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A hot air balloon near Bournemouth beach

A hot air balloon near Bournemouth beach

The past 12 months have been fairly busy for me; I switched flats, got engaged, passed my driving test and started a new job. As well as these milestones, the highlights of the year for me were watching the Winter Olympics in February, visiting Norway in May, and continuing to be inspired by so many things, from window worshipping in Kent, to viewing incredible war art for the centenary, getting creative with my face, and nomadic felines on film.

I’m not sure what 2015 will bring, and I haven’t made any plans so far, but I hope to up my blog posts and go on a few more adventures.

Thank you to everyone who reads my blog. I appreciate the comments and follows so much. Have a great 2015 x

Anita Berber The Dancer, 1925 by Otto Dix

Anita Berber The Dancer, 1925 by Otto Dix


I decided to do something a bit different today and use my face as a canvas. I wanted to recreate Otto Dix’s portrait of Anita Berber, making up my face in a similar style as Dix used for the painting. This photograph in no way does justice to the work of art; it is merely an homage to something I admire.

Anita Berber was a German actress and cabaret dancer who was born in Leipzig in 1899. She was a scandalous figure who became addicted to alcohol and hard drugs which she would consume with rose petals. Berber enjoyed the company of both genders (rumoured affair with Marlene Dietrich) and often favoured an androgynous personal style. She died from tuberculosis aged just 29.


Products I used: MAC lip pencil in Redd; YSL Rouge Pur Pure lipstick in 143; MAC Play It Cool eye palette (limited edition) – shades used Silverwear, Hold My Gaze and Magic Moor; L’Oreal Telescopic mascara; Avon Super Shock gel eyeliner; BarryM liquid liner; Real Techniques brushes; Shu Uemura eyelash curlers; Ardell lashes.

Ultra Vanities at the Goldsmiths’ Company: Bejewelled Make-Up Boxes From the Age of Glamour

More than 300 pieces from the 1920s to the 1970s by the likes of Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, and Van Cleef & Arpels.

The exhibition begins in the foyer, with compacts filling two glass display cases, as a sort of advertisement for the rest of the collection. One flight up, and the real glamour takes form.

In the main room it is quite dark, and the items themselves sit in lit cubbies in the walls, framed by red velvet drapes. This gives a somewhat voyeuristic impression, even a brothel effect; you feel like you shouldn’t be looking.

The make-up boxes are exquisite, especially the earlier items. Below are two very different compacts from the 1930s:



Parisian music of the era is piped gently into the rooms, evoking illicit speakeasies from a time long since past. You don’t quite feel that you are ‘there’ but the exhibit is fairly successful in inducing nostalgia. However, the beautiful interior of the building is an excellent vehicle for the collection, and there is an actual powder room in the ladies bathroom.

Although the exhibition is small in size, it’s certainly worth taking a look if you are at all interested in make-up, fashion, glamour or even design, especially since entry is free.

You can purchase the accompanying book Ultra Vanities – Minaudieres, Necessaires and Compacts by Meredith Etherington-Smith on Amazon.