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Chaos Or Calm?

Are you buying in to Black Friday? Or like me thinking more about calm over chaos? As a budget lifestyle and shopping expert I can tell you without doubt there are millions of ways to pay less than Black Friday deals, just by thinking outside the box.

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Chaos Or Calm?
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Get Ready To Squeeze Into Your LBD

OK I have to write a blog like this every November, the month our thoughts go to the growing tyre around the middle and dusting off the LBD hidden at the back of the closet, remembering you never actually got into it last year. It is going to take four weeks of hell, discipline and facing denial, in order to look and feel amazing through the party season in December and hopefully this time, the penny will finally drop, yo-yo dieting and torture is not the only way to...

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Get Ready To Squeeze Into Your LBD
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I Predict for 2021

I predict not so much a riot but potential human extinction for 2021 if something rapid and radical doesn't happen soon in the big bad world of the self-obsessed selfie, social media driven platform lifestyle and fast track route to an unsustainable future for us all. Living your real everyday life without thought, going through the motions, until payday and the weekend is one dimension most of us exist in right now and this...

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I Predict for 2021
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Happy New Year Or Are You Conning Yourself Again?

2019 has just passed by and now we are at the first day of a New Year again, bright eyed bushy tailed and ready to make massive changes, just like we say every New Year’s Eve at midnight. So how are you all feeling today and what are those changes?

I could make a list of...

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Happy New Year Or Are You Conning Yourself Again?
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Another Year Over?

Peace on Earth may be an unrealistic Christmas wish but is it too much to think this year is the year we are going to do things differently..

 

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Another Year Over?
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My Hunt For The Perfect Athleisurewear

I was walking around my local City Centre the other day and was shocked to see how many women still had see through cheap leggings on. There is nothing more unflattering, no matter how thin or amazing your bottom is, than being able to see flesh or underwear under your clothes. It is just not stylish.

When I designed the PBL perfect black leggings it was because I could never find a pair that did everything I wanted from, no see through, to fitting me comfortably...

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My Hunt For The Perfect Athleisurewear
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Are Brands Great Storytellers or Just Good Salesmen?

Social entrepreneur Shirley Yanez has been fighting against exploitation and unethical practise in the fashion business since 2013. This week as H&M, pioneers of fast fashion, jump on the ethical bandwagon with a "#recycleyourclothes week" new marketing campaign piggy backed on the wider initiative #worldrecycleweek to entice customers back in store with a discount coupon in exchange for their discarded clothes in order they say to reduce the amount of textile waste going to landfill, Shirley asks "When will big brands stop treating us like we are all stupid?"

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Are Brands Great Storytellers or Just Good Salesmen?
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Black Leggings Round Up - Good Luck Finding Going Out Leggings

Everywhere you look women are wearing black leggings and trainers and yet it's the one garment everyone complains about and stumbling across a decent pair still seems more unlikely than winning the lottery. Ex Hollywood fashion stylist Shirley Yanez looks at the competition and tries a few pairs out for herself to see if anyone else can come close to the PBL, here's what she found out........

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Black Leggings Round Up - Good Luck Finding Going Out Leggings
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Promote Yourself

When you work at something you are passionate about it's very normal to talk about it. A good saleswoman can close a deal but it takes a good deal more self promtion to build an empire but how do you self promote without looking desperate or cheesy?

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Promote Yourself
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Why To Brand Out From The Crowd

This week I decided to treat myself to a new dress because I had been invited to Ascot by the lovely Sinitta for a corporate fun lunch and like all women, I didn't have a thing to wear.

I thought about wearing my own Venus Cow black lace...

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Why To Brand Out From The Crowd
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The Emperor's New Clothes

Starting your own business is not easy, especially if you want to offer something unique in order to brand out from the crowd.

The fashion industry, a business I decided to enter is in reality a closed shop. Once you have designed your garment, in my case, the PBL, a made in England black legging the first stage, having created it is to let the world know about it.

You would imagine it would be easy to get magazines and the media to rave about...

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The Emperor's New Clothes
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Money, Happiness Or Just Common Sense

When you change the way you look at things the things you look at change.

Last night I watched a new program on Channel 4, The World’s Most Expensive Foods and I have to say it made me laugh. A private jet company decided to try and produce the world’s most expensive pudding for their in-flight billionaire dining experience, clearly for customers with more money than sense.

Searching the world for rare valuable commodities...

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Money, Happiness Or Just Common Sense
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You Have To be Odd To Be Number One

To be number one you have to be odd. There are two ways to look at that sentence. Some people read it and don’t actually understand it. Other people read it and recognise it’s actually a mathematical fact as the number one is never even.

Often when we think it is in a one dimensional way as we are programmed by what we see around us and what we believe to be true but when you change the way you look at things the things you look at...

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You Have To be Odd To Be Number One
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Plus Size Wars

I was watching Channel 4 the other evening when a program called Plus Sized Wars caught my attention. I was excited. As you all know I am creating clothes for the curvier woman with my perfect black leggings.

After spending the day rushing around central London I had spotted pretty much every girl in either active wear, yoga pants or black leggings so I was quite interested in seeing what this program had to say about Plus Size fashion and where it was going....

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Plus Size Wars
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Six Reasons To Buy British Made Clothes

Once upon a time my home town of Leicester was the heart of British fashion manufacturing. Big companies like Marks and Spencers, Burberry and Next (started in Leicester) would choose small family run mills and factories to produce their fabrics and stitch their garments. Many of these companies were given a fair and sustainable price by  big brands and the industry was buzzing creating jobs and decent salaries for hard working...

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Six Reasons To Buy British Made Clothes
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Activewear On The Up and Up

 

The global sports wear clothing market which includes the active wear and yoga pant market for women is booming in the US and by 2019 it is set to be worth around $178 billion dollars so says Trefis a market research firm based in Boston. So Venus Cow and the PBL Perfect black leggings are on track to join this fast growing phenomenon as a desire for function in fashion surpasses just plain old...

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Activewear On The Up and Up
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Black Hole Of Celeb Fashion

If like me you follow celeb fashion you will have seen many of the media’s favorites like The Kardashians and Rihanna rockin (or in some cases not) the legging pants look. Whilst some take legging heaven styling to a new level I’ve seen far too many see thru leggings in the paper lately, 

 

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Black Hole Of Celeb Fashion
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Think About Your New Year Resolution TODAY

The first week of a New Year is always for many a bit of a let-down, often because the long drawn out climax of the Christmas period comes and goes with the blink of an eye, leaving us with massive credit cards bills looming to pay for it all. It makes me laugh every New Year to hear people saying they have a list of resolutions, like quitting smoking or giving up booze because unless you implemented these new regimes on December the 31st, you immediately fail...

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Think About Your New Year Resolution TODAY
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