A Day of Style, Laughs, New Friends and The Perfect Capsule Wardrobe

Last week we held our first Style Event – there are plenty more being planned if you missed out – and what a fantastic day it was. This is a long picture heavy post with links to almost everything shown at the end. Grab a coffee or a glass of wine and be there with us on the day.

The planning started many months ago, looking for a venue, brainstorming what to include and asking (begging) some good fashion friends for treats to include in the goodie bags.

Our venue was the stunning Pennyhill Park in Surrey and when the day arrived the beautiful sunshine showed it off at it’s absolute best!

Pennyhill park style event

The day before was spent packing up the goodie bags and finalising my many notes – I had so much information to deliver and didn’t want to forget anything!

style event goodie bags

style event goodie bags

Thank you to Simon at Very Exclusive who very generously arranged a 30% discount for our attendees as well as putting me in touch with the lovely team at BalanceMe who gave us a gorgeous Super Moisturising Hand Cream. To Pure Collection for providing the lovely Pompom keyring and Works with Water for the Help Beautify Skin Supplements.

We were also given a gift card for each attendee and a stunning necklace and earring set for our raffle from Eternal Collection – thank you so much for your generosity!

Eternal collection necklace

The picture doesn’t do it justice it shimmered beautifully and was such a brilliant choice as it suits all colouring.

Another  huge thank you goes to Shaherazad from 18HourHeels who very kindly provided discount cards (and chocolates, she knows the way to a girls heart) These shoes are simply brilliant both in design and wear. Described as Heels with Purpose, profits from sales provide women and girls living in poverty with opportunities for educational and financial independence. One pair of shoes has many “faces” with their unique concept of Shoellery, which I love because they work brilliantly in a Capsule Wardrobe and give great cost per wear. Check out all the details of how to wear them and about the story behind the brand as Sharherazad says it so much better than me. Thank you so much for gifting me with the first pair of heels I really can wear all day!


18 hour heels, shoellery

So on to the day…

We arrived at 10 o’clock to delicious pastries, tea and coffee before getting into the important subject of colour. Whilst many of the attendees knew their best colours there were some who had either been misdiagnosed, some that were confused and some that just weren’t sure. After explaining the theory behind how colour works, how to spot each of the dominant colour characteristics and where you might get confused each table then worked together to decide on the colour dominants of each of their group. We then refined it further to determine each person’s secondary characteristic, how their personality can influence how they wear colour and whether your best colours change as you get older or with a change of hair colour.

colour and style event

After coffee it was on to makeup. We discussed the concept of a capsule makeup bag and what it should include dependant on whether you love makeup like me – the girl with a capsule makeup suitcase! – or whether you like a quick and easy, natural look.

capsule makeup bag

We talked products, including your 3 perfect lipsticks, techniques and the must have tools.

maust have makeup tools

Then it was on to lunch in the Brasserie, with hot and cold buffets and a few sweet treats, which of course had to be Instagrammed!

Style event at Pennyhill Park

Pennyhill park

After lunch I did a demonstration of a capsule wardrobe which I think is best illustrated by packing it into a bag that you can use as hand luggage.

packing a capsule wardrobe

The audience couldn’t believe how many items were coming out of the bag or that I could create at least 20 outfits from what was inside.

packing a capsule wardrobe

If you carefully co-ordinate what you pack with a base of neutral colours – here I used Chocolate and Cream – and add a couple of prints and accents – Emerald Turquoise and Salmon – and some must have accessories, the pieces mix and work together to create multiple outfits.

packing a capsule wardrobe

capsule wardrobe

In the bag were: 9 tops, 6 pairs of trousers, 3 dresses, 3 cardigan/coverups, 3 pairs of shoes, 2 scarves, 3 necklaces and an evening bag. I also had a tote bag which included an envelope clutch for use as a document wallet for travel and then as a clutch bag. Yes it really all did go in the bag below – video coming to show you how.

packing a capsule wardrobe

After that it was time for everyone to do some soul searching. We did an exercise, which several of the attendees went on to finish at home, on exploring your personality and whether you are reflecting it in what you wear. It generated some AHA moments and interesting discussion.

Looking Stylish style event

Looking Stylish style event

Looking Stylish style event

Looking Stylish style event

To wind up the day we introduced CapsuleAccessories so that we could talk about how to accessorise and make your outfits individual. There was also a request for some scarf tying with a few willing models.

Looking Stylish style event

Yes Alana you can wear yellow!

Looking Stylish style event

Maree discovered that Deep, Cool and Bright colours looked fabulous on her.

Looking Stylish style event

Dawn in her best muted colours

Looking Stylish style event

A gorgeous warm combination for Sue

Looking Stylish style event

Trish discovering muted and warm colours

Looking Stylish style event

Margaret looking radiant in yellow!

Thank you once again to everyone who attended or helped us with the day. To Liz for keeping on top of the arrangements, the flowers for the tables and being my chauffeur, Aitch for helping out on the day and Pennyhill Park for the gorgeous venue. I hope if you came you enjoyed the day and took lots of tips away with you. We are putting together a schedule of further events so make sure you stay tuned for dates and venues.

What I wore:

Blouse // Trousers // Shoes – old, Similar // Necklace // Handbag //


Primer – Becca Backlighting Primer // Base – Chanel CC cream shade 30 Beige, Guerlain Lingerie de Peau shade 03W // Eye brightener – Mac Prep and Prime // Concealer – Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard // Loose powder – Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminating Powder in Starlight //Bronzer – Guerlain Terracotta // Eye base – Mac Prep and Prime or Bobbi Brown Longlasting Eyeshadow in Sandy Gold // Eye Palette – Tom Ford 04 Honeymoon (Nude Dip good for neutrals) // Eye pencils – Chanel Longlasting Eyeliner in 817 Oasis, 932 Mat Taupe, 926 Purple Choc (new colours) and Stila Smudge Stick Lionfish // Macara – L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes // Brows – Benefit Browzings // Cream Blush – Chanel Les Beiges No 20 and No 21 // Powder blush/bronze/highlight – Bobbi Brown Guava Illuminating Cheek Palette // My 3 Lipsticks, Neutral – Chanel Jumbo Longwear Lip Crayon in No2 Rose violine (out of stock – Nude here), Pink – Chanel Rouge Coco in 416 Coco (a coral as I am warm skin toned) Red – Chanel Rouge Coco in 444 Gabrielle // Lip liner – Bobbi Brown Nude //

Makeup brush set // Eyelash Curlers // Beauty Blender //

The Capsule – all from my wardrobe some is old I have included links where items are still available or something similar:

Eileen Fisher Leggings // Eileen Fisher silk shell top // Weekend Maxmara Chocolate pompom top // Weekend Maxmara crop trousers // Neutral tie shoes // Mint Velvet cream trousers // Cream camisole top // Print silky top // Coral knit top // Jersey print dress // Green silk dress // Teal T shirt // Jacquard trousers // Silk T shirt // Wide leg trousers // Gold evening bag // Sunburst necklace // Pendant necklace // Tote bag // Aqua/Orange scarf // Envelope clutch //

Also shown:

Yellow scarf // Bright pink/Blue scarf // Orange/Navy fine wool scarf // Neutral Aztec scarf //


  1. Alison R
    April 6, 2017 / 9:59 am

    This looks amazing, I wish I had heard about this as I would love to have joined you.

    • Maria
      April 10, 2017 / 8:19 am

      Hi Alison, Thank you, we have lots more events planned so I hope we will see you at one in the future.

  2. Caroline
    April 7, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    Thank you Maria. It was a truly inspiring day and so lovely to meet all the other ladies with a desire to “make the best of themselves”. I can’t guarantee I have got myself a capsule wardrobe yet but certainly knowing the rationale behind it and discovering why I always gravitate towards certain colours (not only due to my colouring but my personality) will really help. It was also a nice surprise to take home the scarf tying book won from the name draw as well as the goodie bag.
    Hope to see you at future events – keep up the good work!


    • Maria
      April 10, 2017 / 8:21 am

      Hi Caroline, Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed the day and found it useful too.

  3. Pat
    April 8, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    Oh, looks like you girls had so much fun! Wish I could have been there to join in

    • Maria
      April 10, 2017 / 8:21 am

      Thank you Pat. One day maybe!