Category Archives: Personal Stylist

Whilst this last year has been a year of challenges, I think it’s also been a year of LOVE.  We have missed friends and family, and made us realise how much they mean to us and how much we love them.

So this Valentines Day, lets to share the love and show some kindness through our outfits!

An easy way of adding the LOVE to your outfit is through accessories, and a scarf is also perfect at this time of year for an extra layer of warmth.  This stylish scarf from Accessorize will add a touch of colour and Valentines LOVE to your outfit

How to wear red

Scarf, Accessorize, £20

I’m obviously hoping that we won’t need an umbrella on Valentines Day, but given the British weather it’s probably quite likely!  But if it does rain, this umbrella from Next is guaranteed to cheer you up.

How to wear red

Umbrella, Next, £11

And of course – THE accessory to be seen in at the moment is the face mask, and I love this heart print mask from Accessorize.

Valentine style

Face Mask, Accessorize, £5

If your top half is your best asset, then use pattern and colour to show it off.  Wearing pattern this way also works really well if you are pear shaped (where your shoulders are narrower than your hips), as the pattern will help balance out your proportions.

This blouse from NYDJ is a lovely and easy to wear item, and the bold pattern will clearly show the LOVE.  Its great teamed with skinny jeans, but will also work with a skirt or trousers for a smarter look.

Valentine Style

Blouse, NYDJ, £99.95

If you prefer a more subtle pattern and a more classic cut, then this shirt from Khost is perfect.  The print is feminine and gentle, and looks great casually French tucked into jeans, as shown in the picture

How to wear hearts

Heart Print Shirt, Khost, £39

If you are an athletic build with a strong shoulder line vs narrower hips, then you may prefer a pattern on your bottom half to once again balance out your proportions.

This bold black and white printed skirt from M&S, has a contemporary edge with the double split.  Its also an item that will take you into summer too – wear with a jumper now, and a tee as the weather warms up

How to wear black and white

Midi Skirt, M&S, £25

For those of you who are more confident with pattern, then why not try and all over print.  This empire line dress from Dorothy Perkins is a very flattering shape, and the all over pattern will also give the appearance of height , so great if you are petite

Valentine Style

Dress, Dorothy Perkins, £35

Lets show the Love this Valentines!

If you need any help or guidance on understanding how you personally can wear colour or patterns, then drop me a line.  I am working remotely and virtually during lockdown, and these online sessions are receiving great feedback.

Well what a year 2020 was!

If you are like me, my saviour during lockdown 1 was PE with Joe.  I was home-schooling at the time, and that 30 mins in the morning meant that the day started with a positive experience.

And since that I’ve been lunging, squatting and crunching in the privacy of my lounge.  Now I can do a hiit session, but I’m no runner (and seriously admire people who can!)  I know that lots of people have taken up running and jogging too, or even incorporating a daily walk into their working from home routine.

But whether we are exercising alone in our own private space, or heading out to get some fresh air and miles in the legs, we will feel better knowing that we are not only improving our bodies on the inside, but we also look the best version of ourselves on the outside.

I often get asked ‘should my exercise gear be in my best colours?’ And my honest answer is ‘why wouldn’t it be’? When working out we tend not to have as much (or any!) makeup on, and our hair is tied up out of the way – all we have is the clothes we choose to wear to make us look good – so my advice is to make those clothes work hard for you.

Whatever type of exercise you do there are two important style considerations: Colour and Patterns

 

Colour: Colour will brighten up a January jog or a winter workout. Plus colour brightens up how we look too. So wear your best colour on your top and next to your face – this way that fab colour will reflect on your face and give the effect of a brighter healthier you (even before you start your work out!).

This vest from Sweaty Betty in teal – is great if you like your colour on the subtle side. Plus Teal is a universal colour, meaning that it looks great on many of us.

Sweaty Betty Athlete Seamless Vest, Green, £38

Sweaty Betty Athlete Seamless Vest, Green, £38

As an Image Consultant, I love the change in Seasons!  But this one has been quite a challenge!!

The AW20 season hit the catwalk back in Feb, and since then our shops have not only faced the challenge of covid19, they have also had to take the catwalk trends and shape them into wearable pieces for us everyday.  Also during this time, how we have dressed has changed, with more home working – some of us will be happy with this, whilst others will be wishing to get back to their ‘normal’ dress code and the desire to get out and about again.

One element that came through the catwalk trends was a continued focus on sustainability, and pieces that are more classical and wearable over time.  CHECK is a key ‘trend’ for AW’20.  Check never goes out of style for long, which is presumably why with sustainability and a more seasonal-less approach to dressing, it was thought that AW’20 was the perfect time to bring it back to the foreground.

Checks are an easy pattern for even a print-avoider to incorporate into their wardrobe.  However as ever there are some keys tips for getting the most out of this trend for you personally.

Colour checks:

If you suit dark colours, you probably have dark hair and eyes – and this cape jacket from River Island is a great throw on over everything from jeans to a pencil skirt

AW20 trend

Black mono check cape jacket, River Island, £68

Whilst if dark colours overwhelm you, you probably have blonde hair and light eyes, and hence something like this fitted jumper from Marks & Spencer will balance out your delicate colouring.  Its super soft, so great for the autumn days ahead, and whilst the design is bold but the lighter colours make it easy to wear.