STYLE: AUTUMN FASHION EDIT

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The nights are drawing in and there is a hint of chilliness in the air. The AW 2020 went ahead last February just before we all went into lockdown but it is only now that your thoughts are turning to your Autumn Winter wardrobe. It is quite eclectic this season where almost anything goes. So please don’t mistake fashion for style especially more important as you get to your fifties and beyond. So my tips for this season are to invest in some hardworking pieces such as Coats and boots. Then choose a couple of statement pieces to build upon and mix up with some cheaper high street basics. Remember as a Colour Expert I must advise you to dress according to your colour palette for maximum style impact.

So if you have yet to check out your colour and image selection on our previous blogs search those first under the STYLE and BEAUTY areas. But put simply Coats are a large colour way across your body so ‘warm’ tones should choose chocolate or camel and cooler tones should choose navy or black. Use these colours as a base for your AW wardrobe. All these colours are classic colours and as investment pieces will have longevity in your wardrobe. With coats a good tip is too try one size SMALLER than you normally are for a more fitted tailored look. Keep to classic long line styles. The trend at the moment is just to throw them over your shoulders. To this end CAPES continue their popularity from AW19 although wise to avoid this if you are smaller and curvier.

A quick word about boots. This season it is your choice ranging from ankle, sock boots, biker boots, knee high , thigh high. Over fifty if you are going to go thigh high stick to flat boots. Heels AND thigh high are just too much for more mature ladies and just over the knee may be a better choice. But take advantage of the very many choices on offer to completely change the look of an outfit. Also a good pair of boots can last a lifetime if you choose according to your correct style palette. PLEASE PLEASE ensure your boots fit correctly around the calves I hate gaping and bagginess in poorly fitting boots.

Colours to look out for this Autumn of course we have the usual cyclical Autumn colours , camel, burgundy, olive greens but shake things up with show stopping red which featured heavily across London, Paris, Italy and New York AW catwalks . Reds to suit every palette glossy orangey reds for warmer palettes and crimson and cooler reds for Summer and Winter palettes.

Brown with black is usually a stylist no no but again was heavily seen in The AW20 collections paired together for a modern take. Put the brown closer to your face if a warmer palette or the Black if you have identified as a cooler palette. One surprising colour for Autumn is MINT GREEN already filtered down to the high street a lovely fresh colour to infuse into your Autumn wardrobe. In fact I think that the fashion pack are labelling it CELERY !!

REMEMBER do not substitute style for fashion. STAY AWAY FROM THESE TRENDS IF YOU ARE 50+ ………..puffball hems ( we have just got over the embarrassment the first time around ), belting tailored Jackets (does not suit anyone , any age), animal prints ( personally hate them, they look tired and dated, regurgitated every season), knitted dresses (unflattering unless you are aged 20 and 8 stone).

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JOJO STYLELIST TIP: SHOP RESPONSIBLY AND RESPECT SUSTAINABILITY IN FASHION BY INVESTMENT LONGER TERM PURCHASING. PLANNING YOUR WARDROBE IS ESSENTIAL TO AVOID WEEKLY THROWAWAY FASHION PURCHASES. KNOWING YOUR OWN STYLE OR ENLISTING THE HELP OF A STYLIST CAN GO A LONG WAY TO REDUCING YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXXXXXX

MIDWEEK MANTRA

YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF INSPIRATION WITH MANTRAS, TASKS AND GENERAL POSITIVITY TO BRIGHTEN YOUR WEEK. SO SUBSCRIBE BELOW SO YOU NEVER MISS A CHANCE TO BE UPLIFTED EVERY WEDNESDAY. WAKE UP TO SOME SUNSHINE IN YOUR INBOX FOR A CHANGE !!!!

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Epictetus was an ancient Greek Philosopher whose teachings are still relevant today. Arguably even MORE relevant in these difficult times we have found ourselves in. To let go of things that are beyond our control and focus what we do have in our control. This especially applies to the mind, one thing we ALWAYS have is our own mind this alone is in our own power.

Conduct ourselves through life fulfilling our duties to our children, parents and fellow citizens and everything else will come do not try to control external influences as they will come.

So your MANTRA today :

“HE IS A WISE MAN WHO DOES NOT GRIEVE FOR THE THINGS WHICH HE HAS NOT, BUT REJOICES FOR THOSE WHICH HE HAS ” – Epictetus

In these PC times and so as not to offend anyone please substitute ‘Man’ with ‘Person’ as this applies to us all. Remember this WAS ancient Greece !!

JOJO STYLELIST TIP: WHILE YOU ARE BUSY PLANNING YOUR FUTURE DO NOT LET YOUR PRESENT PASS YOU BY. APPRECIATE THE HERE AND NOW

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXX

MIDWEEK MANTRA

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YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF INSPIRATION, TIPS AND TASKS TO FILL THE HOLE IN YOUR SOUL AND BRING BACK SOME POSITIVITY INTO YOUR WORLD AND FILL THE REST OF YOUR WEEK WITH SUNSHINE.

SO TODAY MY STYLISTAS I WANT YOU TO BE SUPER STYLISH AND PRACTISE THE FOLLOWING MANTRA.

KINDNESS IS FREE. SPRINKLE THAT STUFF EVERYWHERE………..

IN A PARTICULARLY CRUEL WORLD AT THE MOMENT IT COSTS NOTHING TO BE KIND TO THOSE WE KNOW AND MORE SO TO PEOPLE WE DON,T KNOW. UNEXPECTED KINDNESS CAN BE MORE POWERFUL.

THIS WEEK SPRINKLE YOUR KINDNESS EVERYWHERE TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS BUT ALSO TO STRANGERS YOU ENCOUNTER ALONG THE WAY . THIS WILL LIGHT UP YOUR SOUL AND BRING YOU JOY AND HAPPINESS NOT TO MENTION LIGHTING THE FLAMES IN OTHER PEOPLE SOUL.

SO GO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE IT IS YOUR POWER TO DO THIS.

#BEKIND

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: KINDNESS COSTS NOTHING, IT MAKES YOU HAPPY , MAKE OTHERS HAPPY SO WHY DO WE CHOOSE SO OFTEN NOT TO DO IT ?

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXX

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INSPIRATION, NOTES AND TASKS TO LIGHTEN YOUR MENTAL MOOD AND STRENGTHEN YOUR MIND TO GET YOU THROUGH THE WEEK.

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DREAM BIG

TWO FISHERMAN ARE OUT FISHING ON THE RIVERBANK THEY THROW ALL THE SMALL FISH BACK INTO THE RIVER THEN ONE OF THEM LANDS A SUPER BIG FISH , HE MEASURES IT, THEN THROWS IT BACK. THE OTHER FISHERMAN ASTONISHED ASKS WHY HE THREW IT BACK. “ITS TOO BIG TO FIT INTO MY FRYING PAN, ANYTHING LARGER THAN MY FRYING PAN I THROW BACK BECAUSE I CAN’T COOK IT !”

THE UNIVERSE IS OFFERING ALL OF US ABUNDANCE AND UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES BUT IF YOUR PERSONAL VESSEL IS SMALL OR LIMITED YOU CANNOT FIT IT ALL IN. SO WE HAVE TO EXPAND OUR VESSEL AND OUR VISION.

SO ARE YOU DREAMING BIG ?

ARE YOU LIMITING POSSIBILITIES UNINTENTIONALLY ?

IS YOUR THINKING SMALL ?

ARE YOU RESTRICTING WHAT YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH ?

SO TODAY THINK BIGGER HOW CAN YOU EXPAND YOUR DESIRES FOR A BETTER LIFE.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: AIM FOR THE MOON SO AT LEAST YOU WILL GET THE STARS.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXX

STYLE : MANS GUIDE TO WEARING SHORTS

Many of you have requested some style articles for men. Many of my clients are men so let’s start with shorts. One of the most difficult things to get right……. men in shorts. Indeed Tom Ford himself said”shorts should only be worn on the tennis court or on the beach” BUT that was in 2011 and today they are at the forefront of mens fashion. Many men carry off the ‘shorts style’ with great aplomb but there are still many disasters out there in the city sidewalks. So lets keep it hot in the city !!

So lets take a closer look how and when we should wear these bad boys……

OCCASION

Firstly let us consider where we are going to wear them, yes Mr Ford we are kind of listening. Of course shorts are acceptable in a sports environment and on the beach (the current trend is shorter the better) but we are talking about updating your everyday wardrobe. In a formal office situation then shorts are still unacceptable. Also not good at an evening event. Unless of course you are Pharell Williams. But during the day , for days out, at lunch, at the pub, shopping meeting your blood brothers all good. so to sum uo when temperature, environment and location call for it.

CUT

The trend is for tailored slim shorts that follow the line of the leg and are flat fronted.. But you have to take into consideration your body type. If you are a muscular mesomorph than obviously you don’t want it too tight around bulky thighs so you may want a little bit more room here. Also endomorphs with a more rounded tummy may opt for a single or double pleated front to flatter the area. No baggy/excess fabric and no cargo pockets they will add bulk—– this applies to every body shape when it comes to shorts. Just not a good look. So try to stay with a tailored straight short .

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LENGTH

The length should fall 1 or 2 inches above the knee. If you have skinny legs a turn up can add a bit of bulk . Men under 25 can wear the fashionable trend for even shorter shorts. But mature adult males please stick to the just above the knee rule !

COLOUR

Stick to the muted/classic colours. The same colouring rules applies to men as well as women (please see my earlier blog on assessing your colour season).So tan/cream for Autumns/Spring, Navy for winters/Summers and even pastels can look great on Summers. But stick to one basic anchor colour. Save the florals and bright prints for the beach. Checks and stripes can look good on dramatic personality types but can be trickier to match so unless you are shopping with your stylist lets keep it foolproof. Solid colours are traditional and therefore more stylish.

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MATERIALS

Keep it breathable in cotton or linen……natural fabrics. Linen has a tendency to crease and normally I hate that crumpled look but it works in a short.

WHAT TO WEAR IT WITH

No baggy t shirts try to keep the top as neat as slim as the bottoms. Polo shirts are a good look if you are going somewhere more casual. The best look is a fitted button through shirt with a collar. if long sleeved roll the sleeves up or a fitted short sleeve can look good too. The big question to tuck or to untuck ? Keep it untucked. . But bear in mind your height if you are taller you will want a longer fitting shirt and certainly if you are short ensure your shirt length is shorter in the body.

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FOOTWEAR

NO SOCKS. Loafers or deck shoes worn with invisible/ballet socks so your feet do not sweat and smell. Save the flip flops and sliders for the beach and NO sandals whatever age you are. Yes I am talking to you !!!

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So there you have it the foolproof guide to keeping the men stylish in shorts so you can dare to bare without putting a step wrong.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP:AS WITH ALL THINGS STYLE YOU HAVE TO HAVE A FULL TRYING ON SESSION IN FRONT OF A FULL LENGTH MIRROR . IF YOU ARE A GUY READING THIS I HOPE YOU FOUND THIS USEFUL. IF YOU ARE A GIRL THEN ITS OVER TO YOU TO ENSURE THE MEN IN YOUR LIFE GET IT RIGHT !!! GOOD LUCK GIRLS.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXX

LIFESTYLE: RADIATING HAPPINESS

Its one thing to have a feeling of happiness but to radiate happiness to people around us is something we need to practise. Happiness is one contagion we do understand, the more we radiate happiness the more people want to be with us and more opportunities flow towards us.

Now doesn’t that sound good ?

Yes when you devlop the light within you and radiate the energy outwards it becomes a ripple effect. The best of you brings out the best in others. Can you imagine if this thought process spread throughout the world . What an amazing place this would be !

True happiness comes from our true self not our physical self, of limiting body , thoughts,fear and emotions. The true self is limitless and lies in the silence wisdom and grace that can be found in meditation. It has no bounds and is infinite. So you can tap into as much happiness that you choose.

Tune into your own thoughts and recognise how you are really feeling. The n notch it up a few levels on your “mood-o-meter” when you surrender to the joy and focus on the good things in your life and recognise that the bad moments are just distractions treat them as positive life lessons. Even forcing a smile releases endorphins and changes your mood in an instant.

DEPRESSED PEOPLE LIVE IN THE PAST

ANXIOUS PEOPLE LIVE IN THE FUTURE

HAPPY PEOPLE LIVE IN THE PRESENT

Deepak Chopra expresses some Do’s and Dont’s in order to radiate happiness.

  • DO express appreciation in others.
  • DO be open to the other persons truth. Respect their point of view.
  • DO wear a smile
  • DO share your laughter
  • Do contribute to the joy of another
  • DO turn your inner happiness to an outer activity
  • DON’T make other people feel wrong. As your self judgement decreases so should judgement of others.
  • DON’T draw attention to how much you have changed and how happy you now are as it arouses distrust.
  • DON”T point out how unhappy someone else is. They are doing the best they can from their own level of awareness.

Psychologically studies show that positive behaviour spreads virally to others.

As more people see the change and the light in you those closest to you will see a new radiance , a new kind of lightness and vibrancy.

LET’S CHANGE THE WORLD TOGETHER !

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: THIS IS ONE INFECTION WE DON’T MIND CATCHING ! STAY HAPPY AND CARRY ON.

Mwah Mwah

JOJO XXXXXXXX

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THOUGHTS, TASKS AND INSPIRATION TO LIFT UP YOUR SPIRITS AND INJECT SOME POSITIVITY INTO YOUR LIFE .

” AVOID EVERYTHING AND RUN…………….

OR FACE EVERYTHING AND RISE “.

-ZIG ZIGLAR

JOJO STYLELIST TIP : EVERY OBSTACLE YOU OVERCOME YOU ENRICH YOUR LIFE WITH VALUABLE LESSONS LEARNED. DONT SWEEP PROBLEMS UNDER THE CARPET SHINE A LIGHT ON THEM AND DEAL WITH THEM TODAY.

SENDING LOVE AND HOPE TO YOU ALL

MWAH MWAH XXXX

JOJO XX

MIDWEEK MANTRA

INSPIRATION AND SUPPORT TO GET YOU THROUGH TO THE END OF THE WEEK. A WEEKLY MESSAGE AND TASKS TO STRENGTHEN THE SOUL.

THREE MANTRAS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE

OUT OF MY LITTLE BOX OF POSITIVE MESSAGES I WANTED TO GIVE YOU THESE THREE. VERY POWERFUL TO CHANGE HOW YOU THINK ABOUT THE WORLD AROUND YOU.

BEING GRATEFUL FOR WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU HAVE IS EXTREMELY EMPOWERING AND INDUCES FEELINGS OF CONTENTMENT.

BEING KIND TO OTHERS IS VERY IMPORTANT. HOW WE TREAT OTHERS IS A REFLECTION OF SELF. SOMETIMES YOU WILL NOT ALWAYS HAVE YOUR KINDNESS RECIPROCATED BUT KNOWING YOU HAVE BEEN YOUR BEST SELF CAN ELEVATE YOU.

BEING GENTLE WITH YOURSELF AND LOVING YOURSELF IS FUNDAMENTAL TO YOUR MENTAL HEALTH. RECOGNISE WHEN YOU ARE NOT DOING THIS AND TAKE STEPS TO CHANGE IT. YOU ARE YOUR OWN BEST FRIEND FIRST AND FOREMOST.

SO I AM NOT GOING TO TELL YOU HOW TO INSTALL THESE MANTRAS INTO YOUR LIFE BUT FOCUS ON THESE MESSAGES ON A DAILY BASIS AND I PROMISE YOU YOUR LIFE WILL BE FAR MORE COMFORTABLE AND LOOK INSTANTLY MORE BEAUTIFUL.

GOOD LUCK TEAM!

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: WRITE THESE MANTRAS IN YOUR JOURNAL OR STICK THEM ON THE FRIDGE DOOR AS A GENTLE REMINDER TO LIFT YOUR SPIRIT.

MUCH LOVE

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXX

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INSPIRING YOU TO BE YOUR BEST SELF WITH MOTIVATIONAL MESSAGES AND TASKS TO GET YOU THROUGH THE WEEK X

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

HI EVERYONE ! I JUST RETURNED FROM LUNCH WITH A GORGEOUS AND MENTALLY AGILE FRIEND OF MINE NOW IN HER LATE SEVENTIES. LIZZY WAS TELLING ME ABOUT A WONDERFUL GROUP OF FRIENDS SHE MEETS WITH AND THEY HAVE SET UP A GROUP CALEED “WHAT THE PAPERS SAY”.

Start Reading !

THEY MEET ON A WEEKLY BASIS AND EACH FRIEND BRINGS A CUTTING FROM THE NEWSPAPERS THAT WEEK OF AN INTERESTING ARTICLE TO DISCUSS. IT CAN BE AN AMUSING ARTICLE OR A BUSINESS/POLITICAL (ALTHOUGH ANY BREXIT TALK IS BANNED) ARTICLE. ANYTHING THAT CAN PROVOKE DISCUSSION AND DEBATE. THIS KEEPS THEM ALL INFORMED BUT ALSO KEEPS THEM MENTALLY ASTUTE. RATHER THIS THEN JUST MEETING TO DISCUSS TRIVIALITIES OR IN HER WORDS KNITTING PATTERNS AND DWELLING ON AGEING HEALTH ISSUES.

THIS WEEKLY MEET UP REALLY WORKS FOR THESE GIRLS BUT IT GOT ME THINKING THAT THIS WOULD WORK FOR ALL AGES. SO I WANTED TO PASS THIS GREAT IDEA ON TO YOU.

SO THIS WEEK, TRY IT ONCE AND SEE HOW IT GOES. CHOOSE A DISCUSSION GROUP OF MAYBE 6 FRIENDS TO BRING AN INTERESTING ARTICLE FROM THE PAPERS OR A MAGAZINE TO DISCUSS. HAVE A REAL CONVERSATION ABOUT REAL ISSUES. BE YOUR OWN LOOSE WOMEN/MEN PANEL, HAVE FUN WITH IT AND FEEL PART OF IT. STIMULATE YOUR MIND TOGETHER YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD !!! BUT REMEMBER TO LISTEN AND RESPECT EACH OTHERS POINT OF VIEW.

Choose a Fun Social Environment for Your Discussion

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP MAKING YOUR GROUP A MIX OF AGES, RACE AND GENERATIONS COULD BE EVEN MORE INTERESTING . MY FRIENDSHIP GROUP ENCOMPASSES MANY GENERATIONS AND RACE. I LEARN SO MUCH FROM THEM ALL.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXX

MIDWEEK MANTRA

POSITIVE THOUGHTS AND MENTAL EXERCISES TO REFRESH THE MIND AND LIFT YOUR SPIRITS DURING THE MID WEEK SLUMP.

A NICE SIMPLE ONE THIS WEEK AS OUR THOUGHTS ARE BUSY WITH CHRISTMAS PREPARATIONS, THREE DEEP BREATHS AND FOCUS ON THESE FOUR WORDS……….

LISTEN. ACKNOWLEDGE. WITHOUT JUDGEMENT.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: IT IS AMAZING HOW PEACEFUL AND REWARDING YOUR RELATIONSHIPS, FRIENDSHIPS OR EVEN PEOPLE YOU DO NOT KNOW TOO WELL, BECOME.

JOJO XXXXXXXXX