Last weekend I found myself in The Dorchester Spa ( above ) a princess wonderland of girliness, everything was a dusty pink or purple and there were pearls EVERYWHERE as curtain ties, door knobs etc, etc. With Lula magazine in hand, and a pair of my own pearls earrings on, I sat down to wait for my manicure. I couldn’t think how this could possibly get more girly until I came across this jug of water. With roses in it.
[Leyla Cemal Silver Doublet Ring £45 Me & Zena Talon Midi Ring £14 both at MYFLASHTRASH.COM ]
How nice I thought assuming it would taste like, well. water but NO. It tasted AMAZING. It was sweet and honey like and felt like the kind of thing Aphrodite herself would drink. ‘Excuse me is there honey in this water?’ I asked a smiling massuse. Her kind answer of ‘No’ left me even more amazed. I bought some rose water face toner once in Morocco, and have consumed plenty of jars of The Mandarin Oriental’s rose petal jam and now, in all of it’s romantic glory, roses were quenching my thirst. I don’t know why I am giving this so much attention- maybe I’ve OD’d on coconut water. Either way this is mad delicious and roses have lots of healing properties/health benefits so im going to go and make a jug, maybe make a cocktail, and maybe stop gushing and get back to launching this beautiful new Japanese jewellery brand, BARK, on MYFLASHTRASH.COM
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Wu Tang Clan announced recently that they’d only be pressing one copy of their up coming album ‘The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin‘. The album, which features the group’s original members, will be housed inside a beautifully engraved silver-and-nickel box created by British-Moroccan artist Yahya. The plan is to tour it through museums, galleries and festivals, where visitors will be charged a price to listen to the 128-minute, 31 song album on headphones provided by the venue.
As Bobby Owsinski over at Forbes noted, ‘There are two kinds of product; infinite and scarce. Typical infinite products are music or videos in a digital form, which cost nothing to reproduce. Scarce products include tickets to live shows (not very scarce, but more so than digital music), custom CDs and CD box sets, signed merchandise, exclusive access to musicians, backstage passes, private concerts, and anything else that has a limited supply.’
1) Give some or all of your infinite products away for free in order to charge for the more scarce ones.
2) The more scarce a product is, the more you can charge for it.
3) Issue numbered items. Whether its 1000 numbered shoes or CDs, feeling closer to the artist/brand in fan circles creates crowd-sourced and harnessed loyalty.
4) Dont sell anything to anyone unless you know they are going to come back for more. From collectable charms, to Mc Donalds make an element of your product addictive and you’re going to be winning.
The Economic of Free, a theory put forward a few years ago in Chris Anderson’s book called Free: The Future of a Radical Price, is worth a read for more on how limited availability ( ahem Alexander Wang for H&M) and price link in. We just started a new thing on MYFLASHTRASH.COM where if one of our products is out of stock, visitors can enter their email to be notified when one of our jewellery designers has made more.. and the up take has been overwhelming. Fortunately these new unicorn earrings, cage ring and crystal necklace are all in stock :).
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Earlier this week Leandra aka @ManRepeller did a post on why she doesn’t wear make up. The post, a re-action to a comment about her appearance accidentally included in an email chain, and a reply to followers on her instagram about why she never ‘makes an effort’ prompted me to write my own response on why I don’t really wear make up either.
There is nothing more that I love than a black cat eye, but I have lost count of the times I have lost a battle with a liquid eyeliner and as a result been late for a meeting/ not replied to more emails. Most days I am happy with a flick of Benefit mascara and if I’m feeling particularly indulgent, a swipe of Nars Laguna Bronzer. Yes I could get up earlier and dedicate more time to pruning, and the reason why I don’t wear make up is not like Leandra ‘because I am lazy’, but because I simply think I have more important things to do than enhance my face.This probably stems slightly from modelling where you are expected to be fresh faced 24/7, and I partly probably think I can still get away with that new face confidence. Despite the fact I am now 23 not 16- ahem below!
This order of priorities aka work, emails, get dressed, jewellery on, work, emails- is very much the reason why I rarely wore any make up in the first series of Made in Chelsea, whilst other cast members had make up artists or hairdressers over before filming I was in the office and time was ticking- work on myflashtrash.com or get ready to film? The former always won and if you look back on season 1 now my lack of contouring or fake eye lashes is ridiculously evident – shout out to the few twitter haters who commented on this #sorrynotsorry.
Even now as I write this, I am wearing no make up, my hair in a pony tail and I am happy. And that’s all it comes down to, if you want to spend extra time on your appearance and it will make you feel happier then amazing do it, but identifying what truly makes you feel content and confident ( aka hustling and working all day for me!) will maybe reveal that you don’t need to wear make up. Just like how Breast Cancer Cares new viral #nomakeupselfie campaign did so well, or how wearing nike trainers and lululemon gear around town is becoming more and more mainstream, perhaps a bare face and natural smile will soon become the norm too.
After all why wear make up when you can wear jewellery? New necklace please! Shop Here
To Dubai this week, where alongside the lovely Giles Deacon I hosted the Grazia Middle East Fashion Awards! From Sheiks to almond stuffed dates, the last 72 hours have been an onslaught of opulence. Head over to the MYFLASHTRASH blog to find out my top 10 moments!
Rolling to the Awards in a Lame Peter Jensen Dress, Pastel Jewellery and Tod’s Heels, with my friend Lounes.