Friday, 26 June 2009

Heads Will Roll!

Sophia Coppola's spectacular biopic of Marie Antoinette divided critics, but they were unanimous on at least one thing - it was a visual masterpiece! The lavish Versailles setting, endless Laduree macaroons and specially-made Christian Louboutins create an aesthetic so pastelly-perfect it (very nearly) brings tears to my eyes. As the late, great and ill-fated Queen of France grew bored of a loveless marriage, she spends like there's no tomorrow leading to a wonderful shopping-and-cakes montage, linked here for your viewing pleasure. Here are a few lovely stills from the film to feast your eyes upon...

Unfortunately, it's not always wholly practical to flounce around in the couture dresses the Dauphin favoured, but we can certainly draw aspects of her look for the every day. The makeup worn in the 17th century court seems to be all about the rouge and lipstick, and I reckon it makes a refreshing change from focusing on your eyes! Apply petal pink blusher lavishly to the apples of your cheeks and a dark, matte cerise lipstick for a royal, Gallic look. Whilst nail varnish wasn't round back then, Marie certainly seems keen on her pastels, so I think she would adore candy colours to make her nails look like mini-macaroons. With all that spare time on her hands, she no doubt had an decadent beauty routine involving plenty of parfum. As for her royal tresses, she liked them high, powdered and extravagantly decorated. 

Barry M nail varnishes in Bright Purple, Mint Green and Pure Turquoise

Bourjois blusher in Lilas D'Or

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Perfume

Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder in White

Hair Band from Charm School Designs on Etsy

''It's not too much, is it?''

Thursday, 18 June 2009

I Started Something I Couldn't Finish

I do apologise for the nearly a month-long hiatus, I have moved back home from Uni for the summer, celebrated my birthday, my sister's birthday and started a new job! So I have been rather busy.... but never fear, I'll be back to blogging as usual very soon... watch this space.