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3 Events to inspire your style
Friday, May 18, 2018
Whilst my aim for the Style Post is to share style opinions and inspire you in terms of your individual style, I appreciate there are designers and exhibitions that do it far more impressively. Now, more than ever, London museums are creating stunning events showcasing spectacular photography, fashion and design. Here are 3 that I am hugely excited about and delighted to introduce to you. I hope they give you as much joy and passion for style as they do for me.
The perfect alternative to jeans this summer…
Friday, May 4, 2018
I’m a huge fan of denim – skinny, boyfriend or straight. They’re a style staple in every woman’s wardrobe and, on average, we own at least 8 pairs (according to a recent survey)! Whilst I love them in Autumn/Winter, when it comes to Spring/Summer I prefer something a bit lighter – enter stage left – the chino.
Weddings have moved on – have you?
Friday, April 27, 2018
As many of you will know, as part of my role as a Stylist, I’m often asked to help brides, mothers of the bride and bridesmaids to find their perfect dress or outfit. I feel very privileged to be part of something so special and, as you can imagine, am always beyond excited to get involved.
Easy pieces to make summer work for you…
Friday, April 20, 2018
The Sun is out….quick, grab your favourite summer pieces and get out there and enjoy.
Often, during summer, I just want to add a few stylish but non-expensive pieces to my wardrobe staples. So, here are some high-street finds that, in my view, look far more expensive than they are (always a joy) – yet remain chic, cool and stylish.
Nothing says Spring/Summer like crisp white…
Friday, April 13, 2018
It’s fresh, it’s fabulous and it makes you feel ever so cool. Ok, it’s a tad impractical BUT if you lose the red wine, chocolate, public transport and small children – you’re sorted! Whether you opt for a head-to- toe look or just want to add a piece (eg. beautiful flared trousers, a sexy white shirt or jacket) the look is effortless and it’s what dry cleaners are there for.
My Me & Em Style Crush – An invitation to join me
Friday, April 6, 2018
As many of you will know I am a huge fan of Me and Em. Since the brand launched in 2009 I have happily watched it grow from strength to strength. The brand insists everything they make is flattering, on-trend and functional. It also feels very strongly that fashion only works if you can wear a piece time and again, and feel completely confident in it. Amen to that!
How to spend a super stylish Easter…
Friday, March 30, 2018
I know we’re not expecting “Spring-like” weather for the Easter break BUT it is a 4-day week-end, so bring it on! I’m planning to catch up with friends and family, see a movie (one of my favourite past-times) and obviously eat far too much chocolate. Whatever your plans are I hope you enjoy your time and if you’re undecided as to how you’ll spend it, here are a few ideas to inspire you.
What does your Spring/Summer wardrobe need?
Friday, March 23, 2018
Whilst the weather is still a little uncertain (to say the least), now is the perfect time to assess your summer wardrobe and decide what it needs in order for you to love it. Who knows, it may even bring on some sunshine!
As you all know, I tend to keep my summer wardrobe fairly simple (maxi skirts, vest tops (both t-shirt and silky), wide leg and cigarette trousers and a few maxi dresses. I also introduce a few new accessories to add to my all-time favourite outfit of white shirt and jeans.
Fashion for Good…
Friday, March 9, 2018
As you know when I hear about new and impressive clothing brands, I love to share them with you. So, allow me to introduce you to Ninety Percent. This team of London-based designers launched their womenswear label last month and it’s one with a fabulous business model…
London Fashion Week – Spring/Summer 2018
Friday, March 2, 2018
What can I tell you about this year’s fashion shows? How about what I won’t be investing in: bum bags; track-suits (with or without high heels!); fringing and plastic macs. Why? See below - enough said!
Spring/Summer 2018 footwear – too soon?
Friday, February 23, 2018
Ok, I know your feet may still be ensconced in warm boots, but Spring/Summer footwear played a huge part in this week’s London Fashion shows. There was something for everyone. Themes (yes themes!) included:
Word on the High Street is “Collaboration”
Friday, February 9, 2018
As a stylist and clothes designer, I obviously keep a keen eye on what’s happening in the world of style and fashion and that includes how the high street is evolving. Over the past few years I’ve seen many changes – some good (limited editions, new emerging brands) - some not so good (less quirky boutiques, too much choice and not enough quality).
Taking care of yourself with products I love to recommend…
Friday, January 26, 2018
As regular readers will know, every now and again, I like to recommend beauty products: not because I’m a beauty expert, far from it, but I know several women who are and who kindly recommend lotions and potions to me. Through-out January I’ve tried the following which I absolutely love (and I promise you I’m not paid to say that).
Still looking for a stylish sale bargain? You’re in luck…
Friday, January 19, 2018
Many of you have emailed asking for my take on the January sales – what I’ve seen, what I’ve loved and what I’ve purchased. The truth is, I struggle with many sales because, by now, new collections are hitting stores which look beautiful – particularly when next to the remnants of sale pieces. I also find many stores dig out very old stock (that no one really wants) and offer it at 70% off!! That is not a bargain. Check out my previous Style Post for tips on how to shop the sales.
That said, the aim of the Style Post is to give you what you’ve asked for so I’ve hit the stores, I’ve seen and I’ve purchased some of the following. I hope this inspires you to choose wisely.
New Year – New blah, blah, blah!
Friday, January 12, 2018
So how has 2018 been so far? It’s fair to say the people I know and love fall into two camps – those who love the New Year and see it as an ideal time to start over and re-invent themselves; whilst others find January a tough time – it’s cold, dark and they’ve decided to give up everything they love from chocolate to booze to meat to diary (Veganuary anyone?).
A Christmas Thank You…
Friday, December 22, 2017
As Maggie Killick Style closes its doors for Christmas I just wanted to send you a heartfelt thank you. To those I’ve styled this year – it’s been a real privilege; to those I’ve yet to style – I’m ready when you are!
The Presents to inspire us in 2018
Friday, December 8, 2017
When it comes to Christmas, you may be one of those people who is super organised; someone who, by now, has everything wrapped, tagged, and ready to go. If you are – I am in awe and need to ask – How the hell did that happen? I never seem to quite get there – not because I’m particularly disorganised (it’s only 8th December after all!) but because I find most people don’t desperately NEED anything (or if they do they’ve already bought it for themselves) so it’s difficult to find gift inspiration.
When is a bargain not a bargain?
Thursday, November 23, 2017
When you don’t really want it. I know we all love a bargain but for many of us today, Friday 24th November is a time when all logic goes out of the window and we end up regretting our impulse purchases brought on by Black Friday.
3 stylish places to visit in London this week-end (and beyond)…
Friday, November 17, 2017
Have you started Christmas shopping yet? It’s too early for me, because my husband insists I wait until after his birthday (10th December) before I even mention Christmas! However, back to you…
What do you look for in a winter coat…
Friday, November 10, 2017
When investing in a great coat we generally think of practicality, versatility, warmth and coziness. I absolutely get it – you need it to suit your lifestyle; your wardrobe; and it needs to keep the chill out. However, what about those coats that don’t tick any of those boxes? Those coats that make a statement but may be less practical in terms of colour; or embellished with sequins/florals; or are a bold ‘in your face’ pattern? I say, bring them on…
The clocks have changed – have you?
Friday, November 3, 2017
Yes, autumn is officially upon us and I love everything about it: the colours, the temperature, the dark evenings and obviously the clothes. Summer clothes never give me the same thrill as autumn/winter ones. To mark the change, I spent last Saturday packing away my spring/summer clothes to make room for gorgeous knits, long boots and fabulous coats.
A new brand to inspire you…
Friday, October 20, 2017
As many of you know the aim of the weekly Style Post is to inspire you to try new looks, offer you helpful style advice (rather than rules – because who likes rules?), and update you on new designers and brands.
Making Leopard Print work for you…
Friday, October 13, 2017
As many of you know, when it comes to my own individual style, I’m not a huge fan of pattern. However I do make exceptions: spots, stripes and, one of my all-time favourites, leopard print. Yep, move over Bet Lynch, you’ve got competition!
Winter coats – so much choice, so little time!
Friday, September 29, 2017
Whilst the fashion pack have moved onto Spring/Summer ’18 can we just take a moment to embrace the joy of dressing for Autumn/Winter – in particular finding the perfect coat. I confess I have a bit of a thing about coats - I own 15! This may seem like a lot (who am I kidding? – it is a lot) but in my defence, they are all different in terms of style, colour and price and many hold great memories (my honeymoon coat); (my 30th birthday coat); (my – I walked passed All Saints and couldn’t resist it coat!).
It’s the colour of the season and I couldn’t be happier…
Friday, September 15, 2017
Yes, it’s the hottest trend for Autumn/Winter - it can make you feel confident and it can brighten the dullest of days - I’m talking RED. This season catwalks were awash with my favourite colour. There were sleek coats from Armani, not to mention head-to-toe outfits by Oscar de la Renta and Givenchy.
Finding or re-defining your style – September is the perfect time
Thursday, September 7, 2017
This week I was delighted to be asked to write a style feature for Business Studio London members. This is a new and exciting career club for women. It is free to join and sends regular newsletters featuring: exclusive networking opportunities; interviews with inspiring women (including career coaches and mentors); and also introduces carefully selected, emerging and lesser known womenswear clothing brands. These brands may not have high-street stores but their designers have the talent and ability to create beautiful clothing.
Launching a clothing line – looking back and looking to its future…
Monday, September 4, 2017
3 years ago today, I had the joy of achieving a life-long ambition – launching my very own clothing line: Maggie Killick Made in England. My vision was to create a collection of ‘perfect staples’ for stylish women everywhere. Clearly they needed to be beautiful, contemporary and made from exceptional fabric but more than that they needed to have a quirky twist – a hint of masculine meets feminine (strong but sexy; classic with attitude) and they needed to work hard for my clients. Together with very talented and generous experts, whom I was privileged to call “my team” my vision came to life.
Downsizing your handbag….you know it makes sense
Friday, August 25, 2017
Those of you who know me well know I’m partial to a large handbag. In fact I find it almost impossible to use anything but a large tote bag. Even when it comes to evening bags I go for an ‘oversized clutch’! People often ask: “What on earth have you got in your bag?”; “why is it so heavy?” and/or “how can you possibly need a bag that big”? Truth is I don’t really know. I seem to carry around the same as everyone else – essentials – well, I consider them essentials: make-up bag; purse; notepad & pen, IPhone; keys and maybe a book. Whatever the reason, this Autumn/Winter things are going to change: I’m making a concerted effort to downsize for many reasons:
Why black & white is the perfect combination…
Friday, August 11, 2017
Whenever I find myself struggling to decide what to wear, or on days when I feel nothing looks quite right, (yep, I may be a stylist but it can still happen!), I always turn to a black & white outfit combination. There's nothing more chic and nothing easier than styling an outfit that's purely black and white. Whilst the combination is considered a ‘classic’ that doesn’t mean it has to be drab or boring. This combination can look incredibly cool and quirky - you just need to know how to wear it.
My latest high-street crush….Anthropologie
Friday, August 4, 2017
Anthropologie, in my opinion, is like no other high-street store. If you have yet to pay it a visit, trust me you’re in for a real treat when you do. It’s a one-of-a-kind destination for something a little different – whether it’s clothing, accessories, gifts or home décor – it will fill you with inspiration. The brand’s buyers and designers pride themselves on travelling the world to uncover special products and collaborate with talented artists and boy can you tell. The result is a unique store that smacks of creativity with influences ranging from vintage to global. The downside of the store? You may well (as I did last week) aim to pop in for a small gift (a candle in my case) let’s just say, I emerged an hour later, with a lot more than a candle!
Loving all things stylish…
Friday, July 28, 2017
As your stylist I feel it’s my job (although clearly it’s more of a joy) to keep you informed of new brands, exhibitions, products that will make a difference to you. With this is mind I thought I’m spread the word on the following…
3 discount websites worth the search…
Friday, July 21, 2017
Firstly, thank you so much to all of you who viewed, liked and passed on my style video – it is so appreciated and I’m delighted it inspired so many of you to give the white shirt a try – you won’t be disappointed.
Maggie Killick Style is branching out…
Friday, July 14, 2017
Ladies – I’ve got news. I’ve teamed up with the wonderfully talented Helen Pritchard from Orchid Digital to take the Maggie Killick Style brand kicking and screaming into the digital age! I now have a You Tube Style Channel and, as loyal and fabulous readers of the Style Post, so do you.
Great summer pieces at great sale prices…
Friday, July 7, 2017
Whilst Maggie Killick Style is all about beautiful staples and investment pieces I do appreciate everyone loves a bargain – a quick fix to inject some life into our wardrobe without spending a fortune. Summer is the perfect time to do this - the high-street sales are well underway with upto 70% off in many stores.
Why Diana’s Fashion Story converted me…
Friday, June 30, 2017
One of the great perks of being a stylist is I get to attend many fabulous style and fashion events. In early June I was invited by a client (and good friend – thank you Anne) to visit Kensington Palace for a private tour of ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ exhibition.
I have to say, whilst I always admired Diana for her charity work and her determination to break with many royal traditions and protocols, I never really considered her a style icon. That is until now…
What can an 84 year old teach us all about style?
Friday, June 23, 2017
As a regular reader of the Style Post I wanted to apologise for my absence in the past two weeks. Sadly, my father-in-law passed away suddenly and I have been with friends and family attempting to come to terms with our loss. Whilst you will not have known him, my father-in-law was an amazing man – smart and kind with a quick wit and a great sense of style.
The perfect wardrobe staple…
Friday, June 2, 2017
This week 3 things happened to decide this week’s topic for the style post. Firstly I received an e-mail from a fabulous client who owns a Maggie Killick Style cigarette trouser suit. Apparently she’d been stopped twice on the same day by women asking where her suit was from – they loved it and I was truly delighted to hear it (thanks for sharing Anne); secondly I was reading in a fashion magazine that trouser suits are making a comeback (not sure where they’re coming back from but still, good to know!); and finally I was presenting a style workshop to a group of great corporate women and discovered many of them had fallen out of love with wearing trouser suits because they struggle to find the right style to suit them.
Cool summer flats - what are you waiting for?
Friday, May 26, 2017
The sun’s out (or at least it was when I wrote this!) so before it disappears, it’s time to show off your feet. Quick - get them out, make them look pretty and slip into some stunning flats. There are so many gorgeous versions out there this season you’ll be spoilt for choice. However, in my opinion, the best colours to opt for are tan, black and orange. Here’s why:
Inspirational, talented, understated…what’s not to love?
Friday, May 19, 2017
I feel very fortunate, in my line of work, that I get to meet iconic women in the world of fashion and beauty. As regular readers of the Style Post you’ll know these have included most recently Amanda Wakeley OBE, and Alexandra Shulman OBE. Both women oozed drive, determination, passion and excitement for their careers; both women were inspiring, down-to-earth, honest and humorous. I can now add another woman who holds the exact same attributes – the fabulous Jo Malone MBE.
Slogan t-shirts and jumpers…can they ever be stylish?
Friday, May 12, 2017
Have you noticed slogan t-shirts and jumpers are very much back in fashion? I’ve spent many an evening with a wonderful client and great friend convincing her that t-shirts emblazoned with the words “Princess” or “Naughty” have no place in her wardrobe (no matter how close to the truth they may be)! That said, I adore all my fabulous clients and appreciate their individuality, so….
What do you really need to wear this summer?
Friday, May 5, 2017
So Spring/Summer is upon us – honestly it is! That said, like a lot of women I know, I’m not a huge fan of summer clothing. I tend to stick to key summer staples: chinos, white shirts, (obviously!), wide leg trousers, strappy tan flats and the easiest of all - dresses….
Wedding season is here – bring me my stylish outfit!
Friday, April 28, 2017
Wedding season is upon us and boy do I love a wedding. However I appreciate finding a wedding outfit can be quite a stressful process. In my opinion it’s because we think too hard about whether an outfit is “wedding appropriate”. This results in us opting for an outfit that isn’t really our style which means we’ll never feel good in it. My one piece of advice would be to remember what makes you feel good to wear and what suits you. If you’re not a floral fan – don’t wear them; If you’re not a dress fan – find an alternative; if you can’t wear heels, opt for some beautiful flats. The most stunning wedding outfits I’ve seen are understated, unexpected and worn by women who feel super confident in them.
The Easter Break…Time to do the things you love
Friday, April 14, 2017
I love Easter: the 4 day break, the Spring weather (here’s hoping), seeing friends and family and don’t get me started on the chocolate! The problem is we want to cram everyone and everything into the break and then it all becomes a bit manic. So, in amongst catching up with people I never see enough of, here’s what I’m planning.
Independent Female Designers all under one roof…in London until 30th April
Friday, April 7, 2017
Back in October you may remember I introduced you to Charlotte Zimbehl, a hugely passionate and gifted coat and jacket designer. Since October Charlotte has been busy creating her latest Collection and showcasing it in Paris. Her brand goes from strength to strength with her most ‘fashionista’ style mac being shown in Vogue and worn by Red Magazine’s Sophie Hooper at London Fashion Week.
The joy of saving for a beautiful investment piece
Thursday, March 30, 2017
On Mother’s Day my gorgeous and very stylish Mum was talking out clothes she wore back in the day: how well made they were and how she would save up for an item she’d seen in a catalogue or advertised in a newspaper. She was able to reserve the item and pay off a certain amount each week until the day came for her to pick it up. It was sheer joy to see her face when she described arriving home with it, wearing it and the way she took care of it.
Who said ‘neutral’ had to be dull?...
Friday, March 24, 2017
When someone describes a shoe as ‘neutral’ you may automatically think of colours such as black or nude. Well think again! A neutral shoe doesn’t need to be restricted to these colours. We accessorise our outfits with silver jewellery – so why not our feet? Whether you’re a fan of flats, plimsolls, stilettos or block heels, sliver adds a stylish twist to any shoe style – if you need more convincing and/or a little inspiration to give them a try – read on…
Clothing to help with confidence, performance and ability…
Friday, March 17, 2017
As a Stylist I often visit organisations to discuss what dressing well can do for confidence, performance and ability – whatever the profession. Obviously I try to practice what I preach: that is, until it comes to my fitness clothing. Meet me heading to bootcamp or for a work-out with my trainer and it’s a whole different story. For some reason I really don’t think about what I wear when exercising – and it shows. Well, until now….
Move over statement shoes – you’ve got competition…
Friday, March 10, 2017
When was the last time you wore statement earrings? It’s been a while since I invested in some but since London Fashion Week, where designers worked their magic - from Valentino’s dangling swords, to Balenciago’s giant fabric discs - I’ve fallen back in love with them (although I’m giving the mis-matched versions a wide berth)!
Taking a fresh look at how to wear florals…
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Spring is nearly here which means – bring on the florals! Whether you clash, wear head-to-toe or just want to accessorise with the trend, designers and high-street stores are embracing it. Many women I know find wearing florals difficult – whether it’s unsure of what size print to go for; how to mix florals; or how to wear them without looking too mumsy or prissy. Despite not being a huge floral fan (unless it’s a bouquet!) I believe you can create a cool and chic look quite easily. So if you are someone who steers clear of the trend for fear of looking too “ditzy”, too “dainty” and too “feminine” – read on...
Embracing new colour combinations
Friday, February 24, 2017
Like many women I know I’m a real fan of neutral colours. My wardrobe has its fair share of black, white, navy and grey (sound familiar?). Whilst I love each of these colours for their versatility I believe there’s always room for a splash of colour in your wardrobe. Colour adds interest, changes your mood and can transform the simplest outfit.
The hosiery brand you’ve been searching for…
Friday, February 17, 2017
As you know, one of the aims of the weekly Style Post is to spread the word on great brands that help us feel more confident about ourselves and our style. This week I had the pleasure of meeting a hugely talented woman, Christine Nicholson - founder of Divine Legs – The UK’s First Hosiery Subscription Service.
Taking your wardrobe staples and adding Spring/Summer ’17 pieces
Friday, February 10, 2017
As you will all know Maggie Killick Style was born of a desire to help women feel more confident; more positive; more fabulous in what they wear. It stems from wearing key staples (hello MKS collection) that look effortlessly stylish and that give you a feeling of cool, understated, sexiness the moment you wear them. Whilst ‘staples’ can often be seen as boring and samey, I see them as the back-bone of outfit building – just add a dash of ‘trend/fashion’ and you’ll never be tired of your look.
Good news – when we need it most...
Friday, February 3, 2017
It’s fair to say it’s been, and continues to be, a worrying start to 2017. With so much stress and uncertainty in the world it seems a tad superficial to discuss clothing, beauty and style.
So many reasons to choose RED…
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
As many of you will know I adore the colour red. It’s clearly obvious when you look at my brand, my styling and my lips! There are so many reasons for loving it:
Fabulous events to get you through the winter months in style…
Friday, January 20, 2017
Well, if you’re reading this I’m assuming you’ve all survived Blue Monday. You know, January 16th – the day we were all supposed to feel miserable, lose our willpower, give up our healthy regimes and have a complete melt-down! I was absolutely fine until someone reminded me – it went down-hill from there. Whilst I appreciate January can be a tad depressing (booze-free; sugar-free; dark mornings; dark evenings; rain; practical clothing!) January is also a great time to check out new places, new products and new events.
A stylist’s view on the January Sales…
Friday, January 13, 2017
Despite January being all about de-cluttering and re-organising many of you have asked for my take on the January 2017 sales. With this in mind here’s my advice to you on sale shopping together with a selection of worthy sale investments. They are all versatile, timeless and stylish which make them great wardrobe staples.
New Year Resolutions…love them or hate them we’re all tempted to make them.
Friday, January 6, 2017
So – one week in - have you vowed to give up everything that makes you happy - wine, chocolate, box-sets etc. and embrace juicing, raw veg and 10k runs? The pressure to make changes is immense which is why 80% of us break resolutions before the end of January.
A heart-felt thank you …
Friday, December 23, 2016
So here we are at the last style post before Maggie Killick Style closes its doors for 2016. Before I do, can I just say….
Need inspiration for your Christmas Day outfit…
Friday, December 16, 2016
Many of you have been e-mailing asking for advice on what to wear on Christmas Day. Well I say – put away the onesie, ditch the slippers and forget the Christmas jumper (well you did ask!). It’s time to dress up. This doesn’t mean you need to forego comfort. Check out the following pieces that will make you look and feel fabulous however and wherever you spend your Christmas Day.
The easiest way to transform the simplest outfit…
Friday, December 9, 2016
...add a pair of beautiful statement shoes. Whatever your preference: high and strappy; flat with buckles; block heels with ankle straps; velvet or suede there has never been so much choice. Here are some of my favourites together with outfit ideas on how to wear them.
All I want for Christmas…
Friday, December 2, 2016
I love Christmas and the madness that comes with it: writing Christmas cards (usually with a Baileys and chocolates by my side); the shopping (obviously!); the wrapping of gifts (oh how I love to wrap a gift - the more ribbon and tissue paper the better). I love it all – apart from the cooking – never quite mastered that. So back to the gifts…
Whoever said you can’t buy style needs to read this…
Friday, November 18, 2016
Its official - the Christmas madness has begun. Lights have been switched on; supermarkets are selling bizarre miniature food; shops are selling glittery clothing AND there’s still 6 weeks to go.
The jumper we all need to add versatility to our wardrobe
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Yes, it’s officially winter. The weather has turned crisp and cold and I’ve brought out my winter wardrobe. Just as I believe you can never have too many white shirts during the summer months – in winter I feel exactly the same about grey jumpers.
An inspiring evening at the V&A
Friday, November 4, 2016
This week I had the pleasure of visiting my favourite London Museum – The V&A. There are so many reasons to love it: the stunning building, the incredible exhibitions and have you SEEN the gift shop? It’s easy to see why it’s the world’s leading museum when it comes to art and design.
Ask Your Stylist….
Friday, October 28, 2016
As a stylist I’m often asked to deliver presentations: anything from corporate image workshops to glamorous evening style events. They are always a joy to deliver and they often end up over-running due to the number of questions being asked.
The Love of a Great Coat…
Friday, October 21, 2016
Those of you who are regular readers of my Style Post will know I have a real weakness for coats. Whether it’s a fabulous spring coat or a more substantial autumn/winter version – it’s my favourite item of clothing.
Finding your Personal Style
Friday, October 14, 2016
This week I was invited to speak at a Corporate Women’s event. The women were bright, interesting and inspiring and we had a fabulous afternoon discussing personal style. One of the questions I was asked was: Is a sense of style learned, or instinctive?
Feeling the need to embrace Ruffles & Frills?
Friday, October 7, 2016
As a reader of the Style Post you’ll know Maggie Killick Style is more about ‘effortless style’ than ‘high fashion’. However, that doesn’t mean we’re not interested in new trends – the trick is not to be dictated by them.
Meeting a true style inspiration…
Friday, September 30, 2016
You know when you really admire someone and then you get to meet them: you’re either a tad disappointed or they exceed expectation – well, last week the latter happened to me.
Luxurious Velvet – it’s more versatile than you think
Friday, September 23, 2016
Chances are you’ll either love or hate velvet. I, along with my friends Valentino and Dior, love it! Those of you who are not fans, keep reading as I may tempt you to join us in wearing it this Autumn/Winter.
BRING ON THE COLOUR-BLOCKING
Friday, September 16, 2016
Whilst it may still be warm and humid outside – I’ve moved on! Autumn/Winter trends are hitting the stores and one of my favourites for the season is colour-blocking. Head-to-toe colour dominated the catwalks. Valentino’s first 7 looks were all black whilst other designers such as Emilia Wickstead went with more candyfloss colours - a tricky one to carry off in the real world.
A splash of rich burgundy – the perfect choice for Autumn/Winter…
Friday, September 2, 2016
Let’s face it we all love a handbag, don’t we? It’s the item that can immediately transform an outfit: making it look more expensive, adding more interest and however we’re feeling it always fits!
J Crew Shades – the perfect accessory for any outfit
Friday, August 26, 2016
I love sunglasses. For me they’re a real confidence booster and make any outfit a little cooler and edgier. I tend to stick to Ray-Bans but, having been introduced to the new range by J Crew, I’m about to extend my options and, as your stylist, I feel the need to share.
The dress style we all need in the sunshine….
Friday, August 19, 2016
As most of you know I’m much more of an Autumn/Winter girl as opposed to Summer. However there are certain styles I’m a real fan of during the summer months: maxi skirts, kahki chinos and obviously a great white shirt! When it comes to dresses my favourite is the shirt dress. It’s cool, versatile and suits every woman I know.
Be inspi(RED) to look and feel great in your work-out wear
Friday, August 12, 2016
Maybe it’s the Olympics or maybe it’s just because I’ve been eating and drinking too much lately but I’ve decided to up my fitness regime which clearly begins with buying new fitness clothing! Whilst I love clothes I tend not to give much thought to my work-out clothing.
Wedding season style advice – back by popular demand
Friday, August 5, 2016
Yes wedding season is here. I know this because the high-street stores are packed with floral print dresses, matching fascinators, matching bags, matching shoes – if they can match it – they will! Fashion magazines are also full of rules on what you should and shouldn’t wear as a guest – and you know what I think about too many rules!
Summer footwear – how many styles do we really need?
Friday, July 29, 2016
This week I’ve been sorting through my loft and came across a large wicker box of summer footwear. It dawned on me I hadn’t actually taken any of it out – and we’re at the end of July! The reason being: my favourite summer footwear tends to be already in my wardrobe (ready and waiting).
Sharing a talented designer with you
Thursday, July 21, 2016
One of the great pleasures of my job is meeting talented people who inspire me. Just this week I did exactly that and I feel the need to share her with you. Her name is Charlotte Zimbehl and she is a hugely passionate and gifted coat designer. Now I appreciate you may not be necessarily thinking about winter coats just yet(!) but you may think again when you see Charlotte’s collections – I certainly did.
Mixing high-end with bargain high-street brands for versatile, stylish and individual looks
Friday, July 15, 2016
Over the years, in terms of my style, I have remained true to certain pieces: a great white shirt, an oversized knit, a masculine suit jacket, wide leg trousers – to name a few. For me these items give me confidence, remain timeless and continue to inspire different outfits. What has changed over the years is where and how I spend money on clothing. Years ago I would think nothing of picking up high-street bargain pieces on a weekly basis.
Keeping positive as times change…
Friday, July 8, 2016
Since my last style post two major, life-changing, things have happened: one for me and one for our country. On a personal note I celebrated a milestone birthday (still can’t quite believe I’m a grown up); the other (which clearly affects more people!) was Brexit: the most important decision in recent history.
Sharing great beauty products with you
Friday, June 24, 2016
I know, I know, I’m not a beautician or skin specialist but as a Stylist I tend to work closely with make-up artists and skin-care therapists. With their expertise and with time I’ve learned what my skin needs and the brands that work for me.
Summer Sales – Key items to purchase…
Friday, June 17, 2016
So the summer sales are here and it’s fair to say we all love a bargain. However sale shopping can send the most rational mind slightly bonkers. Many women (including myself in a former life) end up buying items simply because they are heavily reduced. Whether the item fits or suits tends to be irrelevant!
Resisting style temptation…
Friday, June 10, 2016
Whilst I adore my job - it does have its downside. I’m constantly looking at new collections, new brands, new designers which inevitably means I’m constantly tempted to buy beautiful new pieces.
Never let age define where you shop
Friday, May 27, 2016
This week I met an incredible woman at a wedding. She looked beautiful; was incredibly bright; had a wicked sense of humour; an effortless style and just happened to be approaching 70
Is M&S finally bringing us a stylish Autumn 16?
Friday, May 27, 2016
M&S is an institution. It’s a store in which, several years ago, I would be guaranteed to find perfect wardrobe staples: from a fitted black v-neck, to a white shirt or cashmere knit. However in recent years I’ve been less impressed and it appears I’m not the only one.
The perfect footwear for Summer….
Friday, May 20, 2016
Since last week’s post many of you have e-mailed to say how much you loved the fact I had shown flat footwear. And you’re right – I do have a tendency to go for high statement shoes and the majority of ones I own are either block, stiletto or wedge styles.
Have you got your summer staples yet?
Friday, May 13, 2016
Yes, summer seems to have finally made an appearance (well it did yesterday!). In the hope of it continuing I’ve begun going through my summer wardrobe and making a note of a few new purchases I need to either replace or compliment what I already have.
The simple pleasure of a great underwear drawer – what does yours look like?
Friday, April 29, 2016
Having just visited the V&A to see Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear (fascinating by the way) I was invited to the unveiling of The Body Studio at Selfridges. The 37,000 sq ft studio promises every possible type of underwear from the practical to the not so(!) and it does.
Looking stylish has never felt so good…
Friday, April 22, 2016
Fashion Targets Breast Cancer is celebrating its 20th anniversary as the nation’s most powerful fashion movement. Their goal is to stop women dying from breast cancer by 2050. Sadly most of us have been touched by the effects of cancer.
How to go from work to cocktails in the simplest way…
Friday, April 15, 2016
As many of you know I run regular style and image workshops for corporate organisations. One common question I’m asked is how to go straight from work to evening events with minimum effort and maximum style. Here are just some of my style tips on how to do so.
The simple white t-shirt I’ve been searching for….
Friday, April 8, 2016
Whilst I love a white shirt there are times when I want a more casual look and when I do I turn to a great fitting t-shirt. Whistles and Jigsaw are two of my favourite brands when it comes to t-shirts for quality, shape and cut.
The joy of finding a new style for you…
Friday, April 1, 2016
One of the great joys of Personal Shopping is getting clients to try clothing I have pre-selected that they may never have chosen and seeing their surprise when they realise how stunning they look in them.
Fantastic staples you’ll love – all under one roof
Friday, March 25, 2016
As many of you know I believe the key to creating a wardrobe that works hard for you is finding beautiful staples which you can then bring to life: pieces you can dress up or down depending on where you’re going and how you’re feeling. It’s rare that I find a store that brings together these key pieces with attention to detail, quality and affordability. But I have…
How to stop “Panic Buying” for good
Friday, March 11, 2016
I recently had the pleasure of meeting 3 new female clients. All are in their 40’s with impressive careers - meaning they constantly receive invitations to social events. Typical invitations include: Wimbledon, Ascot, Conference Week-ends, Cocktail Parties, to name a few.
Update from London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 16
Friday, March 4, 2016
Following on from last week’s Style Post we know stripes, bare shoulders and block heels will be popular for spring/summer but what else did I discover at London Fashion Week? Inspired by the designers and hitting the high-street now, here’s what you can expect..
Spring/Summer Trends to look out for…
Friday, February 26, 2016
Whilst Maggie Killick Style is all about ‘effortless style’ as opposed to ‘fleeting fashion’ it doesn’t mean we don’t love to know about key seasonal trends. What better time to check them out than now when London is buzzing with excitement as we celebrate London Fashion Week.
Chic, Affordable and Well Designed - What’s not to love?
Friday, February 19, 2016
Back in February 2015 I was invited to the launch of a new brand called Finery London. As you will see from my post – I loved it for its style, edginess and affordability. A year on and the on-line label has gone from strength to strength - so much so it’s launching in John Lewis. I’m so delighted for their success and here are just 3 of my current favourites from their collection.
Beauty products I’ve made a resolution to stick with…
Friday, February 12, 2016
Although I’m a stylist, not a beautician, I am fortunate to meet many experts in the field of skin-care and make-up and am often given new products to trial. The problem with trying a new product is, by the time you’ve read the hype and seen the perfect face of the model advertising it, you can almost convince yourself it’s made a difference from day 1. In reality your skin needs to get used to new products before any visible difference can be seen.
Your alternative to a great white shirt
Friday, February 5, 2016
Now you all know how much I rave about a great white shirt. I adore it – I even designed one It’s sexy, stylish, understated and so versatile. I have at least 10 which I wear endlessly with suits, jeans, leather, under a little black dress, with a statement skirt – you name it – it works. However, I do appreciate that sometimes a white shirt (particularly with black) can feel too corporate at times. So, my new alternative…
It all begins with a conversation about style…
Friday, January 29, 2016
During the first two weeks of January I had the pleasure of meeting 4 women wanting to find out more about my services and how I could help them with their style. Whilst all 4 women were very different in terms of looks, age and shape they all felt:
The ultimate accessory for the season ahead…
Friday, January 22, 2016
As a stylist one of the great perks of my job is being forewarned of new seasons’ trends. So you can imagine my delight when I discovered Gucci’s key accessory for Spring/Summer 16 is the Corsage. As many of you will know I designed a corsage for the Maggie Killick Collection in 2014.
Still looking for sale bargains…then you’re in luck
Friday, January 15, 2016
Firstly, many thanks for your New Year messages from last week’s post. I’ve had a terrific response to the Style Resolutions and am delighted that so many of you have decided this is the year you will make a conscious effort to wear more of what you have. If you need a little help, here are just a few suggestions of how to do it easily:
New Year….New (dare I say it?) You!
Friday, January 8, 2016
Here we are, 2016, and we’ll be inundated with pressure to get new bodies, new personalities, new lives! No wonder 80% of us break resolutions before the end of January. Rather than making a whole host of new resolutions why not give yourself a break and simply make one or two small changes that are achievable.
What to wear on Christmas Day….
Friday, December 11, 2015
Well we all want to feel stylish, effortless and comfortable but on Christmas Day we also want some room! For me the perfect outfit for Christmas Day is the knitted jumper dress. It ticks all the boxes and is such a versatile piece.
Still shopping….some great sale buys especially for you…
Friday, December 11, 2015
As most of you know I’m a firm believer in creating a wardrobe of stunning pieces that will work hard for you and will remain stylish whatever the fashion pack dictate. With many retailers going into early sale, now is a great time to pick up those key pieces that will stand the test of time. Here are just a few items I’ve spotted that will be a fabulous addition to any woman’s wardrobe.
The alternative Christmas Jumper…
Friday, December 4, 2015
Well Christmas is officially here which means festive clothing has arrived. Designers can’t help taking a perfectly fabulous jumper and adding sparkle, sequins or glitter – in some cases all 3! I’ve never really understood why but then I’ve never understood Ugg boots, nude lipstick and onesies so who am I to judge?
Have you checked out All Saints recently?
Friday, November 27, 2015
All Saints is a brand I adore. I’ve introduced many clients to it and they too have become great fans. All Saints gives a cool, quirky edge to the simplest of clothing.
It’s all about what you’re wearing underneath…
Friday, November 20, 2015
The start to looking and feeling good about your body begins with the right underwear. I’m delighted to say I’ve transformed clients’ figures by finding them the right style, fit and brand that works for them.
Friday, November 13, 2015
This week is a particularly special one for me as I’m heading off for a two-week holiday to India. India is a place I have longed to go to from a young age and now is my time - I cannot wait.
The perfect Christmas gift – without the hassle…
Friday, November 6, 2015
Its official - the Christmas madness has begun. Lights have been turned on; supermarkets are selling bizarre miniature food; shops are playing carols whilst selling glittery clothing AND it’s only the 6th of November!
When over-the-top is just right…
Friday, October 30, 2015
You may have noticed over-the-knee boots are everywhere this Autumn/Winter. As a stylist I’m often asked for my opinion on them. I love them - well, I love some of them! It’s really about choosing the right style and sticking to a few guidelines to ensure the overall look is cool, sexy and effortless rather than Dick Whittington!
Choose red - the perfect finishing touch….
Friday, October 23, 2015
I called a clothing store this week and when I gave them my name – they replied – “Are you the Kingston stylist with the red lips”! It made me smile. When I began wearing red lipstick at the age of 18 I had no idea it would become my trademark years later.
The ultimate accessory for your winter wardrobe….
Friday, October 16, 2015
As many of you know I’m a real fan of Autumn/Winter: oversized knitwear, long suede boots, fabulous coat – job done! In preparation for winter I tend to buy early to avoid disappointment. Very often, if I really love something, I will buy in advance for my clients too. Luckily I know what they’ll love and they trust me to purchase on their behalf.
The wardrobe staple that never lets you down
Friday, October 9, 2015
Part of my job as a stylist is to help women achieve a stylish look in the simplest way possible. The key to this is having staple pieces in your wardrobe that you can rely on, that are versatile and will make you feel amazing whenever and however you choose to wear them.
Uniquely designed jewellery you will fall in love with…
Friday, September 25, 2015
As many of you will know my style is relatively simple which is why I love statement jewellery. It can do the same for clothing as great shoes. It can add a twist to a classic; it can add edge to something pretty; it can make your clothing individual.
The Maggie Killick Made in England Collection is celebrating….
Friday, September 18, 2015
Yes, September marks the first anniversary of “The Collection”. It’s hard to believe it is a year since the launch (for full footage click here) and I would personally like to thank everyone who has contributed to its success. Whether you have rocked, raved or recommended it (or all three) I have been overwhelmed by the response. It’s been described as “stunning”, “amazing” “stylishly understated”. So I feel there’s only one thing to do – celebrate with a rich bordeaux!
Your Autumn Preview for a stunning Season ahead
Friday, September 11, 2015
Welcome back to the Style Post and to those of you who are new to my weekly blog – I’m delighted you’ve joined us. My aim is that these brief posts will inspire you to try new looks, enjoy what you wear and above all encourage you to feel good about your own unique style. So let’s begin.
Breaking up for Summer
Friday, July 31, 2015
As the style post takes a short break for summer (returning 11th September ) I wanted to leave you with 3 things : inspiration; a reminder and a thank you.
How to pack less and stay stylish on your holidays
Friday, July 24, 2015
Recently a lovely client of mine thanked me for making packing “so effortless”. Apparently she packed for a week’s holiday with just hand-luggage! I was so delighted – I always am when I can make someone’s life easier. I was also amazed as, despite being a stylist, I still tend to struggle when it comes to packing for holidays.
What to do on those days when nothing feels good on you?
Friday, July 17, 2015
Have you ever had one of those days where you’re convinced nothing looks good on you? An outfit that you loved last week (and received so many compliments on) somehow just doesn’t feel the same on you today. It’s bizarre, it’s irrational but it happens.
What does it take to be a Style Icon?
Friday, July 10, 2015
This week I plan to visit the National Portrait Gallery to see the photography exhibition in honour of the great style icon of all time, Audrey Hepburn. This got me thinking - what makes someone a style icon?
The one item all women should own…
Friday, July 3, 2015
As a stylist, one of the questions I’m continually asked is “What’s the one item you think every woman should have in their wardrobe?” My answer remains the same whatever season, whatever trend - “a fabulous white shirt”.
A jewellery brand you will love – timeless, bold and original
Friday, June 26, 2015
Most women I know fall into distinct categories when it comes to their choice of jewellery: gold or silver; costume or real jewels. Whichever you prefer there is no doubt the simplest outfit can be brought to life with a stunning piece of jewellery.
Heading for the sales? Think beyond the summer months…
Friday, June 19, 2015
The sales are in full swing which means there’s no better time to give you a little advice when hitting the stores:
To ensure your sale shopping trip is successful:
Be comfortable (and stylish obviously) – dress in clothing that is easy to take on and off
Wear good underwear that enhances your shape - it will make the world of difference
Wear a little make-up – you’ll be constantly seeing your reflection in the changing room!
The ultimate summer accessory that is versatile, stylish and always fits!
Friday, June 12, 2015
I am looking at expanding my collection and have been talking to someone who may possibly make me a handbag – yes a “Maggie Killick Style original” from my poorly drawn sketch! I’ll keep you updated on progress in future posts.
There is no age limit when it comes to looking stylish
Friday, May 29, 2015
Three things happened last week that made me think about style and the ageing process.
Firstly - I was in the ladies of a trendy bar (yes I can still do trendy bars!) and overheard a girl saying to her friend “I’m dreading next week – I’ll be 27 – I feel so old”!
Secondly - I was contacted by a wonderful lady of 67 who enquired whether she was too old to book my wardrobe and shopping experience!
Looking effortless, cool and casual - all for a worthy cause
Thursday, May 14, 2015
A short Style Post this week but nonetheless a heart-felt one to say a huge thank you to those who have ordered my pink silk blouse in aid of Break-through for Breast Cancer. There’s no question you’ll feel beautiful and sexy wearing it but knowing your purchase results in a donation to such a worthy cause will make it all the more special. If the silk blouse is not for you (I can’t believe it won’t be!) why not check out other items on www.fashiontargetsbreastcancer.org.uk .
Wedding Season is here – bring on the stylish wedding guests….
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Yes wedding season is here. I know this because the high-street stores are packed with floral print dresses, matching fascinators, matching bags, matching shoes – if they can match it – they will! Fashion magazines are also full of rules on what you should and shouldn’t wear as a guest – and you know what I think about too many rules!
The perfect silk blouse in a stunning new colour
Friday, May 1, 2015
When I was deciding what pieces to design for my clothing line I knew a beautiful silk blouse would be part of it. Those I had seen on the high-street were either poor quality, clingy, see-through and/or so delicate they were impossible to wear without snagging. The perfect blouse needed to feel exquisite to wear, look effortless, sexy, understated – YES all of those things - so I gave up my search and created my own.
How to feel better about expensive style mistakes
Friday, April 24, 2015
I feel incredibly fortunate to work with great clients. They have many things in common: they’re bright, funny, kind and clearly, incredibly stylish. They also love a bargain (who doesn’t?) and have all, prior to meeting me(!) made expensive mistakes regarding clothing.
The spring coat is practical, wearable and effortlessly stylish – do you have one (or several?)
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Usually women love one particular item of clothing above all others - for me it’s a great coat. The main reason is it’s the quickest and easiest way to look stylish. If I’m pushed for time I can wear the simplest outfit then throw on a gorgeous coat and I’m sorted.
Do you have the essentials for your Spring/Summer Wardrobe?
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Many of the fabulous women I meet find dressing for summer difficult and I can see why. Summer clothes can be unforgiving, made of cheap fabric and, unless accessorised with glowing, sun-kissed skin, can be tricky to wear! Over the years, I have learnt many things to make summer dressing easier – far too much for one style post.
The clocks have moved forward - have you?
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Spring is finally here (and the weather will realise this soon enough!). As clichéd as it sounds I love this time of year – it’s about new beginnings, fresh starts and so I feel it’s an ideal time to review the style post responses and see where we’ve all got to.
When style becomes complicated, turn to black and white: clean, simple and effortlessly stylish
Friday, March 27, 2015
You may remember, from my Fashion Week Style Post, monochrome featured heavily on the catwalk which means it will be hugely popular for Spring/Summer. The advantage of black and white is that each piece is a wardrobe staple...
Flawless, youthful, glamorous – A brand that can give you all 3
Friday, March 20, 2015
This week I had the pleasure of meeting a fabulous client for a make-up session (as part of my finishing touches service). I may not be a make-up artist but as a stylist have worked with some of the best who have been incredibly generous in sharing their expertise with me.
The shoes you wear say so much about you – what do you want yours to say?
Friday, March 13, 2015
Shoes are my guilty pleasure. I love them for many reasons: they give me confidence; they improve my posture and shape; they can make the simplest outfit special and, above all, they make me feel good – wherever I’m headed. Just this week I stepped out in my new French Connection strappy ‘lipstick’ pair.
What we loved about London Fashion Week-end Spring/Summer 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015
The fashion pack were out in force at Somerset House last week. Together with Abigail, (a ‘fashion journalist in the making) we took ourselves off to meet them. The day was manic but great fun.
The effortless trouser style that may well surprise you
Friday, February 27, 2015
Word on the fashion street is “wide leg trousers are back”. In my world – they never went away. From the old school sassiness of Katharine Hepburn to the modern-day striking style of Tilda Swinton, wide leg trousers are an effortless way to look cool whilst remaining (dare I say) comfy!
Seeing the potential in stylish pieces
Friday, February 20, 2015
As a stylist I am constantly keeping an eye out for exciting new brands that my clients and I will fall in love with: enter stage left - www.finerylondon.com . Finery is an on-line brand with a pop up store currently open (until 23rd February) in Covent Garden.
How to get organised for your most stylish season yet….
Friday, February 13, 2015
February is a busy one in the world of style: London Fashion Week is looming, high-streets are introducing Spring/Summer collections and magazines are bursting with new trends (flares, suede skirts, graphic florals and peasant tops) to name a few.
Making colour work for you….
Friday, February 6, 2015
Although I’m known for wearing four key colours: black, grey, white and red – did I mention black? I do understand what colour can do for both your look and your mood. The good news is colour mixing is not rocket-science - it’s a skill and like any other skill, it can be learned.
Breaking some style rules
Friday, January 30, 2015
Firstly, thank you so much for all your responses to my first Style Post. Many of you asked for “rules” to follow which got me thinking about breaking some!
Who says style can’t be comfortable?
Friday, January 23, 2015
Welcome to “The Style Post”. As a stylist I watch people transform, thrive, gain confidence, achieve the unimaginable and it all begins with taking some time to think about themselves, their style and image.