Spread A Little Sunshine!

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Colours this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute. Interestingly, for Spring/Summer 2016 there are truly no perceivable distinctions in colour choices between the men’s and women’s collections. Many of the colours transport...
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Key Trends for Spring-Summer 2016

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I love fashion but I certainly don’t advocate following it slavishly. The key to stylish dressing is to embrace those trends that work for you and avoid those that don’t. This means taking into account your  “style personality” as well as your colouring, shape, scale and proportions. Here’s the low-down on some of the key trends for this Spring-Summer. Silhouette This sea...
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What Are Your Clothes Saying About You?

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Actors understand the power of clothes. Their wardrobe is designed to illustrate their character’s back story – their social, economic and professional standing as well as mental state, personality traits etc . Once they are dressed as the character they begin to really inhabit the role. Think about Sex And The City where the women have very different wardrobes to express th...
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Ten Traits of Stylish Women

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Being stylish is something we can all aspire to, whatever our age, shape or size. Many stylish women are neither particularly young nor beautiful but they do have a certain “je ne sais quoi”.  There’s no absolute blue-print for style, but we can tell straight away when someone has “it” and there are certainly traits which stylish women share. You may find these tips helpful: ...
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Put Some Colour Into Your Life!

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According to a recent study published in The Telegraph earlier this month, “wearing clothing with a splash of colour can make you look more imaginative and lead to pay rises and promotions...The reasons seem to be two fold - wearing colour makes us feel better and gives others the impression that we are more confident and creative.” This is certainly true for me. When I have...
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Style Slip-Ups

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Nowadays there are few fashion rules and it seems that almost anything goes. Nonetheless there are still some style slip-ups that are best avoided.  Here are a few of my pet peeves: Underwear on display - Unless you're Beyonce or Rhianna (or in the boudoir!), underwear is best not be seen. Smooth lines in a nude colour may not be sexy but they provide a sleek silhouette and ar...
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Preparing For Your Photoshoot: The Beauty Checklist

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This month I have asked professional photographer and make-up artist, Claire Lewis, to give us a few tips to ensure we look our very best in photos. Over to Claire.... Check out the Photographer. Look at their work. Is it the kind of picture and feel you want to capture? It’s not just about being able to technically work a camera or be amazing at Photoshop ( I prefer ...
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What’s Your Prints Personality?

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During a style consultation, one of the areas we cover is which types of prints will work for best for your particular shape scale and proportions, eg abstracts with curvaceous body shapes and geometrics with straighter body lines etc. We also look at how you can use pattern to highlight your best "bits" and to detract from those areas you're not so proud of. To be truly com...
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Stylish Dressing for the Mature Woman

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A generation ago everyone knew the rules about what to wear at what age. Nowadays those rules have largely gone by the board, which is certainly liberating but can also be rather daunting given the scope for getting things wrong. No one wants to look frumpy but, equally, many of us are wary of looking like mutton dressed as lamb. For sure, age is no bar to looking stylish an...
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Secrets to Successful Shopping

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Do you love shopping or do you actually find it a bit of a chore? I know many women  find the whole experience a bit daunting and demoralising because there's so much "stuff" out there and they have lost sight of what suits them. Even those who start their shopping trip feeling perky and optimistic can begin to get discouraged and despondent as the day wears on. The very unf...
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Looking Stylish in The Sun

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Summer is on it's way. Have you booked your holiday yet? According to a survey by Tripadvisor.co.uk “the British have been voted the worst-dressed on holiday”. A little harsh perhaps but there is no doubt that the “Brit abroad” is not always lovely sight to behold! I suspect it’s because we’re not just accustomed to hot weather so our wardrobes aren’t geared up for it. With a ...
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Key Trends for Spring-Summer 2015

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For those of you who didn't manage to get along  to one of my Seasonal Updates last week, here''s a quick overview of some of the key trends we looked at. The shirt dress This is the dress style of the season and the good news is that virtually anyone can wear it. If you're young(ish) and have good legs, you may want to wear a short version, whereas, if you're more mature...
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Style On The School Run

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As a busy mum, sometimes just getting everyone up, dressed and breakfasted in time for school can seem like a major achievement. With virtually no time to spend on ourselves, it’s no wonder we sometimes resort to throwing on the first clothes that come to hand and dashing out the door looking a bit dishevelled. If you envy other mums who somehow always manage to look stylish...
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What’s Your Personal Brand?

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Like it or not, first impressions really do count - people form instant opinions about us based on how we look. Given my background in HR and sales management, I know this to be true from personal experience. When recruiting staff, I often had to counsel managers not to make snap decisions based on first impressions, particularly where the candidate was not going to be employed...
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Winter sales pieces to look out for

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Coats Always a good investment. Make sure the cut works with your body shape and stick with styles that are fairly timeless like the trench, parka and Crombie. Don't be afraid to buy a coat in a colour rather than the default black, grey or navy. Choose a colour you know you look good in that will work with most of your wardrobe. Workwear Smart jackets, trousers and skirts...
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Smart Sales Shopping

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We all love a bargain, but don't let the slashed prices cloud your style judgment. It is very easy to fall into the "buy it because it's cheaper" trap for everything you see. Discounted pieces that you will rarely or never wear can still be a fairly costly mistake. Always ask yourself if it was this price and it wasn't in the sales, would I buy it? If not, leave it for someone ...
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Picking The Perfect Party Shoes

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So, you’ve got the fab dress (or skirt/ trousers and top), now to find the perfect shoes! This is often the hardest part of putting a party outfit together. Shoes are a feature of your party wear and can make or break your look. There are three basic requirements for your party shoes: they need to give you height, look amazing with what you are wearing and they need to be co...
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The Bottom Line

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There was a time when the only polite response to “Does my bum look big in this?” was “no” but today the desired response is likely to be “yes”. Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Nicki Minaj have all contributed to making a large bottom desirable these days but it’s Kim Kardashian and the publication of those photos (whether they’ve been photo-shopped or not) that have really put but...
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Your New Winter Coat

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A new winter coat is the most exciting buy for winter (along with new boots) and the High Street is exploding with new colour palettes, textures and styles. Whether you are looking for something versatile or something that makes more of a statement, here's our pick of this season's coats followed by some tips on how to narrow down the choice and find one that is just right for ...
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The Scarf Trend – How Will You Wear Yours?

Are you a wrap, tie or drape kind of woman?    However you like to wear yours, scarves are timeless and can give your outfit an instant new twist. Even better, wearing scarves in your most flattering colours will make you look radiant. Simple elegance 'Everyday elegance' is one of this season's looks. To fit with this theme, you can keep your scarf simple by tying it neatly ...
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