Sunday, 27 March 2011

topshop nail varnish

While having a rummage in Topshop the other week, I came across their nail polish range, and was particularly struck by the shades. For those like me who like colours on the dirty side, you won't be disappointed, and it's nice to find these tones so accessibly. At £5 a pop, it isn't the cheapest range you can find on the high street (and without the 3 for 2 offers that you're used to with brands like Barry M), but they do come in sets of three and four nail polishes in selected shades, and in very cute packaging, which, let's face it, always helps.

I limited myself to a bottle of Spotted Pig, a dusty plum colour, and Airplane, a pillarbox blue

The website claims that the polishes are "fast drying, extra long wear with lasting glossy finish and perfect coverage". Surprisingly, I completely agree. Brilliant for on-the-go application, the first coat particularly dries incredibly quickly, and the formulation's staying-power easily beats that of my other nail polishes, namely Barry M and Rimmel. I've already got my eyes on World End, Moving Ends, Hunting and Play For Keeps to see me through to the Summer. Not that I needed yet another excuse to venture into Topshop...

Thursday, 24 March 2011

in memory of elizabeth taylor

In May of last year, Elizabeth Taylor posted on her Twitter in commemoration of Lena Horne, expressing her grief that "one of the most beautiful women in the world passed away today. Her dignity and grace and talent shall be remembered forever." It's now that we can all say the same about her. Not only will she be remembered for her extraordinary beauty, remarkable talent and resilient strength, her memory will continue to live on through the millions of people she's helped in her dedication to HIV and AIDS charities, raising over $100 million in her thirty years of activism for the causes. A true example of beauty, both inside and out.

"I've been through it all, baby, I'm mother courage."

images via vanity fair

Saturday, 19 March 2011

mary-kate and ashley olsen: US vogue, april 2011

Ever since the days of Two of a Kind, the Olsen twins have been an image of inspiration, and being tiny myself, I often take a lot of fashion influence from them as we have very similar petite frames. Anytime they feature exclusively in an interview, I get a tinge of excitement, as it's rare that the public get an insight into their usually low-key and concealed lifestyles. The feature on them in US Vogue's April issue is no disappointment, featuring quotes from friend and muse Lauren Hutton, and a particularly charming anecdote told by Carey Mulligan. The photographs show a softer, different side to the twins that we don't often see, and I particularly love how they agreed to rewind ten years in their matchy-matchy stilts-in-pyjamas shot.

images via dauphine at the fashion spot