monthly dossier

Emma Hoareau

Emma Hoareau
March 30, 2020



I  love March. It’s the beginning of Spring and blossom is on the trees, something that always makes me smile, and the taste of summer is on your tongue. But what a strange month this March has been. I don’t want to delve too much into the current situation but will say: we are living a new normal. Our daily routines are changed, and we don’t know how long for. I’ll say now I hope you’re all keeping safe and I am sending health and love to you and your loved ones.

As someone who works from home anyway, I didn’t think it would feel hugely different but I’ve been surprised by how much more actual work I’m getting done when I don’t have to go into town most days for meetings and  launches. (Don’t get me wrong, I love doing these things, but it’s interesting to see my work life without them). The energy I would normally use up for these has turned into creativity and more time and energy to create content I’ve wanted to for a long time, such as my hair tutorial and my first home vlog – a flat tour! Being able to do these and have more time to actually create has been wonderful. A real silver lining. I’m having to adapt how I work and shoot, too. I can’t get film developed so I’m shooting more on phone and my digital camera, too. It’s made me realise just how much I shoot on film these days and it’s almost foreign to shoot on digital – so it’ll be fun to see what and how I end up creating photos.

It’s also given me time to rest. I’m super into Human Design (if you don’t know what it is – it’s like astrology mixed with chakras) and my type is a Projector. Projector’s need proper rest to be able to create and I’ve been truly resting, allowing myself to do nothing. No thing. Just look out the window at the trees or simply enjoy the noises (what!) from the road near my flat. Just being. Is wonderful. A new king of presence. And then also having morning baths, trying out lots  of face masks…  plus spending half my day on instagram (nothing new there) and eating copious amounts of nutella. But! I’ve also realised I’m not an awful cook. I thought fate had kindly not dealt me with the talent each of my parents have for making something out of nothing. I’ve always liked cooking I just always end up eating the same thing because 1) I live alone, so I’m just cooking for one 2) I normally eat out 5+ times a week. Given time and boredom I make a mean cake and soup, and have become addicted to roasting vegetables of all sorts. It’s not Michelin star stuff, I know, but I’m glad it’s taught me I can do it, and that I just don’t have the time or energy for it most of the time.

This month I devoured Where The Crawdads Sing. I knew it was a bestseller and had seen so many people rave out it but just, wow. It was incredible. It’s really moving and such a clever story, too. And since so much of it focuses on nature it also has made me appreciate the blossom, the branches in the wind, the squirrel running on the trunk all so much more during my walks in the park. I’m now reading The Mars Room and enjoying it so far. My morning routine at the moment is to wake up, make a tea, and get back in to bed to read for a little bit. It’s a real luxury to have slow mornings, and reminding myself how lucky and privileged I am to have a home, warm baths, a bed and a kitchen full of food.


Beauty: As I mentioned, I’ve been masking a hell of a lot this month. The Elemis Resurfacing mask is a favourite. Using enzymes to gently remove dead skin cells, you’re instantly glowing. You can get 20% off on both UK + US sites with code EMMA20 (not an ad, just sharing the discount) Find all my favourites here

Style: It has to be the brightest and most cheerful thing I own: my pink Sézane jumper. Here.

Home: My new office is  my haven (and where I am currently sat writing this). My big curved gold mirror is the most wonderful addition as it really opens up the room. Here.