When you have to slow down, as I have with my knee injury, you begin to realize that time is fluid.  We speed it up when we’re in a hurry, doing a million things and we slow it down when we go on holiday or – as I am – become injured.  How does that happen?

As an accomplished and ambitious person, I have always had lots on my to-do list.  What I’m able to get done has become part of who I am.  However, now that I am injured, I am limited.  It can be frustrating, but it can also be liberating.

For example, I discovered my kids can load and unload a dishwasher!  Would I have known that if I hadn’t blown out my ACL and it is too uncomfortable to stand?  Probably not!

Obviously, my injury also affects how much time I need to spend taking care of myself.  In fact, during this period I’ve come up against a number of common personal style blocks:  comfort, body size and time.

Over the past few weeks, I have been exploring these topics with a fresh understanding.  I’ve been sharing with you common client issues and how I help my clients solve them.  If you want to read more about wanting comfort, click here.  If you want to read more about body size issues, click here.

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Many women cite time as the reason they cannot engage with their personal style.  Women disproportionally shoulder domestic duties, care-giving and often are engaged in full- or part-time paid work on top of it all.

It can feel like personal style is impossible.  However, like many things, once you invest time into your personal style, it saves you time in the long run – and can help lift you from the grind into a life you enjoy.

How?  Because when you create a personal style that showcases the amazing things you offer the world, you begin to remind yourself and others you were put on this planet for a reason – and it likely was not to load and unload the dishwasher!

You can feel beautiful and confident no matter how time-crunched.

Would you be surprised to know that creating your personal style can actually save you time?  Getting dressed becomes easier, your weekly laundry becomes easier, shopping becomes easier, packing becomes easier, saying yes to opportunities becomes easier as does saying no to things that drain your energy.

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Common Client Issue:  “I don’t know how to put my pieces together”

Many of my clients find themselves with wardrobes full of beautiful pieces with no idea how to put them together or mix up their looks.  They spend time they don’t have before critical events trying to work pieces together and walk out the door feeling less-than fabulous, which can ruin their day or evening before it’s even begun.

They shop in emergencies for items they need and end up buying something –anything – that fits or “will do” just to tick the box.  Their wardrobes are full of items they never wear, but don’t feel they can release because the item is “okay” or even “good” quality.

Does this sound familiar?  Guess what?

This is a true waste of your time – not to mention your budget!

Here’s the thing:  you don’t ever have to go through any of that again.

Even though I’m injured and it takes me longer to shower or get dressed, I spend no time choosing my looks because all I have to do is reach into my closet and pull one out.  I know exactly what goes with what and how to change up the look because I designed my wardrobe that way on the front-end.  Everything works easily and efficiently.

How We Solve It:

  • Create your personal style. Get clear on the colors, cuts, fabrication and patterning that work for you.  Choose elements that evoke your core values and prime you to show up as the woman you want to become.
  • Shop your closet. Give yourself a month to take a selfie of each look.  All you need is two weeks’ worth of looks plus looks for events like a funeral, wedding, casual party and night out.  As you take your selfie, count how many colors, pieces and style elements exist in your look.  Keep your number between 8-15.  Note how you feel in each look.  Experiment with your pieces.  Listen and acknowledge compliments you receive.  Release any items that don’t fit, are worn or torn or don’t feel good.  Write down which pieces are missing or need replacing.
  • Shop your needs. Set aside some time to shop for what you need.  Decide on your budget and set your priorities before you go.  Bring the pieces you need to match with you.  Get to your favorite store when it opens.  Take mirror selfies of each look.  Once you’ve found your pieces, put them on hold.  Take a coffee & snack break, scroll through your selfies and gut-check everything as you refuel.  Return to buy only what you love and what is in your budget.
  • Set up your wardrobe. Now that you have clear, completed outfits, organize your wardrobe so you can easily see how the pieces work together.  You can hang your outfits together or group them by color or category – it just needs to make sense to you.  Only hang what you will use.  Put other seasons of clothing away.  Hang special-occasion wear in a clothing bag to protect it from dust or sunlight.
  • Enjoy! Observe how much easier your mornings are now that you have completed outfits to wear.  Acknowledge the compliments that will start flowing your way.  Note for yourself when an item is starting to show wear & tear and calmly add it to your shopping list.  Set aside budget as you pay your bills so you can shop at the end of the season and fully leverage the sales.  Celebrate how wonderful it feels to dress for your next event with plenty of time to spare!

Try It Yourself!

Above is the process I use every day with clients (and on myself) to create a wardrobe that works for your life and saves you time (and money).  There are many elements, tricks and tips we can employ to make this easier for you – these are the major ones.  Personal style is a skill set you can learn.  Try the above and see it if works for you!


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