Shopping, like life, is about choices, and the choices that we make matter. I am clearly a huge proponent of mindfulness and shopping strategically as I have built my business on a “shop smarter” platform. Lately I have been putting a lot of thought into sourcing and I would be remiss if I didn’t also suggest that we take it one (incredibly important) step further. We need to shop consciously.
Our acquisitive culture has the marketplace so over-saturated that shopping can be both overwhelming and underwhelming. One upside: with all of this product, we can be selective. We can choose the brands that are ethically and environmentally conscious. We can choose to buy clothing from companies that focus on cleaner sourcing and production. And we can choose to promote better living conditions by purchasing handmade items from small artisans across the globe (big shout out to my ladies at...
When Grey was a toddler, he would wake up at 5am, doggedly determined to start the day. Every. Single. Day. Not sharing his enthusiasm for pre-dawn darkness, I would groggily put on whatever was within arm’s length. Even after the coffee kicked in, I felt how I presented. Tired and sloppy. Not a good look for a burgeoning stylist.
At the time, I was a newly single mom, and I hadn’t yet gracefully transitioned. I was getting dressed on auto-pilot because my 20 minute self-care allotment was really 18 minutes of unpredictable “mommy, I need” declarations and 2 minutes to get dressed and brush my teeth. I needed a strategy.
My solution was simple: upgrade the pieces that were at the top of the pile so that, no matter what, I always loved what I was wearing (a gray cashmere turtleneck, black skinny jeans and Isabel Marant sneakers were the uniform) and I got rid of anything un...
As I sit here and write this blog, from the comfort of my bed, on a Wednesday afternoon, child happily playing in the other room, I am in the height of summer relaxation mode. The day is gloomy so there is no pressure to head outside, and I am realizing that this pace, while greatly appreciated and much needed, is not going to last forever. Fall is just around the corner, bringing with it a fabulously fashionable, crazy work calendar for me and a plethora of scheduling needs for Grey. Cue school year pandemonium.
One truth about me: I need organization to my chaos. In light of that, I have put together the below list of incremental optimizations to save time and sanity when trying to get out the door in the morning:
Streamline: a thoroughly edited wardrobe is the key to success. Eliminating wardrobe white noise will ensure you focus on pieces that work for you.
I have a client who suffers from Fashion FOMO. For her, the anxiety is specifically triggered at preschool drop-off. She hones in on a trend and perseverates, seeing it as the key to a fashion secret society that she hasn’t yet accessed. If left to her own devices, she would buy it all. In fact, prior to hiring me, she had. She got so caught up in the dynamism of the fashion industry that she wasn’t enjoying what she bought before she was on to the next trend.
In an effort to curb her spending and quell her anxiety, I gave her a mantra. Whether looking at instagram, shopping online or noticing emerging trends on the pre-school circuit, any time she feels her fashion FOMO rearing its ugly head she reminds herself
“I don’t have to own all of the cute things”.
If this dynamic sounds familiar to you (no judgees…even talented wardrobe fall into the instagram trap from time to time), slow down. Remind yourself tha...