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A Day in the life – Personal Shopper

 

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06.30am Early morning alarm, Aaaargh!

07.30 – Brekkie, sort the kids and decide on outfit for today!! :)

8.30am Drop kids at school. Respond to any overnight enquiries, update social media and finish off a Style Guide for a new client who needs help with her Prom outfit.

9.30am Head to Trafford Centre to do a pre-shop before meeting my client for a personal shop at 10.3am. Continue reading

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SS15: Florals for All

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Florals are everywhere this Spring but they can be trickt to get right.

1) Firstly, you need to find the right floral for YOU. If you are usually quite rocky or edgy in your style, a feminine print may look odd on you. Continue reading

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Key Trends Spring 2015

 

Spring has sprung so update your wardrobe with these key pieces and leave the winter blues behind.

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Saint Lauren stepped back in time with 70’s chic and you can too with these super flattering flares. Dark denim makes the legs look even longer and slimmer. Wear with a simple fitted T shirt or vest top.

River Island £42

River Island £42

 

Burberry was all about the Tulle. We love this skirt from ASOS, wear as it is with a body for a sexy glimpse at those pins or layer a fir and flare skirt over the top for a glamorous 50’s feel.

 

 

Asos £60

Asos £60

 

This denim skirt dress from Topshop is will take you through spring, summer and autumn, wear with and boots for a funky look.

 

Topshop £40

Topshop £40

 

 

 

 

Accessories are a great way to update a wardrobe and change classic pieces up from season to season. This tan suede bag ticks the boxes for 2 key trends this spring as we saw both Chanel & Chloe showcase suede with fringing.

 

Zara £49.99

Zara £49.99

 

Platform Sandals were all over the runways for Spring/Summer 15 and the best bit is they’re really comfy!!

Office £65

Office £65

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10 Top Tips from a Personal Shopper

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1) Don’t be dismissive.

I meet so many women who are constantly dismissing either outfits or even whole shops. For example, “I can’t wear jeans” “That shop is way too young for me”.

We form these ‘beliefs’ based on our past experiences when shopping, but it means we dismiss so many possible opportunities to look great. I have a gorgeous client who is in her 60’s and would never have stepped foot in Topshop, however, when I took her in we found some trousers that looked amazing and she absolutely loved them. She would have never even considered the shop as an option before as she thought she was ‘too old’.

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PURE London Fashion Show

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I’ve had a great weekend previewing the A/W15 collections, there are some great looks coming through. Pastels are still going to be big along with flares, polo and roll necks. keep hold of your blanket wraps from A/W14 and polka-dot is the high fashion print to go for. Stay ahead of the fashion pack and  keep informed on facebook/twittwer/pinterest/instagram.

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Great Gift Ideas for Valentines day

Valentines Gift Ideas for Wives and Girlfriends

 

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It’s that time of year again and if you don’t want to go for the obvious flowers or chocolates and you want to get her something a little different that will earn serious brownie points, here are my pointers and insight as a personal shopper who spends most days shopping with/ and chatting to women just like your wife / girlfriend…. Continue reading

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New Year – New You

So we’ve recovered from the over indulgence of the festive period, we’ve made (and probably broken) some New Years resolutions. January is all about new starts and what better new start than a new you and a wardrobe detox. Organising and detoxing your wardrobe will not only benefit your closet but also save you time and help clear your mind.

But where to start?? Here are my quick and easy steps to help you to a wardrobe that works for you and everything in it can be worn today!

 

Fit – Whether it’s too big or too small if it doesn’t fit it shouldn’t be living in your wardrobe.

Hang it – In my experience you wear what you see, use dawers for storing basics such as T’s, vest tops, leggings and maybe some delicate knits that can’t be hung but hang the rest

Repair & wear – If it needs altering or repairing do it today. You will not wear it & feel good if it’s not in tiptop condition.

An outfit for all seasons – Whatever the season make sure that your wardrobe reflects it. There is little point in having a closet full of summer cottons when it’s -2 outside.

Organise – make life easy when choosing an outfit and organise your clothes by either colour or type, I find type works best for me but go with what works best for you.

And finally – Shoes, make sure they are in good repair, cleen and ready to go. Nothing lets an outfit down like a tired pair of shoes so give yours a shine!

If you’d like more tips or help from the experts go to www.mystylecompanion.com

 

 

 

 

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Top Tips for Sale shopping

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Before you even think about hitting the sales you should check out your wardrobe. Make a list of any ‘gaps’ you may have. There is little point and certainly no savings to be had by adding to the ‘bargains’ already in your wardrobe that you have never worn or bagging yourself yet another pair of black trousers!

Once you have your ‘things I need’ list then you can make a start. I would always suggest going early when you’re feeling energised, not after a full day at work when all you want to do is put your feet up! Make sure you’ve had something to eat, if you’re tired and hungry you will make poor choices!

Don’t be distracted by ‘amazing bargains’ that aren’t on your list, these may seem a good idea at the time but will only eat into your budget stopping you spending on what you really need, be strict with yourself, you’ll be so glad you did when you have bagged yourself something you love and need. A good strategy for this is working out cost per wear if something costs you £50 and you’ll wear it once is more expensive that something that may cost £100 but you’ll wear every week.

When you find your super sale bargain think about what else you have in your wardrobe already that you could team it up with and only ever buy if you LOVE it! This goes whether in sale or not. In my opinion if you wouldn’t  want to invest in it when it’s full price then it’s no bargain, just a less expensive mistake. I cannot tell you how many wardrobes I have seen that have a collection of never worn sales items, so before you hand over your hard earned cash ask yourself these questions.

Do I need it?

Do I love it?

What will it add to my wardrobe?

And Can I afford it? No bargain is worth going in the red for especially not in January!

Happy sales shopping peeps. xx

 

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Stylish Christmas gifts for Her

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Gorgeous Gifts for that special lady in your life this Christmas

So Christmas is supposed to be funfilled and fabulous, but if you get that special gift wrong it may not all Christmas cheer! I know many of you husbands and boyfriends out there need all the help you can get when trying to surprise your wife or girlfriend with something extra-special and unexpected that she will LOVE so we are here to HELP!

Working daily with your wives and girlfriends and spending a LOT of time in the shops with them, I have an good idea of what works, so here is a list of top luxury treats that will have you earning SERIOUS brownie points as she will not have seen this coming…and if you don’t have the time to shop yourself contact us 01457 874822 and we’ll even do the shopping for you. Continue reading

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Key Trends for A/W14 – Knitwear

This Autumn/Winter sees knitwear making a real statement. From oversized chunky knits to bright funky prints and patterns there is one out there for all of us, but how do we pull it together without looking like a bag lady or worse still that we are recycling Aunty June’s Christmas jumper circa 1982!

Here’s some top tips to keep you warm & stylish this season.

If you’re going chunky knit on top keep it simple and fitted on the bottom half. Leather or Pleather trousers look great with this style.

 

Hugo Boss Chunky Knit Grey Jumper

Hugo Boss £199

 

 

Fenn Wright Mason Pleather Trousers

Fenn Wright Mason £325.00

 

This combo could be worn day or night, bang on trend with the full skirt, a great outfit for all those juicy apple shapes.

Oasis Bow Intarsia Cute Jumper

Oasis £38.00

L.K. Bennett Lutea Full Pleated Skirt, Blue

John Lewis £175

 

Keep it comfy and casual, cowl neck’s are a great bust minimiser too, just remember the bigger the neck the smaller the bust looks.

Mint Velvet Holey Boxy Knitted Jumper, Mink

Mint Velvet £69.00

 

Mango Boyfriend Angie Jeans, Navy

Mango £39.99

Cute but sophisticated, team with with brogues for a classic yet funky look.

Womens Character Knit Jumper, French Navy

Joules £69.95

BOUCLE CHECK PENCIL SKIRT

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