A brief stop by the Clarins counter as I headed to my appointment proved more expensive than I'd planned for (although in my defence I did get a 10% discount thanks to a John Lewis promotion) but it added to the frisson of excitement I'd felt all morning. A personal styling session. Wow.
I certainly wasn't styled for last year's BritMums Live - with Little Man in tow it was all about comfort and while I did pick a maxi dress in bright colours it was quite a safe choice as it hid a multitude of sins including my still-there-post-baby-wobble and the lunch I managed to spill on it. This time I'm over 20lb lighter, which I'm SO proud of. It's great, but nothing fits; not so great.
Dorothy and Dolly in the personal styling team asked me to come in with an open mind but I did have a few criteria I wanted the outfit to meet - it had to be comfortable (being on your feet for most of the time at a conference demands it!) but at the same time glamorous enough to go from day to evening as, thanks to my sponsor Koo-di, I'm staying overnight and attending the BiBs awards on Friday - squueeal! I'm so chuffed to have been shortlisted in the photo category this year - I knew I wouldn't make it to the final but can't wait to toast all the lovely winners on the night!
As soon as I walked from the shop floor into the personal styling room I felt special - it's like a walk-in wardrobe from a movie set with a long mirror, wooden shelves of beautiful clothes and accessories and a curtained off area for changing. I immediately fell in love with a totally impractical faux fur shrug and just had to try it on - I was a child in a toy shop all over again.
After a chat about the event Dorothy went out to pick some outfits for me. I had actually chosen a potential outfit the day before with Dolly - navy printed trousers with a simple navy shell top but the trousers were really too big and after my colour analysis I knew that I was a CLASSIC style personality and wanted something a bit less busy.
We started with some simple shapes - you can see me 'before' and in outfits one and two below. (Check out the recently 'blown' hair!) The first jacket felt too workwear and the trousers were a bit too big but I LOVED the cream quilted blazer from Reiss that Dorothy persuaded me to try and the heavy viscose shell top from Whistles; round neck with a contrast under-arm insert panel and a drop back hem, hung beautifully. Totally impractical colour for a Mum of two under-fives of course but they were super comfy, fitted me perfectly and are both very versatile.
Dorothy went out again and picked some alternatives, some dresses which I didn't feel comfortable in (although they looked great) and some alternative tops and trousers. She came back with a pair of Whistles navy cigarette pants that looked a little plain but as soon as I popped them on I knew I had to wear them. They fit me perfectly and were just the right combination of comfortable and stylish - I knew I'd be dressing them up and down for years to come.
|LOVE the texture on this ivory Reiss jacket|
Then it happened.
Dorothy put me in the ivory Reiss jacket combined with the ivory shell top and navy cigarette pants from Whistles. I felt comfortable, glamorous and stylish. Add a scarf and navy pumps and we'd found it.
The perfect outfit for BritMums Live.
(Psst... check out my 'model pose' - I almost fell over trying to cross my feet and take the photo at the same time!)
Disclaimer: I was generously gifted my Style Profile and Style Express consultations by John Lewis Cambridge but I purchased the clothes myself.