After 18 long months I am almost at my ideal weight, following a regime of exercise and healthy eating.

I followed a friend’s advice to sign up to Slimming World, and was then motivated by a Glotime fitness coach and some of their low fat recipes on Mama’s Kitchen, and the rest is history.

At the start of my journey my partner and I agreed to embark on this regime together, which helped me to stay focused. I vowed to resist buying any additions to my wardrobe until I reached my goal – and it was hard as I missed endless months of retail therapy. It is an occupation I absolutely adore – although it has become a bit of a joke in my family, because as much as I love it, my partner loathes shopping with a passion! But he came up with the ideal solution, an idea I grabbed with both hands.

I had heard about ‘Personal Stylists’ from a couple of my girlfriends who always enjoy buying clothes – empty nesters who had the time and money for a bit of self indulgence.

So for me, I had considered this to be a rather expensive and un-necessary way of shopping. But when my partner offered me a big birthday present of an opportunity of a spa day in London followed by an overnight in a hotel and a ‘Personal Stylist’ experience in Debenhams the next day – who was I to turn it down.

My partner had got the idea from a colleague at work who has sight problems.  She had utilised the ‘Personal Stylist’ to buy an outfit for her daughter’s Wedding, as they are fully trained to help with all disabilities and they have also been trained with help from the RNIB. But for me it was recommendation enough to find out for myself.

As we met with the ‘Personal Stylist’ called Emily she greeted us with a smile and directed us to a private suite, where magazines and free drinks were on offer.

We discussed styles and colours, and Emily sourced a rail of beautiful clothes and shoes, which I tried on. It was really uplifting as some of the selections were designs I had not even considered. But the majority of them worked, and I felt like I had my very own Gok Wan.

The entire experience lasted for well over an hour, and I left for home feeling elated, and with a completely new wardrobe. My partner was pretty chilled out too, which was a first considering he always hated shopping!

I am now a serious ‘Personal Shopper’ convert, an experience that I would now completely recommend.

You can find your nearest Debenhams store online here at and check if your local store offers a ‘Personal Stylist’ though most do.

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