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. If you have a difficult to find size this bra might be a good option. It starts at 28D, 30D and 32B and goes up to 36GG or 38G.

Other examples…

Smooth it over
T-shirt Bra
Lace back distraction
Clear back Bra

 

Endless combinations
Multiway Bra
Sweetheart
Strapless Bra
Be a racer
Racer back bra
Halterneck and low back
Halterneck bra

Feeling Fresh Faced For Spring?

I love coral and I think for makeup this is perfect as a blusher highlighter tone for cheekbones. Feels fresh and Spring like. It’s not too heavy or dressy so it can be perfect for work or a summer day in the park.

We used coral blush in the video shoot to go with our Eloise dress in coral – it worked really well.

Eloise dress

 

 

 

 

Here are my favorite ones at the moment from Benefit, Illamasqua and Bobbi Brown:

CORALista > Benefit Cosmetics makeup blusher in Coral
Benefit Coralista blush
Dixie is a warm coral pink, dewy finish cream blusher from Illamasqua
Illamasqua Dewy finish cream warm coral blush
Shimmer Brick Compact - Nectar  soft coral glow
Bobbi Brown Shimmer brick in Nectar gives a soft coral glow

Dressing Fear

So you may have seen a few tweets of mine yesterday, showing a lot of excitement about working through a fear of mine.
I made the decision to go for it – work through my fear. To help myself get through it I decided to put on a smart business outfit, makeup and jewellery. It sounds silly but I find this very helpful.
Changing the way you dress changes the way you feel. By creating an outer facade I find gives confidence within.
Even if no one sees, for instance; my fear was making a tough phone call – it’s all about adjusting (or tricking) the mind.

I found it interesting how dramatically I felt different. I’m not thinking it would work for a fear of flying or snakes but…. a fear of speaking in public, presenting your research to the boss or when starting a new job – this could assist you.

Do you find dressing ‘up’ helps your confidence to do things you are scared of?

 

Need A New Daily Makeup Look?

I am no makeup artist – it’s never been my ‘thing’. I lOVE seeing all the colours all lined up on a beauty counter and always want them all to have at home together! I have learnt skills and techniques from friends, trying things out and also from the numerous videos that are online. If you don’t have time for all that but you want to learn some new skills or get out of a makeup rut perhaps you need to make time for it – book a course.

I’ve picked out some courses that looked good. They are various lengths, prices and focus on different makeup and beauty areas.

Take your pick:

Illamasqua

Timeless Beauty Course £50

Perfecting Skin Course £375

Paint box London

Makeup Short Course £850

Hair Short Course £450

London Makeup Academy

Beauty Workshops:

HD Brow and Eyes £99

Perfect Foundation and Contouring £99

All about the eyes £99

Occasion makeup and perfect nails £99

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Wet Weather – We need to prepare our wardrobes!

We have been having a very rainy time of late. Some people have been having it really bad with flooding in their homes and business premises. My heart goes out to them as there is very little that can be done, when you are at the mercy of the elements.

Not to make light of their situation but is there any way that we can get through a daily commute and get to work without looking like a drowned rat? Do you have a hair dryer at work to rectify a bad wet hair situation?

Do you have a great rain mac with a very strong umbrella or do you prefer a mac with a hood?

I’ve had a look around and the following companies have some nice rain-macs and coats:

Seasalt have a waterproof collection or you could try the rain coats at The Cambridge Raincoat Company.

Aquascutum do a lovely rain mac like this Double breasted raincoat Lana or why not try some Swedish design from Stutterheim, at Make it Rain.

If you enjoy wearing a bit of colour through the bleak weather then perhaps a mac in bold stripes from Boden is what you are looking for. Joules has a big mix of country style coats.

Obviously no raincoat listing would be complete without a mention of Burberry. I love that you can design your own burberry trench coat on the website.

Do you have a windproof umbrella? I’m thinking of getting one – this one at Stutterheim sounds really good.

Just as I get my head round the wet weather and preparing for it…..apparently we’ll soon be getting the icy cold that has hit America!

 

 

Where is your hem at?

Hems

You may or may not have read that this Autumn Winter (2013) trends include the skirt lengths mainly falling at knee length or mid-calf. Hurray I hear you cry, I can’t believe it’s taken so long for this to come round into fashion again!

I’ve collated some pictures of different ways a knee or mid-calf length piece can be incorporated into your professional wardrobe:

1. Try a pleated skirt in the ‘on-trend’ nude colour and an over the knee length.

Nude pleated skirt knee length A/W '13 Lanvin

Beautiful Klimt-inspired collection. L'Wren Scott Fall 2013
2. Try a mid-calf length – a wrap around coat style picks out the fashionable length but also keeps your legs warm!
Miu Miu Stripe dress Calf length
3. Just over the knee is a great length -In bright red this A-Line Bottega Venetta dress is striking and smart. Perhaps a circle skirt like this black one at Michael Kors is a better shape for your body (balancing out your wider shoulders or larger bust).

Bottega Veneta knee length red dress Autumn/Winter 2013-14

Michael Kors Calf length black skirt

4. A high mid-calf length can work in a fitted pencil skirt style such as this lovely teal coloured Oscar de la Renta skirt.

Teal skirt over the knee length Oscar de la Renta

Knee length printed skirt and collarless jacket Waist emphasised by coloured belt Oscar de la Renta

Lanvin A/W 2013 red floral dress

Fashion Forecast – staying frost free

With the threat of snow, blizzards, floods and goodness knows what weather we will all get in the next week, I have put together a frosty white and grey look. Stay warm with warm white furry accessories like a scarf or hat. I went for grey to offset the white and sparkley silver jewellery works nicely with this look. A really stylish grey coat is a more practical choice than white and the same goes for the grey gloves!

Stay Frost free

To Sleeve or not to Sleeve?

Sleeves

Sleeves can become an issue when shopping for new clothes.

When purchasing a new dress, the purchase can often fall down because of the sleeves (or lack of).

There seems to be three main reasons that sleeves can be an issue:

1. Work based – it is deemed more appropriate to wear a sleeve in the office environment – even if it is just a capped sleeve.

2. Personal Dislike – you dislike your upper arms and like to keep them covered up with a sleeve.

3. The sleeve and/or sleeve hole is not cut in the same proportion as the rest of the garment – therefore not allowing room for your arms.

It can often be tricky trying to balance all your desires including sleeves into that one elusive dress.

Often manufacturers will not have sleeves on a dress to cut back costs – that extra bit of sewing, fitting and fabric.

It can also be a ‘fashion’ based problem. Sleeves may not be ‘in fashion’ or it is deemed ‘summer’ so long sleeves are not chosen.

Also when you find a dress you like with a full length sleeve – actually you’d prefer a mid-length sleeve!

What can you do?

  • Try some different clothing brands – different companies cut their clothes in different ways
  • Layer up shirts and long sleeved tops underneath sleeveless dresses and tops.

I have found a range of dresses with sleeves for you to browse. Some work appropriate and some are more evening/casual. But all have sleeves!

Dresses with Short Length Sleeves
Maison Martin Margiela Stretch-ponte dress Short Sleeves
lucille bodycon sheer panels felt dress by Acne Short sleeves

Oscar de la Renta Printed stretch-cotton poplin dress Mid-length sleeve

Dresses with Mid Length Sleeves

Erdem Ivy silk-blend jacquard dress Mid-length sleeve

Detroit Fitted Dress Mid-length sleeves
Richard Nicoll Illusion scuba-jersey and silk-blend jersey dress Mid-length sleeves
Dresses with Long-Length Sleeves

Fleur B. Oxford Shift Dress Black  Long sheer sleeves
Roland Mouret Serizzo stretch-knit dress Long sleeves
Diane von Furstenberg New Julian Two silk-jersey wrap dress Long sleeves

Interview Outfit and Accessories

So, you’ve managed to land that big interview you’ve been working so hard for. Don’t think that the hard work is over just yet. A well known fact is that people judge people when they first meet (consciously or not!).
The key is to know the job role you are going for, what other people wear in that role and to be the best version of yourself that you can present.
Interview Outfit and Accessories
Present yourself visually as someone that is the best fit for the role. Who do they want to see? A smartly dressed woman, yes. But don’t forget your personality – you need them to remember you and to stay feeling like yourself (you on a really great day!).
The outfit I put together above is a look that I personally would use for a variety of different roles and companies. You could equally work the same look in a skirt or trouser suit with a pop of colour in your shoes and bag.
Previously when going for a fashion role I would wear clothes that fit with the look of the brand. For example if I was going for an interview with a company like L K Bennett I would wear a smart, work wear dress with some nice court shoes. But if I was going for a job at Topshop I would wear a look that was bang on trend but with an added bit of quirky.
This concept works if you look at various different banks, lawyer firms and accountant firms. They are projecting an image to their customers about the companies brand/personality.
For example; Does the accountancy firm you are interviewing with, appeal to young up and coming businesses? Your look should stay smart but not unapproachable and stuffy. I have found that thinking in this way for my own interviews in office or fashion roles helps to focus what I choose to wear and makes you stand out from the crowd.
 Don’t forget to only wear items  that are polished and well looked after. That trusty bag that has been stuffed to the brim and stuck in the tube door may not be the best choice!
I have also included some things to remember for the day. Some obvious ideas, but in the heat of panic it is all too easy to forget to put your phone on silent or equally, turn vibrate off.
To those of you going for an interview, good luck and if you’d like to add anything please do!

September – A time to re-evaluate and re-start!

It’s nearing the end of August and I find myself thinking about September looming over me. Wow this year has passed so quickly and so much left to do!

September always feels like a new start to me. It’s almost like I have been left with the start of the school year permanently ingrained in my mind. As a working woman with my own business I still think about buying a new pencil case, some stationary and maybe a couple of new outfits in September, to see me through the start of the new Autumn season!!

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Am I the only one? Perhaps.

The fashion merry-go-round (fashion fabric shows and fashion weeks) starts up again in September and most shops will have a full stock of Autumn Winter pieces in.

September feels like a start whether you took holiday in August or not. If you’re getting your kids new outfits for a fresh start in September perhaps September is a time for you to re-evaluate your own wardrobe.

Who says we have to only evaluate ourselves, our goals and our resolutions in January?

Why not take the time for yourself to start in September with a great new feeling about the way you look. I have had a think about some simple changes and things you could do to start off your new season. Here are some suggestions:

  • Go for a bra fitting (your body size fluctuates through out the year)
  • Go for a hair consultation (a new hair style, cut or colour can lift your mood in an instant)
  • Go through your wardrobe and get rid of those things that lurk around but you never wear (if you need a hand – meet an Image consultant to discuss your needs)
  • Wear a new colour: Do you always go for the same colours in your professional wardrobe – a new one that looks fab on you, can give confidence
  • Get a new lipstick or eyeshadow colour – they can make an instant impactBrown eyeshadows
  • Get some new accessories – you can jazz up an old suit with the addition of a new season belt or bag
  • Book yourself in for a manicure – nothing says professional like a well looked after pair of handsNails
  • Flush out those tights in your drawers that need to be binned. Get some great advice from a hosiery expert and fill your drawer with some great new tights for Autumn!Legs blog
  • Get your Autumn Winter shoes ready to go! A re-heel and polish will make them feel shiny and stylish again!

Consultations For London Based Readers:

If you are based in London for work or home then you may be interested in the event I have organised on 12th September. I decided that the start of September was the perfect time to hold our Colour themed networking and consultation evening.

The goal is to give professional women the chance to have a chat with consultants in a variety of colour focused areas in a relaxed and friendly environment. This advice should start you off for Autumn Winter.

We will be covering colour in the following areas: hair, makeup, image, clothing and tights.behind-the-scenes-4video

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