Foreo Luna Mini arrives for testing 3

Foreo Luna Mini arrives for testing
Unpacking the Foreo Luna Mini I sometimes, though choosily, take part in Bzzagent campaigns for products but haven’t for quite a while until I was offered the chance to trial and review the Foreo Luna Mini. The Jazz Vaunted as a ‘landmark skincare device’ it’s similar in ethos to the Clarisonic in outcome however it’s ...

I am listening to

I am listening to
At the moment I’m consuming and looking for new music in a way I haven’t done for quite a while. In part this is because I found my beloved, vintage, pair of Shure E2C earphones which wee all over the current and fashionable Beats, Sennheisers etc I’m also ashamed to say I’m (paying for and) ...

Journalism – current reading

I’m very pleased to be teaching Broadcast Skills this year with the MA Multimedia Journalism students, in part because half the term focuses on radio. On the basis this blog is in part a reference back to stuff I’m doing at work I thought it useful to add some of my current reading. Websites BBC ...

Paris Fall 2013 Disappoints

Paris Fashion Week (PFW), usually the highlight of the fashion week calendar and the last to take place has been a damp squib. No, more than that, it has been a total disappointment. You know it’s a bad situation when, for once, Milan had more to pique interest and show innovation. So what happened? Certainly ...

The discontinuation of scent

The discontinuation of scent
Perfume Something so small and insignificant yet something that makes me feel like, well, me. When I read that Marilyn Monroe wore only Chanel Number 5 to bed I totally empathised; I never leave the house without a scent on. If I do, I run back and put some on. Like a hat, perfume completes ...

Losing my identity; the woes of maternity ‘fashion’

I started this blog because I love fashion and continue to research and collect it. Which reminds me, I need to post about the recent McQueen collection which impressed me. When I found out I was pregnant I was really pleased/terrified/phased but didn’t give a thought about clothes etc….cross that bridge when you come to ...

You are listening to:

You are listening to:
My husband posted me this link http://youarelistening.to which is a website streaming ambient music overlaid with police live feeds from New York, Chicago, Montreal, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Choose your city, tune in and be entranced. I have not found such an amazing site like this for a long time.

A Spring hat habit

A Spring hat habit
I can feel it, Spring is in the air and has been for about a week. The new season colours are in the shops and I’m itching to wear a new pink/melon brightly coloured top. Soon, the train journey will become a sweaty endurance to work and the hat band of my wool baker boy ...

Finally, some drama on the catwalk

Instead of off it. Honestly, this season’s Paris Fashion Week has been far too disturbing with all the antics and headlines. Who provided the drama? None other than Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton; who knew the man did anything other than anodyne bags and snooze-some clothes? Well he obviously felt inspired this season and the ...

Prototypes and samples part two

Prototypes and samples part two
I wrote some time ago about a prototype leather jacket made by Alexander McQueen. The post has been updated to show photos of what the jacket eventually became. Not long after I acquired a prototype McQueen black satin dress which I had hoped could be very occasionally worn as it was mostly finished; only the ...

Less hit, more miss, but she’ll get there 1

Less hit, more miss, but she'll get there
Finally, the collection I had been waiting to see, Alexander McQueen F/W 2011. Some forget what a role Isabella Blow had for McQueen. Not just a champion but a difficult, rude and ostentatious muse. When she died and as McQueen’s star rose in the last few years there was a decline and a certain generic ...

Galliano’s swansong

Galliano's swansong
A low key venue where editors and photographers were just expecting a rail of clothes as the presentation of the Galliano’s F/W 2011 collection turned into a night-club door fiasco. Bouncers selectively let in a baffled crowd all waiting to see what Galliano put out as his unforseen (final?) collection depending on what Toledo decided. ...

Styling killed it 1

Styling killed it
Today was it, the last collection Galliano made for Dior; not that he knew it or that he finished it and boy did it show. The bad: the styling…what happened? It looked rushed, completely inappropriate for the rakish English Victoriana Galliano had in mind. In fact it looked like someone had referenced some lazy Debbie ...

Chalayan gets his mojo back 1

Chalayan gets his mojo back
I have always admired Hussein Chalayan and thoroughly enjoyed the retrospective at London’s Design Museum a couple of years ago. I don’t know another designer who makes simplicity look so luxurious and beautiful. In recent years I have been less taken with his collections; they were disjointed and didn’t reflect Chalayan’s potential he is so ...

Oh John, what have you done? 1

Oh John, what have you done?
I have been undecided on whether to blog about the swift career demise of John Galliano, partly because of all the media tittle-tattle racing around the internet and partly because I have loved his designs for a very long time. Yesterday I received a free humongous bottle of Miss Dior Cherie thanks to participation with ...