Hello my name is Abbey and I am a Personal Stylist, offering Style Services inc. Wardrobe Edits, Shopping Experiences, Colour & Body shape analysis, Bespoke Experiences, Workshops and Style Events. I specialise in Style Transitions specifically for women changing careers, looking for a promotion, setting up their own business, returning to work or having lost their style mojo, requiring empathy, intuition and creativity. I love what I do and one of my favourite fashion quotes, ‘Never underestimate the power of a great outfit on a bad day’ really sums up how I feel about style.
I worked for many years in advertising and marketing for a national newspaper, which I loved, until having children and moving away from London. I decided to re-train in visual merchandising and window dressing, creating beautiful displays for boutiques and fabric shops in London and through this, I fell in love with fashion retail.
In 2013 I set up my own women’s fashion boutique in my local town offering a range of stylish, unique and affordable brands, offering personal styling sessions, style events, Pop-Up shops and fashion champagne tea parties it was a fantastic few years where I got to know some brilliant local women – some of whom are now my dear friends.
It was an amazing experience and I loved the feeling of encouraging women to look and feel incredible but unfortunately had to cease trading in November 2016 when I was unable to extend my lease or to find an alternative retail unit locally. It was a very difficult decision which left me pretty heart broken at the time though it has enabled me to focus on freelance personal styling, retail consultancy and being a ‘present’ and slightly less stressed Mum!
Here are five random and fun facts about me;
1) I really love team sports and was in all the teams at school even if I wasn’t great, I just enjoyed being part of something bigger than myself and what you could achieve when you worked together. I was Captain of the rounders team and was very proud of this as it’s a game I love and now enjoy playing with my children and family/friends – though I am well known for being ridiculously competitive!
2) I love dressing up and met my husband dressed as a ‘Space-Age Charlie’s Angel’ (involving lots of silver foil, white stiletto’s and a glitter striped mini skirt which was actually a boob-tube bought from a charity shop 😮)
3) I have two children and had amazing home-births in a water pool in our bathroom in our home in beautiful Greenwich, London. I was supported by an independent midwife who I still think is a living angel. I had always wanted to live in Greenwich since I visited the park as a child so to combine both of these incredible experiences was a total dream.
4) I love horses, used to ride as a child with my sister and also spent nearly ten years working for the Racing Post – basically I got paid to go horse-racing amongst other work! I don’t ride anymore as I am too nervous now, but still occasionally go racing and enjoy sharing my love of it with friends and family. I think horses are beautiful and I still adore the smell of them, it brings back so many wonderful memories from my childhood.
5) I adore the sunshine, a perfect holiday to me is the sun, a pool, lots of great books and my notepad and pen! Find the warm spot and you’ll find me ☀️☀️☀️ just like my cat!
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Feel incredible every day!