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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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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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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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26 Feb

How to wear a jumpsuit

The Jumpsuit is having a moment, a very shiny, fashion moment.  But how to wear a jumpsuit? Well, it’s easier to wear than a boilersuit which tend to be baggy in all the wrong places, particularly if you are curvy and need structure in your fabrics.  The ‘jumpsuit’ actually started with a less than humble beginning, the term coined because of their literal use; sky divers and parachuters wearing them to ‘jump’ out of planes.  Not glamourous, not feminine, but dangerous, hard wearing purposeful pieces.  Fast forward to 2019, taking in the 70’s and 80’s vibes (plus a little Charlies Angels thrown in) along the way, we have todays modern version of the jumpsuit.  Simple and uncomplicated...
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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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13 Dec

A starry starry night

The runways for AW 18 were scattered with celestial references, full of allure, sparkle and attraction.  The star, a lucky symbol for some, is the magical masterpiece of the latest Stella jewellery range from CARAT*.  Interlaced with sterling silver and white gold, these star jewellery pieces are designed to reflect the ancient idea of wishing upon a star and have been developed as dreamy keepsakes to pass down through generations.  They are THE gift to buy for Christmas this year. Each piece is exquisite and totally versatile.  The Astrid bracelet, £129, Cosmo necklace, £159, and Nova drop earrings £109, are full of charm and an effortless elegance when worn together, particularly when paired with the Baby Noa stacking ring collection,...
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