I was so flattered when Sarah asked me if I would like to do a post for Little Spree – what an honour!
Firstly, maybe I should tell you a bit about me, and how Sarah and I know each other? Sarah (or Clarkie as I know her) and I have been the best of friends for many years. She is godmother to my daughter Ruby, who is 16, and I am godmother to Tabitha. We first met when she was Press Officer for Joseph, and I got the job as her assistant. I am huge admirer of her work ethic – Sarah’s attention to detail is next to none, and I love how she has always stayed true to her style and never really being influenced by the latest trend or jumping on the bandwagon for the newest fad.
After leaving Joseph I started my career as a Personal Shopper, which I have now been doing for over 20 years. My personal style is very different to Sarah’s – while she may be all about less is more, I am all about more is more!! I will often explain to clients on our first meeting that my personal style is not a reflection of how I dress other people, as not everybody wants to wear vintage or second-hand clothes. I will spend a lot of time with a person, usually at their home, sorting out their wardrobes, before going off to shop for them. And that’s when I will usually get a pretty good insight into a person’s life, and what they need/want for their wardrobes.
I need to explain that my job is to shop, but I do this with care and a lot of consideration. I am very aware that we need to shop with a conscience and really think about what we buy and whether we really want it, will enjoy wearing it for a long time, and not just discard it after a couple of wears. I do shop on the high street – in fact I love the high street! But I will buy either for myself or my clients only things that work with pieces already existing in my/their wardrobes or to fill gaps.
This time of year is always very exciting for me as I love seeing what comes into the stores, and deciding what I want to buy for the season ahead. I am a big dress wearer – from vintage lacy, ruffled seventies pieces, to big puff sleeved styles from BATSHAVA and HORROR VACUI, which I will wear with my black leather and suede hiking boots from GRENSON. I also love this navy BAUM UND PFERGARTEN puffed-sleeve crepe mini dress and this black lace applique dress from Mango, worn with the same Nanette boots. & Other Stories also has a super-cute pair of chunky platform hiking boots to wear with dresses. Sister Jane also have some great dresses at the moment, in particular I love this tiered maxi. And this Dream Sister floral jacquard smock dress. Cos has a great navy cashmere sweater which I bought in large so I can throw on over one of my long lace dresses, with a pair of trainers and a chunky gold necklace from Mango.
I also have a couple of men’s large cashmere round neck sweaters from Uniqlo, which I wear with skirts and that don’t cost a fortune!
Cardigans are another staple in my wardrobe, and one that I have seen and really like is a long thick leopard print one. Sold out on the Topshop website, but I found at Next.
My husband’s face was a picture when my vintage quilted dressing gown arrived from Win Wintage in Copenhagen, which I can’t wait to wear. But for those of you’re not quite ready to wear your dressing gown outside quite yet, this great quilted jacket from The House Of Sunny has the same vibe.
I also love to accessorise with jewellery, hair clips and hair bands. Mango has a super cute black braided padded hairband, these gorgeous tear earrings, and this link metal bracelet. H&M have a four pack of diamnté hair slides.
I am also really into wearing trainers with everything at the moment, so do have quite a few pairs! The latest are my Adidas Originals EQT Gazelles in navy and pink.
I have a lot of bags as I like to change them often. The downside of this being that as I am usually in a hurry and forget where I have put things, that will inevitably then get left in a discarded bag! As I am really trying to not use any plastic bags from stores I will always have a net bag inside my handbag.
If I have things that I want to get rid of that I don’t feel can go to the charity shop, I will bring them to H&M who collect old items of clothing to recycle. Since my boarding school days, I have always swapped, borrowed and lent clothes with friends, and I still love doing this and I hope by doing this my clothes have a longer life.