I am Sophie – a stylist, image consultant, writer and Mum of three, living near Cheltenham in the Cotswolds a.k.a My Stylish Friend…
Before I became “mummy” six years ago, and before my life and body was taken over by two very large bumps, I was Sophie the stylist and writer, living the high life in Dubai. In a nut shell, I worked as Fashion and Beauty Editor for HELLO! Magazine, Emirates Woman and Emirates Bride, Associate Editor of Time Out Style , Style Editor of Sur La Terre Arabia, a stylist for TV commercials and advertising campaigns including Harrods and Etihad Airways and personal styling and shopping including for Dubai royalty. Those were the days… When personal shopping in Harvey Nichols and Bloomingdales or interviewing Manolo Blahnik were just regular days at work!
After having my first child, I continued to freelance as a magazine writer and stylist back in the UK, living now in the Cotswolds, but when my twins came along, work became the last thing on my mind. For the past few years I have been lost in a world of tandem breast feeding, jealous toddler mania and way too little sleep.
In 2018, after over five extremely tiring years giving myself more than 100% to my children and answering simply to “Muuuummmmy” more times a day than anyone should be expected to cope with, I decided it was time for Sophie to emerge again and I launched my own styling business – My Stylish Friend.
I figured, if I was finding it tough to feel like me and enjoy getting dressed and living with my new body, other women must feel the same too and I could help. Or it might just be that you simply doesn’t have the time to shop and I can trawl the shops and internet for you… Or maybe you have a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing to wear? Think of me as you stylish friend, here to help in an informal, fun but honest way.
So as My Stylish Friend, I hope to help my fellow ladies stay sane and stylish – whether you are a high flying career woman with no time to shop, a working or stay at home mum who has lost her style, pregnant or a new mum with some extra baggage, or simply would like to some help understanding how to dress your best, I am here to help. I offer some simple style ideas for you to think about and to apply to your every day life, which will help you find your own unique style to suit you, your lifestyle and your shape. I will inspire, boost confidence and help you find you your perfect wardrobe or outfit.
I am also doing my best to try and be more sustainably stylish, and am helping my clients make any small steps towards achieving this too – even if that is just buying more secondhand or investing in quality wardrobe staples over cheap, fast fashion.
As well as one-on-one personal styling, personal shopping and wardrobe workout sessions, I specialise in group styling parties as a fun, informal and affordable way for you and your friends (mum group, work colleagues, antenatal group, hen party or baby shower etc.) to get the unique style advice you are after… I also take groups of friends shopping which is a really fun and affordable way to boos your style and wardrobe.
I also hold regular style workshops and masterclasses in the Cotswolds, some in collaboration with local boutiques including Bodega in Cheltenham, Law & Co. in Cirencester and Stow on the Wold and Nellie & Dove in Deddington, Oxfordshire.
Find out about my Autumn style events this September on my Blog & Events page…