Style me baby!

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For me, visiting a Stylist was something other people did that I always wanted to do. I’d seen the Westfield ad’s, I’d watched Trinny & Susannah for years and desperately wished I was one of those daggy people they jumped on in the Newcastle Mall when they recently visited Oz.

I constantly whinged about having nothing to wear post baby (actually I did it pre baby too) and a couple of weeks ago I blogged about a frustrating shopping experience with hubby. You can read that HERE.

So as I continued to live in my safe mummy outfit of tracksuit pants and a comfy hoodie, a few days after I wrote my whingy no clothes blog, Prue, left a comment about how she’d gone to the Westfield stylist and how great it was. Right, I thought what the heck I’m going to do it! I jumped straight on the phone and booked a Stylist appointment for the following week.

Last week, on Friday I met my Stylist for a 1 hour shopping trip. How funny does that sound! ‘My Stylist!’ I felt like I was Victoria Beckham. You know, minus the gazillion dollar bank account, stick model figure, oh and the already super fashionable wardrobe. Anyway sorry I digress, enough about Posh and more about me and ‘my stylist’. Who by the way has a name, Sam, from Vibrant Concepts.

So last Friday morning I was quite excited about the impending afternoon. Except, except, oh fark what was I going to wear to meet the stylist?! And I had to make sure I straightened my hair. Couldn’t have the stylist thinking I was a total tracky pants wearing unruly hair bogan all the time!

So 4pm finally rolled around and I meet my Stylist at Westfield Kotara. Who by the way anyone can book too she isn’t just mine, I’m happy to share. So Sam starts out by telling me what style pants and tops suit by body. She told me I had great legs. I could have hugged her, handed over the money and gone home a happy girl right then and there. (By the way you fill out a form prior to your appointment re: day to day activities, budget etc).

After the quick style and shape run down, we hit the shops! Sam picked up things I never would have looked at twice, let alone actually tried on!

My requests were pretty simple. I’m a stay at home mum, who goes out on the weekends for maybe a breakfast or lunch with hubby and bub, and did things like groceries, play dates and mother’s group during the week. I’ve still got some baby belly left over and I didn’t know how to dress anymore without looking about 5 months pregnant. I also had a special request outfit, that I literally had nothing to wear too; an upcoming Director’s dinner for hubby’s work.

We ended up spending 1.5 hours together to make sure we nailed the dinner outfit as well as the casual stuff. Without getting into all the boring details of my body shape and why I bought what I bought, I ended up with the following pieces for about $470:

  • 2 jumpers
  • 3 jackets
  • 1 coat
  • 1 tunic dress
  • 1 casual top for under jackets
  • And 1 killer dress for the dinner, from, wait for it, wait for it…. Target! Yep, who woulda thought!

The Shopping Loot

We went to shops like Dotti and Glasson’s (which I’ve NEVER found anything in), SES (great cheap stuff that you can replace each year if it falls apart!) and Target, where I’ve never ventured into the ‘young section’ before. So basically for my shape, tops & comfy jackets are better than jumpers for winter.

Unfortunately we ran out of time, so on Saturday morning when Mum turned up and offered to watch Soph I ushered my lucky hubby into the car and dragged him to the shops to finish off my new wardrobe. I grabbed a few more casual type tops (like the basic ones from Cotton On) and Sam had recommended a pair of black jeans which I eventually found at Jeans West. Comfy non super skinny black jeans were a little harder to find than I expected and there may have been a few bottom lip, foot stamping moments in the process. Isn’t my husband just the luckiest guy!

So anyway, back to Friday. So as Sam and I hugged goodbye like we were old friends, I practically skipped to the car after the most successful shopping trip I’d ever had. I climbed into the car and let out a sigh. It was now time to go back to the reality of being a mum and a housewife. But at least now I was going to look damn good doing it!

P.s. Thank you Sam, if you could just hop into my handbag for every shopping trip now that would be great!

P.p.s I’ll post a the pick of the dinner dress when I’m all dressed up for the dinner!!

4 Comments
  • Prue
    May 23, 2011

    I’m so glad it went well for you! It’s actually great to look at your pieces and realise how different they are from mine. While we obviously lead different lifestyles (no baby for me!), it just goes to show stylist’s don’t stick to a formula, they really know their stuff and it’s money well spent!

  • Denise Duffield-Thomas
    May 24, 2011

    Love this article – I’ve been working with Sam Woods too – and I seriously love saying “My stylist says…” So much fun!

    Are you going on Sam’s Sydney shopping trip?

    I was travelling all last year with one suitcase so I ended up with no decent clothes and 10kgs heavier.

    I’m really excited about putting together a nice wardrobe of clothes – yours look FABULOUS!

    Have fun at the dinner!

  • ergo baby carrier
    May 24, 2011

    I’m interested in putting all my clothes together,then try them again and again.
    ergo baby carrier

  • Samantha Woods
    May 24, 2011

    Dear Ami, Denise and Prue,
    Thanks for your fabulous comments about the service I gave you all. I love what I do (maybe that is why I have survived in this industry for over 25 years!)and to hear that you have all gained so much from what I have done for you all just gives me sheer delight! You are all gorgeous women and all I have done is shown you how to “show the world” your beauty through your wardrobe and new “style confidence”! Big style hugs to you all! Sam Woods – VibrantConceptsx

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