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Baby it’s cold outside!

6 Feb

The temperatures have plummeted rececently and sometimes it is difficult to look stylish yet keep warm at the same time. Your go to option should be faux fur – very on trend right now and perfect for keeping you nice and toasty!

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Faux fur for the ultimate in every day glamour

Just one plush garment can shield you from the elements and make you look luxuriously snug (and smug) – faux fur.

From teddy bear coats to subtle fluffy trims, there’s a Winter wonder to suit everyone’s furry fashion limit. Why not be faux fur fabulous with all this cold weather around?

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A thick, faux fur coat has Winter written all over it. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, it’s a sound overcoat investment for the big freeze months, from November through to March.

Colour is all-important when selecting your faux fur. If you have a Warm skin tone go for the browns, fawns and camels, should you have a Cool skin tone choose grey or black fur.

There are also lots of animal print furs which are the ultimate statement if you have a Dramatic or Creative style personality. Leopard used to be the go-to print, but now you’ll find Friesian cow or Dalmatian spots, if you prefer a quirky monochrome colour way.

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Faux fur can be used as a glamorous accent on clothes, almost like tinsel on a Christmas tree, but minus sparkle.

You can pretty much forgo a scarf if you opt for a winter coat with a generous faux fur or shearling collar. The bigger the collar, the bigger the style statement.

Avoid a furry collar if you’re bigger busted, as it’s likely to exaggerate your proportions but, conversely, if you’re lacking in that area, it can boost your assets.

Generous faux fur trims on hemlines are the latest way to draw attention to your legs. Ensure you keep your pins streamlined in skinny jeans, leggings or tights, so that the fur can frame your limbs to the max.

This Dr. Zivago look never disappoints on the glam stakes.

Fluffy extras

Embrace the fluff factor with Siberia-inspired extras. Keep the cold out with furry snoods and scarves draped over shoulders, big hats – Cossack style – cuddling heads, and mittens over paws – all easy ways to add fur accents to your look.

If you want a colour contrast, the high street has rainbow bright numbers for a fun approach. Many of the above are available in the shops now at extraordinary discounts.

Throw practicality out of the window with this season’s surprise fuzzy evening extras: think sandals trimmed with fluffy marabou and clutch bags decked out in cosy shearling. They won’t keep you warm but they will look furry fabulous.

It just so happens that I have some fab bargains for you too! I have lots of faux fur items and vintage inspired gloves listed on Ebay right now! I have a Buy it Now price but you can make me an offer – I need to get rid of all my Winter stock so do take a look. Click on the picture below to have a browse.

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Would you like to learn more about your personal colouring, style personality or what shape would suit you best? Why not book an appointment with me?

Contact me at susan@susanstylesyou.com or 07801 341526

www.susanstylesyou.com

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Magnificent Marsala

10 Jan
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So Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2015 is Marsala – a shade the company says will enrich the human mind, body and soul.

Marsala makes for an elegant, grounded statement, whether it stands on its own or serves as a strong accent alongside other colours.

“Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth” said Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone Colour Institute’s executive director.

It’s a really luxurious and romantic colour. Imagine deep, burgundy wines waiting to meet your lips.

This hearty yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors” Eiseman states.

It is not an easy colour to wear, however. How will you be incorporating this trending colour into your wardrobe? I have some tips to help you.

Do you have mousey hair that you may have highlighted à la Jennifer Aniston?

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Marsala on you will create an elegant and sophisticated look when you wear it head to toe. As a block colour, wear it with one of your neutral shades; try it with Taupe or Rose Brown.

Do you have very light blonde hair and pale blue or green eyes like Gwyneth Paltrow?

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Wear Marsala if you are looking for an understated look on its own, or with Stone or Pewter shades. For a more colourful ensemble, wear it with Petrol or Light Teal.

Are you a red-head like Emma Stone?

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Go for the Wow factor when you wear it with your Orange Reds and the Greens in your palette such as Turquoise and Lime.

Do you have dark hair and dark eyes like Eva Longoria?

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You will bring Marsala into your wardrobe in a print together with your Burgundies, Aubergines, Damsons and purples.

Do you have dark hair and bright eyes like the Duchess of Cambridge?

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Marsala is a soft and muted colour so it would not be the first choice for you. However, it can work as part of a print with shades such as Chinese Blue, Emerald Turquoise or Fern, for example. Or you may want to opt for an accessory, but not a necklace or scarf as they are too close to the face; bracelets and handbags would work a treat.

Do you have silver, platinum or salt and pepper hair like Jamie-Lee Curtis?

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You will wear Marsala when you prefer a softer approach to colour in your wardrobe. Wear it with greys from Charcoal to Silver Grey.

One piece of advice for everyone, if Marsala is close to your face, make sure the lipstick you wear works with it and doesn’t clash, unless you want to achieve a creative or dramatic look.

For those with a cool, pink undertone try Colour Me Beautiful Plumberry susan-styles-you-plumberry

For those with a warm, peach undertone try Colour Me Beautiful Mochaberry susan-styles-you-mochaberry

Not sure whether Marsala will work for you? You need to be Colourised! Come and discover how to look younger, more healthy and more vibrant just by wearing the right colours. Don’t forget, if you book and pay for a Colour Consultation before the end of January 2015, I am throwing in up to £25 worth of FREE ACCESSORIES! An offer not to be missed! Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

susan@susanstylesyou
07801 341526
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Wear Pink with confidence this October

17 Oct

Pink is the new black! Autumn/Winter is borrowing a colour usually reserved for Spring this year – pink! For Winter, there are two variations – dusty rose or berry – so embrace it and think pink this season. If you invested in a dusky pink coat last Autumn/Winter, you can breathe a sigh of relief!

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Autumn Winter 2014 Collection

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Marc Cain Show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014/15

So how should we be wearing pink this Autumn/Winter? Well, firstly, you can transition some of your light Spring/Summer pink items by wearing them with heavier layers, thick tights and chunky boots.

Keep your look fresh by choosing monochrome – brighter pinks look best with black and lighter pinks look amazing with light greys and charcoals. More corally, peachy pinks look super chic teamed with taupes and pewter.

However, pink is not an easy colour to wear and you must get the right hue for your personal colouring.

Here is my guide to choosing the correct pink.

If you have light blonde hair and light eyes like Gwyneth Paltrow choose a baby pink or dusty rose pink and mix it with greys and blues for a flattering look.

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Gorgeous baby pink wrap coat by Ted Baker at John Lewis £299

If you have dark hair and dark eyes, think Catherine Zeta Jones, you should choose a strong, rich pink. If solid pink is not for you, choose a print instead, incorporating a hint of pink.

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Damsel in a Dress at John Lewis £149

For those of you with Auburn hair, your best pinks will be corals and salmon pinks. Wear these with grey, but also with golden browns and moss greens for great effect.

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Neon Coral pencil skirt by Dickens and Jones at House of Fraser reduced to £40

If your hair is salt & pepper, silver or white (natural or not) the hot, rose and fuchsia pinks are must-haves in your wardrobe. This season wear them with your greys but also with those lovely navy blues we are seeing around. Pink will give you that boost of energy that you deserve.

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Hot pink Guess shoes at Heels.com $109.99

If like the Duchess of Cambridge you have dark hair and bright eyes, you should wear the brightest shades of pink available, and you can wear them to contrast with other colours. Think cyclamen, rose or blush worn on their own, or again with greys, navies and black.

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Sonia Rykiel lipstick sweater at Farfetch.com reduced to £147

If your overall look is soft and muted, make your pink soft and muted too. The best shades of pink for you are salmon and powder pinks. Just make sure they blend nicely with what you are wearing

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Dusty pink faux fur jacket at H&M just £34.99

Whatever pink you wear make sure that your lipstick matches the hue and intensity for an elegant look. Remember, pink says gentleness, empathy and brings some femininity to every woman.

In case you didn’t know, there is an extra reason to wear pink as this October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

If you want to go the extra mile and support Breast Cancer Awareness month, I am delighted to announce that a group of Colour Me Beautiful consultants have been brave enough to pose virtually naked in just a drape of material and some fab shoes to produce a charity calendar with all proceeds going to Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Lorraine Kelly has very kindly agreed to endorse the calendar.

“I’m delighted to support this project in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer and promoting a positive body image. I hope you love the calendar as much as I do and that you too will be inspired to be breast aware.”

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The calendar can be purchased for £10.56 from www.2015calendar.co.uk

Finally, if you are not sure which is your best pink you need to be “Colourised”! Contact me today to find out your WOW colours.

Susan@susanstylesyou.com or 07801 341526

Warehouse Manchester Arndale A/W2014 Preview

3 Sep

Last week I was invited along to Warehouse at Manchester Arndale to see their new A/W2014 collection.

So, after been greeted by our fab host, Dom, and given our VIP passes, we were served prosecco and cupcakes as we perused all the lovely new clothes on the rails

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The first thing to say is that, if you bought a dusty pink coat last A/W, you can breathe a sigh of relief as it is just as on trend this year as last. Soft pastels in candy floss pink and sweet ice-cream shades in lots of fluffy textures were everywhere and Warehouse have rocked it up a bit by pairing it with black.

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I loved the 60s inspired “gangster’s moll” collection. This look is so easy to wear, combining leather and lace together effortlessly.

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Another one of my favourite looks was this preppy look with cute pinafore dress and white shirt. I loved the clever addition of white sandals so it can be worn now. When the weather gets cooler just swap the sandals for a cute pair of pumps. I think it would look great with a pair of coloured opaques rather than too much black.

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Coords (that’s a top and skirt or top and trousers in the same print) are big news this season and what’s not to love! They are so versatile. They can be worn together or separate. I think this little top would look fab with a pair of red skinny jeans.

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Anything take your fancy?

We all got together for a hilarious group selfie:

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We were given £50 to spend on the night I quickly zoomed in on a print pencil skirt and then found this gorgeous statement necklace that matched it perfectly. I went out for dinner last night and teamed them with a cobalt blue top and sandals from Zara plus a cute little clutch from Stella and Dot.

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Thank you to Warehouse, Manchester Arndale, Helen Seed Pr and Leanne Forshaw Jones PR, plus the amazing Dom, who has given me my favourite new word “Smasual”.

Photos courtesy of Jason Lock

Scarlet Fever

16 Aug

Helloooo!

It has been such a long time since I blogged – I have been really, really busy – have you missed me? I hope everyone is having a great Summer and looking forward to the exciting new fashions that are starting to appear in the shops right now.

Autumn is my favourite time of year and I can’t contain my giddiness that THE hot colour for Autumn/Winter 2014 is RED!!!

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The catwalks were awash with healthy, warm and vibrant head to toe scarlets in all hues this season. Red is the ultimate power colour that screams “LOOK AT ME!”. If you want to be noticed and remembered – wear red, but not just any red – your red!

Red is a difficult colour to get right as there are so many different shades of it. I know from personal experience. You see, I never wore red until I disovered Colour Analysis and found MY red. My mother never dressed me in red as a child, I never chose red when I was old enough to shop for myself. I simply believed that wearing red would clash with my hair. But now I have discovered the right reds for my individual colouring, I love to wear it and I am always complimented when I wear it. The red family has so many variations, from raspberry to tomato so getting the undertone right is crucial.

Red is the colour of energy, wear red and you will feel confident and in control. It will bring excitement to your day. It is a great colour to wear at the end of the week when your energy levels may be flagging. So, probably not a great colour to wear if you are trying to get the kids off to sleep 🙂

There are two reds in Pantone’s Fall 2014 collection. Firstly, Sangria, “an exotic red that evokes a sense of glamorous adventures and faraway destinations”.

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Secondly, there is Aurora Red “a more sophisticated shade that adds verve and spark”. Nice of them to give us a choice 🙂

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When wearing red, take care with your lipstick and make sure it is in the same tone. Colour Me Beautiful cosmetics are specifically designed to suit individual colouring, so it makes your choice easy peasy! You can purchase Colour Me Beautiful cosmetics from my online shop Susan Styles You. If you are not sure what suits you, just give me a call and I can help you choose!

For those with warm undertones, choose an earthy red like Tomato.

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For those with a cool undertone, Ruby is lovely.

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Keep an eye out for my next blog, where I will be sharing my top RED HOT picks on the High Street!

Do you know what red suits you? No? Well, come and find out!

A Full Colour Analysis with me costs just £120, which includes a full makeover using Colour Me Beautiful cosmetics and your own 42 colour palette to take away with you. Believe me, it will transform you and the the way you shop!

Also, I have a special Summer Offer on right now. Book one Colour Consultation at full price (£120) and get a second for half price (£60) – a saving of £20 each! Why not get together with a friend or relative and come along together to take advantage of this amazing offer!

Contact me today on 07801 341526 or email me at susan@susanstylesyou.com

Tiaras at the ready -it’s Prom time! #tweetseatprom

12 May

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So it is that time of year when teenage girls get excited about choosing their Prom outfits and dads are filled with dread just thinking about that dent in their bank balance. Prom season has now become HUGE in the UK. There was never anything like it when I was a teenager. Yes, we had school discos but they didn’t require us to dress in sparkly dresses. I was even underwhelmed by my First Holy Communion dress as my Mum refused point blank to let me wear a “sticky out” dress. Mine was a simple cotton straight tunic dress with daisy applique. Looking back at it, it was really cute but I wanted a “sticky out” one :-(.

I was recently invited to Manchester Arndale to go and take a look at some of the styles of dresses currently available at their stores. I was really interested to discover that the typical Mancunian mother starts discussing outfits with her daughter FIVE months before the event. PLUS the average spend now for a prom outfit, including beauty treatments and cars is £428!!! Wowsers! Basically, mums are prepared to go ALL OUT to ensure their daughter draws envious looks from other Prom goers. Nearly 40 per cent said they would consider a Personal Stylist to ensure their daughter looks the business. I actually did a Colour and Style Consultation for a 16 year old in January which included advice on her Prom dress.

Popular styles in Manchester right now vary from full length fitted dresses in pastel shades to shorter styles that can be worn again. Personal Stylist at Manchester Arndale, Debs Hatfield is available for free advice on Prom dresses. When I asked her what her top tips were for Prom dressing she said this “Pare down the jewellery if you have a detailed dress and don’t go OTT on the tan” Wise words indeed.

So, on to the clothes. Our first stop was Pastiche. This shop is jam packed full of sequins, frills and glitter! A real princess paradise! Some of their dresses are quite expensive, but they offer a payment plan to help with this if required. Pastiche go that extra mile when it comes to Prom dresses as they carefully keep a record of everyone’s details and will only sell one style of dress per school. We saw a few of the dresses being modelled and this was my favourite – you really will make an entrance in red!

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Pastiche really does have something to suit all tastes from real show stoppers to elegant and chic. Sleek styles are very popular this season as opposed to the more traditional princess styles. Backless is a also a popular trend and Mancunian girls are loving purple this year. Purple is a great choice for your Prom dress as it is a “universal” colour that suits most skin tones.

Next stop was Coast – where we were greeted by some beautiful bright dresses!

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Coast really is a go to store for special occasion outfits. You know that you can walk into Coast and come out with the whole outfit – dress, shoes, bag, stole, jewellery – the whole shebang! Their best selling dress this season is the Michegan – available in a full length version and also a shorter one. This has also been very popular for bridesmaids. Did you know that some Coast dresses have a pocket in the shoulder straps in which you can hook your bra to keep it concealed? Nifty eh?

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I love the pretty lilac colour of this gorgeous, luxurious floor-sweeping gown – guaranteed to put you in the limelight. The Michigan maxi dress has a stunning sweetheart neckline and boning in the bodice for a sleek and soft look. The dress features lustrous gathered satin detail at the waist which beautifully flatters your curves. The waterfall drape detail on the skirt adds just the right amount of romance to this head turning gown.

At Coast you can book a Style Lounge appointment and spend as long as you want trying on dresses with expert help and refreshments on hand.

The final stop for clothes was Lipsy. Lipsy is a young, funky and fresh brand just perfect for Prom dressing. From short and sassy cocktail styles to long red carpet worthy dresses and sultry midi length looks. A Lipsy dress makes it a stylish Prom night to remember. Their Prom range is very affordable – dads love Lipsy! Ah, but then that leaves money left over to spend on a fabulous pair of shoes …

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Talking of shoes, we finished our tour in Aldo. Whether you are looking for a simple nude pump (a popular choice right now) or you want to go for all out glamour in these super sparkly lovelies – Aldo is where it’s at.

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Thanks to Leanne, Debs and Helen for an entertaining and informative afternoon!

Not sure what colour to go for? Why not book in a Colour Consultation with me and I can show you YOUR WOW colours!

Hello Beautiful!

8 May

What is your definition of beauty?

Yesterday I was invited to the launch of Selfridges #beautyproject in Exchange Square. This was the beginning of a 6 week long project of talks, debates and beauty related events.

I arrived on time and was given the most adorable limited edition Tatty Devine wristband to wear and keep.

susan-styles-you-tatty-devineThe place was fairly quiet at this time, so armed with a cute cocktail, I had a quick wander around and decided on a makeover at the Nars counter.

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As I was being made up it started to get a lot busier with the most amazing hoola hoopers and a fab DJ set from Broken Hearts who looked awesome!

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I absolutely loved my make-up, especially my eyes, using soft touch shadow pencil in Hollywood Land and eyeliner pencil in Kaliste. I loved the products so much I bought them! It was a great event and I loved my make-up so much I didn’t want to wash it off 🙂

Over the next few weeks you can have a private consultation with Armand Beasley for £75 (redeemable against any purchase) you can have a one to one with him over a glass of bubbly – how cool is that!

Plus over the next few weeks you can book onto a number of exclusive, inspiring and challenging talks looking at different aspects of what it means to be beautiful and the beauty industry. The talks take place at Selfridges Exchange Square and will include:

Thursday 8 May: Journalist Bim Adewunmi talks to actress Zawe Ashton (best know from Channel 4’s Fresh Meat) in ‘Carefree Black Girls’: Beauty Ideals, Cultural Aesthetics and Creativity – discussing the narrow standards of what constitutes ‘black (and mixed race) beauty’ in the media, the tentative return of TV’s ‘Carefree Black Girl’ and how beauty translates across different audiences.

Thursday 15 May: With 64-year-old Jessica Lange starring in the new Marc Jacobs Beauty campaign and 68-year-old Charlotte Rampling set to be the new face of Nars, is the time of women over 50 feeling ‘invisible’ to the beauty industry over? Fashion industry expert and diversity campaigner Caryn Franklin hosts a conversation with Helen Walmsey-Johnson (The Guardian’s Invisible Woman) and Jody Furlong (one of London’s top casting directors) about the relationship between beauty, brands and the older woman in Who are You Calling Invisible? Beauty and the Older Woman.

Wednesday 21 May: An exploration of the transformative powers of make-up and the role of beauty work in the creation and expression of gender and identity – with Dr Sally Hines (Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Leeds), Grace Oni Smith (make-up and drag artist) and Cheddar Gorgeous (drag performer, visual artist and Manchester academic) in We’re Born Naked, The Rest is Drag; Identity, Fantasy and Beauty Beyond Gender.

Wednesday 4 June: In The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful, journalist, broadcaster, Guardian columnist and founder of the award-winning salihughesbeauty.com, Sali Hughes will be in conversation with writer Emma Jane Unsworth and fashion historian Amber Butchart, discussing the rituals, history and effects of beauty work and examining its place in modern feminism.

All talks will take place in San Carlo’s Farmacia del Dolce (LG) and tickets are priced at £15 – which includes a glass of wine and tasting plate of San Carlo’s signature dishes. Tickets will be available from w/c 21 April and can be purchased online (www.selfridges.com) or in store