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…

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The ‘useful’ summer trends

Apr 29th, 2019 Event, Inspiration, Printed Articles Kirstie 1 min read

My latest article for Vantage Point magazine is out now. I wanted to look at the trends that are wearable and inspiring to wear now. It basically shows you don’t have to make any great changes…a few tweaks here and there can up-date your look, it may be one accessory or a new way to layer prints but start small and enjoy the process. I…

Pack It in!

Apr 8th, 2019 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 9 min read

Who doesn’t love a weekend away? A few days to unwind and forget the mundane chores at home and in my case, the bathroom that needs a paint job! Excitement rises as I think of the breakfast bar but then mild panic sets in at the thought of packing and getting it right. As a family we have made some real clangers at Check In…

Wardrobe Revisited

Jan 29th, 2019 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 10 min read

In my latest article with Vantage Point magazine, I worked with Alison discussing her own wardrobe and creating new outfits from clothes she already had – we split up two-pieces, played with new colour combinations and made loved items work for her life now. For the full story, more images and Alison’s own comments, see below.   This stripy Boden shirt came with a pale…

14 creative ideas for your own wardrobe

Jan 21st, 2019 Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 5 min read

This is a great time of year to experiment with clothes you already have. Take everything out of your wardrobe and even the process of putting back in again will remind you of items forgotten.  Here are a few creative ideas to try:  Add a summer shirt under your knitwear to add a unique collar Go raw: unmade hems add a creative edge, avoid too…

Sale Shop Clever

Jan 8th, 2019 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 4 min read

Happy New Year to you – now, take a deep breath and relax. Yes there are sales but don’t panic as there will be more discounts and if you miss a specific item this time, don’t fret, other options will be out there. The modern way to look at sales is to replace clothes you actually need, not just to buy a random item because…

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The Shoe Fits

Nov 5th, 2018 Fashion, Printed Articles Kirstie 1 min read

My latest article published in Vantage Point. Scroll down for the second page. ” You may have sorted the outfit but sometimes getting the right shoe is the hardest part….”

Nothing to Wear

Oct 30th, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 4 min read

You’re rushing out and want to wear something special but have ‘nothing’ in your wardrobe. Well, nothing that you love anyhow…going-out clothes can be tricky. So buy the one thing that will always work, look and feel amazing. A fail safe item, a fall back classic that rarely, if ever goes out of fashion. A silk shirt. Done up, tucked in or layered over a…