Do you have a 'Girl Crush'? | Cornwall Today April 2017

Roo's April 2017 Fashion feature published in Cornwall Today Magazine: Words by Roo Cross

Do you have a girl crush? | Cornwall Today Article April 2017You may find this an odd title that definitely doesn’t apply to you, being a strong, independent woman far removed from frivolous Americanisms! Okay, so maybe it is a little brash, but it sums up what I’m thinking perfectly. I’ve always preferred to socialise in mixed groups, had as many male friends as female, and shied away from any form of activity involving large gaggles of women. However, that said, I’ve also always had women that I’ve admired, copied, learned from and been slightly in love with: Kate Moss (style icon), Lucy Hone (best friend in the world AND utterly incredible) and just recently, Claudia Winkleman. Claudia is extremely entertaining in her role on Strictly Come Dancing. She sparkles in black every week with her sharp haircut – fringe ever so slightly too long, but somehow she gets away with it – and her amazing eyes defined with a thick slick of black eyeliner. She does it so well. She can laugh at herself, she’s infectious with her wit and understated coolness, her look is consistently brilliant and she’s oh-so-sharp.

And now, Claudia has been elevated to hero status due to her brilliant column in the Sunday Times Style magazine. What I particularly love about her column is that she normalises so many things that often people frown upon. She embraces bad behaviour, swearing, smudged eyeliner, wearing clashing prints and colours, and having children with ridiculous names. She talks about going out and doing shots with her girlfriends, being hungover, doting on her children and bitching about annoying partners. I find this so incredibly refreshing in a world which can sometimes feel slightly too earnest. I also think it reflects the free-thinking philosophy that I love most about living and working in Cornwall.

Penelope Chilver's Gold Jude Sandals crafted from soft leather with a wooden platform heel


I think women should embrace their inner individual. Wear what you like. Be brave and confident. Live a little, and don’t worry too much about what anyone else thinks! I find it so exciting when I meet such women in the shop – trendsetters who know their style and wear it well. They’re not confined by categories like age or size, and because of this, they are free to experiment. Of course, not everyone has this inbuilt confidence and I totally understand that. Everyone has good days and bad days, but how about you let us help you find that inner goddess? Come into the shop and talk to Becky, Bex or myself; I feel confident you’ll leave with a spring in your step, and maybe a pair of gold platforms!

For further style advice, check out Roo's monthly Fashion feature in Cornwall Today magazine. Coming up next month...The new "Choos"

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