Holiday Gift for A Special Someone

December 1st, 2016

 

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Happy November!

Find it difficult to find that special gift for a friend, partner, family member?

What better time to start thinking ahead for a Unique Holiday Gift for that “Special Someone.”

Purchase a gift certificate from Bonnie Balistreri Image Consulting for this deserving person to:

  • Go on a shopping trip to find their personal, distinctive look and/or
  • Organize & shop their closet to find valuable clothing combinations

Contact me to purchase this exceptional holiday gift.

 

Get paid for cleaning your closet!

March 2nd, 2016

As I’m organizing women’s closets they recognize they are no longer using their expensive handbags yet save them because they won’t get the price they paid nor close to the price they paid when they re-sell them.  Therefore I’m thrilled to announce my partnership with Rebagg, a company that purchases pre-owned designer handbags.

The benefits of selling with Rebagg.com are that they:

  • Generate upfront price quotes
  • Purchase bags outright (no consignment hassles)
  • Pay via check or bank transfer in 2-3 business days

Rebagg offers free pick up and shipping. Please contact me if you have a bag you would like to sell!  Rebagg Sell Your Bag Now

 

Louis Vuitton Handbag

 

Dolce Gabbana Handbag

Gucci Handbag

 

 

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

 

 

 

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.

 

Mind Aflutter?

January 1st, 2014

When your surroundings are cluttered by “objects” your mind is cluttered.

Call me to help you “de-clutter your home and closet & your mind”

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Disease…..”Shop-Ite-Us” and/or “Closet-Ite-Us”

July 3rd, 2013

 

Either of the diseases can affect a few or all of us who wear clothing. It affects males, females of different shapes, sizes, personalities and ages.  No one is immune to these diseases. People can choose to avoid symptoms or recognize them and take action immediately.  Should one avoid any one symptom they could end up bringing more disarray and sadness to their lives and unable to reach full enjoyment and peace.  Treatments can be short term or long term depending on treatment.

 

 

Shop-Ite-Us: Described as over-shopping or under-shopping.  Some choose to avoid shopping for years and others can’t stop  the urge to shop.

Symptoms, one or more may apply:

  • Shopping online and clothing doesn’t fit.
  • Buying 2 or more items of the same piece of clothing in different colors.
  • Panic when entering a department store.
  • Feeling of bliss when entering a department store.
  • Buys clothing, shoes, or accessories just because there’s a SALE.
  • Standing for hours in front of the store mirror wondering if it’s “you”.
  • Grabbing and paying in hopes you like it & find you look horrid when getting home.
  • Feeling tired  when the thought of shopping occurs.
  • Wanting to look fun at your age, yet end up looking like a teenager.

 

Closet-Ite-Us: described as wearing the same clothes endlessly because your closet is unorganized or have trouble creating new outfits.

Symptoms, one or more may apply:

  • Have 3 or more items of the same color of clothing and wear only one.
  • Upon entering closet your mind goes blank.
  • Clothing still has the price tags.
  • Unable to mix and match clothing.
  • Wear the same outfit over and over.
  • Closet is in disarray.

Should you know anyone that has one or more of the above symptoms please call for Immediate Treatment:

Bonnie Balistreri, Image Consultant

PS:  (If you’re wondering I created the above words and diseases)  

 

 

 

You’re Not To Buy a Thing

March 27th, 2013

 

When people hear I’m a personal shopper the first image that may come to their mind is leaving the store with clothing bags galore.

Would I love if my clients purchased lots of clothing when shopping with me?  Of course, then it feels like I’ve done my job.  Quite honestly shopping can be overwhelming for everyone; the fit, the look, the  price, etc.    At the beginning I let my clients know that instead of  buying the clothes they like immediately, they should put them hold and come back after we’ve discussed what works and they’ve cleared their head.   Shopping is not a full out race, rather a step by step process.   I never want to push anyone to buy.  I’d rather my clients gain knowledge.

 

 

 

Closet Confession by Cass Love

February 13th, 2013

Cass Love,  an Austin Singer/Songwriter posted this on Facebook and I’m honored to share with all.  She sums up what my goal is all about.   

This past week I had the honor to spend two mornings with Bonnie.  We went through every piece of clothing that I own, if you know me you know how insane that is.  I still fit in my clothes from high school and college and thus had not gotten rid of much of them.  She narrowed my clothes down to what I actually wear, what works together and fits who I am today and my lifestyle, and now FITS into my tiny closet!  She also helped me put together clothes I never would have thought of combining and accessorize them in a fun way that is totally ME.

This purging of clothes ended up being a major therapy session ridding me of past people and experiences, false ideas I had about the person I am ‘suppose’ to be and dress like, and cleared clutter not just from my closet and drawers but from my mind and heart.  This has led to a purge, organization, and minimization on all fronts of my life, and is opening up the creative floodgates for me again.

I have always needed everything in my environment clean, uncluttered, and pleasing to all of my senses before I write lyrics, music, or embark on a new project.  Maybe it’s just me but if you are a creative type, perhaps you understand.

I am beyond excited about what the future holds, what adventure and song is next, and truly embracing who God made me to be without shame or excuse, cover up, self imposed limitations or sabotage.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Bonnie!  Love Cass Music Info

Cass Love

 

Deprive or Enhance Yourself

January 23rd, 2013

de·prive

[dih-prahyv]

verb (used with object), de·prived, de·priv·ing. To remove or withhold something from the enjoyment or possession of (a person or persons): to deprive a man of life; to deprive a baby of candy.

My clients offer me great insight as to what they are feeling on the inside and how they are judging themselves on the outside.  My client’s feelings are so important and I choose not to deny them.  Instead,  I want to understand why and how they are feeling.  I won’t judge them.

Lori, explained to me how she was feeling:

She told me she exercised in the past and started to do so once again.  However, having children and age creeping up with the associated body changes,  she said she needs to lose 40 lbs and organize her life and herself.  She said “Bonnie, I can choose to deprive myself or I can give to myself?”  “I choose the latter as I want to live in the present and not in the future.  I want to go the extra leap and not hold myself back.  I want to enjoy the moment.”

Beautifully stated!  So many times I hear “I have to wait until I lose weight or obtain more money.”  Take Lori’s great advice and make it happen now, we never know what lies ahead.

 

 

 

 

 
 

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