Identity Crisis

Oct 11th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 5 min read

There seems to be a panic in the air from women I am meeting, worrying about what they should be wearing! Anguish generally seems to be about what is in fashion and how to follow the trends. Inspiration from well know bloggers seems to exacerbate the problem, as they tend to talk the ‘average lady’ talk but wear the new trends on a regular basis….

Searching Oxfam the easier Way

Oct 5th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 4 min read

If bargain, vintage, pre-loved and charity is your thing (I know there are a few still to be convinced) then the Oxfam on-line shop is a little gem. Selecting the best from stores nationwide the website brings together a huge variety of styles. Yes, you still need to be a bit of a visionary (no fancy models for most things) and there is an element…

Dye for It

Sep 27th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 2 min read

I wanted a quick fix this week. My husband’s favourite designer shirt had past it’s pure white days and the collar was looking rather off-colour! The shirt itself was still a winner, so I decided to give it another chance with a new colour. Last time I dyed something you had to buy separate salt and empty the ingredients into the washing machine drum, now…

It took a plumber’s leak

Sep 7th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 4 min read

It took a plumber’s leak in the attic this morning for me to empty out my whole wardrobe and really think about what I would put back in. And earlier this week, I was working with a client who, due to a tricky bedroom shape, brought all of her clothes (from wardrobe and drawers) downstairs for a serious edit. We probably removed about three quarters…

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?

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