Travel beauty essentials.

Travel beauty essentials


Travelling is a big part of my job as a Fashion Editor/Blogger and as glamorous as that may sound, it really isn’t. I spend more time in the departure lounges of boring airports and on the plane getting from point A to point B than in the actual city that I’m visiting for the purpose of having material to write about. In order to speed this process up I endeavour to only transit with carry-on luggage. However, I’ve never been particularly good at packing (practical things that is) but over the years, I’ve mastered it to some degree, or so I’d like to believe. You can read all about my downsizing here in The Art Of Packing. Continue reading

John Frieda radiant RED.

John Frieda for red heair

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Trousers a la Katharine Hepburn

“If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.” Katharine Hepburn

Wide leg trousers

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For the love of strong scent.

“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” Coco Chanel

strong perfume


For the love of strong scent.

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The Pin-Up look

The Pin-Up look

Pin-Up look

Ever since seeing ‘The Blue Dahlia’ with the mysterious, icy cold and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful film sirens of the golden age of Hollywood, Veronica Lake, or perhaps it was ‘Gilda’ with the irresistibly seductive Rita Hayworth, whose charms had devastating consequences for men, I’ve been drawn to the femme fatales of the filmic 1940s and 50s. Continue reading

Best products for red hair – Dawid Krynicki recommends

Red Hair

Picture  of me taken by Gregory Michael King


Shock confession, I’m not truly a natural redhead. Yes, I admit that my gorgeous red hair is in fact, not the result of natural selection but rather the result of personal choice and eight hours undergoing agonising hair colour stripping to near white, followed by at least three shades of red hair-dye, in order to create a naturally looking copper red. The only reason my hair didn’t fall out after having been stripped using so much peroxide, is because I followed the advice of my hairdresser at the time, who instructed me to pour half a litre of extra virgin olive oil on my hair every other day for at least a month and use the GHD Indulgence Treatment mask after washing my hair. I smelled like a salad but thanks to some good advice, my hair remained and stayed as thick as it had been before the metamorphosis.
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Top 10 Shiseido products


Best Shiseido productThere is only one woman I know of, who is a bigger shopo-holic when it comes to beauty products then me, that woman happens to be my mom! She is a very hard to please customer who doesn’t get excited about just any newly discovered product, no matter how beautifully packed, well presented and advertised it is. Once every blue moon however when she finds something really, really good, the shopping-spree begins. Naturally the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and so it should come as no surprise at all that when one hard to please shop-o-holic told another even harder to please and impress shop-o-holic, about the almost magical powers of so many Shiseido products, the budget for beauty products was cancelled ( who needs to eat!) and the shopping spree began. I bought more than I should have but It’s Beyond My Control. Here are my Top 10 Shiseido products.
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70s look.


Dominique de Merteuil in 70's look

70s look

Coco Chanel once said that fashion fades and only style remains the same. I agree with her statement wholeheartedly which is why I’m not going to offend your intelligence and good taste, which you clearly posses if you are reading It’s beyond My Control and tell you about new trends, what you should or shouldn’t be buying this season. You have to find your own style, which isn’t always as easy as it sounds and sometimes takes years to refine but once you get there you will be able to filter really fast through the seasons new looks and disregard completely what’s not relevant to you personally; only take what will help to distil your style. Continue reading

Casual Chic with Acne Studios

Acne Studios


If a land of eternal autumn existed, a place dominated by leaves of gold and red, where the temperature was perfect for wearing a Burberry coat every day, accessorised with Christian Louboutin pumps, then I would move there immediately. However, Narnia is but a book while winter; a reality and such a difficult time of year for anyone wanting to look chic, unless you never have to spend more than the briefest of moments out in the cold air, you’ll struggle, finding yourself choosing clothes for their warmth rather than strictly for their appearance. Continue reading

In the mood for silk.

Burberry silk skirt


No matter what time of the year, I’m always in the mood for silk. After all, can you think of another fabric that feels more luxurious caressing your skin than silk pyjamas, stocking or a robe made from its soft yet incredibly strong thread? This is why it’s use,by the ancient Chinese, was exclusively reserved for the emperor and his close family. Later, when as the story goes, monks from Europe were able to smuggle the first silk worms out from their closely guarded habitat, wearing silk was still restricted to the noble class until gradually it became available to a wider audience as the knowledge of how to cultivate the silkworm spread. Continue reading

All About Eve


Edith Head.

She was one of the most celebrated in her field, a Hollywood costume designer who Bette Davis described as such “We may rehearse our lines, our movements, and our expressions, but until we finally slip into the costumes does everything come together so that we actually become the character. If we are not comfortable in those clothes, if they do not project the character, the costume designer has failed us. Edith Head never failed.” Continue reading

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – Essentials for your new puppy

“If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” Roger Caras

After a very short deliberation, I’ve decided to start a new section on It’s Beyond My Control entitled The Luxurious Dog, for matters concerning all things that are important for your pampered pooch and as the title suggests, these won’t be short on luxury but at the same time, I intend them to be practical items that should be considered essential to best present your pedigree. The reason for this new section, well quite simply a dream of mine has come true and I can take great pride in welcoming into the de Merteuil family, Isia-Lilith, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy who has been keeping me away from writing for so long. Continue reading


Dominique de Merteuil editor of Its Beyond My Control fashion blog

There’s a well-used adage which goes “don’t judge a book by its cover” and as I’ve recently discovered, in the case of the television series Reign, the dictum can equally be applied in saying that you shouldn’t judge this programme by its preview, as after watching its 30 second promo, I was despairingly sobbing in my corset at yet another failed American misunderstanding of English heritage in translating the Elizabethan era Royal courts into a contemporary OC (Orange County) country club. However, preview aside and largely thanks to Megan Follows, who I’ve adored since my early childhood after watching her brilliant performance as Anne in Anne of Green Gables, I have to admit that I’m now hooked, unable to take my eyes of the screen as I watch her in the role of Queen Catherine de’ Medici, portraying an intelligent but manipulative, conniving woman who will do anything to make sure that her son’s future as the next king of France is secured, treating everyone like pawns in a game of chess where everyone is disposable. Continue reading

Designer Discounted.

I’ve been recently asked by to give an interview about my fashion finds and if you are curious where to shop in London…Read! Share! Shop!


It's Beyond My Control

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