Original article from Glamour Magazine
Brochure porn, I think they call it. When you drool for hours over photographs of exotic destinations. Thing is, when it comes to The Maldives, I’ve never seen the money shot. I’ve never seen a photograph that actually captures the true beauty of this breathtaking garland of magical islands… Continue reading
Right on cue, just in time for the renowned festivities of Wenceslas Square, snow has fallen on the Golden City. As we stroll across Charles Bridge, carols echo down from the tower. White-tipped Baroque buildings and a twinkle of Christmas lights create the backdrop. Hot wine and chestnuts fill the hole. Continue reading
Celebrity makeup artist Lisa Stokes answers readers’ questions on beauty care for older skin. This week, the perils of powder, age spots on hands, oily skin and pore reduction. Continue reading
Celebrity makeup artist Lisa Stokes answers readers’ questions on the best moisturiser for older skin, foundation for dry skin and the bugbear of freckles. Continue reading
Youthful skin might be pushing it, but it is possible to get a fresher look for mature skin. In the first instalment of her new weekly series on makeup for older skin, Lisa Stokes offers tips for the golden generation. Continue reading
Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun
‘Five star all-inclusive’ worries me. Can you really achieve a five-star experience on an all-inclusive basis? I instantly think of The Solana; love the programme, not sure I could cope with staying there. Thankfully as we drive along The Cancun Strip it echoes of South Beach rather than Benidorm. It’s surprisingly glamorous. At the top, lodged between a beautiful lagoon and the ocean, is a pristine shiny white building, it’s Le Blanc Spa Resort. Continue reading
As I make my way down the mile long, sweeping avenue of lime and beech trees that lead to Lucknam Park, I’m stunned. A beautiful 17th century greystone mansion appears, set amongst parkland, rose and lavender gardens. An equestrian centre sits to the side. It suddenly feels like the backdrop to a romantic period drama. Inside, the theme continues, opulent Georgian-inspired drawing rooms, with Chesterfields, open fires and huge floral displays, lead on to perfectly manicured patios. It’s all very grand, very grand indeed. There’s even a wood-panelled library… Continue reading
Want to keep your locks looking hot all summer long? I caught up with celebrity hairdresser Errol Douglas at his Knightsbridge salon to get some tips on holiday and festival hair. Continue reading
The Greenwich, TriBeCa
A hub for A-listers and fashionistas, Robert DeNiro’s ultra-cool downtown hotel and home from home, echoes a sumptuous private residence; 88 individually designed rooms and suites, cosy drawing rooms with roaring fires, Tibetan rugs and eclectic antiques, surround an enchanting Tuscan-style candle-lit courtyard. As I arrive a familiar face strolls past. I couldn’t possibly say who. This place is far to discreet for name dropping. Continue reading
Ockenden Manor, Cuckfield, Sussex
In the middle of the rolling Sussex countryside, tucked behind a picture postcard Tudor village, you’ll find an enchanting Elizabethan house; it’s Ockenden Manor and it’s beautiful. Roaring log fires, cosy wood panelled bars and elegant drawing rooms with a wafting scent of fresh flowers. If you’re looking for the quintessential country house hotel, without the airs and graces, look no further, I’ve found it. Continue reading
Picturesque villages, chocolate box cottages and endless rolling countryside, all within two hours of London. Switch off, chill out and head for a relaxing spa break in the enchanting Cotswolds. Continue reading
At last night’s Golden Globes we saw Hollywood glamour at its best, and guess what? There wasn’t a fake strip lash, tattooed brow or hair extension in sight. Continue reading
If, like me, you leave ‘it’ until the last minute you’ll know how stressful it can be. Panic lists, crowds, panic buys, crowds, panic attacks…CROWDS. Come Christmas Eve, whilst my smug, organised friends are relaxing by the tree sipping mulled wine, I’m the one running up and down Oxford Street, crying. Not this year though. No, this year I’m doing my Christmas shopping online. Continue reading
Roasting chestnuts and mulled wine, sweet orange, cinnamon and musky cloves, mmm, the homely scents of winter.
Snuggle down through the long dark winter nights, lift your spirits and indulge yourselves. Relax in the comforting glow of one of my ’10 of the best’ scented winter candles. Continue reading
“It’s just tops and bottoms”, a friend once told me. “People take it so seriously, it’s not brain surgery”. He’s right of course, it’s not brain surgery, it doesn’t save lives. But it is a form of therapy, for me anyway. As soon as New York Fashion Week gets under way I’m glued to vogue.com for the next month. It’s exciting, it makes me happy, it definitely helps my brain… Continue reading
London Fashion Week is under way. Make up maestros Val Garland, Pat Mcgrath and co, are buzzing away creating our spring/summer beauty trends for next season. But what’s hot this autumn? Continue reading
For me, it was Miss Piggy that started it. The “eyelash effect”. The way she used to flutter those lashes at Kermit. I was hooked. For those of you too young to remember, she’s back this year in the new Muppets film. Watch her, you’ll see what I mean… Continue reading
Alexa, Daisy and Kate are the undisputed queens of festival chic. Messy bedhead locks, sun kissed skin and rocking sexy eye liner. How do they make it look so effortless? Continue reading
As the fashion world eagerly awaited the reveal of Kate Middleton’s dress designer last week, the beauty world wanted to know who was lucky enough to have bagged the make up job. At the time, I was working on a Royal Wedding TV show for the US, so I asked an insider. “Apparently she’s doing a DIY!” they said. Continue reading
Spring is almost upon us and it’s set to be a golden one. Fresh peachy skin, nude lips and splashes of golden eyes were abundant on the catwalks for the new season.
Here’s how I created this sparkling spring look at London Fashion Week. Continue reading
One of the key looks on the Spring Summer catwalks was a bright fuchsia or coral lip. Stay on trend for the new season following my tips to re-create this perfect pink pout. Continue reading
The classic smoky eye is timeless and can be adapted to create an array of different looks. Charcoals and greys create a dramatic effect and suit most skin tones and eye colours.
Follow my steps to achieve this sexy sultry look! Continue reading
Love it or hate it, single or betrothed, St Valentines day is almost upon us. Try one of my “special seven” suggestions to make it a fabulous day for everyone! Continue reading
Yes, unfortunately its true, January is officially THE MOST depressing month of the year. The frosty mornings and dark evenings often affect our general state of health and well being, making us feel sluggish, stressed and well, just fed up. But we can fight back!!!
Here are my top beauty tips for beating those horrible winter blues: Continue reading
The festive season takes its toll on all of us, especially on our skin. The effects of alcohol, diet, central heating and general lack of sunlight can cause dehydration and create a “sallow” and “tired” appearance to the skin. Here are my top tips and recommended products to re-hydrate, revitalise, and bring a little sparkle back to your skin! Continue reading