How To Wear Colour

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You may have noticed by now that I am on a mission to get people to inject a little more colour into their lives. Not only does wearing the right colours make you look more attractive and vibrant, it can really lift your spirits.  A colour analysis will show you your most flattering colours  and how to wear them. For those of you who haven’t had an analysis yet or would like a ...
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Office Chic in the Heat

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Hopefully Summer will be making a re-appearance sometime soon! When the heat is on striking the right balance at work between being comfortable and looking professional can be challenging. Here are some tips to help you navigate this style dilemma! DO choose your fabrics wisely Natural fabrics like cotton, will be more lightweight and allow the skin to breathe. If you ...
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Casual Chic in The Heat

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When the heat is on the last thing you want is to be feeling hot and bothered. Here are our tips to keep you cool and chic in the Summer sun this season….Lighten Up Darker colours absorb heat so opt for the lighter shades in your palette wherever possible. If you fall into the Deep colour category this can be particularly tricky but you can try adding a little contrast in the ...
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Susie Hellier, Southampton

"I have had three sessions with you, colour analysis, choosing clothes for my shape and accessories and I have found them all really useful. I had been spending a fortune buying clothes because they looked good on others without realising why they didn't quite work so well for me. It was only after attending your workshops that I have been able to shop with confidence and also ...
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Why What We Wear Matters

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According to most researchers, people make decisions and judgements about us within  7 seconds of meeting.  Their subsequent interactions with us are very much influenced  by their first impression of us. A positive first impression stores up a lot of goodwill, whereas a negative one is difficult to recover from. Therefore, whether  it’s a first date or an interview, the messag...
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Swimwear Style

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We spend the whole year looking forward to our Summer holiday; after the long, dark days of Winter there’s no better feeling than the sun on your back and sand under your toes. It’s only natural that we want to look our best and spend time planning our holiday wardrobe, but how many of us give much thought to our swimwear (apart from thinking that we really don't want to be see...
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Summer Stripes

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Stripes have become part of many women’s daily uniform. Age-appropriate, versatile and timeless, they never go out of fashion. This season, in particular, the shops are awash with them.  How savvy are you about choosing the stripes that will be most flattering on you though? Vertical stripes are slimming – right?   Conventional wisdom has it that vertical stripes are slim...
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Stepping Out!

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Footwear really can make or break an outfit and is something a lot of women struggle with so this blog is dedicated to getting your footwear right. Fabulous legs If you have fabulous legs, show them off with some statement shoes or boots! You could go for an eye- catching colour or design and ankle straps will work well for you. Irregular Choice do a wild and whacky ran...
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How To Look Gorgeous in Phtographs

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I don't think many people like having their photos taken and I am no exception. I have only taken a handful of "selfies" in my life and they all looked pretty awful! So, when I needed some uptodate head shots for my website and social media ( people do like to see who they're dealing with) I bit the bullet and engaged ace photographer Julie Copestake from Lone Barn Photography....
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Key Trends for Spring-Summer 2017

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Just about anything goes this Spring-Summer! There are stripes, florals, sheers, ruffles galore, floaty tops, cinched in waists, wide- and narrow-leg trousers - you name it, it's out there! Given this vast array of choice, for this post, I've decided to confine myself to looking at a few key colours and sleeves, which are a real feature this season. Key Colours There’s an...
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Getting It Right For Special Occasions

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Whether you’re mother of the bride, planning a day at the races or attending some other special occasion, rule number one is to make sure you start shopping as early as you can so that you can take time to find the perfect outfit and not get panicked into buying something you’re not entirely happy with. A special event generally means there will be lots of photographs and y...
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Ten Resolutions for the New Year

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I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and are looking forward to 2017 with hope and optimism. The New Year is a time when many of us like to take stock and put together some resolutions for self-improvement - but how often do we stick to them? Based on what I've learned from the many hundreds of consultations I've done with women (and men) of all different ages, shapes and sizes,...
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Barbara Richardson, Winchester

"A quick note to say thank you very much for choosing such a fantastic colour for me for my wedding dress and also for introducing me to the wonderful Charlotte Pilavachi of Charlotte's Bridalwear. I bought the bluebell silk you found in the James Hare catalogue and some ivory guipure lace for a short bolero-type top, all of which Charlotte is magicking into the most fabulo...
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Luscious Lips!

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A statement lip is the look to be seen in this Winter (those of you who watch The Great British Bake Off will have seen this year's winner certainly loved a bold lip!), so here are some top tips on which shades to choose and how to make your lipstick last.   Shades of Red A bright red is an iconic Hollywood look for a reason; it's glamorous, sensuous and feminine. I...
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Want to Look Perfectly Proportioned?

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To dress well, it’s important to understand your shape, but it’s equally important to understand your proportions and whether you are high- or low - waisted as this have a strong bearing on the length of skirts and tops that will be most flattering on you. Broadly speaking, if you have balanced proportions you will measure the same from the top of your head to your leg break...
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How The Right Coloured Dresses Make You Look Younger

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It's no surprise that I am passionate about the benefits of colour analysis.  After all, every day I see what a difference it can make to people. I am definitely not alone in this.  Tracie Beardsley of Fab Frocks , a wonderful special occasion boutique in Bournemouth, shares her thoughts in this month's blog... I adore this time of year – the trees are turning such stunn...
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Creating That Elusive Capsule Wardrobe

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What  is a Capsule Wardrobe? It seems that stylists and fashion editors are always selling the idea of a capsule wardrobe and most of us think we'd love to have one – but what exactly is it and how do we put one together? In my view, a capsule wardrobe is a limited collection of versatile, interchangeable pieces that will create perfect outfits for any occasion. To be suc...
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