Fashion Timeout

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

Not so much a timeout as a classic to fall back on, again and again. I have just returned from an epic trip in Italy, mainly camping, but in serious heat. That meant wearing cool, simple shapes at all times. The one piece of clothing that worked so many times was my Zara cotton over shirt (that could also be a dress), similar here. I found…

Red Hot

Jul 17th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 3 min read

When it’s hot, an accessory can make all the difference, and I have been loving wearing a splash of red to lift even the simplest jeans and T-shirt outfit. It could be red shoes, red earrings or my favourite, a red cross over bag that I found in a Vintage shop in Margate a few weeks ago. The simple tip is to only wear it…

Part 2 – Dressing Apples and Pears (or Big boobs Big bums!)

Jul 7th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 8 min read

My last blog looked at great tops from the high street to maximise Apple and Pear body shapes, but we (myself, a full-bottomed Pear with arm phobia, and Alison a fuller bust and middle Apple) also found some fabulous dresses, skirts and trousers, and a few not so good (but an interesting learning exercise!) PEAR – My favourite for hot days, a holiday layer, easy…

Dressing Apples and Pears (or Big boobs, Big bums!)

Jun 25th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 6 min read

Along with my lovely friend Alison, I decided to go forth in the quest to dress big boobs and big bums. That’s the fairly crude way of saying that I, of larger bottom and thigh area (in fruit terms a Pear, plus upper arm dislike) and Alison, of ample bosom and dislike of tummy area (a sort of Apple) will try out the best high…

Kirstie in Print

Hair we go again!

Jun 14th, 2017 Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie, Printed Articles Kirstie 1 min read

My latest printed article where I discuss my hair history as it’s becoming more difficult to decide which way to go – also including embarrassing poofy hair shots! Click onto the second page for inspiration….where are you heading, long or short?

Going green again

Jun 5th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 5 min read

Having avoided green for many years after wearing a shade of ‘bottle’ as my school uniform, I am now loving the  emeralds to grassy greens popping up in designer and high street labels. First, I was seduced by this image, a gorgeous silk blend shirt dress by Maje, the inspiring French brand, wear with tan leather sandals and cross over bag. Pricey but I was…

Sign up for a Happy Event

May 30th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 3 min read

A few weeks ago, I invited my friend Sally to travel back to the 70’s with me, to try out the fiddly craft of Macrame at an event put on by Anthropologie in Guildford. Not knowing what to expect, we turned up to a table prepared with hoops and cut lengths of rope, ready to create. Sitting upstairs, in the middle of the shop we…

Always a classic

May 18th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 4 min read

I read an article the other day that got me thinking. Francesca Segal wrote in the Sunday Times’s Style magazines about her experiences with moths (Tineola bisselliella, apparently!) and the larvae that silently worked their way through her clothes, nibbling indiscriminating through her high street and designer garments. She had to bag up nearly all her belongings and start again. Only when she started to…

Bring on the bronzers..and skirts

May 3rd, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 5 min read

I love Jigsaw’s monthly emails ‘What to Wear in…’ series. Each month, if you are signed up for their newsletter, they select a suitable wardrobe depending on the time of year, seasonal events and the weather. For May (see here)  they are concentrating on a trip to Tuscany, with silks and linens. Obviously Britain’s changeable temperatures mean we can’t move too swiftly into lightweight fabrics…

Love the Basic

Apr 24th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 4 min read

Trends flow in and out, but there are a few humble basics that are essential to complete a wardrobe and this one does not need to be expensive, in fact sometimes the more pricey ones over do the design and lose simplicity. At this time of year a denim jacket can be just enough to layer over printed dresses or make tailored trousers perfect for…