The highlight of this week was interviewing Nancy Donahue, one of the most famous models of the 70s and 80s: a regular on the cover of Vogue, Harper’s, Self, Madmoiselle and the go-to model for Cover Girl and Almay cosmetics. She dominated the fashion and beauty scene back then with modelling buddies Kelly Emberg and Kim Alexis, who she is still close friends with today.
Today Nancy is an ex-triathlete and co-founder of BelleCore bodybuffer (available at BeautyMART) – a fitness and beauty gadget that helps to smooth skin, boosts circulation, improve lymphatic drainage and eliminate lactic acid after intense exercise. After her heyday in front of the camera, Nancy went on to become a fitness trainer, competing triathlete and mother and now her bodybuffer is the perfect accessory to her life of health, fitness and wellbeing.
So there we were in BeautyMART’s concession in Harvey Nichols chatting freely about vintage fashion, beauty trends from the 1980s, fitness and triathlons. Far from being a snooty ex-supermodel, Nancy was down to earth, natural and full of youthful energy.
Having spent today writing up my interview with her for the BeautyMART blog (where I’m the Online Ed) and a guest post for the brilliant Lovely’s Vintage, I thought I’d share some of her most stand out works with some of the world’s best
US Vogue, shot by Eric Boman; make-up artist Alberto Fava… (left)..and photo by Patrick Demarchelier (bottom left)
If you’re anything like me, leaving EVERYTHING until the last minute then here’s a round up of the stylish, ethical and fabulous places to shop in time for Christmas (and all year round!)…I did a quick check and all can deliver in time for Christmas – if you buy now!
1. CONTENT – beauty and wellbeing boutique in London and onlne
Founder Imelda Burke, says it specialises in ’emerging, results-driven niche brands’ but you’ll also find trusted favourites like Lavera, Nvey Eco and Jo Wood Organics. It’s like a treasure trove of adorable beauty finds and walls adorned with vintage mirrors and cute illustrations. There are treatment rooms for beauty and complimentary therapies too so you can treat yourself or others. You can also pick Imelda’s brains on everything to do with natural and organic beauty as she’s a trusted beauty insider. beingcontent.com
2. MELVITA – natural beauty brand in Covent Garden, London
It’s a newly opened store in a cute new shopping courtyard in Covent Garden and inside there’s enough to keep you engaged until they chuck you out. I had no idea French brand, Melvita, had so many products until I visited the store last week. And, they have the most AMAZING planted wall that had me swooning over it (yes, I’m a little sad!) and wishing to have one installed in my house. The ranges are affordable and gentle on skin, perfect for winter. melvita.com
3. Lovely’s Vintage Emporium
Oh I love a good vintage hideout and this one is totally fabulous! It’s bright, uplifting and fun to browse. Founder, Lynnette Peck-Bateman, has obviously put a lot of work into the visual experience (which makes a change to the typically dreary vintage shopping sites around) and sourcing of designer and non-designer, unique pieces. It’s my kind of vintage style – statement pieces. A lot of bold and eye-catching finds from 60s, 70s and 80s (as well as other eras) with strong shapes and vibrant colours. These are the kind of pieces that get people asking you where your clothes are from. Check it out! lovelys-vintage-emporium.myshopify.com
Now I want to know your favourite ethical, stylish and fabulous places to shop!!