What To Look For Before the Sales Finish

4 Jul

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Over the past two days I’ve spent 12 hours shopping with four girls from New Zealand who were here to celebrate one of their 40th birthdays. (I know some of you are thinking…I can barely stand an hour of shopping, how does she do it….)

During their stay they had massages, a makeup lesson, relaxed and read their books in their Southbank accommodation, dined, did some sightseeing and shopped with me.

Because I was in a lot of different stores I got to check out what was left of the mid year sales – which are coming to an end.

If you’re hitting the shops or hopping online today, spend some time having a look at the decorative pieces. (Belts, gloves, scarves, bags, shoes, jewellery, etc.)  It’s a good time to add some interesting pieces to your collection. I know some of you head straight to the clothes and neglect this section, but keep in mind it’s the decoration that completes the outfit and these are things you can collect and have for years to come.

I bought this red leather belt (It’ll work really well with all the denim, navy and white in my wardrobe) for $20 (Orig. $65) from Jigsaw here.

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The Gap I Have In My Wardrobe

29 Jun

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While the mid-year sales are on at the moment, I’m keeping  a look out for pieces I could add to my holiday wardrobe.

It’s the area of my wardrobe that I’ve neglected over the past few years and it’s time to pay it some attention.

If someone gave me a ticket to travel to a tropical island tomorrow – I’d be stuck.  (To be honest, I’m not even sure my swimsuit still fits.  I haven’t worn it for many years).

I’ve got a big gap and I need to work on it.

I bought these palazzo pants at a DFO on the weekend from Witchery for $23.

I can just see myself swanning around Positano in these.  (White tee, red lace up wedge espadrilles/White blazer, chunky tan sandals, White silk shirt, white strappy heels)

Challenge: What area of your wardrobe needs attention?  Where would you be/are you stuck?  (Picnics and BBQ’s, weddings, weekend kids sport?) Think about what’s needed to fill those gaps. Make a list.  Take that list with you when you hit the shops.

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Are You Accidentally Hiding Your Lovely Features?

26 Jun

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In an attempt to try and disguise something (your tummy, bottom, thighs, arms, etc.) are you hiding one, or more of your best features?

For example, Jessica, a client was returning to work from maternity leave.  She was feeling “frumpy”, a bit out of touch with what was still in fashion and was wanting to buy some new pieces before going back to the office.  She didn’t know where to start.  So she contacted me to help her sort through her existing wardrobe, see if there was anything that still worked and to help her come up with a list of things she could buy going forward.  (She didn’t want to make any more costly shopping mistakes)

When Jessica started trying on clothes from her wardrobe I noticed a pattern.  Most of her tops and some of her dresses (all of the ones she had bought after having her little girl) were shapeless, boxy and sometimes had gathered fabric falling from the bust. (ie Baby-doll style).  

When I quizzed Jessica about the style, she said she’d bought them in an attempt to cover up and hide her tummy.

(I get that.  As a woman in her forties I too like to wear styles to play down or disguise my tummy on days I feel I need to.)  

But for Jessica, what she was doing in the process of wanting to conceal her tummy, was making her waist (one of her loveliest features) completely disappear.

If you’re doing what Jessica was doing – covering up the bits you like in the quest to hide the bits you don’t love so much – then spend some time learning what styles will help you play down or conceal, while also featuring.  They are out there and they will make you look and feel better and help you to embrace your beautiful, unique shape.

*Jessica is not a real person.  She is an example of many many clients I work with who are in a very similar situation and have an almost identical story.

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Black, White And Grey

25 Jun

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You might recall a couple of weeks ago I talked about how to wear black and white.  Hopefully by now you’ve had a chance to go through your wardrobe and consider what black and white pieces you own and have been able to come up with many different ways to wear them.

Now it’s time to add another color(shade) into the mix.

Grey.

You might think you can’t wear grey, but don’t give up on it til you’ve tried several different shades. (For example a light grey might make you look a bit washed out, but a charcoal could be fine)  Or if you like it and feel you can’t (don’t want to) wear it near your face, consider a shoe, pair of jeans, skirt, bag or pants.

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Like all the images I post I don’t want you to look at these and think, I’m not tall, young, skinny, petite, curvaceous, blonde, brunette, etc to do this.  It’s up to you to interpret these outfits in your own way and use them for inspiration.  (For example, you might not wish to wear a pair of black skinny jeans, but you can certainly do a version of a black jean (or black pants) in a style that suits you.  For your age, body shape, style and budget.

*You might also like to read, “How To Wear White Jeans In Winter” here

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