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Is a personal shopper worth the money?

A couple hundred bucks (industry rates range from $75-$150 an hour) is a lot of money for “advice”.  Is it a good investment when you can go shopping with a friend and put the money towards your new purchases? I get asked this question all the time and thought I’d explain some facts so you can judge whether hiring a personal shopper for a few hours is going to be worthwhile for you. Technically, personal shoppers fall into two categories
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A personal fashion stylist can give you instant results.

As a personal fashion stylist, one of the best parts of my job is running group styling parties.  Nothing compares to showing women how they can use the magic of clothes to change how they feel about themselves.  And often the results are instant.   It never ceases to amaze me how a woman can light up a whole room when she’s wearing the right garment for her shape, colouring and in this case, personality. One lady – I’ll call her
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Wear your expensive items often.

This was a good read from the UK version of Instyle Magazine, August 2012.  It pretty much underscores the advice my mother gave me when it comes to shopping, “Buy the best that you can afford.  If you choose wisely, it will last and love you the rest of your life.” Senior Stylist Natalie Hartley took up the challenge of wearing the same black, cropped  jacket for thirty days – to work, to a wedding and to the corner shop
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Why I am a personal stylist

I just had a magical and humbling experience with a new client. We spent almost three hours taking every single thing out of her wardrobe and throwing out items that were not right for her.  The most amazing moment came when we played around with what was left. I love my job.  I especially love it when I make my clients cry. When she saw herself in the mirror in a blue fitted tunic, a belt, brown leggings and matching
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It’s OK to look after yourself first.

When people find out what I do for a living, it’s not unusual for them to say, “Oh I so need your help. This and that has happened, my wardrobe’s a mess  and I want to look better.”  Then further into the conversation I detect something along the lines of, ” I’ll get in touch with you later.  When I’ve lost the weight, when I’ve paid the school fees,  when I get that new job.” We’re  all busy women who
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