Wenda's Fashion Blog

Who doesn't love a blog about the latest fashion trends, tips and tricks? Well I do! So enjoy this collection of posts from my columns on ITV Wales and Wales Online and ones which you'll only find here.

3
Mar

The Shapes of Spring/Summer 2014

           

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21
Nov

Xmas 2013 Special Offers

Check out our fantastic range of Special Xmas packages for 2013. Choose from:

Kick Start Colour & Style

  • A fantastic way to find out the colours that suit you and how to dress to flatter your body shape. This includes a 42 colour swatch pallet, make up lesson and personal style profile.

Shopping Heaven

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3
Oct

Wenda seeking charity shop fashionistas!

         

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Cardiff Fashion Week official stylist Wenda James Rowe will be teaming up this summer with Welsh cancer charity Tenovus to find the capital...

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3
Oct

Emerging Welsh Fashion Label to Showcase at Cardiff Fashion Week

Welsh fashion label, Tempest, will showcase at Cardiff Fashion Week for the first time on 19th October 2013.

Designed and made in the UK, Tempest’s collection of party dresses and red carpet worthy outfits features classic silhouettes that celebrate the female form.
From sexy pencil dresses and flattering peplum shapes with embellished detailing, to lace finishes and soft lines, a Tempest ...

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3
Oct

The Style Team & Tenovus Team Up for Cardiff Fashion Week

Tenovus, Wales’ leading cancer charity, are partnering with Cardiff Fashion Week to give supporters who donate to their charity shops in Cardiff and the Vale the chance to be VIPs at catwalk shows throughout the fashion week.

 The charity launched the partnership in Cardiff where Fashion Week stylist, Wenda James-Rowe, met with Tenovus Community Fundraiser, Alexandra Morgan, and the team at the Roath Park Tenvous shop.

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3
Oct

Local models signed for Cardiff Fashion Week

The organisers of Cardiff Fashion Week are giving aspiring models from across south Wales the chance to appear at the biggest fashion and beauty event of the year.

 Nearly 30 models – all local – will take to the stage at Fashion Showcase at the Cardiff Hilton Hotel on Saturday 19 October.

 The men and women will be wearing a series of collections from established and emerging designers.

 B...

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24
Jul

Book Now - Style Academy Summer Camps

           

STYLE ACADEMY SUMMER CAMPS

 

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7
Mar

Transeasonal styling

           

Why is it that we Brits are never happy with the weather? It’s always too hot or too cold! But look on the bright side... we get guaranteed seasons, which means we often know exactly what our s...

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7
Mar

Savvy Shopping For Spring

           

Today's consumers are savvy fashion shoppers. We all love buying new clothes but these days, we tend to think more carefully about what we spend our hard-earned cash on.  It’s all about choosing your buys ca...

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15
Jan

Denim Trends For 2013

           

Denim can be edgy, casual, elegant, tough or feminine, depending on the type you choose and how you style it. For Spring / Summer 2013 fashion designers showcased a tempting variety that can easily b...

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17
Dec

Shopping the Sales

Shopaholics, brace yourselves. The post-Christmas period means only one thing: sales!

 It’s my idea of heaven, waking up on Boxing Day as early as possible, setting off on a mission and fi...

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17
Dec

EMERALD The colour for 2013

Hurray!  Pantone, the world-renowned authority for colour as a standard language for communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer, has declared EMERALD as their 2013 colour.  Thank-you Pantone.

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17
Dec

How to Look Glamorous this Christmas

We often envy the way the rich and famous look, due to how glamorous they appear. Like it or not, women are primarily judged by the way they look. You don't have to be a movie star to be glamorous, however. You, too, have the ability to achieve glamour.

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17
Oct

Staying Stylish In The Rain

Don’t let rain clouds get you down – there are plenty of bright options for keeping dry and looking stylish this Autumn. There are three essential pieces to a rainy day wardrobe – a rain coat, rain boots and of course, an umbrella.

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31
May

The Style Team Launches SKYPE your Style

           

SKYPE your Style with THE STYLE TEAM

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Clements Ribeiro for Evans - first ever designer plus size collaboration

DESIGN duo Clements Ribeiro has teamed up with plus-size brand Evans for a collection featuring their prints and designs specifically created for curvy women.

As always, whenever there’s a high street and designer collaboration, we can’t help but be excited. Marni for H&M was our most recent obsession, which has now been taken over by the very fabulous Clements Ribeiro for Evans.

In the first ever collaborat...

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15
Mar

How to wear Neon for 2012

SAMANTHA Cameron caught the eye with her neon blouse on her visit to the States this week and neon is the perfect antidote to the sweet sorbets that are to be found everywhere.

Not that I don’t like a bit of on trend pastel once in a while, but neon in the right amounts just seems a bit cooler. Under the radar even, if that’s acceptable to say considering we’re talking luminous greens, yellows, pinks and oranges.

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8
Mar

The Peplum is back

FASHION trends are funny. What some may feel are the “hottest new trends”, the majority may feel were simply brought back from past years.

This definitely applies to the peplum, which has returned to runways and our closets. Peplum skirts, dresses and tops originated back in the 1800s, receiving high praise for the instant hourglass figure they created because of the stylish overskirt. Ever since then this look has been seen...

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4
Mar

Stylize and customize

MAKING do with what we have is what most of us will be considering in these current tough times. The days of throwaway fashion are well and truly over and I believe we are starting to look at our wardrobes in a different way.

However, with clever customising, last year’s wardrobe doesn’t have to look quite so, well, last year.

Making over your clobber is so easy. Well that’s what the Zolibeau sisters told m...

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22
Feb

Get ready for sports luxe

If you can’t be bothered hitting the gym this February – and let’s face it, who can? – don’t worry. All you need to do is look out for the next amazing trend hitting stores for spring to look sportingly on trend.

Sports luxe doesn’t mean whipping out your tracksuit and a dirty old pair of trainers, this is sporty style with a sexy twist.

A huge influence of this trend has of course been the...

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22
Feb

Spring's pastel fashion

IT’S that time of year when we can start to think about the day when we can pack away our thick layers for the arrival of spring.

Everyone I speak to who loves all things fashion or shopping is telling me how the shops are full of new exciting colours for the forthcoming season, and more importantly, colours we haven’t seen in a while.

We swooned over the frothy, cupcake coloured shades on the runways, but when i...

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22
Feb

Smart dresses for between seasons

Why is it that we Brits are never happy with the weather? It’s always too hot or too cold!

But look on the bright side. We get guaranteed seasons, which means we often know exactly what our staple capsule wardrobes should contain throughout the year. Dresses, skirts, and sandals come out during spring/summer time and jackets, knitwear and boots come to the surface of our wardrobes in the colder months.

The challenge t...

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2
Feb

Top 10 bag trends for spring/summer

BAGS are every girl’s best friend. They reflect your style, show the world who you are and make you look unique, so it’s essential that you choose a piece that is close to you.

The trend for handbags in 2012 seems to be “the bigger, the better”. Today’s on-the-go woman needs a handbag that can handle everything from make-up to mobile phones and every other electronic device she needs to keep her in the kno...

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19
Jan

Versace for H&M Cruise Collection

DESIGNER collaborations with high street stores are often more miss than hit. But Donatella Versace has proved the doubters wrong by giving the public what they want – the chance to dress like celebrities.

But is it really worth it? That is always the question to ask when yet another designer collaboration with a high street store comes trundling along, powered by an enormous hype machine and general air of customer hysteria at th...

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12
Jan

Spring has Sprung for 2012

WHAT better way to start the new year than by focusing on what we will be wearing when spring arrives on the high street very soon?

The sales may not be quite finished yet and there certainly are some fabulous bargains to be had, but there’s nothing more exciting than seeing the arrival of the stores’ new collections and visualising the weather improving so that we’ll be able to wear the looks as soon as is humanly pos...

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13
Dec

New for Xmas - Style Profiles

THE STYLE TEAM is now offering ' Style Profile's ' as the ultimate gift for you and your loved ones this year.

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23
Nov

Foolproof solutions to fashion mistakes.

                       

Let’s face it, even the most stylish of us make some fashion mistakes from time to time. But it’s never too late to turn your fashion flops and turn them into fashion-forward outfits.

Listed right here are some good solutions to the year’s wardrobe catastrophes:

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11
Nov

How to dress for the Christmas Party!

It’s time to get out the glitz as the Christmas party season is upon us. The high street is full of styles to choose from, so there’s no excuse not to dress to impress. Read on to find out the answers to some typical festive dressing dilemmas which when approached right, are sure to get you noticed under the mistletoe.

Do I have to wear heels?

To look and feel glamorous, a little heel can make such a difference t...

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3
Nov

Handy hints on how to dress 10 Lbs lighter!

Don’t tell me – you meant to go to the gym, give up snacking and forgo those second portions in readiness for the Christmas party season.

But did you? With just a few weeks to go before the big office party, the pressure to look fabulous is well and truly on.

So a little creative dressing, standing tall, and making the most of slimming accessories, you can look 10lb lighter without ever going on a diet or working ...

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29
Oct

How to Dress Fashionably When You're Pregnant

           

Pregnancy is no longer considered a time in a woman’s life when she has to wear baggy clothes. Many celebrities have made it fashionable to proudly show their growing stomachs, and the general public is following suit. The numbe...

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26
Oct

Collab Fab

           

Don’t you just love it when your favourite store get’s together with a top designer and launches a new range at a snip of the price!! Well all our favourite stores are doing it and a few new one’s too, so go on get y...

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13
Oct

Be comfortable in your skin!

           

News Flash: Snakeskin is the new leopard print. Put down your wild cat cashmere and let your head be turned by the python (faux obviously). At the Paris shows Chloe ran with the reptile print trend, showing it in both natural hues and...

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6
Oct

The Swish List

           

We all love our high street stores but we love them even more when they launch new exclusive ranges which bring something a little different to our wardrobes and make us the envy of all our friends. You don’t need me to tell you...

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3
Sep

The Best Fashion Apps - 'Appy Shopping !

           

Not got time to hit the shops and get your retail therapy dose this week, don’t despair girls, I have compiled a list of the best apps for busy fashionistas on the go. So take out your iPads, iPhones and iPod touches and get dow...

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22
Sep

Look good in Leopard print!

           

Leopard is be one of the hottest animal prints for Autumn, but in order to stand out (in a good way); you have to know how to properly rock it. Animal prints can add a dash of colour and excitement to your wardrobe, and can look styli...

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15
Sep

Don't be turned off by fetish trend

           

I think for most of us summer is a distant memory and we are now more than ready to see a return to our woollies and opaque tights. This season promises a real kaleidoscope of trends and I personally can’t wait. If you look in t...

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8
Sep

Don't sacrifice style for your baby bump this Autumn.

Following the announcement that one of the music industry’s finest pop stars is expecting her first child, Natasha Aghalar looks at different ways ...

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6
Sep

The Brogue is Back

Over the past couple years, men's fashion has inspired the womenswear world, and it was inevitable that they would eventually trickle into footwear. One of the hottest trends right now is the oxford heel. Although you can see the menswear influence, they come in a variety of heel heights which can immediately transform a conservative shoe into something sexy and appealing. However, how do you wear flat mens-inspired shoes? This can be qu...

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6
Sep

Sneak Peak at Autumn 2011

Want to know what pieces you'll be wearing next season? Read on to find the emerging trends in women's fashion for autumn 2011.

Whilst most women are currently busy enjoying their new Summer 2011 wardrobe sorted, the fashion world and eager fashionistas are one step ahead. With the fashion industry currently in the throes of its Autumn 2011 “Fashion Weeks” (New York, London, Milan and Paris) and high-end desi...

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6
Sep

Mary Portas and House Of Fraser

Over the past few years, flame-haired Mary Portas has graced our screens on a personal crusade to help independent retailers and brands in Mary, Queen of Shops, and now she’s turning the tables around and going into retail herself for the first time in a collaboration with House of Fraser which is available both instore and on line.
The concept for the shop, called Mary & House of Fraser, which has recently opened in London...

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6
Sep

Key Handbag Trends for Autumn/Winter 2011

August is already upon us, and I’m very excited to see the handbag trends for Autumn/Winter already starting to peep above the parapet and make their way into the shops. Girls you can never have too many bags and they sure are a great way to make a strong fashion statement this season. The only question is,  which one will be your arm candy this Autumn ??
I’ve chosen my top 10 key trends for the forthcoming season: <...

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29
Aug

Wenda James-Rowe: Gok for Tu now we can all get Gok'd!

He’s the flamboyant fashion stylist famous for his friendly approach and love of the female form. But while he has his finger on the pulse as far as styling is concerned, Gok Wan has never designed his own collection – until now.

Ever the champion of affordable fashion and the king or rather queen of the capsule wardrobe, the television makeover star is to make his design debut at Sainsbury’s, creating a...

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29
Aug

The dos and don'ts of holiday dressing

According to a survey by Tripadvisor.co.uk, the British are the worst dressed on holiday.

To be fair to our nation, we’re not accustomed to long, hot summers, so our wardrobes aren’t geared up for warm weather. But with a little thought and effort, we can learn to be more stylish in the sun.

Think comfort A...

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