MAXIMUM STYLE. MINIMUM EFFORT.
ABOUT THE TEAM
“After 15 years as a Personal Stylist for the everyday woman, I can teach you how to create a successful styling business from nothing. All you need is the love of style – I’ll teach you the rest” Melissa Murrell, Style Director
With a successful career in fashion design, retail and styling in London and Australia the inevitable happened – I met a man and everything changed! I swapped London for the countryside, handbags for baby bags and fashion shoots for the school run. As a military wife (that ‘man’ became my husband) and mum of two, I was faced with the extra challenge of fitting a career around my children, my husband's deployments and also my own fear of returning to the fast paced high fashion world I’d previously been involved with, especially as I found it very impersonal and at times very meaningless.
So, starting from scratch (and have I mentioned I was in the middle of the countryside - with minimal broadband!) I started my own styling business focusing 100% on real women with real normal everyday lives, Melissa Murrell Personal Styling
(www.mmpersonalstyling.co.uk). I had no clients, no marketing budget and I lived an hour away from any decent shopping location!
As a fashion stylist I had very little experience of dealing with women with real curves and under 6ft in height! I’d never actually completed a full wardrobe re-style on a ‘normal lady’ (for styling purposes we don’t class celebrities as ‘normal’!!) so a steep learning curve began.
I learnt the hard way, there weren't any 'Gok Wan' styling courses back then (and very few even today) so fifteen years on and a successful business behind me I decided to consolidate that learning and establish the MM Styling Academy so I could teach others to do the same. In fact, we've just built our very own Styling Academy to teach from (very exciting!).
I regularly feature on local and national radio, run national events teaching women how to dress for their body shape, manage style booths across the country and have recently been offered a pilot for a TV Show!
However, the majority of my time is still spent with real women of all shapes and sizes, sifting through their wardrobes unearthing outfits they never knew they had and discarding their thread bare tops! I leave every client with a smile on their face and the personal satisfaction of knowing that I’ve truly made a difference to their confidence and self-esteem.
So, if you love style, love shopping and love helping others and would like to have a go at running your own business then please get in contact or book yourself on our course – I promise you won’t regret turning your passion into a career…
Apart from looking like the Mona Lisa in this picture (!), Leone is an accomplished marketing director within the beauty, pharmaceutical & fashion industry. Leone has proven success in managing multiple countries and commercial teams in launching brands, new products and reinvigorating brand strategy and product portfolio. Having led the global brand strategy across Molton Brown, Jergens, John Frieda and Nivea, Leone is the marketing force behind everything that happens at the MM Styling Academy & MM Personal Styling. If that wasn’t enough, she’s a style guru and can often be seen assisting Melissa at shows and courses.
Jessica Eades is a freelance fashion stylist and personal shopper based in Hampshire. Jessica studied at the London College of Style and has assisted and worked with a selection of industry professionals. To further her practical knowledge on real women, Jessica attended one of our very first courses and won ‘Star Stylist’. Not wanting to let such a talent slip through our fingers we convinced her to come and join us and she’s now a very valuable member of our team. Jessica also edits her own successful blog www.chiqueuniquecritique.com.