Beauty lives in Notting Hill

The real Notting Hill garden

The real Notting Hill garden

Alex is a 40-something beauty blogger, who just happens to live in Notting Hill, London. Yes, that Notting Hill of movie fame: the Notting Hill, starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. In the movie, you may remember when our characters discover a charming hidden-away garden? That’s where Alex lives; near that very garden! But I digress … Alex has started a wonderful beauty destination filled with practical product nformation, especially designed for women over 40. And that’s important, because things happen to our skin as we age, and it’s a good idea to nurture and care for our skin properly. More from Alex …

MKG: Alex, what compelled you to start your blog, I Heart Beauty?

Alex:  I wanted to do something that fit in easily with having a young daughter, and blogging does that perfectly. It’s a great way to keep your brain ticking, learn new things, indulge an interest, and make contact with like-minded people.

MKG: Why focus on beauty products and information? Is your background in beauty?

Alex: My professional background is in the music and media industries, but I’ve been interested in beauty since I was a little girl. My father worked in advertising, handled a lot of beauty accounts, and was always bringing home interesting products for me to play with. He became Managing Director of Vidal Sassoon, and after that he had his own toiletry companies. Basically, it’s a world in which I have always been aware, and my passion for beauty products has never waned. In fact, if anything, it’s grown stronger over the years.

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Stormy weather and Vidal Sassoon

Beth Rogan

Vidal Sassoon giving British actor Beth Rogan his signature haircut in 1962 [Credit: Getty Images]

Here on the east coast, Hurricane Sandy is bearing down. I am remembering just a year ago we experienced another crazy storm: a fluke snowstorm that took us by surprise, taking the leaves on the trees with it. At my house we lost power for eight days. Just before the power came back, my friend (who had not lost power) saved my life by inviting me to stay with her overnight. I felt like a princess, warm and well-cared for. And the best Continue reading

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Vidal Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon creating his famous geometric-shaped bob
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I just heard that hairstylist and visionary Vidal Sassoon passed away Wednesday, May 9th, at the age of 84. Last November I saw a documentary about his extraordinary life and contribution to the world of fashion. I was inspired to write about it in my column (Styling with Mel, Vidal Sassoon, November 10, 2011). It feels appropriate to share his story with you now.

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