Retail Therapy:

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If you feel you need an emotional pick me up, deal with your mind first and once you have done that, go and make a purchase that makes your heart sing.  But don’t mix up how your mind is feeling with buying clothes.

Retail Therapy – like throwing emotions at our clothes

We throw a lot of emotions onto our clothes.  The most obvious example is retail therapy.  As you probably know, the idea behind retail therapy is that buying something, anything (but often clothes), makes us happier.  So we buy in order to feel better.  It’s like a short cut, “I feel bad, I want to feel better, I buy something, I feel better”.

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How to shop the Summer Sales

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It’s Sales Time and the (online) sales season is with us.

You may be grateful not to have to go out shopping anymore, or you may really miss being able to pop in to your favourite store and peruse the rails.

We are certainly living in unusual times.

Different countries are in different stages of lockdown, work has transferred to home working as much as possible.

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How to find your unique style

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How to find your unique style in 3 easy steps

Having spoken to many clients and friends over the years , it seems that looking and feeling really great every day on a consistent basis is a struggle that you all face at some point.  Quite often, if I ask what one wardrobe dilemma they would like addressing, women say, ‘How to dress for me and know what my unique style is’.

Many of my clients, and you may be the same, think that they have have nothing to wear, or dislike everything that they see when they open their wardrobe each morning.

Most commonly they think that they don’t have enough clothes.  Or don’t have what everyone else has.  Or it’s because they are overweight.  Or underweight.  Or that they don’t have enough time to shop.  Or that they don’t know what to buy when they do shop. But it’s none of those….

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The Parisian Woman’s Summer Style Guide

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The Parisian Woman’s Guide to Style

or, 5 items you need in your wardrobe to guarantee summer styling success.

Streamline your summer wardrobe following Parisian women’s guide to style

Parisian women are renowned the world over for the chic, classic approach to life and dressing.  If you want to look stylish all summer and are slightly at a loss how to go about it, then take a leaf out of every Parisian woman’s style book.

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Positive Body Image

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Wearing great clothes is a positive experience

I was thinking this morning how putting on clothes that make us feel great is such a positive experience.

As women we know that a positive body image is really important.

Important both for ourselves and as a legacy to pass on to other women: to our daughters, to nieces, to cousins, sisters, and outside of the family to female colleagues and employees.

Why don’t we do that though?  Why don’t we intentionally create a positive body image and help and affirm other women at the same time?

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Stop feeling guilty about clothes you don’t wear

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Stop feeling guilty about clothes you don’t wear

How many of you have clothes you don’t wear in your wardrobe?  It’s not just me is it?

I have a couple of items in my wardrobe that are too small for me and don’t fit me.  I don’t wear them, but I keep them.

One is a beautiful printed navy silk wraparound dress.  I absolutely love it.  Only problem is I have only worn it in one period of my life where I lost a lot of weight suddenly and unintentionally.  I bought the dress at the point where I might have been my slimmest.  Everything was smaller: my bust; my waist; my hips.

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How working mums succeed at work by paying attention to what they wear at home

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Did you know you can succeed at work by paying attention to what you wear at home?  If you are a busy working mother you probably have some degree of awareness and control over your work image.  You want to look good and turn up looking like you’re ready to get going and give it 100%.

But what are you wearing at the weekend?

Are you paying as much attention to what you wear on Saturday and Sunday as you are Monday through Friday?

This post will:

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10 Clothing Challenges while you are spending more time at home

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10 mini styling challenges – image of shop mannequins with red lipstick

Warning, you may find this post requires you to take action, but I challenge you to give it a go!

Time at Home

My thoughts at this time are very much around the global pandemic.  I am very happy spending time at home.  I work from home, mostly.  So I am used to being here.  And I am very happy with, and enjoy being in, my creativity.  So, mostly I am ok.  I have had a few low moments, when I have wondered how our current life situation will be resolved, but mostly the Coronacoaster has been kind to me.

However, I have noticed my energy levels going up and down more than normal.  I am intentionally eating well and trying not to resort to rubbish food to give me an energy surge to better get through my day while I am at home.  I’ve reduced the amount of alcohol I am drinking too.  I really proud of that.  I want to be able to focus on being in the moment, and to be able to be fully aware of my experience.  That has been a great thing.

Why I’m struggling with what to wear at home

But one area, surprisingly, that I have had more difficulty with is in what to wear each day while I am at home.  Isn’t that crazy?!

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10 items you need in your wardrobe to transition into summer

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We have been posting styling tips (here: styling tips) all week on the theme of transitioning to spring and summer.  Finally making that changeover to lighter clothes, ditching black tights, having a change in footwear, and storing away unwanted winter weather clothes is a great moment.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by what’s in your wardrobe, and just want to look good in this spring weather, here is a list of 10 classic spring/summer items which you need in your wardrobe.

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Working at Home during Covid-19 – Get your clothes organised – Part 2

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Organise your clothes and get a better home/work balance – Life in the time of Covid-19 Part 2

I write about the importance of what you wear. Even when you’re working from home.

I’ve written about how to get a better life balance and even get more out of your life by organising your clothes.

Even though I know it to be true both from my personal experience and from the experience of my clients I have sometimes felt like a lone voice in the wilderness.

A new reality

Now though, the world has changed, turned upside down, in such a short space of time.  We all find ourselves at home.  Coping with a new reality.  And there are many articles now appearing along the lines of ‘What to wear when you’re working from home’.

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