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….

Part 2 – Dressing Apples and Pears (or Big boobs Big bums!)

Jul 7th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 8 min read

My last blog looked at great tops from the high street to maximise Apple and Pear body shapes, but we (myself, a full-bottomed Pear with arm phobia, and Alison a fuller bust and middle Apple) also found some fabulous dresses, skirts and trousers, and a few not so good (but an interesting learning exercise!) PEAR – My favourite for hot days, a holiday layer, easy…

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…

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’…

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…

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