GIRL POWER

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I am always inspired by the number of my girlfriends with great careers, who manage to juggle life as a mum and businesswoman, whilst still looking incredibly beautiful! My friend Erin O’Connor is the perfect example of this and I was reflecting on these ideas after our our recent catch up in Cannes.

Making the best of yourself as a mum and businesswoman is not easy and we all have moments of self doubt, but I believe being surrounded by women in a similar situation has helped me a lot. It really motivates me to push myself when I see all the amazing things my girlfriends are doing and I think surrounding yourself with people like this is one of the most empowering things you can do.

Who inspires you?

Maria X

DECODED FASHION CONFERENCE

Decoded Fashion Summit

 

I was so excited to be interviewed by Decoded founder Liz Bacelar at their conference this week, alongside digital and fashion visionaries from Matches.com and Net-A-Porter, as well as Nicholas Kirkwood.

I got to talk about how I am taking my brands to the next level by finding new and exciting ways to digitally connect with the customer, including the way I tell my own story. After being in the industry for fifteen years I really enjoy being able to speak at conferences of this type, where I can share my experience with others and also talk about an exciting digital project we have coming up. All will be revealed soon…

Maria X

CANNES AND THE CHOPARD PARTY

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After a busy week it was great to spend a couple of days in Cannes during the film festival. Although the city was hectic, I had a really relaxing, fun trip and managed to squeeze a lot in!

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I loved hanging out with my friend Erin O’Connor at the Carlton Beach Club during the day, discussing beauty, fashion and balancing work and family life.

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After catching up with Erin and a couple other friends who were also in Cannes, I began prepping for the Chopard party which was that evening. I had my hair and make up artist, Gemma Wheatcroft, with me. She did a strong smokey eye which was perfect such a glamorous occasion and used a combination of our Rodial powders to ensure my make up lasted in the heat!

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I wore a leather Balmain crop top and long skirt and Erin wore an amazing Ralph and Russo gown. It was such a fabulous evening and a really great way to end the trip.

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Until next year Cannes!

Maria X

 

PACKING FOR CANNES

In between working on new products and speaking at the SheeerLuxe conference, this week I have been busy preparing for Cannes.

Cannes is one of my favourite places to travel to and this is a fantastic time of year to go, there is such an amazing atmosphere as people from all over the world pour into the city for the Film Festival. I’ll be going with my husband but plan on catching up with friends who are also in town for the week.

I’ve bought a couple of new bikinis but everyone knows Cannes is all about the dresses! I managed to track down one I have had my eye on from Acne but it is currently at the tailors so fingers crossed it fits. I’ve been having Epsom-salt baths, which is a great way to detox the skin and also using a dry brush to exfoliate and improve circulation. I wont lie my packing list is extensive, but I have selected some of the highlights below to share with you!

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What’s on your packing list?

Maria x

@MrsRodial

 

MY WEEK IN PHOTOS…

Monday

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Another crazy Monday calls for flats! This pair by Isabel Marant are perfect for when I’m running between meetings.

Tuesday

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Posing for photos in between a fun day filming with Henry Holland. All will be revealed soon…

Wednesday

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No words needed for the gorgeous Erin O’Connor…!

Thursday

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An exciting breakfast with the team at Harvey Nichols to hear all about their new app, followed by a catch up with some of the best make up artists in town at our very own Sculpting Bar.

Friday

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Friday morning coffee whilst going through post, including a card from the gorgeous Daisy Lowe. There is something I love about a handwritten note!

Saturday

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Back to Harvey Nichols to have my make up done for a Saturday evening spent catching up with old friends at the Chiltern Firehouse.

Sunday

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A relaxed Sunday morning with my husband and two boys at Granger & Co in Notting Hill.

CONDÉ NAST INTERNATIONAL LUXURY CONFERENCE

Last week I flew to Florence for the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference.

Hosted by international Vogue editor Suzy Menkes, the conference involved a series of discussions on the challenges and opportunities faced by luxury brands today. It was held at the spectacular Palazzo Vecchio, which was the perfect setting for such an inspirational few days.

Marc Newson and Jonathon Ive, two of the men behind the new Apple watch, opened the conference and set the tone with their debate on technology and the luxury market. Over the next couple of days I heard from speaker’s such as Jeremy Scott, Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye and Tory Burch, who all touched on the importance of social media in the luxury market.

So much of what the speakers had to say was really inspiring and thought provoking, but my personal highlight has got to be Karl Largerfeld. His conversation with Suzy Menkes on not looking to the past included some fascinating personal details, as well as how he translates these ideas into his business. Those of you who follow me on snapchat (@MrsRodial) will have caught parts of this conversation on my story, but I don’t think it could quite capture the atmosphere in the room, as he received a well deserved standing ovation at the end.

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I also went to some incredible parties and met people whose work I have followed for a long time, including the fabulous Edgardo and Ricardo of Aquazurra. I thought this was very appropriate for one of my favorite quotes of the conference, which was by Suzy Menkes

‘Luxury today is as much about high-tech as high heels’.

To see more photos and inside my world follow me on www.instagram.com/mrsrodial

Maria x

RODIAL MAKE UP LAUNCH

I’m so pleased to announce last week marked the launch of our make up in the US. We’ve had such an amazing reaction in the UK and I am so excited to be able to share the range with our US customers.

Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know my hotel of choice is always The Crosby and it was the perfect place for the launch. Our fabulous head make-up artist Gemma Wheatcroft flew over and spent the day creating some really amazing sculpted looks for the invited press, who all gave such lovely feedback. It was such a fabulous event and I now can’t wait for our make up to roll out across Bluemercury stores nationwide.

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I also managed to squeeze in a quick dinner with friends, as well as attending the New Yorkers for Children Dinner at The Mandarin Oriental. The evening was a tribute to Oscar de la Renta and a really beautiful occasion; everyone looked incredibly elegant.

To see all our new launches and the latest updates follow @Rodialskincare on Instagram.

Maria x

THE ZOE REPORT

I love checking out what people are wearing on different blogs and websites and one of my favourite sites has got to be The Zoe Report. It’s a great place for daily inspiration and the founder, Rachel Zoe, is one of my all time favourite style and beauty icons, as well as being a great business woman.

My last trip to LA was a great opportunity to catch up with the girls from The Zoe Report. We had so much fun exchanging style notes and I absolutely loved the article they wrote up on my trip, you can now read it online here.

 

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To see more photos from the trip follow me on instagram @MrsRodial

Maria x

A LAST MINUTE GETAWAY…

It was a crazy week in the office with lots of meetings about an exciting upcoming collaboration and digital project. With a lot to think about and a busy few weeks ahead, I decided this was the perfect time for a last minute getaway with my family.

Greece is one of our favourite holiday destinations and always a great opportunity to catch up with friends and family. It was a quick trip and I wanted to keep packing light, so my essential product was Rodial Stemcell Super-food Glam Balm Multi, it’s my wonder product!

  • I apply to dry skin and wipe away with warm water to remove make up before the flight.
  • I smooth onto heels and toes before putting on a pair of cashmere socks, for an indulgent in-flight foot treatment.
  • I use it give skin a mini facial massage during the flight.
  • I mix with hand cream to apply in flight.
  • I use it to plump and hydrate lip.
  • I mix with my hair serum and apply from root to tip to help tame flyaways and give dry hair a boost.
  • Before landing I dab it on eyelids for a wide-awake glow
  • Lastly I use it to groom eyelashes and eyebrows.

After a couple days of catching up with my sister in the sunshine, I felt super relaxed and ready to head back to the UK. I’m now back in the office and gearing up for my trip to New York this week!

Follow me on instagram to keep updated @MrsRodial

Maria x

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