How to wear strappy dresses when you don’t like your arms

Jul 17th, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 3 min read

The simple crop t-shirt has been my life saver garment in this heat. No, I’m not baring midriffs but popping on top of sleeveless dresses – it means my waist is free of restrictions, no tucking-in dilemma and my arms are covered for going out.  I don’t hate my arms but feel more confident with a sleeve of sorts, and then at home when I…

Make time to experiment

Jul 1st, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 7 min read

It’s been a busy busy June, meeting wonderful ladies looking to find the perfect outfit for an event or building confidence for a new phase in life.  Last week was an inspiration during my Hobbs workshop sessions – small groups of women who didn’t know each other, chatting, encouraging and complimenting others whilst finding key items that fit into their own wardrobes, lifestyles and boosting…

High Street Haven

May 27th, 2018 Event, Fashion, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 5 min read

Searching the high street for a client’s wardrobes and those classic capsule items to build upon,  I often find myself in Guildford’s Hobbs store. For my latest article for Vantage Point magazine, I interviewed Jay Syedan, manager for Hobbs with his cheerful, ‘can do’ attitude. Jay joined the company in 2011, working his way to Store Manager in Guildford last September, with a role of…

It’s got to be Cotton

May 16th, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 5 min read

When life is busy, as it has been for me recently (hence the lack of blog posts!) I need easy clothes options. So I tend to keep my base pretty simple, like jeans and shirt or my favourite paper bag waist trousers, and then pull out one of my many lightweight jackets. If it’s a cool day the long sleeve layer is just enough, and…

Learn to love clothes again

Apr 28th, 2018 Event, Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 5 min read

I am passionate about clothes, fabrics, prints and interesting colour combinations and I love to inspire others to find the right ones, which in turn builds self confidence, particularly if you have had a few changes in your life. If you feel there are no clothes out there for you, try looking with fresh eyes in stores you may not normally visit. Before you shop…

5 things you need now

Apr 17th, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 4 min read

With sunshine promised this week it’s time to prepare for baring more skin. I have used my faithful and easy to apply tanning cream by Vita Liberata, for a subtle hint of colour and confidence, and it’s now time to bring the summer clothes down from the attic storage.  If they still fit, after my winter feasts, I am looking forward to being reintroduced to…

How to feel Spring when it’s still Winter out there

Mar 29th, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 5 min read

The shops are full of prints, but the weather’s not playing fair. Florals from tropical to English garden in full colour are ready to inspire us but it is hard to drop the cosy layers just yet. The answer is to wear the colourful flowers but keep the knits and long sleeve t-shirts in neutral layers. I was very inspired the other day in Zara…

I would like a fun(ky) T-shirt

Mar 13th, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 6 min read

I would like a funky T-shirt even though I am just about hanging onto my forties! It’s getting the mix of edgy with classic that makes it ok to wear quirky pieces at whatever age! I love the balance of opposites with all things – delicate flowers with tough denim, wide trousers with very fitted tops and a graphic t-shirt with a tailored jacket –…

Will you change your Stripes?

Feb 23rd, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 6 min read

It’s been a very busy February so far. The season has kicked off with all sorts of enquiries including modern wedding looks, clear out Wardrobe Edits and a fresh start to the new trends. But one item, as always, sticks out as so important. The best t-shirt tops, long sleeved but moving into short soon, and stripes, winning the ‘Most Useful Layer’ at number one….

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