Top Style Tips - Necklace Lengths & Layering

style advice Dec 14, 2018

There are actually some really easy things to know about necklace lengths that will take the guesswork out of why some work better than others and of course how to combine them. 

We are often attracted to a necklace as a whole and don't think of the actual length being what makes it look truly fabulous on us. Or it can look just average once we try it on. In the next series of images, I show you where certain lengths of necklaces will hang and the simple layering principle. Previously I...

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Are Expensive Clothes Worth It?

sustainable fashion Dec 07, 2018

This week, I read an article in the Guardian commenting on the quality and pristine condition of clothes that the journalist's mother had in her wardrobe. Her ability to spot good quality from poor, across all brands and price points were noted, but also the care and attention these clothes had received. Clearly, this was a woman who cared about what she wore.

It takes a certain skill (and learning) to know good quality from poor and generally the more you pay for an item, the more likely it...

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Need Versus Wants

Uncategorized Nov 30, 2018

Did you manage to avoid all of the temptations of not just Black Friday but the pre-Black Friday ‘exclusive offers,’ the ‘extended for 48 hours only’ Black Friday offers or buckle like me when I saw adverts flaunting supposedly even better deals on Cyber Monday?

Jeeeeze…it was sales marketing on overdrive. Did you find yourself wasting an hour (or more) hunting out that elusive bargain?

You know I’m a purveyor of making a list of the items missing in your...

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The Trend For Eyebrows

Uncategorized Nov 23, 2018

If you are like me, you are fed up hearing about Black Friday sales pitches, so instead just for fun, I’m going to write about Black Eyebrows instead!

I already had today’s style letter in draft format before one of the lovely models in last nights style show told me she had to ask for her makeup to be changed because she had “guerilla's eyebrows!” Jet black and fierce across her brow.

She had perfectly shaped natural dark brown eyebrows, why the makeup...

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How To Buy Fewer Clothes & Elevate Your Personal Style

sustainable fashion Nov 16, 2018

The fashion industry contributes heavily to carbon emissions and therefore climate change. It produces highly toxic waste and consumes vast amounts of fossil fuel both in the process of creating the raw materials and during the production phases.

Our wardrobes are full of clothes that we rarely wear. Many of the fast fashion items sent to charity shops cannot be resold as are in such poor condition after only a handful of washes and wears. Charities export excess poor quality clothes to...

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What You Didn't Know About Ankle Boots

style advice Nov 09, 2018

Do you love the practicality of an ankle boot but when you wear them find that your feet look much bigger and heavier than they normally do? Or your legs look chunkier than normal, especially with a skirt?

 

So, you then tend to only wear them with trousers, but unless your trousers are wide enough at the hem for the boot to disappear up inside they still don’t look quite how you want them to?

Well here are the reasons why!

LK Bennett this season, has provided me with the perfect...

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True Style Habits

style advice Nov 02, 2018

We can all recognise style when we see it on other people, in pictures in a magazine, online or in real life. Perhaps at work, at an event or even just someone we pass in the street. When we see someone well-dressed we are attracted to their image because they emit positive energy. They appear to stand taller, to have more confidence and look effortlessly put together.

If only I could wear that, or how do they do it? We all have that friend or know someone who just seems to nail it every...

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Why Do We Always Want New Clothes?

sustainable fashion Nov 01, 2018

I’ve been designing corporate clothing for over 25 years. In that time, I have had the privilege of dressing an impressive list of brands and businesses.

Not being your typical designer who only worked from a design studio, I also wanted to know where, and how, my products were made. This has meant that I have sourced both the fabrics for the collections I have designed, as well as locating factories to make the actual clothes. From technical sportswear to fine chiffon dresses, working...

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True Style Endures

style advice Oct 25, 2018

I’ve had a cheeky little grin on my face all week because I reinforced one of my own beliefs and teachings and didn’t even know I’d done it.

I’m busy working on a client project that required me to put together a scrapbook of concepts for her. After I’d gathered together her images, I pulled out what I thought was an unused display book from my little stationary stash and lo and behold it was an example of a style book.

My own style book, that I’d put...

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Be More Body Positive

body positivity Oct 24, 2018

Why are so many of us unhappy with our own bodies?

Do we have any idea what real female bodies look like anymore? We appear to be bombarded on a daily basis of 'perfect women' with their 'perfect bodies'. We begin to see our own bodies as somewhat imperfect - we are either too fat, or too thin, too short or too tall, and so on. But there is no wrong way to have a body, we just think what we have is wrong.

It’s a huge step to turn decades of marketing and idealism around. We must stop...

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