When's the last time you thought about what gets you really excited? And no, not just that throw-in-another-exclamation-point-at-the-end-of-a-sentence excited. Thing bigger. I'm talking, legs-kicking-uncontrollably-under-the-sheets-even before-the-alarm-goes-off-because-you-can't-wait-to-get-up-and-going, excited. Right.
Ok, next question. When is the last time you felt that way? If it was recently (read: sometime within the past 24 hours) well done. If you're still thinking about the answer, I understand. Actually, that question, along with a pie chart I made one week showing the amount of time spent in front of a screen vs. not, are two reasons why I quit my corporate job and now run The StyleShaker.
What gets me excited? Easy. Helping my clients get to the point where they can walk into and out of their closet feeling confident in what they have on. I flip out (read: figuratively flip out, i.e. my massive rush of emotion will manifest itself in a number of ways from uncontrollable leg 'kickies' in a chair, to impromptu happy dances, to smiling so hard it starts to look a little creepy depending upon location) when I know I'm inspiring my clients to see what they DO have and not what they don't. When they see what I saw all along, or even better, surprise the hell out of me by taking the fashion ball and running with it on their own, life is as it should be.
So, how do I do it? Where to begin? It all starts at the core, the interior, the closet. The Closet Consult, wardrobe walk thru, is step 1 on the path to personal style evolution, and rightfully so.
We shop, we buy, we accumulate, and yet we're left feeling as though the option of getting a root canal somehow seems preferable to walking into our closet in the morning and attempting to figure out what to wear. You've got the goods, you just don't know how to wear them, or you just don't have the time for any of it. Details. Sound familiar? Right, I know. That's why I'm here.
I have spent my fair share of time in closets large and small, organized and anything but, over the past few years. I've seen a lot, probably not all there is to see, but enough to have learned a few things.
First and foremost, what's inside your closet is a direct reflection of what's inside your head.
I know, I know, scary for some of us to consider, but it's the truth. Whether it's the smallest of spaces to work with, or a full-blown walk-in, what you do with that space tends to reflect what's going on in your own mind and life.
What does your closet say about you? What do you want it to say?
Sometimes we just need someone by our side (or remotely via Skype/phone) to tell us what stays and what goes. That's it. It sounds simple, and technically it is from my perspective. But it can freak a person OUT. I've found that I receive the most resistance to people asking for my help right here, right at this point when they consider opening their closet door to a stranger. Is she going to tear it apart? Will I be left with nothing? Right, I've heard it all. Valid concerns but not for how I do business. I believe in empowering, building up, and working with what you've got. Don't take my word for it though.
On the flip side, after every consult and walk thru is when I receive the most positive feedback over almost every other service provided (except those Virtual Lookbooks; they're fan favorite. More on those tomorrow).
Creating space is HUGE. When we create space we make room for good things to come in, and I'm not just speaking about material objects here people. A shift happens that acts as the perfect catalyst towards growth.
So all of this about a closet? I could go on for days, but I'll spare you. For now, I'll just nail down the message that the interior of your home is a reflection of your own interior.
If your closet isn't where you want it to be, it's time to start thinking about what you can do with your space. Here are some gorgeous and innovative closet pics to get inspired by.
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Let the Closet-Inspiration begin:
1. What to do with those shopping bags...frame 'em! What? Such a cool concept. As for the Luis Vuitton boxes you're stashing, I'm working on what to do there. I'll be back with some ideas shortly...
2. Everyone is basically chandelier-happy when it comes to giving their closet some love. Here's another example. Every closet should have a chaize lounge right? Just incase you want to take a cat nap in your Happy Place.
3. I never thought about this one, a glass cabinet to house your ever-growing collection. It's Imelda Marcos, 101. Baby steps.
4. I just sort of fell in love with the lightness and spaciousness of this spread. It could be the graphic designer wannabe in me, but the white space translates so well in a closet. Super clean.
5. Like I said, make your closet a boutique, and if you have no closet, go on a hunt for a stationary rolling rack to play with. The former retail-brat in me would have to make sure the hangers stayed consistent. Consider it a nod to Joan Crawford and her unseemly aversion to wire hangers. Love the full length mirror leaning against the wall. So simple. A total statement unto itself. Plus, with your goods on display you'll definitely be more on top of keeping them in tip top shape.
sources: 1 (www.pinterest.com), 2 (www.jessicasutton.com), 3 (www.apartmenttherapy.com), 4 (www.luv-decor.blogspot.pt), 5 (www.lambandblonde.blogspot.com)
Sure, the laser-like focus of this post is on the interior of your closet, but why stop there? You've got to fill it in right? Preferably with my guidance to avoid the whole, 'I have so much in there but nothing to wear,' situation. But incase you don't want to meet me or are just feeling a little shy, you can get your hands on the picks I find weekly while hunting to cross of items on my clients' personal Shopping Lists. It's all right here in the StyleShaker closet:
At The StyleShaker we believe 'when you FEEL good, you LOOK good.' It's an inside/out, holistic approach to style. We flipped the well-known saying on it's head for a reason. How do you capture that serotonin-filled feel-good moment everyone's always chasing? You create it. But you don't have to do it alone. The StyleShaker is here to get you inspired, excited, and in the end, help you take your personal style to levels you never thought possible. Aim higher, think bigger, walk into every day feeling confident and always, ALWAYS ask for help (a sign of strength, not weakness; took me awhile to figure that out) or know it's here if you need it.
See more on what to wear, how to wear it, and soak up some inspiration that will help you redefine what you thought was possible.