Monday, August 13, 2012

Inspiring Confidence

Do I have the coolest job in the world? I believe so and this quote sums things up pretty nicely, "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful- Albert Schweitzer

Most people are quite intrigued as to what a Colour and Style Consultant actually does? Well firstly let me tell you, we all do things differently. There is no 'set' formula to being a Stylist. I started my business over 7 years ago and decided to use my background in journalism to research and set up an original business based on logical processes that would help men and women understand the fundamentals of dressing for their colours, budget, body shape and lifestyle.

One of the wonderful things about the job is its variety. Over the course of the year I shall be involved with individuals of every age, size and profession. I will work with large and small corporates, present fashion shows and business workshops. There will be involvement with many aspects of the media - TV, radio or print. I'll work with fashion designers as a consultant on their new collections, write fashion blogs and seasonal newsletters for my clients. I will attend events and donate my time and services to numerous worthy causes.

I might be at someone's house in the morning, showing them what colours make them look amazing and shapes that suit their bodies. A good clear out of the wardrobe can be immensely cathartic. Understanding what suits you and what you need to make your wardrobe work gives people a huge sense of relief that it doesn't have to be a struggle every morning.

My afternoon might then be spent in downtown Wellington, Westfield Queensgate or out at Savemart. With a list in hand of all the gaps we discovered at the wardrobe session we are able to try all the colours and styles on. It is less about spending lots on clothing, and more about cementing the knowledge learnt at the wardrobe session.

Skills needed in this job are varied. You must have a total understanding of colours and body shapes. You need to be able to read people well, to be able to put them at ease and make them comfortable. This is a personal experience and many people open the door with a look of terrified excitement on their faces. Plus what the heck to do you wear when meeting a Style Consultant? My favorite story is the women I saw who was so stressed about what to wear, she settled on her PJs! Brilliant.

My work is hugely rewarding. It's never really about the clothes at the end of the day. It is all about confidence. I teach people that they can leave the house feeling as confident as possible. I often get hugs and kisses at the end of a consultation. I see people come out of changing rooms with HUGE smiles on their faces. I get sent photos from weddings and holiday snaps of people in their new clothes. So that is what THIS Style and Colour consultant does and why I love my job.

Stay colourful!

Stay colourful!

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