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…

What’s your Uniform?

Mar 13th, 2016 Fashion Kirstie 3 min read

“Fashion is sometimes characterised as being about conformity, an industry intent on persuading the individual to buy an endless series of uniforms from one season to the next.” Wrote Justine Picardie, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar, back in 2013 (an article I kept for future interest) The fashion of the season may be telling us all to buy yellow jumpsuits, but we all tend to have…

Time for Fake

Mar 6th, 2016 Inspiration Kirstie 1 min read

Last week a friend bought a lovely gift of flowers and we discussed the dipped dyed petals, something that usually neither of us would choose but as you can see there is something magical in the results. The lilies opened yesterday to reveal a gorgeous orange and pink burst contrasting with the blue. Very fake but beautiful in its own right. It made me think that fake…

Enough Stuff

Feb 29th, 2016 Inspiration Kirstie 1 min read

I seem to be collating a lot of information on stuff. Too much of it and how to deal with it. India Knight wrote in the Sunday Times, a few weeks ago, about Ikea’s change of direction to a ‘more circular’ e.g. recycling business. India then continued with how she found huge shopping centres over powering with too much choice, ” I don’t want to…

Make Way for Wide

Feb 22nd, 2016 Fashion Kirstie 3 min read

I’m a little bit more than excited that wide leg trousers are emerging again. I know they’re not everyone’s cup of cha, but having just watched Top Shop’s Autumn/Winter ’16 catwalk show, they are certainly staying around for next season too. Celebrity model Karlie Kloss was snapped in her grey version, aptly worn with a cropped, show the waistline, sweater. Zara do wide extremely well…

Don’t forget the classics – item three

Feb 15th, 2016 Fashion Kirstie 3 min read

It’s nearly too simple but every time I work with a wardrobe, it’s the item that needs replacing. 3.  Core item – The Long Sleeve White T-shirt Ideal for layering as shown on Pinterest, under, over, inside, sitting low, sitting high. A no brainer. Always buy one with a stretch fibre blend to keep its shape, otherwise the body and sleeves will go baggy and…

It’s all about Proportion

Feb 8th, 2016 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 2 min read

It’s funny when you have that lightbulb moment – it’s normally very obvious but then something triggers the thought, “Of course!” For me it was last week when I ordered a grey duster coat on a bit of a whim from Oasis Sale – I had been looking for a grey over-layer for a while to give me an option from my ‘wear every day’…

My 3 Inspirational Style bloggers

Jan 30th, 2016 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 6 min read

It’s taken me a while to catch up as fashion news moves digital and, being a technophobe, the thought of learning how to up load, link and add meta tags for this blog made me all dizzy. But here I am 3 months in and (nearly) enjoying every minute of it (although I have messed up a few times!) I have enjoyed watching the experts…

It’s a Navy and White Day

Jan 25th, 2016 Fashion Kirstie 2 min read

Well, when isn’t it a navy day really. Classic and refreshing, with jeans or for a work wardrobe. Model and business woman, Ines de La Fressange’s new collaboration with Uniqlo picks up on the ‘bleu marin’ staple of fashion in her range, above, beautifully described in French (with translation) here. I love this classic cotton and wool piped edge jacket, in a subtle textured rib….

It’s the little things…

Jan 17th, 2016 Fashion Kirstie 1 min read

I was passing  Jigsaw yesterday with a slight diversion of going in to look around and spied something that made me feel all tingly. So simple but you know someone has put a huge amount of thought into the whole package, image, aesthetics – not just a pair of stud earrings, but gorgeously simple stud earrings in a bottle…with a cork and even the subtle…

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