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Pink Tank

Mar 21st, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 4 min read

I love pink but not in a full-on fuchsia kinda way, sometimes just a hint is needed and my own prep has started with a casual trainer, a hint of pale, more nude really than blush. I decided on these leather sneakers by Office, and yes, a very comfortable shoe. For now I want to wear with wide trousers but later I’m thinking of wearing…

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One step at a time

Mar 13th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 6 min read

We had all the seasons last week and I’ve been wearing part winter, part spring, experimenting with colour, layering shirts and knits with rain jackets, and then sitting outside for a coffee marvelling at the heat of early March sunshine. Clients have been discussing Ascot and weddings and I’ve been thinking about events for this year, more jeans workshops and styling sessions. And lots of…

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Humphrey lives on

Mar 2nd, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 4 min read

Remember these? Red and white has become a fresh alternative to the blue and white stripe, and though I still love the classic Breton, I’m ready for something new. I bought my one from Madewell last December ready for this Spring and now I can’t wait. It’s an easy peasy wardrobe lift under navy, denim or ‘mix-it-up’ patterned blazers and knits. Wider widths from Madewell’s…

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How to Layer with Lace

Feb 26th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 8 min read

On trend or not, lace is appealing as it adds a delicate tonal texture, it’s feminine but also a little edgy if worn in creative ways.  As usual I have been inspired by Pinterest and found ways that I’m planning to wear it. Under or over, you can layer a posh dress with oversized knits and biker jackets or a tailored belted boyfriend jacket, dress…

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Beware of sleeves in your soup!

Feb 16th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 2 min read

Trends come and go, and some look great but are so damned annoying! Elasticated off shoulder has that element as every time you move your arms forwards or upwards, the neckline springs off! Flared and bell sleeves are also problematic! Washing hands, cooking and eating become messy unless you have the cycling equivalent of ankle clips for your wrists. So choose carefully… You have been…

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Rewind to Winter Warmers

Feb 8th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Real Style Kirstie 6 min read

Over the last few weeks, my blog postings were all about looking forward to Spring but obviously it’s still Winter and the weather’s getting cold again…rewind to Winter Warmers. Lets enjoy layering. Really, it can be fun. Think not one or two, but three or four layers peeking out to add colour, shape and interest under gloomier skies. I found these all on Pinterest. How…

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Well-heeled or feeling flat?

Jan 29th, 2017 Fashion Kirstie 6 min read

If, like me, you are feeling that January flat, I like to click on the ‘New In’ link with designer on-line stores to get a feel of the trends selling now, and then try and find similar styles on the high street. Yes, you may lose the full designer flair, but we know our own budgets and need to work within those boundaries. Here are…

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6 Tips for Complete Outfits

Jan 20th, 2017 Fashion Kirstie 4 min read

Over the years, I have learnt that creating a whole outfit is ‘Number One’ in requests from clients. Yes, you all have gorgeous pieces in your wardrobe, but how to wear them in one or more ways is essential, adding confidence and speed for decision making in the morning. Here are a few top tips that I have learnt along the way: 1. Experiment. Spend…

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Jeans Fever

Jan 13th, 2017 Fashion Kirstie 5 min read

Jean fever is set to continue this year…going through the hot sweats to find that perfect pair. But with lots of handy tips in print and on social media, some of the hard work has been done. When I was asked to be involved in a session with Good Housekeeping Magazine, which is out now, I jumped at the chance to find new options. I…

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