Competition Time!

 

Here’s your chance to win a free Sixty Minute Wardrobe Fix!  The competition is live on Facebook, but you can click through from here.

It’s easy to enter and you can grab yourself an hour’s styling session for free.  Who doesn’t want a bit of me-time right now??

Tell all your friends!  It’s free to enter.

Good luck!

 

Gail x

 

 

T&Cs – Facebook Competition 23 June 2020

  1. The prize shall we awarded at Not Givin In by Gail Painter’s (“the Promoters”) discretion.
  2. Entrants must be 18 or over and all entries must be made from within the United Kingdom.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, all entrants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by the following rules.
  5. How to enter: to enter the Facebook competition, FOLLOW @notgivinindotcom, LIKE the post, COMMENT, stating the name of another styling service that is offered by Not Givin In by Gail Painter
  6. Closing date for entry is midnight Monday 29 June 2020
  7. The winner will be chosen at random from correct answers only on Facebook by 3.00 pm on Tuesday 30 June 2020 from all entries received by the deadline. The winner will be contacted via private message. The Promoter’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered. Reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winners via private message. If the winner cannot be contacted or successful contact is not made within 48 hours of the Promoter contacting them, the Promoter reserves the right to select a new winner without liability to the original winners.
  8. The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and no cash alternative is available. Other than where such liability cannot be excluded by law, the Promoter cannot accept responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any person entering the competition or as a result of accepting the prize.
  9. Privacy: Any personal data submitted by you will be used only by the Promoter for administrative purposes and will not be disclosed to a third party without prior consent other than for the purposes of delivering the prize.
  10. The Prize. One Sixty Minute Wardrobe Fix Consultation
  11. The Promoter is Not Givin In by Gail Painter
  12. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

 

Shopping for Black Sandals

 

I’m shopping for black sandals – the one pair of shoes missing from my summer 2020 wardrobe.  My last, beloved pair, from French Connection, gave up the ghost last year. I was devastated. I like what I like, so when I find a pair I really love I want them to last forever.

 

It’s been easy to go without during lockdown, but as that eases and I start to wear more than 10% of my wardrobe, stepping out of the house, I need to replace them.

 

My last black sandal was a chunky flatform.

 

Black Sandals Summer 2020 Trends

Black Sandals Summer 2020 Trends

Black Sandals Summer 2020 Trends

 

Searching for sandals

 

It would be fairly easy to look for a replacement.  However, there is a trend that has caught my eye while I’ve been shopping for black sandals this summer.

 

The rise of the more sporty, utility sandal is gathering apace this summer.  It’s not a new trend, I know.  I remember seeing them on social media last year, but I dismissed them quickly as not for me.  Prada has a pair most ‘would die for’, but I’ve never been that cool.

 

 

 

Of course, now I’m filtering ‘black flat sandals’ in my online shop, I’m finding that high street retailers have followed suit.  If I’m totally honest, I’m starting to like them.

 

 

 

I really like the Teva range and there’s something about the Dune pair here that I like, which is so surprising, because they couldn’t be further from my usual choice! Of course, there are lots of different colour combinations available if you’re interested.  Marks and Spencer has a fun animal print pair.

 

I think it’s the chunky, solid, practical look of the utility sandal that appeals to me.  Yet, that’s what put me off when I saw them last year.  Too clumsy, too sporty, too sensible!

 

Procrastinating over a new pair

 

It makes me laugh that I’ve come around!  Have I been influenced?  You bet.  I’m tempted.  So much so, I’ve created a Pinterest board, collating images of how these babies look with outfits.  See it here.

 

Still, I am hovering over the favoured style I owned previously.  Admittedly, it’s a similar style, but I think more dressed up, less hitchhiker.   Here’s a selection of other black sandals, similar to the ones I lost.

 

 

 

From this selection I really like the &Other Stories pair and Zara (not included here) has a very similar pair currently available.

 

Hopefully I won’t procrastinate too long, or summer will be over.  I like the utility look, but I also really like a little added height when it comes to shoes, which a flatform sandal affords me.

 

Do I follow my instinct or the latest trend?   I think I’ll end up going for the latter to be honest.  In my heart, a flash in the pan trend isn’t for me or my purse.  What would you do?  Does a utility sandal have a place in your wardrobe?

 

Hope you enjoyed reading the post.  If you’re looking for more style ideas, check out my blog post with ideas for sunny weather here.

 

Thanks for visiting.

 

 

Gail x

16 Spring Kaftan Dresses To Wear Now

 

The current state of mind isn’t good. Understandably, our minds are full of worry.  There’s no shame in wearing pjs or sweatshirt and trackie bottom options day in day out, but what about the weekend?  Surely we need something different to switch up the mood.  I’ve found my trusty kaftan an absolute game changer when it comes to putting a spring in my step, so I’ve researched and found 16 spring kaftan dresses that you can buy online.

 

A kaftan is easy to wear.  Tick.  Its length normally falls to the floor, thereby eliminating a need for any other garment.  Tick.  You can wear it with flats or heels.  Tick.  A kaftan is mostly made from lightweight material (cotton or linen) and often comes in vibrant prints that can lighten any mood.  Double tick.

 

I bought my kaftan a few years ago in River Island.  It’s pretty loud, and I love it all the more for that.  It makes me feel like I’m on holiday, where I would normally wear it, but that won’t be happening any time soon.  It also makes it a good buy, because you can wear it around the house and in the garden now, then take it to foreign shores when the time comes.

 

16 Spring Kaftan Dresses You Can Wear Now

Kaftan and cocktails!

 

So, have a look through the options below.  I’ve found some solid-colour spring kaftan dresses that have great detailing, ones that you can waft around in, floral hits, graphic prints and even a tie-dye option.

 

16 Spring Kaftan Dresses

 

 

 

Statement jewellery goes well with this type of dress.  Large hoops and eye-catching pieces that dangle, or wrap a gorgeous cuff around your wrist.  You can go Grecian with tan leather thongs, or race it up a little with metallic heels.  The choice is yours and fun can be had.

 

Have a great weekend and don’t forget, if you would like a more personal, bespoke shop please let me know.  Here’s what some of my clients say about the services I offer.

 

Gail xx

Dressed for Sunny Weather

 

 

Getting dressed for sunny weather, who knew that was coming.  Yes, we’ve just been experiencing the sunniest April since 1929!  Mother Nature came good and boy did we need some joy in our lives the past few weeks.

 

As I write this, it’s raining outside…come on it is England after all, but the forecast isn’t all bad.  Some more sun to come and while we may not get the high level of heat it’s a good idea to get ready for those rays of sunshine.

 

Were you caught out last week when the sun was absolutely bursting in the sky?  Got the strap marks to prove it!

 

Tan lines are a pet hate of mine.  I like to mix up sleeves and straps on tops and dresses and there’s photographic evidence of when I’ve got it wrong in the past.  I am quite pale and take a long time to tan, the halfway pink and red marks are something I work hard to avoid.  As well as using better SPFs nowadays, I also have a bunch of strapless bikinis so that I can wear whatever I like during an evening on holiday.

 

The same applies at home.  If I get a chance to sit in the garden, I have three dresses that I alternate, all strapless so that I have no marks around the neck, shoulders or arms.

 

The dresses are lightweight cotton, are elasticated at the top and round the boobs and then simply flow down to my knees or are full length.  They are about eight years old and I bought them in Accessorize.

 

Here’s a couple of what the brand is currently offering.

 

 

Would you like to see more dress options that help you get dressed for sunny weather?  Here’s a selection from John Lewis, which includes brands such as White Stuff and Mint Velvet.

 

 

Feel like wearing trousers, but want to catch some rays on your shoulders?  It’s okay,  I’ve found some nice tops. These are all available from H&M. Please note that some of the tops are in sale, so not all sizes are available.

 

I hope these are all helpful for some online shopping.  I can’t wait to get back to personal shopping with clients in Bristol and Bath.  Until then it’s the easiest, safest option to pick up hot weather essentials.

 

I’m also going to be offering my services online!  Look out for a bunch of NEW hour-long personal styling services.  This will include helping ladies and gents with a one hour service to identify the hero pieces in their wardrobes.

 

Until then, stay safe and well everyone.

 

Gail x

4 Steps to Creating Your Own Style Mood Board

 

Creating a mood board is hands down one of the best ways to finding your own true style identity.  If you’ve ever looked in your wardrobe and wondered who the hell is the woman wearing the clothes in it?  Or you find that clothes are purchased on a whim only to be hung in the closet for the rest of time, then it’s likely they don’t represent the real you.

 

Don’t worry, we all get ‘influenced’.  It’s super easy to get caught up in following the trends or making rash purchases when you get an invitation to go out.  But what if your wardrobe is always prepared, always ready with smart choices that you love and wear with confidence.  It can be done.  You just need to know your own true style and stick to it.

 

One way to do this is by creating a style mood board.  It acts as a reference point to help you make wise choices, inspires you on days when you’re feeling a bit lost with what to wear, and is a constant source of inspiration to motivate and empower you to express your true self to those around you.

 

Style Mood Board Tools

 

So how do you create a style mood board?  Personally, I really enjoy using a cork board.  I bought mine for a couple of quid from an online shop and it was therapeutic to do a little cutting out and pinning.  I have the board in full view in my home office to refer to when I’m not sure what to wear.

 

Similarly, and great if you want to compile more than one board and have easy access where ever you are, there’s Pinterest.  A great app that you can download to your mobile, Pinterest offers oodles of fashion images from across the globe.  The options are endless here and it’s super quick and easy to delete and add at your whim.

 

Collating Styles You Like

 

If you’re going down the cork  board route, start by looking through magazines and pulling out images that inspire you.  You might have old mags in a drawer (or is that just me!) that you’ve kept because the looks in it inspire you.   Now is the time to dig out any scraps of inspiration you’ve held on to over time.   Also, go online and download pics from your favourite fashion websites.  You really need to draw together any looks that resonate with you.

 

4 Tips to Creating Your Own Style Mood Board - Gail Painter - Notgivinin.com

 

You’re looking for colours, patterns, cuts, items of clothing, and complete looks that appeal to you.  But also keep in mind that you are building a collage of styles you can/will want to wear so the looks must fit in with and support your lifestyle.

 

If you’re stuck on where to start with Pinterest, I would start by looking up your style icon/s.  There’s a reason why you love their look.  Perhaps you look similar, or love the way she/he wears their clothes.  You can then really deep dive into searching for more pieces. For example, I love Victoria Beckham’s style, which led me down a road looking for wide leg trousers.

 

Re-Load Your Own Style

 

You can also include pics of yourself.  Dig out pictures of you wearing your favourite outfits. My advice would be to look as far back in the photo album collection as you can.  You will likely spot a look that has got lost in translation over the years that you need to be drawn back to.

 

Your Fashionista DNA

 

Once you have lots of images to hand or pinned to a draft Pinterest board, it’s time to hone down what really resonates with you?  Is there a trend appearing?  A finite look revealing itself.

 

From mine you can see that I have a real penchant for denim.  Jeans are a big part of my wardrobe, but I didn’t realise how much, they’re all over the board.  I also like light, neutral colours, and there is a bias for black too and simple designs.  Accessories are a big love too.  Handbags have always been really important to me.  I change my handbag to work with my outfit, daily.

 

4 Tips to Help You Create Your Own Style Mood Board

 

Keep whittling down the images you have, it’s actually easy to do with a cork board as you only have a certain amount of space.  Gradually you will see a pattern forming, aligning with your style at its very core, this is true fashion DNA.  Casting to the side images that are on the periphery of what you like really helps to show you how you truly want to dress.

 

Keep it Handy

 

Keep your board handy.  Like mine, in the office, in sight.  If you’re working on a board online, download a screengrab to your laptop, tablet and mobile.  Refer to it every time you go shopping and especially before you consider following the latest trends so that you can stick to your fashion DNA.

 

Sticking to your true style identity when you go shopping can be very handy.  Your wardrobe should work more cohesively, a capsule wardrobe could appear naturally, and you won’t be wasting your hard-earned cash.

 

If you want to, and you’re enjoying getting crafty, you can build more boards to help plan seasonal looks.  Try building a board or two for spring/summer and autumn/winter looks.  Or, create a couple around the different areas of your life, work (you might have more than one career), life, hobbies, etc.

 

Happy pinning!

 

 

Gail

 

P.S.  If you would like a more personal approach to finding your style I work in Bristol and Bath, helping women and men discover their style and wear it with pride.  Find out more about my services here.