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Friday 23 March 2018

Finding my style with John Lewis Personal Styling, Cambridge

A week ago I had the luxury of a Wednesday off and was heading to an early morning event in Cambridge. After a couple of hours I knew I’d be free so when Lucy invited me to come into John Lewis for a personal styling session- I jumped at the chance!

John Lewis Personal styling review

Unbeknown to me, John Lewis have be offering personal styling appointments to customers for a long time but they’ve recently streamlined the appointments into the following two options:

1.       Style Express

This is an hours appointment designed to instantly refresh your look or find that one special outfit.

2.       Style Experience

This appointment lasts two hours and is designed to give your look a seasonal update. Being a two hour slot, it gives you chance to explore new styles and the latest trends to create a wardrobe that works together beautifully.

John Lewis Personal Styling

 I was booked in for the style experience with Personal Stylist Denise. Prior to the appointment Denise had details on my dress size, clothing style and brands I like so that she could hand pick some pieces she felt would suit my dress sense and personality before I arrived.  I was then greeted with a glass of bubbly before the styling session began- such heaven!!

John Lewis Personal Styling

I have to say I was rather intrigued by some of the pieces such as this pair of Mint Velvet fuscia pink paper bag trousers- a style I’ve seen a lot of but thought I couldn’t pull off with my shape. It turns out I was wrong and they are actually super flattering!

There were also some lovely pieces from Joules and Jigsaw on the rail and also felt drawn to this awesome cactus print top from Mint Velvet. The smock style top with flared sleeving detail would look super cute for a day in spring and the material was light and soft for the warmer months.

Mint Velvet Embroidered Cactus Top

The brand that really caught my eye was HushOn one of the rails sat a beautiful tulle midi skirt with star glitter detailing throughout and I just fell in love and had to try it on. Already having a tulle skirt I thought I’d know what to expect but this one is incredibly light and flowy and has more of a casual vibe to the one I already own. I could see me pairing this with a leather biker on spring days in the city.  

Hush Star Embroidered skirt, blush

Before I could try it on though, I was being whisked away for a very indulgent makeup appointment at the Charlotte Tilbury stand! 

Charlotte Tilbury Makeup, John Lewis

There were lots of makeup counters for me to choose from such as Bobbi Brown, Benefit, Ester Lauder and many more but having never tried any of the Charlotte Tilbury range, I was very intrigued to have her magic products applied to my face. Coincidentally my MUA’s name was also Charlotte and she was truly fabulous. 

Charlotte Tilbury Makeup, John Lewis

Having seen all the amazing looks on offer, I opted for the “Dolce Vita”- a true Hollywood glam make-up and boy did Charlotte deliver. 

After a rather relaxing makeup appointment, I felt and looked a million dollars. Charlotte had worked her magic and made my eyes pop and my skin glow like never before! It was the perfect makeup and confidence boost I needed to try on more clothes and try a new look.

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita makeup

In the end, this was my all favourite of all the outfits had to be this ensemble. The Hush skirt, Jigsaw tee and Mint Velvet pumps. I mean, who doesn’t love a bit of sparkle and metallic shoes in one outfit!? 

John Lewis Personal Styling
Top- Jigsaw
Skirt- Hush
Trainers- Mint Velvet
Necklace- John Lewis

Lucy even took me to The Residence area of John Lewis to snap away my new look which was awesome but also hilarious as shoppers were looking at me like what the hell is she doing!? Ha!

John Lewis Personal Styling

All in all I had a fantastic time at John Lewis being styled and glamourfied. The great thing about the personal styling service is you can book an appointment for any occasion and there is no obligation to buy anything if you don’t want to. John Lewis know that their customers are loyal and we all know that their service is second to none. It doesn’t have to be someone’s wedding or an important event to warrant being personally styled. Sometimes it’s just nice to have someone else pick things for you that perhaps you didn’t think would suit you or to simply have the ease of someone finding you the latest trends.  I also think it’s great for anyone stuck in a style rut and looking for a change and a confidence boost! Being personally styled takes the stress out of shopping and will truly give you the style you desire.

Thank you Lucy for setting up my appointment and taking my photos- you’re a total gem!

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