How to style a Blazer for different Occasions

May 31st, 2020 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 7 min read

How to Style a blazer A blazer is a key item in your wardrobe so learning how to style one for different occasions, with jeans, for work, over a dress or casual weekend will instantly update and add more options to your outfit combinations. This means they can potentially be worn during the day, special outings and evening celebrations. A BLAZER IS KEY. A modern…

Lock Down Creative

Apr 7th, 2020 Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 9 min read

Make your own cards I thought I would be sewing during these weeks of quiet, but during the afternoon lull I have recently enjoyed making my own cards, firstly out of necessity but also the joy of framing beautiful and graphic images from my favourite magazines, like Vogue and Harpers Bazaar. It’s a simple way to feel mindful and send some love to friends and…

Easy T-Shirt Challenge

Mar 29th, 2020 Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 6 min read

Easy no sew experiment A little bit of fun styling for you, easy peasy, no sew, just cut and experiment, with no pressure on the results. This is great for anyone looking for an hour’s project.  So first of all, go and search for an oversized t-shirt, an old one ideally!  You should have one lurking or ask any males in the family who may not…

Working online outfits

Mar 20th, 2020 Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 9 min read

How to dress for online meetings If you are now working from home, what to wear requires a new thought process. Your top half needs to be simple and clear for video business calls, and a bit of thought and focus will help you find the right dress for online meetings. I love this Instagram post by the very polished, Helen Morrissey talking about her…

layer stripes and florals

14 Creative Styling ideas for your own Wardrobe

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

Creative Styling Ideas 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.  Use these 14 creative styling ideas to give you the confidence to try something new, even a little change will boost your fashion flair, go on, take the…

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…

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…