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As the long weekend approaches here in the UK many of us are looking forward to a little sunshine and relaxation. You may even be lucky enough to have a trip away in the diary.

Whatever your plans, our bank holiday style guide will ensure you hit just the right note this weekend…

Escape To The Country

There’s nothing better than escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life and getting back to nature. Whilst comfort and practicality will be the most important factors when deciding what to wear, this doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your sense of style.

Pack light layers so you’re prepared for fun whatever the weather; a simple Breton tee, lightweight (waterproof) jacket and an elegant scarf will offer a little warmth in cooler temperatures whilst also adding a chic touch to your look. When it comes to footwear trainers or walking shoes are likely to be required so try a colourful design to give them a pop.

Afternoon BBQ

The perfect opportunity to relax at home with loved ones, many of you will be lighting up the BBQ this weekend! Whilst the occasion certainly doesn’t call for anything too formal, if you’re inviting guests to join you it’s nice to elevate your everyday look a little.

A laid-back maxi dress is perfect for comfort paired with some wedge sandals; don’t forget to finish your look with a chilled glass of something bubbly!

City Escapades

If the fast-paced hustle of the city is on the cards this weekend then you may feel the heat!

A lightweight dress or skirt and top, with flat sandals will ensure you stay cool whilst pounding the streets. Opt for a cross-body bag for comfort and ease whilst exploring and don’t forget to top off your look with a statement pair of shades!

For more bank holiday outfit inspiration take a look at our Pinterest board here.

Need some help packing for an upcoming trip? Get in touch with your local colour me beautiful personal stylist here.

services-for-womenWe may be a little biased, but having your colours analysed is truly a transformational experience and if you’re struggling to think of a special gift for your partner, friend or relative this Christmas then a colour me beautiful colour consultation is really something special!

Here are a few reasons why…

1. Wearing colours that suit you (i.e that work in harmony with your skin tone, eye and hair colour) will make your skin glow and your eyes sparkle! It can also make you appear more youthful.

2. Think you’ll be told not to wear black when you come for a colour consultation? Think again! It’s not just about wearing the ‘right’ colours, its also about knowing how to wear your colours; which fabrics, textures and jewellery work best, what other shades to combine them with and where to wear your darker and lighter shades (i.e. above or below the waist)

3. A colour consultation also includes a natural, daytime make-up application in your best shades – so your loved one will enjoy a lovely pamper as well as leaving their consultation looking and feeling fabulous!

4. The lucky recipient will also get a 42 colour swatch wallet to use as a guide when they’re out and about shopping as well as some handy tips from their colour me beautiful consultant, to remind them of their best shades and how to wear them.

5. Colour consultations can be done in pairs as well as alone! So if you fancy indulging a little too then book a joint consultation with your local consultant and make a day of it!

6. A colour consultation will save you time (and money!) No more trudging around the shops wondering where to look, making panic purchases and then never wearing them. Once you’ve had your colours analysed you’ll know exactly which shades are in your palette, making it so much easier to put outfits together and create a capsule wardrobe that gets maximum wear.

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Giuseppe Zanotti Colorblock demi-wedge platform sandals in fluorescent yellow/pink/turquoise patent leather with black trim.The great thing about working in the fashion and styling industry is that it keeps you guessing and always surprises. One such surprise – so book that pedi – is that the high street’s hottest (or should I say coolest!) new sandals are here.

Remember – back-to-school ‘Dolly sandals’, the cute T-bars from your childhood wardrobe? Well they’re back and lining the shoe shelves. They are the perfect partner for this season’s must-have denim dresses. Whether open-toed or closed-in-toes, they will see you through the summer.

Or what about slipping on a ‘Double-strap’? No self-respecting festival goer will be without a pair of these for walking from the campsite to the stage. A timeless sandal, if ever we saw one. You can pair them with slinky 90s slip dress or mini skirt or work them with cigarette trousers and chic blouse. Or how about on holiday with a metallic finish with your LBD for a relaxed night time outfit instead of staggering along holding onto your partner in high heels?

Don't be afraid to match your shoes with your cuffs.  Like mixing gladiator sandals with gladiator cuffs.  Sandals:Tildon Sarasota Sandal | NordstromFor those blessed with long-legs get strappy in ‘Glads’. Thanks to the big boho revival gladiators are back this season. Choose from ‘knee-highs’, not for the faint-hearted but more wearable than you think. They come with buckles, laces or multi-straps. Look fabulous with a feminine dress mini or midi. Or what about the ‘ankle-grazers’ (the short version of Glads) which look great with cut-offs, smocks or dungarees.

Want to be super comfortable – then your sandal of choice has to be the ‘Flatform’. Think spongy foam soles that are at least two inches thick – bliss! Great with your sports-luxe look.

And finally, for a more dressed up look, your sandal of choice should be the ‘Demi-block’ which can be worn round-the-clock. I can’t think of anywhere you can’t wear them – work, weekends, weddings etc. Go for the brights with two or three contrasting shades with embellishment. Have we officially found the perfect shoe?

Whatever style you opt for, make sure it balances with your leg length and looks right with what you are wearing – straps, laces, etc. are well known to break the silhouette – remember, you are aiming for your legs to look as long as possible.

 

 

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

Why not treat yourself this summer to a colour or style consultation? A list of our fully qualified and experienced consultants can be found here. Just pop in your postcode to find out who is nearest you and send them an email. We are a friendly and knowledgeable team!

Lots more inspiration on colour me beautiful’s Pinterest page

#Modest doesn't mean frumpy. #style #fashion ... with different shoes.

Recently I have been on holiday to Suffolk – anybody been? (I know a couple of our consultants live there, lucky things!). They say that Kent is the garden of England, surely if this is the case, then Suffolk has to be its equal. What a picture! Mile after mile of gorgeous historic villages with picturesque cottages and the most beautiful garden floral displays. Stunning! And yes, we did have the most wonderful weather for it – lucky us. Deciding what to wear when the temperature rises can be a challenge, so why not keep your cool when the heat is on by ‘blossoming’ out.

Yes fashion’s love of flowers continues. So, should grown women wear florals? Are they suitable for anything other than afternoon tea? My vote says a big YES.

OK, so we get it, everyone must start smelling of roses including the celebrities, however, what are the options?

In full bloom

Fitted, flirty and floral: your new summer super hero that will take you from cocktails to weddings. This pretty must-wear dress will rise to any occasion. Add a stunning hat for the ‘wow’ factor. So ‘forget-me-not’ – this season it’s about blooms with sex appeal.

Pretty perfect

Not sure about the dress, then a floral jumpsuit is the answer if you want to be more comfortable. Watch the size of the flowers though. If you are a grand scale you need larger flowers, the petites need smaller, neat, florals. Top tip: Oasis have just joined forces with the Victoria & Albert Museum to bring 11 of their archived botanical prints to life on clothes and accessories, so check them out.

Eastern promise

My personal favourite. I love everything oriental since my visit to Cambodia last year. With the Kimono comeback – you have to have a floral one. Soft yet structured, elegant yet edgy, it flatters and hides upper arms.

Or give an everyday jacket, cardigan or dress an upgrade with the ‘obi’ belt. Tied in a knot, it cinches waists and adds definition to slouchy shapes. What’s not to love?

Hello petal!

Who said florals look frumpy? A matching two-piece is the new-season game changer. Wear together for high impact dressing or as separates to get two outfits for the price of one. Keep the silhouette simple and you can’t go wrong.

My mum who is 82 years old, was looking timelessly stylish in her sweet-pea coloured, floral skirt when we were away, just one lovely example that proves grown women can wear florals.

So don’t be a wallflower, get into full bloom!

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

You need to know all your styling rules to look your best including the size pattern for your scale and which pattern suits your body shape best. So why not book ad style consultation or even a full make-over (which includes colour analysis too) Click here  and just pop in your postcode to find out who is nearest you and send them an email. We are a friendly and knowledgeable team!

Further ideas can be found at https://www.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/blooming-marvellous/

For 2002’s Die Another Day, Halle Berry paid homage to the first Bond girl, Ursula Andress. She made her entrance in an unforgettable orange-red bikini, complete with a knife belt, "and killed," Rubenstein said, "both literally and figuratively."Bathing suits – which style and colour will enable you to bare all?

Your summer holiday should be something to look forward to but if the thought of wearing your swimming costume fills you with dread, don’t panic, just follow these simple rules to achieve beachwear body confidence and ‘seas the day’!

A lot of women believe that the darker the colour of the suit, the more flattering. But that’s definitely not the case! When you’re flashing more flesh than usual, your costume needs to be in one of your most flattering colours. For example, if you have auburn hair, wear a green or turquoise bathing suit.

In fact it is also imperative to ensure that the details such as ties, prints and cut, flatter your body shape not draw attention to your challenges!

Small bust, straight body shape

  • Make the most of your dainty bust line by choosing tops with built-in padding – nothing says poolside glamour quite like metallic sheens in bronze, silver and gold this summer.
  • Halter-necks and bandeau work wonders by giving the illusion of a fuller bust.
  • Avoid solid colour, wear geometric patterns instead, the Aztec/Mexican prints this season are definitely for you.
  • Embellish to your hearts content with jewels, ties, ruffles and bows at the bust and hip line.

Full bust, curvy body shape

  • Spend as much as you can afford on swimwear – choose suits that have underwire or built-in support and wider straps – they’ll be more supportive.
  • V, scoop or square necklines will be most flattering.
  • Keep away from boy shorts, skimpy bottoms and styles with skirts – or you will draw attention to your widest point.
  • Embrace retro blooms and tap into your inner 50s siren and work that vintage-inspired feminine shape. Grace Kelly eat your heart out!
  • For Summer 2015, piping is also being used on swimsuits to create graphic patterns and flattering silhouettes, black lines adorn swimwear everywhere. It’s all very surfer-chic.

Best Swimsuits for Women Over 40, 50, 60All you need now is a sunhat, a great pair of 70s chunky platforms to lengthen your legs, some chic shades and you’re ready for the beach or to look ‘cool by the pool’. Yes, you do want to look fab in those holiday snaps, after all, you will be looking at them until your next beach holiday!

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

To ensure you are wearing the best colour and style swimsuit why not contact one of our consultants for a colour and style consultation. Click here www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultant/search/ and just pop in your postcode to find out who is nearest you and send them an email. We are a friendly and knowledgeable team!

Lots more to look at on www.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/bathing-suits-dare-to-bare/

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Travel Quotes: The tans will fade but the memories will last forever...Here are my secret tips for summer holiday packing and looking cool by the pool

For most events in life a little planning can go a long way and that goes for your holiday packing too. The last thing you want as you anticipate your well-earned break is a stressful week of packing, then unpacking, then re-packing! Statistics show that it can take us at least five hours to decide what to take on holiday. So, before you even dig out your suitcase you need to draw up a basic list. Write a column for every day of your trip and for each day write down what you might be doing (sightseeing, sporting activity or just relaxing). In each column write roughly what you are likely to wear. This will quickly show you that you can wear the same pair of trousers or skirt, for example, at least twice and that you can pack lighter than you think. Think of your poor partner or hubby at the airport with all those cases!

Begin with the basics

Your basics are those items that you will wear more than once such as a pair of trousers, a skirt and a jacket. Use your list to pick out these basic pieces and lay them out on your bed. You may want most of these basics to be neutral or a mix of neutral and colours, depending on your preferences. When your selection is laid out on the bed you can work out different outfit combinations and therefore you will see which items will be the most versatile. Along with the basics you should have a couple of cotton tops for daytime and two that you can wear day or night which should be something a little more ‘special’, perhaps with a little extra detail, that you can dress up or down. You most definitely want a couple of dresses in two different, fabulous colours. Also, a maxi for the total look of style and comfort.

Capitalise on colour

Holidays are the perfect opportunity to really enjoy wearing colours as they always look more fabulous in sunnier weather and we’re not limited by work dress codes. Don’t feel you have to be ‘matchy, matchy’, clashing colours and patterns can look fabulous and are bang on trend!

Some great colour combinations this season are orange and pink or purple with green or turquoise. If clashing your clothes is a little too much for your taste just bring strong colours in to your accessories. A great pair of green shoes and matching handbag and a chunky orange bangle will set off a neutral outfit beautifully. White can be a super neutral against a tan, but check whether you suit a bright bluish white or a softer creamy white against your skin. To get your colours right it’s important to select the right ‘shade’ or ‘tone’ in each of your best colours so that they really complement your colouring.

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Don’t pack anything unless it goes with at least 3 other items!

Here is a basic packing guide to make your planning easier. Assuming laundry is not available you will need the following:

  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 pair of cropped or soft palazzo trousers
  • 1 pair of shorts (neutral)
  • 1 skirt (neutral)
  • 2 dresses (2 different colours)
  • 1 kaftan or maxi (colour-for beach or over trousers during the day)
  • 2 daytime cotton tops/t-shirts (different colours)
  • 2 smarter tops/t-shirts (different colours)
  • 1 cotton strappy top (white or colour)
  • 1 summer cardigan OR pashmina (either can be a neutral or a colour)
  • 1 light summer jacket (neutral) 1 pair of flip flops (colour)
  • 1 pair of comfortable shoes (e.g stylish trainers or ballet pumps in a good colour or a neutral)
  • 1 pair of pretty sandals (neutral or a strong colour that matches or clashes well)
  • 1 pair of heels (neutral or metallic or bold colour) 2 bathing suits/bikinis (in most flattering colours – lots of flesh on show for this one)
  • 1 hat (good colour or neutral)
  • 7 days of underwear 1 town/evening bag (matching/clashing well with colour shoes or neutral)
  • 1 travel bag which can double up as a beach bag

Do consider travelling in your jeans, one of your smarter tops and your comfortable shoes to save more space.

Enjoy, and don’t forget – he will love you even more if you pack light.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

To ensure you are wearing your best colours why not contact one of our consultants for a colour consultation. Click here www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultant/search/ and just pop in your postcode to find out who is nearest you and send them an email. We are a friendly and knowledgeable team!

Lots more to look at on www.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/holiday-wardrobe/

Images courtesy of Pinterest.