"There’s nothing like the start of a new decade to take control of your destiny and change your life for good”
Nicky Hambleton-Jones, TV Presenter, author, entrepreneur and perennial style maven is in Dorking. Nicky is here to tell us about the NHJ Style Academy she founded in 2008 and to visit some of our unique fashion boutiques.
Dressed in a killer combo of hot pink and electric blue topped off with her trademark Dior specs, Nicky, famous for Chanel 4’s Ten Years Younger has been helping women to look and feel great forever, she is quite simply, style gold dust.
“I love changing people’s lives. You cannot put a price on the journey involved on our course- it’s so much more than just a school,” explains Nicky. “What we provide is a transformational journey- it’s a relationship we build with a person.”
Nicky’s exclusive Personal Styling Courses run twice a year, March & October at her London based academy. The four-day course, personally run by Nicky herself, is designed to inject style into your life, career and wardrobe. Many of her graduates have gone on to run their own successful personal styling businesses.
“I love seeing people arrive on Day 1 and by the end of the week seeing a complete change in that individual. The course is hands-on and emotional, it allows you to rethink your identity, unpeel old ideas and we work together to rebuild, repackage; it’s completely supportive and nurturing.”
Recent graduate, Jules Viner credits her new-found career to Nicky's styling expertise. "The skills I learnt from the course have enabled me to step into a career in styling and I love it! The course is invaluable in it’s content and to be taught by Nicky herself is everything you think it’ll be and more!"
The courses have an impressively low student/ tutor ratio allowing for a cohesive class culture.
“NO ONE gets left in a corner- the four days allow you to become completely immersed in something beyond usual life as you know it.”
As Nicky talks animatedly about her students it’s clear to see, she loves what she does-
“I see leaps of change and thrive off of that. What we do is holistic and transformational.”
Whether you want to launch your own career or permanently resolve the ‘I have nothing to wear problem’ this course is going to change your life.
“The course is not just for would-be-stylists who want to launch a career. Many of my students have day jobs they’re happy in but want to learn more about styling for themselves and enjoy the experience- it’s probably the best therapy you’ll ever have!”
The paradox of choice can also apply to our body shape and skin tone – Am I a Winter Pear or a Summer Strawberry? Will I ever look good in yellow? Nicky gives us that knowing smile-
“The course isn’t about rules, DOs and DONTs; I encourage all opinion and creativity. For example, body shapes are guides not cookie cutters- we are looking for the curve, not the overall shape. With colour, I believe in knowing your palette but not following a set of rules. It’s too restrictive to work like that and there’s ways around it. My course is about cultivating the eye to be able to perfect an outfit that is gorgeous, but true to your style.”
As the coffee flows, we chat about the SS20 trends and Nicky’s fashion muses.
“My mum was always colour crazy, my house was a vision of colour and I think you are influenced by your surroundings. Being South African, I think it’s in my blood- it’s a colourful bright country.”