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…

How to feel Spring when it’s still Winter out there

Mar 29th, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 5 min read

The shops are full of prints, but the weather’s not playing fair. Florals from tropical to English garden in full colour are ready to inspire us but it is hard to drop the cosy layers just yet. The answer is to wear the colourful flowers but keep the knits and long sleeve t-shirts in neutral layers. I was very inspired the other day in Zara…

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 –…

Will you change your Stripes?

Feb 23rd, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 6 min read

It’s been a very busy February so far. The season has kicked off with all sorts of enquiries including modern wedding looks, clear out Wardrobe Edits and a fresh start to the new trends. But one item, as always, sticks out as so important. The best t-shirt tops, long sleeved but moving into short soon, and stripes, winning the ‘Most Useful Layer’ at number one….

Dressing Apples and Pears (or Big boobs, Big bums!)

Jun 25th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 6 min read

Along with my lovely friend Alison, I decided to go forth in the quest to dress big boobs and big bums. That’s the fairly crude way of saying that I, of larger bottom and thigh area (in fruit terms a Pear, plus upper arm dislike) and Alison, of ample bosom and dislike of tummy area (a sort of Apple) will try out the best high…

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…

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…

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Dingly Danglies

Dec 2nd, 2016 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 4 min read

For a time I just didn’t wear long earrings, but trends change and develop into something you actually quite like – I even wore a long pair of golden earrings and a necklace with a shirt the other evening, a first for ages. The new angle is to wear them as daywear with boyish shirts and chunky knits and somehow they seem less girlie. This…