Don’t Judge a Dress on it’s Hanger

May 31st, 2017



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.


Holiday Gift for A Special Someone

December 1st, 2016




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.


Rent the Runway Adds Plus-Size Rental Designer Clothing

July 9th, 2014

Matthew Williamson Designer Dress Retail: $1165 RTR Rental: $88


Rent the Runway now offers rental designer clothing for up to a size 22  They have exclusive collections that you can’t rent for a fraction of the cost.  You’re able to reserve a date for the rentals you choose.    You can rent jewelry, handbags,  clothing and purchase. Shapewear and intimates are for sale on RTR website. Rent The Runway






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



Boutiques may be your best best

April 16th, 2014



When asked where you purchased an article of clothing and you say the word “Boutique”  it already sounds more expensive.   Some of us shy away from shopping a boutique because of cost, or so we think, but not true.  I find gorgeous styles for great prices and cheaper then regular department or name brand stores.   So next time your passing by a Boutique check it out.


Personal Stalker

April 9th, 2014

Some stores are really making salespeople fight for customers by giving them higher commission criteria.  While I respect salespeople and understand most work on commission I really make sure they get my sales when I’ve been helped.  However, on the past few trips I’ve been inundated with shark eating salespeople when I’ve just wanted to browse.  I even had two saleswomen fight over me.  The first instance my friend was returning a dress she’d purchased.  While she was at the counter I told her I was going to browse (mind you I said nothing to the sales clerk helping her with the return, nor did she say anything to me).  While browsing I saw a jacket and tried it on and another sales clerk approached  asked if I had the appropriate size.  Immediately the clerk that was helping my friend (who was 20 feet away) stated in a loud voice to the clerk who’d approached me that “she had me and I was her customer”.   I felt uncomfortable and sales clerk told her fine I’m just helping her with a size.  They both watched me even while the one was still helping my friend with the return.   I finally told both of them “I’m looking and I’m not planning to buy anything”.  I felt completely engulfed between a feud I had not created.   My friend and I were amazed that the two actually  confronted one another for a sale in front of customers.  We left immediately without making any other purchases.

The other instance, I entered another well-known store for a pair of jeans.  I’m a browser so I came upon a cute jacket.   As I was trying it on a salesclerk approached me and said she knew me from such-and-such a store.  I told her I didn’t remember her and continued browsing.  She followed me and suggested I look at another jacket when I hung the other back.  She stayed within a few steps from me as I felt like she was my personal stalker.  Any direction I went she followed within close proximity.  I finally turned to her and said directly  “I’m sorry but I need my space and I just want to look”.   I didn’t want to be rude, but tailing and breathing down someone’s neck to make a sale is hardly the way you’ll get me to buy anything.  I ended up once again not purchasing anything but hightailing it out of the store.  NOTE to clothing stores:  educate your clerks this is not how to get a customer, rather it’s how to get a customer to avoid you or any sales.


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.



September 25th, 2013


When speaking with potential clients I always ask questions about them, their lifestyle, favorite colors, likes, dislikes etc.  On one occasion someone questioned “why do you need to know these things about me”?  My answer “I have to dig deep to find you and your true spirit of who are”.  Do I care about you? Absolutely, if I didn’t I would just meet you at a store and hand you some clothes to try.  Asking pointed questions gives me direction to stay on task to save you time and money to present who you really are.  It’s okay to talk to yourself (it doesn’t mean your crazy) and make notes of how you want to express yourself.   Then we can have fun creating the new you!


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)  





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