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This time of year it is all about layering with colour.

This time of year, it is all about layering.  We do not always need the very heavy jumpers, but we do need to layer our items which allows us to take off if need be. It has been cold, and I am a lover of my long-sleeved thermal top but as temperatures vary sometimes that is not needed. This time of year, it is all about layering with colour. We all know how to layer up, but have you thought about what colours go with what. This is where you can experiment with different colour combinations. This time of year it is all about layering with colour This time of year it is all about layering with colour You could go tonal and wear different shades of the same colour. For example, you could choose a camel pair of trousers, brown boots, cream jumper, with a animal print blouse over the top, followed by a chocolate brown jacket and a bag in any of those colours. This is a nice classic look and if you have the classic personality is one you will wear very well. What about colour I hear you say. This time of year it is all about layering with colour. Well, I am the colour lady!  You could wear several different items on in one colour but different shades like this photo taken in John Lewis. Here we have many shades of blue that will all work with each other. All seasons like blue, just choose…

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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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Make your sales shopping work for you.

Make your sales shopping work for you. I hope you had a good Christmas, some family time and some-time to chill. Or did you venture to the sales straight after Christmas? This year I noticed that all the sales started online some as early as the 23rd of December which saves the rush to the stores straight after Christmas. I must admit I do love a bargain, but you must be sure that it is something that you love and need for it to be a bargain. Too often we are sucked in by the sale price and think look at what I am saving, but you are not saving, if this is just going to clog up your wardrobe and you are never going to wear.  Make your sales shopping work for youAre these items current stock reduced? Some sales are very genuine with items that have been reduced as stock that has not sold.  You will know if you have been shopping in the store before Christmas as you will recognise them as current stock. They could be odd sizes, end of lines and have genuine reductions.  Others are items that for whatever reason have not sold. Sometimes, there may be a full rack of items all the same in every size. Also check the amount that it has been reduced by as sometimes it is very little, and others are up to half price. This tells me that it did not sell for whatever reason.  When this…

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Last minute Christmas stocking present ideas.

Last minute Christmas stocking present ideas. First I would like to wish all my followers a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. I would like to thank you all for your support throughout 2023. It has been a challenging year for me personally, but I am looking forward to a new year full of fun and laughter. Last minute Christmas stocking present ideas. Last minute Christmas stocking presents I have a few ideas for some last-minute presents as stocking fillers. This is the last one of these scarves that is made of recycled plastic bottles. It is in a lovely teal and yellow colour. Just the pop of colour to add to a plain coloured coat. It is lovely and soft and ideal for people who are allergic to wool. This retails at £20.00 plus P&P but I am happy to deliver if you live locally in Chelmsford.             Crystal Bracelets Last minute Christmas stocking present ideas. I have always sold jewellery and accessories and like to change what I have to offer my clients and customers.  Hear I have combined my love of crystals with my love of jewellery.  With these bracelets I have combined the therapeutical reasons for the crystals or you can choose one by the colour to compliment an outfit. These are £10.00 plus P&P           Keyring’s  Last minute Christmas stocking present ideas. I have had one of these keyring’s for some time and they…

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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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Add one new piece to your wardrobe to make many outfits.

Add one new piece to your wardrobe to make many outfits. Add one new piece to your wardrobe to make many outfits from other items in your wardrobe. Sometimes you must introduce one new item that then allows you to make many new outfits from existing items you already have. This is what I have done here. I have just bought this snake print skirt from John Lewis  which was £45.00. It is a chiffon type of fabric made from recycled materials and is fully lined. This makes it suitable for all seasons. This is how I styled my new piece from my wardrobe. In this picture i have teamed it with a cream jumper that I have had a couple of years from M & S. The military style velvet jacket I cannot tell you how long I have had it. I know it comes from J Taylor who used to be in Debenhams. I don’t know why I have not thrown it out over the years as I don’t remember wearing if for some time. Probably because of the colour and knowing how useful an item it could be in my wardrobe. The boots I purchase many years ago from a preloved store in Bishops Stortford. These I don’t get a lot of wear out of as they are big around the top of the leg but because this skirt is so long that does not show. To dress down for a casual look To make the skirt…

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How to wear black if it is not one of your colours

How to wear black if it is not one of your colours Ideally warm skin toned ladies and mature ladies should not wear black next to their face. WHY? because it can be draining, and it is a negative colour. BUT what about the little black dress I hear you ask? Yes you can be a rule breaker but read on to find out how to wear black if it is not one of your colours. How to wear black if it is not one of your colours. I was given this long black dress from a friend of mine to wear on a cruise I was going on. Because it is not one of my colours and black is not a colour, I generally feel comfortable in, I was not keen to wear it. As you can see from the photograph I have put on some makeup and a bright red lipstick. I have also chosen a bright red statement necklace, and the colour is shining up on my face and with this in mind I think I can get away with it. I teamed it with a small red leather handbag and red sandals. Also, I must say that I felt very nice in the dress and got lots of compliments on Facebook. Would I buy a black dress probably not, but I have to say that this outfit felt all right. How else can you style a little black dress? I think the simple answer is to…

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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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Cleared the wardrobe clutter – what to do next?

Cleared the wardrobe clutter – what to do next? As you know each season, I clear the clutter in my wardrobe and let go of things that I no longer wear or make me feel good. It is easy to put into piles one for rubbish and one for the charity shop. BUT what else can you do? Let me help you after you have cleared the clutter what to do next. Cleared the wardrobe clutter – what to do next? There are lots of ways to get some money back for your unwanted clothes and here are a few of the high street stores and what they are offering. H&M Take a bag of old clothes to your nearest store and receive a £5 voucher. M&S/Oxfam Donate to Oxfam, including items form M&S and receive a £5 voucher. M&S/Sparks Trade in your old school uniform and get 20% off children’s clothing. John Lewis Sign up to the “My John Lewis” donate 5+ items and receive a £5 voucher. River Island Send items to “Reskinned” and you’ll get a £5 voucher to use in store. New Look Give clothes to a participating hospice and you’ll get 15% off at New Look. Schuh Will give you a voucher for every pair of shoes you donate in store. George at Asda Donate clothes at Asda and get 10% off code for George at Asda. Resale shops on the high street These used to be called Dress Agencies and now they are known…

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My tips on how to work the sales

My tips on how to work the sales The summer sales seem to get earlier and earlier, and we do not seem to have had a summer yet. Today, as I write this it has rained all day and been dark and overcast. I have always loved shopping in the sales as I love to get a bargain, but it has changed over the years. Here is my take on it. How shopping in the sales has changed. When my daughter was little (she is 25yrs now) I used to go to the Next sale on Boxing morning early with a friend of mine. I used to buy for her lots of new clothes (sometimes for the next winter) as they were always about half price. We used to go around with a large bag and queue to pay. On arriving home, she would tell me which she wanted to keep and which she did not like. I then returned a few days later. There was always plenty of choice and lots of bargains to be had. It became a ritual very year. Shopping online in the sales. Anyone who knows me knows that I do not like shopping online. So often, I am disappointed when the clothes arrive. The Next sale was early this year and so not all their summer stock went into the sale. I am sure they will have another one in the future. II had early online assess and so I ordered a few things…

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