Saturday, 30 August 2014

Magic Wire: Triumph’s Service to Womankind

It gets to the end of the working day and you've got an exciting evening ahead of you. You’re going to a party at the Ham Yard Hotel, which you already know is a haven of gorgeous armchairs and linen walls. It’s all going to be wonderful. But something is wrong. Something is poking into your sides like a niggling buzzkiller. The pain is not inconsiderable, and promises to worsen. It’s your bra wires. Okay, maybe you didn't hand wash it like you were supposed to, but that is no reason for this kind of punishment. Taking the bra off is not an option, unless you want to scare the nice(ish) people of Soho with your exhausted, swinging baps. Painful as they are, those bra cups are the best place for them.

Fortunately, the party I was attending was for Triumph, celebrating a new product launch, ‘Magic Wire.’ Along with the ubiquitous foodie treats and wine, there was the promise of a bra fitting. Just the idea of removing my double-cupped torture garment made the tourist-laden walk from Piccadilly Circus tolerable.

The Triumph showcase was in a private suite and some gorgeous models of varying shapes and sizes showed off the latest collection. A deconstructed bra was on display, too. The new styles are completely wire-free. Support is offered by a silicon insert which, unlike metal, is completely flexible and comfortable to wear. It’s so flexible, in fact, that as Triumph’s head of product design demonstrated, you can actually tie it in a knot (a statement which immediately reminded me of the song ‘Can you tie them in a knot, can you tie them in a bow, can you wrap them round your neck like a smelly rotten egg,’ immature, I know).

All joking aside, this is an impressive invention. I was initially dubious about the level of support this silicon insert could offer – could it really rival metal? My doubts were laid to rest in the fitting. After casting my evil boulder holder to one side, I slipped on the new Triumph Contouring Sensation bra. Not only did it fit me like a glove, it was the softest things I had ever experienced. I learnt that was down to the ‘Lycra Beauty’ fabric it was made up of. It looked sexy, and felt it too. There was a slight gap between my boobs and rib cage (everyone knows a well-fitting bra should sit flush to your ribcage in the middle) but I was assured this was the correct fit for this style.

I went home a very happy girl indeed, with the bra in tow. To this moment I have no idea why I didn’t wear it home, but it made it all the more blissful the next day, and worked a treat under a T-shirt. I fully intend to buy the whole range and suggest you do too. The collection is reasonably priced (around £38 ish for a Magic Wire bra) but I would have happily parted with much more. But don’t put your prices up Triumph, with Magic Wire you have done a wonderful service to womankind. I salute you.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Mulberry Loves Wilderness!

Mulberry hosted an exclusive English picnic at Wilderness festival in Oxfordshire to celebrate the UK launch of the new Mulberry Cara Delevingne Collection. Celeb guests joined Cara inside the secret Walled Garden. 

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Grease be Gone

You know that feeling when you wake up in the morning? At best, a bit groggy, at worst, zombie-like. Sometimes, your skin feels sticky and you don’t know why. You cleansed, toned and moisturised like a good girl the night before (or at least gave your face a quick swipe with a moisturising wipe when drunk) but after a night of sleep, it still feels a bit icky and greasy. I wasn’t sure why, or how to combat this feeling until I attended the Vichy event at the Ham Yard Hotel last month.

I had been looking forward to visiting the Ham Yard for a while (it came highly recommended by a particularly glamorous friend of mine) and it didn’t disappoint.

The instant I stepped inside, I realised I wanted to live there forever. Everything was pink! There were neon lights from God’s Own Junkyard! The chairs were upholstered with African-style prints in fluro brights! Safe to say I was excited.

Pushing my interior design enthusiasm to one side, I tried to focus on the real reason I was there: the launch of Vichy’s Normaderm Night Detox. Ham Yard has a built-in cinema (nice) and myself and Vichy’s other guests enjoyed a presentation as we sipped our drinks and munched popcorn.

In a nutshell, as you sleep, oily skin works harder than any other skin type. Sebum is overproduced, leaving you with that oil slick feeling in the morning. Your skin tries to renew itself, working twice as fast as it does during the day and already oily skin produces three times more sebum than normal skin types. Normaderm is powered by ‘revolutionary double-edged technology,’ tackling sebum with a potent combination of detoxifying and purifying ingredients. Eperuline, LHA, Salicylic Acid and Hepes mix with mattifying Perlite and absorbing powders to give you a smooth, matte complexion well into the day. The results are proven – 93% of women noticed an improvement in their skin’s quality.

During the day, I’ve been using Vichy’s ‘Global Anti-imperfection Hydrating Care’ moisturiser which is non comedogenic (won’t clog your pores) and paraben-free. I've found that the two products work incredibly well when used in tandem.

I was surprised at how effective Normaderm Night Detox was – I’m always overloading my skin with rich night creams and it has actually been a refreshing change to use a lighter option. Similarly, switching to a lighter day cream has really made a difference to my skin this summer – it has definitely felt less oily and greasy.

Back to the cinema: after we watched the Normaderm presentation, we were treated to a surprise viewing of film classic Grease! It was a fun end to a brilliant, informative evening.

Ham Yard

Two of my favourite things: cocktails and skincare

Just in case there was any doubt

Gorge lamps

Note to self: paint zig-zags on walls

Tasty popcorn is a must for any cinematic experience, as Vichy well knows

The new Normaderm range, available at Boots

Skincare steps to success

My friend Olivia gets into the swing of things

Amaze chair

The presentation in the cinema

I went with the 3 in 1 cleanser - it makes a great mask

Grease in the word

Love the opening sequence to Grease with the Bee Gees!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Gorgeous Graffiti

I love working in Old Street for many reasons: Pret, Itsu and Pod being the big three. A close fourth is the amazing street art. I'm very much in love with this fabulous piece which is slowly emerging outside Village Underground. Not sure what it's for, but the highlight of gold makes my walks to and from work all the more pleasurable.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Facing Summer

I used to love it when my face got brown. First the bridge of my nose and under my eyes would turn pink and then go a soft fawny caramel in a couple of days. Did it make me look healthier? Yes. Was it harming my skin from a young age? Yes.

Now I know that natural tan = certain wrinkles, I am taking extra precautions on holiday this year. I’ve stocked up on factor 50 for my face (I’ve got tubes from Skinceuticals, Kiehls and Caudalie ready for the suitcase) and have turned to fake tan (in the shape of Xen Tan) to get a summer glow from a bottle this time. I’ve actually started using the SPF in Britain every day now, as you’re always reading about how those damaging rays can even penetrate heavy cloud. I’m not taking any chances. Here are the products I’m using:

Caudalie Soleil Divin SPF50
This fabulous moisturising formula makes your face feel velvety without any stickiness.

Simply carry out your normal skincare regime and smear this cream over the top of your moisturiser (or use in instead, as I sometimes do). It's a bit sticky but I actually find this helps my foundation to cling better. I just finish off with a dusting of powder.

A high-protection sunscreen with a silky smooth consistency. It feels like a bonus skincare stage rather than a chore. 

Friday, 27 June 2014

Jacky Tsai

I’ve been to a lot of exhibitions lately, but it has been a while since I have been truly wowed by an artist but Jacky Tsai did exactly that. I was browsing on the internet (as you do) and came across the most amazing golden tree painting with Superman and other superheroes flying from its branches - a piece called 'Fly me to the Moon.' Tsai is inspired by traditional Chinese craft. You might recognise his skulls - he designed Alexander McQueen's famous motif.

I saw his work at the Scream gallery in Soho - that exhibition has finished now but keep an eye on his blog for news.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Ooh Tiki Tiki!

Ebbing ever closer to thirty, I decided to make the most of my last ‘twenty-somethingth’ birthday and hit ‘Handy Joe’s Tiki Bar’ in London’s Kingly Street (just off Carnaby Street). The footie was on, so the place wasn’t as buzzing as usual, but it was still lots of fun.

 There are many different types of rum on offer, and my guests and I sipped refreshing mojitos and creamy pina coladas throughout the evening. A DJ was playing upstairs, so once we’d oiled the wheels, we hit the dance floor until the clock struck 12 and it was time to move on.

 It’s free to book a space ay Handy Joes, and if you’re looking for a lighthearted evening with a taste of the exotic, this is the perfect place to go.  It’s nice and central, making it easy for everyone to get to. 

Handy Joe's Tiki Bar