T-Shirt Challenge

Mar 29th, 2020 Inspiration Kirstie 5 min read

A little bit of fun styling for you, easy peasy, no sew, just cut and experiment. This is great for anyone looking for an afternoon’s project.  So first of all, go and search for an oversized t-shirt, an old one ideally!  You should have one lurking or ask an males in the family who may not need the larger sizes anymore! First, I cut off the…

Top up anyone?

Mar 20th, 2020 Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 7 min read

If you are now working from home, along with, What time to get up and How long is it acceptable to watch ‘This Morning’, What to Wear during this crazy time requires a new thought process. Your ‘top up’ needs to be simple and clear for video business calls, but sometimes the whole outfit will help you feel focused. I love this Instagram post by…

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Spring Jackets…what to look out for

Feb 27th, 2020 Event, Inspiration Kirstie 1 min read

In my latest article out in print I have mentioned Spring…a little early it now feels but let’s just pretend it is close and lighter weight jackets are in tune again, choosing the right shapes for your wardrobe to finish off outfits. Also, check out the last paragraph discussing an event that I have been asked to speak at, ‘There’s No Plant B’, created by…

My mood is pink!

Feb 4th, 2020 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 5 min read

I have the feeling I want to wear pink….it may be the gloomy weather, but I suddenly want to find a shade of blush to wear. Not the baby soft kind, but the hot power shades that liven up the skin and add a kick to neutrals. I bought my first pair of brown trousers in years just last week, a proper mud brown that…

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Guilt Free Wardrobe

Jan 1st, 2020 Fashion, Inspiration, Printed Articles Kirstie 1 min read

Happy New Year and welcome to a year of re thinking how we shop and clothe ourselves – still enjoying the process but with a little more thought… making a difference where we can. With my latest article I have tried to start the thought process with a few ideas, moving forward to less excess but loving what you have, buying better when you need…

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The Yard Market – a Godalming secret

Oct 30th, 2019 Inspiration, Printed Articles Kirstie 1 min read

It has been a pleasure meeting Laura and Danielle from The Yard Market, full of fresh ideas for sustainability and inspiration. Here is their story in my latest article for Vantage Point magazine, scroll down for page 1 and 2. I promised some more present ideas and these will be appearing shortly, so please join me and sign up on my style blog for more…

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How to run a fashion business (or two!)

Sep 6th, 2019 Fashion, Printed Articles Kirstie 1 min read

In my latest article out this month in Vantage Point Magazine, I chat to Liz Trendle owner of two boutiques in Surrey. Years ago I set up a boutique in Guildford as an excited fashion designer, only to find out the hard way that running any fashion business is tough. Here’s how Liz works it.

Let it all go – a comfort call!

Jul 30th, 2019 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 2 min read

I have vivid memories of my mum slipping her bra off during summer evenings – a subtle back reach to unclasp, double shoulder shift and side slide to remove said undergarment, 10 seconds flat!  It makes me chuckle as it all makes sense now. Underwired bras, in relax mode, after 8pm are far too uncomfortable . So I did a bulk buy from Marks the…

A Good Crop

Jun 4th, 2019 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 2 min read

This is one of those items you didn’t know you needed until you had one! A cropped sweater in a perfect length for higher waisted trousers and skirts, that are everywhere this season, and this one is now reduced to £29. It’s 90% Merino and 10% Cashmere, soft and a great fit, and…machine washable, yay! Easy to put over shirts for collar and hem to…

Easy Outfit, keep it Tonal

May 26th, 2019 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 3 min read

Sometimes I see a look on Pinterest and know that’s what I want to wear when it’s cool one minute, chilly the next. Leather jacket, fluid skirt, fun sneakers and simple shirt, all in soft tones so not too jarring but enough interest in fabrics and textures.  As the weather is pretending to warm up, the leather jacket can easily be replaced by a dark blue denim jacket, like this…