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…

I would like a fun(ky) T-shirt

Mar 13th, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 6 min read

I would like a funky T-shirt even though I am just about hanging onto my forties! It’s getting the mix of edgy with classic that makes it ok to wear quirky pieces at whatever age! I love the balance of opposites with all things – delicate flowers with tough denim, wide trousers with very fitted tops and a graphic t-shirt with a tailored jacket –…

Will you change your Stripes?

Feb 23rd, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 6 min read

It’s been a very busy February so far. The season has kicked off with all sorts of enquiries including modern wedding looks, clear out Wardrobe Edits and a fresh start to the new trends. But one item, as always, sticks out as so important. The best t-shirt tops, long sleeved but moving into short soon, and stripes, winning the ‘Most Useful Layer’ at number one….

Dress with Confidence

Feb 5th, 2018 Event, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 1 min read

Having worked in the fashion industry for a long while now, I feel confident that I can inspire others. I work one to one with clients making a big impact in either their wardrobe capacity or reigniting their passion for fashion, a cliche but true. There is lots of listening, to work out the best routes for individual needs, be that budget, comfort, work to…

De-clutter De-stress

Feb 1st, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 1 min read

De-cluttering is the buzz work for January so I have attempted to make it easier, cutting it down into sizeable piles, drawer, by drawer, as featured in Muddy Stilettos, with thanks to Amber. How to declutter your wardrobe Are you overwhelmed by the state of your wardrobe?  Whether you’re a fashion-crazed shopaholic or someone who just can’t part with anything, now is the best time of year…

Good as New

Jan 22nd, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 3 min read

It’s been a busy January so far, new challenges for me and clients thinking about weddings and parties that suddenly seem very close. One day last week was a fun one, and a challenge…how to find the best bargains from charity shops. There is an excitement in the not knowing what I will find. I look for classics but also know it’s a great chance…

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