When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a child of the 80s, I remember watching the commercial with the tagline, “Do you like to draw or paint, or maybe just sketch or doodle?” My inner voice was shouting, “I can totally do this!” Upon presenting my plan of attending art school, my parents supportively responded, “get a business degree so you’ll learn how to manage your creative career.” After earning a M.B.A, my parents were right, I became and continue to be professionally creative.
What is your closet like?
Our Belgian apartment has one closet (period), which I graciously offered to my husband. Meanwhile, I transformed the master bedroom loft into a pseudo walk-in closet using IKEA bookshelves and free standing clothes and shoe racks. It was an equal trade, right?
When did you become interested in fashion?
Twice a year, my mom would take my sister and me shopping for back-to-school clothes and spring break. We’d prepare for our outing by folding catalog pages for style inspo. Although our shopping frequency fluctuates over the years, the three of us always share a love for affordable fashion to create our own lux-for-less looks.
Do you pick out your outfit the night before or in the morning?
Sunday night is allocated to plan my week of professional and social activities. Typically, I create 3-4 outfits complete with accessories and shoes. The remaining days, I pull looks based on my mood.
What is your favorite part about your job?
That moment when a client witnesses a transformation is my favorite part about personal styling. First, there is a brief silence followed by laughter, a smile, or tears. No matter the type of emotion, it’s a moment of positive change.