Shop with me – A Fashion Director’s Weekly Shopping List

This week, with temperatures in New York finally climbing to a comfortable and slightly more Spring like weather I find myself obsessing over florals. Those are the pieces that all of a sudden bring your wardrobe to now and put a smile on your face. Where will you wear it? How? No rules apply. Work, evening, weekend, date or a farmer’s market visit… add florals!

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If there is a flower I am loving it. There are too many negative things happening out there, let’s help lifting the spirits a bit. Let it bloom!

10 Mother’s Day Beauty Gifts You Can Get On a Drugstore Run

We’ve all been there: You know Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, but you have minor heart palpitations when mom calls to confirm brunch plans for her big day. You realize you forgot the most important thing other than your presence: a gift.

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Whether you’ve been pressed for shopping time, or a chronic procrastinator, you can still find a great gift for mom without having to shop around. The drugstore is a one-stop shop with aisles that are a treasure trove of beauty products and sets you can gift to mom to pamper her. The best part? She’ll never be able to tell that her gift was picked up when you were stocking up on paper towels and dish soap.

Here, we’ve rounded up 10 gift ideas you can pick up for mom on your next drugstore run. (Your secret is safe with us.)

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How did the new Dragons make their millions?

How did the new Dragons make their millions?

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The incoming dragons will replace Sarah Willingham (far left) and Nick Jenkins (second right)

Two new faces are to join the formidable investor panel of the BBC’s budding entrepreneur show Dragons’ Den.

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One is Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish and the other is Jenny Campbell, a cash machine business founder.

They’ll join existing Dragons Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden and Touker Suleyman, replacing Nick Jenkins and Sarah Willingham.

We’ll first see how readily they part with their cash when the new series starts this summer.

In the meantime, let’s look at how the new Dragons made their money.

Steve Parish

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Steve Parish says he is “excited to meet the entrepreneurs… and see what ideas they bring to the Den”

Occupation: Part-owner and executive chairman of Crystal Palace Football Club.

Steve Parish began life as a budding businessman as soon as he left school at 18.

His chosen line of work was a long way from football in advertising and computer graphics. The company was Adplates and while working there Parish was already thinking of creating his own empire, starting by founding a company called Turning Point Technologies. He then went on to buy Adplates itself and gave it his own stamp by renaming it Tag.

Tag grew from a 50 staff-member team making under £4m a year into a big brand promoter, with thousands of employees in 13 offices around the world and making more than £180m annually.

When he came to sell Tag in 2011, Parish made in the region of £150m. And with that money, he bought his passion – Crystal Palace FC – a team he had supported since childhood.

His success with the club in the seven years he’s been there has seen him save it from financial ruin and take it into the Premier League.

On bringing his experience to Dragons’ Den, Parish says: “I’m thrilled to become a Dragon and really excited to meet the entrepreneurs in this series, see what ideas they bring to the Den and how I might be able to help them grow.”

Jenny Campbell

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Jenny Campbell says she is looking forward to bringing her own “unique style to the Den”

Occupation: Business mentor, charity supporter and speaker

Another early starter, Campbell left school at 16 and aptly began her working life counting cash in a NatWest bank and checking customers’ signatures on cheques.

She soon rose up the ranks and into head office where she had several jobs including being part of the team overseeing the merger of NatWest and RBS.

After 30 years in banking Campbell sought to become an entrepreneur in her own right – in the cash machine business.

Like Parish, she took a failing enterprise, saw its potential and pulled it from the debt quagmire onto the road of pan-European success.

In the height of the financial crash she bought it out, relaunched it as YourCash Europe Ltd and become the majority shareholder.

Ten years later, she sold YourCash for £50m and now dedicates her work time to encouraging and teaching others how to succeed.

Previously awarded Business Woman of the Year, Campbell’s work ethic is “live by corporate standards, but breathe like an entrepreneur”.

Of joining the Dragons, she says: “As a fan of Dragons’ Den I’m very excited to be taking my seat in the line-up and bringing my own unique style to the Den. I’m looking forward to using my extensive business skills to spot the next generation of entrepreneurs and help them realise their business dreams.”


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BP Portrait Award: All female sitters on shortlist

BP Portrait Award: All female sitters on shortlist

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Ehretsmann depicted his pregnant wife Caroline in his shortlisted portrait

The shortlist for this year’s BP Portrait Award has been announced, featuring an all-female line-up of sitters.

All three of the artists responsible for the works are male.

Thomas Ehretsmann is shortlisted for his portrayal of his pregnant wife, while Antony Williams painted model Emma Bruce posing nude.

Benjamin Sullivan’s depiction of his wife breastfeeding their daughter is also nominated.

This year marks the first time Williams and Ehretsmann have been considered for the top prize, but both have had works selected for exhibition in previous years.

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Benjamin Sullivan painted his wife nursing their baby daughter

All artworks nominated for the annual BP Portrait Award, including the three works shortlisted for first prize, will be displayed at The National Portrait Gallery in London from 22 June.

The winner will be awarded £30,000 in prize money as well as a gallery commission worth £5,000.

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Antony Williams’s portrait is of his model and friend Emma Bruce


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Game of Thrones actress to appear in Julius Caesar at Bridge Theatre

Game of Thrones actress to appear in Julius Caesar at Bridge Theatre

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Michelle Fairley played Catelyn Stark in Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones actress Michelle Fairley is to appear in one of the first plays to be staged at a new theatre at London’s Tower Bridge.

Fairley, who played Catelyn Stark in the HBO series, will play Cassius in a new production of Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre.

Her previous Shakespeare roles include Othello’s Emilia and Lady Macbeth.

Julius Caesar will also star Ben Whishaw as Brutus and David Morrissey as Mark Antony.

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Julius Caesar cast (l-r) David Calder (Caesar), David Morrissey (Mark Antony), Ben Whishaw (Brutus) and Michelle Fairley (Cassius)

The new 900-seat venue is the brainchild of former National Theatre bosses Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr and will be the home of their new London Theatre Company.

The first play to open at the theatre will be Young Marx, a comedy by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman, which will see Rory Kinnear playing Karl Marx.

Sir Nicholas told the BBC’s arts editor Will Gompertz about the plays, and said Young Marx focuses on the years just after he arrived in London.

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Rory Kinnear as the young Karl Marx

“He was living in two rooms in Soho – he was broke, restless, horny, brilliant, and had total emotional illiteracy, he was a complete mess.

“Surrounded by creditors, spies, people after his wife, he’s got writer’s block… it’s certainly not the Marx you see on the tombstone at Highgate Cemetery.”

Young Marx will open in October, with Julius Caesar following in December.

“We’re going to occasionally do a classic,” Hytner said of the decision to stage the Shakespeare play.

“A lot of people are doing this play this year because it has so much to say about autocracy, and the horrified and ineffectual reaction of the educated elite.”

Plans for Summer 2018 include Flatpack, a “dark comedy” by John Hodge, screenwriter of Trainspotting and Shallow Grave, and a new play by Nina Raine about JS Bach, starring Simon Russell Beale.


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Rimmel ad featuring Cara Delevingne ‘misled viewers’

Rimmel ad featuring Cara Delevingne ‘misled viewers’

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There was more to Cara Delevingne’s eyelashes than met the eye

A Rimmel mascara advert starring Cara Delevingne has been banned for using tricks to exaggerate the look of her “dangerously bold lashes”.

Delevingne was seen using Scandaleyes Reloaded mascara as the ad promised “extreme volume… extreme wear.”

But it didn’t say Delevingne had also been given individual lash inserts to fill in gaps and that some lashes had been re-drawn in post-production.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has said the ad was misleading.

It must not appear again in its current form, the watchdog said.

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Dangerously bold lashes, dangerously bold production techniques

In the advert, a voiceover said: “Rimmel introduces Cara Delevingne for new Scandaleyes Reloaded mascara. Dangerously bold lashes. New max-density brush for clump free lashes. Extreme volume… extreme wear.”

Rimmel’s owner Coty UK said the ad accurately represented the product, and that Delevingne’s lashes looked “full and long” before they used their extra production techniques as well as after.

Coty said it used individual lash inserts “only to fill in gaps and to create a uniform lash line”, which was “in accordance with industry practice”.

And some lashes were re-drawn in post-production “where they were not visible due to the model’s dark eyeshadow”. But that process didn’t lengthen or thicken the lashes, Coty said.

‘Exaggerating effect’

But the ASA took a different view. It concluded that the effect of the lash inserts or the post-production – or both – was to give the appearance of “longer lashes with more volume”.

The ASA ruling said: “Because the ad conveyed a volumising, lengthening and thickening effect of the product we considered the use of lash inserts and the post-production technique were likely to exaggerate the effect beyond what could be achieved by the product among consumers.

“We therefore concluded the ad was misleading.”

Coty said: “While we regret the decision of the ASA, we will of course comply with the ruling and not air the TV commercial again in this state.”


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The Most-Searched Bridal Lip Color on Pinterest Isn’t What You’d Expect

When it comes to the typical wedding lipstick options, colors usually range between pink and nude, with the occasional bold red for good measure. This year, however, brides-to-be have been following in Marchesa’s lead, avidly searching for a bright berry tones to mirror their spring 2017 look at Bridal Fashion Week. According to Pinterest’s recently-released Wedding Report, searches for berry lipstick have gone up by 71%. To help make the planning process a little easier, we compiled a list of the best berry lipsticks at every price point, below.

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The Bag the Jessicas Just Can’t Put Down

Elena Ghisellini has long been the secret weapon for designers such as Givenchy; behind their blockbuster handbags and since 2003 she has been creating gorgeous, must shop bags under her own name. Now, some of the most famous Jessicas in Hollywood, namely Alba and Biel, have caught the bug and can’t leave the house without one of her stylish creations. Following is a selection of our favorites available now!

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How to Raise a Feminist: 7 Famous Moms on Modern-Day Parenting

Wherever you fall on the political spectrum, anyone would agree we are living in uncertain times. If you happen to be raising children, navigating the current cultural landscape becomes even trickier. With Mother’s Day around the corner, we connected with seven badass women who seem to have it all figured out—building businesses as well as families—about how they are raising socially conscious, feminist children and how they instill a sense of community awareness.

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While each woman had their own parenting style, there was a through line emerged: teaching children empathy, compassion, and supporting each other—regardless of differences. Jessica Alba, founder of the Honest Company, is teaching her girls from a young age that women deserve a seat at the table; Kelly Rowland talked about how unsettling it can be raising an African American son today. Makeup artist, Jeanine Lobell advises her daughters that being silent is guilt by omission, “we are all responsible for pushing back against injustice.”

Here are their inspiring quotes and sound advice on mothering in the modern era.

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10 Cleansing Oils That Remove EVERYTHING

It might seem counteractive to cleanse your face with oil, but despite what popular skincare myths might have told you to believe, oil-based cleansers won’t make your face greasier or cause you to breakout.

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In fact, cleansing oils melt off stubborn waterproof makeup, dirt, and other major pore-clogging impurities in a few sweeps followed by a quick rinse. Cut with nourishing and soothing ingredients like olive oil, camellia, and argan oil, these water-soluble formulas will leave your skin clean and smooth without stripping your skin of its essential natural oils.

From Juice Beauty’s green fruit stem cell-infused cleanser to Japanese brand DHC’s cult-favorite bottle, we’ve rounded up our favorite cleansing oils to use to wipe away the day.

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