img_1850For this week’s blog post one of our recently trained consultants, Sarah Sallows (pictured) from Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, shares her colour me beautiful story.

Sarah says…

“I trained with colour me beautiful as I got to a stage in my life where I felt like I needed to do something for me. My eldest daughter left for university, my youngest had a full time job and my husband has his own very successful business. Basically the long and short of it was… I was bored. I needed something new, something exciting, something to give me a new lease of life. 

A couple of years ago I was given a present by my husband to see a colour consultant. I thoroughly enjoyed it and noticed how quickly people would compliment me on my style and how I looked. I never thought I would have the confidence to be a colour consultant or to even travel to London to do the course alone, but after a couple of years toying with the idea… I thought if they can, then why can’t I? 

The training for colour me beautiful was an intense week in London. It is amazing how much you can fit in a small amount of time! The course covered all types of colour theories to practical application and using each other and brave volunteers as models. What I found most helpful was the marketing and business element of the course. I loved meeting new people with all different backgrounds and coming together to work as a team.

One of the things I love about being a Colour Consultant is I get to work from home and the hours I choose! I am very flexible with my working hours and I am happy to work the hours that suit my clients.

To date I have had a mixture of clients ranging from all ages. I see clients individually but also have had clients who wanted to have a consultation as a group. I absolutely love the mother and daughter consultations!

Whilst I love the colour consultations, colour me beautiful inspired my passion for make-up. I now offer make-up packages alongside my colour consultations to ensure they are wearing the correct colours to suit their skin tone. 

Personally I love one to ones with my clients. I feel they open up more to you and you are able to provide the service specific to them. I feel it is a personal experience and everyone is different. I love making them feel better about themselves.

If you are considering training for a career as a personal stylist I would say GO FOR IT. I wish I had done it years ago. The satisfaction knowing you have helped, inspired and supported someone to make them feel better about themselves is the best job in the world.”

Sarah Sallows, www.colours4yousussex.co.uk

If you’re interested in training to become an image consultant with colour me beautiful take a look at our training academy here.

Image source: The August Diaries

Image source: The August Diaries

As fashion month gets into full swing around the world and Summer draws to an end, many of us will be thinking about our Autumn/Winter wardrobes.

The start of a new season is the perfect time to take a step back and review your own personal style. We can all get stuck in a rut, or style of dressing that almost becomes like a ‘uniform’ which we end up wearing day in, day out. However, with a few simple steps you can transform your personal style to leave you looking and feeling refreshed for the months ahead!

  1. Keep it current

Not all of us are slaves to fashion, however it is important that you keep your look current. Glossy magazines and online sites are packed with image inspiration for the coming season and top tips on what is going to be ‘on trend’. Focus on the trends that appeal to you and then decide how you are going to incorporate them into your look in a way that is still ‘you’.

2. Shoe business

Your footwear can make or break your outfit. Throw away those battered boots and invest in a new pair, in one of your neutral shades, to see you through Autumn/Winter. If you can afford to invest a little more they will last you several seasons before they need replacing.

3. Good foundations

Ideally you should be measured and fitted for a new bra around every six months. If you’re overdue then head to the fitting room before you buy a single new item for Autumn! Good foundations are key to ensure comfort and smooth lines on your clothes.

4. Keep it colourful

There are some gorgeous shades around for the coming season so take this opportunity to try some new colours! Even after a colour consultation it can be easy to gravitate towards the same few colours as time goes on so take this opportunity to take another look at your colour swatches and add some new shades into the mix!

5. Buy what you love

Don’t buy anything that is just ‘fine’, you (and your wardrobe) deserve more than that! If you put something on that you feel truly fabulous in, then go ahead and purchase it. When you wear something you feel amazing in you will exude confidence and this will guarantee you look amazing too!

Here’s to a fabulously stylish Autumn/Winter!

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For help with defining your personal style, get in touch with a colour me beautiful consultant today. Click here to find your local personal stylist.