the more you know the less you need

the more you know the less you need

Month: February 2018

On Acids

On Acids

Want to improve your skin? Step One:  Acids. Without spending a fortune? Step Two:  The Ordinary WHAT DO ACIDS DO? Acids gently exfoliate the skin. They brighten the compexion, improve texture and smoothness, and some even work to clean out pores. AHAs and BHAs are chemical exfoliants, not physical exfoliants. (Goodbye, […]

Flash Back

Flash Back

Writing about Isabella Rossellini’s return to Lancôme (here), I remembered something I saved from my days as a fashion magazine editor— a press photo of the model. Can we just take a moment to take in her beauty. This photo still takes my breath away. Rossellini was the […]

Expressing Elegance

Expressing Elegance

What I have looked for in cosmetics is something to express elegance and sophistication. It’s the same with my clothes, or the way I decorate my house. ~ Isabella Rossellini Oh, the beautiful, inimitable, Isabella Rossellini is back! One of the icons of my generation, the Swedish beauty was the […]

Monographia

Monographia

When you’re tired of all the usual suspects in the wine store—Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris— it’s time to cruise down the obscure short aisles/ isles. Like Greece. I discovered a wonderful wine from a grape I’d never had before— Assyrtiko—and didn’t know how to pronounce—ah-SEER-tee-koh. Produced by Gaia, one of […]

To The Rescue

To The Rescue

The keyword for women-of-a-certain-age is radiance. Radiant pretty much sums up how we want to look (and feel). So here’s a little dose of glow to add to your makeup routine: the just-launched, SOS Radiance Primer by Clarins (30ml). It blurs imperfections, brightens the complexion, and catches […]

Wit & Whimsy

Wit & Whimsy

We’ve lived in our new house for a year now, and I have to say, it’s been the easiest to decorate. And we’ve lived in a lot of houses. Our modern minimalist style and our furnishings—ones we brought and ones we bought—fit right in. Part […]

Chanel-esque

Chanel-esque

There is nothing as iconic as a Chanel tweed suit. In 1921, Gabrielle Chanel designed the first suit made especially for women. Like the impetus for most of the clothes she created, it came from her desire to wear something comfortable, yet fashionable and sophisticated. The Chanel Suit featured […]

In the Pink

In the Pink

Happy Valentine’s Day! A day devoted to red and pink, and Rosé. Little Farm Rosé, 2016, British Columbia, Canada The wine is a local one and deserves kudos to its makers, Rhys Pender MW and Alishan Driediger, of Little Farm Winery. It is truly wonderful. Made from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes grown at Blind Creek […]

New Beauty

New Beauty

A few new beauty items have crossed the transom… Glossier, BOY BROW Goodbye unruly brows. This pomade thickens, shapes, and conditions whether your brows are full or sparse. Comes in clear or coloured (brown, black, blond). Yes, it’s really as good as everyone says it […]

Everyday Jewels

Everyday Jewels

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, what better time to talk about fine jewellery. Do you have some? Want some? Want more?  Jewellery is a good investment if you are going to wear and enjoy it. If it’s just languishing on a plush bed of velvet in a drawer, or in […]