Mads About Town

Madeleine Meets… Ellis Faas

Ellis Faas Interview

When Vogue deems a make-up artist ”one of the most influential of her time”, you sit up and take notice. Once you’ve taken a good look at Dutch born and bred Ellis Faas’s body of work, their high praise is understandable: Ellis plays with texture and light to push a Read more →

Photo Diary: Angel, Kenwood House & Rain, Rain, Rain

Angelica Retreat

My recollection of bank holidays as a child runs something like this: darting through sprinklers, walking to the petrol station for ice lollies, eating fresh watermelon, listening to grass being mowed and lying under a sun that was endlessly shining. This weekend couldn’t have been further from such joys, though Read more →

Review: FaceGym

FaceGym Selfridges Review

FaceGym: Gym for your face. Curious? You should be. Remember when I interviewed Eva Fraser and she hammered home the importance of giving the muscles in your face a workout to enhance structure and defy gravity? Well, think of FaceGym as a slightly lazier way to exercise your face muscles. All Read more →

A Lazy, Food-Filled Sunday in London

Macaroons at Melt, Notting Hill

Sunday mornings: tired, lazy, lie-in-bed-reading-the-newspaper time. This week, reclining with a cup of tea proved impossible. I had made plans. Thankfully, they weren’t too taxing… Brunch at The Wolseley Three friends and I just made the breakfast slot. We were seated up on the balcony of the renovated car showroom Read more →

A Tuscan Hotel of Dreams: Castello Banfi Il Borgo Review

Castello Banfi il Borgo Pool

I am losing count of the number of times I’ve attempted to write something about Banfi and failed utterly. The pieces I’ve had a stab at have either become absurdly floral in language with four or five adjectives in quick succession, or too dry, neglecting to paint the picture Banfi Read more →

Spa-Off: Cowshed Primrose Hill vs. Sophie Gass Holland Park

Sophie Gass Essie Manicure

These may seem an odd two spas to pitch against one another – Sophie Gass is a boutique in Holland Park offering manicures and pedicures, the new Cowshed in Primrose Hill is a comprehensive spa offering everything from waxing to facials and lash tints; therein lies my reason for the Read more →

The Algarve: Sun, Sea & Relaxation…

Carvoeiro Portugal

I’m writing this from Budapest because, despite bringing my laptop to Portugal, I barely switched it on. Packing it in the first place was, it transpires, a totally ridiculous thing to do; the villa in Carvoeiro doesn’t have wifi, the sun and sea are too alluring to pass up for the Read more →

Photo Diary: Summer in the City

Ham Yard Hotel Orange Dispenser

I lose count of the number of times I’ve refrained ‘it’s so hot’ in the past week or so. Very British trait, isn’t it? We like to complain when it’s cold and complain more when it’s hot. The problem for me, as you may have gleaned, is more advanced than Read more →

Bookshelf – Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia

Gia Carangi Vogue 1983

by Stephen Fried Do you recognise this face? Does she look vaguely familiar? If it’s the first time you’ve clapped eyes on her you would be forgiven for mistaking her for a younger Cindy Crawford. Their resemblance is more than passing and, in fact, Cindy was ushered into the modelling Read more →

Photo Diary: Copenhagen

Canal Tour Copenhagen

The week prior to leaving for Copenhagen, I started to ask around for recommendations and was inundated with e-mails suggesting restaurants, bars and shops. It seems Copenhagen is currently considered to be very cool and as a result is flooded with fans of food and design. Don’t let that put Read more →