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Princess Eugenie has defended her strong work ethic and insisted her conscientiousness has got her to where she is now. The 27-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson – who is an associate director at the art gallery Hauser and Wirth – was addressing an audience at the China Exchange in London earlier this week.

The young royal had been criticised for reportedly taking eight holidays in 15 months last year, but puts most of it down to royal commitments as she attempts to “straddle two worlds”.

“My boss is a lovely man,” Eugenie said at the event (via The Daily Mail). “I think my boss understands very much when I have to take an afternoon or go with my family, I think there is an understanding that goes both ways.

“I am in service to my family and to the love of my grandmother. Most people understand that when you have to go and balance that and straddle two worlds. Whether you curtsy for someone or you don’t, you still work really hard and make an effort to get where you want to be.”

Eugenie defended her position at Hauser and Wirth by affirming: “The reason I am in the art world is down to me, not because I have a title. I think I am regarded in my job for doing my exams and learning the way I did.”

She also revealed that she wanted to act when she was younger, continuing: “I always wanted to be an actress. I did act at school. I did Hello Dolly. I sang as well,” she disclosed.

And on being a fan of Netflix’s royal drama The Crown, which she feels “proud” to watch, Eugenie added: “I did watch a couple of episodes of The Crown. It is filmed beautifully.

“The music is wonderful, the story is beautiful. You feel very proud to watch it. I can’t speak for everyone but that’s how I felt when I watched it.”

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La demi-soeur de Kim Kardashian a fait sensation samedi soir lors de sa montée des marches à Cannes.

Elle est arrivée comme une star. Seule sur le tapis rouge à l’image de Rihanna. L’interprète de «Diamonds» avait fait sensation lors de son passage vendredi soir sur le red carpet de Cannes en robe bustier, signée Dior Haute Couture. La demi-soeur de Kim Kardashian en a fait tout autant. Kendall Jenner, it-girl aux millions d’abonnés sur les réseaux sociaux, est apparue sur la Croisette telle une déesse de l’Olympe. Vêtue d’une robe vaporeuse haute couture signée du génie italien Giambattista Valli, la jeune femme a monté les marches avec délicatesse, jouant avec sa traîne devant les photographes du monde entier.

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Mais si sa tenue a fait sensation sur la Croisette, et a aussi enflammé la Toile, c’est un autre détail qui a attiré le regard de toutes les fashionista de la planète. Kendall portait sur le red carpet des chaussettes couleur chair dans ses escarpins. Crime de lèse majesté pour certains, coup de génie pour d’autres. Reste à savoir si la jeune femme vient de lancer une nouvelle tendance.

Lors de la montée des marches du film «120 battements par minute», une autre star a marqué les esprits. En effet, Kristen Stewart, la princesse du festival, était présente. Grande habituée du tapis rouge cannois, l’actrice était sur la Croisette samedi soir pour présenter en séance spéciale son premier court-métrage, «Come Swim».

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È più semplice di quanto sembri. Seguendo bene i passaggi, infatti, si può ottenere un’acconciatura davvero scenografica in una manciata di minuti. Stiamo parlando della treccia a spina di pesce, che si distingue dalla classica versione per il modo in cui vengono sovrapposte le ciocche e che regalano un risultato finale molto chic.

A proporla è ghd, che la inserisce tra le acconciature must have di questa stagione, insieme alla coda pom pom e ad un raccolto intrecciato dal mood romantico.

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Dimenticate, però, un finish troppo perfetto e ordinato. La treccia deve essere morbida, movimentata con ciuffi fuori posto che regalano subito un effetto naturale. Proprio come vogliono le ultime tendenze che prediligono raccolti casuali, ma ben studiati nel pieno rispetto dell’effortless chic, anche per quanto riguarda il bridal look.

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E allora non resta che cimentarsi e provare a replicarla. Nella gallery tutti gli step.

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Chaque dimanche, Paris Match retrace en images l’histoire d’une star. Au tour de l’incandescente Monica Bellucci.

Monica Bellucci est le plus beau diamant du Pérouse, en Italie. Une beauté sauvage, un talent inné, mais que cette région ne pouvait pas garder. Alors après des études de droit et quelques années dans le mannequinat, la sublime Monica se lance dans le cinéma. Son premier rôle est dans «La Riffa» de Francesco Laudadio, en 1991. Son magnétisme enchante, son charisme envoûte. Francis Ford Coppola lui offre même un rôle dans son «Dracula». Monica s’image alors une carrière au-delà des frontières italiennes. Elle débarque en France au milieu des années 90 et joue dans «L’Appartement» de Gilles Mimouni. C’est dans ce film qu’elle rencontre le premier homme de sa vie, Vincent Cassel.

A lire : Monica Bellucci, ses plus belles apparitions à Cannes

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Le cinéma français lui tend les bras. De Bertrand Blier à Gaspar Noé, en passant par Jan Kounen, Alain Courneau ou bien encore Jean-Christophe Grangé. Ces sollicitations lui donnent des ailes. Et la portent de l’autre côté de l’Atlantique. Monica reprend le rôle de Romy Schneider dans «Suspicion», donne la réplique à Bruce Willis dans «Les larmes du soleil», incarne Marie-Madeleine dans «La Passion du Christ» de Mel Gibson et joue même dans deux épisodes de la saga «Matrix». Monica est devenue en deux décennies une star, pour ne pas dire une icône. 

A lire : Monica Bellucci “J’ai un homme dans ma vie”

Après une prestation très remarquée en James Bond Girl dans «007 Spectre», Monica sera au mois de juillet prochain à l’affiche de «On the Milky Road», dernier long-métrage né du brillant esprit d’Emir Kusturica. Elle est aussi en ce mois de mai, la maîtresse de cérémonie du 70e festival de Cannes. Preuve s’il le fallait encore que Monica Bellucci est une étoile parmi les étoiles.

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Tim Gurner è un giovane immobiliarista australiano. Ha 35 anni e in un’intervista all’emittente Channel 9 ha dato una bella mazzata ai giovani d’oggi. La sua dichiarazione sembra piuttosto qualunquista, ricorda le sparate del nostro iperattivo ministro del Lavoro Giuliano Poletti. Stavolta, però, non si parla di lauree e calcetto ma di panini all’avocado. Issati a emblema di una certa fighettaggine ipersalutista e follemente social buona solo a spendere tanto, risparmiare poco e costruire zero per il futuro.

Quando volevo comprare la mia prima casa non acquistavo panini all’avocado da 19 dollari l’uno e quattro caffè da 4 dollari” ha detto in un passaggio dell’intervista rilasciata al programma 60 Minutes. Ma è solo la dichiarazione più morbida fra quelle sparate nel corso del colloquio. L’imprenditore ha aggiunto per esempio che “le aspettative dei giovani sono molto, molto alte. Vogliono andare a cena fuori ogni giorno, vogliono viaggiare in Europa ogni anno”. A far danni, secondo lui, certi modelli e celebrità ormai ubique sia in tv che su internet: “Guardano le Kardashian e pensano sia normale guidare una Bentley”.

Non sembra il solito, sterile pancia a terra e lavorare. L’accusa di Gurner è più chirurgica, maligna, sociale. Spazia a 360 gradi e prende di petto i drammi di generazioni tendenzialmente più povere delle precedenti – specialmente in certi Paesi industrializzati – che tuttavia sembrano ingannare le prospettive sul proprio futuro nell’iperconsumismo perso fra continui richiami tech, fascinazioni bio e (falsamente) green e soprattutto stili di vita sopra ogni possibilità media di spesa che vengono tuttavia surrogati da piccoli atteggiamenti quotidiani.

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Ora, che evitando un paio di toast all’avocado ci si possa far casa è evidentemente una provocazione. Ma se quella provocazione si espande sulle prospettive di lunga gittata, e sulla miriade di bisogni indotti a cui la generazione dei Millennial in particolare, ma anche la successiva generazione Z (cioè i nati dalla seconda metà degli anni novanta o dagli inizi del 1995 fino al 2010), sono stati guidati, le esternazioni non fanno più tanto schifo. Anzi, assumono un loro senso. Un po’ come le indagini che ci raccontavano come i Millennial preferiscano i cuccioli di cane ai bambini.

Ho passato ogni notte in ginocchio a rinnovare i pavimenti, dipingere, ristrutturare e lavorare alla casa – ha spiegato rispetto al suo primissimo investimento, fatto dal suo capo dell’epoca ma gestito in prima persona – quando l’abbiamo venduto ho sfruttato il piccolo profitto di 12mila dollari per acquistare un’altra proprietà. E tutto è partito da lì”. Anche grazie ad altri 34mila prestati dal nonno con cui ha ottenuto un mutuo, comprato una palestra da 150mila e, di cessione in acquisto, è divenuto pian piano il tycoon di oggi. Non manca ovviamente il passaggio sugli anni spesi a fare diversi lavori sette giorni a settimana “risparmiando ogni penny possibile”.

Al netto degli attacchi ricevuti sui social network e degli aspetti più strettamente legati al contesto australiano che non ci riguardano, l’immagine più efficace è paradossalmente proprio quella dei famigerati toast all’avocado, divenuti soggetti prediletti della subcultura di Instagram (quasi 400mila foto solo sul social con quell’hashtag specifico e 5,8 milioni per il semplice #avocado). Tanto da scomodare perfino il Washington Post.

A rappresentare appunto una società giovanile globale preda e bersaglio al contempo di consumi non tanto futili ma fintamente sofisticati e per giunta venduti a prezzi anni fa inaccettabili. Con strategie simili che ormai accomunano food, tecnologia, lifestyle. In quel senso, per interpretare meglio le sparate moraliste di Gurner, l’idea è che il panino sofisticato, l’ultimo smartphone top di gamma o il clamoroso edonismo da social network siano ridicoli schermi che li separano dal futuro.

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After putting it off for many weeks, I’ve finally made the wardrobe swap. I do the same every year: buy lots of new things that I see tempting me in shops, only to realise that I do indeed have three cases of summer clothes in the cupboard already. But you can never have too many shoes, dresses, bags or sunglasses eh? Although we’ve had a few days of sunshine, right now the weather is as unpredictable as the political landscape – which in turn means that black layers are my go to. You can’t go wrong with a lightweight cotton black dress to keep you cool but covered up, a little pair of black sandals and a super on-trend straw basket to add a nod to warmer weather. Often I agonize over an outfit for so long and it still looks a bit naff, but other times it’s utterly effortless and just works; this was definitely one of those times. (I’m so pleased with how the pictures have come out too… Although I felt like a bit of a cliche standing in front of a coloured wall holding flowers, I think I’m getting into the swing of this fashion blogger malarkey.)




So first things first, lets discuss my hair. When I was a kid I was rarely allowed my hair down; it was always either up in a ponytail or french plait for school, or in the evening and weekends it was up in a bun for ballet class. I spent most of my first decade with rock solid hair and high on perfume fumes, which may or may not have had an impact on my intelligence. Because I always had my hair up and away from my face I somewhat rebelled in later teenage years, refusing to pin it up other than when I had to. I guess that’s had an impact on me as an adult, where it doesn’t really occur to me to put up my hair for anything other than the gym and down days working from home; there’s something a bit more ‘I’m ready to rock’ about a ‘do that’s all wavy, voluminous and fabulous. But hey ho, I decided to change it up by pinning up my two day old hair – and by gosh, I quite like it. What are the chances?  



You may associate Marks and Sparks with your Nan, school uniforms and rather posh lunch choices, but I urge you to walk through the clothing section when you’re next stocking up on Percy Pigs – because they’re killing it in the fashion department right now. In the last month I’ve bought three dresses, a skirt, two tops and a handful of sandals, proving that there’s always something to tickle your fancy. I find that MS cut their dresses to cut boobs, hips and bum (hoorah!) and have managed to channel trends while keeping them super wearable and comfy too. This black cotton dress is so effortless, plus was pretty affordable at £55.00 too; I picked a very similar style up in a delicate blue and white stripe too and have already worn that more times than most things I own. Expect more Marks on here soon!



I do love a great pair of sunnies; they can instantly lift a look and make you feel Greta Garbo fabulous. Although I have some classic frames from Prada, Tom Ford and Miu Miu, most of those that have been getting an outing of late have come from ASOS (you can’t sniff at glasses that cost a tenner!) However, after a little rummage I rediscovered these tortoiseshell beauties I picked up from Century 21 in New York last year. (If you haven’t been, it’s worth the plane fare just to see what bargains you can nab; I’ve come away with some incredible savings and designer pieces that I still cherish.) The quality is fab and I love the subtle Burberry Check detail on the arm, giving a nod to the brand but not being too garish. If you’ve not checked out Burberry sunglasses before and fancy a splurge, I can thoroughly recommend them: their styles are so flattering and classic without being boring.



One of my favourite things about summer is getting my toes out. I love sandals and all the beautiful colours, patterns and shapes they come in; why have a boring black pair when you can have them in all the different styles and give your outfit an added edge? Even a pair of jeans and a plain white tee looks so much better with a pair of fabulously OTT sandals, so my collection is ever expanding as I constantly seek new ways to decorate my feet. These sandals are actually part of the Ellie Goulding collection for Deichmann (most random collab of the year?) and they’re oh so comfy. They have a slightly padded base which stops your feet from getting sore, while the design doesn’t cut or chafe my delicate tootsies at all; I wore these all day and could easily keep them on all night. I really like the metallic ‘aztec’ design as a way to lift an otherwise plain look – plus they’re less than twenty quid. Bargain alert! 



I spent half of last summer searching for the perfect straw bag to take on holiday, but by the time I realised I needed one they’d all sold out. (Massive regret right there.) This year I jumped on them as soon as they started to appear in stores, stocking up on a few different styles and designs that I know will take me from London street to Bali bar with ease. As most don’t last much longer than a year or two (the nature of the material means it can fray and break) it’s not worth spending a fortune, so this £12.00 number from Primark fits the bill perfectly. It’s super roomy and comfortable to carry, plus the stripe detail make it great for wearing with black or white… It’s the simple things!


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Thanks to Kirsty from Fashion For Lunch for the photos!

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That’s a recurrent question in the sartorial world : why do our tailors spend so much time on crafting one or two buttonholes that will, most of the time, never be used ?

Of course if you love wearing lapel pins and lapel jewelry, or if you need, from time to time to attach a carnation to your jacket, you have your explanation. I have also heard a few other stories, such as facilitating the wearing of watch fobs and college pins.

But most of us will barely use them, even if we love to show the quality of our Milanese buttonholes.

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Recently, however, I discovered an explanation that I find both interesting and charming : in the 1920s a man would button the cord around his dress hat into his lapel on windy days to prevent the hat from flying away and to keep it firmly planted on his head. Do you think it’s true ? Or is it pure sartorial romance ?

Windy Days in the 1940s

Actually, it is true and Worth Worth in New York still makes hats with a button on an elastic cord for windy days.

Fascinating isn’t it ?

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