Leomie Anderson: The head model in charge!

Leomie Anderson: The head model in charge!

 

Helloo Bloggees and Bloggette’s!

So, I was browsing on Twitter this morning when I came across this article via VOGUE about a Black British model called Leomie Anderson who tweeted blasting the fashion industry and more specifically the injustice of black models never having anyone competent enough to do their hair and makeup at fashion shows.

Basically, black women are not being catered for, and worse yet, they seem to be an afterthought in the industry since the makeup artists they hire (who needless to say are mostly white), are ill prepared and inexperienced to deal with any other model but white. The irony of this is that the very few black makeup artists and hair stylists who they employ can do both!

Leomie has been very vocal about this in her career so far and I think that she is refreshingly bold aswell as beautiful. In her tweets she accuses these makeup artists, who clearly have absolutely no idea how to select or blend for darker skin tones, of being unprofessional, and to be perfectly frank with you I agree wholeheartedly. They don’t even have the foundations required to do makeup on darker skin tones therefore they are ill equipped. They are ill equipped and unprepared and that IS unprofessional.

When I modelled a few years ago I didn’t DARE to rely on the makeup artists to get it right. They used to always make me look like a clown. They just did not have the expertise nor the knowledge required.  I had to bring my own makeup as the makeup artists kit never had the right shades for my skin tone. This is a common complaint by black models and it is absolutely unacceptable. It’s bad enough that they have to deal with the prejudices that exist within the modelling industry but it’s just diabolical that these makeup artists being paid a shit load to make these models look beautiful can only seem to make the white ones look beautiful. If they cannot do the makeup for all models, no matter what their ethnicity or skin tone, then they shouldn’t be employed, end of. And while they’re at it, why don’t they employ more black makeup artists who are efficient at doing all types of skin tones?! Why should black models AND black makeup artists play second fiddle?

It is so infuriating! And Leonie is completely right to shout about it. We ALL need to shout about it because we’ve truly had enough.

When I used to work for the Vidal Sassoon Education Centre, which is where the hairdressers went to train how to do hair, despite touting themselves as being the best in the industry they were clearly INCAPABLE of handling afro hair so I had to get my hair done by my hairdresser in Brockley, South London, who was excellent.

I think Vidal Sassoon were ashamed and jealous of this because when I went into work one day with my newly done hairstyle (that wasn’t done by them!), I had a gang of their Korean students surround me. They were going absolutely crazy about my hair and were taking pictures of me, complimenting my hair obviously thinking that it had been done by Vidal Sassoon. But of course it hadn’t. Vidal Sassoon was incapable of the task. I had also been complimented in the street by a passerby on my way to work. At first I was berated by my manager about having my hair done by another hair salon (needless to say this clearly wouldn’t have been an issue if my hairstyle was just average and didn’t cause such a commotion) but then I was literally frogmarched into the hairdressers chair to get my hair dyed an extremely dull and lifeless brown (it had initially been a beautiful, bright, shiny bronzey-orange colour). They simply could not compete.

The fact is that I didn’t WANT to have to go elsewhere to get my hair done but they were simply not capable of doing afro hair. They didn’t know how to style it, how to look after it, or even how to dye it. This they clearly didn’t want to admit but they didn’t want a random hairdresser from South London overshadowing them that was for sure!

It’s high time the whole industry woke up, because outspoken models like Leomie, fed up with being treated with such nonchalance and inconsideration are just going to keep on speaking out. And I may not do modelling myself anymore but I’m 100% behind them.

Read the VOGUE article here: http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2016/02/18/leomie-anderson-make-up-artist-black-models-at-shows

Leomie also writes the blog The Cracked China Cup: http://www.crackedchinacup.com/

Lustworthy Coffee Table Books

Lustworthy Coffee Table Books

Here’s a list of a few coffee table books that I’ve currently got my beady eyes on.

They say that one’s coffee table book collection is a glimpse into their life/tastes/character so here’s a glimpse into mine:

High Fashion

Dior

Dior Book 2

Chanel

Chanel Book

Tom Ford

Tom Ford Book

Chloe

Chloe Book

Black Beauty

(and it’s namesake)

Black Beauty Book

Vintage Black Glamour

A beautifully done book with lots of unseen pictures of historical black glamour

Black Glamour Book

Perfume

Dior: The Perfumes

Dior The Perfumes Book

A book on Perfumes by the master perfumer Roja Dove

Roja Dove Book

Frederic Malle on Perfume Making

Perfume Making Book

Luxury

The Luxury Alchemist: Love the title 🙂

Luxury Alchemist

Travel

Caribbean Hideaways

Beautiful photography from a beautiful part of the world!

Caribbean Hideaways Book

Provence

One of my favourite places in the world

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A wonderful collection of arctic photography

Antarctica Book

Conde’ Nast

 

Conde Nast Traveller Book

Cats

The French Cat Book

Buddhism & Mindfulness

Buddha Book

Home Interiors

EOS Book

Glamorous Rooms Book

Verandah Book

Nature

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

I recently watched this french filmmaker/journalist/environmentalist/photographer’s documentaries HUMAN and HOME and I was utterly blown away. He has a coffee table book featuring some of his amazing work and I cannot wait to get it!

Arthus Book

One Planet Book

Inspirational People

Oprah Winfrey- her names precedes her

Oprah Winfrey Book

Naomi Campbell

A beautiful collection of some of Naomi Campbell’s best and some unseen work. A collection spanning her decades as one of the most successful supermodels in history. Unfortunately this book won’t be gracing my coffee table as it is extortionately expensive!

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Nelson Mandela – What a man!

Mandela Book

David Attenborough

A passionate, intelligent, wonderful man. I just love him!

David Attenborough Book

And that concludes my list of lustworthy coffee table books! I hope to gift myself with one a month if I can.

What coffee table books do you have that you love? Which is your favourite out of the ones above?

 

Frockalicious!

Frockalicious!

Beach-worthy, Praise-worthy, Lust-worthy Frocks Glooorious Frocks! And I want them all forthwith!

Jen’s Pirate Booty

I LOVE the light, flowing, slightly crushed material on this and the detailing on the sleeves and skirt trim. It’s got a slightly boho vibe and it looks really comfortable too. I would probably wear it somewhere glamorous like the South of France. All of Jen’s Pirate Booty clothing have a similarly relaxed, beachy style.

jens nitro

Lisa Maree

This white kaftan by Lisa Maree is lovely. It looks like it floats when you walk :). Delicate and very pretty – I like. Lisa Maree has lots of other knit and crochet dresses in her collection with patterns similar to this.

Lisa Maree Scene

Tatana Inglis

Backless dresses are by far my very favourite kind and this dress will flatter a nice toned back very well. I really like the pale peach silk material and thin crossed straps and I think it would look particularly good on someone with a tanned or a dark skintone. Nice.

Tatiana Plunge

The Jetset Diaries

I really like the name of this brand. Tis very apt I think, and I would definitely (were I a jetsetter), be wearing this dress on my travels. I know that it looks a little like lingerie (lol), but if you are a ‘lady that lunches’ then you can get away with wearing this kind of attire whilst you’re out and about. Saying that I would probably still find some occasion to wear it as I like it (I just need to locate the funds to pay for it!)

the jetset ruins

McQ

I don’t think I need to say much about this frock as I think it pretty much speaks for itself don’t you? From the McQueen family, reminiscent of one of Mark Fast’s complex dress designs. LOVE it!

MCQ Mesh

Indah

Here’s another label I’ve mentioned before and one I really like. I used to be quite disgruntled with the standard of swimwear design but lately it’s seemingly had a bit of a revival and there are lots of really good swimwear designers out now, including Indah which usually design frocks but have recently embarked on swimwear design too. This particular bikini also comes in white but I think it looks better in this salmon pink colour. I’m loving the contrasting bronze straps.

Indah Hapa Loop

Salt Swimwear

Yes please! Salt Swimwear is another swimwear company with lust-worthy wares. I like this strappy red bikini as it has the perfect combination of simplicity and originality. A very nice red colour too!

salt bailey

Why I love The Delano

Why I love The Delano

 

Yes. I’m back. And yes, I do wish that I was still on holiday alas all good things come to an end (and some things you really really hope don’t) – and this holiday was one of them!

And in particular…

The Delano

To say that it’s better in reality than the pictures in an understatement. As “better than pictures” just doesn’t quite cut it where The Delano is concerned. When I first walked into the hotel on Miami’s South Beach I truly thought that I had died and gone to heaven. It was my very idea of perfection from a dream that I didn’t know I’d had. Though we were actually staying in the beautiful SLS Hotel next door Ian had booked a table in their Italian restaurant Bianca for our anniversary dinner and when we walked in there we were immediately reminded just how well the American’s do luxury. Americans do luxury very well indeed.

The interior design of this hotel combined all kinds of exceptional: It was exceptionally glamorous, exceptionally minimalist and exceptionally elegant all at once. All of these things I seek in Interior Design and yet hardly if ever have I seen it executed as well or as effortlessly as it had been done here.

The entrance hall had triple height ceilings where floaty white chiffon drapery hung and swayed gently in the breeze on either side of a very wide and long entrance. Thick white pillars and dark varnished wood floors completed the feeling of space and light.

Though it was extremely minimalist (with only a few selected items of designer furniture and a transparent grand piano), it was undoubtedly stylish and extremely sophisticated. Large ornate mirrors and flickering lanterns placed on the floor completed the feeling of exclusivity, mystery, luxury and intimacy. In addition to this there was a most hauntingly beautiful citrus scent permeating the air which had clearly been designed especially for the hotel. I was completely in lust.

Walking out to restaurant on the terrace I was again struck by the carefully executed design. It is so hard to get minimalism right without making a place look scarce or feel cold and this designer had done an excellent job at proving that it can be done. And so it was.

Large potted plant pots adorned the wide stone staircase leading to what I like to call “the magical night garden” below. Tall palm trees lined up either side of the very large pool area with cosy private cabana’s and a manicured lawn that occupied a white four poster bed and large canopy.  Fairy lights twinkle in the trees and bushes giving it a wonderful feeling of warmth and a rare, special kind of magic.

So impressed with the design of this hotel was I  (and the fun and fashionable SLS hotel that we were staying in which was designed by the renowned French designer Philippe Starck), that I was intrigued to know who had designed it. Indeed I felt that I needed to know. So I done a quick Google search and found out that the person who designed The Delano was infact Mr Philippe Starck himself! Which would of course explain the cool, effortless Mediterranean chic that was prominent in the design of this hotel.  Phillippe, I salute you. #ISaluteYou

Look See:

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What say you bloggees and bloggette’s?  – Have you ever stayed at or been to The Delano? What did you think of it? Were you as impressed as I?

For Love and Lemons UPDATE

For Love and Lemons UPDATE

 

So, my For Love and Lemons Velvet Vixen Maxi Dress arrived from Revolve Clothing the other day. I was most excited to open up the package and try it on as I had to wait almost 2 weeks for it to arrive and was looking forward to accessorising it for the Royal Television Society Dinner that I’m going to the following weekend. Alas…

Well. I’m just not all that keen on it.

I’d love to tell you how beautiful and amazing, unique, luxurious and glamorous it looked, but unfortunately I cannot. Because when I first opened up the package my first thought was that it was a lovely colour (as it is), but I was worried not only about the very visible front slit seam (which wasn’t there in the pictures on the website!), but also about the slightly baggy fit around the waist area. Of course my concern about the fit wasn’t a definitive opinion at this stage because I hadn’t tried the dress on yet, but I know my body and know how things will fit on me and it looked a little baggy to me. When I got home and tried it on my concerns were verified as the area around the waist was loose. The dress does have a tie string at the back but even when I done that up the dress still looked quite shapeless to me. Also the material covering the breasts doesn’t allow for any cleavage. It just sort of sits over the boob area, in a pretty uninspiring and sexless way. Reluctantly I have to admit that overall the dress looks pretty casual. It’s not high glamour like I thought and hoped it would be. And that’s very disappointing.

I actually have another dress in a similar style (a long red maxi dress with a front slit), which I was going to wear as a back up should this one not arrive in time and it fits much better AND it’s cheaper too. I paid almost £200 for this dress!

My plan is to try it on again tonight, perhaps with the fur stole that I bought to wear with it, or with high heels and makeup and ask my boyfriends honest opinion on it, but I think that it’s pretty safe to say that I’m going to be sending it back to California and asking for a refund as it’s really not what I thought it would be, and unlike some other peoples ways of styling the dress that I’ve seen (leather jackets and biker boots), it’s just not cut out for the job at hand. I have no intention of walking around in a velvet maxi dress with biker boots, I bought it to wear as an elegant evening dress but if it’s not that then it’s gotta go.

 

 

Vixen dress<< You see, NO SEAM across the front slits.

In this picture you can clearly see that her arms are artistically placed so that you cannot see the true shape of the dress. Hmpf. Very disappointing indeed.

 

For Love and Lemons

For Love and Lemons

Look at this frock!

Vixen dress

Gorgeous huh?!

Ian and I have been invited to The Royal Television Society Dinner in a couple of weeks time and I was in much need of a new frock (as ever). I wasn’t too sure exactly what I was looking for but I knew that I wanted it to have glamour, elegance and be unique and thus, I happened upon this beauty. As soon as I clapped eyes on it I knew that it just had to be mine. The dress is by one of my favourite clothing brands, and one that I’ve mentioned to you before: For Love and Lemons. They’re based in California and are sold by an online retail store called Revolve. All of their clothing have the same fun, laid-back, elegant , sexiness that you would expect from a fashion brand from LA, and they always use beautiful and luxurious fabrics for there clothes. I didn’t set out to spend as much as I did, as this dress was pretty pricey, but I reasoned that it was for a special occasion so it was worth getting. Also, the colour of the dress – which is described on the website as being “Sage”, but I think it probably closer to Teal, is wonderful. And unlike other evening dresses this one actually looks as if it might be pretty comfortable to wear which is very important I think. There is nothing worse then wearing a beautiful dress that you have to keep pulling down, or up, or having scratchy/ itchy material or your dress being too tight. I don’t think that we’re going to have any such problems here.

So, the delivery time, considering it’s coming from LA, is 2 weeks, which is reasonably long, but it’s enough time for me to source the appropriate accessories for the occasion. I’m not going to be wearing lots of jewellery as it’s not my style and the dress doesn’t need it but a nice, classy pair of earrings and maybe a fur stole? would be nice methinks. Unlike Nasty Gal, it allows you to prepay your duties and taxes saving you the usual “nasty surprises” when you order an international package and the courier turns up demanding extra cash!

To be continued…

For Love

I know I’m late!

I know I’m late!

But I’ve only just learnt how to do THIS:   Fashion Collage This is my very first vision board and I’m really quite chuffed with it. I came across this website: http://www.picmonkey.com  which allows you to create your very own vision board with a selection of images or you can use your own. It’s great fun as it allows you to put all your favourite things together to create a collage. You can edit the images and add different affects  aswell as add text too. I’m hooked! 🙂 Initially I was looking for something that I’d be able to use to promote my products in a more visually stimulating way and I think I’ve now found just the thing. Now all I need to do is learn how to take better photography! ha!

And now I’m addicted! Look See:

Santorini Collage

Product Collage 2

Rules of a Lady

Rules of a Lady

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This week we’ve been featured on a wonderful blog called Rules of a Lady, cool name huh?!

Rules of a Lady is a young, fashion forward lifestyle blog created by Italian blogger Silvia Cavagnini. She is big into fashion, lifestyle, interior design and infact anything beautiful and unusual and she contacted me recently about doing a collaboration with her. She looks for products that she really likes on websites such as Etsy (where she found me), and then she contacts companies about doing a feature on them. I just happened to be one of the lucky ones. She was particularly taken with my Coconut & Musk Soy candle and my RoseGold Reed Diffuser. A few weeks ago I sent her my very favourite soy candle Apple Blossom and Pear and my Luxury Grapefruit Bath Salts to review and she took a picture of it and left a review here:

Instagram: http://instagram.com/p/uYFreLNofU/

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You can follow me here at Instagram: http://instagram.com/the_secret_scent_societe

 

 

Yes Please!

Yes Please!

The internet is a dangerous thing. Aside from the obvious “dangerous things” there are to be had on t’internet, shopping for me, is one of them. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a shopaholic nor a hoarder (in a lot of cases those can be one and the same!), but I DO like a frock. Evening dresses, Party Dresses, Casual Dresses, Summer Dresses, Beach Dresses, Wedding Dresses, Sexy Dresses, I love em all! I won’t bother trying to pretend that my addiction to clothing only extends to dresses as that would be telling porkies (I also favour bags, jewellery, lingerie, shoes, jackets, jumpsuits, tops etc), but I can honestly say that almost no other piece of attire excites me in quite the same way as when I clap my eyes on a beautiful dress. When I look at the design of a dress, it’s detailing, the material, the movement, the embellishments I get very excited indeed.
Since I’m STILL trying to justify the extortionate prices of the dresses on Nasty Gal and Revolve I am happy to continue doing research into locating a website offering similar clothing at a much cheaper rate (indeed a MUCH cheaper rate considering the last time I ordered from Nasty Gal I had to pay a hefty £65 just in duties and tax alone). As much as I really adore there clothing this is just not sustainable. Right now though, I am eyeballing this hot Nasty Gal dress. I LOVE the front slits, the length of the dress and the white rib detailing. It’s simple but effective Phwooar! It’s out of stock in my size at the moment (surprise surprise), but sooner or later it WILL be mine! moo ha ha ha moo ha ha ha!

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I’ve also got my eyes on these earrings (gorgeous aren’t they?!)

in her nature

And these sunnies (though I might be able to get some similar on Asos. I will check!
sunnies

A lovely summer dress (PERFECT for Greece methinks!)

under wraps dress

Elegant Simplicity..(by the way I must confess this model they have chosen to model a lot of there wares is very beautiful – Nasty Gal also do well in this regard)

curl up necklace

Look see, even there bra’s are on point!

skivvies blooming bra

Do you Dare Footwear!

sheer madness boots

Need I say more…

seine dress

I’m willing myself to be selective about what I purchase despite my intense desire to own most of what I see on there as my funds will only stretch so far. I think I will definitely go for the black dress with the slits (when it is back in stock), and the earrings and the necklace and see how I go!

You must admit though guys, these are pretty nice threads! 😉

The heat of the Sun, the beat of the drum, Croatia here I come!

The heat of the Sun, the beat of the drum, Croatia here I come!

The Suncebeat festival in Croatia “is only a daay-awaay!”

I’m packed and ready to get my party on! 8 days of beach parties & boat parties with the best house dj’s around the world, and endless sunshine!

http://www.suncebeat.com/

Some more good news: I have found another website to rival Nasty Gal! It’s called Revolve and it’s based in California. Yes I know: Another Californian based fashion company. I’m not sure if it’s coincidence or what. They are a much bigger company than Nasty Gal and have been in business for longer and though their clothing is similar and they too are based in California that’s where the similarities end I think. Revolve is like the bigger (and perhaps a tad more refined) sister to Nasty Gal. Where I’ve had numerous problems with the duties and customs charges and general lack of adequate communication and information from their customer services team Revolve appear to have all of this under control.

Firstly, they have a couple of international shipping options including one where you can pay your customs and duties taxes upfront instead of on delivery, saving you time and anxiety (particularly when you are expected to have the exact change!). In addition, if you see something you like and it’s not in your size you can not only request it, but you can also pay for it upfront and request to be notified if it comes back in stock within the next month or ever. This is a very useful service indeed. How many times have you seen something you desperately wanted but it was out of stock and you never knew if it would become available again? – it happens to be the best of us. Indeed it’s happened to me quite a number of times and I have wished that there was such a system as this.
It’s a great perk for their customers and of course, it’s a benefit to them too. It means that their customers stay loyal.

But these are technicalities..the real reason why I like this company is because of their clothes. Well dresses mainly (as you know I am obsessed with dresses). The selection of dresses they have on their site is immense. Not only in size but in quality. There dresses are beautiful! Unlike Nasty Gal they don’t have their own brand, they don’t design the clothes but they have an eye for finding unusual and beautiful dresses with small independent designers around the world (indeed quite a number of my favourite Australian brands are on there), and they are amazing.
I haven’t gone as far as to look at their other clothing (though I’m sure they are of a very high standard also) but I did see their swimming costumes and dresses and that was enough for me to know that they are my kind of people!

Are they cheap? No. Are they reasonably priced? Erm, no, not necessarily. Are they worth the price? I would say so, Yes. It’s not the kind of place where you frequently make purchases but it’s the kind of place where if you’re looking for a standout frock you can find it. If you’re looking for a summer dress you will locate it here. If you’re looking for an occasion dress, an evening dress, a casual dress, you can find it here.

Look see!

Rachel Parry
Raga Tie Dye
Indah
For love and lemons
Dara Lace
Jens pirate booty
Whimsical dress

What do you think of these delightful treasures? Do you like them?

See you in a week or so!