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The best way to dress for your bodyshape - Part 1... the pear

Dressing for your body shape made simple.  In part 1 -  we are focusing on the pear shape.

The pear shape has a small defined waist, smaller bust, narrow shoulders and full hips and thighs.

 

The aim is to draw the eye away from the widest part - ie hips and thighs.  To create a more balanced silhouette add volume to shoulders and upper body.  Find tops and jackets that will show off your slender upper body and bottoms that minimise by slimming or elegation

Styles to look for:

Boat, cowl, wide V or U necklines

High waisted trousers and skirts

A-line dresses and skirts

Flat front wide leg or straight leg jeans and trousers

Shrug or gilet for layering

Statement necklace and patterned scarves

Shoulder bags

      

Looks to avoid:

Bias cut dresses and skirts

Baggy tops and tunics

Patterns or embellishment details on hips and thighs

Low waisted skinny jeans

Low slung belts

 

We hope you enjoyed this weeks blog (don't worry if you are not a pear - we'll be featuring other body shapes in future blogs)

Looking for more inspiration - check out https://blog.stitchfix.com/fashion-tips/how-to-dress-pear-shape/ and Pinterest for more ideas to dress for your body shape

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The Fabulously Fashionable Gift Guide

With Mother's day soon approaching on the 26th, it is still not too late to pick up a few special gifts to give this Sunday. Even if you are just looking for a gift for a different occasion then this blog post may offer you some useful ideas. 

Jewellery

Jewellery gifts aren't the most original but that doesn't mean they are boring. Jewellery can be thoughtful and beautiful and is something a person can keep for a lifetime. 

The first item on the gift guide is Sence jewellery, a wonderful Copenhagen brand.

Stunning semi precious stone necklaces are statement pieces and the best thing about necklaces are one size fits all! 

A bracelet is the perfect fit for treating someone to jewellery that is both unique and precious. This subtle bracelet is laced with semi precious stones and is sure to be appreciated. 

These sophisticated earrings are worn gold plated metal with semi precious stones which make wonderful pressies.

Candles

Shown below are some of the soy based candles that are not only thoughtful but genuinely smell amazing. They have a typical burning time of 40 hours and come in a handy gift box. 

A classic gift to give is candles and we have 7 different message candles in the range to choose from. "Instant happy woman just add bubbles" and "this house runs on love, laughter and prosecco" are our top picks for a mothers day present. 

Bags

There are a good selection hydestyle bags that suit everyday and can be used on both sides to turn a day time look into  night one. The bags are available in arrange of beautiful shiny metallic and are irresistibly stylish. 

They are also made of real leather and all have inner pockets and come with straps. 

On the reverse side, the bags are plain suede colours as one example shows below. 

Besides the messenger style bags there is also the small cross body bag, which looks incredible with a leather jacket

Clothing 

Buying clothing for others can be tricky, however this gorgeous floral print blouse is super flattering for all shapes and has a contemporary take on florals.

Scarfs

As for a cheaper alternative a scarf is a good idea. Brighten any outfit with this lovely colourful accessory. 

 

I hope you have a lovely Sunday and celebrate with loved ones. To find out more information about any of these items feel free to click on the links and pictures. 

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Wardrobe edit with Satisfashion

As the new season deliveries arrive I thought it was about time to have a proper wardrobe clearout, from time to time is essential to keep your style fresh, to make more room for new purchases! and to see what you already have before you hit the shops.

Firstly i thought about trying this method - 

Turn all the hangers the wrong way round and then each time you wear something put it back the right way round.  After a month have a look at the items that haven't been worn and then decide their fate but as its a complete pet hate of mine I didn't think this would work for me.

empty hangers

So I decided to call in the expert - Laura Russell, personal shopper, stylist and fashion blogger from Satisfashion to help me.

We chatted first about what I wanted to achieve and my style and then went through my whole wardrobe sorting into piles of clothes as we went along.  Laura gave me lots of suggestions and some different ideas which I have been trying out.

I discovered I only own 1 skirt, not very many jumpers and possibly need to buy some different shoes and boots!  I also tend to wear things a bit oversized and layer a lot too.  I could also do with maybe a little bit more colour.

So maybe I should buy this coat!

I now have a much more organised wardrobe (and bags of clothes destined for the charity shop and eBay)

I highly recommend Laura from Satisfashion and am now looking forward to some more shopping (when I get the chance) with a clearer focus of what to buy.

 

 

 

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Barcelona - my photo diary

We've just returned from a couple of days in Barcelona.  Apart from a buying appointment with Malahierba (more about this next week) I decided to share some photos on the rest of our time in Barcelona...
We spotted these cool trixi cabs near the cathedral, a different way to see the sights and get around the city
Barcelona Desigual trixi taxi bike
Camp Nou - "Mes que un club" - home to Barcelona FC it has been 20 years since I last visited and there are a few more trophies to polish now!  It's definitely worth a visit especially for football fans (we spent over 4 hours here)
Barcelona camp nou headphones
Loved this window display in Cerabella candle shop in the gothic quarter
Barcelona candle shop window display
Time for a little refreshment!
Mojito time
but not enough for me to be brave enough yet to do this cable car ride yet (maybe one day)
We checked out this years Drap-Art exhibition at the Arenas shopping centre featuring some creative works of art made from recycled materials.  I particularly loved these recycled robots
Barcelona drapart recycled robots
Barcelona drapart display

Bye bye from Barcelona - we'll be back soon x
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