Monday, 26 January 2015

Style Inspiration - Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn was and still is, without doubt, one of the leading style icons of our time. Many books have been written about her life and elegant style - Audrey Style, How to be Lovely, What Would Audrey Do? to name just a few. This month marks the 22nd anniversary of her death in 1993 but her simple, understated style lives on and many people aspire to create the look she had in the 1950s.  She met the designer Hubert de Givenchy on the set of the film Sabrina and he went on to design most of the clothes she wore in future films, as well as in her private life.

Her style was classic/gamine and, although she was quite tall, it was her waif like figure and elfin face that gave her a gamine look.

Here are some of the classic styles she was famous for:

1. The little black dress (see above) worn with pearls.
2. Cropped capri trousers.
3. A short sleeved white shirt - sometimes tied at the waist, or worn with a scarf.(see above)
4. Black polo-necked jumper (see above) worn with a pinafore dress.
5. A trench coat.

Interestingly, 21st century versions of the above clothes are still part of many people's wardrobes as they never go out of fashion and of course, Audrey always looked stunning in a beautiful evening gown too.

Is Audrey Hepburn your Style Inspiration? Why not watch some of her films e.g. Sabrina, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Roman Holiday, My Fair Lady and see what you think.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Colour for January - purple

"When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple" so says the poem by Jenny Joseph. But, of course, you don't have to be old to wear purple! It is, however, quite a difficult colour to match with other colours. Also, purple falls more within the cool category so for people with warm colouring, finding the right 'warm purple' can be hard.

If you have deep colouring, your purple is the darkest, as below (sorry - my camera shows the colours lighter than they should be):

For a sophisticated look, try wearing your purple with black, dark red or teal.

If you have light colouring then lavender and paler purples will suit you best:

Wear them in low to medium contrast with, for example, grey, pink or pale yellow.

For cool colouring here is a cool toned purple:

Shown here with silver, charcoal and cool pink.

For warm colouring, below is a warm purple you can wear:

Wear this with warm colours or neutrals from your palette such as warm beige, russet red or amber.

If you have clear, bright colouring then your purple is definitely the brightest:

Wear it with contrasting colours such as white, bright yellow or kelly green.

For those with a soft, muted colouring this purple, which is not too strong, is fine for you:

Wear it with another shade of purple to create a monochromatic look, or with low contrast colours such as beige, aqua or soft pink.

Why not think of new ways to wear purple? I'm off to hunt out my purple scarf and definitely wear it this month.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Start the new year colourfully!

A very Happy 2015 to all readers of my blog. The new year is always a good time to try something different in the areas of clothes, make-up and skincare. 

If you've never had a colour analysis, or had one years ago, why not treat yourself to having your colours done this year? Wearing the wrong shade or tone of a colour that doesn't match to your own personal colouring will not make you look as good as you could if you were wearing the right colours for you.

When I colour analyse someone, I use drapes and look to see how each colour drape harmonises with their skin, hair and eyes. During a colour analysis you will discover:

  • Your primary and secondary colour pattern using an advanced tonal system of colour analysis (Directional Method).
  • Your best neutrals.
  • Your best pastels.
  • How you can best combine your colours.
You will also receive a swatch wallet, which will give you all the colours that best suit you, plus an A4 size folder with information on wearing your colours.  You can take the swatch wallet with you when you go shopping to make sure that you choose the correct shade of, for example, purple. It is difficult for the brain to retain different shades of colour, so this handy tool will make sure you choose the right one for you.

Having a personal colour analysis really is a great investment and a great way to start the year off. Don't waste any more time or money by choosing clothes in colours that are wrong for you! You can contact me by email to book your own personal colour analysis: