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…

Kirstie in Print

Gorgeous Girly Gifts

Dec 4th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 1 min read

Slinky underwear has its moment but in reality most of us would like to receive gorgeous everyday things we will actually use….Read more from my latest published feature, details page 2, links are below. Click for direct links: 1. Leather rucksack, Zara 2. Vegan makeup bag, (different colours) Jessica Russell Flint 3. Striped T-shirt, John Lewis 4. Fairisle socks, Hobbs 5. Nail Varnish, Dior 6….

Good Enough to Eat

Nov 25th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 3 min read

It’s cold outside and I instantly think of comfort food when I look at this picture from Me+Em, warm plum crumbles, chocolate and raspberry cake (my favourite combination) and sticky toffee apples. Cosy corduroy with chunky rib necklines in deep reds and warm caramel tones, a combination as perfect as Autumn’s changing leaves in a woodland. Or a roomy camel coat to throw over deep berry…

Dig out your party frocks

Nov 17th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 3 min read

Searching through my secondary wardrobe space (attic rail crammed with my fashion history) I found a swishy dress that I still love but hardly ever wear. Inspired by the Me+Em lace layer image, it reminded me of how much I love the posh party dress under chunky knitwear trend.  A flirty skirt worn with ankle boots,  just a little glimpse of lace or a full…

Night Night…

Oct 27th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 4 min read

It’s cosy up time of year and I was struggling to find some nightwear that was mainly cotton, comfy and without silly motifs.  I am definitely a night dress to PJ’s kinda gal but that is personal choice for between the sheets comfort. With teenagers still in-house, there also needs to be a level of coverage so not to embarrass them or me!  A recent…

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…