Two new (ish) books for your fashion and beauty pleasure by two people I’m very happy to know. The first book, Style Forever, is written by fashion editor and fellow blogger Alyson Walsh (of www.thatsnotmyage.com) and it’s very much pointed toward women who have reached that age where fashion sort of drifts away from you. Suddenly, you’re not sure what you should be wearing and generally think more about what might make a good dog walking coat than a style statement. Alyson has pre-empted every worry you could possibly have about how you look, style-wise, and talks to many distinguished women about their style and life philosophy. Alyson’s own take on Spanx echoes mine (I have NEVER had such terrible indigestion as a pair of Spanx doesn’t let even a canape travel past your ribcage) and her interviews with women 50+ such as Linda Rodin will have you nodding in agreement as they share their thoughts on ageing.
There’s so much positivity in Style Forever that you’ll even greet the Mary Berry scarf knot instructions with glee. It feels, in tone, like it’s written for you by your much more stylish best friend for all your worries she already knows and has an answer for.
Gorgeous Illustrations are provided by Leo Greenfield. You can find Style Forever HERE. It’s literally by my bed all the time.
Lisa Potter-Dixon is known for her work with Benefit – as Head Make Up and Trend Artist for the brand there is nothing she doesn’t know about make up. I’ve known Lisa for years and she is possibly one of the friendliest and kindest people in the world. Lisa’s book, Easy On The Eyes focusses on 5, 15 and 30 minute beauty looks with step by step instructions. Importantly, this book is age and tone inclusive. Plenty of make up artists get carried away with the ‘fash-on’ aspect and forget that women like you and me want to know this stuff, too! Fancy a bronze smoky eye? Or an Classic Flick or even an Under Smoke?
I’d say that Easy On The Eyes is the perfect book if you’ve lost your confidence, make up wise. It’s easy to forget in beauty world that not everything is completely obvious and these looks have been pared back for individual success rather than emulating complex make up artistry.
My favourite look is the Get The Gloss In 15 Minutes (although I think that’s generous timing) for glossy lids, because it’s much easier than I’d ever thought it would be. Easy On The Eyes is chatty and friendly in style – just like Lisa, actually. You can find it HERE.
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