30 October 2009

My Job


People ask me all the time about my job.  Things like, what's it like working from home?  Do you make a good living?  What's it like being a stylist?  Is it secure?  What is it you actually do?  And so on.  I decided to answer a few of those questions right now and debunk all the rumours and myths going around...

1. What is it that you actually do?
I work as a freelance personal stylist.  I basically tell other women what to wear based on their body shape, colouring and lifestyle.  I have a lot of international clients so I do most of my work online.  I communicate via email and put together look books, style profiles and colour palettes for women who want to learn how to dress better and feel more confident.

2. How much money do you make?
I'm not going to tell you that, I'm afraid...hahaha.  I will say that it's difficult to get started but once you make a few good contacts and get your name out there, it gets easier.  My YouTube channel has definitely helped me gain exposure as a stylist.

3. What is it like working from home?
It's much more difficult than people think.  I love it, because it suits me and it suits my boyfriend (he also works from home as a freelance digital artist).  It definitely works with out lifestyle as we move around a lot but you need to be dedicated, hard working and very disciplined.  If you don't put the work in, you won't get paid!

4. How did you get into personal styling?
I started a fashion blog when I was in college (thestylediet.blogpspot.com, now deleted) and working for a local newspaper as their fashion columnist.  (See picture above.)  I would answer questions on fashion and style and post them on my blog as well.  I started getting clients and work through the exposure I got and it just kind of went from there!

29 October 2009

Welcome To My Blog!


Welcome to my blog!  
A little about me...my name is Anna, I'm a 22 year old fashion stylist living in London, UK.  I'm half Italian, half Irish and grew up in a couple of different countries but went to school for the most part in Ireland.  I am currently living in South East London with my amazing boyfriend, Jonathan and our Maltese puppy, Albi

I work as a part time model and freelance personal stylist and I love to make women and girls feel good about themselves through the way they dress.  In January 2008 I started writing a book called The Style Diet, a positive body image book for teens.  I'm still writing.  In the meantime while researching online, I found the beauty community on YouTube but realised there weren't very many fashion videos on there.  So in February 2009 I started making videos giving fashion and style tips under the username "TheStyleDiet".  I now have over 10,000 wonderful subscribers (thank you if you are one of them!!)  and it has become somewhat of a part-time job.  But I mustn't forget my love for writing...which is where this blog comes into play.

Enjoy! 

Sidenote: The photo above was taken at a promotional photoshoot I did for TK Maxx.