8th December 2019
Well, we are nearly at the end of another year, and for me it was another wonderful year of new memories and a beautiful addition of Charlie another grandchild to our family. I have to say what makes this year special as well is meeting and helping so many new ladies. This is what I love about my job and my true reason for becoming a Colour me Beautiful image consultant, as I explain in my consultations I was once a client myself and that initial call to my local consultant, so I truly know how important it is to you all to invest in yourselves.
I would love to know how I can help you in 2020, so please get in touch, this newsletter is for you.
A bumper issue for my last one of 2019, so time to get a cup of coffee, a mince pie perhaps and take a seat.
I wanted to revisit some previous posts in this month’s newsletter and introduce a few companies who are championing the eradication of synthetic fibres used in the fashion industry, and using sustainable crops.
Included in the newsletter
- working your wardrobe
- ethical companies
- our magic make-up boxes
- shopping in the sales
They have to be one of the biggest accessories as we head into Winter. There is a vast choice now both in colour and style including of course the colour me beautiful tonal scarves which I know a lot of you have invested in already. You can choose from silk scarves to chunky knits. Knowing your style personality will probably dictate which one you will choose for example the natural will need it to be practical or for the city chic it will be an investment accessory that helps them build their look.
What to consider: –
Colour – A savvy shopper will buy investment purchases such as coats, in neutral colours; navy, black, charcoal and brown for example. It’s very easy to update these each year with scarves in trend colours saving you money in the process and keeping you looking fashionable. Choose the most flattering colour for you as this is what will be closest to your face.
Scale – Think about your scale. Petite frames will be overwhelmed by thick, long chunky scarves so if this is you, opt for something smaller. In fact, try the children’s department as they are cut much shorter and are less bulky. Larger frames will benefit from a chunkier scarf, but if you are large-busted, avoid infinity loops or knots that tend to rest on the chest. A scarf is a good way to introduce pattern into your wardrobe. Some palettes such as Clears will look fabulous in contrasting colours in jazzy prints such as red, black and white, whilst Softs will look their best in tonal, muted patterns such as a soft paisley in jade and turquoise.
This is a must watch for new and interesting ways to wear your scarves https://bit.ly/34NFKbf.
Being careful with your money in the sales,
We’re all about building a wardrobe of outfits that will stand the test of time, and this is something that I talk to my clients about. It’s especially pertinent in times when sustainability is at the top of many people’s agenda. But there is a risk that you will tire of the same clothes, and wearing the same outfits over and over again. That’s when rash purchases happen, and we’re sure regret will be something that you will feel, not too far down the road.
So, here’s my guide to help you stay on track and love your wardrobe.
Not rocket science but a tidy, edited wardrobe makes it easy to see what you have. There are bound to be items in there that you’ve forgotten about. Enjoy them! But do move on anything that you’re unlikely to wear again. One person’s rubbish is another person’s treasure.
2. Shake IT Up
Once you have worked out your style and built up a wardrobe of key items, your main goal is to freshen it up each season. That’s not to say we’re encouraging unnecessary purchases. As things wear out or no longer fit, you will need to replace them. This is the time to inject some freshness. It’s very tempting to jump on to the trend band wagon, but we guarantee that these items will end up in the charity bag next year. So, make considered purchases that will keep you relevant.
Let’s suppose that you are a City Chic and feel happiest in well-fitted jeans, a classic t-shirt and blazer. Your collection of jackets will no doubt cover all of your neutral colours. So next time you’re in the market for a blazer, you might want to throw in something a little bit difference eg. if you’re a Soft, damson would work really well with your other clothes, and give your navy, charcoal and pewter a few days off.
3. Know Your Colours
Well you really didn’t think that we would publish a blog post without mentioning colour did you? But colour is key. When you understand what suits you, it makes shopping so much easier, and over time you will build up a collection of clothes that work with each other and look fabulous on you. We like to think that you can fall into your closet each day and come out looking amazing.
4. Reverse Shop Your Wardrobe
This is a really useful exercise for those stubborn items that you struggle to get rid of, but don’t wear. Take them out of your wardrobe and hang them on a rail or in a separate area. These are your go-to items each day. If you manage to wear something (and you feel good in it), it has earned its place back in your wardrobe. Whatever remains unworn after a month, it’s time to go. Do this now for your winter clothes!
Celtic & CO
I love the fact that in the lead-up to Christmas, Celtic & Co are championing the eradication of synthetic fabrics, used within the fashion industry. They are encouraging shoppers to buy wool which is a natural, renewable product. Did you know that every 6kg wash of synthetic fabrics, releases over 700,000 microplastic fibres which enter the food chain? Wool releases only natural fibres that break down naturally. You can read more about Celtic & Co’s mission here https://bit.ly/33ZZKWI
Who doesn’t love receiving pants and socks for Christmas? So why not buy from an ethical brand and do some good at the same time? Bamboo Clothing (BAM) has been producing beautiful clothing (and pants and socks) since 2006. Bamboo is a fast-growing sustainable crop and when woven into a fabric, is super-soft, kind to the skin and breathable. And don’t worry, this company doesn’t take itself too seriously, so you can buy your wacky ‘sustainable’ socks to your hearts content. https://bit.ly/2LzO5aZ
The magic box
A handy mirrored compact that will hold a combination of our eye shadows, blusher, highlighter and lip gloss/cream blush combo. Carry only the shades you use and love! There’s no waste as once a favourite colour is used, you can simply replace it. A simple idea that really is genius. Try before you buy. I would be delighted to show you your very best shades so do get in touch.
Our skincare range is organic, vegan, cruelty-free and the packaging is recyclable. There’s something for everyone; from Micellar Water for those who need a quick-fix make-up remover to Grapefruit and Orange Facial Serum that promotes skin healing and regrowth.
Some clients will love this concept, others will hate it, but fashion rental is a growing market and here to stay. Here are a few more websites for you to bookmark:
1.Make a list
- A shopping list will keep your mind firmly on the task in hand.
2. Look for timeless pieces and basics
- There’s a reason that the custard coloured Rara skirt is in the sale…because no one else wants it! Certainly the retailer doesn’t want to be stuck with it for another season. Don’t be sucked in by fashion-led items. Stick to timeless pieces such as trousers, jeans, jackets and coats.
3. Time to invest
- The January sales are a good time to shop for investment pieces. Coats, boots and cashmere jumpers will be heavily discounted as retailers make way for their spring stock. Step up your game by visiting shops that are normally slightly out of your price range, that leather jacket that was a little out of your reach before Christmas, may well now be very affordable.
4. Will it work in your wardrobe?
- Before making a purchase, ask yourself, Can I make at least three outfits with it? Do I have footwear and outerwear to go with it? Is it appropriate for my lifestyle? If the answer to any of these questions is no, then there’s a fair chance that you will regret it further down the line.
5. Is it your colour and shape?
- Just because your favourite blogger looks amazing in a bright pink oversized shirt doesn’t mean that it will be the same on you. Does it make you look fresher and more vibrant or does it make your skin look tired and dull? Use your smart phone to take a photo of yourself in the changing room. Does the item look good from all angles? Does it flatter your figure? Don’t settle for second best just because it’s in the sale.