Three Golden Rules for Dressing to Look Slimmer

I suspect that, whilst some virtuous souls may have used lockdown as an opportunity to up the exercise regime and go for long walks, many of us may have been somewhat less self-disciplined and have piled on a few pounds. If so, take heart, following my three golden rules will instantly make you look slimmer and more shapely. Rule #1 – Highlight your assets When carrying a bit...
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Colour Me Kettlewell

Many of my clients already know and love Kettlewell but for those of you unfamiliar with this brand, they specialise in good quality easy to wear basics in a vast range of gorgeous colours which they categorise according to "seasons". If you're unsure as to which of their seasons would be most flattering on you or would just like to have the opportunity to try before you buy, c...
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Looking Good On Video Calls

Woman sitting at laptop
Most of us are spending a lot of time talking to people via some form of video link these days. If my experience is anything to go by, seeing yourself on screen in this way for the first time can be a bit of an eye-opener – and not in a good way! Fortunately, I've since discovered some simple steps you can take to help you look your best and create a great impression. T...
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Lockdown Style

Pictures of Nicola wearing different outfits
Over the past few weeks, quite a few people have suggested that I write a style guide on what to wear during lockdown. I must admit I have hesitated to do this till now because the last thing I want to do in these difficult and stressful times is suggest that we should be focusing on what we look like. Goodness knows there are far more important things to worry about…. BUT ...
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Key Trends For This Spring-Summer

Massimo Dutti shorts suit
We may be confined to home with our social lives having ground to a necessary halt, but nonetheless wearing something we look and feel good in can still lift the spirits. Anyway, this situation won't last forever and let's keep the faith that, at some point this Summer, we'll be able to go out and about again. Here are some of the key trends for this season, and the good new...
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Prints Please!

I am often asked “Can I wear prints?” or sometimes I'm even told “I know I don’t suit prints”. The fact is that everyone can look good in prints, but you do need to understand some basic rules to make flattering choices.  Let’s take a look at what these are:  Size and Contrast The size of print should reflect your scale, particularly if worn all over. If you are statuesque a ...
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Complimentary Styling Morning

Join me for a complimentary styling session where you can view, try and buy the new Spring-Summer collection from Danish brand, Friendtex, along with some new season pieces from perennial favourite Kettlewell Colours in a relaxed, sociable environment. Both brands offer quality, easy to wear styles for women of all shapes and sizes. These clothes and are not available on...
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Capsule Wardrobe Workshop

Do you dream of having a carefully edited wardrobe of clothes you look and feel great in? Is the reality that?: Your wardrobe is a bit chaotic. You have lots of clothes but often feel you have nothing to wear. Nothing seems to go with anything. You sometimes waste money on clothes you don’t wear. You wear 20% of your wardrobe 80% of the time. If this is y...
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What Clothes to Take on a Business Trip

Lots of my clients travel on business from time to time and I know some find it difficult knowing what clothes to pack, particularly if they want to fit everything within cabin-sized luggage. The key to packing a capsule business wardrobe is to ensure that everything you take earns its place, in other words that each piece coordinates with several others so that it can be wo...
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Complimentary Styling Afternoon

Join me for a complimentary styling session where you can view, try and buy the new Spring-Summer collection from Danish brand,  Friendtex in a relaxed, sociable environment. Friendtex offers quality, easy to wear styles for women of all shapes and sizes. These clothes and are not available on the High Street and can only be purchased in the UK via a handful of stylists ...
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Complimentary Styling Evening

Join me for a complimentary styling session where you can view, try and buy the new Spring-Summer collection from Danish brand,  Friendtex in a relaxed, sociable environment. Friendtex offers quality, easy to wear styles for women of all shapes and sizes. These clothes and are not available on the High Street and can only be purchased in the UK via a handful of stylists ...
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Complimentary Styling Morning

Join me for a complimentary styling session where you can view, try and buy the new Spring-Summer collection from Danish brand,  Friendtex in a relaxed, sociable environment. Friendtex offers quality, easy to wear styles for women of all shapes and sizes. These clothes and are not available on the High Street and can only be purchased in the UK via a handful of stylists ...
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The Shirt Dress – A Wardrobe Hero

The shirt dress is a wardrobe hero which never goes out of style but is particularly  on-trend for Spring 2020. I’ve  bought a couple over the past few years and they are probably the most versatile dresses in my wardrobe. They’re a particularly good option for women who prefer some tailoring to the romantic, unstructured flouncy dresses which are also popular at the mom...
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Style On The School Run

As a busy mum (or grandma!), 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 man...
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Fab At Forty & Beyond

  Get 2020 off to a fabulously stylish start! Style and beauty are not just the prerogative of the young. There is absolutely no reason why a woman well into her forties, fifties, sixties and beyond cannot look attractive and stylish. But, whereas the young may manage to pull off some dubious fashion choices, we grown-ups need to dress with a little more care. Fo...
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Sales Shopping For The New Decade

Sale shopping
It’s hard to believe that we will soon be welcoming in the next decade!  I don’t know about you, but it only seems five minutes ago that I was celebrating the dawn of the new millennium! Where on earth does the time go?! As we are about to enter the 2020’s, BBC Radio Berkshire have asked me on to look back on the key trends of the past decade and advise their listeners o...
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Dress Your Best

We all come in different shapes and sizes and we can all look fabulous! Learn how to dress in a way that flatters your figure in a friendly, supportive environment.   We will cover: Your body shape and what it means for the way you dress. Your proportions – How to create the illusion of being perfectly proportioned. Your best styles of dress, skirt, trousers...
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Dressing For Success in Business

Companies spend a lot of time and money on getting their corporate branding right, but how many are prepared to invest in helping employees with their personal branding? I was delighted to be asked by Emma Maslen, MD of SAP Concur, to advise staff on how to “Dress For Success”. Emma had a personal consultation with me some years ago and felt that it had helped her develop a st...
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Key Trends For Autumn-Winter 2019-20

There really is something for everyone this season; from floaty floral dresses to utilitarian boiler suits. A number of trends have been around for a while but are still very current so it’s definitely worth having a good look in your wardrobe before you hit the shops as the chances are that you’ll have lots in there that will transition nicely to this season. Modest Dressing ...
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Capsule Wardrobe Workshop

Do you dream of having a carefully edited wardrobe of clothes you look and feel great in?   Is the reality that: Your wardrobe is a bit chaotic. You have lots of clothes but often feel you have nothing to wear. Nothing seems to go with anything. You sometimes waste money on clothes you don’t wear. You wear 20% of your wardrobe 80% of the time. If ...
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