Frequently Asked Questions
How can I develop my personal aesthetic to be satisfying, impressive and lasting? I will address the two active levels of presentation — your unique unchanging base, and your living response to all that is in flux. Crafting messages that match your dominant values clarify communication. We will propel a meaningful message that is effective and distinguished.
How will you help me develop my personal style? I will present you with well-researched options that resonate with your energy and expression. We will combine the best elements of fashion and style with an independent spirit to define your aesthetic. We can never have enough focus on what is gorgeous in each of us; I will highlight it with inventive flair.
How do fashion editors develop their daily uniforms with aesthetic integrity? I get asked this question a lot and it's no wonder...we all agree -- a well dressed woman (or man) is a miracle to behold. Attention to detail, aligned decision making and education is the answer.
Do you have a set formula? Each and everyone woman is a unique entity unto herself. There is no set formula out of respect for different body types, personalities, needs, goals and desires. Every element is honored to spark joy! My process is particular to each woman---even models with similar measurements do not fit into the same looks with the same energy. I learned that thoroughly during my many years in training as a sittings editor on fashion shoots.
How can I literally become effortless in my approach to dressing? Clients often struggle more with looking effortless on a daily basis than with finding drop-dead special occasion garb. In the evening, there is great lighting, there are heels, hair and makeup, and great props. Finding something that works and is more toned down is a bigger challenge. Together, we will develop your inherent taste and style to the point that it becomes "effortless". Finding your best cut, color, fabrication, and message, with only minor seasonal tweaks, is our very reachable goal.
How can I perfect my daily uniform to create a signature? The holy grail! We will visualize your future self and set intentions though conscious, thoughtful choices. We will respect your strengths and gifts, while inviting flexibility and open-mindedness, so that your uniform evolves with you. You will recognize your divine spark!
What are my most important investment pieces? Great investments impart freedom. They streamline your habits as the cornerstones of your routine. Together we will focus on priorities, carefully checking them off while building closet equity with a plan.
How can I think like a stylist to optimize my budget? Stylists formulate a plan to navigate change, creating wardrobe assets by discovering/uncovering authenticity for themselves. We will map out a plan for you while addressing practical tools -- tailoring, organization, a sophisticated approach that works for you, and artful mixing for your body type. These are priceless tricks of the trade that I will teach you.
How can I best work with what I have? Tailoring your well-made acquisitions is a favorite tactic to reinvent what you already own, which is less expensive and more sustainable than buying everything new. Targeting missing links will make your investment pieces modern and more wearable throughout seasonal changes.
Why did you change from editorial stylist to personal stylist? With magazines and retail, there is a subtle degree of manipulation. It may be well intentioned, but it’s there. The switch to a private client base happened by chance, when I offered my services for a charity silent auction. I have an altruistic motivation to work purely on behalf of women and men without hype, to promote expansion and well-being. Personal styling is the perfect blend of high fashion meets healing arts.
Will I become dependant on you? I’ve had people say you have to make it so your client can’t live without you, it’s better for your business. That’s not what it’s about for me. It’s about teaching and letting you go off on your own to feel fantastic and manage and not be frustrated. In the end clients keep coming back because they do feel good.
Would an unlimited budget make it easier? There are a few clients where money is no object. Regardless, everyone wants to feel like they spent wisely! No one wants to have buyer’s remorse.
Do you receive commissions on my purchases? I am here to support my clients and my allegiance is to her/him alone. I do thorough research covering all price points + detailed follow-up suggestions are complementary for clients, but the suggestions I make are always tailored to your specific needs regardless of the source. That said, occasionally I am offered a small commision by platforms or designers as a thank you.
Can you help with store discounts? Discounts are a lovely benefit and do happen on a case by case basis, especially with advance orders. Making smart, targeted purchases is the key to managing your clothing budget and I will get you on a wise plan that will be easy to execute.
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