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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

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
www.susanstylesyou.com

Glitter in gold or sparkle in silver?

28 Dec
Glitter in gold or sparkle in silver?

New Year’s Eve is almost upon us and that can only mean one thing it’s PARTY time!!!

Whatever your plans are for this New Year’s Eve, it is always fun to glam up a bit more than normal – and add a little sparkle and bling! Have you chosen your outfit yet? If not, I wanted to give you a few tips on how to look amazing this New Year!

Most people have an overall “Warm” or “Cool” appearance. For some people, it is much easier to determine. For example, red heads are usually “Warm” and anyone with silver, grey or platinum hair is usually “Cool”. For others, it might not be so obvious. As a redhead, I know that I look awful in silver and that gold lights up my face, making me look fresh, alive and, well, just more healthy!

Wearing something with a blue base or cool undertone just drains me, makes my teeth look yellow, emphasises my fine lines and makes me appear pale and sickly. Yuck! Let’s look at jewellery. If you think you have colouring similar to me, you should choose stones such as coral or golden toned pearls. Stone colour should focus on more earthy tones such as browns, oranges, greens, yellows, peaches, corals. Anything turquoise will look fab on you.

The best eyeshadow colours for you are browns, oranges, yellows, coppers, and, of course, gold. Go for a peachy blush and an orange based red lip.

Somebody with a “Cool” look, will not look their best in yellow based colours which will make their skin appear sallow. However, wearing a blue based, cool colour will make them look radiant! Silver metal will make their face come alive and their face will become luminous and healthy. If this is you, choose white pearls or diamonds. Stone colour should focus on jewel tones such as pinks, purples, blues, reds, and magentas.

For your eye shadow, silver, grey, heather and mauve will all look amazing. Keep your cheek colour pink based and for your lips, a blue based red or cool pink will look stunning.

Of course, just to confuse matters, you *could* be neutral, in which case you have the best of both worlds and will look fabulous in either.

Have a fab New Year’s Eve and see you in 2015!

Not sure? Have I confused you even more? Why not book in for a Colour Consultation and be prepared to be AMAZED at how fabulous you can look in colour!

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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

Chasing Rainbows …

11 May
Chasing Rainbows

I don’t know about you but I am getting a bit fed up of this weather. Sun, wind, rain, sun, wind, rain, and over and over. It is very irritating! So how are we supposed to dress in all kinds of inclement weather and still look stylish at the same time?

Let’s start with the basics. I think the key is to keep your colour scheme pretty neutral and a few bright accessories to liven things up.

Grab yourself a tailored raincoat in a pretty colour like this one from Warehouse. This lightweight crepe mac features a draped front, self-tie belt to the waist and a bold colourway; ideal for spring. Underneath I have chosen a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans – still a key trend this Spring/Summer. These ones are from H&M. Add style and luxury to your basics with this soft cashmere Vince jumper from Liberty. The elegant loose fit and versatile grey colour will make this piece an investment that will work hard for you and your wardrobe for seasons ahead.

A tough and sturdy ankle boot will keep your feet dry and still look stylish. These ones are from ASOS – the neutral grey colour will work with any outfit and will cute with pretty summer dresses and bare legs later on in the year. Now for the accessories. I have recently discovered the award winning British designer Helene Berman. She has a stunning collection of luxury women’s accessories which is synonymous with high quality, innovative and style. I just adore this poppy print scarf available at House of Fraser – it will add a touch of International chic. All of her scarves are producing using the finest silk chiffon and are individually hand rolled in an Italian factory. The scarves are generously portioned at 140x140cm so that they can be worn in any number of ways. From classic to modern, there really is the perfect scarf for every woman in this range. The cute heart shaped Zirconia studs are from Jou Jou at House of Fraser. A pair of statement sunnies will add a touch of glamour to any outfit and these ones from AJ Morgan at Asos are a bargain at just £15. Laser cut handbags are big news right now and I was delighted to find this metallic lovely at Jane Norman for a snip at £28.

Finally, the umbrella – look at this beauty! It really is daft to spend a lot of money on an umbrella, as, if you are anything like me, I am always leaving them behind in shops, restaurants, on the bus – the list is endless. This is a Fulton one available at John Lewis for just £17. The bright pink is a fab way to inject some colour into your outfit. It features a domed shape so that it can’t easily be flipped back by strong gusts of wind. Being transparent it means you can cover your upper body, but still see where you are walking. Genius! You may even look at the world in a rosy view whatever the storm you are battling.

Oh and I found this fab website called www.dailydressme.com where you can find out what the weather is going to be like for the week ahead in your area, and it gives you some great little outfit ideas to dress appropriately. I am addicted to it! Here is their outfit suggestion for Tuesday in Manchester. Follow them on Twitter @

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So, there you have it, how to dress for a sunny and windy and rainy day. Dark clouds be gone!

Stuck in a wardrobe rut? I can help.

Call me today on 07801 341526 to arrange a consultation or email me at susan@susanstylesyou.com

Soft Florals

15 Apr
Soft Florals

Do you have dark blonde hair and eyes that are soft and muted like Kylie? This is for you.

Because your look is blended, your colours need to be worn “tone on tone” with little contrast.

This relaxed and lightweight soft floral dress is perfect for your colouring. Florals continue to be a popular choice for this Spring and this one is currently on sale, reduced from from £235 to £120 at Kate Spade. Layer it up with an unstructured suede jacket in a neutral colour like this one from Mango. I have added these sweet little floral earrings from Dorothy Perkins – a bargain at just £6.50. Continue the romantic theme with this gorgeous jumbled hearts bangle from cwonder.com. You can’t go wrong with a Michael Kors watch and I just love the twist on this one with a green face.

With brighter days ahead, ditch the boring black handbag and go for a colour. This Radley tote is clean and sophisticated – a look that will take you effortlessly from office to dinner. It is currently on sale at John Lewis from £229 to £183.

Complete your chic Spring look with these contemporary wide-strap sandals from Debenhams. The heels are just high enough to be stylish but comfortable too. Block heels are a big trend too!

Confused by colour? You need to be colourised!

Contact me today to book your appointment on 07709 243026 or susan@susanstylesyou.com

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Spring Summer 2014 trends with Manchester Arndale #tweetseataccess

10 Apr

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I was recently lucky enough to be invited by Leanne, Debs and Helen to look at Spring Summer 2014 fashion trends at the shopping mecca that is Manchester Arndale as part of #tweetseataccess

Here’s moi in the Tweetseat under starters orders!

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First stop Dorothy Perkins. The shop was awash with lots of pretty pastels in shades of mint, peach, coral and pink. Think fondant fancies and all things sweet. Becky showed us some of their style essentials and how to work a maxi from day to night using accessories in pastel shades.

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We all loved this cute coral vintage inspired dress. The detail on this dress is amazing for the price (currently on sale at just £34.20) and it is a very figure flattering cut. By working this girly trend you can satisfy your sweet tooth without feeling guilty!

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We also had a sneaky peek of their Summer collection which has just started to arrive in the shops. The jungle inspired collection is right up my street and I spotted a couple of maxi dresses in lovely vibrant colours which will be perfect for my upcoming holiday to Thailand.

Something I didn’t know was that Dorothy Perkins now house some exciting collections such as Billie and Blossom – full of feminine dresses in an array of colours perfect for Spring.

Next it was on to Monsoon to look at 3D florals. We were taken to the beautiful Personal Shopping Suite which was like walking into a secret garden filled with every type of floral accessories possible. From soft, pastel prints to vibrant hues, there really is something to suit everyone’s colouring. I also loved some of the darker, edgier prints.

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Lauren showed us her pick of the trends, including the cute little crochet insert denim shorts, floral ruck sacks and the most amazing floral headbands I have ever seen! She showed us how to combine two florals together and, to truly bloom, add oversized floral jewellery. Simples!

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If you have a festival coming up you need to get yourself down to Monsoon sharpish!

Kurt Geiger was next on the list to look at the Paintbox trend with the lovely Mark. Did someone say shoes? OMG you have to go and see the Spring collection – I was seriously in Shoe Heaven!. From pillar box red to cobalt blue, this bright and bold trend is not for the faint hearted. We were all like kiddies in a sweet shop as we “oohed’ and “aahed” at the displays. Mark reliably informed us that THE key look of the season is black paired with orange accessories. You heard it here first folks!

Just look at these beauties!

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ADDED BONUS = I have been searching for a pair of stylish and comfortable wedges for my upcoming holiday and BINGO there they were. Netural, lightweight t bar “Known” sandals that will go with everything – also available in gold! One less thing to think about.

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Finally, we landed at Boots to look at the latest trends in make-up and hair – Bold Statements. First make-up and Jay at No 7 gave me the works! Gorgeous goldy greeny eyes and a fab bright pinky reddy lip that was just perfect for my colouring. Andrew from Bumble and Bumble “jushed” (is that a technical term?) up my hair using a fab product called City Swept which creates a lived in “street-styled” look with separation and sheen. I loved the product so much I HAD to buy it. I left feeling very glamorous!

So a big thank you Manchester Arndale for a lovely afternoon!

I would love to hear what your favourite spring trends are – over to you …