After a quiet spell on the blog I thought it was about time for a bit of a life update. I don’t like to make excuses but the last few months have been particularly busy, not least because we have a baby on the way – due in April! I’ve been lucky not to suffer morning sickness but the initial tiredness was a bit of a drain on my creative juices. Feeling better thankfully coincided with a very busy time in my other job as a Project Manager at The Royal Marsden, as I geared up to run a large conference. So although I’ve been beavering away doing lots of colour analyses, style consultations and make-up, I haven’t found the resources to write about it…
I won’t go into too much detail, but highlights from the last few months include:
- Attending a fantastic conference with my CMB colleagues where the inspiring Sue Donnellydemonstrated some imaginative ways to approach consultations. Something to think about: if you had to have a tattoo, what would it be, where and why? Mine would be a small rainbow on the inside of my wrist to illustrate my love of colour and remind me to be positive.
- Doing image makeovers for several lovely young ladies between the ages of 13 and 17. I’ve enjoyed rediscovering my inner-teenager, putting together Pinterest boards of styles and celebrities I thought would appeal to them.
- Doing a handful of mother/daughter colour consultations – my favourites!
- Doing my first joint husband and wife colour analysis – very sweet to see them complimenting each other on how they looked in their respective colours and make-up (wife only!), and both left excited for their planned shopping trip.
- Being interviewed by The Career Stylist, Beth Reacher about my ‘portfolio career’ –see the feature in her newsletter.
- Receiving some particularly nice testimonials.
I don’t like to focus on the lows and I’ve been fortunate enough not to have too many but here are a couple of silly ones:
- My husband returning to the house looking like this as I was about to head out for a make-up party for five ladies – he’d had a collision with a cyclist while out for a run (and thankfully after some worry the missing tooth was the extent of his injury!).
- The lack of decent maternity-wear out there! After weeks of feeling bloated and bigger than normal but not big enough to go into maternity clothes I was excited about a little shopping spree as the bump emerged. My excitement was short-lived when I saw the bland array in the shops. In fact most of my purchases have been normal clothes in a loose style or with stretch. My best buy has been this charcoal sparkly dress in lycra from Oasis which has seen me through the party season and will be worn at every special occasion until D-Day (and probably after!), teamed with this rather gorgeous necklace.
Anyway, for the moment I’m feeling good and looking forward to image makeovers aplenty up to when I start maternity leave in early March – I’m evening doing some special offers in the lead up to my time off – take a look!