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Diary Update – of a fashion designer business!

We’ve been very busy! Only now have I had the time to sit down for this little diary re-cap.
We held a great competition with Pinstripe & Pearls giving everyone a chance to win a dress of their choice from our Silk Line Collection! The lucky winner was drawn 12 days ago and we sent her a lovely parcel. She chose the Ava dress.

The Winner’s Prize all packed up!

Ava dress

Ava Dress

We’ve moved into a new studio space. It was built especially for us. But this has taken a lot of energy and lugging stuff about. Only just getting sorted now a month later! See the build process here.IMG_4783

New Studio just after we moved in

Our sale has started on the website. Don’t miss out on some great price points for designer silk jersey dresses. All our pieces are made in Britain in our studio. See my top 4 fashion sale picks!

Rosa Blouse – a top sale pick!

I’ve been working on new collections – I have a very cosy new corner that I’ve covered in colours and images. I’m calling it Inspiration Corner!

Inspiration Corner

Last but not least we are launching a new range of scarves. The first one has landed and it is covered in beautiful Flamingos. Get your mittens on our limited edition 100% Spun Viscose scarves with my Flamingo print. I hand painted the Flamingos and then they were printed onto the scarves. We have only got 4. Once these have gone we won’t be able to get the Flamingos printed onto the Spun Viscose again. A shame, it’s a nice soft fabric.

Close up on the Flamingos

Oh and on a personal note, I’ve got a bit obsessed with my icecream maker and it’s been homemade gelato literally everyday! I’ve been using the allotment fruit. The raspberries and strawberries have made amazing gelato and sorbettos!

Yay homemade gelato

Yay homemade gelato

Watch out for more scarves on the way, new collections and other bits and pieces!!

One red dress: many colour combinations

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One red dress many colour combinations
Instead of pairing a red dress with black accessories, red can be worked with many other coloured accessories. For instance you could go for dark brown, light brown, beige, pale blue, navy, pale grey OR dark grey! The easiest method is to pick one colour that matches well.
If you try and keep to a maximum of three colours in the outfit you will look put together, not too matchy matchy and not too overwhelming colourwise!
  1.  Select red dress (main base colour)
  2. Select second colour (contrast/lifting colour: dark navy bag and shoes)
  3. Add a neutral to run through the outfit (nude tights, nude tone cardigan/jacket and pearl/nude toned jewellery)- could be black, nude or white


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Smooth it over

Smooth it over
T-Shirt Bra

Every woman should own a great fitting t-shirt bra. It’s such a versatile piece of lingerie. Obviously they work well under t-shirts (thus the name) but they also look great under shirts and smooth fitting dresses.
Basically any tops/dresses that have a lot of coverage but require smooth and seam free lingerie underneath – you can trust a t-shirt bra will do the job.
Choose a skin tone option as this will extend the variety of tops and dresses that you can wear it under!

The bra featured in the picture above is the Charnos Superfit comfort bra.

The dress is from my Riviera Collection. Take a look at this coral dress here.


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Take the plunge

Take the plunge

What bra should I wear under a wrap dress?

Because the right bra can make all the difference especially if you want to look smart and professional. Choosing a moulded cup will avoid lumps and bumps giving you a smooth seam free finish under close fitting tops and dresses. The plunge shape gives you good coverage and is the perfect shape for a v-neck wrap dress.

The dress featured in this picture is from my Silk Line clothing collection.

The Freya Deco Vibe bra pictured above comes in three tones, blush (pictured), mocha and black. It is not available until September 2014 but I think it will be worth the wait especially if you have a difficult to find size. This bra starts at 28D, 30D and 32B and goes up to 36GG or 38G.


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Do you fancy 5 meals a day?

I’ve been thinking that I need to make a change to my diet, add a bit more energy to my step!  I’ve been looking into what I can add or change in my food to improve my energy and mood! Perhaps you could do with a bit of a mood or energy pick me up too, especially when you have a busy work and personal schedule!

A key change might be to have 5 small healthy meals a day. (some more info on this that might explain the concept!) - Please note that I think this may take some organisation and I think I’m going to try allocating my Sunday afternoons for weekly food prep!

Mood and Energy Ingredients and recipes to try:

  • A sugar-free museli will keep your blood sugar levels even – stop mood swings.
  • Walnuts are great for energising iron and mood stabilising zinc.
Suggested meal no.1: For breakfast try a sugar-free museli and add your own fresh fruit, nuts and yogurt. This one on Pinterest looks good.
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Museli, fruit and yoghurt


  • Nuts are rich in omega-3 fats.These help restore the structure of cells in our brains so they communicate better. Boosts mood and memory.
  • Great quality dark chocolate (70% + cocoa content) in moderation has some great health benefits – such as improving blood flow to the brain and possibly improve brain function. For more great chocolate benefits head here. Dark chocolate is high in magnesium. This calms muscles and reduces anxiety. Also rich in antioxidants which regulate the neurotransmitters associated with mood function – keeping them stable!

Suggested meal no.2: Snack time for me. A little tub of my favorite mixed nuts like almonds, waltnuts and some broken up dark chocolate make a great pick me up between meals.


  • Tomatoes and avocados are rich in B vitamins. Lack of Vitamin B can lead to irritability.6d12a2a00de82307813ca85ea25c08dc
  • Soy Beans (Edamame) have very high tryptophan. Trytophan is converted to serotonin in the body. This is the hormone that makes you feel happy!

Suggested meal no.3: Have a lunchtime salad and not just a boring salad of a load of old leaves! Salads in my book need to be fresh, tasty and filling. This salad from SkinnyTaste that I found via Pinterest looks amazing: Spiralized Raw Zucchini Salad with Avocado and Edamame | Skinnytaste. Last year we had a glut of courgettes/Zucchinis from the allotment and discovered how amazing they are raw very thinly sliced in a salad using a vegetable peeler. I think this is the recipe I used!

 


 

  • Lemon juice on top of carbohydrate based foods can lower their GI. This could reduce any blood sugar swings. “Fat and acid foods (like vinegar, lemon juice or acidic fruit) slow the rate at which the stomach empties and slow the rate of digestion, resulting in a lower GI.” (full info here)

Suggested meal no.4: Small potato salad with a lemon vinaigrette with a small portion of grilled chicken on the side (with a nice sauce). Or maybe try something smaller: pop the dressed chicken in a brown pita bread.

Or perhaps an afternoon snack like a piece of fruit can beat those afternoon sweet cravings! (A twist of lemon in a glass of water can help beat cravings.)


  •  Choose slow-releasing carbs such as brown rice, wholemeal bread and oats- encourage a gradual release of sugar into the blood. This will stabilise your moods.
  • Spinach and Kale contain great vitamins which are great for stabilising the brain.
Suggested meal no.5: Try and combine slow-release carbs where ever you can. This salmon and oatmeal burger looks good and is a different twist to the normal fish dish. Serve with a peppery salad of mixed leaves like rocket, baby spinach leaves and watercress and dress with a squeeze of lemon.

Salmon with oat crust


  • Try not to have too much coffee. Studies show more than 700mg of caffeine (about 5 cups of coffee) is associated with depression and mood swings.

Suggested drink no.1: Whilst working at your office desk it can be easy to get sucked into the cycle of teas and coffees. Next time reach for a green tea. Green tea made with steamed leaves has an amazing array of beneficial properties including “prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain”.

Suggested drink no.2: Warm water with lemon juice in it has many benefits include producing digestive juices! Read more about it here.

 Suggested drink no.3: Have a cup of Chamomile tea before bed. This can help with mild depression, relieve anxiety and sooth you to sleep.

silk jersey, navy, dress, long sleeve


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Top Ten Facts About Your New Silk Dress

Top Ten Facts about Your New Silk Dress

Fact 1. Silk stretches to 20% of it’s length without breaking.

So, your dress won’t go out of shape and get some strange kinks where your bend your knees!

Fact 3. Silk has a triangular prism type structure. Light coming from different angles is refracted off.

This gives your silk dress a beautiful natural shimmery sheen.

Fact 4. Silk is a low density fibre.

Which means a silk garment is lightweight.

Fact 5. The low density of the fibre also means it is highly absorbent.

This absorbancy makes the dress very comfortable in the summer, keeping you cool.

Fact 6. Silk can absorb as much as a third of its own weight in moisture and not feel damp.

So in stressful moments when you sweat alot you will find the dress still comfortable.

Fact 7. Silk is a poor conductor of electricity. It will keep warm air close to the body.

This means your dress will keep you warm in the winter.

Fact 8. The smooth soft silk fibres and sericin that binds the fibres together are supposed soothe your skin.

If you find your skin dry and itchy – silks smooth qualities may be comfortable to wear.

Fact 9. Silk has the same tensile strength as steel. But only when dry

So your silk dress is tougher than you think but be gentle with it when it’s wet!

Fact 10. The sticky substance called sericin stays with the silk after processing.

This means your dress has a natural resistance against dust mites, fungas and mold!

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Facts sourced from various sources:

Wikipedia

Silk Body Online

Silk Comforter

Chem4kids


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Art and Fashion to See NOW and Coming Up Soon!

A list of inspirational fashion, art, textiles and clothing exhibitions for 2014 (London, NYC and Paris)

LAST CHANCE SALOON:

LONDON:

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (9th April 2014 – 17th Aug 2014)

I really enjoyed this exhibition and the cocktail bar! Read more…image

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 (5th April – 27th July 2014) – The craftsmanship and luxurious materials should make this a lovely exhibit.

NYC:

Charles James: Beyond Fashion – MET Museum (8th May – 10th Aug 2014) – The Costume Institute in NYC will explore the designs of the Anglo-American designer Charles James.


On NOW for a While:

LONDON:

 

Colour (18th June-7th September 2014) – National Gallery: Each room of this exhibition will be dedicated to a different colour. Trace the history of colour in art.

Henry Matisse: The Cutouts (17th April – 7th September 2014) – read my experience

Fashion Rules Exhibition (till July 4th 2015) – Royal gowns on display at Kensington Palace

Wedding Dress 1755-2014 (3rd May 2014 – 15th March 2015) – V&A:  If you are interested in bridal wear and the way key designers have treated this subject.

A little note about the Barbara Hepworth Studio and Gardens in St Ives. This is a must see for anyone who loves art, is curious about seeing an artist’s studio or loves a garden with sculpture. I really enjoyed my visit.

PARIS:

Fashion in France 1947-57 - The Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion (July 12th -Nov 2nd 2014)

NYC:

Exposed: A History of Lingerie - The Museum at FIT (June 3rd – November 15th 2014)


 

UPCOMING Exhibitions:

NYC:

Dance and Fashion – The Museum at FIT (Sept 13th 2014 – Jan 3rd 2015)

If you can’t make it to London to see the fantastic Henri Matisse art exhibition or the Jean-Paul Gaultier Fashion exhibit but New York is more convenient. You are in luck because they are both heading your way in October!

Henri Marisse: the cut outs – MOMA (Oct 12th 2014 – Feb 8th 2015)

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk – Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway (October 25, 2013–February 23, 2014)

Death Becomes Her

Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning attire - MET Museum (October 20th 2014 – February 1st 2015) This sounds fabulous. The title is borrowed from the 1992 film. Which I remember enjoying a lot at the time! It has Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep in it – a must see if it past you by!
Egon Shiele Portraits  – Neue Galerie (Oct 9th 2014 to Jan 19th 2015)

LONDON

Horst: Photographer of Style – V & A (6th Sept 2014 – 4th Jan 2015) – A retrospective of Horst’s work (photography)

Rembrandt The Final Years (15th Oct 2014 – 18th Jan 2015) – Bringing together 100 works from museums across the world – showing is creative work in the final years of his life.

Piet Mondrian - Tate Liverpool (June 6th – Oct 5th)


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The Clothing Sale Continues…..

Jo Jo Dress, mid length sleeve, navy

At Kerry O’Brine Womens Wear we have been in sale for a week with up to 35% discount off prices. We do still have some items left. The sale prices are a great opportunity to get your hands on some British made designer pieces.

My Top Four Fashion Sale Picks Are:

1. Jo Jo Dress: We have this dress in a medium (size 10-12) in navy. Navy is a great universally flattering colour and better than black for maturing skin tones!

The perfect mid-length sleeve and flattering high cowl neck; we are not sure why this is still left!! Was £300 Now £210

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Lana Dress, Large, Navy, Long Sleeved

2. Lana Dress: This large size (14-16) dress is perfect for a curvy lady! The wrap dress style is flattering for most figures and the double layered neck line is designed for higher coverage. The long sleeves will take you through to Autumn. Just add 60 denier black tights and black court shoes for a great Autumnal transformation.

Grace Blouse in Ivory

3. Grace Blouse: This very popular silk blouse is such a versatile piece. Great worn with trousers or a skirt for a smart work outfit OR pair with some skinny jeans or casual skirt for laid-back luxury!

We have two left in the classic ivory colour – small and large!

Rosa blouse in blue

4. Rosa Blouse: Rosa is a slimmer cut version of the Grace blouse style with mid-length sleeves and turn back cuffs.  I love this blue color. I think it looks like a Mediterranean sky blue but others think it has a greeny hue about it. Either way, it’s perfect for the summer. We only have one medium left in the sale!

 

Don’t forget we still have free delivery and returns on all orders over £100.

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