
Last but not least, the secret weapon: Eyeko’s Black Magic mascara in Midnight Blue. The pigment makes all eye colours sparkle while the brush shape pushes each lash into a come-hither curl.
Peace, Love, and Eyeko.
Shapewear, sculptwear, and ‘problem-solving’ lingerie are all notoriously unpretty. Though the majority of pieces are not designed to be seen (ahem, cop out), the likelihood that they will be – all hoisted and nipped into Victoria’s Secret Fashion show perfection – is huge.
I found my new favourite piece of problem-solving lingerie in the treasure trove of the M&S website. Having a pretty large chest for my frame, I find any off the shoulder dress or top hard to wear. Since there is no pretty way to say it…strapless bras have a knack of slipping to my waist. Not a good look.
With this gorgeous piece, you get shapewear that supports a strapless bra (detachable straps) and stops it from shifting. Available up to a DD cup, the garment fastens at the gusset, is underwired, trimmed with lace, and creates a sleek silhouette all the way down to the invisible panty line.
I can comfortably bare shoulders for the first time since puberty. Can I get a “hell yes!”?