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Confessions of a Fashion Stylist – Colour analysis

Blogger Janelle and I have worked on a few projects together in the past; I’ve tried out her La Mere Layering Technique in one of m frosty morning outfit posts and she has already sent me photos of her favourite shoes for an upcoming Tuesday Shoesday blog post (join in here!). So when I asked if the Confessions of a Fashion Stylist blogger would be willing to do a colour analysis for me, she was happy to help and got to work straight away. The first thing she needed was a clear photo of me without make up – my absolute nightmare as you may have read on my blog earlier this week! But I took the plunge and snapped a photo, then fired it off in an email to her before I changed my mind!

Janelle set to work analysing which colours would suit me best and sent me over a report along with a palette of colours to make my future clothing and beauty choices easier for me.

Eye Colour: soft blue/grey, changeable Hair Colour: Medium blonde with warm and cool tones Complexion: Ivory

Colourtime: Primary: Sunlight Colourtime and Secondary:  Sunrise Colourtime

Conclusion: Due to the fair and delicate colouring of the client, the colours that would suit her best are the colours reflected in the sundrenched hours of noon day.  These are the muted and more subtle tones of the Sunlight Colourtime palette.  These colours will compliment her colouring and not overpower and would be best as the main source of the colours she chooses for her wardrobe.

As a secondary palette of colours, meaning those which she should use to as the colours of accent pieces in her wardrobe, the sharp crisp colours of the Sunrise Colourtime palette.

sunlight and sunrise colour analysis

I’m really pleased with the colours suggested in these palettes, because burgundy and blue are already my favourite colours and I have a few pieces in these tones in my wardrobe. I’ve been thinking about purchasing a forest green top for a while and according to my colour analysis this would be a good colour on me and I’d also be suited to wearing emerald green, teal or sage so I can keep my eyes open for some green additions while rummaging though the charity shops! I’m slightly disappointed by the quantity of lilac and lavender shades in both of these charts, because I wore a LOT of these shades as a teenager and don’t think I can stomach wearing it again! But I’m willing to give it a try and I might pick out some of the more dusky tones or rich purple next time I’m heading towards a changing room – I’ll at least try it on and see what happens to my skin tone when I do!

Janelle also sent me a link to her sunrise colour combinations moodboards on Polyvore which showed how these different shades could be combined in outfits – making it super-easy for me to make the change to introduce new colour combinations into my wardrobe. As a lifelong fan of black, I’ve been desperate to move away from dark shades and experiment with colour, so I’m taking inspiration from these colour palettes to bring outfits together and I’ll share my new combinations with you soon.

Would you like your own colour analysis done? Get in touch with Janelle at Sasha Bowman shops!

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You’re a star! (says Julien Macdonald)

Oh dear. Here we go again… In case you didn’t already know, and have stayed away from my blog, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram profiles all week, I went to London Fashion Weekend 7 days ago. I may have mentioned it once or twice, I’m not sure. But this will be the last time, honest! And it’s really nothing much to do with LFW at all. It’s more about the accidental purchase I made this week as a result of going to the event.

And here it is. Can you guess why I couldn’t resist splashing out a full £5.25 in a charity shop on this shirt? It’s not my usual kind of top, I’m not all that fond of animal print and I’ve been trying to steer away from black in general. Plus it’s a little too big for me. So why did I buy it in the first place? Because of Julien Macdonald, that’s why.

Charity shop bargain Julien Macdonald top

As you might have noticed I went to see the JM catwalk show and it really was the highlight of my week. In fact, I think I’m a little bit in love with Julien after seeing his gorgeous designs (not to mention that I know he’s a really nice fella, thanks to watching him Strictly last year). Anyway, I was going for my usual rummage around the charity shops in the nearby town when this top jumped out at me. I was actually having a rather half-hearted flick through the clothes and wasn’t really looking at anything in particular – this top was the only one that I’d picked up off the rail – and lo and behold! it was a Star by Julien Macdonald shirt. How could I resist it? I tried it on and decided that the larger-than-my-usual size gave it a funky, floaty, fashion-lecturer look, plus I assumed that it was supposed to be oversized thanks to the dipped back hem. I’m going to wear it with a blazer to give it more shape – if I ever find a suitable place or occasion to wear it.

In reality I bought it not knowing whether I’d ever wear it but just being so happy that I’d got a piece of clothing that would always remind me of the time I was invited to London Fashion Weekend. And I’m sure that Julien would be pleased that I’m recycling one of his pieces for Debenhams. Maybe one day I’ll own one of the catwalk pieces, who knows what the future will bring? But in the meantime I’m happy to know that (thanks to Julien Macdonald) I’m a star!


It’s a tough job going to London Fashion Weekend but someone’s got to do it..!

There are some days that I really feel like I’m a professional blogger. Okay, these days are few and far between, and most of the time I imagine that it’s just me sat here typing away for my own fun without really thinking that anyone else is reading it (although luckily my statistics tell me otherwise!). But every once in a while I really feel like I’m a ‘proper’ blogger and today is one of those days because I’ve been invited to attend London Fashion Weekend!

I am on the train on my way to London to spend the whole day at Somerset House, taking in all the new season trends, attending talks by industry professionals and even getting my hair blow-dried when I get there! I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited nor have I ever felt so much like a blogger! Although I’m not quite at the level of those jammy 15 year-old bloggers sitting on the front row of the Chanel catwalk show, I’m certainly feeling a little more like a pro-blogger and want to get the most out of the day so that I can report back on the new season trends for you and let you know what to expect from Autumn/Winter 2014.

London fashion weekend 2014

After my initial jumping-up-and-down excitement, I (as usual) started to worry about what to wear. I’m usually not so fussed about what I look like or where my clothes have come from – usually the carboot sale or charity shop! – but I’m going to be surrounded by tall, beautiful, fashionable young women and I don’t want to look like my usual stumpy frumpy self! So I headed to George at Asda to pick out a purse-friendly outfit. I’m particularly rubbish at putting together a ‘look’ so I browsed their style files on the website (where they’ve done all the work for me!) to get inspiration and basically went for the cutest combo that was closest to my usual ‘style’ so at least I knew I would be comfortable! So I’m wearing their Wonderfit jeans in Navy which are my new favourite trousers and I’ll probably never take them off again – they have loads of stretch in them, so even though a size small looked tiny on the hanger I could comfortably do them up around my middle and they feel like I’m wearing leggings rather than jeans, but look just as smart as a proper pair of navy denim.

I checked the weather report and it’s likely that I’m going to get chilly and possibly a bit wet today, so I’ve popped on my cosy George duffel coat with big snuggly hood to keep me warm and dry on the journey. I’ve investigated the venue and there is a cloakroom there so I can shed my chunky coat when I get there and show off my fine knit top and chiffon shirt combo. I also needed to take a lot of paperwork with me, along with all my tech stuff, camera and purse (yes, I’m hoping to do some shopping!) so a big bag was essential and with all the walking I’d be doing I knew that today was not the day to break in a pair of heels, so I slipped on my heeled brogues and headed out to the train station.

I can’t wait to get there and I really hope that the day is everything I’d imagined! I will report back early next week and share my findings with you. In the meantime, I’ll be tweeting and instagram-ing all day so follow me @Cassiefairy for live updates and photos.


I’m having a new year wardrobe clear out

January is the perfect time to think about having a home overhaul and clearing the clutter from your house. Like me, you’ve probably made promises to yourself to improve your emotional wellbeing, career and health but did you focus any of your resolutions on your house? I’m thinking that maybe now is the time to start improving your living environment, because the space we live in certainly has an impact on our mental attitude, ability to work efficiently and relationships with the people in our lives. Although it’s not technically a “Spring Clean”, because I won’t be doing much scrubbing, this weekend I am planning to have a thorough clear out of all the clutter in my home and honestly I think will feel much better after a good tidy-up and can look forward to 2014 with an open mind.

kate bosworth closet

Kate Bosworth’s closet via Pinterest

One of the first areas that I want to address is my wardrobe. Everyone’s wardrobe inevitably grows in content over the course of a year as we buy new workwear, holiday outfits and those discounted shoes that we just couldn’t leave behind at that price. So no doubt, there will be more items squeezed into my wardrobe than there was at the start of last year, and that means more clutter and less space to add new things! Therefore, one of the best things you can do to declutter your clothing is to get everything out and start sorting – I know that the mess will be all over your bedroom instead of tucked away in the wardrobe but stay with me here! Take each item in turn and ask yourself whether you have worn it over the past year. If the answer is yes, hang it back in the closet. If the answer is no, ask yourself why?

  1. Is it the wrong size? Is it uncomfortable? Is it tired and faded? Any of these items can be safely taken out of the wardrobe and recycled. Good items can be passed on to family and friends, or even sold at a carboot sale or online so you can get a bit of extra cash for the new year!
  2. Does it need fixing? If you’ve not worn an item because it is broken, has a loose thread or the button has fallen off, now is the time to do all those repairs you’ve been meaning to get around to, so put them to one side and tackle them after you’ve finished the decluttering process. While you’re sitting in front of the TV in the evenings, how about getting out your sewing kit and fixing that broken seam or loose popper so that you’ve got an item that’s good as new, and you’ll be able to wear it this year – maybe it’s been needing to be repair for so long that you’ve forgotten all about it and can wear it with fresh eyes, as if you’ve been shopping and bought a whole new outfit!
  3. Professional help? If the problem is something beyond your fixing ability and you really want to keep the item, think about getting the hem professionally fixed, taking stained items to the dry cleaners, getting too-long trousers taken up or have those shoes re-heeled. Again this will give you more clothing options in your new, decluttered wardrobe – it’s like shopping but at a much lower price!
  4. Is it unseasonal? If you’re holding a sarong and hot pants in your hands at this time of year, chances are you won’t be need it until your summer holidays in 6 months time. Maybe you could pack your holiday essentials away in your suitcase now (including things like adapter plugs and travel hairdryer), so they will all be in one place when you next travel and will be out of the way until you need them. The same goes for winter clothing when you’re in the height of summer – pop those fluffy festive jumpers into storage bags and tuck them away under the bed or on top of the wardrobe (my dumping ground of choice!) and get them out again when the weather changes.
  5. Is it for a special occasion? We’ve all got dresses, suits, shoes and accessories in our wardrobe that are only really worn on special occasions – black-tie, wedding outfits, even Halloween fancy dress. You know you don’t need immediate access to these items but they have to be stored neatly (maybe not so much with the fancy dress items!), so make sure they are clean and repaired if needed, then keep them on hangers in suit or dress bags and put them at the back of the wardrobe. Or if you really don’t need them, you could get one of those canvas wardrobes for your loft and store this clothing hanging up in the attic, out of the way until you need them again. Continue reading


Autumn colour trend ~ blush pink

Today I wanted to share another hot colour trend with you for autumn. We are well and truly into the autumn season and it’s about time that we took influence from a new colour trends and brighten up our homes and our wardrobes with blush pink.

interior decor trend blush pink wallpaper

Blush pink interiors via Pinterest

This interior decor photo shows just how warm blush pink can look in the home and lends a lovely autumnal glow to a rustic room. It’s often the fear that including pink in a room makes it look like a child’s bedroom, but this room certainly doesn’t – it looks like a classy grown-up dining room with a decadent twist. This wallpaper would look equally good during the spring or summer and it goes to show that you need not go overboard with the shade in order to get an on-trend look for your interior decor.

blush pink autumn fashion trend from pure collection

Blush pink fashion via Pure Collection

Another way to bring extra warmth into your life is to combine hues of pink and blush with tweeds, leather and chunky knitwear for your winter look. Take inspiration from these cashmere goodies from the Pure Collection above (all in the sale section at the moment!) and add a blush top or pink denim with your festive knits to bring your winter wardrobe bang up to date.

pippa middleton price george christening wearing blush pink accessories

Pippa Middleton via Pinterest

If you can’t stand the sugary-ness of a head-to-toe blush pink look, how about just adding a couple of pastel pink accessories to your outfit, as Pippa Middleton did for Prince George’s christening. She was styled by British couture designer Suzannah Crabb, who chose the combination of blush pinks to coordinate with her “warm blush oyster” coat perfectly.

What do you think of this new season colour trend? Will you be adding pink to your home or winter wardrobe? Digging out those blush summer clothes that you’d packed away for winter could be a thrifty way to get the look for less – simply combine them with your cream cashmere cardi and your tweed winter coat and you are all set to look super-fashionable for the whole of the winter period.


Tuesday Shoesday ~ Mens brogues

There’s something about the trend for ‘boyfriend’ clothes that makes me happy. It always looks so comfortable – probably because it’s over-size – and there’s always the chance that it will still smell a little of your fella’s aftershave, which is the best scent in the world! I’ve been shopping for a denim shirt for ages but couldn’t find the right one, so when my hubby tried on a gorgeous denim shirt in H&M I actually ‘grrrr’d that he’d found one and I hadn’t. But then a light-bulb went off in my head and I demanded that I try it on too. So I headed into the changing rooms and thankfully it fitted me just right and I didn’t look too much like I was wearing a typical painter-and-decorator outfit (which is what all the women’s denim shirts looked like on me). So we decided to go halves on it and share the denim shirt. It obviously looks waaay better on him than on me, but I love it and it’s kinda cute-but-sickening that we are sharing clothes now!

tuesdsay shoesday mens footwear grey suede brogues for ladies

Now, it’s not quite the same deal with ‘boyfriend shoes’. Unless you and your fella have got the same size feet, the whole ‘caring-and-sharing’ thing isn’t going to work. Hubby bought this grey suede pair above from a charity shop in Cambridge and although I think they are great, there’s no-way I’d be able to wear them on my size 4 trotters. But taking inspiration from mens shoes does work and I love, love, LOVE all the the brogue-esque ladies shoes out there. You may remember that I stocked up on a pair of school shoes from New Look recently (below) and I’ve just realised how broguey they actually are – albeit with a small heel. I think it’s the heel, the wedge or the stiletto that makes these brogues more wearable for women (especially vertically-challenged ones like me) – although a flat pair with trousers is super cool or wearing flat brogues with a casual dress is possibly the cutest look around.

tuesday shoesday back to school shoes from new look

I’m currently reading Luella’s Guide to English Style by designer Luella Bartley and she mentions brogues in her list of English fashion staples – here’s what she has to say about them: “A rolled-up boiler suit, white ankle socks and a pair of brogues. One of the pivotal moments in my style education. Bananarama, I will always love you. There is so much more I could say on this matter but isn’t that beautiful vision a strong enough argument in itself?”. If Luella is championing the traditional brogue in her list of stylish footwear, we can’t be going too far wrong by wearing these classics.

While out on the high street this week, I noticed a massive influx female brogues in the stores and, although I’m sticking with my bargain ‘school shoes’ from the teen department, here are my favourites from New Look at £16, tan ASOS shoes at £14 in the sale,  and patent brogues £12 from George at Asda – what a bargain!

tuesday shoesday ladies brogues flat shoes from george asda asos new look

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Tuesday Shoesday ~ Scary shoes

With Halloween only a couple of days away I’ve been getting carried away while looking for costume accessories and the result is this Tuesday Shoeday blog post about spooky shoes. Now these aren’t really the kind of shoes you’d want to wear all year round (or maybe they are, who am I to tell you otherwise?) but they are good fun and look really cool so I’m coveting these items of freaky footwear as much as any pair of shoes that’ve been featured on my blog. So here are my favourite Halloween-inspired shoes that I’ve found on Pinterest and check out  my Tuesday Shoesday board for all the links to the image sources:

Tuesday Shoesday spooky heels scary shoes for halloween costume 2013

I also found this tutorial for creating your own witches-cat shoes to accompany your Halloween costume so if you’re stuck for a last-minute outfit, why not have a go at this DIY by Scathingly Brilliant blog?

cat diy shoes from scathingly brilliant blog

Image & DIY c/o Scathingly Brilliant 


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