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10 Mar

ELYS shopping edit

There is something very alluring to me when a shopping destination becomes a home from home.  That’s how I feel about Elys of Wimbledon. A second home. A happy place.  A shopping mecca of choice for not only myself and for many of my personal styling clients, but also my husband, our two little girls and their Grandma when she comes to stay.  You’d think it quite impossible to design a local department store that appeals to mums, dads, husbands and wives, little children, teenagers AND OAPs, but somehow, just somehow, Elys have accomplished this where others have not.  We have everything we need under one roof; fashion, beauty, home, men’s, kids, food and excellent coffee!  We...
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3 Feb

It’s Who I Am

I was bullied at school for looking different. Freckle face and chicken legs. Being bullied for the way you look has infinite legacies and the strain of not letting the past define your ‘now’ requires transformative thinking strategies. I’ve struggled between yearning to be the same as others, yet on the other hand have always craved unique self-expression. And now? Age 42, I think looking good enough, is good enough. It's Who I Am.  Although I don’t think I will ever 100% know myself, I do accept myself. I release myself from expectations, I don’t fear judgement from others and I transfer any jealousy of others to celebration of their success. Because the truth is; someone else’s...
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28 Jan

How to wear pink & patterns

Pink reminds me of carefree days, of twirling in tutus and brushing past foxgloves in my mothers garden.  It's the essence of my youth; not aggressive like red, just girlie and bright.  As you say pink out loud it softens my soul, a feminine species all on its own.  Sweet bakery, glazed donuts, mouthwatering delights.  It's dewy not abrasive, like warm cotton candy.  I remember my first taste of pink bubblegum and my party balloons, yet above all this, it evokes the feeling of love.   To toughen up pink, pair it with pattern, like snake print or polka dot to give it an edge.  How to wear pink & pattern?  My ideas below. Join CHARLOTTE LOVES here, and...
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20 Aug

Get the glow beauty tutorial

There is always a balance to be made when creating your summer beauty make up looks – there is a consistent fine line between dewy & sweaty. But how do you ‘Get The Glow?’ Long-lasting wear is the name of the game, for a make up look that lasts all day, even in the heat.  I’ve trialled some of the top selling beauty products at centre:mk to create the perfect sun-kissed summer beauty looks that won’t fade in a flash. My top summer make up tips to get the glow: Mix up new beauty products with classic essentials. Have your ‘eye’ on the ball for new brands and latest tech. Always start with SPF and a decent...
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25 Jun

What to wear to Wimbledon

Tennis fever is gripping the nation as Wimbledon 2019 takes centre stage, welcoming throngs in their thousands to witness one of the greatest sporting occasions on the social calendar.  But what to wear to Wimbledon? I’ve been busy shopping at my local Wimbledon boutique Boho Beach Fest to give you a quick style guide for your ultimate Wimbledon wardrobe, including all the style do’s and don’ts on the court and off the court. Miss June dress, £220 from Boho Beach Fest Ilse Jacobsen Aurora dress, £185 from Boho Beach Fest Wimbledon fashion can best be described as smart British summer style with a fresh, fun twist.  Dress codes for players is pretty strict (white and...
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