Wearing The Right Colours Helps You Look Your Best

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The idea that knowing ‘your colours’ will affect your life can have some people rolling their eyes. However, if I told you which colours looked great on you and it made you feel happier every time you dressed, you might be more interested.  Am I right?


No-one wants to stand in front of their wardrobe uninspired by its contents, so a smart way to wear clothes that you love and love you back is to learn which colours suit you best.  Once you know them, you’ll not only look good, but you’ll also feel more confident, be happier, get dressed quicker, and shop better. Buy clothes that give you the wow factor, not the blah factor.


My Personal Style Development and Colour Consultation is one of my most popular services, because I identify colours that really help you look your best.  This can only be done in a 1-2-1 session with drapes and my expert eye.  If you’re on the fence about whether this can work for you here’s a little insight and ideas to try at home.


As a rule of thumb, warm colours work best for warmer complexions and cooler colours work best for paler complexions. Of course, you must take eye colour and hair colour into consideration, so this is a basic rule and for more detailed understanding you would need an analysis, but armed with this knowledge, you can look at picking out warm colours (yellow undertone) and cool colours (blue undertone) to enhance your complexion.


Some people say your veins can help determine your skin tone.  Green being warm and blue being cool.  So, look at the underside of your wrist to see if that helps.


Next up, hold the garment near to your face.  If your skin shows a natural radiance – a glow – then its working for you.  You should notice that your skin looks a lot smoother, your eye colour pops, and the whites of your eyes stand out.  If a colour doesn’t suit you, your face will look washed out, and the bits you don’t want to show, like dark circles, will be more drawn out.


Perhaps start by looking at the shirt or blouse that people always give you compliments for when you wear it.  Chances are, it’s the flattering shade that’s turning heads.


Still unsure, drop me a line at info@notgivinin.com to learn more about my services.


Gail x


A version of this content first appeared in the Downend Voice, for which I write I monthly style column.

What to Pack For a Summer City Break


What to pack for a summer city break?  The answer is here.

I love a city break, whether its summer or not, but it does require a little consideration when it comes to packing.  The baggage weight limit and an aim to not spend precious hours in the airport, when I could be sipping cocktails on a rooftop bar, means I’m lean when it comes to packing.

I used to take far too much stuff, taking lots of pieces ‘just in case’. Well, those items never get worn, just lugged around, resulting in a sore shoulder.  Not the lasting memory of a longed-for trip that I wanted. So, less is definitely more.

First things first, to help narrow your holiday wardrobe pick a colour theme.  The one I’ve chosen below focuses on blues with some neutrals thrown in.  This means you’re more likely to be able to mix and match what you take. For example, I can wear the cream wide strap top, jeans and blue blazer effortlessly together, as easily as I can wear the printed dress with the blazer (there’s a little blue in the dress).

When it comes to shoes, I would take trainers for lots of walking in the cooler months, but a pair of flat/sturdy sandals that allow my feet to breathe in the summer are perfect. It goes without say, but don’t take new shoes as I’ve done before, because the chemist is often not as near as you think.  One pair of flats and one pair of heels will suffice.

You might wonder why I’ve included a jumpsuit, and I’ve opted for a short option here as this is definitely a summer wardrobe idea, but I think short or long they’re a good option because you can wear them casually or with lots of jewellery in the evening.  Go for a printed design to add some fun to your holiday options.

The swimsuit has been included for cities with beaches (e.g., Barcelona, Lisbon, Copenhagen) and for those who are staying somewhere with a pool.  Don’t forget, brilliantly, a swimsuit can also be worn as a body.  This design will look just as good under the blazer as it will pool-side.

What else could I have included?  I’ve kept this suitcase lean, but if you’re staying longer than two nights, you can include tailored shorts, a skirt in your choice of length, and a pair of wide leg linen trousers.  I would also suggest packing a white and/or black T-shirt and maybe a blue cotton or linen oversized shirt that can also be worn over the other pieces and tied at the waist if the weather cools.

Lastly, I haven’t added one, but there’s always space for a foldaway raincoat!  Just in case.

Happy holidays.


Gail xx



H&M Straw Bag, £34.99

Mango Cotton Shorts Jumpsuit, £35.99

H&M Single Breasted Blazer, £34.99

Next Stretch Flare Jeans, £42.00

& Other Stories Criss Cross Leather Sandal, £85.00

Warehouse Wide Strap Top, £27.00

Black Asymmetric Swimsuit, £55.00

Gingham Cotton Check Dress, £49.99

Zara Printed Midi Dress, £59.99

Zara Tied Heeled Sandals, £45.99

Mango Striped Knit Top, £22.99

 Marks & Spencer Broderie Long Sleeve Blouse, £29.50

H&M Blue Small Patterned Bag, £17.99

& Other Stories Ball Charm Hoop Earrings, £15

Mango Tassel Bead Necklace, £19.99

John Lewis & Partners Cat’s Eye Sunglasses, £18.00



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Eight Current Faves in Mint Velvet

Being a personal shopper means I’m always in the shops.  This is great for clients as I’m on the ball when it comes to knowing what’s available, the latest trends, etc., but it can be bad for me as I often don’t have time to shop for myself and miss out on good finds.

Recently, however, there are pieces that I’ve seen and have introduced to my clients (which they’ve bought) that have really stuck in my mind.  For starters, Mint Velvet is having a really good season. Known for its ‘relaxed glamour’ design, it has some pieces that I think are pretty cool and timeless.  So I thought I’d share.

Below are eight key pieces that my clients and I are loving right now.  Click on the captions to read why.

The skirt I mention to wear with the neon sweatshirt above.

River Animal Ruffle Midi Skirt

Have a great Sunday and if you would like to learn how I can tailor a shop to suit your needs, read about it here.


Gail x


Winter Coats to Suit Your Body Type

Is a new winter coat on your wish list, but you’re not sure which style suits you best?  Don’t worry, I’ve done the hard work for you.  Here’s a selection of winter coats to suit your body type.


We all want to wrap up and keep warm during the cold winter season, but we also want to look cute.  Am I right?  Choosing the correct style of coat that flatters your figure will do wonders for your confidence and appearance.  Let’s face it, you’ll be wearing a winter coat until the end of March, so make it a good one.  Here, without further ado, is a breakdown of the styles to look for depending on your body shape and what’s in store now.



Look for:

  • styles that skim the body
  • draw attention away from the tummy with pretty necklines and embellishments or low pockets



Strawberry (Inverted Triangle)

Look for:

  •  styles that flare from the hip or have pockets on the hips to draw attention and offer balance to wide shoulders
  • dropped shoulders to soften shoulder line


Look for:

  • styles with more detail on the top half (can include double breasted detail)
  • flared lower half


Look for:

  • as body is in balance this body shape can wear all styles
  • have fun with shapes and textures


Look for:

  • styles that show off a defined waist
  • balance eye-catching details such as wide or shawl collars with a flared lower half that can include pockets


Hope you like the ideas.  Of course, we all come in varying shapes and sizes. To learn more about your exact body shape and how best to dress and flatter it, drop me a line to discuss my personal styling services.  You can contact me at info@notgivinin.com.  See my services here.


Til next time.


Gail x


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Three Stylish Outfits In H&M

It’s been a love fest for me and H&M this year.  The offer of understated, staple pieces, interwoven with trendier styles has had me hooked throughout 2021.

Living through the lockdowns made me realise that some versatile staples were missing from my wardrobe.  The basics that could enable me to get dressed efficiently yet stylishly were notably absent.  My list included a fitted white shirt, black tee and sand-coloured linen trousers.

It appeared that the brand’s designers had read my mind as H&M quickly became the destination for really great basics.  This month, whether it’s a ‘big coat’ you need, a pair of boots to get you through the colder days, accessories to elevate your look, or replenishing your woolly jumper drawer, H&M has a good choice.

You will still find lots of trend-led pieces in store and online so it’s easy to find blouses with peter pan collars and quilted jackets and longer coats have carried over from previous years.  However, more classic and basic pieces are dominating the shop floor and that’s great, if like me, you need to stock up.

I’ve taken a deep dive and created three stylish outfits from the latest clothing in store.

Click on the images below, or use the links if images not available.


A little Inspiration

Look 1

Bouclé dress https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.1022881001.html

Pointed boot https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0949215001.html

Quilted shoulder bag https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0938916005.html

Black straight style coat  https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0972352002.html

Alice band https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.1021502001.html

Bracelet and rings    https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.1020167001.html


Look 2


Knitted dress  https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0939544006.html

Knot detail waisted belt  https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0907415002.html

Chelsea platform shoe  https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0996544001.html

Relaxed-fit jacket  https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0916274001.html

Fringed scarf  https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0984718007.html


Look 3


Knitted jumper  Knitted jumper – Greige – Ladies | H&M GB (hm.com)

Imitation leather trousers  https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0953710002.html

Chunky loafers  https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0993162001.html

Quilted shopper  https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0994480001.html

Earrings and bracelet – https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.1016498002.html


I hope you like these three stylish outfits.  Need more help in developing your style and creating outfits for every occasion?  Then take a look at my personal services here that will help you.


Gail x