Trending: Oversized Cardis

Sep 16th, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 5 min read

I have realised that I select fashion trend moments depending on my own ‘Comfort Tick Box’ requirements, and oversized dad-style cardis will work for me this Winter: Cover bottom ✅  Cosy ✅ Easy to layer ✅ Easy to find at all price points ✅ Four ticks plus they are perfect to wear over slim fitting layers and shorter skirt/opaque tights combo. To prove the point,…

It’s got to be Cotton

May 16th, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 5 min read

When life is busy, as it has been for me recently (hence the lack of blog posts!) I need easy clothes options. So I tend to keep my base pretty simple, like jeans and shirt or my favourite paper bag waist trousers, and then pull out one of my many lightweight jackets. If it’s a cool day the long sleeve layer is just enough, and…

I would like a fun(ky) T-shirt

Mar 13th, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 6 min read

I would like a funky T-shirt even though I am just about hanging onto my forties! It’s getting the mix of edgy with classic that makes it ok to wear quirky pieces at whatever age! I love the balance of opposites with all things – delicate flowers with tough denim, wide trousers with very fitted tops and a graphic t-shirt with a tailored jacket –…

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Gorgeous Girly Gifts

Dec 4th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 1 min read

Slinky underwear has its moment but in reality most of us would like to receive gorgeous everyday things we will actually use….Read more from my latest published feature, details page 2, links are below. Click for direct links: 1. Leather rucksack, Zara 2. Vegan makeup bag, (different colours) Jessica Russell Flint 3. Striped T-shirt, John Lewis 4. Fairisle socks, Hobbs 5. Nail Varnish, Dior 6….

Going green again

Jun 5th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 5 min read

Having avoided green for many years after wearing a shade of ‘bottle’ as my school uniform, I am now loving the  emeralds to grassy greens popping up in designer and high street labels. First, I was seduced by this image, a gorgeous silk blend shirt dress by Maje, the inspiring French brand, wear with tan leather sandals and cross over bag. Pricey but I was…

Sign up for a Happy Event

May 30th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 3 min read

A few weeks ago, I invited my friend Sally to travel back to the 70’s with me, to try out the fiddly craft of Macrame at an event put on by Anthropologie in Guildford. Not knowing what to expect, we turned up to a table prepared with hoops and cut lengths of rope, ready to create. Sitting upstairs, in the middle of the shop we…

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…

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…

One for you….Two for me!

Dec 9th, 2016 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 4 min read

This is a tricky time of year… when shopping for others, why do we find so many things we like for ourselves! Here are some tempting titbits you might like to give ….or keep yourself! I love this creative patchwork of wool checks and plaids, which will look amazing wrapped around. So simple, but so beautiful for coins or makeup. Never tire of a fresh…

Easy Does It

Oct 29th, 2016 Fashion Kirstie 5 min read

There’s a chill in the air – I have that feeling of wanting to cosy up in textured knits and long cardigans in warm earthy tones. In fact I dug out my trusty Jigsaw boyfriend cardigan, in a tobacco shade, and love it layered with shades of denim for this kind of weather. Brands have been emailing all sorts of knitted lovelies over the last…

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