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30 Jun

Staycation style

I'll take the stress out of staycation style through this ultimate 30-piece capsule wardrobe guide for your UK holiday.  The backbone of clever packing starts by selecting light layers in classic neutrals, with added pops of colour for interest.  Filter in some high fashion pieces, yet mainly build your holiday capsule wardrobe around practical pieces which enable you to mix and match for cost efficient outfits in fluctuating temperatures. I’m thinking light denim, comfy linen trousers, structured shorts, pretty (block coloured) t-shirts for multi-use, featherweight non-crease skirts and dresses, snug sweaters, statement shades and wide brimmed hats.  All finished off with sensible yet stylish footwear. Always accessorize with supersized rattan bags (maybe one practical rucksack too), headbands and scarves for added...
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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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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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21 Dec

Top 10 beauty tips

Iwas bullied at school for having freckles and chicken legs. It still rings in my head: ‘Freckle Face, Chicken Legs’.  Her name was Phillippa. I can’t remember her surname. But if I did. I’d tell you. Being bullied for the way you look has infinite legacies and the strain of not letting the past define your ‘now’ requires meaningful and transformative thinking strategies.  And now?  Social media has given us a canvas to paint our lives through whichever eyes we choose.  We can choose to be who we want to be and how we want to look, but we need to remember that who we want to be, may change daily.   And that’s ok.  We have to be...
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4 Oct

Best 6 Winter Coats

Channelling your inner glamour doesn’t have to break the bank.  Impactful winter coats have become a wardrobe staple.  It’s a trend that everyone can get on board with as we see faux fur fancies and beautiful borgs take the high street by storm.  The balance needs to be right though, none of us want to look like we are donning our duvet or joining the ranks of the TeleTubbies.  Choosing the right colour for you is essential and remember heavy black is not always flattering, so opt for winter coats in your best pinks or reds.  Chunky winter coats aren’t for everyone of course, so if you’re on the search for a slim line, smart-casual neutral jacket,...
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19 Jun

Best white outfits

There is no purer colour than white, sublime in it’s simplicity, powerful in it’s contrast. Yet for most, white outfits are tricky to wear.  No-one wants to channel the hospital look, reminiscent of the doctor’s lab coat or straight jacket garb…neither do we want to look like we’re about to hop up the aisle in our wedding dress.  We want white to look pretty OR cool, keeping it simple yet effective.  I’ve selected my best white outfits which are all useful choices for a variety of body shapes due to their flattering necklines and hem lengths. Madison Avenue polka dot midi dress from STITCH AND WARE, £70. Comes with large pockets!   ...
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9 Jun

Wimbledon hair

Hello my Wimbledon hair.  If I could sum up our relationship, I’d say it’s been tumultuous.  The ups and downs more perilous than a rollercoaster.  Good days, bad days, tears and laughter, you’ve been with me through thick and thin.  What stories you could tell, from creeping toddler curls to concealing teenage angst.  You’ve mopped up tears and been torn apart.  Sometimes I didn’t know who you were, why would you behave that way; the frizz, the kinks, the split ends…and now?  Hair, they say, is 90% of the selfie, so only the best will do.  But where in Wimbledon I hear you ask, well question no more, as our latest arrival is Robert Kirby. YEYS! A...
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8 Jun

5 wardrobe staples

Be gone the days of ‘dressing dilemmas’.  A stylist’s plight, answered in one huge swoop from this styling start-up Sosandar.  They promise it’s what we’ve been waiting for…the latest trends and wardrobe staples that can work in real life, with flattering pieces to suit different body shapes and skin tones.  Too good to be true? I think not.  Their dresses should become part of your top 5 wardrobe staples.  I’ve donned two of the Sosandar v-neck dresses over the past 2 weeks.  Firstly, the Red Floral Splash tea dress, £69 (CLICK to buy)  and the Pink Tie Shoulder Maxi Dress, £59, (CLICK to buy) both quite frankly superb for my hourglass shape, or indeed would complement a pear shape,...
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16 Jan

Style & Nutrition

It’s hard to find time to self-motivate at the start of a new year…’busyness’ is becoming so prevalent in today’s society.  Many don't know that the greatest enemy of good thinking is ‘busyness?’.  We must find the time to think and learn, to make those crucial steps to improve our health and wellbeing from the inside and from the outside.  We spend £125 servicing our cars each year, well what about spending it on a body MOT at our Wimbledon Style & Nutrition event at HDV Cannizaro House on Sunday 28th January? Link to tickets Tickets include lunch and a fabulous goody bag. Maybe you had a binge-happy Christmas, overdoing the mulled wine, overloading on mince pies and resorting...
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