About Gillian Lewis

What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles. Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect. Sometimes it's serious. Sometimes it's just fun. Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience. If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you :-D

The Guy on “First Dates”

Can you remember some of your first dates?  Maybe you were lucky and they all went really smoothly but I imagine you can remember some feeling awkward and you were unsure about what to talk about or do?  Channel 4 has a tv programme which films couples meeting on completely blind "First Dates" and I was tuned in on the first night that Louis, a charmingly gauche young man, met a woman for dinner.

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Have your “Colours Done” for FREE!

Colour Analysis or "having your colours done" is something that most women have heard of at some point.  Many have had colour analysis some time ago when it first launched in the UK in the 80's and became popular in the 90's, and have lived by the principles since then.

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Does comparing yourself affect your confidence?

I was at Swiss Ball class this week in an effort to keep fit. I've been doing this class for nearly 2 years now and, although we change our exercises on a weekly basis, I've got to know most of the exercises over that time. I don't think it's an easy class: I'm huffing and puffing, and usually the day afterwards my core stomach muscles are aching from the work I've put in (and that makes me feel all virtuous and like I can eat cakes for the rest of the week :-D).

Boden Expanding? Good news for the Natural Style Personality

I was quite excited to see the headline online that Boden are planning to expand by opening some shops across the UK. I only hope that they're not just going to be based in London which is the case with some other clothing shops that I really love.  

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The New Season Style Guide from Colour Me Beautiful

Colour Me Beautiful have issued their new Style Guide for Autumn/Winter 2015.  Have a read for some inspiration for your Style Personality:  

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Are you holding a distorted view of yourself?

​I've been remarkably quiet over the summer for a number of reasons, but school holidays are over now so back into gear!

Last week, we were up in Alston and went to visit the Killhope Lead Mine in Upper Weardale.  The museum have created an exhibition with a number of original items to show how the mine worked in the second half of the 19th century and the home lives of the workers and their families in this remote part of the country.  Beautiful though it is in summer and with a car, I can't imagine it was much fun​ through the middle of winter 150 years ago!

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Buying Clothes from the Supermarket

Most women I know have bought some clothes from the supermarket when they've been shopping for the groceries, or when they have a need for an item of clothing quickly.

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How much is too much to spend on a handbag?

I was attending a ladies only networking meeting last week and towards the end, one of the ladies got up to leave.  She reached for her handbag, which was like a black giraffe pattern, and this attracted some admiring comments.  "I love it!  My Mum thinks it's ridiculous that I spent over £100 on a bag but I use it all the time and I think it was worth it".  Given that I have a bit of an expensive handbag addiction, I thought £100 wasn't very much and I did wonder how much is too much to spend on a handbag you use everyday.

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Maxi Dresses in a Capsule Wardobe

I've got one of my maxi dresses on today, trying to dress like it's summer and I recorded this video talking about how to use maxi dresses in a capsule wardrobe.

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Imperfections? What Imperfections?

Have you ever been part of a group photo, and looked at the result only to groan because you look so terrible but all of your friends look fabulous?  Although you've probably only vaguely registered that they are in the photo because you're too intent looking at what you think are your imperfections.  Then your friends say "What a hideous photo of me" and you think they must be saying that to make you feel better?

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