Wonderful Women

blog #dresstoexpress One of the things that has struck me over the last few months is how many wonderful women I have in my life right now. They inspire and uplift me and give me strength. So many of them have battled their own demons and they show me that it is not only possible…

In the Red Corner

blog #dresstoexpress Uh-oh, it’s a red day again. I’ve had this suit for quite a while but today was the first time it has seen the light of day. It is by Krines Berlin and the crinkled effect is deliberate despite the fact that it looks like I slept in it. Actually, I’ve not been…

Still Unravelling

blog #dresstoexpress Since I was a child, the one thing I really wanted was a home. You know, the quintessential warm, welcoming sanctuary where you can kick your shoes off as you come through the front door and relax into the warm embrace of people who love you just as you are. A place to…

Touched by Story

Blog #dresstoexpress I have spent all my life telling stories. In my role as a writer, I tell real-life stories for some of the largest organisations in the UK – the NHS, for example, and The British Council. The stories almost always have a positive focus. For the NHS, I write about the work that…

Carpe Diem

Blog #dresstoexpress I met up with my friend Ann last night and she told me that reading my blog and looking at my photos had inspired her to start shopping more in charity shops and trying on clothes that she might normally feel too self-conscious to put on. Hurrah! This is the best news ever.…

Butterfly

Blog #dresstoexpress It seems a shame to me that we have imported lots of American traditions into the UK but the one we have yet to adopt is Thanksgiving. Given a choice, I’d happily eschew Black Friday and Trick or Treating in favour of a day when we say thank you for all of the…

Thawing My Insides

Blog #dresstoexpress I thought the lightness that I discovered yesterday might have evaporated by this morning, as it has done so often before, but I am still feeling lighter than I have felt for months and, for the first time in ages, really appreciating the beauty that is all around me. I stopped and took…

Freedom of Expression

Blog #dresstoexpress I spent today in the company of wonderful women and my spirits have lifted considerably. I recently joined the Plymouth branch of Damsels in Success which is a women’s networking and support group. It is way more than a business network – the focus is on moving from a paradigm of lack, suffering…