Why are you the person to help me with colours, clothes and confidence Lisa?
I've been involved with colour, make up, textiles and fashion since the early 80's...thankfully I've kept up with the times and won't make you wear shoulder pads or dress like Bananarama though!
My skills, knowledge and experience have been honed over 30+ years...but more than that I'm compassionate and approachable.
I am not the fashion police and I'm not into giving someone a makeover so they look nice for that day but can't replicate it for everyday life - I like to teach my tips and tricks around colour and style so you look good and feel fab every day.
I am not really interested in who wore what at the Oscars.
I don't watch Love Island or Towie and know who the "celebrities" are, nor am I interested in what they are wearing.
I don't buy magazines or follow the latest "must have" trends, nor do I regurgitate it in "how to wear this season's pleated skirt" type articles to share with my followers.
I don't do "makeovers" and show before and after photos of my clients.
I don't make my clients wear colours or clothes that they don't like or feel comfortable in.
I'm not a franchisee with a training manual and a few days training on the basics
I do...help my clients define and refine their personal style/image so they feel fabulous and are truly expressing their identity; confident in the knowledge that they are still themselves but an upgraded version.
We go deeper than just what's on the outside.
My approach is a mix of coaching, mentoring and teaching. I'm intuitive and perceptive and use those skills to determine what is required and when. My consultations have been described as therapy sessions by some clients.
It's important to me that I teach you and empower you to define and refine your style so you save time and money in the long run.
I'm often asked how I came to do the work I do – here’s the potted version of how I got here.
Ten or so years ago I'd have been wearing a black leather belt with a long metal chain and a large bunch of keys attached. I worked in a prison!
This hadn't ever been a burning ambition.
From an early age I wanted to be a special effects make-up artist. I was a creative child, always drawing or making something.
I studied make up at evening classes but realised, due to a lifelong dodgy hip, standing all day wouldn't work.
I turn to the more sedentary path of textiles and fashion design. I graduated from Loughborough College of Art with a BA Hons in Textiles and Fashion. I then worked as a designer, creating printed fabric for the fashion industry and in the specialist area of the colour forecasting industry, predicting trends.
My design work was distributed in many High Street stores including Miss Selfridge, Oasis, Burtons, Dorothy Perkins, Marks & Spencer, BHS, Littlewoods, Monsoon and Next; as well as many American brands.
I then moved on to become a lecturer at art college, teaching others how to design - it was all about the colour and shapes for clothes. I absolutely loved this work and the long commute was fine.
Until I became a mum.
I didn't go back after maternity leave and ventured into the party plan world selling make up. I was good, I won lots of awards and met Sir Richard Branson several times as a result.
Fast forward 7 years, I get back into teaching...this is where the prison comes in.
I start off teaching art again but soon end up in management. No creativity involved except doodling during endless meetings. I die inside.
Life events lead me to realise I'm not living my truth...I need to make change.
I invest some savings into studying as a colour and image consultant, which is all about style and colour and draws upon my extensive design experience and make up skills.
I create my perfect role which optimises my skills set and here I am in business – Lisa Newport Style.
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