10 Questions with Natalie
Leading our London team of stylists is the lovely Natalie de Silva who topped up her stylist skills on our course recently. We caught up with her to find out why she became a stylist, the best places to shop in London and how she’s finding her new role with TiCC.
Q1. Why did you become a personal stylist?
A. I had always wanted a career in fashion, but when I was younger I had never felt brave, arty or stylish enough to try my hand at it. So after university, when I was in my twenties, I went to London College of Fashion and gained my first qualification in personal styling. I dabbled and did heaps of free styling for friends, family and even strangers in shops who looked lost. However, last year, which was more than ten years after I trained and also the year I turned 40, I decided it was finally time to turn my passion for personal styling into a professional business. Subsequently, I registered my business with Companies House and trained for a second time with TiCC, which gave me a huge confidence boost. The rest, as they say, is history!
Q2. What do you love the most about being a personal stylist?
A. I love the opportunity it gives me to meet lots of new people and to help them be happier and more confident. Nothing beats that feeling of finding the perfect outfit with a client or watching their face as they admire their newly-detoxed wardrobe!
Q3. It is great to have you on-board to lead our London team, are you enjoying your new role?
A. Loving it! The London regional team is beginning to grow now and I know it will go from strength to strength. I’ve started organising our workshops ready for the autumn and the new year and hope they will help our team develop their knowledge and skills even further.
Q4. You will be also supporting us on our London training course in October, can you tell us a little more about this….
A. I’m really looking forward to meeting our new cohort of stylists, a number of whom I hope will join our team. Working as a stylist is such a great job as you get to inspire and support so many people and it’s also perfect for those who need more flexibility with their working lives.
Q5. What do you love most about living in London?
A. Where to begin?! I’m spoilt as I grew up in London too and I have to check myself as it’s easy to take a lot for granted. I love that London is a huge melting pot of different nationalities and with that comes so many opportunities to find out about different cultures in the form of fashion, film, food and art.
Q6. Where do you recommend to shop in the capital?
A. I like Marylebone High Street, South Molton Street and Selfridges for big shopping trips. There are a number of smaller boutiques I like to go to for inspiration and to find brands that you can’t get on the high street, such as KJ’s Laundry in Marylebone. There are also endless charity shops to pick up bargains in.
Q7. Tell us more about your role as a Life Coach…
A. Training as a life coach equipped me with an incredibly useful learning toolkit. It teaches you how to really listen to and support people, and it perfectly complements my role as a personal stylist. Again, it’s another opportunity to help people feel empowered and better about themselves.
Q8. What is your favourite AW18 trend?
A. I adore the “heritage” trend that’s been all over the catwalks and I’m so pleased that tweed is back in again for the autumn. I can’t wait to dig out existing pieces stored in my wardrobe and give them a style makeover.
Q9. How would you describe your style?
A. Casual chic and adaptable. I like my clothes to help me feel good about myself and they have to work with the different situations I’m in each day, for example, jeans and trainers to visit an art gallery, a maxi dress for a session with a client, or sparkly heels for a nice lunch with my girlfriends.
Q10. i if for?
A. Integrity. I had the word engraved on a bracelet when I started my own company.