Top Ten Facts About Your New Silk Dress

Top Ten Facts about Your New Silk Dress

Fact 1. Silk stretches to 20% of it’s length without breaking.

So, your dress won’t go out of shape and get some strange kinks where your bend your knees!

Fact 3. Silk has a triangular prism type structure. Light coming from different angles is refracted off.

This gives your silk dress a beautiful natural shimmery sheen.

Fact 4. Silk is a low density fibre.

Which means a silk garment is lightweight.

Fact 5. The low density of the fibre also means it is highly absorbent.

This absorbancy makes the dress very comfortable in the summer, keeping you cool.

Fact 6. Silk can absorb as much as a third of its own weight in moisture and not feel damp.

So in stressful moments when you sweat alot you will find the dress still comfortable.

Fact 7. Silk is a poor conductor of electricity. It will keep warm air close to the body.

This means your dress will keep you warm in the winter.

Fact 8. The smooth soft silk fibres and sericin that binds the fibres together are supposed soothe your skin.

If you find your skin dry and itchy – silks smooth qualities may be comfortable to wear.

Fact 9. Silk has the same tensile strength as steel. But only when dry

So your silk dress is tougher than you think but be gentle with it when it’s wet!

Fact 10. The sticky substance called sericin stays with the silk after processing.

This means your dress has a natural resistance against dust mites, fungas and mold!

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Facts sourced from various sources:

Wikipedia

Silk Body Online

Silk Comforter

Chem4kids

Buying and Wearing Shoes in Summer

What to keep in mind when buying or choosing work footwear for the hotter days:

  • Natural materials are the best for letting your feet breath (Even when you have to wear closed footwear). Select leather, suede, cotton canvas and raffia.
  • Choose shoes with as many gaps as possible! This could be strappy, openwork leather, laser cut holes, sling back, open/peep toe, Broderie Anglaise or lace.
  • Avoid patent leather as the top layer has a coating that prevents the natural breathable quality of leather.
  • Don’t wear shoes that are tight to start with – the heat can make feet swell up and then your shoes will be very tight!
  • Always try on summer shoes in the middle of  the afternoon – your feet will be at their hottest and when you make the purchase you can be sure they will fit your feet when they are at there hottest.
  • If you can bare it then a small pop sock or pair of tights could help with feet becoming too sweaty and slipping in the shoes.

How to make sure your feet are sandal and summer shoe ready:

  • Use a pumice stone around your heels to get rid of dry and hard skin
  • Moisturise your feet and pop on some cotton socks before bed
  • Give your feet a nice soak – this will soften the skin and sooth them after a long day. Pop in a couple of drops of some tea tree oil and this will get rid of any potential infection on your feet – sweaty feet are a breeding ground for infections
  • Trim your toe-nails and polish them in a lovely summer colour
    Cobalt blue Dior polish Summer 2014
    Cobalt blue Dior polish Summer 2014

    Chanel Pink Summer 2014 polish

What time is it? Time to Win!!!

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Hot weather and getting your legs out!

Legs blog

So far this summer I hope you’ve got your legs out at least once? It’s been so hot in the UK, I’m sure everyone is struggling with what to wear.

Prior to the heatwave I know a lot of women were running into shops purchasing their new summer stock of hosiery. It’s a struggle knowing what to wear with the British weather at the best of times; do you wear the summer skirt outfit for work or the pretty summery dress to a wedding.

Women don’t want to be left without some coverage on their legs: the weather can turn bad and you’re left shivering whilst waiting for your taxi or sitting in a chilly church wedding.

So for the normal British summer I would suggest going on the higher denier end of sheer hosiery. Select a 12, 15 or 20 denier– you’ll get a little more coverage but still a nice sheer look for summer.

Now let’s get back to this heatwave!

If you just can’t bring yourself to have bare legs at work, whatever the weather! Try some of these tips:

  • I would suggest you go for a very fine denier maybe a 5, 8 or at most a 10.
  • Select a great colour that matches your natural skin tone (you don’t want orange legs and white arms!).
  • Go for a hold up or stocking; this will allow your body to breath (but if you don’t like hold ups or stockings then make sure the tights you buy have a cotton gusset).
  • Choose a sheer toe, an unreinforced toe or a barely visible shadow toe reinforcement to enable you to wear a nice open toe shoe or smart sandal.

Have a look at this to help you select the perfect pair for you!

If you work in London City’s Square Mile then check out our new shopping directory. In this first part we have put up we have focused on hosiery and lingerie. It should help you find the nearest place to get your tights – or order them online and pick them up instore!

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

Making it Up with a Make Up Artist

Makeup precisionIt was amazing to work with Tracy on the recent photoshoot for summer office wear.

Tracy and I were emailing back and forth before the shoot. I sent her some inspiration pictures and Tracy had some great ideas about the eye makeup and this was to be the focus of the makeup look

We went for smokey eye makeup but with a twist. The smokey eye makeup Tracy did was in an Aqua colour to pick up on the colours in the collection. Choosing Aqua made the dramatic eye makeup, softer, more summery and sixties.

Putting on the makeup
Putting on the makeup

To complement the bright 60s eye makeup Tracy kept the lips a nude shade. We considered coral but agreed this would be too much and a nude lip would keep a bit of everyday reality to the look!

Checking the makeup
Checking the makeup

The nails were the first things to be started on the day which worked out well, they could then dry whilst the hair was put up in rollers. The nails were done in a great minty green shade which was the perfect summery pastel shade for the look!

Nails in great green

A close up on the final makeup for the shoot!

Close up on the makeup
Close up on the makeup

A lovely fragrant education and networking evening!

What a busy week this has been! July seems to be THE TIME for networking in London! On Wednesday I went to a networking evening in Diptyque which I really enjoyed. I met some lovely ladies and had a very interesting evening. Now to be honest, I am a complete novice when it comes to the Diptyque brand and also the candle and fragrance industry. So I was happy to learn and be educated!

The company was first started by three friends and was inspired by their travels. They produced textile prints that they sold to Libertys and various other things. All three were creative but with different skill bases (interior designer, set designer and painter).

The labels for the first candles were all originally done by hand by one of the founders. Their first store was at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain and you can see some pictures and more information on the website. It is still there and I think when I next head to Paris I would like to make a little visit.

The store I was in was very close to South Molton Street, London and was a lovely little boutique. They showed us how the best way to smell the candles they have on display is to tap out the candle on their special table and smell the bottom of the glass! This is because you won’t get as much of the fragrance from just smelling the top of the candle until you burn it.

There were some amazing scents. They have one that smells like daffodils. Now it truely does smell like daffodils, but very concentrated. Which I’m sure when burnt will dissipate and fill the room with a lovely floral scent. It hadn’t occured to me until the store manager pointed it out, that the majority of their candles are a single scent. This means you can almost create your own personal scent by burning a couple of candles at a time. For example, if you love the smell of roses but on it’s own it’s too sweet, perhaps burn a candle with a fresher smell at the same time.

They do also have a range of other fragrances where they are combined.

I also found it interesting that you just burn the candle for a very short time and then blow it out. The scent fills up the room and you don’t burn too much candle. The candles last about 60 hours I believe, so value for money really!!

I have the lovely limited edition candle Joie. To me it is a gorgeous smell; combining roses and lychees (surprising choice?) creates a lovely floral but fresh scent.

This is what Diptque says about the little collection “Diptyque partnered with Minä Perhonen, the famous Japanese designer, to create a limited edition collection of three fragrances: Ciel, Joie, and Infini. Each fragrance is inspired by a poem and is influenced by a mutual love of craftsmanship, motifs, and fabrics”.

Diptyque Candle
Joie: Diptyque limited edition candle

JOY

The poem evokes a summer’s day with flowers that seem to speak to one another, perfectly reflected by the candle’s intermingling floral notes.

fleurs bavardes
Bavardage des fleurs
Sous les rayons du soleil, quel bonheur !
Bavardage des fleurs jusqu’à la tombée de la nuit

ENDLESS

With its use of incense and spices this candle reflects the mysterious nature of memory: the unchartered territory of the mind.

Soulagement
Les souvenirs s’accumulent, aux côtés des senteurs,
Ils trouvent enfin leur place et sommeillent paisiblement,
attendant que l’esprit les libère

SKY
This candle’s nostalgic combination of rice vapor and sweet dew instantly calls forth the poem’s wistful tone. At one with the elements, Minagawa’s words bring the far-away close to home.

Le ciel sait
Je demande au vent de me conter l’histoire de ceux qui vivent au loin,
Et le vent me transmet leurs joies,
Je les sens ainsi plus près de moi.

If you want to find out more check out their facebook page, they make suggestions regarding combinations you can burn together and new products coming out. They also have little travel sets which seem lovely; great gifts, hint hint.

It’s Summer Online

Thought I’d pop a little post up…. My new summery women’s fashion Riviera Collection is up on the website! It took a long while to get it up there (lots of behind the scenes boring things have to happen first!).

But it’s now up for you to see!

I love the front page. Here is a snap shot of it:

Kerry O'Brine Womens Wear Website
Kerry O’Brine Womens Wear Website

How to Dress for Work from Spring Summer 2013 Catwalks

How to dress for work from the catwalks: If your feeling stuck in a rut, get some inspiration

If you, like most women, like to update your wardrobe on a seasonal basis then a great place to start looking for inspiration is the catwalks.

You can get some ideas of the latest fashions but you don’t need to literally wear or purchase what the models are wearing. Take them as a starting point to find what you like this season i.e. it could be the black and white trend for spring summer 2013 that really catches your eye.

These are some catwalk pictures showing various designers who have used this black and white combo in different ways:

Black and white vertical stripes
Black and white pattern
Black and white colour blocks
All white with black edging
Black and white stripes

Or you might like the all white look:

White crisp shirt and trousers
Crisp white shirt with skirt
You have picked the details, so what’s next?
Take a look at the details that make up the outfits. Perhaps invest in a crisp white angular shirt to add to your work outfit and match this with a well fitting pair of white trousers that you already own.
Mix and match textures in white: choose a white blouse like this Stella McCartney embroidery anglaise cotton shirt (below) or the chiffon trimmed silk and cotton blend shirt by Helmet Lang. Match with a white skirt such as the white jacquard Nina Ricci skirt:
If all white is a bit too scary as a work look then perhaps try the black and white trend. No one says you have to stick to one trend. You probably already own a white/ivory shirt or blouse. Purchase a black and white piece to go with it, such as a striped jacket or a skirt like these from Marni and DKNY below:
Just by using the black and white trends I picked out there are a lot of options to choose from for spring summer 2013.
Ideas for work wear:
  • Black and white stripe jacket over an all white look.
  • White trouser suit with a black and white striped blouse.
  • Black skirt suit and crisp white shirt.
  • White pencil skirt with black blouse and black and white patterned accessories.
  • White dress and black accessories (belt, shoes, bag)
You can do this with most trends and also for most price points; from high street to designer. Flick through some magazines and you’ll see pictures from the catwalks, or get onto the Vogue website.
There is no need to try and re-create a catwalk outfit, all you’re trying to do is take the essence, the spirit or the feel of the concept and make it work for your body type and your wardrobe.

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