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Faking It!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017  |  Hayley

architecture, buildings, city


Easier ways to fake? Yes I think so.

Fake eyelashes, Fake tan, Fake eyebrows, Fake nails – I asked myself why go through all the hassle?? Granted, no one can take my eyelash extensions away from me, ever. I am beginning to wonder about the whole fake tan concept though. Lets be honest with ourselves, there are no products out there that give us completely streak free legs and without the tell-tale biscuit scent. I am tired of putting all the effort in and think it's time to try out the natural tight route instead.

It all seems simple enough.. Popping out for a browse around the shops on a sunny afternoon and I want to wear my cute new sundress but feel my pasty legs may blind someone! So throwing on some natural tan shade tights is a quick and effective solution. No worries that I’m walking around with a huge streak down the back of my leg. Sold!




Comfort Zones

Thursday, 10 August 2017  |  Hayley

cheerful, close-up, coffee

We all make choices and decisions on a daily basis. It is part of life and very hard to avoid. Some are much more pleasurable than others.

Now granted that making decisions regarding what we wear and how to wear it can be a chore, depending on many factors. Mood plays a major part in our whole approach to this. I know that if I am in a positive frame of mind it can be an enjoyable and liberating process. If I am experiencing a day when my mood isn't at its usual high level, things can look and feel a little different. Outlook plays a large part in our choices.

Time is another constraint that has a marked affect. There is nothing as stressful as rushing out the door in the morning. With this scenario, I think most of us would tend to grab any outfit that is tried and tested and be grateful to make do. Planning ahead can often counteract this one. I try to work out the night before what I will put together the following day. Hey Presto! Less stress in the morning.

For me, I hate that feeling of second-best and I like what I wear to be a reflection of who I am and how I feel. If it is thrown together, then I don't feel quite right for the rest of the day. I like to take time and make effort. I think I am just one of those people who has to pay more attention to it. I am just not lucky enough to be able to throw something on without effort and planning and look great. Oh, if only! 30 years younger and 3 dress sizes smaller would probably make this wish come true!

Part of the fun of evolving a style for me is experimentation. I like to try different things and that can often bring me out of my comfort zone. Now we all know how comfy that place is, but, equally, it can be quite liberating to try a new colour or style and be pleasantly surprised.

Legs are often down-played and just tacked onto the end of our dressing routine. It seems a shame to me. As a woman, I like to feel and look feminine and stockings and hold ups play and major role for me. I like to experiment with different deniers and colours - there is now so much choice available. Sometimes just changing from a 15 denier to a sheerer 10 denier can make legs look and feel so different. I recently tried a pair of Falke hold ups that were in a very sheer 12 denier and they were so light and comfortable that I was able to forget about them all day - bliss! I often like to wear a pretty lace top, rather than a plain one. Sometimes it is the hidden that can make a woman feel sensual. We all know the well known saying about less being more.

So next time you have a few spare minutes, take some "me" time and have a look at what is available out there. Step in a different direction and try something new. Chances are, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Good luck!



Size does matter

Friday, 7 July 2017  |  Hayley

White 10 Feet Steel Tape


It doesn't matter how you look at it - size does matter. We talk about it all the time - big hearted, big bucks, a tiny baby, little steps and the list goes on. There are some things in life where you would prefer to have a choice in what size. I would always opt for a big diamond, small feet and I know that a large piece of coffee cake means that I am never going to get into a smaller dress size!

As I've got older (and, hopefully, wiser) I have come to realise that getting size right is important and particularly important when relating to fit. What I wear on my legs is no exception to the rule. I like to put my stockings and hold ups on and not think about them until I take them off. I am sure that many of us have experienced the utter discomfort of wearing stockings or hold ups that are the wrong size. That awful feeling as though something is either slipping down and bunching around the ankles or rolling over at the top and cutting off the circulation to the thigh.

This all brings me to the subject of size charts. They are out there for a reason -  to be used. It isn't always easy to be honest about ourselves and fit. I always imagine I am a size smaller than I am, until I see myself in a mirror of a fitting room. You can ignore the sizing and guess - always a bit of a lottery. You can opt for the size you want to be and hope that there is enough stretch for a comfy fit - or you can be honest. Sometimes it might bring you up a size (rarely down I have found), but it will mean that you get a good fit and a look that is flattering and comfortable. And, let's face it, a good look is not one where you are constantly fiddling and pulling at something you are wearing because it doesn't sit and feel right.

I am now firmly in the camp where I want to look and feel good. That's what makes me confident in what I wear. Those sizing charts with their measurements are there for a reason - to give you the most accurate fit. Don't be put off if they seem a bit technical at first glance. Most things can look a bit daunting if we aren't used to them. Once you start to look at them and work through the information they are the very thing that is going to make your hosiery look amazing.

A bit of perservernace goes a long way - and you are worth it!



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