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By margaretdoyle, Mar 12 2018 04:49AM

Aideen Bodkin at Ryan Design, Clonmel
Aideen Bodkin at Ryan Design, Clonmel
Mother of the Bride at Klassy Lady, Cahir
Mother of the Bride at Klassy Lady, Cahir

This is a busy time of year for a Personal Shopper with Communions, Confirmations and Weddings all around the corner. For clients who's style is usually casual, this can be a very stressful purchase. Follow my top tips to help make it less stressful.

1. Wear the right undewear when going shopping

The biggest turn off any potential purchase happens when you look in the mirror and all you see is muffin top or belly overhang brought on briefs that are just too skimpy. For dresses you must wear full briefs that come up as high as your natural waistline. Anything lower and your dress will cling to all those places you are self conscious of.

2. Take photos

You will be photographed on the day, so when picking the right outfit it's important that you take pictures from all angles to see how the otufit will photograph and to make sure you will be happy in years to come looking back on those memories.

3. Flatter in the right Shape and Colour

Be open to new ideas on shape and colour and even to try something different from what you had in mind. You might be surprised that you can pull off a style you have previously shyed away from. The style should flatter your shape and draw attention to your best features and draw away from the worst. Choose a colour you personally love to wear, as you will wear it with confidence. Colours that suit our skintone (and this is not linked to your hair or eye colour, a regular myth I often hear stated), will make your eyes sparkle, your lips will appear to suddenly have had a fresh coat of lipstick applied and your cheeks will appear fuller.

4. See the bigger picture

The wow factor does not come from the dress alone. So often people leave a perfect dress behind because it alone seems too plain or simple. They cannot picture how amazing the complete outfit will look. An occasion outfit is not complete until you add the finishing touches, a customised headpiece, a statement piece of jewellery or a statement bag or shoes will bring even the simplest dress to a differnt level of stunning!

5. Be Yourself

You want to feel fabulous and confident on the big day. So if you don't feel WOW in the outfit then don't buy it, regardless of what anyone else thinks. After all you are the only one who will be wearing it!

If you have an occasion coming up and you need some professional advice, please contact Margaret on 087 7926244.

By margaretdoyle, Nov 14 2016 10:00AM

Black Friday on November 25th is every true shopper and bargain hunters dream. Savvy sales hounds will already have pre selected and identified exactly what items they want, where to get them and if they are doing it all on-line, they will have their promo codes at the ready!

So what should you do to avail of the Black Friday bargains and avoid a Black Friday Headache?

1. Make a Plan

The most important part of Black Friday preparationsshould take place the days leading up to Black Friday so that you know exactly what you want to purchase and where the best discount is. This will help you avoid aimless wandering and being sucked into buying items you really didn't want.

2. Start your Shopping Early

Well the early bird does catch the worm so it might be advisable to get into the shops early morning to avoid the madding crowds. If you prefer to avoid the crowds altogher, getting on-line early is also a must, and definitely before the 9am rush! 60% of orders are expected to be made from mobile devices this year, so there is no excuse for missing out! Create your Account the day before if you are shopping on-line or you might be delayed at checkout.

3. Set your Budget

With Discount, Sale and other enticing signs luring you in to buy, it is easy to get carried away because an item is "only........". But all those "onlys..." can add up to a budget busting amount quite quickly if you are not careful, so before you step outside this Black Friday, don't forget to set your Budget and stick to it!!!

4. Ask about the Refund policy before buying

Normally sales items are non refundable, so do check out what happens if you have buyer remorse after your purchase and what comeback will you have if any?

5. Bring a Friend

Also known as divide and conquer, two of you can cover more shops and maybe share 3 for 2 deals which you might not really want if you were on your own. It also means you have a friend to enjoy that well deserved cup of coffee with at the end of a fruitful day.

6. Keep Calm

With all the crowds and long queues, it is easy to get irritable and frustrated. Remember, you are there to bag a bargain, save some money and most importantly buy important gifts for the people you love. So please be kind to your fellow shoppers, we are all there for the same reason and if we all take our time, we will all get there in the end!

The Style Icon team are looking forward to spending our Black Friday at the Showgrounds Shopping Centre, Clonmel and we can't wait to meet all the eager shoppers!

Happy Shopping Style Icons.