<![CDATA[Katy Dyer Style Coach & Corporate Image - Blog]]>Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:26:08 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Step into Spring in Style]]>Fri, 31 Mar 2017 11:40:10 GMThttp://katydyer.com/1/post/2017/03/step-into-spring-in-style.htmlPicture

Put your best foot forward. Spring is the perfect time to refresh your wardrobe with new colours as well as new styles.

Here's the lowdown on the hottest shoe trends for the season and which ones will work for you...

All Wrapped Up

Emphasising the ankles, this look focuses on buckles, ribbons and straps wrapped around the lower half of your leg.

Lean column body shapes whose legs are likely to be slimmer (be mindful of your skirt/trouser length if you opt to wear this trend as cutting your legs in multiple places can make them appear shorter). 

Flat Form

The sole to be seen in this Spring/Summer is thick, even and oh-so comfortable.

Naturals will love this trend as shoes with a thick, even sole are both comfortable and practical. They will also give you a little height, so if you're petite you get the best of both worlds! 

Kitten Heels

A modern classic, the kitten heel comes back once again this season.

Romantics will love this elegant, ladylike heel height. Those who are Grand in scale may also enjoy trying this trend to give the leg a little lift without adding too much height. 

<![CDATA[A healthy approach to fashion: dress well, move well, feel good!]]>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:44:01 GMThttp://katydyer.com/1/post/2017/03/a-healthy-approach-to-fashion-dress-well-move-well-feel-good.htmlPicture
Sometimes fashion choices are not always the smart choices for our body. If you like to dress stylishly but still want to look after your posture, muscles and joints you don’t have to compromise  to move around freely and comfortably. Here are some top to toe healthy style tips from Viv Slater of Move Well Massage to help you look, move and feel great.

Footwear to keep you on your toes
These days there is a great range of stylish AND comfortable footwear available for all sorts of occasions. At a basic level what you’re looking for in a shoe is one that fits without slipping, that allows your toes some wiggle room, and that feels comfortable. Look at brands such as Moshulu, Gabor and Ecco, and the comfort or podiatry in-house brands of John Lewis, M&S and Debenhams for well-fitting, supportive, comfortable footwear. (More locally Wainwrights in Princes Risborough has a great range and skilled staff.)

Generally, women’s shoes very often narrow at the ball of foot and toes and squash them. Over time this can form bunions. These are painful and problematic to treat. Consider wearing shoes most of the time that allow your toes and ball of foot to wiggle and spread. Save elegant but bunion-forming shoes for special occasions.

Ankle boots are currently in fashion: choose wisely. Low boots often don’t provide much support and hold around the heel and ankle. You can you end up gripping with your calf and foot muscles, with the result that your foot and ankle can’t move properly. This can give you painful feet, ankle or knee joints, and if you’re unlucky, a painful sole of foot condition called plantar fasciitis. Look for comfort and a snug heel fit in your ankle boots, or don’t wear them for long periods of walking. Taller, calf-height boots can often have a better shape that follows the contours of your heel and ankle, so you can walk more comfortably without any foot gripping.

For the shoes that you spend the most time in, choose flats or a low heel. Very high heels or heels worn constantly can cause considerable postural, back and feet problems. But there are times when you may want to wear heels. Think about what you’ll be doing at these times. A wedge can be comfortable if you’re standing for long periods as it distributes the weight more easily across the sole. If you’re dancing or walking, wedges can restrict the natural movement of the foot, so consider a court shoe which tends to allow more foot and ankle movement as long as it isn’t too high. If you feel you need a bit of extra height, consider a heel with a platform. You get more height from the platform without adding extra heel inches and compromising your spine. Or use other hair, make-up and clothing style tricks to give an impression of lift and height – over to Katy who’s the expert.

Choosing a bra: breathing matters
Professional bra-fitting services correctly point out the importance of having a well-fitting band to provide support. But beware of bras that fit too tightly around the ribcage.  This will restrict your breathing and rib/spine movement, which can lead to mid-back and neck discomfort. Get a balance between support and a level of comfort that allows you to breathe deeply without feeling restricted.

Swimwear to suit your spine
A quick word on swimwear. A halterneck style can be flattering, stylish and supportive. But if tied very tightly, it can pull your neck forward and out of line with the rest of your spine, causing neck discomfort – not what you want when relaxing on holiday.
Skinny jeans, pencil skirts: room to move
If you wear skinny-style clothing for long periods of time, make sure that the fabric has some stretch. Skinny styles in rigid fabrics can restrict your natural joint movement, resulting in tight, stiff hips and back.
From The Healthy Back Back Company (www.thehealthybackbag.co.uk)
Bags of advice for posture
If you carry a very heavy handbag on one shoulder or in one hand, you end up hitching that shoulder and adapting your posture to counterbalance the weight. If you do this regularly it can contribute to back, neck, shoulder and even elbow and wrist pain. Put less in your bag, perhaps use the calendar on your 'phone rather than carrying a heavy diary and remove items that you don’t need. You could also consider using a bag with a strap that goes across your body, or a rucksack (use both straps, keep them quite snug to keep the bag close to your body.) These are kinder on your spine and allow you to maintain a natural posture. Try The Healthy Back Bag (online or in Wainwrights, Princes Risborough) for casual use, or the Radley brand for smarter cross-body bags. Ted Baker does a great range of hand-held handbags that also have a strap that allow you to carry the bag across your body when needed.

Viv Slater is a soft tissue therapist and owner of Move Well Massage with a clinic at Haddenham Medical Centre in South Buckinghamshire. Viv offers clinical and sports massage, remedial exercise and one to one yoga to help people move well and feel good. 
w: www.movewellmassage.co.uk
t: 07847 013 293
e: viv@movewellmassage.co.uk

<![CDATA[Colourful kisses for Valentine's Day!]]>Sat, 04 Feb 2017 14:13:31 GMThttp://katydyer.com/1/post/2017/02/colourful-kisses-for-valentines-day.htmlPicture
February: the month of love, passion and romance... and the perfect excuse to celebrate YOU!

Whether it's a sassy new image, a slick of a bold new lipstick or treating yourself to a makeover experience, we've got all the TLC you need.

Colourful Kisses
You can instantly update your look and brighten your complexion with a slick of lipstick or gloss from the colour me beautiful range.

Red symbolises passion, love and energy so be bold this month and try something new! Obviously you need to ensure you get the right shade to suit you so here are our suggestions based on your dominant colouring type: 
LIGHT- You need to avoid strong shades so try a slick of Pink Shell lipgloss over Natural lip pencil.
DEEP -Perfect your Hollywood pout with our Red Carpet cream lipstick.
WARM - Spice lip pencil worn underneath Warm Sand lipgloss will make your lips instantly kissable! 
COOL - Go for it with our Glam cream lipstick!
CLEAR - Draw attention to your lips and add some contrast to a neutral make-up look with Ruby cream lipstick. 
SOFT - Subtle is more your style, but this doesn't mean you can't still make a statement! Just Kissed and Sueded Rose are both great choices.
Dress to Impress 
We all get stuck in a clothing rut from time-to-time but with a few simple steps you can ensure you're dressed to impress every day...
• Add some colour! During Winter months there is nothing better to lift the mood. Wrap a colourful scarf around your neck, select a bag in a statement shade. Even a pair of colourful wellies for your weekend walk will up the style factor and make you feel great too!
• Embellish! All to often accessories are forgotten, but they're essential for completing your look. Layer some necklaces over your favourite everyday top, cinch your waist in with a belt on your usual work dress or just switch out your stud earrings for something a little bolder.
• Treat your hands & feet. Pamper yourself with a mani/pedi and go for a bold shade to up the glam factor. If you feel a little uncertain about doing this we recommend going with a classic red shade to start with (like our Stiletto nail colour, available to buy here).

A few small tweaks may be all you need, however if you want the star style treatment this Valentine's Day get in touch and book your makeover today!
<![CDATA[Top Party Looks For The Festive Season]]>Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:46:50 GMThttp://katydyer.com/1/post/2016/12/top-party-looks-for-the-festive-season.htmlAccording to the Financial Times' resident style editor, Jo Ellison, this festive season it's all about keeping the focus on your top half with "over the table dressing". The theory is simple; people will only see your top half when you're sitting down at your Christmas dinner party, so focus your attention there.

This is a great approach as wearing colours that really suit you on your top half ensures maximum impact; your skin will glow, your eyes will sparkle and you're sure to turn heads for all the right reasons! 
Have Fun With Your Party Look
Christmas is the time for sparkle and fun, so try stepping out of your comfort zone. There is lots of choice when it comes to embellishment this season; lace, sequins, embroidery and elaborate sleeves are all widely available. Textures like silk and velvet are also very popular and will add a luxe feel to your party ensemble. If you prefer to keep things a little more understated though, a smart blazer or colourful necklace are simple ways to add colour and detail.

Which Colours Work Best For Me?
If you haven't already had a colour consultation, now is the time to book in. Alternatively, drop a few hints to your nearest and dearest and maybe you'll find a colour consultation gift package under the Christmas tree!

<![CDATA[Decoding the Perfect Party Outfit]]>Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:45:10 GMThttp://katydyer.com/1/post/2016/11/decoding-the-perfect-party-outfit.htmlPicture

So you’ve been invited to a Christmas party. Maybe your friends have decided to have a get together for New Years Eve. Office party giving you nightmares – and what are you going to wear?

Here’s a few ideas of where to head to on the high street, based on your style personality. For each idea there are some clues as to what YOUR style personality might be – and yes, we all have one!

If you have a creative element to your style personality your outfit will probably be a work of art. You may well decide on your party look on the day as you don’t like to plan - who knows how you’ll feel on the day? It might be a beautiful one-off vintage piece or an ensemble that completely mixes style & texture (think leather & lace, metallic with cotton).

Brands to consider: Vintage shops & markets, Finery, Cos

You will be the centre of attention and look a-ma-zing. Go for something that is high fashion with dramatic accessories. For you it might be a jumpsuit, sky-high heels or statement jewellery. Above all, it’s got to be seen.

Brands to consider: Karen Millen, Reiss, Warehouse

All things feminine, floral or delicate. You may want to choose a gorgeous dress in lace or perhaps a touch of floral. It might be tactile with velvet, devore or silk. Don’t forget those accessories to make the outfit – a pretty drawstring handbag and maybe some sparkly shoes.

Brands to consider: Oasis, Phase Eight, Butterfly at Matthew Williamson (Designers at Debenhams)

It’s got to be well put together and ideally co-ordinated. A well-fitting style such as a shift dress or trousers and blouse combination would be a great choice. Be sure to up the glamour stakes by including colour and detail in accessories too – keep them simple yet elegant.

Brands to consider: LK Bennett, Hobbs, Autograph at M&S

Primarily you will want to feel comfortable. And warm. But this doesn’t mean you have to compromise in the style stakes. Think about an elegant combination of satin or ponte neat trousers with a cashmere knit worn with a favourite necklace or sparkle. If you go for heels, remember to sneak some flats into your bag for the journey home.

Brands to consider: Jigsaw, White Stuff, Boden

City Chic
It’s all about the statement and your probably have the perfect outfit combination in your wardrobe already. Whilst your look is understated it is always current and up to date. So how about adding an on-trend stylish clutch and a fab pair of patent heels just for a touch more glamour for the perfect party look.

Brands to consider: ME+EM, Whistles, Massimo Dutti 
So there it is – save time shopping for that perfect outfit by heading to the brands that you know will feel great for you. That leaves time for a sneaky glass of festive fizz! What's your go-to look for the party season?
<![CDATA[Shop Smart this Season]]>Tue, 08 Nov 2016 11:51:29 GMThttp://katydyer.com/1/post/2016/11/shop-smart-this-season.htmlPicture
At this time of year we seem to be bombarded constantly with the message to buy, buy, buy. With the festive season just around the corner perhaps you have already started to think about the gifts need to buy and perhaps whether you need a new outfit for a Christmas party or night out or even the big day itself. Whether you are overwhelmed or excited by the prospect, take a look at my tips below for making your shopping trip (or screentime) successful and perhaps even enjoyable...

Take on the high street
1. Make a list
Always. Browsing to "see if there's something he/she/I might like" is setting yourself up for frustration, disappointment and potentially an item that is never worn, used or opened. Now that's a waste of time, money and space. Making a list of what you really need and the stores you plan to visit will keep you focused on the job in hand and avoid costly mistakes.

2. Comfort factor
Layer up for warmth in the Winter rather than wearing a heavy coat. Take an umbrella if rain is forecast. Make sure your footwear can last the distance - leave the heels or suede at home this time.

3. No such thing as free...
Everyone loves a freebee (points, 3-for-2's, gift-with-purchase) right? If you are tempted by the bargain of the season, refer to point 1- is it on your list, do you actually need it? If not, make like a Disney princess and let it go.

4. Plan breaks
This is really important to avoid fatigue and getting fed up. Having a coffee or stopping for lunch is a great way to keep focused on your shopping and a good opportunity to review your progress and plan the rest of your trip.

5. Take water
Shopping can be exhausting! Take a bottle of water with you and stay hydrated. 

Remember to be realistic about what you can achieve during your trip - and what you can actually carry.
Online wins - successful shopping from the comfort of your own home
1. Stay comfortable
A cuppa, some good music and a comfy chair. 

2. Again - make a list
Shopping online often poses more distractions that in store! Jot down the list and the stores that are likely to stock the items you are after. Batch into department stores where you can to reduce costs and number of deliveries.

3.  Read Reviews
Take a look at a few the reviews of your product online, especially if you are spending more - what are other purchasers experiences? Great packaging & good service, did they have to size up (or down), is the colour or pattern the same as the online image? Learn from others - a great tool which does take a little more time, but can prevent returns or mistakes in the long run.

Regardless of your preferred way of shopping do set a budget - it is so easy to get carried away! But if you do see that "gotta have it" piece, perhaps consider what you might be prepared to compromise on to get it. So whether you're a shopaholic or retail-phobic, these tips will help you get the most out of your time, budget and space.
<![CDATA[My Style: The Wellbeing Series - Jazzercise Team Bucks & Oxon]]>Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:44:57 GMThttp://katydyer.com/1/post/2016/10/my-style-the-wellbeing-series-jazzercise-team-bucks-oxon.htmlPicture
In Summer it somehow seems so much easier to get out and move - walking, cycling, running. But come the winter, once you've stepped through the door it's easy to stay there. But with research that dance-based exercise has hugely positive results on the mind as well as the body, I was intrigued to learn more about the popular Jazzercise classes that are run across Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire - by a truly amazing team who have energy and enthusiasm too. So I know they're fit - but what inspires the look of the team running the classes in and around Thame, Haddenham, Chinnor and Waddesdon?

What is your favourite item in your wardrobe right now?
Janey: Mint Velvet grey leather jacket. I've wanted a leather jacket for years, but always felt that black ones were too heavy on me. I saw this and could not resist!

Nina:  Tough one, I don't really have any favourites but in the winter it's my North Face winter coat, it's like walking around in a sleeping bag!
Janey's leather jacket
Nina's North Face Coat
Sarah: My new instructor jacket (right).

Lucy: My Oasis jumper, I brought it with my birthday vouchers and for the first time in years and years it isn't black or grey! I also love the shape of it.

Who (or what) inspires your look -famous or not?
Janey: I'd love to be as timeless as Audrey Hepburn. Darcey Bussell always looks lovely too, so elegant and classic. I fear I am a bit scruffier!
Nina: I'm just myself! I don't have any idols or follow anyone's look.
Sarah: I really like brands like French Connection & DKNY. I also really like to follow beauty vloggers on YouTube like Fleur DeForce to get inspiration. 
Lucy: There isn't one person I just like simply not too busy fashion if that makes sense.
What is your cherished item in your wardrobe - what's the story behind it?
Janey: My wedding shoes (below left). I made them. Such happy memories.
Nina: Ugg boots- so comfy! 
Sarah: My most cherished item would be my wedding shoes from Irregular Choice (below right) as I wanted a pair of statement shoes that I could wear again with anything.
Lucy: My Marc b handbag, it was brought for me as a present by my friend. It couldn't be more me if it was designed personally for me, it makes me smile every time I use it I Love it
You've been invited to a special event last minute - what do you wear?
Janey: Depends what it is! I have a gorgeous 50's style skirt with a beautiful pattern on it. Looks good with heels and a simple top.
Nina: Little black dress.
Sarah: Anything I can find - probably my Ted Baker black midi dress.
Lucy: Easy - little black dress with heels.
Last but not least - you're all fitness instructors - which track always gets you in the dance floor?
Janey: Being a fitness instructor I get to listen to loads of music. Getting me on the dance floor is never a problem, getting me off is another matter! If I had to choose a song it would be something funky like a Canned Heat by Jamiroquai.
Nina: Scream by Usher
Sarah: I love any excuse to get on the dance floor but I think great songs that get everyone up dancing are ones like The Killers- Mr Brightside, Queen - Don't stop me now & The B-52's - Love Shack. 
Lucy: I love anything R&B but any type of music gets me on the dance floor!  My ALL time favourite has to be Teardrops by Lovestation 
So you've found out what inspires the team - have you been inspired to try a class? Find out more about Jazzercise here or contact Janey Enticott on 07739 186 231 or janey.jazzercise@gmail.com
<![CDATA[My Style: The Wellbeing Series - Nutrition by Rosie]]>Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:10:55 GMThttp://katydyer.com/1/post/2016/10/my-style-the-wellbeing-series-nutrition-by-rosie.htmlPicture
Rosie and I have a shared love of food and having both started our businesses at the same time along with having sons of the same age we have a lot in common!

Rosie is a knowledgeable and supportive nutritional therapist and owner of Nutrition by Rosie based in Thame, Oxfordshire. She has a passion for supporting those who seek to understand and put into practice the concept of healing the body with food and lifestyle. I love Rosie's naturally creative style - and wanted to find out more about her fashion faves and places that she loves too.


Tell me about your favourite item of clothing
I adore this hand-made orange jumper – it’s unusual and not really something I would ordinarily choose but I feel great when I wear it on special occasions. It’s so fine and soft – it’s almost as if it was spun not knitted!

Who (or what) inspires your look (famous or otherwise)? 
Mainly my friends. I have always been inspired by Annie Lennox too, a fantastic female role model who didn’t necessarily follow the crowd.

Where to you like to shop?
Oxford - it was a real treat to go there when I was growing up. Plus there’s some great cafes - the most important thing for me as I don’t have too much stamina for clothes shopping.

Do you have a favourite fashion decade? 
The 60’s (despite only just being born in this decade) - I love the fashion and the music

And what about music - which track always gets you on the dancefloor?
More tricky - as a student I listened to a lot of 60’s music but also indie stuff from the 80’s and 90's. Le Freak by Chic is the track that always gets me dancing. It's my friends' favourite so always reminds me of parties when we were too young!

You’ve been invited to a special event last minute – what do you wear? 
Jeans and a nice top - I’m really not good with the posh frock and heels.

What about a family day out ?  
Comfy shoes jeans a nice jumper maybe a scarf/thick coat/rain coat/sunglasses depending on weather.

Tell me about the favourite jeans you’ve ever owned. 
My current ones are Jasper Conran there oh so comfortable not sure how much longer they will last.
What about your favourite shoes (worn or not!)
Purple suede desert boots brought in Brighton on a rare trip away with my husband.

Where is your favourite travel destination/
Have to say Cornwall, with many places like Mevagessy and a village called Luxylian where we have camped with friends many times and also saw a solar eclipse. 

Tell me about a holiday fashion buy
My necklace made from recycled glass I brought it from the Eden Project.

Neutrals or brights? 

Heels or flats?  
Flats – I once had a pair of heals aged 13 - I don’t think they left the house!

TV or radio? 
The radio is always on in my kitchen.

Kindle or paperback?

Paperbacks even though we’ve run out of bookshelves...
Rosie has a BSc in Nutritional Medicine from University of West London and is a member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), the UK’s professional body for nutritional therapists and those working in the nutrition profession. She is also registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CHNC) which is the national voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners. You can find out more about consultations with Rosie along with lots of her healthier yet delicious recipes at www.nutritionbyrosie.co.uk
<![CDATA[The Importance Of Undertone]]>Mon, 03 Oct 2016 11:26:22 GMThttp://katydyer.com/1/post/2016/10/the-importance-of-undertone.htmlPicture

If you have visited me for a colour consultation, then you will have been told as part of your consultation, whether you are better suited to a Warm or a Cool undertone as your secondary characteristic. Of course, you could also be Warm or Cool as your main dominant colour category. 

What is undertone?
Your undertone is the colour just below the surface of your skin and regardless of whether you have a tan or not, it doesn't change. Ensuring the colours you wear in both your clothes and make-up complement your undertone is essential as if you get it wrong it could cause your skin to look lacklustre, sallow or grey. 

Determining your skin tone
A quick way to determine whether you have a Warm or Cool undertone is to look at the inside of your forearm. On those with a Cool undertone veins will appear blue/purple in natural light, whilst those with a Warm undertone will have green/olive veins in natural light. You could also compare the overall colour of the inside of your forearm with that of friends - as long as you don't all have the same colouring, you will notice some striking differences. This test is not an exact science though so get in touch if you'd like a definitive answer!

Once you have determined your undertone you can use the guidelines below to help you select the best make-ups shades for your undertone.
If you have a Warm undertone draw attention to your eyes with gorgeous colour me beautiful Tuscany Olive eyeshadow and Sage eye pencil. Cool undertones can play around with pinks, purples and pewters; we love a slick of Navy mascara, particularly if you have blue eyes (it makes them really pop!)

If you're warm opt for peach or coral shades. A smudge of our colour me beautiful Melba cream blush will give you a subtle of hint of colour. Those with a Cool undertone should go for something a little pinker. The colour me beautiful Appleberry blush compact is perfect to pop into your bag for touch-ups on the go.

Finish your look with a little lip! Feeling bright and bold? Go for our fresh and fun colour me beautiful Mango Punch cream lipstick if you have a Warm undertone. Our Cool customers could opt for our colour me beautiful Pink Shell lip gloss; the perfect finishing touch to your make-up look.
<![CDATA[Specs Appeal]]>Tue, 06 Sep 2016 11:18:32 GMThttp://katydyer.com/1/post/2016/09/specs-appeal.htmlPictureBlack Eyewear

With more and more designers starting to lend their name to glasses frames of late, now is the time to pay attention to your next specs purchase! 

Your glasses have just as much impact on your outfit as any other accessory, and as they are so prominently placed, it's vital to get them right! It's also important to consider the occasion you're wearing them for, as you may need more than one pair (any excuse for a bit of shopping!)

What you need to know:

1) Your Colour Category
Have you had a Colour Consultation yet? The frames of your glasses should complement your skin tone and work with the colour palette in the rest of your wardrobe.

2) Your Style Personality
The way you dress is an expression of who you are, so you want to make sure your glasses portray the right image. A Style Consultation will help you discover what your Style Personality is and how to dress to reflect this._

3) Your Face Shape and Proportions
To keep your look in balance you should wear frames that are opposite in shape to your face:

If you have a more rounded face shape, opt for angular glasses - square or rectangular frames that are slightly wider than your face will make your face seem smaller.

But if you have more angular features or square face shape, choose rounded glasses - lightweight oval or rounded styles will suit you well.

For those who have an Oval face shape, most shapes and styles will suit you so choose whatever takes your fancy, just ensure it works with your colouring and style personality. 
If you need some help discovering your ideal specs, shoes and everything in between, 
get in touch on 01844 872 025 or email katy@katydyer.com