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The London Commute!

The London Commute!
Most people have a work commute of some sort. If you, like many in the City of London, thought it was a great idea to buy a big house and live in the countryside and commute into the City for work. I hope your commuting bag is prepared with the daily essentials. With an extra long train commute sometimes it’s these things that can make or break your day!
I’d also like to add into the mix your phone charger or a portable charger which could save you on the days when your phone is dying on the way home and you need to make that call for a late night lift from the station!


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Packing for Travel – Light!

So you have your special travel drawer organised and packed to the brim.
What should you pack and how?
The Basics:

  • For short business trips pack items that can all mix and match
  • Pack in outfits
  • Don’t pack things you wouldn’t wear normally

The Basic Items List:
• Nude lingerie set
• One day bag
• One evening bag
• One pair of nude or black heels
• One pair of neutral flats
• Your best dress
I find I pack the best in outfits. I pick out key pieces that I want to wear on the trip, whether I’m on a business trip or holiday.
I like to think about my trip’s itinerary and pick my outfits accordingly. That sounds obvious, I know, but be quite specific. Will you be walking a lot from location to location or will you be getting taxis? Is there the potential for some high-end meals out or will you be chilling in your hotel room?
So keeping that all in mind I start to pick a key item for each ‘event’ on the itinerary.
For example: My Three day Trip to Paris itinerary (part business / part pleasure!)
Day 1:
Travel to St Pancras get the train to Paris
Arrive, drop bag off at hotel and go to an exhibition
Eve: meal and drinks out

Day 2:
Go to fabric exhibition all day
Eve: meal and drinks out

Day 3:
Go to shops
Catch train home

The dress in the middle of the outfit building below is what I wore for business day two. This was how I then built up the wardrobe for the three days.

Travel light


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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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London City Hair and Beauty Directory

All professional women find time is short – whether you are trying to squeeze in meetings and seeing your partner or networking and pick up your kids from school – it can be tricky!

So to help you with your juggling act, I decided to start a new and (hopefully) useful directory online. Aimed at women in the city of London, specifically in the Square Mile area:

Instead of just a general title like women’s wear or beauty we have tried to aid you in the search for the service or product you require.

Visit our hair and beauty page and you will find a range of hair and beauty service providers with a table showing the various services they provide.

Whether you’re looking for a wash and blow dry, a full head of colour, a facial or a manicure; you should find a local service provider in our City of London directory!

I would love some feedback regarding how useful you have found it – if you work in London City. I’ll look to be doing some reviews of service and products at some point so let me know what you’d like to know about!!

Perhaps you’ve already had a great experience at one of the locations we have listed and would like to give us a little review. Feel free to get in touch.

If women find it useful I will do directories in other areas!


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Fly Me to NYC

Just a quicky post! I’m off to NYC today.

I’m looking forward to getting some inspiration, I’ve got some great exhibitions lined up to visit plus I can do some people watching and shopping! Going to visit some favourite places plus try some new areas and food places!

On the subject of flying click here for an article on the Not Just a Label website about the golden age of airline uniforms! I’m flying virgin and looking forward to in the future seeing the Vivienne Westwood collaboration. I wonder if they’ll use a red tartan (would work with the Virgin colour and with Westwood’s design style).

These are my hand luggage essentials: Hand luggage essentials

From top left clockwise:

Wet wipes, hand cream, mobile, lip balm, eye cream, support tights, pashmina, travel wallet (holds passport, tickets, money etc..), ibuprofen, face moisturiser and sunglasses

I also like to take a book to read (even though I end up watching tons of films!), notepad for ideas and a hair bobble!

How to…….pack for a short work trip

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How to.......pack for a short work trip
More helpful hints:
Create outfits for each event on your trip prior to packing
Pick your wardrobe around one item like a key pair of comfy heels
Don’t pack anything you wouldn’t normally way or don’t feel comfy in
Pack one evening bag and one day bag
Pack one very special nice dress

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Packing for Travel – Part One

Of late, I seem to have been travelling alot, for business and pleasure. So I have become very organised and found some methods for being ready at the last minute!

Keep a drawer dedicated to travel

1. Have a clear zippy bag (20cm x 20cm) filled with ‘carry on’ essentials (maximum100ml containers) ready in a drawer. I suggest: face, lip and hand moisturiser, mini tooth brush and paste, anti-perspirant, hair brush and a pen.

2. Keep a larger toiletry bag of travel sized goodies such as: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, sunscreen, face wash, nail file, shaving cream, razor, tampax/towel, mini travel hair straightners and hairdryer.

3. A purse or folder with your paper essentials: Passport, drivers license, health insurance information, travel ‘cash’ cards, a notebook of any travel details you like to remember (taxis, hotels, restaurants, phone numbers), maps and a pen.

4. Other key items to keep together: spare phone charger, universal adapter, headphones, mini alarm clock, sunglasses and a book (or kindle), camera, jewellery travel roll.

Suggested item locations:

  • Miniatures from makeup counters – When I buy my beauty products from the counters I may get a complimentory miniature product – I keep these for travel and refill them each time I go away)
  • Molton Brown

(Some nice travel kits with travel sized toiletries)

(A wide range of travel sized products – beauty, electrical and accessories)

(they have a selection of travel size toiletry kits and mini products)

(They provide some of their natural and organic hair care in travel sizes)

  • Boots
  • Superdrug
  • Tesco

There are many other brands that provide miniatures, my list is by no means exhaustive!

I got my clear travel ‘carry on’ toiletry bag from Victoria’s Secret but there are various other locations you can get one:

http://www.boots.com/en/Clear-travel-bags_52340/

http://www.superdrug.com/the-beauty-parlour/the-beauty-parlour-cosmetic-bag-trio/invt/268655/&bklist=

http://www.marksandspencer.com/Outstanding-Value-Piece-Clear-Cosmetic/dp/B000OZ9H32?extid=TP_2_FRO_T_MSF_

http://www.beauty-boxes.com/product/Ashville_Clear_Travel_Make_Up_Pouch_PCB-035A

http://www.marksandspencer.com/Piece-Clear-Cosmetic-Bag-Set/dp/B003VX093Q?extid=TP_F_CT_B_260911_290_CreoGe

Next time I’m going to talk through my packing technique – the endless questions of what to take, how much to take etc….