Posts by Sharon Billingham

Refresh your look with new glasses

Glasses are not only functional;  they're  often an overlooked accessory which when chosen well, frame your eyes and accentuate the structure and shape of your face. And now that I'm moving into a stage of life where I need multiple pairs, it's fun experimenting with shapes and colours.  But it's also overwhelming!I recently tried on over 25 pairs of frames for my new prescription.  The optometrist tried her best to be helpful and the type of lenses I needed did
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Choosing best glasses frames

Glasses are not only functional;  they’re  often an overlooked accessory which when chosen well, frame your eyes and accentuate the structure and shape of your face. The last time I was at the optometrist, I tried on over 25 pairs of frames and was overwhelmed.  The optometrist tried her best to advise me but her expertise is eye health not aesthetics. I ended up using comfort (despite my low bridge), colour and price to decide. There’s a lot of confusing information out there to help
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Looking Expensive On A Budget

Probably the worst judgment one woman can ever pass on another is, “She looks cheap.” What does that mean?  The dictionary defines cheap as costing little or being inexpensive, but we know that’s not what we’re referring to.  Quite often a woman who might be described as “cheap” has spent thousands of dollars decking herself out in luxury labels and ostentatious logos.  She’s a walking billboard for all the brands she’s wearing. Continue Reading
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Uniqlo for the whole family

Shop for the whole family at Uniqlo If the only way you get to do any shopping is with partner and/or children in tow, there is one shop that will satisfy everyone’s clothing needs -Uniqlo.  Although you may not be in the market for winter basics right now, you’ll want to remember the name Uniqlo. On a recent US trip, we happily kitted out the whole family’s winter wardrobe for less than USD $600.The good news is that Uniqlo’s first
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Winter Wardrobe Update 2014

It’s difficult to think about autumn/winter fashion when you’re in a bikini and enjoying a beach BBQ. But fashion moves on and as shops put away their sales signs, you’ll begin to see new shapes and colours being introduced. So here’s my quick winter wardrobe update 2014. Here are my five picks of what I think we’ll see a lot of in the next few months.  The good news is that many of these “new trends” are a continuation of
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Worst clothes 2013: My least favourite buys of the year

What was I thinking? Shoppers’ remorse.  Just because I am a personal stylist doesn’t mean I don’t experience it sometimes.  I may have a lot of practice shopping for others (and myself), but I don’t get it right 100% of the time.  I figure shopping is a metaphor for life.  If you don’t make any mistakes, you probably aren’t pushing yourself enough to try something new.  And life is all about evolving, improving and growing. Here are five things that
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Best clothes 2013: My favourite buys of the year

As 2013 draws to a close, I like to take stock of everything that has happened wardrobe-wise.  I find it educational to examine my year’s purchases to understand what were good buys and what were silly spends. This bit of sartorial reflection makes me appreciate my favourite pieces more.  It also teaches me what not to spend my money on so I can mentally resist the urge to splurge. So here are my five most beloved wardrobe additions of the
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My top ten packing tips

Many of us know we only wear a fraction of our wardrobe – 20% is the frequently quoted figure – but did you realise this applies to our travel wardrobe as well?  If you’ve ever lugged heavy suitcases around the world on holiday only to bring them back with most clothes untouched, you’ll know what I mean.  The majority of us overpack for our holidays. I read that the average woman needs 57 items for a two-week holiday and 79%
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Learn from your shopping mistakes

Spring’s here and it’s the perfect time to clear out and organise your wardrobe. But before you give away the clothes you don’t wear, take a moment to think about why you don’t wear them.  You can learn so much from your shopping mistakes.  Every item you pass on gives you a valuable lesson.  All you need is to tune in. What if you could figure out why you love wearing some items and not others?  Knowing this would help
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