Saturday, 20 December 2014


Here are my tips following my chat with Danny Pike on BBC Sussex on Monday 22nd December

A purchase is only a bargain if it fits in with the rest of your wardrobe, suits you and you can afford it. Buying odd pieces because they are on sale will just sit in your wardrobe and never be worn.

Before you go shopping know what you have in your wardrobe and know the areas you need to add to.

Look for good classic staple items i.e. a black suit, cashmere jumper, wool cardigan/jacket, white blouse.

Update your existing wardrobe with shoes, belts, scarves and jewellery.

Check out the returns policy on sale goods if you are unsure when buying something.

DONT impulse buy.

DONT buy anything you need to slim to wear.

DONT buy anything without trying in on first.

Outfits MUST flatter your colour and shape. Dont go for fashion garments for the sake of fashion.

Have fun and bag a bargain.
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Monday, 8 December 2014

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Help with post baby wardrobe

Your beautiful new baby has arrived
Everything is in chaos                                             
No time to think about yourself
Chuck on the same old jeans and suitable baby feeding top
Been invited out! PANIC what to wear
Can’t fit into anything in your wardrobe
Feel a mess, lost your self esteem

HELP -HELP     Does this sound familiar?

Relax, stop and take a minute and lets think about your Colour, Style and Shape.

The good news is that the COLOURS that have always suited you will still do so and your STYLE will be the same.  It is likely that your SHAPE has changed for the time being and your LIFESTYLE and the requirements of your wardrobe are very different.

Look through your wardrobe and see what does fit you and – do you still like it and if yes put to one side.  Now, to bring these main pieces together you will now be able to have a clearer idea of what to buy in the shops.  Obviously with possibly more weight round your bust, tummy and thighs you will be looking for a larger size and soft material which moves with you rather something snug and clingy.  Keep to block dark colour on your bottom half and wear layers, small prints and designs on your top half to create a taller, leaner silhoutte.  You will feel better just going out and updating your wardrobe with something in this season’s colour and design.

I offer a personal shopping service tailored to Mums with babies and small children so please go to my website for further information - or ring me NOW on 07860 136455 and mention this blog.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

PURE - Looking at Trends for Spring/Summer 2015

Twice a year Pure is held at Olympia in London as a buying mecca for the independent shops and boutiques.  There are fashion shows and trend talks on how the statement fashion pieces are evolving from one season to the next.

Here is a glimpse of what we will find in the shops next Spring/Summer.

Abstract Art

Shifting from geometric prints to brush strokes and bold paintings, bold stripes and spots.

Softer fabrics with draping and gathering, in silks and quilting.

Bare shoulders and high waisted skirts and shorts.

Shoes - flat and pointed, chunky flat sandels with thick straps and solid soles and graphic printed flats and court shoes.


Oversized jackets with soft gathered skirts.

Top to toe jumpsuits in silky fabrics.

Summer suiting more feminine than A/W14 in soft pastels.

Colours - Orange from blood orange to coral and deep moody blues.

White Out

Top to toe in white with an emphasis on separates and layering.

Sheer inserts and panels are featured again next summer.

Soft fabrics giving a feminine sihouette.

Skirt lengths from mini through to maxi.

Soft Tailoring

Block colour in brights and pastels with contrasting black or white.

Boy friend jackets and deconstructed separates.

Simple dresses, sleeveless and plain colour.

Sunday, 27 July 2014


On Saturday 19th July I organised another day of Fashion Flash mob shows in the streets of Hove and Brighton.

The 8 models had their hair and make up done by Jayne Vanessa Read in the morning and I rehearsed the modelling routines with them.

Our first Flash mob was at 12pm in George Street, Hove with 6 girl models wearing clothes from Rock Lobster Boutique.  Jonno Cox and Rich from Fickle Events played the music outside the shop and we created a real stir with many ladies going into Rock Lobster after and trying on the outfits they had seen on the models.
Rock Lobster Boutique

We then all taxied into Brighton to Flash Mob Joules in East Street - after a shower of rain.  However we still had about 200 people watching the 2 boys and 4 gorgeous girls showing the clothes from Joules.

After Joules the models went to Pretty Eccentric in Bond Street to put on the beautiful 1920's flapper dresses while Jonno and Rich set the speakers up.  The girls were so excited to see the wonderful beaded dresses and I had staged a charleston routine to The Black Bottom.  The crowds gathered and Michelle Scott the owner of Pretty  Eccentric said:-

"I just wanted to say massive thank you, to you and everyone involved in todays Flash Mob at Pretty Eccentric.
I've had a big smile on my face all afternoon. It was brilliant!"

Pretty Eccentric

Finally all excited we left Bond Street and all walked round to Laundry Boutique.
Jonno Cox and models on flash mob tour

Laundry Boutique in Prince Albert Street has only been opened about 3 months and  the models looked stunning in their outfits.

Laundry Boutique

The WHM (What's Happening Magazine) video shot on the day

Thanks to Larry Bray for the photos and everyone involved in putting this day together.

Sunday, 22 June 2014


Mid Summer and the sales have started in most of the shops.  There are some excellent bargains to be had for updating summer wardrobes and for putting together your holiday outfits.

There are some basic rules when buying swimwear to enhance every body shape and boost confidence to make you feel great:-

Larger bust – halterneck or thicker straps with support in a bikini or tankini. The deep ‘V’ creates a fabulous cleavage while minimising the appearance of your bust.
Smaller bust – jewelled, frilly padded bikini top will boost your assets.
Larger tummy – a swimsuit with bold print, ruching or soft folds will disguise your tummy.  Sexy halterneck or strapless will show off bronzed shoulders to maximum effect.
Straight up and down – a swimsuit with cut away waist will create an hourglass effect.
Sporty boyish – bandana bikini tops with frills and ruching add volume to the bust while frilly bikini briefs will create curvy hips.

Look out for some great sarongs, kaftans and oversized shirts to wear as cover-ups over your swimwear.

Phase Eight have a new swimwear section in their East Street, Brighton branch.

Phase Eight

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Saturday, 31 May 2014


A Saturday of Fashion Flash Mob shows in Brighton drawing huge crowds.

Comptoir des Cotonniers

Comptoir des Cotonniers
Rock Lobster

Thanks to 
Jonno Cox and Rich for sound and music from Fickle Events
Jayne Vanessa Read for hair and make up with 2 students from City College

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Choosing your 'special' outfit

What a great time of the year with weddings, ladies days at the races, garden parties etc, all of which need that ‘special’ outfit.

Choosing the right outfit for our colour, style and shape can be a stressful and a time consuming operation.

Before you go out to the shops it may be an idea to look at a few websites to get some trend and colour ideas. When you go to the shops have an idea whether you are looking for a dress, skirt, trousers and whether you are wanting to match with a jacket or shoes.  Perhaps you may want to utilize accessories you already have so take them with you.

The outfit you choose must be comfortable and make sure you have comfy shoes, as any of these events you will be dressed up for the whole day and often standing around.

Many shops have hats, fascinators, jewellery and shoes to make the whole outfit which will make it easy to buy and choose.

Phase Eight

Article seen in The Brighton and Hove Independent newspaper - May 2014

Sunday, 27 April 2014

2nd Brighton Thistle Fashion Show

With around 400 people coming into the Thistle to see the show highlighting 14 shops and 12 gorgeous  models, the afternoon was a great success.  The shops sold outfits from the catwalk and it was a perfect platform for them to promote their businesses.

Justin in Aston Bourne

Imogen in Brighton Bespoke Tailoring

Pendulum Menswear and Rock Lobster
Natasha in Tegen Accessories
Louise in Pretty Eccentric
Lottie in Aston Bourne

Jade in abi-K Designs
Maria modelling Papillon Treatments

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Fashion for the Countryside

With Spring really here a lot of us will want to get out in the country whether it be to do some serious walking and sporting pursuits or just be comfortable and fashionable.  One shop that can make sure we are set to go is Aston Bourne of Brighton.

Predominantly stocking Barbour since 1982, Aston Bourne is also the home to Hunter boots, both of which are known for their British heritage, high quality and Royal Warrants. Alongside these lines, they also stock Dubarry of Ireland, the best waterproof boots for exploring the British countryside.

With the continued support of their loyal customers and ever growing brands, Aston Bourne is pleased to announce the expansion of their small shop to much larger premises in East Street, Brighton.

They will be showcasing Barbour’s new International Range, alongside the Spring/Summer Country and Lifestyle collections. Expect to see more collaboration’s with the brilliantly intricate artwork of William Morris, newcomer Julie Dodsworth and other inspiring artists. The International range, it's sticking with its motorcycle heritage this season infused with a nostalgic undertone.

Aston Bourne - East Street Brighton

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Italian Menswear Brighton Lanes

Brighton has a fabulous quirkiness and creativeness and with the number of independent shops locals and tourists are treated to an exciting shopping experience.
Nestled in the heart of Brighton's world famous Lanes is Pendulum an independent menswear store.

With over thirty years experience, exquisite care is taken to source the finest and most interesting collections from all over Europe. Dutch manufacturer Giordano & Baileys provide unique shirts and glorious knits  Handmade shirts by Italian company Delsiena use time-honoured skills to achieve an unbeatable finish. Liberty print shirts by Pure, Guide and Caliban showcase vibrant colours and patterns with Jeans from MAC offering unbeatable choice.

For the Spring collections arriving instore now there are shoes by John White of Northampton the home of British shoemaking, leather jackets from Helium and beautiful unconstructed linen suits by Italian company 120% Lino - world class specialists in linen tailoring.

Pendulum menswear is showing on the catwalk at the Brighton Thistle Fashion Show on Saturday April 12th shows are at 2pm, 2.45pm and 3.30pm.  This is a free event and a perfect way to catch up on the Spring/Summer trends from our local shops.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Add Style by Wearing the Right Glasses

We may be happy with selecting our clothes and knowing what suits our colour, style and shape but choosing spectacles can be more difficult.  Having the right frames to suit our face, whether they are prescription or worn as an accessory, can boast confidence and self esteem.

In the heart of Brighton’s Lanes there is a gem of a shop with friendly and professional staff to help everyone.
Available at David Clulow Brighton

David Clulow Opticians is the destination store for contemporary designer eyewear. From the latest luxury and fashion sunglasses to designer spectacle frames.

Established in 1962, David Clulow has built a strong reputation for providing the highest standard of optical care and services, including eye examinations, contact lens fittings, spectacles, sunglasses and prescription sunglasses.

They stock the latest eyewear from the most desirable brands including Prada, Ray-Ban, Oakley, Paul Smith, Bulgari, Tiffany and Oliver Peoples.

The stores are designed to reflect the high quality of their products and service and provide a relaxed and stylish environment.

David Clulow is showing a selection of their spectacles and sunglasses on the catwalk at the Brighton Thistle Fashion Show on Saturday April 12th from 2pm – 3.30pm.  This is a free event celebrating Brighton’s fabulous shops.

This feature has been published in the Brighton and Hove Independent Newspaper 21/3/14

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Support the small local Boutiques

As I have been out and about this week I have noticed the shops coming alive with their new stock for the Spring/Summer season.  We are lucky to have a huge number of individual shops in and around Brighton. I am always fascinated by their creativity, the selection and choice they give us.
Rock Lobster

There is a boutique called Rock Lobster in Shoreham originating from London and soon to be expanding into the Hove area.  This trendy boutique with a touch of French flair has a full range of day and evening wear, handbags, belts, jewellery and shoes for all ages at high street prices.

Their new stock is full of colour with summer dresses, gorgeous knitwear, trouser both skinny and harem and straight legged.  They have a huge selection of scarves in every colour.
Rock Lobster is showing on the catwalk at the Brighton Thistle Fashion Show on Saturday April 12th from 2pm – 4pm.  This is a free event and a perfect way to catch up on the Spring/Summer trends from our local shops.

Rock Lobster

Jane Busby, Personal Stylist and Shopper
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Artical as seen in the Brighton and Hove Independent Newspaper - 14th March

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Shopping in Brighton's East Street

Walking down East Street in Brighton there is a fantastic choice of shops to suit every style,
occasion and budget.

Jigsaw remains a brand which is as quintessentially British as the day the first store opened in 1972. They have a strong identity inspired by country living, quirkiness, irreverence and humour.
This season’s collection is inspired by our British seaside.  Denim is always on trend but in Jigsaw look for the indigo denim in shell tops and skirts, collarless raw edge bombers and even a denim look butter soft leather jacket.

Pretty pastel has been given a twist in candy floss pink or aqua blue. Knitwear, always Jigsaw’s heartland is fine gauge in twin set style cardigans and sweaters and looks delicate with the rolled cuff chino or a sunray pleat skirt in semi-sheer, beautifully embroidered and fabulously fluid. These hues continue onto metallic tweeds shot with pastel thread in cute pegged skirts with matching “box” top.

Jigsaw is showing on the catwalk at the Brighton Thistle Fashion Show on Saturday April 12th from 2pm – 4pm.  This is a free event celebrating Brighton’s fabulous shops.

As seen in the Brighton and Hove Independent Newspaper 7th March 2014

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Sunday, 2 March 2014

Raincoats and Wellies in Brighton

With more rain and winds coming our way I have been checking out the most stylish and waterproof coats around Brighton.

The modern trench coat is still going to be a key look this spring.

Most fashion high street retailers stock coats with a twist on the traditional style, such as two-toned panels or sleeves.  Updated Parkas are in the shops in navy, khaki and black and some are quite padded to keep out the cold.  These designs all have hoods and many have fur round the edge, and the quilted versions are practically all showerproof, too.

Marks and Spencer is selling a great range of macs and coats with Stormwear a breathable finish that repels water.  Some of the designs are thermal and they come in some great colours including cobalt blue, red and beige.

To add a quirky twist to your outfit, wellington boots are both fun, practical and waterproof.  At Joules in East Street, Brighton you can see a great selection of their designs in tall and short boots.  They also sell the perfect wellie socks – a  must to keep your feet extra warm. 

Joules of East Street, Brighton

As seen the Brighton and Hove Independent Newspaper 28th Feb 2014

Friday, 21 February 2014

What's in the Brighton Shops this week

All though the weather is not getting any more settled, and we could well have a cold spell before we arrive into Spring, this does not stop the shops filling up with their lovely fresh new season stock.  It is very exciting this season because there is something for everyone.

There are the strong bold colours, limey greens, bright corals and piercing blues, there are pastels, earthy natural colours and a lot of black and white.  The look is very much black and white with a pop of bright as or stripe or bright shoes or accessories.

The trend is very feminine for womenswear with some great floral patterns and an exciting mix of fabrics.  Leather is strong in biker jackets, trousers and skirts and you will notice metallic fabrics are key on the high street.

The exciting news for Brighton is that Maje and Sandro the beautiful chic French stores have just opened in East Street.  Black and white is featuring strongly in both stores.

The outfit in the photo is from Hobbs NW3, East Street, Brighton and is typical of the Spring/Summer look.

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Saturday, 18 January 2014

What's coming in for Spring/Summer 2014?

The shops are starting to stock the new season's outfits.  What can we expect to see?

1)  Florals, in all colours in shirts, dresses, skirts, scarves etc.
2)  Pastel shades in leather, and smart fabrics
3)  Satins and metallics, giving a very futuristic look
4)  Logo crazy, on everything you wear
5)  Sheer fabrics for the whole outfit or just sleeves and panels
6)  Pleats
7)  Longline tunics and drop waists - the classic 'flapper' look


Satins & Metallics

Colour of the Year 2014

Jumpsuits are making a comeback

And shoes are getting - ugly?