I was born in a city called Hamilton on the North Island of New Zealand. After university I moved to Wellington where I now live. Lonely Planet has called Wellington the "Coolest Little Capital in the World". It's also been described as "a city that merges big city culture with small town charm and is known as being socially and environmentally conscious. Declared nuclear weapon free over 30 years ago in 1982, it was also the first capital city in the southern hemisphere to gain Fair Trade status, and is home to the world-leading Zealandia sanctuary".
What made you decide to become an image consultant?
When I was younger I had my colours done by a Colour Me Beautiful consultant. It was a very affirming and empowering experience. With this new knowledge, I felt so much more confident about buying and wearing clothes.
The main reason that I decided to train as an image consultant is that I thought it would be very rewarding to be able to give that knowledge and assistance to others so that they too could feel more empowered, more confident about their image, know what to buy so that they always looked good and find out how they could save money along the way.
Did you grow up loving fashion or cosmetics?
Actually no. Until I got my colours done it was all a big mystery to me. I'm not a fashionista by any means, but I have always loved good design and use of colour. These days I can admire fashion and makeup in magazines, on people and in the shops and understand why and how it all works.
One of my clients is very petite. I did both a colour and style consultation for her. Before the consultation most of her clothes where too big, making her looked swamped and like a child in her mother's clothes. Adding to that, she was wearing the wrong colours. During the consultation, I showed her that she could look younger, healthier and more vibrant wearing the right colours. I showed her how quite simple things like changing her hemlines and getting her proportions right could make a huge difference to her overall look. To say she felt better after the consultation is an understatement! Not only did she feel great, but she got many complements from others about how stylish and elegant she now looked. Personally for me that was so rewarding to know that I'd made a positive difference for her.
What is your favourite type of consultation?
It's hard to choose one! I like anything that leaves my clients feeling empowered and more confident in themselves.
What is your favourite colour?
In the past I would have said blue, but these days I enjoy all the colours in my palette and playing with putting different combinations of colours from that palette together. Having a whole palette of colours that look good on you gives you lots of options!
How would you describe your own personal style?
I would say over the years I've experimented quite a bit with my style. These days I like a simple and elegant look and I like to feel comfortable in the clothes I wear — if it digs in or pinches it's not an option for me!
Training with Eve was a very special experience for me. Before the training I thought there would be parts of it that I wouldn't enjoy, but I would just have to get through those bits. I actually loved all of it. Eve was very inspiring and such a good teacher. My goal is to be an image consultant who is as competent and successful as she is!
What do you like best about your job?
Helping people feel better about themselves. I can't help but be excited when I show clients the colours that work on them. Its great when they get it, but also personally I get such a buzz every time I see it myself.
Do you have any fashionable words of wisdom to share?
Find out what colours and styles suit you, so that you can create and enjoy your own unique style. That way you won't be driven by someone else's random ideas of what you should wear or just buying what's in the shops because you have no idea. As Vera Wang says, "A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her own clothes".
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