Lets Dress

We’re entering the season that we can layer a few more clothes! Im not talking extra jackets and scarves.  Dresses over pants ladies, this is what Im so excited about!

This trend has been trickling in and hasn’t really hit stores on our shores too hard yet but there’ s no reason why you can’t start layering your favourite silky slip over your velvet flares or skinny jeans.  There are no major rules to this trend apart from if the dress is longer, (so ankle length), be sure there’s a slit or two so that you don’t feel too frumpy, adding a heel will also help elevate the outfit ensuring you avoid looking like all the fabric is wearing you!  If the dress you have chosen is a shorter length (above the knee) opt for a more cropped trouser.  This is such a fun look to play around with, try different variations and figure out what works on you, you can also play around with fabrics and prints and the look can work for formal and informal occasions. For work stick to luxe fabrics, tailored pants, smarter shoes and structured bags.  Casual, opt for jeans, ditsy floral and floaty dresses.  There SO much fun to be had.  Enjoy!

As always, leaving you with heaps of inspiration for your next outfit 😉

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Have a happy Wednesday everyone

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What is a capsule wardrobe

Everyone always goes on about a capsule wardrobe, there are lots of write ups, posts and general rules about what a capsule wardrobe should consist of.  However as a personal stylist, I believe in order to help individuals with this, one needs a guide to follow or understand rather than listing actual items, as obviously for everyone a capsule wardrobe is different.  There is no standard rule to what you should own but rather a palette and carefully curated items that suit your lifestyle.  You get some individuals out there who really dislike wearing jeans and love to wear skirts, whether they are visiting a park with their toddler or going to an evening function.  They may however dress their skirts down with sneakers and a tee.  Then you will come across somebody who needs to dress for a corporate job 80% of their time so would need to own 4 pairs of court shoes in various colours as part of their capsule wardrobe.  Be honest with yourself and what you need to get out of your wardrobe, don’t build a fantasy wardrobe of things you love over things you need.

Lifestyle: Obviously this plays a large part when figuring out what you need.  What you do career wise and what percentage of your week you are wearing formal vs informal.

Ask yourself how many ways or occasions can you wear an item.  Anything less than 3 is a waste.  In other words you want to be able to wear a blouse three times and each time with something completely different from your wardrobe.  Obviously we all have a few pieces like dresses that this wont count for, but then that dress is not being counted as part of your capsule wardrobe (and then do you need it?).

Quality: If you want to build your capsule wardrobe to last then choosing quality over quantity is essential.  Invest in well made basics and look out for sustainable clothing where possible.  Look for good quality fabrics that wont wear out after a couple of washes.  Consider where the clothing has been made and by whom.

Choose fit over size and find brands that work for your body.  Just because your friend loves J Brand jeans doesn’t mean they are going to be your best jeans.  Try on many different brands and sizes to find what works for you.  This goes for size, if you are a size 8 in one store doesn’t mean you will definitely be a size 8 in another .  Try and buy the one that fits!

Style: we all have our own style and hopefully you are familiar with your style.  Buy your clothes for today not for tomorrow.  I have made this mistake so many times, I see something I love, I have no clue when I am ever going to wear it but I purchase the item regardless and actually never end up wearing it.  There will always be good stuff out there, so don’t buy something for “one day, maybe” or your fantasy wardrobe as mentioned before, buy for now!

Every closet needs a consistent palette of neutrals (figure out the colours that suit you). White does not suit everyone and neither does black so find your neutral colours first.  Then add accent colours to your wardrobe to bring in colour.  You want to be able to mix and match your wardrobe and wear as many combinations as possible.

A couple of signature pieces are enough.  Choose timeless over trend pieces.  Not only as this will be more useful to you but it will be less harmful to the environment.  “The clothing industry is the second-largest polluter in the world, second only to the oil industry”.  Also look out for ways to recycle your old clothes.

Organisation: Make sure you have a clean and organised closet.  This way you will be able to see your clothes and get dressed with ease.  Having a full closet with clothes spilling out creates chaos and is damaging to your garments.  Launder your clothes with care, follow label instructions and if anything is remotely delicate pop it into a bag before adding to the machine load or hand-wash.

So I am now going to challenge myself to a small capsule wardrobe which you should try too.  I will be selecting 15 items from my wardrobe and only wearing those 15 for the next 10 days.  This is a great way for anyone to trial a capsule wardrobe before completely committing if you are feeling apprehensive about letting go.

For anyone seeking further one on one styling advice please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Hope you are all having a super week!

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Jackets to get you through Spring, Autumn & Winter

There are so many reasons to invest in jackets for your wardrobe.  Jackets like these are so good because they can be thrown over something light, something slightly warmer or worn under larger and thicker coats.  The jacket is a fast way to update your outfit or create interesting layers.  I personally love wearing a leather or smaller blazer under a coat when it’s bitterly cold and in doing so it opens up the option of taking your coat off and feeling more comfortable with just a jacket on whilst keeping the chill at bay.

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The Military Blazer here
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Leather Biker Jacket here
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Quilted Bomber here

 

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Gingham Check Jacket here

The leopard print faux fur does not exactly fall into the smaller jacket category but I thought I’d add it to this line up as it sure is versatile, brightens up any dull wardrobe and will be around for many years jazzing up your outfits.

 

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Faux Fur Coat here

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The Shoe Edit

How many times have you had the perfect outfit but just haven’t had the shoes to go or seen someone looking great only to look down at their feet and just thought how horrendous their choice of shoe was… Shoes are sometimes the trickiest part of pulling the outfit together and can often ruin an outfit, probably because we don’t have an endless supply of colours, styles and comfort to work with the many various outfit options going on in our wardrobes.  Some people are shoe people and others really struggle to find good shoes. I find this such a problem with so many clients, everyone has trouble finding good shoes, when budgets are real, good quality options are limited.  Another thing I find is so many people have feet issues, whether its a different feet sizes, issues or injuries meaning they cant wear heels, feet sweating in synthetic materials, broad feet, narrow feet, extra high arches, bunions… you get my drift.  Some general tips would be to always buy real leather (if possible), comfort is key and its very obvious when someone is uncomfortable in their shoes, the shoe style suiting a body shape, and also not just following trends in shoes.  Just because your foot doesn’t have a “big bum or skinny legs” scenario doesn’t mean anything goes.  If the shoe style does not suit you, don’t buy it!

Some just despise shoe shopping, so I’ve done the shoe haul.  There is a serious shoe game out at the moment. Enjoy this browsing experience made easy, from high street to high end, trendy to classic, there’s a shoe or two out there for you (;) ) ! Happy shopping X

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Leather slides here

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Suede Ballet style heels here

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Espadrille mules here

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Ruffle slip ons here

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Fabric Knot Mules here

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Leopard print boots here

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Pointy Mules here

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Converse with rose gold detail here

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Studded leopard print here (NEW BRAND)

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Studded ballet pumps here

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Pom pom sandals here

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Elephant Espadrilles here

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Peacock Espadrilles here

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Hightops here

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Block heel shoes here
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Adidas originals here
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Lobster printed mule here
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Suede Fringe mules here
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Marmont suede court shoe here
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Glitter sneakers here

 

Autumn Trends

Much to my delight, there’s a real chill in the air.  I’m so sick of the summer wardrobe I don’t have (that’s probably what the problem is) Whilst temperatures are still fairly high the breeze is cool and the mornings and evenings require slippers!! Some pieces that I love and will be wearing over the coming months will revolve around looks such as long sleeved floaty dresses, oversized shirts, soft loose fit trousers, loafers and hopefully I will be able to get my high tops out again soon (I miss them). Some autumn outfit inspo for an array of occasions. Shop directly from links below.

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Flounce sweater here // embroidered relaxed fit jeans here // Clutch bag here // Gold braided shoes here

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Patterned Dress here // Clutch here // Glitter sling backs here

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Jumper with wrist ties here // Mensy trousers here // Slingbacks here // Cotton bag here

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Printed T here // Blazer here  // Clutch bag here // Court shoes here

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Embroidered blouse here // Relaxed fit chinos here // leather mules here // Croc effect bag here

Hope you are all as excited about autumn clothes as I am, its always been my favourite fashion season 😉

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The Drinks Trolley Re-invented

The revival of the drinks trolley happened somewhere in the last couple of years and whilst I always imagined it as a bit of a fussy piece of tacky furniture gathering dust living in a badly lit room in the 50’s, I now love the way in which it has been reinvented.  A stat just to show how popular it has become:   The number of bar cart ideas (if you don’t mind an Americanism) saved on Pinterest in the UK jumped 40 per cent in six months. Sales of bar carts were up 173 per cent from January to June 2016.

Some Drinks Trolley Trivia

(taken from http://www.thebarcartist.com/bar-cart-history/)

The bar cart actually got its start during the Victorian Era (1837-1901). However, at that time it was not associated with alcoholic beverages. The bar carts of the Victorian Era were actually tea trolleys!  It seems we have the Interbellum and Greatest Generations to thank for taking us from Tea Time to Party Time when they started using bar carts for cocktail parties during the end of Prohibition (1933). Though bar carts started being associated with cocktails after the repeal of prohibition, they did not become well known cocktail entertaining items until the 1950’s.

If your’e thinking of including a drinks cart/trolley as part of your decor at home here are a few do’s and don’ts.

Cart Style

Retro-style carts are particularly popular – think gold and glitzy with glass or marble shelving.  Marble with a very dark brassy metal would be my choice.  But look for contemporary details, such as oversized wheels and sleek lines, to stop things feeling too fussy. Two shelves is way better than one and three shelves is probably too many.  Purchasing the cart is probably the easiest part however.

Alcohol 

Its not about a purchase and then stocking it with a couple bottles of hardtack and some crystal glasses.  Of course not, in 2017 everything has to be styled!  The styling also includes the brand of alcohol you have on display.  I would personally pick two or three bottles of spirits, I think an over stocked trolley will look messy and cluttered.  Perhaps add a soft drink like an Elderflower cordial, a bottle of bitters and lots of sparkling water (San Pelligrino).  This is for the everyday display and then when you have guests you can add your wines, champagne etc. When you are picking your display bottles of spirits I can’t speak for Bourbon’s or Whiskey’s but a bottle of Gordins isn’t going to cut it on the Gin front, Hendricks, Bombay Sapphire or something on that level.  If residing in SA you may be up to speed with the gin re-awakening (well that’s a whole other topic altogether). Cape Town is one of the leaders of this world wide trend.  Talented and passionate locals are distilling gin using indigenous flora such as fynbos and rooibos to create gin that you’ll find nowhere else in the world. A few of the local names to look out for that would sit very prettily (and go down very happily) are Inverroche http://www.inverroche.co.za Hope on Hopkins http://hopeonhopkins.co.za Musgrave http://www.musgravegin.co.za Woodstock Gin Company http://www.woodstockginco.co.za to name a few.

Styling

Bringing in some artwork, plants, a lamp, jugs, candles, good crystal pieces or books are a few of the many different objects to look for.  Fruit is also a great idea, I would go with a bowl of lemons, limes or both and a pineapple or three.  Recently we have been drinking our gin with slices of pineapple and I can honestly say that Pineapple in gin should be part of the gin revolution.  Basically any of the above objects would add interest, texture, colour and style to your cart.  Again for me personally I would choose a few items and not make it too busy, ensuring every item has the ability to shine and be seen.

Inspiration

I have picked out what I believe to be beautifully styled trolleys.

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I’m still looking for my perfect drinks trolley, I imagine its living in an antiques market somewhere.  I look forward to sharing it with you here when its found.

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Statement Sleeves that wont land in your cereal bowl..

I do love the statement sleeves but there are so many that really look like all they are good for is an Instagram pic.  Here Im bringing you the statement without the stress. You will get the wow sleeve factor, whether it’s full, frilled or bows, but you can still eat your lunch without the stress of wondering what your sleeves might be dipping into.

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Happy Weekend to you all

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