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IN CONVERSATION WITH LOUISE ROE

01.05.15

We took five minutes from filming our How To video series to sit down with fashion expert and TV presenter, Louise Roe to ask the all-important questions about her fashion icons, her tips on staying healthy and the inspiration behind her recently launched book, Front Roe. Watch our How To video series with Louise Roe.

Who is your ultimate fashion inspiration?

I feel most inspired by a collection of women from the 1970s. Lauren Hutton, Ali MacGraw, Jane Birkin… They’re sexy and sophisticated without trying to be and I love that.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

My granddad told me ‘Never to expect anything and you won’t be disappointed.’ It’s not a limiting mantra but a calming one. It makes you look at everything as a bonus.

What are your top 3 tips to keep fit on a busy schedule?

1. Don’t beat yourself up when you genuinely don’t have time to work out.

2. Don’t underestimate the benefits of stretching and breathing for 5 minutes.

3. Get to Barry’s Bootcamp - it's changed my life.

What’s your go-to recipe for a night in?

Turkey burgers. Mainly because they’re the only thing that I can cook. The recipe is in my book and I use almond meal instead of flour to make them extra healthy, then serve them with homemade guacamole. They’re delicious!

Who is your favourite author / what are you reading?

I’m currently reading The Paris Wife by Paula McClain. It was recommended by my university housemate. We studied English Literature together so I trust her judgement on a good book. I also love Charles Dickens – it’s old school but its true.

What’s on your current playlist?

All the Brits: London Grammar, Clean Bandit and Aluna George are topping my playlists at the moment.

What artwork or photography do you have on your walls at home?

I have a lot of Slim Aarons. I’ve recently re-decorated by home in L.A and have made a feature wall out of all my Slim Aarons prints.

What’s in your make-up bag? Which moisturiser / mascara / lipstick do you love?

Lancome Lip Liner in 211 Beige Rose. I fill as well as line my lips with it to make them look bigger. Sisley moisturiser and the Maybeline mascara that I’ve used for years.

What are your must-have hand-luggage items?

My favourite handluggage bag is from Aspinal London and I take it everywhere with me. I always take a beanie as I get cold on the plane, and some kind of Jouer moisturiser to combat dry skin. A good book and a lavender filled eye mask to help you sleep will also go a long way.

Shot by Laurel and Wolf inside Louise's home in L.A., her Slim Aarons wall montage.

What are your top 3 hotspots in L.A.?

For the best morning coffee, head to Alfred on Melrose Place. It’s got a hipster vibe and it’s ideal for people watching.

The walks around L.A. are fantastic. If you go for a hike up to Griffith Observatory you’ll get a great view of the Hollywood sign.

Go for dinner at Eveleigh for the cocktails, the views and the atmosphere. It ticks every box.

When visiting London, what do you always make time to visit / do?

Walk. Everyone drives everywhere in L.A. so I embrace the ability to walk everywhere in London. I’ve started to appreciate the little things that I used to take for granted like red buses and cobbled streets. I’ll always go to Sloane Square and wander down the Kings Road as I used to live around there. For shopping I love Selfridges and Browns and a trip to Borough Market is always fun at the weekend.

Tell us about your book and what inspired you to write it:

I studied English Lit and I’ve always loved books so it’s been a lifetime ambition to write one. I had the idea years ago. I always get asked a lot of questions when I’m doing makeovers and I thought this would be a great way to answer them all in one place. It’ a mix of practical advice and career anecdotes and it focusses on fashion, beauty and interiors with the aim of increasing self-confidence. My next ambition is to write a novel.

The last chapter was never planned. It’s called ‘How To Be Kind To Yourself’. I think we put a lot of pressure on ourselves as women and this is designed to be a practical guide on how to be kind to yourself, what’s important and why. I was inspired when I was in a yoga class and the instructor asked the class to think of a word to describe what you wish there was more of in the world and I thought of ‘kindness’. Then she asked us to turn that word onto ourselves and it really made me think.

What are your top 3 tips for being your own leading lady?

1. Dressing for your shape is so important.

2. Learning what make-up suits you and taking an extra 5 minutes to apply it in the morning makes all the difference.

3. Take 20 minutes once a week for a bath. Be selfish in a really nice way.

Front Roe can be bought here.