About

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My Style Mission

Your personal style is the unique ingredient that lets the world know who you are, and for me there is no better feeling than helping you discover the wardrobe that makes you feel most YOU. My background is in social work, and I use a psychological approach to styling that’s different than what you see on those makeover shows. There’s no ridicule or judgement as we process where you’re at style-wise and help you meet your goals. I will assess you as an individual, taking into account your body type, budget, and how you like to spend your time. I believe fashion should support you, be an enjoyable creative outlet that makes you feel confident, and the process of shopping for a wardrobe you love shouldn’t be a rule-filled pain, but a fun and easy endeavor with positive results.

Who I am

I grew up in the middle-of-nowhere Maine, where I spent hundreds of snowy days reading fashion magazines, drawing, and dreaming up endless crazy outfits. I was voted “weirdest dressed” in my high school yearbook. I got a degree in psychology at Reed College in Portland and a master’s in social work at Columbia University in New York, where I learned all about what makes people tick, behavior, and the importance of empathy. In Austin I realized I needed more of a creative outlet than social work had to offer, and I discovered the craft of wardrobe consulting. Michelle Rodriguez of The Paid Stylist helped me create and launch my personal styling business in 2011. As a personal stylist, my background has made me sensitive to the issues of body image, identity, finances, and anxiety that can sometimes come up during the process. My time as a social worker combined with my well-honed skills for entertaining myself have given me an irreverent sense of humor and the inability to take anything TOO seriously. My approach is always to have the most fun possible while making you feel the best you can possibly feel about the way you dress.

My Work

I now work as a personal stylist to hundreds of men and women here in Austin and beyond. I partner with Savilino as a wardrobe consultant for custom uniform design, and together we have outfitted the staff of The Andaz Resort & Spa Scottsdale, Cannon & Belle (at the Hilton Austin), TRIO at Four Seasons Hotel Austin, Stella San Jac (at The Westin Hotel Downtown Austin), and Barlata Tapas Bar. I also speak/present on a host of style-related topics and have partnered with companies such as PayPal, BazaarVoice, Dairy Max, and Herman Miller.