A few weeks ago, my friend Keeley (founder of Key 4 Change) told me about an up-coming wedding, that she had been invited to, and that she was still to sort out an outfit for the occasion. Knowing my love fashion and shopping she asked if I could help her by being her personal stylist for the occasion. I explained I had two conditions, 1. being that I would need full creative control and 2. everything would need to be approved by me, which she agreed to, and I agreed to be her personal stylist.
I love styling people and giving them fashion tips – providing my opinion is valued and the subject is interested in the outcome. There is nothing worse than someone asking for your advice, or help, only for them not to take the advice, and for them to give you ‘credit’ for a look that you would not have styled. Please don’t!
The following Friday (31st March) we met at Westfield for some early evening shopping. The first shop we visited was Debenhams and it was great. We found a dress and a cardigan that we both liked and after Keeley had tried it on it was immediately purchased. Perfect! Keeley was already thinking that was it, she was sorted, until I informed her there was still jewellery, shoes, bag and fascinator to get – plus decisions about what to do with her hair and how to do her makeup and nails. After explaining this to her Keeley realised there was still lots to do.
We got her jewellery New Look and Next, then found her fascinator from M&S. We then went to Searcys champagne bar for a glass of bubbly, Keeley was enjoying the whole experience of being styled by me confirming that I had thought of everything. We then went to Mac Cosmetics and booked a 10am appointment, for her to get her make up done on the morning of the wedding. After looking around a little more, we soon realised we are running out of options for shoes and a bag in Westfield and would have to look elsewhere or online. We then finished off the evening with some dinner and a couple of drinks while discussing hair styles and nail colour.
Over the next two weeks Keeley and I was in regular contact discussing options for shoes and bags. Finally, suitable shoes were found by Keeley that I approved and they were purchased. Just to sort out a clutch bag.
The evening before the wedding Keeley got her hair done meaning that it only needed to be finished it off in the morning. She also got her nails done but went off the script (the only time) and got them done in pink rather than a French manicure.
The morning of the wedding (Friday 14th April) I met Keeley, armed with her clothes and everything that she needed to get changed into, at Mac Cosmetics for her 10am appointment. The store opens at 10am so we were the first and only customers at the time. The assigned makeup artist introduced herself to us and I advised her about the look I wanted for Keeley, where she was going and what colours she was going to wear. One of the other members of staff brought over a glass of Prosecco each for us to enjoy (which is a new feature they have added when a full make over is booked) while they worked there magic. The cost of the make of over is redeemed in Mac products.
Once Keeley’s makeup had been finished we went to Debenhams bought a pink clutch from Quiz, then went to the changing room to get changed and ready for the wedding. When dressed, off she went with her stuff, straight to the wedding looking fab and feeling comfortable. My job was done and I enjoyed it!
Phoebe Colour Block Dress by Coast from Debenhams
Was £149 Now £99
Mab Knit Cover Up Cardigan by Coast from Debenhams
Ivory Fascinator by M&S
Rose Gold Flower Earring by New Look
Tennis Bracelet by Next
Pink Faux Suede Shimmer Flap Bag by Quiz from Debenhams