The Clutch Clench

May 17th, 2016 Fashion Kirstie 6 min read

I really do have a thing for clutch bags…. I love the simplicity of shape, the small hit of colour and the practical fact that they don’t weigh down on your shoulder. It’s also an opportunity to add a print you probably wouldn’t wear as clothing and add some humour, a talking point. Ok, the down side is what to do with it when you need…

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When it’s really hot…

May 9th, 2016 Fashion Kirstie 4 min read

When it’s really hot out there, all I want to wear is cool cotton (or similar fabrics) Not tight or restricting, not too bare but not frumpy either. It’s quite a tough call, and after Sunday’s heat wave, I panicked, clothes thrown everywhere and I knew I needed a thing or two. I did a quick recce of my summer wardrobe (in the attic) where…

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Spring Wardrobe Shuffle

May 4th, 2016 Inspiration Kirstie 6 min read

It’s been a busy time of year, so this blog is a little bit later than usual! Sometimes kids, work and home balance goes a little off kilter!! But with the season changing back to warm again this week, it’s time to sort out and edit your clothes for Spring, as I’ve helped a few people this week. Alexandra Stedman of the blog The Frugality…

Shoulder, shoulder, tap, tap……

Apr 24th, 2016 Fashion Kirstie 4 min read

There are a few trends this summer that I definitely won’t be attempting, slip dresses (too minimal) and flat mules (too uncomfortable) but the off-shoulder, baring that nice bit of flattering skin has lots of potential.  For day, evening and holidays it just feels right. Designer labels are showing them in abundance like these two from Net-A-Porter. On the high street, my favourite look is the…

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Woodie & Morris Live On

Apr 17th, 2016 Printed Articles Kirstie 1 min read

The thing I love about boutiques is the lack of choice! It may sound a little strange but with less options, you see just what you are looking for without the visual over load ….. Vantage Point Magazine

Time for Toes

Apr 9th, 2016 Fashion Kirstie 5 min read

…and I with not very attractive lower digits, need to work harder than most! So I booked myself in for a pedicure at Rare in Godalming, Surrey. I have passed the chic white and grey frontage on countless occasions intending to make a visit. I think I am a bit picky with beauty salons, the first impressions mean a lot as I want to feel at ease…

Creative Old to New

Apr 3rd, 2016 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 1 min read

Think about it – you probably have a handful of dresses that you once loved and even though they will never fit or are maybe too worn in places, you just can’t let go. So plan B is to make it into another loved item. A sumptuous cushion comes to mind and as with this Monsoon dress which a friend had once loved, I made…

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Fashion at Any Age

Mar 24th, 2016 Printed Articles Kirstie 1 min read

What’s inspiring about fashion now is that you can really wear whatever you like. Slim, skinny, wide, loose or oversized, in colours that lift your mood and shapes that flatter you… Vantage Point Magazine

Ditsy Blooms

Mar 22nd, 2016 Fashion Kirstie 3 min read

As Spring is in the air and tiny buds are appearing it’s time to unveil a hint of growth, sprigs more than full grown blooms. At this time of year I bring out my Guess cotton shirt, with its delicate ditsy blooms. Small detailed prints have a vintage feel, perfect for now and less showy than big and bold which will be perfect for high…

Hour to Spare

Mar 17th, 2016 Inspiration Kirstie 1 min read

Ok, I had an hour to spare between drop off and pick up for dance class – too far to get home, so I headed to Sainsbury’s. I had a few essentials on my list, but the thought a slow wander around the fashion and homes department seemed as good as any. In fact, having a leisurely look around was very enjoyable, and quiet as…