I: Caroline, you exude a care free, nonchalance, yet are always so chic and elegant. The true embodiment of a Parisian woman (… although you are not … well not that we know of?) What is your secret?
C: A relaxed attitude to beauty, sleep and water
I. Your complexion is flawless! We rarely see you wearing makeup, can you talk us through how you take care of your skin?
C. I’ve always put a premium on good skincare, which in turn means I wear minimal makeup and my regime is low maintenance - cleanse, serums and a light moisturiser. A regular facial always helps.
I’ve always put a premium on good skincare, which in turn means I wear minimal makeup and my regime is low maintenance - cleanse, serums and a light moisturiser.
I. Has having a little girl changed your attitude to beauty? Have you thought about what ideals of self-acceptance and self-love you will instil in her?
C. I see beauty in so much more, and often unexpected things, since Lola was born. In fact, I’ve probably become more emotional! My view of beauty has evolved too; it never was perfection but now even less so. I want to teach Lola that it's nice to look nice - but being good to other people and to yourself (and sometimes, that is via a spa treatment!!) should be her real goals. Of course, I'm sure she will come to that realisation on her own, too, as she gets older.
I. You’re a busy lady. Work, family, travel and the fun buzz of London makes for a vibrant, fast paced lifestyle…can you talk us through your day and your approach to ensuring you are nourished and taking care of yourself?
C. I’m up at 6am with Lola and usually make her breakfast before to going to work or an early gym class. Since having Lola, exercise is no longer a chore; it’s usually the only time in the day when I totally switch off. Then it’s a day of work, back home for bedtime or dinner with friends. For me, taking care of myself is all about eating good food, having fun with my husband and friends, naps and a tidy house filled with flowers.
I. And what about exercise, how do you keep active?
C. I’ve been going to the same gym for two years, which is a record for me. It’s a small studio with a few different Pilates and TRX classes and then I run (a tiny bit).
For me, taking care of myself is all about eating good food, having fun with my husband and friends, naps and a tidy house filled with flowers.
I. You’re a proud feminist, do you feel a focus on beauty/appearance is empowering or dilutes women’s position in society?
C. It is empowering to embrace your own style. However, a women’s position in society is about her engagement within it and not about her appearance. Feminism should allow women to be true to themselves, good to each other, and equal to men. All men should be feminists. Fathers need to champion their daughters, as my father did for me.
I. Do you have a beauty treatment or indulgence in London or Europe you love?C. The Cowshed spas are all beautiful and not too fussy but for a real treat, the Corinthia Hotel in London for a massage or a Sarah Chapman facial. But the best way to restore inside and out is to spend a week at the Mayr Clinic in Austria. It’s a medical spa with hiking, salt infusions and hay flower liver detox compresses.
I. And finally, what are your 3 favourite INÈS products and where there do they slot into your routine?
C. INÈS products are the best part of my routine. My favourites would have to be from NIOD. The Copper Amino Serum does wonders for lacklustre skin particularly in the depths of winter! The Low Viscosity Cleaning Ester is also the best cleanser I’ve ever used; it’s super effective but doesn’t dehydrate your skin in the process. INÈS has also taught me the importance of hair care and what a huge different it makes.