Searching for a Gem

Jul 14th, 2016 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 7 min read

I started writing my blog last November and for the first time I have struggled with the subject matter. It has to be the weather as the normal subjects for this time of year just don’t apply – Hot Weather Dressing, The best Summer Maxis or Cool Comfort, will have to wait until we stop having inches of rain every day! So after a sleepless…

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Sale Savvy

Jul 4th, 2016 Fashion Kirstie 7 min read

No doubt about it, there are huge sales out there, rails of merchandise so reduced it would be crazy not to buy! But be weary, think savvy. Don’t fill your basket with great bargains just because it’s cheap. You still need to love it and know that it will be worn effectively in your lifestyle. That doesn’t just mean multi use everyday items as clever…

Swimwear, don’t put it off!

Jun 23rd, 2016 Fashion Kirstie 6 min read

For years I have ‘made do’ with past bikinis, a bit baggy, not great support, colour faded – great image I know. But this year I really wanted one that I felt good in. Buying on-line is tricky as you have to look past the perfect body models and think, how would this really work on me? I love the look and simplicity of a simple…

Always a Maxi Moment

Jun 13th, 2016 Fashion Kirstie 7 min read

..and I’m talking the long ankle length swish of fabric not a surprise trampoline accident – which apparently is making a big noise in exercise classes – not for me! I find the lure towards longer skirts an easier option on warmer days as shoes are always the issue. Yes, midi skirts look fab with a block heeled ankle boot or a wedge but in…

Designer Inspiration

Jun 2nd, 2016 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 5 min read

With half term days out, poor weather and a long A&E visit (lovely doctors, but over worked) this blog is later than planned! But one experience earlier this week has lifted my design inspiration with a visit to Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge. Creative window displays catch your eye at first, I love the little mouse settled on her shoulder, feather lashes and neon accessories. Large…

…but do Jeans Love Me?

May 24th, 2016 Fashion Kirstie 10 min read

I love jeans, but do jeans love me? If I’m honest, no. I’m a typical pear shape and jeans can look ok but I should really be wearing a loose cut with slim fit tops tucked in and for some reason I love a cigarette (straight, cropped at ankle) French style for slim pins! Side view ok, bottom acceptable but front view thighs, not great….

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…

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