half the battle of designing my new closet for the kondo was actually designing my new wardrobe for my new life of ease in winning people and influencing friends. building this sexual new california closet and then filling it with my minestrone of a wardrobe would’ve been faux pas faux real. blessed be the fruit that alex long swooped into my jacked-up closet just in time to help with a major-style shakedown.
just a bit about raleigh stylist and friend of mine, alex: with over 20 years experience in the fashion and retail industry, she’s seen a thing or two about which trends can stand the test of time. she spent the early part of her career managing and buying for boutiques from wilmington to aspen, and eventually owned beanie + cecil, a designer shop here in raleigh. she told me she launched alex long studio to pursue her passion for helping women (and men) find and embrace their unique personal style. her services are aimed to help her clients simplify, de-stress, build confidence and have fun with fashion.
alex is really sort of the olivia pope of styling. once i’d engaged her to help me, women started coming out of the woodwork, identifying themselves as her clients: oh yeah, she styles me, yup, i work with her too. huh? it was literally all of the most stylish women in raleigh – happy to share that alex was in fact the wind beneath their cordovan winged-tips.
i recently booked alex for a closet edit – she can do these anytime with a new client, or, what’s really helpful is a seasonal closet edit, where she helps you switch, store and style for the coming season. here’s how it went down…
|Alex brings over racks, sets up quickly, and starts by asking you to pull out from your closet any pieces that are just 100% musts, but with a word of encouragement: don’t get carried away.|
|and then there were the items left, that I hadn’t picked as must-haves, which she went through efficiently and saved a few that I had overlooked simply because I just didn’t have a clue how to wear them.|
|I encourage Alex to feel how light this nikes are (they really are), and she encourages me to stop buying shoes.|
|then she suggested a second option, to give the pants a little extra life. smart. cream white navy and black. I am sophisticated funk.|
and i encourage you to be too. seriously, i cannot tell you how much value i got from the time with alex in my closet, and it’s really paying in dividends. I’m moving to the kondo / new closet with a simplified, much-more chic wardrobe, i have a much better idea of what pieces combine well, plus i have money on the way from the items she consigned for me! check out alex’s site, and her IG for lots of style inspo. she’s happy to offer 10% off her 6 hour package to my readers, so just tell her you hollered from here. she also has gift cards and this would be a MAJOR holiday gift for you, or someone you love who wants to BE BEST.
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