Welcome to the second post in the Style Spotlight feature, where this week the fabulous Kimberly, from Swoon Worthy is sharing her thoughts on fashion, her beauty routines and what style means to her.
Style Spotlight on Kimberly from Swoon Worthy
Tell us a little bit about yourself
My name is Kimberly Duran and I’m the creator of a multi-award winning UK interior design blog called Swoon Worthy. I’m American but have lived in the UK since 2001 and have recently relocated from Manchester to Shrewsbury, Shropshire with my partner Wayne and our 3 fur babies – a dog called Quito, and two cats named Pablo and Meisha.
What have you learned about fashion over the years and how does it shape the way you shop for clothes now?
Like most of us, I went through various stages when I was younger. Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, I had my periods of ‘goth’ and ‘grunge’ and I used to love nothing more than going to charity shops and raiding the rails for old gems that most people probably wouldn’t look twice at. Individuality was always really important to me back then and even as I grew up, I felt my clothing was an extension of my personality. I wanted to look on the outside how I felt on the inside.
I’m 45 now so of course, I no longer dress like I did in my younger years and while that’s probably for the best, it’s more because I enjoy comfort and ease rather than anything else. Give me a pair of blocky heels over stillettos any day! In the 90’s, it was drilled into me that I had to ‘dress for my shape’. I’ve always been a curvy hourglass and so it was A-line dresses with belts, heels, V-neck tops and that became my ‘work’ uniform for a while (thanks Trinny and Susannah!).
Kimberly from Swoon Worthy
Now? I don’t really put as much thought into it, especially as I work from home now. I just want something that fits me well, that doesn’t ride up or fall down and doesn’t make my feet hurt! I still want to look stylish, of course, and I tend to be attracted to items that have either a glam or a boho vibe but I’m not as worried any more about being trendy. I just want to feel good. It’s about quality rather than quantity now.
Can you tell us some of your favourite fashion brands and why you like them?
I’m not particularly a brand loyalist but Mango and Zara have surprised me of late with some great stuff – they seem to adopt the trends well without making it look like you are trying too hard. I also like the boho vibes of both Free People and Anthropologie. I recently discovered a jeans brand called Salsa from Portugal which fit my big bum/small waist really well. You can’t underestimate a great fitting pair of jeans!
What’s your most favourite piece in your wardrobe right now?
Oh that’s a hard one! It depends on the occasion I suppose but I recently purchased a mustard-yellow flowy maxi dress from Free People that I adore. Every time I wear it, I get compliments. I also just purchased a black blazer with gold buttons that just seems to go with everything. I have no doubt as we enter the colder months, that’s going to get a lot of use – it’s just a classic.
How do you take care of your skin and what are some of your favourite products?
While I’ve always been adamant about removing my makeup before bed (something my mother drilled into me long ago!), I didn’t really have much of a routine until, rather embarrassingly, I hit 40 and realised I needed to start taking better care of my skin. I now use an SPF every single day – Ark Skincare’s SPF30 primer is a favourite. I also triple cleanse every evening (Superfacialist does a great Vitamin C cleansing oil) then follow that up with Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery serum, a Retinol-based moisturiser and eye cream. I use a good natural exfoliator every few days as well. I also have a little weekend ritual where I love a good face mask – Elemis does a lavender one I really like. It just feels incredibly pampering and my skin is so much better for it.
What are you lusting over right now in either fashion or beauty?
I never thought I’d be the kind of person who would want to spend over a grand on a hand bag but I’m starting to see the appeal! They are a few that have caught my eye but I’d love a Chloe Nile bag. It’s so small and completely impractical so it’s probably never going to happen but if I hit the lottery tomorrow, I’d get one in a shot.
Finally, what’s your favourite way to unwind?
A leisurely walk around town, stopping for a cup of coffee and people-watching and then home where I take a lovely bubble bath and treat myself to a bit of a pampering session. Then pyjamas, a duvet on the sofa, a glass of wine and a good Netflix binge!
Thanks Kimberly! Don’t forget to find out more about Kimberly and her home over on Swoon Worthy. Check it out HERE.
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