Beauty Cult Sensation – Doctor Rogers “Restore”

Courtesy of @Doctorrogers.com $24

This past weekend was the first weekend that started early and lasted longer, you can say that my skin suffered for it. It was the right time to apply Doctor Rogers Restore Face Cream and the Healing Balm. I’m a lip-balm addict too, so I slathered that on as well, after I cleansed my skin with Typology’s Hydrating Cleansing Bar With Palmarosa, it left my skin clean and soft.

I ended up with dry patches around my eyelids and mouth, don’t ask there was just a lot of wine and champagne involved. The next morning, my skin was soft, the dry patches were gone and my lips were as smooth as a babies bottom. I thought about giving my sisters some of my lip-balms but I decided to keep them for myself, I never felt that way about a lip-balm before.

Courtesy of @Doctorrogers.com

The beauty about Restore is that it’s affordable, budget friendly, it’s clean beauty and the whole family can use it. You can even use the balm to help tame frizz.

I usually don’t ever agree with beauty magazines because it’s the brands that pay for advertising that receive the most press, but in this instance Allure Magazine is right.

$19 @doctorrogers.com

If you have sensitive skin, get facials, peels, then you should have this collection in your arsenal, it literally is the best at restoring your skin, from chemical peels, procedures, skin issues, dehydration, the cold, this is it. It’s more affordable than other similar restorative creams out on the market, I could name one but I won’t, yet.

My own photo

Typology is a new clean brand from France, stay tuned, I am testing them out as we speak.

Here’s to running around chic with healthy skin……

The Universal Sneaker

Converse Run Star Hike Platform High Top$110

Over the past weekend I was at the Ferry Building, picking up oysters from Hog Oyster Island, hotdogs from Golden Gate, and hotdog buns at ACME. I was outside, taking in the view of my city when I saw her, she was an older lady on vacation, she was wearing an oversized coat, big sunglasses and the New Converse Run Star Hike Platform High Top, I fell-in-love.

Courtesy of @losangelinainparis

She was the epitome of chic, I followed her as far as my gaze would allow and even played with the idea of asking her for a photo. I had been debating about buying them, and this finally sent me over the edge.

The minute I got home, I looked for them everywhere online and finally found them at the Footlocker. I can’t wait until they arrive.

In the meantime, ladies, Converse are alive and well all-over the world, from the streets of Milan, Paris, San Francisco and Amsterdam.

Courtesy of @losangelinainparis
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Courtesy of @losangelinainparis
Milan – @milanesiamilano
Amsterdam – @amsterdammers.in.amsterdam

Converse no matter how you look at it will always be chic, budget friendly and fit-in in every major city in the world. The color selection is great too, I have a white pair for summer.

Converse Run Star Hike Platform High Top $110

Here’s to running around chic!

Smart Beauty

@SurrattBeauty.com

Smart beauty isn’t just about fancy devices that give the skin a jolt of Nanocurrent energy. Smart beauty also means you’re using tools that aide the skin, in all aspects. Here are a few of my favorites.

Surratt in my opinion makes the best eyelash curler, it gets the curl right on your first try and you can use it again after your mascara, hello lashes.

RELEVEE LASH CURLER $34 @Surrattbeauty.com
TWEEZERS CLASSIC GOLD $53 @Rubistweezers.com

Tweezers are an important tool, I was on vacation and happened to be in Zurich for a day. My sisters and friend wandered around shopping and I discovered Rubis, I bought a pair of tweezers and after a year I wished I had bought them as gifts for my friends back home. They make tweezing effortless, I have one question though, why do people say plucking when in reality it’s tweezing?

Another item on my list of must-haves is a magnifying mirror, so you can see your face, it also helps with your makeup application. I apply makeup using a magnifying mirror while I sit in front of a regular mirror.

RIKI SKINNY MIRROR $205 @Violetgrey.com
Mon Ami $19 @Odacite.com

Last but not least is a new tool by Ocadite, Mon Ami. I’m testing it out tonight with a new skincare regimen. Mon Ami is a Facial Acupressure Beauty Tool that comes with instructions.

Here’s to running around chic with healthy skin……

Style Profile: Melissa L. Smith, Founder of Enotrias Elite Sommelier Services and Sky Somm

Wine Country Destinations
Courtesy of Enotrias Elite Sommelier Services

I had the opportunity to be part of a Champagne tasting class, and I had the most fun, it was virtual but it felt like Melissa was in the room with you, not only teaching me about Champagne, but about how to pair specific wines, sparkling’s you name it. It was like a party, the first party I attended since the pandemic put a halt on social activities.

Courtesy of Enotrias Elite Sommelier Services
@Katieconsiders..com

If I had a budget that allowed for a wine cellar, and lots of wine, if that budget allowed for a chef, endless wine parings, Melissa would be the person who would plan it all, and keep the party going. I trust her, and you should too, whether it’s building a wine cellar from scratch, planning an event, ordering wine, champagne, taking inventory, and if you’re lucky preparing a meal, she’s your gal. I literally was so impressed by her that I had to ask her questions and lucky for me, she had a few minutes to spare, thank you Melissa.

@Guestofaguest.com

Fashion Icon: I love Jenna Lyons. She perfectly marries masculine, feminine, casual, and formal. And Kamala Harris. Chucks with business attire, Timberlands with skinny jeans, Yes please.

Big Island of Hawaii

Last item purchased before the pandemic: These nude platform wrap sandals for a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii that we’d been planning for our family for nearly a year. Three days after we got there they closed the beaches and the parks. It was torture being on an island and not being able to get in or near the water. 

@Amazon.com

Last book read: Tasting The Past by Kevin Begos. You can never stop learning about wine, and learning about its origins is fascinating to me.

@ITCosmetics.com

Beauty Routine: It’s constantly evolving, but I love Suki’s exfoliating face foaming face scrub. The smell is amazing and my skin loves it. Dr. Jart+Ceramidin™ Cream is my favorite moisturizer. I am so in love with IT Cosmetics CC Illumination Cream. Incredible texture, filled with amazing ingredients, 50+ SPF, I have very fair skin, and it leaves a wonderful dewy finish. I apply it using an Artis makeup brush. Once I started using both of these together I would get compliments every day. 

@amazon.com

I’m also a Thrive Cosmetics convert. Their mascara is incredible. Waterproof, but easy to wash off with warm water. I love it. I was using their brow gel until I took the leap and got my eyebrows microbladed a couple of months ago. Their Brilliant Eye Brightener eyeshadow stick in Muna makes eye makeup a breeze and it’s easy to play with. The product I’ve used for nearly three decades is L’oreal’s liquid eyeliner. I’ve never found anything that comes close to it. And because I’ve got insanely sensitive hands, I’ve found that Caudalie’s Hand Cream is the best on the market. 

@Michalkemade.com

Wish List: This lady is making Apple Watch bands out of repurposed Louis Vuitton bags and I’m obsessed. I can’t believe how quickly I’ve become addicted to my watch after not wearing one since I was in elementary school. 

$250 @b-21.com

What wine would you pair with a wagyu beef burger: A gorgeous aged Bordeaux like 2010 Lynch Bages or Smith Haut Lafitte.

Robert Sinskey Vineyards
6320 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558

What wine would you pair with oysters: A crisp dry Champagne like Billecart’s Blanc de Blanc.

Favorite winery in Napa and Sonoma: Robert Sinskey in Napa Valley. They have an incredible biodynamic program and offer an unbeatable full circle culinary experience. It’s right on the Napa/Sonoma border, but you really can’t go wrong with Domaine Carneros.

Domaine Carneros – 1240 Duhig Rd, Napa, CA

This is the domestic project of Tattinger, and they make truly incredible sparkling wines. Their Le Reve is my favorite. 

$140 @Domainecarneros.com
Courtesy of Enotrias Elite Sommelier Services
Courtesy of Enotrias Elite Sommelier Services

Thank you Melissa, these wineries are on my destination list, here’s to running around chic in Napa and Sonoma.

To follow Melissa @Winechef.

Parisian Trench


Casablanca poster

Trench coats are a Parisian staple, not just because they are cool to wear but because they protect you from the weather. I remember noticing the trench coat on Humphrey Bogart in the film Casablanca as he goes off into the night, well covered in his lightweight long coat…the Trench coat.

Although Burberry of London is known for trench coats, I must remind everyone that Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) should really be credited for the creation of the Trench coat trend.

Napoleon on a Horse. Antoine-Jean Gros
Napoleon’s coat and hat

Trench coats were created as a functional military issued uniform for Officers in Military usually showing rank and authority during war. Napoleon was an emperor at war and treacherous weather battles are the characteristic of his time in war. No doubt he wearing them was convenient for the battlefield weather and if looked at closely, they are a fusion of a military coat with a cape, fit for an emperor with the ambitions of a King.

In 1914, Thomas Burberry revamped the trench coat for the British military, by rubber coating strands of twill, cotton or wool, naming it “gaberdine”. The color beige came from the experiences of war, remarkably thru the experience in India’s Revolt, a form of camouflage to dust.

Burberry Trench coat Street style by @losangelinainparis

In Paris, the wind is strong and always flowing, so Trench coats are called “Impermiables” which means “resistance to wind”… basically a long windbreaker is the function of why Parisians have domesticated the style and is now a must have item in Paris. Trench coats look proper and basic but chic, clean, lightweight and classic. In Paris today you can see trench coats over short sets, trench coats for kids, on the runways and now in various colours not just the khaki and black.

Street Style Paris by @losangelinainparis

The Trench coat was named after the trenches of war, and has a somber beginning, only high ranking officers in the military wore them, but “Parisian style” is the tag it carries now. Ask anyone what the Paris uniform is and a trench coat is most likely included, along with a turtleneck and marinière.

Street Style Paris by @losangelinainparis

It”s “so French” thanks to Napoleon and the wind! Be prepared to see Trench coats for every season. How do you wear your trench coat?

Street style Paris by @losangelinainparis

“Parisian Trench” by Cindy Lucas

for runaroundchic.com

Follow me at @losangelinainparis for daily Parisien Fashion

Life Imitates Art

Malcom T. Liepke, Girl in white blouse 1996

I love discovering art where we can identify with the clothing, not that the classics are not enjoyable to view too. I just love art, if I could do it all over again, a museum curator would be an option, besides being a magazine editor. It’s nice to know that the crisp white shirt has evolved, and stood the test of time.

BELL SLEEVE FITTED SHIRT $89 @Cos.com
WRAP SHIRT $99 @Cos.com
Moses Hamborg – Portrait of Sahara 2020
PUFF SLEEVE DRESS $125 @Cos.com

Wearing black and white is chic, you wear those colors and the right silhouette and you fit in anywhere in the world. Of course, there is the occasional color, but it’s the silhouette that matters, the right cut and design.

Moise Kisling, Girl in a Black Blouse 1928
LIGHTWEIGHT LINEN JUMPER $99 @Cos.com
Joseph Desire Court”” Rigolette seeking to amuse herself during the absence of Germain” – Mysteries of Paris by Eugene Sue
CASHMERE ROLL-NECK JUMPER $225 @Cos.com
Audrey Hepburn wearing a black turtleneck
Pleated Shirt Dress $115 @Cos

Keeping it clean and simple is usually the way to go, less-is-more is always the answer when in doubt. Here’s to running around chic!

Nouvelle Trend: “Plaid for Spring”

Plaid Poncho for Elle Magazine on @roosables pic by @losangelinainparis

Paris is the Fashion capital of the world, and this Spring, I’ve noticed a new trend amongst the usual Spring looks of florals that is expected every season, a strong nod to “plaid during the Spring”. It isn’t common to see plaid as a real “street style” trend in the Spring, plaid is usually associated with the Fall and Winter seasons .

This year in Paris tho…. the Spring has been chilly and this trend renaissance is the newest eye catcher this Spring, the most revalant I’ve noticed in the most assorted colours than in previous seasons. Spring Plaid 2021 adapted the heavy woollen lumberjack jackets and stretched them to “trench coat length” and designed them for easy wearing, tartan included. We all want to stay warm and comfy, right? It worked!

Plaid coat for Spring

I see a lot of assorted versions of new Spring colours such as pinks, beiges and yellows. Plaid in trench coat, plaid in bucket hats, Fashion doesn’t have any rules.

Plaid Long coat
Plaid for Spring 2021

We can wear white after Labor day and we can wear Plaid for Spring. This trend is “right now” on the streets of Paris. What do you say, thumbs up?

Follow me for more real and current Paris Street Style at @LosAngelinainParis

by Cindy Lucas

for runaroundchic.com

Pillow Talk

$97 – THE CREAM @InYourFaceSkincare.com
$65 – VINOPERFECT BRIGHTENING GLYCOLIC NIGHT CREAM

Ever go to sleep at night with a new night time moisturizer, hoping to wake up with glowing skin? I do, all of the time and most often I’m not disappointed.

I’m a huge fan of peptides, they get my skin glowing faster than anything else I remember trying, then there is a few new-comers on the scene that are destined to become beauty cult favorites, essentials one can’t sleep without. I like my current rotation for different reasons, my results are glowing.

$39 – LIFTACTIV PEPTIDE-C
Advanced Anti Aging Moisturizer

Glycolic acids are another favorite of mine, as well as Alpha Lipoic Acid, which helps the skin with inflammation.

These days there is so much to choose from, from Clean Beauty, to Pharmaceutical, and Dr. Recommended.

$54 – Confidence in Your Beauty Sleep Night Cream @ITCosmetics.com
$49.99 – REDERMIC R RETINOL CREAM

Just remember these all have been tried, and get my vote, because isn’t your skin an investment? I know mine is.

Here’s to running around chic with glowing skin!

Parisian Profile: Sergio Corvacho- Make-Up Artist YouTuber/Producer

Sergio Corvacho
Sergio applying lipstick on Sonia

Thanks to the latest Parisian confinement, we aren’t getting around too much in Paris, and Parisians decide if they’d rather go to their country homes or stay in the city, so thanks to fashion week, I was able to catch Sergio Corvacho in Paris before he jets-off nationally by train or car to the South of France instead of Italy or Spain because the borders are closed.

@Sergiocorvachoproductions and @Roosabels pic by Cindy lucas

Sergio is a Peruvian living in Paris, although he also lived in New York during much his professional life, as a personal model coach, he’s now a Make-up Artist and fashion producer in Paris where he creates and directs Fashion shoots. He’s also a YouTuber publishing Make-Up tutorials online at Sergio Corvacho Beauty School and gives Master Classes in Paris as his Beauty School. 

I spoke with Sergio about his opinions, and tips about Paris, about Fashion and makeup for Americans.

Courtesy of Cindy Lucas

So how do you love Paris? I love it!

Do you consider yourself a Parisian? Of Course.

Which designers influenced your style? I don’t get inspired by designers I get inspired by different neighborhoods, not designers. My favorite neighborhoods are the 16th, 9th and the 1st arrondissements in Paris.

MUSE:  Oh!…men or women? It’s very difficult I have so many muses.

Jean Seberg

Name 3: I love Jean Seberg an American actress, then I love Romy Schneider, I love Carrey Otis and Grace Kelly.

Romy Schneider

What is your advice for fashion consumers after Covid? They have to be cautious, we went through a sanitary crisis that changed the language of communication and the way we see things, we need to be considerate of the planet and we should all try to recycle things, or to try to do shopping at thrift shops because the industry of Fashion pollutes the world.

Personal Hairstylist

How do you see the world now: A cleaner place, The world is a cleaner place with more cautious people, there is no more need for big groups to go to work every morning and the humans, the citizens of the world need to learn that nothing is forever, and the world changes all the time and change is the process of evolving and being in a better place

@Irenforteskincare

What is your beauty advice for women, Any make-up tips: “Wear less”, its all about nutrition and hydration and I recommend women have to decide between alcohol or food, never together. For beauty products, I suggest Irene Forte Prickle Pear moisturizer and also her Baume a lèvres and her face oil.

Art de la Table by Dior

How long did it take to adjust to the European lifestyle: “I didn’t have to adjust, I grew up with that mentality, which is respecting all the traditions like eating your meals at the table, you don’t eat on the subway or in front of your computer, you don’t eat in front of a wall, you don’t eat at a park, you eat at home at a proper table and have your meal like a proper person, not like an animal. Americans need to learn the culture of the table.”

with @ivankasmilenko

What is your next move or project you’d like to share with your followers and us: Well my account was just hacked, I don’t know what to do about that. 

Oh WHAT?? Ok well what is your new venture then: I just opened a new instagram account where I will sell items from my apartment and a lot of findings that only I can find from my trips and secret places around the world. I will sell everything on Instagram, an Instagram “eshop”

Sergio’s findings

How do you see the future “with masks” or “no masks”: No masks.

Thanks Sergio, I hope so.

You can follow Sergio @SergioCorvachoproductions

and YouTube channel at Sergio Corvacho Beauty

By Cindy Lucas

Follow Cindy @losangelinainparis

for runaroundchic.com

Style Profile: Denice Duff, Actress, Photographer, and Founder of In Your Face Skincare

Courtesy of In Your face Skincare

Denice is an inspiring woman, with being an actress, director, photographer and now the founder of the New Cult Beauty Brand, In Your face Skincare, she’s reinvented herself time-and-again proving that you can have a family and a career that produces results, anti-aging results that helps women look and feel their best without using harsh chemicals on their skin.

Courtesy of In Your face Skincare

Denice has been busy with new formulations to add to her already successful skincare brand, but found time to answer a few questions.

Funny Face

Fashion icon: Audrey Hepburn. Because she made everything work, fashion-wise. She had such a sparkly personality, she was lovely in heels, she was lovely in a pants suit and likewise, lovely in a ballgown.

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And you didn’t notice the clothes, you just still always noticed HER. They were an extension of her. They were a part of her. They effortlessly made sense. 

Courtesy of Denice Duff – in the Maxi Dress
@Amazon.com
Courtesy of Denice Duff

Last piece of clothing you purchased before the Pandemic: A flowy maxi dress in Dubai. It was on sale for $32. It’s a long sleeve, muted Indian floral pattern maxi dress. It was very pandemic friendly because it was very comfortable and simple but it makes everybody happy when I wear it. It’s one of the most complementary dresses I’ve bought. 

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Last book read: Do audio books count? It was “Saturday’s Child: A Daughter’s Memoir”. Having lost my mom two years ago, it was consoling to dive into that. 

Favorite Restaurant: Mozza in LA. Their burrata made me cry and made me wonder why I’m living in the USA and not Italy.

6602 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
323 297 0100

Courtesy of Denice Duff

If you could live in any piece of clothing what would it be: Linen pants with pockets and a thin oversized gray sweatshirt….with well-worn leather sandals ….and plenty of my favorite boho  jewelry.

Source of Inspiration: My music list and texting friends if they need any help. If I’m not feeling on fire, I’m probably not doing enough so I reach out to friends and see if they need anything and that fuels my own tank. And also cooking. Cooking heals a lot of wounds for me.

Courtesy of In Your face Skincare

Describe your beauty routine: I do a fruit enzyme exfoliation 4 times a week. My skin really LOVES this! I’m also a fan of oils. I love dewy naked skin. And I only put concealer on just where I need it – under my eyes and a few dots around my nose. A dot of lip and cheek tint and a few swipes of mascara. 

Courtesy of In Your Face Skincare

As a photographer I love naked skin on women’s faces. I was also a makeup artist for many years. I did some of the sparsest makeup for my female clients and they always said it was the best they ever looked. 

Courtesy of In Your face Skincare

Why is clean beauty important: Because what we put on our skin does go into our body and the effects of these synthetic and toxic ingredients may not take a toll within a year or two but I want to be a great-grandmother and it’s just another essential step in staying healthy.

Courtesy of In Your face Skincare

I don’t think anyone would really expect to eat McDonald’s and Twinkies every day of their life and expect to remain healthy so I like to apply that discipline to my skincare. Like my Italian great-grandmother said to me, “A healthy inside is a healthy outside”. 

Here’s to running around chic with healthy glowing skin! To learn more about In Your Face Skincare .

@InYourfaceSkincare on Instagram.

Is the Scarf Making a Comeback?

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Scarves have been a favorite accessory for decades. They can be tied in your hair, on your handbag, tied around your neck in various ways. I didn’t realize I could wear a scarf along with my pearls until I watched Nicole Kidman play Grace of Monaco. I’ve looked everywhere for an example, but could not find one online, but lucky me I did find a video. Now Grace knew how to wear a scarf.

$45 Washable Silk Striped Bandana Mask
Photo from witanddelight.com by Kate Arends 2017
$45 Washable Silk Striped Bandana Mask

I love that scarves are now being worn over your turtleneck and around your neck while wearing a turtleneck sweater. So many new ideas. Cuyana came out with a scarf that doubles as a facemask, and it comes in four colors. I ordered the red shown above and the black with the white piping. Oliva Palermo has a Le Scarf collection, and it’s worth investigating before making any investments.

I can’t wait until my new scarves arrive, looking forward to wearing them with my pearls.

Here’s to running around chic!

Le Cinéma – Joanna Kulig

I didn’t realize I was a Joanna Kulig FAN until “Cold War” I’ve seen 5 of her films and now I just want to see everything she’s ever been in.

She reminds me of Kim Basinger, talented and gorgeous.

Joanna received the the Best Actress Award at the 31st European Film Awards for her role in “Cold War” , where her dance sequence is legend, I’ve never been able to move like that. The movie itself, breaks your heart, but also gives you hope.

Other movies worth taking note of are: *All photos are from Google Images.*

To follow @joannakulig_official

Style Profile: Amelianna Loiacono-“Italienne Stylist in Paris”

Courtesy of Cindy Lucas
Courtesy of Cindy Lucas

I met Amelianna at my friend Sergio’s, in the 17th arrondissement of Paris. He was filming a beauty tutorial on Saturday morning for his YouTube channel, and she was his model that morning.

Amelianna, who was visiting from Italy, sat patiently on a stool in front of the camera with her cute dog Rocco in her arms, as Sergio applied a shiny eyeliner on her eyelids and filmed. Rocco was calm and seemed familiar on sets, he was very well trained, and so cute…

Courtesy of Cindy Lucas
Sergio applying make-up on Amelianna

Her transformation was pretty and refreshing, Sergio created an appropriately Spring look and Amelianna was happy with her makeup application. After the shoot, I got to know Amelianna a little during our conversation back to the Arc de Triumph where we both hopped on the metro. She was heading back to Italy after being in town to style a shoot for a fashion magazine and visit with her Italian boyfriend who also commutes back and forth from Italy to Paris.

I was curious about Italians in Paris and asked her a few questions, like why are Americans obsessed with European designers……

Jane Birken

Who is your Fashion Icon: Jane Birkin

Who is your favorite designer: My favorite designer is Yves Saint Laurent, he was the most innovative, the most elegant, the most modern of all.

YSL

In your opinion, why do you think Americans are obsessed with European designers: I believe it is European culture in general that fascinates Americans. Our history, and our identity that is reflected in fashion.

YSL.com

What is your European beauty advice for Americans: I only love natural products I recommend a line of organic products for the beauty routine of a make-up artist in Milan thé name is Co_organicskincare

How long have you been a stylist, and Do you love it: I started my job in ’97 and I continue to do it with the same passion of my first day.

Where do you live: Milan.

Sorbillo Pizza

Where is the best pizza in your city: I love pizza, the best Pizza is “Gino Sorbillo” which is made by Neopolitans. @sorbillo

What is the future of fashion week and fashion magazines in this post covid world? Any new covid-inspired trends you hope will remain: I can’t predict what will happen, I can’t be optimistic right now but I know that we all want to live free again and I hope that from this desire there will be a great rebirth.

How have you handled the confinement and continue to work, how have the past two years changed you: I continued to work but I stopped traveling, and this was a huge limitation for my work. Very often my editorials are inspired by a location. I worked in Japan among the cherry trees in bloom, in the desert dunes of Namibia. , in ocean view villas in Malibu …. and with the pandemic all this has finished.

Courtesy of Amelianna Loiacono

Do you have a beauty routine you travel with, or product you can’t live without: I always carry skin protection cream, and eyeliner and mascara with me, nothing more.

Courtesy of Amelianna Loiacono

Here’s to Running Around Chic in Paris!

To follow Amelianna on Instagram @Amelianna70 or @archivioloiacono 

*Note: Amelianna is a Stylist, and her Italian expertise is what you will find in all if not most of the European Fashion magazines, Italian commercials and advertisements. She’s also an influencer on Instagram with more than 10K followers and if you aren’t following her now, you should for her iconic styling…

by Cindy Lucas @LosAngelinainParis

for runaroundchic.com

Style Profile: Mr. Mortimer’s Wife, England

Courtesy of Mr. Mortimer’s Wife

I’m a lover of the dramatic, gothic, elaborate and sumptuous, I fell in-love with Mr. Mortimer’s Wife, the Tiaras are gorgeous and allows every woman to live out her life as a queen or princess, whichever she prefers. Samantha is the go-to for inspiring gothic fairytales and living your life in and shall we use fairytale again? I think so.

Courtesy of Mr. Mortimer’s Wife

Samantha in-between creating her masterpieces, and encouraging us to embrace our inner magpies, found time to answer a few questions.

Courtesy of Mr. Mortimer’s Wife

Fashion Icon: I hardly know where to begin. Perhaps close to home. My mum was accepted into a prestigious art college in the 1960s, and there are many photos of her wearing snappy little outfits back then. She had a very defined sense of style. My grandmother was a seamstress to royalty in the 1930s, she worked in the Court Dress Rooms on clothes worn by Queen Mary. She was an incredibly talented dressmaker, and made most of my clothes when I was young, even my coats. Her grandfather was a tailor in Victorian times, so perhaps it was in the genes.

Courtesy of Mr. Mortimer’s Wife
 Queen Victoria by Franz Xaver Winterhalter in 1845

I think these various influences taught me that, in terms of fashion, having your own ideas about style and your own likes and dislikes is one of the most important things. I think that it’s different to following trends.

Then of course there are more obvious, tangible sources of inspiration; a few things spring to mind. I’ve always admired the way Helena Bonham Carter dresses, for instance, and I love watching costume dramas.

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Time and again I’m drawn back to the Regency period in my work, everything about it was beautiful and feels like home to me. I do think I was born 200 years too late. I’d say my main inspiration for what I do is historical styles and fashions, from Tudor to Regency, Georgian to the Roaring Twenties, Ancient Rome to Victorian, and everything in between. There is often a heavy sprinkling of Victorian gothic drama in my work. 

Courtesy of Mr. Mortimer’s Wife

The jeweled styles seen on the runways in the early nineties still make me go a bit weak at the knees. Clothes dripping in sparkles with big, chunky costume jewelry to match. I vividly remember falling in love with a Dolce and Gabbana corset I saw in a magazine, it was covered in jewels in all the color’s of the rainbow.

Courtesy of Mr. Mortimer’s Wife

As a child and young teenager those  bright, vibrant color’s that were everywhere in the late 1980s and early 1990s had an enormous effect on me. In fact I haven’t really thought about it before now, but my abiding love of brightly colored jewels began at a very young age, and comes out in a lot of my work. 

Courtesy of Mr. Mortimer’s Wife

Last piece of item purchased before the pandemic: Not really an item, but the main thing that I remember, very shortly before lockdown began here in the UK, was spending a perfect day at the V&A in London. It was at the beginning of February 2020 and there was already a nervousness in the air about what was potentially coming our way, but I spent that day in a bubble and had such an amazing time poring over the paintings, clothes and jewelry, and buying guidebooks, that it kept me going for a few months afterwards. 

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL

If you could live in any piece of clothing what would it be: Well it would have to be a tiara, wouldn’t it? I’d wear one every time I went out, to pubs, restaurants, shopping trips, days out, dropping my kids at school – everywhere. Maybe with a big Georgian gown. 

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Favorite Restaurant: I think going anywhere at the moment would be a real treat, I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to go out for the evening. There are so many places I would go, but if I have to pick one restaurant then I’d plump for Andrew Edmunds in Soho, London – a candlelit restaurant in an eighteenth century townhouse. I’ve had one or two great evenings there. Having said that, I’m not really a posh restaurant kind of girl – for an night out I’d much rather find a rickety old pub with a roaring fire and a resident ghost.

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Last Book Read: I always have several books on the go, usually about history, ghosts, and mysteries, and it’s quite a feat if I manage to finish any of them. I have just finished reading The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini by Reggie Oliver, a collection of stories very much inspired by M.R. James, my favorite author. We went to see Reggie Oliver read some of his ghostly tales at the theatre in 2017. I’m embarrassed to say it’s taken me this long to read the book that I bought that evening. 

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Here’s to running around while wearing a tiara! To follow Samantha @mrmortimerswife

The Essentials

Cashmere Sweater and Leggings @Theory.com

Who hasn’t made mistakes with their wardrobe in the early stages of figuring one self out. I’ve given away so much clothes, mainly because it was something I should never have purchased in the first place, there was even a purple sweater I bought twice, crazy.

Oversized Cardigan $115 @Cos.com
Cuyana Leggings

The essentials to wardrobe building begin with a basic foundation, mine is Black, various shades of grey and white. I throw in color, every now and then, like a light green or olive green for my Maui vacations, I mean I can’t always wear black.

My mother actually hated it that I wore black so much, that I added the grey and I do have a few pieces of pink, and a colorful coat my mother had approved of, that I will never part with. It’s one of the last things I purchased when she was able to get out of the house for afternoon lunch.

Audrey Wearing the Crisp White Shirt
Pleated Shirt Dress $115 @Cos
The Elly Bag $599_@Aninebing

I tend to shop at Cos and Cuyana, the quality is great and the prices affordable, plus it helps modernize my style.

$138 @Chanel.com
$98 @Chanel.com

A handbag that is on my wish list is from Anine Bing, It’s the Elly Bag, but because I bought jewelry, I have to pace myself, the handbag is lovely and budget friendly. I just have to exercise patience.

The fragrance I’ve been thinking about is newish, it’s by Chanel. It’s the Gabrielle Chanel Essence, I found a sample laying about and since I am on the market for a new scent, tried it on and liked it.

Lauren Bacall proving that Black and White is Chic
Dior 999 @Dior.com

Just don’t forget your red lipstick……

Here’s to running around chic in basic essentials……