Spring in Bloom

Created in collaboration with Viktor & Rolf, photographed in Batignolles & Parc Monceau, Paris

Spring has finally sprung! Hooray for all the SAD sufferers out there! Me included. I’m definitely affected by seasonal affective disorder and am perennially cold. Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll probably tell you that my most used phrase is: “I’m cold.” I’m basically cold when the temp dips below 25 degrees (so most of the year) and sleep with a hot water bottle for 6 months of it. Yes even with a boyfriend in bed with me. You may laugh, but it means I get 360 degree warmth ;). I also have a small hot water bottle that I travel with, so I’m always prepared to banish any cold chills!

Spring is therefore unsurprisingly my favourite time of the year, not just for its transformative nature, as trees sprout leaves and flowers begin to bloom, but because it's the first sign that the temperature will begin to rise and I’ll actually start to feel my fingers and feet again when I leave the house. Spring also has a distinct scent - my favoured of all the seasons. As one with sensitive smell - my super power if you will (not so great when riding the Paris metro), I associate people and places with smell and would happily bottle this season's scent so I can sniff it all year round. Viktor and Rolf’s new fragrance, Flowerbomb Bloom, launched just in time for the arrival for spring has done just that! It’s a fresher, more aerial and sparkling take on their iconic scent, Flowerbomb, which was created over 10 years ago. They’ve kept the same memorable musky base, and notes of vanilla and patchouli, but injected a breath of fresh air. This added whiff of invigorating air (an innovative molecule captured at the top of the mountain ranges of the Pacific Northwest, and recreated synthetically rather cleverly) has been blended with a burst of fresh flowers, and notes of pomegranate, bergamot and mandarin oils. It’s sweet, but not too sweet, and leaves a lingering floral trail, as it surely did when I wandered around Batignolles last week, hunting down pretty blooms and blossoms, and chasing warmer rays, when shooting this editorial. Is Spring is your favourite season? 

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Photos of me by Roxanne Matizbit.ly/FlowerbombBloom

Back to Work with My Blend

With the summer holidays behind me, plus a trip to the Maldives under my belt, I am firmly in camp rentrée - France's phrase for 'Back to Work'. So as I get my September schedule in check and prepare for further travelling, there's no better time to reveal a video that I made along with My Blend earlier this year. As the name suggests, My Blend is a concept created by Dr Olivier Courtin that enables the user to concoct their very own blend of creams dependent on their skin type and lifestyle. Using one cream as a base, you add boosters (serums) that are recommended to you after a consultation. It's very clever stuff and I'm surprised no one has come up with the idea before! We are all unique and so is our skin and its needs. In the video I was paired with French blogger Aude Sakamari from My Name is Odd, to highlight how very different skin can be, even if we might lead a similar lifestyle. I was recommended the Antioxidant+ booster, to aid my skin when it's been subjected to too much pollution and the Speedy Recovery booster that is perfect for someone who travels extensively.

Skincare is something that has been important to me from a young age, instilled in me by my mum who insisted I start wearing moisteriser to protect my face in my early teens. Thanks to a combination of good genes and a long-engrained morning and night cream routine, I look younger than you may think I am, and now with a little help from My Blend I hope to stay that way! Anyway I'll leave you to watch the video below to see how it works. 

Created in collaboration with My Blend