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NHJ Style Academy Correspondence Course Graduate Story

Zoe BEFORE course (LEFT) and Zoe AFTER course (RIGHT)

Zoe BEFORE course (LEFT) and Zoe AFTER course (RIGHT)

Zoe, 42, who lives in Leicester, successfully completed the NHJ Style Academy Personal Styling Correspondence Course in 2019 and this is her Styling Story so far….

“I spent my late teenage and early 20’s watching programmes like Trinny and Susannah, Gok Wan and of course, 10 Years Younger with Nicky Hambleton-Jones.  I have always had a love of fashion and putting outfits together.  My dream job was to be a personal stylist, but I never told anyone, it felt like it was always out of my reach.

Via Helen, one of the NHJ Style team, I found Nicky and last year, I finally decided to go for it and signed up for the personal styling correspondence course.

When I started the course, my wardrobe contained a lot of dark colours, the washing line always looked quite gloomy!  The course challenged me in so many ways, to not always put someone in clothes I would wear but help them develop their own style; to embrace colour; to use accessories more and how to use them on others.  By the end of the course, my wardrobe was full of colour, accessories and my confidence was sky high.  A friend commented on the huge difference she had seen in me, not only in my clothes but how I hold myself and in my self confidence.

I have been to London twice for work experience working alongside NHJ Style stylist Helen, and I loved every second.  I finally felt I’d come home, it felt like this is what I was meant to do.  Just being around Helen, and seeing how she interacted with her personal styling clients, looking at how she chose the clothes, was amazing and I learnt so much.

Zoe with NHJ Style personal stylist Helen during her 2 days of work experience in London.

Zoe with NHJ Style personal stylist Helen during her 2 days of work experience in London.

Since I have finished the personal styling course, I have taken a few friends personal shopping and carried out one wardrobe edit, and have received wonderful reviews, and I know I have finally found something I’m good at!  My next step is to launch my own styling business, and I know Nicky will be there to support me all the way.

Reviews from Zoe’s clients since she’s graduated.

Reviews from Zoe’s clients since she’s graduated.

If you have always wanted to take up Personal Styling as a career, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Nicky’s course at the NHJ Style Academy, whether it be their face to face course or the correspondence course. 

For me, it isn’t so much about the clothes, it’s seeing the impact they have on someone.  Seeing someone’s face light up when they put on an outfit you chose for them and they love it, you can see the confidence starting to shine, and that for me is what it’s all about.  Or getting someone to try something on that they would have walked straight past before, and loving it…..or making them see how pieces of clothing can be worn different ways. 

I will always believe what you wear can make you feel incredible, and that feeling will show in the way you hold yourself, the way you behave, and everyone should feel that way!  I cannot put into words how happy I am to finally be doing what I have always dreamed of, I’m 42 so you’re never too late to chase that dream.  I have signed up for the Men’s Styling course as well, so watch this space……!"

Find out more about the NHJ Style Academy Personal Styling Correspondence Course or all our Styling Courses personally run by TV’s Nicky Hambleton-Jones.