(Previously Published by Maggie on June 6, 2014)
Meet Jeni, an Army veteran, mom, wife, and a highly accomplished working professional who specializes in affordable housing. Jeni is yet another superwoman I’ve had the privilege of styling since I launched Maggie Paine in February. She is also a dear friend of mine from West Point.
I am always so honored to serve all of my clients, and I am particularly touched when friends contact me about my services. Jeni kindly reached out to me soon after I launched my company to see if I could help her with two fashion needs: first, if I could put together a few new work outfits, and second, if I could find an appropriate dress for her to wear to an evening wedding in the tropics. I happily started planning our way ahead. Did I mention that Jeni lives in another state?
In many ways, the consulting and styling process with my long distance clients is the same as it is with my local clients. And the key to our success is honest communication and accurate measurements. After a few conversations with Jeni, I had a good sense of what she needed to reach her style goals. I then sent her detailed instructions on how to take proper body measurements. Armed with measurements and notes, I put together a vision board for her on Pinterest.
For any client, the point of a Pinterest board is for me to offer ideas and an overall vision that aligns with my client’s personality and goals. I find that taking time to create a vision board saves both time and money for my clients. I create this vision by careful research and observation – first and foremost by listening and asking questions and then by explaining why I have chosen certain pieces and how to wear them. Once I share the board and my client reviews it, we refine it as needed by subtracting some pieces and adding others. Then I contact stores to confirm sizing information for each each garment, purchase item(s), and coordinate shipping. So the only tasks left for my client are to receive new clothes, try them on, and give me feedback! And, of course, should an item not quite workout, I handle the return/exchange.
At the outset of the consulting and styling process with Jeni, we agreed to accomplish her goals in a set number of monthly sessions. We used the first session to find a dress for the tropical wedding. I pinned a handful of options to her vision board that I thought would be appropriate and comfortable for the occasion. Jeni chose three of my pins to try on and ultimately decided upon a long silk maxi dress with a beautiful pink coral pattern. She totally rocked it – see picture above.
As for Jack’s “micro-fashion” (find a picture of this little cutie-pie below!), check out Carolina Baby Boutique by Elizabeth, Jeni’s sister-in-law, for the most adorable baby outfits!!
Thanks Jeni, Andrew, and Jack for sharing your beautiful pictures. And thanks Jeni for trusting Maggie Paine!
Until next time...