Case Studies

“If you don’t build your dreams someone else will hire you to build theirs…”

Ayesha Edmondson Personal Stylist

Intensive Training delegate:Full time Personal Stylist, Manchester

Hi I’m Ayesha

I’ve been working in fashion for over twenty five years; in both retail and in personal shopping departments. I’ve seen a lot in these 25 years, both good and bad times. I’ve been married, I’ve gotten divorced and my health suffered drastically after giving birth of my two amazing children leaving me no choice than to take various career breaks but now I’ve returned to the industry fitter and happier than I’ve ever been, just as passionate about fashion and styling as I was when I was a Saturday girl at C&A!

Last year I finally decided to to take the plunge and start my own business doing what I love and becoming a personal stylist. I set about researching how I could make this happen..I felt I was bursting with knowledge and experience.. however.. I wanted to learn more.. That is when I came across Style ME. One motivating and inspiring call with Nisha that’s all it took and my journey had begun and I was on the train to London from Manchester!

After the first day I was on cloud nine. Super excited and couldn’t believe how much I had learnt. The science behind colour was so fascinating to me.. As each training session finished I couldn’t wait for the next. The skills I had learnt through years of experience we’re being reinforced with the science Nisha so effortlessly explained. I couldn’t believe there was an actual formula to dressing men and women in the right clothes perfect for their shape and their complexion. This was a great eye opener for me because despite working in personal shopping departments this was the knowledge/training that was missing.

Nisha helped me open my eyes to new ways to stay ahead of the competition, skills that helped build my confidence away from the security of a department store that I was so used to. We sat down and discussed my business plan. This part although challenging, in hindsight was essential.. Nisha made it so easy for me to understand how to go forward in growing a client base and most importantly identifying who were my target audience.

Finally the last day arrived.. The finale .. The photoshoot at The Face, London. The team of photographers, hairdressers and makeup artists were amazing..I felt nervous and excited but everyone made me feel so welcome, this helped ease my nerves. We got some gorgeous shots. I couldn’t contain my excitement on my train journey home back to Manchester the whole experience left me feeling motivated, confident, ready to start my new venture and honoured to represent Style ME in Manchester.

1 year on, now when I’m styling my private clients I honestly can’t believe just how far I have come.. If you’re thinking about becoming a Personal Stylist, you’re new career could be just a call away! Thank you Style ME..

Ayesha x

Maggie D Stylist Hampshire

Intensive Training delegate: Maggie D, Personal Stylist and Interior Designer, Hampshire and Berkshire.

Like many women, I reached a point in my life where I felt the need to re-invent/re-establish my identity. For me it was after my divorce, but it can be any number of life events that prompt this action. I’d heard about colour analysis from friends and thought it might be an interesting start. In fact, it was the best kick-start I could have hoped for! My shopping trips now had purpose and structure. I felt good in my appearance and satisfied that my purchases were working to maximum benefit.

Having approached my ‘golden years’ now, and knowing first-hand what a confidence and self-esteem booster this can be, I decided it was time to assist other women to greater self-appreciation and success. This is especially important with employment years being increased.

Nisha took me through the Intensive Style ME training, which covers the three main services of Personal Styling: Wardrobe Styling, Personal Shopping and Colour Analysis. At the end of it, I simply couldn’t wait to get started in establishing my client base and inspire women of my age they didn’t need to resort to desperate measures of botox, fillers and liposuction to look and feel good…

Now that I’m actually a working personal stylist it’s so gratifying to see my clients realise how attractive they still are, despite advancing years, and understand that with the knowledge of wearing their right colours for their complexion and the right styles for their individual shape they absolutely can look younger, slimmer, walk taller, reduce the cost of their wardrobe by building a capsule wardrobe and as a result smile more!

I would like to share with you a comment from Caroline Rush, CBE, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council; “When I was in my 20’s, women over 40 probably dressed a bit more conservatively. Now you could see the same working wardrobe on a 20-year-old as you do on a woman in her sixties.”

Feel free to contact me via my website; www.designs-for-living.net

Maggie x

“I really enjoyed my training with Style ME. With professionally presented topics and hands on practise on all the key Personal Styling services, I came away feeling confident, ready and well equipped to succeed. I would recommend this course to anyone of any age or background currently thinking and dreaming of being a Personal Stylist”

Paisley Kemp

Essential Training delegate: Paisley Kemp, London, Surrey Owner of Makeupboxlondon – full time Personal Stylist, Hair Stylist and Make-up Artist.

Hi my name is Paisley and I’m your girl if you want professional styling advice on not only your clothing but on your hair and makeup too. Before I discovered Style ME Training I was already a well-established makeup artist and hairdresser and Founder of Makeupboxlondon. I wanted to give my existing clients something extra and Personal Styling seemed like the perfect add on service.

After much research I decided to train with Nisha Founder of Style ME Training and the experience has simply been invaluable. I was in a personal style rut, had put on weight and chose Nisha because she insisted that my first styling client would be me! I was so ready for it and so eager to learn.. To say I went on a personal journey is an understatement; the confidence I gained by learning to dress my shape whilst wearing my colours has just been priceless! What’s enlightened me the most is that by wearing the right colours and style of clothing we can all become a slimmer more youthful version of our self without having to lose weight or use drastic measures. It’s right at our fingertips and I believe this knowledge should be available to everyone as it can instantly change how you feel about yourself.

WE ALL struggle with insecurities and of course how we feel inside is just as important as how we look on the outside and this will be reflected in all areas of our lives through dating and attracting the right person, to everyday confidence, friendships and work but what I’ve found is by feeling good in how we present ourselves on the outer side via our hair, make-up and now clothing is more often than not the confidence we need to go and attract the life we want!

I have always been a confident girl from working in large corporations to setting up my own businesses but like so many women my self-esteem was always mirrored by the size of my jeans but since my training with Nisha and doing a massive de-clutter and creating my own capsule wardrobe I no longer look at the size I’m wearing, I’m just dressing in clothes that show off my assets and choosing colours that enhance my natural beauty and this is the knowledge I’m so effortlessly passing on to my clients, whether she is a bride to be, a girl looking to start dating or the mum looking to get her mojo back I’m so excited to pass on the knowledge! Nisha was absolutely right I REALLY WAS MY FIRST CLIENT!

Paisley x

Becky, Case study from Personal Stylist Training Academy UK

Essential Training delegate: Becky Barnes, 45, Bristol, former HR Consultant now full time Personal Stylist.

Less than a year ago I was sitting in a huge office block wishing I had a job I loved. I’d worked my way up the corporate ladder and although very successful in my career, I was miserable, really miserable. My job just didn’t do it for me anymore and I felt so envious of friends who loved theirs. But what could I do? I’d worked in large corporates for the best part of 20 years. I had dedicated myself to my career my entire working life. I had worked hard to gain professional qualifications and earn credibility amongst my peer group so could I really just turn my back on it all and try something completely different? Absolutely I could!

The day I handed in my notice was the most liberating day of my life. I felt so free and light and bursting with excitement at the prospect of a fresh start. The part I did love about my old job was coaching and developing women to be more than they ever felt possible. I felt so happy when I witnessed women become empowered and suddenly realise their true potential. That’s why personal styling was a no brainer (well, that and my lifelong love of clothes, shoes and all things fashion!). Styling was a job that allowed me to combine helping women grow and be the best versions of themselves with one of my favourite subject matters.

I’ll admit that the Style ME Academy was not my first port of call when it came to re-training. I actually trained with another individual within the industry. But, I felt I had some critical knowledge gaps which included colour analysis and capsule wardrobes so I sought further training and thankfully found Nisha. Nisha trained me on Personal Shopping, Wardrobe Styling and Colour Analysis over a weekend and it all came together.

The Style ME training was the cherry on the cake for me. It not only filled the gaps in my expertise but also took me on a style journey of my very own as Nisha gently helped refine my look and boost my self confidence. I realised that over the years (and after 4 children) my style was totally confused and my self esteem at an all time low. A personal shopping trip with Nisha and all this was a thing of the past!

Fast forward to now and I can’t wipe the grin off my face. I have a beautiful ‘Style Studio’ in which I work with clients either as individuals or in groups and I have a growing list of women who want to work with me. I’ve also had a number of articles published in magazines and I’m soon presenting at Bristol Fashion Week. I’m also collaborating with some amazing business women including Box Polish who have asked me to design a brand new shade of nail varnish and Truly Nourished with whom I will be running a ‘Look good, feel good’ course in the near future. This and so many more exciting opportunities are happening to me right now that I just can’t believe my luck.

It’s mind blowing to think how different my life has become in such a short space of time and I’m so glad I took the plunge. If you’re thinking of doing something similar, just do it. I promise you won’t look back.

Love Becky x
www.beckybarnesstyle.com

Becky’s Video

Lucy Eastman, Stylist

Intensive Training delegate: Lucy Eastment, 34, mum and former PA now part-time Stylist.

After maternity leave I returned to work as a part-time PA and realised it really wasn’t what I wanted to do. If I was going to be apart from my two children for work I wanted to be doing something that I enjoyed and felt passionate about not stuck in an office working for someone else. Colleagues always asked about my style and where I bought items from and friends are constantly raiding my wardrobe so Personal Styling seemed an obvious career change for me.
I researched lots of different courses and after speaking to Nisha I decided that the intensive course with Style ME would suit me best. It covered everything I needed to learn in one week to become a Personal Stylist. I was dreading being away from my family for that long but doing the course in one week was easier for childcare and was more cost efficient than making several trips to London to study.
When I arrived I immediately felt at ease as the course took place in a stylish, relaxed setting rather than a stuffy conference centre and there were only two other delegates on the training so it was fairly informal and felt more personal. It was hard work as being off on maternity leave I hadn’t needed to concentrate for so long and I hadn’t needed to absorb so much information since college!
Each day was intense and there was a lot to take in so I was glad that I had opted to do the course in a week and it suited me that I was away from home so I could focus and digest everything in the evenings. I was so excited and buzzing from what I had learnt every day and I really enjoyed the challenges that Nisha set. I had a photo-shoot on day 4 which I really didn’t enjoy at the time abut actually I was really pleased with the pictures and it has been so useful to have professional photos for marketing. It isn’t something that I would have done myself so I am glad it was part of the course as it pushed me out of my comfort zone!
The last day was client day. Despite Nisha’s confidence in the training, I would never have thought at the start of the week I would be able to pull off a colour analysis session, wardrobe consultation and personal shop on a real client who I had never met after just a few days training said. Nisha confidently said “no delegate has ever failed me at the task” but I have to admit I was scared I’d be the first!
On the morning I was nervous but excited. My client Sabrina was lovely and I really enjoyed spending time helping her and effortlessly passing on my knowledge. When she tried on the clothes I had selected for her I couldn’t believe the transformation. She looked amazing in the clothes and to see her confidence bloom in front of me was such a buzz. She was so happy with the clothes that she bought nearly every item! I was so glad that I had met her brief and she was so pleased with my work. It was so rewarding and great to end the course on such a high!
Nisha’s advice to me as part of the business planning was to practice on friends and family for a few months first. I’m glad I took that advice as juggling family life I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to focus on my new career straight away. I took my time initially to build up my confidence and worked on social media so I had an Instagram page, Facebook page and website for when I was ready to launch.
Three months on I’m now working as a (paid) Personal Stylist and I absolutely love it! I never would have thought that I would be able to earn money from doing something that I love and comes so natural to me. Most of my clients are mums themselves so I can really relate to how they feel and love being able to boost their confidence and make them feel like themselves again. It is such a rewarding job and it’s a perfect career for me to do part-time. I can fit appointments around my childcare and have the option of working from home so it really suits my lifestyle. I’m so glad I took the plunge to leave my office job and become a Personal Stylist I couldn’t be happier!

Lucy Eastment X

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Intensive Training delegate: Julie Nairn, 49, former Property Advisor now full-time Personal Stylist.

Hello, I’m Julie, aged 49 and from Aberdeen in Scotland. Just about to turn 50 I was ‘taking stock’ of my life, as apparently people tend to do “when they get to my age”. I have made it to the half-century milestone, I have enjoyed life, I have achieved a good career and my biggest blessing of all is my two great kids, who were now rapidly turning into young adults. I am actually looking forward to being 50 and beyond. I think they call it the new “ageless attitude”. I am at a bit of a crossroads in life and change in many areas of it are afoot, there are challenges to overcome, but I want to make the most of my future and make the most of myself, and enjoy life, enjoy working, enjoy fun things, and enjoy being around people.

I first heard about Style ME via The Personal Shopper course, which I read about on the Internet. I really liked the all round services offering style, wardrobe and colour as well as shopping, because they all link together. I could see how I could have a fun, interesting and rewarding add on to my business, helping people in their lives in all sorts of ways so…As a result a couple of months later I found myself travelling to London to embrace the full “Style ME” experience.

I hadn’t really thought of it as something I would necessary benefit from for myself but more of a business development project with a focus on others. Of course it was all about helping others and how changes on the outside can enhance each individual, boost their self confidence, self esteem and let their ‘inner sparkle shine though’, however it was sooo much more about ‘me’ than I could have ever imagined!

In just a few short days I had gone though I complete style transformation. Sometimes I had been dressing for my shape and skin tone, but very often I was dressing in colours and styles, which made me, look tired, paler and so much older. I also discovered I had a tendency to hide behind patterns. I found the whole course fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable but not without its challenges. I was constantly facing my own personal self-esteem issues and beliefs about myself that had been built up over the years but were pushed under the surface, which I hadn’t expected. The photo shoot in particular!

On the morning of the shoot I was pretty much dreading the day. I thought there was no way they could make me look pretty or produce photos, which would look good. However, with a lot of brilliant support and genuine friendliness from the people there I managed to smile at the camera. When they showed me the photos I was expecting the worst, but I was astonished. I was wearing things from my own wardrobe which using my newfound style knowledge I knew suited me. My hair was styled, but not cut or coloured and make up lightly done, as I prefer. They hadn’t been photo shopped. So the women on the screen were definitely me! I hadn’t been ‘restyled’ or made into something I wasn’t, but I looked confident, relaxed, my personality seemed to come across. I could say I did see myself probably first time ever as an adult, as ‘beautiful’.

My training had turned into much more – a definite personal journey. I was returning home full of enthusiasm for a new branch to my business and as a new more empowered, self-confident version of me.

Before I left London Nisha and I worked on my business plan and now I have tangible ways to build my client base, exploring new and creative ways to grow my styling business including creating my own blog site. www.fifty-shades-of-fabulous.co.uk, aimed at clients in there forties and fifties. Having seen and experienced first hand the benefits of being styled I can effortlessly style my clients and have a greater understanding and appreciation of style issues they may have. With my new found Style ME knowledge we can create solutions which can give their confidence a boost, help them look younger and slimmer in styles appropriate to their body shape and watch their complexion glow when they are wearing appropriate colours for their skin tone.

As far as my personal style I have been getting lots of great positive comments from friends and colleagues. “Wow, Julie you look great” “you’re looking lovely today”. Hearing these comments regularly for the first time in 50 years is simply making me feel amazing.
Julie Nairn X

Jenny Donaldson, Stylist

Intensive Training Delegate: Jenny Donaldson, 52, retired police woman now Personal Stylist and actress!

My mother was a seamstress in Guyana before coming to the UK and in order to save money she made all of my clothes. Looking back I’m sure she only had one pattern as all my sewn dresses had a sash and the crocheted ones had a yoke neckline. Oh! How I yearned to wear something fashionable,

At the age of 19 I became a police officer and was destined to wear a uniform or dowdy plain clothes for the next 30 plus years.

My true journey began after the birth of my first son, I was lucky enough to lose all my baby weight but I soon realised that something was not right. To cut a very long story short I was diagnosed with a condition called Sarcoidosis. At the point of my diagnosis I also contracted Pneumonia, which resulted, with my lungs being damaged. I was placed on a large dose of Steroids and in a short pace of time my weight ballooned to over 13 1/2 stones. Coming to terms with my condition and not recognising myself in the mirror was very depressing. Thankfully I found a book that gave me basic tips on how to dress to one self appear slimmer. I was hooked! I began to dress for the shape I was at that time and stopped wearing tents. Gradually my self-confidence grew enough for me to actively lose weight in a space of a year. I am still on Steroids but I manage my food and exercise.

October 2015 I retired from the Police Service after 32 years. It was then I decided to fulfill my dreams to become a Personal Stylist at the young age of 52!

I honestly thought that I knew about how to dress for one body type until I went on the Style ME 1 week Intensive Training course. I soon realised that I only knew the basics. I want to thank Nisha for not only teaching me the knowledge on how to dress others but also how to dress myself to perfection! As a result of my training I have saved myself both time and money and I now no longer have the urge to spend hours shopping for clothes.

I spent my first career helping people now I can continue to help people whilst indulging my passions in a far more glamorous way! It’s a wonderful feeling showing men and women how to look their absolute best. This is the perfect career for a woman of my age and life experience, I get to meet so many wonderful people and my goal is to be an inspiration to other women and men my age that are beginning to let themselves go! 50 really is the new 30 and I’m living proof of it! I recently starred in a Special K advert and that was a really special moment that showed me just how far I’ve come!

Thank you Style ME for helping me embark on my new journey!

Jenny D X

Jenny’s inspirational Special K Advert

Judi Lockard Stylist

Intensive Training delegate: Judi Lockard, 46, full time Personal Stylist.

If I think back to one year ago, it’s incredible how my life has changed. I had a very successful career in the Arts. My career spanned over 25 years, encompassing TV, Theatre, Catwalk, Dance and Fashion. On my travels far and wide I gained much experience working with people from varied backgrounds, cultures, and lifestyles. I loved my job but I always knew I wanted to be a mum.

The next 12 years was spent bringing up my four gorgeous children and although I tried a few of my own start up businesses I found it impossible to really develop them with such young people to look after. However, my youngest is now 8 years old and I found myself getting agitated, as I was desperate to find something to both challenge and satisfy me. With my background in the Arts and surrounded by people in fashion, I have always been passionate about style and have always enjoyed looking at trends and trying to find my own style. I am very much a ‘people’s person’ and I thoroughly enjoy meeting people with diverse lifestyles, needs and personalities.

With this in mind, I always wondered what it would be like to be a ‘Personal Stylist’. Of course my first thought was, I’m too old to start a career as a stylist. However, I began to look around for courses and Style ME Training Academy popped up. I was hugely encouraged to read that they train stylists of all ages and I started reading their testimonials. I was very nervous when I called them to chat about the different options but after 30 minutes I was totally convinced this is what I should be doing. I decided to sign up to the Intensive Training course, which covered Colour Analysis, Personal Shopping, Wardrobe Styling & Men’s Styling.

I remember turning up on the first day of training & meeting the lovely Nisha & Mary Ann who run the Academy. I was dressed in black skinny jeans and a black top with a black leather jacket and a scarf thinking I looked pretty good. However, I was in for a big surprise. With Nisha & Mary Ann’s professional guidance I realised I had no idea about the power of Colour Analysis. I couldn’t believe how I instantly looked younger and more alive in the autumn colours than in black. We then moved on to Body Shape & Wardrobe Styling. Through all my years of modeling I never knew that I was in fact an: ‘Inverted Triangle’ and that I was not always choosing clothes that flattered me. At the end of the course, I felt knowledgeable, excited and passionate about making a career of being a Personal Stylist.

Nisha and Mary Ann were extremely encouraging and even now they are always here to mentor me. I love my new career, it fits around my family, I get to style so many people from different walks of life. I recently styled my first celebrity! More importantly though I now have the knowledge, expertise and passion to teach my clients how to embrace who they truly are. I honestly believe that dressing your body shape and wearing your colours is crucial to making anyone look younger and slimmer going forward; which ultimately is what all my clients want. This is very much a ’personal service’ and all I promise my clients is that our fun styling sessions together will leave them feeling younger, happier and more confident about their choices going forward.

chaker

Essential Training delegate: Danielle Chaker, 44, Teacher, Personal Stylist and Confidence Coach.

Hi I’m Danielle, a Personal Stylist and Confidence Coach. I’m passionate about helping women to feel radiant,self- assured and comfortable in their own skin. I recently trained with Style ME Academy in Colour Analysis and Personal Styling, and thanks to the thorough and professional training, and on- going support, by businessis going from strength to strength.

The journey began for me when I started to feel trapped and unfulfilled in my job as a fulltime Fashion Teacher. I began wanting more from life and wanting to do something that I felt deeply passionate about. I had always wanted to help people whilst utilising my skills in Design and Life Coaching.

My work now is a unique blend of Fashion expertise and Life Coaching experience creating empowerment for women who want to feel good on the inside and out. Personal Styling has added a new dimension, giving me a fantastic opportunity to combine my skills and talents in empowering clients from the inside out, allowing them to feel confident on the inside and look fabulous on the outside. I recently styled the presenters from Radio Devon, and have been asked to give seminars on ‘How to dress for your body shape’, and ‘The importance of wearing the right colours’. I am working in collaboration with Devon Fit Camp to help women who have recently lost weight to dress for their new shape.

I have always been fascinated by people and what makes them tick, and I whole heartedly believe that every person has the potential to feel happy, confident and comfortable in their own skin; no matter what their starting point.I believe, as this wonderful quote from one of my favourite fashion designers suggests, there is nothing more attractive than a woman who knows her own mind, understands style, and is simply comfortable being herself.

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself” – Coco Chanel

In my opinion the biggest fashion mistake anyone can make is trying to look like someone else, and the most attractive thing you can ever wear is confidence and empathy.

I know that whatever life has thrown at you, you have the potential to recreate your own version of you. Your story can be rewritten, at any time, and you have the power to say how the story ends. The pen is, and always has been, in your hand.

I have an intuitive understanding of my clients as I too have been on the journey of transformation and change, from the caterpillar to the butterfly, confident and ready to fly.

At 46, I felt it was time to make the break, take the leap, and live the life I had imagined, and I have to say, I haven’t looked back. They say that if you do what you love, you never do a days’ work in your life, and it’s true! I now wake up in the morning and look forward to the day ahead. Every day brings about something new, and it gives me such pleasure to know I am making a difference to the lives of my clients. My income has also doubled, which just shows what you can achieve when you believe in you self. It feels incredible to be doing the thing I love, sometimes I can’t quite believe it!

If you would like some help in becoming your best version of you, have a look at my signature Transformational Coaching Package which combines Confidence Coaching with Personal Styling.

Come fly with me, and be your best you!

Danielle x

Elena

Essential Training delegate: Elena Carter, 39, Boutique owner and Personal Stylist.

Hi, I’m Elena, the founder of the online female clothing and accessories shop which is called Evelyn’s Boutique.

I have always been fascinated by the fashion industry. At the same time, I’d always wanted to become an entrepreneur, and to be more particular – to have my own clothing shop. But it has never been the right time…. until recently….

My story begins back in Russia where I grew up and lived till my late 20es. I graduated from one of the Russian Universities with PhD degree in Linguistics, following by moving into the UK, and later on obtaining another degree in Management from Durham University, MA this time. Meanwhile I had my first child Alexander, worked for a local Government Company for a few years, then my daughter Evelyn came into this world.

When I returned from maternity leave, I started feeling a little unfulfilled; I looked to fill the void. Thinking about my love of fashion, and my eye for spotting the latest trends, I decided to go ahead with my long term ambition to have a fashion shop. Not being born as an entrepreneur (I obviously loved my studies!), it took me some time to discover what having your own business would be. I also knew I was about to start something which is close to my heart, and that I would love working on every day.

Personal styling appeared to me unexpectedly, out of blue I would say. I spotted an advertisement for a course in personal styling including wardrobe analysis and personal shopping with Style Me. I instantly decided to go for it. A few weeks later I was doing a colour analysis course, and I never looked back. ‘’What a great addition to our main line of trade it could be, when an additional service as Personal Stylist is being advertised/offered on our website’’ – I thought! And then there was a photo shoot, yet another great venture organised by STYLE ME I will never forget. On the way to the studio I sort of lost my whereabouts and was going to ask someone for the directions. Guess what? The first person I stopped on the street turned out to be a girl who works there! ‘’Hello’’, she said, ‘I am Natasha, and I work for the Face of London, please follow me’’. Some people would say it’s a coincidence, but I take it as sign that I am on the right way.

Coming back to the essence of why I am doing it, I can only add: Evelyn’s boutique is not just a clothing e-shop. It’s a ‘hub’ for local women, with fashion show venues, style events, personal shopping and special occasion evenings etc. We are here to provide professional personalised service to our women, so they feel that the shop is buying for them, while I am as a personal stylist, advise them to look their best.

My journey has not been straightforward or easy. There were a lot of ‘pros and cons’, and ‘what’s if?’ I do not what to sound cliché, but with the help of the family, professional advisors and friends I have made it.

I love working with something I’m truly passionate about and I really look forward to see what a difference we can make for so many women by helping them to get dressed for success. So far, so good!

Evelyn’s Boutique doors are open. You are welcome!

See you soon.

Elena X

Marilyn Payne

Intensive Training delegate: Marilyn Payne, 50, Teacher and part-time Personal Stylist

A few years ago I was reeling from a double bereavement – redundancy from my dream job, followed shortly thereafter by the death of a close family member. As the months wore on, and the reality of my situation began to sink in, I decided it was time to do something for me, and for me alone. Something to lift my mood and make me feel special for a while. I decided to ‘have my colours done’.

The time spent with my personal stylist led me on a journey of self discovery. I learned which colours suited me best and which ones to avoid. I began to wear styles which suited my body shape better. Shopping became much more time efficient. After all, if black didn’t suit me there wasn’t any point in combing through endless racks of black and grey! My levels of self-esteem and confidence soared. Friends began to notice that there was something ‘different’ about me, although they couldn’t quite put their finger on what it was.

My new, part time, job meant that although my bills were being paid, (for which I was very grateful), I felt that there must be something else I could do to enrich my life, and generate extra income at the same time. I had four main criteria: it had to be something which would fit in with the requirements of my ‘day job’; it had to be something which I could continue developing into retirement; it had to be something which would benefit other people and, most importantly, it had to be something that I really enjoyed doing.

And so it was, that with the support of family and friends I began to look for a training course which would equip me to become a personal stylist. Living on an island is wonderful, but it has its logistical drawbacks – a major one being the cost of travel to the UK. I had to find a course that would deliver everything I needed in one week – identifying body shapes, wardrobe styling, colour analysis and personal shopping.

After doing a great deal of research online I discovered that the Style Me Training Academy offered just such a course, and that it offered exceptional value for money when compared some of the other training courses that were available and took longer to complete.

As the start date of my training approached, I became increasingly apprehensive. Would the training live up to expectations? Who else would be on the course? Would I last the distance? Perfectly natural concerns of course – they meant that I was taking this next step in my professional life very seriously.

I was prepared to be challenged and to be pushed out of my comfort zone – and I was. However the training was paced at such a level that there were plenty of opportunities for me to revisit my learning, ask questions, and be reassured that I was on the right path.

The training venue was extremely comfortable and informal; perfect for the low number of trainees for which the course is designed. Nisha and Mary Ann were at pains to ensure that we felt relaxed enough to ask questions as we went along, and their style of delivery allowed for certain elements of training to be tailored more personally to the needs of those taking part. Discussion and input from trainees was encouraged, and much of the training was practical and very ‘hands on’.

By the time I came to meet my ‘client’, I was well equipped to identify correctly her body shape, to demonstrate which colours looked exceptional on her, and to help her put together a capsule wardrobe which reflected her lifestyle and respected her budget. The result was a satisfied client who left with a spring in her step, and a newly qualified personal stylist who couldn’t quite believe how incredible she had made her client look and feel.

So what happens now? I want to share my passion for timeless style and elegance with clients. I want them to understand how wearing the right colours can make them look well, make them look younger, and hopefully avoid any desire for surgical intervention. I want them to be able to maximise what is in their wardrobe so that everything can be used stylishly and effectively to enhance their own body shape. And if, at the end of that process, they feel anything like I did when I completed my personal styling experience, I will know it’s been a job well done.

Love Marilyn x

Emily Stott

Essential Training delegate: Emily Stott, 41, Personal Stylist and Author.

I have always been fascinated by clothes.

From dressing up in my mum’s shoes and hats as a small child to creating costumes for the characters I played as an actress to choosing the perfect outfit for a first date or an interview – the way you look affects how you are perceived and more importantly how you feel about yourself, and that as we all know, is a crucial ingredient for confidence and self-esteem.

Like any woman, I had periods of my life where I was unhappy with my shape and my size and I dealt with it by covering myself up in huge unflattering clothes. It was with a lot of (largely disastrous) experimentation in my twenties, that I discovered how clothes could streamline, disguise and highlight in a variety of ways; the possibilities were endless!

Once I became a mum the realisation that co-ordinating work, school and childcare was tricky and not conducive to a regular 9-5 job, led me to think about what I might do that would not only fit in with my small son but also incorporate my passion for clothes and shopping. As luck would have it (and just as I was about to turn 40 and feeling particularly down in the dumps about it) I spotted an advert for a course in colour analysis. And that was how I met Nisha and Maryann and was introduced to the wonderful world of Style ME!

Learning how colour can transform a wardrobe and how for my own fair colouring, black is possibly the least flattering shade I could wear, was invaluable. I decided to complete my skill set and take the styling and personal shopping courses at Style Me too. I haven’t looked back.

I love what I do – where some might see an overstuffed mess of a wardrobe, too many clothes and nothing to wear, I see a challenge and a chance to refine and create a whole new silhouette – give me a bin bag and I will fill it! We all have clothes we hold onto for the wrong reasons (“I’ll slim into it”, “It’ll be useful for doing the decorating in”, “it reminds me of that lovely holiday”) and lots of us buy the same items over and over because we feel safe in it, no matter that it no longer suits our life style or shape. I had so many little black dresses I lost count and yet as a new mum I rarely had a chance to wear them. Once I saw the many other colours that actually brightened my face rather than making it look older, I vowed never to buy the wrong thing again, and to make it my mission to spread the Style Me word, because it really does make a difference, not to mention saving you money in the long run.

Being a personal shopper and stylist is a conversation starter in the playground and it’s something that is absolutely flexible meaning juggling work (if you can call it that) and time with my family is so much easier. I was approached to write a book about the high street based on my experiences and it is due for publication in June next year.

What you put on in the morning will speak volumes about you. Discover what works for you and be the loveliest possible you every day.

Love Emily xx

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Anna Bennett

Intensive Training delegate: Anna Bennett, 36, Finance Manager and part-time Personal Stylist

I love being a personal stylist!! I love the variety of people I meet and challenges in my styling work. It’s a fabulous “job” and I can’t wait until it’s my full time vocation.

Five years ago I found myself in a complete style rut. I had totally lost interest in my personal style and as a result my confidence was very low. I knew I needed help so I decided to get my colours done and ended up on a personal shopping trip with Nisha who reignited my passion for clothes and style. I had always had a natural flair for putting outfits together and Nisha helped me find this again. I could now dress my Autumn Hourglass shape with confidence and show my true personality through my style.

I was completely enlightened and I wanted to be able to offer the same experience to others. When the StyleME Academy launched the intensive week training course promising to teach everything you need to know to become a personal stylist I jumped at the opportunity. This was the perfect way for me to gain the skills I needed in a short time with little impact on my high pressure career in Financial Services. At the end of the week I left the with all the tools needed ready to embark on my new career. I have never looked back! I’m now combining styling work with my day job – and the two are surprisingly complimentary.

Clients come to me from all walks of life with many different reasons for contacting me but after many years of working in corporate environments with high flying professionals I am attracting many corporate clients who have the disposable income but no time to shop or focus on their personal style. I can completely empathise with their situation and by showing them their best colour palette and understand why their current wardrobe is not working for then I help them create a capsule wardrobe and how to show the how to shop effectively for their body shape, lifestyle and personality. No more morning panics about what to wear!! Clients leave me inspired and with a renewed self-confidence.

I am very excited about my future in the styling world and the launch of my business in personal styling and image consultancy. I love every challenge. Each client or seminar involves different personalities and different outcomes but the end result is alway the same; enlightenment, confidence, empowerment and inspiration. For me this is what styling is all about – it’s not about slavishly following the latest trends but about finding your true style so you can look and feel your best everyday – and everyone deserves that! I’m passionate about style – and in a matter of hours everyone can have it whatever your lifestyle or budget.

Love Anna x

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