Sunday Brunch Spot:
I’m not really a brunch type of person. A Sunday treat for me is a hearty roast at my local gastro pub – The
Junction Tavern in Tufnell Park where the Yorkshire Puds are amazing – or lunch at my favourite London restaurant;
Red wine with dinner, brandy when I need cheering up and Guinness in the pub on a cold winter’s afternoon. The only drink I don’t like is champagne which is annoying since the wheels of the entire beauty industry are oiled with it!
Saturday Night - Dancing till dawn or takeaway and a movie?
The last time I was up dancing ‘til dawn’ was on holiday and it nearly killed me - so I’ll go for the takeaway option. My ideal Saturday night involves dinner, drinks and karaoke, where I can rattle through the entire Duran Duran back catalogue – badly.
My Top Products on The Urban
Crème de la Mer The Collection For Men This set is a great way for men to discover the delights of Crème de la Mer. I’m never without their lip balm in my coat pocket in the winter!
Roja Parfums Fetish Pour Homme
I absolutely love Roja Dove’s men’s fragrances, as much as anything for their exquisite craftsmanship, complexity and longevity on the skin. He’s a true artist.
Face Defense SPF 15 This is the perfect moisturiser for men: it’s hydrating, has a built in sunscreen to guard against premature ageing and is non-greasy so leaves the skin shine-free.
- Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System Grey. Not just a great gadget for women, this is perfect for getting to the skin beneath a beard. I couldn’t do without mine.
Top general health tip:
Smile more. Not only will you feel better you’ll look better too. After all, happiness is the best facelift.
Favourite day of the week and why:
Thursday. I just like the way it sounds. Kind of…autumnal.
I love to start my day with…
The news and the purr of my cats. I can’t begin my day without knowing what’s going on in the world. The purring acts as an antidote to the news!
For me, 2014 will hopefully be all about…
Being healthy. I am fast approaching the age my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer and this has made me less interested in planning for the future – or taking it for granted – and more interested in simply living for the moment.
Most memorable moment as a journalist:
Back in the late 90s when I was editing young women’s magazine 19, I got to meet Tony Blair at No 10. To walk past the security gates, through the famous black door and then up the stars was an amazing privilege. Tony (everyone calls him Tony remember) was immensely charismatic – he just oozed star quality. Funnily enough, my overriding memory was that he needed to trim his hair at the back but that’s what being in the grooming industry does to you.
Male grooming has come a long way these past few years; what would you say is the key to looking and feeling great for men?
To respect yourself. Look after your body and look after your skin and look good for yourself not for other people. And don’t forget to cut your toenails, obviously.
3 things every man should own when it comes to grooming:
A decent facial cleanser (it’s the bedrock of any good grooming routine), a facial scrub (for removing dead skin cells but also for helping prevent ingrown hairs) and a moisturiser. I always tell guys if they only do one thing, grooming-wise, it should be to moisturise.
If you had an extra hour in the day how would you spend it?
Listening to music. Apart from my loved ones and the sound of the sea, music is the one thing I’d miss most if I was dead (presuming they don’t have music in heaven which, of course, they might).
What are the last three things you bought on your bankcard?
Frankly, I daren’t look.