10 December 2007


Ok, Question (as our American friends tend to say, causing a hush as everyone pricks up their ears in anticipation of the seriousness that will inevitably follow). Ok, Question...

Is red lipstick, especially at this time of year, a glamourous and celebratory statement of charming self expression? Or is it just a little too 'Santa baby, slip a sable under the tree... for me'?

Also, is it sophisticatedly bohemian or, frankly, a tad slovenly to leave smeared red lipstick marks on the edge of a glass, slowly hardening and staining just like the dark wine dregs?

Is it too much? Or is anything less not enough? Or is it too much in a good way?

Exquisite and flawless or garish and clown-like?

Such are the dilemmas of the season. There is a fine line between style and tack.

Anyhow, I shall take inspiration from such screen sirens as Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, flash and brash with scarlet smackers. One of Santa's reindeer is named Vixen after all.


Mike said...


Washing lipstick from cocktail glasses is a real drag, and kissing could be a problem too - so use one of those non-smudge kinds, otherwise everyone knows where you have been.

Ma said...

I think its all about the shade of red you use......and that creates so many decisions that it might be best not to bother!

Nicky said...

is sable one of those words that, in our house, someone says at tea time and i always ask what it means and i get a reply something along the lines of "u will understand when u r older, nicky" as if i really am just a young naive foolish boy? also what does slovenly mean?