Monday, 7 February 2011

Viva Violetta!

Breaking news:  our very wonderful beauty editor colleague Karena Callen (ex-Red, ex-Elle) yesterday opened the kind of beautique that frankly you'd be happy to stumble upon in any corner of our fair isles. In fact, it's in Rye (East Sussex), a convenient hop-skip-and-a-jump from Jo's home town of Hastings - but definitely worth a pilgrimage from much, much further afield.
   What will you find?  Beautiful Miller Harris fragrances, the cutest discoveries from Sussex-based Juliette at Home (loving the teacup candles and the gorgeously gift-wrapped soaps), This Works skincare and bath oils (we swear by Deep Calm), Adrianne's vintage-inspired jewellery, Max Benjamin candles, Cartolina cards (our favourite), and lingerie from Tallulah Love, which comes in powder-style boxes.  Vintage items, too:  you could buy that table Karena's standing beside, if you fancied.  Coming soon?  Paul & Joe, Narciso Rodriguez fragrances, and - fingers crossed - the amazing perfumes of Serge Lutens, which will definitely be a fragrant Sussex first.
      If you're lucky, you'll find Karena there, too:  as lovely, clever and drily funny a beauty editor as you could hope to meet.  And if you're very lucky, she might answer your beauty conundrums.
     Which is a gift-with-purchase beyond price, if you ask us.

Violetta, 110 High Street, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7JY/07793-824166