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A Weekend Away is Good For The Soul

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 /

pretty brunette and curly blonde having fun

It’s true! The verdict’s out! Research has proved a weekend away is so good for the soul. With your girlfriends it’s ‘bees-knees,’ ‘heart-sing’ material!

We’re lucky to get away once or twice a year with some of our closest girlfriends, including one-another, some local, others interstate. It gives us the opportunity to connect without the distractions of everyday life, and yes, we admit, indulge in a little food, wine and shopping). For those we don’t see on a regular basis, it’s like we’ve never been apart. Even though we may not have spoken for months (we keep up to date via text and social media), we pick up from where we left off. We’re truly grateful for these connections, particularly for the joy and sanity they bring.

It’s not just about catching up with friends. It’s also the opportunity to recharge from day to day life. That doesn’t mean that we need to lie down for a whole weekend. Although, let’s be honest, sometimes the idea of booking into a hotel and not talking to anyone for 48 hours is rather appealing – has anyone tried that? Just getting away, doing something different, having a looooooong, leisurely breakfast and being inspired by new and creative things, means we can come back rejuvenated and ready for the next installment (even though sometimes this feeling only lasts about 24 hours – but hey it’s a great 24 hours).

That’s our 2 cents worth. If you still need convincing you deserve a weekend away with your girlfriends, check out these clips and articles:

If you’re feeling the need to get away, you’re in luck! Style Liberation is hosting another Ladies Weekend in Melbourne Friday 21st October to Sunday 23rd October. We’ll be running 4 shopping sessions, each based on a different theme, plus hosting a cocktail event on the Saturday evening. You can join us for 1, 2, 3 or all 5 sessions, depending on what works for you. Places are strictly limited. We’d love to take everyone, however, there’s only two of us and we want to make sure that each of you receives the special attention you deserve.

You can find all the details here.

If you can’t make the Style Liberation Ladies Weekend, can we ask you a favour? Can you check your calendar, send a text and lock in that well deserved break with your ‘bees-knees’ besties?

Blog, Style

Long Legs or Short Legs?

Thursday, August 11, 2016 /

LongBodyShortLegs

ShortBodyLong Legs

 

Due to the art world’s penchant for creating images of the human body that are impossibly perfect and in proportion, the human eye likes……….no, actually, LOVES proportion. Case in point, Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian man, who is perfectly proportioned at eight of his own head lengths in height–four from head to hip join, and four from hip join to toe.

We’re here to reassure you though, that there are very few of us born with this perfect proportion.

Instead, the overwhelming majority (including me!) are usually seven to seven and half of their own head lengths in height and vary significantly when measured from head to hip and hip to toe.

Here’s a little ditty to illustrate. I vividly recall the night my girlfriend, Ms T, and I had our style consultation with the gorgeous Fiona. First up, as I sipped Champagne, she measured Ms T. All good. Then she measured me. Cue Fiona’s puzzled face. She measured my legs again…. and again. The puzzled face remained. She then measured Ms T’s legs twice more. More of the puzzled face. Why? Because she could not believe, despite my being approximately a head taller than our Ms T, that she found our legs to be exactly the same length!

So, if the human eye loves to see, and finds beauty in, proportion and balance, but most of us don’t have it, how do we create the illusion of it?

Here’s how! First you must know your body proportions. For example, my height is all in my body but mostly in my freakishly long neck (the longest Fiona has ever measured, in fact…….just call me giraffe lady). This makes me a long body/short legged person. Ms T is a long legged/short bodied person. Therefore, to create my (illusion of) proportion, I would follow the tips and tricks outlined in the Long body/Short legs image. Ms T, on the other hand, would create her (illusion of) proportion by following the tips and tricks outlined in the Short body/Long legs image.

Through an individual Style Analysis or one of our Style Liberation packages we can help you establish your vertical body proportions and provide you with more tips and tools to navigate them and many other types of body variations. So give us a call. We’d love to hear from you.

Blog, Retail Therapy

The Blouse vs The Shirt

Monday, July 4, 2016 /

The Blouse vs The Shirt

 

Love one of these blouses? Click to get the details.

 

For me, the blouse is the winner (I’m a huge fan).

The pros being it’s soft, drapes in all the right places (you know – right over those things called breasts), comfortable against the skin and gives you freedom to move. There’s none of that button popping gaping that can happen with a shirt. The other benefit is if you wash it on a delicate cycle and hang it straight away you don’t need to iron. Not many shirts can claim such a feat. Last but not least, it’s great for all style personalities.

The cons, well sometimes they can become static (highly recommend carrying a compact bottle of anti static spray).

Ok, so blouses can be tricky too, in particular for those with an hourglass body shape, as they may feel it hides their shape. Unless the blouse is semi-fitted, for hourglasses it’s best to tuck it in.

For everyone else here’s how to wear the blouse.

If you’re wearing the blouse with pants you can tuck it in or wear it out. However, if you’re wearing it out,  you should wear it with pants that are skinny to straight, otherwise the volume will drown you. The same goes for skirts, but generally if you wear a blouse with a skirt, it’s best to tuck it in.

 

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Personal Shopping: What You Snapped Up

Monday, June 6, 2016 /

One of the highlights of my job is to take clients shopping. There are two reasons, firstly it puts into practice the theory that we’ve discussed during the Discover Your Style and Wardrobe Rescue. You’ll quickly learn what to look for and work out which pieces work for you (or not), and why. Secondly, it’s that look on your face when you find an absolute gem and the happy dance starts (accompanied by impromptu clapping from us).

You’ve told us that you’re really interested in what other people (just like you) are buying so we thought we’d share with you some of the items we purchase on shopping trips each month.

Last month’s shop was for a gorgeous lady who was looking to update her work wardrobe with smart casual pieces that mixed and matched to create as many outfits as possible. She already had skirts and dresses covered so we focussed on tops and trousers. This is what we found:

 

The Shopping Trip: What we purchased 1

 


Dress
davidlawrence.com.au
(We actually tried this in burgundy which was stunning)

Red t shirt
davidlawrence.com.au

Petal top
davidlawrence.com.au

Blue top
davidlawrence.com.au

Blue jean jacket
dianaferrari.com.au

Wide leg trousers
dianaferrari.com.au

Slim cut jeans
dianaferrari.com.au

Straight leg trousers
dianaferrari.com.au
Personal Shopping: What we bought 2

 


Cross over top
dianaferrari.com.au

Bridal shoes flat
jomercer.com.au

Penny loafer shoes
dianaferrari.com.au

Blue knit top
jacquie.com.au

Ribbed cardigan
jacquie.com.au

Get your wardrobe winter ready and book a Personal Shopping session with us. All the details are here.

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Top picks from our Ladies Weekend

Thursday, May 5, 2016 /

A huge thank you to the ladies that joined us last weekend for our first trip to Melbourne. There was 12 hours of shopping, cocktails, laughs and more than 20 stores. We shopped up a storm! Kristi and I had allocated a couple of cheeky hours after the event to do a spot of shopping for ourselves but instead opted for some bubbles at the airport.

Well, there’s loads of gorgeous pieces in store at the moment. So here’s our pick of the best from last weekend (purchased by our lovely ladies).

Our picks of Ladies Weekend Apr 16

 

Would you like to be part of our next Ladies Weekend? The next weekend is scheduled for the 3rd and 4th of September in Melbourne. We are capping numbers to 4 per session so if you’d like to register your interest and be the first to get all the details please click here.

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Autumn/Winter Trends 2016 – The Visual Feast

Monday, March 14, 2016 /

Yes, Autumn/Winter fashion is already here and we’ve got the guide to this season’s key trends. To find out where to purchase some of these beauties, click on the pictures below.

We’ll be shopping these trends and more on our Ladies Weekend in Melbourne at the end of April. Find all the details here.

Remember it’s not about being on trend, it’s about being current. So pick the pieces that really appeal to you and incorporate them into your wardrobe. Enjoy!

Autumnal Bliss

Autumnal Bliss by kristi-gooden featuring a ruched blouse

Denim

Denim by kristi-gooden featuring a long sleeve jacket

Victoriana

Victoriana by kristi-gooden featuring a wool blend coat

That 70's vibe

That 70’s vibe by kristi-gooden featuring blue shoes

Blog, Colour

How to Use Your Colour Swatch

Monday, November 23, 2015 /

This is my first foray into video on this blog. Please be gentle.

I made the video to help you on your colour journey. Are you using your colour swatch to it’s full potential? Do you carry it about or is it sitting in a  drawer hiding behind your smalls? The video is a quick reminder about how to use your colour swatch and make the most from your investment.

 

How to Use Your Colour Swatch from Fiona Keary on Vimeo.

Find out more about my colour services here or get in touch at fiona@styleliberation.com.au or 0422 633 659

 

Do you have one of these, it’s a colour swatch, or something similar? Is it in your handbag or is it lurking somewhere in the back of the drawer, unloved and unused? Have you spent money on a colour consultation but found that you actually haven’t made the most of your investment because you’re not using it?

Today’s video is a reminder on how to make the most of using your colour swatch. The first thing I want to remind you of, is that, in this particular swatch anyway, you have a cheat sheet up at the front. That’s just a summary of everything that would have been covered in your colour consultation. It covers important things like the contrast level that you use, prints and patterns that are going to work really well for you, texture that you should think about, and also gemstones and metallics that are going to work for you.

On the back of each swatch you’ll also find other information about a particular colour, so the name of the colour for example, the lifestyle effect, whether it is a core piece in your wardrobe, a basic colour in your wardrobe, or an accent colour, which scare children and small animals. You may also have a signature colour ticked. A signature colour is one that you would wear head to toe as an evening dress or perhaps even as a coat. A winter coat would be great. That’s just the high level stuff when it comes to your colour swatch.

Now a lot of people say to me, “But I can’t find those colours.” These are only 60 of your best colours. What that means is there are so many different variations of these colors that you’re not going to match exactly. What you want to do is try and find the colours that look like they sit within this colour palette. The easiest way to do this, and start on your own wardrobe first, is to take your swatch and compare it to things that you already have.

For example, if I compare it here, does it look like the colour belongs? Yes, it does. The top that I’m wearing is cool and the color palette that I’ve got in front of me is cool. However, if I put it against this very warm color, does it look like it belongs? No, it doesn’t. That’s the first thing: if it doesn’t, it’s not in your colour palette.

The second thing that you need to look at is the intensity of the colour.Do you have a muted colour palette, so a colour palette where it’s a little bit dusty or soft, or a clear palette where the colour is bright, rich or intense. That’s much easier to see than temperature sometimes.

Not every colour in your colour swatch is going to be the best colour for you. The reason being is it’s about creating the right level of contrast for you. I actually think this is the most important thing to get right, so I’ll actually do another video on that. Colour contrast is about mirroring what nature has given you. It’s a combination of your hair, skin, and eyes.

For me, my colour contrast is high because there’s quite a difference between my hair and skin. For me, if I was to wear a really light, pale color, what it will do is it’s too low-contrast against my skin and it will wash me out. I need to only use these colours when I layer, or use it in a print or pattern, or something like that. It’s just being mindful that if something isn’t feeling right about a colour from your colour palette, it perhaps is because you’re not getting the right level of contrast.

Have fun with your color swatch and practice coming up with lots of new color combinations that perhaps you haven’t tried before. I always say, if you’re not sure about how to combine color and you’ve got a particular piece you want to match with something else, use your color swatch. It’s a really great and easy way to explore using other colors without having to go and buy something else first. At least then when you hit the shops, you know the tone or the type of color that you’re looking to actually match with that item that you already have. It’s about having fun with it.

If you’d like some more tips and tools on how to use color or perhaps on style or body architecture, visit styleliberation.com.au. If you know of someone who would like to be liberated or have a color consultation done, all the details can be found at styleliberation.com.au. See you next time.

Find out more about my colour services here or get in touch at fiona@styleliberation.com.au or 0422 633 659

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AW15 Top Picks: Cool & Muted/Triangle/Natural & Classic

Thursday, April 30, 2015 /

I do lots of shopping for clients which includes trawling the internet for great pieces for them to review before we hit the shops. Seeing as I’ve already done all the research I thought ‘hey’ why not share my top picks based on colour palette, body shape and style personality. So here’s the first instalment for all you gorgeous Cool & Muted, Triangle body shaped, Natural/Classics.

You want to look sophisticated but at the same time be comfortable so invest in wool and other natural fibres that breathe, keep you warm and allow you to move. This season grey is the new black and a fantastic neutral colour for those of you with a Cool & Muted palette. A great colour  to base the rest of your wardrobe around. As a Triangle shape the aim is to create width across the bust and shoulder line and this can be done by wearing a lighter colour on top, using a scarf as a focal point or adding volume to the bust line which the cream coat does perfectly. Keeping your bottom half streamlined using a neutral grey helps to balance out your proportions.

For work:

 

Cool Muted Triangle Natural Classic

L – R: David Lawrence Brooklyn Baby Wool Top in Violet $129.00, Mindy Textured Pencil Skirt $79.95 (reduced from $99.95), Forever New Callie Waterfall Blanket Coat in New Blonde $139.99, David Lawrence Ballet in Grey $159.00, Target Artisan Floral Scarf $20.00, Jigsaw Perforated Shopper in Dusty Blue $295.00.

For play:

Cool Muted Triangle Natural Play

L – R: David Lawrence Baby Wool Stripe Top in Navy Pacific $129.00, Sportscraft Cleo Twill Skirt in Navy $99.95, Sussan Diamante Ball Stud Earrings $12.95, Sussan Chain Knot Necklace $29.95, Country Road Assymetric Tunic in Light Grey Marle $149.00, Sportscraft Esme Ponte Pants in Navy $119.95, Target Moda 3/4 Sleeve Tee in Dark Purple $15.00, Sussan Navy Check Scarf $39.95, Marcs Katy Leather Chunky Zip Saddle Bag $229.00.

Would you like me to help you to discover your style and make your wardrobe work for you? For more information check out my services and get in touch for a chat to work out the best package for you.

 

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How to wear the colour of the year – Marsala

Thursday, February 5, 2015 /

According to Pantone, Marsala (Pantone 18-1438) is ‘the’ colour of 2015. Marsala is warm, rich and earthy and therefore perfect for Autumn/Winter 2015.

Who can wear it?

Due to its warm tones, Marsala complements the following colour palettes:

  • Warm & Muted
  • Warm, Muted & Dark
  • Warm, Muted & Soft (it may be a little dark to wear as a solid colour so I’d suggest using the colour as a layering piece)

A version of Marsala will also work for all the Warm & Clear palettes as well as Cool, Clear & Dark and Cool, Clear & Bright. Only if the shade is bright/clear rather than muted.

Sorry super cool people – this shade’s not for you.

Great pieces

Whilst you may not find the exact match in store, I’ve found the best variations of Marsala for this season.

 

 

 

 

Colour combinations

What do you wear it with other than black? Try these combinations:

 

If you’d like to find out if Marsala is right for you why not book a Colour & Style Transformation or join me at the next Group Colour Session on Sunday 22nd February.

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How to stop buying stuff you don’t need

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 /

Motion Blurred People in the Shopping Mall

What kind of shopper are you? Are you the random grab a bargain at lunch time type? Or the style stalker who surfs the net for hours looking for the perfect jacket but accidentally fills their shopping basket with everything but?

I used to think shopping was a sport, I’d set my alarm on a Saturday morning and see how much damage I could do on Oxford Street. I ended up with lots of clothes but nothing to wear. Luckily for my bank balance I now get my fix by shopping for others. Maybe I should change my name to the vicarious shopper?

Often the mistakes we make are due to impulse buying rather than having a plan for what we want our wardrobe to look like. You know the scenario, we have an event to go to on the weekend and we have 1 hour on Friday to buy an outfit. We can’t find anything and end up buying something because it will do rather than because we love it.

Here are my top tips for avoiding mistakes:

  • Review your wardrobe every season and ensure that you have an outfit for every occasion. You never know when an invitation to something special will pop up.
  • Shop when you need to and with a list. There’s no need to shop more than 4 to 6 times a year if you plan ahead for special occasions etc.
  • Only buy pieces you love. If you need to think about it, put it on hold and walk away. If you’re still thinking about it in 24 hours then you probably love it.
  • Remember the rule of 3. Will it go with at least 3 other pieces in your wardrobe?
  • If you buy something requiring alteration take it to the tailor straight away. Be honest, once you get it home it’ll find its way to the back of the wardrobe and you’ll forget about it.

Need help taming your wardrobe or finding the perfect piece? Check out Style Liberation services or get in touch for a chat.