No judgment, no fashion police, just compassion and fun combined with expert knowledge and over 30 years experience!
Working with me is about quietening those self image demons that chatter in your head. They say stuff like "Why are you even bothering trying to look nice, you can still see your lumps and bumps" and all other kinds of rubbish, to knock your confidence.
I guide you how to define and refine your personal style. I will teach you how to take the stress out of getting dressed by figuring out what is just right for YOU. We'll remove self doubt because you'll be feeling mega comfortable and confident in your personal style choices.
When you understand your personal style recipe you will be able to pull outfits together easily. You'll look good, feel fab and be ready to go out and conquer the world!
If you can't get to me in Nottingham I have online versions of my make-up and style workshops, colour analysis and my personal styling services. Check out my services tab for more details.
I live in Nottingham with my partner Paul and our blended family that consists of my teenage son, Paul's daughter and our crazy French bulldog, Ruby. I love pink, glitter, leopard print and flamingos.
I spent 7 years in prison and have met Sir Richard Branson several times. (Stories for a different time lol - I'm currently working on the book.)
I like camping (particularly in nice weather). I am a competent knitter and can crochet; when I first moved to Nottingham I lived with a part time drag queen over what used to be a sex shop.
I’ve spent a lot of time in hospital because of a dodgy hip which was finally replaced when I was 46. My ambition is to be on This Morning with The Schofe!
My business name My Ruby Slippers Style Academy was inspired by the quote from Glinda the good witch in the Wizard of Oz “ You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.’
I graduated from Loughborough College of Art with a BA Hons in Textiles and Fashion. I then worked as a designer, creating printed fabric for the fashion industry and in the specialist area of the colour forecasting industry, predicting trends.
My design work was distributed in many High Street stores including Miss Selfridge, Oasis, Burtons, Dorothy Perkins, Marks & Spencer, BHS, Littlewoods, Monsoon and Next; as well as many American brands. I then moved on to become a college lecturer teaching others how to design.
I'm also a qualified make-up artist, a member of the Federation of Image Professionals International and feature regularly as a "Loose Lady" on BBC Radio Nottingham. Oh, and I've been on Notts TV, Newark Radio and am a published author for Henpicked.net, currently working on my first book - eek!
I'm not your typical image consultant, personal stylist, colour consultant, personal shopper or style coach. There's no judgment or fashion police - just compassion and fun combined with over 30 years experience!
I work with 'ordinary' women who know they aren't perfect but want to look and feel their best; women who want to learn how the right style recipe for them can be empowering and confidence boosting. I help my clients define and understand their personal style so they feel confident and the best version of themselves. This in turn takes the stress out of getting dressed.
You like to make an effort with how you look but aren't always confident that you get it right. You try a new dress on for that event, you like it but it's a bit different for you. So you're not 100% sure but can't quite put your finger on why and then those bloody self image demons start with the negative chatter...
You would love to have your personal style nailed; it would be amazing to say something about who you are while feeling comfortable and confident when you get dressed. It would be fabulous to know which colours and styles suit you best, how to accessorise and make the most of your features but without it all taking up loads of your precious time.
Sometimes my clients have lost their confidence and self esteem besides their style mojo somewhere along the way - maybe it was left behind while they were busy looking after everyone else?
Does this sound like you?
Young at heart but sometimes not feeling it when you look in the mirror. You want to look good and feel fabulous without spending lots of time and money. You feel too old to follow the latest fashion, but still want to be on trend. You don't feel ready to dress like your mum but you don't want to be mutton dressed as lamb either.
Ultimately you want body confidence and an empowered attitude to your appearance by feeling fantastic and looking vibrant - glowing from the inside out.
I'm on a mission to empower women to look good and feel fabulous so they can go conquer the world!