Don’t Judge a Dress on it’s Hanger

May 31st, 2017

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Jump into Life

January 4th, 2017

When I was 17 years old I taught swim lessons to young children. While I’m with my current clients, I educate them similar to how I taught swim class.   The children were afraid to jump in (even though I was hired to offer them swim lessons). I built trust with the swimmers and let them have fun. Once we had trust established, they flourished and learned.

When my clients hire me they want to feel safe and assured that I will update their look. However, I do have clients who test the waters by just putting their toes in. They say they want to swim but it’s easier said than done and can talk themselves out of it. I would love all my clients to jump in and begin swimming immediately.

Don’t overthink it. Jump in, feel the splash and trust me. You will then experience the freedom to go any direction with a person who has your back and believes in you.

 

Button Up Men & Women

May 6th, 2015

 

Whether it be reassessing your current wardrobe or shopping for a new wardrobe you may not be able to put your finger on why you are not completely drawn to an outfit.

One reason may be as simple as replacing the buttons on the article of clothing.  It may seem insignificant but it can make a huge difference that can make an outfit rise to the occasion.

How can you accomplish this feat if you’re unable to envision the all-over look or sewing is not your “thing”?

Give me a call and I can give you a recommendation or even head to the fabric store and select buttons specific to the look you are going for and apply the buttons for you.

Men’s Buttoned Shirt

 

 

 

My Daughter’s Vintage Wedding Dress

November 5th, 2014

Exquisitely Kira

My daughter Kira and I shopped for her wedding dress for approximately three days.  After trying on 150 dresses (a bit of an exaggeration), which needless to say, my daughter looked gorgeous in all, we were taken aback at the price tag.  I’m the first to say I love uniqueness and quality but put the word “wedding” in any sentence and the price soars!  Though the prices were exorbitant we always commented the way we could tweak this or that to make it perfect.  News Bulletin:  We are not the “Warren Buffets” of the world and I told my daughter she could build two or three closets for the price these dresses cost to wear for the day and use for a much longer time.   After much discussion I told Kira “none of these dresses expressed who she was.”  Kira’s always been the one to find vintage clothing and re-style it to her body and give it her unique artistic flair.    She agreed and began searching her grandmothers’ closets, thrift stores, Etsy and E-bay.  She purchased roughly 5 dresses from online that were possibilities, which are stored in my closet and soon to be resold.  Finally she came upon “THE DRESS” a 1960’s vintage dress by designer  “George William Cahill”.  She felt beautiful and unique in this dress purchased for $150.00.  Kira had the back altered to a low V and a bustle made for minimal cost.  After seeing Kira on her wedding day all I can say and think as a Mom and an Image Consultant: Exquisitely Beautiful…Exquisitely Kira.

 

 

 

One Thing Led to Another

April 23rd, 2014

My client was so excited after her beginning closet makeover she suggested I write a blog about her.    She hired me to shop and organize her closet in her small 2 bedroom condo.  Upon viewing her first closet which was overflowing with clothes and shoes, she proceeded to show me the next closet  overflowing in addition to sweaters and shoes in huge plastic containers.  My goal was to give her a fall/winter and spring/summer closet.  The issue, I was unable to make the closets organized without having to put things in the proper places.  One of the first things I noticed in the second closet she had her tool box and a tent along with miscellaneous items she would not wear or put on her body.  I asked her why she stored it in the clothes closet when it should’ve been stored elsewhere. Her response this was the only place she could put them.   I suggested we put the toolbox in the closet where it ergonomically should be stored.  She took me to that closet and it was overflowing with everything you could name.  Six pairs of sheets for a single bed, light bulbs, batteries, etc. strewn in various places.  She said I’m really sorry things are a mess, but I’ve been through a messy divorce, raised my 16 year autistic son who recently went to live in a group home and my mother passed away last month so my father brought over clothing and household items he thought I should have.  We downsized her from six sheet sets to two.   I told her  I needed nor wanted any apologies as this was a challenge I LOVED.  I let her know I wasn’t judging her because she really had no time for herself and whatever she could do to simply survive was all she could do.  I had and continue to have a huge respect for her because she realized it was her time to clean the clutter from her home so she could clear it from her mind and be able to have time for herself and enjoy the present and could see the future without having clutter to fog her vision.  We made a pile of her son’s toys and mementos for her to take to her son’s group home.  However, we had to take items meant to be in the kitchen which meant clearing and reorganizing the cabinets.   From 9:00 am to 9:00 pm  and we were half way there.  Twenty bags of “stuff” for donations and 5 trips to the garbage bin.  She was smiling and at times sad because of her son and her mom but said she wanted and needed to cleanse herself.   She brought clients into her home so she too needed a place of comfort for them.    We are on the second journey and she’s made some life changes starting by ending a relationship with a man who she then clearly could see he was adding clutter and insecurity in her life.  What I want from you?  Give yourself compassion and clear your mind and your path to become even better than you truly are.

 

Take yourself out of the box

April 2nd, 2014

An out-of-state client hired me to do a full makeover.  She was tired of looking old and feeling frumpy.  She wanted change and she wanted it immediately.  Prior to our get together I suggested she meet with my stylist.  She said her son who she was visiting in Houston  had set up an appointment with a hairstylist  so she would go there prior to us meeting.   We met and went shopping.  I had pulled  pieces of clothing back for her at some stores after she had explained what she wanted for her new look.   She liked some while others she had not.  After 3 hours she had finished for the day ready for the next time.  I told her to take the clothing home and revisit it in the morning when she was fresh and we would meet in a few days.  She’d changed her mind about having her hair done as she didn’t care for how the first stylist did her hair so she had me schedule an appointment with my stylist.  While we were waiting to meet the stylist she told me what she disliked about her new cut from a few days ago and what she really wanted.   My advice to her: suggest to the stylist your needs, i.e. easy to fix,  sassy look, etc.  rather than “a certain length, bangs, cut, etc”  as she was not allowing the stylist to use her artistic abilities and give her a new look.  I asked her “do you want to have a different look or stay the same”.  She said “of course I want it different”.    I explained that she was giving the stylists so many guidelines of the cut she wanted it was going to look exactly the same way.  My client confirmed I was absolutely right that she was again putting herself in the box.  I explained she’d done it with some of the clothing she’d purchased as well.  Now she was ready for the stylist and decided to let go of giving direction rather minimal criteria.   She got out of the chair and LOVED her new updated look which she left to chance.  She then wanted to go shop and return some of the clothes she’d purchased that were putting her back in the very box she didn’t want to be in.  As we shopped she reminded herself and allowed me to do the same that she needed to open herself up to new ideas and looks.  Each time she tried on clothing she asked herself, is this who she was or who she wanted to be.   By days end she was excited she really did have a new look and  a new outlook on life and learned a valuable lesson about giving up control.

 

St. David’s Fashion Show a Huge success!

March 26th, 2014

The first annual fashion show for St. David’s Bariatric patients was a huge success.  I was extremely proud of the 20 women who modeled the outfits I’d chosen for their lifestyle and personality.  The beauty was they were REAL women, moms, grandmothers, teacher, office worker,  executive, nurse no models among the bunch.  They used their energy, nerves and family and friend’s reinforcement to go onto the stage and show their new look compared to their before photo.  Amazing!   I had a fantastic team working with me.  Holly Taylor Kottwitz styled and colored the models hair and Natalie Gauci of Arbonne applied the women’s makeup.   Dillard’s provided the outfits and accessories worn by the women.  I promised the women I would not make them wear anything they wouldn’t feel comfortable in.  I asked them to open their minds to new possibilities to show off their true personalities and that’s exactly what most of them did.  I thank all of these ladies for taking a chance to get on stage and flourish.  They’ve had beauty all along and this was their time to show it.

 

 

 

A Beautiful Young Lady

February 26th, 2014

I was asked to judge the Miss Teen Austin 2014 pageant.  While I hesitated for more than a week I opted to participate instead of “judging from the outside” all beauty pageants I wanted to “judge from the inside”.  I along with four other judges interviewed girls ages 16 through 19 years.  We were to  get the girls to talk about themselves rather than ask questions that were answered with rehearsed lines.  One girl walked in with poise, shook our hands and introduced herself.  She sat down waiting for questions.  We clearly saw she had vitiligo, a condition when patches of your skin suddenly lose pigmentation. We asked questions about her life avoiding the issue of her vitiligo.  A question was presented midway through our conversation, “what challenges have you had in your life and what have you done to overcome them”.  She began to tear up, yet remained poised and explained when she was 18 she developed vitiligo.  She explained the embarrassment and loneliness she felt to say the least.  She wouldn’t leave home and became depressed.  However, she had love and support from her family who encouraged her and reminded her she was still beautiful inside and out and she couldn’t let vitiligo defeat her and consume her young life.  They encouraged her to enter the pageant and hold her head high and prove to younger girls beauty is not skin deep.  She won runner-up in her division, but that was unimportant compared to her picking herself up and proving she can do anything.  I wish her much success.

 

Paralysis By Analysis

November 13th, 2013

The Before……The After

 

When I tell people I’m an Image Consultant and I organize and “shop people’s closets” some react and tell me they want me to shop their closet but they need to first clean their closet before I come.  My answer “that’s what I do”.  When I see an unorganized closet I’m elated, as I foresee the end result of a clutter-free closet AND a weight lifted from my client.  I’m not in your home to judge your closet, your home, or you.  It’s all about beginning somewhere…but just beginning.  Each client that I’ve shopped and organized their closet sigh a sigh of relief and smile knowing they are one step closer to starting anew.

 

 

 

Transforming Your Geekness

January 2nd, 2013

                             

I happen to enjoy all types of people…including people who are commonly referred to as “nerds and geeks.”  I find them not unusual rather unique.  In fact, I’d rather be a geek than a high-maintenance person.  FYI…I’m a tomboy at heart that likes to dress up most of the time and not be tethered to the mirror.  I feel everyone’s personality is their own and underneath each exterior we all have that special something.  If we’re seeking perfection we’ll search forever rather than enjoy life and the people surrounding us.

If geeks/nerds or anyone for that matter realized everyone at one time or another were unsure as to how to talk to someone or felt a lack of confidence in the way his or her looked they may feel more confident.  In fact, lots of people are better at hiding it than others.

My clients range from engineers to scientists and accountants to name a few.  One know-it-all once commented to me “if they are so smart why would they need you”?  My reply, THANK HEAVEN they are gifted in one area and I in another or this earth would be humdrum.  My answered put the lid on the can!

When shopping with an engineer I admire their curious nature as to how eyeglasses are made rather than how they look on their face.

An accountant may total the price (tax included) of the clothes before the register rings them up (while I’m doing math on a piece of paper).

A scientist may freak out walking into a store, yet feels most comfortable walking into a lab.

As for me, I love understanding who my clients are and the challenge to dress them for their likes. Spotting great deals and knowing the store merchandise by heart is my expertise.

I recently read about Dr. Nerdlove in the Austin American Statesman who gives  romance and dating advice to geeks and nerds.  He’s a self-described geek who decided to look at why he was having difficulties relating to women. (By the way he is now married).  He brought his knowledge of  his own failures and successes to others with an audience of 40,000 to 50,000.

One idea that struck me Dr. Nerdlove advised his clients to look at their  lifestyle.  Change it up and explore.  One can feel like a geek if they look in the mirror and see they are dressed as they were in grade school or high school.  We’re not all Mark Zuckerberg’s who can find a woman, however she may be a geek as well.  Congrats to you Mark!  However, it’s difficult to take him seriously when he’s dressed in a hoody, pair of jeans and athletic shoes and purposely mussed hair.  The majority of women seeing this may look at him and feel he’s  unrelatable  because he still a child in one sense.  Or they may feel the guy doesn’t want to develop in a relationship through the years and their life is going to be boring.

What’s my suggestion Dr. Nerdlove?  My advice would be changing your look (you get it), which is related to lifestyle.  Geeks/nerds…picture it this way: ask yourself, how would you feel if you woke up each morning to look at a dinosaur of a computer?  Unexcited, wishing there were more?  Yet if you woke up to a brand new computer it would be exhilarating and you’d want to try new things on the computer.  (I know I would and I’m not totally into computers).  Improving and changing it up can be exciting and scary.

The same goes if you transform your look and wear some adult clothing that likens your personality.  You will stand taller and more confident in the mirror and look a bit more fashionable than you did sitting in front of your computer.  You will then convey this confidence to women which women want.  Dr. Nerdlove knows his stuff and I’m the extra piece that fits into the puzzle.

So appreciate your inside geek/nerd and explore other parts of  yourself.  You’ll add one more piece of the puzzle and meeting Miss Right will eventually happen.

See you soon for your One-of-A-Kind-Up-to-Date look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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