We'll start with an initial consultation - likely via email - during which we'll do an assessment of your current style and your overall goals. We'll also talk about your budget and current lifestyle. From there, we can decide what type of service would be best for your needs and how many hours to schedule. Then we'll figure out a date and get to it! Take a look at the Examples tab to see some examples of real consultations.
How should I prepare for our initial consultation?
Think about your current style and how you want to update your look. Consider the challenges you have when getting dressed each morning and the parts of your body you like the best. Think about your lifestyle, your needs at home, and the items you wear in your professional setting. It's good to have an idea of clothing budget as well.
How much money should I spend?
If you want to shop at places like Goodwill and Buffalo Exchange, I can do wonders with $200-$300. If you prefer places like Target and TJ Maxx, then I would recommend that you consider spending more like $500-$600 for a wardrobe update. If you're looking to shop at Anthropologie and Nordstrom, then I would suggest budgeting $800-$1500 for some signature pieces. We can discuss your budget during our initial meeting.
I REALLY HATE SHOPPING. Can you help?
Yes. I can. Let's chat. I can put you at ease and we can figure out what might be most helpful. Perhaps you just need someone to reaffirm what you already know looks good. Maybe you are self-conscious about your current shape and it would help to have an expert to pick out items that highlight your best assets. It's also possible that you need the positive momentum and support of another person during your shopping experiences. Or maybe you just need someone to shop for you! I can do that too! Let's brainstorm together.
Where will we go shopping? What if we don't have the same taste or style? How will you know what I like?
My job is to understand how you want to look and feel -- and then make it happen. I strive to make you feel like a better version of yourself. With that being said, I may push you outside of your comfort zone a bit. As for shopping, I will definitely have suggestions and you can certainly amend those suggestions if you don't feel like they fit your overall goals or style. During our initial consultation, we'll discuss your lifestyle, the clothes that you already own, the items that you think you might need, and so on. We'll also talk about where you typically shop and what you usually purchase as well as any obstacles that you think you have regarding style, shopping, or creating outfits for yourself. All of these steps should lead us in the right direction.
I'm pretty self-conscious about my body and my clothes, but I really need a closet update. Help!
The good news is that your appointment will not be broadcast on national television for millions of people to see. The other good news is that our appointment will be completely confidential; it's just you and me. I understand that this kind of work can be fun for some people, and yet it can be difficult and overwhelming for others. The truth is that you may feel vulnerable and exposed as we're talking about your closet and looking through your clothes. These uncomfortable feelings are totally natural. You're opening yourself up to judgement from others and, most crucially, you're probably judging yourself. I find that we are often our own worst critics. My advice would be: Try to embrace the uncomfortable feelings. Those feelings are the key to change! It's right outside of the "comfort" we have in judging ourselves that we can open to self love and appreciation. Let's work together to find the best parts of you to showcase and honor.