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26 Nov

What to wear at Christmas

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One of things I always get asked is how to create a Christmas Wardrobe?  What to wear at Christmas? I have partnered with Elys Wimbledon to showcase my must-haves for great Christmas style which includes vibrant occassion-wear, as well as cosy staples to see you through Christmas in style.  Read on for the Q&A on what my Christmas will look like and what I'm buying for the family.    Christmas is likely going to feel quite different for many of us this year. Have you changed how you will be spending the holiday season? Christmas is normally one of my favourite times of the year, with parties, sequins, dancing and games.  This year, for everyone, a scaled-back Christmas is...
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31 Oct

CHARLOTTE LOVES x CROSSLOW

Ever since I was a little girl, all I wanted was to play dress-up. Joyful colours fascinated me, inspired me, fired my imagination and made me feel like anything was possible.  Colours gave me confidence and I now use that passion to bring joy to others and to make a real difference to people through my brand CHARLOTTE LOVES – with my styling work, TV presenting, fashion lecturing, speaking gigs, impact coaching and blogging.  It’s been a lifelong dream to design my own colourful accessories and I’m delighted to collab with local, female entrepreneurs, Lara & Theresa, from CROSSLOW.  We are thrilled to announce the online launch of these exquisite statement earrings on sale now. The earrings are...
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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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