Inspirational Women – Helen Mirren

Who is an inspiration to you? Is there a women who makes you want to high five and say yes everytime she appears, speaks, does something? www.flowersdirect.co.uk have been looking at all the inspirational women there are, and how we like to say thank you to them, they have produced a lovely e book on the topic, and have been sharing the inspirational women on social media using the hashtag #InspiredBy.  They asked me if I would write about a woman who inspires me.

Now, I have a family full of inspirational women. My mom, sister and sister-in-law are all big inspirations on my life and how I live it, and I have friends, and people I have met through blogging who also serve to inspire. But I thought I would make this post about a girl (woman) crush who inspires through her style, her talent, and, to be quite frank, her ballsiness, being a leading lady at a time when most of her contemporaries seem to have faded into the background. I am talking about the astounding Helen Mirren, who continues to shine as a movie queen despite being well into her seventh decade, and always look radiant and interesting, often outshining men and women a fraction of her age.

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Helen has always been beautiful and sexy, and that remains, even through she is now into her seventies. But her beauty is the natural kind, she embraces her wrinkles and laughter lines as a part of her, and plastic surgery is not on the agenda. In a similar way her style is impeccable, fashion forward yet age appropriate -she doesn’t have to try too hard, she is effortless. I would like to say I would like to be like her when I’m older, but hell, I’d like to have an inch of her style and charisma now.

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Helen is not afraid to age for a role (i.e playing The Queen who is a good twenty plus years older than her), and she bucks the trend of older leading men, younger leading ladies by playing opposite male co-stars quite a bit younger than herself…and basically stealing the movie in most cases. Helen shows that life can begin at 40, but doesn’t have to end when you pick up your pension, that you don’t have to resort to a blue rinse the minute you collect your bus pass, and I think that alone makes her an inspiration.

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The Best Things to Wear With Leggings, Jeggings and those Skinny Jeans

Skinny pants, including leggings, jeggings, and skinny jeans, are a fashionable addition to any wardrobe and open up a world of possibilities for women to be stylish and comfortable. Lots of things go with skinny pants, but it can be overwhelming to find the right items with so many options available. Show your style with the best things to wear with those leggings and jeggings.

Chic High-Shafted Boots

It’s easy to turn a basic pair of skinny pants into something amazing with a good pair of high-shafted statement boots. Flat riding boots with a loose sweater and leggings makes a perfect outfit for running errands, or you can dress things up with heeled tall boots, jeggings, and a leather jacket for a chic outfit for a night out.

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Baggy Button-Down

One of the easiest ways to look put together is to pair your skinny pants with an oversized button-down shirt. Try a white or chambray shirt with light jeggings for a casual look, or wear a patterned button-down with dark skinny jeans and heels for a more office-appropriate outfit. It’s hard to go wrong with this combination, so play around with different tops and pants to find the perfect look that is effortlessly sophisticated.

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Basic T-shirt

Skinny pants can make even a simple t-shirt look stylish. Wearing a simple t-shirt or a graphic tee is a great way to show some personality while still be comfortable as you’re out and about. For an edgier look, try an oversized graphic t-shirt tucked into distressed skinny jeans with a denim jacket, or go for a plain t-shirt and fun leggings and tennis shoes for a stylish outfit for running around town.

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Bright Blazer or Jacket

Even worn-in skinny pants can go to the next level with a great blazer. Adding a simple accessory can make the pants perfect for the office or just create a chic ensemble for a night out. A stylish blouse, classic pumps, and a tailored blazer work well with dark skinny jeans for a stylish office look, and an oversized sweater, bright blazer, and distressed jeggings can take the outfit out on the town. In general, try to pair bright blazers and jackets with darker washed pants for a more sophisticated look. The same idea also applies throughout the winter—a fun statement jacket can dress up any pair of skinny pants and make it appropriate for the season and stylish.

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Comfortable Active Wear

Skinny pants don’t always have to be dressy—they also look great dressed down. Pair a running tank with leggings and tennis shoes for a comfortable athleisure look that can take you from running errands to running at the gym. An oversized hoodie and sneakers works great with jeggings to keep you comfortable and street stylish for just about any activity.

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Stylish Tunic

Some women are scared to wear shorter shirts with skinny pants, but tunics are the perfect flattering option that look great with all kinds of skinny pants. Tunics tend to hit around the mid-thigh and can be worn a number of ways. Try it with a belt and skinny jeans for a dressier look to highlight an hourglass figure, or wear a fun patterned tunic with leggings for a stylish look that is flexible and comfortable.

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Mini Dress

Part of the beauty of skinny pants is that they can extend many other items in your wardrobe, including shorter skirts and dresses. A short summer dress can be worn with leggings during the colder months—just add a cute pair of booties, a jacket, and a scarf to make it more appropriate for the season. Even a fancier dress can be made more casual by pairing it with leggings and flats or tennis shoes for a pulled together look that can take you anywhere.

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When you know how to wear them, skinny pants can become a staple of your wardrobe and open your closet to many new clothing ideas. Get creative with what you wear with skinny pants and enjoy the comfort and style that comes from the pants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Style Focus – Coffee Table Books At The Works

There are books that are made to be read and read. The sort of books that have dog eared pages, notes in the margin, pages turned over when you’ve lost your bookmarks. These are the sort of books you read on trains, on buses, by the pool on your holidays, but they are not necessarily the sort of books you love and cherish, they tend to be the books you read and then donate to your local charity shop, or leave on shelves in holiday hotels.

But there is another kind of book, one that is meant to be loved and cherished, books that are far too beautiful to sit on a shelf and be ignored, and books you would certainly never turn the pages over. I’m talking, of course, about the coffee table book – books often related to the topics of fashion, style, interiors and architecture.  These are usually hardback books, bigger than your average shelf can hold (hence living, almost nochalently, on the edge of a coffee table, to be admired and to browse through.).  Filled with beautiful illustrations of photography, coffee table books are almost as much about the style as they are about the content.

Bargain bookseller The Works is not normally the first port of call when looking for coffee table style books, but this would be a mistake, because it currently has a huge collection of books that are stylish and beautiful, perfect for lovers of fashion and architecture, as well as many books devoted to Art and The Arts. It is definitely worth checking out the special offers at The Works before you look elsewhere, especially as their website has so many more books than you will find in their UK Stores.

I have made a list of some reading material on my current wishlist, with the top read definitely being Icons of Vintage Fashion by Angele Hernu.

100 Years of Fashion
Format: Paperback Author: Cally Blackman Click to visit The Works

Rare Bird of Fashion
Format: Hardback Author: Eric Boman Click to visit The Works

Fashion
Format: Paperback Author: Christopher Breward Click to visit The Works

1920s Fashion
Format: Paperback Author: Charlotte Fiell £7 Click to visit The Works

 

Fashion Universe of Jean Paul Gaultier
Format: Hardback Author: Nathalie Bondil £67.99 Click to visit The Works