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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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Endless combinations

Endless combinations
Multiway bras are a great option to maximise what you get out of the bra. You can wear the straps of this Lepel ‘The Multitasker Bra’ in an extensive choice of ways.
If you have an evening event for work then having a multiway bra like this in your drawer will keep you from last minute panic. I’ve bought a nice and unusual dress before for a smart professional event and realised I’ve had no underwear that works with it! Sometimes the key to a dress looking smart and sophisticated for a work or social event is the underwear you choose to go beneath it.
 This bra would be perfect for the Michael Kors dress pictured with its unusual one shoulder strap across.


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Be a racer

Be a racer
Finding the right bra for a racerback dress
This unusual looking bra is the Calvin Klein The Perfectly Fit multiway bra. You can put the straps in four different ways and you have two different options for a racerback (see one option above).

The Perfectly Fit Multiway Bra has smooth cups with front closure. This front closure is quite unusual but it does give you one big positive aspect: the back of the bra is very smooth. This means if you are wearing something where it’s got a feature at the back and you need a smooth finish you won’t get any lumps and bumps from the hook and eye closure.

Being able to remove the push-up pads makes this bra go from being a push up bra to an everyday casual bra.

The dress: Helmut Lang Racer-back jersey maxi dress £235


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Sweetheart inside and out

Sweetheart
If you have a top or dress that has a sweetheart neckline and no straps your best off with a bra that reflects this shape.
I can personally recommend this Wonderbra strapless bra. I purchased it because I needed a strapless bra but at the time I wasn’t too fussed about a sweetheart neckline. I’m glad it has that lower sweetheart feature neckline as I can wear it with more things.
For me the fit was really good and the anti-slip band is actually anti-slip! The structure and design inside the cups gives very good support and uplift (although if you have very big lovely boobies you may not be able to get all the support you need). The band fastens with 3 hook and eyes which makes for a very sturdy back. As well as being very practical the bra has some pretty lace on top!
 
STELLA McCARTNEY bustier corset top
$340 – brownsfashion.com

Lacy bra
$61 – figleaves.com


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Lace back distraction

Lace back distraction

Fallen in love with a lace back dress but not sure what bra to wear underneath it?

  • With a lace back then your best bet could be to go strapless. Straps could add visual confusion behind the lace pattern.
  • Always choose a nude/skin tone. Even if the bra can be seen through the lace it will be not as obvious as a black or other coloured bra.
  • A smooth seamless cup can increase the illusion that you are not wearing a bra (no bumps and lumps) but with all the benefits and support from wearing a bra!
  • Last but not least you could try a strapless bra (like the picture above) with a clear back. This clear plastic back will mean that your bra will disappear to the naked eye and your skin will show through.

Featured items in the image:

Luxe back tuxedo Dress: Nina Ricci £603 matchesfashion.com

Clear back bra: Boxavenue.com

 


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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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