Wednesday, 29 January 2014


I've hardly been subdued when it comes to declaring my love for Chloë Sevigny. So, it'll come as no surprise that I got very excited when I came across the trailer for her latest film venture, The Wait. 

This film by M. Blash is a follow-up to his 2006 debut feature Lying. A film about siblings Chloë Sevigny and Jena Malone that has a soundtrack from Austra and Owen Pallett, and features the artwork by Jeffrey Deitsch, sounds like a film I want to see!

Tuesday, 28 January 2014


I rarely talk about beauty products and like to think I’m fairly low maintenance. If I remember then I will use toner and body oil but sometimes it’s a quick soap and water situ and that’s fine by me – there’s little an emergency face mask can’t clear up right. I get about two to three facials a year and that keeps things ticking over. Anyhow, I’ve been asked to share what I use and stand by so here you go…

Smells amazing, feels amazing, natural and lasts.

Can get this from stalls, online. I struggle with shower gels and have regular allergic reactions so this is a safe bet and smells so clean (which is good).

When the winter chill leaves your nose redder than Rudolph’s this does the trick.

Started using this when I was about twenty and have rarely had any skin outbreaks since. This is a must.

Oily faced people rejoice. This mops things up nicely and is super gentle.

Certainly not cheap but for those times when your eyes sockets re darker than Helena Bonham- Carter’s post lash this is a miracle worker.

A lifesaver for anybody with long thick hair.

Same as above.

I love rose oil and this smells amazing.

Another anti-aging product. This is just the right thickness to soak in overnight without leaving a layer and it leaves my skin feeling softer come morning. Oh, and its’ £1.99 from Aldi.

I’ve been using this for years (judge away) and it’s good. Soothing and seems to work as I should be worse considering the amount of frowning and squinting at computer screens I do all day.

Yep a proper old lady product but I love the smell of lavender and this helps me to sleep.

Smells not too much and it soaks in well.

Yep pretty old school again but I love a good musk and this one’s super floral.

I buy mine off a lady on Greenwich market but you can get it from loads of places. I don’t have to moisturise everyday but use this as a luxurious top up once or twice a week. It helps with dicolouration, flaky elbows, nails and has a comforting subtle smell.

I don’t tend to wear foundation everyday as I prefer to let my skin breath but this is easily my favourite as it’s light and non – greasy.

Lovely colour, subtle consistency and it smells lovely.

I’ve been using this for contouring for years and it’s great. It’s matte nad not as sparkly as other brozers which I prefer.

I don’t need to explain why.

I am a bit obsessed with my eyebrows but they do frame the face and when you have good brows you can get away with less slap. So no apology here. I couldn’t choose between these two because they’re both excellent.

Another product I’ve been using for years and it must be good to cover up my eye bags.

I find mint a bit much in the morning so I’ve started using this and it’s working a treat.

Chanel No. 5 

So there you have it. Please note, these all suit me (oily skin, long thick hair, sensitive skin) but everybody’s different so it’ worth looking into what suits your hair and skin type.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014


The bags you get at Beara Beara (available here) are and certainly look beautifully crafted. Crafted from robust cows-hide in Bolivia no less and by a skilled range of craftsmen. The embossing and tapestry is just some pretty stunning icing on a masterfully baked cake. In short: they're amazing. 

This label, launched in September 2011, is definitely a front runner when it comes to unique looking HIGH quality bags that will become everyday staples. They're also on a pretty accessible pricing scale when you consider the level of quality and the cost per wear you'll get from the leather.The added bonus is that purchasing these bags is a kind of show of support for craftmanship and quality, which is important in a time where things are being treated as increasingly disposable. 

I went to see a watch repairer the other day to get my 60's Timex wind fixed. He was like Mr Geppetto but from Pakistan rather than Italy and surrounded by cogs, bezels and crowns rather than puppets. His tiny workshop behind Shepherd's Bush market it enchanting but also made me sad to think how few and far between these skilled people are. Re-sole shoes, have a silver smith fix that necklace and buy and love items that are well crafted - that's my 2014 mantra and I'm kicking it off by purchasing one of these bags! 

I'll be sharing some more skilled crafts people's work over next twelve month's so keep your eye's peeled.

Friday, 17 January 2014


RIP Trigger. I live in Peckham and regularly drink in the pub Only Fools and Horses writer Sulllivan used to frequent and it's made me even more enamoured by that great show and in particular the character Trigger. Roger Lloyd-Pack was a great actor and also an incredibly stylish chap. 

London Collections Mens took place last week and London Menswear is currently showing in Paris but chaps (and chapettes), for real style inspiration look to Roger...

A flamboyant lapel and clashing prints.

Rocking the accessories.

Great colour and great beard.

I think Miuccia Prada saw this pic...


A year later he inspired D&G...

Also other types of inspiration...


Friday, 10 January 2014

FILM | 2014

Here are a few of the films I’m planning to catch in 2014…

A film co-starring two of my favourite current actresses Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchet, this adaptation of Patricia Highmsith’s novel is about a young department store assistant who falls in love with an older women. Directed by Todd Haynes who has previously demonstrated a nack for parred back but stylistically unique film making with Dylan anti-biopic I’m Not There. The acting should be good, the plot’s intriguing and the

Only Lovers Left Alive
I love Jim Jarmusch, his scuzzy urban depictions starring awkward angular characters and with bluesy soundtracks totally float my boat. I also love vampires and Tilda Swinton so I am going to be practically (note: practically) wetting myself when going to see this.

Of come on! We’re all curious about Trier’s latest sex fest right?

While We’re Young
Baumbach’s Frances Ha put a smile on my face so this director’s third collaboration with Greta Gerwig and second with Ben Stiller has me rubbing my hands together. Greenberg was underrated and, in my opinion, one of Stiller’s better films (along with Reality Bites and The Royal Tenenbaums). It also stars Adam Driver and Amanda Siegfried and looks set to be one of 2014’s more interesting comedy offerings.

Winter Sleep
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia may have Distant but Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan had us already taking notice with earlier films Clouds of May. Set amongst the spectacular scenery of Cappadocia, if his earlier films are anything to go by the this films should be visually stunning.

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Swedish director Roy Andersson's latest film has a hefty title.
20,000 Days on Earth
Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth in this documentary which has been nominated for Sundance. Directed by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, who met at Goldsmiths, nad have collaborated as visual artist for years they have been working with Cave for years on multiple projects. This is the latest instalment.

Nuna (A Boys Sister)
I’m quite partial to a bit of Korean cinema and this one’s a typically oddball tale about a woman who can’t go out because she’s scared of rain as her brother died on a rainy day who forms a bond with a young boy who threatens her with a knofe when they first meet. Yup.

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson films are and I’m not using that word sarcastically, I mean they’re nice in the same as angel delight and spooning, in the comforting sense. Moonrise Kingdom didn’t really get my heart all of a flutter, despite the presence of Bill Murray, but the trailers for his latest are looking like this could be the pile of fun we’ve been yearning for from this kook of a director.

Spike Jonze's latest has an interesting plotline. Divorce falls in love with a  computer operating system and even though the concepts quirky and potentially socially poignant it’s going to take a really good director to stop this being slow. Jonze’s  good right?

La Sapienza
French director Eugène Green’s new film got its name from  one of Borromini’s most extraordinary projects: the Sant’Ivo church at La Sapienza in Rome and is a love story between an architect, expression and inspiration. Should be intereting.

The Lobster
A film set in a dystopian future where finding a partner is a matter of life and death is an intriguing but potentially depressing plot. The film is directed by Giorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth) so this should be a very unsettling watch starring a strong cast Lea Seydoux, Jason Clarke, Ben Whishaw and Olivia Colman.

The Cut

It stars Tahar Rahim…. Oh, and it’s directed about Head-On's Fatih Akin and about evil…

Sundance Festival picks...

Alive Inside

Michael Rossato-Bennett's documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen over three years as he tries to prove his theory,that music can unlock memories. It's fascinating and pretty moving.

Marilyn Myller

East London animator Mikey Pleese has already won and a Bafta for his short The Eagleman Stag and this looks set to be equally as impessive. On top of his game this hap.

Life Itself

Now sure how I forgot this crowd funded film about film critic Roger Ebert on my first round up.


Eagerly watching friend's bands appear on fellow Cheshire entertainer Chris Sievey's Frank Sidebottom's Proper Telly Show on the Manchester station Channel M is one of my pretty prominent memories of being a student in Manchester.The fact that Fassbender plays the big headed character quadrupled my excitement over this film even if you can't see his face. 

The Skeleton Twins

This appeals for two reasons; 1. Kristen Wiig is proving to be a pretty good actor. 2. The plot in which two estranged twins cheat death on the same day and start to build bridges could be interesting if it doesn't get overly sentimental. 

03/02/14 - Update

Here are some more...

Yves Saint Laurent

This biopic from Jailil Lespert about one of the most important figures in Paris has the approoval of Laurent's partner Pierre Berge. It's going to be worth a watch for the incredible clothing alone.

52 Tuesdays

Aussie director Sophie Hide has a distinctive documentary style and her latest film about a teen whose parent is undergoing gender reassignment is an interesting exploration of how we understand identity.

Free Range 

I really like Estonian director Veiko Õunpuu's style. His visuals are bold and his tone dark and cynical This film about a guy who gets sacked for (rightly) slagging off The Tree of Life then finds out his girlfriend's pregnant is a winner.

Beauty and the Beast

The fact that I'll watch anything starring Vincent Cassel and once endured Le Apartment as proof of this aside, a remake of this old classics always going to be intriguing. I previously mused over this tale and the various film versions.