Don’t take my word for it when it comes to personal styling. Here’s a snapshot from people I have had the great pleasure of working with!

Emma’s Story“My friend signed me up for a style consultation and wardrobe refresh with Fran over Christmas while I was on holiday. I was reluctant at first as, the thought of exposing myself and my insecurities to someone coming to advise me on my look, shape and style was daunting to say the least!

My reticence was due to a lack of body confidence, a tired style and an unwillingness to let go of clothes I no longer wore or no longer fitted into. However, Fran’s thoughtful and caring approach made me want to purge my wardrobe (and probably my soul at some points of the session) and move forward with more confidence and conviction in what I can wear and how I wear it.

From first point of contact, through the consultation and follow up, Fran demonstrated a huge amount of research, attention to detail and care about the service she is providing. Her passion for empowering women (and men) to be the best they can be by wearing things that complement their tones, body shape and personality shone through. Fran visited my home and from the moment we sat down to discuss the process of the session she was warm, friendly, prepared and enthusiastic. She had asked me for some information prior to the visit which enabled her to research things about my tones and shape which lead to a great mini presentation about what my shape is and what colours and styles would complement me.

This gave the grounding for us going through my entire wardrobe, discussing what worked and what didn’t, how I felt about items personally and what I should or should not let go of. Fran always maintained that if I felt strongly about something even though it wasn’t right then I should keep it as it is about me, not about someone else dictating what I should and should not wear. I ended up with a big pile to go to the charity shop and a weight off my mind about the ability to let go and move forward. After the purge which we had with constant enthusiastic chatter about accessories and combinations, Fran then gave a summary about what we had discovered over the session and what the next steps were. I needed to buy accent necklaces and not wear horizontal stripes!

We concluded the session and I was ecstatic about the positive changes I had made with the help of Fran. She followed up a few days later with a really informative summary and guide about what I could do to enhance my wardrobe, good blogs to follow and where to buy things we had discussed.

Since my consultation with Fran I have certainly made different choices about what I wear and how I wear them. I look and consider my style and try to ensure it is not reverting to my ‘anything goes’ attitude of the past. I have just got a new job and look forward to putting the workwear element of the session into practice. I would recommend Fran to come and look over everyone’s wardrobes. Having someone sensitively guide you through the process of how to use your existing clothes with a few additions to look great is a confidence boost and something I think most woman would jump at the chance of.”

Anna’s Story: Over the years my weight fluctuated and I found it more and more difficult to dress for my varying sizes (usually getting bigger!) and also refused to get rid of clothing ‘just in case’ so as you can imagine, my wardrobe was pretty depressing. Filled with things that I loved but would probably never fit me again. Or things that I just didn’t realise that I had that would go with other things. I was becoming more and more depressed and despondent about how I looked and never had anything to wear.

Francesca came to my rescue. As hard as it was to clean out my closet, I realised that letting go of the past was necessary to moving forward and being a happier me. She gave me amazing advice on what now suited me and gave me the confidence of what to look for in the shops. I also didn’t realise just how much I could adapt some of the clothing I had – using dresses that were not fitting as well as they did but buttoned up the front, as ‘dusters’ which mean that they hid a multitude of sins and slimmed me down. I have since lost weight and would happily use her services again for my new figure! Her sense of style and what goes together is second to none. I couldn’t recommend her enough.

Fancy a change, need some advice on your fashion choices, or just helping hand to clear the wardrobe, don’t hesitate to drop me a line on francesca@fashion-lives-here.com

Looking forward to working with you and your wardrobe in the near future!