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What if you had to get dressed without ever looking in a mirror? What if you had to go solely on how you feel in your clothes?! How you feel in your clothes vs how you look? When you love whats in your closet this wouldn’t be a problem for you at all! Your clothing selection should be as sure as your coffee order – you know what you like & exactly how you like it. Now let’s be real, is this even attainable?! YES! But it takes work and a process just like anything else, you get out what you put in. And let me tell ya, if you build your closet strategically you can absolutely achieve a wardrobe full of pieces that work wonders for you & I’m obsessed with working with women to reach their goals of confidence and certainty in their closets! .
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Photo taken at: Rancho Santa Fe, California

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Settling into a new rhythm is so dang tricky! I’m sorting through boxes & emotions & business ideas & more emotions & wondering at what point things will start to take shape in this new season for our family. It’s hard not to let the difficulties that accompany change cloud the possibilities & dang it’s so necessary to feel all the feels in the moment. I’ve had to ask myself some hard questions about what I want to do with this life, what my hearts desires are & if I’m willing to say yes to them. I’ve been quickly approaching a choice – to accept this new challenge & dive back into the unknown or sit in the discomfort of change and lose hope. I will always choose to dive back in! Ive learned that a challenge faced alone is too much for me but when it’s surrendered to God first, he generously pours out his grace & that challenge becomes an open door. I first have to be willing, even if it’s scary or I feel unqualified because I am called to make a difference in the world around me & I refuse to allow fear to take up residency in my heart. So here’s to the next step, whatever it might be! I’m coming for ya! .
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Photo taken at: Encinitas, California

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Organizing & assessing clients spring shoes 😍
Do you have a good assortment of flats & heels for the spring?! If not here’s your quick list: nude heel, white sneakers, black mule. You can wear one of those with everything! I mean if it were my shoe collection I’d add in something with studs, snake print & mauve and ditch the basics! You do you, girl & don’t think twice because what you love matters most! Happy spring shopping! .
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Transitioning your wardrobe from winter to spring can be tooouuugh! The suns warm, the breeze is cold – so how do you dress for that nonsense?! Don’t be afraid to continue wearing your sweaters, just mix them with a lighter, springier piece on bottom like light wash denim, a pencil skirt or a shoe that exposes your ankle/top of your foot. Add in spring colored layers on top with your jeans & don’t second guess wearing your heavier blazers still! There’s no wrong way as long as your warm when it’s chilly and cool when it’s hot! And keep in mind that color is the most significant element transitioning through seasons! Happy spring!!
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Yeah, I get stuck in (effing, cuz these kinds of ruts deserve a swear word) clothing ruts too. Sometimes I try something new, look at myself in the mirror & OLIVIA!! All the bad thoughts come flooding in like a freight train. Walking out of the house feeling uninspired & self conscious sets a real positive tone for the day, doesn’t it? No thanks! But this is what I’ve come to understand about clothes, they’re just like every other relationship we have. We search for security, comfort, safety, inspiration & identity in them. They help to shape us into who we want to become & what we believe about ourselves. I want my clothing to offer security in areas I might not always feel good about. And all relationships need to be kept in check right?! I mean if home girl is stirring up some trouble you walk away! You (ideally, I know that’s not always easy) set boundaries to protect your heart. Typically we are drawn to people who make us feel inspired, understood, free & alive – people we feel proud to be seen with! Insert your wardrobe here… if you start your every day off feeling depleted, uninspired & self conscious then your relationship needs to change for your own well being. People and clothing should not becoming a hinderance to your potential or your overall health & beliefs about yourself. I am not a stylist just for the glamor (but let’s be real I def drool over the fancy things), I am a stylist because I believe in your potential and that your clothing is a major way of unlocking it! Set a boundary with your clothing like you would with someone who’s stealing your joy, get rid of them. They’re not worth keeping close if all they do is hurt you. 📷 @kaleighdsimmonsphoto

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I love mail day!!! Client’s goodies rolling’ in makes my heart skip a beat! 😍
I love working one on one with clients to build a strategic wardrobe, one that accommodates every facet of their lives! Your wardrobe should reflect your values & lifestyle, it should motivate you, offer you confidence and security and most of all it should feel exciting for you to get dressed every single day whether it’s a casual day, a work day, a girls night out, a special event or a trip to the gym!
As a stylist it’s not my goal to fill your closet with designer pieces or to break the bank – not even close! I work with a close budget if that’s what gives you peace through the process! I am a firm believer if something steals your peace, the price is too high – whether that’s financial or circumstantial.

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I (freaking) love boiler suits, but it’s hard to find the perfect one for your body & personality! I LOVED the color of this one but it was all up in my business – if ya catch my drift. Siiiiggggh. So close.
Do you like these jump suits?! If so, do you have one or do they make you a little nervous?? Remember that feeling a little nervous to wear something you LOVE is exactly what you’re looking for! Happy 76538397th snow day, back into hibernation I go.

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Custom suiting meeting today! So. Much. Fun! I loved learning more about this avenue of fashion & how I can partner with other local small businesses to offer my clients a wider range of services & insight! That’s the thing about this whole gig – the rules are made to be broken, style isn’t just about wearing what’s cool at the moment! It’s about expressing your individuality & wearing clothes that make you FEEL. Also, getting out of my freezing house and catching a little break from my (love em but they makin’ me crazy) kids was so deeply needed today after no power & horrible weather. Still waiting on that power to kick back in, however… until then we crash & get cozy wherever we can!

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It’s beautiful, yes. But we are 7 snow/ice days off of school and we can’t stand it much longer! Lord send the sun, I mean it Jesus… please send a bit of warmth, brightness and loads of melting to Michigan!

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You are enough. You are worth investing in. Your dreams are worth taking the risk for. The things that bring you life are important! As a mom I’ve carried this thought that I’ll be frowned upon for wearing too many hats… that raising my kids and building a career shouldn’t go hand in hand. For so long I fought fear that my kids would feel put on the shelf if I sacrificed even a moment of my time with them to invest in a career. Or that they would turn out to be wretched little humans if I didn’t give up everything and give them ALL of me.
I was wrong. The people who made me feel shame for wanting more than being a stay-at-Home-mom were wrong. I’ve learned that a child who knows they’re loved & feels secure, is there cheering mama on to become a success in her endeavors! Mamas success is theirs to celebrate too!
When Delaney says I’m a great stylist, I feel humbled. When I get to buy the kids something fun with my earned money, I feel proud. When I take a step back and I realize that the dreams in my heart were put there by a God who calls me worthy, deserving & capable, I understand that He also equipped me to walk through motherhood & my career with grace and balance. Moms are bosses.
Photo: @kelseyhettinga

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