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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

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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.

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Private White V.C. Launch Manchester

20 Nov

I was invited to attend the launch of the rather fabulous luxury brand Private White V.C. in Manchester recently.

The evening started off in style as we were transported from Manchester City Centre to the factory on a vintage double decker bus!

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I must say I was very, very impressed with the shop floor and factory – yes the clothes are actually made on site! It was like going back in time, the place is full to the brim with original 1950’s furniture and memorabilia. Everything was beautifully displayed with love and care. There was a strong sense of family and togetherness and you could tell that everybody involved with Private White V.C. was passionate about their job. Visitors are encouraged to tour the building and see the garments being made in the very same building.

So, what about the clothes? Well they are of the highest quality! When you purchase a piece of clothing from Private White V.C. it will last you a lifetime! The styles are timeless. All clothing is expertly constructed by hand in the Private White V.C. Factory, Manchester, where garments are designed and developed using only the finest regionally sourced fabrics, trims and materials.

The range is mostly for men, but they are starting to introduce clothing for women now and it is just beautiful. This twin track jacket trimmed with soft brown lamb nappa leather is simply stunning.

The style is given fantastic shape and security with a belted waist, finished with a copper blanket clip and adjustable stud fastening.

Made from locally-sourced waxed cotton and lined in fine wool, this piece is constructed using the highest quality materials and craftsmanship. A truly stunning piece of design and a garment which effortlessly lasts the test of time in both durability and style.

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Delicious refreshments were provided by Artisan, including included raspberry and vanilla Martinis, mini ham hock terrines and mini rhubarb and custard pudding shots. Plus we were treated to live music from Josh Goddard.

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And what about the story behind Private White V.C? Well Private Jack White was a military hero and founding father of the factory. During World War 1, he joined the Royal Lancaster Regiment at 18 and he was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious honour which can be bestowed on British and Commonwealth forces, for his courageous actions. After the war he returned to Manchester and, following his apprenticeship at the factory, he rose through the ranks to become manager and then owner. His Yorkshire influences led the company to specialise in woollen garments, rather than just the traditional Lancashire cotton raincoats and mackintoshes.

Due to ailing health, following the 2nd World War, Jack was forced to take a back seat in the factory and eventually passed away aged 52. Jack White’s family acquired the factory in 1997, more than 60 years after his death and have been championing the virtues of the region’s garment making industry ever since.

In homage to Jack White, many of the items are based on classic military garments and wartime pieces with a modern twist. Materials are as locally sourced as possible with local mills supplying the cloth.

So, if you fancy investing in a piece of history, I suggest you go and take a look around Private White V.C., drink in the atmosphere and make a purchase! It will definitely make you proud to be British and fly the flag for Manchester talent!

Of course, you can order online. There is free UK delivery on all orders and you can receive 10% off your first order by signing up to their newsletter.

Oh, did I mention my fantastic goody bag?

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I received:

A gorgeous blue cotton scarf from Private White V.C., obviously made in Manchester – there was an opportunity to have this personally monogrammed on the night but I completely forgot about this till I got home duh!

Some bright yellow, fine, English made socks (just my colour!) from Pantherella

Some beautiful gold, frankincense and myrrh organic handmade soap (perfect timing for Christmas) from Quintessentially English

Some lovely exfoliator, made in England from Flint + Flint – can’t wait to try this!

All Photographs courtesy of Rachel Jones

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!

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

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

Get the lowdown on Jacques Vert #alldressedup

6 May

susan-styles-you-jacques-vert-1Last week I attended a fashion show for Jacques Vert in Debenhams, Manchester.

Although this is not a brand I would usually choose for myself, I was very interested to see what their collection was like for my Personal Shopping clients.

I was greeted with a glass of Prosecco and a cup cake, which is always a good start 🙂 and shown to my seat.

Jacques Vert is synonymous with elegant occasion wear and this collection did not disappoint. Everything was head to toe glamour and the collection is guaranteed to turn heads! Their versatile outfits are designed exclusively with exquisite style and are complemented with an array of hats, bags, shoes and a variety of other attractive accessories. This means that customers can shop for the ‘total outfit’. Jacques Vert staff are well equipped to help you choose your perfect outfit for any occasion. They also provide a Personal Shopping service for that extra special touch. It was refreshing to see that styles are available up to a size 24.

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I loved the bright and bold colour in this floral dress with matching bolero – a perfect fusion of classic and botanical. Crafted in a printed satin fabric, this standout piece is fully lined with a concealed centre-back zip. A back vent, flattering round neck and a style that sits just below the knee all contribute to one stylish silhouette. The silver metallic dress with luxury lace overlay is understated yet stylish. I adore the extremely flattering sheer half sleeves. It also features beautiful bead embellishment around the neckline and premium scalloped edging at the neckline and hem – just gorgeous!

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And how cheeky is this on trend colour block dress with a flash of fuchsia at the hem. If you have a great set of pins, this is the dress to show them off. I could see our lovely Kate in this dress!

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And finally, this cute polka dot dress with matching jacket is perfect for Mother of the Groom. This stunning dress is enhanced with fun and fabulous feminine features. With flattering mid sleeves, a scalloped neckline, black chiffon belt and a detachable floral corsage. Of course, you can’t go wrong with monochrome and this dress ticks all the boxes. White is always a fresh look and the black belt creates the illusion of a smaller waist.

The regular Jacques Vert customers were certainly chomping at the bit to get shopping after the fashion show! I will certainly be be bringing my Personal Shopping clients here when they need an occasion outfit. So, if you have a wedding to attend, or maybe a day at the races, or even tea with the Queen! Jacques Vert will become your go to shop with bright and smiling staff eager to assist you!