Choosing best glasses frames

Best glasses frames

3 tips to help you shortlist the best frames for you.

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 you choose the best frames.  Here are my 3 tips: [Read more…]

Looking Expensive On A Budget

Sydney personal stylist, Sharon Billingham

photo credit www.stylescribe.com

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. [Read more…]

Uniqlo for the whole family

Sydney Wardrobe Consultant

Uniqlo classics you can mix and match

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 Australian shop opened in Melbourne CBD this week. [Read more…]

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 I wished I hadn’t bothered to bring home.  They are not seriously bad (OK. Maybe the shoes are a bust), but they don’t justify the space they occupy in my wardrobe.  That said, each item represents a lesson in decision making.


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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 year.  They make it on to the list because they get worn at least once a week, are comfortable and make me feel invincible when I walk out the door.


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Styling Strategies 101 – how to dress it up and down

Ever been advised to buy clothes only if you can wear them at least 3 ways?  You nod sagely and then think, “How do I do that? How do I dress it up and down so I can wear it for formal or casual situations?”

It’s pretty simple once you under the basics which I call my 6Ss (acronyms….you can tell corporate training is in my blood).

Of course,  if you want to reserve play things for play time and work clothes for  a day in the office, that’s your preogative, BUT if you need your wardrobe to work as hard as you do, read this article that originally appeared in the online retailer, The Glossary Shop.

Have fun mixing it up and if you have any questions, just pop them into the box below and we’ll figure it out together.

PS. Did you realise that learning to mix, match, layer and accessorise is the most common reason ladies book me for a home consultation?  I offer it as part of Wardrobe Rejuvenation and Personal Sort and Shop experiences.  If you’re interested in learning how to SAVE money and use what you already own in new and creative ways, just drop me an email and we can talk more.

 

What to wear for business headshots

Do you like your business headshot?

Is it recent?

Does it truly capture the essence of you and your business?

The internet is a great place to do background research on potential clients, job candidates or service providers. Chances are even before you wade through the text of the bio and achievements, you’ll look closely at the profile photo.  A professional and flattering business headshot encourages us to read further; a dated or amateurish pic raises questions about the person’s professionalism.  Yes, it’s superficial and unfair and we do it all the time (whether we admit it or not).

Business headshots are an important investment. They need to be consistent with your brand so take time to consider what you want to project in your photo.  Here are five tips I wrote for a Leaders In Heels article to help you dress and pose for  natural shots you’d be proud to post anywhere on the internet.

Happy reading.

 

Authentic Style – My first book is launched

Style, bubbles and baubles

What better way to welcome  into the world a book about styling than to throw a party at a jewellery shop?

That’s what happened one gorgeous sunny Sunday in July. My first book, Authentic Style: A practical guide to loving how you look every day was welcomed with such love and anticipation from past clients, friends and new acquaintances. Here’s how it was reported by the Sydney Standard.

It’s not too late for you to get your own copy of Authentic Style.  Buy your copy here and start your Authentic Style journey right away.

Thank you to the beautiful readers who’ve sent in positive comments:

Authentic Style. A must read for all ladies – really explains how to be authentic to yourself with your style. Great whether you are into fashion or not.  – Amanda F, NSW

I’m reading your book and really enjoying your perspective. It’s a lot deeper than many styling books. Had you in the change room withe me today when I tried on a pair of white jeans.  I could hear your words in my ear..avoid white pants when you can see the inside of pockets through the fabric. – Sophie R, NSW

I’m grateful to all the people who came to the launch as well as those who helped me put on an afternoon of  styling fun and jewellery browsing.  Special mention goes to Forooz Normyole at Les Nereides for helping me host the afternoon, Both Sides of the Story for donating dinner vouchers at Catalinas and Danielle Chiel for donating a gift certificate for one of her soft hand-knitted jumpers.

Wear a chunky knit with style not chunk

As it gets colder, it’s lovely to wrap yourself up in soft, cuddly chunky knits. They’re all the rage at the moment  and you can find them in a variety of shapes and lengths.  You don’t have to sacrifice your shape when you wear a chunky knit.  There are ways to enjoy the softness of a knit AND look stylish in the silhoutte you cut.  This video shows you how.

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It’s easy to wear fashion accessories. Three tips to get started.

” I want to wear fashion accessories, but I don’t know how.”

I had the pleasure of working with Sally last week.  Sally completed an 8-week fitness challenge with Body Beyond Baby and to celebrate her fit and toned body, she wanted advice on looking more stylish on casual occasions with her existing clothes. Like many first-time moms, Sally wants to wear flattering and current clothes, without overhauling her wardrobe because she plans to have a second baby in the near future.

Fashion accessories is the answer and they are the elixir to rejuvenate your wardrobe. Not only are they an affordable way to update and  stretch a wardrobe, they are an outlet for your individuality.

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