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TrendLife Presents: Three Fabulous Fashion Stylists To Follow

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TrendLife Presents : Three Stylists to follow

When it comes to fashion, we generally know what we like. We have our preferred colours, patterns, and fabrics for example. The problem is that knowing what you like doesn’t equate to knowing what actually looks good on you and projects you in the right way. This is why the Gods created Fashion Stylists.

Fashion Stylists, Personal Dressers, Style Coaches, or Personal Stylists, take your pick. The job titles may vary depending on the individual’s viewpoint but Fashion Stylists have become increasingly influential in shaping fashion and style choices in our social-media orientated world.

Once reserved for celebrities and the well-heeled, Fashion Stylists have moved from the backstage to be on par with Fashion Designers thanks in part to the un-measurable benefits they bring to the equation, image + confidence = happiness. And to celebrate these wonderful individuals keeping us looking and feeling great, we have handpicked three fabulous individuals for you to follow.

TrendLife Presents: Three Fabulous Fashion Stylists To Follow

Do your Instagram feed a favour and follow these three fabulous individuals creating amazing fashion and style content on social media. In no particular order, here are the reasons why we recommend you hit the follow and like button for these fashion stylists.

1. @OwnYourStyleUK

” Personal Stylist helping women confidently look good & feel good every day.”

Three Fabulous Fashion Stylists To Follow - OwnYourStyle

Reasons to follow: When it comes to style advice content, you will be hard-pressed to find a better personal stylist who also doubles as a Content Queen than Janine of OwnYourStyleUK. Having recently launched her insightful Instagram Live Style Talk, Janine manages to juggle clients, events, and online style courses whilst creating amazing social media content.

If that was not enough, Janine also gives tips and inspiration on skincare and makeup application. All of which is further testimony to why you should be following @OwnYourStyleuk.

Five questions for @OwnYourStyleUK

1. When and how did your love for fashion begin?

My love of fashion began as a child. My Aunt owned a very successful ladies boutique stocking beautiful designer brands and I was hooked – she was my mentor in fashion. My mother was a dressmaker and made a lot of our clothes when I was young too so – It’s really in my blood!  I’ve always had an eye to search out great pieces of clothing in shops and always loved to stay ahead of the trends from a young age.  I am a creative person and I am in my element when I am styling my clients.

2. What is the most rewarding part of being a stylist?

The most rewarding part of being a stylist is the transformation of confidence in my clients when they truly understand their own style.  The newfound confidence means they look great and feel great and I literally watch them develop as they discover their signature style, find out the colours that suit them, and learn the secrets of styling with fabrics and proportions to enhance their body shape.

They learn how to make their wardrobes work for their lifestyle plus we identify any gaps that they may need to fill when we go shopping. They also discover it doesn’t all need to be new! In fact, it’s so rewarding to hear clients say they actually save money after working with me as they no longer make the same mistakes when out shopping.  Confidence is the key to styling and watching my client’s confidence grow truly is the most rewarding part of what I do.

3. Where is your favourite place to shop in the Three Counties (Beds, Bucks, and Herts)?

I love shopping in Milton Keynes, it’s right on my doorstep and we have a great shopping centre. My favourite High Street brands currently are Zara, HM, and Jigsaw.  I also love Hush which is available in John Lewis.

4. Favourite designer/fashion house?

My favourite designer has to be Chanel – after all, it was Coco Chanel who popularised the little black dress and the Chanel boucle style jacket has to be one of the most iconic pieces which can nowadays be dressed up or down so easily too!

5. If there was one person in the world you could style, who would it be and why?

Wow, that is a question, there are many but it would have to be The Duchess of Cambridge – I mean how memorable would it be to have the honour of styling the future Queen of England for an event! I would also totally love to style Holly Willoughby too, oh and Claudia Winkelman, she would be so much fun!

2. @StyleWithWisdom

“Personal stylist & shopper passionate about clients feeling great and confident”

Three Fabulous Fashion Stylists To Follow - Style With Wisdom

Reasons to follow: With over 20 years of professional experience in the fashion industry, Hertfordshire based Lisa of @StyleWithWisdom has some of the most entertaining fashion-based posts you will see. We don’t know how much more fun & fashion you can squeeze into a single post but Lisa seems to be on a mission to find out.

We love the “local’ feel to @StyleWithWisdom posts & stories – in particular, the updates on St Albans fashion retailers during these testing times. For all these reasons and more, we highly recommend you follow @StyleWithWisdom.

Five questions for @StyleWithWisdom

1) When and how did your love for fashion begin?

Wow, this was years ago when I was addicted to playing with my Fashion Wheel as a child, endlessly creating new and innovative designs to colour! It kept me occupied for days and my Great Aunt would always say I would end up in fashion. She wasn’t wrong. I then went on to never miss a single edition of The Clothes Show on a Sunday evening, so you can imagine my delight when whilst working as an Assistant Buyer for Debenhams I got to work with Jeff Banks – the man himself.
I was watching a half-term feature on “This Morning” when I was about 15 when I discovered the career I eventually went into. They were running a “day in the life of a …..” slot each day and one of those was “A day in the life of a Fashion Buyer” and I instantly knew it was the job for me! I went on to be a Senior Fashion Buyer at Debenhams but more recently set up my Styling business ‘Style with Wisdom’ 8 years ago.

2) What is the most rewarding part of being a Stylist?

This is so easy to answer – it is when I see my client’s confidence build in their style and body confidence as we work together. I literally see the body posture and facial expressions of my clients change when I put them in the clothes that suit them and make them feel fabulous. That is the first reward, but it is always even more exciting when my clients get in touch telling me about the outfits they have worn that has resulted in them receive compliments from not only friends and family but total strangers too. I not only find this so gratifying but is amazing to hear the confidence boost it gives them! I love it!

3. Where is your favourite place to shop in the Three Counties (Beds, Bucks, and Herts)?

I am a huge fan of my local shopping town St Albans, Hertfordshire. It has the perfect mixture of high street and local independents, as well as small businesses online that I like to include in my look books for both my style subscription clients and full virtual style clients too. It means there is a great variety of style options, brands, and price points to make the most of shopping for both myself and my clients.

4) Favourite designer/fashion house?

My complete treat and regular wish list would have to be Essentiel Antwerp, a Belgium brand. It is always has a beautiful collection of classic silhouettes yet bold, edgy, and funky prints. They are the sort of pieces that if you invest in them, they will live on forever in your wardrobe! I am lucky enough to own a few pieces that I have collected over time and was even lucky to recently find an Essentiel Antwerp skirt in a charity shop!!!
I feel that no high street retailer can replicate the beautiful pieces created by Essentiel Antwerp so the collection remains completely unique.

5) If there was one person in the World you could style, who would it be and why?

My absolute dream would be to get a fashion slot on This Morning styling real women. It has always been my ultimate goal and is firmly on my vision board and I continue to strive towards itl! The real reward here is that I’d hope by styling say 4 real women on the show I would in turn be styling the millions of watchers that tune in.
I love to inspire women in everyday life to try new styles, new colours, and be bolder and more confident in their shopping decisions. I always say that styles have no age, size, or budget limits and when you are excited to get up and get dressed in the morning, it can make for the start of a great day!

3. @TheWardrobeEdit

“Stylist and fashion writer with a passion to help other women re-discover their style and exude a new confidence”

Three Fabulous Fashion Stylists To Follow - @thewardrobeedit

Reasons to follow: If you have a passion for fashion and like scrolling to see stylish ensembles, you could spend hours looking at and taking notes from @thewardrobeedit posts. Stylist & Fashion Writer Isabel is who we have to thank for the visually wonderful grid that goes on and on and on. Having styled for a variety of brands and businesses including Intu, TopShop, H&M, Wallis, and Zara, Isabel has an unbelievable eye for coordinating. Her stunningly modelled ensembles are matched with amazing statement accessories and shoes.

Five questions for @TheWardrobeEdit

1) When and how did your love for fashion begin?

Growing up in the 80’s I was hugely influenced by music and the incredible fashion in teen magazines like Mizz or Just17 – think batwing jumpers and puffball skirts! I loved Neneh Cherry, Bananarama, and so many others, and that 80’s style is still something I often refer back to, for my own outfits.

2) What is the most rewarding part of being a Stylist?

Typically, most clients are coming to me because they’re reached a milestone – marriage, babies, retirement, menopause, and often in those instances their body may have changed. While to many people, it may feel like it’s just clothes that a stylist selects, it’s so much more than that. Helping someone to feel good about their body again (or sometimes, for the first time ever!) by sharing advice that works for their shape, is a hugely rewarding part of the job.

3. Where is your favourite place to shop in the Three Counties (Beds, Bucks, and Herts)?

I have lots! I love independents in Bedford like Anorak Shop and Boutique Planet – they stock some brilliant Scandi brands. The Dressing Room in St Albans is a must-visit, and again they have a great range of brands. For High Street pieces, I always head to Milton Keynes.

4) Favourite designer/fashion house?

Anine Bing for day-to-day, effortless style. Elie Saab for couture. Jimmy Choo or Christian Louboutin for heels. Bottega Veneta for bags.

5) If there was one person in the World you could style, who would it be and why?

Michelle Obama. I’m a huge fan and as she really doesn’t need my styling advice, we could spend the time chatting about politics instead!

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St Albans favourites deny rumours of new High Street in the sky

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New St Albans High Street

Late on Tuesday night, three high profile businesses in St Albans were forced to release statements denying involvement in the launch of a Super High Street above St Albans.

Three of the so called St Albans ‘Big Six’ – Chloe James Lifestyle, Must Wine Bar and Mad Squirrel – have all put out statements denying rumours they plan to create a new St Albans High. The remaining three are expected to make statements in the next 24 hours.

The announcement of a new St Albans High Street has caused enormous uproar across Hertfordshire and beyond, with near universal disbelief from shoppers, local residents and politicians – including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Unconfirmed plans suggest a monorail system will be constructed to take shoppers from the iconic clock tower to the yet-to-be confirmed new St Albans High Street somewhere above St Albans Cathedral.

New St Albans High Street

Entrance to St Albans’ proposed new Super High Street

Donna Nichol, owner of the popular independent fashion store Chloe James Lifestyle has issued a statement.

I have absolutely no idea where this has come from and ironically, I cannot see it getting off the ground. We have been welcoming back our customers and have enjoyed the buzz of a busy shop. Why would I want to move my store 30 feet above St Albans?

I have just recently updated the shop window with a new French brand called FRNCH – how will anyone see it? Ignore the rumours and find us where we have been keeping St Albans fashionable for the last ten years.

Chloe James Lifestyle prepares for lockdown reopening

Mad Squirrel St Albans have also put out a strong worded statement in response to news of the Super High Street. General Manager James has gone on record and said “Of the 25 beers we have on tap, nothing is that strong”.


We have been here in St Albans for almost two years and whilst we are accustomed to hearing the occasional bit of nonsense in the taproom, this idea is farcical. Beer and heights don’t mix so we will remain on the ground floor of St Albans in Heritage Close serving the finest beers to St Albans residents.”

Mad Squirrel has quickly established itself as one of the predominant beer destinations in St Albans. With access from the footpath towards the Abbey, it would seem a strange decision from management but when you are around beer all day, anything can happen.

Mad Squirrel St Albans

Mad Squirrel staff claimed to not have seen the plans

Local resident Isabelle Ringing who we interviewed shopping in St Albans said the idea was nonsense. “St Albans is unique and residents love it the way it is. Why? a monorail? I just can’t get my head around it – we don’t need this nonsense in St Albans.”

Have a glass or two at Must Wine Bar Harpenden

Must Wine located on George Street were also quick to release a statement in regards to the rumours. Wine Steward and c0-owner Mike Nuttall explained, “I get the idea – great minds drink alike and the concept of tasting the finest wines with breathtaking views of Hertfordshire is idyllic.

However, the individual who came up with the pour decision of running a monorail above St Albans is clearly on cloud wine.” Must Wine will continue run wine tasting classes on George Street.

As these rumours of a break-away high street continue to spread, the TrendLife team will continue to keep you updated with facts instead of fiction.

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St Albans’ favourite Chloe James Lifestyle prepares for reopening

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Chloe James Lifestyle prepares for lockdown reopening

As one of St Albans’ favourite destinations for all things haute couture, we are excited that Chloe James Lifestyle have announced they will be reopening this coming Monday 12th April.

Regular St Albans shoppers will know Chloe James Lifestyle has been a fixture on High Street St Albans for over 10 years. Despite being extremely busy preparing for the reopening, Owner Donna Nichol has shared her thoughts on reopening Chloe James Lifestyle and what changes fashionistas can expect.

Chloe James Lifestyle owner Donna Nichol

Chloe James Lifestyle owner Donna Nichol

What are you looking forward to most at Chloe James Lifestyle?

Personally, I’m really looking forward to the buzz of a busy shop again – lots of chat and laughter and the general feel good vibes of helping people look and feel their best. Nothing beats it! When we reopen, we are going straight back to our normal hours i.e. 10-5.30 Monday to Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday. We can’t wait to open the doors again and welcome our customers back in!

What new changes can we expect at Chloe James Lifestyle?

The shop has had a complete refresh. Every single inch has been cleaned and there are lots of new products for our customers to enjoy, including great gift lines and a new jewellery brand as well as our Spring fashion collections. One of my personal favourites is a new French fashion label called FRNCH which we are currently featuring in our window – the colours are just stunning!

We love what independent businesses bring to St Albans. How do you think shoppers will respond post lockdown?

I believe there’s going to be a real return to shopping small. After all, we are the ones who have carried on throughout the pandemic, finding ways to adapt to our customers’ needs, offering Click & Collect and always being at the end of a phone to help find the perfect birthday gift. We’ve even personally delivered them on a specific date when it was possible!

We’ve also kept our windows vibrant to cheer up the daily walk and many people have said how much they loved this. It’s become apparent to everyone how much small independent businesses add to their community and we really must make sure they don’t disappear!


About Chloe James – Chloe James Lifestyle is an elegant lifestyle boutique based in St Albans specialising in fashion, art, stylish interiors and beautiful gifts.

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AKILA have joined forces with techwear designer Charli Cohen

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LA based eyewear brand AKILA have joined forces with UK based techwear designer Charli Cohen to create Halo. A special limited edition capsule collection, AKILA x Charli Cohen Halo drops this Easter Weekend.

LA based eyewear brand AKILA have joined forces with UK based techwear designer Charli Cohen to create Halo. A special limited edition capsule collection, AKILA x Charli Cohen Halo drops this Easter Weekend.

AKILA Eyewear are designed to last & handcrafted from eco-friendly plant-based cellulose acetate. Unlike most other eyewear brands, Akila frames are made from cellulose acetate — an eco-friendly alternative to petroleum based plastics.

CHARLI COHEN

Charli Cohen was born out of a need for evolved clothing and progression within the fashion industry. They specialise in NEXTWEAR: a concept that looks to the future of fashion, aesthetically, in terms of technology and in terms of sustainability.

ABOUT CHARLI COHEN

Charli Cohen manufacture limited quantities of each style in London, Leicester, Porto and Shanghai. Using premium, responsibly produced technical textiles from Milan, as well as upcycling from military surplus and tacticalwear, Charli Cohen is a brand to follow.

This frame boasts a retro industrial look that combines hard-edged style with ergonomic comfort. Featuring a wrap-around shape, all pairs include a barb-wire chain retainer which can be attached to metal eyelets on each temple or worn as a necklace.

This capsule collection drops Friday 2nd April at AKILA

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