Category Archives: Maria’s Diary

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

My Top 5 Spring Essentials

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Spring is finally here, for me that means one thing spring wardrobe time! There are a number of must have essentials I count on through spring and summer.

My Top 5 Spring essentials

  1. My boyfriend jeans. During spring when it’s not quite warm enough to bare my legs. I love how versatile boyfriend jeans can be. I dress them down over the weekends with jewelled flat sandals and then with courts and cool graphic shirts to meetings. Perfect jeans for any occasion. Super stylish & comfy.
  2. My sunglasses are attached to me at all times. I mix up the style depending on my outfit that day. Although my favourite shape has to be the Aviator, they are stylish and go with everything.
  3. Rodial Instaglam is my favourite tinted moisturiser, during spring I don’t like to cake my face with foundation. I find Instaglam light weight, easy to apply and gives my skin an even flawless finish.
  4. I have a few firm favourites when it comes to shoe styles. Wedges are great for spring; you can wear them with pretty much anything. I wear them in the office and then out for dinner and I’m not suffering the next day like you do with stilettos. I have my eye on a number of cork style wedges for summer.
  5. Rodial Brazilian Tan Dark, all you need is one layer and your skin glows. Perfect spring essential, when you’re on the go like me there isn’t always time for laying in the sun.

Have a great weekend everyone!

The 5th Rodial Beautiful Awards

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Last night was our 5th Rodial Beautiful Awards. It was an amazing night, the best yet!

I would like to start with saying a huge thank you to the amazing panel, as each one really helped us showcase the best and most beautiful winners. The panel this year was a mix of designers, makeup artists, models and dear friends.

A big congratulations to all our worthy winners, each one of you helped us to celebrate the beautiful and talented individuals and publications within the beauty industry. Jameela Jamil, our ‘Most Edgy Look’ winner looked super stylish as always, in an all-white Topshop skirt suit with a light pink Lulu Guinness clutch and suede platforms. Our ‘Most Stylish’ award was bagged by no other then the stunning Pixie Lott, she lived up to her award by turning heads in a black mini Saint Laurent ra-ra dress, and she looked fabulous.

My best dressed has to be our big winner of the night, ‘The Woman of the Year’, Daisy Lowe. She wowed in a two piece that showcased her figure perfectly, creating both a demure and sexy look. The sensational two piece was vintage by legendary fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa.

I wore a floor length strapless red vintage Halston gown from Decadesinc. I teamed the dress with my hair in loose curls, red wedges and gold cuffs. I felt wonderful.

I cannot help but mention what a fantastic job Laura Whitmore did presenting our awards this year. She was full of energy, fun and most of all a very funny beautiful lady. We thank you Laura!

An extremely successful night to celebrate our 5th Beautiful Awards, now we will look forward to next year!

Welcome to the new Rodial website…

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I am so excited to tell you all about the launch of our new website, it has been a project we have been working on for almost a year and I cannot believe we have made it!

I love the new sleek design and clean lines that take the shopping experience to another level. My favourite areas of the site, and hope they will be yours too, are the Celeb Secrets page, where you can discover what products your favourite a-list stars cannot live without, and the Prescription Pages, where I have curated targeted treatments for specific skin concerns, meaning shopping for your skincare regime has never been easier.

I also adore the new makeup section and can’t wait to share with you all our exciting make up launches planned for 2014!

STEMCELL Super-Food Cleanser

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Right now, every item of our STEMCELL Super-Food range is doing my skin wonders. This range is all about feeding and nourishing the skin, and giving it the right ingredients it needs to glow!

STEMCELL Super-Food Cleanser has become one of my essentials that I can’t  live without. Every woman needs a cleanser that they can rely on, for it to cleanse, feed the skin, and nourish it with all the right nutrients.

Why STEMCELL Super-Food Cleanser

Firstly, the ingredients play a crucial part. The vitalising mix of super-foods, high tech Alp Rose stemcells and 3D hyaluronic filling spheres are all key to revealing younger looking skin.

When I am looking for a cleanser, I look for a solution that takes away the dead skin without damaging the rest of it. I massage the STEMCELL formula onto my skin using the muslin cloth, as this gently exfoliates, enabling a youthful, glowing complexion to shine through. I also use this cleanser as a mask to detoxify my face. Applying a thick layer, leave it on the skin for 10-15 minutes, and then wash away to reveal silky soft skin.

I’m always on the go, so I am hooked on this to keep my skin looking great!