Davines Texturiser: More specifically labelled ‘This Is A Dry Texturiser, It’s For Instant, Full-Bodied Hair’, this came in a hand-written paper bag (points for real-mail feel), looks pretty, smells pretty, and does what it says. Also contains high moisturising power that facilitates the deposit of water molecules on the hair shaft.
The rose from my wonderful mum’s birthday cake, which I kept to dry. Have a bit of an obsession at the moment with keeping and drying the little flowers that come my way through various means… The cake was made by The Caker, a double-layered fig and raspberry number with vanilla bean cream cheese icing and a jammy centre. My sister and I went to all kinds of trouble to get it into the hotel reception, light the sparkler candles and zoom it across the giant space into the bar area where our family where waiting. The little round vase it’s in in the second photo is one I made at Ceramic College last year, and I’m about to start a new term so expect to see more very humble creations soon.
La Rochelle’s Road by Tanya Moir. I am a big fan of local libraries, and usually go fortnightly to return read books and select new. Occasionally I’ll have a particular book or author in mind but usually I like simply to take out the first 4-5 books that take my fancy. La Rochelle’s Road is set in 1866 on Banks Peninsula and gives a wonderful insight into the pioneers of our little country and the way they lived.
Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque is one of those cult products us beauty editors have been dying to get our hands on for ages, and it’s finally here. It arrived with a teeny tiny ugly-looking but surprisingly delicious Little Bird Charcoal Lemonade tonic which I immediately partook of, which is why it’s not featured. I’ve already used the masque once and based on today’s humidity and the long weekend’s higher wine intake (Friday was apparently Rosé Day btw, so it would have been wrong not to celebrate…) I may have another go this afternoon. The gritty texture and dark grey colour are a little hard to face at first (get it?!) but it has a fresh minty/muddy smell and the activated Binchotan charcoal absorbs impurities while sulfur (I know, right) promotes cell turnover for brighter skin. There’s also volcanic ash, sea silt, bamboo extract and alpha hydroxy acids because why not…
YSL Couture Palette in Indie Jaspe: hard to go past something this beautiful, this is one of those collector’s items you keep on display even when the insides are worn to pretty dust. It’s an eye palette with shades of pale and sage green, peach, silver and gold.
I go for a walk in the park next to my house most mornings and on Tuesday as I was trying to stride effortless up a rise I saw three magpies attacking another bird, and so of course I had to wade in and save it. It was a lady blackbird (they’re brown) and she wasn’t looking too flash but I bundled her carefully in the shirt I’d fortuitously wrapped around my waist (purely for aesthetic purposes) and took her back to my apartment where she chilled in my bathroom for a few hours before she started to look a bit perkier and I took her to a different spot in the park with lots of long grass and plant coverage. I like to think she’s just fine and will be more careful to avoid magpies in future… When I got back I found these three tiny downy feathers on the floor.
New issue of homestyle! Easily one of my favourite interiors magazines, this issue is particularly delicious and inspiring – some of my favourite pages above styled by huge talents Gem Adams and Juliette Wanty – with a ‘fresh start’ theme which I’m all about…