Meet our member Oriona Robb, a mother of 3 and London-based personal stylist and brand consultant with over 20 years of experience in the fashion industry.
I’ve been fascinated by fashion ever since I was a child. When I was 7 years old, my mother owned the only denim shop in our neighborhood in Poland. I was mesmerized watching her at work, looking for the right pair of jeans for different body types. This experience ignited in me a life-long passion of helping women feel more empowered and visible through their wardrobes. Today, I advise on how to create a capsule wardrobe with timeless pieces that will never go out of fashion and how to incorporate more sustainable and conscious choices rather than fast-fashion trends. My firm belief is that all women, regardless of their age and size, deserve to look and feel their absolute best.
This experience inspired in me a life-long passion of helping women feel more empowered and VISIBLE through their wardrobes.
How has motherhood changed your identify and sense of purpose? Has it made you a better entrepreneur and, if so, how?
There is no doubt that motherhood changed me. As a result, I had to redefine who I was and accept all the responsibilities that come with being a mum. Having three children often meant I was constantly busy doing laundry,running errands, attending doctor’s appointments and making dinner. Even thoughall of thismanaged to take up a good portion of my day, it was important for meto continue doing what I love. I remember meeting my mum in coffee shops in-between appointments so I could continue to breastfeed my children and not lose any clients.
Mothers often lose their confidence after having children, did you? And if so, how did you get it back?
I've learned how to be kinder to myself. After having my children, I would constantly beat myself up over my body image and I had so much self-doubt. Also, as a Personal Stylist, I always try to look put together and have an "easy to wear" capsule wardrobe. This way, I can make quick choices when it comes to daily outfits. It’s been 21 years since my first baby was born and I have learned how to take better care of myself compared to before. I drink more water, I exercise everyday, block toxic friendships, and forgive myself for the tiny things that could otherwise mess up my day.
How do you cope with mum guilt? And what advice would you give mothers?
Raising another human is a huge responsibility. When the stakes are so high, it’s easier to beat yourself up if something doesn’t go right. Surround yourself with people who support you and distance yourself from those who make you feel bad. Take notice of your motherhood achievements, no matter how small. Sometimes, it’s the little moments that make the biggest difference to a child, such as laughing together or cuddling.
Never limit yourself. You can be a mum and pursue your dreams simultaneously. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned as a mother and entrepreneur is that you always have to protect your time and treat it as an invaluable asset. This includes things like charging consultation fees for advice and setting time boundaries when communicating with clients.”
The Phycology of color can be a powerful tool to feel your best self, can you tell us more about the phycology of color?
Knowing your colours is like having a secret superpower – it empowers you to express your authentic self, exude confidence, and create a visual harmony that resonates with your true essence. Understanding your colours is important because it allows you to make informed decisions when it comes to fashion and style. By knowing which colours complement your skin tone, hair and eye colour, you can enhance your natural features and create a look that is unique to you. Additionally, understanding the science of colour and how it relates to you can help you make better choices when it comes to choosing clothing, accessories, and even makeup products.
People talk about “colour analysis” or “having their “colours done”, but what does this mean? We have three elements in our skin – haemoglobin, carotene and melanin. The tones which suit you best will be determined on your unique combination of all three.
Our dominant colour elements are either warm or cool, which are defined by seasons. During a Colour Consultation we will go deeper into the many different colour shades within your colour season. I will also take into consideration your eye colour and the colour pattern in your eyes.
What should we expect from a personal colour analysis?
We’ll talk about you, your lifestyle, your likes and dislikes and importantly, how you’d like to feel about yourself – your style personality, I will also assess your eye colour, eye pattern, hair colour and skin tone. I’ll drape carefully selected, colour swatches over your shoulders to uncover your season. We’ll establish what colours look great on you and how best you can wear the shades of your best colours. You’ll also find out which are your best neutral shades.
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