Frippery and perfection hunting...

posted on: Thursday, 23 June 2011

And now to fashion and of the writers I read every week is AA Gill, who is the restaurant critic for The Sunday Times. He recently described a concept of 'Daylesford Casual' when referring to women who cultivate a certain style.

via brown dress with white dots

'Daylesford casual, studied layers of thrown-together ethnicity and minimalism over skinny leggings with ballet shoes and pony club hair.'

I somewhat self-consciously realised that what he describes is in fact my own dressing edict..the concept of 'studied layers'. I love this...he is the most scathing writer, achingly unforgiving. I understand also that Gill suffers from severe dyslexia and, consequently, all of his works are written by dictation. I find this awe-inspiring, when you consider the triumph of the English language, that it can be woven in such a way just through the power of thought; no pen and paper needed.

Anyway, back to frippery...the Daylesford reference is genius; and so to explain to non-natives of the UK, Daylesford Organic is a small but very elegant organic shop that started in the country and has now expanded to select parts of London. It symbolises the luxe, stylish side of organic food. Not the dirt and sawdust of farmer's markets but the clean, beautiful, groomed world of our consumer fascination with health and well being all wrapped up in parchment paper and gingham ribbon. 

Daylesford Chic...

via daylesford organic

It's just all so perfect isn't it?! And when I think about 'pony club hair', who springs to mind but Olivia and Catherine?

Ohh she has great hair...via middletonlove

Ohhh she has great clothes...olivia palermo via here
But deep down...the point is, whether it's clothes or hair or food, isn't this is all just indicative of this longing we all have for perfection? Luckily perfection comes in many forms and represents different things to different people, but for me this definition of a look, a lifestyle, an ethos, a style is ultimately all the same thing. I study it because I want it! I am fairly sure that doesn't make me a bad person, but it raises an interesting point. What does perfection bring? And when you get it, does the striving stop? Hmmm, answers on a postcard...


  1. A bit of frippery is perfect to balance out all the other stuff in life. This 'Daylesford casual' always looks impossibly perfect and I'm so envious when I see other women wearing it so well. And Catherine's hair? Sheesh. Is it diet? Luck? If I could have just half of it ... (luck, I mean. Not hair. All or nothing with the hair.)

    Thank you for your comment on my post. The blogging community is so wonderful and makes dealing with crappy stuff a lot easier. I have heard of St John's Wort but never tried it, I might go out tomorrow and get some. It's all worth a go, isn't it? And I have my cuppa tea right now while reading your blog :) Until someone works out a way to get us from one side of the world to another in an instant, this is the next best thing. Thanks Lou. x

    PS. I've been reading but don't often comment; I really hope this jaw pain buggers off and that you enjoy your time off without feeling guilty.

  2. Olivia looks perfect in a not so perfect way - it's the best! x LondonZest

  3. that is truly very interesting and inspiring, you can do anything if you want it! amazing! xoxo

  4. my cousin lives near Daylesford and always whisks me in when i visit her in the cotswolds...thus it will always be the place I bought my ex-boyfriend an expensive jar of hand crafted horse radish while he was at home shagging Rebecca from the office...sort of takes the edge off it a AA too, never fails to have me in stiches on a Sunday!!

  5. This really made me smile....partly because AA Gill (like a certain Mr Clarkson) irritates me SO MUCH that actually I would like to hurt him/them both. A lot. And no one makes me feel like that!!! Just them....overgrown schoolboys that they are.

    HOWEVER....I do agree that he/they are both very amusing and clever writers and very often spot-on in their observations.

    I love the term "Daylesford Casual" comes with an immediate visual doesn't it!! And who wouldn't want pony-club hair :) xx

  6. Hi Lou,
    First of all, many thanks for your lovely comment about my comments the other day. My comments are just my opinion and things that I've learnt over the years ( which are many .... hehe ). Don't take them as gospel but just my way of telling ou what I have experienced in life.
    .....and, here I go again !!!!.........
    I personally don't think that perfection exisits. Striving for it only brings misery and heartache, I think. We all spend zillions of £'s on clothes, make-up, beauty products, treatments etc, etc. but, how often do you see someone in the street or in our everyday lives or even at an evening function that we can say looks STUNNING ? Not very often ( unless you are standing next to me of course !!!! haha ) Of course, I buy into it as much as the next person but, sadly, it really doesn't exist. Celebrities etc. look fantastic in magazines because they have been styled to the max, made up by professionals and air brushed as if their life depended on it ( I know that I'm not telling you anything that you don't already know).......the photo's in this post are testement to this......and, I bet our lovely Kate looks quite 'normal' on a day when there are no engagements. There is obviously nothing wrong with making the best of ourselves and being frivilous now and again and, of course, there are some who are more attractive than others but all in all, I think that we are all pretty much on a par......and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
    Well, that's got that off of my chest and can I finally say that Young At Hearts comment was brilliant. It gave me such a good laugh....sad though it must have been at the time !! I must go and read her blog.....she sounds a right laugh and that's what life is all about.
    P.S: I was never a great AA Gill fan until I saw him on Grumpy Old Men and I saw him in a new light !!
    P.P.S: Hope that you are feeling better and are going some way to finding out the root of your pain. XXXX

  7. I love this "Daylesford Casual" label. And, remember perfection is subjective isn't it?


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