I grew up always loving fashion. I remember from a very young age being very independent. I always wanted to choose what I wore to school. I always liked to mix and match and put my own outfits together.
When I went off to college, I had really wanted to major in Fashion. However, I decided that it was probably best to stick with something in business. I live in Tennessee, and although there are options out there for Fashion students, they are a lot harder to come by. I ended up graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Middle Tennessee State University in 2003. I had interned for a large insurance company while I was in college and was able to continue working with them upon graduation.
After a couple of years in the corporate world, I decided that I wanted to go back to school and pursue my passion. Unlike most people, I went back to college for a second bachelor’s degree rather than going to get my Master’s. I only had to take the classes for my Fashion Merchandising major since I already had all the cores classes the first time around.
Can I just note that I LOVED my classes the second time around. They were so interesting and fun!
Upon graduation the second time around, I decided to stay on board with the insurance company at least for a little while. I was getting married and moving all around the same time, so that seemed to be the best option during all of the transition. Shortly after my husband and I got settled into our new lives, his mother had heard about a possible fashion opportunity through one of her clients. (She is an interior designer here in Nashville.)
I went and met with her client and was so excited to learn more about the opportunity. It was an independent sales position with a clothing line. I jumped at the opportunity. I stayed on board with the insurance company, and I did the independent sales position on the side part time. My husband traveled a lot at the time, and it was a good opportunity for me to be out and about, meeting new people and making a little extra money doing something I loved.
I worked with the clothing line for almost three years. I loved every minute of it. I made a decision to give it up though. My client base was growing steadily, but a lot of my clients were outside of the Nashville area. My husband no longer traveled, and this put me away from home a lot of nights.
Not long after I gave up the independent sales position with the clothing line, I was let go from my corporate job. As with a lot of major corporations these days, they were moving operations to a more central region and downsizing.
It’s been almost a year now since that happened, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the time off. I’ve had time to reflect, and time to work on my future. I’ve worked with a couple different individuals helping them to get their businesses off the ground. I’ve also done some Personal Shopping work with a couple of my own clients, and in the last couple of months I’ve been working on getting my Personal Shopping/Wardrobe Consulting business up and running here in the Nashville area.
I LOVE to help people in any way that I can, and the Personal Shopping work has been so rewarding!
I am so excited to be able to do what I love every day!
Below are a few of the things that I help my clients out with.
– Shopping with Clients
– Shopping for Clients
*Color mixing and matching
*Mixing and matching old and new items
*Putting together the right outfits for your body type
*Staying in style on a budget
– Go through clients closets and help them decide what to keep and what to get rid of
– Work with clients and show them how to re-work old pieces with new pieces