I am a huge sucker for reality TV. Not the Bachelor, dating type of shows, but pretty much anything TLC comes up with. I’ve been pleading with my friends for years to nominate me for What Not To Wear, not because I’m a horrible dresser, but because I’d love Stacy and Clinton and $5000 to give me some stylin’ love. I’ve really wanted someone to take me from an “acceptable” dresser to a “super-cute” one.
But I’ve stopped asking for the nomination, because I’ve met Tara Poulson & Macy Villegas from Savvy Style NW. Tara, who has worked in the fashion industry for years, spoke at my church’s moms group in the spring about how to dress for the summer with under $100. I immediately set up an appointment for my very own “What Not To Wear” experience.
After four babies and eight years of drastic weight changes and even more drastic body shape changes, I was in desperate need of some assistance. I had a closet of clothes that I didn’t like, I didn’t wear and didn’t fit. I had no idea how to get out of my elastic-pants-solid-color-top rut. And I had totally lost track of what was in style and out of style. Sound familiar?
Tara and Macy came to my house helped me sort through my current wardrobe. We purged boxes of stuff that no longer worked (or probably never did) and then hit the mall, with coupons in hand, and started shopping. After a full day-o-shopping, I walked away with a new wardrobe and a new understanding of what I should wear and not wear. While I loved the entire experience, here’s what stood out to me:
:: It was all about me. Tara and Macy helped me figure out what clothes fit me best and what style best fit my personality. I left the experience knowing what types of pants to buy for my body and what types of tops to avoid all together. Here’s a pic of one outfit they put together for me.
I love the outfit — my lack of smile due to the torture of taking an “after” picture I knew would be going up on their website.
:: The suggestions fit my lifestyle. Best moment for me was when Tara brought a pair of yoga pants into the dressing room. She said, “You’re not going to dress up to go to the grocery store, so you’ll need some of these.” Love it. I’ve never seen Stacy and Clinton encourage their subjects to buy exercise wear and hoodies.
:: The clothing fit my budget. The Savvy Style gals worked within how much money I had to spend and helped me find some fantastic values. But we weren’t limited to the clearance rack either. We shopped at Nordstrom to find jeans and bras, the sale racks at Macy’s for jackets and pants and Forever 21 and H&M for trendier, seasonal tops and accessories. Both Tara and Macy are coupon-using, deal-hunting girls themselves, so they absolutely know how to find a good deal and where your money is best spent.
:: It was like shopping with a friend. Really stylish, fun and experienced friends. The personal shopping experience was relaxed and yet very focused. The stylists are down-to-earth and truly desire to help women find a style that works for them.
:: I feel empowered to shop on my own. Not only did my wardrobe get a makeover, my view of me and my style did as well. After Tara and Macy’s coaching, I am so much more confident as I put together outfits in my closet and shop the sales in the stores. I feel so much better about myself now that, on most days, I am wearing clothing that compliments my body.
Here’s what Savvy Style NW is all about, in their own words:
Has your closet become your worse nightmare? Whether you need simple style advice or a total wardrobe makeover, Savvy Style NW can help simplify your life while refreshing your image. We will educate you on the latest trends that will compliment your body type, as well as fit your lifestyle and budget.
Are you ready for your personal shopping adventure? Contact Tara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hate doing glowing reviews, because you all end up thinking that I am embellishing for the sake of the blog. I tried really hard to find something I didn’t like about my personal shopping experience, but I couldn’t. I really had a blast and learned so much. I did receive a discounted price on my personal shopping session in exchange for this review.
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