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Serotonin, Style & Sustainability

This happens to me, I wake up and all of a sudden have an urgency to write about something that has been pulling on my heart strings (without having realised it).  The upside is I get so excited I don’t waste timing putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), the downside is, I don’t plan the post, which means you lot could end up reading a lot of babble…

Over my years of styling various people in various careers and walks of life, as well as following my own journey of ups and downs, one thing I have come to realise is that no matter where you are at or what you are doing we all benefit from feeling good.  Ive been through periods of feeling great, possibly because Im fit and healthy, and other times of feeling really miserable about myself, probably because Im going through a slump, not keeping up with exercise and poor diet.  That’s step one, feeling good from within.  Following closely on the heels of step one is looking good, dressing well! Whether I’m fit or not I need to maintain a level of style in my life otherwise I begin to feel even worse.  Ive noticed when I have let myself go a little on the dressing front I really do feel awful.  I totally can see how I’ve let this slide over the last couple of years and I’ve decided this year, whilst I certainly don’t have a new wardrobe to parade, I’m going to try and be clever and think out the box, whilst Ive adapted to a more classical look (for simplicity) I will try to add a (teeny tiny) edge to give it a touch of “me”, and these small efforts, I know will boost my happiness.  I will be trying my best to get fit and eat cleaner (mental note to self – stop eating children’s leftovers).  Ive seen it through so many women, how taking care of appearances boosts confidence and happiness.  Everyone has their own level of standards and they know when they are at their best or worst.  I could feel amazing in myself but to others out there look very average (hopefully nobody would tell me that – haha) and visa versa, but if you’re healthy and fresh faced then you should shine from the inside out and that counts for everything.  Once you’ve started with your body and mind you then move onto wardrobe and dressing well, present yourself well to show you care.  So that rounds up the bit about confidence and serotonin.

Next up is style.  Style is a very personal thing, Im sure everyone knows that.  Everyone has their own style and way of expressing this.  Style is not stepping out in the latest Zara/Topshop/Country Road and H&M haul, very far from it.  It is a slow and progressive collection of pieces that build up a wardrobe of pieces that you should always love.  They should be able to be worn with confidence and ease, if you ever feel uncomfortable in something, it’s not you, take it off and get rid of it.  Sell it, pass it on, alter it. Being trendy is not stylish! Dressing to suit your character is a good start although there are many women and men out there who battle with what works for them and will seek advice which is a great start.  I certainly don’t try and do my accounts, Im hopeless, so somebody else does that bit.  I do the parts I love and feel capable of doing and that is what we should all be doing.  Seek advice or help in the areas where you lack the ability to do it yourself.  My aim this year is to feel like Im trying my best from a wardrobe front (next mental note to self, try ditch all my t-shirt wearing and certainly NO more Havaianas every day)… if I want to wear a t-shirt, Im going to put it with something really striking at the bottom (haha lets see how this unfolds).  A friend popped in yesterday and said, wow look at you, is this just you strolling around in your best.  I have been “trying” a little harder this week, wearing bits that haven’t had a look-in in forever! So Im pleased to to say it never went unnoticed.  I’ve often had compliments on pieces that I’ve worn that are really old, but that’s where choosing a timeless shape helps as it doesn’t look outdated in 3 years.  That’s the bit about Style…

Now onto sustainability.  Like many others that share the same values out there, Ive become extremely conscious of our human footprint on this planet and Im desperate to be less of a consumer and more of a recycler.  We can all do little bits which will add up to a lot.  My goals for this year are to grow as many of my own veg as possible, buy less plastic, not purchase one plastic water bottle, I will continue to recycle all my rubbish as we have done for years and use earth friendly cleaning products (in fact vinegar is best, but Im not quite there yet). Being fully sustainable is quite a task and can be very overwhelming when thinking about absolutely everything we can and cant do, so baby steps makes me feel better and less stressed by it all.  Whilst there’s no way I will never ever buy another item from a high street store again, I am taking the saying “Buy Less.  Choose well. Make it last.” literally. (Thanks Viveinne Westwood).  When buying a dress for a wedding or special occasion, choose something that really suits you and that you absolutely LOVE so you will want to wear it for years to come.  Choose classic tailoring, simple sneakers, coats and jackets that suit your frame as well as being timeless. AND if you can buy from small business’s that are using sustainable practices & fabrics as well as having ethical values.  Choose raffia, straw, cotton or vegan material handbags over leather.

So how do these three topics all roll into one another? Well its simple.  Feel good, care about yourself, increase your serotonin levels by starting with the your health and fitness.  Style in turn makes you feel better, care about your appearance and I can promise you, the amount of people that I have seen transform in front of my eyes has been extremely gratifying.  Do good for your planet where you can and feel better about making a difference.  Transform yourself but be sustainable at the same time, choose carefully and don’t get sucked into consumerism, chasing the next trend.  Sure, from year to year you may want to update your wardrobe from the chunky knit to the twin set but generally trends like that last at least two seasons (so two years) before feeling the need to switch things around. Small updates can make all the difference and if you choose the classic version of a trend it’s likely to go the distance.  Keep it Simple! But hey, this is nothing you haven’t heard before, right 😉

I leave you with some of my favourite classic looks (most have been on my Pinterest boards for years, at least 3-4, and I still love them), so it shows, choose well, it lasts.

Have a fabulous week ahead everyone.

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SS20 STREETSTYLE

Hello again.

It’s been forever, and I had no intention of posting until earlier today when I fancied sharing some of my takeaways from all the streetsyle photography from the various SS20 fashion weeks around Europe and NYC. I then realized I had too much to share on IG stories (which is where I was going to post it) that I thought I may as well sum it up here. This is by no means a full round up but just my identification of what was on repeat. Fashion today is such a vast term, as really, there is so much under the trend umbrella, there are so many silhouettes and fabrics being covered at once with the style influencers putting it all together with their own personal style stamp.

Some clear shoe shapes, fabrics and silhouettes shone through. For me some of the incredibly obvious ones were: square toed shoes (all shoes from sandals to boots) , kitten heels, flip flops and chunky sneakers. Mainly dresses and skirts being worn, and when it came to trousers and jeans, they were always oversized, wide leg, high waisted or straight, absolutely not a skinny pant in sight! Beautiful prints, from floral, to check, tartan and granny’s curtains to lots of monotone and tonal dressing. Floaty oversized, puffy sleeved and tier skirted dresses. Big! Leather …. lots and lots of leather. 80’s blazers, longer in length, oversized and shoulder pads (not always all rolled into one). Trench coats for days. Although I think it’s actually compulsory to wear a trench coat in September in the northern hemisphere because that’s probably the only month of the year you are able to wear it, so in order for it to not be made redundant, it must be worn. Not too many jeans around unless in the way of knee length shorts which were everywhere in all fabrics from leather to denim. Denim shirts (never really went out) but are back in a big way. Part of the western style that’s making a comeback too, western boots it is for the upcoming winter in the northern hemisphere (if not square toed or pointed kitten heel – you see what I’m talking about). I took some snaps from various sources (Popsugar and Style Dun Monde mainly) to round up the above in a visual for you. Oh and pastels too. You get it. A little bit of everything and the kitchen sink. It’s certainly awoken the fashion fire that’s been buried deep in my belly and I’m itching for a small splurge on some big trend items (even though I’m trying to be more classic and simplistic (think clean, understated and natural, thanks to my current geographical location), and of course consumerism….and the fact that if you wear anything out of the ordinary in my home town you may be eyeballed the entire day.

Enjoy the visuals.

Let’s start with the leathers as there’s lots of it.

Leather knee length shorts and THE belt of the moment
The 80’s blazer of the season in leather and note the square toe sandal
Leather knee length shorts
Leather skirt (also note the shoes) this vest style has been a huge hit this summer

Leather pinafore dress and the white boots still hanging around and no sign of going anywhere

TRENCHES IN THEIR DROVES:

Note the square toed boot

Loved this trench and the print on print

BLAZERS:

DENIM SHIRTS

Denim shirt with the tiered skirt style.

TIERED SKIRTS AND BIG SLEEVES

The big dress and note the slip slops

BOILER SUITS

WIDE, OVERSIZED OR STRAIGHT TROUSERS AND JEANS

Tonal Pastels and kitten heel mules

TONAL

Tonal
Tonal, wide leg and strappy sandals were everywhere too!

FLIP FLOPS

KNEE LENGTH SHORTS

And lastly I wanted to end with this image, a great depiction of many of the trends all summed up.

I hope you’re all having a great weekend and let’s hope it’s not another half a year until I post again.

XXX

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Coats and Jackets

I love winter and the opportunity to layer up, wear beautiful jackets and coats, and snuggle up in gloves and beanies. I LOVE a beanie!

A jacket or coat is not something to be taken lightly, when purchasing this item it should be properly considered, things to take into account.  Does the cut suit your figure, the colour your skin tone, does it work for your wardrobe and lifestyle.  Do you need to wear formal coats for work or are you a stay at home mom and need something more relaxed and casual.  Most of us will have a few options in the wardrobe for various occasions.

My picks for jackets and coats this winter are below.  Remembering here in the Southern Hemisphere our climate is mostly very mild.  The opportunity to actually wear thick socks, boots, and beanies are few and far between.  So I bare this in mind when selecting my pieces.

The double breasted jacket

This chic item is so versatile. It can be used in varying climates and worn over anything from tailored pants and jeans to silk dresses and skirts.  Layer this style over a fitted polo neck jumper to warm up or for milder weather over a t-shirt and jeans.

Double breasted blazer Witchery

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Ways to wear it

 

There’s no better way to create a cinched waist and a feminine look than with a belted jacket.  Whether you do this with a military style jacket, blazer or coat, there are many options and you don’t need to buy one with a belt, you can simply add your own to get the look.

Utility Jacket H&M

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Ways to belt your jacket or coat

 

Relaxed fit coat H&M

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Ways to wear the relaxed fit coat

 

And that’s my round up. Hope you find some inspiration here to head out and get the look that works best for you and your lifestyle.

Happy Sunday x

Double Breasted Blazer

It’s Sunday night, I’m feeling pretty shattered and I’ve been trying to put this post together for a while now so please bare with me and the very weak piece that I am about to produce! I really just want to show you how awesome the double breasted blazer is and why it’s such a great investment piece (not here to sell my journalist skills, or lack of, for that matter).

An update on the oversized double breasted blazer.  Its a great piece that goes with loads, from mini skirts to wide leg trousers, you name it.  Its a wonderfully masculine style that looks so feminine (think subtle shoulder pads and the longer length give it the girly edge) buttoned up to show off a waistline or left undone for a more relaxed look.  Keep it casual with a tee underneath.  Its really an all year round piece that I’m positive you will find a go to when you’re feeling unsure.  It dresses up casual to the right degree and dresses down formal to perfection especially if you push the sleeves up and let the front fall open nonchalantly.

Whilst you want to buy a relaxed fit, a blazer must fit well, even an oversized one.  You want it to have a certain element of softness and to not be too stiff.  Opt for the obvious grey or navy blue for longevity.  Whilst plaid or houndstooth will get you all the extra style creds now! So I won’t apologise for my pathetically written post because I provide you with some awesomely inspirational pics to get your trend juices flowing!

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Have a fantastic week everyone

xx

Mustard in colour

If you haven’t noticed by now then you’re not into interiors, fashion or trends in any form, which means you wouldn’t be reading this blog.  Mustard has been sneaking onto the design front for some time and as always interior and fashion trends and fabrics go hand in hand.  We saw canary yellow and mustard first start trickling through via scatter cushion’s accents in art and ceramics, shoes and accessories but now now that it’s grown on the general public, you will see how its exploded onto the seen in many statement forms from velvet sofas and wall colours to coats and suits.

Ive picked out a few of my favourite mustard colour items that can be shopped around the globe.

For Subtle Accents Shop these pieces below:

Throw here // Vase here// Leather Mules here// Scatter cushions available soon here

For making a Mustard statement shop these pieces:

Velvet Jacket here // Rug available online soon here // Sofa here // Skirt here

I love this rich warm colour against dark backdrops like navy, black and charcoal.  The colour is equally eye catching with clashing colours like pink, red blues and teal.  See some pics below for Inspiration in the home or for your closet.

 

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