If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may have noticed a few photos of me shopping popping up last week. You may have wondered what I was doing in House of Fraser without my motley crew on a Tuesday. I was reclaiming my girlie-ness and having a great time being treated like a dress up doll!
Just before Christmas I won a contest by Water Babies (with this piece) and my prize was a consultation and shopping trip with Julie from Stylefish, a fashion expert and really wonderful woman. We worked on creating looks that could either be for playdates or date dates And here’s the results
I love shopping and clothes and all that kind of stuff but I’ve left some of that by the wayside since having kids and especially since leaving work. I don’t need to dress up any more and I’m terrified of wearing some of my favourite vintage pieces around my messy boys. My body has been in a constant state of flux through pregnancies, breastfeeding and stress so it’s harder to shop and has stopped being fun.
Julie helped change all that. We talked about my body shape and how to compliment it. I’m a pear and I know that. I’ve heard everything Gok and Trinny have to say about what I can and can’t wear, but Julie took a different approach. Rather than feeling like I was somehow letting the fashion gods down by not looking like a perfect size 0 in a pair of skinnies, she talked to me about ways to wear the styles I like while bringing out my best features and keeping things in proportion. We also talked about colour (I’m Autumn) and how to the right colour can affect your mood. Just like body shape, colours are about brining out your natural colouring. I’m deep and warm.
It all makes sense and was refreshing to start shopping with a new perspective. To look at clothes and think that’s not made for me rather than I’m not made for it (with the implication being that my hips aren’t quite living up to standards). Along with getting a make over, I’ve had a pass through my closet and found some new ways to put clothes together and finally purged items that just made me feel sad. Everything is bright and happy and joyful in this house, so my clothes should be too!
Here’s a taste of the day and some of the fun I had. I really love the yellow Warehouse tunic, but it was ridiculously hard to take off (if only the zipper was a couple of inches longer!) I think I need much more yellow in my life!