In the past I’ve had initial conversations with clients who say something like, “My husband thinks hiring a stylist is frivolous” or “I feel I should be able to get dressed on my own, I mean it shouldn’t be this hard, right?” Wrong. If you think you’re either born with style or you’re not, you’d be mistaken. That “effortless look” actually requires a lot of, well….effort! Fashion is what you buy, style is what you do with it and it should be thoughtful and intentional and an authentic representation of YOU. Clothes aren’t just clothes. What you wear reflects how you’re feeling on the inside and how you want to present yourself on the outside. Taking the time to ask yourself, “Why am I wearing what I’m wearing? What story do I want to tell with my clothing moving forward? How do I want to FEEL in my clothing? And how do I want to show up in the world?” and answering those questions and then taking action to achieve those goals is a form of self-care. Working with a stylist can be very therapeutic because there’s a lot of self-reflection during the process. Figuring out your personal style is very personal because you have to dig deep to see and address certain patterns going on within you and your wardrobe – for example hanging on to clothes that haven’t fit in years or buying pieces you THINK you should wear because everyone else is wearing them but they don’t feel like YOU. There are many layers to this. This is why I work 1 on 1 with my clients, to eliminate the blocks that are preventing them from having a wardrobe they love. Yes, hiring a stylist is an investment but it’s an investment in yourself, your emotional well-being, and in your future and THAT is a definitely a form of self-care.