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Colours of Spring

Monday, 30, April, 2012

I decided to treat my make-up bag to a few new additions this weekend, and NARS blusher was a must. Since warmer weather is upon us, I thought a nice pink shade would work well. I use NARS ‘Orgasm’ which is lovely but has a wee bit too much shimmer for the day. The ‘Deep Throat’ shade is sheer and pretty pink, though these names are enough to make a Catholic girl blush! 

Being a big fan of Chanel beauty products and keeping summer tones in mind, I opted for Chanel lèvres scintillantes glossimer in ‘Giggle’ (46). Lip gloss is a tricky one – all too often there’s barely any colour intensity and the gloss completely transfers after a mere two sips of champagne, which as I’m sure you know is the official way to check the quality a lip gloss. Loving this colour! 

I’ve never been a big fan of MAC due to an allergic reaction I had to one of their primers. I find it quite difficult to find foundation for my skin tone as most of the colour matches have red undertones whereas my skin has yellow. Throw in oily, problem-prone and über sensitive skin and you’ve got a make-up mission on your hands. However, given MAC’s ridiculously amazing colour range, I thought I’d give them a try so I faced one of my biggest fears: the beauty counter assistant/make-up artist… My worries were unfounded as the lovely make-up artist drew my attention to the Studio Fix Fluid. She tried out a couple of shades and once we found one I was happy with – NC 43.5 – she asked if I wanted to continue my shopping, see how it worked on my skin and come back and buy later. Very appreciative of her consideration, that’s exactly what I did et voilà, new foundation!

MYLA London AW12

Thursday, 26, April, 2012

I first discovered Myla many years ago whilst strolling around Harrods‘ lingerie department which, for the record, is a world of its own. You could pretty much live there – lace heaven! Every lingerie lover appreciates the beauty of Myla and what’s not to love? All too often, women’s lingerie targets the opposite sex with little emphasis on the sensuality of the female form.  This is where the allure of Myla, with its grown-up femininity combined with luxurious fabrics and deep jewel tones, come in.  I’m particularly keen on the ‘Carrie’ basque but it’s the ‘Elsa’ kimono which tops my wish list. Let’s just say that my birthday cannot arrive soon enough.

Have you shopped at Myla before? Perhaps you have a prized lingerie brand? Do share!

2012年1月のNot Just Another Milla

Saturday, 21, April, 2012

ホテル・プラザ・アテネ(Hotel Plaza Athénée:シャンペンとケーキでパリにお別れするくらいいい方法ってないでしょう。私は友人とお気に入りのホテル、ホテル・プラザ・アテネ(Hotel Plaza Athénée)でその味を楽しみました。ラ・ギャラリー・デ・ゴブラン(La Galerie des Gobelinsでデザートを楽しんでると、ハーブ奏者がそのバックで演奏し、子供達が中庭のスケートリンクでスケートをしていました。まるで夢の様!

原作: Girl Chat and Dessert at Hôtel Plaza Athénée

アービュタス(Arbutus:ロンドンっ子としての私の生活はロンドンのソーホーにあるミシュランの星を獲得したレストラン、アービュタス(Arbutus)での素晴らしいランチから始まりました。田舎風テリーヌとフルーツの前菜のトースト添えでおいしいお料理。季節柄、かぼちゃと野生のマッシュルームの風味のリゾットがメインに出されました。ダイエットしたいって思っているなら、もう諦めて!林檎のクラッシュと塩キャラメルのアイスクリームが添えられたフレンチトーストはもう我慢できない一品。とても言葉には表せないほどのおいしいデザートでした。もう最高!

原作: Lunch at Arbutus

カリーヌ・ロワイトフェルド (Carine Roitfeld):ヴォーグパリの元編集長でイギリスで一番のファッション雑誌ハーパーズ・バザー誌に特集されています。彼女のヴォーグ後の人生や、さらに面白いことに野心的なキャリアウーマンと母親(ジュリア。レストワン-ロワイトフェルトとヴラディミル・レストワン-ロワイトフェルトの母)の間の完璧なバランスを見つけたことなどを披露しています。

原作: Carine Roitfeld for British Harper’s Bazaar February 2012

クラリッジズ・ホテル(Claridge’s Hotelロンドンでもっとも良質のホテルの一つクラリッジスに今月のハイライト、アフタヌーンティーのマスタークラスのために向かいます。百年以上の間、メイフェアの真ん中に位置するこの五つ星ホテルは、アールデコスタイルが行き渡って本当に豪華です。私はマカロン、ミルフィーユ、そしてイギリスの伝統のスコーンの作り方を習いました。これより素敵なことってあるかしら?クラスはいつでも受講可能ではないけれど、休憩室でアフタヌーンティを楽しむことはできます。予約が望ましいです。

原作: Claridge’s Hotel Afternoon Tea Master Class

日本料理:たっぷり美食を楽しんだ後、新鮮な野菜ジュースと日本料理のベースであるお米でデトックスをすることに決めました。梅干、のりと納豆でを添えて。そう、イギリス女性が納豆好きなのよ。(^o^) 東中野に住む日本の家族と一緒に生活したことを思い出すわ。本当に日本が恋しい!

原作: January detox

Milla’s London: Breakfast at The Wolseley

Monday, 16, April, 2012

Regardless of the hour, The Wolseley has always been one of my favourite places to dine. Not only is it in my favourite neighbourhood – Mayfair – it is one of the few places to get all-day dining spot on. No, it’s not one of those hip, too-cool-for-school places everybody raves about until the next hip place comes along, but that’s not really my thing. The old-world charm add a much-appreciated dose of glamour and comfort making the dining experience about more than food.

The Wolseley is a London institution so where better to meet friends old and new, who had travelled from Paris and New York, for a spot of brunch. There’s something about that combination of good company, champagne and a good ole plate of American pancakes with maple syrup that makes me smile. Unfortunately, The Wolseley does not permit photography but the idea of not being able to photograph my pancakes simply wasn’t acceptable to me hence the ‘illegal’ images. Forgive me!

The Wolseley
160 Piccadilly
London
W1J 9EB
020 7499 6996

速報: Not Just Another Milla goes Japanese!

Monday, 16, April, 2012

日本の読者の皆さん、こんにちは!Not Just Another Millaのサイトのエキサイティングな変更をお知らせしますね。毎月すべての記事のまとめを日本語でお送りすることになりました。皆さんにこのことをシェアすることができるのをとてもワクワクしています!あなたたちのお友達にも教えてあげて、コメントをくださいね。Not Just Another Millaツイッター (Twitter)Facebookのフォローもよろしくお願いします。

Spice Way Fruit Infusions

Friday, 13, April, 2012

I discovered Spice Ways tea company when I went to the Berkeley Hotel for afternoon tea, where I tried their ‘Gorgeous Ginger’ fruit infusion. I didn’t think I’d like it much as I’m somewhat of a tea purist, but completely hooked, I was happy to receive ‘Posh Pomelo’ a mix of pomelo, melon, pineapple, papaya and ‘Amazing Apple’ comprising of tasty apples, cranberries, papaya, pineapple, cinnamon and other spices. The latter smells like Christmas – full of comfort and happiness. The best part, you can eat the little pieces of fruit. Tea and fruit? Yes please!

I’m trying to think more about the effects of my consumption on others and the environment, so the idea of buying from a local British brand appeals to me. I love that Spice Ways is owned by two friends who source all the ingredients themselves. There’s something pure about that, and I’m happy to support what they do.

Carine Roitfeld’s New Magazine Revealed

Monday, 9, April, 2012

When news that former rédactrice en chef of Vogue Paris would be coming out with her magazine broke, let’s just say there was a wee bit of rejoicing going on! Called “CR”, the magazine will debut in September and will be approximately 290 pages. Subscription alert!

Milla’s London: ‘Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam’ at the British Museum

Friday, 6, April, 2012

Religion is always a touchy subject and I’m slightly hesitant to bring it up on the blog. Despite my hesitation, I simply have to share the ‘Hajj: Journey to the heart of Islam‘ exhibition with you. Firstly though, I must mention that this exhibition is sponsored by Saudi Arabia, who has been heavily criticised by international governments for the huge disparity between the quality of life of the nation and the ruling class, the lack of women’s rights and the severity at which ‘regular’ Saudis are treated should they dare speak up. There has been a lot of press about this and whilst I agree that Saudi Arabia needs to address these issues seriously, I feel we must separate the purpose of this exhibition from the politics.  

Somehow, that isn’t so difficult. The exhibition seamlessly transcends the usual politics and propaganda one tends to associate with any form of organised religion and we get a first class education into what Hajj means to Muslims. The curator’s passion really comes through and we get a deep and unapologetic view into the fifth pillar of Islam. I won’t pretend to know much about the history of this age-old religion but what struck me most was the emotion. People connecting with the heart of their beliefs; the intimacy and symbolism of the pilgrimage is unparalleled, and the enthusiasm with which the British Museum presents this makes it arguably the best exhibition they’ve put on. So much so that I did the tour twice, spending almost 3 hours there. I’ve never seen anything like it. As I watched the hypnotic videos of the Hajjis walking around the Ka’bah, a deep sense of peace came over me. That overwhelming belief and connection not only to your faith but to fellow worshippers is awe-inspiring.

As a non-Muslim, I am not permitted to enter Mecca and given the political climate, I think my chances of going to the Middle East, in the way I would like, are sadly pretty slim. I left touched by the spirituality and with an even stronger view that we must take the politics and agenda out of religion and continue to educate ourselves. Religion should not, in my opinion, be about dictating the lives of others but forming and maintaining a spiritual connection with whoever/whatever we believe in.  

I searched high and low to find a neutral video about Hajj and voilà, the Financial Times offers a brief but insightful breakdown. The exhibition also introduced me to the work of two amazing artists: Ahmed Mater, whose piece (featured above) titled ‘Magnetism’ is as beautiful as it is unique, and Idris Khan, the artist behind ‘You and Only You’.  The exhibition continues until 15th April so if you have a chance to see it, do!

The British Museum
Great Russell Street
London
WC1B 3DG
+44 (0) 20 7323 8299

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Milla’s Paris: Afternoon Tea at the Four Seasons Georges V

Monday, 2, April, 2012

Give me a monogrammed glass of champagne and I’m all yours!

The legendary Parisian hotel located just off Avenue des ChampsÉlysées welcomed us to La Galerie with open arms, stunning flowers and a très française twist on this British woman’s favourite pastime: afternoon tea, but you’ll just have to read my article in The Arbuturian for more delicious details…

I don’t miss life in France but I tell you, what I wouldn’t give for a little more time at the Four Seasons! 

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris
31, Avenue George V
75008 Paris
France
+ 33 (0) 1 49 52 70 00

Milla’s Paris: Afternoon Tea at the Four Seasons Georges V

Monday, 2, April, 2012

Give me a monogrammed glass of champagne and I’m all yours!

The legendary Parisian hotel located just off Avenue des ChampsÉlysées welcomed us to La Galerie with open arms, stunning flowers and a très française twist on this British woman’s favourite pastime: afternoon tea, but you’ll just have to read my article in The Arbuturian for more delicious details…

I don’t miss life in France but I tell you, what I wouldn’t give for a little more time at the Four Seasons! 

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris
31, Avenue George V
75008 Paris
France
+ 33 (0) 1 49 52 70 00

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