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…

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…

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…

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…

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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Sale Savvy

Jan 4th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 4 min read

This is the perfect time to buy from the upper end of the high street, look at quality reductions not basement bargains. Classic items that will be just as useful next year as this year, a coat or simple top layer that can easily be updated with the new trouser shape or skirt flare. In broad terms, keep the outer layers classic shades but add…

One for you….Two for me!

Dec 9th, 2016 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 4 min read

This is a tricky time of year… when shopping for others, why do we find so many things we like for ourselves! Here are some tempting titbits you might like to give ….or keep yourself! I love this creative patchwork of wool checks and plaids, which will look amazing wrapped around. So simple, but so beautiful for coins or makeup. Never tire of a fresh…

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Dingly Danglies

Dec 2nd, 2016 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 4 min read

For a time I just didn’t wear long earrings, but trends change and develop into something you actually quite like – I even wore a long pair of golden earrings and a necklace with a shirt the other evening, a first for ages. The new angle is to wear them as daywear with boyish shirts and chunky knits and somehow they seem less girlie. This…