Tartan Forever

Nov 24th, 2015 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 3 min read

I have always loved checks and tartans, whether it’s in fashion or not. The rich warm tones linking together are inspiring and have an earthiness that appeals to me. My maiden name is also Scottish, Farquhar (no giggles now) and so I have always been proudly linked to our family tartan. Tartan inspiration is always found by the cool queen of fashion, Vivienne Westwood. High…

Clutch Engaged

Nov 21st, 2015 Fashion Kirstie 2 min read

I’m not sure why but I love clutch bags. I went off big holdalls a while ago and now always carry a small clutch with wrist loop or tiny strap for my everyday. Anthropologie have some beautiful options, great as an evening dash of colour with a simple outfit. I love this woven clutch with an optional chain shoulder strap, perfect to add colour to…

Boyfriend Cardigan

Nov 10th, 2015 Fashion Kirstie 2 min read

By default, they sound cheeky – I’ve been married over 20 years so not sure my husband counts, but he is a boy and is my friend so maybe there is something in the name – but he doesn’t own a long cardigan and I really want one to wear one with my jeans – a cosy easy layer for every day. I searched out…

Wowed by Macbeth

Nov 7th, 2015 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 3 min read

I went to see Macbeth last week with Michael Fassbender (beautiful) and Marion Cotillard (also beautiful). Hugely powerful and disturbing film, my heart continued to pound for hours after. As blood thirsty as it is, the images are provocative and inspiring. I am now loving long line, fit and flare style dresses, deep tapestry colours and layered chains and pearls to accessorise. Be inspred by Etro’s…

Don’t forget the classics – item one

Nov 5th, 2015 Fashion Kirstie 3 min read

You read any stylist’s top tips, and they will remind you to make sure you have the classics in place. For a working wardrobe, the basic core items need to be there to build around. After that it becomes so much easier to add the fun bits – the trend items to develop your own style.   1   Core item – The Black trousers…

Denim at any Age

Nov 2nd, 2015 Fashion, Real Style Kirstie 4 min read

Denim has attitude and can be worn super relaxed or smart casual, as shown by these stylish women I have pinned on my Pinterest board. Avoid the super skinny and take time to find the brands that really suit your shape. For a designer fit, look at NYDJ jeans, available in petite, tall and plus sizes in all the leg style options, whereas from the high street…

Show a Shoulder

Nov 2nd, 2015 Fashion Kirstie 3 min read

A recent article in The Sunday Times, Style magazine by Julie Burchill, called The Hot Shoulder, made me chuckle. ” Beauty-wise, shoulders are the last thing to go. You may have varicose veins and middle-age spread, housemaids’s knee and tennis elbow, crow’s feet, turkey neck, duck’s arse and those nasty little lines around your mouth that cause your once-luscious lips to resemble a cat’s bum –…

Can I do comfy
and stylish boots?

Nov 2nd, 2015 Fashion Kirstie 2 min read

A client recently emailed to help with the quest for comfy, waterproof boots – to take her to the side lines of football, a walk with the kids but still look like she had made an effort. So here are some options that fit the brief and style options to look casually gorgeous.   Timberland chunky style buckle ankle boots, slip on for instant warmth,…

Silk knotted cushion

Nov 1st, 2015 Inspiration Kirstie 2 min read

I had a notion the other day and acted on it straight away. Using a beautiful silk scarf to cover a feather pad without cutting the scarf and spoiling the print. Simple and effective. Birthday present sorted for that evening You will need: Silk scarf, 16″ cushion pad, cotton and thread. It really is an easy way to make a sumptuous silk scarf. Search out…

It’s a Wrap

Nov 1st, 2015 Fashion Kirstie 2 min read

Or is it a poncho, cape or shawl… Whatever we call it, it’s the shape of the season. An easy layer to fling over, cover up and fits all occasions. My teenage daughter loves them and my seventy-five year old mum loves them too. They are more of an accessory than an actual garment as it really doesn’t matter too much on the fit as…

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