My passion for fashion has existed for as long as I can remember. I love clothes, shoes, handbags, hats, accessories and all things beautiful. When I was a teenager, Mum often said “You could seriously shop for a living”. She obviously knew what I was destined to do!
Fashion styling is more than choosing great clothes and keeping up with trends. Great styling is about me as a stylist, understanding my clients’ individual body shapes and what garments are going to suit. It involves identifying their desires, fears and lifestyle needs. It’s about building their confidence – so they look good, feel great and have the self-esteem to achieve their own personal goals, not to mention becoming the envy of their peers!
I have undergone studies at Australian Style Institute, home of Australia’s leading style and image professionals. Their unique method of styling is founded in critical principles of human behaviour – enabling me as a Professional Stylist to offer a unique perspective on styling that empowers my clients. I can have a defining influence in their lives by helping them to embrace their personal aspirations, tackle their fears, pursue ambitious career goals, make public appearances or even simply accept and learn to love themselves exactly the way they are.
As a Personal Image Stylist, I am looking at the bigger picture, by considering all of the little things.
Growing up, I was never the beautiful girl at school. To be honest, I probably spent far too much time dreaming about being the perfect size 8. Aspiring to have the flawless complexion – you know, like the girls in Girlfriend Magazine! The now older and wiser Stylist in me, will challenge my adolescent perception that a size 8 is perfect! At 16, my perception was my reality.
We all wore the same mission brown uniform, so the flavour of our Body Shop Lip Balm and the way we scrunched our school socks, defined us. Don’t get me wrong; I was popular, as I have always had the ability to interact with different personalities, love people and new experiences. From a young age, my inter-personal skills were strong. I was the observant, sympathetic friend, providing practical care to friends and colleagues, usually sugar coated with humour. I have always been observant about other people and seem to sense what is wrong with someone before others might. Helping people to feel better about themselves, has always felt rewarding.
From the minute I left school, irrespective of career and lifestyle, personal grooming held significant importance in my life. I have experienced first hand how the clothes we wear affect the impression people form of us.
Fast-forward more years than I care to admit and I am now a proud Mother of 2 adorable children. Re-entering the daunting schoolyard as a Mum, socializing with a multitude of people and listening to their fears, insecurities, needs and desires, completely opened my eyes and defined my purpose. Once I knew my purpose, I knew the role I could play to achieve it!
If you’ve ever spent time around kids, you’ve been subjected to a barrage of the most classic of childhood queries: “Why?” Even from a young age, we know intuitively, the motive behind an action is the most important piece of any story.
I love the effect a well-styled outfit can have on an individual. To be involved in the process of this beautiful transformation is so rewarding. I have been fortunate enough to find a fulfilling career whereby my genuine love for people, fascination with human behavior and natural flair for fashion styling can co-exist.
Did you know it takes approximately 3.5 seconds for someone to form an opinion of you when they see/meet you for the first time? 7% is words and 93% is visual! If we can influence the way people perceive us through our style, then as a Stylist comes power, responsibility and the ability to help people identify their own unique and beautiful style and transform them into the best version of themselves.
I became my best version by allowing my passion to guide me to my purpose.
Yours in style