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How to wear your summer dresses into the cooler weather

How to wear your summer dresses into the cooler weather I love my summer clothes and hate this time of year when must put them away and bring out the winter jumpers. As we are having a particularly mild October i have got to wear them for a little longer this year. BUT you can wear those favourite summer dresses for a bit longer if you layer them up. Here are my tips on how to wear your summer dresses into the cooler weather. How to wear your summer dresses into the cooler weather I saw this sleeveless jumper in M & S which makes a great transition piece for your wardrobe. Great for layering up over your favourite summer dress, blouse, or t/shirt it also looks great with jeans or trousers.  Going into the winter you could wear over a lightweight jumper as an extra layer. Other colours available are Raisin, midnight navy, and electric blue £27.50. I have checked out other retailers and Next and H&M also have similar pieces. Leather Biker Jacket/Denim Jacket I have a couple of denim jackets one in a light denim, one in a peach colour and a red patterned one. I love all of them and wear them a lot. They are great for a light jacket and can be worn with so many outfits making them a valuable item in your wardrobe. The leather biker jacket I have is in a navy blue and worn a lot in the winter months.…

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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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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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I have a new add on to my business – want to know what?

I have a new add on to my business – want to know what? For some time now I have been looking for something to add to my current business. It had to be something that would complement it and could run alongside. I have joined Tropic as an Ambassador. Having been using the Tropic Skincare Range for several years and loving the product that I would like to share with my friends, family and clients. Why Tropic Skincare? The product has officially gone organic across most of the core skincare range. Not only that they have incorporated even more sustainable product packaging. (Say hello to recycled plastic). They have introduced a INNERBOTTLE technology a state of the art, green, refillable innovation that isn’t just new to Tropic, but to the entire market. As I have said I have been using some of their skincare products for some time now and would like to share my experience with others. As you can see from the above photo, I have lots of products to try and I am looking forward to exploring more of their range. How do I see this working in my business? It is not my intention to do parties as I have worked in several MLM companies before. This time I am not looking to build a big business. This time I just want to share my love of the product with like minded-ladies. Being a people person, I like working one to one and see this…

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This is how August is looking for me.

This is how August is looking for me. August this year is going to be huge for me and my family as our daughter is getting married. This is a day that every mum looks forward too. As many of you know that lots of my family live in South Africa. My husband Bob his sister lives near Cape Town and my sister lives in Johannesburg and both are coming to the wedding. This is how August is looking for me. Bobs sister is already here and currently visiting her friends and family but returns to us this week. I have organised some fun things to do together. We are visiting the RHS Flower Show, the cable car over the river Thames and walking over the O2 to mention a few. My sister arrives mid-month just before the wedding and she is staying with her girls in London. Where did I get my outfit? Even stylists need help sometimes. I booked myself a personal shopper in John Lewis in Oxford Street London with a friend of mine. We both had a stylist finding dresses for us to try on and what a fabulous experience. They knew the stock available on the shop floor and helped us both choose lovely dresses for the day. Mine is a Phase Eight Maxi Dress in a lovely tangerine colour. It is pleated from the waist down and has a cross over front. I shall be wearing Navy sandals with a navy clutch bag. It…

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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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How get the most wear from your clothes?

How get the most wear from your clothes? How get the most wear from your clothes? I have just bought this skirt from Nobody child from John Lewis, I had been looking for a new sundress and couldn’t find one I liked. This skirt had many colours in it, I could wear it with a variety of strappy tops. What I liked about it was although it is a midi it does have two splits up the front which show my lovely legs when I move. The Skirt retails at £45 but is in the sale at £27 Bargain! Buying this skirt I will be able to make many outfits with several tops in the different colours in the print. How get the most wear from your clothes? How get the most wear from your clothes? Here I have chosen to wear it with a short-sleeved jumper in this lovely warm blue from Zara. This I have had in my wardrobe for several years but funnily enough I have not worn much. My colour pallet is Spring, and I know this print has a black background which I do not normally wear but as it is covered in these beautiful  colours, I can get away with it. I wore it to a networking event this week and got lot of compliments. So, I think I will have to wear this shade of blue more often. Look at all the different colours in the print? So, the background is black, but…

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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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