New work and weekend wardrobe
R. Sandy from Reading, Berkshire
Melanie is a real gem. She has been nothing short of fantastic from the very first phone call we had to the actual session. I met Melanie with the expectation of walking away with some new clothes and a rough idea of what works for me colour and style wise but I came away with so much more. During our session, Melanie kept my personality in mind. She made me realise how individual I am and how I could use fashion to show that. She shared her vast knowledge and her ever so helpful hints and tips with me in bitesize chunks. She is very supportive and explains why things work and what to look out for. I also admire the fact that Melanie prefers to work with natural fibres and I agree they look and feel wonderful. By the end of the day I had bought outfits which made me feel confident, beautiful and stylish. The after-care Melanie provides is amazing. After our session she got in touch with me to ensure I was happy with what I had purchased and if I had any questions or concerns. This is one of the best investments I have made in myself and I cannot wait to have my autumn/winter session with her. Thank you, Melanie, for such a fantastic experience.
A. G. from Caversham, Berkshire
Melanie's enthusiastic and positive approach immediately gave me confidence in myself and that, combined with her eye for colour, style and detail, meant that I was able to make the subtle, but important changes that had eluded me in the past. Since our sessions, I have consistently upped my game and from day one, have garnered compliments from all sides, and felt much, much more happy with my appearance.
Makeup styling & easy product ordering
F. M. from Oxfordshire
I am a huge fan of Jane Iredale make up, but it isn’t available through shops (just appointed beauty salons) and it can be hard to choose colours online. Melanie has such a good eye and her advice is invaluable, plus once she has met you for a consultation and knows you, it means you can re-order makeup products from her in the future and get helpful answers to questions when unsure of what will work best for you. It’s really good to have this sort of individual support. It helps immensely!
Stylist & Fashion Features Writer
The Luxury Channel from London
Since becoming a regular Fashion Features Writer for The Luxury Channel in 2012, Melanie has provided coverage of the uncovered fashion gems and stylish accessories that our HNW audience demands, writing with warmth and passion for her subject matter. Seeking out timeless style rather than faddy trends means Melanie is in tune with the needs of our discerning readership, and she shares with us a strong belief in quality, craftsmanship and the joy in wearing something that is really well-made. Her friendly but informative tone has endeared her to The Luxury Channel’s audience, as has the fact that what Melanie doesn’t know about cloth isn’t worth knowing.
Wardrobe review, makeup & personal shopping day
F. M. from Oxfordshire
I have just had two sessions with Melanie; one to review my wardrobe contents at home and the other to get some pointers and advice whilst on a shopping trip together. These two sessions were really valuable and I genuinely feel “freed” as a result of her great advice. I highly recommend getting her expert support on both how to tweak your style and colour choices along with helpful input on make up. It was a pleasure to spend time with Melanie and I felt she tailored her tips to suit me rather than trying to fit me into a prescribed box. Go for it!
Business wardrobe review
C. Green from Newbury, West Berkshire
I really enjoyed our session, you've given me so many new ideas and a renewed enthusiasm for my wardrobe. Before, I felt totally overwhelmed while shopping and I found myself regularly buying the same types of clothes. Now I understand what to look for in terms of fit, colour and detail and I'm excited to hit the shops!
Husband's 30th birthday - personal shopping
Z & I Chowdhury from Wokingham, Berkshire
I booked a personal styling day for my husband's 30th to try something new. We both have a keen interest in fashion and needless to say, we thoroughly enjoyed our experience with Melanie. We felt like celebrities throughout the day and Melanie made us both feel very comfortable as we tried on a variety of styles, colours and cuts. Melanie's manner and ethos for personal styling is exactly that, personal. We felt comfortable in the clothes we chose and the day was very relaxing, fun and enjoyable! Thank you!
Nothing to wear
Rachel C from Finchampstead, Berkshire
Even though my wardrobe was tidy and well-ordered I was still struggling to pull outfits together that I felt really good in. Plus I felt the mistakes were happening too frequently and I wanted to understand why. Melanie is skilled and experienced in what she does but also a very genuine lady who is great fun to be with.
Software Leader - work wear
M. J. Harper from London & Austin, Texas
Melanie is a brilliant business woman encompassing great flair and expertise for image styling. In a competitive field where satisfied clients are the differentiator, Melanie is a clear leader.
Personal styling for hotel guests
Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa from Wiltshire
Melanie is tremendously knowledgeable and a natural presenter. I would not hesitate to recommend her - she was polished, professional and fun to work with.
--Sue Williams, Cateys Hotelier of the Year 2017
Finding confidence in formal wear
H. Williams from Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Being at my most comfortable in my running gear, I've always found more 'formal' occasions incredibly difficult to dress for. Such occasions have sparked anxiety and finding ways to avoid them. Although I was initially very nervous, Melanie put me at ease straight away and seemed to really understand 'me'. During the two sessions, I relaxed more and more, mostly down to Melanie's professional, friendly manner, and the fact that I could understand what we were trying to achieve through her teaching. Shopping with Melanie was a great experience: rails of clothes ready for me to try on and coffee brought to the changing rooms whenever required! I now feel more confident when 'dressed up', having achieved what we set out to do: create a wardrobe that encapsulated 'me' but a more self-confident version.
Stylist & Features Writer
Jones Lang La Salle - Parkway Shopping
Melanie was instrumental in our sell out fashion showcase (and editorial) for Parkway Shopping Newbury. Melanie somehow selected and co-ordinated close to 600 individual items for our models and dancers, which not only made for a brilliant event, but drove sales to all participating retailers in the following days. Fabulous knowledge, consumate professional, I would not hesitate in working with Melanie in the future.
Selective shopping list
G. Ridge from Caversham, Berkshire
Melanie worked with me on a particular styling project but throughout provided great ideas and sense that I could apply well beyond the project. Her focus on the client at the outset is only surpassed by her spot on follow up and commitment to producing happy clients.
Wardrobe Review & Personal Shopping
Vanessa Richards, Chief Operations Officer from Berkshire
Melanie turns shopping, which I generally hate, into an enjoyable experience. She has a great eye for clothes that will suit and I always end up with a collection that I will wear again and again.
Personal Style Review & Shopping
S. Hart, Clinic Owner from Oxfordshire
Melanie, I would very much like to say a huge thank you for all of your input to supporting my choice of new clothes for my personal style. Your eye for style, colour and pattern is so refined and I feel lucky to have been a recipient of your talent.
Speaker & personal styling workshop
Blandy & Blandy LLP from Reading, Berkshire
The afternoon proved very successful, with feedback from our guests describing it as "a great event", "highly enjoyable" and "insightful". Thank you, Melanie!
Refining colour palette & outfit building
L. Thompson from North Hampshire
You have opened my eyes to the seemingly obvious things which I have spectacularly missed over the years. Plus, tackled that skirt phobia !! Your professionalism and warm, empathetic approach made the whole experience fun, enjoyable and really useful. I'm moving forward confidently now with fresh eyes. A truly lovely lady, I really feel I have met a new friend to rescue my wardrobe.
Wardrobe audit for CEO
Mr T from Chelsea, London
It was a pleasure to meet you and understand the full potential of my personal style. I was grateful for your honesty and the clarity your sessions have given me. Thank you, Melanie.
Stylist for Jigsaw Womenswear
Amy, Store Manager from Berkshire
We’re so excited about our new collection and what better way to welcome it all in with you there to put everyone at ease, offering the expert style advice they so obviously trust - your rapport with each individual was just marvellous.
Timeless Dressing Know-How for 7-12 Year Olds
Z. Birri from Ascot, Berkshire
Melanie recently delivered two wardrobe and grooming sessions for two groups of children, aged 7-12 years, for my company. Melanie was both professional and friendly from when I first engaged her to run the sessions. Melanie is wonderful to work with and has a great eye for detail. She listens, she is nothing but helpful, and, of course, her history, knowledge and experience is second to none. I would highly recommend Melanie and her services.
Launching the next phase of a business
S. Jackson from Berkshire
I am so delighted with my recent wardrobe review. We focussed mainly but not exclusively on my work outfits. Melanie surprised me by showing me colours I hadn’t yet worn and helped me to put together stylish combinations of clothing and jewellery I already owned, but had never considered.
Speaker & Stylist for Thames Valley Start-Ups
Green Park from Reading, Berkshire
ConnectTVT (Connecting Thames Valley Tech) was lucky enough to work with one of the Thames Valley's warmest, creative and passionate personal stylists. A massive thank you to you Melanie for the makeover sessions and for being our event speaker on values and personal branding for our Thames Valley startup community.