Friday, 24 April 2015

Summer Holiday Wear - Capsule Wardrobe Challenge

Next month I'll be off on a city break to Chicago (shops AND a beach) for a little relaxing and working time.  Emphasis on the working (shopping). 

So that means it's time to plan what to wear. Friends and relations will quickly testify that I'm absolutely rubbish at packing; I start off with the best of intentions then see all that space and suddenly I'm indecisive; can't choose between four bags? Take them all, I have room!

But this time I'd rather like to not have to buy a new suitcase on holiday to trundle back all my shopping goodies, especially as the case I'm taking is ginormous to start with.

Can I finally do a stylish capsule wardrobe for an eight day trip?

My current favourite items:


 Trousers and black top from Primark; skirt and metallic top from Fred + Florence. Yes, Tesco. 

Total cost: around £25.

All wearable in airports, at breakfast tables, shopping, sight-seeing, shopping, lunching and hitting up Ghiradelli for sample chocolates.

Monday, 13 April 2015

To thine own self be true

I recently had the absolute pleasure of seeing Maxine Peake as Hamlet, at my local Vue cinema, where Polonious, a bit of a windbag, and Father to Ophelia & Laertes, became Polonia, an uproarious Mother, who still had the delight of uttering the line to her son, Laertes:

Above all of this, to thine own self be true.

So true, especially for entrepreneurs, small business owners, consultants and freelancers, who are no longer required to undergo annual appraisals. Now, I don't miss the paperwork they generated (the larger the company the more convoluted the forms), but I do miss the regular moments of reflection.

As a Consultant I'm often so busy being Admin, Creative, Blogger, Social Media Dudess, that there's little time for thinking about where I am, never mind who I am.

And yet if you don't know yourself, how will you be clear on your goals and raise awareness of your brand identity?

Saturday, 4 April 2015

What should you wear to an interview?

If you look your best, you’ll feel your best and ultimately perform your best.  

That just make style-sense. 

Yet, one of the most stressful occasions in any person’s life is the job interview. Along side first dates and wedding days, this is one of those times when what you wear is vital. 

Returning to work after raising your family?  New Graduate looking for her starting role?  Are you finally inline for that promotion? Whether you bought your last suit from C&A, or you have no idea what Woolworths was, there is no standard one-size fits all interview style.

And well there shouldn't be; there is no one-size fits all CV.

But, tremendous news - you’ve snagged the interview, and you can do the job!

Dressing for the moment is the easy bit!

Here's how to make the right impression:

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

How to prepare for a Mummy Mini-Break AKA I'm off to Country2Country!

I'm so excited - only three more get-ups and I'll be on my way to London for the annual Country 2 Country festival of amazing country music artists.

Yes, I'm off on a Mummy Mini-Break! 

Now, this shindig has been going on for three years, but this is the first time I've made it (tickets sell-out sharpish).

It also happily coincides with me needing a little rest from Mummying for a few days (three; and two nights in a Hilton. A Hilton!)

And I've loved country music since listening to my Mum's Kenny and Dolly tapes growing up, so pretty fabulous timing, and I know my way around this year's must-see artists, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Lee Ann Womack, The Shires, Brandy Clark and the incredible voice of Brantley Gilbert. 

But I can't just throw a few things in a bag and be off; that is so the very wrong approach to really indulging in the ultimate Mummy Time (and ensuring my battery is fully charged for partner's mid-March ski trip).

Here's how I've been preparing so far: 
Basically, List it Up.

Friday, 13 February 2015

A stylish night in

Yes, this is our Friday 13th - Valentine's Day - 7th Anniversary weekend, and as the weather is shocking, I spent all afternoon catching up with Sewing Bee preparing a very stylish night in ...

... as they say in the Boots No 7 adverts ...

Ta Dah! 

Friday, 6 February 2015

Scheduling blog posts Vs impulse (or CBB) writing?

Since Perez wasn't booted out a fortnight ago when he really should have been (that's the Celebrity Big Brother bit of this post) I have had a lot more time on the laptop.

So I've been playing around with images and text on my Facebook page, as social media peoples seem to love photos and quotes.

Using MS Publisher to create a jpeg, here was effort Number 1:

Very basic, but it was a cold night; this blogger needs heat to think clearly.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

What does your work wardrobe look like?

In between Peppa Pig episodes and my breakfast this morning I managed to flick through half of Marie Claire’s February issue.  Apparently a focused wardrobe could attract a better job.

Well, clearly.

However, from the all-white outfits in the accompanying photograph to the article (page 71, if you have a copy handy) is a one-colour wardrobe seriously being advocated in order to combat ‘cognitive tiredness’?  Mark Facebook Zuckerberg is quoted as justifying only wearing grey t-shirts to make as few decisions in his life as possible.

Yes, well men usually only have to ponder over the colour and or slogan of a shirt, and there are far too many choices in the colour wheel for that kind of one-colour-fits-all caper, were my initial post-bagel reactions.

Yet researchers found that we are better at making decisions in the morning, so should streamline our wardrobe and dietary habits in order that those giant decisions throughout the day are correctly made, and we’re not wasting unnecessary time on our wardrobe.

Erm, what? What kind of world would we live in if we all stuck to one colour palette? It’s why there are a handful of colours in any packet of sweets.  And what H and M are reliable for.

But actually, I’ve suggested that there is a lot of black in my wardrobe, and there always will be.  It’s clean, straightforward and forms the basis of most of my outfits, whether for work, child’s play or socialising.  And it’s great to have 2-4 colours in your own colour palette, to ensure effective shopping and outfit coordination.