Archive for April, 2010

Second hand Rose

Found myself footloose and fancy free for an hour on Saturday and so popped into the box of delights that is Style Connect in Dorking (yes, Dorking in Surrey), a dress agency where stock changes daily and there is almost always a must-have ‘find’. Few things beat the excitement of working your way through the rails of carefully selected vintage and designer labels, all in pristine condition and on-trend, ready to pounce upon a great outfit.

The store specialises in dresses for special occasions and has a distinct style – one customer describes it as ‘feeling just like Fulham’ (I think she means the High Street, not the football team) and with owner Barbara (a former personal shopper) on hand with sartorial advice you can’t fail to bag a bargain. Don’t however, go in there expecting to find a chic little fitted, grey wool dress and white angora cardigan – I have already taken them home.

Style Connect Dress Agency, 22 West Street, Dorking RH4 1BY t:07974 457472

Photo: Adele


Mir skincare is all about cosmetics with integrity.

Founder and former lawyer Gisele Mir  is so passionate about skin care for sensitive skin (including her own) that she retrained as a cosmetic scientist and developed this botanical range herself. I love the ‘look beyond the label’ common sense that Mir brings to the beauty table. Just because an ingredient is natural (or organic) doesn’t mean it is gentle, and ingredients that sound good enough to eat are not necessarily best to apply to your skin.

With this in mind, Mir excludes more than 200 substances from its range and instead advocates balanced less-is-more skin care.  This then is not the range for anyone looking for bling, ‘beauty-speak science’ or air brushed celebrity endorsements. All have their place in the beauty bazaar, but not at Mir. If, however, you don’t buy anything without first double-checking the ingredients list then Mir is your way to go.

PS loved the Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser (£22) for rinsing off so quickly – and combining two skincare tasks in one.

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