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Intelligent style : What I learnt from interviewing ME + EM

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Loulou Storey and Clare Hornby, Creative Director of ME + EM

Is this intelligent style?

The question that founder of ME + EM Clare Hornby, regularly asks her team at design meetings.

Having an eye on creating solutions for her customers is at the heart of everything Clare does when creating the new collection, that and the constant quest to lengthen legs.

This quest has meant that the brand has become very well known for their trousers, being at the heart of how ME + EM is improving the quality of our everyday wardrobes. Their recent press endorsement has been extensive including Claudia Winkleman who has been shouting endorsement of their subtle kick flare; all in all their trousers fit like a dream.

From my experience, trousers are the piece that so many women find a challenge in their wardrobe as they struggle to get the right and flattering fit. Pockets in the right place, fabric they can wash time and time again. Tailored trousers, whether wide leg, cropped or flared are now an everyday fashion must have and ME + EM are helping women step away from the skinny jeans and become more confident with trying a new silhouette. Essentially building a perfectly pitched smart casual wardrobe and supporting you in everything you do throughout your day.

What has become their most iconic piece and the staple that will always be in the ME + EM collection is their side stripe trouser, perfectly & precisely placed to the front of the thigh to ensure that your legs are given a narrow and more flattering appearance. You can choose your strength from the bright red with the pale blue and cream stripe which make a real fashion statement through to the more subtle wide leg black trouser with grosgrain stipe and gold press studs or even have that nod to a trend in in their palazzo pant that are the perfect attire for any new or soon to be mum.

The iconic status of their clothes stretches beyond the trousers, with white shirts and cashmere jumpers given an intelligent update. The white shirts come in 2 lengths depending on whether you would like a layer poking out at the bottom or whether you need minimal bulk when tucked in. Of course the extra length has been carefully considered with the longer-length hem finished with side slits that elongate the leg as well as allow you to easily tuck in the front.

The cashmere jumper in hot pink is striking and would add a touch of edge to every outfit, perfectly paired with denim, leather or khaki. The cropped and boxy style offers a great nod to a waist especially if this is a challenging area for you.

However the pièce de résistance was the prince of wales check suit that I chose to wear on the evening. The oversized masculine style blazer brought the suit sharply into 2018, the crop, slim cut trousers with their rebellious and disruptive red stripe were a dream to wear. The slanted zips flattered the silhouette and despite being sat throughout the interview the trouser had minimal creases at the end.

Here are my TOP 5 intelligent pieces from ME+EM; stapes you need in your wardrobe:

Grosgrain Trim Checked Blazer

Cashmere Box Jumper

Longline White Cotton Shirt

Side Stripe Man pant

Stud detail man pant

To make a connection with more brands I’ve partnered with, take a look at my interview with The Fold and Kitri.

Khaki : The neutral everyone should wear

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Khaki : The Neutral everyone should wear

Do you like Khaki? We can all get stuck in the old stories we tell ourselves and khaki gets a bad rap. Reminding many of cargo pants, parkas and All Saints (a band in the early 2000’s!)

Well think again, Khaki has had an update and here are the reasons why you should add it into your wardrobe:

  1. It’s a softer and more considerate neutral than black and navy on your skin tone.
  2. It is a neutral and goes with every colour in your wardrobe. Think about nature and how green sits with every flower you see.
  3. It has a great mix of timeless and modern vibes.

5 ways you could add it into your wardrobe today:

Wear it as a dress

Anything from modern fabrics to fluid florals. Khaki will lift your working wardrobe. I love this simple yet effective Me + Em dress.

This neck line is flattering for those with a larger and smaller bust.

Flattering sleeve length and the dipped hem at the back is a unique touch.

Me + Em Zip Front Dress

 

Wear it as a basic

Crew Necks

Camisoles

Breton Stripes

T-shirts.

Add a khaki basic to your wardrobe.

Me and Em Crew Neck Jumper

 

Wear it as a skirt

Pleated

A-line

Leather

Pencil.

Khaki in all the above is a winner.

Whistles Pleated Skirt

 

Wear it as a boxy Jacket

You see khaki as a bomber jacket a lot but this tailored boxy shape feels fresh and perfect for updating denim!

 

Wear it as a boot

More wearable that Camel, khaki is a great touch with black and blue.

Love the double tab detail on these by new brand Nubikk

 

 

Need more inspiration? Then take a look at this article.

Six ways to fall in love with yourself and your style

For more ways to get inspired with your style check out my www.instagram.com/thestylingstorey

or alternatively if you need help with finding your style, detoxing your wardrobe and being introduced to new brands then get in contact with me at loulou@thestylingstorey.co.uk

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9 Unexpected Steps to detoxing your wardrobe

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9 Unexpected Steps to Detoxing your Wardrobe

Does your wardrobe need detoxing?

 

Follow these 9 unexpected steps when you are detoxing your wardrobe. These are the insider tips that I use with my clients. The secret steps that will give you biggest success. Detox your wardrobe like a Style Coach and you will get long lasting results.

1. Start small

Organise your knicker drawer a day ahead of the big detox.

Its the perfect way to get the ball rolling.

Doing ‘the big detox’ can feel rather overwhelming. Getting the first thing sorted and ticked off the list makes your detox day feel achievable.

2. Set an intention

How do you want to feel at the end of the detoxing? What is the main goal (other than just getting rid of stuff)?

Some suggestions:

Clarity on what you own & what shopping habits you have

Create new outfits from what you already own

Review your wardrobe, identify whats missing & create a shopping list

Work through emotions of not being able to let old clothes go

Organise your wardrobe and create more space. 

 

3. Prevent burn out

Set a hydration alarm to remind you to drink of water every hour on the hour. 

Have snacks with you. 

All of this keeps your energy and momentum up.

 

4. Put everything on the bed.

You’ve got to get to sleep at night, by putting everything on the bed you will reduce the chances of not finishing the job

 

5. Work in categories

This is the best way to make sure you compare all the of the same category side by side.  For example jeans compared with jeans to make sure you just keep hold of the jeans that work for you.

 

Detoxed wardrobe, detoxed mind

6. Does it add to your life or subtract?

Ask yourself whilst you try your clothes on ‘does this add to my life or subtract?’

Subtract means an item of clothing that gives you a bad and hesitant feeling

Examples are: It used to fit and now doesn’t / it has holes in it / it reminds you of the old you / makes you yearn for a previous life / You were given it as a as present and you feel guilty for not wearing it etc

Adding means an item of clothing that gives you a satisfied warm feeling

Examples are: It is useful in your wardrobe and goes with lots of other things / It makes you feel excited to wear it / you’d want to wear it this week / It fits in with your current life and where you are heading this year.

7. Watch your thoughts

If you decide that something subtracts from your life but you then hear yourself justifying to keep it watch yourself. We will often pull back on what we want and justify holding onto clothes that don’t make us happy but keep us comfortable.

Common examples are:

‘It was really expensive/designer so I better keep it’  Nooooooo SELL IT

‘I used to love it but i’m over it now’ Let it go unless you are excited to wear wear it in a different way

‘I used to fit into it (5 years ago) I’m sure I’ll get back into it’  STOP TORTURING YOURSELF get rid!

8. Be Realistic

Be realistic with the time you have to sell items, only keep the best items to sell, donate the rest.

Familiarise yourself with preloved/second hand stores. They will sell the items for you and reduce your time on selling sites. Be aware that they won’t take everything and will have requirements for specific brands and will be very cautious about the condition the clothes are in.

9. Everything in colour order

Once you have decided what to keep, as you are detoxing, put your clothes back in your wardrobe in colour order.

This ensures that:

– You can find everything you own. You know which colour its with.

– Each garment will always get replaced on the same hanger. Everything has its place

– You can clearly see what colours you are buying too much or too little of

– You are inspired everyday with how you wardrobe looks.

 

https://www.instagram.com/fullerton_fash/

Put your wardrobe into colour order. Photo from @fullerton_fash

 

Good luck with detoxing your own wardrobe, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is, if you feel it needs to happen then now is the best time to start.

If you want my support with detoxing your own wardrobe, or you would like a review of what to buy then get in contact here http://www.thestylingstorey.co.uk/contact/

Or for my daily Style Lessons follow me here https://www.instagram.com/thestylingstorey/

For more of my style help check out my Huffington Post blog posts http://www.thestylingstorey.co.uk/blog/

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What I learnt from interviewing Kitri Studio: The secret to being distinctive everyday

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Can you dress distinctive and unique everyday?

Is it even possible to showcase you, to be original everyday, to shine at your best day in day out?

Or is this a ridiculous standard and perhaps more importantly an exhausting commitment to try and be different, distinctive and unique everyday?

And after interviewing Kitri founder, Haeni Kim I think Kitri is the brand that could help you feel distinctive.

Kitri is not just another brand offering more of the same. Kitri is offering a solution to your everyday style challenges. That ongoing challenge of how the hell do you look good for work and feel glamorous for that evening event.

Lipstick could give you a helping hand, a pair of heels in your bag might also ramp up your energy but in fact what Kitri is offering is that you start your day in an item of clothing that will give you confidence that will endure. It will bend and shift to your whole day and ensure that you are expressing YOU with wild abandon.

But hold on a minute before you go shopping…..

Follow these 3 steps to achieve style distinctiveness

I believe it can be done but it takes a few steps:

Step 1: INSPIRE yourself. You need to understand what it is you love and the direction you want to take your style in. Check out my own Style Revolution board on Pinterest to inspire you to start your own board.

Step 2: FOCUS your attention on finding 3 new pieces that you will WANT to wear everyday and that make you feel excited to put on, that give you that ‘ooooh yea’ feeling. Really hone in on what is missing from your wardrobe and is going to inspire those dark winter mornings.

Step 3: MIX the new with the old. I see it happen a lot people go on a big shop and then they only wear the new but to really elevate the old they’ve got to work together.

These 3 steps will make being distinctive everyday a lot more achievable because you are less likely to make mistakes .

Here are the 4 pieces that have stolen my heart:

Isadora Silk Midi Dress

 

Roland Tuxedo Jumpuit

 

Odelie Red Wrap Dress 


 

Pink Cable Knit hoodie

Enjoy exploring a new brand today and find your very own distinctive and unique style that will ensure you look good at 8am and 8pm!

To Listen to the interview click HERE

To find more of Kitri Studio pieces visit their site here:

For more of my Style Lessons, follow me on Instagram

 

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The power of good tailoring: What I learnt when I interviewed Polly McMaster of The Fold, London

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‘Tailoring has that ability to transform your everyday confidence’.

To many, The Fold London is just for celebrities and Duchesses, women that have status within the public eye. However after an evening interviewing the brand’s founder Polly McMaster at Home House, London I learnt that it is a brand not just creating beautiful clothes but in actual fact empowering the everyday working women to thrive in the workplace.

I was amazed at how The Fold is a brand steeped in attention to detail, quality, integrity, empowerment and community. Big and powerful words that I don’t use lightly but I do use passionately after hearing, seeing and experiencing Polly’s vision of the company.

For retailers today, its no longer enough to just have beautiful or fashionable or desirable clothes to engage the customer. Brands have to come with a message, a vision and constantly provide a solution to their everyday dressing.

That is exactly what Polly and her team are doing.

The Fold is helping women in the workplace find tailoring that gives them the power they deserve to truly hold their heads high and do a bloody good job. To get dressed everyday by buying into an edited collection that supports their goals and dreams for the future.

Offering clothing that elevates their standing but isn’t at Stella McCartney prices. The Fold understands that when a piece of clothing is worn that has had every detail considered, has been cut beautifully, has fabric from the highest quality mills. All mixed with a fresh and modern aesthetic, a women will be able to stand out from her peers in a sophisticated and elegant way.

There clothes are for women with an ambition and a dream but also want allow their individuality to shine through.

Why don’t you check out my favourite pieces from their current collection to elevate your working wardrobe.

The sharp but feminine coat – The Clarendon Coat

 The non-party party dress – Eaton Dress

The classic dress with the rebellious twist : The Fitzrovia Dress

A sculptural addition to the Classic Camel Coat : The Napier Coat 

The Unexpected Modern Suit : The Donmar


The week to weekend Top : The Fitzroy Top

 

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This blog post has the best shopping tip EVER.

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I bet your inbox is currently full of the latest items to buy? Full of shops pulling you into buy the latest trends.

But you are still left feeling lost about what to buy and overwhelmed with choice but underwhelmed with what you find?

At this time of year there is so much talk of party wear and the plethora of sequinned and bejewelled pieces that we fall for but we know from years gone by we only wear once.

We can get so excited about the glamour of it all; The wining and dining and the social occasions fill our calendar to the brim but it does bring with it more stress on what to wear.

An expensive time of year when we don’t need to waste any more money.

So how do we get better at shopping?

and ensure that we buy clothes that last beyond the festive season? 

I learnt this trick recently and now teach it to those I work with and I would like to share with you.

So here we go….

Ready???

The secret to successful shopping is to:

‘Search for the treasure’.

Now I’m not encouraging you to become a pirate although maybe a fashion pirate could look quite cool but to give you more clarity let me set the scene:

It’s Tuesday morning, You have a party on Thursday night after work. You know you should have worked out what to wear but it just felt overwhelming so you kept pushing it to the back of your mind but now the time is pressing. You’ve got to get it sorted

You have 3 options:

  1. Wear the same black sequin top with your jeans that you’ve worn to every party for the last 3 years and is going bald from the sequins falling off.
  2. Head to the shops and see what they have and hope you find something (in the 45 minutes you can free up).
  3. Don’t go to the party.

Now the third option is a consideration but not really an option as its a work do. You have to show willing to your team and there are some interesting people there that you want to meet.

On to the first option which is doable but it fills you with a sense of heaviness and ‘not quite rightness’. A balding sequin top isn’t filling you with Xmas cheer.

So the second option it is….again! Off to the messy shops we go, not knowing where to start or what to buy.

Your wardrobe is full of clothes that you bought in a hurry, that solved a problem in the moment but has caused you disappointment long term.

So to ensure you don’t keep repeating the same problem over and over again go shopping with the intention that ‘Theres always one special treasure to seek out’.

To ensure the ‘it’ll do pieces’ stay away from your wardrobe and you only buy items that successfully express YOU then start searching for that special piece on the rail.

The item that will help us to feel unique and true to ourselves does exist, I promise!

The power of going shopping with the intention of finding that one special item on the rail helps us to enter the shops with positivity and hope. Something that is missing when people hit the shops as opposed to the usual desperation and disappointment that so many have.

Search for the treasured piece, the item that will add magic back into our lives and skim over the ‘it’ll do pieces’.

When you enter the shop, enter with curiosity and with the intention that you are there to find your treasure. The piece that will help lift your outfitting and your soul. The piece that when you put it on year after year you shout YES!

The reason that this trick works so well is because of 2 reasons.

First you are shopping with a positive intention, that energy and focus will reward you. The more we set intention in our lives the more we will get back exactly what we want and need. You are setting a higher standard for yourself.

Secondly you are connecting with yourself, your identity and your needs. It becomes a personal mission not just a practical fulfilment. When you try clothes on, it no longer is a question of ‘it’ll do’ but instead gives you the ‘ooooooooh yea’ feeling. Follow that!

Important note: If you walk around the shops with this intention and curiosity and you only come across ‘it’ll do’ pieces then you are in the wrong shop. Its time for you to find a new shop to treasure. Widen your search and step in somewhere new!

Good luck with your hunt, your mission and finding your treasures.

& once you get to the party have a boogie for me!!

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What I learnt about identity from working with the Katie Piper Foundation

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Life isn’t always fair. Some people are given tougher challenges to face in life. This was the hard reality I came across this weekend at The Katie Piper Foundation weekend retreat when I spoke to them about their identity.

It was such a pleasure running a workshop on ‘reclaiming your identity and rebuilding your confidence’. I was privileged to meet an incredibly welcoming group of people. A vibrant community that boosted one another with support, friendship and a commitment to a better future. The consequences of living with burns and scarring is very tough but with the support of the KP Foundation these men and women find ways to live life again to the fullest. Its not just the emotional support they benefit from but also the help they receive to feel more confident about their appearance. Helping them feel more empowered to deal with the change that has occurred in their lives.

It was such an eye opening experience that I thought I would share the key things I learnt that I believe can benefit us all:

Find YOUR thing that gives you confidence

What was very noticeable was the power that came from finding the thing that would make the biggest difference to your confidence and really focussing in on that. Whether that is having your eyebrows done, stretching every day, reaching out to get support, getting your hair done, investing in a beautiful moisturiser and moisturising daily, starting a new hobby, organising a get together with friends. Something that has been filling you with a feeling of ‘I need to sort this out’. Go get it sorted but make sure you first find out who can help you to do it, you are not alone.

People help people, don’t isolate.

Whether you have been through trauma or you are struggling with daily life, it is incredibly normal to feel isolated, stuck in your head and believing that you have to face it all by yourself. I learnt this weekend that if you reach out and ask for help, there is help there. You may have to do a little hunting but you will find what you are looking for, don’t be alone in your struggles.

Identity is intrinsic to us all

I had some preconceived ideas that going in to the workshop I’d be offering advice on what fabrics to wear against burnt or scars or outfitting ideas to cover up scars. In fact what became clear was that the challenges those facing in the room mainly came from the natural loss of identity through growing older. This feeling was heightened for many because of the scarring on their bodies but that feeling of ‘i don’t know who I am’ was the same as the many women I work with. Being disconnected to your identity can make you feel very lost and despondent of the future and rediscovering who you are, empowering.

Everyone can reclaim the future

The stories that I heard at the weekend, the heartfelt trials and tribulations that were shared with me proved that out of life; whether one that has had to deal with tragedy or just daily life challenges we all have the capability to reclaim our future. We may not believe it in the moment but human history tells us otherwise. We are more resilient than we realise, more powerful than we ever thought. It takes dedication and a commitment to knowing that a better future exists and going and seeking it out.

Start today, start learning about yourself, get curious, seek out that sense of belonging and know you are not alone in this.

If you have been affected by anything in this article then do get in contact with me by emailing loulou@thestylingstorey.co.uk.

For support with burns or scarring then please visit The Katie Piper Foundation HERE.

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6 ways to rediscover your identity

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Credited Hattie Stewart

Have you lost your sense of identity? Do you know how to find it?

It’s amazing what we put up with. Day after day living a life that only just will do and feeling disconnected from our identity. I see it over and over again, incredible women who allow themselves a second rate life, allow themselves to sit in the shadows and hide away in clothes that are ill fitting, worn out and confirm their feelings of unworthiness.

Recently I was working with a truly beautiful and inspiring women who i’d been coaching for the last few months. She’d come to me at her lowest ebb but she’d been open to finding a new path.

There we were on the Kings Road in Peter Jones, a couple of hours into her session. She was trying on clothes she never thought she could pull off or have the confidence to wear, when she suddenly turned to me and said with a touch of sadness & regret; ‘i’ve just realised I’ve been hiding in the shadows for 20 years’. We paused for a moment both of us with a lump in our throats and as that sunk in her look changed to one of determination and she said ‘no more’.  With that the style lesson stepped up a notch and we really got to work on carving out the confident identity she had been desiring for so long.

It really is possible to see yourself in a new light, one you never thought possible. It may feel overwhelming but it actually just starts with a few small steps:

1. RECOGNISE & ACKNOWLEDGE

Coming out of the shadows begins with an initial moment of recognition that you are not where you want to be. It has to start there, with honesty & vulnerability.

2. INVITE CHANGE

So often we replay the same day over and over but is it actually working for you? Welcome in a new way of living and get some momentum going by starting with a small switch. Put some earrings back into an old piercing, wear an alternative pair of shoes to your normal choice, spritz a different perfume.

3. HAVE AN OOPS MOMENT

An oops is better than a what if. Give it a try and don’t beat yourself up about it. Reconnecting with what makes us feel good means that we have to make some mistakes. It’s not how often you get it right, its how open you are to self discovery.

4. POWER DRESSING

This is not 80’s corporate suiting i’m talking about. Power dressing is the items in your wardrobe that really shape your identity. Put another way they’re the clothes you own that make you want to puff out your chest, hold your head higher and shout ‘this is me’. Connect with them and then ask yourself why? Why do these do this for me and then seek out more of that!

5. PLAY DRESS UP 

Time to have fun with your dressing and pull out pieces that you’ve not worn in a while, match new  colours together, borrow your sisters dress and outfit with your wardrobe. Whatever it is to get your creative juices flowing and champion the power of  ‘I wonder if this might work together’.

6. GO BACK TO SCHOOL

Until you understand yourself & discover more about you, your clothing is redundant. Functional at best. Knowledge is the key. Take on learning about style with an open and forgiving heart. Remove the need to just ‘buy more’ or ‘buy new’ but start learning what suits your figure and your colourings by becoming more aware of when you get compliments or when you feel that power in your clothes.

Mindful dressing is the key and connecting with our own truth is at the centre of that.

If now is the time for self discovery and you are ready to enter down that path, a life out of the shadows with a confident sense of your true identity is a lot easier and a far more fulfilling way to live.

For daily #louloustylelessons come join me on Instagram or drop me an email if you are ready to discover how powerful rediscovering your identity can be.

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My Mumbod reality and the desire to get into my pre-baby jeans

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20 months ago I was overweight, powerless, lost and helpless. A very confused new mum definitely not fitting into her pre-pregnancy jeans, in fact hardly fitting into her maternity jeans. My head was full of depressive, limiting thoughts, my heart felt overwhelmed and my body felt heavy, lethargic and foreign.

My life had turned upside down, everything had changed; I’d moved cities, bought a new house, left my career to start my own business and had my daughter, Lola. I put on 3.5 stone whilst pregnant mainly down to my love of mint magnums and ice cream and following her birth I didn’t recognise my reflection in the mirror. The life changes I had made were meant to enrich me but instead I felt trapped; trapped in my body, my mind and my home. I was suffering with anxiety attacks, a constant ball of worry and full of desperation. I no longer knew who I was and I didn’t recognise my reflection.

At a time that I thought I would feel more connected to myself, my femininity, my future, I felt disgusted by myself. I was stiff, heavy and exploding with rashes and spots. My stretch marks on my stomach were enflamed and on fire, my thighs rubbed and my stomach was a soft empty sack that hung over my caesarean scar. I stupidly thought my body would just pop back but the obsession with those mint magnums and ice creams were clinging to me for dear life!

I was in shock and I was very frightened that I would be stuck in this strangers body forever. I felt low and at a loss and disconnected from myself and my daughter. I tried eating well but nothing seemed to change. I kept hearing that if you breast fed the weight would fall off. I struggled with breast feeding, managing 10 weeks and in fact my weight kept going up.

I went to the doctors for help, perhaps it was my thyroid to blame, perhaps there was another reason but I was told that ‘it sometimes happens when you get older, you know when you look at photos of old school friends and they are just bigger, it happens’.

I felt very despondent, He’d given up on me, I had nearly too. Feeling very low, very emotional but still with a touch of resilience I refused to back down.

So I started searching for HOPE to find the old me. I started with my mindset rather than my body. I couldn’t cope with feeling like a martyr and depressed, this wasn’t me. I started reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic.

This quote in the book stuck with me:

“And when you sense a faint potentiality for happiness after such dark times you must grab onto the ankles of that happiness and not let go until it drags you face-first out of the dirt – this is not selfishness, but obligation. You were given life; it is your duty to find something beautiful within life no matter how slight.”

I stopped watching the news, i couldn’t cope with that negativity. I then started looking after the inside, committing to eating one healthy meal a day and said no to cake where I could. I realised i was doing ALOT of self soothing with sugar and booze, more than I wanted to admit and so I cut back. Social media makes ‘wine a clock’ and ‘cake time” the mothers accepted nemesis but it wasn’t working for me.

Then I moved onto my body, I started getting my heart rate up, not just walking but introducing a 7min app workout in the house. I decided to show up for me. Small steps each day, which didn’t feel like much but it was all I could commit to with a new baby and I started to see some small progress.

My weight started to drop, very very slowly at first and then I found that my anxiety started to lessen, my hormones start to balance again, I started to feel a little lighter about the future. Positivity was creeping back in.

So where am I now?

Lola is about to turn 2. The benchmark of trying to get to my pre-baby weight and back into those pre-pregnancy jeans has happened in fact I am now stronger & healthier in mind and body than I was pre-Lola. I’ve lost 46lbs in total and I’m in better shape than I’ve ever been. The biggest change? I’ve learnt how to be consistent for the first time in my life, I am committed to me. I love doing Crossfit, although only go twice a week as that’s all I can commit to but that consistency makes a difference. Better than 4 times one week, none the next (the old me!). Creating these positive new habits have helped to built my new normal, to be a strong role-model for Lola but perhaps most importantly to be a strong role model for myself. This experience as hard as it was has created a more resilient me.

I’ve come to realise that its not about getting back to the old you but in fact its about creating the new you. The new improved, upgraded version. Life is about experiences, good and bad and how you bounce back from them. Motherhood is not easy but my goodness it has made me.

My name is Loulou Storey and I’m a style and confidence coach. I help women take control of their lives by feeling confident with their style and help them rewrite their own narratives and I have recently rewritten my own. I invite you to do the same.

Check out the original post here at The Huffington Post

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Six ways to fall in love with yourself and your style

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Paris Fashion Week Street Style | Spring 2017 Day 2 Plus – The Impression

 

Whether you are with your dream partner or not is irrelevant. It is time to start dating yourself and fall in love with how you dress.

Here are six quick tips to make you get all gooey eyed over yourself and how you look.

1. Give yourself a compliment. I’m sure you are probably your best critic, so its about time you became your best cheerleader! However its not so easy to start switch that on so try starting your day with a compliment to yourself as you are getting dressed. Be aware of the inner critic and acknowledge them by saying the opposite. So if you are feeling tired and lacklustre then perhaps you need a boost of ‘your vibrant and full of energy’. Say it out loud twice and that gentle nudge in the right direction will give you the boost you need

2. Luxuriate in the most decadent fabrics. Bring a little night time glamour into everyday with a touch of silk, lace or velvet to make everyday feel romantic and feels extra special against your skin

3. Go on, Impress yourself The biggest secret I can share with you is to start dressing to impress yourself. Whether your working or staying at home or heading out to a large networking lunch its important you let yourself know that you feeling your best (whatever that means to you) is all that is accepted.

4. Buy yourself a special gift. Something you’ve been dreaming over, something extra special that makes you go ‘oooh yea’. It can be functional but it must give you that valentines day loved up feeling.

5. Find your love. Get inspired, recreate your favourite looks from the best dressed muses in town and then take yourself on an adventure down a new style avenue. My current favourite muse is Caroline Issa of Tank magazine

Most importantly
6. Date Night. Once you are dressed, go out and have yourself some fun loving times and enjoy the magic of life!

Check out my Pinterest Boards for inspiration