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 Success Stories to see some examples of real consultations.
How should I prepare for our sessions?
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.
Before a closet consult, it's helpful if you to purge the things you don't want or you don't like -- if you're unsure, then you can put your to-be-donated clothes aside and we can look through them during our session. Also, it's nice for me to know what you chose to wear on the regular, so I like to see some of your go-to outfits. Some clients have found it helpful to lay things out before I get there to remind them what they want to discuss. Additionally, I like to focus on items that you have (and still like) but don't know what to wear with it. We'll also make a list of things you can buy to round out what you already have.
For the actual shopping date, I typically pull clothes for about an hour before you arrive. If you are interested in thrift shopping, I usually ask clients to wear a black tank top and black leggings so that you can try on clothes over that outfit and we can use the fitting rooms sparingly. This technique saves time and it's more fun! Plus, the fitting rooms usually have a low item limit -- and since we usually have a lot to try on, we want to be efficient.
For all shopping sessions, I like for clients to bring reusable bags for their purchases along with bottled water for the trying-on process. It helps to have eaten a hearty meal before our session(s) 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-$2000 for some signature pieces. Because thrifting is my jam, I find that
How will I pay you?
I will invoice you via PayPal after our session(s).
I REALLY HATE SHOPPING. Can you help?
Of course! I love shopping, so we're the perfect team! In fact, I can make it really easy on you. (Just check out my Yelp reviews!) So, 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 nix those suggestions if you don't feel like they fit your overall goals or style! This is flexible process and I'm here to provide what you need. 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.