Purple haze: lavender is everywhere

Spring has sprung, and last Sunday was particularly glorious. So, it felt only right to drag myself out of bed and lap up the sunshine, rather than mope about indoors and deal with the aftermath of the night before, which was spent devouring Prosecco and throwing some, err, sick shapes at BBC Radio 6 DJ, Gilles Peterson’s live set in XOYO, Shoreditch.

While getting ready to go for a romantic stroll through Stoke Newington with my boyfriend – you know, because we’re nauseating like that – I was just about to apply my make-up when, through the bedroom window, I spotted a lilac-looking butterfly fluttering about outside. I then took my cue from what I believe to be the Small Blue when choosing my colour palette, and opted for a shimmering lavender eyeshadow, winged black eyeliner, and peach-hued lip gloss.

Looking fit for spring with a lavender palete

Looking fit for spring with a lavender palete

Oddly, the colour scheme I chose then continued to appear throughout the afternoon. As we walked down Church Street, a street which can only be described as a hipster’s dream – no chain stores here, just quirky shops, vintage flea markets and artisan brunch spots – I spotted many more of the same butterflies and a lavender macaroon in the window of the local delicatessen (middle-class, much?). It was as if my beauty choices and the universe were all aligned on that particular day (self-centred, much?)

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Macaroon moment


We then ended the afternoon with a walk through Abney Park Cemetery. Slightly morbid, I know, but it was a Sunday and I did feel a bit like death from the previous night’s antics. I just made sure I didn’t look like it by using my trusty beauty products – a lavender shade does brighten up tired eyes, after all. Plus, the graveyard was dotted with bluebells. Fate? I think so…

Keep an eye-out for my upcoming round-up of lavender beauty products.

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Bluebells, smiling at you.

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