Rose's transformation

21:34, Jun 10 2014
BEFORE: Ill-fitting, shapeless black pieces did nothing to play up Rose's assets.

55-year-old Rose is a recent empty-nester who's ready to take life by the horns and really live.

From her stunning new hair style to a redesigned wardrobe, follow her impressive transformation below...

"I want a Gorgeous Me makeover for some confidence to move away from my default black clothes, tips to dress for my age, 'hormones' and budget! 

AFTER: Incorporating colour, shape and subtle prints into her wardrobe has done wonders for Rose's confidence. To the left she wears a Decjuba Claire jacket, $248, an Ezibuy Emerge jacquard dress, $94.99 and Mi Piaci Iganda fur boots, $370. In the middle she wears a Pagani plaid drape coat, $79.99, a bag from The Warehouse, $35, Riders by Lee mid rise straight jeans from Just Jeans, $119.99 and Shoe Connection Stilmoda Cody olive suede boots, $199.99. To the right she wears a Jacqui E Lucille layered dress, $179.99, a Max tailored crop jacket, $149, Decjuba Bengaline pants, $160 and Merchant 1948 patent boots, $239.90.

"I'm hoping for some fresh ideas to dress for my body shape and age, confidence to think outside the square and introducing more colours to my wardrobe. Fresh ideas for makeup will also be fantastic!"

Rose works in an executive position for a membership organisation, and says if she had her time again she would like to be involved helping people, maybe in a healthcare setting and possibly with children.

Rose took up yoga 18 months ago and loves it, she also enjoys walking, especially along the coastline where she lives, pilates, the gym, cooking and entertaining.


One of her most exhilarating accomplishments in life was in February this year when she and hubby completed the 6 hour walk up Roy's Peak in Wanaka in 30 degree heat! The summit is 1,578-metres and whilst the walk itself is only 11km, it's tough going, "I needed lots of encouragement (and chocolate!). It was well worth it, the views from the top were absolutely spectacular".

Rose's dream would be to travel extensively overseas and maybe assist with training guide dog puppies. This comes at a sad time for Rose, when her family had to lay to rest their faithful golden Labrador "Brie", who was 13½ years old, age finally took its toll.


- Body shape

Rose has the hourglass body shape, meaning the width of her shoulders and hips are about the same and she has a smaller, defined waist. Styles which help play down her slightly wider hips and thighs worked best.

- Colour palette

Rose's natural hair colour is light-brown, she has soft, warm brown/hazel coloured eyes and olive coloured skin. She sprang to life when we put browns, khaki, orange and warm reds against her, and also some bright, bold colours, whereas she didn't suit burgundy, teal and certain blues, for example.

Her primary colour palette is Warm, and she also suits many colours from the Clear palette too. Black doesn't even feature in these palettes and yet it's been dominate in her wardrobe.

With colours, it's not just about the hue, it's about the tone. For example, Rose tried on a deep khaki coloured top that looked fabulous but a lighter khaki coloured jacket, bordering on grey, did nothing for her.

It's also important to note, that even though there are 'colour palettes' for different profiles, not all colours within those palettes will suit everyone. 

- Hair

Rose was at the in-between stage of growing her hair; sparked by her brother's comment that she looked like a man! What Rose didn't appreciate is that a well-styled short cut would only enhance her gorgeous structured cheek bones and natural beauty. Rose could easily carry off a more youthful look, both in hair style and clothes.

Her hair had recently been coloured red at the base, so this was stripped out by the team at Kristina Raffaele before applying a warm caramel coloured base and then seven other variations of rich creams and white blondes to create this stunning look.

This style will be easy to manage, will work with Rose's lifestyle and will blend really well with any regrowth.

- Makeup

Makeup was kept neutral and minimal to enhance Rose's striking facial features (eyes and cheek bones) and overall natural beauty.

As you age, the key is to go lighter/less with your makeup. Also, consider using 'matte' powdered eyeshadow to minimise the appearance of the fine crepe-like lines, as opposed to eyeshadows that shimmer and accentuate them.


"I feel totally transformed, confident and empowered with my new hairstyle and future wardrobe choices."

"I learnt how to search for clothes in the right colours, pull affordable outfits together and think outside of black, black and a bit more black!"

"Clothes can make you feel more confident and younger. Taking the time to think outfits and accessories through is well worth doing to achieve a mix of clothes to take you from yoga to casual weekend, work and socialising."

- Lisa Lyford is the founder of Gorgeous Me, a DIY personal styling guide that offers free personal styling advice, information and tips as well as makeovers of everyday Australasian women. Gorgeous Me: because every woman deserves to look and feel fab.