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3 Reasons you need to know your Body Shape!

“How do I dress for my body shape?” This is one of the most frequently asked questions I get as a Personal Stylist. And rightfully so, as dressing our body is one of the ways we express our style and personality.

We all come in different shapes and sizes; some are pear shaped, others athletic; some are top heavy and others more hourglass; some have short torsos, others have long legs.

Understanding a client’s body shape is an important stylist tool in curating a personalised and fabulous wardrobe.  It is all about using clothes to create a proportioned silhouette to achieve the most flattering fit. 

  • Are you tired of wearing only 20% of your wardrobe all the time?
  • Do you feel exasperated while shopping, because of the endless choices?
  • Are unsure of which styles to choose that it and flatter you best?
  • Do you need some inspiration of what to wear while working from home this summer?

If you relate to these frustrations, then knowing and understanding your body shape will essentially help you to:

  • Choose well – Shopping will become easier once you learn what styles are the most appropriate for your figure. You’ll be able to walk into a store (or shop online) and focus on the items that flatter your shape and complement your lifestyle.
  • Save time & money – Imagine how much time and money you’ll save as you become less overwhelmed with changing trends and fads that may be inappropriate for your body shape.
  • Increase confidence – You’ll exude more confidence in your clothes based on the fact that you know what cuts and styles accentuate your best features.

So how can you work out what body shape you are? 

Good news!

We are offering our online Body Shape consultation for just £49, delivered to you virtually in the comfort of your home or office.

 You can fit our 30-minute Bodyshape session in at lunchtime, after work or anytime that suits your ‘working from home’ schedule.

Contact today to book your virtual Bodyshape Analysis consultation

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Wardrobe Spring Clean!

The one thing I’ve been asked most during this lock-down, is how to declutter your wardrobe while #stayingathome. Now’s a great time to show your wardrobe some TLC by detoxing it.

Without further ado, here are my top tips of how to efficiently declutter your wardrobe:

Bring out all your Spring/Summer clothes, shoes and accessories.

You’re going to need to be objective and very decisive when reviewing your wardrobe.

  • Ask yourself a few questions:
  • Do you like the item of clothing, shoes, accessories? Does it fit and flatter you? If the clothes are more than 1 size too big or small, please release them. (Holding onto clothes that don’t fit you, does nothing for your self-esteem)
  • Does the colour suit you? Are they your best colours?
  • How do you feel wearing the clothes? Are you comfortable in the clothes?
  • Is it dated?
  • If your answers to any of the above is no, then it’s time to let them go!
  • Create 4 piles to sort out your wardrobe: Keep, Sell, Give, Charity:
  • Keep pile are for clothes you love, that fit you well and make you feel good.
  • Sell high-end pieces that no longer fit or you like, that are in great condition.
  • Give clothes and accessories to friends or family members who you know will love them.
  • Charity pile for unwanted clothes in good condition that can go to another home.

Bag the Sell, Give and Charity piles and make the necessary arrangements….

Rearrange your keep pile in your wardrobe by occasion: Work, casual wear and special occasion.

*Remember, the aim of decluttering your wardrobe is that you have a capsule wardrobe of clothes you love to wear!

For an expert virtual wardrobe consultation contact us today!

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Let’s get Creative!

Hello, hope the Spring sunshine is keeping you uplifted and positive amidst these unprecedented times….

In the words of my mentor, “In times of crisis, we either crumble or we get creative”

As a small business owner, I’ve chosen to get creative!

I have been working tirelessly and creatively developing my business virtually.

I’m delighted to relaunch my 3 Online Styling services:

  • Online Shopping: Our Personal Stylists shops online for you by selecting clothes that complement your body shape, colouring and lifestyle.
  • Virtual Styling: Meetour Stylist virtually in the comfort of your home or office for a personalised 121 Styling consultation tailored to suit you.
  • Style on the Go: Receive on-the-go style advice from our trained Personal Stylist on whether your choices are a hit or miss.

*Find out more details about our new Online Styling offerings here.

A massive thank you to clients who have booked my Online Styling Services and those who opted to reschedule their pre-booked appointments to a later date, once the pandemic is over. I am truly grateful!

Together we will get through this.

Stay safe xx

Contact us today for your Spring Online Styling:

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#Stayingathomeinstyle

Hello! Hope you are keeping safe and healthy during this pandemic….

With our world in disarray, there is no better time to do whatever we can to stay positive: mind, soul and body

Most of us are working from home, except our medical heroes & frontline staff serving us and working to mitigate the effects of #COVID-19

As we are currently #socialdistancing, I thought to share a few practical styling tips that will brighten your day and lift your mood:

  • Wear colour at home– As Spring is upon us, wear bright beautiful colours! Colour is proven to lift our mood and make us happy.
  • Comfort is king– Wear soft breathable fabrics like wool, organic cotton, etc. that will keep you comfortable all day long! Avoid leather, polyester or any synthetic fabrics.
  • A set of co-ord loungewear is ideal for many of us attending virtual meetings. They are easy to wear, stylish and comfortable, so bag yourself a knitted co-ord set or beautiful matching pyjamas-style set.
  • Due to social distancing guidelines, I will be working remotely to facilitate virtual style consultations. I’m happy to have a FREE 20 minute chat with you or your friends via Skype or Zoom, if you’d like style advise or you are considering personal styling for Summer 2020

**Check out my #Spring2020 #stayingathome style tips!

And I’d love your help with something very special…

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Update your home loungewear this Spring:

20% discount off all Online Shopping till 30th April 2020.

  • 5 Online selectionswas: £100, now £80.
  • 10 Online selections was: £200, now £160.
  • 15 Online selections was: £300, now £240.
  • 20 Online selections was: £400, now £320….

Contact us today for your comfortable home wear!

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COVID-19 Update!

In light of COVID- 19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, I hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe.
The health and safety of my clients is of paramount importance to me. In line with the latest Government and Public Health England guidelines, I’d like to reassure you that I have taken the necessary measures to ensure your safety:

  • Due to social distancing guidelines and the personal nature of my work, I will be working remotely till 31st March 2020 (Subject to change) Optimising all virtual style consultations on Zoom and Skype to facilitate your Style consultations
  • All face to face Style consultations bookings this month will be honoured and rescheduled, till after April 2020 (Subject to change) or until you feel comfortable and things have settled down, at no extra cost. In the meantime, should you have an event coming up before this date, I can provide online style consultations as an alternative.
  • All Personal Shopping consultations can be facilitated virtually via Online Shopping. I am offering 20% discount off all Online Shopping till 31st March 2020 (Subject to change). 5 Online selections: was £100, now £80. 10 Online selections was: £200, now £160. 15 Online selections was: £300, now £240. 20 Online selections was: £400, now £320….
  • I am available to have a chat and discuss a plan for your wardrobe needs for Spring/Summer 2020 on 07956 907 153, via email or virtually. Monday to Friday from 10am – 7pm (GMT)

Thank you for your continued support.
Wishing you good health, safety and a speedy end to this virus.
Joy Odunsi Aboderin
Founder Potential U – Style & Image consultancy

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Can Fashion be sustainable?

The New buzz word in fashion is sustainability!

As a person who likes to be in the know about all things fashion related, I set out on a mission to understand sustainability, its effect on our planet and if fashion can be sustainable…..

After months of research and attending Fashion Sustainability events, my answer is a resounding YES!

Here are 4 easy ways to be sustainable with your style:

  1. Recycle

The truth is at times we get bored of our clothes, they don’t fit or our lifestyle has changed. When we detox wardrobes, we seldom throw clothes away, as they tend to end up in landfills or incinerated which leads to more emissions.

Find a charity you can support to donate your unwanted clothes to. We support a women’s refuge and charity, where we take your unwanted clothes when you book a wardrobe consultation with us.

Check out  SmartWorks charity, who dress unemployed women for job interviews with donated clothes.

2. Re-wear

I am passionate about encouraging my clients to invest in timeless pieces they can wear for at least 5 years. Although the initial cost is higher, it evens out because it decreases the cost per wear. So, you get more wear out of your clothes and they won’t fall apart because the quality is good. Avoid following fast fashion, because they date quickly and you can’t wear them for more than one or two seasons at most.

Our Wardrobe Management service is a consultation where we demonstrate how to maximise your wardrobe. We create 3-5 looks from each piece of clothing, take pictures; so, you have a catalogue of looks ready to wear numerous ways – for all occasions.

Steer clear of buying clothes you can only wear once or one way.

We show you how to maximise your wardrobe so you can re-wear it!

3. Re-gift

Hands up if you have clothes in your wardrobe you haven’t worn that still have the labels on?!

When we Manage and Detox Wardrobes, we see so many unworn new clothes in your wardrobes. If the return date has expired; re-gift it. Give them to your friends and family you know will like it and wear it They make great gifts; which saves you money and space in your bulging wardrobe.

A Fun idea is to host a clothes swap party with your girlfriends, where you all swap your clothes. Great for the planet and changing up your style!

4. Research

Thankfully clothing brands are becoming more sustainability conscious and seeking ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

Keep your ‘ear to the ground’ for brands who make their clothes ethically and are intentional about making their supply chain more sustainable.

I do my best to incorporate sustainable fashion personally and when selecting pieces for Personal Shopping and online clients.

(The dress I’m pictured in below is from a sustainable fashion label called Mother of Pearl)

Contact us for your sustainable Spring wardrobe today!

(Due to Coronavirus COVID-19 we are happy to shop for you online)

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How to create a style that lasts a decade.

A warm welcome to February.

Yves Saint Laurent said it best: “Fashion fades, style is eternal!”

With that in mind, I have some practical style tips that will help you confidently create a timeless style that lasts a decade:

10 years in Style!
  • Embrace your Uniqueness.

You are unique; that is your power!

We live in a social media age where everyone is trying to look the same, but true beauty is being authentically you. Our quirks make us interesting. How boring would it be if we all looked the same? Accept yourself ‘flaws and all’ because perfection is a myth. Bin comparison this decade and remember; the beauty of YOU is that no one is like you; so, embrace YOU.

  • The Power of Colour

Wearing colour not only lifts your mood, it adds a beautiful natural glow to your face. Steer clear of wearing dark dreary hues that drain the colour from your face. There is a rainbow of beautiful colours that will brighten and lift your face naturally. This decade wear more colour! I promise you will look and feel better.

(To find out your best colours, have your Colours Analysed for just £99)

  • Body Beautiful

With the rise in cosmetic surgery and body ’enhancements’, there is no better time to swim against the tide and love the skin we are in. Whether you are a size 8 or 18, tall, petite, athletic, pear shaped, or curvy, you are beautiful! I have styled over three thousand people in over 12 years as a personal stylist and I am yet to meet a client I can’t style and help set on a journey of body confidence. Dressing confidently is about understanding your bodyshape and styling it in clothes that flatter and accentuate your shape.  Truth is, none of us will be how we were 20, 30 years ago or like celebrities who have assistance at their disposal. Accept and love your body as you are now. I hope the next time you look in the mirror you see how truly and uniquely beautiful you are.

  • Release!

Marie Kondo – tidying expert and author – encourages us to let go of anything that doesn’t spark joy. I’d like to add to that list: Let go of anything you haven’t worn in two years. Let go of anything that doesn’t fit or flatter you. Release clothes, shoes and accessories that no longer serve a purpose in your current lifestyle. That dress you wore when you were two sizes smaller does nothing for your confidence, so let it go! Let go of the past and embrace who you are today. We hold on to so much stuff that clutters our wardrobe taking up precious space, release them.  Our body is the only house we live in permanently. It’s so important you clothe yourself in pieces that serve you and lift your spirit. Let go and release anything that doesn’t. Less is truly more!

(To have your wardrobe decluttered, book a Wardrobe Detox consultation today)

  • Invest.

True style is timeless. Invest in quality pieces you can wear for at least 5 to 10 years. Durable pieces you can wear again and again that don’t date or fall apart.

Timeless pieces are kinder to the environment, because when you buy well, you buy less; which increases the cost per wear.

Avoid fast fashion, its disposable and the quality and manufacturing isn’t kind.

This decade I encourage you to; Invest in yourself – Invest in your style.

To create a personalised style that lasts a decade, contact us today!

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How to Shop in The Sale and Make Savings!

Happy New Year and decade to you!

I hope the Christmas and the festive season brought you lots of Joy and fun!

A brand spanking new decade is a great opportunity to start well, try something new and continue in a progressive manner throughout the year.

Regardless of what phase you are currently in, our team of stylists are keen to help you start well by showing you how to make real savings when shopping in the sale.

If you are up for fabulous bargains in the sale, here are some key tips to get you saving:

  • Plan ahead!
  • Review and think about your current Winter wardrobe.
  • What needs replacing? Which pieces are on their last legs and will need replacing next year?
  • Are there pieces you wear but you don’t like or feel good wearing? Is there anything you wear that doesn’t fit or flatter you?
  • The winter sale is the perfect time to snap up key winter wardrobe pieces a year ahead: coats, boots and bags etc. You can buy these wardrobe staples at up to 70% off in the sale and make fantastic savings.
  • Go on; get planning ahead!
  • Go with a shopping list!
  • Once you’re through with your planning session which highlights what key items need to be purchased, a shopping list is the next step!
  • A shopping list ensures you are focused on what you need, minimising the temptation to make those expensive sale purchases, that take up space in your wardrobe and rarely get worn.
  • Go armed with a clear shopping list!
  • Better to give!
  • The joy of giving gifts to family and friends at Christmas is one I absolutely love.
  • List all the important people in your life, their birthdays and those celebrating anniversaries and special milestones this year.
  • Purchasing gifts in the sale is a great way of making savings, because they are purchases you will make, but you can do it now with the with amazing discounts in the sale.

If this all sounds great but you don’t have the time or the inclination to rummage for bargains in the sales.

Good news! Our Winter Sale Starts today and ends on 31st January 2020.

25% off all Personal Shopping booked and facilitated this month:

  • Half day Personal Shopping was £300, now £225!
  • Full day Personal Shopping was £500, now £375!

Contact us today to make actual savings in the sale!

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Conscious Giving – Small Business Saturday UK

Welcome to the most sparkly month of the year!

In recent years, the UK has emulated many “traditions” from our American “cousins”:  such as Halloween, Black Friday and now Small Business Saturday.
Of these, my favourite is Small Business Saturday which takes place tomorrow 7th of December 2019 across the country. It’s an amazing initiative that encourages consumers to support small, local and independent businesses. It’s also the busiest shopping weekend of the year!

Small Business Saturday UK 7th December 2019

Christmas is the season of giving and sharing with friends and family.  So why not give consciously by gifting your loved ones with style this Christmas.

We have beautiful gift certificates ready for your loved ones:

  • Colour Analysis £99 – Look youthful by learning to wear your best colours!
  • Wardrobe consultation £199 – You’ll benefit from a capsule wardrobe you love to wear curated by one of our stylists via our management and decluttering services.
  • Personal Shopping £300 – Enjoy a fun half day in the shops with a trained personal stylist who will select a super flattering wardrobe for you; that complements your lifestyle.

Get in touch today to give consciously this festive season!

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