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Dressing for Confidence – Your Dream Wardrobe Checklist

Don’t you just hate that feeling of overwhelm you get when you step into your wardrobe in the morning and you have no idea what to wear?

When you feel like you have loads of clothes, but you can’t seem to put a strong outfit together?

When you realize you always seem to buy the same type of clothes over and over again because you just don’t know what else to invest in?

Girl we feel you! And I don’t want you to experience that stress anymore.

I want you to walk into you wardrobe every morning and have collection of clothes you know look good on you and you know work seamlessly together!

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How to Live Stylish This Summer…

Have you ever gone through a busy period of life, when you are in full on work mode, with your head down, only to take a break and realize the time has flown by?! Well that’s what has happened to me this month!

All of Spring I worked flat out, organizing photo shoots and planning projects with new clients.  It was all go go go.  I loved it because I worked on some amazing projects and collaborated with some really talented people.  But then I had a pause, looked around and I realized it’s June, nearly July! And summer is already upon us!

When you are busy its easy to fall into the rut of throwing on your Levi’s Jeans and sneakers, running out the door and working through your to do list each day.  And before we know it, its going to be autumn.  I don’t want the next few months to fly by before I know what has hit me so I’ve decided to make it my mission to live more stylishly this summer.  That means making the most out of my days, enjoying the little moments and, of course, upping my style game.  Because even if we are just running errands that’s no reason not to look stylish right!? So here are my top tips for how to live stylish this summer.

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Finding Style on a Budget

While attending Men’s Fashion Week in Milan this weekend I posted my outfits for the event via Instagram.  I shared with you my inspiration for each outfit and got real with you by revealing which pieces were high-end and which pieces actually came from the high street.

If you didn’t see the posts you can check them out here.

The reason I decided to get real with you is because I think their is a common misunderstanding into thinking that because someone looks really stylish they must have spent a lot of money on their outfit.  And that you have to spend a lot of money on designer pieces in order to be stylish also.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good designer piece! But I think in this world of Instagram and Blogging its easy to buy into the myth that all us fashionistas have a big budget for designer wear, and the reason everyone always looks so stylish is because they are dropping big sums of money on high end pieces for every look.

Of course in some cases this is true but the reality for most of us, for you and me, is that we are want to look stylish but we also want to do this on a budget.

We’ve got other stuff to pay for like cars, rent, holidays, travel and saving for the future, am I right?  So here are my Stylist Tips to shopping smarter and finding style on a budget…

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9 Tips for the Ultimate Wardrobe Spring Clean

The start of a new season is the perfect opportunity to get organized and Spring Clean your wardrobe.  It gives you the chance to take stock of what you already own and understand what ‘gaps’ you have in your wardrobe that can be updated with pieces from the new season or what areas you can invest in more.  It can help you to realize if you have brought a lot of the same piece (do you really need ten pairs of skinny black jeans) and can help you evaluate the direction your Style is going in and if you want to make any key changes to your look.

But clearing out your wardrobe can also be something that causes a lot of stress for us ladies.  We are all guilty of hoarding pieces for a “just in case” and the task of emptying out an overstuffed wardrobe can be a daunting one to start.

But I promise, getting rid of old clothes and updating your wardrobe is really freeing and empowering.  So here are my top ten tips for the Ultimate Wardrobe Spring Clean…

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Must Have Fashion Items for Spring…

I love to see the new trends at the start of every season and I think it provides a great opportunity to experiment with your style and try something new.  A great way to do this is to choose some of the seasons key pieces and add those into your wardrobe for an easy, on-trend update.  You can mix them into your favorite outfits or use them to breath some life into your wardrobe staples.

Here is my lowdown of eight beautiful on trend pieces for Spring…

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How to Define your Personal Style…

I have always believed developing unique personal style is more important than following the latest trends and buying into the newest craze.  That’s because, for me, personal style is a representation of our identities and lifestyles.  Really great personal style is special, unusual and timeless. It allows the wearers personality to shine through and doesn’t always involve the most high-fashion or on trend pieces.

It is a key area I always help my Image Consultation clients to develop because once you have a clear idea of your personal style you feel more confident in your fashion choices, find shopping for new pieces easier and feel the real you shining through in every look that you wear.  But defining your personal style can be tricky and its sometimes difficult to know where to start.  So today I decided to share with you three tips for rookies who want to define their personal style…

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A Fashion Stylist’s Guide to Dressing with Confidence…

When I am doing my Image Consultation sessions the main thing my lovely clients tell me is that after our makeover they want to feel more confident.  More confident in choosing new clothes, more confident in knowing their style and more confident in themselves.  Helping people to boost their confidence and feel amazing is my favorite thing about the Image Consultation side of my business.  I think its such an important thing to feel good about yourself and when you feel amazing it radiates out of you and makes you shine.  So I thought I would share with you today my three top tips for dressing with confidence….

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Postive Vibes – Ways to Feel Amazing This January…

January can be a bit of a hit and miss month for me.  I can either feel really incredible about the start of a new year and all the cool things I want to achieve and do, or I can feel really flat that the holiday season is over and I have another three months of boring winter stretching out in front of me.

I am happy to say this year its the first one for me.  2015 was a really exciting year because I took a really big step in my fashion career and started my own business as a freelance stylist and for 2016 I have a long list of things I want to do to build my business.  I can’t wait to get started and I feel really excited about all the possibilities.  But I know this isn’t the case for everyone.  Going back to work, starting a post-holiday diet and trying not to give up on resolutions can get us all a bit down.  So I decided to share with your some ideas to make yourself feel amazing this January.  Whether you have those january blues or not we should all try to make ourselves feel as amazing as possible…

Ways To Feel Amazing this January

Buy a New Shade of Lipstick.  Whenever I need a little pick-me-up I love going to my favourite beauty store and choosing a new lipstick to rock for the month.  It’s a really cheap and easy way to mix things up a bit.  Try and choose a colour you wouldn’t normally go for and see how amazing it makes you feel when you catch yourself in the mirror with your new look.

Organise Some Special Time With your Best Friends.  Plan a coffee date in a cute cafe, go shopping together or stay at home and cook a yummy dinner, it doesn’t matter what you do as long as you are having fun with your best friends.  Whenever I feel down all I have to do is spend five minuets with my friends and I feel amazing again and I love that the special time together will help make our relationship even stronger.

Get Outside.  Even though the weather is rubbish, wrap up warm and head on out to spend some time in nature.  You could go running, on a bike ride or for a winter walk in the park.  Being outside is really relaxing plus it will help you get back into shape after all the holiday treats.

Plan Some Trips.  A great way to feel energised is to have something to look forward to.  Start planning some trips or interesting things you want to do over the year and make them happen.  It could be that dream holiday you always wanted to take or a weekend in a new city.  If you are short on money planning fun days out or weekends visiting friends is a great way to get some fun things into your year without spending too much dollar.

Treat Yourself to Something In the Sales.  Instead of mindlessly shopping for things you don’t need, focus your sale shopping this year and buy yourself something you have always wanted but couldn’t quite afford.  It could be a special piece of jewellery, a designer handbag or that amazing pair of boots.  Investing in something you have always wanted will make you feel great and you will feel so happy every time you wear it.

Start a New Hobby.  Start a new sport, take up yoga, learn a new language or start a crafts class.  Starting a new hobby is a really good way to get yourself out of a rut because you learn something new, meet interesting people and find something to feel passionate about.

Have a Wardrobe Purge and Give Yourself a ReStyle.  A great way to make yourself feel amazing again is to organise your wardrobe and clear everything out.  Start by trying to create new outfits out of the clothes you already have – you will be amazed at how many things you own that your never wear – then clear out any items that no longer fit or look good anymore.  The new outfits your created will make you feel like you have had a make-over and you haven’t even spent any money.

Plan to Catch Up With an Old Friend.  Make a date to catch up with a friend you haven’t seen for a long time.  It’s so nice reconnecting with old friends, hearing what they have been up to and sharing your experiences too.  If you don’t live close enough to meet in person, plan a skype chat with them instead.

Have a Beauty Treatment. Get a manicure with your favourite colour nail polish, go to an amazing brow technician or have a relaxing massage.  Treating yourself you some pamper time will leave you feeling so good about yourself.  And if you can’t afford to splurge on a beauty treatment this month, organise an at home spa with your friends – paint your nails, do face masks and have fun!

Write Down Three Positive Things Each Day.  At the end of everyday, write down three things that happened that made you feel positive or that you are thankful for.  It could be something small like how good your morning coffee was or that you caught the sunset on your way home.  It doesn’t matter as long as it made you smile.  If you do this regularly you will start to notice patterns and it will make you realise you have some much to be happy about already.

What are your tips for feeling amazing this January? I would love to know about them in the comments below….

 

 

Staying Chic on a 15 Hour Flight…

When flying to Sri Lanka we were in transit for 15 hours! That is a mix of flight time and waiting in airports because there was unfortunately no direct flights from Milan. We were in a similar situation last year with our flight to Costa Rica and when we finally arrived at our destination, it took me several days and a lot of strange sleeping patterns to feel normal again. So this year I decided to be prepared and make an emergency beauty plan to bring with me on the plane to feel more healthy when we arrive.

In case you have some long-haul flights scheduled this summer too I have shared it with you here – I hope it can help.

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