For someone who currently lives in jeans and tops or jumpers outside work, and black trousers and brighter tops in work, a styling event doesn’t sound like somewhere you’d fine me. But last week, I met up with other Oxfordshire Bloggers for a styling event at an independent boutique in Oxford, Olivia May.
Organised by Kate who runs Oxfordshire Bloggers, the event brought together some of the usual crowd plus some other newer bloggers and business owners, to find out some hints and tips on styling from Lisa at Lisa B Styling. As well as giving us the opportunity to meet Ann and her team at Olivia May, and to have a nosy and try on of some of the clothes they stock.
It’s a real treat to get out and about like an adult in Oxford. I’ve usually got N in tow, and clothes shopping is off the agenda. With my diet, until I get to goal weight I’m mainly loving jewellery and scarves, but there were plenty of those on the agenda.
Olivia May is a gorgeous shop, situated in Little Clarendon Street, so perfect for shoppers wanting something different and more special than the high street. She stocks ranges from british, european and japanese designers (e.g. Les Filles D’ailleurs, Xenia, Lillith and Magnolia Pearl) each bringing something different. There’s more tailored pieces like some long tweedy coats and gorgeous burgundy taffeta dress coat that several of us spotted. Then a lot of layering and more romantic pieces – think Helena Bonham Carter with her carefree style. Oh, and then some more casual pieces – all of the clothing is made from good quality, more luxury and unusual fabrics (no shoving them willy nilly into the washing machine like I tend to do. More care needed!).
We started off with some networking and meeting each other, plus some tasting of Prosecco , juice and tasty treats. I love meeting other bloggers, and it’s especially nice to be able to compare notes with local bloggers. Small world though – I recognised one of the other girls as soon as they turned up and spent the whole time pondering where I knew her from. Eventually I approached her to ask, she recognised me, and we worked out we used to work for the same company back in 1998!
Ann gave us a quick introduction to her team who were all really friendly and chatty, and to the shop and the idea behind the designers and clothes she chooses to sell. Then it was over to Lisa for some styling tips.
Lisa shared the ideas behind ‘doing your colours’, and showed us the different colours behind those with warm or cool tones, and what might suit best depending on your colour season. I’m cool skintones (think blueberry cool hues, rather than peaches and cream tones of a warmer skintone) and surprising to me probably a summer (I’d always thought I was a spring).
She also took us through the various body shapes – apple, pear, hourglass, strawberry, rectangle, and showed us some clothes and jewellery that works well for each of the shapes. I’m a typical pear although at the moment have a bit of a tummy still, and at my slimmest I am straight up and down at the waist, so a bit rectangle. But I’ve got a pretty good idea of what I should and shouldn’t wear…I used to watch a lot of Trinny and Susannah.
Once we’d all had a think about our own colours and body shapes, it was onto scarves. For work I’m a bit partial to a scarf. I rarely wear them day to day outside of work, but they do dress up simple jumpers and tops and give a bit more colour. Spookily I’ve got a post about tying scarves just waiting on videos before being published.
We had a scarf tying demo, tried out a few methods, with a couple of people proclaiming to be converts. And then we were let loose on the shop.
I spotted several gorgeous necklaces and scarves that I could see myself wearing.
And there was one gorgeous jumper (maybe when I’ve got nearer my target weight I’ll treat myself) and a funky vest that was one of the brighter pieces. Not all of the spring and summer pieces were in store yet, so there were still a lot of greys and neutrals. While I didn’t try anything on, it was a good opportunity to ask both Lisa B and the in store stylist for advice about shapes and styles, and to step away from clothes we’re always drawn to.
Experiencing Olivia May at this blogger event has made up my mind that once I’ve got to goal weight I shall be treating myself to some new clothes and having a stylist session to do so. Roll on goal!
If you’re stumped about colour and putting them together, for clothing (or blog, decorating or anything else!), take a look at this article on learning the basics about colours.
Have you ever used a stylist or had your colours done? What type of style do you wear?
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