We never could have predicted our country would be where it is now in the middle of a pandemic due to the Coronavirus and so many disruptions in our daily lives. Enough of that!
Have No Fear, Your Personal Stylist is STILL Here
I have always written and “preached” the work of a Personal Stylist is different than any other job because it is personal to the client. I spend so much time getting to know the person, his/her needs, budget, special challenges, and lifestyle. Then, I create a plan to address the issues each client has.
I am working with a new client today, in fact. While yesterday I was considering doing a live closet audit, I have since changed my mind. We will do it online instead.
With the present social distancing that is harder to do, but not impossible. I had started to do some remote Personal Stylist work over the last couple of years. My first client is a doctor from Los Angeles I met at my husband’s college reunion at Pomona College. It was a fun and productive experience. We did a color analysis online followed by shape analysis. I suggested some wardrobe additions all online.
I need to take the virus seriously as you do so I am suspending any “live” Personal Stylist work until May 1, 2020. It’s the right thing to do.
I am not stopping my work–I am changing how I do it. I believe people need a Personal Stylist even more now. I am available to shop online, create look boards, capsule wardrobes, makeup recommendations as well as any of the other services I offer.
My hunch is that retail stores will offer even more sales and incentives so consumers continue shopping with them.
How an Online Personal Styling Will Work
I will be using Zoom, Go to Meeting, email and the old-fashioned telephone as my methods of work.
I have worked at home and in stores with clients for more than 10 years. I had a very established routine. I learned that right away when I left the 8 to 5 routine. I am sure like many of you, your routine has been disrupted. I am going to establish a new routine and add more walking outside, going to and fro from the grocery store, etc. Having a regular routine during this disrupting time will help maintain some sense of normalcy.
I will be sending information to all of my regular Personal Stylist clients with updated details, rates, inclusions, and more.
I will continue to write my blog every week, although at times I may divert from just talking about styling and image. I hope you allow me that diversion.
Last night my husband and I went out for a walk, and you would not have believed all the people out walking on our city Monon Trail! I couldn’t believe it. My brother who lives in Huntington Beach, CA, said the same thing. So many people were out walking and enjoying the sunshine. I wanted to show you this photo we took!
It didn’t feel like St. Patrick’s Day, that is for sure. The only celebration I saw were two runners out wearing green shirts. A restaurant that was playing Irish music, but no one was sitting in the restaurant.
We set out some canned food for a food drive my friend is doing. She’s a great person who always thinks of others even as she continues to work long hours at one IU Health. We’re former co-workers, and I am proud to call her my friend. I encourage you to look into your community to see if there are ways you can help too.
Keep it sassy, Indianapolis.
Beth Divine, MA, AICI Certified Image Consultant & Personal Stylist