213 Things About Me

Since giving birth to my son in May, this blog has taken a more personal direction. I didn’t think I could get much more personal than my book, in which I chronicled my life with my dad. Writing about him so soon after he’d died was challenging to say the least. I was lucky enough to work with my creative partner, Richard Butchins, who I have collaborated with on a number of projects. Without him, the book would simply not have been written. Richard has made all sorts of interesting stuff, such as producing and directing documentaries, writing novels and making art films. Our latest project is a one-woman, one act play called 213 Things About Me. Richard wrote the script, which he’s also directing, I’m performing the monologue. The play is based on the life of one of his friends, Rose. She was an autistic savant who taught […]

Thinspirations

It has been far too long since my last blog post, when I promised that I’d write about mental health as I think discussing the subject openly is helpful. Soon after I wrote those posts I suffered a bout of mental ill health. I had postnatal depression, followed by a period of bi-polar fuelled mania. Thankfully, I am doing much better now and I’ve settled more comfortably into motherhood. Some people talk about their mental health when they are in the clutches of an episode, as Sinade O’ Connor did in a recent Facebook video. Although I think Sinade was courageous to share her misery at the time she was experiencing it, I don’t feel able to do the same. When I’m unwell I know that my judgement is impaired and I could […]

Girl on the Pull

In my last post, I wrote about my bipolar diagnosis. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who commented and gave such positive feedback. I was a little nervous about laying myself bare, but the response was unexpected and lovely. I will continue with this series on mental health by talking a little more about myself, then go on to comment on mental health issues in a wider context. I mentioned that I have been in therapy since I was 18. To carry on where I left off, it might be useful to talk about my pre-existing conditions that exhibited before I knew I had bipolar. My hope is that sharing my story may be useful to others, particularly as people who suffer from these disorders usually do so in silence. I […]

Bipolar and Me

In a post I published earlier this week, I said that I would be discussing issues around mental health and my own experiences. I hope that by doing so, I might play a very tiny role in reducing the stigma and shame that surrounds mental health illness. In October 2013 I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. For a long time I had suspected that I may be suffering with bipolar. I consulted Dr Google many times and my symptoms were congruent with the diagnosis. I had put off going to see a psychiatrist, as I was frightened of what they might say. I’ve been in therapy since I was 18 and had seen a psychiatrist previously for depression. However, having bipolar seemed more shameful and burdensome than bog standard depression. After a period […]

Back in Business

Last month, I gave birth to a baby boy who we named Charlie. He’s now 6 weeks old and I feel ready to start writing again. I’ve taken a longer hiatus than I intended, but I found during the last few weeks of pregnancy I was unable to concentrate on anything. Even composing a simple text message was challenging, let alone putting together a coherent sentence. I stumbled around in a bovine stupor, wondering if I’d ever be able to think again, let alone write. I feel clear headed now and it’s a blessed relief. I’ve thought for some time that I’d like to alter the focus of my blog. While I still love fashion, I’ll be branching out into other subjects. This isn’t to say that I’ll be abandoning fashion related content. […]

Green Glow

I have daily rituals that make me feel more confident. I enjoy the time I set aside for making up my face; it’s a chance for me to gather my thoughts, listen to my favourite music and prepare for the day. In the last few years, drug store make-up has come along leaps and bounds, and you no longer have to spend a fortune to achieve a wide variety of looks. I like to wear a mix of high-end and high-street, but there are certain products that are worth the investment. Charlotte Tilbury’s stuff is brilliant, and I’ve loved pretty much everything I’ve ever bought from her. I particularly love her Eyes to Mesmerise cream eyeshadow in Verushka, which is a warm, sage colour. I’ve been wearing a lot of warm green and gold tones recently, in an effort […]

Eye of the tiger

Since Adele’s new album launched, her face has been everywhere. I’ve not yet listened to 25 all the way through, but I have a long work-out scheduled at the weekend, so I’ll give it a go then. Music aside, Adele’s trademark 60s inspired makeup, has prompted lots of makeup tutorials on Youtube and I’ve found myself wearing a thick slash of winged eyeliner everyday. The cat’s eye flick is an enduring classic and never fails to look chic, pulled together whilst never being over done. There are lots of options available at all price points. Unlike foundation and skin care, where you usually get what you pay for, eyeliner doesn’t have to be expensive in order to be good. I personally love Maybelline’s gel eyeliner and Topshop’s Magic Liner pen. If you want to […]

Strike a Strobe

Make-up trends cyclical, and the looks which are in vogue now will no doubt appear ridiculous in years to come. Kim Kardashian inspired contouring is often copied but seldom mastered. I’ve have had a go at using pale, matt bronzer to add definition to my bone structure, with mixed success. I’ve just about got the hang of it now, but there are some images on my blog that make me cringe. The tell-tale streaks running under my cheek bones and around my temples look grubby, when I was aiming for sculpted. I’ve never attempted the full-on Kardashian, primarily because I don’t like to go that heavy with my base and I think it’s very tricky to get right. To do it properly, you need cream products that are two shades darker than your natural skin tone, and two shades […]

Pale and Interesting

I have not had a suntan in over a decade. If memory serves me correctly I tanned rather well, but I didn’t enjoy baking in the rays. I tried the solarium  a couple of times and I hated it – it felt like a coffin on the sun. It became clear that exposure to sunlight, real or manufactured, wasn’t for me. Every summer I smeared fake tan all over my body and my face. When I did it myself I looked grubby and orange. I’m also not a keen on the biscuit smell associated with home tans. I had a few spray tans in a salon. The result was better, but I found it inconvenient, costly and sticky. I heard of a home tan service where a beautician rocks up at your house, pitches a tent and sprays your […]

Juicy Orange

Summer seems to have finally its act together and for me, the warmer months are synonymous with orange lipstick. A summer statement lip calls for a fresh, dewy base and light definition around the eyes. I have recently become a fan of Taylor Swift. I know I’m a little late to the party, but I think she’s fabulous. She owns her emotional messiness and expresses herself honestly – my kinda girl. I’ve been listening to ‘Shake it Off’ on repeat. Again, I’m a late adopter but I care not. Eborian BB Creme Au Ginseng Dore Clinique Air Brush Concealer Nars Radient Creamy Concealer Charlotte Tilbury Rock’n’Kohl in Barbarella Brown Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara Urban Decay Eyeshadow in X Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square Bourjois Little Round Pot Cream Blush […]