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% of women pack closer to 150 items.*  Over enthusiastic packing at its worse can result in hefty excess baggage fines.  And that’s no way to remember a holiday.

So here are my top ten packing tips to help you select just the right clothes to help you create versatile holiday outfits.  Follow these tips and you’ll be guaranteed that any one item you pull from your suitcase with go with everything else AND you know you’ll look great and feel comfortable in it.

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Learn from your shopping mistakes

North Shore Times 17/10/2013

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 you wear more of what you own and save you money buying stuff you’ll never wear.

Here are some questions to help you pinpoint why you don’t (or won’t) wear a particular piece:

Learn from your shopping mistakes

Does it fit properly?
Do the colour and design flatter you?
Do you like the texture and fabric?
Have you got the right underwear for it?
Have you got something to wear with it?
Do you have the occasion to wear it?

Ask yourself these questions for every piece your chuck out and you’ll start to see a trend emerge.

Here’s a recent article in North Shore Times that describes how I help my clients learn from their shopping mistakes.




How to fit jeans without trying them on

In the market for new jeans, but dread trying on fifty pairs to find a pair that fits right?   Here’s a very cool tip to fit jeans without trying them on.  This trick will  save you time and keep you sane when shopping for jeans.  When you find a pair and want to know if it’s worthwhile trying it on properly in the dressing room, do this quick test.

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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.

Clothing Swap: interesting observations on human behaviour

Clothing swap is a great way to pass on your unwanted clothes.

I went to my first publically organised clothing swap  last Saturday in Surry Hills. Over 50 women (and a handful of men and children) had travelled through the cold and wet to wait patiently outside the library. We’d been told to come early to check in our donated clothes in exchange for buttons.  Each button entitled the bearer to take away a preloved item. It sounded like a fun way of passing on clothes I no longer wanted.  There was also a delicious possibility I’d find something different to try out.

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How to determine fit in the dressing room

It’s sale season so there are plenty of good bargains out there.  When you’re in the dressing room trying on your pieces, it’s vital you find something that both fits and flatters you.  Let me tell you more about how to determine  fit.

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What is a personal colour analysis?

Have you ever wondered what a professional colour analysis is? Simmy Wong, Personal Colour Stylist and owner of Colour Soup, answers key questions about colour analysis and how we can harness the power of colour to look and feel our best.

What is colour analysis?

Colour Analysis is the process of observing the effect of different colours (usually in the form of coloured drapes) on your skin to determine your natural colour tone.  It’s a process to help us understand why certain colours look beautiful on some people, but unflattering on others.

So why do some colours look better on some people?

The scientific term for this is simultaneous contrast meaning that colours can change the way they look when they are placed next to other colours.

In the diagram below, the grey rings are the same shade of grey, but the ring on the orange square appears more greenish than the grey ring on the green square (which looks more reddish). Similarly, the orange rings are the same colour, but on the pink square it looks brighter than on the green square.

colour analysis, colour stylist, personal stylistColour analysis works because it explores the optical effects and illusions of different colours on your key features. In particular, the clothing colours you wear affect how your skin tone, hair and eye colours appear.

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