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All Layered Up

To survive the confused British weather, you must layer up during winter in order to be able to take off pieces when you feel warm and add-on when you feel cold. I wore this outfit sometime last week while running errands. I had an extremely busy week, doing some personal shopping for a client and I am looking forward to another busy week. I have recently relaunched my personal shopping business and I will be updating you guys on that later but for now, let me leave you with these outfit pictures.

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What do you think of this outfit?

What I Wore

Brown Sweater – Jane Norman

Cardigan – H&M

Polka Dress worn as skirt – River Island

Ankle Boots – Office

Bag – Karl Lagerfeld

Watch – Guess

Tights – Primark

Sunnies – Miu Miu

 

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Become A Fashion Stylist

I finished a fashion styling course with London College of Style (LCS) last year (2013) and I totally enjoyed. It was an online based course but was extremely intensive. I had to submit very creative assignments and it definitely took me out of my comfort zone but I am glad I did it. It is now time to take the fashion styling world by force. I hope they are ready for me.

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This article in Company inspired me to take the Fashion Styling course. It is an interview with the founder of LCS – Wendy Elsmore. Here is Wendy below and a sneak peek of the interview:

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“We started The London College of Style in 2010 as there was a lack of top quality education in the styling industry. Offering a blend of taught subjects plus direct access to industry professionals and job opportunities, the college was designed to give students a kick-start to new careers.”

“Since then, the college has quickly become a source of some impressive UK styling talent, with students having worked with the likes of Adidas, Vidal Sassoon, London Fashion Week, and Arcadia. It’s also recently gained accreditation by the British Accreditation Council, which sets the standards within the independent education sector.”

Enjoy the rest of the interview here

Tips on Selecting A Personal Shopper/Fashion Stylist

 

1. Search the Internet and yellow pages to find personal shoppers/fashion stylists, or ask your favourite stores if they offer the service. Talk to friends, family or colleagues for recommendations, as word-of-mouth is generally the best form of advertisement.

2. Take a good look at the personal shopper’s website or blog who you are thinking of hiring. If the website or blog does not appeal to your taste, it is quite possible their style advice would not either. Websites and blogs are individual representations of fashion stylists so if it does not appeal to you, arrange a visit to confirm or look for someone else.

3. In order not to waste your time, speak to your personal shopper on the phone first and ask as many questions as it takes to make you feel confident in their ability. The good personal shopper/fashion stylist will be able to answer all your basic questions.

4. Arrange and go to a consultation. Visit their office or ask them to come to your house or office. A good personal shopper/fashion stylist should be willing to work with your schedule. At the consultation describe what you want and also ask about the fee up front. A normal fee varies from a free service to £100 an hour and above depending on what you want, so make sure you find personal shopper/fashion stylist that will fit your budget.

5. Free personal shoppers in department stores like Debenhams and House of Fraser are great if you want a nice changing room and do not want the hassle of queuing up to try clothes on. You also may get a bit of pampering with a tea / coffee and biscuits or snacks which can also make for a nice experience but if you are looking for a style advice and someone who is looking out for your best interests, you want to hire an independent expert personal shopper who is paid specifically for their expertise in finding the right brands and styles for you across any store.

6. If someone offers to take you personal shopping for a whole day or anything more than 3 hours, my assumption would be they must be new to the industry and do not have a lot of experience hence the long session. A good personal shopper does not need more than 3 hours even for an entire wardrobe update.

7. You need to do your own research. Most times new fashion stylists and personal shoppers just take a look at who they think their competition is and charge roughly around the same, when those more experienced personal shoppers may have worked for years and years to develop their expertise and therefore can command such a rate.

8. Please feel free to ask to see testimonials from previous clients or even ask to speak to the previous clients. LinkedIn is a good way to see if testimonials are genuine as some testimonials could be fabricated.

9. Do schedule a time to try on clothes or choose the final products from the choices given. Many personal shoppers prefer to pre-shop before you get there so all you have to do is make a final decision. If you trust his or her judgment, you may only need to schedule a delivery or mailing time.

10. Finally, I am a new Fashion Stylist/Image Consultant/Personal Shopper and I will LOVE to have the opportunity to help you wherever you are so please contact me ASAP for a good deal.

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