Lesson Learnt the Hard Way
I try to practise what I preach, I do refresh my wardrobe every season. I do invest in quality ‘keeper’ pieces and less in throwaway fashion. I do own a seamless, skin coloured bra. I do polish my shoes and have my clothes altered to fit and so on etc. Do I employ professionals to help me on tasks that I don’t have the time and/or the inclination to do? Err, that’s a big fat no! For me it’s a no brainer that I help women with their style and wardrobes because I do this for a living and know a bit about it. Why I fail to translate this theory into my own tech issues is anyone’s guess. I’ve learnt the hard way that as much as we think we ‘should’ be able to do something there are not enough hours in the day for us to be good at everything.
With one ‘lost’ website and a business email that’s been inundated with spamming, phishing and other nasty’-ings’ that I don’t know about, I’ve finally outsourced my IT to those that know better. I could have saved myself a lot of time and money if I had done this sooner – buy cheap, buy twice! Hey, ho, you live and learn. I see this as an investment in me and it feels great that this is one area of my life that I don’t have to worry about. The chef, housekeeper and gardener are still a long way off but I live in hope.
Should you ditch your skinny jeans?
Unlike anything to do with IT, this is a question I’m very qualified to answer and the short answer is ‘no’. You should, however, be aware that there has been a massive shift in jean styles over the past few seasons. When this happens you don’t need to chuck out all your current styles but if you’re in the market for a new pair I would urge you to move out of your comfort zone and try a new fit. Below are my top 3 most wearable high street styles. You can find a lot more info on jeans in the latest of my monthly vlogs with Louise from beyondtheschoolrun.com. Just click on the link or go to Facebook @queenbeestyling
Girlfriend Jeans (also called slim boyfriend in Top Shop)
These are a slimmer and less baggy fit than the old boyfriend jeans as the name would suggest. They fit neatly around the hips and have a wide-ish leg from the knee to the ankle. They can be worn rolled up or down depending on your preference and height. As they are very comfortable to wear they are usually worn in a casual way with trainers and a sweater. These are not to be confused with ‘Mom’ jeans which are a lot baggier.
Straight Cut Jeans
These jeans will remind you of the 80’s if you were there the first time, like me. I love this style but it does take a bit of getting used to. Once you do though, I guarantee you’ll grow to love the higher waistband and straight leg shape as it’s versatile and flattering. They have less stretch in them than skinny jeans so be aware that baggy knees can occur from sitting, bending etc. You just have to remember to hoick the trousers up from the knee before you sit down like your grandad did!
Cropped Wide Leg
These jeans are great for all body shapes but if you are petite don’t choose a style that has a very wide leg. These are super, useful jeans for wearing with heels and flats so they are great for dressing up too. They will come into their own in the coming weeks when the weather gets milder as they are perfect with sandals. I like to be optimistic about the weather but if winter does go on for too long as least you won’t have wasted your money. Look out for pastel colours too, they are a key trend this season.
If you feel you need to add some fresh spring styles into your wardrobe why not book a personal styling session today? I’ll help you pull together a selection of styles that will work for your lifestyle, figure and budget. I guarantee it will save you time, effort and a whole lot of money in the long run.
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