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The demise of the department stores

Is this the beginning of the end for department stores? I think it is a real shame that we are in danger of losing many well-known stores from our local High Street. We’ve recently lost BHS, and other big names including House of Fraser and Debenhams are struggling to survive. I live in Edinburgh and … Continue reading The demise of the department stores

Let’s Jump!

The last couple of summers have seen the maxi dress become a wardrobe staple. I wouldn’t be without mine now.  They are so versatile and there are versions to suit most people. This year however, the jumpsuit seems to be its new rival. We have seen them steadily growing in popularity and now you can … Continue reading Let’s Jump!

Your wardrobe and the Pareto principle

Pareto Principle:   basically the theory is that whatever the situation, be it in business, science, or in day to day life, we mostly get 80% of our results from 20% of our efforts. Are you one of the many people only using a small percentage of what is in your wardrobe? If you have … Continue reading Your wardrobe and the Pareto principle

Along the High Street: Sahara

I have just been browsing the latest Sahara London brochure which landed through the door. I love to be able to sit down with a coffee and an exciting new catalogue.  Right from a young age, when (pre-internet) catalogue shopping was all the rage, this has been something I’ve enjoyed.  It’s a much more tactile … Continue reading Along the High Street: Sahara

Along the High Street: BHS

When was the last time you shopped in BHS?  It has certainly been a long time since it was considered a 'go to' stop on many peoples walk along the High Street. Having struggled in recent years, its fortunes once again are hanging in the balance as a new consortium aims to turn it around. … Continue reading Along the High Street: BHS

Simply divine

As my first (and undoubtedly not my last) heavy cold of the winter has left me feeling low this past couple of weeks, I have had to deal with one of the main side effects I am susceptible to:  tender, red skin around my nose which inevitably starts to peel horribly just as I start … Continue reading Simply divine

Spa in the City

It was wonderful to be invited to take part in Edinburgh’s popular Spa in the City event this year, which took place in three venues, over two days. I was based in a marquee in the Grassmarket alongside some other fabulous local businesses, and our theme for the weekend was ‘Invigorate’. I really enjoyed meeting the wide … Continue reading Spa in the City

Roses are red…

Learning to understand how colours work together, and how they can be used to really lift your mood and enhance your outfit is a key element in defining your authentic style. For instance, do you have a warm or a cool complexion? This affects how colours will look on you and whether the clothes you … Continue reading Roses are red…

Mirror Mirror

Some of you might worry that checking yourself out in a full-length mirror implies that you are somewhat vain, but unless you are spending way too much time preening, then this is really the only way for you to get a clear picture of how you look. And why does it need to be a … Continue reading Mirror Mirror

Radiant Orchid

This is the new Pantone colour of the year for 2014 and therefore one we’ll be seeing quite a bit of in all things from fashion to home décor. Why not get ahead of the game with a bit of savvy sale shopping?  Look out for clothing and accessories that you can buy now and … Continue reading Radiant Orchid

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