New shops, new books and lusting after blusher. Here’s what I’m loving this week.
Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton, £9.35 at WHSmith
Dolly is very funny on Twitter. So I bought her book. Familiar in parts, shocking in others, it navigates the London life of twenty-something journalist Dolly Alderton. Essentially it’s about female friendship, with bad decisions and bad boyfriends in the mix.
Educated by Tara Westover, £12.99 at Waterstones
Barack Obama was not wrong. This memoir is unbelievable. Tara Westover grew up in rural Idaho with Mormon parents who believe that the end of the world is nigh. They don’t visit doctors, she doesn’t go to school. Instead, she works at the family scrapyard. A story of stockpiling, paranoia and violence. This is the other America. Terrifying.
Tarte Blush 101 Amazonian Clay Blush Palette, £42. Want it. Would never need to buy blusher ever again, has every colour you could ever want. (Don’t hold me to that.)
Clinique Even Better Glow Foundation, £28.50. The nicest foundation I have tried in a long time. Glowy without shine or sparkle. A surprising amount of coverage – a solid medium when applied with a brush. If you go to a Boots counter, Clinique are offering free 10-day trial samples.
New Swedish lifestyle brand Arket. Am obsessed. It’s one of those stores that doesn’t have much in it, but everything it does have is very chic. I say it doesn’t have much in it but it has Womenswear, Menswear, Childrenswear, plus a bit of Homeware and a café. Cool books. Beautiful wooden kids toys. Aesop-style handwash and body lotion. So, you know, it has plenty.
It’s capsule wardrobe heaven. All your luxury basics, a sea of neutrals. A heavy-weight white tee. The perfect coat. Like a streamlined & Other Stories. Or a COS with cushions. That sort of price point too. Which makes sense as it’s the newest addition to the H&M group portfolio.
Til next time,