Please feel free to call me Liz! Most of my friends do! I am a trained Image and Wardrobe Coach, and Absolute Color System Personal Color Consultant living in the CSRA. (That’s the Central Savannah River Area for you non-locals! AKA: Augusta, Georgia and the surrounding area) I am also a Skilled Member of the Association of Image Consultants International.
I believe that everyone has STYLE! Style is the outward expression of YOUR personality. Fashion is the language used to express that style. The $64,ooo question is: Does your style say what you want it to about you? I help my personal clients use the clothes in their closets (and in the shops) to express their personalities in a way integrated with their lifestyles and values. I help businesses finesse the tricky waters of employee dress issues with workshops, training, and mediation.
Years of international living experience give me a unique perspective on clothing and culture. This perspective, combined with professional training, and my teaching experience, allow me to help you to make improved wardrobe decisions that fit your lifestyle and your budget, support your goals, and flatter your body. My goal is to help you look and feel your best. You get dressed everyday, shouldn’t you be happy with what your clothes say about you?
Why I Do What I Do
When people ask me why I got into the Image and Wardrobe Coaching business, I usually explain that I really enjoy helping people feel better about themselves, and share about a wardrobe makeover that I witnessed that changed a woman’s life. I know that sounds a touch dramatic; Image Coaches see it often.
Back in the 1980’s, when I was a young college student, I worked one summer in the real estate sales office of a multi-use facility. It was gorgeous; there was an upscale shopping center, restaurants (no chains), apartments and condos, and office space. The office manager was a bundle of energy, and had a mind like a steel trap. I’ll call her Lina. She remembered the size of dozens of different spaces, and she knew every tenant’s contractor, how close they were to completion, and what their opening dates were. Lina kept track of everything, stayed cheerful under pressure, and was funny, to boot. She spent most of her time in the back, on the phones, keeping hundreds of balls in the air at once. Our boss wanted to promote Lina, but felt unable to do so, because putting her in a client facing position would have been a problem. Lina dressed like a 12 year old.
One Friday morning, our boss pulled Lina aside and explained that he knew she was an amazing employee and he wanted her to succeed. He told Lina that if she wanted, she would be leaving work at noon and going to Dayton’s for an appointment with a personal shopper; that she would be there all afternoon, and all day Saturday as well. She had a beauty salon consultation and appointment with the lead stylist, for anything her heart desired, plus $1000 to spend on a new work wardrobe. (This was a lot more money back in the Midwest in 1984!) Lina left work early that day, and none of us had any idea why.
Monday morning, when Lina came into the office, only two people recognized her. When someone tried to stop her from walking into the back (private) offices, she just laughed. Lina was a transformed woman. She looked exactly like Lina, simply Lina, all grown up and polished. Client facing? No problem! So, she took the world by storm.
I got it. Clothes do matter. And confidence is priceless.