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.

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?

What should you wear to an interview?

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

That just makes 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 the 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: