SY reader Sheree unlocks her style

Another SY reader unlocks her style

Nikki ParkinsonFashion 57 Comments

Editor’s note: Remember Deanne’s SY Unlock Your Style story? And Paula’s Unlock Your Style family? This week, I received this email from new SY reader, Sheree. I was a blubbering mess by the end of it. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, I know by the stats that so many people read this blog every day but when I hear these stories of real people finding their confidence through what they read here, it just makes my heart sing. Thanks Sheree for sharing your story.

Dear Nikki,

I’m a 37 year old mother of three boys, aged between 8 and 4. I work as a teacher, living in Central Queensland. Prior to undertaking country service, I lived in Brisbane. I have many friends and relatives living on the Sunshine Coast and it is like a second home to me.

I have recently stumbled upon your blog and I am so glad that I did! I haven’t a fashionable bone in my body. My weight has fluctuated over the years and it has only been over the past 12 months that I have managed to achieve my “happy” size.

Looking back at photographs, I have always been a bit of a dag. My summer style was shorts and t-shirts. Winter was jeans and long sleeve t-shirts. I had no idea how to accessorise an outfit. I have only ever owned two pairs of shoes … one brown pair and one black.

Being surrounded by boys, I have come to the conclusion that I need to embrace my femininity and start allowing myself some “me” time as well as allocate funding for some “me” clothing, shoes and accessories. I have been searching for hints and tips online (thank you Pinterest) and trying identify my style.

I’m not sure how I found your blog but I can tell you, I haven’t stopped reading it for the past week. I am working through every single blog post, clicking the links, checking out the products you recommend, experimenting with my makeup. I now own a BB cream and I had never heard of it until last week!

Each time I read your posts, I feel like I am listening to a friend. I love the fact that you live on the Sunshine Coast, you mention places I know of and you support the Maroons (Queenslander!!!!) I rejoiced when I read that you follow a gluten-free, unprocessed way of eating (I have been paleo for the past 12 months and I have never felt healthier).

Your fashion advice has been immensely helpful to me. I was invited to a girl’s night out and as these events are few and far between, I decided it would be a good opportunity to dive in head first so to speak!

SY reader Sheree unlocks her style

Emerald has several boutiques and I visited each one over the past week. Luckily, they were all having sales so I felt less guilty about my purchases.

I chose this Polka Dot Wrap Dress by Leina Broughton, on sale from $219 down to $131. Now that I am learning about layering, I should be able to wear this for years to come.

I found the wrap in another boutique, down from $169 to $103. I’m hoping this will become a classic wardrobe piece that will see years of wear.

After reading your post about ankle boots, I took a risk and bought these Fiona McGuinness Engine boots and wore them with opaque tights. This is a new look for me, very much out of my comfort zone!

I have been lusting for a genuine set of pearls for a while now, but for the meantime, I found this strand in a boutique for $23.

Makeup: well, I am still learning how to apply the stuff. For this night out I used Garnier BB Cream (the only brand of BB I have managed to locate in town, but I haven’t yet exhausted all of my local shopping options) and dusted with Nude Mineral Powder (thanks for that tip!).

Now, as you can see, I found your post about taking selfies the day after attempting this photo. Needless to say, my husband is also pretty bad with a camera! My boys thought I looked pretty and their opinions are the most important :).

So once again, thank you Nikki. In the space of one week, I have managed to put together a look that I have never before tried, all with the help of your advice.

I’m off to Melbourne in a couple of weeks to see Pink in concert and I am quite excited about packing! Luckily I found your post about shopping in Melbourne today.

Essentially, the purpose of this email is to say thank you.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge, writing in a style that speaks to so many women across Australia.

Thank you for maintaining professionalism despite some of the negative comments I have read in the comments section.

Thank you for giving me the confidence to slowly build up my wardrobe with style.

Thank you for giving me the courage to spend a little bit more on quality and helping me to realise that I do deserve it.


Perhaps you’ve got a SY unlock your style story to share? Email me: [email protected] or leave a comment below.

Comments 57

  1. i and my husband have been having a lot of problem living together, he will always not make me happy because he have fallen in love with another lady outside our relationship, i tried my best to make sure that my husband leave this woman but the more i talk to him the more he makes me feel sad, so my marriage is now leading to divorce because he no longer gives me attention. so with all this pain and agony, i decided to contact this spell caster to see if things can work out between me and my husband again. the spell caster told me what i will do to get my husband back, so he told me that he was going to make all things normal back. he did the spell on my husband and after 5 days my husband changed completely he even apologize with the way he treated me that he was not him self, i really thank this priest his name is Dr Ishvara he have bring back my husband back to me i want you all to contact him who are having any problem related to marriage issue and relationship problem he will solve it for you. [email protected]

  2. What a lovely story… not to mention Sheree is stunning! I love seeing people get excited by embracing some ‘me time’.

  3. I’m a 19 year old from Brisbane and I read your blog Nikki! Stories like this are amazing and uplifting, you really are an inspiration 🙂

  4. I couldn’t agree more Sheree! You’re a girls best friend Nikki! Daring us to be bold, brave and give us amazing tips to become a better version of ourselves. I used to hate shopping for clothes, now I know exactly what I like, love and need. I hope you keep Styling You til we’re all gracefully old!

  5. What a great post! Congrats to you Sheree, for spending some time and money on yourself – you look gorgeous and your choices are great – and also to you Nikki, as you thoroughly deserve all these heartfelt comments xx

  6. I ran into Sheree at the shops yesterday and have to admit I hardly recognised her. Looking gorgeous, but it was the confidence that was radiating of her that I noticed. It’s great to see you so happy!

  7. Sheree looks like a really beautiful, classic chic woman ….. Don’t give up girls & style on 🙂

  8. Love the letter and the dress glad to see that i’m not alone when it comes to fashion sense.We need all the help we can get,thank’s to Nikki.

  9. Ditto here, I have been doing the exact same thing. I went and bought skinny jeans this week too. I always thought that was something for skinny girls. Thanks for sharing Sharee. Nikki, I have my own email I have been working on for a week. For now thank you xo jo r

  10. Ditto Sheree … I just wish I could write it in a HUGE FONT!!! … you’ve put words to a lot of the feelings and thoughts I’ve had since I found Nikki’s blog 🙂 — looking forward to us “being friends” for a long time to come

  11. Loving the polka dots! Wrap dresses and ankle boots are the best 🙂 Deanne should check out the Pink pop-up shop in Little Lonsdale St…heard them talking about it on the Today Show this morning…you have to book a spot but apparently its the first time its been done! Yay for picking Melb 🙂

  12. What a gorgeous letter. Sheree, you look fabulous and Nikki, no wonder you teared up reading this. All of the sentiments Sheree expresses are so well deserved. Your blog is always a beautiful world to visit x

  13. Sheree you look gorgeous! You are such a beautiful person on the inside, I’m so happy that you’re my friend and it’s great to see you just as looking so stunning here! Now I’m off to find out what BB cream is lol

  14. Oh wow! Sheree that is a great letter and I guess expresses to some degree the reason we are all here reading Nikki’s blog every day! Great to hear and see how it has helped you. You look gorgeous!! I might need to come and have a look at the shops in Emerald one day. Well done Nikki and thank you from me as well!

  15. I have shed a tear reading this beautiful heartfelt post from Sheree. Niikki you must be on cloud nine hearing just what an impact this fabulous blog has on everyone’s lives. This praise is so well deserved, well done you!
    Sheree, you look stunning and so stylish – I’m sure your boys were all very proud of you 🙂

  16. This email just shows how much you do for us Nikki ,day in day out and all that “research ” is very much appreciated,I know myself I am more comfortable in my own style since I found your blog,the way you write makes me feel like you are our friend and just helping us along in fashion and beauty,before I found your blog I was always buying things,always looking for the piece that would be perfect and now I don’t do that ,what is in my wardrobe suits,flatters and makes me feel good walking out the door.
    Sheree I am so glad you found Nikki’s blog (I know why you were a blubbering mess BTW Nikki ) you look wonderful and think you look lovely ,have a fun girls night out and a great trip to Melbourne you deserve it and I love your dress and that cape is very chic they will be staples in your wardrobe forever.Your smile says it all enjoy!

  17. Wow. I don’t think I can believe Sheree was ever daggy! Sheree you are hot! Great dress. Amazing hair! Great story

  18. Sheree you look terrific! Congratulations and I hope you had a great night out. As a mum of two little boys and a house full of testosterone I can relate how you can feel like you are losing your femininity! Nikki makes everything accessible and easy to understand and gives us the confidence to have a go, so thanks Nikki.

  19. Sheree you look fabulous and well done on dressing up. Nikki this just makes you realise you never know who is reading watching and experimenting. You are doing a great job Nikki and an inspiration to many. X

  20. WOW. Sheree you look fantastic and what a beautiful letter. Nikki, congrats to you as we’ll because Sheree is right, you do a great job helping us all look better. I love that you also help us think about and feel better about the way we live and look – every day I read your blog and it does help me make time for me. Have a great day.

  21. This beautiful email shows how important your space here is.
    Having a positive impact on another’s life is something we all hope to do in our lifetime and Nikki you do that here so often for so many people.
    That really is an ability to be proud of.x
    Sheree I know you will be reading this….you look stunning!

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