Today I raced home after a morning of Personal Shopping for a quick something to eat and drink before heading out to afternoon appointments.
Wednesday is my only day as a working mama with 2 little kids under 8, that I don’t do kindy & school pickups.
My gorgeous Mama picks up Ms 7 yr old, takes her to tennis, then afterwards picks up Ms 4 yr old and drops them both off at 5pm.
Yes, I’m very lucky I know.
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Metallics are a neutral in my wardrobe.
I do own quite a bit and enjoy wearing them – especially on a Monday – to give a shiny start to the beginning of the week.
Who else likes a little sparkle in their everyday ?
Here is a smattering of the shiny pieces I own, love and wear.
Continue reading “Metallic Mondays – The Metallic Skirt” »
Want to get Marion’s chic parisien look ?
read on …
Capes are big this year – Leopard & Stripes are always in style
When I saw this a couple of weeks ago I just thought – this is really my ultimate everyday perfection. I do love her as an actor and she takes risks on the red carpet and in her day to day style.
Love the mix of leopard and stripes.
It has an effortless chic quality to it that can work for any woman of any age I reckon – whether you are picking up kids – working – travelling – it is timeless, ageless style.
I have done the scouring and found the pieces to recreate this look and many more
Easy as A, B, C
Continue reading “Shop the Look: Marion Cotillard in Leopard Cape & Breton Stripes” »
Accentuate the Positive – Eliminate Negative Self Talk
In my work as a Style & Image mentor I work with hundreds of men and women and spend a lot of time getting to know them and their opinion on themselves so I can help with their self image, self worth and self esteem.
So much of my work in fact is helping others see themselves in a more positive light and teach them to engage in a bit more self love.
Is your negative body image holding you back ?
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Over the last 3 years I have introduced clients and followers to my favourite sites and Farfetch is a site that I really love.
Everyone knows I love supporting independent retailers – and this site brings together internationally well known as well as up and coming designer pieces from global boutiques from Düsseldorf to Buenos Aires.
Some people think International designers are out of their price range but if you are a savvy shopper and shop the sales like me – that is not true.
Here are 3 Designer Tshirts under $100 from Farfetch
that will take your Sunday Funday style to another level and add a bit of luxury to your everyday wardrobe.
Continue reading “Best in Store: 3 Designer Tshirts to Luxe up your Weekend Wardrobe” »
As a woman, happily in my 40s, who loves fashion I often feel frustrated & bored looking at instagram feeds, magazines or browsing through catalogues and websites which are just awash with young models or older women who’ve not only had botox, fillers and some kind of “work” but have been photoshopped within an inch of their lives, who are meant to represent and inspire women like me.
Real Style has substance & a true sense of individuality.
In my work as a Style mentor I work closely with men and women who have a strong sense of self in other areas, money to spend, and are keen to have more fun with their clothes, but feel under-represented in the images we are presented with and can’t really imagine themselves in the clothes they dream of wearing.
Brands do themselves a huge disservice by ignoring this enormous & lucrative potential consumer group.
As a stylist and writer of this blog I often get sent pieces from brands to style & photograph.
As much as I love a dress-up my real love is styling and making other people look awesome, so when H&M sent me these 4 pieces this week I thought – let’s shake things up a bit – let’s do something new.
Continue reading “Real Style: Karen wears new H&M” »
So last year I did a post requested by a Facebook fan about cool flats to wear with jeans etc.
12 Cool Alternatives to Ballet Flats & Ankle Boots
It was a big hit.
Lots of emails and messages about how much people loved it and were appreciative for me putting my Personal Shopper skills to work for them.
So as someone who now lives most of my life in flats – (2 hour speed shopping marathons are not done in heels) … I am always on the look out for new, fun, cool flats.
Here are my Top 18 for all budgets.
Continue reading “Best in Store: 18 Cool Fun Flats for Everyday” »
James Brown’s Superbad was the first record I ever bought with my own money.
I have always loved dancing and especially to soul, r & b and hip hop. When I was 15/16 yrs old I used to go to over 18 clubs in Glasgow, not to flirt with boys, drink, do drugs or smoke..but to get dressed up and dance my arse off until the early hours to Gil Scott Heron, James Brown, Candi Staton, Maceo and the Macks and so on.
Nowadays there are very few opportunities to have a good dance when you are my age.
Go to a club ? Are you serious ?
Whenever this is suggested – I always remember this hilarious scene from “Knocked Up.”
Continue reading “Fun Friday: Dancing it out with The Godfather of Soul” »
Everything Scandi is beloved in Australia
And with International Swedish Fashion powerhouse H & M opening here in Brisbane tomorrow Thursday, March 5 at 10am just down the road from me in Indooroopilly Shopping Centre the love affair is sure to continue.
It has also been announced that H & M will open in Westfield Garden City in May and the CBD later in 2015.
As a Brit, I grew up with the great fashion pieces that were available at H&M and I am excited as the Brisbane retail landscape expands with Zara and Uniqlo expected soon too, but also as a Personal Stylist it is great to have more diversity and choice for clients of all budgets.
So welcome H & M and to celebrate – here are a couple of staple denim outfit pieces that I will be checking out tomorrow.
What will you be looking for ?
Let me know how you go !
Continue reading “What pieces I’ll be looking for… at H&M” »
Instagram a go-go
As well as the blog, which I update 3 times a week, I post twice daily on Instagram and weekly updates on Pinterest.
I started Instagram when my Dad had his first stroke in 2012 and consequently when he was dying as I found it so hard to write the blog when I was just trying to survive the next 12 hour rollercoaster of overwhelming emotion, sorrow and sadness.
Instagram allowed me to remain connected and post a picture of a moment in the day – often just something that inspired me, made me laugh or feel nostalgic.
Anyway – apart from cool new indie brand discoveries, things to buy, my favourite of the runway shows and great streetstyle here are 25 things my Instagram feed would tell you about me that you might otherwise never know.
Come follow me …join the conversation … it’s fun x
1. I really like balloons, pompoms and googly eyes
Continue reading “25 things you can only know by following my Instagram” »
Want to get Alexa’s look ?
read on …
Patent is going to be big this year – Need more patent inspiration ?
Check out my Pinterest Board: How to Wear Patent.
When I saw Alexa Chung’s outfit this week at #lfw I felt compelled … to do a bit of scouring.
Easy as 1, 2, 3
Continue reading “Shop The Look: Alexa Chung in Monochrome Patent” »
Tomorrow I turn 44.
It staggers me sometimes.
Not because I hate getting older or want to stay young – in fact I like getting older – even in terms of how I look. I find it interesting.
But when I say the number outloud it doesn’t make sense.
How can I still not feel like a grown-up when I am by society’s standards classed as middle-aged ?
Continue reading “Youth, Ageing and Fear” »
Fringes are an instant style statement.
It’s impossible not to have fun when wearing fringes.
Totally. Unheard of.
Indeed, you may break out into some dance moves when wearing fringes.
So if you are the type of gal who likes more fun in her wardrobe then read on.
Continue reading “Best in Store: 5 Fun Fringed Pieces to Shake up Your Wardrobe” »
This week I have been inspired by runway & streetstyle images from the A/W15 shows at New York Fashion Week to work more red into my everyday.
Not just for Red Carpet Events
I am already a fan of red and have two red dresses that I love wearing for events, an original 50s Vintage silk chiffon full cocktail dress and a Zac Posen (for Target) sheath (seen below)
Continue reading “6 Ways to Rev up your everyday with RRRed” »
Everyone knows I love mixing vintage into my and clients’ wardrobes.
This comes from my love of clothes that are unique, sustainable, have a story and my desire to support independent retailers.
Hibiscus as a flower reminds me of photos of my beloved grandparents on one of their dream holidays at the Kahala Hilton in Hawaii.
Then add a colour combination like turquoise and neon pink and you have a frock that just encapsulates – fun and happy for me.
Everytime I wear this cotton dress from Brisbane Vintage store Can You Keep a Secret now in Woolloongabba - I kid you not – at least 10 passersby, school mums, shop assistants, old ladies etc tell me what a beautiful dress it is and how much they love the print.
Continue reading “Best in Store: Vintage 70s Hawaiian Maxi” »
Funnel, turtle, mock turtle, polo, roll whatever the heck type of neck you call it – it has suffered a serious image problem.
Growing up in Scotland and Europe – they were a beloved necessity to avoid freezing to death but I’ve noticed how many Aussie Personal Styling clients (especially here in Tropical Queensland) rebel against the high neck – too hot, too frumpy, too unflattering is the opinion.
If there is one thing we have learned from Fashion Week it is.. Funnel necks are going to be EVERYWHERE in 2015.
Continue reading “Hot under the collar: 3 Funnel Necks to buy and wear now” »
This time last year – the afternoon slump was daily – exhausted, lethargic then only sleeping fitfully.
I just thought it was my age – or dealing with grief.
But after giving up sugar in July 2014, I no longer feel those slumps of energy at 3pm and 8pm.
I sleep like a top and I am calmer, less wired, stressed or fuzzy.
No longer do I get through the work/life/mama shuffle on adrenaline, nervous energy, coffee or a sugary treat.
I thought I would share what I now have mid afternoon to boost my brain power on the one day (wednesday) when I don’t pick up the kids from school and kindy and get a long work day.
Continue reading “Bye Bye Blah – Aloha Afternoon Boost” »
Stripes are iconic, chic and timeless.
Stripes (like metallics in my closet) are a neutral and I love mixing and mashing them with with florals, metallics, leopard, camo and spots or just pairing everything down with simple Breton Marinière and jeans.
Stripes on the runway
Since AW/14 the 60s, 70s vibes that have been influencing the runway looks, have meant that stripes in SS15 have a whole new flavour. It never ceases to amaze me how designers can continue to take the same pattern through dizzying new variations. Love it!
Pinstripes, varsity, zig zags, pastels, bright colour block stripes, candy stripes, spots & florals mashup or just a new take on the minimalist nautical stripe, everyone’s at it.
Continue reading “Line up ! A fresh look at stripes in 2015” »
The perfect slouchy pant is hard to find.
When I am shopping for my Personal Styling & Shopping clients, I am in the zone – whether I am with them or not, I never look at things for myself, but this week when I bought these 100% cotton slouchy pants for a client – and saw how awesome they were just on the hanger and then when I got them to her house saw how perfect they looked on my client, I bought a pair for myself.
Continue reading “Best in Store: Black Slouchy Cotton Pants” »