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.

 

Junkyard Jewelry

December 3rd, 2014

 

“Imogene” Earrings

You read correctly!   Yes jewelry from vintage cars and trucks.  It’s a magnificent idea for using old vehicles.  I’m always about using what you have rather than waste so I love the idea.   My earrings and bracelet are from a 1960’s ford truck.  I was hoping to get a year and vehicle and name that had significance.  Rather it had none,  just beautiful unique pieces of artwork you can’t find anywhere.   I came upon this jewelry artist at the Austin Art Fair in April of 2014.    You Got Mojo Jewelry

 

“LAVONNE” bracelet

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Your Unique Image

July 30th, 2014

Steven Spielberg, one of America’s greatest directors had a mentor early on in his career. He said he failed at times but more importantly for Spielberg, it allowed him to learn from his mistakes and come out stronger on the other side. A mentor was exactly what Spielberg needed. As Spielberg puts it, “the delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” 

I couldn’t have said it better. This is and always has been my objective from the day I began my business.  Shopping and dressing can be stressful for you and many people because that’s not of interest to you and where you excel or choose to excel.  I’m not here to judge you.  In fact, I’m glad, otherwise there would be no need for my services.   On my initial consultation with a possible client I ask questions and listen to their likes, dislikes, lifestyle and the ideals they hope to gain in our working together.   I always tell my clients we need to be honest with one another from affordability to how you love or hate an outfit and know that “no question is stupid”.  While shopping or organizing with you I want it to be educational and fun even though it’s stressful for most of my clients that’s why they hire me.   My image is who I am and I want your image to be yours.

 

We All Start Out Knowing Magic

July 16th, 2014

 

 

 

“We all start out knowing magic. We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand.

But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get put on the straight and narrow path and told to be responsible. Told to act our age. Told to grow up, for God’s sake.

And you know why we were told that? Because the people doing the telling were afraid of our wildness and youth, and because the magic we knew made them ashamed and sad of what they’d allowed to wither in themselves.”

~ Robert R. McCammon, American Novelist, Boy’s Life (1991)

 

Trouble Finding Boots for your Figure?

June 25th, 2014

 

We all have different calve lengths and widths so I love the company Duo Boots.  They’re an online footwear retailer in the UK that makes boots of all styles to fit your proportions.  Besides choosing a style you wan you are able to choose your heel height and material.  The styles range from $140 to $400.  The website has a measuring tape for you to download so you can measure your calf and foot width.  Your boots are made to order and are delivered in seven business days!  Duo Boots

 

 

Peeling away the layers

June 18th, 2014

 


Kelly…The Before and The After

Kelly has transformed from the inside out.  I’ve gotten to know Kelly on one of the fun portions of her journey.

I interviewed Kelly about her weight loss journey.  Here are some of the facets of her journey:     

Why and how did you begin your transformation?

I was always healthy, happy & self-confident and didn’t let weight control my life.

Morbidly obese at 316 pounds at 5’4” my endocrinologist told me if I continued on this road my life would revolve around eight hours a day in a dialysis unit.  After two years of researching weight loss surgery, I realized I needed to be serious if I moved forward with the Vertical Gastric Sleeve.

How did you feel before losing the weight?

I felt sad and apathetic about the way I looked.  I was non-energetic.  My daily routine:  wake up, go to work, come home, watch TV, and go to bed.  My husband would always tell me I had to get off the couch.  I was a size 28 and hated clothes and hated shopping at plus-size stores.

What’s been the biggest emotional hurdle?  

Head games have been the hardest part of my journey.   At my highest weight, I felt uncomfortable and physically inactive.  I never saw myself as big as I was.  I never felt frumpy or fat.  As I began losing the weight, I realized more and more just how big I was and suddenly I didn’t like that much about me.  Wrinkles in my skin and excess skin were all I saw.  I continue to see a fabulous counselor to help me see all the positive around me.

How did you manage your weight-loss?  Did you feel like giving up?  

I felt overwhelmed at times.  I continue to have long and short-term goals.  The majority of what kept me going was my day-to-day goals.  Smaller goals such as: weighing less than my husband,  getting under 250 pounds, making it to “Onederland” (199 or below) made my goals attainable.  I had weeklong weight stalls at times where it felt like I would never lose another pound.  As frustrating as it was, I knew if I stayed the course the scale would move again.  My  “Non-Scale Victories” were other big factors that gave me incentive other than the number on the scale.  Such as my clothes fitting better or moving down a size in clothing.

When presented with new concepts do you or did you ever-put up walls?

My nature is to swiftly move forward when I decide to do something. I’ve always had high expectations.  So I jumped in with both feet and embraced the challenge of finding my personal style I realized early on that it was important to be open-minded.

What would you tell others dealing with weight or any issues in their life?

Take a chance – trust the experts- and give yourself permission to take care of yourself.  So many times we are so busy taking care of everyone else that we neglect our needs.  What I have learned through this process is that when I feel good about me I do a better job of taking care of those that are important to me.  In addition, I am also much more confident and successful in my career and my world is a much happier place.

Where are you now in the process?

I am 19 months out and have lost 136 pounds with 7 pounds left to my personal goal.  It isn’t always easy, but it is worth every struggle and I have gained so much more in my life than I ever imagined possible.

I’m designing my own signature jewelry pieces from copper wire and semi-precious gemstones!  Copper Designs By Kelly

I was running up to three 5Ks a month and now I’m doing one 5k a month.  I go swing dancing with my husband and I’m constantly on the go enjoying life.  Now my husbands says “don’t you think you could just sit down for a bit”?

 

Amethyst, Agate, Jasper & Swarovski Crystal Wire Wrapped Pendant…Made By Kelly

 

 

 

 

Advanced Style Documentary

June 11th, 2014

 

I received this email from Naomi, a client of mine:

Hi Bonnie, Hope you are well. I just wanted to get in touch and say, I have been thinking about you recently, and especially when I watched the documentary, “Advanced Style.” Because as an image consultant, I was curious about your perspective on these older women, who had decided not to go quietly into their golden years, but instead, had chosen to embrace a very colorful and bold, personal fashion statement. I bet you have seen this film, but if you haven’t, you might enjoy it.   Best, Naomi

My response:

Hi Naomi!

I did not see the documentary you referred to but I just checked out a trailer.  My thoughts on the documentary…all I see with these older women are they feel young mentally and ready to take on life.  They look forward to challenges and dare to be different in this world rather than what the world says they should be at a certain age.  I wish all women would “let loose” as that’s a freedom in itself when we can choose our artistry & our love and display it on the outside.  They’re very colorful women who I’d love to be around as they like taking a curve in the road.    All the women seemed happy and it made me happy to watch them.  I want to be as free and different as them.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 
 

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