Forget Christmas (temporarily): Are you ready for the Boxing Day Sales?

Have you worked hard all year, bringing up gorgeous, well-behaved, polite children, looking after the family ahead of your own needs, working until late o'clock for your employer?  

Did you work until quarter past late to establish your own business?  

Can you remember the last time you bought yourself something fabulous to wear, that had you twirling with delight?

Well, it's (almost) time to treat yourself!

Check out  my 19 Top Tips  for the sales in Chapter 5, from what to wear to what to buy, in my book 119 Style Boosts from the Size15Stylist

 #53 "...Christmas Eve is a popular day for the January sales to start, and you can pick up a few bargains online without having to move from the sofa..."

 #58 "Only take your partner shopping with you if they really, really like shopping (or you don't like each other)..."

Designed for the busy woman whose life has changed in the last few years (and who may have temporarily misplaced her identity in the growing of another human) my book and my blog are devoted to boosting your unique style and helping you twirl again. 

Happy Sale Shopping, everyone!

PS - Did you know that if you save £10 a week for a Boxing Day you'll have around £500 to treat yourself with?!

Scuba party wear this holiday season

We all want to look our best at least once during December, don't we?

I've always liked to plan wearing a gorgeous Christmas day outfit, you know, the fabulous one to go with the perfect day?  Yet for the last 3 years I've dealt with pregnancy, a baby and a toddler while darting around visiting family, or fiddling with a turkey and executing a running order for potatoes and vegetables that reminds me why I love one-pot pasta meals.   

So my special outfit eventually slid down the priority list and it's been a while since I twirled from my Christmas dress; I bought every one Big Bang Theory t-shirts one year, and temporarily forgot that I really don't suit t-shirts, regardless of the fabulous logo.  I just don't have that body.  Still, I pulled on the reindeer antlers and cracked on with feeding 10 people and a cat.

But, this year, even with a fully-fledged child in tow (we're with my family for brunch and the in-laws for the afternoon), I've nailed my Christmas Day outfit, thanks to the beauty of scuba fabric.

No, this isn't some fantastical tummy-squishing device (urgh!) but rather an amazing man-made delight that simply makes a woman look and feel her best, providing you invest a little time in purchasing your scuba. 

This gorgeous dress (from Primark; £13. Really.) has that slight iconic 50s design that makes me feel I should be brandishing a martini glass, or champagne saucer...although for a recent Afternoon Tea in Manchester, I settled for the flute.  And I twirl each time I smooth the full skirt over my hips.

In a minute, pop along to your nearest online retailer and see what a search for scuba draws forward; House of Fraser apparently have 95 such items (including a, frankly, flipping-yummy Millie Mackintosh black cocktail dress).  

Before you dash off (December is an extra-special sort of dashy month, isn't it?) here are my top tips for having a scuba Christmas. 
1. Touch it.
Before you invest online, try to get touchy-feely in the stores; scuba is soft and feels like a much more flexible neoprene. When you touch it you'll know, but there are other imitations out there.   Nothing wrong with them, but scuba has a great structure to it that might not be available in other styles.  Your receipt will tell you if it's scuba, which is how I discovered the fabric in the first place, as I wondered what on earth it was appearing on my receipt.

2. Pattern Vs plain print.
You may want to wear a pattern as plain will show every underwear line.  I'm almost tempted to order that Millie dress just to double-check my theory, but as I don't believe in thongs I think there'd still be a spot of VPL on my Size15 derrière.  

3. Layer-effect.
For extra warmth you wear a cami-top underneath your scuba dress (if there's a pattern). Equally, if you find yourself getting a little flushed once or eight times a day, the fabric shouldn't be too overbearing (providing you don't buy a polo-neck).

4. Recyclable?
No. Wear once and wash; some dresses, with the right  fabric, and a first-layer t-shirt, can be worn twice before a wash, with a little Febreeze and airing. Scuba IS man-made. But it dries very quickly!

5. Accessorise.
Go glam with nude legs and heels or dress comfy with leggings and your favourite booty slippers, depending on dinner location. Champagne saucer/flute optional. 
What will you be doing on Christmas Day this year? Have you planned your outfit already? Scuba also makes work days pretty darn twirly.  

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