Stationery Scorn: The Louis Vuitton Agenda

louis vuitton agenda

Every January for the past – I don’t know, twelve Januaries? – I have had a little ritual with my Louis Vuitton yearly planner. Carefully extracting all of the previous year’s diary pages and opening a new, box-fresh set, excited at the prospect of crisp, blank pages. Placing all of the used pages into a pile, securing with the paper band – meticulously preserved for a whole 365 days – and sliding the whole thing back into the original presentation box, marked with the relevant year.

Now forgive me, because I don’t want to ruin anyone’s “New Year Vibes”, but this January I am simply not feeling it in the stationery department. I am less than enthused with the 2016 edition of the Posh Filofax/Louis Vuitton experience. I do realise that this is a luxury problem of the most epic dimensions – carry on reading, I address this later on – but I rely on the thrill of a new diary to propel me into the new year and motivate me to start work again. And the thrill has not made itself known.

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Which is outrageous, really, because the refills for a Louis Vuitton Agenda start at £32. Thirty-two pounds! And for that, I want to feel seriously organised and also spoilt. I want tick-lists and maps and fold-out schedules and thoughtful little note sections and borderline-cheesy sections for dreams and wishes and all of that bumf. And what do they currently include?


Poems, some nice illustrations and a sheet of stickers. A sheet of stickers! Oh, and a cardboard “luggage tag” that looks like something you’d buy from Paperchase to label Christmas presents with. Everything about the Louis Vuitton refills used to feel so luxe and special – I used to really enjoy un-parcelling the pages. This year, there’s not even a Louis Vuitton plastic ruler included!

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Granted, I have eleven of these Louis Vuitton plastic rulers – why do I need one more? – but come on. For over thirty quid I want my plastic ruler. Even if it is only four inches long. Not even long enough to measure willies.

You might be asking yourself, at this point, why on earth I would ever spend thirty-two pounds on some diary refills and I will say this: a) I don’t buy them, Mr AMR does, as a kind of yearly ritualistic thing and b) I am weirdly superstitious about my Agenda and having the correct refills. Back when I first had the Agenda, Mr AMR used to call it The Book of Gold because almost as soon as I started using it, good things began to happen. I got – in quick succession – about three or four very big advertising jobs. Bearing in mind I was only about twenty-two, twenty-three years old, we were talking good jobs. So I became convinced, subconsciously, that my Book of Gold brought me good luck.

Indeed, the one year I didn’t get the official refills and plumped for the WH Smith alternatives, things in my work life went really badly, which only went to strengthen my weird, superstitious diary habit. (I’m not really superstitious in other areas of my life, although I do salute lone Magpies and say “morning/afternoon Mr Magpie”, which is totally Mr AMR’s fault.)

louis vuitton agenda

So yeah. As ridiculous as all of this sounds, that is why I find myself on the receiving end of extortionately-priced planner inserts. And it is lovely to get something small and luxurious – if I weigh it all up properly, then I can say that for less than the price of a Tom Ford lipstick I get a luxury that lasts all year and that I use all of the time.

But still, it’s just posh paper and LV need to pull their finger out when there are tempting alternatives around from the likes of Smythson and – far cheaper! – the Happiness Planner. (More on the Happiness Planner another day.) Here’s what I would like to see in 2017 (no pressure!):

  1. Proper sticker sheets like the ones they used to put in. With dozens of little round logos and symbols for planes, wine glasses, suitcases and so on. I never used to stick these in, ever, but I liked to look at them. So please – more stickers. With some gold stars, if you want – then I could self-congratulate after a particularly satisfying week. Maybe some Emoji stickers. Blatantly off-brand but it would amuse me endlessly – the gritted teeth emoji, the one with the sarcastic eye-rolling…
  2. Weekly “to-do” list pages with tick boxes that I can check off when I’ve achieved…stuff. Even if it’s “remember the dog worming tablet”. Because I need to tick boxes – it’s a basic instinct.
  3. A space for meal-planning. Granted, the target audience probably don’t meal-plan and have “people” for that (and also to remember the dog worming tablet) but I like to have dedicated spaces for things. Ditto one for exercise, because it might make me actually do some.
  4. Some kind of magic iPhone app – bear with me here – that turns my iPhone calendar into the Louis Vuitton iPhone calendar. So that my iCal matches my paper diary. I don’t know what kind of technical wizardry you’d have to employ to achieve this iCal “skin” but I’m sure you have the resources.
  5. A plastic ruler.

That is all. Merci.

You can find the Louis Vuitton Agenda at (strangely enough) Louis Vuitton.

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March Beauty Favourites with Caroline Hirons

ruth crilly and caroline hirons beauty video

Just as an FYI: this video with Caroline Hirons started off being twenty-nine minutes long. Trying to get it down to anything below twenty took an effort of epic proportions, and finishing off with something that was seventeen? Well. I deserve some kind of Youtube editing medal. You’ll be pleased to know that I left in my rendition of Hakuna Matata from Disney’s The Lion King, and pretty much all of Caroline’s various eyebrow raises and looks of disgust and/or incredulity. So, y’know, there’s plenty to distract yourself with if you hate listening to people bang on about beauty products.

ruth crilly and caroline hirons beauty video

Though if you do hate listening to people bang on about beauty products, I fear you may be in the wrong place..

ruth crilly and caroline hirons beauty video

I’m not going to go into massive detail here about any of the products mentioned: safe to say that we cover them quite extensively in the video itself. A special mention must go to the Clinique Clarifying Lotion in “Mild”: I had no idea this existed and it has changed my view (slightly) on the whole “3 Step” idea. Also worth a quick explanation, because I had to cut out around four minutes of Caroline and I going on about Argan Oil and Goat Poo: when I talk about the Neal’s Yard Remedy Argan Oil being top quality and brilliant, I mean it. It’s very well-sourced and produced – you can read more about it in last year’s post here. The long and short of it is that some Argan is collected via Goat Poo, which is easier but often necessitates a little…deodorising…of the final product. If you’re after a pure Argan, with none of the sh*t (HA!) then do read my post.

ruth crilly and caroline hirons beauty video

Right, onwards beauty soldiers: brace yourself for the long-haul. I’d suggest: cup of tea or glass of wine or both, perhaps a biscuit, some olives (with the wine) or some lovely mature cheddar on crackers to nibble away on. The drinks trolley won’t be passing until the show’s over, so make sure you have everything you need…

Caroline’s Video is HERE

Ruth’s Favourites

Time Bomb Complexion CCocktail:

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Eye Cream:

Neal’s Yard Remedies Argan Oil:

Lush Gorgeous Moisturiser:

Laura Mercier Radiance Primer:

Burberry BB Cream (Medium 02):

Caroline’s Favourites

Kai Bathing Bubbles:

Tata Harper Cleansers:

Clinique Delicate Clarifying Lotion:

Tatcha Face Oil:

Royal Brush:…

Charlotte Tilbury X Normal Parkisnon Collection launches in July.

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Predicting The Sell Outs for Colour Crush Nails

Body Shop Colour Crush

Eek.. it’s nerve wracking, this trend prediction thing! When I did my nail day at #LFW with The Body Shop, nail artist Glenis Baptiste gave me lots of encouragement. I knew I wouldn’t have to do any real shaping backstage but nonetheless, I wanted to know what shape nails are heading for this season. Thankfully, it’s the good old squoval, because, as Glenis points out, “it’s easy to maintain and suits more nails beds, whether they’re small or large.”  Although at the shows there were some pointy nails around, it’s quite a hard look to maintain because it needs to be perfect. Break one nail and all the points have to come off!

Colour Crush Nails

Anyway, The Body Shop asked me to predict which colours from their new Colour Crush collection I thought would be the top sellers. I’ve picked them out above, and we’ll revist in around December time to see whether I got any right at all. I’d love to know what you think – do they look like best sellers to you?

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Tony Moly!

TONYMOLY korean beauty

Can we just have a very brief chat about TONYMOLY, the South Korean beauty brand that’s just landed at Cult Beauty? I hear amazing things about the formulas (and so far, I am very impressed with the Cherry Lip Balm and the Panda’s Dream Eye Stick) but it’s the packaging that I find irresistible. I know that it shouldn’t appeal to me, being over the age of twelve, but it absolutely does. See the stalk of the cherry? It’s rubbery and it wobbles. And don’t even get me started on the panda…

TONYMOLY korean beauty

Has anyone tried any products from TONYMOLY? I’m particularly intrigued by the Luminous Aura Goddess Beam and the Choco Mushroom Cream Pore Pack. (The latter, I’ll admit, purely for the toadstool-shaped tub.)

I’ll be back with updates on the bits and pieces in the photo – until then, you can find them at Cult Beauty here. The Panda’s Dream “So Cool Eye Stick” is £10 and the Cherry Lip Balm is £8. Not a bad idea for stocking fillers if you’re still searching for nice things! Continue reading

The Sunday Girl x Roccabox

The Sunday Girl x Roccabox

I’ve been keeping a fairly sizeable secret under my hat, one that I have been working on for quite a few months and have had trouble quite believing it was really happening, but I can finally reveal that I have teamed up with Roccabox to create a one off beauty box.

The Sunday Girl x Roccabox

In case you have yet to become familiarised with Roccabox, let me quickly break down the concept: yes it is a monthly subscription box, full of beauty products but what sets this aside is that each month Roccabox teams up with a social influencer and allows them to curate the contents. Past editions include Jessica Harris of Twenty6Style blog and Lauren from Sassy in the City, and I’m all but sure there will be more exciting collaborations to come.

So what is inside The Sunday Girl x Roccabox? I’m glad you asked!
As it is July, I wanted to pick products that would travel easily should you be jetting off somewhere in the coming weeks but I also wanted tried and true staples, that you would want to reach for time and time again. I also want to add that all five brands and products featured within the The Sunday Girl x Roccabox are cruelty free.

The Sunday Girl x Roccabox

First up is Soap & Glory The Rushshower Scent-Sational Dry Shampoo – a non-brainer for me, it smells incredible (the original pink scent), refreshes the hair instantly making light work of oily roots and is compact enough to fit into even the smallest of bags.

The Sunday Girl x Roccabox

Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil – It is no secret that I adore Burt’s Bees as a brand and one of my favourite products of theirs is the Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil. It is super gentle thanks to a blend of Coconut and Argan Oil and yet it removes even the most stubborn of mascara and heavy foundation.
Balance Me Congested Skin Serum – as someone with blemish prone skin, I swear by this light, silky and non-drying serum to gently encourage blemishes to heal a little quicker. I also like to use it all over my face when flying as I find it prevents my skin from breaking out due to stress or other factors.

The Sunday Girl x Roccabox
The Sunday Girl x Roccabox

Ellis Faas Concealer – it covers, it conceals, it brightens and it feels simply fantastic on the skin, every make-up bag needs an Ellis Faas Concealer – especially if sleep is nothing but a distant memory.

The Sunday Girl x Roccabox

Evolve Organic Beauty Radiant Glow – I predict big things for Evolve Organic Beauty but if I could suggest one product to try it would be their Radiant Glow Mask: a blend of raw cacao powder and clay combine to gently refine and polish the skin for a healthy, soft-to-the-touch skin.

The Sunday Girl x Roccabox

Lastly we have MOA The Green Balm – an apply all over (expect from the eyes) nourishing balm that heals, soothes and softens. I swear by it for dry, cracked lips and often mix a little with my favourite lipstick to create my own custom lip balm.
You can purchase The Sunday Girl x Roccabox via Roccabox for £10 (plus £3.95 p&p) via Roccabox – link.

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