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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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5 Festive Dresses

Hello there,

Hope you are keeping warm in one of the coldest autumns we’ve had in years!

We are fast approaching Christmas, and now is a great time to get your festive outfits ready so you are fully prepared for those social events.

Here are my top 5 festive dresses that will see you through all Christmas and New year festivities:

1. Day Dress

There is so much to do in the run up to Christmas, from school plays, carol services to Christmas shopping. A flattering day dress is the perfect antidote for such busy days.

Go for a casual knitted dress during the day. They are super versatile and comfortable. You can dress them down in flat boots as you run around doing your Christmas shopping and dress them up in heeled boots for smarter evening events. Either way you’ll look effortlessly stylish and feel warm in a knitted day dress.

2. Christmas Day Dress

Your Christmas day dress serves many purposes! It needs to be comfortable, special and practical. Avoid bellowing flute sleeves, we don’t want the gravy all over you. Christmas day is a long day, so something easy to wear and expandable is ideal.

A soft velvet dress with a stretchy waste is perfect to ensure you feel special capturing precious moments with your family, and comfortable once you’ve over indulged in all those delicious festive delicacies.

3. Party Dress.

This dress must me fun! A sparkly dress with sequin or glitter is perfect. It may sound like a dress for a 5-year-old girl, but every woman irrespective of her age deserves to have fun with her clothes and feel youthful. Steer clear of prints and anything too dark and dreary, remember Its a party! 😉

4. Drinks, Cocktail and Dinner Dress

Go elegant for festive drinks, cocktails and dinner. Satins, silk, lace and velvet are luxe fabrics that ooze sophistication and elegance. Opt for midi or knee length dresses to show off those pins sensually.

5. Desk to Dinner Party Dress

This season is all about, suiting and separates. Be brave in a tailored suit or chic jumpsuit. Dare to be unconventional!

*With so much to do in the run up to Christmas, we’d like to take the stress of deciding what to wear off your hands by offering you a selection of 5 festive dresses for just £100.

3 simple steps for your personalised 5 dresses:

1. Simply fill out our style questionnaire here: https://goo.gl/forms/S6lprY5DDfp0UG423

2. Our online stylist will follow up with a call or email to understand your social diary and festive wardrobe requirements.

3. We’ll send you 5 selections online that flatter you, so you look and feel fabulous this festive season. (btw it does all need to be dresses. Skirts, tops and trousers can also be selected for you)

Contact us today for your 5 festive dresses for just £100

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Personal Shopping at Home

In the spirit of new beginnings, we have something New to announce!

Today we are launching our Personal Shopping Home Service!!!

Our Personal Shopping Home Service is perfect for busy bees with time constraints, who are unable to make it the shops. We help you build your capsule wardrobe, freeing up time for other things you love. Our trained personal stylists will deliver your dream wardrobe to you in the comfort of your home or office. We’ll be on hand offering style advice and guiding you to select the most flattering pieces for your lifestyle.

How our home personal shopping service works:

  1. Simply book a time slot convenient to you. (We work late evenings till 10pm)
  2. We deliver your dream wardrobe to your home or office. Our trained personal stylist will be on hand to assist you with your choices.
  3. You only keep and pay for the clothes you love. We’ll take care of the returns for you.

Our team will have you looking your best, whether you are looking for: a stunning party dress, stylish work wear, a seasonal update or a cool weekend wardrobe; delivered stress free in the comfort of your home or office, with our stylist in person to assist you.

Get in touch today for your dream wardrobe at home or work!

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Elevate your Autumn/Winter Wardrobe.

Hello there, I hope you have settled back in nicely into life, work and school…..

With warmer summer days giving way to cool autumnal weather, and London Fashion Week behind us, it’s time to start to plan what we are wearing for this season.

I’ve got the lowdown of key pieces that will elevate your wardrobe for Autumn/Winter 19/20.

Colours of the season

The stores are bursting with earthy autumnal tones and colours. Hues of brown is this season’s neutral tone, with bursts of forest green, coupled with pops of red and amber to accentuate the warm tones.

Key Pieces

This season is all about statement skirts and suiting. Gone are the days of wearing boring suits. This season’s suits are colourful and bold; colour is no longer reserved for Spring/Summer.

From feminine pleated skirts to bold suiting, it’s time to have fun with your wardrobe this season!

*My team and I are here to help you transition stylishly from Summer to Autumn/Winter. We will help you sort out your wardrobe, by detoxing and managing it; so dressing up is a stress free blissful experience.

We will also update your wardrobe, by taking you on a fun shopping experience; infusing the warm colours and styles this Autumn/Winter.

Get in touch today to elevate Your Autumn/Winter Wardrobe!

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Super Summer Sale!

Happy August Potential-U tribe!!!

Everyone loves a good summer sale and so to celebrate the new month, we are treating you to fantastic savings.

Would you like something special for that summer wedding or party?

Or the expertise of our trained wardrobe stylist creating your gorgeous holiday or work looks this summer?

We are here to help you look your best and be stylishly ready whatever the occasion!

Super Summer Sale 25% off*:

*(Please note the above discounted prices only apply to bookings made and facilitated between 1st – 31st August 2019)

Contact us today for your stylish discounts in our Super Summer Sale!!

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Stay safe and stylish in the sunshine

Summer holiday essentials

Hello, hope you are enjoying the glorious sunshine…

With more than 2 days of consecutive sunshine; I think we might be in for a treat this summer!

So, whether you are home or away on holiday this summer, here are a few handy holiday tips to keep you safe and stylish in the sunshine.

  • Sunglasses: Protect your eyes in the sunshine with a super cool pair of sunnies. Ensure your sunglasses cover the width of your face and they are UV and anti-glare compliant.
  • Wear a fabulous sun hat: Whether it’s a small panama or an oversized beach hat, it’s essential to protect yourself when the sun peaks between 12noon and 4pm. Side note: a massive beach hat has an air of mystery and sophistication; so, go for it!
  • Wear natural fabrics: Avoid wearing manmade fabrics in this heat. Invest in breathable fabrics such as 100% cottons and linen to stay cool and fresh in the heat. They allow the skin to breathe and minimise sweating through your clothes.
  • Basket bags: Swap your leather bags for an easy breezy weaved, wicker or basket bag. They are lighter and don’t conduct heat like leather bags.
  • Flip flops: Ensure your flip flops and slippers have ridges under the sole. This gives you grip, so you don’t slip or fall around the wet pool area.

For help with selecting your fabulous summer holiday wardrobe: contact us today!

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