Never, in a million years, did I think I’d ever want or need to hire a personal stylist. I mean, really – who do I think I am? My lifestyle doesn’t scream “red carpet ready” and in general, I think I have a pretty good sense of style.
Let’s not even go there that I have a daughter who’s a fashion major with an amazing eye and who knows me better than any stylist possibly could……..
And don’t personal stylists charge, like, a bajillion dollars an hour?????
But there I was, face-to-face (on Skype) with the lovely, warm, uber-stylish and super-talented Jessie Artigue of Style and Pepper.
photo courtesy of Jessie Artigue
Let me start at the beginning………..
I have written here about the challenges I’ve faced in dressing myself – how I’ve used clothing as armor, clothing to define who I am, clothing to help me figure out how I want to present myself to the world. I’ve even done a few fashion-y posts. And while I think, for the most part, I look put-together and well-styled, I was feeling a bit “all over the place” with my wardrobe. I knew it was time for a major overhaul but didn’t know where to begin – what to keep, what to toss, what to re-purpose.
My go-to, naturally, was Chelsea. But a) she was at school at the time, and b) I wanted someone with complete objectivity, who was not so close to or familiar with me and my fashion idiosyncracies. I wanted a fresh start.
Heck, I wanted a personal stylist.
So I started poking around on-line. I had actually been following Jessie on Twitter for some time, but didn’t think she was right for me. Too young, no kids – how could she possibly relate to what I needed? But Jessie is one of those people whose warmth and friendliness transcends the computer – and I realized that, as a professional stylist, she should be able to dress anyone. She happened to be offering a special rate at the time so I decided to take the plunge.
I can’t exactly say what my expectations were, as I’ve never done anything like this before. But I WILL say that Jessie far exceeded whatever it was I thought the experience would be.
We had a 2-hour Skype session, the first part of which she spent asking many thoughtful questions about pretty much every aspect of my life – how I spent my day, how I’d describe my style, recent changes in my life (hello, Noah!!), etc. We had the session in my closet (!!) and I showed her the pieces I loved, items I hadn’t worn in forever, and what she called my “challenge” pieces – clothes that I bought on impulse yet rarely wore.
Jessie deftly helped me sift through and edit my entire wardrobe. Because she comes from such a different perspective – and is SO skilled at what she does – she saw my clothes through new eyes and was able to swiftly put many looks together with items I already owned.
This last part was most impressive to me – I was convinced that hiring a personal stylist meant basically trashing everything I owned and spending a small fortune to build it back up with all new clothes. But Jessie worked with what I had, suggesting just a few supplemental purchases to pull new looks together – items like belts and leggings to breathe new life into pieces I was ready to toss.
And the best part of all? She sent me follow-up “notes” – including items she suggested purchasing (and links to where to buy them), MANY outfit ideas, and a recap of everything we discussed. This was so helpful because I didn’t have to spend our time together writing everything down – she did it for me.
What’s happened since my session?
Well, I am definitely less inclined to buy on impulse, and I feel like when I do make a purchase it’s with more mindfulness – does this really work with what I already have? And though I purged a lot from my closet I love having a smaller selection of items I truly enjoy wearing. I no longer have that “nothing to wear” feeling (even though I have less to choose from!), and I’m much more confident and secure when I’m out and about shopping. Ironically, I’m spending less money and am much more satisfied.
I can’t recommend Jessie highly enough – check out her website to learn more about her services and see her fabulous sense of style (she has great recipes and DIY tutorials too).
And say hi for me!
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