Friday, 23 December 2011

Was my seven day challenge worth it?


Leopard cardigan - Oasis
Scarf - H and M
Hat - Gap
Jeans - Donna Ida
Boots - Duo

Despite my constant moaning about not being able to wear my jeans, I’ve actually enjoyed this challenge. It’s been great to be forced to look at my clothes in a new light. As a personal stylist I spend a lot of time going through other peoples wardrobes. I remove the items that don’t work, discuss what shapes and styles of clothing work for them and their shape and then mix and match a selection of outfits using only their current items, to create a collection of outfits that they didn’t realise were in there. I’m constantly telling people that they don’t need lots of clothes to look good, they just need the key pieces and to understand how to mix and match effectively.
I love that I can show people how to wear more of their wardrobe and how to pull together some quite different looks without buying any new clothes, but I don’t ever put the time aside to do go through my own wardrobe.

This may surprise you, but I don’t have a lot of clothes…I practice what I preach, and this challenge has only reinforced my opinion that you don’t need wardrobes bursting at the seams to create lots of different looks. I know that this was only a seven day challenge but I’ve discovered lots of new outfits, and have really enjoyed playing around with my clothes and it’s made me realise that I need to put some more time aside to re-asses my own wardrobe.

Today I wore my jeans, because I could. It feels good to be able to wear them again but I will admit that when it came to deciding what to wear with them, I found I was faced with much more choice than I’d had over the last week. This explains why I ended up wearing the same cardigan from the last post.

I’m going to miss doing my challenge so I think I may have to set myself another in the New Year…any suggestions?

This is probably going to be my last post before Christmas so I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Love Niki x

Thursday, 22 December 2011

The final day!

Monday was the last day of not wearing my favourite jeans; I couldn’t wait to get back into them on Tuesday, although after doing this I think I’ll be wearing them a lot less. My final day wearing anything but jeans was spent with two friends doing some last minute shopping and drinking hot chocolate. It’s always great to see them, they both run their own personal styling business too so we always have loads to talk about. It’s great to be able to talk about work, both good and bad and know that they understand, it’s a great support to have and a special friendship too.
Kate and Kirsten are two of the most stylish girls I know so I feel like I have to make an effort each time we meet, well, I don’t really feel like I have to, I love to…any excuse to dress up!


Dress - Oasis
Cardigan - Oasis
Belt (yes that one AGAIN!)
Shoes - KG
 I knew it was going to be cold so had to think carefully about what to wear. Normally jeans and over the knee boots would be my choice, but…well you know the score, I couldn’t wear them. I’m loving dresses at the moment so chose this lace dress from Oasis. It was one of the few things I bought this season and I’ve not worn it as much as I’d hoped, so I thought I’d try and make it work today. I’m always, ALWAYS, complaining of cold feet so in an attempt to prevent numb toes I wore the dress with thick tights and these shoe boots with chunky socks. My feet were definitely not cold.

You probably know by now that I have a penchant for anything leopard print. I’ve got leopard print shoes, bags, belts, dresses and this cardigan. I’ve even got a leopard print wash bag and garden chair thanks to friends. I’m trying to cool it with the leopard print a bit as I think I wear it a tad too much, but I couldn’t resist it today.

I quite liked this look, and it was warm and comfortable which is always a bonus!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Day six of the challenge, not long to go now!

I’m actually quite enjoying pulling together outfits that don’t involve my jeans. I don’t’ think I realised how many outfits I could make without them. I don’t own many skirts (maybe two, or three at most) so will automatically just pull on a pair of trousers as I find them the easiest thing to wear when I’m short of time (which I often am). For work however, I tend to wear dresses. They’re so comfortable and are easy to dress up if I need to but I realised that I don’t really wear them outside of work, and I’m not sure why. So this outfit is my Sunday/day six look. I’m wearing a Whistles dress that I’ve had for ages and tend to keep for work, but instead of pulling together quite a polished look with pumps or heels, I’ve dressed it down by wearing my biker boots (again) and a cropped jumper…no one would know it’s a dress.


Dress - Whistles
Jumper - Limited Collection
Scarf - H&M
Boots - KG
It’s great to be able to demonstrate how easy it is to dress an outfit down. SO often, I see clients wardrobes full of occasion wear that they’re saving for best. It’s such a shame to have something you love hanging in the wardrobe unworn, especially if it’s something that makes you feel great when you wear it. Why not experiment a little, there’s always a way to dress something down so it can be worn more casually. Try teaming a LBD with thick tights and a chunky cardigan or pull a jumper over the top for a great casual look, you never know, you might discover a whole host of new outfits!

Day five...

Yes I know, my seven day challenge officially ended yesterday and I’ve only posted four days’ worth of outfits.

It’s not that I’ve not documented my outfits, I have! I’ve just been ploughing on with my work, trying to get everything finished before I go away for Christmas so haven’t had a chance to post the outfits. I know I could have just uploaded the photo and have been done with it, but I’d rather talk you through my outfit and why I pulled it together.

So here’s my outfit on day five of the challenge. You’ll probably recognise this dress; it’s the one I wore to the My Street Chic fashion bloggers party. I loved wearing it, and had bought it with the intention of wearing it during the day as well as for evening so wore it again on Saturday.  This was a day of last minute Christmas shopping, followed by food out so I wanted to make a bit of an effort, but still be comfortable and warm. To make the dress more casual, I wore it with my black biker boots and threw a chunky cardigan on top. As a pear shape, I often struggle in winter to find knitwear that flatters me – most knitwear is quite loose and long, so I find it cuts me across my hips – highlighting the widest part of me. This cardigan however is perfect; it’s cropped so highlights my waste. I’ve had it for years and have found it so useful for throwing over pretty much any outfit.
Dress - Zara
Boots - KG
Cardigan - Topshop

Just wanted to show the dipped hem.
After we'd finished our shopping we headed to the Holburne Museum, to see the field of light installation by Bruce Munro . Has anyone else been to this? I was blown away by how beautiful the lights are…



Sunday, 18 December 2011

Day Four & The My Street Chic Bloggers Xmas Party

I’m starting to realise that the challenge here isn’t so much not being able to wear my jeans, but more trying to blog every day...it's Sunday now and I've got Friday, Saturday and today's outfits still to post.   I’m also finding photographing my outfits everyday difficult, I’m enjoying documenting my outfits, and it’s great to have a record of them for future reference (it's something I do for my clients so it’s great to know it works) but, I’m not a natural in front of the camera, I’m not comfortable there. I don’t know whether to smile, look away, look down…I don’t know how to stand or what to with my arms. So please ignore my awkward looking poses and look at the outfits instead!

Anyway, that’s definitely enough rambling!  This is my Friday outfit and day four of my challenge.  The morning was taken up with personal shopping trip so I needed to pull together an outfit that was polished and comfortable, yet still ‘me’.  It’s also unbelievably hot in the shops at the moment so I try not to wear too many layers as I only end up carrying them.  It's great being forced to look at my wardrobe in a new light, I’m pulling together outfits that I may not have seen had I not done this, but it’s taking me longer to get ready in the morning.   
Blouse - Oasis
Skirt - Warehouse
Bag - Jaeger
Shoes - Oasis
I bought this skirt last year and its great perfect for work; it’s comfortable and goes with loads of different tops.  I like it with this blouse for work, but I can dress it down with knitwear if I want to.  This blouse was one of my best purchases this summer, I didn’t buy many items last season but this has definitely been my most worn item.

Friday evening was the bloggers Chrismas party at Java arranged by the brillint My Street Chic.  I was so nervous about going as I’ve never been to one before and didn’t know what to expect.  And while I love blogging and am trying to put aside more time to do it, I do feel like I’m only playing at it.  But I shouldn’t have worried.  I went with Chrissy from Just So Fashion and had such a great time.  Gina and the team put together an awesome night.  It was really lovely to meet the people behind the blogs I read and so inspiring to see everyone’s different outfits - a refreshing change from the usual party uniform that I see at the Christmas party.

Dress - Zara
Jacket - Topshop
Belt - Second hand
Shoes - Finsk for Faith
Necklace - Asos
 It took me a while to work out what to wear, but I eventually settled on this dress.  I LOVE the dipped hem trend and it’s here to stay so I know I'm going to wear this to death.  I‘m not a very girly girl so to make this work for my style, I teamed it with my leather jacket, studded belt and skull necklace, all of which I've had for years and years! 

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Day three and still no black jeans!

Today was rather more hectic than planned.  I spent the morning in Cabot Circus prepping for a shopping trip I’m doing tomorrow and then returned home to find the computer broken…I mean completely broken, it won’t start.   My other half is still in my office trying to sort it out.  ALL my work is on there so I’m feeling VERY VERY stressed right now.  Luckily, I have access to my parent’s laptop, so I can still blog and access my emails. 
I wore this dress from Zara all day.  I bought it a couple of years ago and have found it a really useful item.  I can wear it on it’s own, layer tops underneath it (I chose the peterpan collar again today, but a pussy bow blouse works well too) or team it with cardigans or jackets.  As it was so cold today, the only sensible option was to wear my faux fur coat (of course :)).

Dress - Zara
T-shirt - Oasis
Shoes - Topshop
Bag - Jaeger

As above
Coat - Warehouse


Day two, part two

Here’s the photo from last night that I promised I’d upload.  I ran out of time yesterday and haven’t been able to post it until now.  You’ll probably recognise the dress, it’s the same one from this post and this post, but I love it!

Dress - Warehouse
Cardigan - Mango
Bag - Vintage
Shoe boots - KG

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Day two

Well day two and I’m already struggling.  I’ve spent the day at home in the office where I’d normally cosy up in jeans and furry boots, but I’ve had think of something else to wear.  I nearly wore leggings and boots but felt that this was probably cheating as it’ so similar to my skinny jeans, so in the end I went for my leather skirt. 
Cardigan - Topshop
Skirt - Topshop
Shirt - Asda childrens department
I bought this last year and didn’t wear it as much as I’d have liked, mainly because I didn’t feel I had quite the right shoes – well I think my pumps go but they’re no good outside when it’s freezing cold…any suggestions would be great!   I thought I’d dress the skirt down with a check shirt and chunky cardigan, it was actually really comfy, perfect for a day in the office.

It’s been quite  a productive day today, I caught up on all the admin that’s piled up over the last few days, walked Hendrix – twice (it was snowing, I loved it!) and was a guest on mystreetchic.com’s live web chat all about getting the perfect party look.   If you missed the live web chat then you can catch it here

I’m writing this in a bit of a rush as I’m meeting the lovely Chrissy from justsofashion for cocktails.  I haven't got time to photograph the outfit so I'll post it tomorrow.

Have a lovely evening x

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

No Black Jeans, Day 1

Today is the first day of the challenge set by my husband for me to go for seven days without wearing my favourite “wear it all the time” item of clothing - black jeans.  I had a new client today and spent the morning sorting out her wardrobe.  I’d normally chuck on my black jeans and a pretty blouse as it’s not unusual for me to end up scrabbling around on the floor searching for clothes at the back of the wardrobe.  But today that wasn’t an option...
Instead, I opted for this blue skater dress from Whistles teamed with shoe boots.  I’ve had this dress for a while and I’ve worn it loads, so I thought I’d change the look a little by wearing a peter-pan collar t-shirt underneath it.  I love the way it changes the look of the dress and makes it a little more girly. It does take some time to arrange it so it’s comfortable though.  The belt I normally wear with this dress vanished when I was rushing around on a shopping trip with a client.  It was one of those ones that just ‘pop’s’ together so I was bound to lose it eventually.  Anyway, I ran out of time to find another belt so had to grab this one, it’s a little too big for my waist so I tried to make a feature of it...I think it works?
Whistles dress
Oasis t-shirt
KG shoe boots


When I arrived home, the weather had gotten really crazy and I was frozen, so I layered my new favourite chunky jumper over the dress and added this scarf.  I’d forgotten how difficult it is to take decent photos inside when it’s dark so apologies for the poor photography skills.  I’m in the office all day tomorrow so hopefully I’ll be able to make the most of the daylight.
Marks and Spencer Limited jumper
H&M scarf
Topshop loafers

Yummy Preserves

One of the really great things about my job is that I get to meet so many interesting people.  One of the first clients I had when I started my business over three years ago is well known in the world of preserves...if you know a thing or two about jam then you’ll probably have heard of Vivien Lloyd. 

She makes the most divine jams and has just finished her first book, ‘First Preserves’.  Last week I was delighted to be invited to the launch of her book at Topping bookshop in Bath.   It was lovely to see Viv again and to partake in a spot of yummy jam and chutney tasting (her raspberry jam was my absolute favourite).
Vivien and I at Topping book shop.  Image thanks to Rob Walster
First Preserves is a great introduction to the world of preserves and is so easy to understand.   Each recipe has step by step illustrations, so you can see exactly what your jam should look like at each stage, it’s jam packed (see what I did there!?) with information.  I could have done with a book like this last year when my hubby and I decided we were going to make homemade gifts for everyone for Christmas.  We made sweet chilli jam, whisky marmalade and Vivien’s apple chutney, it took forever to find the perfect recipes and, as we used the internet for most of them, the instructions were pretty sparse.  Luckily, our gifts went down a treat, it was a lovely experience making them, far more enjoyable and rewarding than franticly buying present’s last minute like we normally do.  

Cooking is a relatively new thing for me; I used to help my mum in the kitchen when I was little but that was relatively short lived.
Mum and I cooking Sunday roast.
Busy lives and tight budgets have long been my (very poor) excuse for lack of culinary skills.  However, my jam making last year re-ignited a love of cooking and since then I’ve been spending far more time in the kitchen.  This year I’m going to make these Christmas cupcakes which I spotted on the very inspiring I love Crafty blog 

What are you looking forward to giving this Christmas?  Are you making your gifts?

Monday, 12 December 2011

Seven day challenge

This post was my husband’s idea.  I was complaining to him that I have nothing to wear since I took my favourite black jeans to the dress makers to be repaired.   He just looked at me and said “you always wear them” then promptly challenged me to go for a whole week without them.  “It would make a great blog post!” he said.    


Favourite black jeans :)


As a personal stylist, confessing that I might be stuck in a bit of a style rut is pretty hard to say.  I spend my life pushing others out of their ruts, how can I possibly be stuck in my own!?  While I do wear most of the items hanging in my wardrobe and am the master of mixing and matching, I guess I do fall back on my black jeans far too easily if I don’t have time to pull together another outfit.  So, with this in mind I’ve decided to take up his challenge.  I’ve got a quieter work week this week, so hopefully I’ll have the time to document my journey daily. 

I’m actually a little nervous, not least because it means I’ve got to upload at least seven outfit posts, but also because it feels like I’m being tested.  I do think it will be a great thing for me to do though, and it might give me an insight into what my clients go through - but with only myself for advice! So, I’d love it if you got involved in this, I know I’ve got some very stylish readers so would love it if you shared your thoughts and advice or, even better, if you joined me! 

If you fancy gettng involved, have a think if there is something that you find yourself wearing again and again - a favourite item that you struggle not to wear and join me in my seven day style challenge.  Share your journey and your outfits!

Simply comment below and share your link so we can see how you get on.  Who's in? I start tomorrow, how about you?

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Christmas shopping evening at Clifton Rocks


Tonight Clifton Rocks is having a Christmas shopping evening.  I’ve blogged about Clifton rocks in the past (here) it’s a brilliant independent jewellery boutique in Clifton owned by the very lovely Clare Chandler.  She stocks a whole host of gorgeous designers alongside her own collection, and prices start at a very tempting £10 so there’s something for every budget. 

The evening will not only have you sipping wine while you browse for the perfect Christmas present (or, let’s be honest a little something for yourself) but you’ll also be able to get 10% off everything and up to 20% on some selected items!
I can’t think of a better way to spend my time shopping for Christmas gifts, but if you still need some persuading then scroll down...
Skull drop earrings by Bjorg - £140

Silver/oxidised silver/gold plate silver berry necklaces by Hannah Bedford from £115

Mixed dome cufflinks - £75 by Claire Chandler - £99

Silver, gold plate heart and garnet locket by Clare Chandler- £135

Gold plate and smoky quartz ring, silver and phrenite ring, gold plate and pearl ring. £35 , £45 and £39

Silver and rock crystal snowflake bracelet by Dorit - £172

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Charlie Boots opens in Bath

I spend so much time in the shops, researching and taking clients shopping that after a couple of months I can get a little fed up with seeing the same things over and over.  Don't get me wrong, I really love my job and the high-street offers plenty of choice and pretty much every taste is catered for, but sometimes I just want to see something a little different...maybe that’s why I love scouring vintage shops and antiques fairs so much? 

I was starting to get that familiar feeling again (well it’s been a couple of months of nonstop shopping) but a press release about local ethical fashion store Charlie Boots landed in my inbox just in time to inspire me all over again.

For those of you who don’t know about Charlie Boots (and you really should!) it’s an edgy, ethically-minded shop showcasing a fabulous mix of fashions, accessories and things for the home. I actually blogged about Charley Boots a while back and am pleased to say that this gem of a shop has gone from strength to strength and has recently opened in Bath, YAY!

Charlie Boots shop on Broad St, Bath 
I really recommend visiting this new boutique whether it’s for some unique Christmas gifts, or a little treat for yourself.  The shop showcases Charlie Boots own designs, alongside other artists and designers.  Two of my favorites are Elvis & Kresse who create beautiful accessories and bags out of disused fire hoses,  and Little Glass Clementine who creates the most stunning jewellery from recycled jewellery, antiques and vintage china.

Visit the store here:

35 Broad Street, Bath BA1 5LP (Opposite side to Cath Kidston, and four doors up)
map: http://bit.ly/rDWRQF

Or online here:

www.charlieboots.com

I don’t know about you but I love it when I discover new designers creating unique pieces of jewellery or clothing that I can add to my wardrobe, it’s what makes a style unique to you, and styling so much fun!



Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Glorious Grunge

So, eight months on and my husband and I are still living with my parents. It’s quite scary how quickly the time has passed, when we packed all our worldly belongings away, we didn’t anticipate they’d be there for this long. 

We visited our stuff in storage the other day to try and find our winter clothes that we’d packed and thought we wouldn’t need.   We were trying to think if there was anything else we wanted to take out while we were there but it struck me that we couldn’t really remember what was in the boxes, and didn’t seem to miss much of it either.  It just goes to show how little we actually need. 

There is one thing I'm really missing.  Whilst my winter boots would be pretty useful right now as pumps don’t really cut it in this weather, I can do without those.  It’s our music that I miss the most.  I love music; it takes me away to another world...or fills my head with memories.  It reminds me of awesome times (and the not so good ones) and great friends.  It can really affect my mood. 

When we got back in the car after managing to find some warmer clothes, Al handed me a CD and said ‘thought you might like this’.  It was a Soul Asylum CD, a band I loved when I was 15.  Listening to it took me straight back.  I was really into grunge when I was at school and if I’m honest, I still am! 
Grunge


I’m a bit of a rock chick at heart and love all things Grunge, Metal and Rock, but having said that I think I’ve got quite an eclectic taste in music.   I think Tori Amos is amazing (I was lucky enough to see her play a while back, it was an emotional gig) and have all No Doubts albums.  I love hair metal (yes, I did just admit that) and Led Zeppelin is one of my favourite bands, but I also like Funk, Soul and sometimes, old school hip-hop!  I don’t know what anyone else thinks but I think that’s quite a mix.

The music I love always has some influence on my style. At school and Uni, Courtney Love was a big influence on my style.  I’ve always loved the girly dresses toughened up with messy hair, leather jackets and the obligatory bright red lipstick and when I think about it, there’s still an element of that in my style now.  The only difference is that I’ve had to develop a more polished version of my old style...the flamingo pink hair I cherished at Uni will never return, but at least I did it while I could.

Courtney Love


I’ve spent the last couple of days really enjoying listening to Pearl Jam radio on Last FM (track after track of the likes of Mother Love Bone, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam...you get the idea) and now all I want to wear are my studded boots, girly dresses and fur coat. 

Dress - Warehouse
Belt - Second hand
Coat - Warehouse
Boots - Office



What influences your style?  Is it music, a film star or a particular decade?  I’d love to know.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Oliver Bonas opens in Cabot Circus

This week is flying by, I can’t believe it’s Thursday already !  I’ve spent most of the week shopping with clients, which I love doing, but it’s starting to get sooooo busy in town now.  I’m really starting to miss the mid week lull that I normally take advantage of.

I made the mistake of taking a client shopping yesterday during the strikes. We’d had it booked in for a while but it dawned on me as I queued into Bristol on the M32, that town might be a little busy. My initial fears turned into reality as I drove around the city centre trying to find a car park that had space.  All the car parks were completely full and I had to drive back and forth between them until eventually one of them opened the gates and let me in.  Despite this somewhat stressful beginning to my day, the shopping trip was a success, (we even managed to wangle the HOF discount that wasn’t starting until the following day).  When I’d finished the shopping trip, I thought I’d take the opportunity to do a spot of Christmas shopping.  It had taken me long enough to park so I thought I might as well stay.

My Mum has almost finished her Christmas shopping, and I’d barely given it a thought until yesterday.  I know it’s only 1st December, but not only has my Mum bought all her presents but they’re all wrapped and ready for despatch!  As you can imagine, this has just highlighted my lack of organisational skills and has left feeling a little panicked.  Well, deciding to stay back after my shopping trip to start the mammoth task of finding the perfect gifts was a great idea and ended up beign rather little less daunting when I spotted this fabulous new shop.  Gerry Webber is long gone, and in its place is my saviour this Christmas, Oliver Bonas.  I found something for my Sister and Mum in less than five minutes, that’s got to be a record!



The inside of the shop is light and spacious.  It’s full of gorgeous home ware, cute dresses and jewellery.  This is their first shop to open outside of London, and is a great addition to Cabot Circus.




Sunday, 27 November 2011

Warmth, Style and Sensitive skin.

I’ve been meaning to write this for some time now.  It was suggested to me by one of my lovely clients who suffers from psoriases. when I met her a few months back, she was finding it so difficult to find outfits that not only gave her the coverage she wanted, but that also made her look and feel fabulous.  It was really starting to get her down.   I suffer from Eczema in the winter months, I get red flaky patches on my face, arms and legs and cannot wear ANYTHING with wool in it as this just makes everything worse.  If you've got sensitive skin it can be almost impossible to keep warm and look stylish.  But not completely.  I’ve picked up a few tips over the years and have learnt a lot through shopping for my clients. 

Layering is crucial. Invest in a good selection of cotton tops in a variety of sleeve lengths and necklines.  These will act as a barrier between you and the irritating fabrics that are in abundance over winter.  I find a lot of clients struggle with layering, and to be honest it can be hard to master.  The proportions need to be right, colours need to work together and it needs to flatter your shape.  My advice is keep the ‘base layer’ fairly simple, and if possible, a similar colour palette. For example, if you're wearing black jeans then team these with a black camisole and then start to layer on top. This avoids the different layers looking a mess, creates a column (so can be slimming) and will tie your outfit together. H&M, Hanro, American Apparel and Whistles are all great places to source your layers.
Layering top, Whistles

Invest in a good blouse.  They’re everywhere this season and despite what you might think, there is a style to suit every shape.  It might just be one of the most versatile items you invest in this season.  It can be dressed up for night, dressed down for day, and is perfect for work. Silk is lovely against the skin, it’s soft, loose and so comfortable which is the most important thing if you’ve got sensitive skin.  One of my favourite outfits at the moment, is a feminine silk blouse teamed with a really chunky knit cardigan, it enables me to wear wool without it irritating me.  For work, team a pretty blouse with a pair of wide leg trousers.  And for night try a sheer number over skinnies and towering heels.

Dressed up.  Blouse from Apricot. Image courtesy of PR Shots
Dressed up. Tuxedo shirt from Warehouse.
Everyday. Blouse from Mint Velvet. Image courtesy of PR Shots.
Perfect for work.  Blouse from Warehouse.
Try to avoid wearing red or pink.  If your skin is red and angry wearing red will only enhance this.  Instead, opt for blues, greens or purples.

Invest in cashmere, it’s much softer than wool and doesn’t irritate as much.  Trust me, this isn’t just an excuse to indulge, it really doesn’t irritate as much.  Cashmere doesn’t cost the earth anymore either, try H&M and Topshop for  a less expensive selection.   Some cashmere is even suitable for machine washing!

Wrap up in scarves.  When you can’t wear wool it can be so hard to keep warm, so it's worth having a great selection of scarves to wrap up in.  If you're struggling to find non-wool ones then try doubling up some of your cotton scarves to make them warmer.


Star scarf Oasis, Pasley scarf, TK Maxx


Skull scarf Miss Selfridge, Floral scarf H&M

This huge blanket scarf from Urban Outfitters was such a great buy; it’s so cosy and can be worn umpteen different ways. I bought this last year, but there are some great ones in again this season, see here





Thursday, 24 November 2011

Christmas Pop-up Party at Cabot Circus

I know this isn’t fashion related, but I’m all for supporting local talent and just have to share this with you.  If you haven’t sorted your Christmas presents or cards yet (let’s be honest, who has!?) then you need to get yourself down to Cabot Circus tonight.   

This year, the run up to Christmas has seen over 100 local artists come together as part of ‘Pop-Up Bristol’ - a new initiative from Made in Bristol that has showcased a diverse range of independent galleries and creative talent on the high street for the first time, adding a new dimension to Christmas shopping at Cabot Circus this year. The pop-ups offer the opportunity to purchase quality gifts and one-off pieces by up-and-coming artists.

Tonight, Pop-Up Bristol will be hosting a party to celebrate the one-month countdown to Christmas at 6pm across their three temporary festive galleries at Cabot Circus - Drawn in Bristol, Pop-Upfest  and Smithson Gallery & Gifts. 

The event will offer guests a fantastic opportunity to see and purchase all the brilliant artworks the shops have on offer and will also feature live drawing and music. There will also be a chance to meet all of the diverse and talented artists involved in the project along with some exciting special guests.

I can’t think of a better way to shop for my Christmas gifts this year...see you there!

See www.popupbristol.com for more details.

The Pop-up Shops will be open as follows:
• POP-UPfest: Open now – 24th December (Level 1, Glass Walk)
• Drawn in Bristol: Open now – 3rd December (Quakers Friars)
• Smithson Gallery and Gifts; Open now – 24th December (Level 1, Glass Walk)
• Bristol Creatives: Open now – 24th December 24th December (Quakers Friars)

P.S, I did have a lovley picture to upload BUT BLOGGER STILL ISN'T LETTING ME UPLOAD IMAGES!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Bath Vintage and Flea Market

It's taken me nearly a week to upload the photo to this post, I nearly gave up but thought I'd give it one more go...it's worked!  So almost a week late, here's another outfit post.

I’ve missed too many vintage fairs in Bath this year, so on Sunday I made sure I was around for the Bath Vintage and Flea Market. I braced the chilly wind in my super warm fur coat and spent a few hours scouring the stalls for the perfect Christmas presents. It was such a good fair that I might just pop down to the Bristol one next weekend.
Fur coat - Warehouse
Star blouse - Zara
Jeans - Topshop
Boots - Carvela
Belt - second hand

Monday, 7 November 2011

How to look good (nearly) naked - Part three- What’s the best style of underwear for your shape?

Well, this is the final instalment of a three part feature that I pulled together for Andrew Jackson and his Viva Boudoir photography package. In the other two posts I talked about the importance of wearing the right underwear, and about how understanding your body shape and its proportions will help you make informed decisions about which underwear is going to be best for you.

Now I want to take this a step further and arm you with the information to go out there and choose underwear that will not only give you the support you need, but be flattering too.

For this you not only need to take into consideration your body shape, but also your bust shape. Everyone’s breasts are different in shape; some are closer together and some are fuller, so it’s really important that you choose the right shape bra to give you the best support and shape.

Bust shape

Full or heavy breasts that are full above and below the nipple.
Opt for a full cup, plunge or soft cup.  The key is to avoid styles that dig into the breasts and creating bulging.

Long/shallow breasts that are shallower on the top and fuller from the nipple down.
A full cup or firm balcony style will prevent wrinkling at the top of the cup due to it not being filled.

Body shape

Neat column shape with a small bust
Opt for styles that will add curves and softness to your shape.
Bra set Floozie by Frost French at Debenhams 
Curvaceous hourglass shape with good sized bust
Opt for styles that enhance your fabulous curves and highlight your waist.
Ann Summers Ava bra and high-waisted brief
Broad apple shape with fab legs and good bust
Choose styles that enhance your waist and broaden your hips.
John Lewis Phoebe Lingerie
Pear shape with a tiny waist and small bust
Choose styles that highlight your waist and make your hips look narrower.
 Presence longline bra Marks and Spencer

Accessories and enhancers

Don’t forget, there are plenty of bra accessories and breast enhancers that will help you to create the perfect fit and shape.
Accessories from Marks and spencer