How to style a Blazer for different Occasions

May 31st, 2020 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 7 min read

How to Style a blazer A blazer is a key item in your wardrobe so learning how to style one for different occasions, with jeans, for work, over a dress or casual weekend will instantly update and add more options to your outfit combinations. This means they can potentially be worn during the day, special outings and evening celebrations. A BLAZER IS KEY. A modern…

A great time to Declutter your Wardrobe

Apr 15th, 2020 Inspiration Kirstie 7 min read

A Great time to Declutter You have probably done a lot of the chores on your long ‘to do’ list but your bedroom closets may still be looming, so now is a great time to declutter your wardrobe. An Oxfam survey found that almost a third of Britons feel their wardrobe is a mess and needing a declutter, but the reality of a sort-out can…

Lock Down Creative

Apr 7th, 2020 Inspiration Kirstie 8 min read

I thought I would be sewing during these weeks of quiet, but during the afternoon lull I have recently enjoyed making cards, firstly out of necessity but also the joy of framing beautiful and graphic images from my favourite magazines. It’s a simple way to feel mindful and send some love to friends and family. You will need: Envelopes, I seemed to have quite a…

Easy T-Shirt Challenge

Mar 29th, 2020 Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 6 min read

Easy no sew experiment A little bit of fun styling for you, easy peasy, no sew, just cut and experiment, with no pressure on the results. This is great for anyone looking for an hour’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 any males in the family who may not…

Working online outfits

Mar 20th, 2020 Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 9 min read

How to dress for online meetings If you are now working from home, what to wear requires a new thought process. Your top half needs to be simple and clear for video business calls, and a bit of thought and focus will help you find the right dress for online meetings. I love this Instagram post by the very polished, Helen Morrissey talking about her…

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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…

Guilt Free Wardrobe

Jan 1st, 2020 Fashion, Inspiration, Printed Articles Kirstie 11 min read

A Wardrobe without guilt Like many people, I am guilty of owning too many clothes. I do love most of them and wear many combinations of outfits, mending and repairing where I can. Whenever possible I buy vintage and preloved items to fit in my wardrobe, alongside a few well thought out new purchases. For a guilt free wardrobe, the important point to remember is…

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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.