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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blonde


Poppy Delevingne


If anyone is entitled to tall poppy syndrome it's Ms Delevingne, no not the puckish Cara but her ethereal sister Poppy.
Currently London's reigning  It Blonde, she can go from glacial to pretty, sophisticated to playful, wanton to innocent, in a swish of snowy mane. 
Some are born blonde, some achieve it through artifice but The Blonde remains one of our most beguiling archetypes. 
Painters have clothed her in oils, poets have wreathed her in words and Raymond Chandler didn't want anyone other than her to walk into a smoky bar trailing trouble not far behind. 
Like most northern Europeans I was blonde up until the age of three, one day I may just go back. 


















44 comments:

  1. I feel in duty to comment under this post. I am blonde all my life, I had no idea what a power is that up until I moved to South Europe politically, Middle East to be exact with map. I took an effort to change it once or twice but never really liked it. As for today I remain myself aware of my 'blondiness'!

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    1. That must be like having your own spotlight Karolina.

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    2. Indeed! You got it as always right.

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  2. Remember her playing in the sandpit in Holland Park as a tot.

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    1. I never knew what to do in the sandpit, it was for creatives, even then.

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  3. Hitchcock certainly liked to place them in a spot of bother. 70% of the girls I grew up with were Poppy D blond so they've never held any special fascination with me.

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  4. Mrs. B-
    Like you, I was blonde early in life. Now, not only am I not blonde, but I am hard pressed to even claim to have any hair of any color.

    What a treat it is to be young, with the world at your command!

    Enjoy your time as it, our fabulous, and blonde, and leggy Miss Poppy, for as the song goes, “the wheel is turning, and you can’t slow down”…

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  5. There is always an It Blonde, isn't there? I don't really know these girls, but Cara seems the scamp, which always entertains!

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  6. I've tried other colours but blonde suits me best. Now that I'm older I like a very dark blonde with some pale highlights for amusement. That uniform, sunny blonde of Poppy's suits neither my age nor my personality.

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    1. My family are/were all that sunny blonde colour, I really like dark blonde too.

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  7. Poppy's the prettiest of those 3 sisters. I've spent a big chunk of my adult life trying to be the shade of blonde I was at 2 years old…but I'll settle for yellow. Much kinder on my collapsing face x

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  8. I was a blonde as a child, and now am a somewhat (enhanced) blondish brown. As a 4 year old we went on holiday to Hong Kong where my sisters and I walked around with our arms folded above our heads - we were sick of being tapped on the head for good luck by the passing locals… a blonde child in Asia gets a lot of attention!

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    1. I've never heard of that custom Heidi, that's wonderful.

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    2. My red haired son was patted in Thailand

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    3. smr - oh I love this.

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  9. Well you met the blondes in our family, though Young Rascal is more of a true strawberry blonde. Which was my hair colour until about age 10 or so. I might have to go back, I can't imagine trying to keep up my dark hair as I age, it will likely make me look older.

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  10. Dani - I know, such a surprise to see your fair maidens!

    My hair is about 4 shades lighter now, who knows where I'll end up

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  11. I was shocked as an adult to learn that my natural color was not brunette as I'd always believed, but "dark blonde" (sometimes referred to as "dishwater blonde" in popular parlance). Now that I've found my light blonde home, I'm *never* going back. I think your color now is pretty but imagine you'd look very good as a blonde too.

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  12. We all start out Nordic blond in my family. One of my offspring stayed blond, like her father. I turned auburn and I have always liked the color but I would enjoy some length. Oh I would love long, shiny red tresses, but my hair cant manage it

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  13. My first wife was a blond. Say what you will about blondes they are not as dense as they are made out to be. I made a nice wad, had what we call a liquidity event, and bam! she took off with the cash and left me with the rest. Well timed. Much deserved, actually. So, I started over pretty much from scratch, this time with a brunette. All the difference. Made another pile, a bigger one out of spite. Mad about the brunette twenty years on. From the deep south, busted aristos, father barking mad, mother a deb, grandfather a former govenor. I am bailing them out.

    The blonde has gone sort of orangey. The "work" has not held up. Gratifying.

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    1. Michael - if you are over next month, you simply must make time for me somewhere.

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  14. I'm blonde as can be nowadays. Started off that way as a child, went a bit mousy in my teen years but it didn't take much to get it back to a Scandivanian blonde. I think I must like it despite periodically lusting after having dark locks. Are you in the process of lightening the old noggin?

    I prefer Poppy to Cara out of the sisters. Cara tries too hard to shock with all the tattoos/piercings/'wifey' relationships. A bit crass like you say.

    Liking the new blog name! Re your last post, I cannot believe people complained about the word 'faffing'. Lol, that is hilarious!

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    1. LA Rona - I know, crazy!
      My hair is so light just now from my holiday and the sun we've had, the bottom is dark blonde already.

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    2. Just browsing Pinterest and can't see your pins anymore! Have you taken yourself off the site?

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  15. I love the long white dress with flowers. It would look ridiculous on me, but it looks great on Poppy.

    As for the blog name, last week I Googled "badinage" convinced it was something akin to haggis. Even though I now know the true definition, in my heart you will remain Bourbon and Pearls.

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    1. Oh himmifan - thanks for the morning laugh!
      I would never identity myself with a Scottish word, I'm not that nationalistic.

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  16. Beautiful, she pulls off those long frocks like nobody's business.

    I've been blonde since age 17 when I did the dreaded Sun In when I was an exchange student in Connecticut. Which turned to orange and then skunk look with huge grow-in. Never went back except for a brief sojourn with lopsided short do and dyed black which i loved but only very edgy friends did. (i was not edgy but still liked it). I have a very ruddy face so suit blonde.
    Now very grey through the parting, dyed every four weeks, my hairdresser is now literally one of my best friends. its a commitment

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    1. Oh sun in - yes didn't we all do that when we were 17? Orange stripes.

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  17. Poppy's Marrakesh nuptials featuring all the London Blondes had a double page spread in the Standard last night. She's certainly well connected.

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    1. That was at the Mamounia wasn't it? I loved that hotel, I don't think I've ever had better service anywhere. That was also such a stunning dress, I preferred it to her Chanel dress.

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  18. I was sugar white blond until about five then progressively went darker until sixteen when I claimed my blondness back. I find with fine hair the bleaching gives more volume and it’s easier to manage. It’s an expensive commitment but one I’m happy to keep up. With your luxurious, superior hair Tabitha you could pull anything off. Tonkath

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    1. Tonkath, sugar white is such a lovely description, that's almost my natural shade now.

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  19. Former Scandy light blonde, then dirty blonde, now supplemented with highlights blending in the silver. I see no reason not to become blonder with age.

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  20. Born a brunette, grew up a brunette and now a product blonde anything but grey is my mantra

    On its Badinage, thought you said bandage

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  21. I know a couple of people who were at the 3 day Maroccan leg of the wedding festivities....... she knows how to party!!!

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  22. I have always been blond even did the dreaded sun in on holidays and came home a lovely shade of orange. This lady has such style and would even look good with sun in in her hair

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  23. Please don't go blond Tabitha. You are so exquisite as is!

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  24. It is so hard to be blonde and long at the same time. Most of the time one has to be one or the other or the tresses just can't take the punishment. Her hair is lovely! xo, N.G.

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  25. She's really lovely. The only thing about being blonde is we have a lot less hair than you brunettes. Any blonde who has a lot isn't natural.. I have gone more blonde recently. It's a lot easier with the grays! A redhead friend just did too and it suits her. I still love brunette long hair the best! Guess it's the grass is always greener... xx

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    1. Nordic brunettes have very fine hair too, only the southern euro brunettes have thick manes, that's why so many of us die our locks, it thickens the shaft.

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  26. Cara's voice is beyond grating and very hard to understand....

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