As a keen shopper, I love nothing more than a good bargain. Those fabulous finds that you know should have cost more, look like they cost more and make you feel like a million dollars. Style needn’t cost a fortune and certainly needn’t always be brand new or current season. The happiness just one small piece of clothing can bring, whether it be vintage, designer or high street, new or second hand, is worth its weight in gold, no label required.
So if you, like me, get a shopping buzz from a bargain, then CheltenhamMaman’s Fashion Re-Boot on May 18th is one for the diary. There will be stalls and rails galore of pre-loved and boutique clothes and accessories from fellow Cheltenham mamans, fashion bloggers, editors, boutique owners and stylists. Style central. Bargain central.
As ex-fashion editor of HELLO! Magazine and stylist to high-flying women and royalty in Dubai, I am no stranger to high and fast fashion, but there is also something very feel-good about pre-loved. Who doesn’t want to do their bit for sustainable fashion and waste reduction? But, for many women the idea of sifting through other people’s hand-me-downs is a bit too “jumble-sale” for their liking. They would rather spend more and get brand new. But Fashion Re:Boot is no jumble sale. A high end car boot or “not quite vintage” sale perhaps, but do not fret. This is where I, My Stylish Friend, the personal shopper comes in.
I will be at Fashion Re:Boot offering express 5-10 minute “Style the Rails” shopping sessions for anyone looking for some fashion advice, help navigating the stalls and perusing the rails in search of gorgeous gems. Book in with My Stylish Friend (slots are limited) and I will shop with you, helping you to select some fabulous finds, work out what you can wear with what and the best pieces to buy that work for you, your body and your lifestyle. Consider me your personal style consultant and shopper, even just for a brief 10 minutes and let me help you get the most out of Fashion Re:Boot, arming you with some free style advice, which you can use again and again when shopping, or with your own wardrobe at home.
I will also have my own rail of pre-loved/nearly new/never worn maternity and non-maternity clothes for mamas-to-be and new mums. So if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, Fashion Re-Boot is also a great place for you to grab some super versatile and affordable mama style bargains. No one wants to spend a fortune on maternity or breastfeeding clothes; so pre-loved makes total sense. And remember, you needn’t limit yourself to just maternity clothes to style your bump. Just go a few sizes up, in the right shapes and styles and you needn’t sacrifice your style. So if you are pregnant or a new mum, come along and make sure you sign up for a complimentary “Style the Rails” express shopping session and I will help you find some pregnancy suitable wears, breastfeeding friendly tops and dresses or some gorgeous accessories to dress your bump or distract from the mummy-tummy.
I look forward to seeing you all there, shopping bags at the ready…
BOOK YOUR “STYLE THE RAILS” SHOPPING SESSION
To book your “Style the Rails” express shopping session with My Stylish Friend at Fashion Re:Boot on May 18th (or any other personal styling or shopping service), please email Sophie email@example.com or send a DM on Instagram @my_stylishfriend (Places are limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment and you must also hold a buyers ticket to Fashion:Reboot which you can purchase here. )
A Guest Blog from Sophie Jones-Cooper
Sophie Jones-Cooper is a personal stylist and ex-fashion and beauty editor who has worked in the fashion industry for over 10 years for magazines including HELLO!, Cosmopolitan and Time Out. She is also mummy to Leo aged 5 and twins Amelie and Archie aged 22 months. She is now offering her styling skills to women in Cheltenham and the Cotswolds as My Stylish Friend, helping mums and mums-to-be feel confident and look stylish throughout pregnancy and motherhood. She offers one-on-one personal styling consultations, personal shopping sessions both in stores and online via Pinterest, wardrobe workouts and fun and affordable group styling parties.