How to Layer with Lace

Feb 26th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 8 min read

On trend or not, lace is appealing as it adds a delicate tonal texture, it’s feminine but also a little edgy if worn in creative ways.  As usual I have been inspired by Pinterest and found ways that I’m planning to wear it. Under or over, you can layer a posh dress with oversized knits and biker jackets or a tailored belted boyfriend jacket, dress…

Beware of sleeves in your soup!

Feb 16th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 2 min read

Trends come and go, and some look great but are so damned annoying! Elasticated off shoulder has that element as every time you move your arms forwards or upwards, the neckline springs off! Flared and bell sleeves are also problematic! Washing hands, cooking and eating become messy unless you have the cycling equivalent of ankle clips for your wrists. So choose carefully… You have been…

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Rewind to Winter Warmers

Feb 8th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Real Style Kirstie 6 min read

Over the last few weeks, my blog postings were all about looking forward to Spring but obviously it’s still Winter and the weather’s getting cold again…rewind to Winter Warmers. Lets enjoy layering. Really, it can be fun. Think not one or two, but three or four layers peeking out to add colour, shape and interest under gloomier skies. I found these all on Pinterest. How…

Well-heeled or feeling flat?

Jan 29th, 2017 Fashion Kirstie 6 min read

If, like me, you are feeling that January flat, I like to click on the ‘New In’ link with designer on-line stores to get a feel of the trends selling now, and then try and find similar styles on the high street. Yes, you may lose the full designer flair, but we know our own budgets and need to work within those boundaries. Here are…

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6 Tips for Complete Outfits

Jan 20th, 2017 Fashion Kirstie 4 min read

Over the years, I have learnt that creating a whole outfit is ‘Number One’ in requests from clients. Yes, you all have gorgeous pieces in your wardrobe, but how to wear them in one or more ways is essential, adding confidence and speed for decision making in the morning. Here are a few top tips that I have learnt along the way: 1. Experiment. Spend…

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Jeans Fever

Jan 13th, 2017 Fashion Kirstie 5 min read

Jean fever is set to continue this year…going through the hot sweats to find that perfect pair. But with lots of handy tips in print and on social media, some of the hard work has been done. When I was asked to be involved in a session with Good Housekeeping Magazine, which is out now, I jumped at the chance to find new options. I…

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Sale Savvy

Jan 4th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 4 min read

This is the perfect time to buy from the upper end of the high street, look at quality reductions not basement bargains. Classic items that will be just as useful next year as this year, a coat or simple top layer that can easily be updated with the new trouser shape or skirt flare. In broad terms, keep the outer layers classic shades but add…

Now for something Special

Dec 19th, 2016 Fashion Kirstie 5 min read

With a week to go, those of organised dispositions have bought and probably wrapped and packed. I don’t fall into that group as I like to pretend I am cool enough to leave it all to the end and not get stressed about buying the perfect presents. In fact I am very uncool and unorganised and do get stressed at the last moment. But for…

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