Azza

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Speaking of beauty, I just wanted to share this Top Shelf with Vogue Hommes International fashion editor Azza Yousif. I really like the way she talks about beauty and she is so lovely herself.

“…You put little drops wherever you want to highlight—and if you’re not wearing eye shadow, you could put a little bit in the middle of your lid and then let it sink in and it just gives a tiny bit of shine. It makes you glow. If I’m going out and my shirt is open, I even put it on my collarbone.

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Lately, I’ve been feeling like it’s more chic to not wear nail polish. I’ve also wanted to feel healthier, so that may have something to do with it—I feel like it’s more chic to be able to take care of your nails and for them to be clean and not hide them behind something….”

I find these beauty interviews so nice. Just the idea of girls sharing these (sometimes even intimate) secrets.

(image: Into The Gloss)

Paris, 1995

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Beautiful Emmanuelle Béart in Nelly et Monsieur Arnaud from 1995 is to me a prime reference point for 90s style captured on film.

With her oversized sweaters and coats and simple lines in muted colours and that face, she was everything I imagined a perfect Parisienne to be. Her wardrobe is very utlitiarian and purposeful, never too obvious, which perfectly balances her feminine aura and adds further interest to her character.

(I also still imagine this to be a perfect wardrobe for a job like “writer”, as much as Max Factor and Gwyneth Paltrow try to convince me otherwise. =)

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(all screen caps by me)

“Why A Man Should Be Well-Dressed”


I’m back from the working holiday in south of Europe, where I was wearing t-shirts untill 2 weeks ago due to the 30 C weather. Then suddenly it became winter and just as the first snow arrived, I hopped the plane that took me back home.

One of the books I read in my time away from home was Adolf Loos’ Why A Man Should Be Well-Dressed. Adolf Loos was an architect and a strong opposer of the ornamental Art Deco movement at the time. This small book was written around the turn of the century Vienna, and it’s very telling of those times in history. Nonetheless, his view of the uniform dressing as opposed to ornamental dressing is very much relevant today and worth reading if you’re interested in such matters.