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{ shutter bug } Rankin Live…


I’ve been reading about the Rankin Live project since the PR machine started cranking out material some time earlier this year.

The premise is pretty simple, 1,000 everyday people photographed by the man himself. Each session lasts just 15 mins from the first shutter closing to the portrait being hung in the exhibition. OK, not quite so simple. Quite an undertaking when you think about it. If you’re chosen to participate, you pay £50 for the honor, and every penny of that goes to Oxfam.

The portraits can also be viewed online, and I’ve just wasted a good hour flicking through the results.
3 things really struck me about the pictures…

First of all, there are way more women than men being photographed. Is this because most of the PR was in women’s magazines? Or because men just aren’t as bothered about looking good in photos as women are?

Secondly, of all of those women, a heck of a lot of them have brunette hair with a heavy fringe.
Having spent yesterday afternoon watching 500 days of Summer with my sister, and then the rest of the day with serious Zooey Deschanel hair envy, (my sister pointed out that mine looks just like hers, but I beg to differ, hers looks better), I now think it might be time for a change.
I was at a party recently where I saw someone who I hadn’t seen for years.
“You look different” she declared, “your hair is darker”.
“Yes”, I answered, “and I have a fringe”.
“Yes, but everyone has a fringe now”, she replied.
Oh.

I digress. Last but not least, while the project pre-amble tells participants to dress to impress, the majority of portraits are close ups.
Either people are really letting the side down and not dressing to impress, or the reality is that what we wear isn’t half as revealing as the expression on our face…


















And yes, I have applied, fingers crossed!

{all images from Rankin Live }

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{ movie magic } To be perfectly blunt…


I finally got round to watching The Young Victoria recently. And instantly fell in love.
The acting is wonderful, I’ve always had a bit of a girl crush on Emily Blunt (have you seen her in The Jane Austen Book Club? She’s brilliant), Miranda Richrdson is always fantastic, and Paul Bettany, swoon!

The writing is wonderful, Julian Fellowes always delivers the goods, but best of all is the hair, make up and costumes (but then I would say that). Just sublime. It’s easy to associate the Victorian period with the end of Victoria’s reign when her beloved Albert had died and grief and mourning where the biggest influences in her, and her nations, life. Hairstyles were less elaborate and decorative (and rather less flattering!), railings were painted black, and clothes became increasingly sober in style.

But what this film brings to life so beautifully is her ascension to the thrown, as a young woman, vibrant, full of life, falling head over heels in love with a young Albert and getting to grips with her position, challenging her advisors to bring about social, political and industrial change.

But, the film is first and foremost a romance. And a beautifully crafted one at that.
Watch it.
I order you!






{ all images from The Young Victoria }
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{ notes on style } Heidi Hi…


2 years ago I had a massive hair disaster at a VERY expensive London salon. My beautiful hair was taken to the brink of destruction and only just survived the ordeal. By January this year, the ends were so dry they were committing hairi kari (sorry…).

So off to the hairdressers I went – the same hairdresser who has been cutting my hair for 17 years and who I now heartily regret abandoning in favour of London swank – and we discussed what was needed, and off it came. Hmmmmm, shorter than I thought I was getting. Never mind. It will grow.

It took it’s agonisingly slow time to get there, but is finally long enough to wear in pinned up braids. Hallelujah!!

So here is a little celebration, an homage to the beauty of braids…

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{ inspiration } razzle dazzle ’em…


Sometimes, gitter is the only option…


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{ movie magic } strike a pose…

“What are we supposed to do with feathers this fall?”


“It’s a famine of beauty. A famine of beauty honey”

“September is the January of fashion”

It can only mean one thing folks…
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{ vanity fair } fringe fancy…


I have had a fringe (bangs to those of an American persuasion) for over a year and a half. And on the whole I love it. But lately I’ve been having hair cravings for my long, fringe-less hair of old. I think it’s just because it’s the summer, and I want soft, romantic, flowing tresses instead of the blunt fringe, collar-bone length hair I’ve been carrying around all winter. I then stumbled across this picture and thought “aha!” the perfect mix, the fringe is there, but longer, the hair is soft, romantic, (slightly French). I could do that.

Then I realised, No Kate, you cannot do that. My hair never does what it is told, and certainly never looks like that even if I had been styled for an hour like the model has.

Put the scissors down and get back to work…
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{ vanity fair } gold rush


love, love, love this make up. I recreated it on a video shoot recently and it was very effective. Video should be out soon, so watch this space.

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