Isabeli Fontana by Mario Sorrenti
Greige – a curious colour hybrid of grey and beige. It first appeared when Chanel put it on the shelves a few months ago in the shade Particuliere, and pretty much as it did, it dissapeared and it promted waiting lists that went on forever. Trust me, it was nowhere to be found. After searching the city high and low, I made a feeble attempt at every airport I stopped at on a trip back to South Africa getting so desperate, that when I eventually did find the last sample bottle on the planet in Milan’s airport duty free and failing miserably at begging to buy what was left in the bottle, with my husband acting as a human shield, I painted all ten fingers in this magnificent colour. Yes, I should probably be embarrassed but hey desperate times call for desperate measures and at least I can say I’ve had me some of that!
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish in Particuliere – £16 http://www.chanel.co.uk
Greige is the perfect alternative to the sheer neutrals we’ve seen in the previous seasons and it is a perfect antidote to the poppy pinks and pastel shades that some might find too girly. If you can’t get hold of the real thing, there are plenty spin-offs from Nails Inc’s Jermyn Street (£10.50 http://www.nailsinc.com) to OPI’s Over the Taupe (£9.95 http://www.lenawhite.co.uk).
I have tried on plenty pairs of high-waisted trousers, wishing with all my might, up until the last button was secure that they would look good, alas, they didn’t and I never thought I would be able to pull then off…until I found this navy pair! Whoo hooo! I love them, they are so comfy and fit like a glove. The back and front have ironed pleats which help create an illusion of slimmer legs and length and they nip in at just the right place in my waist to emphasise it.
I teamed these up with a plain white vest, dark tan belt and dark tan shoes. To add a tiny bit of pop, I wore my red heart necklace and painted my nails red – wallah!
Trousers – Zara / Vest – H&M / Belt & Necklace – Accessorize / Shoes – Asos
I say bring the 1950’s swimming cap back, even if it’s just for a season – who can say they have never wanted to wear a cute floral swimming cap that actually has no other real purpose than looking cute.
The original rubber or rubberized fabric swimming cap was invented in the 1920’s to keep your hair out of the face while swimming. Today, it has evolved dramatically in texture and purpose and it is more essential for competitive races or training.
Shortly after the shortage of rubber due to World War II, bathing caps became scarce and women who managed to get their hands on them were considered very fortunate. They came back in full swing in the 1950’s and were made of various colors, textures, floral patterns and were all the rage. It was the most fashionable way to protect the hairstyles that women were so proud of. Some women were so protective of their hair that, in addition to wearing a bathing cap, they would swim with their heads completely out of the water.
This leads me to a question – is there a certain age that when women go for a paddle, they adopt the neck craned out of the water position, avoiding any little terrors splashing and kicking water about, with a look of deep concentration/worry on their face? I found myself doing this on my last holiday and when I realised I was doing it I was mortified! This is where a cap would have come in handy.