Why don’t you have a stylish October. (updated)

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Winter;s definitely on its way, temperatures are dropping and the nights are drawing in. So here are my hints and tips for making October a super stylish fashionista month.

  • Check out the fab 1960’s fashions are worn by the super stylish cast of the new Brit Flick ‘Made in Dagenham‘, Decide whether you are going to channel cute Jaime Winstone or chic Rosamund Pike. Released 1st October.
  • Get ready for the super Saturday night fash-off between Cheryl Cole and the reining champion Danni Minogue as X Factor goes live this month. If that’s not your thing, you could turn to BBC and admire the ever stylish Tess Daley and the beautiful Alesha Dixon as Strictly Come Dancing makes a welcome return.
  • Go and see the amazing Ballet Russes exhibition at the V&A this month. If you can’t get to London, at least check out the amazing range of complimentary items in the V&A online shop. I’ve got my eye on a stunning brooch.

    stunning pin from the V&A.

    • Visit a new store. If you’re in Wednesbury on Thursday 7th October, get yourself along to the Gallagher Retail Park for the opening of a new TK Maxx superstore. There are free goodie bags for the first 500 people through the doors, along with £10 vouchers. In addition, there are free complimentary massages from the 5 minute angels.
    • Pre-order your copy of Luella Bartley‘s English style book from Amazon.co.uk. The inimitable Luella casts her eye over all things English in this much-anticipated book.
    • Meet a fashion star. If you happen to be in Birmingham this October, you could get to meet a fully fledged fashion star at not one, but two book signings. Nigel Barker, judge on America’s Next Top Model and photographer, will be signing copies of his new book in Selfridges, The Bullring, on Wednesday 6th October between 6pm-7pm, whilst fashionista’s favourite Gok Wan will be in WH Smiths signing copies of his new autobiography on Saturday 16th October from 12.30pm.
    • Chanel true Hollywood style and host your own Halloween party on the 31st. However, take your style keys from Kate Moss, who wore a glamorous lace dress and top hat when attending a Halloween bash with DJ Nellee Hooper, rather than looking towards the crazy snake costume worn by Heidi Klum. Alternatively, go and see Wicked and be truly amazed.
    • Visit the ‘world of Manolo’, ground floor at Liberty, Regent Street, London and delve into a fabulous world of Manolo Blahnik, with a range of fabulous shoes and Liberty printed fabrics and scarves. You could meet the shoe legend himself if you are around on Thursday 21st Oct at 6pm, as he will be in store signing copies of his new book.
    • Pre order ‘The Fashion File’, the new book by Mad Men designer Janie Bryant and tap into the fabulous fashions of Joan and Betty Draper. (released 25th October).
    • Try to catch fab documentary ‘The Curse of the Hope Diamond’ this month and find out that diamonds are not always a girls best friend.
    • Check out Fashion-mommy on the radio. Fashion-mommy will be having a chat with Joanne Malin from Radio WM on Mornings with Joanne Malin on the 19th October at 10.35am, hope you all listen in!
    • Pay a visit to NEWLIFE and check out their daily deals this month. Every day has a special promotion where you will save even more cash, whilst helping an important and worthwhile cause. (Charity superstore – Hemlock Way, Cannock.)

    If you have any more ideas for ways to have a fab October, please leave a comment and I will add them to the list.

Why don’t you have a stylish September?

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I love the last page of style magazine par excellence Harpers Bazaar. The page where each month a stylish fashionista (think Victoria Beckham, Manolo Blahnik, Chrissie Hynde, and, this month, my favourite 60’s icon Marianne Faithfull) gives a list of suggestions for stylish things to do during the new month under the title ‘Why Don’t you…’ I’ve decided launch my own suggestions for why don’t you each month. Enjoy, and if you  have anything else to suggest, leave a comment and add it to the site.


  • Enjoy a night out for charity. It is Vogue‘s ‘BIG NIGHT OUT’ tonight all over London. Fashionista’s everywhere will be putting on their glad rags and snapping up fashion bargains to raise money for good causes. Alternatively, if you are in the Midlands tonight, why not attend the ‘Sex and the City‘ evening of High fashion in aid of the Newlife Foundation for disabled children. This is taking place in the ‘Bank bar and lounge’ in Cannock from 7pm. Enjoy half price cocktails and buy guilt free jewellery, clothes and accessories on the night. You can then go home and tell Hubby that it was all for a good cause. Well, that’s what I’m going to do anyway!
  • Have a great outdoors style Saturday night, if you are in London, Swansea, or Glasgow you could enjoy the fabulous Proms in the Park and enjoy the range of rainwear and wellies on show. In Birmingham it is the weekend of ‘Artsfest, which is all totally free and includes Kerrangfest with The Twang, and stars of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. If you are attend ‘Proms in the Park’ check out Evans(www.evans.co.uk)  fab range of wellies which come in E nad EEE fittings, and don’t forget to add a bit of vintage sparkle to so British an event.

    these are fab wellies from Evans - great for wet autumn days.

    this might come in useful for Artsfest and Proms in the park. check out fab umbrellas from Fulton and Cath Kidston at Amazon.co.uk

  • Catch the Grace Kelly Style exhibition at the V&A before it finishes and see why this lady is still a fashion muse almost 30 years after her death. Until 26th September.
  • Check out the charity shops in the lovely riverside town of Stourport on Severn. At a quick glance last Saturday evening I did a mental count of eight charity shops. Perfect for a Saturday afternoon rummage followed by a few drinks on the river.
  • Sort out your wardrobe and ‘DONATE DON’T DUMP!’ Get rid of anything too big, too small, unworn, unloved and put a big smile on the face of Mary Portas. Charity shops are in dire need of new stock for the new season, do your bit.
  • Try out the new Levi’s website for their ‘Curve ID’ jeans. It’s fabulous. You just answer some simple questions about your shape and , hey presto, they find your perfect jeans. I tried it and was shocked when I noticed that the plus size model/real person wearing my perfect jeans actually had my shape. Prices are not cheap, starting at around £80, so you may decide to save money and try New Look’s new range of YES YES jeans that come in all shapes and start at just £9.99.
  • Pre-order your copy of Sex and the City 2 from Amazon.co.uk now. Ignore the critics, the girls looked fab, were older but not wiser and frankly I lived the chat between Miranda and Charlotte where Miranda said it was ok to love your kids but need to escape from them sometimes. Whilst waiting for the film to arrive, check out Amazon.co.uk ‘s Sex and the City store which stocks everything SATC related. And check out the Fab poster above, it made me laugh out loud as I don’t know a straight man ANYWHERE who ‘gets’ SATC.
  • Finally check out a gorgeous new hair style icon in the unlikeliest of places. As you know I am a mom to Baba, aged 20 months, and watch a hell of a lot of CBEEBIES. I have lately found myself obsessed with an amazing glossy auburn mane of May, the park keeper on ‘Big City Park’. May, played by actress Sarah McCardie is a plus size girl(size 16 maybe?) with a beautiful face, a great line in plaid shirts and the most truly amazing hair. And with not a hair extension in sight. Check her out and I challenge you not to be jealous!

check out that fab mane of hair. Sarah McCardie on Big city park

That’s it for September – but if you have a recommendation – pass it on in the comments box and I will add it to the site.