Happiness is always an inside job

Did you know March 20 was The United Nations International Day of Happiness ?

I didn’t – which is weird because for me

..happiness is a big deal.

I am lucky in my family – we are a pretty silly, joyful bunch – I have strong memories of my grandparents and parents goofing around, wearing wigs and dancing, blowing bubbles, having water fights and generally having a rare old time, whenever we got together.

I also remember that during the hard times my dad would remind us how the situation wasn’t permanent and things would get better – he also taught me to always be optimistic and look look on the bright side.

 

 

 

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Metallic Mondays – Metallic Rain Mac

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As a Mama of 2 and a Personal Stylist I am well aware of how to incorporate style and practicality and help other Mamas do the same.

Things I never ever had to consider before kiddiwinks.

Like…

How to wrangle little kids, babies, buggies, scooters, bikes &  dog in the rain without looking like a drowned rat, wearing  god forbid an anorak.  ?

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8 New Denim Trends to Try in 2015

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Sick of your Skinnies ?

Bit bored of your Boyfriend’s and your trusty denim pencil skirt ?

Ok we all love denim – so versatile & such an integral part of my and my clients’ wardrobes.

But if you want to stay in your denim everyday comfort zone, but still keen to breakout a bit then read on….

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My Kind of Fast Food

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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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Metallic Mondays – The Metallic Skirt

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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.

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Shop the Look: Marion Cotillard in Leopard Cape & Breton Stripes

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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

 

 

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Self Love. Body Love. Self Worth

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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Best in Store: 3 Designer Tshirts to Luxe up your Weekend Wardrobe

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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. 

 

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#leadthefield Indooroopilly Event with Fashion Bloggers Kate Waterhouse, Zanita & Nadia Fairfax

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On Wednesday night, I  was invited by Indooroopilly Shopping Centre to a luxurious sit-down dinner Designer Showcase to launch #leadthefield Autumn Winter 2015 fashion with new season collections from leading Australian and International labels including Armani Collezioni, Hugo Boss, Ted Baker, Alex Perry, Oroton, Carla Zampatti, Scanlan Theodore, Manning Cartell, Camilla and many more.

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Real Style: Karen wears new H&M

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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.

They don’t.

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.

 

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Best in Store: 18 Cool Fun Flats for Everyday

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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.

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Fun Friday: Dancing it out with The Godfather of Soul

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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.”

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What pieces I’ll be looking for… at H&M

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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 !

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25 things you can only know by following my Instagram

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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

@STEELEMyStyle

1. I  really like balloons, pompoms and googly eyes 

 

 

 

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Shop The Look: Alexa Chung in Monochrome Patent

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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 

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Youth, Ageing and Fear

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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 ?

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Best in Store: 5 Fun Fringed Pieces to Shake up Your Wardrobe

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Fringes are an instant style statement.

 

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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.

 

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6 Ways to Rev up your everyday with RRRed

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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)

 

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Best in Store: Vintage 70s Hawaiian Maxi

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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.

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Hot under the collar: 3 Funnel Necks to buy and wear now

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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. 

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