On The Couch With…………….

OK, being a former Psychologist, you know
how much I love knowing what makes people
tick. I usually interview fellow bloggers who
have a story to tell; who inspire me in some way
(however big or small).

My interviewee today (Nichola English)
is such a woman. This is a woman who
helps style woman and give them the confidence
they need with personal styling; helping 
them make real changes in their lives.

But here's the rub. She has only recently
learnt to walk again after being involved in
a terrible accident that left her partially disabled!

Enjoy my chat with Nichola English

Tell us briefly Nichola how you got into personal styling?
Having been lucky enough to work within different realms of the retail fashion industry 
I wanted to really learn more about the art of personal styling 
and how this process helps people to really make changes in their life. 
What drew me to the Style Coaching process, 
(which I’m proud to be now one of the leaders in the field of Style Coaching) 
is firstly, they were utterly unique and that’s what made them special.  
They use a holistic approach, that resonated with me. 
Their message is strong and clear; it’s not just about the clothing you wear, 
it's also about the self-journey, awareness and 
appreciation of who you are on the inside and out.

Who is your style icon?
I absolutely adore Grace Kelly -she had a subtle energy, 
natural elegance and style that was very timeless. 
You can even see versions of her style in today’s fashion. 
She was also the unofficial ambassador for Hermes; 
they named a bag after her called the Kelly Bag.

Which celeb do you think has the best style at the moment?
Cameron Diaz is a very natural, casual, chic dresser with 
little bits of sexiness thrown in. 
She always looks very relaxed, confident and comfortable 
in the clothing she wears. 
She also understands the art of dressing for her body shape and personality.

Which celeb would you most like to “get your hands on?”
For me at the moment it has to be Natasha Kaplinsky 
(who is a British newsreader and presenter). She’s very beautiful but 
her style is so conservative and old fashioned. 
I would still like to see her in an elegant dress code, 
but with some add freshness and modern style twists.

Natasha Kaplinsky

How would you describe your style?
My style is a mixture of natural classic with some elegance 
and a little sexiness thrown in. 
That’s possibly why I like Cameron Diaz-we have similar tastes in clothing.

What is the one brand you couldn’t live without?
Chanel make-up it’s a timeless range of 
cosmetics that’s perfect for most women and me.

The way you would spend your fantasy 24 hours 
with no travel or money restrictions?
New York with its fifth Avenue boutiques, it’s labyrinth of streets 
and iconic buildings and theaters; 
there’s just something charismatic about this place.

Your favorite shop?
At the moment it’s a clothing line called Mint Velvet
their clothing collections are about empowering women 
with confidence, they use combinations of fabulous textures 
that are effortlessly wearable for the modern day women.

French Riviera or Italian Riviera to kick back?
Italian Riviera with its charm and beautiful landscapes.

Victoria Beckham or Stella McCartney?
I have a lot of respect for Victoria Beckham. 
She has in recent years brought fashion and style 
into the mainstream. I think she really "gets" and understands 
real style and how it works for women. 
I definitely think she is a style icon.

One item every woman should have in their wardrobe this summer?
It has to be statement accessories 
they complete outfits as well as giving the wearer 
a chance to really personalize their outfit.

Tallulah Blue Gemstone Stacking Ring set

One item you are saving up for?
Nothing at the moment

The temptation you wish you could resist?
Clothing and makeup.

Perfume of the moment?
Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle; 
it is sensual and elegant and smells divine.

Tell us something that would really surprise us about you
I had an accident that left me partly disabled with my left leg.
I had to have several years of physiotherapy to learn to walk again

The philosophy that underpins your life?
I actually have this on my desk and see it every day
“Follow your dreams. They know the way”

The song that means the most to you?
Barbra Streisand's Evergreen from her movie A Star is Born. 
I remember when I was a young teenager having the album 
and playing it over and over on my record player.
 It’s such an expressive moving song. Since my father died a few years ago 
(he was a fan of her songs), it has even more meaning to me now.

Your favourite piece from my boutique and how you would style it?
I love the Angelina hammered stacking bangle set with gemstones; 
this would look fabulous with a button back jumpsuit in black, 
statement heeled shoes and an embellished fold over clutch.

Angelina Gemstone Bangle Set

The way you want to be remembered?
I would really like to think that my styling business 
and I made a difference in the world.

Nichola's website/blog can be found here
Pop over and say hello.

Would love to hear your thoughts.
Happy weekend Lovelies


  1. Nichola has a view towards style and life that I aspire to! Such an elegant and quietly strong character she is! Thank you for sharing a peek into her life.

  2. Great interview...I like her style ;)
    Happy Weekend xx

  3. Hi Vannessa, loved this post and interview, its always interesting for me to hear from other styling and inspiring women about their lives and fashion picks.Thanks for your lovely words over at mine.

  4. Vanessa, this was a lovely interview! Nichola sounds like a fantastic woman inside and out :)

    xo Mary Jo

  5. I'm intrigued by the idea of holistic fashion. It sounds so healing and inspiring. :-)

  6. Great interview! I love Cameron Diaz's style too.

  7. It's great idea, to interview someone about style and inspirations:)

  8. Loved this, the questions were as good as the answers.

  9. is that her at the top, I love that sweater and tulle skirt style


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