Easy Outfit, keep it Tonal

May 26th, 2019 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 3 min read

Sometimes I see a look on Pinterest and know that’s what I want to wear when it’s cool one minute, chilly the next. Leather jacket, fluid skirt, fun sneakers and simple shirt, all in soft tones so not too jarring but enough interest in fabrics and textures.  As the weather is pretending to warm up, the leather jacket can easily be replaced by a dark blue denim jacket, like this…

Pack It in!

Apr 8th, 2019 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 9 min read

Who doesn’t love a weekend away? A few days to unwind and forget the mundane chores at home and in my case, the bathroom that needs a paint job! Excitement rises as I think of the breakfast bar but then mild panic sets in at the thought of packing and getting it right. As a family we have made some real clangers at Check In…

Put a Sock In It!

Oct 11th, 2018 Fashion, Inspiration Kirstie 5 min read

Every time I go to put my summer clothes in the attic, the sun comes out and cosy clothes stay put. I am now looking forward to the colder climes so I can actually wear my heavier knits and cashmere jumpers…winter hurry up (controversial possibly!) I don’t need much this season but footwear as ever is on my shopping list. Something to suit cooler days…

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 –…

Good Enough to Eat

Nov 25th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 3 min read

It’s cold outside and I instantly think of comfort food when I look at this picture from Me+Em, warm plum crumbles, chocolate and raspberry cake (my favourite combination) and sticky toffee apples. Cosy corduroy with chunky rib necklines in deep reds and warm caramel tones, a combination as perfect as Autumn’s changing leaves in a woodland. Or a roomy camel coat to throw over deep berry…

Fashion Timeout

Aug 21st, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 4 min read

Not so much a timeout as a classic to fall back on, again and again. I have just returned from an epic trip in Italy, mainly camping, but in serious heat. That meant wearing cool, simple shapes at all times. The one piece of clothing that worked so many times was my Zara cotton over shirt (that could also be a dress), similar here. I found…

Red Hot

Jul 17th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 3 min read

When it’s hot, an accessory can make all the difference, and I have been loving wearing a splash of red to lift even the simplest jeans and T-shirt outfit. It could be red shoes, red earrings or my favourite, a red cross over bag that I found in a Vintage shop in Margate a few weeks ago. The simple tip is to only wear it…

Love the Basic

Apr 24th, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 4 min read

Trends flow in and out, but there are a few humble basics that are essential to complete a wardrobe and this one does not need to be expensive, in fact sometimes the more pricey ones over do the design and lose simplicity. At this time of year a denim jacket can be just enough to layer over printed dresses or make tailored trousers perfect for…

It’s going to be a good crop

Apr 3rd, 2017 Fashion, Inspiration, Kirstie Smillie Kirstie 4 min read

They are a love or hate style, but with so many options out there, one crop trouser will be right for you. Inspired by an email from Uniqlo, where they span slim to wide crops, I have started my own search for more cropped trousers for this Spring Summer. I don’t suit shorts, so for me a crop offers a softer summer leg shape without…