Creative Old to New

Apr 3rd, 2016 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 1 min read

Think about it – you probably have a handful of dresses that you once loved and even though they will never fit or are maybe too worn in places, you just can’t let go. So plan B is to make it into another loved item. A sumptuous cushion comes to mind and as with this Monsoon dress which a friend had once loved, I made…

Hour to Spare

Mar 17th, 2016 Inspiration Kirstie 1 min read

Ok, I had an hour to spare between drop off and pick up for dance class – too far to get home, so I headed to Sainsbury’s. I had a few essentials on my list, but the thought a slow wander around the fashion and homes department seemed as good as any. In fact, having a leisurely look around was very enjoyable, and quiet as…

Time for Fake

Mar 6th, 2016 Inspiration Kirstie 1 min read

Last week a friend bought a lovely gift of flowers and we discussed the dipped dyed petals, something that usually neither of us would choose but as you can see there is something magical in the results. The lilies opened yesterday to reveal a gorgeous orange and pink burst contrasting with the blue. Very fake but beautiful in its own right. It made me think that fake…

Enough Stuff

Feb 29th, 2016 Inspiration Kirstie 1 min read

I seem to be collating a lot of information on stuff. Too much of it and how to deal with it. India Knight wrote in the Sunday Times, a few weeks ago, about Ikea’s change of direction to a ‘more circular’ e.g. recycling business. India then continued with how she found huge shopping centres over powering with too much choice, ” I don’t want to…

It’s all about Proportion

Feb 8th, 2016 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 2 min read

It’s funny when you have that lightbulb moment – it’s normally very obvious but then something triggers the thought, “Of course!” For me it was last week when I ordered a grey duster coat on a bit of a whim from Oasis Sale – I had been looking for a grey over-layer for a while to give me an option from my ‘wear every day’…

My 3 Inspirational Style bloggers

Jan 30th, 2016 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 6 min read

It’s taken me a while to catch up as fashion news moves digital and, being a technophobe, the thought of learning how to up load, link and add meta tags for this blog made me all dizzy. But here I am 3 months in and (nearly) enjoying every minute of it (although I have messed up a few times!) I have enjoyed watching the experts…

Word Play

Dec 24th, 2015 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 3 min read

I know this is the wrong time to play with crafty things – at this stage I should be finishing last minute shopping or planning meals but somehow I got waylaid … I found the best sweatshirts in Sainsburys! I bought two for £8 (one for me, one for my daughter) dark green, great quality…oh yes they were from the school department but who would…

Tartan Forever

Nov 24th, 2015 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 3 min read

I have always loved checks and tartans, whether it’s in fashion or not. The rich warm tones linking together are inspiring and have an earthiness that appeals to me. My maiden name is also Scottish, Farquhar (no giggles now) and so I have always been proudly linked to our family tartan. Tartan inspiration is always found by the cool queen of fashion, Vivienne Westwood. High…

Wowed by Macbeth

Nov 7th, 2015 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 3 min read

I went to see Macbeth last week with Michael Fassbender (beautiful) and Marion Cotillard (also beautiful). Hugely powerful and disturbing film, my heart continued to pound for hours after. As blood thirsty as it is, the images are provocative and inspiring. I am now loving long line, fit and flare style dresses, deep tapestry colours and layered chains and pearls to accessorise. Be inspred by Etro’s…

Silk knotted cushion

Nov 1st, 2015 Inspiration Kirstie 2 min read

I had a notion the other day and acted on it straight away. Using a beautiful silk scarf to cover a feather pad without cutting the scarf and spoiling the print. Simple and effective. Birthday present sorted for that evening You will need: Silk scarf, 16″ cushion pad, cotton and thread. It really is an easy way to make a sumptuous silk scarf. Search out…