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6 Icons to Follow for Style Inspiration…

Last week on the blog I spoke about the difference between Fashion & Style, and I shared my four top tips for how to start developing your own unique Style.  If you didn’t read the post please check it out here!

I spoke about taking the time to find some inspiration and start discovering what are your likes and dislikes style wise.  Looking at things like color, print and shapes, materials, accessories and outfit ideas are all great ways to start gathering knowledge and developing new ideas for your style.

Pinterest & Instagram are amazing sources to check because they are chock full of fashion articles, style advise and photography.  But fashion magazines, blogs, street style and in-store trends are all also great sources of inspiration too.

Pro Tip: I look for style inspiration in lots of places throughout my daily life but I like to gather it all together on a Pinterest Board so I can easily refer back to it when I am out shopping or buying new pieces.  Check out my Pinterest Style Board here. 

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How to be Stylish…

Earlier this week I posted the following quote on my Instagram.

“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers.  And Style is what you choose” Lauren Hutton.

I absolutely love this quote and for the rest of this week I have felt really inspired by the importance of cultivating your own personal style.  Of course being a Stylist, I love fashion and cannot wait to see what new trends are featured on the runway at the start of each season. But something I really love about being a Stylist is helping clients develop their own unique Personal Style.

Being a women with Style goes way beyond the clothes you are wearing. It’s about having pose and sophistication, knowing who you are and what you’re here to say and, most of all, being confident in your own skin.  It’s wearing clothes that embody your personality and character as well as matching perfectly with your lifestyle and future goals.

Women like Audrey Hepburn, Michelle Obama & Alexa Chung are all women celebrated for their timeless style and not only are they beautiful, elegant and always wearing excellent outfits, they are also extremely successful, intelligent and driven women who have made great achievements in their lives.

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How Working in Fashion Helped me Overcome Body Image Insecurities…

Like nearly all women I have experienced insecurities around my weight.  Over my developing years my body has been skinny, it has been overweight and it has been everything in between.

During periods of being skinny I would go to the gym religiously and constantly monitor what I was eating, living on a sort of permanent diet that didn’t leave much room for indulgences.  Often if I did give myself a cheat day or a little treat I would feel immediately guilty, and feel the need to schedule a workout time later to appease myself.

The times I have been overweight were due to a hectic lifestyle while studying and not having the time to fit in a healthy eating plan and exercise routine around busy school schedules.  Due to lack of time I would be more lenient with myself about what I was eating, on the basis of choosing the more convenient option over the healthier one.  However it was always in the back of my mind that I needed to loose weight, and striving to one day eventually maintain skinniness seemed like a big priority.

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The Top Colors to Wear This Fall…

If you are anything like me, the start of fall signifies a time when your wardrobe takes a turn for the dark.  As soon as the days start getting colder I start wearing exclusively black.  Sometimes I will mix in shades of grey, burgundy, dark green or purples but the palette is always decidedly dark.  (Side Note: I pretty much want to wear all black most of the year but try and force myself to include some color in my wardrobe during the sunny summer months!)

However this Fall sees the bright colors of summer living on.  With bright red, cobalt, pinky hues and silver metallic all having a big presence on the AW17 Runways and filtering down into the high street stores.  Pick a shade and wear it from head to toe or inject a flash of color into your winter outfit with one bold statement piece.

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My Fall Fashion Reading List…

The first days of October welcome the real start of Fall for us here in Milan.  The days start getting shorter and the weather starts getting colder.  And it’s during this time of the year that I start spending less time traveling and more time snuggled up on the sofa reading books and drinking tea.

I love to use this time of year to read some books that will inspire and educate me, especially on the subject of Style and Fashion, so I am able to offer the best possible advise to my Styling clients and cultivate some interesting ideas for future photo shoots for the coming season.

Here are three books on my reading list for the coming month.  Let me know if you’ve read them and what you think of these reads in the comments below…

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10 Boots We’re Loving for Fall…

With Fall upon us and the cold weather fast approaching we’ve rounded up our favorite boots of the season to make those cold, grey days a little more Stylish!  With styles ranging from cool metallics, red suede, embroidered flowers and studded leather we can’t wait to put our best foot forward this season! Let us know your favorite boots for fall in the comments below…

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My Top Spots for Shopping in Milan…

Milan is considered to be one of the top shopping spots in the world.  And with stores representing nearly every designer brand worldwide it’s hard not to make a beeline straight for Via Montenapoleone as soon as you arrive.  However if you take some time to explore other parts of the city you can discover some incredible alternative places to shop.

Here are my 4 Top Spots for Shopping in Milan…

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10 Back to Work Killer Outfit Ideas

Happy September Loves!  We hope you’ve had an amazing summer filled with adventure and fun.

For most women the first week of September means the ‘back to work’ and ‘back to school’ routine begins once again.  After a long summer I actually quite look forward to this week because I love to plan my new goals and get back into a new routine.  I use it as an opportunity to throw out what doesn’t work for me anymore and develop new habits to help me achieve my goals.  I especially focus on creating Style habits I want to adopt for the new season to help me get where I want to go, both personally and professionally.

What we wear to work has a huge impact on how others perceive us, how well respected, listened too and influential we are.  Recent studies have also shown that the better we dress the higher are pay bracket is.  So its never been more important to dress for sucess when going to the office, applying for that promotion, department change or new job!

Here are our 10 favorite Killer Work Outfit ideas to make sure you go Back to Work with a bang!

Let us know in the comments which one is your favorite…

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How to Dress Like an Italian…

I have been living and working in Milan for just under four years now. Before deciding to move here I had done a lot of traveling (mainly around South America and Asia) and these experiences taught me a lot about the world and who I am. But I think by actually living in a country for a long period of time you can learn so much about the culture and way of life.

Being in Italy has taught me about food, Italian language, emotion, creativity and has brought a new perspectives on how to live life.  Living in one of the fashion capitals of the world has also taught me a lot about Style, because Italian’s, no matter their age or background know how to appreciate Style.  Regardless of the occasion they always dress well and manage to pull off a chic yet effortless type of vibe.  They appreciate quality over quantity, something quite rare in today’s world of fast fashion.  And they have an eye for colour and adding the final details and accessories to a look.   Throughout all my travels I have looked to other cultures for inspiration on how to dress and Italy has definitely become one of my top inspiration points and has such a place in my heart.

If you love the Italian Style as much as me here is my quick guide of How to Dress Like an Italian…

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