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SHOPPING BLISS WITH MARTHA AND HER LOOKING GLASS
By Jessica Maile, The Dublin Gazette.
I love to shop. But I have to tell you a secret… When it comes to shopping for clothes, for myself, I find it a bit exasperating!
I mean I do okay, but I could be a bit more organised and certainly more brave. If you saw how many striped tops, earth-toned comfy sweaters and jeans I own, you would know this to be true.
I have always been interested in seeking the help of a personal stylist. Someone who could snap me out of my chronic shopping rut. I have always thought it was way too expensive to hire one or that I had to buy thousands of euros worth of clothes to do so. I couldn’t have been more wrong!
I wanted to make sure my choice of stylist wasn’t only into trends, took the time to get to know me and had an open mind and a free spirit when it comes to style. Then I met Martha Gilheaney.
I have always loved her style and her light-hearted Instgram posts, so I decided to throw caution to the wind and spend a day shopping under her careful and considerate guidance.
I booked an appointment with this Dublin-based stylist and she gave me the most stress-free shopping experience ever!
Once I booked the appointment, Martha sent me a very thorough questionnaire about my lifestyle including what I think my personal style is, what colours I like and dislike, shops I prefer, body shape and whether I am shopping for a special occasion, work or just a general update in my wardrobe. I found the questionnaire very cathartic and it really made me think of what my style truly was.
The next step was to book a time to meet. Martha kindly met me at the weekend when I had the most free time. We met up for coffee first to go over the questionnaire and make a plan of attack for the day.
The best thing about that is, well before our meeting took place, she went on a preliminary shop, took photos and presented me with options I may like to try on. It is such a time saver and she was bang on with most of the articles of clothing she selected.
We hit each shop and I tried on her selections, as well as some of my own. She held hangers and hangers of clothes while I looked around and then made sure I was settled in my dressing room.
If sizes weren’t quite right, she would venture out and find a different size for me to try. I tried on outfits I never would have dreamed of trying on. Some worked, some didn’t. And if they didn’t, we had a good laugh and moved on…
She also made me aware of when, and how often, I was being too harsh on my figure and brought my attention to what parts of me that I should be proud of!
Martha also suggested that I not buy everything right away but take careful consideration to my budget and what works best with my wardrobe right now. I ended up buying four key pieces that really worked with my present wardrobe and a lush forest green blazer we both instantly knew was meant to be mine.
That ended a day of learning and pure shopping pleasure. I thanked her and proudly clutched my bags of goodies and made my way to the train station.
But it doesn’t end there. After our shopping session, she emailed me an overiew of our day and gave me guidelines to follow when out shopping on my very own again. This is just the extra personal touch I was looking for and it was sage advice.
Was a personal shopper worth the money? Absolutely! It saved time. It saved energy. I believe it saved me money. No hasty decisions, ill-fitting clothes or replicating things I have bought in the past.
Not one striped top purchased!
Jessica Maile - Dublin Gazette - Click here for article
"I’ve had a fantastic shopping experience with you!
After answering the style questionnaire, we met and I absolutely have no idea how you could know that much about my style preferences just based on my answers.
So you came up full of ideas, pictures, alternatives, suggestions - and I loved everything about it!
You made me feel comfortable trying on new colors and shapes, showed me how to have a more creative style, to express myself better. You knew what looked good on me and helped me understand why certain outfits work for me while others just don’t. I feel much more confident, more sure about my style and appearance now.
You introduced me to new shops (it was my first time in vintage shops in Dublin, for example) and showed me beautiful items that I probably would never have found on my own.
And I'm still thinking about all of your good advice! Based on our session, you wrote me the best shopping/styling tips ever, that I’m gonna keep like a handbook.
It was such a pleasure spending the afternoon shopping with you! Thank you very much for being so inspiring. I would definitely recommend your service!"
Marina Farias, Brazil
"Martha really knows her stuff when it comes to fashion. I had a great experiance in Dublin last weekend. Martha is very professional in gathering all her information and has so much prepared for when you meetin person. She knew what colours and shapes would suit me. She had greag tips on how to look my best. I made some great purchases, some of the items i wpuld never have looked at before. Thanks for such a great experience!"
Marcella Connolly, Fermanagh
"Martha is a fantastic personal shopper! She showed me how right choices of clothes can improve your style, personality and confidence! And this is not something you learn just by reading articles on the Internet or Instagram - I have tried it already, of course. You need to try on tons of options of clothes and different styles and you need someone with the knowledge and enough honesty to tell you the best options for you. I strongly believe that this is the greatest highlight of Martha’s assistance. She understood my needs and desires perfectly, even though they weren’t so clear for me. I felt extremely comfortable with her, because she stimulated me to open my mind in a very respectful way (not trying to impose her opinion, for example). I learned what kind of clothes and colors suit my body type and the most important, which part of my body I should detract from and which one I should bring focus to. I can assure you that it works very well!!!! The service is completely affordable and worthy. Before Martha’s assistance, I used to buy any kind of black clothes that fitted me, but now I am able to buy fashionable clothes which highlight the best of me...and I can do it even online (I did it for the first time last week, and it was a successful experience, because now I know what goes well in my body)! Thanks Martha for showing me how to recover my confidence and congratulations for being such a great professional. I will definitely use your "occasion wear shopping" service in the future and highly recommend you as a consultant for those who want to feel fabulous!"
Priscilla Reis, Brazil
Martha is a brilliant shopper/wardrobe woman and a lovely person! I can't wait to go shopping with her again and I would recommend her to everyone! I went for the wardrobe clear out and personal shopping experience and it was honestly some of the best money I have ever spent. Martha had put so much research into checking out shops for me before we met, did a full inventory on my wardrobe and took note of what I needed, did more research and more pre shopping for me, and then took me around the shops. She made me feel at ease through every aspect of the day, never made me put on anything I wasn't comfortable in and just gave me so much confidence by guiding me towards what suits me, colours shapes etc. Afterwards she sent me a really useful email about what we had gone through on our shopping day with tips for me for when I go shopping alone. It was unbelievably comprehensive. I now have clothes I actually wear, that actually suit me, and that I can actually locate in my wardrobe- a new experience for me! Most of all I had so much fun on my day with Martha- she felt like a friend immediately. I felt like a totally new woman after our time together, so if you are indecisive about doing the shopping experience let me tell you it will be the best decision you make!
I was lucky enough to spend a day shopping with Martha some weeks ago and it really was the most enjoyable experience. Martha is lovely company, she provides great advice and she opened up an entirely new way of dressing for me, which finally got me out of the style rut I was stuck in for years.
I’m now faster at shopping because I know what to look for, I’ve learned what styles and colours suit me best, I find I’m wearing all the clothes in my wardrobe and getting dressed is no longer the chore it once was.
To anyone considering a session with Martha, just do it! It is the best investment you will ever make, it will save you both time and money in the long term and I really, really could not recommend it highly enough.
I absolutely loved working with Martha. She is so warm and friendly and you feel like you're hanging out with a friend and not that she's working! Martha and I have similar personalities and she encouraged me to go out of my comfort zone and I loved the time I spent with her! would recommend her highly
Martha is lovely, does her research, is very easygoing but somehow gently pushes you outside your comfort zone when you need it! I was really worried I was going to be too hard to buy for because I am not thin and I am not young but I ended up buying items in all the high street shops. I came away more confident about what I had been buying but now I also know a lot more about what does suit me best. Starting with Colour as opposed to what fits is a great way to change your outlook. Also Acessories while subtle make a huge difference to how an outfit looks. I didn't have a fortune to spend so she brought me to the right shops. I got the personal shopping as a gift so if you are ever looking for a really nice personal gift this is definitley something I would recommend for a friend or a loved one. If you don't like how your clothes look on you or you are really stuck and need a confidence boost this is one of the best (and most affordable) investments you can ever make for yourself. I want to save up and do this again!
Martha is a legend. If you need help with your style and wardrobe, go to her.
I genuinely can vouch 150% for her as a person who is totally in fear of fashion.
I've learnt so much and grown massively in confidence about style, clothing and accessory shopping since spending time with Martha.
My wardrobe is finally, after 37+ years, starting to take real shape. I think differently about clothes and myself since spending time with Martha.
Clothes shopping can be expensive but spending your money and time with no spend commitment with Martha is priceless.
She is amazing at what she does but also as a person.
My life has changed.