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Material Girl

I visited a Vintage Fayre this weekend. What fun! Everything from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s for sale – clothes for ladies and gentlemen, fabulous fashion accessories and even the odd retro kitchen appliance. You could even book a make-up and hair make-over in the style of your favourite decade.

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).

Are you trapped in black?


In The Times today, Matthew Parris comments on how Britain is covered in phone boxes that "are an eyesore - barely used, routinely out of order, mostly filthy". He is calling for them "to be scrapped, as they are ugly, unhygienic and pointless".

Good point.

So when was the last time you even noticed a phone box?! All to often, things that have become a constant feature of our world become invisible to us, through familiarity.

Autumn/Winter 2011 Style Update event

Style Update and Open Studio

      Autumn/Winter 2011

             with Jan Foster

           Image Consultant

It will soon be time for us to put away our sandals and summer bags and think about our Autumn/Winter wardrobes.


An article in the paper today says that the average woman has 22 garments in her wardrobe that she will never wear and refuses to throw away. Having sorted and managed lots of wardrobes for women (and men!) then I can vouch for these statistics!

Some other interesting claims:-

You can never have too many shoes and handbags

Great news! My favourite local accessories shop, Shu Shu, now has an online outlet store , at www.shushuoutlet.co.uk. Check out a wide range of shoes, boots, bags and belts - some at over 50% off!! They have both winter and summer styles on offer, so if you're lucky enough to be jetting off to find some sunshine, you can stock up your suitcase.

Having a look could also be a welcome diversion from the rest of your Chrismas shopping!

Nearly Christmas!

I love Christmas - always have and always will! Our Christmas trees and decorations went up last weekend, so starting to feel very festive now.

How many people do you hear though at this time of year saying "I can't believe it's that time again already" or "I don't know where the time has gone".............  Time may feel as though it's going very quickly, especially as we get older, and given the fast pace of life today. If those thoughts are going through your head, it's always worth thinking about the past year and recognising:-

Creative Thinking is not just for Mad Men

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