Hello Peaches! This month I interviewed the fabulous Karen Weber! I actually found her on Instagram, how super stylish and utterly fabulous is she though! What I absolutely love about Karen is that she has such a flair for her own personal sense of style as well as an incredible zest for life! Her home and her salon are the absolute envy of retro vintage lovers everywhere. I knew immediately that the world needed to see just how glorious this beautiful lady (and her equally suave other half) really was. Grab a cuppa, put your feet up and take 5 with Karen below!
Tell us a bit about yourself …
About me? Well this is a bit crazy! I’m a 48year old mum to a beautiful teenage daughter and partner to the most amazingly dapper gent.
I run a little quirky hair salon in Bournemouth – which can be more like the community centre somedays! ( I’ve been hairdressing for 36 years! Yikes!)
Who is your style icon?
Well I suppose I’ve got to say Marilyn … I fell in love with her a lifetime ago. But really style wise I admire strong colourful women – ladies who play with shape and colour. Women need to be braver and enjoy dressing for their shape. Embrace what you have!
Do you believe in dressing ‘age appropriately?’
I would probably say I don’t really dress ‘age appropriately’ – I just dress in what I like. BUT there are things a lady should not wear … showing too much flesh as you turn nearer to 50 (!!!) is sometimes shocking!! The thing is – it’s a matter of confidence and good body image. I still wear ankle socks – fishnet ones of course!
How would you describe you style?
Oh heck! Colourful I guess! A touch of vintage … a little modern… all done,hopefully, with a twist. I love sewing and I’m always messing around with fabrics and accessories. If I can’t find what I like when I’m shopping I’ll make it or customise it! I think I must have been a magpie in a previous life!
Your partner is dashingly stylish – how did you meet?
My gorgeous mister is a VERY dapper man – a true gentleman to boot. We actually met on TINDER!! Don’t choke/laugh/fall off of your chair! It does work! When my daughter met Greg she said ‘Oh mum! He’s the male version of you!’ We are two peas in a pod – I love that he’s as passionate about clothes as I am. We’ve been together just a little over 2 years – people can’t believe that we haven’t been together forever… well I thank the gods,the stars(AND TINDER!!) for sending me my perfect partner.
Greg thinks …
He loves my style … and I love his! We enjoy getting ready together and planning our outfits for our little outings. I think he enjoys having me on his arm … we do cut a dash when we step out together! Life is very beautifully bright … we have a few exciting projects in the pipeline for the year ahead. I will keep you posted!
I have met some brilliant people since being a part of the Instagram family …
Sam @sammercer – for her amazing accessories and handbags.
Zoe @thatsoldfashioned – for finding me wonderful treasures.
Brian @bmcginnisart – for the most fabulous artwork.
Zoe @hettyanddave – for my ladybird fix and more.
And last but not least …
Hattie @houseofharriehattie – for her awe inspiring style.
You can catch up with Karen & Greg at:
197 Malmesbury Park Road
Opening times are flexible – when our clients need us we’re there!
Hair by appointment only – or pop in for a coffee when the door is open!
Sewing and alterations undertaken on request.
(MEWS – the salon name came from the initials being my dad’s. Sadly he passed 5 years ago – he was the one who encouraged me to take on the business. The name also means ‘small community’ – which we most definitely are!!)