En Vacances!

vacation

 

It’s that time of the year when the beautiful South of France beckons, so I’m heading off on holiday for a couple of weeks to soak up some St Tropez sun.

I’ll be taking a break from my blog while I’m away, but if you head over to Instagram I’ll be posting from there.  Follow me @julieehurst.

À bientôt.

x

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Winter Sun

sunglasses

With summer firmly in our sights, advertisements for eyewear are now filling the pages of glossy magazines and our internet feeds, typically featuring beach-ready models in sun-drenched locations or snapped under the glare of studio lights. However, one Australian brand has taken a rather different approach to showcase its current collection.

Valley Eyewear chose the snow-covered hills surrounding a former Communist Party building in Bulgaria to capture their latest campaign, and with quite dramatic results…

sunglasses

sunglasses

sunglasses

See more images from the shoot here, where you can also watch the accompanying campaign video ‘The Happening’.  Brrr…

Image Credits: valleyeyewear.com

Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to the Jungle | MODE+MAISON

This regram from Maison Margiela’s Instagram feed literally took my breath away. And I was more than surprised to learn that the model featured is Hedi Slimane favourite Grace Hartzel.  With her shock of short, sharply cut black hair and silver nose ring, the former Saint Laurent muse is almost unrecognisable.

The incredible styling is the work of fashion editor and celebrated stylist Camilla Nickerson, and the image is part of the ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ story that features in US Vogue’s April 2016 issue, shot beautifully by Mikael Jansson.

See more images from the shoot here

Image Credit: @maisonmargiela

New Found Favourites

Make Up Forever

Meet the new additions to my make up bag…

Make Up Forever wasn’t a brand I was familiar with, so when I saw that their store in St Tropez was offering one hour lessons, I decided it was an ideal opportunity to get to know the products, and hopefully, pick up some useful tips and tricks along the way.  I wasn’t disappointed.

Thankfully, my make up artist Olivia spoke slightly better English than I do French! And we managed to get through the hour with the help of a few hand gestures and more than a few laughs.  I wanted a very natural look, and she introduced me to some great products which I was delighted to bring home with me.

The first step in our sixty minute session was a rather scary looking green coloured primer.  This ‘Skin Equalizer’ counteracts redness, and the fine liquid helps to even out my skin tone. You simply brush it on where its needed.

In place of a traditional foundation, Olivia used the brand’s ‘Face & Body Liquid Make Up’, which is a water based gel.  This is so very light, but gives a lovely satin finish to my skin.  If, like me,  you struggle with the ‘one colour fits all’ BB and CC creams or tinted moisturisers, this product, which comes in 19 shades, is well worth trying.

The final step to achieving my natural base was the ‘Camouflage Cream Palette’. This comes in five different colourways, and for me, Olivia chose the ‘Professional’ palette.  Again, the green shade was used to counteract redness, and she used the orange to hide the blue tones in the inner corners of my eyes, and the light beige as a general concealer.

What struck me most about these products is how light they feel on my skin, without compromising on coverage or finish. They’re perfect for the warmer weather, when you don’t want to feel as though you’re caked in make up, but still want to look polished.  I think you can probably tell I’m a fan…

You can find details of your local Make Up Forever store here

Blue Sky Thinking

Kon Tiki, St Tropez

Kon Tiki, St Tropez

What does a summer holiday mean to you? A chance to explore far flung places? Time to take up a new activity or extreme sport?  Or beaches, sunbathing and books?

I’ve just returned from what has now become an annual trip to the south of France. It’s my perfect summer escape.  I love the warm weather, tranquil setting of our resort, and the fact that we are only a day trip away from cities such as Nice, Cannes and Monte Carlo.  But perhaps most of all, I love the fact that it gives me space to think.

While for most people, January is the time for resolutions and starting afresh, for me post holiday is my new year.  I always return from St Tropez with a list of ‘To Do’s, and rather than suffering from post holiday blues, I actually look forward to returning home and putting my plans into action!

I also find that in between our fun in the sun, I manage to complete those work projects that always seem to get pushed to the bottom of my in tray.  It may sound strange, and perhaps to some rather sad, but sitting under the palm trees, with nothing else to think about other than what I might fancy to eat or drink, I seem to accomplish so much.  And I’m not alone here.  My sister does the same!

However, I am conscious that despite how productive my two weeks in France may be, from a practical point of view I do need to try and carve out time in my weekly schedule to tackle some of these projects.   Or, perhaps I just need to consider relocating to the south of France?  Hmm…

Image Credit: Sarah Hurst

The Great Escape

The Great Escape

I’m off on holiday tomorrow and can’t wait!  I’m looking forward to some much needed R&R, and a chance to recharge my batteries under the St Tropez sun…

So, I’ll be taking a break from my blog for a few weeks, but I’ll still be tweeting and pinning.  I can’t give up social media completely!

You can follow me here and here, and on Instagram here.

A bientôt!

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