The rejuvenated wardrobe

 


Do you procrastinate? I do.

There is something about the New Year that makes us want to renew, rejuvenate and re-evaluate. The winter is still with us but we know Spring isn’t far away. Added to this there is an ever-growing concern about over-consumption, the wellbeing of our planet and the benefits of living a simpler life. Moving swiftly on! How many garments do you have in your wardrobe? 50? 75? 100? More than 100? If you know to within, say, 10, then congratulations as this means you’ve probably been deep inside your wardrobe lately and taken some action. The fact is most of us don’t know and the chances are we have no idea of what may be lurking at the back of our wardrobe(s). Figures suggest that we only regularly wear 20% of our clothes. This means we are hoarding garments we rarely, if ever, wear. Time to take action and stop procrastinating. This doesn’t mean rushing out hotfoot to the shops to replace them all!

The minimal wardrobe – perfect!

The chances are when you open your wardrobe door the image above is what you see. I’ve been inside (literally) more wardrobes than most. I’ve seen hangers so close together it’s a struggle to actually remove an item. Most clients are intially just a little embarassed.

This post will very briefly tell you how to audit & edit. Contact me directly for more info as some poeple find this too challenging to do alone! Use the bed as your work area. Take out all tops – audit & edit, then jackets and coats, move on to jeans and skirts and then finally to dresses. Don’t take everything out at once as it’s too daunting and your bed is probably too small anyway.

Starting with your tops create the following piles:

*Recyle – you know you will never wear it again – it’s too dated or worn.

*Charity Shop – you know YOU will never wear it but your local charity shop will be delighted to receive it. This includes clothes that no longer fit you. If you are waiting to lose weight and you haven’t worn it for over 2 years please give it away. What is the point of torturing yourself.

*Sell – if you have some expensive key pieces (such as cashmere knitwear or evening dresses) you may want to consider selling. You will never get the full value but it’s worth a try.

*Keep – the items you have chosen go well with other items. For example, a favourite jacket should complement virtually all your jeans, skirts and dresses. Key tops should work well with at least 4 other items of clothing.

Having worked through you pile of tops, start on the next pile. Depending on how many clothes you have you may want to do this over a couple of weekends.

The result? You should have much more space in your wardrobe.

Whether you favour a relaxed and fairly classic look or prefer a more quirky style, having a wardrobe that works for you and one in which you can easily find what you are looking for, makes perfect sense. Just think how good you will feel – and look.

New year – new you?

Part of my role as a Style Consultant is working with French clothing brand Captain Tortue. They design chic, yet casual women’s clothing that is only sold through consultants such as myself. This year they celebrate their 25th birthday proving, if proof were needed, that quality together with creativity stand the test of time – particularly in the somewhat fickle world of fashion.

I’m looking to expand my team of style consultants and to let you know that this year the company have something called ‘Dream Start’ (to help acknowledge their 25th anniversary) which offers you the chance to start working with us, either full or part-time – the choice is yours – for FREE. There is no catch. No intial investment or monthly buy in. Absolutely for free. Interested? Then please click on the link below and read the 4 good reasons to become a Style Consultant in SS18

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SS18 Collections launch at Glasgow

If you love clothes, or need to earn some extra money, or may want to do something different then please contact me using the form below. My role will be to support and encourage you and we can work together to bring affordable chic clothing to British women. The company provide free training to ensure you feel confident at all times.

 

 

Selfie – incase you wondered what I look like!

This is a great opportunity to make 2018 YOUR year – with a little help from a fab company. I am based in the North East but it doesn’t matter where you are located, thanks to the wonders of the internet. Go for it! Please contact me for initial chat. Brenda x

What would you do with extra spending money?

Most of us know almost immediately what we would do if we had extra money to spend. It may be spend more on holidays, treats for the kids, better wardrobe, more independence etc.

This post is for women who want some extra spending money – for whatever reason.

 

Just imagine how you would feel if you had that extra money. You’d be able to treat the kids or go on that special holiday. How would you feel if you had more money in your purse?

When you look your best you feel your best. Every women can empathise with this. By joining my team of style consultants you can help other women feel fabulous. How good would that be? You will also get free clothes and a generous 50% staff discount to ensure you always look your best. Our consultants are our best advertisement.

Fabulous chic French clothes from an established and successful company. Free training and support to guide you through your new business. Work how many hours you want, when you want and where you want. If you want to discuss this business opportunity and find out more please email me or call 07717 078669.

The comfort of knitwear

Knitwear can be elegant

Of all fashion items I think knitwear is my favourite. Cozy, comfortable and easy to wear. A fine sweater can elevate a pair of basic jeans and a chunky sweater can complement your leggings (or jeggings). What’s not to like. Added to which the majority of knitwear can be washed.


Chunky meets sleek

Don’t be afraid to match casual with smart. A fine weight sweater can look great with jeans as can a chunky piece of knitwear (as above) look good with a tailored skirt.

Ponchos are still very chic and so versatile

Whatever your price bracket there are so many lovely knitwear pieces around at the moment. If you are a colour person then check out some of the bright colours at the moment.

If you can afford to buy cashmere remember that moths absolutely love it. Take precautions and use moth repellent.

If you like chunky knits then you will probaly be wearing a T-shirt or vest underneath, therefore there is no reason to overwash the garment. Even the best quality knitwear doesn’t take kindly to too much washing.

 

 

 

Style meets art

I have spent many a happy hour going out to see clients and doing personal shopping for them. I’ve been self-employed since 1995, working for many years as a mangement and leadership coach, enjoying both the ‘luxury’ (it was for me) of a city centre office and the convenience of working from home. Both working environments have something to recommend them. My husband and I now live in the heart of rural Northumberland in a spacious barn which at the weekend is an art gallery. Plenty of lovely space and, of course, lovely art to look at. A perfect back-drop for my style rejuvenation business. The advantage of having this space is it acts as a fabulous environment to show case my French clothing, plus my office can be easily and quickly converted into a changing room.

Open House and personal styling

Styling tips

I am having my 3rd ‘open house’ event to launch the AW17 mid-season collection on the 26 October. Instead of the crowded High Street you can come and shop at your leisure and enjoy personal service. In my last post I wrote about social shopping and while I would hate to see the High Street go there is no doubt that when it comes to retail fashion there is a sameness that can be wearying.

AW17 Collection

Sizes 6 – 22 Flattering clothes for everyone

Having an open house is the original ‘try before you buy’. You can see and touch the clothes. Many items in the collection have been designed to form a core capsule wardrobe. Speaking to many clients they say their chief challenge is putting an outfit together. We like to think we can do the hard work for you. The open house provides a relaxed environment, in stunning countryside, and of course refreshements and nibbles (Prosecco fo the non-drivers). Come and discover if this is for you. It might just change how you shop for clothes. We open at 11.00 and close at 19.00. Those of you on my mailing list will receive an invitation. If you prefer a more personal approach then contact me to arrange a one-to-one session. Either here or in your home.

If you need details about the location please email me. Hope to see you soon.

Social shopping & why it’s taken off

I have always loved shopping for clothes. My earliest memories are of going with my mother for a new coat each year. This stopped when I was 12 as I was starting to get caught up with the fashion of the moment. Short skirts, block heels (didn’t get a pair until I was 15!) and white tights.

Captain Tortue AW16

Captain Tortue AW17

One of the reasons I was drawn to the Captain Tortue collection was the casual chic style that had some ‘edge’ or quirky details, as the 2 images above show.

Since I started my business, ‘Style Rejuvenation for Women’, the one thing that has astounded me is how many women don’t like shopping, some even going to so far as to say they loathe it. I even have one client who literally had to be dragged to the shops (I had done all the research so we – or rather I – was focussed) complaining all the way. She said she ‘desperately needed a new wardrobe but couldn’t stand being in the shops for more that 1 hour. Reality check needed. I countered with, “That’s rather like saying you must get your hair cut but under no circumstances are you going to the hairdressers”. Surprisingly she agreed.

Not keen on this?

There is an alternative

You can imagine my delight when, in February this year, I joined Captain Tortue – the French clothing brand I am promoting – and realised I could take the clothes to her. A pop-up shop in her own home. Worked a treat. She really enjoyed it and is looking forward to seeing the AW17 mid-season collection which will be available on 13th October.

My client is not alone in finding High Street shopping frustrating and time consuming. Added to that, online shopping is not always the answer and can be very disappointing; with poor fabrics and garments that are not well made.

Enter social shopping. Drum roll please! The idea of going into customers homes or business is of course not new. My attraction to CT was and still is the amazing styles and versatility of the collections. The clothes are designed in-house in France and shipped directly from there. Sizes are from 6 to 22, so all shapes sizes AND ages are catered for. If you can’t face the hectic High Street, cramped changing room and ‘limit’ to what you can take in – then hosting a pop-up shop in your home or at work may be the answer. Invite a couple of friends and enjoy an evening (or afternoon) of fun and fashion, together with some styling tips.

So if you live or work in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Co.Durham or Teesside email me for more details. As hostess you will receive, as a thank you, a considerable discount.

Sixties and style

Ah, admit it. I fooled you with the title. As I am in my sixities I remember ‘the sixites’ as an exciting time where ideas of accepted female fashion were turned on their head. Those micro minis, white tights (in fact tights themeselves), painting on my lower lashes and the palest lipstick imaginable. I loved it all.

So hardly surprising that I have never wanted to be put in a box with regard to style. The expression ‘age appropriate’ really annoys me. I refuse to be told by some young (usually) stylist what is and what isn’t appropriate for me based purely on my age. The key for dressing as an older women is to remain contemporary and yet be true to yourself. Don’t allow the media, your family or friends to put you in a box.

Casual yet stylish

The above image is classic but not old fashioned. The reason it works is because of the colour combination. In neutral shades it could vere into the boring. A blazer is a key addition to any wardrobe, just make sure the cut suits you and that the length of the blazer is in proportion to your body shape.


Totally unflaterring

As women get older their body shape often changes – waists thicken and weight can be gained. Sadly many women think all they have to do is throw on a shapeless dress or top and they are good to go. This rarely works.

Some women go to the other extreme by wearing the latest ‘trend’ and start shopping in H&M, Top Shop and River Island. Let me make it crystal clear that there is nothing wrong in shopping in these shops. I have done so myself and continue to be a hugh Zara fan. The secret is to be selective. Choose a key item and then wear with other pieces in your wardrobe. I’m sure you have seen the recent plethora of over-embellished sweaters and tops that can look like fun on a twenty year old but somehow make older women look like a care in the community case.

On trend (!)

 

Leather is ageless

There are many myths around what you should wear as an older women. Along with denim jeans there is ‘anything’ in leather. Not so. If you wear a leather jacket as long as it is a good fit (never buy a leather jacket that is too big for you thinking you’ll be able to get a sweater underneath!) it will look stylish and can also be worn with a skirt or dress.

A little bit of restraint perhaps

Just because you’ve decide to become more modern please don’t become a fashion victim. This is excusable when young but as we get older rarely works.

Chic with attitude

 

Classic navy and white

Whatever you choose don’t let your age get in the way. Embrace how you are now and enjoy your clothes.

This is what being in your nineties can look like

 

Clothes for real women

As many readers probably know I have been working with French ladies fashion brand, Captain Tortue, since March this year. Their collections are very chic yet recognise that most women lead busy lives so they want to be casual too. What also impresses me is the versatility and adaptability of the clothes. My clients are all ages (although mainly over 40), shapes and sizes. This is where the CT brand comes into it’s own. Consider the images below.

Exactly the same jacket looking equally as good on both women. Provided you keep the proportions right it really doesn’t matter what size or shape you are.

The image above shows a curvy and classy look. If you want to find out more these great collections email me.

Perfect timing – I don’t think so!

As some of you know my role with French brand Captain Tortue is really gathering speed, with lots of events in the pipeline. Tomorrow I am hosting the AW17 collection launch. Many of you have replied and I thank you.

24 August 11.00 – 19.00

IMPORTANT NOTE The road from the A69 which most people take is undergoing works by Northumbria Water. Guess what – they have closed the road tommorrow. If you are arriving after 17.00 than Northumbria Water will not be working on the road.

If before 17.00 then please use alternative route coming through Whitfield; that is the Alston road. Your SatNav will get you to us from this road. NE47 8JP.  ALSO The yellow and black Art Gallery signs will guide you to us. Please email if you need directions & most of you know my mobile number.

Nibbles, refreshments & Prosecco. Shop in a relaxed environment and try on as many combinations as you like. I look forward to welcoming you.

Comfortable in your own skin?

Temple Spa Skincare Range

Glowing, clear healthy looking skin isn’t just a preserve of the young. Your skin care regime, the products you use and some professional tips can make all the difference. As you know I work with award-winning Temple Spa luxury skin care and deliver skin care classes or, which some people prefer, a one-to-one session.

A one-to-one session, which can be held in the privacy of your own home, provided you live in the North East (I only travel distances for classes), or here in the heart of Northumberland, will involve a skincare analysis, to determine what kind of products in the range you should be using, then I can provide the facial or I can talk you through to ensure you use the products correctly.

From the 24 July to the 31st July I am offering a FREE one-to-one pamper session AND, on those dates ONLY, you will receive a free full-size Toning Essence (worth £16.00).

What do you have to do to book? To receive the free Toning Essence you need to book before the 6th July. Leave a message here on my blog and I’ll get back to you. There are only so many one-to-ones available so don’t delay. Oh, before I forget (!), you will be able to take advantage of special offers only available from me. The products are used extensively in Spas and are not on the High Street. This is the original try before you buy. I look forward to hearing from you.