Sunday 31 January 2016

A great start to the year

Damson Belle in January

Given I don't push the new year, new you agenda, I'm pleased that I've still been engaged in a few exciting activities this month.

I've presented on the impact of our image during a corporate wellbeing week, taken a lady special occasion shopping and worked with a bride and her bridesmaid.

What's been great has been the variety of what I've done and also who it's involved: both men and women, a teen and the more mature, the self-assured to the less confident. The results have included someone doing a wardrobe review, someone breaking a black eyeliner habit, some new outfits and several compliments.

The feedback in each case has been positive and affirming that what I do makes a positive difference. And that's why I do it. It's great to see people reflect, challenge themselves, grow in confidence, try something a bit different and ultimately feel good/better about themselves.

Over the coming few blogs, I'll share a little more about these experiences or my recommendations in theses areas.

I hope you've had a good January too.

Here's to a fabulous Febraury,

Wednesday 13 January 2016

David Bowie - a Star Man.

The original recreator.

I often refer to authenticity in my work as an image consultant, and as such I encourage my clients to consider the impact of making sweeping image changes without careful consideration.

However with the unexpected passing of legendary David Bowie this week, I am also reminded that for some people change is their authenticity.

David Bowie was a style chameleon. He changed his sound, his name and his style on a number of occasions. And each time, he somehow remained himself.

Many pop stars do it - Madonna, Prince/Squiggle, Paul Weller, Norman Cook/Fatboy Slim are examples.

But before them all, in my lifetime, there was David Jones/Ziggy Stardust/David Bowie.

He was an original. An originator. An inspiration...Every. Time.

An despite the sweeping style changes, he always came across authentically and with real charm. 

What was your favourite Bowie image or re-invention?
I loved his 70's style - the creativity, the make-up, the bright bold colours be it a sharp suit or a clingy jumpsuit. And what a dapper gentleman he became in later years too.

What an icon, what a loss.

Goodnight Ziggy. RIP.