Lisa Newport, Founder of Lisa Newport Style

Online styling for savvy women – saving time and money by eliminating wardrobe mistakes

I help women to find who they are and express themselves. I know what it’s like to feel vulnerable on that journey, as I’ve walked that road myself…

I was married to my ex-husband for 23 years. During that time, I lost all sense of identity and became depressed.

After the birth of my son, I left my job as an art college tutor and became a Virgin Vie consultant to find better balance. Eight years later, I realised I missed being in education, so I took a job as an art tutor at a prison. By 2013, I’d been promoted to prison education manager. I led a team of 60 staff and had a great salary – and generous holiday and pension benefits – but I hated it. The oppressive atmosphere and stress made me miserable as sin.

I reached rock bottom after a deeply traumatic experience. My husband left me and I knew I couldn’t return to my job. A good friend asked: “What would you do if you could do anything?” Sat on her settee, I had an idea for a business…

I’d been working one day a week as a community teacher – helping disadvantaged women back into education. I had complete free rein, so I built their confidence using colour and clothes. We were on a shoestring budget, so my first swatches were flannels from Dunelm!

I loved the work; it was so ‘me’! I’d been obsessed with colour analysis since the 1980s. Today, I use a coaching approach to help women who’ve lost their identity. It’s like Glenda says in ‘The Wizard of Oz’: “You’ve always had the power, my dear. You just had to learn it for yourself.” That’s as true for me as it is for my clients…

For years I believed that life would be better if only I was slim. When I let go of that idea, I found my husband through online dating and married him in May this year!

Not long after losing my dad, mum died from a brain tumour. She always loved clothes, so I organise swap parties in her memory. So far, I’ve raised £10,000 for cancer charities.

Compassion is my constant driver.

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