last of the summer sun


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When someone asks my favourite season I usually say Autumn. However, it's definitely more the change into a new season, whichever one it may be, that I enjoy most. I love the shift in weather, the transition in what we wear and the anticipation of a fresh start. For some reason, this time of year holds a sense of new beginnings for me - perhaps it's the built in connotation of starting a new school year that makes me feel like I should be buying stationary and planning...more.

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September can be a funny one weather wise in Scotland. As the shops start to fill with knitted jumpers, thick coats and bobble hats we tend to get a last minute effort from the sun to give us what some might constitute as a late Summer. However, this can be both fleeting and temperamental; in direct sunlight, it will delightfully warm your skin but find yourself in shade or under sudden cloud cover and it will feel like you've stepped into midwinter (potentially a tad dramatic)... 

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Red remains the colour of the moment and is continuing into the new season too. This red split midi skirt worn here with a pair of dusky pink espadrilles and a twist front crop still feels appropriate for wear now but as the days cool off, a knitted cropped jumper like this one could be layered in the evening for effortless transitional wear. Alternatively, a pair of chunky boots and long wool coat would give even more warmth if needed whilst still feeling like a purposeful, stylish outfit and not one worn due to necessity. 

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I already have my eye on so many new season pieces - namely this coat of dreams. However, as the sun is currently still fighting through my blinds I will attempt to hold off and enjoy the last of the warmer days and light nights before investing too heavily in a season we are yet to experience...for a little longer at least.   

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Top: Urban Outfitters | Skirt: Urban Outfitters | Espadrilles: Topshop (old) Alternative 



a personal shopper's guide to shopping


When you are are lucky enough to do for a living what you are interested in most, it's easy to forget that your knowledge isn't obvious to everyone. Whether you are planning a shopping trip or have an appointment with a Personal Shopper I've provided some tips to consider before you head into town. 

It goes without saying (I hope) that if you are happy shopping in your comfies with no makeup on then absolutely go for it (in fact I did it today). This is merely a list of things that might help you feel more positive about shopping if it isn't usually your thing.

1. CONSIDER YOUR ATTIRE...
Shopping is a workout. If you aren't comfortable walking in heels for an extended period of time then don't wear them. It doesn't matter how amazing they look if two hours in you're whinging about the burning sensation in the balls of your feet. Equally, don't go for anything with crazy buckles, ties or other fastenings - having to take them on and off in the fitting room will get old quickly. The same goes for the main event, go for something low maintenance and easy; if your outfit only looks good if you get that half tucked in shirt looking just right it will only become irritating for you and whoever you're with (this jumpsuit is perfect - made from super soft fabric it pulls on and ties at the waist - easy)! Despite this, don't go slobby either; wear something you feel good in. If you don't feel good it will filter into how you feel generally while shopping and you want to maintain an air of positivity!

NB: A cross body bag is a must if you want 100% hands free shopping capability.  

2. ...AND YOUR APPEARANCE.
This is especially important if you are shopping for an occasion. I am continually met with statements like, "I can't tell if this suits me because I don't have makeup/fake tan/my hair done". If you know you're not happy in yourself without any of these things then it's understandable that you will not feel strongly toward what you try on because all you'll see is the fact you don't look like how you want. When planning a shopping trip consider the fact you will be staring at yourself in the mirror. If taking a few extra minutes to pop a bit of lipstick on or spritz some dry shampoo in your hair helps make you feel like you, take it - you'll be happy you did later. 
 

3. BRING WHAT YOU NEED. 
There is nothing harder than trying to imagine how a strapless dress looks when you've got a normal bra on with the straps tucked awkwardly under your armpits or trying to match colours with a top you're desperate to wear that's sitting at home. Yes, it's a bit of a faff, maybe an extra bag to carry but it'll make the job easier and hopefully minimise the chance of having to return things that don't work. So if it's a strapless bra, a pair of black tights, heels, or a specific item to coordinate - pop it in your bag.

4. BE OPEN.
Especially important if you are seeing a Personal Shopper: being forthcoming in trying new styles, colours and shapes will either open your eyes to new possibilities for your wardrobe or focus your mind on what it is you don't like, both of which are positive. But you won't know until you try! Our opinions change all the time and so does what's in fashion so chances are you might have changed your mind about how you look in red or floral or tailoring since you last tried it! 

5. DON'T BE HARD ON YOURSELF.
We all have bits we don't like. Try not to fixate on those aspects and see the things you do like. As cheesy as it sounds, nothing and no one can truly give you your sense of self worth except you. So instead of going shopping expecting to find clothes that make you look different, find the ones that make you feel good as you are. And definitely don't get something that doesn't fit! Whether too big or too small there is no point in taking something home to hang it in the wardrobe, waiting for a time you hope to fit into it - it'll only make you feel guilty that you don't now and that you've spent money on something you can't wear. 

6. TAKE A BREAK. TAKE LOT'S. BREAKFAST, COFFEE, BRUNCH, LUNCH... COCKTAILS...
 


Jacket: H&M | Jumpsuit: Topshop | Trainers: Topshop (Old) Similar | Bag: Zara (on sale!)



saved by the bell


If Kelly Kapowski was an item of clothing, I feel like it would be this jacket. I also fear that that reference will fall flat on an alarming majority after innocently referencing an outfit as being 'Kylie-esque' recently, to which my teenage client responded with a look of sheer puzzlement. I mean it's Kylie, Minogue - surely an institution!? After coming to terms with the fact that I'm old enough for my childhood to be a complete and utter mystery to the next generation, "I got to thinking"... why is it that so many women are unwilling to wear styles that remind them of eras past? (see what I did there?)  

In my job as a Personal Shopper I hear similar phrases repeatedly; "it's something my mum would have worn!" and "I wore that the first time around!" are popular favourites. I feel like I am now starting to experience what it's like for certain styles to come back, I remember wearing embroidered denim, gingham dresses and chokers when I was younger and now they've looped around again becoming stylish and in. However I don't share the same desire to avoid wearing them now either. Unless I had a bad perm, over plucked eyebrows or blue eyeshadow on, my outfit will always feel current because the rest of my look is in keeping with today's image. 

As I've said before, confidence is also a huge factor in 'pulling off' a certain style and getting the right fit in clothing helps with this immeasurably. After discovering the blog Shot From The Street, where undeniably stylish Lizzy puts on a pair of straight cut jeans and instantly makes you want to buy them I have been on the hunt for the best ones for my figure. And I think I have finally found them! These distressed jeans by H&M are high waisted with a button closure, they don't leave me with the tummy pouch (too much) and the darker denim racer stripe elongates my leg and slims the thigh. I often find straight jeans either look too skinny down my leg or create too much volume around the stomach, hips and thighs as I am curviest around this area that's something I want to avoid. The fit paired with the authentic looking frayed hems and distressing, have made these jeans my go to for an easy, laid-back weekend outfit. 

Aside from the jeans, this outfit is really all about the bubblegum pink jacket. The crop fit means it hits at the most flattering point on the waist, showing off the narrowest area and the bum which allows the slightly oversized fit to balance out by maintaining the rest of your figure (something I am all for if you have read my previous posts). I love the fun and girly vibe this gives but also enjoy the texture and roughness brought by the ragged hem. 

If you are still wondering what the hell I was on about in the first paragraph I suggest Sex and the City be your next binge watch; the phrase, 'I got to thinking' will haunt your dreams but you will also enjoy hours of Mr. Big so it's swings and round-a-bouts.

Another thing worth mentioning - baby pink makes you looked tanned! 


Jacket: H&M | T-Shirt: Topshop (Old) Similar | Jeans: H&M | Slides: Office (Old) Similar