How to travel in style

EVER WONDER HOW SOME PEOPLE ALWAYS SEEM TO MANAGE TO TRAVEL IN STYLE - EVEN ON THE MOST ARDUOUS OF LONG-HAUL FLIGHTS? I'm not just talking about celebrities here, either: it's no secret how THEY manage to travel in style - they do it by travelling first class, changing clothes as soon as they board the aircraft, and maybe even having an assistant to style their hair and do their makeup when they land. [ 827 more words ]

Things Dita Von Teese Taught Me About Style

Who else loves Dita Von Teese style dresses, shoes and ... just everything, really? I've loved Dita's style for years, and if I was allowed to raid one celebrity's closet, Dita's would definitely make the shortlist - and her shoe collection would be #1, for sure. Unlike Audrey Hepburn, and her pared-down look, however, Dita Von Teese style won't translate to everyone's lifestyle without a bit of tweaking, but here are some style lessons I've learned from the queen of retro glamour... [ 618 more words ]

Do you have a shopping addiction? (And how to curb it, if you do…)

I don't normally pay much attention to the press releases that flood my inbox, but this week one caught my eye: it was from shopping site VeryFirstTo, and it talked about how the retailer has been trying to warn its customers of the dangers of shopping addiction - which it defines like this: "Shopping addiction is the compulsion to spend money, regardless of need or financial means. [ 1,528 more word ]

3 Ikea Must-Haves for Makeup Junkies

I love makeup and skincare products, but I ALSO love the minimal look when it comes to home furnishings - so, everything in its place, zero clutter, and an organised environment which I can relax in. Luckily for me, I ALSO love Ikea, which means I get to indulge my love of beauty products without compromising my need to keep everything organised at all times. [ 352 more words ]

The secret to finding the perfect foundation for your skintone?

As some of you might know, as a pale-skinned redhead, I'm on a permanent hunt for foundation pale enough to match my skintone - a search which I've documented extensively over at my other blog, Forever Amber. The fact is, though, it's not just those of us with pale skin who struggle to find the perfect match when it comes to foundation: in fact, I'm not sure I know ANYONE who can just waltz up to a beauty counter and pluck a foundation off the shelf, knowing it will match their skin tone perfectly - and even if you could, it would still only be the perfect match at that particular time. [ 199 more words ]

How to avoid looking like a tourist

As vacation time rolls around each year, the same question starts to turn up in my search referrers over and over again: how not to look like a tourist. It’s not just the search referrers, either: it seems a lot of you are worried about looking like tourists when you’re off, well, being tourists, basically, and I guess my first question for you has to be WHY? [ 986 more words ]

What to Pack | Weekend in Vegas

So, lately I’ve noticed quite a few people have been arriving at the site looking for info on what to pack for Vegas - which is actually kind of strange, as I've never written about that here. I have, however, packed for Vegas twice now, and in two different seasons, so my first tip is all about the weather… [ 734 more words ]

4 Reasons *Not* to Create a Capsule Wardrobe

When we look back on 2016 in years to come, I think one of the things we'll remember it for (in strictly fashion-related terms, obviously), is being the year of the capsule wardrobe. Capsule wardrobes are everywhere right now, aren't they? I feel like I can't log onto Pinterest without seeing another capsule wardrobe graphic, and trust me when I say, I'm definitely not complaining about that: while I haven't fully embraced the capsule wardrobe philosophy (I like shopping way too much for that!), it does hold a lot of appeal for me, and I've been pretty fascinated by it. [ 582 more words ]

Little Luxuries: Things To Buy When You Need a Quick Pick-Me-Up

As part of my mission to buy less clothing this year, I've found myself with a little bit more spare cash to spend on the other things in life. These are the things that many people don't think twice about, but which I've been neglecting, in favour of splurging on another dress, or pair of shoes, and now that I've stopped (or at least cut down) on that kind of spending, I've been really enjoying being able to add a touch of luxury to my life again. [ 815 more words ]

The Difference Between UK and US fashion terminology

You say tomAYto, we say tomAHto… readers, let’s just call the whole thing off, OK? OK, so maybe not. There are so many differences between UK and American English when it comes to fashion, though, that it can get mighty confusing sometimes, so I've rounded up some of the most commonly confused terms below, to try and shed some light on things. [ 293 more words ]

A pair of jeans for people who don’t like the ‘leggings’ look

The perfect pair of skinny jeans? Like most of the women I know, I really struggle to find jeans that both fit right and look the way I want them to: which is a bit of a bummer given that I tend to live in the things around 80% of the time. The search for the perfect jeans is a long one, though (I like to compare it to Frodo's journey in Lord of the Rings, but I guess that might be a BIT of an exaggeration...), and, in my case, it's made even longer by the simple fact that I'm fussy. [ 517 more words ]

How writing a diary can improve your life

I've been keeping diaries for most of my life, although it's only recently I resumed the habit of writing in an old-fashioned paper journal every night, as opposed to simply updating my blog. In my case, of course, writing a diary quite literally changed my life - in ways I couldn't even have begun to have imagined. Those early attempts at diary-writing were what eventually turned into my personal blog, [ 586 more words ]

How to Manage Your Inbox More Effectively

HANDS UP WHO GETS TOO MUCH EMAIL? I'm going to take a wild guess that most of you have your hands in the air at this point (Or that none of you do, because you all know I can't ACTUALLY see you, right?): as a blogger, I get so much email every day that I sometimes feel like it's answering email… [ 574 more words ]

3 Things I Learned from Being My Own Boss

Becoming my own boss is one of the best things I've ever done. It was also one of the most surprising. Here are some things I learned about myself when I became self-employed... // I'M NOT AS LAZY AS I THINK I AM When I was in traditional employment, I thought I was the laziest person in the entire world. I just never seemed to feel motivated, I had absolutely zero energy, and even the smallest tasks seemed insurmountable to me. [ 605 more words ]

5 Things to Ask Yourself Before Hitting the ‘Buy Now’ Button

Oh, that 'Buy Now' button! It's been my downfall many a time - as has "real life" shopping, for that matter. Sometimes it's way too easy to get caught up in the moment, and end up buying something that just doesn't work with your closet, or which you'll have no real chance to wear. I'm not sure I'll ever get totally over the thrill of the impulse purchase, but I'm doing my best to mend my ways, so here are some questions I try to ask myself before hitting "add to basket"... [ 840 more words ]

One simple trick to help you make the most of your closet

If you want to create a hard-working wardrobe, filled only with items you truly love, there are lots of different ways to do it. The problem is, most of those ways involve spending a lot of time clearing out your closet, sorting through your clothes, and then putting the whole lot back again - minus whichever items you decide not to keep. [ 575 more words ]

How to make your clothes last longer

We all want our clothes to last as long as possible: here are some laundry tips to make your clothes last longer – the ‘laundry 101’ if you will… Don’t buy dry clean only if you’re not prepared to pay for cleaning We’ve all been there – you find something you love… but it’s dry clean only, and you know you’re not going to be willing to haul ass to the cleaners every couple of weeks, or cough up the cash for constant dry cleaning. [ 928 more words ]

5 Things Most Stylish ShoeperWomen Own

I'M SURE YOU ALREADY KNOW THIS, BUT CLOTHES ALONE ARE NOT ENOUGH TO MAKE SOMEONE LOOK 'STYLISH'. Actually, what REALLY makes someone "stylish" is something it's hard to put your finger on: a lot of the time I think it's one of those things you've either got, or you haven't. With that said, here are a few things that will help you on your way... [ 424 more words ]

The Best Overnight Bag | Madewell Transport Weekender

A few weeks ago I decided to treat myself to a Madewell Transport Weekender bag, and liked it so much that I thought a quick post was in order - so here it is! Now, I'm not a girl who likes to travel light: on my last trip abroad, I had to pay to upgrade my luggage allowance before I even boarded the flight, and on the way home I under up walking onto the plane wearing one jacket (with a couple of layers underneath) and carrying another. [ 333 more words ]

How fashion blogging helped me find my style

UNTIL I DECIDED TO START A FASHION BLOG, I WAS PRETTY MUCH LOST, STYLE WISE. That might sound like a bit of an exaggeration, but it's true. Oh, I had tons of clothes - I've always had shopaholic tendencies - but none of them really worked with each other, and some of them didn't even work by themselves, because I was one of those people (and still can be, if I'm perfectly honest) who doesn't always stop to think before buying something. [ 686 more words ]

From the ShoeperWoman hall of fame…

I've written a lot of posts on this blog in the 7 years (!) it's been online, and it's all too easy for some of them to get lost in the archive, so today I thought I'd take a quick look back at some of's greatest hits. Just in case you missed them... HOW TO STOP SHOES SLIPPING OFF… [ 472 more words ]

Shopping: When to spend and when to save

We're constantly being told that "quality over quantity" is the best way to build a wardrobe, but while few people would disagree with the idea that high quality clothes make a better investment than cheaper ones, it's not always realistic to invest a lot of money on EVERY item in your wardrobe. Of course, in an ideal world, every item would be exquisitely made, and the best quality money can buy. [ 738 more words ]

How to Get Ready in a Hurry

I'M ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO'S ALWAYS RUNNING LATE. Oh, I'm rarely ACTUALLY late, I hasten to add. No, my particular brand of lateness is the kind that makes me just late enough to be always rushing out of the house while still buttoning up my shirt, but not late enough to miss my appointment. So, it's the really annoying kind, in other words. [ 627 more words ]

Reasons to Love Running (That Have Nothing to Do With Fitness)

I've talked in the past about how running is the only form of exercise I've ever been able to stick to, but it's not just fitness that motivates me to keep pulling on my running shoes, even when running is the very last thing I want do. Here are some other reasons to love running... // THINKING TIME I don't know about you, but I often feel like there's no time to think in my day-to-day life. [ 371 more words ]

Three Pairs of Jeans That Are Perfect for Almost-Petites

"Almost-petites?" I hear you ask. "What the hell's an almost-petite?" People like me are almost-petite. At 5'4", I'm too tall for the petite ranges, most of which are aimed at women of 5'3" and under... but I'm too short for the "regular" lines: so, the worst of both worlds, basically. When I'm buying skirts and dresses, my height isn't too much of an issue. [ 485 more words ]

How Often Do You Wear Each Item of Clothing?

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE 30 WEAR CHALLENGE? I'm pretty late to the party with this (Don't laugh, but although I run a website about style, I've never been particularly interested in fashion, so I don't tend to keep up with anything described as "fashion news"!), but this is an idea suggested by Livia Firth, who wants people to think more carefully about the purchases they make, and cut down on impulse-buying of fast-fashion. [ 583 more words ]

How to Find Your Style

So, as I've mentioned a few times now, lately I've been going through a bit of a style change. Oh, it's not a radical one: I haven't gone from retro girl to biker chick, or anything like that - in fact, if you know me in real life, you probably won't even have noticed. But for a long time now, I've been finding myself feeling pretty uninspired with my closet. [ 976 more words ]

Are designer clothes really better quality than high street ones?

"I'd NEVER spend that much money on shoes/a bag/ a dress/ delete as appropriate!" If I had a pound for every time I've heard that line, I'd be able to buy all the designer clothes my heart desires - well, SOME of them, anyway. The comment, when it comes, is normally followed-up by some variation of the question, "What's the point? [ 593 more words ]

6 Items of Clothing That Will Take You Anywhere

The standard capsule wardrobe normally consists of around 37 items. I've been thinking about it, though, and I reckon I could get by on just 6 - assuming I didn't have to deal with any extremes of weather, or unexpected excursions requiring specialist clothing, obviously! Here are my six essentials - and bear in mind that this is a purely personal list, so the usual caveats apply: these won't work for everyone, and your own list might be totally different! [ 405 more words ]

6 Things Fashion Bloggers Can Teach Us About Style

When you’re a fashion blogger, you end up having to look at a whole lot of photos yourself, and let’s be honest, you’re not always going to like what you see. These fashion blogger fails – for want of a better expression – might make you cringe at the time, though, but there are important style lessons to be learnt from them, if you’re willing to pay attention. [ 1,029 more word ]

4 Bras Every Woman Should Own

The title of this post is probably just a little bit optimistic: just as there's no such thing as a "one size/style fits all" solution for clothing, different women will obviously have different requirements for their lingerie, too. Rather than this being a guide to the bras EVERY women should own, then, let's just think of it as a guide to the bras that are useful to have in your collection, OK? [ 342 more words ]

Why self-employment might not be for you

If you read my post on 5 reasons to start your own business, you might be wondering what the downside is to self-employment: or if there even IS one. Well, yes: there IS a downside to being your own boss. In fact, there are quite a few of them. So, if you're still deciding whether or not to to quit the day job (and just to redress the balance after my last post), here are some reasons self-employment might NOT be the right decision for you... [ 643 more words ]

7 Instagram Mistakes to Avoid

A while back, I wrote about how we're over-thinking Instagram, by obsessing over "themes" and follower numbers, at the expense of simply using the platform the way it was designed - to record little "instant" moments of our daily lives. Now, I stand by that opinion, and I just want to preface this post by saying there are no "rules" to using Instagram (Well, other than the ACTUAL rules they lay down, like no nudity, etc), and everyone has the right to use their account however they like. [ 920 more words ]

ShoeperWoman’s eBay Shopping Guide: How to Shop on eBay without the risk

I have a love-hate relationship with eBay. I'm a big fan of ebay shopping, which is a great way to track down that elusive item that sold out as soon as I decided to buy it, but I stopped trying to sell there long ago - back when I realised that people on eBay are all after something for (close to) nothing, and it was almost impossible to get a fair price for the items I tried to sell. [ 1,566 more word ]

3 Hair Products You Didn’t Know You Needed

It's rare that press release manages to pique my interest, but I received one recently from hair brand Carmen, which basically made me want to run out and buy everything mentioned in it. No, I'm not joking. I'll stick to just three, for the purposes of this post, though, and they are... 01. THE HANDS-FREE HAIRDRYER At first I thought this would come in handy for those times when I'm trying to blow-dry my hair and style it at the same time, but let's be honest: it would be MOST handy for those times when I want to dry my hair and use my… [ 248 more words ]

How to Sleep Better

I know I'm far from the only one out there who'd like to know how to sleep better, so here are some of my favourite tips... // LIMIT SCREEN TIME BEFORE BED I have a really bad habit of getting into bed and then lying there scrolling through Instagram/Bloglovin'/whatever else takes my fancy for a good twenty minutes or so before turning off the light. [ 713 more words ]

A nail polish that lasts two weeks, but is still easy to remove? Bring it on…

I've never been the kind of woman who spends a lot of time on her nails. Mine are short and brittle, with super-dry cuticles, and a nice little selection of hangnails, into the bargain. I can't stand the feeling of long nails on my keyboard, and I have a job which requires me to type thousands of words every day, so although my nails grow quickly, I'm forever filing them down... [ 528 more words ]

The Best Brand for Bretons

I'M A LITTLE BIT ADDICTED TO STRIPES - AND IF YOU'VE BEEN READING THIS BLOG FOR A WHILE NOW, YOU'RE PROBABLY READING THIS AND THINKING, "YEAH, YEAH - TELL US SOMETHING WE DON'T KNOW, SHOEPERWOMAN!" Of all of the stripe tops I own, though (and trust me, there are a LOT of them), there's one brand that stands out, and one brand I keep coming back to. [ 256 more words ]

4 Places to Sell Your Old Clothes Online (That Aren’t eBay)

I've gone through several huge clear-outs this year, and while it's really helped me refine my style (and clear out my closet!), it has left me with the issue of what to do with the unwanted clothes, many of which are still in pristine condition. Of course, some of those clothes get donated: let's just say the local charity stores have done very well out of my closet this year! [ 821 more words ]

How to Make More Time in Your Day

Time: there just never seems to be enough of it, does there? In fact, I don't think I know anyone - like, anyone AT ALL - who doesn't regularly complain about the lack of time in their day for all of the things they have to accomplish: sometimes it feels like everyone I know is just rushing from task-to-task, constantly struggling to catch up with themselves. [ 881 more words ]

Why I Don’t Care About Fashion Week

Every year around this time, the requests start to come rolling in: Could I write a post about my favourite trends for fashion week? What about one on what to wear to fashion week? OK, well, if I had to pick a car to take to fashion week, which car would I pick? Could I maybe write about THAT? On and on it goes, with brands coming up with ever-more tenuous ways to try to jump on board the fashion week bandwagon, and get themselves some coverage associated with it. [ 457 more words ]

Five Brands I Wish Would Move to the UK

Here in the UK, we're pretty lucky with our shopping choices, all things considered. Our high street is one of the best in the world (or I think so, at least!), and over the last decade or so, we've also started to see a steady stream of American or European stores opening UK websites, allowing us to shop without the added shipping fees and import duty. [ 478 more words ]

When Fitting Rooms Go Wrong

Did I ever tell you about the time I got stuck inside my clothes? Guys, I got stuck inside my clothes. Well, I say I got stuck inside MY clothes: that’s not quite accurate. They were actually Zara’s clothes, and that’s Zara as in the store, not some friend of mine, who might have at least have been able to help me out of my predicament. [ 980 more words ]

5 Places to Find Petite Clothing on a Budget

Any petite people out there? At 5'4", I'm technically NOT petite: I still, however, find many clothes almost comically long on me (particularly things like jeans and trousers), which means I'm no stranger to the petite clothing sections of my favourite high street retailers. Here are five of my favourites... Miss Selfridge Not only does Miss Selfridge's regular section go down to a UK size 4, making it suitable for the smaller shopper, the petites section is a particularly good one: in fact, I frequently spot items in the petites section that aren't available in regular sizes. [ 279 more words ]

Five Reasons to Start Your Own Business

One of the first questions people tend to ask me when they find out I'm self-employed is whether I'd ever consider going back to "traditional" employment. The answer? HELL, NO! I've been self-employed now for over a decade, and I STILL regularly have nightmares in which I inexplicably decide to go back to one of my previous office jobs. It really IS a nightmare, too, because while I'm the first to admit that self-employment isn't for everyone, I've never regretted it for a moment: in fact, my only real regret is that I didn't do it sooner. [ 694 more words ]

The Shy Girl’s Guide to Socialising (without the awkwardness)

When you're shy, socialising can seem more like a trial than a pleasure: but it doesn't have to be that way. Here are some ways to survive social occasions - even when you're super-shy... 01. SMILE! I'd always assumed my shyness was obvious to other people - until one day a colleague confided that, until she'd really gotten to know me, she'd assumed I was "snobby" and unapproachable. [ 822 more words ]

A 5-Piece Outerwear Capsule

Confession time: this time last year, in addition to having an entire room for my clothes, I also had an entire closet (and a double-one) at that, full of outerwear. Just to make matters even worse, that closet was always crammed to bursting point, and eventually it got to the stage where enough was enough, and it was time for a clear-out. [ 591 more words ]

Why You Should Dress Like You’re Already Famous

Dress: ZARA You know that sage piece of career advice which says you should dress for the job you want, rather than the one you have? Lately I've been trying my best to apply that philosophy to all parts of my wardrobe. Because why should work be the only time we dress the part? I'm a firm believer in the idea that when you look your best, you FEEL your best, and I'd like to apply that to ALL aspects of my life, rather than only to the things I need to "dress up" for. [ 401 more words ]

Which coat should you wear with each outfit?

I WAS going to call this post "how to wear a coat", but I changed my mind at the last minute, because, seriously, how obvious is THAT? I mean, everyone knows how to wear a coat, don't they? It's not rocket science, after all: you just pick a coat you like, put it on, and bingo - you're wearing a coat! [ 315 more words ]

Building a Multi-Seasonal Wardrobe

After an entire lifetime of shopping seasonally (So, shorts for summer, sweaters for winter, and so on and so forth), and even switching my closet around twice a year to give me better access to each season's clothes, I've finally come to the conclusion that what I REALLY need is a multi-seasonal wardrobe instead. The thing is, we don't really get "seasons" here in the UK, do we? [ 690 more words ]

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