Kelly's photos are below her story.
Kelly recently won the Gorgeous Me & Essential Mums makeover competition May '14. We share her stunning transformation.
It's time for me
"I have been married to my husband, Zen, for 10 years and we have 4 young children - Alyssa 5, Sophia is 4 this week and Cooper & Kea turned 1 late last week.
I work part-time in accounts and also, when the kids are in bed, I do the accounts for our own business, Kip McGrath (tutoring).
I love cooking and baking and one of my hobbies is cheesemaking. [Kelly's being modest, she actually teaches the art of cheesemaking too.] I love being in the kitchen and getting the kids involved.
I wanted this makeover as I realised that I have been avoiding photos for quite some time now and I want my children to be able to look back and see that I was a part of their childhood.
Whenever I go clothes shopping, I tend to wander aimlessly and then eventually just buy something for the children who are already very well dressed! I am really looking forward to getting some advice on what I should be wearing to make the most of my figure, which has changed significantly since becoming a Mum. The main thing that I want to take away from this experience is the confidence to make good clothing choices - I'm a little vertically challenged and I really want to know what styles to wear so that I don't make myself look even shorter!
Thanks so much for this opportunity :)"
KELLY'S makeover story continues below
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Please note, we have provided full-pricing below, even though a number of items have been generously discounted. Also please note that nearly all items are available in Australia and New Zealand either in store or online.
Kelly is an hourglass body shape - her shoulders and hips are about the same width, with a smaller waist measurement. In selecting clothes for Kelly, we were looking for styles that didn't make her bust appear any bigger, that gave her a well-proportioned look for her height (160cm, 5'2") and were also tummy and upper arm friendly.
Kelly's COLOUR PALETTE
Kelly's natural hair colour is light-brown with natural blonde highlights, she has soft, light hazel coloured eyes and pale skin with a pinky undertone. She really suited colours in the Cool palette - blues, turquoise, greens, purples, and colours like red but with a blue undertone.
It's important to note, that even though there are 'colour palettes' for different profiles, not all colours within those palettes will suit everyone. For example, when we tried a mid-tone pink (blue-based) on Kelly, against her pale skin, she looked completely washed out. However, when we teamed it up with a denim jacket, the blue brought her back to life again.
Please note, colours vary from computer screen to computer screen, printer to printer.
Krissy at Kristina Raffaele
Kelly has naturally beautiful, well-conditioned hair, it's fine but she has lots of it. This provided a fantastic base for Krissy to work from. To accentuate Kelly's great cheekbones and to soften her overall features, Krissy wanted to layer her hair, which also gives it more interest and movement. Being a busy mum of four children, five and under, Krissy has created a style that is easily manageable for Kelly - she can look fab and have next to no time!
As mentioned, Kelly has a cool, pinky skin undertone so Krissy chose warm browns, caramels with a blue base, and added accent blonde highlights. All in all, they used 6 different colour highlights in Kelly's hair.
To say Kelly was thrilled is an understatement.
We can't thank enough the WONDERFUL team at Kristina Raffaele for the hair styling and makeup.
An update from Kelly on Monday, three days after her makeover
"This morning I decided to be brave and wash my hair and try styling it myself, my first attempt since the makeover... and it still looks great! I actually did very little with it to check that it is real-life-proof and it really is! Another big thanks to all concerned for something I really love and fits into my life rather than just looking good for professional help!!"
This is something that is really important; a good hairstylist thinks about it automatically rather than being told - they need to give you a style that looks great when you manage it yourself, and fits with your lifestyle.
We chose a natural look for Kelly, using warm brown eyeshadows and a light berry coloured Smashbox lipgloss. Kelly's hair and makeup looked amazing.
Stacey, makeup artist at Kristina Raffaele
A WORD FROM kelly
"How am I feeling as a result of my makeover? Absolutely amazing! I was so ready for a change and you certainly helped me; I look and feel like a different person. Actually just a younger, happier, better dressed and more confident version of the me you first met a few days ago!
I learnt so much from this experience - the shopping trip was incredible; exhausting, but so beneficial for me. You selected so many items of clothing that I would never have picked up myself and I was amazed at how well they suited me. I learnt a lot about what to look for - colours, lengths and styles that flatter my figure - but I think the main thing that I'm taking away from this is that there is no harm in trying something on even if you're not sure about it.
My new hair style and colour were also nothing that I would have chosen myself but I am loving it! I haven't had fringe since I was a child and NEVER would have thought of trying it again but I really love it. I had fallen into the Mum trap of not getting my hair cut as often as I should and always just asking for a trim. Getting something totally different was so refreshing and just getting to sit down for that amount of time was a real treat in itself!
I think as a Mum, you often lose sight of yourself as a person separate from your children. This experience reminded me how important it is to take care of yourself just as well as you take care of your children - I want my children to see me happy, I think that is one of the most important things that I can show them.
Thanks again - I have had such amazing feedback on my new look and I'm feeling like a million dollars :)"
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