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.

 

Sizes 8 to 28 Clothing & Shoes

July 23rd, 2014

 

 

Simply Be is a wonderful website for affordable clothing and footwear (for hard-to-fit feet). Simply Be Clothing & Shoes

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 
 

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