10 Unusual Fashion Hacks and Tips

1. Use a panty liner in your garment to stop absorb underarm sweat.

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2. Cut pool noodles to size and place inside long boots to hold shape.

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3. Re-use the disposable shower caps provided by hotels to pack your shoes. This protects your clothing.

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4. Snap a pair of clip on earrings on to shoes or a shirt collar for instant bling.

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5. Keep double sided tape handy for emergency hem repairs or holding a gaping shirt.

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6. Clean patent leather shoes and bags with window cleaner.

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7. Shaving cream removes liquid make-up from collars. Rub with a damp cloth.

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8. Place a stocking over the vacuum cleaner hose and then use the vacuum to locate very small items such as the back of an earring.

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10. Put dry tea bags into your shoes to prevent or remove odours.

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What’s Your Body Shape? – Find out by Answering 5 Quick Questions!

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If you follow me on  Facebook, then you’ll be aware that I often recommend garments as being perfect for a particular body shape.

Which is all well and good, but – and it’s a BIG but (not a big BUTT)- I’ve found that most of my clients either do not know their body shape or have made an incorrect assumption. On many occasions I’ve been told by clients that they are definitely ‘pear shaped’ – a triangle, when their measurements clearly prove that they are an inverted triangle. Dressing for the wrong body shape can be disastrous!  Take the case of an inverted triangle (busty and broad shoulders) dressing as a triangle – her broad shoulders and big bust would be over emphasized, making her look very top heavy and potentially quite masculine.

Here’s a simple quiz you can take to help you determine your actual body shape. It’s not going to be completely accurate – for that you need me, of course!

Wearing some close fitting clothing, stand in front of your mirror and answer these questions:

1. Look at the width of your shoulders and your hips.

a) Shoulder and hips are the same width (hourglass, oval or rectangle)

b) Shoulders are wider than hips (inverted triangle or oval)

c) Hips are wider than shoulders (triangle or oval)

2. Facing front on to the mirror, do you have a discernible narrowing at the waist?

a) Yes (hourglass, inverted triangle or triangle)

b) No (oval or rectangle)

3. Where is the bulk of your weight?

a) Tummy (Oval)

b) Bust (inverted triangle)

c) Bust, Hips and thighs (hourglass)

d) Hips and Thigh (triangle)

e) No one area in particular (Rectangle)

If you have got the same answer after these questions, you’re sorted!

But if not, these last two questions might help…….

4. What size is your bust?

a) Large (hourglass, oval, inverted triangle)

b) Small (rectangle or triangle)

5. When buying separates what sizes do you buy?

a) Larger sized tops than bottoms (inverted triangle, oval)

b) The same (hourglass, rectangle, oval)

c) Larger sized bottoms than tops (triangle)

Have a look at your answers – the majority rules! 

Remember, there is no right and wrong, or good and bad when it comes to your body shape – it is what it is – and my job is to make you look and feel beautiful, stylish and comfortable in your clothes. Not a bad job, aye?

Terms and Conditions – Mother’s Day Competition

1. The promoter is Paterson Personal Styling

2. Employees of Paterson Personal Styling or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

4. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via www.facebook.com/patersonpersonalstyling

5. Closing date for entry will be 9th May 2015.  After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.

6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

7. There is one prize consisting of a two hour shopping session at Rockingham Shopping Centre with Paterson Personal Styling valued at $200 and a Gift Card from Rockingham Shopping Centre valued at $100. Total prize value $300

8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

11. Winners will be chosen by the promote on 10th May, 2015. This is a game of skill and chance plays no part. The most creative entry of 25 words or less will win. The prize must be taken by 10th August, 2015.

12. The winner will be notified by reply on their comment, and must contact Paterson Personal Styling within 48 hours of notification with contact detail. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 48 hours of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

13. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.

14. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Australian law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Australia

17. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current Australian data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

19. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

19. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Paterson Personal Styling and not to any other party.

3 Ways to Style a Long Cardigan this Winter

Long line cardigans seem to be in every clothing store this season, but how do you style them without looking like someone’s granny or a dumpling? (OMG! Is anyone else thinking of granny’s Golden Syrup dumplings right now?). I’m not going to deceive you – if you are short, you are going to find it hard to make it work, but it can be done. If you are a tall, rectangle shaped girl, then rejoice! This look has your name written all over it! Here are my three favourite ways to style a long line cardigan this season.

1. Wear with skinny jeans. If you need to balance out your lower half then tuck your jeans into boots – this will visually lengthen your legs. If you are short then heels are a must and also look for an asymmetrical hemline.

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2. Wear over a dress with a belt or even as a dress. Be as adventurous as you like – you can have a bit of fun with how you drape and tuck.

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3. Mix up the hemline lengths. If you have legs the world needs to see, then wear with shorts, mini skirts or dresses. This is also a great look for shorter women.

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Here’s a few tips to help you – keep your bottom half fitted i.e. skinny jeans, leggings and and fitted skirts or dresses. However, IF you are very tall and thin, (lucky you!) then wearing a long cardigan with boyfriend jeans and ballet flats or sneakers is a great look and you can get away with it. You can also wear bulkier knits, but the rest of us are better in lightweight fabrics. Wearing a block colour underneath your cardigan is lengthening and slimming. You can also see more styling ideas on my Pinterest board here.

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Katies Fashion $39.95

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Rockmans $39.99

Rockmans $39.99

Any way, back to those dumplings….best served with ice-cream and cream. Click on the link above for this recipe.

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5 Steps to Choosing Comfortable Heels

I absolutely love high heels. I believe they are the magic wand of style – as soon as you put on a pair of heels, you gain height, look slimmer, your tummy flattens and your boobs and bottom look better. It’s not just Cinderella that a pair of heels can work magic for, although I’m not promising Prince Charming will appear if you follow my tips.Cinderella-Louboutin-sale-Cinderella-1

I’m intolerant of uncomfortable shoes these days, so I’ve taught myself what to look for when choosing a pair of heels.

.Although heels will never be as comfortable as a pair of slippers here are a few things to look for when choosing heels, beyond the height of the heel and a proper fit, that will lift the comfort factor.

1. HEEL PLACEMENT The centre of the shoe heel should sit directly in line with the centre of your heel. For this reason, the red shoe will most likely be more comfortable than the black shoe.

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2. PLATFORM SOLES Platforms beneath the sole of your foot add comfort. The thicker the sole of the shoe the more comfortable it is likely to be to wear. Adding gel inserts is also helpful. For this reason the patent leather shoe should be more comfortable than the other.

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3. THICKER HEELS Thicker heels give greater stability, making them more comfortable. Wedges work for this reason, providing the complete sole of the shoe is in contact with the floor. The deeper red heel will be the more comfortable of these styles.

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4. SOFT SOLES Choose heels with soft rubber or leather soles which give and move with your feet, rather than hard soles like wood or hard plastic. The sandals below are the better choice for comfort.

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5. STABILITY If a shoe is very easy to slip on, it will also slip off very easily when you are walking. Look for sling backs or ankle straps in summer, and pumps or boots in winter. The black wedges will be a lot easier to walk in than the blue. If you find yourself slipping, add gel inserts to the shoe, beneath the sole of your foot.

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Following these five steps should ensure that you end up with the most comfortable heels possible, that you can wear for hours, without having take them off. I know it’s unavoidable sometimes, but it’s a shame to see a beautifully dressed woman taking her heels off because of discomfort towards the end of an evening. Still, bare feet are better than bear feet…..

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