The motto for the day… #trying
Photo: Teen Vogue
Jourdan Dunn has been named as the new face of Maybelline and it’s not only exciting news for one of the fashion industry’s most beautiful, articulate and professional models but another score for women of colour.
My love affair with roses began decades ago when myself and my cousin would plunder our Grandmother’s rose bushes to fuel our fledgling perfume business. Petals were squashed, jam jars recycled & the products of our cottage industry would generally remained untouched.
Insomnia and nostalgia led to me research the right way to make rose water- the beauty-boosted H20 which soothes and heals skin making it the perfect balancing toner whilst its conditioning, moisturising and apparently growth-stimulating properties (it promotes blood flow and nutrients delivered to the scalp) makes it a hero for afro hair.
Sophy Robson & her team of talented nail techs will be collaborating with Beats by Dre for a special NAILS DRENCHED IN COLOUR event on the 25th - 27th of April.
Click the link to book your FREE manicure, head to 2 Percy Street, London, W1T 1DD & where you can enjoy tunes, Beats Solo headphones & more.
See you there!
Photo: Business of Fashion
Its more established counterparts may have been treading the runway for considerably longer, but that hasn’t stopped Australian Indigenous Fashion Week celebrating the success of its first foray into the global fashion calendar. The schedule of shows from designers such as Wild Barra, Mimi Designs and Ticia showcased traditional inspired batik prints, woven fabrics, hand-printed silks and street wear featuring feathers and shells alongside textures and tones which mirrored their Aboriginal and Torres Island ancestor’s native surroundings.
LOVE, BAKE, NOURISH, Amber Rose, £18.99 (amazon.com) Since becoming switched onto the benefits of following an alkaline diet and trying to avoid grazing on general C.R.A.P (carbonated junk, refined sugars, artificial shit and processed food), I’ve tried my best to tweak the recipes of my the sweet treats that it’s proved challenging to abstain from.
Coco Mangāi Barbadian Sunrise Face Scrub & Mask, £19 (www.cocomangai.co.uk)
I’m desperate to replay the heavenly fortnight that myself and my best friend spent on the island of Barbados what seems like a trillion years ago where we soaked up the island’s sunshine, culture and hospitality while spending unashamedly touristy days sipping on rum laced mango smoothies and listening to a soundtrack of Rihanna and Chaka Demus & Pliers.
Oils: There’s really not that much to get our heads around anymore, not now, not as over the last 5 years these decadent formulas that were once the preserve of day spas, health food stores and J-Lo videos have trickled their way into the mainstream.
There’s a new man in my life.
I spotted him online last summer.
It’s beyond love. My friends and family adore him.
He soothes my soul, makes me smile and lifts my day like nothing else.
He may be demanding; a drain on my finances; have some highly questionable bad habits thanks to his ex and have his eye turned by hot bitches, but hey, nobody’s perfect and for me my Bichon Frise, Louis’, definitely a keeper.
If you’re looking for a similar style of unconditional love that boosts your health and happiness then research suggests that it might be worth giving Tindr a miss and visiting your nearest dog rescue shelter:
Beyonce, Out, May 2014
Photography: Santiago & Mauricio
"There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality. There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims. Women are so much more than that. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist—whatever you want to be—and still be a sexual being. It’s not mutually exclusive."
Beyonce talks sexuality, feminisim and the beauty of imperfection to Out magazine for its annual May Power issue
'Nail polish for tans', uh-huh, it's a thing and it's on the way just as spring slides tardily into the season of popsicles, espadrilles, bikinis, Aviators and sun-kissed golden skin.
'I am particularly proud to represent Lancôme's unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself,”
Lupita Nyong’o has been announced as the latest Lancôme brand ambassadress (sound the klaxons!) and the seriously major beauty news has been enough to jolt me out of the slumber of semi-retirement!
Joining a stable of famous faces including Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and Julia Roberts- despite Dominica’s Arlenis Sosa modelling for the brand, Lupita Nyong’o is the first woman of colour to become an actual Lancôme ambassadress- an accolade that’s previously alluded seasoned celebrities and stunning supermodels.
On announcing Lupita Nyong’o as the latest Lancôme brand ambassadress, the beauty behemoth explained to WWD that it was the Kenyan actresses’ unique beauty, heritage and talent that made her the perfect candidate for representing the French cosmetics company.
Oh Solange, Solange, Solange… while your contemporaries were dipping into the dressing up box, your insouciant take on anarchistic theme meant a halo of curls which embodied the anti-establishment sensibility that defined the 1970’s. Along with a dreamy, statement-making mane Solange proved her punk credentials with inky black nails and a midnight blue twist on the kind of sooty eye make-up once blearlily daubed on by patrons of CBGB.