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I haven’t written about beauty and fashion for a while. The reason is very simple. Too many magazines and websites cover this subject, I do not have the experience or the little black book  of a beauty editor. I passed the age when you buy a violet nail polish and wear orange lipstick only because you saw Gisele wearing them in the front cover of Elle and they are the trend of the month.


Life is short and we shouldn’t spend too many hours in front of the mirror. When would we find time to read The Economist and develop opinions otherwise?


Whenever I discover something and I feel that it might be useful to other people, I have the burning desire to share it with others (it is probably called Facebook syndrome): few M&S – like the Kensington High Street branch – have a beauty shop that sells niche brands, which up to now I have always found almost impossible to find anywhere else in UK: Fragonard fragrances, Diego Dalla Palma lipstick and eye shadows – best ever – sun lotion or bronzes by Nuxe. I missed those and I finally know where I can find them.


Second discovery of the week are leather jackets by Francis Leon


If you ride a bike or a scooter you are probably wearing a good protective jacket that will repair you from wind and rain. The issue is that – as soon as you step off your bike and enter a shop, let alone a bar – it will make you look out of place. Feeling like the Michelin man when everyone else is wearing pretty tailored coats is not a good feeling. These jackets will solve the conflict. Maybe because a woman designed them?


They are soft, stylish and have very feminine cuts. It is not a chance that some of the best shops in the world sell them: from Harvey Nichols and Browns in London to Barneys in New York.


And in case you are wondering, I didn’t receive a jacket folded in a nice bag from Frances PR office…




And here are the store where to find these amazing jackets:

Liberty: http://www.liberty.co.uk/fcp/categorylist/designer/francis-leon

Matches: http://www.matchesfashion.com/womens/francis-leon

My Wardrobehttp://www.my-wardrobe.com/francis-leon?gclid=CPT2lt2v1LYCFXMctAoduy0Apw
Harvey Nickshttp://www.harveynichols.com/factfinder/search/result/?filterbrand=FRANCIS%2520LEON
Barneys: http://www.barneys.com/Designer-Clothing/womens-clothing,default,sc.html?prefn1=designer&prefv1=Francis%20Leon