I use Cosmedix Cleansing Oil which gives a deep cleanse, removing sunscreen and makeup. It’s a mix of argan and olive oil so it leaves my skin feeling dewy. I use The Clinic Moisturiser, it has lots of goodies like peptides, sea buckthorn and plant stem cells and it’s paraben and preservative free. I’ve tried so many different moisturisers but for me, this one actually works. I also use Cosmedix Opti Crystal Eye Serum. I carry this and rosehip oil in my handbag if my skin needs a lift.
She teaches me what to do to look after it and just keep it exfoliated with peels and antioxidants. I sometimes do the Blueberry Peel with her before I’m going to an event or do the Societe Peptide Gel Mask at home. It’s great for brightening my skin if I am going somewhere special or have just come off a long flight, it just gives that extra hit of moisture. I’ve also done the Thermage treatment at The Clinic. It was good for me; it’s like an intense heat treatment deep in your skin tissue. The heat just stimulates your own collagen. I like it because it’s a really natural way to age well.
…[so] I take vitamins for skin. So much of your skin condition is about your gut lining, so I take probiotics, multivitamins and fish oil.
With our fair skin, our mother always covered us in sunscreen when we were growing up, back when it was totally uncool to wear anything with a ‘plus’ sign on it. The other girls were wearing 4 or 6 SPF and we were wearing 15 plus. Now I make my kids wear 50 plus. I have lots of different sunscreens for different times. I’ve got sunscreen stashed everywhere; there’s pump packs at the door, in my glove box, the kids school bags, my bag and on my desk. We lived in England until I was six, when we came out here I remember thinking ‘Oh my God, what is this burning sensation on my skin?!’
It’s light and makes your skin feel like silk. I combine this with its little friend, the Touche Eclat. I do a little cheekbone contour, but I use the same colour on my eyes as well so it’s really simple. I’m currently using Diorshow mascara, and Great Lash is still a ’70s cult classic favourite.
I’ll use Nars Kohliner and colour in between the lashes and smudge it with a brush and then do a nude lip. I do love a red lip but always with a natural eye.
…and a green tea. I have a library of colours from coral red to cherry reds. The one I always return to is the MAC Lady Danger. It’s a modern red and super matte. I don’t do a shiny lip, ever.
…and am loving wearing no foundation, just sunscreen and a little concealer. I’ve always covered my freckles but lately don’t mind a little smattering. I sometimes use the MAC Skinfinish, but I’m not really a powdery girl. I quite like dewy skin, I think powder can be a little ageing.
…which would make most noses on perfumers turn. On my wedding day I combined Jo Malone fragrances, the Red Roses and the Fig. I do a figure of eight – one in front, one in the back – so when you walk in you get a different scent to when you leave. I wear the Aesop Marrakesh; I’m drawn to its raw androgynous blend of oriental woody and floral fragrances. The Herve Domar we found in Paris and now stock in our own stores. I love the unusual blends of mandarin, almond, rose heart and sandalwood.
The Latitude candle is herbal woody and smoky like Australian bush leaves. Strange Beautiful has notes of rose, blackcurrant and iris. Daring Greatly has musky notes of cardamom, tangerine, clove, rose and patchouli. They are always burning in my home and through the studio.
I think I’ll be happier about the volume as I get older. I’ve had many undercuts over the years. I use hydrating products like Wella Keratin Conditioning Cream because if my hair is dehydrated it gets wild. My seven-year-old daughter has the same wild locks so we literally coat our hair in Wella Oil every morning. We sometimes leave coconut oil on our hair overnight and, in summer, on my body too.
…and Ash does a little colour or just an Olaplex gloss treatment. Renya obviously does the best cut in the world; she’s the first person that could really cut my hair. Blow-dries take forever so I never have the time, but if I do, I prefer how they look on day two.
It’s breezy and peaceful and looks out over Pittwater. I meditate at least once a day for 20 minutes. The car is actually quite a good place to meditate so I’ll often do it in the car park at work. Meditation is good for me creatively and analytically. On a good day I’ll resolve things in the first few minutes and then have a really peaceful meditation and other days it’s chaos in my mind. Every meditation is different and part of the process.
I do rounding days here in Avalon, once every couple of months, which is about 4 hours of mediating and yoga. It’s a great refresh for me mentally and I always feel the benefits for weeks afterwards. I found meditation really intense when I first started but now it’s just part of my day.
My vice would be coffee but I hear it makes you smarter so it can’t be all bad. I also love good cheese with a glass of Rosé – it’s the French side [of me] coming out. Luckily one of my great friends is a fantastic trainer so she punishes us a couple of days a week down at Whale Beach or Palmy. She brings a whistle but it’s mainly to stop us all talking!
…and run up the steep stairs to the headland behind our house. If I’m too busy or travelling, I’ll do 100 squats, sit-ups and push-ups in 10 minutes. I don’t do a lot, but I do a couple of sessions and some yoga just to keep things in place.
It’s wood from a fallen fragrant tree that grows in South America and is related to frankincense – in Spanish, the name literally means, ‘Holy Wood’. It is part of the citrus family and has sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon. It’s meant to be healing and good for grounding energy but I just love the fragrance. My husband always panics that something is on fire when I burn it in the morning. I actually first got Palo Santo in London from a girl in Shoreditch who has a gorgeous little organic shop and was burning it in the little brass bowl. She didn’t sell it but she gave me some pieces.
…that is amazing when a cold is coming on. [It’s a tea made of] tumeric, rosehip, cayenne, honey bee pollen, ginger, goji berries, lemon and camu camu.
It’s part of the human experience to get dressed every day and can often be how we communicate who we are. That moment of transformation is really interesting to me. It’s when your heart beats faster and you feel a sense of reinvention when you try on a new dress. I kind of rely on this gut sense of newness to guide me when we are working on the collection. We design all the prints, fabrics and colours at the studio and mostly start with just a concept and then sketch or paint until we get the feeling.