the more you know the less you need

the more you know the less you need

Month: March 2016

Lip Cheat

Lip Cheat

The first principle of cheating is not getting caught. When it comes to makeup, there are many clever beauty tricks to stack the deck in your favour: cheating the lashes with mascara; the cheekbones with bronzer; the skin with foundation. Expert cheaters move on from slight of […]

Lighten Up

Lighten Up

As a woman whose closet is comprised almost entirely of black, I’m feeling an urge to cast off the atramentous hue in favour of something light. A classicist at heart when it comes to fashion—and colour—nothing looks more appealing to my eye right now than […]

Green Wine

Green Wine

I think every holiday should be followed by a holiday. A quiet Easter Monday to enjoy leftover ham and the rest of the bottle of a wonderful wine. Made from a most intriguing grape: Loureiro with unusual and distinctive green ‘laurel leaf’ aromas. This is a superb expression of […]

Easter

Easter

Sending Happy Easter greetings to my readers. Rejoice!

Icon of Elegance: Jacqueline de Ribes

Icon of Elegance: Jacqueline de Ribes

Valentino once declared her, “The Last Queen of Paris”.  Yves Saint Laurent described her as, “An ivory unicorn”. Emilio Pucci called her, “‘Giraffina,’ baby giraffe.” Her austere aristocratic father-in-law said she was a “cross between a Russian Princess and a girl of the Folies Bergère.” Jackie Kennedy designer, Oleg Cassini, found her […]

Shades of Spring

Shades of Spring

Easter long week-end and Spring looks like it is finally here. It has been coy about arriving, with daffodils blooming brightly but temperatures low and rainfall high. But today, this Good Friday, the sky is blue against the mountains and the sun is warm. Fingers crossed […]

You Can Make It Yourself: Mac & Cheese

You Can Make It Yourself: Mac & Cheese

I am very fussy when it comes to food. I am particularly fussy when it comes to taste. I buy local food whenever I can because it tastes fresher and I want to support the local industry; I buy certain organic foods because they taste better; I buy […]

New Neutrals

New Neutrals

A lovely new palette from ZOEVA called NUDE SPECTRUM. I love neutrals when it comes to eyeshadow; perhaps because I have greenish-blueish eyes. I love a subtle eye with a bold lip. My first Zoeva purchase was the ROSE GOLD LUXURY BRUSH SET (see my review here) and the COCOA BLEND […]

Eggs

Eggs

Eggs in brown, white, and blue. Fresh from the farm every week. We save the blue ones ’til last. They are just too pretty to use. The depth of flavour says that these were very happy chickens. We see them running around and pecking as […]

French Foundation

French Foundation

After hearing and reading so many positive reviews on a certain Bourjois foundation from Ruth and Lily and others, I just had to try it. Remarkably, this was my first Bourjois purchase. For some inexplicable reason I’ve never explored this line before. Well, better late than never I say. The history […]