Feature in Femme Country Magazine

I was absolutely delighted to be asked by the wonderful Bronte Clare Mitchell (Editor of Femme Country Magazine) to contribute three new wonderful recipes for the Summer Edition of the magazine. She shared my journey of founding Clockface Beauty and now the progression to the launch of Sarah J Thomas Lifestyle and within that Sarah J Thomas Bakes.

I have shared some images below, but you can order your copy directly from their website.


Dresses – Best of Summer Sales 2021

Best of Summer Sales 2021

There are lots of bargains to be had, across various seasonal clothing and accessories, below are not just items for Summer, it’s an extensive list of dresses I think could be great in your wardrobe.

*All prices correct at time of production, always worth a click through in case they have reduced further too!

High Street

Max Studio Stripe Tiered Mini Dress, Blue/Multi £35 – here

 

Mango Long Cotton Shirt Dress, Yellow £19.99 – here

French Connection Aiden Midi Shirt Dress, Fiery Red/Sum White, £63 – here

Hobbs Cici Lemon Print Midi Dress, Green/Multi £55, here

Max Studio Tie Waist Tiered Dress, Multi £35.30 – here

Boden Alicia Paisley Maxi Dress, Ivory £63 – here

French Connection Simonah Lace Detail Mini Dress, White £57 – here

Phase Eight Germaine Maxi Dress, Pink £69 – here

Levi’s Sabine Denim Tiered Midi Dress, Light Indigo £47.50 – here

Forever New Nicole Paisley Print Tiered Maxi Dress, Evergreen Paisley, £48.00 – here

Forever New Lola Floral Maxi Dress, Tonal Botanics £68.75 – here

French Connection Fayola Floral Print Dress, Fiery Red/Multi £57 – here

Mango Floral Print Ruffle Detail Maxi Dress, Blue £35.99 – here

H&M Flounce-detail dress £9 – here

H&M Chiffon dress £15 – here

H&M Jacket dress £20 – here

True Decadence Lavender grey strapless bow midi dress £54.00 – here

True decadence peach orange floral wrap midi dress £81.00 – here

NOBODY’S CHILD Rochelle floral-print organic-cotton mini dress £39.00 – here

NOBODY’S CHILD Kendall polka-dot organic-cotton midi dress £45.00 – here

Treat

Reiss VITA BUTTON THROUGH MIDI DRESS WHITE £90 – here

Reiss ZETA JERSEY TOP MINI DRESS WHITE/GREY £75 – here

Jigsaw Tiered Broderie Anglaise Maxi Dress, White £129 – here

Reiss Bea Striped Dress, White/Grey £140 – here

Whistles Strappy Lace Dress, Black £119 – here

FAITHFULL THE BRAND, FAITHFUL FLORA MIDI LD12, £149  – here

OLIVIA RUBIN, RUBIN AURORA DRS LD12 £135 – here

SANDRO Andrina striped woven midi dress £149.50 – here

SANDRO Annie woven mini wrap dress £179.40 – here

 

Luxury

SANDRO Ashley linen and silk-blend midi dress £223.30 – here

SANDRO Tulipe sleeveless woven maxi dress £230.30 – here

SANDRO Margaret paisley-print linen-blend midi shirt dress £263.40 – here

PALMER//HARDING Calli striped cotton wrap dress £217.00 –

NATASHA ZINKO Red floral-print satin mini dress £405.00 – here

BORGO DE NOR Juliet floral-print cotton maxi dress £486.00 – here

ZIMMERMANN LOVESTRUCK DRESS £599 – here

HAYLEY MENZIES DREAM MAXI DRESS £319 – here

SELF-PORTRAIT Guipure Lace Maxi Gown £208.99 – here

BALMAIN Halterneck Tweed Dress £1,225.01 – here

ISABEL MARANT Printed Atoae Dress £525.03 – here

MAJE Trompe-L’Oeil Striped Dress £195.30 – here

ROKSANDA Ayres Midi Dress £769.30 – here

VALENTINO Wool-Silk Mini Dress £1,134 – here

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Plunge-Neck Dress with High-Low Hem £1,015.01 – here

FOR LOVE & LEMONS BLOSSOM TANK MAXI DRESS £247.50 – here

ATOIR EVERY PROMISE DRESS FOREST BLOOM £255 – here

 

 


& Other Stories June Sale – The Edit

“Because I bought it on sale I actually made money”

I absolutely love & Other Stories for all types of figures, and I love nothing more than their sale! So here are my top picks. Categorised into dresses, shoes, tops. Sizes sell fast so if there is anything you like, my advice….go, go, go!

TRY THE CODE: STORIES10 for an extra 10% off the sales price

*Prices are correct at the time of producing the edit but if you see anything you love it’s always worth clicking through in case the price has changed.

Dresses

Relaxed Wrap Mini Dress £45 – here

Frilled Broderie Anglaise Mini Dress £46 – here

Voluminous Twill Mini Dress £56 – here

Voluminous Puff Sleeve Midi Dress £81 – here

Voluminous Ruffle Wrap Midi Dress £68 – here

Flounced Tiered A-Line Mini Dress £62 – here

Puff Sleeve Midi Dress £46 – here

Voluminous Puff Sleeve Mini Dress £39 – here

Ruffled Shoulder Tie Maxi Dress £42 – here

Tops

Fitted Buttoned Top £39 – here

Boxy Pearl Button Top £26 – here

Fitted Padded Shoulder Bodysuit £20 – here

Ribbed Cropped Cardigan Top £26 – here

Shoes

Square Toe Heeled Leather Sandals £47 – here

Thong Strap Heeled Leather Sandals £47 – here

Suede Lace Up Espadrille Wedges £44 – here

Skirts

Flap Pocket Mini Skirt £31 – here

Fitted Asymmetric Pencil Midi Skirt £38 – here

Smocked Waist Tiered Midi Skirt £48 – here

Accessories

Coin Pendant Chain Necklace £13 – here

Beaded Bracelet £13 – here

Stone Pendant Chain Necklace £21 – here

Watercolour Print iPhone Case £5 – here

 

 

 

 


Summer Flat Sandals – The Edit

“Cinderella is proof new shoes can change your life”

As the weather finally turns nicer (hooray!), this is the perfect edit, look no further to find your perfect pair of flat summer sandals to wear across your Summer day time wardrobe. As always there are high street, treat and luxury options available, I particularly love the selection in Mint Velvet this season, great prices and I have personally always found their shoes to be comfy and great quality. As with any accessory, you can use your sandals to add a burst of colour to your outfit or to enhance a colour/tone within your ensemble.

*Prices are correct at the time of producing the edit but if you see anything you love it’s always worth clicking through in case the price has changed.

High Street

Braided Slides, H&M £19.99 – here

 

Light grey blue sandals, H&M £17.99 – here

 

Ellen Beige Braided Flip Flops, Mint Velvet £59 – here

 

Larking – Champagne Thin Strap Flat Sandals, Dune £35 – here

 

Leels – Tan Wrap Strap Flat Sandals, Dune £44 – here

 

Treat

Bethanny Beige Padded Sliders, Mint Velvet £79 – here

 

Hattie Sage Leather Sliders, Mint Velvet £79 – here

 

Lexi Stone Studded Sliders, Mint Velvet £79 – here

 

Who What Wear, Zela triple-strap leather sandals £79 – here

 

Leon – Camel Chain Embellished Slider Sandals, Dune £90 – here

 

Sheer 25 Strap White Combi, Clarks £79 – here

 

Kali Flat, Reiss £135 – here

 

Luxury

Valentino Garavani Leather Roman Stud Sandals, £590 – here

 

Gucci, Jolie Quilted Sandals, £485 – here

 

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Marmela Leather Sandals, £585 – here

 

BOTTEGA VENETA Leather Band Flat Sandals, £560 – here

 

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Ella Leather Sandals, £585 – here

 

STUART WEITZMAN Goldie faux-pearl embellished leather sandals, £225 – here

 

SAINT LAURENT Nu Pieds 05 patent-leather sandals, £475 – here

 

 

 

 


Summer Blazers – The Edit

“A girl should be two things; classy and fabulous” Coco Chanel

You can not go wrong with a blazer in any season, in Summer they are a wardrobe essential, throw over a flowy, floral dress or team with a t shirt and white skinnies. Also a great way to add a pop of colour to your neutrals too.

My personal pick on this list are the ones from Fox London, I own a couple from there and I really do love the material, quality and fit for the price. There are plenty to choose from here so if you need any help narrowing down for your occasion or body size please get in touch.

Below I have picked my best of current high street, treat and luxury.

*prices correct at the time of creating but it’s always worth clicking through on your favourites in case the price has changed!

High Street

Textured double breasted blazer, Zara £59.99 – here

Double breasted blazer with pockets, Zara £79.99 – here

Cropped blazer with covered buttons, Zara £49.99 – here

Tailored double breasted blazer, Zara £59.99 – here

Textured Crop blazer, Zara £59.99 – here

Beige soft printed blazer, River Island £65.00 – here

Red double breasted cinch waist blazer, River Island £68.00 – here

Ruched Sleeve Blazer, Marks & Spencer £45.00 – here

Mango Structured Suit Blazer, Sky Blue, £69.99 – here

 

Treat

Knightsbridge blazer powder blue, Fox London £200 – here

Windsor Blazer Oyster White, Fox London £200 – here

Windsor Blazer wedgewood blue, Fox London £200 – here

Mint Velvet Navy Twill Blazer, £128 – here

Phase Eight Cadie Suit Jacket, Antique Ros, £143.20 – here

Reiss Evelyn Wool Blend Slim Fit Blazer, Apricot, £235 – here

Reiss Faye Double Breasted Blazer, White, £250 – here

 

Luxury

Max Mara Linen Blazer, £815 – here

Beacon Dickey pink tweed blazer, Veronica Beard £530 – here

Linen and cotton blazer, Weekend Max Mara £295 – here

Balmain Pink Double Breasted Blazer £1,750 – here

Balmain White Double Breasted Blazer £1,750 – here

 


Summer Day Dresses – The Edit

“What is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it” Yves Saint Laurent

Below are my top picks for day wear summer dresses and as always under the categories of  high street, treat and luxury.

*Prices correct at the time of production, it’s always worth clicking through on the things you love as they may have changed since!

 

High street

Mimi’s Edit, Yellow scallop tier dress £74 – here

River Island, Turquoise short sleeve frill tier midi dress £42 – here

H&M Smocking-detail dress £39.99 – here

Marie & Lola Audrey maxi dress £69 – here

River Island Yellow 2 In 1 mini dress £50 – here

H&M Embroidered kaftan dress £39.99 – here

Marie & Lola Oriane Dress £79 – here

Mimi’s Edit Brinley Midi Dress £76 – here

Treat

Reiss Orla Halter neck midi dress £185 – here

Damson Madder tiered organic cotton maxi dress in floral with bow neck tie £130 – here

ASOS EDITION sleeveless square neck tiered midi dress in woodland print £110 – here

Reiss Demi one shoulder mini dress £188 – here

Whistles Celestine Dress £99 – here

Reiss Gabriella Linen Blend Dress £195 – here

Free People milania midaxi dress with ruffle trims in vintage floral £158 – here

Whistles Scattered Carnation Midi Dress £149 – here

Free People tie front mini dress in pink paisley print £108 – here

Ba&sh Uriel Short Dress £195 – here

Luxury

Peony Orange one shoulder gingham dress £335 – here

Alice & Olivia Shanti pink eyelet-embroidered cotton midi dress £450 – here

Three Graces Striped Aurora Wrap Dress £390 – here

Celia B Midi Flora Dress £385 – here

Loveshackfancy Aldina floral-print cotton-blend mini dress £405 – here

Camilla By the Meadow Maxi Dress £650 – here

Veronica Beard Satori floral-print cotton maxi dress £490 – here

Ba&sh Paloma Maxi Dress £300 – here

Sandro Long Knitted Dress £299 – here

Sandro short embroidered dress £329 – here

 

 

 


Luxury Bags – The Edit

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy handbags and that’s pretty much the same thing!”

I bought my first luxury handbag after my first big bonus from work (after doing all the sensible things like paying off my student loan and buying my first house!), but it genuinely meant so much to me, that feeling that I had worked hard, saved enough and now I could treat myself to something that was just for me. I chose a classic entry Louis Vuitton as that’s what my budget would allow. That’s definitely where my love affair with bags began, every one that I own has a memory, a story associated with it, and I wear each one with pride!

Below is a selection of beautiful bags, from classic options to statement pieces, my strong recommendation would be always to visit the store if you are buying as this is a huge part of the process and experience, luxury bags are so personal, so the below is just for inspiration purposes! Remember although they are expensive (and definitely only invest in one when financially it makes sense for you), you will have it for life and will wear over and over again. If you are buying a second hand luxury bag please be very careful as their are many fakes on the market, one of the places I would recommend to buy from is Sellier in Knightsbridge, they also have a fabulous Instagram page that I swoon over daily so definitely check them out.

 

Chanel

Now Chanel is my favourite of all luxury brands, if I could I’d take one of everything! The beautiful Classic Handbag in Black is a great place to start.Classic handbag Lambskin Black  – here

Boy Chanel Handbag Calfskin & Gold-Tone Metal Pink  – here

Chanel 19, Tweed, Gold-Tone, Silver-Tone & Ruthenium-Finish Metal, Yellow & Pink – here

Louis Vuitton

Never Full MM Tote Bag – here

Since 1854 onthego gm tote bag – here

Grenelle MM Tote Bag – here

Gucci

GG Marmont mini top handle bag – here

Gucci Horsebit 1955 mini bag – here

GG Marmont small matelassé shoulder bag – here

Valentino

Large lambskin nappa Valentino Garavani Roman Stud The Shoulder Bag with chain – here

Valentino Garavani 02 Bow Edition Atelier canvas tote bag with multicolour thread, bead and sequin embroidery – here

Valentino Garavani Supervee handbag in viscose raffia with chevron pattern featuring maxi VLogo Signature – here

 

 

 

 


The Value of Confidence

“Confidence is the best fashion accessory” Vivienne Westwood

How I got there

To explain the value of confidence, I think I need to tell you my own journey of how I got there. After two caesareans with my boys and the journey of re-educating myself after being diagnosed as gluten intolerant really took its toll on my body, I was actually quite proud that I never exercised, had owned the same trainers since I was at school and to the most part ate what I wanted and only properly cooked when we were entertaining, the only thing I truly looked after (and received the compliments on) was my skin. But, and it was a big but, I was definitely not body confident and it was because of that, nearly two years ago I decided I needed to change. It was strange, like someone had flicked a switch in me that I needed to get healthier, fitter and more importantly take back ownership of my own body. I began cooking everything I and the family ate from scratch (which is like a military operation as I work more than full time and the kids are like starving hungry beasts that never fill!), training five times a week, obviously the knock on effect of this was weight loss, which was one of my personal goals as my BMI was obese and I was far too lethargic for a woman in her early 30’s. 3 and 1/2 stone lighter and two years on I feel at my physical best that I have for years, it’s insane how much more energy I have and my confidence has changed beyond recognition.

Don’t be afraid of it

To start with I was fairly afraid of being more confident as I also care what people think. But by whole heartedly embracing it, it’s lead me to here, a point where I help others with their style, confidence, self worth and all organically, what started as me exploring my style meant others asked me to develop theirs, I realised I was actually very good at it, and not only that, I get that same incredible feeling in the pit of my stomach every time I make someone feel beautiful that I do when we hear about how Clockface Beauty skin care products have transformed their skin.

The power of feeling good through looking good

Finding my style and exploring fashion has been like putting in the final piece of the jigsaw, it’s allowed me to find me, the power of feeling good in how you look should never be underestimated. This certainly does not mean loosing weight that was something personal to me that I felt I needed to do, what it does mean is that you can (hopefully with my help) use fashion to embrace who you are already, hone your style and feel beautiful and empowered in every way.

How I can help

So I am here, sharing my journey with you, being a full time Founder and CEO of a fast growing skincare business, raising boys, running a home, cooking for my family and friends, and now being a part time stylist. I want to use what I have learned to help you grow not only your self worth but confidence too, a great place to start is with beautiful glowing skin and a style that gives you swagger. However I can help you I am here, if you want to use any of my  fashion advice services please get in touch or for skincare pop over to our website www.clockfacebeauty.com and head straight to the skin clinic.

 

 


Accessories Edit – Shoe & Bag Combinations

“A shoe has so much more to offer than just to walk” Christian Louboutin

Looking for the perfect high street shoe and bag combination for this Summer? Then look no further, whether you are going out, heading back to the office, off on holiday or just taking the kids out, this list has it all!

*All prices correct at time of producing, always worth clicking through on the things you like in case they have been reduced!

Look 1

Whistles Lyon Straw Tote Bag, Brown £89.00 – here

Leelah – Tan, Cross Over Strap Sandals, Dune £44 – here

Look 2

Longchamp Le Pliage Original Large Shoulder Bag, Red £90.00 – here

Kurt Geiger London Emmy Leather Quilted Ballerina Pumps, Red £129.00 – here

Look 3

Mango Gingham Print Mini Grab Bag, Lilac, Lilac, £19.99 – here

Lyrikal – Ivory, Knot Upper Sandals, Dune £36 – here

Look 4

Albert logo-engraved leather wallet on chain £129.00 – here

Dune Croft Fabric Pointed Toe Court Shoes, Cream Multi £72.00 – here

Look 5

Nina suede clutch bag, LK Bennett £120.00 – here

Britton patent-leather courts, Kurt Geiger £149.00 – here

Look 6

Mango Pleated Bucket Bag, White £35.99 – here

Courb grained-leather low-top trainers, Camper £115.00 –here

 

 


The Importance of Accessories

“Accessories are the exclamation point of a woman” Michael Kors

In the world of fashion and styling it is not all about the clothes, actually for me its more about how you accessorise a look that actually makes it stylish. It allows you to enhance, elevate and individualise your look. It also allows you the freedom to transition a outfit from day to night, perhaps swapping those boots for heels, stud earrings to statement pieces and adding a fabulous belt to show off or create your curves.

Personality

Equally it allows you to express who you are, bringing perhaps a main stream look and turning it into your own, this could be through a pop of colour or adding a well tied scarf, the possibilities are endless.

Flexibility

It allows you to repeat the same outfit time and again but dressing it differently gives you the flexibility of a whole new style. Just be sure to pick out different accessories that accentuate the ensemble.

Add colour

Use your accessories to embrace colour, small accents here and there. For example adding coloured earrings can transform a basic white tee into instant glamour.

What about Make up as an Accessory

I use lipstick as one of my accessories, I love using bright vibrant lipsticks within my personal styling, for me they uplift my mood and tie a whole look together.

Check out my Accessories Edit – Shoe & Bag Combinations to help you get started.

Ultimately fashion accessories allow you to individualise a outfit and can also really help hone your style. 

 

 


Favourite Independents for Jewellery

“Jewellery is the most transformative thing you can wear” Iris Apfel

And I couldn’t agree more!

If you want to read more on how your jewellery can change your outfit then please have a look at my blog “The Importance of Accessories“. Now, on to my favourite independents, I find that whilst they will be more expensive than high street fast fashion jewellery the cost per wear works out so much better. You can’t beat in investing in pieces you can restyle over and over again, and that are made with quality, bespoke design and love at their heart. Here are my top three favourites Soru Jewellery, The Jewel Jar and Heavenly Necklaces, I own pieces from all three so I first hand know their quality and beauty. Scroll down to see my favourite items from each independent store.

Soru Jewellery

Soru Jewellery is founded by two half English-Sicilian sisters Francesca Kelly and Marianna Doyle in Solihull, “Fuelled by their love of jewellery and desire to create luxe stand out pieces with high quality materials at attainable prices”.

There pieces are stunning, statement, investment items of amazing quality.

Earrings

Pink Eternal Heart Earrings

Silver Double Heart Earrings

Necklaces

Treasures Laran Pendant Necklace, Gold

Ionian Necklace

Rings

Coral Ring

Twilight Ring

The Jewel Jar

“Where style meets affordable luxury, a platform inspired by and created for the multifaceted woman of today”. I have chatted with Parneet, the brand founder through Instagram many times, she is such a wonderful and inspiring lady, who chooses exquisite designers and pieces to showcase through her store.

Earrings

Pastel Drop Earrings

Interlink Mirror Dangle Earrings

Necklaces

Dual Chain Coin Necklace

Half Moon Pendant with Swarovski Crystals

Rings

Green Amethyst Mesh Ring

Rose Gold Shell Ring

Heavenly Necklaces

Heavenly Necklaces “sells the world’s finest collection of imitation diamond jewellery, as well as fabulous real gems” and it really does, the pieces are beautiful, individual and of high quality. I have many, many items from here which you will regularly see featured in the “My Style” section.

Earrings

The Bedouin Earrings

The New Romantics Gold Pearl Earrings

Necklaces

Never Break The Chain Necklace

The Pink Mon Cœur Necklace

Rings

The New Romantics Leo Ring

The Fabulous Red Garnet Guinevere Ring

 

 

 


Going out, what to wear – The Edit

“Dress shabbily, and they remember the dress. Dress impeccably and they remember the woman” Coco Chanel

So this one is always going to be one of my favourite edits, I love styling for going out! As usual I have split into high street, treat and luxury. I have gone big so if you feel a little overwhelmed by the list and want advice on the best choices on here for your shape then please drop me an email enquiries@sarahjthomas.com or send me a message through Instagram @sarahjthomas1 and I can narrow down a couple just for you.

As the world finally begins to open up, my view is lets make the most of it, feel inspired, get dressed up, feel beautiful and have an amazing time.

If you have very specific styling requirements or want my help to source you that perfect outfit for that one off event, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and I can tell you more about my services.

*All prices correct at time of producing, always worth clicking through on the things you like in case they have been reduced!

Highstreet

Mango Broderie Anglaise Detail Cotton Dress, White £49.99 – here

Long V-neck dress, H&M £34.99 – here

Tie-belt dress, H&M £34.99 – here

Linen-blend dress, H&M £24.99 – here

Monsoon Floral Embroidered Midi Dress, Blue, £80 – here

French Connection Duna Lawn Dress, Summer White, £90

Pink bardot frill midi dress, River Island £38 – here

Treat

Tate Printed Playsuit in Blue, Reiss £175 – here

Demi one shoulder mini dress Nude, Reiss £188 – here

Myah Shorts Suit, Reiss; Shorts £120 – here, Blazer £235 – here

Ted Baker Saraaa Floral Print Wrap Dress, Multi, £199.00 – here

Chi Chi London Leta Lace Mini Dress, White £75 – here

hush Adina Broderie Maxi Dress, Green £110 – here

Luxury

Cassia printed cotton shirt dress, Zimmerman £595 – here

Bonita polka-dot linen mini dress, Rebecca Vallance £275 – here

Cassia floral-embroidered midi dress, Zimmerman £960 – here

Botanica printed silk wrap dress, Zimmerman £775 – here

Blue polka-dot silk midi dress, Alessandra Rich £1,520 – here

 

 


Sunglasses – The Edit

“Sunglasses are like eyeshadow; they make everything look young and pretty” Karl Lagerfeld

Here are my top picks for sunglasses, I have never followed a trend for my sunglasses, I buy them only when I see a pair I love, and I wear them year after year, so I have quite a few pairs that I have collected over the years. The edit is made up of high street, treat and luxury.

*All prices correct at time of producing, always worth clicking through on the things you like in case they have been reduced!

Highstreet

Angular Cat Eye Tinted Sunglasses, Nasty Gal £7 – here

Hello Sunshine Tortoiseshell Sunglasses, Nasty Gal £8.40 – here

Square Oversized Sunglasses, Nasty Gal £8.40 – here

Preppy Round Sunglasses, M&S £9.50 – here

Rimless Oversized Sunglasses, M&S £17.50 –here

Oversized Square Sunglasses, M&S £15 – here

Treat

Round Metal, Ray ban £131 – here

Aviator Classic, Ray ban £131 – here

Indie Square oversized sunglasses, Ted Baker £125 – here

Black cat-eye sunglasses, Gucci £170.00 – here

Luxury

Round Sunglasses, Chanel £520 – here

Tortoiseshell square-frame sunglasses, Bottega Veneta £205 – here

Gold-tone oversized sunglasses, Bulgari £309 – here

Valentino Garavani gold-tone oval-frame sunglasses, Valentino £340 – here

Valentino Garavani tortoiseshell oversized sunglasses, Valentino £239 – here

 

 


Introducing Colour – The Edit

“People will stare, make it worth their while” Tom Ford

Here are my top current pieces for adding that splash of colour to your wardrobe. Not sure where to start please read my blog post “Afraid of wearing colour – Don’t be”

*All prices correct at time of producing, always worth clicking through on the things you like in case they have been reduced!

Jewellery

Now I couldn’t start coloured jewellery without putting in the gorgeous Blue Angelite & Rose Gold Bracelet from Clockface Beauty £32 – here

Marble Effect Resin Statement Earrings, Monsoon £9 – here

V by Laura Vann Audrey Cubic Zirconia Geometric Ring, John Lewis £85 – here

Jewel Drop Statement Earrings, Marks & Spencer £12.50 – here

Mulberry Bayswater Leather Bracelet, Icy Pink/Gold, John Lewis £125 –here

Hoop Earrings with coloured stones, Zara £11.99 – here

Pack of colourful bracelets, Zara £14.99 – here

Sienna long drop earrings, Accessorize £7 – here

Belts

Cotton crochet belt, Mango £17.99 –here

 

Leopard print belt, Whistles £55 – here

Wavy Edge Belt – Camel Multi, Boden £29.40 – here

Shoes

Lauretta – Green, Dune £64 –here

 

Marsa – Pink, Dune – £75 – here

Flora Flats – Chartreuse Lizard, Boden £98 – here

 


Afraid of wearing colour – Don’t be!

“The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.” Coco Chanel

Embracing colour doesn’t mean going full neon or wearing that bright orange you think washes you out, but colour also allows us to be a little more adventurous and really enhance and brighten up your look. So how do you introduce colour into your wardrobe?

Jewellery

Now, I sound a little like a broken record, somehow accessories creep into all my blogs, but there is good reason for that! They can totally finish and enhance an outfit, and are one of the best ways to express your style. One of my friends described the fact that all my outfits look complete as them being “polished”, and that is completely down to how I take that dress from a high street store, mix it up with some bold earrings and bracelet and suddenly it looks different, more individual and often more luxury. So be bold with your accessory choices, if you are wearing black, team with some red, pink or blue earrings, or why not embrace the neon trend through your colour choice of necklace. Take a nice clean look and add a pop of colour – go on give it a try!

Gently does it

Perhaps start with something like a pink shirt to go with those jeans instead of always reaching for the neutrals, and wear it a few times so you get used to seeing yourself (and others get used to seeing you too!) in it, when you feel amazing, the next step might be a coloured trouser.

You definitely don’t need to scrap your neutrals

If that is your thing, then embrace it, but there is nothing to stop you teaming it up with something like a blush pink pair of sandals, or a deep mustard heel. The colour can happily sit alongside the colour palette you are already comfortable with.

Colour through print

A printed top or even a scarf with a neutral background, can be the perfect way to ease yourself into colour, create a bold statement but in a way that is comfortable for you.

I believe anyone can and should embrace colour, note how you feel at the end of the day when you’ve added a little splash, from personal experience my brightly coloured clothes seem to attract a compliment which always feels amazing. Start small with jewellery or shoes, find the colours that work for you and make you feel great, and work your way up to that gorgeous bright dress you just never dared to wear – I promise you won’t regret it!

Not sure where to start, here are my top choices for the beginning of your colour journey, Introducing Colour – The Edit

 

 


Building your confidence through your personal style

“Fashion changes, but style endures.” Coco Chanel

All you have to do is find yours.

Style for me is all about expressing who you are, showing yourself through your clothes, make up and accessories. What you wear should be as individual as you are, it can be great to follow trends but there is definitely nothing wrong in making it your own. Fashion can and should be an extension of you, where you present who you are through your creative style, just be whatever excites you and who you are.

Finding my style and creative edge has really grown my confidence, and I found my style by learning to dress for me, what I feel great in, I don’t feel held back by what others don’t agree with or appreciate, I wear the pieces that mean something to me, what suits my personality and my shape and ultimately what makes me feel good.

Here are my top tips on building your confidence through finding your own personal style.

Enjoy it

We all have them, but don’t allow your body hang ups to prevent you from enjoying what you wear. Having fun with clothing, dressing in line with who you are and not taking it too seriously really helps you to develop your own personal style.

Drawing upon Inspiration

It’s wonderful to take inspiration from those around you, either on Instagram or it could just be a person you saw when you were out for dinner who you thought looked beautiful (and as a side note never be afraid to compliment others or ask them where they bought that gorgeous dress from). Style is definitely personal, and that’s the joy, but you can buy that same dress, but you might team it with a brightly coloured handbag and matching shoes it suddenly becomes yours. It’s a wonderful feeling to then think you might then become someone else’s inspiration.

Also by feeling inspired it may take you a little out of your current comfort zone and help you discover what you really love but have always been afraid to choose.

Be comfortable

Don’t keep the clothes that make you feel bad, there should be no place in your wardrobe for them, we’ve all made the mistake of wearing that outfit you don’t feel right in and regret it for the day, I’ve found it can really effect my confidence. Wearing something you feel good in can completely change your outlook for the day. Only keep space in your wardrobe for only the things that you love, that may mean less, and that is totally ok. I have a beautiful Valentino belt that I wear more times than anything else in my wardrobe, and in days gone by I would have felt I was wearing it too much, but I wear it individually each time and I never fail to feel myself and good in it.

Dress your best everyday

This I know for the people I have styled can be one of the single biggest factors in a complete change of self confidence and belief. When growing up I was taught to save outfits for best, for that family occasion, this meant beautiful pieces sitting in the wardrobe often only worn one or two times yet those were the days you felt your best. Don’t wait until for these moments, not just occasions but goals too, often we are waiting until we become our desired weight or until we can buy luxury. My motto, just dress the best for who you are today and within a budget that works for you.

Show off your best features

What better way to feel confident through style than enhancing those parts of you that you already feel most confident about. Don’t focus on the bits you would prefer to hide and celebrate the features you love. That may not be the same thing everyday, are you having a great hair day? Can you create a look around that, perhaps something simple or neutral in tone so that you focus is on your hair. Have you had your nails done? Put on your best bracelets and rings, draw attention to it, feel good with it.

I love seeing peoples confidence develop as they learn more about what works best for them and how to use clothes to show of  their amazing personality. So overall I am saying….

Embrace you


Natural stone & Rose Gold bracelets

“Beauty the way nature intended” Clockface Beauty

You will see within “My Style” that I hardly ever don’t have accompanied with my outfit the beautiful bracelets we designed and have handmade for Clockface Beauty.

For me they have almost become a comfort blanket as well as a fashion accessory, yes they are beautiful, the stones each carefully chosen, but not just on their appearance. Each has its own property, the Blue Angelite is a powerful stone that was discovered in Peru in the 1980s. Associated with the wind, it has a beautiful milky blue appearance that is believed to have a calming effect on your mind and the Peruvian Pink Opal is still worshipped today as a healing and protective stone. It is considered one of the most important healing stones that can have a profound effect on a person’s mood. It’s often referred to as the “stone of spiritual awakening” due to the powerful vibrations that it holds. I really feel that when I wear them.

I cannot recommend enough for both this reason and their versatility when styling with your outfit, head on over and take a look. They can be worn individually or stacked as pairs or a trio, my favourite combination is the Peruvian Pink Opal paired with the Swarovski pearl.

Peruvian Pink Opal & Rose Gold 

Swarovski Pearl & Rose Gold 

Angelite & Rose Gold

 

I’d love to hear what which is your favourite.

 


My Depop

Depop – shop my clothes

Please check out my depop account @sjt2905, where you will see some amazing bargains from clothes you may well have seen within “My Style”, I really look after all my items, so they are always in fabulous condition.

Shop my Depop


Top ELA London Picks for Summer 2021

Top ELA London Picks for Summer 2021

I’ve well and truly fallen in love with ELA London. Their curated collections feature beautiful emerging and established brands from everywhere from London to LA.

I can’t tell you how proud I was to have Clockface Beauty stocked in their store, and to see our products lined up beside so many exceptional indie brands. You can visit their site or pop into their store, and browse a beautiful range of our products including the Cleansing Balm and Facial Serum.

But today I want to share with you some of the other beautiful pieces you can pick up from ELA London! I can sit and browse their site for hours, but I’ve pulled together a handful of some of my favourite pieces to share with you. Now I just need to fill my diary with social engagements!

Elisabetta Franchi SS21 Skinny Trousers

 

Celia B Azucena Dress in Pink

Elena Antoniades Elva Frill Midi Dress

Clockface Beauty Face Moisturising Balm

ELA London Three Drop Earrings in Gold

Bec & Bridge Versailles Knit Top

ELA London Three Colour Ventalia Drop Earrings

Elisabetta Franchi Bodysuit-style Blouse with Horse Bit Print

Celia B Hortensia Mini Dress

I’d love to hear what you think of my choices, or if you’ve found something even more special, send them over for me to see.

Enjoy!