30 July 2021

James Barnor Retrospective

I recently went to The Serpentine to visit the first major art exhibition I'd seen since Olafur Eliasson at the Tate Modern back in December 2019.  It felt good to be back in a gallery!  The excellent James Barnor retrospective celebrates the career of the British-Ghanaian photographer, which spans six decades, two continents and multiple photography genres.

James Barnor, Mike Eghan at Piccadilly Circus, London, 1967 - James Barnor, Accra London Retrospective at the Serpentine Gallery
Mike Eghan at Piccadilly Circus, London, 1967


19 July 2021

Ormonde Jayne Bespoke Fragrances

I recently visited the Royal Arcade boutique of luxury British perfume house Ormonde Jayne to meet with the lovely founder Linda and discover the new Your Scent, Your Strength, Your Style customisable fragrances, all created in London.

Ormonde Jayne London - Your Scent, Your Strength, Your Style bespoke fragrances - luxury beauty & style blog

Choose your favourite fragrance from the range of 16 in the signature collection, strength of eau de parfum - either 40% extract or 50% intense - and preferred colour from the 8 new reusable, refillable "forever" bottles.

Linda walked me through the complex formulations and unique ingredients, and I chose the Champaca eau de parfum, a creamy floral fragrance championing a rare, sacred flower, with neroli, pink pepper and bamboo top notes, champaca absolute, freesia absolute and basmati at the heart, and myrrh, green tea and musk base notes.  It's the perfect summer scent, lingering beautifully for hours on warm skin.

The new refill service is available with a 10% discount in the Mayfair boutique, London and Manchester Selfridges stores, or online with complimentary delivery across the UK.  What will you choose?

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