Sunday, 30 October 2011
Saturday, 29 October 2011
Thursday, 27 October 2011
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
For a shopping trip in once again glorious sunshine I wore a Dorothy Perkins dress and a Next jacket
Todays frock rock is The Who " Don't Let Go The Coat"
No one particuarly looks forward to the cold winter days , after all a glorious sunny day wins hands down every day. However you might be putting your t shirts and shorts away but fashion doesn't hibernate as well.
Nothing looks smarter in my opinion than a great winter coat, be it a long coat or the current must have , a quilted jacket . Worn for work over a suit and tie or casually over jeans and a shirt . Accessorise with a a scarf and hat and you will look fantastic .
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Another lovely day here in Derbyshire , I could get used to this. I'm wearing a Gossip vintage leather jacket and black dress and boots.
Todays frock rock is The Style Council " Long Hot Summer"
Your out shopping or maybe at a cafe and you see this guy or girl looking amazing, but in a way that looks like it is so easy for them. What is their secret you ask yourself . How do you achieve effortless style . Well firstly forget the effortless style picture you saw of someone in a magazine ...that's probably weeks of planning and involves a stylist . A few tips. Start collecting clothing and accessories that that you love wearing , that fit great and give you confidence. Forget being bang on trend, rather try and be your own fashion icon. Create a signature look that you can mix and match with your wardrobe. It could be as simple as a pair of good jeans , and t shirt but worn with a great watch which gives that extra je ne sais quoi to the outfit . If you can invest in quality and remember look for style over "on trend" . But heres my biggest tip....project confidence in yourself and what you wear and you will be noticed and remembered.
Monday, 24 October 2011
Lovely day again up here in the Peak District and I wore a Pussycat wool and satin dress .
Todays frock rock is The Kinks " You really got me"
All Mod Cons
Sixties inspired fashion is never far away from the catwalk or the high street . Be that all things mini skirt and skinny jeans or the beatnik look or hippy inspired fashions . I have a good friend who was a mod and I suppose is now an ageing mod ! Who will always argue the point on what was mod fashion and what wasn't . He is most vehement on what was /is the Parka to do with Italian influenced scooter riding sixties mods ? Well he can freeze on his scooter if he wishes , but I think power parkas look great. No longer the army inspired heavy duty item with a mod emblem on the back but now it's gone grown up and worn over dresses or skinny jeans, less an army surplus and more a glam must have .
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Had a great night listening to a jazz concert and took advantage of a glorious morning walking the dogs in this Nomad knitted tunic.
Todays frock rock is Kel Elliot " Valentines Day" (Listened to her last night )
The country influence stretches further with Tweed jackets being the must have style item . Worn with a white shirt and maybe jeans and boots they look fantastic. My style guru fashionista friend says look for vintage if you can particuarly , Harris Tweed or Lomond or Grannoch although Barbour , Hackett and Dubarry have great items in their Autumn collection.
Saturday, 22 October 2011
Glorious bright and sunny day , I'm wearing a military style L'art de River Island jacket
Todays frock rock is Ten Pole Tudor "Swords of a Thousand Men"
Denim has never been far away from fashion , but we are now seeing a return to designer denim . A better fit and style. Don't be afraid to move away from standard blue or black. White jeans look great , paired with a great cotton shirt, with the sleeves rolled and of course worn loose. Roll the bottoms for that casual cool look.....Top tip here ...unless your under 16 dont consider skinny jeans !
Friday, 21 October 2011
A Cold and sunny Derbyshire day definately needed this black and white Top Shop coat
Todays frock rock is Three Dog Night " Black and White"
Country life has come to town . Once a statement item for the walk in the hills and Dales the wax jacket is now part of the everything country image gracing our towns . The shorter style wax jacket worn with a roll neck or a cotton round neck jumper looks fantastic. Pair with some chinos or jeans and smart boots for that bang on trend look.
Thursday, 20 October 2011
A Next jacket aand knitwear were essential for tea and cake sat outside my favourite deli .
Todays frock rock is Akon ft Usher "Weekend"
Something for The Weekend
For those of you who wear suits and ties all week the last thing you want is to spend the weekend just as formally dressed . But you still want to be stylish . So a sharp white brush cotton shirt or casual checks and stripes are perfect. Wear them untucked and rolled up , but remember the golden rule , keep it easy and relaxed but noticeable !
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Today for a drive into the country and tea and a huge slice of cake !! I wore a Kalico jacket with a fake fur wrap .
Todays frock rock is The Sensational Alex Harvey band " Boston Tea party"
What The Blazes
The blazer , used to conjure up images of grey flannels the old school tie and and garden party . Thankfully no longer. The perfect combo of Blazer and jeans matched with a tea shirt or a cotton sweater looks great. Certainly forget polishing those buttons , blazers no longer have to be traditional blue and formal...now available in all colours and fittings. Try the relaxed fit , and be bold try a variety of textures.....the main thing is wear it to suit your style and not to fit in at the club !
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Today I'm wearing a Stella dress and my " impractical but love them killer heels "
Todays frock rock is Seal "Killer"
Don't Be A Knit
Autumn is virtually upon us and absolutely ideal for the season and bang on trend is sleek and stylish cashmere knitwear. Chunky styles are my particular favourite and are ideal for that windy cold evening stroll , or maybe a lightweight style worn under a jacket looks superb. Go for bold colours and match them with a pair of jeans or woollen trousers . However they are perfect for that evening in and are so so tactile ...
Monday, 17 October 2011
A hectic chilly day today , but I managed a coffee with friends and wore a Lipsy knitted dress .
Todays frock rock is Haircut 100 " Favourite Shirt"
Back to Black
I have a good photographer friend whose signature colour is black . We recently discussed with my friend " The stylist fashionista guru" what the rules are when wearing black shirts . Here are his tips . He says never never wear a tie with a black shirt unless you are auditioning for the Sopranos or your occupation is similar to those in the Sopranos , then of course you can wear what you like . Black shirts on their own are fine but there is that fine line of looking like Tom Jones . Wear them casually , with a pair of jeans and you'll be fine he says .
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Had some friends around for Sunday lunch today , which was great fun. lots of conversation and catching up . One even tried to explain to me why the Welsh Rugby captain was sent off. Although , thankfully I'm glad he didn't offer to demonstrate.
I'm wearing a Jane Norman black and white dress .
Todays frock rock is Tom Jones " You can Keep Your Hat On "
The Finer Detail
Stylish accessories can absolutely make an outfit , so why oh why do I see men when shopping for for their winter extras buy a hat that simply goes with nothing , scarves like Noddy might have worn and a pair of bright gloves ideal for maybe golf . Get yourself a pair of leather gloves , black or brown are a safe bet , a black patterned scarf and if your into your hats , then a trilby looks great . Be bold, don't be afraid to make a statement . Start to create an accessorries drawer so you can match any outfit .....oh and the Dr Who scarf of many colours , well wrap that around the snowman .
Saturday, 15 October 2011
A black Gucci dress for a sunny Saturday in Derbyshire.
Todays frock rock is The Style Council " Your The Best Thing"
Shaken Not Stirred
A great cocktail fixed by a great bartender is one of lifes keenest pleasures . Picture yourself watching the setting sun in far flung places , a black mojito ( my favourite ) in hand with that do I look like I give a damn look and for a while you could be Daniel Craig . Sophistication with a touch of arrogance a shot of cool and a twist of self assured served in a glass ......enjoy
Friday, 14 October 2011
Today I had what is apparently described I am told as a working lunch . In other words discussing some new business ideas over a glass or two of wine . We happened to be near Meadowhall
and I made the mistake of going in . Two hours later I emerged with aching feet and in a state of confusion......I'll blame that on the shopping and not the wine. However for my expedition I wore a Dorothy Perkins knitted dress and coat.
Todays frock rock is Led Zeppelin " Dazed and Confused"
So often I see guys so desperate to wear a designer suit that they end up buying a designer label which costs a fortune . The suit doesn't suit them but its fashionable , in fact it often looks like the suit is wearing them. Why be a slave to fashion , why not follow your own style?
Buy a suit which fits you perfectly off the peg , then take some ideas to your local tailor. Have them alter it in your own style. You have your own designer suit for a fraction of the cost.
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Today I wore a Next silk dress and a denim jacket by Philosophy and had afternoon tea and cakes in Bakewell , fortunately I have a Pilates class this evening to work off the calories !
Todays frock rock is Billy Idol " Eyes without a face"
Age Shall Not Wither Him
It's all about anti ageing these days , not a week goes by without some wonder product or other claiming to turn back the clock..if only !!
I have to say though speaking as one whose dressing table is buckling under the weight of various lotions and potions, there is some pretty good stuff out there , and it doesn't have to be eye wateringly expensive . Take serums for instance , yes men should use them ! Well both Nivea and Aldi do an excellent budget range of products . At the other end of the scale , and it really is at the top end , Sisley ecological compound is the ultimate indulgence , at £129 for 125ml please use it sparingly !!!
Traditionally moisturisers and serums have been the domain of us girls but a massive share of the beauty product market is now aimed at you guys and why not.....
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Frustrating day today , with endless power cuts in the area. Nearly had to go out with wet hair. However , finally got organised and here I am wearing a Coast winter white coat with black suede boots...
Todays frock rock is The Pointer Sisters " Slow Hand"
I find myself obsessing about hands these days , my own and others .
If your own mitts aren't quite perfect (whose are ) then read on.
It's surprisingly easy to maintain handsome hands, a regular nail trim and a good quality moisturising cream is generally all it takes , but if you fancy a treat occasionally then I can certainly recommend a professional manicure, as well as working wonders visually it's also a very relaxing experience.
After all the lady in your life does not want you with hands like a Brillo pad , does she ?I can recommend Dr Organic Manuka Honey Hand and Nail Cream.
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
What I wore today was an ASOS dress for a photo shoot with a photographer whose over from the USA.
Todays frock rock is for my photographer friend, Bruce Springsteen " Born In The USA"
I'm thinking hair today ! A source of worry and anxiety for many men ( welcome to our world boys) ok. Ok I know you can't all have hair like Ronny Wood , in fact all the stones put together . The thing is it either goes grey --or it just well , goes!Try not to panic you can still look sexy , just remember if you were once hirsute and now have hair that's gone AWOL then have a sprucely close crop . Think Bruce Willis . For hair that's gone grey please please avoid colouring ( orange is not a good look) just go for a George Clooney silver fox style ---well it works for him doesn't it !!
Monday, 10 October 2011
Today I'm wearing a woollen tunic and scarf both by Logo. A keep fit day today , lots of swimming and walking aren't I good ! Have been spending some time with my male fashionista friend ( or whatever it is he calls himself ) browsing the male fashion world .
todays frock rock is David Bowie " Fashion"
Every man should have one, but not the sort that makes your eyes water or knocks you ten paces back as he passes by. For centuries scents have been used to attract the opposite sex and to create an aura of sophistication and cool. For me a scent should be understated but memorable.Top of my list has to be Barfly by Scotch and Soda followed by Acgua di Parma , which embodies a bygone age and was apparently a favourite of Cary Grant.....
Sunday, 9 October 2011
Perfect Sunday, friends over for lunch , good food good wine stimulating conversation. One of my guests who is a mens styling guru ( yes they exist) has given me some great new ideas for this blog. Watch this space from tomorrow.
Todays frock rock is ZZ Top " Sharp Dressed Man"
No sexy dish today as we have eaten it !
Saturday, 8 October 2011
Grey day , grey mood, grey outfit !! one of those winter setting in sorts of days . I'm wearing a coat by Coast and black high suede boots.
Todays frock rock is Visage " Fade To Grey"
What I can't do without are warm coats
What I can do without is trying to administer ear drops to my very wriggly dog
Todays sexy dish is Lamb shanks with a yet to be invented sauce
Friday, 7 October 2011
Yet another birthday bash today , this time it's the turn of my dear old Dad . He just about managed to fit me in between a round of golf and a "boys" (average age 80!!) evening out I wore a black and gold dress by F and F and my ever faithful Zara shoes.
Todays frock rock is Thin Lizzy " The Boys are back in town"
What I can't do without is restaurant staff who mumble
What I can do without is my dad forgetting his hearing aid ( and his glasses)
Todays sexy dish is Thai Tiger prawns
Thursday, 6 October 2011
Today I'm wearing a woolly maxi dress by Next as befits the weather , looking forward to an evening relaxing by my log fire after pilates class. Note to self must get fire brigade on speed dial !!
Todays frock rock is The Doors " Light My Fire"
What I can't do without tea and home made cakes
What I can do without are the calories
Todays sexy dish is roast beef
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
A blustery day today in Derbyshire so my mac and boots by Top Shop came in very handy .....looks like Summer has finally gone and the first signs of Autumn are very much in evidence.
Todays frock rock is the brilliant Prince with "Sign of the Times"
What I can't do without is my log fire
What I can do without is clearing the ashes every day , how very tedious.
Todays sexy fish dish has been replaced by a more frugal cheese on toast due to large vets bill ,(but she's worth it)
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Today I wore a Pink Armani shift dress to visit Ashbourne . Another lovely warm day however now I'm about to take the dog to the vets , no doubt chaos and mayhem will ensue , so I need to be changing into a survival suit ....do Armani make them I wonder ?
Todays frock rock is Snoop Dogg " Doggy dogg world"
What I can't do without are my dogs
What I can do without is what I suspect will be a hefty vets bill.
Tonights sexy dish is salmon with a huge salad and of course wine.
Monday, 3 October 2011
Very busy today , so missed most of the sunshine. Back in Autumn wear it seems . Hence my grey wool dress by Glamorous .
Todays frock rock is Fergie " Glamorous"
What I can't do without are my dangerous to walk in shoes ( but love em)
What I can do without is brushing up leaves and then more drop !
Todays sexy dish is Fish n Chips and Chablis
Sunday, 2 October 2011
Lovely lazy Sunday today (after the two mile dog walk that is !) Caught up on all my books and papers . I'm wearing a Pepper Tree floral dress , perfect for lounging around in.
Todays frock rock is Maroon 5 " Sunday morning"
What I can't do without are my sundays papers and breakfast in bed
What I can do without is the phone ringing before 9am!
Todays sexy dish is chicken in white wine and saffron sauce
Saturday, 1 October 2011
Today met friends off the train who had travelled up from London . Later on we had a BBQ and are now all enjoying the evening sunshine .
I wore a Next outfit for the day and am now wearing an FF dress which is at least ten years old . So does that make it vintage ...maybe ?
Todays frock rock is The Monkees " Last Train to Clarksville"
What I can't do without is this weather ....gorgeous
What I can do without is ...its all going to end ..hmmm
Todays sexy dish has to be BBQ pork and apple burgers courtesy of the local farm shop