It's Style September in Victoria Square, Belfast and as part of the special fashion events going on every week, Rebecca McKinney, the VS Personal Stylist, offered to show me some gorgeous new autumn/winter outfits. No matter how happy you are about shopping for yourself, it's a great idea to once in a while to use a personal shopper.
Before I visited, Rebecca sent me a questionnaire about my vital statistics, preferred colours & shops, lifestyle and most importantly, budget. Two days later, I headed to the private styling suite in Victoria Square to try on my outfits and enjoy a glass of wine! The first outfit was from River Island..
|Black Plether Detail Skinny Jeans - £40|
Suede Ankle boots with Zip Detail - £40
Tweed/Pleather Biker Style Jacket - £60
(White Vest - Primark - my own!)
Secondly, the boots. A great heel height for the school run but the zip and heel detail just makes them a little bit different. They would work great for a night out too.
But it was the jacket that won me over. It brings a bit of rock chick to the school run but also ticks the leather/tweed trend boxes this autumn winter. If (like me) you find a blazer a little bit too dressy for daily wear, this is a fantastic alternative. Here's a close up..drool...
Sticking with the green theme, Rebecca suggested I try on a mint green top - part of the Lana del Rey collection for H&M. It's not a colour I would chose for myself but I was pleasantly surprised...
|Mint Chiffon Shirt by Lana del Rey (not yet available online)|
|Stone Chiffon Embellished Top - £45|
Jeans - as before
|General by Kurt Geiger - £135 because every girl should have a pair of sparkly heels!|
Necklace - H&M £14.99
|Patterned Jeans - H&M - £9.99|
Shoes & Necklace as before
Jersey Tee with Chiffon neckline - H&M - £7.99
Black Blazer - H&M - £29.99
I kept the top and necklace but changed the trousers for the next outfit - incorporating this autumn/winter's must have - burgundy jeans..
|Burgundy Jeans - H&M - £14.99|
Checked Scarf - H&M (not online)
Nude Pumps - H&M £24.99
If you're in the market for a Kate Middleton-style pair of platform nude courts but don't have her budget, I can highly recommend these bargainous beauties.
For a daytime look, Rebecca styled the burgundy jeans with a super-cute cream sequin collar top from H&M and a tweed blazer. I loved this nod to the heritage trend.
|Blazer - H&M - £29.99|
Sequin Cream Short Sleeved Top - H&M - £14.99 (not online)
Shoes & Jeans as before
|Gold Trousers & Coral Blouse - H&M (not online)|
My verdict on the experience? Fantastic! Budget aside, I would have happily bought and worn regularly everything on the rail. And with one or two exceptions, I would have walked past ALL of the items if I was out shopping myself. If you are someone who dislikes or has limited time to shop, this is perfect for you.
For 2 hours of Rebecca's time, you pay just £30. This can be entirely spent in the style suite or walking around the stores in Victoria Square, or a mixture of both. Rebecca is not aligned to any of the stores and there is no pressure to buy anything. However, her talent at picking what suits your colouring, body shape and lifestyle is so good, you'll struggle not to want to buy all of her choices.
If you're not in Northern Ireland and like the sound of this, check out your local shopping centre to see if they offer this service too! And if it seems a bit daunting, ask if you can bring a friend. Rebecca told me she is happy to cater for small groups as well as individuals.
For more information, check out the Victoria Square website on this link.
Oh and if you're NI based and fancy a girly night out this Thursday, there are tickets available for the Victoria Square Style Soiree at the Elmwood Hall. A great night of fashion is promised. Yours truly will be there reporting for the blog...cannot wait x