Working with Helen was a real investment in myself. As a forty something business owner, it’s key for me to represent my brand, and I was doing that well; so much so that all of my wardrobe was all smart, and a casual weekend was putting flats on with a dress instead of heels! Now I have a wonderful casual wardrobe made up of gorgeous pieces that all blend together, and, thanks to Helen’s skills I now know how to do that too. I’d had my colours done in my twenties, but they had changed. I have gone from being a ‘spring’, focusing on covering up my ‘pear shaped’ bottom, into a contemporary looking autumn, showing off my hour glass figure. Helen made the whole VIP experience an absolute pleasure and I have no hesitation in recommending her.
I regularly speak in front of large and small audiences and I’m always being judged on what I wear. It’d be lovely if that wasn’t the case but unfortunately it is. I needed to rebrand my image for a new business launch and I was recommended to Helen.
What she has done for me has been absolutely phenomenal. I feel so at home in my new colours and she’s helped me to redefine my style. It turns out my true style is pretty slouchy and comfortable so I was worried about how we could translate that to professional and polished on the stage.
Having spent the day shopping with Helen I now see that it IS possible. What we have put together is absolutely fantastic and I know that I‘m going to step up on stage and feel totally at home, totally myself and totally the new version of myself that I want to project to the world.
As a speaker you wish you didn’t have to worry about what you wear but people do judge books by their covers. So if like me you’re not expert at it already, I highly recommend working with Helen.
I recently went on a 5 day trip to Paris with the Empress Collective. It was to be in 5 star venues and I knew the other ladies would be very glamorous and well dressed. This is exactly the sort of situation that would have caused me immense stress in the past. . I would have spent hours trying on outfits and taken out days to go shopping – and still not ended up confident in my outfits.
Instead packing for this trip was a revelation. Even though it was quite a long time since I last worked with Helen I was confident I would have the outfits I needed – so much that I walked into my bedroom to pack at 6.15pm the night before I was due to leave!! I grabbed clothes off my rails, created 5 different outfits ranging from evening glamorous, through to travel casual, and by 7.00pm was packed and ready – and without trying on a single thing! In that moment I felt so grateful to Helen – and to myself for having taken the decision to work with her.
Life before Helen.
I had loads of clothes. LOADS. My wardrobe was full. It was almost bursting. I had plenty of handbags too. And shoes. And coats. But I didn’t have ANYTHING to wear. I rotated 3 work dresses and lived outside work in a self-imposed casual ‘uniform’ of Breton tops, navy jumpers and jeans. Every time I decided to have a wardrobe clear out I would stare blankly at rails of clothes, telling myself I would probably wear them again sometime (if I just lost a few pounds and toned up post baby tummy). All those must-have sale purchases and impulse buys, many still with tags. So nothing got thrown out. I felt irritated with myself for not ‘losing the baby weight or toning up’ and frustrated at the fact that I had a wardrobe full of clothes but no outfits. I found shopping a chore. I would only buy tops that went with jeans and never dreamt of wearing anything other than tops with jeans.
A dear school friend of mine had recently had the ‘Helen Treatment’. Her style had changed so much, she seemed to have so much more confidence in herself and what she wore and just looked better (and younger) than ever. She passed me Helen’s details and my journey from style rut to style makeover began!
Helen asked me why I wanted to work with her. Apart from the obvious gripe of having nothing to wear, I also felt that being a Mum of a young daughter I wanted to be setting an example to her. I didn’t want to be one of those women who made excuses for not dressing better, for hiding under oversized clothes, or (even worse) looking like the dreaded ‘mutton’! I also wanted to find the fun again in shopping and getting a little body confidence back that I had lost post pregnancies.
Helen is wonderful! She should be available on prescription for everyone lacking in confidence! From the time I spoke to her on the phone to the time I was standing in my Bridget Jones undies trying to squeeze into some of my 10 year old items of clothing, she put me completely at ease and made me excited about what was to come. Little did I know that soon I would be cheerfully filling FOUR binliners of clothes for the charity shop and that I would understand why they weren’t’ working for me. Our shopping day was a revelation and putting into practice what I had learnt was liberating.
Life after Helen
I love my new wardrobe, my confidence has improved and shopping is fun again! Helen created an amazing style ‘blueprint’ for me which is now my bible. I now know that there were clear reasons why some colours/styles worked for me and some don’t. It wasn’t an accident, there was a reason! I have a much smaller wardrobe now, but I have clothes that I can make outfits out of. I enjoy getting dressed EVERY day. Working with Helen was an investment in myself that pushed me way out of my comfort zone. But boy am I glad I did. I recommend her wholeheartedly.
Helen first worked with me on my style and wardrobe a number of years ago but somehow, business life and demands got in the way and I had felt I had become ‘stuck’ in my choice of clothes and style. Choosing weekend and holiday clothing became a dread, taking way too much time and had become a stressor. I decided to attend Helens latest Style Workshop to get some inspiration for business meetings and came away blown over with ideas and motivation for my personal life too! I realised that I needed help to ‘re-find’ me.
I decided to invest in a days personal shopping with Helen, and wow, what a great investment!
I have fallen in love with my wardrobe again, had a massive clear out of old clothes, have now got my ‘capsule’ in order and… have got a new, fun hairstyle which has received many compliments from both clients and friends! And, packing for a weekend away is simple and quick!
Thank you Helen- you provide a life changing service.
Sophie Mahir – Business Freedom Academy
After being at home with the children for 20 years my wardrobe was somewhat limited. I had been a fairly adventurous dresser in my youth and loved colour and style. However, life with 2 boys meant a lot of jumpers/T-shirts and jeans and very little need for dresses.
I began to go out more once the boys were older and started a business that required me to look smart for clients and speaking events, but of course I had nothing to wear!
I was pretty sure that I knew the colours that suited me best but was at a bit of a loss on style and shape. I often bought clothes that were great colours, but when I put them on at home I knew that there was something not quite right- I just didn’t know what.
After attending an amazing one day workshop with Helen that gave me some great ideas, I invested in a Transformation Day with her so that I could really find out what I should be buying. She took me through all the steps to enable me to look my best and not spend time and money on clothes that were never, ever going to look right on me.
I now feel much more confident when I go shopping and have purged my wardrobe of all the unsuitable items. I don’t particularly like shopping, so it’s great that it now takes me less time and I don’t make expensive mistakes. Thank you Helen, I wish I’d done it sooner.
“I always dreaded clothes shopping, mainly because I found it so difficult to pick things off the rails that were actually going to suit me, both colour-wise and shape-wise, so after spending hours trying things on, I’d either end up with something baggy and blue or beige, or I’d go home empty-handed and exhausted.
Since having my colours and style assessed by Helen, everything has changed. I now understand which shapes, patterns and fabrics will work for me and why. The range of colours I can wear with confidence has increased by 50% (amazing!) and I now know immediately which racks and colours to avoid when I’m out shopping, so I’m not wasting time and energy trying on things that were never going to work for me in the first place.
Thank you, Helen, for making clothes shopping an adventure rather than something to be dreaded – you are amazing!”
Denise Eyles – Fish Partnership
I just wanted to express my heartfelt thanks for your wonderful advice. I first attended your taster day up in town which gave me my first insight into how by applying your guidelines it is possible to enhance all aspects regarding your clothes. I have never been particularly interested in clothes or shopping and as I approach 50 had become disheartened by how I felt and looked. Your Transformation Day is very aptly named as the whole clothes experience has changed so dramatically since then for me.
Your report gives me clear advice and shopping has now become enjoyable and easy. And I had such fun on the day with you. You put me at my ease and was a gentle relaxed day.
On entering a store- or looking online- I now know in an instant those items that will suit me and those that are just not for me. I have become braver with my choices and am so pleased with the items that I have since bought. I do feel like a new woman!
I kept putting off buying new clothes as I kept hoping that I would lose some weight. I would urge everyone to take the time to do this as I am now enjoying a new found confidence about my older self. I do feel happier and energised which has a wonderful positive effect on so many aspects of life at work and at home too.
Personal Shopping Day – Denyse Eyles
I cannot enthuse enough about how successful my shopping day was.
I have always felt a kind of panic when buying clothes as I often felt awkward in the shops, and wished I was slimmer- and younger! I think I always felt that the fashion, clothes and shopping arena was just not my area and felt like a novice.
The shopping day with Helen was just a lovely calm peaceful day. I emailed Helen with possible items that I’d like -and then Helen and I met in Liberty’s cafe to say hello and develop a loose plan for the day.
We then sauntered around John Lewis selecting a few lovely pieces until we each had 6 items each in our baskets(all for me) and then I tried them on with Helen in the next cubicle to help. Helen has such an eye for choosing perfect items that just felt me. And absolutely no pressure . And I wan’t trying to squash myself into anything- all felt comfortable and yet so elegant. So many people have complimented me on the items. I think we all tend to stick with similar styles and types of clothes and shopping with Helen is such an eye opener and enables you to try a few different things.
I think my new clothes all feel such grown up clothes somehow and made me feel so much more self assured in the office and at home.
I enjoyed my winter shop so much that I’ve now booked a summer shopping day in May and feel really excited. And I find it reassuring to know that I don’t have to buy clothes in between. For me this is such a brilliant solution- and I do enjoy the day too.
When I met Helen I was in a real rut. I used to love fashion but over the years the pounds had piled on and off and on again and I had lost my way fashion-wise. My one criteria I’m ashamed to say became ‘does it fit’.
Helen has given me the confidence to try again. She has given me some very simple basic rules to follow and guess what – they work ! I can’t believe the difference an understanding of sleeve length has made ! Once you know these rules it’s almost impossible to ignore them.
Dresses and clothes that were supposedly the right shape but I still didn’t feel good in I can now see had a wrong neckline or sleeve length or overall length for me. I could never understand that before.
Confidence is such a valuable commodity and it’s allowing me to take the sort of fashion risks I was taking 25 years ago and i’m loving it ! I’m still experimenting but watch this space!
Dr Amanda Gummer – Fundamentally Children.
I was in a bit of a rut with my style and had lost some of my confidence in my ability to choose clothes to create the appropriate image. As I am often in the public eye, it is important to me that I feel confident myself and how I come across – first impressions really do count.
Helen has been fabulous and reassuring, right from the beginning. She spent time getting to know me and seeing the sorts of clothes I usually wear. I then spent a thoroughly enjoyable, indulgent day where I was just able to focus on me -something that never normally happens! Helen’s approach is supportive and direct so it was easy for me to understand what works for me and have a good clear out of clothes that weren’t doing me any favours. Her simple rules are easy to remember and apply and I’ve started enjoying getting dressed in the morning again.
Being one of Helen’s VIP clients means that I don’t have to worry at all about shopping for clothes and what to wear. We get together regularly to ensure that my wardrobe is streamlined and easy to navigate so that choosing what to wear each day is really quick and easy. I used to spend far too long trying things on and taking them off again!
She makes sure that I recycle anything that’s looking a bit worn or that doesn’t truly reflect me and my lifestyle so I don’t feel overwhelmed by too much stuff.
Helen has a lovely gentle personality and she doesn’t put on any pressure to buy. When we shop together we always have a lovely day and I come home with pieces that are just right so I always have a choice of outfits to wear for any occasion.
Before I worked with Helen I had no confidence in what I wore for business. My background is in investment banking so the dress code was a no-brainer, I had to be suited and booted.
When I became self-employed I got stuck. The clothes I wore for business ended up being my regular clothes with a jacket thrown over the top to make me look smarter. I wanted to be able to differentiate between my off-duty style and my regular one but it never felt quite right. Nowadays that doesn’t worry me in the way it used to because I always feel good in what I am wearing. I feel authentic in my new style.
To be honest I was quite worried about working with Helen. I was afraid of facing up to some of the things I didn’t like about the way I look. I was worried about having to undress (I didn’t have to ) and honestly, I had a feeling that I was probably beyond help.
I have never been someone to get excited about clothes or make-up but I am now! I didn’t even know that I didn’t feel confident until I compare the new me to how I used to feel. I had no idea how not wearing authentic styles affected the way I carried myself and the way I interacted with people. My new quirky style suits me and my personality and I love it.
Personal Shopping Day
I was amazed at how quickly Helen was able to find things that were exactly right for me. And I still managed to bring home loads of brilliant pieces that work well together and that are perfect for me and my lifestyle.
Helen gently encouraged me to try new styles and colours (indeed things that I wouldn’t have looked twice at before) and it was so exciting to see how well they suited me. Some of these have ended up being my favourite things to wear, and now I know what I can look for, and what I can ignore.
Shopping with Helen is an incredibly efficient way of restocking your wardrobe with pieces you love and look forward to wearing time and time again.
It was also a lot of fun!”
Before I went to see Helen I hadn’t been shopping for clothes for fun for about 25 years. I bought clothes to replace the ones I had when I had to but it wasn’t something I enjoyed. I didn’t feel I knew what suited me anymore and I didn’t go into shops to browse because being faced with lots of choice was just overwhelming – I didn’t know what to pick out to try … so I just stopped trying.
A day with Helen was enormous fun, I learnt lots and suddenly I began to understand why some outfits I owned stayed in the cupboard and others I wore ALL the time! I went home and immediately bagged up 3 outfits that I now knew I didn’t like for good reason – they didn’t suit me! 2 days later I passed a House of Fraser having a Blue Cross Sale … and I went in! I walked around the shop discounting all the items that weren’t “me”, picked up 2 dresses to try on and knew without a shadow of a doubt which looked better and why! Thank you Helen for giving me back a pleasure I thought had gone forever!
Personal Shopping Day
I was worried that my budget was too small and I would feel ridiculous shopping with a stylist! How wrong I was on both counts. A day shopping with Helen was a revelation! It was enormous fun having someone else picking the clothes I should try on – shopping isn’t something I relish and Helen made it easy, explained what would suit me and why (and why some of the things I was drawn to were a NO!) and then she waited while I tried clothes on and showed her. All the clothes she chose looked good on me and some looked AMAZING! She picked styles and colours I wouldn’t have tried and they were the ones that suited me most!
Shopping with Helen was like shopping with a friend except she kept me to budget, didn’t allow me to make dodgy choices and wasn’t just telling me I looked good in something for an easy life or because she didn’t know how to say I didn’t look good. In fact shopping with Helen was nothing like shopping with a friend it was 100 times better!
In my former job as a research scientist I always dressed smartly but it was very much a casual look, a look I continued with when I became self employed as therapist. With the growth of my practice I wanted to have a more professional look so I turned to Helen for help.
After my Transformation Day with Helen I have completely changed my look. I am now wearing colours and styles I would never have given a second look at before, and they really suit me! Helen gave me permission to go out and wear the more quirky clothes I have bought, but never had the confidence to actually go out and wear. She even persuaded me to have my long hair cut into a pixie style.
My confidence in what I am wearing has increased dramatically. I love my new colourful, quirky style and have had many complements from friends and clients alike. I now have the professional look I want to go out and promote my expanding therapy practice.
Helen’s passion and talent for what she does comes across the minute you meet her! The fact that she even has her yoga wardrobe in her colours I think says it all in terms of dedication! Having used Helen personally and worked with her when presenting I would happily recommend Helen to anyone whi is ready to invest in themselves!
Helen has really helped me become more creative and focused on what I buy and how to wear it! Since becoming a Mum 5 years ago my wardrobe went from corporate city dressing to jeans every day. I no longer seemed to have the ability to find stylish clothes and really lost interest in shopping and trying clothes on. The day with Helen was amazing. I now really understand what suits my body shape and which colours really work for me. This has been an investment that I will reap the benefits from for a long time and I can’t wait to get shopping again. Thank you Helen.
It was a great experience and I have indeed stopped buying stuff! When I see another jumper, I think to myself that Helen said that I don’t need any more for sure and I pass. I have definitely started dressing up a bit different and mixing clothes I would not have before and it has been working really well for me. I started using different blush, MAC that you suggested and I don’t know whether it is a slight change in my make up and dressing up or my pregnancy glow but I am getting some nice complements from people.
Rachel Creedy “I would just like to say how enjoyable and informative my consultation with you was on the 15th March. I had so many ideas to take away with me and have already coloured my hair, leaving the ‘red’ behind!
I have also worn an item of clothing I had in the wardrobe (from the Winter colour collection), which I wasn’t sure about before. However, I have had so many compliments on the colour and how it suits me, it really does make such a difference!
I have an appointment, today, with the optician for a general check-up which was long overdue. I shall definitely be changing the frames and very much look forward to the new look – based on your reading glasses!!”
I cannot begin to express how delighted I am that I decided to invest in your services. I have to admit that I was a bit sceptical before the process began.
I believe that if you make the decision to go down this road, then you have to take the advice given and embrace the process.
I have received so many compliments since taking your advice, from how lovely my hair looks (changed a few shades following your advice) to ‘gosh haven’t you lost weight’ – no, not an ounce! This is all down to taking the advice given. About what to wear and how to wear it.
Helen also accompanied me on a shopping trip to Bluewater. This is a must! I now have clothes in my wardrobe that can be worn together, and thanks to Helen’s knowledge of who can supply boots for awkward (normal) shaped legs, a wonderful pair of knee high leather boots.
I have so much more confidence now, the whole experience has changed how I feel about myself.
Thank you Helen!!
Why did I ask Helen to help me with my style when I am a confident and assured woman? The honest answer is that I realised I had to up my game when I became a professional public speaker, speaking at huge events, usually culminating in a book signing afterwards. I realised that when I was on stage and signing books, all eyes were on me and whilst I was comfortable with my style, I was not entirely confident that I was projecting a WOW image to my audience. The nature of what I do also means that I am often photographed and I did not like what I was seeing in some of the photographs.
I had met Helen several times and each time was impressed with her warm and enthusiastic style. I am not the type of person that takes well to being bossed around Trinny and Susanna style! My first session was at her home and it’s fair to say it was something of a revelation. Helen showed me the colours that really suited me and the colours that didn’t. This immediately made me realise why some of my lovely jackets did not make me feel that spectacular. The colour was wrong for my skin and so had the effect of draining me. Most importantly, she showed me the styles that suited me.
She then came to my home and went through my wardrobe, pairing items together, dispensing warm, welcoming and very useful advice on items of clothing that really would be better at home in a charity shop!
The net result of her help and guidance is that I have rediscovered my legs and you will now find me on stage in a lovely skirt coupled with a gorgeous jacket that I know really suits me; colour and style. I absolutely love the colour red despite being a redhead and had shied away from wearing red but Helen showed me the right shade; a real unexpected bonus of our time together.
So, would I recommend Helen? I absolutely would. If your style matters to you and you want to feel and look confident, invest in some of her magic just as I did. You and your style are intertwined and the right style makes you feel and look confident.
Fiona Lowden, Accountant at TaxAssist Accountants
I cannot say enough good things about Helen. It sounds a bit ridiculous to say that someone has changed your life but with Helen it is actually true.
Helen has helped me with colour and style analysis and also a wardrobe analysis. She is brilliant at helping to identify your style, how to wear colours and which items from your wardrobe go together – even with small details like jewellery and shoes.
The result is that I am so much happier about the way I look. My clothes and hair have changed quite a bit and are much more suited to my skin tone. I now have a good understanding of what suits me and how to put an outfit together. It’s also really nice to be able to walk into clothing shops and not waste time. It’s easy for me now to see what would suit me.
Whilst it’s lovely to be well dressed the real benefit comes from how you feel. Changing my look gave me a massive confidence boost both at work and in social situations. I am certain that this change in attitude has contributed to my professional success and consider Helen’s services to be an excellent investment.
I consulted Helen for some help as I’d been struggling to find a style that suited me and my work. Along with have my colours done (having had them done in the past this was a revelation as I’m not “cool” but “warm” which explains a lot!) Helen took me through a process which considered my feelings towards clothes as well as what would suit me. She was thoughtful and knowledgeable about styles and shapes and gave advice as to what shops would suit my preferences too.
The follow up report was also really helpful and something I will keep close to hand as I go shopping. As a result I have more confidence in my style choices and have jettisoned some of the guilt purchases I kept trying to wear. Life is so much simpler and I waste less time if I need to go shopping. Some of my clients are in the fashion industry and I often felt dowdy. Helen showed me how to make the most of myself and I now feel that I can present myself ( by default my work) to its best. Also as the mother of young children it was a real treat being able to spend time focusing on myself – better than a spa treatment as the effects last forever!
Helen took me shopping with a brief to find me an evening dress for a ball I had been invited too. Having done her research accurately and after looking in a few shops, Helen found the perfect dress from Coast. The colour and style were fantastic and matched my colouring and figure perfectly. We continued to shop for her allotted time during which we found a couple of tops that I would never have picked out by myself, but again were perfect for me. I wish Helen could come shopping with me every day!
Having my colours and image analysed by Helen at has completely changed how I think about my wardrobe. Now I know the colours and styles that suit me, I have the confidence to put flattering outfits together both from clothes in my current wardrobe, and when I’m out looking for new pieces in the shops.
I no longer panic and stress about what to wear in the mornings, throwing clothes in piles behind me. I really enjoy choosing which outfit I’m going to wear and clothes and make-up have become interesting and fun.
Having my wardrobe assessed by Helen has been a total revelation! I have happily parted with some pieces, which I now know, haven’t been flattering me at all, and at the same time Helen has shown me how to put some fantastic outfits together using, in many cases, clothes that I haven’t worn in years. I’ve found I’ve got a great new wardrobe without spending huge amounts on new clothes!
Fantastic – every girls dream!!
I went to see Helen as I was fed up with having a wardrobe rammed with clothes but seemingly nothing to wear! First and foremost Helen’s relaxed and warm manner opens you to the whole experience and the fact that she loves what she does shows in the depth of her knowledge and expertise. Since my work with Helen my wardrobe has come together. I shop efficiently, with confidence and purpose, spending money on clothes I actually wear. No more agonising over colour, style, makeup or hair colour. I now buy keys pieces of clothing that tie in with my whole wardrobe rather than lots of cheap clothes that don’t work together and leave holes in my wardrobe as well as as my purse.
I’ve have always loved clothes and my wardrobe backs that up! As I reach my 40th year I have felt something wasn’t right with me when I was putting on what I thought were lovely clothes and they just didn’t ‘feel’ right – I didn’t look myself. After a 1:1 session with Helen I feel like a weight has been lifted, now I get it!! Shopping is so much more pleasurable because I can acknowledge the lovely things and not buy them when I know they just aren’t right for me. I know my rules and they are personal to me. It’s beyond knowing body shape, it’s getting the whole picture and that’s exactly what you get with Helen. I am so glad I valued myself enough to make that investment. I’d recommend a personal session to every woman. Put yourself first and learn how to look and feel fabulous!!
Helen, Workout Facilitator.
I found Helen from an advert in Good Housekeeping magazine and then spoke to her on the phone. With some degree of initial scepticism Helen immediately made me feel very comfortable and at ease. She explained the process to me clearly and I was happy that we both knew what I was trying to achieve. We organised a day and set about the various issues that I had.The colour analysis was extremely interesting and made me aware of colours that otherwise I may never have considered or thought about. The body analysis made me think about my body shape and how to make the best of my best features. Having been through my existing wardrobe Helen made this reduce by about 50% with some brutal culling of clothes that I simply should not be wearing. I now have a much smaller wardrobe but wear everything and mix and match far better. A definite eye opener if ever there was!
I now feel that I understand myself much better and have a greater appreciation of clothes and what suits me as an individual. I am now far more comfortable putting colours and accessories together and Helen has given me complete confidence to create my own style going forward. Simply worth every penny and for that I thank her!
Helen has changed my life. I no longer spend time rifling through my wardrobe desperately wondering what to wear because everything I own suits me. Putting outfits together and shopping are an enjoyable experience and my confidence has soared. She’s a miracle worker!