Case Study - Pauline Webb
Style Sisterhood Members Questions
1. What type of thing(s) have you done with Lisa?
Lots! I met Lisa when she first started her business and went to a couple of her mini workshops that she was running at home. They were an insight to colour and body shapes as I remember. One was a make up lesson.
Then I had my colours done, and attended a 5 Steps Workshop.
I joined in online with a 21 Day Style Challenge and have also enjoyed meeting the women online ‘in the flesh’ at 2 social events that Lisa arranged afterwards.
I have done most of the 21 Day Style Challenges! Three or four that I can recall have been out of a suitcase while abroad!Following one of these, I did the Suss Your Style 5 week online challenge.
I have volunteered and supported all but one of the Swish events that have been run.I attended the Glum to Glam workshop, and very recently I have had my WOW colours done.
2. What actually happens?
In all the above, a positive interactive, fun time with Lisa and /or other women who are all on ‘the same page’ wishing to maximise their potential for feeling and looking fab!
I can elaborate on one specific thing if you’d like me to.
3. What made you think about working with Lisa?
I enjoyed the first introduction and was at a particular low in life. I had lost my mojo somewhat and while needing a boost, I also enjoyed Lisa’s company and obvious expertise in her field.
4. How did you feel before?
5. How did you feel during the process?
Very much at my ease during my colour consultation ... also very comfortable and happy meeting other women at the workshops.
6. How did you feel afterwards?
After I had my colours and make up sessions, I felt inspired to make changes in the way I dressed and applied make up.
7. Did you have any reservations about working with Lisa?
8. Did it make a difference to what you wore in terms of easy of putting things together?
Yes. I immediately did a huge wardrobe weed and parted with a big pile of black garments! I wish now that I had kept count of how many have left my wardrobe! I was Lisa’d almost 4 years ago. I lived in black and maybe some blue, and bright red that I discovered was so wrong for me as a summer palette. I can honestly think of only one black ‘cardigan’ that I have bought since then. Some boots and shoes but not clothes. I have been steadily replacing my clothes with colour, and navy to replace the black. I have certainly found packing for a holiday much easier as I have put the capsule wardrobe concept into practise. In the wardrobe, I find now that I am questioning what I have and need rather than just buying! This goes for colour, but also the shape of clothes too...
9. Did she get you to try anything that made you feel really uncomfortable?
10. Did you have to strip off?
No! She ain’t Gok !
11. Did the clothes sit right with your personality? Comfort factor?
I have struggled to nail my style personality, but mainly as I think I had just ‘lost my way’, confidence etc.. I always did enjoy clothes so much more when I was younger... never a follower of fashion... loved vintage and second hand and was keen to customise things for me.
Lisa always reckoned I am a romantic style.. I said ‘closet romantic’! But I have to admit she is probably right as I think of some of the styles I love.There was a part of me that was disappointed to be a summer palette. When I have worn colour I love bright ones, not muted ones, and tend to go for darker colours too. But I am wearing patterns and colours that I never would have thought of in years. I have also looked back at photos of myself when I was much younger and realised that I did wear those lovely blues that make my eyes sparkle and shine...
Comfort... has to be physically comfy, and I would wear anything I wasn’t comfortable in for any reason.
12. Did you have to go out and get loads of new things or could you sort some out to go even if not perfect?
Not being a clothesaholic and also not ever having earned very much, I knew I was never going to bin it all and start again! I actually don’t think that anyone would do that anyway as there are always things we love regardless! It has been a gradual but interesting process for me. Yes I did do that initial wardrobe weed, and I did immediately put as much into practice as possible. If I had kept count I reckon there would be around 100 black items I’ve parted with. Bags, shoes, coats, tops, trousers and skirts! I counted 30 in one go.. so maybe even more!?
13. Have you cleared out any clothes that you now know why you didn't/couldn't/didn't feel right wearing?
Oh for sure... a bright red boxy cardigan that wore me and never flattered any one bit of me! I am looking at my spaghetti strap singlets at the moment and know that they don’t do me any favours! Just found 2 more A line tops in Asda last week, one in a summer minty green!
14. How much more room have your got in your wardrobe?
Lots! It’s well organised. I can see what I have easily.
15. How easy was it to follow the recommendations afterwards?
I think as I have said above, it depends on how quickly you really buy into what colours are your best ones, and your body shape and style personality. But the recommendations themselves are clear. If you have a colour analysis then you are armed with your own personalised colour swatch to take shopping with you, and Lisa is great at giving further advice if required. It will be a learning curve for some people and a complete ‘light bulb ‘ moment for others. But once you have made the decision to do it in the first place, it’s onwards and upwards all the way!
16. Have you found it easier to choose your clothes for a day/eve/work/function/holiday?.......
17. How easy is it to find clothes that fit with the colours that work for you now you’ve been “Lisa’d”?
Honestly, not always easy. But when you realise that your colour swatch is not ‘just it’ , but a guide, it becomes easier to half close your eyes and something that blends with your colour, then it’s probably ok! Also finding certain brands that do the colours concerned.
I always try and shop in shops. The internet is hard to see proper colour on. Unless it specifically says ‘burgundy’ or ‘wine for example I won’t buy anything online.
18. On a scale of 1-10 how much did you enjoy shopping before and now after?
I don’t love it ... but I definitely prefer shopping now! I scan the rails with my eyes and only home in on the colours that are mine!
19. What difference did it make to you? (immediately/months on)
Months on, a huge difference. I am much more comfortable in what I am wearing..style and colour. I am less critical of myself .. wait.. did I just say that!?!?
I am making a lot less mistakes too when buying clothes and I check and double check if it’s really what is right and what I want or need before I buy it.
20. Has anyone else noticed a difference in you/your appearance/confidence?
Yes I have had friends notice. Oh and my Mum must have the other day as she said.. ‘ooh I haven’t seen you in that have I? You look like a model!’ Hmm maybe not quite but!
21. What surprised you?
Not sure... maybe some of the colours on my swatch...learning about high and low contrast in faces...Actually it has all made total sense, even if I have had my moments applying it!
22. What was the single best result from working with Lisa?
Ive stopped wearing baggy clothes which make me look bigger! I’ve got my legs back out! I put my eyebrows on! That’s more than one... the legs out is best!
23. What advice do you have for anyone else who is thinking about it?
Go for it...
24. How best to prepare for a session with Lisa?
Just be yourself, relax and have fun! If you’re having your colours done then go without makeup.
25. Do you still stick with stuff she told you?
More so now! Rome wasn’t built in a day! The future will only be brighter!
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