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New Year – New You

New Year – New You Firstly, Happy New Year to you. Let’s make 2024 the year you step into the new version of you by injecting some style adding key pieces to your wardrobe. Sound exciting?  Yes, our style evolves over time, think about it, you are not wearing what you wore in your twenties when you are in your fifties or sixties. Your life changes though the years, you may have been in corporate and now own your own business, or perhaps you are retired and have a totally different lifestyle. Your style should reflect who you are as a person now. So how do you know what your style is? It all starts with style personality and the type of clothes that you like to wear. Are you a sporty type and like to be able to move in your clothes or are you more of a classic dresser. Do you like to wear sheer fabrics, reveal a lot of flesh or do you choose fitted close fitting clothes? Do you know how to dress your body shape? When I had my colours and style done many years ago, I was amazed in the difference dressing for your own body shape made. It also made shopping so much easier. I have a column figure and no definition of a waist; therefore, a boxy long line jacket would not suit, in fact I would look lost. However, a fitted jacket gives an illusion of a waist and if you…

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My ideas to add some sequins to your Christmas outfit.

My ideas to add some sequins to your Christmas outfit. With just over a month to Christmas and all the parties in the run up. Have you got your Christmas outfit sorted? I have noticed that this season there are a lot of sequins. Where I have chosen this top because it can be worn many ways, and you know how I like to get my pieces working for me. This sequin top is from Marks & Spencer and retails at £29.50. This is the dark blue, but also, comes in silver, black and evergreen. A few months ago I bought this in a lime green, what I love about it as it can be dressed up or down. Wear with jeans for a more casual look, or wear with  midi-skirt or wide leg trousers. This will also work for all seasons as it has short sleeves. My ideas to add some sequins to your Christmas outfit.       If a dress is more your thing? If you have that special party to go to and would really like a dress, I found this one on SilkFred online. This retails at £99.00 in Rose Gold, but also comes in a Multicolour, Burgundy, and Green. This is a classic style so could be in your wardrobe for many years and come out each Christmas season. I have a similar dress to this in a bright red and it has been in my wardrobe for many years. I was recently invited…

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Faux leather fashion always seems to be on trend.

Faux leather fashion always seems to be on trend. Faux leather always seems to be on trend and now the shops are full of it. I have two skirts which I have had years one black and the other chocolate brown. You can dress them up with a nice silk blouse or wear them more casual with a chunky jumper. Faux leather fashion always seems to be on trend. I have just bought myself a pair of faux leather trousers, which took buying several pairs to find the right ones. Denim jeans are not my thing, but I have several pairs which I wear at home or out and about with the dog. These faux leather trousers are jean styled with a straight leg. Be careful when ordering as I found many of them are ankle grazers which I can’t stand. Having long legs, they always look like they have had a row with my shoes. The standard leg in River Island is apparently 31″ which I can just get away with wearing flat boots or trainers. These come from River Island not a shop I usually shop in. They come in Black, Brown, and dark green. There are lots of different styles out there. I found some are like a jogging bottom, wide leg, the wide leg finishing on the calf, slim leg, and jeggings. The choice is yours for your body shape and style. In my mind you are never too old to wear this trend. I chose…

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Do you have a wardrobe of clothes and nothing to wear?

Do you have a wardrobe of clothes and nothing to wear? Do you have a wardrobe of clothes and nothing to wear? How many times have I heard this; it tends to be a common trend. What a lot of us have done in the past is go out and buy a new top, get home only to find that we have nothing to go with it. Does that sound familiar? Do you have a wardrobe of clothes and nothing to wear? You get invited to a party, look in your overflowing wardrobe and think I have nothing suitable to wear. I bet we have all done this at some time. Yes, it is a very common problem, but why do we have too many clothes in our wardrobe? Holding onto clothes that no longer fit us but hoping to fit into them. They were too expensive to let go of. Never get round to doing a declutter. Have so much in the wardrobe you can’t see what you do have. Holding onto clothes that not in the colour or style that suits you. Sound familiar? Firstly, I would advise only having summer or winter clothes in your wardrobe and the other season put away in a suitcase or under bed storage. If you have plenty of storage in your home and a spare wardrobe that is even better. This allows your clothes to move on the rail more easily so you can see what you do have. De-clutter every…

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My colour journey started with a colour analysis session

My colour journey started with a colour analysis session I first had my colours done many years ago. My husband bought me a gift voucher one Christmas, to have a colour consultation. It was not something I would have bought myself. My daughter was young at the time and spending quality time on me was not my priority. I share with you how I went from wearing cream and beige, so I did not stand out, to wearing red and orange and a new confident me. Here is how my colour journey started with a colour analysis session. My first introduction to colour… He bought me a colour and style analysis which also included a make-up lesson with a Colour me Beautiful Consultant. This really was a treat as I had not invested in myself like this before. Then I didn’t realise how powerful it was. At the time I was unaware of how powerful colour was.  I had worked in the city for many years and had two skirt suits one black and the other grey with an assortment of blouses I wore underneath. These were conservative as I was working in banking recruitment.  Wearing all grey made me feel grey and at the time I did not know why, and now I do. I went from wearing cream & beige to wearing red & orange. At this time in my life, I was very shy and was wearing quite muted colours like cream and beige as I didn’t…

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How to find your own sense of style

How to find your own sense of style How many times have I heard “I have lots of clothes in my wardrobe, but I never have anything to wear”. This is a common complaint by many women as they buy something random because they like it but don’t but don’t anything in their wardrobe to wear with it.  Here are some ideas on how to find your own sense of style, using the clothes in your wardrobe. Wearing them in a different way to find your own sense of style. How to find your own sense of style It’s all about finding your own unique style which will develop over the years.  So how do you do that?  Social media and magazines are a good place to start. Look and see how outfits are put together, see how the clothes are styled in the shops and on the manikins. I like to people watch, wherever you are and see how other ladies put outfits together. Choose someone you admire who has a similar body shape to you and watch how they put their outfits together. It can be a good idea to look back at photos of yourself and see if you like a certain look. Fashions do change and so will your own style over the years. Try styling something a different way. Go to your wardrobe and pull out one of your favourite things, it may be a pair of trousers or jeans for argument’s sake.  Perhaps you…

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When you are not looking to buy anything and find a gem.

When you are not looking to buy anything and find a gem.

When you are not looking to buy anything and find a gem. When you are not looking to buy anything that is usually when you do see something you like. This happened to me recently, Bob and I often walk into town with our dog Rosie and stop for coffee before walking home again. Last week I just popped into John Lewis to go to the toilet before walking back and guess what? At the top of the escalators was a sale rail of dresses. This one was screaming at me, so a quick call to Bob to let him know I was trying it on. When you are not looking to buy anything and find a gem. When you are not looking to buy anything and find a gem. These are my favourite colours, and it is so nice to be able to find a dress that is this length. I also have a problem with dresses with a waist as I am long waisted, so this works perfectly. I love button through dresses and particularly this “A” line style as it suits my column figure. Yes, it is a bit shorted than I usually wear but as a holiday dress I think I can get away with it. August/September is a difficult time to shop. This is not the best time to shop as the sales are on the way out, and the winter stock is coming in. I still want to stay in summer clothes for as…

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Does your posture alter the look of your outfit?

My tips on how to work the sales

Does your posture alter the look of your clothes? Yes, it most certainly does, you hear so much these days about getting your body into alignment, and it certainly makes a difference. Not only to how you look but how your clothes look too. I go to a regular yoga class and each week we work on a different part of the body. This week we were working on our shoulders and so many of us are round shouldered due to sitting at a desk on our computers or mobile phones. Does your posture alter the look of your outfit? Does your posture alter the look of your outfit? Standing up to your full height can make a huge difference. As I am tall, growing up I didn’t want to tower over my friends and so I was inclined to stoop to make myself not look so tall. I was bullied for being tall and thin so thought it was not good to be that way. I wanted to be small and petite but I think that was because I wanted to blend in and not stand out. Fast forward till now, I am proud of my height, I love my long legs even though it is a problem ordering trousers to ensure they are long enough. It is important to stand tall. I love giraffes as many of you know and look how graceful they are standing full height. This photograph was taken last November at my niece’s wedding…

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How to make your outfits look expensive

How to make your outfits look expensive Not many of us have an unlimited budget to spend on clothes and accessories. Do you need to buy designer clothes to look good and polished. No, I do not believe that you do. You just need to know how to put together your clothes to make the best of you. Use what you have and dress your body shape to bring out the best in you and wear colours that work with your skin tone. Read on to find out how to make your outfits look expensive without spending a fortune. By buying wisely you can create a wardrobe that you love and love wearing. Spend more on the classics. When you are buying the classic items in your wardrobe you need choose items that will stand the test in time. By that I mean invest in these key pieces as they will be in your wardrobe for many years. When you work out the price per wear, they will not seem expensive. If you are buying a jacket for arguments sake, don’t buy a cheap one spend a little more and invest in a classic one that will last you years. I have a red blazer that has been in my wardrobe for over 20 years and comes out every year. A classic blazer goes fantastically with a pair of jeans for a smart casual look, or for a more of a business look with a pair of smart trousers, or…

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I have a passion for colour, and this is why

I have a passion for colour and this is why Colour is very important to me because of the way it makes me look and feel. Sharing this knowledge is one of my passions and showing other ladies how to embrace colour is very rewarding. Seeing the realisation of ladies faces when I show them the difference of wearing different colours. Also, the way to put different colours together in many combinations. Ever wanted to find out what your colours are? If you do please do get in touch or visit my website for full details what a Colour Analysis Session involves. Read on to find our why I have a passion for colour. Colour Therapy. I am a Colour & Style coach and have had the training to do that. I am also trained in Colour Therapy and understand the healing properties that colour has, and I combine the two when I am with my clients. We are made up of energy. When you go through life’s challenges your energy system may become depleted of its optimum balance. You can work with colour to replenish what is needed and bring your body back to balance. The Psychological Effects of Colour. Have you ever thought why hospitals are always painted a pale blue or green?  It has been proven that those colours help the patients relax more. When people are waiting to go on air on the TV they are waiting in the “Green Room” That is also because the green…

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