Doesn't every fashion-minded girl dream of having her own personal stylist? I know I do. Recently I had my fashion forward friend, Carrie Humphreys, Independent Cabi Stylist, come to my house to help me with a Closet Audit. What is a closet audit? It's basically like that show "What Not to Wear" except that Carrie doesn't make snarky comments like Clinton & Stacy did, and she doesn't make you throw away your whole wardrobe. Basically, Carrie worked with the clothes in my closet and put together 50 outfits using what was already there. She also made additional suggestions for matching or adding shoes, handbags, belts, scarves and even jewelry to complement the various outfits. Carrie likes a challenge, too. You know that shirt, skirt, or jacket that you loved when you first bought it, but have never been able to figure out what to pair it with? Carrie was able to help me with a few of my closet "orphans".
How long does it take? Carrie spent about three hours at my house, going through my clothes, having me try on different pieces, matching items, taking pictures, and giving me feedback on what fit and what didn't. I was also given a homework assignment prior to her visit. First and foremost, I had to clean out my closet. (Carrie didn't tell me to do that, but I thought that it was time for some spring cleaning.) I organized and refolded clothes, I made a pile of clothes to be donated or consigned, and a pile that needed to be mended or taken to the dry cleaners. Then, per Carrie's instructions, I pulled out a few of my favorite "go to" outfits, so she could get a sense of my style. I also selected items that I was excited to wear this season, but that I needed help in how to mix and match them with other items. On a side note, I read an article recently about this phenomenally popular Japanese organizational guru named Marie Kondo. (Check out a NYT article on Kondo here.) One of the mantras that Kondo wants you to ask yourself when you are de-cluttering your house, or in this case your closet, is "does the item 'spark joy'?" As I folded or tried on items in my closet, I did ask myself this rather zen question, and it actually helped me to get rid of some items. What was most striking to me about the whole experience was the way that Carrie put together a myriad of separates that I would never have imagined. She said that she thinks it's because she has a fresh eye on my existing pieces, whereas I have gotten too used to looking at them. I think she was being modest about her talent. You can see from my iPhone pictures, some of the results of my Closet Audit. I now have a "library" of outfits on my phone that I can refer to when I get dressed in the morning, which leads to my husband's question, "so does this mean you'll be ready sooner?" Hmm, not sure about that one. Note: Carrie, as mentioned, is an Independent Stylist for Carol Anderson by Invitation, (i.e., CAbi), a beautiful clothing company that brings the season's fashions directly to a woman's home through trunk shows. Carrie charges $275 for a Closet Audit and gives a $100 CAbi gift certificate to use based on her suggestions. To contact Carrie, go to www.carriehumphreys.cabionline.com CAbi also gives back through The Heart of CAbi Foundation. The Heart of CAbi Foundation helps encourage and empower women entrepreneurs around the world. For more information, go to CAbiOnline.com/Foundation. I am currently a CAbi apprentice and looking forward to my Fall 2015 as a consultant/stylist, www.joanneabella.cabionline.com. Wish me luck!
"Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman." ~ Coco Chanel