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Why Madame LA LA will change the way you look at fake tan, Health

Why Madame LA LA will change the way you look at fake tan

Nicole Dash Jones, a British-born beauty entrepreneur whose new Madame LA LA range promises something different to most other self-tan products on the market. It’s not that its inherent biscuit smell is near unnoticeable, or that it boasts a foolproof streak-free formula, but rather that it offers up a totally different shade to its competitors – it gives you an ‘LA glow’.

By | Health | Thursday, 29 May 2014 at 8:47 am

Her Outdoors: salad leaves and flowers, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: salad leaves and flowers

The people who had my plot before me created an intricate design, like an old-fashioned potager, that I have tried to stick to. I’ll admit it would have been easier to get a wheelbarrow down a central path with equal-sized beds either side. But this maze-like design makes it look bigger and is also more [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 4:55 pm

Gucci beauty, or Kering’s attempt to pretty up an ugly drop in profits, Fashion

Gucci beauty, or Kering’s attempt to pretty up an ugly drop in profits

Back in February, Gucci’s parent company, Kering, announced a drop of 95% in net profits for 2013: €50 million (£41 million), down from €1.05 billion in 2012. In addition, Gucci reported its slowest quarterly sales growth in four years for the final three months of 2013. Like-for-like sales were up just 0.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2013. The label’s cosmetic line will launch in the fourth quarter of 2014. Coincidence?

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 20 May 2014 at 5:02 pm

Nicolas Ghesquière’s sublime Cruise control, at Louis Vuitton, Fashion

Nicolas Ghesquière’s sublime Cruise control, at Louis Vuitton

An Abba lyric once name-checked the principality of Monaco: “So I must leave, I’ll have to go, To Las Vegas or Monaco.” The song was called Money, Money, Money, and Misses Fältskog and Lyngstad intended to net a fortune on the roulette tables. Louis Vuitton came to Monaco this season, the implication being they also wanted to make a bomb. That implication came from the fact that Vuitton were showing Cruise.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 18 May 2014 at 12:10 am

Modi and the BJP crush Congress in massive Indian election victory, Opinion

Modi and the BJP crush Congress in massive Indian election victory

India is about to experience its biggest ever change of national politics and of government style and policies with the unprecedented country-wide landslide victory for Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition, and the decimation of the Congress Party that calls into question the leadership of the Gandhi dynasty.
The latest forecasts for the result of India’s general election, [...]

By | Opinion, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 16 May 2014 at 8:32 am

Children’s book blog: Ask the poet – James Carter, Arts

Children’s book blog: Ask the poet – James Carter

Rebecca Davies speaks to the poet James Carter

By | Arts, Notebook | Thursday, 15 May 2014 at 12:00 am

Oil and Water: Chanel, Dubai, and the retail phenomenon of “Cruise”, Fashion

Oil and Water: Chanel, Dubai, and the retail phenomenon of “Cruise”

There’s a trend right now for fashion houses to show the collections we still dub Cruise in far-flung locales. I’m writing this in the airport in Dubai, following Chanel’s show; a week ago Dior Cruise-ed to New York and chugged us from Manhattan to Brooklyn on a chic branded ferry; last summer, that house showed in Monaco, coincidentally the site of Louis Vuitton’s inaugural Cruise show this weekend.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 13 May 2014 at 10:04 pm

Ibet: Tight First Leg Could Be On The Cards At Falmer Stadium

Only four sides have drawn more Championship games than Brighton this season and a stalemate looks a live runner in tonight’s first leg play-off tie against Derby County.

By | Notebook, Sport | Friday, 9 May 2014 at 4:41 pm

Cruise 2015: Plain sailing from Raf Simons’ Dior, Fashion

Cruise 2015: Plain sailing from Raf Simons’ Dior

It’s odd seeing a Dior show in New York. Namely, because it all feels so very Parisian. Actually, it’s Parisian per se – which conjures up images of chi chi little pied-de-poule suits and veiled hats, baguettes, breton stripes, clipped poodles, that ooh-la-la Francophile shtick – but reminiscent of the Dior we see in Paris. There was the same stripped-back set, this time an expanse of white catwalk and a metallic mirrored backdrop reflecting the scene like an idealised Hudson River. We were watching Cruise, after all. The real Hudson was more Dior grey than mirror, in reality, but even that fitted the identity of the house.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Thursday, 8 May 2014 at 2:47 pm

Via the World: The transition from ‘normal life’ to expedition life is tricky, Notebook

Via the World: The transition from ‘normal life’ to expedition life is tricky

Indy blogger Sarah Outen is a British adventurer, on a mission to loop the planet using a rowing boat, bike and kayak. The last phase saw her row solo across the North Pacific from Japan to Alaska in 2013 and she writes now from the start of the next phase – a 1400 mile kayak journey through the Aleutian Islands in Alaska with another British paddler, Justine Curgenven. Here are Sarah’s thoughts ahead of the journey…

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 7 May 2014 at 6:18 pm

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