February Style Workshop | Fall in love with your wardrobe

I am really excited about my first style workshop of 2019 which I am hosting in Cheltenham on Thursday 7th February – ‘FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR WARDROBE’.

I will be focussing on maximising what you have in your wardrobe and boosting your confidence and style simply and sustainably. This is definitely one for anyone who wants to understand their wardrobe and style and learn about new ways to wear it and update it…

I am also really pleased to let you know that Anna Firkins of ‘Wear What’s There’ will also be joining me at the workshop. If you haven’t heard of Anna, she is the gorgeous Cheltenham mummy who took on a ‘no shopping’ challenge in 2018, which was a huge success. Anna is an inspiration. She will be coming along to share her experience and offer some tips on ways to get the most from the clothes you already have.

If you are interested in coming or would like more information, please send me an email mystylishfriend@gmail.com and I will forward the booking details.

What trainers with winter tights?

Rocking a skirt or dress with white trainers is a look I like to partake in. Super cool, comfy and just easy. But come winter, and tights weather; I am a little perturbed by the idea of sporting my white trainers with my black tights.

Knowing how to style trainers with your winter outfit when tights come in to play, is quite the style dilemma. A pair of ankle boots, slouchy knee boots or suede over the knee boots all look fab with tights and dresses or skirts, but what if you want to stay uber casual, cool and comfy in your trainers? “Can I wear my white trainers with black tights?”, is a question I am often asked…

Image: Camille Charriere (camilleovertherainbow.com/Pinterest)

As I always say, when it comes to style, I don’t believe in rules. Just wear what you love. So if you love sporting your white trainers with your winter black tights, then good for you! Go for it. I think it looks fab, as shown here by the gorgeous Camille Charriere. But for me and for my style, I find the look a little stark and have found my answer in black hi tops. I picked mine up at the House of Fraser sale for just £22 and I’m loving them. They’re also super with my boyfriend jeans and winter trousers. A footwear staple.

Whatever trainers you do own, just put them with your black tights. Or change it up with a pair of patterned or coloured tights, add a pair of ankle socks or treat yourself to a new pair and step out on confidence.

Here are a few looks, which I hope will inspire you to wear your trainers your way this winter…

Why not bring out your individuality with a pair of print trainers? Love these playful hearts. Quirky patterned tights are also a great alternative to classic black.

Image: liketoknowit.com/Pinterest

A pair of black and white trainers, hi tops or Converse look fab with thick black tights. Why not throw some leather and a blast of colour in the mix, for a chic but tough-luxe edge.

Image: Leandra (Medine) Cohen/Pinterest

How about a pop of colour or sparkle? Love these hi-shine gold metallic numbers worn by Leanne Taylor…

Image: Instagram @leannetaylor75


The importance of a workwear wardrobe

Credit: Pinterest

As I embark on my first day of 2019 (well sacred few hours should I say) childfree and back to work, I had to think about what to wear… I have spent the last few weeks in PJs for a considerable number of the morning hours, followed by all things sparkly for the rest of them, but now that I am trying to get back to some kind of normality and productivity, I realised it is time to revert back to my go-to uniform. My children are back in theirs, I might as well step back into mine.

I work from home. I could just get productive with my mum bun and PJs or get fully made up and power-dressed, complete with statement earrings and killer heels, but for me, I like the simplicity, style and comfort of MY go-to uniform.

I love wearing my denim jumpsuit as I don’t have to think (credit: Pinterest)

For at home admin days such as today, my uniform consists of a denim jumpsuit and hi-tops, boyfriend jeans, tee, blazer and animal print ankle boots or luxe joggers, sweater and white trainers. Something along those lines. I know I can just throw these outfits on without any thought. Not too scruffy and not too formal. Getting dressed in the morning is easy and stress free (a must when you have three children to coax into their uniforms!)

Luxe joggers and a sweater look chic and stylish teamed with a leather jacket (credit: Pinterest)

I have curated a work wardrobe… and it is basically just a few simple and trusted outfit formulas which I have come to rely on and love. They are comfortable, functional and make me feel and look good. Whether you work in a high-profile corporate lawyers, for a local charity or at home, the clothes you choose to wear are so important as they make you feel a certain way. Our clothes give off a statement of who we are. They can be a comfort blanket, our armour. If you are lucky enough to have the choice of your uniform, spend time understanding what you want to wear, how you want to feel and embrace this. Curate a uniform that makes you feel and look like YOU, yet a you who means business, one which gives you confidence, is comfortable and functional and makes you ready to face the day.

Jeans and a blazer – so simple and comfy yet so stylish (credit: Pinterest)

Discover your uniform and embrace it. Bring on 2019 – I’m ready and dressed.

What do you like to wear for work? Do you have a go-to uniform?

We are all super women

After half a decade of being Mummy, it is time to find me again. With my five year old at school and my twins being looked after at home for a few hours, I find myself sat in the window of my local wine bar (just coffee at 10am sadly), wondering where to start with my fist blog. Writing is my forte, my job… but somehow when it comes to “blogging’, I am a bit lost for words…

How do I put into words how my life has changed over the last five years? I don’t know where to begin when it comes to the emotional and physical changes I have been through since that magic moment I saw the two lines on the stick, to waving goodbye to my baby in the school playground for the first time? For the last five years, I have been on an emotional roller coaster – one that sadly, only fellow parents can understand. Sometimes I feel like a failure, sometimes I feel like Superwoman. I have certainly felt like I have lost myself along the way, but I have survived… So has my marriage and so have my children. So I take that as a success in my book. And I hope I have done so in style.

But now, it is time for more than just survival. Now it is my time, even if just for a few hours once a week or those scared hours after 7pm. I am more than ready to find myself again and I am going to put my knowledge and experience to good use as My Stylish Friend. Every woman deserves to survive and succeed in style… Remember, we are all superheroes!

Sometimes I feel like a failure, sometimes I feel like Superwoman