Posted by Kay.
Forward by Susannah, a friend of ours who visited Beirut recently and met with some of the Syrian women who are among at least one and a half million people who have been forced to leave their homes and flee to camps in Lebanon.
Hearing her experiences while there were precious and fascinating, I was hearing stories untold by the media who are no longer even there. And like many places in times of war, fear and displacement, she discovered a community longing for creativity, passion and expression.
One of our favourite brands Bobbi Brown is partnering again with Smart Works, a non-profit that helps out-of-work women find employment by providing them with a set of interview clothes, styling advice, and interview training. Proceeds from the Pretty Powerful campaign will help maintain the two Smart Works centres in London, and help Smart Works to open more centres around the UK. That’s Pretty Powerful, and makes you Pretty with a purpose—100% of the £19 cost (less VAT) of your Limited Edition Pretty Powerful Pot Rouge will be donated to Smart Works* – the chosen charity for this year’s Pretty Powerful Campaign in the UK
Fashion can really push people’s buttons.
Once upon a time, top magazines such as Vogue and Bazaar were rather conceptual vessels that would sit, like coffee table books within the homes and waiting rooms of the well-heeled or those who’d quite like to be. They were aspirational and therefore never expected to represent ‘real life’ as such. As for catwalk shows, the exclusive presentations of Haute Couture and even Ready-To-Wear were an industry spectacle to inspire the editors, and to influence and attract buyers. They were not the twice a year celebrity fro-frenzy, multi-level industry we see today.
Posted by Kay
It’s been a whirlwind for Thandie this last few months and while I type, Thandie is flying from L.A, to Toronto to shoot Season 3 of Rogue. Just before saying bye to the kids this morn, I got her to give me the skinny on the FABULOUS MAKE-UP job she did at the Vanity Fair/Oscars party last night.
Thandie has beyond mastered the smokiest eyes in town and I’ve decided to be big about it-I’m letting go of how much she didn’t need me (at all) and I wasn’t going to let her disappear into the on-set ether without telling you how she got that look.… Read more...
Posted by Kay, inspired by Thandie’s Instagram last Tuesday…
While While in my Uber en route to The Second Marigold Hotel premiere (Thandie’s hubby Ol Parker was the screenwriter) last Tuesday, I checked our instagram and saw that Thandie had posted the above self-portrait with strategically placed Jolene Creme Bleach while getting ready at Claridges Hotel in London.
I giggled to myself because I too had ‘dealt with my tache’ that day with my method of choice-Nair Facial Hair Removing Cream and having not seen Thandie since January, I loved that we were on the same wavelength, or rather, tache length.… Read more...
Post by Thandie
Nick Cocozza brings his counter culture wit to easy-to-apply design sets. From the many manifestations of Bowie, to a spectrum of fabulous misfits. These are mini statements that make ‘the finger’ a whole new deal! All you need are scissors, water and a top coat. Get busy!
Follow them on Twitter @DIY_nails #diynailcals
Post by Thandie
‘Jurlique‘ – organic by name (it’s a combo of the founder’s names) and nature (the duo combine botany, horticulture, biochemistry and naturopathy). I came across the skincare range when I was shooting Mission Impossible2 in Australia 16 years ago. Back then the bottles were milky white with simple blue writing.
The ingredients had been harvested and combined with utmost care, and were elixirs for the skin that felt sacred enough not to want to waste a drop. By regular standards they were expensive – but appropriately so.… Read more...
Posted by Kay
Last November, I flew to NY to visit Thandie in the midst of filming The Slap (and nursing her boy..).
I’d bumped into the marvellous Lucy Yeoman (Editor-in-Chief of PORTER magazine & Content Director of NET-A-PORTER) a month before in London along with her enviable team: Ezzie Chidi-Ofong, Vassi Chamberlain and Liam Freeman. There followed a fabulously fun powwow with NetAPorter TV and Video Editor Ezzie and –bang- it was organised.
Cut to a divine Greenwich Village Townhouse, a roomful of our favourite designers courtesy of NetAPorter Style Editor Tracey Taylor, Ezzie holding it ALL together while directing us beautifully, plus Ben Skervin on hair and handfuls of helper-outers.… Read more...
Posted by Kay
“What I loved about shooting these diverse women was that not only are they all exceptionally talented, which was really inspiring, but they were all really comfortable in their own skin.
When asked the question for the film, ‘What does beauty mean to you?’ they all had really intelligent and insightful answers. I deemed from them that being yourself, and being more than happy by being yourself is what beauty means, and that is truly powerful stuff.” Photographer Nicole Nodland.
When one of our favourite UK Sunday supplements – Stella Magazine (from Sunday’s Telegraph newspaper) asked Thandie for an interview, she suggested tagging along a beauty shoot with some ideas we’d been wanting to showcase -and so we joined forces to create the pictures below.… Read more...
from a recent post-but if you missed it, read all about her here.
We’re both so pleased to have discovered her brand, Thandie has been raving about Skin Polishing Powder and as I type I’m using her Mask Supreme for my rather fatigued skin which Antonia calls a ‘7 in 1 product’, read all about the superb active botanical ingredients and what they do here.