For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with fashion, hair, and makeup and have used my personal style as a creative way to express myself.
I believe that personal styling is a powerful self-love tool. It can affect how we feel about ourselves and therefore how we treat ourselves.
So many of us live such fast-paced lives that we can forget to take time out to focus on ourselves, what makes us feel good, and what makes us so special. By working on how we present ourselves externally, we can inspire other important life changes. My career in personal styling began with my own transformation. Originally from Canada, I worked in administration in the corporate world for 20-plus years. After changing my lifestyle, image and outlook, I decided it was time to pursue my true passion.
Bibi in 2001 (Age 24)
Bibi in 2020 (Age 44)
I trained as a certified image consultant in 2007 and developed a career helping others to embody the best version of themselves. My first personal styling business in Toronto, Canada saw me working with women from all parts of the world, contributing to my love of travel and international culture and fashion.
In 2011, I made the move to Christchurch, New Zealand and worked in corporate roles for several years, while keeping my passion for fashion and style burning on the side. In 2018, I established Studio Bibi with the aim of helping women to discover and embrace their unique personal style.
I feel so fortunate to be able to work with individuals from all backgrounds who are facing changes in their lives – from new roles at work and milestone events, to becoming a new parent or seeing their bodies change through weight fluctuations or illnesses.
No matter your situation, my aim is to shift your focus onto being the best version of yourself right now. I want to encourage you to embrace and work with what you’ve got – your wonderful self and one-of-a-kind body.
Your personal style should first and foremost reflect who you are, fit with your lifestyle and make you feel fabulous about yourself. I have a keen eye for colours, shapes and detail and while I keep informed of current trends, I don’t feel we need to stick to them. It’s okay to colour outside the lines!
Alongside my work, I have always enjoyed volunteering for charities. I am proud to offer my skills to Dress for Success in Christchurch. Their mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
I also enjoy creating plant-based recipes and exploring New Zealand with my awesome Kiwi husband.