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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!


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?

Full pelt

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.

Furry trims

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.

brown faux fur

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



Get Vunky!

1 Nov

susanstylesyou versace fall 1

The term “Vunk” was created by Donatella Versace to express her take on this season’s punk trend. Whereas Punk was adopted by the anti-establishment of the decade, “Vunk” is more luxurious and seductive. So it is basically a more grown up and refined version of Punk.

Versace’s Autumn 2013 collection was fetishised using skin tight dresses and body suits embellished with metal spikes. She also used a lot of vinyl and incorporated pleated miniskirts and kilts.

A recent visitor to my Studio in Didsbury was Mel aged 21 who was stuck in a rut and had absolutely no idea how to find herself an image. I thought a more edgy “Vunk” look would suit her perfectly. I showed her the best way to follow the “Vunk” trend by using bold accessories, studded shoes and bags. Ear cuffs are very on trend this year so I added this one from Forever 21 plus a spiked gold bracelet from Stella and Dot. The River Island faux leather jacket is really edgy and I love the contrasting material at the hem and sleeves. The rip and repair jeans are from Fat Face – they are generously cut on the thighs and taper to a narrow leg so very a flattering fit! The Juicy Couture studded belt is a bargain at only £12.

My must buy of this season is a pair of chunky heeled ankle boots – comfortable, go with anything, on trend – you NEED a pair. These ones from ASOS are perfect.

Finally a cute little tartan back pack (also from Forever21) to finish the look. Vunked!

Get Vunky!

Will you be trying Vunk? Not sure if is for you?

I can help you discover your Style Personality.

susan@susanstylesyou.com 07801 341526

Handbags at Dawn

26 Jul

“But why do we find bags so desirable? It’s partly because they’ve become a unique outward statement of a woman’s status, fashion savvy and earning power – and the rising popularity of handbags over the past 100 years has followed the increasing social independence of their owners” Daily Mail

I am in the market for a new handbag. Those of you who know me personally will be familiar with my Vivienne Westwood beige heart shaped handbag. I have had this bag for about 4 or 5 years now and I use it nearly every day. I always say that if I had a pound coin for every person who has liked or commented on my handbag , it would have paid for the handbag and probably more! By the way, it is not just women who compliment me on it but men too. Anyway. I am sorry to say it is starting to get a bit tatty now and I have already started to look for a replacement. I was devastated to discover that this particular bag is no longer available as I would have loved exactly the same one again. Ebay searches have proved fruitless. There is nothing in the new season Westwood collection that I am particularly drawn to. Therefore, my search has widened.

So, what am I looking for in this new handbag? Well, I would like something that I can use as an every day bag so the colour should be neutral, but it needs to make a statement too. As I am petite, I don’t want anything that will overwhelm my frame. My body shape suggests that a structured bag is more flattering than a squishy one. The metalwork has to be gold. BUT, then again, being a “Dramatic” Style Personality, I am likely to break all these rules if I find “THE ONE”. I don’t mind spending a bit on a handbag as I look at it as an investment – it is price per wear that counts not the actual price of the item.

I have been trawling around various websites in my quest and happened upon Boticca, and to be honest, I am finding myself drawn back to this one every time. The range of handbags is fantastic with lots of colours, shapes and styles. Boticca is THE online boutique for unique jewellery and fashion accessories. They are constantly on the look out for the very best emerging designers from around the world to feature on their website. Its more of a market place where you can interact with and buy directly from the designer.

There are lots that have caught my eye:

1. First up, I love this vintage style Alicia tote(was £245 now 30% off at £171.50). It has clean lines but with hint of romance and glamour. It has gold hardware. It can be used as a handbag or a cross body bag so pretty versatile. It is designed by Flaska Laverne from Madrid.

2. The Carlotta handbag (£167) is very elegant but quirkily made of wood so very ecological. I am not sure if it is a bit too large for me though. The designer is Embawo from Milan.

3. The Lulu cream tote (was £241.00 now 30% off at £168.70) is also vintage inspired and is very elegant. I love the timeless design and the vibrant colour pop. It has gold hardware and can be carried or worn cross body. My concern is that the red might not make it suitable for every day. BUT I am a dramatic! The Lulu is designed by Flaska Laverne in Madrid.

4. Finally the Brujo (was £266.00 now 30% off at £186.20) is a chic vintage style doctor’s bag. It can be work across the body. It is modern but won’t date easily. This is also designed by Flaska Laverne.

Which one to choose??? I want them all!

They have a fantastic sale on at the moment with some items at 70 per cent off! They also have FREE worldwide shipping! They don’t just sell handbags, they sell lovely scarves and jewellery too. Go grab yourself a cuppa and have a browse. Be warned – its addictive!

Pastels on Parade

10 May
susanstylesyou macaroonsPastels on Parade
Pastels are catwalk regulars and this Spring they’re everywhere. Colours good enough to eat in sugar- spun hues of mint, fondant ink, baby blue, lemon, parma violet are all over the High Street right now. This season though, pastels are slightly vibrant – not soft. This makes it easier for darker skin tones to wear. Pastels remind us of romance and innocence. Don’t expect to be taken too seriously when wearing pastels, so I wouldn’t recommend the look for an important meeting or an interview!If you have dark hair and dark eyes, some pastels may make you look washed out or pallid. You can still incorporate a touch of pastel into your outfit, like your nail varnish or a piece of jewellery. Or you may choose to mix your pastels with a darker neutral. If you have a softer, lighter colouring you can work the look with your whole outfit. The current way to do pastels is to choose a different pastel shade for each item. Your interpretation of the trend doesn’t have to be girly girly though. If your Style Personality is more of a Natural, you can give the pastel trend a sporty look. Choose skinny jeans, a crop top and some cute trainers.

This trend is definitely fun and a great way to brighten up your look for Spring.

Do you know what your Style Personality is? Why not book in for a Style Consultation? Contact me susan@susanstylesyou.com or 07801 341526

Romantic Ruffles

26 Apr
romantic ruffles
Fun and flirty ruffles were heavily featured on the catwalk this Spring Summer 2013 from Balenciaga to Ralph Lauren and Gucci. 2013 catwalk ruffles were very sophisticated, very sculpted and very massive!

If you have a penchant for all things girlie you are going to love this trend!

Here are my favourite 3 ways to wear ruffles:

1. Flip the girlie theme on its head and choose a leather jacket with ruffles for more edge.

2. Go all out girlie with a cute little dress.

3. Team a ruffled blouse with a pair of retro inspired shorts and wedges for a sporty look.

Look out for ruffle handbags and shoes with ruffles too!

Not sure if you can do ruffles at all? We can look at your Style Personality during a Style Consultation. Contact me at susan@susanstylesyou.com or 07801 341526

Style Around the Clock

13 Apr
Style Around the Clock

I am hoping to be the lucky winner of Max Studio’s Style Around the Clock #aroundtheclock competition to win a dream night out, plus the outfit that I featured in my post above.

My time would be 6pm to 9pm. I would love to spend the time having a girlie night out with some of my friends. I work so hard at my job as a Personal Stylist that it would be fab to have some time to chill out, eat some fantastic food and let my hair down.I have a dramatic style personality and I love to make an entrance which is why I have chosen an eye catching red dress. This particular dress would make me feel very special! I love the asymmetric  hemline and the luxe feel. I always wear heels and I am well known for my statement shoes. You would never catch me in flat shoes on a night out, no matter what the key trends are, you will find me in heels! The snake sandals really fit my style personality and really do make a statement and the stacked heel is lovely.

So my perfect night out. There are so many fabulous and stylish restaurants and bars in Manchester it would be difficult to choose. I think I would start my evening at my favourite cocktail bar Cloud 23 in the Hilton Hotel for cocktails – my all time favourite is a DGM (Dirty Gin Martini). Cloud 23 is on the top floor of the Hilton Hotel with stunning views of Manchester – it is especially on a Summer’s evening. It is THE place to be seen and also a fab place to people watch. We would then head across the road to super trendy Australasia for some amazing fusion food. I adore sushi and I love the fact that you can each choose several small dishes and share. We would probably stay on more more cocktails and listen to the cool tunes. 9pm is a little early to head home so maybe I would stretch the time slot a little!