About Us & What We Do

Our job is to help you love your clothes and your closet

Owner and Creator
Suzanne Colmer

WHO AM I: Before I tell you who I am, let me start by telling you who I am not. I am not the person who is going to put you in clothes that like you, but you don't like back. I will not force you to buy clothes that are out of your budget (in fact I LOVE a good deal). I will not criticize your past clothes choices or put you in styles without telling you why they work.

I will however, help you find your ideal style and show you exactly which shapes and cuts to try and which to avoid. I will also help you shop for a closet of clothes that will multitask flawlessly so you never have to worry about what to wear (or how to wear it).

WHY I DO WHAT I DO: When I started Your Shop Girl in 2008 I wanted to ensure it reflected my style philosophy; it is simple, we focus on educating and empowering you to help curate a closet full of clothes you will actually wear and love.

BACKGROUND: It all started over a decade ago when in an effort to combine my instincts with instruction once I completed my undergrad at the University of Toronto, I became a graduate of George Brown’s Image Consulting program. My thirst for knowledge lead me to the centre of fashion itself – Paris, France, where I studied at the Sorbonne University; then onto New York to conquer the Fashion Institute of Technology

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Style Consultant
Laura Akkermans

WHO AM I: With four kids and a busy household, I am someone who understands the importance of being able to get out the door quickly while still feeling my best. I believe that looking good is not about age, shape, or budget, it's about understanding what's right for you.

WHY I DO WHAT I DO: I understand the power of a great outfit to transform how we feel about ourselves. And, more importantly, I love helping women feel fantastic!

Whether you’re shopping for a specific reason, season, event, photo shoot, or you’re just ready for a style overhaul, I can help you find exactly what you are looking for (and make sure you feel great in it!). It’s all about you, your style, your needs, and your budget.

MY BACKGROUND: My previous work experience spans over a decade of working in public relations. After taking time off to raise my family, and relocating several times across the country, I decided to pursue my true passion – helping women look and feel their best. I know what it’s like to make multiple transitions, and how our style evolves and changes to reflect who we are at every stage in our life.

I re-entered the workforce as a personal stylist in the high-end retail industry prior to joining the Your Shop Girl team. With more than 10 years in the industry, Suzanne has passed along her extensive knowledge through intensive one-on-one training in all aspects of image consulting. I’ve also completed online training with UK-based members of the International Federation of Image Consultants. I have an honours degree in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario, and a post-graduate degree in Corporate Communications.

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How does it all work?

Here’s how we show you how to love your style and your clothes

First Step

Once you book you will receive a questionnaire to fill out. This tells us where you would like to meet and what we should focus on during your session.

Second Step

We meet! And shop or cleanse your closet. But no matter what we are doing we are helping you understand why we are doing it!

Third Step

We send you a summary with all the information we went over! Have questions? That is what step four is for...

Fourth Step

We follow up to ensure you are staying on track and to go over any questions you have. Once you are a Your Shop Girl client once, you are a client for life.

We understand this is a big decision...
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