They say Paris is the city of love- of romantic meals in candle-lit cafes, Seine side strolls, flaky pastries as well as the historic greats- narrating love-struck evenings from dusty bookshops in the city of light...

But, little did I know that the next anniversary I'd be hopping the channel for would be that of my hero product, Touche Éclat with the wonderful YSL Beauty. Celebrating it's 25th anniversary (and commending the fact it's been concealing late nights for yours truly since our first meeting many years ago)- it's no secret that I've been using their Touche Éclat Le Teint Foundation (along with it's namesake) for a good several years and being one of the most trusted products in my kit, was thrilled to pay a whistle stop visit to the French capital to cut a shape or two in honour of my ultimate beauty OTP.

Now, I'm sure I don't need to fill any of you in on what a wonder-worker this product is, but if you're new to the Touche, then let me give you the low down. Acting as a highlight, concealer and radiance booster all in one- this little handbag-sized pen packs the ultimate punch at lifting dark circles, illuminating dull skin and giving life if you've had anything less than a solid eight hours. They also have three colour correcting neutralisers in the collection too- so trust me when I say they have this concealing job down...



Hopping on a Eurostar from London (armed with pastries, my most impressive poses and enough chatter to last for the next 48 hours), we headed off to Gare du Nord- ready for an afternoon of playing with classic products and testing out some of the wonderful new launches- one of which being the gorgeous new Touche Éclat Glow Shot. With the glow shot being the most beautiful liquid highlighter (that even heavy handed ladies like myself can manage)- it's the perfect product to use for easy strobing, a subtle glow or even something more buildable for evening wear- and the perfect partner for a more matte foundation too.

But naturally, any trip to Paris over fashion week wouldn't be complete without a party- and trust me when I say that YSL Beauty Club know how to do it properly. With a vending machine dispensing lipsticks, a bath filled with gold confetti and YSL muses Edie Campbell and Staz Lindes on the floor- it felt like the perfect way to wind up a whirlwind 24 hours, and the perfect celebration for a product as loved as the Touche Éclat. HBD!



Post in collaboration with YSL Beauty, but love of this wonder pen, Paris and bad dance moves all my own


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(Blouse: Zara, Dress: M.i.H (similar here), Bag: Tidy Street Store (similar here), Shoes: Castaner)

Once in a blue moon, I'll rifle through my wardrobe and magically come out with something that only fits but makes me feel really good too. I recently watched a video with real life angel Leandra Medine, and she said 'you should have a wardrobe which you can pick things from blindfolded'- and I suppose that's what happened with this. Since reordering my wardrobe from colour to category (a mini revolution for someone pretty slow to the organisational party), it's become a helluva lot easier to see what I have (opposed to where they fit on the Pantone chart)- and after pulling out an outfit in a bit of a rush, this snooker-player-esque blouse and special little pinafore are what came out...

After picking this M.i.H dress up in Selfridges in Manchester earlier this year for an almighty £20 (I couldn't believe it either)- I've been waiting for it to finally become warm enough to take it for a spin. Although I've had something similar in my wardrobe in the past, the fact this has buttons (poppers plus sitting down and an appetite are a recipe for trouble) makes it total justified in my opinion, and although there's perhaps a few degrees to go until I can really utilise it's cost per wear (ahem), I know it's a surefire summer staple.



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Living in South East London, I’m comfortably out of the hubbub majority of central London- the most part of new openings fall well out of my travel card zone and the dream of having a local tube station is comfortably a distant reality (2019 people)! So, when talk turns to exciting new openings a stones throw away from home, it’s safe to say Joe and I will always try and be some of the first through the door- which is where Llewelyn’s in Herne Hill comes in…

Having heard whispers of this beautiful place across Instagram for a little while now, I was over the moon to hear of an official opening date- and choosing the hottest day of the year so far- we set out one warm weekend for a lunch by the railway- amongst the buzz of the Sunday famers market and chatter of those eating al fresco too.

Situated next to the station, it’s a perfect location for locals and visitors alike, and with a menu boasting breakfast, lunch and dinner- there’s plenty of reason to swing by at your leisure too. Opting for the lunch menu, we tucked into small plated starters including deep fried artichokes with aioli and oak-smoked salmon, followed by fresh Dover sole, chicken and delicious chocolate cake with spelt ice cream to finish- and couldn’t have left more happy and full.

But, naturally- if you don’t fancy three courses or small sharing plates- Llewelyn’s also boasts a range of homemade counter bakes, fresh pressed juices and a selection of herbal brews from local Good & Proper too. It’s the ultimate friendly-face dining space, and despite being beautifully design led with an innovative and locally sourced menu, there’s nothing pretentious about Llewelyn's- and I can assure you you’ll feel right at home (even if you have had to make a train journey across the city)…



293-295 Railton Rd, Herne Hill, London SE24 0JP

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I feel like this week went by in a bit of an anxiety fuelled flash. I don't ever really touch on things ~like that~ on here, but even chatting this week (and watching and listening to various things, as you'll hear about in a bit) has made me realise it's always a conversation worth having. Perhaps it was the tension of Line of Duty (which O M G) or another General Election that got the ball rolling- but having a Sunday filled with a little bit of me time is exactly what the doctor ordered. That and Harry Styles for Rolling Stone. Always.

This weeks reading to get your teeth in to...

(L-R Sources: Meg, NY Times, Briony, Fearne Cotton)

The Must-Reads:
One piece I discovered this week via the power of Twitter was this NY Times article based on 'the new meaning of fast fashion', which was shared by my wonderful friend Ros. The piece discusses the announcement that FarFetch would be delivering Gucci in 90 minutes across 10 major cities and how it's okay to sometimes wait for the things you want. One line that particularly struck a chord with me said, 'in treating investment fashion — which is to say fashion that takes time to create and consumers to understand (and often, desire) — as a commodity, you risk changing how people think about it, and value it, in an essential way'. With the changing landscape of more luxury based bloggers and YouTubers, this is definitely something I think is worth discussing, and a topic that I am hugely fascinated by too. Having been someone who has always treated designer shopping as a considered, thought-out process- I'm keen to see how this pans out over the next few months. I also loved this piece by Fearne Cotton on validation and being enough- something hugely important (especially when you're feeling a little delicate)!

The YouTube Channel:
Oddly enough, this week I haven't managed to fit that much video or television watching in. Aside from Line of Duty (naturally) and the fantastic Mind over Marathon (which I'd recommend to anybody as it was truly inspirational)- I haven't actually squeezed in many YouTube minutes. The one person who I have loved though (which is no secret) is Lily Pebbles. Although I love all of her videos, it was her Q&A videos over the last week that I particularly enjoyed, and loved hearing her discuss the elements of blogging rarely spoken about- including creating #ad campaigns, having other people on board and click bait.

Another video I have have have to include is Meg's video on depression. Not only is it one of the most articulate, touching videos I've seen on the subject- but seeing someone be so raw, brave and open about depression was so, so wonderful and bloody important. Mental health is one of the hardest topics to touch on (especially when it's affecting you) so seeing someone so loved and admired in blogging step out is amazing. She da bee's knees.

The Blog Love:
The thing I love most about my friend Briony (aside from the obvious fact she's a lovely person and her style, naturally)- is her eloquence and intellect when it comes to fusing her two working worlds of blogging and politics. This week she wrote a post about dressing for work, not having to sacrifice your style to be taken seriously and how fashion and intellect are not mutually exclusive and 'wearing a cute pair of heels won't lessen your intelligence'. Wise words from a very wise lady (yup, thats three university degrees and counting)...

The Podcast:
Oh my god was this week podcast gold OR WHAT. Although I've still got to finish listening to a couple (trust me when I say they're the perfect baking partner)- my ears are happy to have a light relief from my overplaying of Alexandra Savior. My first big love was obviously Emma's hugely inspiring interview with Seth Godin, as well as Prince Harry's chat with Bryony Gordon on mental health, which I highly recommend. I've also loved the power duo podcasts from Arden and Will (which talks about everything from conspiracy theories to adulting) and all the lols from Jules and Sarah too. YOU GUYS SPOIL ME.

Objects of desire:



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