I never envisaged a career as a stylist. In fact, if I could go back in time and tell the teenager struggling with confidence because of a severe skin condition that she'd be where I am now, it wouldn't be believed.
I studied Business Admin at Uni and pursued a career in the City which lead to many happy years in the 'corporate world'. I soon learned that I loved being a people person and channelled those strengths into what I thought was my favourite job: working for an international firm as their Trainer for the UK and Scandinavia where I spent 80% of my time working face-to-face with clients, building relationships. It was a job that I loved. But it was also a job where personality and appearance counted for everything. A desire to improve my presentation skills soon lead me to seek the services of an image consultant. I wanted to understand why some outfits received compliments and made me feel like I could take on the world and why others didn't. And, as a result my confidence flourished.
Like many, running my own business was a dream during my corporate years. A way to escape the rat race and enjoy the freedom of being my own boss while making a difference to others...except I didn't know what that role would be. However, a personal move from London to Leamington Spa made me completely rethink my working life and gave me the opportunity I needed to re-evaluate.
"I think you should do the styling thing" ...
said my sister in an off the cuff remark during a fateful conversation about my next steps. "You put outfits together so well...you shop in shops I've never heard of and you always look stylish" were a few more of her reasons. I'd never considered myself to be someone to admire until my younger sister chipped in with "Well, don't you remember your 6th form days - you had a unique style and others copied you?"...what? this was a far cry from the teenage girl quietly going about her business, hiding her skin. Their perceptions of me were a thousand miles away from how I viewed myself...which just goes to show how important it is to have a second opinion on our style. And their comments were all it took to plant the seed of my career change.
In a 'now or never' moment I took the opportunity to step off the 9-5 treadmill and retrain with Colour Me Beautiful. Their ethos was, and still is, something I believe in: that we are all individuals and should be treated as such. Our clothing, hair and make-up should reflect our personalities and we should be proud to express ourselves for who we are.
So, let's combine clothing with confidence together...and transform how you see yourself as well as your wardrobe. I'm looking forward to working with you soon.