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Holiday Capsule wardrobe - UK Staycation

 This week we heard that soon we will be able to go on holiday, Yay!

However, I know many of us probably won't be confident flying off to the sunshine and may want to stay more local. With that in mind I have put together a Staycation Capsule Wardrobe. You can watch the accompanying video above, where I show pieces from my own wardrobe. There is plenty there for two weeks and I also show you how to pack it all into one piece of hand luggage.

Below, as many of those pieces are no longer available, I have created a new one.

The Pieces 

Red cardigan // Dress // White cardigan // Breton top // Sparkly knit // Navy top // Silk camisole // Blue top // Print blouse // Red stripe top // Navy jersey trousers // Printed trousers // Linen trousers // Red trousers // Blue scarf // Red scarf // Earrings // Necklace // Blue sunglasses // Tortoiseshell sunglasses // Red bag // Red shoes // Espadrilles // Cream bag // Sandals // Red hearts suitcase //

The Outfit Combinations

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Yes, You Can Be Stylish Over Size 16

I recently had an email from a lovely Stylish@50 member wanting help in finding clothes in what the fashion industry call “plus size”. I hate this name because actually the fashion industry thinks anyone over a size 12 is plus size! As we all know, the average British woman is a size 14-16, we are getting taller and are feet are getting larger.

Unfortunately “plus size” often means frumpy, large floral prints and synthetic fabrics. There is some light at the end of the tunnel though with some fantastic brands who understand that just because the label in your dress says size 18, you don’t want to dress like your Grandmother!

My reader confessed that she had completely lost confidence in her wardrobe and avoided the mirror, so emergency action needs taking. Whilst I am in no way qualified as a counsellor, I have dressed hundreds of women and know what a hard time we give ourselves, often quick to point out what we perceive as flaws rather than...

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Summer Capsule Wardrobe Pieces

There are some pieces that are staples in my Summer capsule wardrobe. But that doesn't mean they are basics. Now that I have reached a certain age these pieces are ones that have been carefully determined to bring me the minimum cost per wear, but the maximum pleasure. I might take a nod to the seasonal trends, but what I really want to wear are pieces that make me feel good and the best quality for the investment.

My Summer staples won't be the same as yours - it all depends on your personal style - but below are mine and where I like to shop to give you some inspiration for determining yours.

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Gold dress // Print dress // Cardigan // White top // Orange blouse // Ivory trousers // Chocolate linen trousers // Sand stripe trousers // Silk print top // Red linen top // Gold blouse // Sandals // Shoes // Earrings // Basket bag // Gold bag //

A "dressy" dress for day or evening. This gold one fits with everything about my personal style,...

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How To Boost Your Confidence & Be Effortlessly Stylish Over 50

The key to looking effortlessly stylish in your fifties and beyond, starts with understanding what works for you now. You may have had a good understanding of your colouring, body shape and personal style, but that can all suddenly change. For most of us that's around the 50 mark, but for some it can be earlier or later, depending on when the menopause starts. Suddenly the grey is starting to spread, your waist is disappearing and what you once loved, you no longer do.

The colours that once worked so well on us might look too harsh or too dark. The waisted dresses and skinny jeans are uncomfortable, anything to frilly or "girlie" just looks wrong and thanks to your internal furness everything just makes you hot!

It's not surprising we start to feel lost, invisible and our confidence dips. So what is the solution? Glad you asked because I have spent years working on it!

There are 4 key steps in my solution:

1) Take stock of where you are now. This includes a declutter of everything...

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6 Reasons for Creating a Capsule Wardrobe

If you have ever stood in front of your wardrobe wondering what on earth you can wear, then you are in need of a capsule wardrobe! Imagine instead, how it would feel to get up in the morning and know you have the right outfit to wear whatever your plans are (and of course we are slowly becoming able to start making plans). But that’s not the only reason a capsule wardrobe can be “life changing” here are 5 more...

  • It saves you huge amounts of time. Instead of spending precious hours looking for items that fit, work with other pieces in your wardrobe and make you feel good, you just go to your wardrobe and you have not one but several options ready to pull out and wear. The morning time suck “wardrobe stare” is eliminated for good.
  • It’s never boring. There is a misconception that a capsule wardrobe means wearing the same thing all the time. On the contrary a carefully designed wardrobe contains multiple combinations that you can stamp your...
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Mini Summer Casual Capsule Wardrobe

A little while ago I posted an outfit containing these turquoise linen trousers and they were really popular with lots of you buying them. I thought I would create a mini casual capsule wardrobe with some additional ways to wear them.

The Pieces

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The Outfits

 

If you want to treat yourself to another colour, they also come in yellow, white and navy.

If you want to discover how to create your own capsule wardrobe, find out how with The Capsule wardrobe Blueprint.

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Stay At Home To Post Lockdown Perfect Capsule Wardrobe

With the few days of warm weather and a glimmer of hope that lockdown might be easing soon, I'm thinking about what investments to add to my wardrobe to wear now and later. Pieces that can go from casual to smart, with the change of a shoe or jacket.

One thing the lockdown has taught me, which of course I did already know, is that I need much less in my wardrobe. Having gone through a Spring Clean and then a second culling, I am left with pieces I love and want to wear. And it's the pieces I have really thought about (typically because of the investment) that have stayed put. 

As you know, I do plan my wardrobe carefully, but like everyone there are some spontaneous items that creep in. These are usually lower cost and often not such good quality, because I didn't have to think too hard about the price. With more of a focus on sustainability, these disposable pieces don't make me feel good. When I work out their cost per wear they end up being more costly than my...

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8 Step Soothing and Pampering Spa Routine

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This week I am bringing you an 8 step soothing and pampering spa routine which I hope will leave you feeling relaxed and de-stressed at this worrying time.

Spa Routine

Step 1. Start by washing your hair with Clarifying Hair Wash, using a Scalp Massager to gently stimulate the hair and encourage healthy growth.

Step 2. Rinse hair and apply a deep conditioning treatment. This one contains plant proteins to repair and strengthen the hair and keratin for glossy, healthy looking hair.

Step 3. Gently massage in Body Smooth polish to exfoliate and nourish with oils and mineral rich sea salts. Its gorgeous citrus scent comes from lemon myrtle which deeply cleanses and purifies the skin and macadamia nut oil helps improve elasticity.

Step 4. Buff your feet with Polishing Foot Pebble to remove dry skin and soften cracked heels.

Step 5. Rinse off body polish and foot pebble while running a bath and adding Tahitian Vanilla and Coconut Luxury Bath Foam. Aloe Vera helps to soothe...

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Adding Colour To My Spring Capsule Wardrobe

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Last week I brought you my Stay At Home Spring Capsule Wardrobe, with a colour palette of Navy, white/cream and red. This week I wanted to show you how to add more colour. For my capsule I am adding orange, lime green and pink. In the video below I give you some other colour options for cool skin tones.

Don't forget if you want to create your own capsule wardrobe, my Capsule Wardrobe Blueprint gives you everything you need.

 

Here are the additional pieces

Where to buy with alternatives for items no longer available.

Pink sweater // Green cardigan // Coral cardigan // Cream top // Pink top // Green t-shirt // Stripe T-shirt // Orange dress // Cream culottes // Orange trousers // Pink shoes // Pink Bag // Orange bag // Orange shoes //

Additional outfits:

 

 

 

Don't forget you can also still order the Spring Capsule Wardrobe here...

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Spring Capsule Wardrobe - Easy But Stylish Stay At Home Outfits

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It looks like most of us will be spending a long period of time at home this Spring. With this in mind I have put together my Spring Capsule Wardrobe predominantly from pieces I already have in my wardrobe. There are a few new additions, but in reality as I won't be going anywhere I really didn't need much. I have included accessories for when I do pop out for groceries as I still want to make some effort, if only to keep my spirits up.

For this capsule I have kept the colour scheme really simple with Navy, Cream/Ivory and Red. I am sure that you will have some similar pieces in your wardrobe and hope that you will find this useful in creating your own outfits.

I have listed either the exact pieces I have if still available, or similar alternatives if you do want to add anything to your wardrobe.

17 Items, 3 sets of accessories and well over 40 outfits...

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