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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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Are Black Friday deals all they are cracked up to be?

Are Black Friday deals all they are cracked up to be? Are Black Friday deals all they are cracked up to be? It is best to view these deals as you do in sale time. There are some great deals out there with so many retailers offering 20/25% off the retail price. This is great if this is something you were already going to buy. However, you need to ask yourself these questions before you buy. Can I afford it? Do I need it? (It’s not a bargain if you do not need) Is it a good price? Do your homework first. Depending on what you are purchasing, if it is an item sold in lots of places check out the prices. One retailer discounted price might be another’s retail price. The important thing is to only purchase what you can afford and need. It is not too early to start your Christmas shopping. I have just returned from a few days in Glastonbury. As we were going to see the carnival we decided to stay just outside the city. We got the bus into the city and walked home after the carnival as we knew that all the roads would be closed. Staying in Street right opposite our hotel was the Clarks Outlet. Well, it would have been rude not to go and look. The outlet was huge with a great choice of shops and there where people walking around with lots of shopping bags, so for sure many…

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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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Step into spring with my April offer

Step into spring with my April offer Have we finally turned the corner and left the cold weather behind I hope so? I am looking forward to getting my spring clothes out and wearing less layers. Read on to find out my new spring offer. Step into spring with my April offer Spring is a time when I put away all my heavy winter items and bring out my lightweight jumpers, long sleeved tops, and my mid-season items. It is also I time to let go of winter items I have not worn rather than putting them away for next year. Also, when I bring out my spring/ summer items anything that does not bring me joy I let go of those too. I work on the one in one out policy. When I buy something new, I let go of something I am not wearing. This may find you in a position where you have some gaps in your wardrobe. Do you need any help in deciding what to buy going forward? For me the colour is the most important thing as if you get the colour wrong you really can look unwell, tired, and stressed. BUT get it right you will have. Healthier more youthful glow No need for lots of makeup No definition to your face shape Slim body lines Lively look to the face brightening your eyes. Glowing skin Fancy a girly day investing in “me time” for you? This is an excellent offer to those…

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Do you always buy the same colour you always have?

Do you always buy the same colour you always have? Do you always buy the same colour you always have? Just think about this question. You go into a large store and there is a table of jumpers in lots of different colours, are you always drawn to the same colour? Do you always buy the same colour you always have? We are a creature of habit, and we tend to buy the same things from the same shops. We do it without thinking about it. Have you ever got home after having treated yourself to a new jumper or top only to find you have one very similar in your wardrobe already? I have must stop myself sometimes when looking to buy something new, I ask myself these questions. Do I need it, and do I have something similar already. Many of my clients prefer to wear black and that is their go to colour as they think it is slimming. Encouraging them to choose colour is not always easy until they can see the difference wearing colour makes. Why are we drawn to the same colour? I have fallen victim to this repeatedly. It started with the colour Red and every top I bought was red. I knew which red to buy that suited my skin tone. Every time I wore it, I got compliments, so it was a no brainer. I then transitioned to Orange. Both are vibrant colours that gave me the energy I needed to…

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My Colour Journey

My colour journey I first had my colours done many years ago. My husband bought me a gift voucher one Christmas, to have my colours done. 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. 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 was 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 want to stand out. My colour analysis said I was an autumn which fitted in with the base…

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When you look in the mirror do you look tired?

We all live very busy lives and many of us are on the go all the time and our faces we show any stress straight away. When you look in the mirror do you look tired. What can we do about? Here are a few tips on how not to look tired and stressed. When you look in the mirror do you look tired? It could be the colours that you are wearing. A lot of ladies that I meet love to wear black as they think it is slimming but it can be very harsh when it is worn close to your face. It can bring out the lines in your face and drain any colour. In fact, there is only one season that I would say can get away with it and that would be winter. But, even then for the mature lady, I would say it is best to keep black away from the face. Black also is a negative colour and will drain any energy that you have, which will also make you feel tried. Knowing the right colours for you It is important to find the right colours that will work with your skin tone. If you wear the wrong colours  It can make your tired and drawn lose any colour in your face make your lines more prominent Wearing the right colours A healthier more youthful glow without too much need for makeup More definition to face shape and slim body lines Brightening your…

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Are you ageing yourself by what you are wearing?

Are you ageing yourself by what you are wearing? This is an interesting thought. We have all heard of the saying “you don’t want to look mutton dressed as lamb.” Is it a fine line between dressing for your age and wearing clothes that make you look older than you are. This is something we do not want to do. Here are my thoughts on the subject. Are you ageing yourself by what you are wearing? We are all going to age, and there is nothing we can do about that, but we can choose to dress to make ourselves look more youthful rather than frumpy. If I think about my grandparents, they always looked the same from a little girl and dressed like old ladies. We don’t have to do that now. Choose colours that suit you and your unique skin tone. It is important to wear colour to bring your face alive. So many ladies choose to wear black, or very neutral tones which can make you look washed out. Also, they can drain any colour in your skin which can make you look unwell and older especially if worn close to your face. If you want to wear black keep it away from your face and wear your pop of colour near your face. You could also wear some brighter makeup to counter the aging effect. Avoid oversized flowing clothes We all love to wear comfortable loose-fitting clothes when we are relaxing at home but don’t be…

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My tips on what to wear to keep cool in the heatwave

My tips on what to wear to keep cool in the heatwave With temperature’s rising and set to stay hot, we need to be mindful of what we choose to wear to keep cool. We all know we need to stay hydrated and drink lots of water. If you are thirsty then you are already in need of water, what you need to do is drink before that happens. Have a water bottle on your desk and sip throughout the day. Here are my tips on what to wear to keep cool in the heatwave. My tips on what to wear to keep cool in the heatwave Material It helps to wear natural fabrics like cotton and linen as they are more able to breath and avoid anything with nylon which will make you hot. Underwear We all want to feel comfortable so do take care when choosing underwear to wear in the hot weather. For me it has to be cotton all the way. I often suggest that you go up a size in knickers as there is nothing worse if they are too tight and cutting into flesh. Go for a regular bra fitting as it is so important to make a great undercoat for your clothes. In this heat I go for the bras that are not underwired for a more natural look and these are often in a cotton fabric. Colours Colours are so important, white will reflect the light whereas black will absorb it. Therefore,…

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My tips on how to enhance your mood using colour

My tips on how to enhance your mood using colour Use colour to enhance your mood and colour yourself happy. Colour brings out the best in you and makes you look and feel fabulous. Therefore, so many of my clients choose to have a Colour Analysis Session. This is an investment in you, but who does not want to look and feel fabulous.?  If you are interested in finding out what a colour session involves do check out my website or give me a call. Wearing colour can change the way you feel, some colours will deplete your energy whilst others will give you energy. Here are my tips on how to enhance your mood using colour. Understand the benefits of wearing colour After a trained as a Colour and Style Coach and the more that I understood about colour the more I wanted to know the true benefits of wearing colour. I decided to do a Colour Therapy Training to understand the reasons why some colours were energy giving and others were not.  Previously, I worked in the London for many years and I had two skirt suits one black and the other grey. I used to have several blouses in neutral colours to wear underneath. I never knew at the time why I always felt grey wearing those colours. Now I do Do you wear black? I know that many ladies like to wear black as they think that it is slimming and yes, it is, but there…

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