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The Fabulous Miss K is a Vintage Fashion Stylist and Lifestyle Consultant in Norwich, Uk.

Sometimes it is hard to a woman as the song goes and boy it is!!  Especially when you hit a certain age and the menopause starts to hit you.

It is still a taboo subject and we are all expected to just get on with it and deal with it as part of life.  When you look for hashtags on social media there isn’t that much related to the subject. All women suffer with some degree – maybe it is the demographic on Instagram but I think that things need to change and we need to talk about it much more – not for any sympathy but just to be able to support each other and share what we are going through.

When I first started getting symptoms I thought that I was loosing my mind – not being able to remember what I was doing,  brain fog and lack of concentration. Hot flushes that would come out of nowhere and night sweats made having a good night sleep almost impossible.

Overwhelming feelings of despair and not wanting to go on with life – for someone who loves dressing up all I wanted to do was to sit in my PJs – vintage silk ones but that aside the feelings were real!!  I live just off a main road and sometimes I would sit and think that maybe I should just walk in the middle and let a bus hit me or whilst lying in the bath  putting my head under the water and not coming up for breath.  This comes from someone who has always had a positive outlook and comes across a confident and outgoing.  It all came to a head when my husband came home from work and I was wandering around the house with a carving knife in my hand – it sounds comical but I could have done some serious harm to myself or him.

The next morning I went to the doctor and poured my feelings out to him – in floods of tears he agreed that HRT would be an option, he was fairly sympathetic but didn’t really know how to deal with the emotional woman in front of him.  I understand that a man can’t fully understand but I do feel that maybe GP’s need to be a little more informed.

HRT is  not for everyone and I did try the natural option but my symptoms were very severe – apparently 1 in 4 women have a tough time with the menopause.  I am finding that my mood swings have become less erratic and the feelings of despair a very few and far between now, I can concentrate and string more that two words together. My hot flushes and night sweats have almost disappeared so sleep is actually happening.

Just when I thought that I was on top of the symptoms I woke up the other morning with no feeling in my arms and legs all down my right hand side – as you can imagine all kinds of thoughts go through your head, firstly I thought it was the aftermath of a cold virus and the doctor seemed to think that this was the case BUT it was only after a casual mention of it to a friend of similar age said “that is part of the menopause – it happened to me!!””  After googling it seems that it is a lesser known symptom.  My GP made no mention of the fact that it could have been due to the loss of oestrogen.

As women who are going through this stage of our life need to be more vocal and talk about what is happening – it is not something we just have to get on with and deal with on our one.  BBC news did an amazing week-long discussion on the subject so lets carry that on and shout about what is happening to our bodies and support each other.

This blog post is sharing how the menopause has effected me and how I am dealing with it. Hopefully some of you will read it and realise you are not alone with what you are going through and be re-assured that everything will be ok.   I will sharing more over the next few months over on my IG feed and stories.  My aim now is to do some IG TV videos and hastag #menopause in my posts – obviously not every single one but the relevant ones of course!! I will talk about what I have been going through in an honest way, share what is working for me and generally chatting about how I am dealing with it.  According to my blood tests I am slap bang in the middle of mine so only have a possible 10 years to go – yes it can last that long!!  Joking aside I will be coming back to the subject on future posts on progress and coming out the other side.

In the meantime if you are suffering take a look on IG with #menopause hashtag or try The Menopause Doctor is a specialist in the subject and has lots of advice on her website. Liz Earle is another advocate for the healthy and natural approach and worth checking out.

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The Fabulous Miss K is a Vintage Fashion Stylist and Lifestyle Consultant in Norwich, Uk.

I am sure by now that many of you have seen the Stacey Dooley documentary and with all the social media on how fast fashion is killing our planet.  My love for second hand and vintage clothes started in my early teens not for any sustainable reasons but because I couldn’t afford the designer pieces I saw in Vogue so I found my own vintage versions and wanted to find my own style and not look the same as everyone else.

If you haven’t watched this – do it NOW you will never want to buy fast fashion again!!

Now it is much more wanting to avoid the fast fashion industry and do my best to make a difference in my small way.

With that in mind I have signed up to the Slow Fashion Season  – a worldwide campaign to limit the impact of fast fashion on our planet.  The target is to sign up 10,000 people that will buy nothing for three months so from 21st June to 21st September.

I won’t be buying any new clothes – I very rarely buy from the high street anyway but I am going to try not be tempted with any “new old” clothes either!!  This will be a hard task for me as I do love my vintage but I have rails of clothes so unless something is “to die for” I will do my best.

I will be finding more ways to wear the clothes I already own!!

If the target of 10,000 is reached worldwide  it means that 360 million litres of water and 1.4 million kilograms of C02 will be prevented from entering the environment.

Lets make this happen – commit to buying nothing new for 3 months and do you bit to help the planet – you can sign up here

You can still buy second hand or vintage but try to think of ways to not buy clothes.  We all have items in our wardrobes that we never wear so get creative with what you already have – you can read my tips on how to shop your wardrobe here

Or get together with a group of girlfriends and organise a swap party – if you all bring a few items that you don’t wear or don’t fit along you can have great fun trying on and going home with new pieces for FREE!!

In Norwich we have the amazing New-U Swap Shop where you can take your unwanted items and build up credits to “buy” from the donated items they have for sale.  Take a look and see if there are any similar shops in your area.

You can follow my progress on my Instagram and I will try and do a month by month round up of what if anything I have bought and how I have created outfits without buying anything new.

So lets see if we can do our small bit to reduce pollution and buy nothing new for at least 3 months.

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We rarely seem to get away any more so for my hubby’s birthday we booked a couple of days in London. It has been a while since we just had a wander around and have a few drinks and dinner in London so it was a little over due!!

So early on a Sunday morning we boarded the coach heading off for a weekend.of fun and spending some quality time together.

Our hotel for the weekend was the very stylish but reasonable was the Hoxton in Holburn – just round the corner from Covent Garden.

Once we checked in we set out to explore the surrounding area, I love just wandering around taking in the atmosphere and seeing all the window displays, and people watching.

Of course I found a Chanel, had my photo taken on the Covent Garden in Bloom seat, popped into The Shop at Bluebird and the pop up antique fair.

I wanted to try out the Bloomsbury Hotel . We started the evening in the Coral Room which is a stunning Deco inspired bar – and I want this colour for the conservatory walls!!

Dinner was in Dalloway Terrace – a beautiful setting surrounded by faux blooms – more conservatory inspiration ideas.

The food was delicious and after dinner we met a couple of friends in the Bloomsbury Bar and the lovely staff brought us a complimentary glass of bubbly and cake for my lovely hubby’s birthday.

After a very comfortable nights sleep – I rarely get a good nights rest when I stay in hotels but the bed was so comfy I work up refreshed and ready for more adventures.

Cute breakfast bags to set us up for the day.

Our first stop was the Victoria and Albert Museum to see the Mary Quant exhibition which was so amazing – such a fabulous collection. So many of the pieces I wanted to wear – so vintage versions will have to be sourced and were so modern.

So many fabulous outfits I would so wear them all!

We had such fun and it was lovely to be able spend some time with my lovely hubby.  We really need to get our life/balance sorted out and make a point of getting out of Norwich a bit more – don’t get me wrong I love my city but sometimes you need a change of scenery to recharge the batteries.

So farewell London until the next time. We will choose another area to explore next time and try more fabulous bars and eateries!! And I will leave you with my outfits for the weekend.

Vintage Jacket Retreat Vintage, Micky Mouse T shirt Break Charity Shop, vintage Levis Lovering and Co.
Vintage Jacket Ebay, Jaeger white shirt, vintage skirt and shoes Jimmy Choo.
Jacket as before blouse Sue Ryder Vintage, skirt Lulu Vintage.

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The Fabulous Miss K is a Vintage Fashion Stylist and Lifestyle Consultant in Norwich, Uk.

With all the talk of fast fashion and finding alternatives to buying endless items of clothes that ultimately end up in landfill I have decided to do a mini capsule wardrobe for a week to see how many outfits I can create from 10 items I already own.

I have a vast wardrobe and if I am honest I don’t NEED anymore clothes but as with most of the female population I LOVE clothes and pieces do find there way into my wardrobe.  In my credit 90% of my clothes are from charity and vintage shops so I feel that is allowed!!

Many of the capsule wardrobe plans I have seen are quite neutral and safe – I wanted to show my version that is all about colour and pattern.

The week that I have chosen is a holiday week so there will be lots of opportunities to wear fabulous outfits including a 2 day London adventure, days out, a day at work – now I an working as Visual Merchandiser for a local charity – I am free from the black uniform that usually is the rule for retail, and then at the end of a week a wedding for a fabulous friend in the local park.

We are planning an actual holiday rather than a staycation later in the year so that will be another capsule challenge to get mine and the hubby’s clothes into the normal luggage allowance for budget airlines!!

It was quite a hard task to choose just 10 items – I have cheated a little and included 2 suits but they are two of my favourite items and I don’t get to wear them very often – so cut a girl some slack!!

Of course there will be shoes, bags and if the good old British weather is as unpredictable as it usually is there may have to be a coat added but wishful thinking I won’t have to add one in!!

So here are some of the pieces that I will be styling up for my week in a wardrobe – The Holiday Edit.

Green Jacket – part of a suit from Retreat Vintage, mustard blouse from Wild Daisy Vintage, blue pleated skirt Lulu Vintage and Gucci-esque dress from Attik House Clearance.

Mustard blouse as before and the exact same purple version from Sue Ryder Vintage!!

The other suit – bought from Ebay.

One of my favourite ever – Carrie inspired skirt from Retreat Vintage and a classic white shirt from Jaeger.

Just in case it is a little chilly a sweater from Wild Daily Vintage – in the hot colour for Spring.

Make sure you keep up with all my outfits on my Instagram feed and I will do a post with all the outfits when the week is over.  I really enjoyed choosing pieces to wear and think that I will have to do more over the next few months – it is fantastic way to use what you already own and makes you think of ways to make the most of your wardrobe.

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The Fabulous Miss K is a Vintage Fashion Stylist and Lifestyle Consultant in Norwich, Uk.

Spring is a long time coming this year but I am looking forward to warmer days and being able to put the winter coat away to make way for lighter jackets and summer frocks.

So what will I be wearing this season, I love colour and there was definitely a lot of it on the runways for Spring/Summer.

One shade that is everywhere is yellow in all of its various shades – not an easy colour to wear but there is a shade for everyone. From the palest primrose to vibrant mustard you can find one to suit you.  If you feel it is a bit too much then why not go for a yellow scarf or blouse instead of a full on outfit?

Yellow is the hot colour and such a sunny shade. I love this Chanel jacket and skirt – vintage hunt begins.

The ultimate print that never seems to go out of style – wear it in so many ways – a scarf, blouse or hunt for a fabulous dress that can be dressed up or down for any occasion.

Every one should have at least one piece of this classic print in their wardrobe.

All over the runway and a great look – go for the classic style in khaki – wear it with heels taking your lead from classic Carrie Bradshaw or make it edgy trainers.

Ultimate work wear – the boiler suit. 

Do you dare wear neon?  80’s classic colours are bold and bright.  It can be a bit scary to wear an all over bold shade but you add a pop of colour to your neutrals – a pair of shoes or a scarf or add a bright jacket over you basic T-Shirt and jeans.

One look I love and is perfect for spring for days when you still need a jacket – the over sized 80’s style is a fabulous way to add a layer if you need it.  I am on the hunt for a few more vintage blazers that I can throw on over my jeans, dress it up with a pleated skirt. They are perfect over a dress worn with a chunky belt.

I love oversize jackets – on the hunt for some more in bright shades for this season.

For when the heat turns up and the sun shines I will be wearing a the ultimate in summer dresses is the prarie dress – every summer the high street is full of this style but go for a classic vintage 70s version and stand out from the crowd.

Don’t buy from the high street go for a fabulous vintage version of this trend.

Follow what I wear throughout the coming months on my Instagram feed.  Coming soon is my mini capsule wardrobe challenge – I will be choosing 10 pieces from my existing wardrobe, then mixing and matching them to create outfits for one week in May.  Showing you that capsule wardrobes don’t have to be in dull boring neutral colours.

What are your favourite looks for Spring??

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The Fabulous Miss K is a Vintage Fashion Stylist and Lifestyle Consultant in Norwich, Uk.

Starting with month one of trying to be more green and sustainable the obvious place to start for me is with something that I love – fashion!! I love clothes and will always have a passion for vintage but I am thinking a bit more before I add more pieces to my wardrobe and only buying things that are so fabulous I can’t say no!!

So with this in mind I spent a few hours “Shopping my Wardrobe”.  It is a great way to get new outfits without having an impact on your wallet and the environment at the same time.  We have wardrobes full of clothes but nothing to wear so go out or so we think so we go out and buy something new to get a fix when we probably have items that we have forgotten about or are lurking in the depth of the wardrobe.

So here are my tips on making more of what you have and finding ways to wear more of what you have.

  • First step is to take a look at what you have – take everything out and spend a bit of time sorting out what you want to keep and what to take to charity, swap or sell.  If it doesn’t fit – let it go – there is no point in hanging on to something hoping you will diet into it.  Things that you have bought but never worn – those sale bargains that were never really you – be honest with yourself or get a friend round whose opinion you trust to be honest!!
  • Next sort out into sections – put all your jackets, skirts, trousers, dresses etc in one pile and split up any suits you may have – that way you will wear them separately to give you more options.
  • Pick one item that you really love say a skirt or blouse then see what other pieces it will work with.
  • Now look at colours and print – don’t be afraid to mix patterns as long as they are the same tone of colour it will work together.
  • Start mixing and matching pieces – try on lots of combinations and see what works.  Suit jackets with a different skirt or over a dress.
  • Think season-less wardrobes – layer up sweaters or cardigans over your summer dresses add some coloured opaque tights and boots.  Mix a chunky sweater with a floaty skirt or what about sequins in the day time toned down with your jeans or knitwear?
  • When you put back the pieces you are keeping sort them into colours – it makes it easy to see what works together and put like with like so all jackets (split up suits), blouse, dresses and so on.
  • Folding your sweaters and t-shirts as the new clean up guru everyone is talking about is actually a good idea as one you can get more in your drawers and two you can see exactly what you have. So take a few tips from Marie Kondo and start folding!!
  • Take a photo of each of the outfits you create on your phone so you don’t forget them – you can even put them into a separate “outfit” folder or print them and pin them on your wardrobe door to give you inspiration when you are deciding what to wear.

One of my favourite blouse from a charity shop mixed with wool vintage skirt and boots from M&S, also mixed with blue cords another charity shop find.

Orange silk blouse from Wild Daisy Vintage teamed with velvet blazer from Attic and Seller, brown pleated skirt Lulu Vintage, orange tights Jarrolds and vintage shoes. Outfit 2 worn with one of my favourite skirts from Retreat Vintage and boots H&M from a few seasons ago.

Charity shop skirt mixed with lots of other pieces I already own.

Orange sweater from Wild Daisy Vintage mixed with one of my favourite YSL scarf.

Trousers from Sue Ryder Vintage – lots of options.

These are just some of the options that I came up with so why don’t you have a play with your wardrobe. If the task seems a bit daunting you can let me help you with my “Shop your Wardrobe Service

This is what my lovely friend Liz Hollis said about our recent wardrobe sort out ….

“I love clothes. I have a wardrobe full of some classic pieces, such as an Agnes B jacket and lots of amazing vintage and charity shop finds. However, the challenge is that I find it difficult to mix and match a finished outfit using all these clothes and scarves. So, in a hurry as I usually often am, I mostly throw on jeans or a denim skirt and a t-shirt. My outfits don’t do justice to all the lovely clothes I actually own – two rails full of them.
So, I have a few items that I wear all the time and feel comfortable in – denim skirt, jeans and sweaters. But this gets incredibly boring, but I just don’t know how to put stuff together. Not short of nice garments, but I almost have too many and it’s overwhelming.
I work in media which is a relatively stylish and young industry and as an older woman I don’t want to look frumpy – or as if I’m trying too hard. I just want to look comfortable, stylish and modern. I want to look my age but more fashionable.
I called Karen in because I definitely needed help. She suggested I should have a go at stepping out of my comfort zone and trying a few new things. The trouble is I need her help to work out where and how to step out of my comfort zone. I need expert guidance.
She started by pulling out some colours that went together – mixing some of my designer and high end high street pieces with a vintage scarf or blouse or adding a belt.
I forced myself to try on things I would never wear together – such as a gold lame skirt with a striped t-shirt and denim jacket. Or a vintage green 70s blouse from a weigh and pay vintage sale under a next-t shirt from a charity shop – which made it look like a retro tank-top. This was put together with an old-favourite denim skirt, which it revitalised. I loved it. A whole new outfit, just from things I already have in my wardrobe. I’d have been happy to go out and spend money on all this stuff. It looked so new and made me feel great.
Karen’s particularly skilled at taking items you love, but just never wear or don’t really know what to do with. I have an amazing vintage tailored pin-striped jacket, but I never wear it because it doesn’t look right when I match it up. I usually put it on and take it straight off again. Karen matched it up with a herring-bone maxmara skirt and green tights – plus a vintage green scarf. I would never ever have chosen this combination of garments but I loved it.
Karen had so many ideas for new outfits that I honestly felt as if I’d been on a massive shopping spree with loads and loads of exciting new outfits – all of which I already owned. A fresh eye on my wardrobe and I’m delighted with the results.”

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Last year was a mixture of ups and downs as always. I was suffering at the beginning of the year with the menopause feeling very low and depressed but now with the help of HRT I am back on track with renewed motivation and feeling much more like my old self.

I am looking forward to 2019 with new focus on what I want to do and get out of life.  Towards the end of the year I lost a good friend very suddenly and recent events over the last few years have made me realise that life is short and you have to make every day count.

I don’t make resolutions as it sets yourself up to fail but set myself goals to achieve through out the year.  One thing I am determined to do is enjoy each day and make the most of life.  My goals are always divided into to professional and personal so here goes – what I have planned for the months to come.

PROFESSIONAL

  • Vintage for Everyone Everyday has been my mantra for a few years now but this year I really want to push it further. With a focus on sustainable fashion and second-hand in the media I want to get everyone to at least think about what they buy and consider adding a touch of vintage to their wardrobe.  With this in mind I will be encouraging fashionistas to shop pre-loved – so watch out for blog posts and Instagram feed full of influencers styled by me in vintage, using social media more to get the word out there and collaborating with others who share my passion for vintage.

  • Dressed Magazine – my project for a while now but it is finally coming together – the aim is to launch early 2019 – the idea behind – vintage everyday without a petticoat or victory roll in sight!!  My ultimate goal would be to have a book published on making vintage part of your everyday wardrobe.

  • Learn to say NO!! I find it hard to say no to things and then end up getting stressed, taking on too many things so this year I will do only what excites me and helps me get to where I want to be – that may sound a bit selfish but for years I have offered my services for free but there comes a time when it has to stop and I have realised that I HAVE  to put a value on my experience and give myself value.

So in summary I will do what I love and make it my mission to get my Vintage for Everyone, Everyday out to a wider audience and into the national press.  If you would like to collaborate or know anyone who may like to help me get the vintage message out there get in touch.

PERSONAL

  • Getting my life/work balance back on track has been a goal for a few years and I haven’t quite managed to achieve that yet!!  Life is short and I have come to realise that even more recently so working with my lovely hubby we are going to make an effort to spend more quality time together, book holidays, organise fun adventures and have a jolly old time.  Sometimes you think that it has to be expensive but I am going to look at ways that are fun, inexpensive – taking my inspiration from one of my favourite books – The Art of More for Less – Savvy Chic by Anna Johnson.

  • Sustainability has always been pretty high on my radar but now even more so with single use plastic, fast fashion and waste being highlighted in the media for how we are destroying our planet. So every month I am going to make one change to our lifestyle to try to eliminate plastic and waste in the way we live.  My guide in this is a recently launched book which is on its way and I am very much looking forward to reading it.  I have never been one for high-street shopping but after seeing the mad frenzy of consumerism over Christmas I am re-thinking the way I shop, not buying things just because I want them but if I need them.  There will always be pieces of vintage to die for and it won’t put an end to my shopping but I will definitely think before I buy.

  • We started a major house re-vamp last year and we plan to get more done this year.  Alongside the greener living we are aiming to de-clutter and only keep the pieces we really love.  Over the years both my hubby and I have collected so much “old stuff” and it is taking over a bit.  It is almost you can’t see the fabulous pieces we have in all the junk that manages to accumulate.  So pieces will be donated, sold and gifted to give the house an overhaul.  I am sure that we will buy and replace things that we need but will try not to buy unless we REALLY  need it.  The aim is to finish the house and garden this year so we can get back to enjoying being in it, getting back to entertaining and just enjoying the simple life in our home.

  • I have been meaning to do this for a while but never seemed to do it – switching off the tech and putting down the phone at least one night a week to pick up and read a book. Having been an avid reader in my youth it has been put on the back burner in recent years so I am looking forward to getting back to the books – fiction, non fiction and biography – hit me up with recommendations.

Making the most of everyday, getting back to simpler things and not worrying about situations and people I can’t change are part of the plan.  As I get older I care less about what others think – I have said this in the past but now am really focused on doing what I want to do and love rather than doing things that I think I should do. Selfish maybe but life is too short to not do exactly what makes me happy.

I am aiming to get back to blogging more too –  documenting my adventures in the coming year, progress with the house and my green challenge so make sure you check back to find out how I get on.

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I spent the weekend discovering an array of independent businesses and checked out some wonderful people who are making and creating fabulous hand made, individual and delicious products all in and around Norfolk and Suffolk.

The weekend started at The Norfolk Christmas Faye in association with Jarrolds  supported by Redwell, set in the beautiful Cathedral cloisters.  I was amazed how many gins are made in Norfolk and I had to have a little taste of all of them didn’t I. As a gin fan I now have a few more to add to my drinks cabinet.

Wonderful flavours from Fox Denton Gin.

More gin distilled on the Sandringham Estate, with a great name Whata Hoot  a fittingly named for the setting of the fayre – Archangel

One that is on my wish list for Christmas is Twelve Keys  – a little bit unusual in its taste –  honey from hives from their own wildflower meadow is combined  with fig, basil, caramelised quince and served with a slice of fig and a coffee bean – it is my new favourite by far!!

With all that alcohol my next point of call Lemon Tree Fine Foods was for some really tasty cheese again with unusual flavours so we will be paying them a little visit very soon to check out more.

Wine next  from Toppesfield Vineyard who do a rather fabulous rose that would be delicious over ice with a few strawberries and rose petals for a summer party.

I love shopping in independent shops rather than high street stores, finding different and individual gifts rather than a generic one with no thought behind it. Keep an eye on my Instagram stories for where I love to shop.

One place I love to visit as it is always such an inspiration for my home – is Carol Lake – she hosted a Botanical Pop Up showcasing her designs and gifts with a floral theme – I will be popping again when we get cracking on the next stage of our house re-vamp for a few pieces.

These soaps will be heading to my bathroom very soon.

Sunday saw us go local to Fierce Babes Market run by two fabulous ladies who get makers, bakers and creatives all together to sell their wares and it was so wonderful to see so many amazing creatives in one place with so many gift ideas and individual items that you just don’t get on the high street make sure you follow them on Instagram to find out all about their next market and all the fabulous sellers.

Such fun prints and badges from Amy Blue Etsy shop.

Fell in love with the fabulous smell of fig and cassis of this Writing Well Project candle so it came home with me.

How amazing would this be for a wedding or new baby gift or any occasion – Pixels & Purls.

Meeting  up with the mega and totally talented babe that is Morwenna Farrell who designed a T – shirt for me and I love it!!

I had such fun shopping, walking round fayres starting to get into the festive spirit. We are so lucky that we have so many creative people and independent businesses in Norfolk.  It is important to shop local, independent and buy sustainable presents not just at Christmas but anytime of year. Supporting small businesses is important and apart from anything else it is so much more fun finding unique gifts for your friends and family.  Just imagine how they we feel knowing you took time to find something you knew they would love rather than a generic gift set!!

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At the beginning of each new season start thinking about styling up some outfits the wear over the following months.  So how do I go about planning what is going to be part of my Autumn/Wardrobe – firstly I take a look at the trends to what has been on the runway and eventually into the high street stores – I don’t follow trends but I do like to look current but put my own twist on the trend.

Next I take a look at what I already have in my wardrobe and start to create some looks from the pieces I already have and make a note of anything that I would like to update my look.  Then with my mental notes in my head I keep a look out for the key items when I wander around the charity and vintage shops – I don’t really think about hitting the high street as I much prefer not to buy into fast fashion but also I prefer the individual style and the thrill of finding a designer look alike for less and of course no one else will have the same thing as me!! When buying new pieces I always make sure that everything I buy will go with at least 3 other items in my wardrobe and each is a timeless so I can have it in my wardrobe for years to come and style it up in new ways each season.

I am trying not to buy too many new pieces – or new to me at least because I want to cut down on firstly what I am spending and budget a bit but more importantly I want to cut down on material stuff – I have a wardrobe full of clothes and don’t get to wear all of them so with this in mind I am thinking about doing “the capsule wardrobe challenge” over a period of time to prove that you can do it with colour, pattern and prints and not just bland neutrals.

So here are the new items I bought for Autumn and how I styled them up:

Burgundy wool blazer – Sue Ryder Vintage

Orange silk blouse – Wild Daisy Vintage

Orange Turtle neck sweater – Wild Daisy Vintage

Check trousers – Sue Ryder Vintage

Gold and Brown striped blouse – Sue Ryder Charity Shop Sheringham

Cream and brown A line skirt – Coast Skirt from charity shop, can’t remember which one!!

New blazer teamed with Gucci style pussy bow blouse, wool navy skirt from Retreat Vintage, boots Marks and Spencer, red tights Jarrolds from the existing wardrobe.

New purchase orange silk blouse teamed with velvet blazer from Attic and Seller, brown pleated skirt Lulu Vintage, orange tights Jarrolds and vintage shoes. Outfit 2 worn with one of my favourite skirts from Retreat Vintage and boots H&M from a few seasons ago.

Orange turtle neck work with navy wool skirt, M&S boots, YSL vintage scarf, bag Kooks Vintage. Outfit 2 velvet blazer and cord A line skirt.

Wool check trousers mixed with red pussy bow blouse, and 50’s sweater Lulu Vintage, vintage bag Top Shop vintage. Outfit 2 green velvet blazer Fabulous Miss K Store, my tee shirt designed for me by Morwenna Farrell Illustrations, Outfit 3 with green polo neck sweater and new blazer.

Mustard blouse with blue cords, and navy wool skirt.

Cream wool skirt with brown pussy bow and tank top, Hennes brown polka dot blouse and St Micheal wool jacket.

These are just a few ways that I have styled up my new purchases with existing pieces in the wardrobe. All of the new pieces will go with many more items that I already own and classics that will be part of my wardrobe for many years to come.

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The Fabulous Miss K is a Vintage Fashion Stylist and Lifestyle Consultant in Norwich, Uk.

I have always bought and worn vintage not necessarily for any ethical reason just because I wanted to be different and couldn’t afford the designer pieces that I saw in the pages of Vogue so I found my own versions in charity shops and vintage shops.  But I have always favoured second hand over commercial high street brands, I would rather have the buzz of finding something fabulous in a vintage or charity shop and putting my own mark on it as opposed to buying the designer version.

Like many people I was aware of the devastation of our planet by the fast fashion industry but I wasn’t aware of the full impact so when I watched Fashion’s Dirty Secrets by the journalist Stacey Dooley – check it out on BBC Iplayer if you haven’t seen it – I am even more determined to shop second hand, pre-loved and vintage with both my wardrobe and home purchases.

Yes I know there are some things that you have to buy new – aside from some fabulous 1930’s silk knickers and slips my pants will still come from M&S!!

300,000 tonnes of clothes end up in land fill – we are encouraged to buy the latest “must have” and we rush out to buy our next fashion fix. Whole areas are being polluted and seas drying up to produce our constant need for “the new”.

Fashion bloggers and You Tubers post their fast fashion hauls all over the internet enhance the need for more clothes that which all end up in wardrobes unworn.  I recently spoke to someone who has a very good friend who is paid to do these kind of posts and has had to rent storage space to store all the “gifted” items she has been sent.

Wanting to get back to reading and trying to switch off the laptop and put the phone down at least one day a week I picked up a book that I have talked about on the blog before The Art of More for Less Savvy Chic

Anna Johnson says “There is nothing more tempting than the lure of a cheap dress. I understand the potent attraction of a fast fashion fix. Disposable clothes are designed to trap us all.  They sing their siren song on a Friday night.  They promise transformation but all too often they wind up as gaudy landfill in your closet.”  She sets herself  ground rules when she shops.  Clothes need to be well made, have staying power between the seasons and interlock with other mainstays in her wardrobe.  She wants to wear one piece of clothing for several years so she chooses classic items – easy when buying vintage and puts them to work.  If you start thinking about what you buy and whether it is something you will wear for years or just something you want to curb your fashion craving???

Everyone is entitled to do what they want and buy what they want.  And I understand the buzz when you find the perfect piece  but I would hope that now the truth is out there people  will think before they go out to shop for the next fashion high!!  As a vintage and charity shopper I get such a thrill finding a designer bargain hiding in the rails of a charity shop or a fabulous piece in a vintage shop.  One thing I do hope is that some of the Instagram influencers and fashion editors are not just playing lip service in there columns or on their feed and  jumping  on the next big thing and actually start to practice what they are now preaching and stop before they rave about their latest gifted pieces or post a What I bought on the high street You Tube video.  How useful could these influencers be if they started to show people a more ethical way of shopping by hitting the charity shops or look how wore pieces I have had for years posts??? This is something that we can’t stop talking about even when the buzz of the programme has died away. It is something that needs to be addressed by government, fashion industry insiders and influencers.

If every fashion fan took a few steps to shop with more thought and found new ways to get a fashion fix just think of the difference that would make.  I know that not everyone is a fan of vintage or charity shops – some still have that stigma in their head that they are smelly and the clothes will be dirty and musty – that so not the case you only have to look at Mary’s Living and Giving Shops for Save the Children that have changed the face of charity shopping and all vintage sellers have a passion for what they do and lovingly source, mend and wash their pieces before putting them on the rail. So that myth is well and truly blown so there is no excuse and what about the high end consignment shops where you can get your designer fix for less.

My mission for the last few years has been “Vintage for Everyone Everyday” – making vintage and second-hand part of your everyday wardrobe so now with renewed passion I am going to be on the campaign trail to get fashionistas to at least start to re-thinking the way they shop and think about their wardrobes.

From the very first Vintage for Everyone Campaign with clothes from Retreat Vintage.

There are many ways that you can change the way you shop.  If you went into your wardrobe/dressing room now – how many pieces do you actually wear on a regular basis?  Are there items still with the tags on?  Think about this the next time you say I need a new frock – can you find a new way to wear an existing piece in your wardrobe – why not spend the time creating outfits from what you already have or if that is something you find difficult to do book my Shop Your Wardrobe service and I can give your wardrobe a whole new lease of life and show outfits you never knew you had!!

From a previous post – how I styled one of my suits 4 ways – showing how you can create lots of options from just a few items and make it work for every occasion.

Over the next few months on the blog, Instagram and You Tube Channel I will be showing you was to make the most of your existing wardrobe, shop for vintage pieces that are straight off the runway, doing my own version of a capsule wardrobe challenge (using print, pattern and colour not your usual bland neutral shades)  and get your fashion fix without costing the earth in more ways than one!!

On final note all I will say is next time you take a walk around the high street in your lunch hour and reach the that “must have item” just think to yourself – do I really need this?  Will it last me a few seasons or will it go with other pieces in my wardrobe?  The other weekend when I was at a local vintage fair I even stopped myself from buying as there wasn’t anything that I really needed just a few pieces that I would have liked but I have a wardrobe full of vintage so really don’t need anything else (unless it is to die for – sorry but somethings are just too fabulous!!!)  If we all just took a moment before we tap that card we can do our bit to save our planet.

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