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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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WEBSITE LAUNCH INSTAGRAM COMPETITION T&C’s

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INSTAGRAM & MAILING LIST ‘Summer Giveaway’ July 2017 COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 

  1. No purchase necessary to enter the competition.

2. This competition is open to both United Kingdom based and International followers. No employees, contractors or other persons directly related to the company, THE STYLING STOREY, are eligible to participate in the Promotion.

3. This competition will commence at 10:00 BST on 14th July 2017 and all entries must be received by 23:59 BST on 17th July 2017. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason. Entries via agents or third parties are invalid.

4. Entrants may submit as many entries as they wish but no entrant may win more than one prize.

5. To enter, entrants must follow @thestylingstorey on Instagram, like the photo associated with the Summer Giveaway Competition (featuring Loulou Storey coaching), tag a friend in the comments section & sign up to the mailing list. For those not on Instagram they must forward to a 5 friends and they sign up to mailing list.

6. On Wednesday 19th July 2017 a winner shall be picked at random from those which have entered according to the competition requirements as outlined above.

7The prize for the winner is a 90 minute coaching session on Skype or in person if living in Brighton. Also available in person if winner pays for transport costs.

8The Promoter’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

9The prizes are non-transferrable and no cash alternative will be offered.

10Prizes are subject to availability. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right (a) to substitute alternative prizes of equivalent or greater value.

11The winner will be notified via email or Instagram Direct Messaging on Wednesday 19th July 2017. The winner must claim their prize within 30 days of the Promoter sending notification. If the prize is unclaimed after this time, it will lapse and the Promoter reserves the right to offer the unclaimed prize to a substitute winner selected in accordance with these rules.

12To obtain details of the winner please email loulou@thestylingstorey.co.uk stating the name of the competition in the subject heading 4 weeks after the closing date.

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16These terms and conditions are governed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.

17By entering the competition each entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.

18The Promoter is The Styling Storey, Preston Drove, BN1, Brighton UNITED KINGDOM

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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

What’s in fashion now?

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Fashion week has been and gone and it is time to announce what is on trend, in the spotlight and has been sartorially successful over the last few weeks. This is a great opportunity for you to get inspired, and bring the fun into your style.
Do this with caution though, trends can be fickle. Your style is such a personal expression and exploration of you so do make sure that the trends you choose speak to you. It really is a great way to feel current, push yourself out of your comfort zone and an opportunity to try something that you will make your day feel a little special.
This Autumn, is is time to:
GET FUNCTIONAL WITH FASHION
If you have never been into fashion, now might be the time to make an introduction as fashion is having its moment in the casual and rather practical spotlight. Think sensible footwear like loafers, mules and trainers, see the ones below from COS. Comfort items like sweaters, tracksuit bottoms and grown up classics like trench coats, shirts and high waisted trousers. The skinny, body con shapes have lost their appeal and looser silhouettes have prominence. This gives you a great opporutnityt o get the most from your wardrobe. Dress up your trainers with tailored trousers and dress down your leather skirt with a tracksuit top.
Great for you if: You live a practical life but you want to still be fashionable

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Functional Fashion

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Fun and Functional

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Pop a sweater on

BEJEWEL YOURSELF WITH BOLD AND BRASSY EARRINGS
To counter the rather sensible clothing that is around bold and overstated earrings are very prominent. Designer J.W.Anderson had some great earrings on show at London Fashion Week, try these ones from Zara as a high street alternative or from Hackney designer Wolf and Moon. This extravagance is a great way to pick up on a trend without spending a fortune. This could also be a great opportunity to find some vintage pieces that are lying unloved and unused. Get your glitz on but keep everything else simple and functional.
Great for you if: You want to do fashion on a budget.

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Glitzy earrings

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1920’s glamour

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GO WIDE
The reappearance of the cullote last year has proved very popular and they are here to stay but they are going full length or at least ankle skimming for winter. There are a wide range of styles available from just below the knee to mid calf and we are now seeing a lot of very cool ankle skimming styles with great high waists. (see below pair from COS). I would really encourage you to try this new silohuette. So flattering, fun and comfy! A little touch of tailoring will help you to upgrade your style for this season.
Great for you if: You want to feel dressy but not prim.

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Cullote Street Style

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Wide and wonderful

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High and Wide

GET BLOUSY WITH A SHIRTY
The classic shirt has been around for decades and if you have lots in your wardrobe then you are in luck. From the most classic of shapes in various lengths of crop, long or tailored to the latest styles with appliques, frills and ruffles the wardrobe staple is continuing it’s reign as a must-have in everyone’s wardrobe. Take a look in H&M who are doing some great upgraded staples as well as the newly refurbed Warehouse.
This is for you if: You want to add a little touch of feminity to your style.

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Blousy shirt style

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Frill-tastic

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A new take on the classic shirt

LIVE ON THE EDGE
Denim is having an interesting time at the moment, rough edges, fringing, two-tone and stepped cuffs (see Monki and ASOS ones below) are proving very popular. The fit of the jean stays quite classic with a straight leg, sometimes tapered into the ankle, the waist a good mid to high-rise but its the bottom hem and edging that takes the focus. Have fun at home and update your old jeans.
This is for you if: You live in denim and you need to refresh your style for this season.

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Frayed edges

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So have fun this Autumn. Try something new and the most important thing is only buy what you LOVE LOVE LOVE.

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10 Secrets that will Help You Feel like You have a New Wardrobe.

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A lot of us wish that we dressed with more character, style and passaz and blame our clothes and lack of time as the trouble makers for our uninspired appearance.
I am here to help you perk up your style and help you realise that there is a lot more excitement in your wardrobe than you give it credit for.
Here are some of my secrets on how to be a little more creative with your style from the clothes you already own:
  1. Give a crap. You are not going to start looking good, unless you start to care, even if just a little. You’ve got to put in a little effort and I promise you, you will reap the benefits.
  2. Clear the crap. Do you know what you own? There are probably hidden gems in there. So put some time aside and go through what you own and get rid of clothes that you are bored of/don’t fit/make you feel uncomfortable.
  3. Wear something old. That dress that you keep saying, ‘I’ll wear it one day’, bite the bullet and wear it tomorrow. I it doesn’t make you feel wonderful then say ‘ta ta for now’.
  4. Dress how you want to feel. Pick your intention for the day, how do you want to feel today. Empowered? Happy? Fearless? Sassy? Whatever it may be dress for that feeling rather than what you currently feel.
  5. #30secondstyle. Take an extra 30 seconds to put on a necklace/pair of earrings/scarf/bracelet, apply some lippy, those small daily touches will lift any outfit and that attention to detail will give you the character you desire. Join us on Instagram and share your quick style fix.
  6. Make a sandwich. ‘Sandwiching’ is wearing all one colour e.g. navy with a flash of a complimentary colour e.g. Yellow. Try a new combo of your clothes today.
  7. Print clashing is a really fun way to be more creative with the clothes you already own. Follow my Pinterest to board for inspiration.
  8. Look Up. Keep your head up and appreciate the beauty that is all around and spot what others are wearing and try and emulate it.
  9. Tailor your life. Get the most out of your wardrobe and feel more put together by wearing your dressy clothes everyday. Add a pair of high tops and a casual t-shirt to your smart trousers for a fun but considered everyday look.
  10. Have fun. Fashion should be expressive, style should be about you. If you wear clothes you love, get a little more dressed up than normal and try new combo’s of clothing that already exist in your wardrobe you will find you will start to shine. For inspiration follow me on Instagram.

Seven Reasons you should start dressing like your mum

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How long have you been rebelling against your mum and her style? Conservative, sensible attire that felt boring and uninspiring, so out of trend and unfashionable. I’d like to propose to you that perhaps we’ve been seeing this classic look wrong all along. Perhaps, dare I say, our mothers are on to something and we’ve been missing the point. I believe, and it’s a recent belief, that has come to me from becoming a mum myself that my beautiful mama and my granny Annie may be on to something and its time for me to stop rebelling and heed their advice.

So here are my seven reasons, taken from advice given to me over the years, as to why I think you should start dressing like your mum and I think these reasons, regardless of your age are going to help you to feel stylish and gorgeous everyday.

Wear Lipstick

It reminds us of all the kisses on the cheek that we’ve been given over the years encouraging us on our way, making us feel secure and ready to face the glorious challenges ahead but its also the quickest and fastest and probably most affordable way to update and refresh your look. Just don’t forget to wipe the lipstick from your teeth!

Add more tailoring into your wardrobe.

Are you dressed for the job and life of your dreams. Do you desire being a stylish, well put together, purposeful dresser? If so the key to this is to add in some tailoring into your life, even if you live a very relaxed life. Your mum was correct when she used to tell you that ‘you can be anything you want to be when you grow up’. So I encourage you to step away from the leggings, trainers and baggy t-shirts and add in blazers, long-line coats, tailored trousers and structured dresses and go take hold of those dreams.

Get dressed everyday and make everyday special.

Are you making everyday feel special? If not, why not? You deserve and are worthy of feeling gorgeous everyday. I believe we should add a bit of glam, sparkle and fun into our everyday lives. Annie holds her self to a high standard that she expects in everything she does and she is prepared for everything that may come her way. Get ready people your life is waiting for you!

Keep it classic.

If you’ve tried many trends over the years and you are still unsure of what your style is, what to buy or what to wear then perhaps it is time to go classic. Just like a good old G’n’T at 6pm; simple, fresh and classic can be the best option. Get the foundations right in your wardrobe so that you can then get more creative with your style and truly express yourself.

Stick to a colour palette.

Life is busy, get your wardrobe working for you by sticking with a colour palette that you love and brings out the emotions you want to feel on a day to day basis. The key to your success though is to be conscious of the colours you choose. Be purposeful with the colours you buy and be aware of what it missing in your wardrobe. A well balanced colour palate will mean everything works together and you will have something for every emotion.

Buy less, buy well, buy with focus.

It is well known that quality lasts, however I believe its a bit like falling love. Don’t compromise on the enjoyment it (they) bring(s). When you buy something it must make you feel good, feel special, feel wonderful. Also a bit like finding a partner be discerning with what you want. No point dating a farmer when you hate the outdoors. Keep the focus on what is missing in your wardrobe and don’t get sidetracked!

Keep your trousers and skirts high waisted.

“Have a little modesty dear.” For the smoothest silhouette in all the land, heed your mothers advice and buy high rise trousers and skirts. If you’re feeling particularly fancy I do suggest popping on a belt with those trousers and jeans to ensure that your heavenly bottom is kept snug and warm inside your trousers, truly enhanced by your attire.

So there it is, the 7 reasons to start dressing like your mum. Our mums have spend so long mastering their own look, they’ve done the trial and error, they’ve done the ground work and provided us with a foundation to work from so its probably best we save ourselves some time!

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Want to reinvent your style then just get BUSY!

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I’m going to make this snappy. You shouldn’t be reading this, you should be working/cooking/sleeping/talking to your friends/interacting with your children/brushing your teeth but you are completely distracted right now, probably trying to hide away from your reality in a little pocket of social media land.

So hello, while I have your attention let me teach you how to get back into your reality and reconnect with yourself through your style. In fact its all about getting busy. In just four easy steps, or by implementing the BUSY technique you can start to change how you see your wardrobe but most importantly shift how you feel about yourself.

So lets get BUSY

Be Mindful. The key reason you don’t know what your style is, is that you have lost a connection with how you want to feel in your clothes. You put on the same clothes day in, day out. Start a clothing journal. Take a snap, open your notes on your phone and write down 3-5 words of how you looked & felt in your clothing.

Use Feeling to lead the way. The next step is to stop dressing for what you are currently feeling and start dressing for the feeling you want to feel. If you want to feel more focused, wear clothing that is structured and directional (just don’t knock anyone out with those shoulder pads!) if you want to feel more joyful, then a whimsical print is for you. Use clothing to fill the void.

Shop with intention. Reduce the overwhelm by only shopping for items on your shopping list. Make sure you have a clear idea before you hit the store about what it is you are looking for. If you don’t know what you are after then just shop for inspiration with no pressure to purchase.

You are the answer. It can be very easy to say ‘Stop seeking perfection and see your beauty’ but if you don’t feel it, its a habit that must be trained not switched on. With that in mind. Whilst brushing your teeth each morning find one thing you like about yourself and get practising with that change in mind set!

Remember if you want to start feeling differently about yourself you have to start doing something differently. So get BUSY and see how a more aware and proactive approach to dressing can make a change in your life!

 

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