For the love of strong scent.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Reign

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 DesignerDiscounted.com to give an interview about my fashion finds and if you are curious where to shop in London…Read! Share! Shop!

 

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Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

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Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis)

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is undoubtedly my favourite newly discovered costume drama. Set in 1920s Melbourne, portraying  adventures of the glamorous, fearless, sharp as a tack, boundary-breaking and at times outrageous, lady detective, the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, played brilliantly by Essie Davis. The ABC Australian TV show is based on the series of detective stories entitled  Phryne Fisher Mysteries written by Kerry Greenwood, and continues to be as much of a success now as it was in 1989 when “Cocaine Blues” the first novel of the series was published. Continue reading

Vintage in autumn.

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“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn–that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness–that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.”

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The Versailles of Maria Leszczyńska – Court Art in 18th-Century France

Queen od France Maria Leszczynska by Charles Amedee Van Loo

Queen Maria Leszczynska by Charles Amedee Van Loo

The Versailles of Maria Leszczyńska – Court Art in 18th-Century France is an exhibition currently on show at the Royal Castle in Warsaw and if you are as obsessed about 18th-Century French court life as I am, then you’ll think nothing of the 2.5 hour flight from London in order to see it. If you need information or where to stay or dine like a Queen during your visit to Poland’s capital, stay tuned as I will be doing a post on that very subject matter soon.

If you’re not familiar with who Maria Leszczynska was then here’s a few interesting facts about France’s Polish Queen to get you up to speed. Continue reading