Annette is German, 53, loves a good motorcycle jacket, and doesn’t believe in botox. What’s that? You want to be her when you grow up? Join the club, dude.
Today, she’s telling us how German women stay so fit and fresh, the step she takes with e-v-e-r-y piece of clothing she owns and the $14 beauty product she swears by.
In a sea of fashion blogs filled with long blond ‘beach waves’ and chambray shirts, Samantha is a breath of fresh air. Pixie cut, color-blocking, pattern-mixing fresh air. Below, Samantha tells us about the beauty advice she ignores and the weird tricks she uses to deal with cute, ill-fitting shoes!
Age: I was born before the Beatles invaded North America, and I’m not talking about bugs. I’m 53.
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Online haunts: Blog // instagram
My positivity and humour can be contagious. I don’t need booze or drugs to get a high, although chocolate is good. I have a unique vision of the world which I express in all my creative pursuits.
pattern coat // knit scarf // long skirt // cheetah clutch
Three reasons that you’re awesome:
I live creatively every day, I’m a fiercely loyal friend, and I’m kind of weird.
What are you wearing right now, as you type this?
Beautiful, soft, patterned trousers from H&M, a red striped tee that used to be my mum’s, and a hoody.
blue jacket // print pants // canvas bag
What is the last item of clothing you bought?
A kitty print playsuit/romper from Unique Vintage which I saw someone wearing on Instagram. It’s on its way from the US and I am so excited for it to arrive! I hope it’s as cute as it looks.
What is the item of clothing you most covet at the moment?
As it’s getting colder, there’s nothing I love more than my huge, chunky, rust-coloured scarf from Monki.
What’s your daily beauty routine?
Splash my face with cold water, use my Clarisonic if I can be bothered, use a dab of Korres balancing moisturiser and an eye cream.
If I’m going out I’ll put on some makeup – at the moment I’m using Revlon foundation, Rimmel eyeliner, Yves Rocher mascara & a L’oreal eyebrow pencil. If I’m feeling pale I’ll pop on a little blush, and if I’m feeling fancy I’ll put on some bold lipstick.
In the evening I remove all makeup with a face wipe or two, then use a face wash with my Clarisonic, followed by the same Korres moisturiser & eye cream.
Do you have any weird or unusual beauty tricks?
I don’t know if it’s unusual or not, but I use Sudocrem on pretty much any kind of blemish on my face and body!
What do you do/wear when you want to feel particularly beautiful?
I put on some feel-good music (usually something a bit noisy and girl-fronted) and spend a little longer getting ready. I’ll carefully choose an outfit, rather than just chucking on whatever comes to hand first. I talk to my girlfriends on whatsapp the whole time – they are the best for making me feel beautiful!
green jacket // text tote // print pants
Tell us about a favorite childhood memory about your clothes.
My dad worked with a lady who had a daughter a couple of years older than me, so every so often I would get a bag full of things she’d grown out of. I’d make my family watch as I paraded up and down in my new outfits! I’ve always loved second-hand clothing.
What is your best thrifting score?
I don’t often have an occasion to wear it, but I found a royal blue lace full-length ball gown, with a boned corset. It fits me perfectly, and it was only £3! I couldn’t not buy it. I left the price tag on it to remind me how lucky I was!
Could you tell us your top three style tricks/DIYs?
• Learn how to alter clothing – especially if you love thrifting/vintage. If you have a few sewing skills like hemming or adding darts, you can find more potential in beautiful items of clothing that don’t fit you quite right!
• Wear what makes YOU happy. I’ve tried to keep up with fashion trends and I still end up feeling like I’m about 6 years behind, so now I just wear things that make me feel good! Pattern and colour are my BFFs.
• Always make sure your hair looks cute – you’ll be able to pull off any outfit. If it’s just not happening, put on a hat.
Thanks so much for sharing, Lyzi!