What is a style consultant? Is it like a personal shopper?
Yes, but I don’t just shop for you. Depending on the desired service, I do everything from purging and organizing your closet, donating and consigning items, shopping and planning outfits, referring hair and makeup specialists, recommending jewelry purchases, nail polish color, itemizing outfits for a vacation, anything and everything related to how you look. What I don’t do (hair and makeup), I know fabulous people who do.
Do you get compensated by the stores you take clients to?
Absolutely not. If stores paid me to bring in clients, it would affect my objectivity. The only person who pays me is you.
How are you different than an interior designer?
Well, for starters, interior designers (not ‘decorators’) go to school specifically for their trade. An interior designer is not one without a degree. My degree is from Georgetown in Sociology & Psychology. Past that, interior designers have certain skills that I don’t have. If you are looking for a complete home remodel, a designer (and architect) is absolutely the way to go. If you’re looking for a complete room remodel or upgrade, I am more your speed (and a lot less expensive).
What is this gonna cost me?
A lot less than you think. My rate is $100 an hour. My two most popular services (closet repurposing and guided shopping) comprise a total style overhaul and usually clock in at 3 hours a piece. After that, I send periodic updates with additional items I’ve found for you. I stay in touch with all my clients to make sure they’re comfortable with their new clothes and their new look.
I’m interested in working with you eventually, but I’m not ready just yet. What can I do in the meantime?
I give all my clients the following guidelines:
- READ! Start with a monthly subscription to the following magazines: Elle, Bazaar, In Style, Lucky. Pay attention to the ads and editorials, mark what you like and don’t like. Style is a language you have to learn, and it’s visual. These magazines will be your A, B, Cs.
- EDIT! Do a preliminary look through your closet and start separating your clothing by season, and then by how often you do or don’t wear each piece. What you wear goes in the front, what you don’t goes in the back. See if you can start getting rid of things yourself.
- ORGANIZE! Get your closet in tip-top shape by ordering attractive, uniform hangers. Put clothing for work in one section, clothing for play in another. Get your workout gear out of the closet or tucked away into drawers. The closet should be about fashion only.
- FOLLOW! My blog is my brain. Unlike many style blogs, it’s not a testament to my ego, but rather to my desire to help you. If you’re familiar with my look, preferences, recommendations, and favorites, you’ll be in better shape when we meet and will ultimately need me (a little) less.
Do you style men and will you help my husband?
Yes and yes.
I’ve looked through your gallery and can’t find those cheesy before and after photos?