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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

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

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!

From “Rubbish” to Radiant!

21 Apr

Meet Sally:

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Sally contacted me recently with the following email:

“Hello my name is Sally. I need help I am so rubbish at styling myself and I live in Manchester City Centre and I feel self conscious walking around. I am fed up and want to dress nice. Look forward to hearing from you soon”

Sounds like a job for Susan Styles You!

I have used the words “rubbish” in the title as that is Sally’s word. Of course Sally isn’t rubbish – as you can see, she is young and pretty with a fab figure – but with no confidence to put together an outfit, incorporating accessories. Her safe bet – as it is with many people, was boring black.

We booked a Personal Shopping trip in the diary.

So fast forward a week and, after filling in a questionnaire and sending me a few pics, we meet in Manchester to rescue Sally.

I knew as soon as I met her that, with her lovely brown eyes and tanned skin, she would look great with bright and warm colours. This is an outfit we bought – TADA!

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I accessorised the outfit with one of my necklaces – as Sally booked 4 hours of Personal Shopping with me, she qualified for £50 worth of FREE accessories!

So, what do you think? What a fabulous look for Sally! She looks positively radiant! Her skin is glowing – her teeth and eyes look brighter – and HURRAY she is smiling!

During our trip, we pulled together a collection of clothes and accessories that Sally could mix and match and wear from casual to evening with effortless ease. She was so pleased with her new look and here is what she had to say after the trip:

“I love my new look I went out last night for tea and felt a million dollars as they say hehe… I have learnt alot and ive started wearing green eyeliner instead of black and the difference is amazing. I cant thank you enough if I need anything il defo be in touch and il recommend you to any of my friends”

What can I say? Job done 🙂

Do you need help with your wardrobe?

Give me a call on 07801 341526 or susan@susanstylesyou.com

www.susanstylesyou.com

Spring Style for ravishing redheads

30 Mar
Spring Style for ravishing redheads

Are you a ravishing redhead like Emma Stone (and me!)?

Because your overall look is warm, the golden rule is to balance it by choosing colours with a warm (yellow) undertone. You will always look best in colours that are medium in depth rather than light or deep. When wearing navy or grey, warm them up with tones of yellow, salmon or peach.

As the summer approaches don’t be tempted to buy items in baby pink or icy violet as these colours will make you look grey. When wearing darker neutrals, try to balance them with lighter or paler shades, as your overall look will be medium in depth. Keep make-up colours, especially lipstick warm. Salmon and peachy shades will make you come alive. Colour Me Beautiful’s Coral lipstick will be fab on you!

This Summer, redheads are in for a treat as there are a lot of jungle, aztec prints around – just perfect for you!

I love this lime ruffle top dress from River Island – a great shape and particularly good for small busts too! I have added an on trend cocoon shaped cardigan for chillier days. I have teamed it with some tan accessories – the cross body bag from Fiorelli from The Hut is THE ultimate day time bag. The tan cleated gladiator sandals from River Island combine two hot looks in one. Finish the look with some matt gold jewellery and a pair of statement sunnies. Gorgeous!

Confused by colour? You need to be colourised! Contact me today to book your consultation on 07801 341526 or susan@susanstylesyou.com

www.susanstylesyou.com

SHOE LOVER ALERT!

5 Feb


Orla Kiely, the “Queen of Prints” and celebrity style favourite has just launched a capsule collection of shoes for Clarks. Launched at London Fashion Week, this is a first for Orla Kiely and aren’t they just delightful? If you are a lover of vintage, you will adore this cute and kitsch range of footwear.

In my opinion, Clarks has unfortunately had a bit of a frumpy image in the past. It certainly wouldn’t have been a shop I would personally venture into, but not any longer. I am IN LOVE with these fun, retro-inspired styles and quirky prints in bright colours. PLUS they are (a little) sensible to wear too!

My favourite (and everyone else’s I believe) is the platform Mary Janes – the Orla Marianne. Just look at the sixties floral print and chunky block heel.

The colour palette is a mixture of Orla Kiely’s signature choices of navies, reds, mustards and greens – so something to suit everyone. And such a change from boring black – guaranteed to put a spring in your step!

Orla says ‘I always wanted to design a footwear collection and for me Clarks was a very natural fit – particularly with their world renowned heritage and quality. Starting out from my original collection of bags and ready-to-wear, to the current wider lifestyle range I’m really proud of, it’s brilliant to now be able to add a stand-out shoe range to complete this.’

The collection is available this month but don’t waste any time as I predict a sell out! You need these in your Spring Wardrobe believe me!

I am drooling!

Introducing Radiant Orchid Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2014

1 Feb

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Step aside Emerald Green, Pantone’s colour of the year 2014, Radiant Orchid is now centre stage. Pantone says Radiant Orchid “blooms confidence and magical warmth” and “encourages creativity and originality”. Flirty, feminine and fun, Radiant Orchid is a pretty, bright – almost magenta hue. It is not strictly purple nor entirely pink, it is a pinky purple – a tricky colour to define. Indeed, it is a beautiful colour but it doesn’t suit everybody – it is certainly not very flattering for redheads like myself. Emerald Green was a much easier to wear. Of course, you don’t have to wear Radiant Orchid, but it will be everywhere in clothes, make-up and accessories. So if you find this colour challenging but you want to give it a go, let’s look at some ways you can wear it in a super flattering way.

Radiant Orchid has mostly cool undertones so it will flatter some complexions and not others. You will know the instant you put it next to your face if it works for you or not. The easiest way to wear it, therefore, is as an add-on colour rather than head to toe.

If you have a cool skin tone you can wear Radiant Orchid on its own. How much of it you can wear in your outfit will depend on your personality and other characteristics in your colouring. You can mx and match it with other shades in your colour palette too; wear it with your pinks for an elegant and feminine tone-on-tone look. For a bolder look, wear it with stronger colours in your palette such as vivid red or bright violet. Radiant Orchid will brighten up your work wardrobe nicely when you team it with your neutrals such as grey, navy or black.

Those of you with a warm skin tone ideally want to wear this shade away from your face and mix it with warm shades. Purple is a perfect match for Radiant Orchid as it is a universal colour, meaning that there is a shade to suit everyone. Find your best purple and make it the feature colour in your outfit and keep Radiant Orchid as your add-on colour. For a more dramatic look, combine it with lime, red, or Emerald Green. For some of you, Radiant Orchid will mix well with your neutral shades such as taupe or brown, but do not wear it with black grey or navy. To avoid looking dated, mix it with a contrasting colour such as green, pumpkin or orange.

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Take care with eye shadow in this colour. When we apply our make-up we are trying to enhance the colour of the eye , so if you have any redness around the eyes this colour will only emphasise it. A small amount in the middle of the eyelid as an accent colour is the safest option. Use Colour Me Beautiful’s Lavender Bliss, Purple and/or Opal eye shadows to complement your Radiant Orchid shade, just be careful not to overdo the purple and pink!

Lip colour will look fabulous on a rosy or cool complexion and will enhance thin lips. Nail colour is fine for all colourings, just make sure your whole look incorporates the right balance of colours whether matching or clashing.

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Not sure how to wear Radiant Orchid?

Why not book in for a Colour Consultation? I have a special offer on at the moment. If you book before 14 February 2014 you will receive an item of jewellery and scarf especially chosen by me ABSOLUTELY FREE! You don’t need to have the Consultation before 14 February. Just book and pay for it. So what are you waiting for?

Call me on 07801 341526 or email susan@susanstylesyou.com