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About maggi toner-edgar

Creative Style Consultancy Fashion and Textile Practitioner Art/Education Writer/Research

Remake and Restyle

Quirky Workshops @ Greystoke Cycle Cafe nr. Penrith Cumbria. Do you prefer stitching your own clothes or would like to learn how ? Or maybe you would simply like to do a few textile course during your visit to this year’s WOOLFEST in Cockermouth – why not stop in en route and spend a day in the most fantastic environment – with lovely food having a really relaxing and rewarding time. This is a basic wardrobe renovation workshop where we look at figure types and style to suit your shape, bring along an old garments  to repair, remake or customize, they may even end up as completely different garments. So learn to stitch and get style advice from a Stylist/Designer all at the same time. It is also good for the environment and your pocket as you have a great day out eating cakes instead of shopping and you take home a new outfit! Ring Annie at the Creystoke Cycle Cafe to book onto one of the Quirky Workshops  April /June 2014 Tel: 017684 83984  or go to @quirkyworkshops twitter page or Greystoke Cycle Cafe  FB page  or website

Love Your Figure Type

Love Your Figure Type


Fresh Start

See all the details on the Fresh Start Flyer

See all the details on the Fresh Start Flyer

Fresh Start 

Did you know that these (Women Only) FREE events will be happening close to you:

Fresh Start Flyer   OR GO TO

Please see the attached flyer to get all the details you need to join in on the night.  You will be given free coaching by experienced Speakers and NLP practitioners to help you to make a Fresh Start – now that Spring has Sprung does your mind turn to new  plans, shaping the future, shaking up your career, getting fit, making  something, getting creative, joining a course or simply making some new friends in your area.  This is a fantastic networking opportunity, it is a road show especially for women that will leave you feeling energised and inspired, post on facebook and share if you can as your friends will also be disappointed if they miss this excellent opportunity.

These FRESH START events start in Ambleside next week on Mon 31st March, please make sure you come along as I don’t want anyone to miss this great opportunity:  This could be a Fresh Start for you and your friends

Stuck in a rut? Thinking of making a change?
Time to set some goals? Come along and meet
some like-minded women for a free evening of fun, goal setting,
ideas, style inspiration, and who knows – a fresh start!
Booking essential. Please contact Dani Hudson at ACT on
Tel: 01768 840827 or Email:
31 March – Ambleside  –What a great night!

7 April – Milnthorpe  next Monday 7-9pm at No.17 Cafe  LA7 7AD . Lots of 7′s in there and its usually a lucky number. I am looking forward to it as I really enjoyed the last one.

23 April – Orton, Penrith
6 May – Grange-over-Sands
22 May – Kirkby Stephen
12 June – Sedbergh
17 June – Dalton in Furness

All Events 7pm – 9pm



Easter Monday is Fun day at Florence 

Come along to the open day ENTRY FREE

+ tea and cake

Their will be:

Paintmaking: Drawing and Painting with Egremont Red paints and pastels and St Bees Yellow Pastels!

Bookmaking:  It is great to make your own book to begin a new project.

Creative Crafts: Upcycle – make – do- and -mend find out about the upcoming courses where you can start creating the dress that you really want but can’t afford to buy.  You can bring your sewing machine to special courses learning machine embroidery and dressmaking, make-do-and-mend, learn how and have a go!  Dates tbc  Come along to the Florence Mine Easter Monday Open Day to find out what’s happening and learn more about the Open Mic sessions.

10.30 until 4pm

Bohemian Spirit.. x

maggi toner-edgar:

Love this rug

Originally posted on Maison Bentley Style:


Special clothes only come out for special occasions, but a special rug? It’s a red carpet under your feet every day.


Alexander McQueen spent three years designing this Collection for the Rug Company, taking their craftsmanship to new, couture levels.


Like iridescent jewels they weave a spell of fantasy and wonder.

Sarah Burton enthuses, “The Rug Company shares similar values to Alexander McQueen. It’s about offering a product that is precious and luxurious that showcases the best of British design and traditional craftsmanship.”

It’s a  little bit of McQueen on earth,

Laters, Kate x

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Come along to:

The Riversmeet 4 Market Street Cockermouth starting on Wednesday 5th Feb at 10.00am for a Craft ‘n’ Craic session.

The Florence Mine, Egremont, CA22 2NR starting Thursday 13 th Feb on Thursdays throughout February.

Bring your own project -your own well-loved clothes learn how to customise and  upcylce your wardrobe, style vintage events, and repair items that have been only partially used, the craic should be good too, it is all about learning and having a good time and making best use of our natural resources.  You will be amazed how much you learn about other things besides. Come and get a burst of feel good acheivement.

See Rivermeet poster attached   workshops Riversmeet 2014

This is part of the work I am doing as a Happiness Foundation Ambassador – its all about Art/Mindfulness and feeling good!

Little Black Dress for 2014

maggi toner-edgar:

2014 take on the little black dress … it always works.

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Stella McCartney pre-fall 2014

Stella McCartney pre-fall 2014

Little black dress is the most important item in every woman’s wardrobe. It is a universal answer to that terrible question that we repeatedly ask ourselves while desperately rummaging through the cupboard in search for the solution. Each year we need a new LBD to rescue us in those critical moments. So which one to choose in 2014?

Ruffles are going to be trendy this year, so think Dries Van Noten or Isabel Marant who designed some incredible ruffled dresses for spring and summer. The other key trend for 2014 is black lace – layers and layers of it. While Christian Bailey made some timeless lace dresses, including the black one in his Britain-obsessed pre-fall collection for Burberry Prorsum, Sharon Wauchob mixed chiffon with different kinds of lace.

Pre-fall 2014 collections feature several cutting-edge little black dresses from Alexander Wang’s ones with tiny holes which look…

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Izzy Blow Show

Issy Blow Show

Fashion galore: was a great exhibition and a must for fashion lovers, if you haven’t seen it get there as soon as you can, it didn’t have rave reviews as it was compared to the amazing Philip Treacy exhibition ‘When Philip met Isabella’ – which I must admit is difficult to top.

This is quite different, also an important show and certainly of its time as it shows the union between Philip Treacy and Alexander McQueen and was a great tribute to the work that Izzy Blow did, bringing them into the public eye and bringing them together, some really interesting info on her background too, but the assembled outfits and the presentation was certainly amazing and kept her spirit alive, see the example below.

Mira Schendel + Paul Klee

Mira Schendel

See this review on a-n website of the Tate Modern exhibition, which I could not give my energy too after viewing the Klee – Making Visible EY Exhibition.

but I found this insight very interesting and accurate, but the exhibition is best seen alone as it is powerful an not try to do the two at once.

Mira Schendel exhibition at Tate Modern

I have got to say that the Klee exhibition was amazing too and particularly appealed to m y textile sensibillities due to the colours used and how they were combined  it was a mastery of colour, paint and portrayal of movements, altered realities and  emotions.  Part of my personal issue was seeing Mira Schendel’s mono-chromatic work after that was difficult, but both exhibitions are incredibly powerful in their own right.

Paul Klee, Fire at Full Moon 1933

Museum Folkwang (Essen, Germany)

Paul Klee Fire at Full Moon 1933

FREE courses from the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce


Just loving all the free courses that have been put on by the Chamber of Commerce for the Cumbria Rural Women’s Growth network.  What is not to like… the presenters/trainers are all amazing, to name a few Maureen Colohan @Mindfully Slim  Denise Conroy @Inglewood Hospitality, Justine Douglas @CTS Cumbria Training Services, Hazel Lanchbery, Alix Martin and of course there are more. I just feel very advantaged at present and do not understand why more business women or artists in Cumbria are not taking advantage of this offer.  could you not just get yourself onto this list or Database as it is FREE for all rural business women not just those who are CoC members. See Cumbria Chamber of Commerce  ‘Growth Hub’.

Yesterday Justine helped me to see clearly the way that I was communicating, I think I knew but it is not one of those things that you really want to admit to I suppose, until someone holds a mirror up to your way of being. Also pics below of Denise Conroy and her goldilocks methods of pricing – a bit different from mine but similar concept!  She kept us all engaged all day and managed to change a shakey strategy into a confident one.

Who knew women in Cumbria were so amazing we are hiding out light under a bushel.  Some of these pics below show what an amazing time you can have on these courses.  Featured also below is Catherynn Dunstan who is the organiser and has done a great job on this seminar series.  Why aren’t all you Cumbrian business women linked to her and finding out when the next training session is in your town.  I’ll be running a few more soon on ‘Transformation for Personal Success’ styling yourself and your brand with confidence.  I have no pics for mine and I am behind the camera – as usual more comfortable that way – but Denise is a bit of a performer although I kept out all her really juicy shots. Just managed to get a Justine pic  below as she was moving a bit too quickly to catch – that woman is a real highflyer- in more ways than one.  Oh and the Remarkable Jennie Sutton !



Urban v. Haute Couture

Interesting Street Style from Asia  the men seem to do it well, see below kinda cute.  As for Paris Fashion week, the designers seem to be showing a lot of space age metallic cloth and all in ones, that foil coated look is tricky to wear – I think the east seem to have a very cool take on relaxed urban future and ladylike street style that works in the every day.  The leather jackets and garments do futuristic better for me that lame and metallic fibres – its much more haute couture than urban.

street chic

Young and relaxed @ Micheal Kors

The leather weather has arrived, this jacket is purchased from Balenciaga.


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