Long weekend sample capsule wardrobe


Creating a Capsule Wardrobe that works for all areas of your life makes outfit creation a pleasure, whatever the occasion.

If you get an impromptu invitation for a long weekend away, you won’t have any last minute shopping dilemmas or what to wear problems, because you will already know what to wear and what to pack, because you have created a capsule wardrobe,

Of course there will be the odd occasion when you need to add something a little more specific but if the basics and the majority of your regular events are covered by your capsule wardrobe, you can pack for a long weekend away quickly and easily without any great thought.

I’ve created an example of a capsule wardrobe for a city long weekend break.

Here are the pieces to wear for work on Friday and to pack for your long weekend away

Capsule - Long weekend away

Friday at work is smart but not formal, and you leave straight from work with your bag packed

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On arrival at the hotel swap your trousers for your jeans, give your feet a rest from heels and pop on your black flats, ready to go to a casual dinner on Friday evening.

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Saturday, you have plans for pottering around the city and a little site seeing, it’s still a little cool, so add a light jumper with your vest and add some animal print flats and an animal print bag, and you have completely changed your look, if you’re still a little cool, add a scarf.

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before heading out to a more formal evening dinner, add a sleeveless top with a choker, a skirt and heels that you wore to work and you could go anywhere.wear long weekend 20

Sunday – spend a relaxing day, breakfast with friends and a pub for a counter meal, put a light weight black jumper with scarf and add your animal print shoes and bag.wear long weekend 1

Meet up with friends for drinks before dinner, swap your jeans for your black work trousers, change your shoes and bag, add a long statement necklace, and again a completely different outfit.wear long weekend 11

Breakfast with friends before a walk around the city and lunch in town before heading home, you will need comfortable clothing and shoes

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And if you stay longer you could put the following outfits together to create an ever larger capsule wardrobe.

Capsule - Long weekend away 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mutton dressed up as lamb


Mutton dressesd up as lamb

A very common problem many women face when they get older is the concern about dressing inappropriately for their age – or, “mutton dressed up as lamb”.

Many women end up looking frumpy and 10 to 20 years older because they dress too old for their age and lifestyle just so they don’t appear to dress too young, what they don’t realise is that it ages them even more.

Some hints to help with avoiding looking like mutton dressed up as lamb are:

  • Avoid showing too much skin
  • Avoid too much cleavage, unless of course you have a wrinkle free décolletage and a properly fitted bra
  • Also, make sure your hem is not way past the bottom of your knees as this can appear frumpy, unless you have very long legs, and will look best worn with heels.
  • If you prefer to wear flats, make sure your hem is no longer than the bottom of your knees, as this can also appear frumpy.
  • Always choose fits that flatter your body type.
  • Avoid choosing outfits that are too tight or too loose.
  • Large, over sized clothing does not bring out the beauty in a woman.
  • An overly tight-fitting garment certainly does not give anyone the elegant look.
  • If you are the kind who simply loves to wear attractive kinds of women’s clothing then you can go in for a long, fitting skirt with a side slit, worn best with a heel.

Ageing can be Graceful


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Mature Age Dressing

A gracefully aging woman is incredibly beautiful and the experience she has, makes her beauty shine.

As we grow older we are still beautiful, it’s just a different beauty when we are in our twenties and thirties.

We understand that beauty in a child is different  than a teenager, however once age into our twenties and thirties, we don’t realise that we now have a different beauty.

When we learn to accept the changes in our appearance through ageing, we can start to be happy with ourselves when we look in the mirror.

A gracefully aging woman can be beautiful, and her experiences in life will make her beauty shine, however, she needs to be re-educated on what is complementary to her new beauty.

We don’t want to look like grannies nor mutton dressed as lamb.

The same principles that we had as younger women, using colours, body proportion, camouflaging or illusion dressing and dressing to suit your personality and lifestyle need to be addressed.

There are other things that we need to be aware as we age, and at ReDress Your Life we show you how do dress , wear your hair and apply make-up, in the most flattering way, that  you will love and feel confident in.

I would love to share with some of my top points of what NOT to do to age gracefully

  • Have a glasses chain attached to your glasses or granny half glasses. (An exception, of course if you are on a boat and are likely to lose your glasses or sunnies over the side, having a chain is a darn sight cheaper than replacing your glasses)
  • Long straight hair parted down the middle, with roots needing a long overdue touch up
  • Boobs hanging too low, and not wearing a proper fitted supportive bra, did you know that wearing a properly fitted bra can drop you a full dress size?
  • Grey hair show through your eyebrows or not shaping them,
  • Wearing your foundation either too thick or the wrong colour or foundation lines half way down your neck
  • If your lips are narrow, wearing dark lipstick that bleeds everywhere, try some LipSense by SeneGence, lipstick that stays on without bleeding for 4 – 18 hours (PS! Yes I sell this product, and I love it, not to be a sales pitch, but if you want to try it, once you try, you will want to buy, send me a message and I will get in touch to see if I can help you with this)
  • Wearing pants that are wider at the top of the leg than at the ankle.
  • Not looking after your hands and nails (Yes, I sell Jamberry nail wraps, lacquer and gel polish)
  • Wearing comfortable shoes that are without style, nanna shoes.( you can have comfort and style)

LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS!!!!


Leggings

There is nothing wrong with wearing a pair of  leggings as long as they are not worn as the main focus of the outfit. They are best worn with a longer top or dress that covers and drapes the stomach, bottom and hips.  Avoid clingy  fabric such as lycra, especially the  wet look leggings.

LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS>

They were designed to be worn as a layering item under other garments, not showing colored or patterned underwear.

Checkout the latest YouTube video doing the rounds

http://www.tightsarenotpants.com/manifesto

http://seriouslytightsarenotpants.tumblr.com/

bum with tights

When I went out with my mum a few weeks ago, one of the girls that was with us wore a pair of black leggings and a sheer top over, you could see the front of her leggings. Mum said she was wearing her mumblers, I didn’t know what she meant until she explained “the lips are moving but not saying anything, mumbles) see below!!!

mumblers

Feminine dresses, boots, shoes and evening bags added to our stock


We have some beautiful Feminine dresses, boots, shoes and evening bags added to our stock this week, in fact we have been run off our feet with drop offs.

Dresses

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Some beautiful feminine dresses sizes 14 – 16, all of them would be suitable to wear to work and then out for the evening.

Boots

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Size 8 boots, tan, red & black

Handbags

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Some lovely tan and gold evening bags

Shoes

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Some lovely size 9 evening shoes with heels and a gorgeous pair of courts with a gold toe

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Using fashion optical illusion (camouflage) to hide your flaws – Part 2


The basis of effective fashion optical illusion or camouflage is understanding the effects of body Fashion optical illusion or camouflage means understanding the eye of the observer.

The basis of Fashion optical illusion or camouflage is simple.

Just as there’s a focal point in every good photo or painting, there should be a point of emphasis on your body.
Your focal point should be inherent in the structure of what you wear.

We all have qualities we like and features we dislike. To benefit from the effect of Fashion optical illusion or camouflage, conformity of its rules must be observed.

Fashion optical illusion or camouflage is the one most important effect that our clothing permits, because it is the easiest way to minimize our body faults and flaws and highlight our positive features.

You just need to know and accept its limitations so it does not become a cover-up for other more positive parts of your body.

These techniques may sound like a lot to remember, but it won’t be hard if you work on just one new idea a day. Start with the body part that you dislike the most and give it the most attention to detail, eg hide your troublesome tummy.

Add a new item to your outfit every day and in no time, you’ll have mastered all the Fashion optical illusion or camouflage ideas that you need for your body flaws.

What’s the best way to hide a tummy bulge

One word: shapewear.

The secret to wearing shapewear, however, for comfort is, buy 1 size larger than you normally wear.

Shapewear smooths and reshapes, but also helps you stand taller.

Shapewear also makes you more conscious of your posture.

Invest in a high – waisted shaping bike short, it will help with the stomach, hips, and thighs.

It’s also important, also not to buy clothes that are too fitted in that area:

Go up a size, then have them tailored so they fit you perfectly.

What should you wear on top of your slimming underwear (pull me in pants, or shapewear?)

Empire waist and A line dresses are flattering because they drape over your tummy and hide the bulges, you can over also put a wider belt 5 – 10cm over your tummy, especially in a darker colour.

Skinny belts are not suitable.

Shapewear and A line dress

Illusion dressing


 

Create a column of colour (monochromatic outfit) creating one long continuous vertical line to look taller & slimmer

If you have a pot belly you can detract from the tummy area with a great pair of shoes boots that say “Look at Me”. Wearing boots or shoes the same colour as your leggings or tights, will give the illusion of lengthening your legs and balance your silhouette by creating a column of colour.

The Maxi dress and long skirt always seem to be in fashion, they can create a fabulous column of colour to elongate your silhouette and are always feminine, remember to add some accessories to finish your outfit.

On a plain maxi dress a long necklace is an absolute MUST, as it breaks the colour and enhances the illusion of the column.

If you wear Dresses and skirts that are knee length, finishing the dress at the knee bend (the back of your knee) are a great length, add some leggings and shoes that are a similar colour to create a column of colour on your bottom half, add some bright jewellery or a scarf close to your face and don’t forget the earrings.

Some ideas to help create a column of colour :

  • Match your shoes to your pants, or to your legs
  • If you wear a dress, then match your shoes to stockings or leggings or a neutral colour to elongate your legs
  • If you wear jacket and pants or trousers that are the same colour, try and match your shoes, you can then add a different colour top d accessories to create interest
  • Choose colours that are similar in intensity and monochromatic (or are next to each other on the colour wheel) so that hemlines are not as obvious creating stripes or cut off across the body
  • Wear knee-high or tall boots when it’s warm enough for them.
  • Wear one colour top to bottom (eg, black top, black pants & black shoes) and add a red jacket and a longer necklace to finish the outfit
  • Keep darker colour to the bottom piece – skirt, or pants to slim your hips and make you appear taller

Slim by design

  • Vertical lines like centre front buttons, single breasted jackets, stripes and an ironed or permanent crease in the front of your pants or trousers will visually slim your body by dividing it into vertical sections.
  • The closer or narrower the vertical lines, the slimmer you will appear.
  • Vertical stripes separate the body into smaller pieces, dramatically slimming the area
  • Add a focal point like a bold or bright necklace high up on your body to draw attention away from any figure challenges like a pot belly or wide hips to focus attention up at your face
  • Don’t wear textured or shiny clothing on your largest body part, eg hips or boobs
  • Don’t emphasize a problem by placing a similar shape over or near it for example placing
  • Illusion dressingCreate a column of colour (monochromatic outfit) creating one long continuous vertical line to look taller & slimmerIf you have a pot belly you can detract from the tummy area with a great pair of shoes boots that say “Look at Me”. Wearing boots or shoes the same colour as your leggings or tights, will give the illusion of lengthening your legs and balance your silhouette by creating a column of colour.The Maxi dress and long skirt always seem to be in fashion, they can create a fabulous column of colour to elongate your silhouette and are always feminine, remember to add some accessories to finish your outfit.

    On a plain maxi dress a long necklace is an absolute MUST, as it breaks the colour and enhances the illusion of the column.

    If you wear Dresses and skirts that are knee length, finishing the dress at the knee bend (the back of your knee) are a great length, add some leggings and shoes that are a similar colour to create a column of colour on your bottom half, add some bright jewellery or a scarf close to your face and don’t forget the earrings.

    Some ideas to help create a column of colour :

    • Match your shoes to your pants, or to your legs
    • If you wear a dress, then match your shoes to stockings or leggings or a neutral colour to elongate your legs
    • If you wear jacket and pants or trousers that are the same colour, try and match your shoes, you can then add a different colour top d accessories to create interest
    • Choose colours that are similar in intensity and monochromatic (or are next to each other on the colour wheel) so that hemlines are not as obvious creating stripes or cut off across the body
    • Wear knee-high or tall boots when it’s warm enough for them.
    • Wear one colour top to bottom (eg, black top, black pants & black shoes) and add a red jacket and a longer necklace to finish the outfit
    • Keep darker colour to the bottom piece – skirt, or pants to slim your hips and make you appear taller

    Slim by design

    • Vertical lines like centre front buttons, single breasted jackets, stripes and an ironed or permanent crease in the front of your pants or trousers will visually slim your body by dividing it into vertical sections.
    • The closer or narrower the vertical lines, the slimmer you will appear.
    • Vertical stripes separate the body into smaller pieces, dramatically slimming the area
    • Add a focal point like a bold or bright necklace high up on your body to draw attention away from any figure challenges like a pot belly or wide hips to focus attention up at your face
    • Don’t wear textured or shiny clothing on your largest body part, eg hips or boobs
    • Don’t emphasize a problem by placing a similar shape over or near it for example placing a square neckline under a square jaw
    • Wear fabrics that drape, not cling to your bumps and lumps.

    Slim by Proportion

    • The more foot you show the slimmer your leg will appear, wear a low vamp shoe
    • Wearing ankle strap shoes can give the appearance of cutting off your legs and making them look shorter
    • Nude coloured shoes can visually make your legs look longer.
    • Patterns or accessories you wear need to be in proportion with your body
    • The most slimming and versatile length for jackets and tops is for them to finish at knuckle length with your arms straight down.
    • a square neckline under a square jaw
    • Wear fabrics that drape, not cling to your bumps and lumps.
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What to wear to work tomorrow?


I always organise my wardrobe for tomorrow, tonight before I go to bed, when you get up at 4.30am, you need to be organised.

At the moment it is hard to know what the weather is going to be like the next day, one day it’s very sunny and quite warm, the next it’s blustery and cold, so it’s hard to decide on what to wear for a full day going straight from work out to dinner in the evening.

Gabriella Fratini black dress with zips on pocket & black leggings      Gabriella Frattini

Gabriella Frattini black dress with zips on pocket and black leggings

Given the early morning departures to work, I don’t put my makeup on until I get into the office, I moisturize and put my Nude by Nature air brush primer on and when I get into the office I put my makeup on, I wear a scarf and slippers and have my blankie on for the long haul (nearly an hour on a good day) and hope that we don’t get stopped by anyone. So the outfit that I select has to work through the cold morning in the car, walking the little girl around the park in the wind and or rain and then also be smart enough to meet with clients during the day, and some evenings take me through dinner out before going home to bed.

Generally if I wear leggings and a tunic, I will put on a a thermal skivvy, scarf, and a jacket, but then as the day wears on, the jacket and scarf comes off until the sun goes, down and then I have the jacket and scarf to put back on for the cool trip home. For winter, I love to wear boots, long, calf length and ankle, depending on the outfit, they keep my feet warm and are quite smart looking, however, when I am in the car, I take them off and put my slippers on as I find it too uncomfortable to sit with the heels on, even if they are relatively flat.

I have started a program for 30 days of style, you have to add something different for each day, today’s style item is wear a statement necklace, well today, I felt that my statement was pearls, so along with my string of pearls, and drop pearl earrings, I wore a magnetic bracelet with pearls.

Tomorrows challenge is to wear something that has been in my wardrobe for years, well the Gabriella Frattini tunic shown in the above picture has been in my wardrobe for at least 3 or 4 years, I didn’t wear it last year so this is the item I have chosen for this challenge,

Illusion dressing – various ways


Illusion dressing

Create a column of colour (monochromatic outfit) creating one long continuous vertical line to look taller & slimmer

If you have a bot belly you can detract from the tummy area with a great pair of shoes boots that say “Look at Me”. Wearing boots or shoes the same colour as your leggings or tights, will give the illusion of lengthening your leg and balance your silhouette by creating a column of colour.

The Maxi dress and long skirt always seem to be in fashion, they can create a fabulous column of colour to elongate your silhouette and are always feminine. just don’t forget the accessories to finish the outfit.

On a plain maxi dress a long necklace is an absolute MUST, as it breaks the colour and enhances the illusion of the column.

If you wear Dresses and skirts that are knee length, finishing the dress at the knee bend (the back of your knee) are a great length, match them with leggings and a shoe that is a similar colour so that you create a column of colour on your bottom half, add some bright jewellery or a scarf close to your face.

Some ideas to help create a column of colour are:

  • Match your shoes to your pants, or shoes to your legs
  • If you wear a dress, then match your shoes to stockings or leggings
  • If you wear jacket and pants or trousers that are the same colour, try and match your shoes, you can then add a different colour top to create interest
  • Choose colours that are similar in intensity and monochromatic (or are next to each other on the colour wheel) so that hemlines are not as obvious
  • Wear knee-high or tall boots when it’s warm enough for them.
  • Wear one colour top to bottom (eg, black top, black pants & black shoes) and add a red jacket to finish the outfit
  • Keep darker colour to the bottom piece to slim your hips and make you appear taller

Slim by design

  • Vertical lines likes centre front buttons, single breasted jackets, stripes and an ironed or permanent crease in the front of your pants or trousers will visually slim your body by dividing it into vertical sections.
  • The closer or narrower the vertical lines, the slimmer you will appear.
  • Vertical stripes separate the body into smaller pieces, dramatically slimming the area
  • Add a focal point like a bold or bright necklace high up on your body to draw attention away from any figure challenges like a pot belly to focus attention up at your face
  • Don’t wear textured or shiny clothing on your largest body part, eg hips or boobs
  • Don’t emphasize a problem by placing a similar shape over or near it for example placing a square neckline under a square jaw
  • Wear fabrics that drape, not cling to you rolls and tyres.

Slim by Proportion

  • The more foot you show the slimmer your leg will appear.
  • Wearing ankle strap shoes can give the appearance of cutting off your legs.
  • Nude coloured shoes can visually make your legs look longer.
  • Patterns or accessories you wear need to be in proportion with your body
  • The most slimming and versatile length for jackets and tops is knuckle length

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My Review of Phantom of the Opera Regal Theatre in Perth


The Phantom of the Opera (1986 musical)

The Phantom of the Opera (1986 musical) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over 20 years ago, Grumpy and I had the most wonderful experience sponsored by Clark Sinks Australia of flying business class to Sydney, staying at the Regent hotel overlooking the Sydney Opera House and excellent tickets to see the Phantom of the Opera and the Regal Theatre with Marina Prior and Rob Guest, we had 3 days in Sydney and as we had nothing to do after checkout and the time of our flight was early evening, went to the airport and was upgraded to 1st class home to Perth.

The whole weekend was nothing short of magical.

So when Grumpy asked me if I was interested in going to see the Phantom, I said yes please, he was listening to the radio when he heard them giving away free tickets, he knew that I loved the Phantom and would jump at the chance.

So he went on line and booked 2 tickets, printed them out and we were going.

He booked the tickets for Friday, which was the middle week of the show. We had to ensure that we left work on time as the traffic has been quite banked up lately especially since the Freeway works have started.

We were ½ an hour late leaving the office which didn’t help with the traffic, made it home with enough time for him to go over to the home (I forgot to mention, both Grumpy’s mum and dad are now in the Care Facility across the road from us, so we have our house and lives back again) for a quick visit and have a little snack, shower and change ready for our trip on the train into the city.

We left Mandurah train station at 3.45pm on the train got into the city and walked to the train to take us to Subiaco, and wouldn’t you believe it, the trains were not running that evening after 7:00pm so we would have to bus it. No big deal, we would deal with that after the show.

We got on the second train and on the second stop got off at Subiaco, Rockeby Road at 5:10pm and walked up the street (it was COLD, luckily we wore jackets) and realised we had a couple of hours before the show started. We looked around to see where we could go and have a drink for a while, most of the shops and cafes were closed or closing their doors, so we went to the Llama Bara & Grill and had a few drinks Grumpy had a couple of beers and a very costly, strong horrible smelling scotch on ice and I had a couple of cups of minute (if they were any smaller they would be called thimbles) coffee and a flat (they took so long to bring it, it lost all its bubbles) lemon squash.  We ordered some wagyu beef sliders (mini – tiny hamburgers) for supper, they were divine actually and presented very artfully.

The bar started filling up with patrons both inside and outside in the freezing cold (the idiot smokers, I don’t get it, they stand outside shivering to buggery and smoke instead of being inside in the warmth) and the excitement was growing, some of the patrons had Phantom of the Opera T-shirts on they were either part of the troupe or excited fans, like me.

It was time to go across to the theatre, we went upstairs to find that we couldn’t get in to sit down until 7:30 only 5 minutes before the show was due to start. We sat next to a family that had come on the train from Secret Harbour and we discussed that fact that we had seen the show in Sydney, but they topped me, they had seen in twice, once in London and another time in Sydney, so we all had something to compare with.

It’s now more than 20 years since we saw the show the first time, we have come a long way in that time, so we expected something magical.

I will say, before I start my tirade that the music and vocals were spectacular, I especially loved the phantom, his makeup when he took his mask off from where we were sitting was fantastic, the actors / singers and dancers provided us with a show that if you listened to the show from backstage you could find no fault.

What we got, however, from an audience, was a complete disappointment, the props, I believe were completely lacking. When the props were being changed, the girls with their long blonde hair, kept walking in front of the cream curtains so you could see everything that they were doing instead of behind the curtains, they would move a prop onto the stage and walk off in front of the curtain. The props were very amateurish and certainly for this type of international show would have expected a great deal more.

The gondolier, when it came on to the stage was only half a boat and it was clearly visible where they stopped the black lining of the boat and you could see the chipboard on the inside of the boat.

The costumes were the most disappointing of all, there was very little colour in the whole production, most of the troupe wore black.

The cast going to the opera all wore black dresses (what is it with colour with the set and costume designer of this production) and the only scrap of colour were the jewellery that they wore.

For a masquerade ball one would expect colour, colour and more colour, dresses, masks and jewellery, however in this production, the costume designer chose black skirts & tops for all of the women (some of the troupe were larger or plus size women and when they lifted their hands when they were dancing, you could see their midriff), not dresses, all the same with black masks for the women and the men wore black jackets and pants with grey cravats.

Christine the lead female was also a plus size woman, she thankfully had a blue skirt and top on, and when she lifted her arms, you could see her stomach.

Even the ballet dancers wore bland colours with little slithers of fabric added for different scenes, there was ample time for clothing changes as there were times during the production where the stage was completely empty, music playing songs sung, but an empty stage, it would have been better to have dancers rather than an empty stage.

The chandelier was a disappointment, in that when it was lifted, there was a beaded thread hanging down, which showed in my opinion lack of care and maintenance, why not cut the dangling thread off.

In the second act, there were 3 characters that did come out in colourful costumes, they were the saving grace of colour for the production.

In summary;

Would I go and see the same production again,   not in this lifetime,

Would I recommend the show,   with the costuming and props as they stand, no

Was the ticket price worth the show,   definitely not,

Am I glad I went,   yes just to hear the music again.

What would I have done to make a difference,

Colourful dresses and masks for the women, colourful jackets, trousers, cravats and masks for the men

I would have added more and colourful touches to the props

I would have watched the production from an audience perspective to see what we see, that way the problems that I raised would have been dealt with before the show went public.