What the future holds for Style Guile – and flashing the ankles whilst the tan remains!

Trying to keep the ankles out whilst they are still vaguely tanned…  

Trousers and knitted jacket: Boden, Blouse: & Other Stories, Shoes: Topshop, Bag: Whistles

During our return flight home I spent some time going through all of the photos on my phone. It’s amazing the story that they tell, a lot of them relating to Style Guile.

I think that it’s fair to say that recently I’ve been grappling with where to take the blog next. During the time that I’ve been blogging I’ve been so fortunate; I’ve been invited to some wonderful events, met amazing people, worked with some iconic brands and received some fantastic gifts – all of which makes me feel ever so slightly guilty.

Also, there are so many fantastic bloggers out there now and I do wonder what (if anything) I add to the blogosphere. I’m not very good at planning posts in advance, or covering the sales, or trawling sites for the perfect whatever it may be. Style Guile has always been a little more instinctive – a sort of “oooh, what do I fancy writing about today?” kind of approach, rather than a structured approach – a bit of an antidote to both work and life if you like (both of which I adore, of course.)

And then I thought about why I started Style Guile in the first place and sort of came full circle. I love writing and sharing my finds and I find it fun and rewarding. None of that has changed and I’m so, so grateful to all of you who have stayed with me over the years.

So, Style Guile won’t be going anywhere but I feel that it’s important that it evolves to reflect interests in other areas of my life as well as fashion. We will be having our house knocked around next year and from time to time I hope to write about that, sharing the progress and interiors that we choose. (This is my very rudimentary image board!)

I am also going to (hope to?) run the London Marathon, so I would like to write about the training involved and the nutrition side of things. Exercise is a big part of my life and over the years people have asked me about my training so I hope to share details of that too. There are lots of balls that us mid 40 year olds have to juggle so it will be good to write about those balls too as well as the fashion ones of course.

And as for beauty, that’s not really my thing for now but if anyone wants to let me know about any wonder creams that stop your eyes from disappearing into your head, please do let me know!

I’m looking forward to fun times ahead and I hope that you will come along for the journey. If there’s anything in particular that you would like me to cover, please do let me know. Beth x


  1. kathynewlyn
    December 29, 2015 / 8:00 am

    Hi Beth, just like to say I enjoy reading your blog and Facebook posts etc. I think it's a great idea to expand it, to include other things. I look forward to reading your advice and suggestions on exercise and interiors. I'm interested in fashion, and hopefully looking good, but it isn't the only thing in my life. I also enjoy exercise/training as well, and making a nice home. Most of us have multi-faceted lives, and it's good to focus on other areas. After a winter of illness last year, this year has been about losing weight and getting my fitness back. I've lost 2.5 stone and am the fittest I've been in years, thanks to running. So, this year is about maintaining my weight and keeping up with my running. I'm going to start yoga and cut down on sugar, so any advice on that would be appreciated! Thanks for all your great blogs/tips/advice Happy new year to you, Kathy xx

    • StyleGuile
      December 29, 2015 / 10:08 pm

      Hi Kathy,thank you so much for dropping by. It's lovely to know that you enjoy reading the blog and I'm really looking forward to expanding it into other areas. You're right that most of us have multi-faceted lives. Wise words indeed! Congratulations on your weight loss and fitness – that's very impressive. I'm sure that you must have some great advice that you could share after all that you have achieved. Now there's an idea! I always love hearing about other people's journeys. Happy New Year to you too Kathy. Beth x

  2. I won't wear sludge brown
    December 29, 2015 / 3:28 pm

    Well I for one am pleased you're going nowhere. I love your dry sense of humour which comes across so much in the way you write. I also like the spontaneity of your blog. It never seems contrived and very much reflects you as a person. Some blogs these days seem to be walking adverts for brands where items are featured and then never shown again. You always come across as very genuine and as a reader I know that I can trust products that you recommend. Sadly this can't be said for some bloggers x

    • StyleGuile
      December 29, 2015 / 10:10 pm

      Hi Donna – thank you so much for your comment. It's always difficult to be objective about how others may perceive you/the blog/ so your insight is really helpful and much appreciated. Thank you! Happy New Year to you and your family. Beth x

  3. Jan Steen
    December 29, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    So pleased to hear that you are going to carry on- yours was the first blog that I started to follow and I still love reading it. I'm looking forward to your plans to bring in exercise and interiors as well. Good luck and a very happy new year x

    • StyleGuile
      January 1, 2016 / 10:00 pm

      Hi Jan – Happy New Year to you too and thank you so much for your comment. I've made a start on my new posts already and I have to say I'm really enjoying writing them. Hope that you do too and thank you for reading and for your support. x

  4. StyleGuile
    December 29, 2015 / 10:19 pm

    Dear Jan – oh thank you, that's so lovely of you! I wish you a very happy new year too. Thank you again! Beth x

  5. Rachel Gear
    December 30, 2015 / 10:41 pm

    Actually, thanks to Jan's comment above, I've realised that yours was the first style blog that I followed too! Delighted you are going to carry on and more vlogs please! I laugh out loud at your funny comments and it's great seeing how the clothes look on a real person!

    • StyleGuile
      January 1, 2016 / 10:02 pm

      Hi Rachel – thank you so much for your comment. I lost my nerve a bit on the vlogging but I'll give it another go in the New Year (ooops, we're there now!)no excuses! x

  6. Anonymous
    January 4, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    Hi Beth, I've been reading your blog for a while now, we're similar ages and I've purchased quite a lot that you have recommended on here thank you…but, as a family we've just relocated from Berkshire to Cornwall and I'd like, if you can, to find review the perfect pair of wellies and waterproof but stylish coat! I think you'll have some experience of this from your trips to Wales. I have contacted you before, I am the lady that does sequin Sunday's with my daughter…can sequins be worn on the beach or do I have to ditch them? (sob). Please help with my wardrobe/lifestyle change!! Happy new year! Laura

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