Mary Blackhurst Hill image consultant and personal stylist for Huntingdon/East Bedfordshire

Colour Analysis, Image Consultant and Personal Style Advisor for Huntingdon, St Ives, St Neots, West Cambridgeshire and East Bedfordshire

I first came across House of Colour as a result of being turned down for a job. I was well qualified for the job, had given a good interview and was turned down because, the panel thought, I appeared "too boring".

I couldn't understand it: they wanted a chartered accountant!

Now I knew I wasn't boring, so obviously I was giving the wrong impression. Accordingly I took myself off to my nearest House Of Colour image consultant and discovered some fascinating things.

I found out that the colours I had been wearing drained me. The styles I had been wearing diminished me and my long hair drowned me when left loose or, when put up in a "sophisticated" knot for work, made me look like a librarian! (by the way - I don't know of any actual librarians who look as bad as I did!).

No wonder the interview panel thought I was boring!

The impact the change in my wardrobe and hairstyle had was amazing! I felt totally transformed and am now delighted to be a consultant myself and offer this amazing service to you!

"But," (you say) "how does it work for me?"

My commitment is to help you to find this confidence for yourself.

The good news is that you can look much better than you ever thought you could. It is only a question of discovering the colours and styles that suit you.

I see the colour and style classes as a part of our personal self-development journey. Part of it involves finding out what is inside and putting it on the outside, so we can be authentic in our style.

Together we find the colours that really make people see you and the styles of clothes that not only look great on you, but in which you feel totally comfortable and self-expressed, whether you're dressed for work, relaxing or a party!

It's honestly much more easy than you think, and it all comes from inside you. You already really know what's right for you, and after these classes you will give yourself permission to go out and actually do it.

I promise that you will look great and, more importantly, feel great about the way you look.

"What classes do I need first?"

If you are an "all at once as fast as possible" person, then the Transformational Day (£575) is the one for you. This day is for men or women.

We find the right colours, styles and makeup (if appropriate) for you all in one day on a one to one basis. It's an intense day, but you've got it all covered, and then shops, watch out!

If you like to take a little more time, or prefer working in a group, then splitting the classes is more appropriate.

For women, I recommend doing the Colour Class, (£150) first, then the Developing Style (£205) and then the Makeup and skincare Class,  (£90). Please note that I teach the Makeup Class on a one to one basis only. How much time you take between each class is up to you, but you can book all three (the Transofrmational Experience) for a discounted price of £395 as long as we have all three dates in the diary.

For men, It's a bit easier as most of you don't want to do the makeup and skincare module! The Men's Colour Analysis module (£150) should be completed before  Developing Style. (£205).

"How do I book?"

Just click on the enquiry form, or pick up the phone or send me an email. If the class dates here don't work for you, then let's work out something that does. I'm always happy to talk through any concerns you may have, so don't hesitate to call or email.

 

"But what if I don't want one of your set classes?"

No problem. Not everybody relates well to a structured class session. Let's have a chat and see just what it is that you do need and how I can help you. I'm always happy to do one on one sessions and to design a service for you that fits your own personal requirments.

I'm a Personal Stylist as well as an Image Consultant and I know I can help you.

"What Happens Afterwards?"

I like to think of an Image Consultant as a dog: for life and not just for Christmas!

I offer an ongoing service of shopping days, wardrobe reviews, open days at the studio and I'm always just at the end of the phone or email if you need advice and I love hearing from you.

Once you have assimilated the information you have gained from the basic curriculum, many of our "graduates" go on to Advanced Colour (£115), Advanced Style (£115) and Advanced Makeup (£80).

There are additional classes, such as the Accessorising Workshop and Scarf Tying available and I keep in touch with regular newsletters telling you about any interesting offers around.

Also - would you like me to give a talk?The next best thing to actually doing my job is talking about it, and so, if you have a group or society (no matter how small) I would love to come and do a talk for you. Just contact me to find out more.

(Ahem...) Some Testimonials.

Judith - Huntingdon:"Mary has transformed my image, my wardrobe and my career. She allows the real me to be seen by colleagues, clients and friends. The two days in her "chair" were a revelation and a delight. My confidence levels rocketed and my ambition to become a more technical member of my organisation was realised. The icing on the cake? I actually enjoy shopping now!"

 

Teresa - Sawtry:"I attended a Colour Workshop with Mary and was blown away by the detail that was involved. As well as it being a thoroughly enjoyable and fun day, Mary's knowledge of her subject was incredible. A huge element of trust is involved with something like this and anyone wanted to have their colours done should chose their consultant wisely. I would definitely recommend Mary even if you don't live locally to her, as she is sensitive, professional but also fun. It was great to be a part of other people's journey as well as beginning my own.I have since gone through my wardrobe and got rid of 2 bin bags of clothes. My aim now is to look as good as I possibly can, all of the time.Can't wait to attend the image day also, although this may mean some more clothes need to go!! "

 

Rosalind - St Ives:"I have just had a Wake up your make-up, with Mary, and I can't tell you how impressed I was: she was FABULOUS!!! She really listened, she really got it, she took lots of time and care choosing the colours, she exhibited huge skill in her fine judgments between different options, and I am so delighted with what she has come up with. I can't recommend her highly enough for this!"

 

Yasmin - Huntingdon:"Mary's classes have been more useful to me than I ever imagined. I now enjoy browsing my wardrobe and instead of feeling panic and worry about what I am going to wear, I am excited and eager to see what delights await me when I open the doors. I have always had colour confidence but being more aware of my own body shape means I now shop for different styles. And, shopping trips are more fun, even if I come home with nothing! Thank you Mary - I am a new woman"

 

Mary has transformed my image, my wardrobe and my career. She allows the real me to be seen by colleagues, clients and friends. The two days in her "chair" were a revelation and a delight. My confidence levels rocketed and my ambition to become a more technical member of my organisation was realised. The icing on the cake? I actually enjoy shopping now!

Judith

I attended a Colour Workshop with Mary and was blown away by the detail that was involved. As well as it being a thoroughly enjoyable and fun day, Mary's knowledge of her subject was incredible. A huge element of trust is involved with something like this and anyone wanted to have their colours done should chose their consultant wisely. I would definitely recommend Mary even if you don't live locally to her, as she is sensitive, professional but also fun. It was great to be a part of other people's journey as well as beginning my own.I have since gone through my wardrobe and got rid of 2 bin bags of clothes. My aim now is to look as good as I possibly can, all of the time.Can't wait to attend the image day also, although this may mean some more clothes need to go!

Teresa

I have just had a Wake up your make-up, with Mary, and I can't tell you how impressed I was: she was FABULOUS!!! She really listened, she really got it, she took lots of time and care choosing the colours, she exhibited huge skill in her fine judgments between different options, and I am so delighted with what she has come up with. I can't recommend her highly enough for this!

Rosalind

Mary's classes have been more useful to me than I ever imagined. I now enjoy browsing my wardrobe and instead of feeling panic and worry about what I am going to wear, I am excited and eager to see what delights await me when I open the doors. I have always had colour confidence but being more aware of my own body shape means I now shop for different styles. And, shopping trips are more fun, even if I come home with nothing! Thank you Mary - I am a new woman

Yasmin

Thanks again for pushing me through the HOC regime. It did, indeed, change my life & saves me masses of time when shopping for clothes as I walk in, check the colours, head to mine, check the styles &, if there is nothing suited to me, move swiftly on & out of the shop. It also means I can immediately spot something that WILL suit (usually on my way home from the allotment - which means showering, dressing respectably & returning to spend a LOT in one go). The knowledge of colour combo & styles helps dramatically on the cruises I now enjoy; with mix & match allowing for the limited wardrobe required on board.

Carmen