How to Choose a Makeup Foundation Colour

Makeup artist is sketching makeup style on a paper.

I received an email from Maria of Colour Me Happy who was asking on behalf of one of her readers about choosing makeup foundation colours.  It’s a tricky task, and I see so many people with the wrong colour, so here is my guide to help you choose. Undertone and Overtone of Skin The undertone […]

Resilient Women Think Differently – EVENT INVITATION

aici event melbourne

Saturday 18 April 2015 1-4pm  – Upstairs at Honey Bar Clarendon St South Melbourne Are you in Melbourne and interested in learning the secrets of resilience and success from a bunch of amazing women – then this is an event not to be missed and it’s open to everyone, not just AICI members – have […]

Yes Please by Amy Poehler – Review

amy poehler as leslie knope

What’s this book got to do with style you ask? Well nothing really, though I do love the verbal stylings of Ms Amy Poehler which is why I decided to listen to this as an audiobook rather than read it (plus these days I have so little time to read, but can listen to something […]

Sustainable Style at Penny Lane

Penny Lane clothing exchange

Last night I attended the launch of a new clothing exchange boutique – Penny Lane, which is the brainchild of one of my former image consulting students Peta Stephenson.   Located on Sydney Road in Brunswick (number 145 to be exact) Penny Lane Clothing Exchange is a little different from many consignment stores. Instead of […]

Styling a White Tailored Shirt

how to style a mens white shirt

Imogen, Do you have any advice on styling a man-tailored shirt with jeans? Especially for us short waisted types, even shaped shirts can look sloppy and boxy. I’ve tried belting them but I don’t really know how to do it so that it looks good. I don’t want to give up , because I love […]

Real World Relaxed Style – Jeans and a Cardigan

how to style jeans and a cardigan

Another Real World Relaxed Style post today inspired by my post on 10 comfy casual outfits you’ll want to steal, this one is Jeans and Cardigan, though as you may see, it has been adapted for various weather conditions! You can do it with a long or short cardigan.  With full length or capri jeans  […]

My Style: Mixing Patterns

pattern mixing

Your outfit doesn’t have to be complicated to be stylish. This is one of my current favourite combinations. I don’t wear it exactly the same every time, but it’s an easy outfit to wear.  I love the loose nature of this top, so easy to wear and it hides my tummy. The key to mixing […]

The Five Question to Ask Yourself Before You Buy any More Clothes

before you buy

Before you buy any piece of clothing there are some questions you need to ask yourself to ensure that what you buy becomes a wardrobe workhorse. Will it work for more than one season? Some garments are for mid-summer or deep winter only, they may need to be in your wardrobe, but you don’t want […]

Hiding Behind Blandness

Fashion country girl portrit. Blue.

The other day I was having a conversation with my very talented dressmaker/designer/illustrator friend Alfia (who made my wedding dress) and we were talking about how hard it is for women ‘of a certain age’ to find interesting, flattering and non-frumpy clothing if you’re not someone who shops regularly or widely (and many women over […]

How a Small Alteration Makes a Big Difference

Hands of Seamstress Using Sewing Machine

Most women assume that they can walk into a clothing store, take a garment, in their ‘size’ into a changeroom, try it on and it will fit perfectly. Yet women’s bodies are so varied in shape and what I call variations (boobs, thighs, arms, etc.) and manufacturing of clothing shapes and styles so arbitary, that […]