Frequently Asked Questions
No, you don't. It is my job to help you create outfits from what you own. You don't need to purge, clean or organize ahead of time. There is no judgment here. 🙂
It's not necessary. I recommend holding off on shopping until after we work together to Design Your Signature Style. This is because you will have a whole new way of shopping and know what to look for that aligns with your style. If you have recently purchased items, keep the tags on and save the receipts until after we work together- either Design Your Signature Style or in-person for personal styling.
Yes, I work with men and women. Learn more about working with me here.
Yes, I work with teens, recent or soon to be grads and young professionals.
Terms of payment are outlined in a service agreement. I accept cash, check or credit card.
Design Your Signature Style
This is the first step in the styling process designed to clarify your style preferences, understand why you wear the things you do and explain why you avoid certain things. We use color, textures, body frame, lifestyle, preferences to develop your signature style. This leads into personal styling and personal shopping. Contact me to get started.
This service is done virtually via web meeting. You need a computer, laptop or tablet with a webcam. You will not be showing me your closet. You don’t need to have your closet organized or cleaned out. There is a prep form that you are asked to complete as part of the scheduling process for Design Your Signature Style. That prep form asks for photos of you, typical outfits you wear and a photo of your closet. It helps to have them ready to upload from your computer before starting the scheduling process.
A whole new way to look at yourself and your clothes! You will have a recording of our session. You receive a customized lookbook which includes a style summary, your photos with my style guidance, color theory, resources including blogs and videos to support your style plus I prepare a moodboard as further style inspiration for you.
Personal styling is bringing what is on the inside of you to the outside. It differs from celebrity or photoshoot styling in that it focuses on styling you based on your lifestyle, preferences and is for your day to day activities. I offer personal styling in my clients’ homes or virtually. Virtual (or digital) styling is when I work with my clients via the internet using Skype™ or web meetings.
When we work together in person (not virtually), the session will last approximately 2 to 3 hours depending on how many clothes you have and what looks I am putting together for you. This time spent in your closet is to “restyle” what you own to create new looks and outfits (shopping your closet). I will be documenting outfits as you try them on for your lookbook. After the session, I will prepare the lookbook and shopping list.
Virtual styling is done via web meeting and starts with Design Your Signature Style. You get all the benefits of working with me in person. This includes an outfit review session, a shopping session using online consignment stores, and a fitting.
Personal shopping is when I go to a local consignment store and pull the clothes ahead of time. What I do differently is that I shop for you not with you. After I pull the clothes, my clients meet me for an appointment to try on the clothes. This dramatically reduces the time my clients would spend shopping on their own, the pulls are targeted for my client’s style and most of the items fit.
I shop either at consignment stores OR online from online consignment stores or sustainable brands. If you are in the Phoenix metro area, I select the consignment store(s) to shop at and select the clothing ahead of time for you to try on. You purchase what you want the rest goes back on the rack. If you have chosen online, personal shopping, I create a list with the items, sizes, colors and you purchase them. Depending on the service you select, I come to your home while you try them on (and photograph you) or we will do the fittings via web meeting.
No, you don’t. You can work with me initially for restyling and then complete shopping at a later date. However, unless we have determined together that there is nothing in your closet to restyle, personal styling must be completed before personal shopping.
I will target those items if you have gaps in those areas.
The stores will be selected based on the service offering you choose. If you elect the option to shop at local, secondhand stores, I will select the store based on a combination of your size, style, and budget. If you have elected for online shopping, I will give you a detailed shopping list of items, sizes, colors and stores to order from. We will then have a follow up session via web meeting or in person for you to try on the items and get style guidance.
I will provide you a detailed shopping list of items, sizes, and colors to fill the gaps in your closet. We meet to review the list before you go shopping and purchase the items. You'll be able to buy the items from physical stores, online or a combination of sources -we agree and decide ahead of time on the approach. We then meet for a virtual fitting via web meeting for you to try on the items and we pull them together with your existing items.
What do these styling terms mean?
A closet review (or audit) means that I review what is in your closet that aligns with your style. Restyling is when I work with what is in your closet to create outfits to achieve your target style. Inevitably, some items will not make the cut and you can take them out of your wardrobe rotation or donate/consign them. I do not make you throw away, purge or get rid of items if you are not ready. However, if you are ready to purge items in your closet, I can help you with that. Sometimes, we just need an objective opinion to help with the decision of whether an item should stay or go.
A lookbook is a digital “book” in pdf format with photos from your closest restyling and from the outfits you try on during shopping (if you choose that service when working with me). The lookbook will feature tips and tricks so you can create looks beyond the photos as well as ways to accessorize and elevate the look through the use of footwear and accessories.
A moodboard can mean different thing to different people. For me it is a board you create on Pinterest to show me the style you want to portray. You may already have one created which makes it easier. This board is created to reflect your style including clothes, shoes, and accessories. You are painting a picture for me to understand your ideal style. Then I make it happen for you!
Consign where you buy. Do your homework and find a favorite consignment store in your local area or online. It’s much better to create an account at a store where you are likely to shop so that when you buy clothes you spend little to no money on the new purchase.
Donate where your values align or where it is easiest for you. Do not throw away your old clothes and shoes even if they are sweaty, torn, or stained. Thrift stores typically work with a recycler to which they send the items they can’t sell at the store. If you aren’t sure – ASK! If you don’t ever shop thrift or consignment, then use your donations for good and donate them to a store that helps families, children, animals or people re-entering the workforce.