By The Wiz
Once upon a time, I did not know how to dress myself. I mean, technically, I could do it. I could do buttons, I could do zippers, you know. But I never felt like I looked “put together” or “cute” or “stylish” or what have you.
Then my husband got me a Christmas present. It was a closet inventory and 2 hours of shopping with Alicia Richmond, fashion consultant for Good Things Utah and stylist of chic on a shoestring. It helped that Alicia was already a friend of ours, (she is the nicest person!) and what I told my husband was - “I want a couple of sweaters for Christmas. Go ask Alicia where to buy them, and what kind to get. I don’t trust you to pick them out.” I did get some great sweaters, but what he got me was so much more.
I am not kidding you when I say that after that, I felt like I had been on “What Not to Wear” but without the insults or the $5,000. (Or, sadly, enough, the hair and make-up people. Nick and Carmindy are geniuses.) But I now KNEW what kind of clothes to buy, and WHY, and she pulled combinations I never would have thought, and I honestly thought I could never shop without her again.
But I did shop without her, and I was SUCCESSFUL. It’s awesome. Truly.
She also did a “Balance Your Body Type” analysis on me, and that is why I can now shop for myself. Because I know what to buy. I know what to camouflage, what to accentuate. I know why V necks are good on me, and anything that pads the shoulders or widens them must be avoided!!! (It’s all about balancing the shoulders and hips, apparently. Did I know that? Um, yeah, totally…..) Yes, I still have the analysis in my email. I still look at it often.
I am telling you, I no longer look like a teenage boy or a moron when I leave the house. You know, unless it’s one of those days where sweats is all I’m going to wear, and that’s just how it is. And I often do just wear jeans and T-shirts. But the magical thing is, those jeans and tees, they FIT NOW. And I know I can put an outfit together when I want to, and it doesn’t intimidate me in the least. And that is huge for me.
(Also, I now do most of my shopping at consignment stores or Target. I don’t spend a ton, and Alicia is so aware of budgets.)
OK, I am yakking on and on because she is doing a workshop on Balancing Your Body Type on April 29th in Sandy - which is tomorrow! - and I WISH I could go and learn some more, but I live in Arizona now. But YOU can go, YOU can learn from her, unless, of course, you are like me and don’t live in Utah…..
I know it’s short notice, but she is so helpful. It’s sponsored by Down East Basics, and will feature their swimwear and summer line (she’ll help you pick a swimsuit!! And it will be great! I know this!). It’s at the Gail Miller Conference Center in Sandy, the Wasatch Room.
Info available at www.chiconashoestring.com. It’s $10 - which is far less than what you would pay for a pair of pants that you wear once and then hate because it just doesn’t look right. 4 people can go for $30 if they register together.
If you go, tell her I said “hi” Thanks.
(P.S. I did not get paid or anything free for writing this. I just wanted to let y’all know about the event.)
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