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…

Sale Savvy

Jan 11th, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 4 min read

I had great intentions for last week, but sadly the lurgy got the better of me and I sniffed and coughed my way through the first week of January. So second week, here we go! The sales are in full flow but be on your guard, avoid anything sparkly, even if it’s a steal, because by next Christmas you won’t like it! Look for what…

Christmas Day Va-va-voom

Dec 24th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 1 min read

What to wear Christmas Day? The outfit needs to look good from kitchen to lounge, ready to sparkle at the front door but not overdoing the glamour as in doors. Think luxury but chilled, “I not feeling stressed at all” but make an impact. I like this image of Victoria Beckham. Posh dress and cardigan with the contradiction of glamour and cosy. Two things we…

Just be Cos.

Dec 18th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 5 min read

If you are looking for a calming shopping experience, take a breather and enter the new Cos store in Guildford’s High Street, previously home to H&M. Easy on the eye the elegant clothes have minimal details and clean silhouettes. Perfect core items for your wardrobe. A high percentage of the store is made up of shades of black, greys and neutrals with hits of high…

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