Take your pick of black jackets

Following on from my last blog entry. I’m looking at some good black jacket choices around.

If you have a pear shape body type like me, then you’ll want a jacket that doesn’t cut off at your widest point: hip area and also perhaps a shoulder or neck detail that will balance out your hips. This little black jacket I’m wearing has got a little gathering in the shoulders, nips in at my waist and is shorter than my hips.

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kasinua cropped linen jacket by By Malene Birger

This little jacket is a great little cropped shape.

If you are a colomn shape – long, slim and angular; go for a double breasted jacket so you widen out your body and also one that nips in at the waist.

Jil Sander Double-breasted silk-blend twill blazer

If you are a colomn shape – wide and straight; you need a jacket that nips in at the waist. Go for a single breasted jacket to ensure you don’t widen your figure. If you can find a jacket that has a fake or real waistband at the waistline then this will help with creating a waistline when your jacket is done up.

Stella McCartney Iris wool-twill blazer
When shoulders are the widest point of your body then you’ll need to create width further down to balance them out. You can do this with the peplum jackets that have been around at the moment. For example:

Moschino | Crepe peplum jacket | NET-A-PORTER.COM

Black dress plus Red

Today I’m wearing my black JoJo dress styled with a red belt and black shoes.

MagazinesThis dress seemed perfect working with a PR agent on a warm day like today!IMG_9485

Using a wide coloured belt is a great way of nipping you in at the waist. It’s an easy way to add personality to an outfit but keeping it work appropriate.

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Try here for more colour styling ideas for black.

If your looking for a red belt to try, these are a couple of great belts I have found:

Genevra Printed Leather Skinny Belt

Jaegar Red suede and leather inlaid belt

I would definitely add a nice big red bag to brighten up a black outfit. One of these would look good:

Browns fashion & designer clothes & clothingKatie Printed Leather Small Tote L K Bennett

Afternoon Macaron Meeting Makes Business Sense

business, meeting, dress, macaronI had a lovely business meeting today. Spent a long time chatting, drinking coffee and eating Macarons in Laduree!! Yay, they are so tasty. In the pics I have a raspberry one and a chocolate one. In the middle of the raspberry one it is literally a raspberry jam which is yummy.

We got some work done in between the munching!

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I’m wearing my Jane dress in navy with short sleeves!

Styling a black dress for work with brown and leopard print

If you’ve been reading my styling posts, you’ll probably have noticed that I try to keep my styling simple! Today I styled my black JoJo dress a little bit retro with a lovely leopard scarf and some black sunnies!

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I’m wearing some brown kitten heel sling back shoes which are great for a little bit of a lift but also comfy! Brown shoes work with this black dress because they pick out the brown in the leopard scarf.

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I was enjoying some icecream in The Parlour at Fortnums. A great way to get the creative juices flowing on a hot day!!

You could try any of the following with a black dress; Tie the outfit together with a scarf or belt that mixes brown and black with some brown shoes.

NEW Kenzo Clouded Leopard Print Silk ScarfLauren by Ralph Lauren Christina Tiger Print Square Scarf, Red Online at johnlewis.com

AZZEDINE ALAÏA | Leather and Ponyskin Belt | Browns fashion & designer clothes & clothing

Jaeger Spring Leopard Print Scarf, Multi Online at johnlewis.com

I would suggest for work outfits to keep the look more professional you select scarves that are slim, silky and not too long. A bigger bulkier scarf can look really good in a casual look but could be too dominant for work.

Hobbs Macy Leather Slingback Sandals Online at johnlewis.com

L.K. Bennett Florete Chisel Toe Court Shoes Online at johnlewis.com

Just add coral

Women working in a wide variety of professions and work places should find navy a great colour to have in their wardrobe. Within the name ‘navy’ there are a variety lighter hues and darker shades, so you can find one that suits your colouring.

In my dress collection for professional women one of the staple colours I offer is a deep traditional shade of navy. It’s almost black but can be more flattering than black and it’s a colour you see me often wear! (For more information on navy)

Today I am wearing my Missy dress in navy. I have matched it with a favourite colour of mine; coral.
Navy and coral

I have some coral court shoes and a coral scarf with white spots. I think it really lifts it as an outfit.

Coral scarf and shoes
Coral scarf and shoes
Some lovely practical (nice chunky stylish heel) coral shoes I have found that would work in this outfit are these Charlotte Olympia pumps:

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coral pumps:

You could try a coral coloured necklace as an alternative to a scarf such as these nice beads:

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I’d have a nice summery Ivory bag with this outfit such as this gorgeous Saint Laurent Cabas tote:
Saint Laurent Small Cabas Y leather tote
 coral accessories, navy dress

In Navy? Wear Pearls

Red bus LondonPhew yesterday I had such a busy day. Lots of nipping around London to get things done. At the same time we took the opportunity to take some pics of a bit of dress styling and the dress in motion!Going on the underground

Going on the London Underground

Close up pearls and Fortnums

I’m wearing the Jane dress styled with some extra large pearls.

Outside Fortnum and MasonsThe extra large pearls create a sophisticated statement feature to the outfit but you could wear any size pearls. The white/offwhite goes well with navy so you could try a beaded necklace in ivory or an ivory silk scarf for a similar effect.

Buy John Lewis Twist Faux Pearl Chunky Necklace, Silver Online at johnlewis.comPear drop necklace Harvey Nichols

London Boutique

Couldn’t not wear my black sunglasses as the sun was so bright!!

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Funding For Women In Business

The Next Women Investment Pitch Evening

Women have the capabilities of achieving great things through starting out their own business. Last night I went to watch five women pitch their business in front of a panel of six investors (plus a small audience that I was part of).

As an audience member it was a really great experience. I have come away with pages of notes and tips including; ways to structure a pitch, coordinating your slides with what you are saying, being clear about what you are selling (your audience of investors may know nothing about your industry or new product) and about what a great presentation looks like.

Being someone totally fresh to this type of ‘investment’ environment  it gave me the opportunity to gem up on the ‘terminology’ that people throw around. I now have a clearer picture on what terms like seedbed and closing a round of funding really mean. For someone like myself, not from a financial, investment or business background these unfamiliar terms and processes take a bit of getting used to and can seem quite daunting.

I found the event last night by The Next Women really clarified for me what I can achieve for my business and what I need to prepare for, in order to pitch. It was great that this opportunity exists to breakdown the barriers and also to make it seem realistic and approachable.

Although I’m sure presenting was nerve racking, the pitch evening was a friendly and supportive environment in which as a pitcher you could go away with constructive criticism of your pitch technique and on the information you provide.

In addition, we heard from two keynote speakers, Dana Al-Salem of FanShake and Brynne Herbert of Move Guides. These women were both inspirational and it was great to hear from two women at different stages of their businesses.

I look forward to attending the next event.

Having too much fashion fun!!

We are having so much fun we have decided to open the pop up boutique till 7pm tomorrow (thurs 7th). Come on by for browsing and bubbly after work. It’s lovely to meet people face to face… So much more personal than online!
Also with clothing you can touch the fabrics which are absolutely delishious, as one lady said today “I’ve never touched anything so soft, that coat feels amazing”. You can’t get everything online and by coming in you’ll get a chance to try on and see the colours in person!

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Today I am booking in Networking Events galore! If you’ve never done one, you should deffinately give it a go. But you need to have a clear idea in your head as to why you are going. There are a few reasons not to go i.e. the most annoying one is people that are all sell sell sell at the events. It is such a put off. So that cannot be your reason for attending an event.

I was just thinking about other tips to give and that reminded me about getting some more business cards printed. At first I would hold back and try to judge who to give them too. But at the end of the day you don’t know who people know and have contacts with, so it’s worth passing one on to the people you chat with. I still disagree with people passing them around like candy, smells of desperation?

Let me know if you know of any Networking Events in London coming up. I’m always interested in new groups to try.

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