I was pleased to be asked to speak at Moody’s Financial (downtown Manhattan) to an impressive group of women on how confidence translates all areas of your life. I find that everyone wants a quick fix on how to “get there” faster and the reality is there is no quick fix on how to become confident and your best self. We are all a work in progress. Trying new things, taking classes, expanding your mind, body and spirit will aide in becoming more confident. I think it’s our life’s work. Being our best. Thank you Moody’s for the honor of spending your lunch hour with me. It was remarkable to meet all of you.
[Funny Story. The Today Show was airing stories about female entrepreneurs and Jenna Bush Hager was talking to women of all backgrounds on how they created and succeeded in being business owners. I was applauding these women as I watched at home. I was on my way to give my talk at a professional development luncheon on being confident and I ran into her on the street. Love when that happens don’t you?]
(Jenna and Bernadett)
(Should have taken picture with the entire room)
(Few of the ladies that attended the luncheon at a financial firm in downtown Manhattan)
It was a great honor to speak at the Girls Night Out event at the New York International Auto Show last week. I spoke to a crowd of women about how to be your best version and stand out from the crowd by embracing unique qualities that only they posses. Thank you to the team @Shebuyscars especially Scotty Reiss and Kim Orlando, for having me be part of this successful evening filled with bloggers and entrepreneurs. Always fills me with great joy to be in a room with smart and ambitious women. Especially you moms out there doing it all. You’re my heroes.
The evening began with a crowd #selfie. Maybe rename to #Crowfie (Does that work?)
Thank you Scotty Reiss and Kim Orlando for a fabulously orchestrated evening. You are rockstars!
(Kim Orlando (L) & Scotty Reiss (R) check out there site She Buys Cars
Speacial thanks to Jessica Hodges (above) marketing manager from the New York International Auto Show!
“I have good taste and know the best brands, but that doesn’t make me know how to dress or put an outfit together. I thought I did, but I don’t.
Thankfully, I met Bernadett (no ‘e’ as I call her). As soon as I met her, I was instantly at ease. She has such a nice way about her, like she’s an old friend or an older sister. We talked about my likes, dislikes and challenges. She asked me questions about my current style, who I aspire to dress like and what I would like to change. I said everything!
Bernadett came to my home and we made three piles of clothes—giveaway, keep, and maybe. I tried on everything and we laughed a lot. I immediately trusted her and felt comfortable.
A week later, she let me know where to meet her to try on my new clothes that she picked out. She picked out amazing clothes and they still felt like me, but so much better. In our own private dressing room, I tried on many outfits. I couldn’t believe how I looked. How I felt. It was an amazing feeling that I have never felt. Sexy, classy and hip.
Just the image I wanted but had no idea how to put things together as Bernadett did so easily and confidently. She got me. Understood what I wanted to achieve and taught me the do’s and don’ts of fashion in no time. And now I feel that I know what to do, how to put things together, what’s right and what’s not.
Believe me, you might think you know what you’re doing, and you might, at best it’s challenging to dress right. With Bernadett’s help and guidance, you will know and feel confident that you’re looking your best. Call her now and set a date! Can’t wait to see the new you!”
– President of Creative Agency in NYC
There is nothing I love more than taking a vision from a client and making it into a reality. My client who lives in the upper west side of Manhattan, loves her books and dreamed of a wall full of books. She previously had ordered book shelves but I was able to convince her that because of the height of her ceilings and amount of books she needed to cover the walls with a shelf system from the Elfa design at the Container Store. She was thrilled with the results. The room is not yet complete because we are taking it in stages but with a lot of planning and a few back and forth designs changes, I was able to create this incredible book shelf. She wanted her books placed by topic and not color coordinated. I like that. It’s very old New York. Raw and classic. She knew what she liked which makes that her best version.
(BEFORE~back wall left to right)
(DURING~back well left to right)
(AFTER~back wall left to right)
I was invited to speak to a class studying Business of Fashion Styling at the Fashion Institute of Technology to share my business and career advice to students who were stepping into careers in fashion. I was fortunate to attend FIT for my image consulting certificate and have since recommended it to so many aspiring fashionable business minded people. Here are a few tips I shared with the class:
- Set yourself apart from everyone else. Don’t be just another “person in fashion.” Be an individual and offer your clients something unique to you.
- Love what you do. If you don’t love it. Move on.
- Make everything your business. Don’t assume you don’t have to know about every little detail, you do. If your name is on it, it’s your business
- Write down short and long term goals.
(A few pictures of these lovely young minds)
But first, a group selfie.
(May the fashionable force be with you all)
(Love when students come up after to speak to me in private. Bright futures ahead for these students)
It can be done because I did it. I packed for a client traveling around the world in three suitcases. I surprised myself but with a bit of planning and organization you may have room in your suitcase for souvenirs.
This is how I did it:
- Made sure she had the right size suitcases. Here are some suitcase options
- Researched the countries she was traveling to gage the temperature
- Removed all her favorite items from her closet and laid them on her couch and bed
- Created looks/outfits based on her favorite pieces
- Packed basic pants/leggings/bottoms in black (She’s a New Yorker, we can’t help the black in the wardrobe)
- Tank tops, blazers, and sweaters which are wrinkle resistant (lay shirts on top of each other and roll them. Will prevent wrinkles and save space)
- 3 pair of shoes
- couple of handbags (stuffed the handbags with socks, accessories)
- pack your valuables (jewelry, cameras etc.) on your carry on
- buy bath products during your travels
This is what it looked like during the packing:
Upon her arrival she unpacked and sent me this photo and message:
While dining out with friends on Tuesday evening, I spotted an unusual amount of tall, broad, massive amounts of handsome men roaming around the restaurant. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a table of beautiful women only to see that it was the Kardashian sisters. The girls are stunning and just as beautiful as you would imagine. But it wasn’t the girls that caught my eye but how well their security detail was dressed. It was endearing to see these men so big they make the New England Patriots look like tater tots. Wing tip light tan shoes, suits that fit these gentle giants like a glove. You see, I always notice shoes on people. I didn’t grow up with much and what we did have, we took really good care of. It was imperative we keep our shoes clean, shiny and in good shape along with every other item in our wardrobe. No matter your size, tailor your clothes it will make it look custom and always keep your shoes clean.
(Kim, I’m a bit embarrassed I took your photo but you looked gorgeous)
Fashion is not about what we wear, but a reflection of how we feel. Receiving texts like these from clients are the foundation of why I do the work I do. #bestversion
So honored to have been asked to be the moderator at the New York City screening of The F-Word: a documentary film about the word FAT not my other favorite F%^* word (food).
If you’re a sister, daughter, brother, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew once removed blah blah. IF YOU’re a human being and you’re alive, you should watch this movie. This is the greatest conversation about how we use the word Fat. Here are a few snaps from my day at the legendary Public Theater Joe’s Pub in NYC.
It was back to school this week at Monmouth University where I styled the students and professors on set for their new college brochure. Some behind the scenes images of the students and the breathtakingly beautiful campus. Can’t wait to see the final images of what the talented photographer, John Decker captured.