Pretty as a picture, all my dresses, shoes and accessories ripe for the picking!
Above: Rachel Zoe floor length stunner!
I have never thought myself in need of the services of a personal stylist. Not one to be indecisive, nor, not know what trends work on myself, I usually passed their services by.
Big mistake. Big. Huge!
I was invited by Nordstrom to take advantage of their personal shopping experience a few weeks ago and I am still glowing from the successful afternoon. Never thought you were the type either? Then you, my friend, are exactly who should give it a try.
Step 1, figure out which store you'd like to try out, and give them a call or an email (check here). Pretty simple. After a brief chat with my stylist at Natick, Terry Drolich, I forwarded a questionnaire about my shopping preferences, sizes, and specific needs (wedding? shower? reunion? complete wardrobe overhaul?) and we were off to the races.
The whole afternoon was pretty posh and really made the shopping experience special. I was whisked away to a private fitting room which Terry had already stocked with items hand selected with me in mind. Terry had paid attention- my favourite brands were all present, accounted for, and she knew I had deep love for a good sale! She wasn't afraid to sprinkle sale items in my room as well, mindful that I didn't want to break my budget with big ticket purchases. Terry read my mind and likewise, pushed me outside my comfort zone a bit, recommending I try things I normally wouldn't select for myself.
Case and point, the Stuart Weitzman 'Minx' espadrilles. Gorgeous shoes. But different (in a very good way) from the over the top, totally nonsensical designer selections I am usually sucked into buying. The more sparkly, wobbly and impossible to actually walk in, the better. I tried these shoes on though, and whoa, I could run a marathon in 4 extra inches of stylish platform. They are simply put, the most comfortable heel I have ever tried. And now own, you didn't think I would let them stay there did you?
Next up, a gorgeous array of dresses, from the loud boho stylings of Haute Hippie, to a refined wrap dress from Kate Spade (the Aubrey, here), and back to a larger than life bold print tunic dress (the Amrita) from Trina Turk. My room was amply stocked with accessories of all shapes and sizes and Terry knew just what item went with what. She was helpful where I needed it but never pushy.
The piece de la resistance? The Missoni dress she stored away from prying eyes and saved just for me. It was a perfect fit, and already marked down twice at a deep discount (something husband and our new home budget could live with). This dress is killer, so killer, that sale associates on the floor mourned the loss. I swear a few secretly cursed me for buying it (I kid, I kid!). The dress is no longer available, but you can pick up this tunic, in the same print and on sale, here)*.
What do you think? Would you try out a day with a stylist? I used to be a nay but I have had a change of tune and I am now a most decided yay.
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