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Networking – Ladies, do you do it?

Networking events – If you aren’t at them then you are missing out.

Sure, I’ve been to a few duds. But more often than not, I have met some very interesting people and formed some good connections. They are opportunities to help one another forward our lives, business and career. This could be in the form of joint ventures, creating opportunities for talking at events or recommending a mentor for you.

  • Don’t think of it in direct correlation of networking = sales if you are in business.
  • Do offer something you can do for the other person when you make a connection. We all have something to offer – it is a two way connection.

A Selection of Women’s Networking Groups:

The Athena Network

Every Woman

Prowess

National Womens Network

We Are The City

Leading Women UK

WIBN SSW

Lady Val

Women in the City

City Women

The Room Upstairs

GWN

Girl Geek Dinners

City Mothers

This list is by no means exhaustive. There are a lot of groups out there who do different meetups, networking and workshops. Hopefully this list will get you started.

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Because (sometimes) Classics Are The Best!

It seems a while now since I first got into discussions with the lovely Kate (a la Pouting In Heels). We were discussing her upcoming photoshoot and what she was going to wear.

Well, the result of the photoshoot was beautiful. It is a real example of how pretending to be someone else can give you confidence behind the camera. Try it next time someone says ‘say cheese’ – you may end up feeling more yourself than ever!

Trench Coat and silk dress

Kate in my black Lana dress

You can see she is a complete natural behind the camera in this blog article featuring a dress from my one of my collections!

I like the way she has styled the dress with the trench – a nice combo of smart and casual. I look forward to seeing more styling on her blog, she obviously has a flare for it.

City style Fashion dress

Keeley in my navy Jo Jo dress

It’s always nice to see how different people style and wear my designs.

See here how one of my fav bloggers Keeley (the British Fashionista) styles one of my dresses (JoJo) with exactly the right amount of accessories for a smart work city look. She added some smart heels, a great bag, big sunnies and some subtle jewellery.

 

 

 


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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


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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


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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


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Take One Great Dress – A New Years Resolution!

For New Years I don’t think people should just start resolutions willy nilly. If you don’t feel motivated and willing to put the effort in there simply is no point. I believe you can start resolutions any time during the year; you don’t need to wait for the New Year. Saying that, I have decided on a resolution for myself; have a big clear up of my clothes and organise my wardrobe more efficiently. I hope that this will not take me the whole of 2013 to achieve but will make 2013 a more organised year!

I’m hoping that by re-organising my wardrobe it will through up any gaps that need to be purchased, as well as things that can be given to charity.

My plan is this:

  • Go through my wardrobe and select key pieces I wear a lot, are useful and I’m keeping, such as-

Black dress, pencil skirt, white blouse, well fitting smart trousers

  • Then I will go through my wardrobe and try and find all the combinations of clothing and accessories that will go with the items I selected; this could be turning it into a coffee with friends look, turning it into a meeting outfit, a meal out combination or a smart work look.
  • I’m thinking of photographing the new outfit ideas so I can plan my week and daily outfits with them.

Below is an example of how I hope to make it work.

  • You have the casual brown look with slouchy bag and fab over knee boots.
  • Then there is the evening look with touches of gold, a statement ring and killer heels.
  • A smart day time look with Mary Janes and sophisticated bag, downplayed for casual with knitted hat and leather jacket.
  • Finally a work look with a smart cardigan, a great Jill Sander bag, flat pumps and a cute bow belt to finish it off.

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