4.1.11

Cast off

I have misplaced my sunglasses apparently. Hats work unless you have to look up at the camera, or drive, obviously. Amusingly though, due to the glare, I noticed my "I think you have an interesting secret you want to tell me," look on my face in that last picture. . . As if my tripod is hiding my glasses from me, pissed that I had abandoned it for so long. You have something you want to tell me TRI?

Well I had my first client over the break! I was nervous (and excited and anxious and elated and surprised by how easy it was). She was excited (and ready and cooperative and maybe all sorts of things she didn't tell me about). We sprinted onward and in the end she had a well organized, much less cluttered, but way more functional closet (which was sort of serving as a memory box for clothing that reminded her of certain events from junior high, high school, early dates, and weddings she attended 10 years ago.)  In our first hour, we put memories in their place (where they don't take up precious hanger space), and identified redundancies, hidden gems, gaps and priority purchases. Then we hit the thrift shops.  In just under 3 hours, we were able to find the perfect dressy cardigan, a few perfect slouchy cardigans, a new (to her) fit of jeans, a pair of boots, a super slimming, heavy weight cashmere camel coat, and a few blouses that would tie it all together. In our final hour we will put it all together in complete, accessorized, layered and seasonal (winter) outfits and photograph each for future reference. It was horrifyingly wonderful!

This cardigan I am wearing was a cast off from my client's pile. I vowed to only buy things she didn't like or did not suit her. I did! And she got some things that look just amazing on her! It was such a great experience that I have decided might do coordinated shopping days on top of styling services. I am thinking 2 scheduled days a month I will map a thrift shop course and invite my clients to come along with me. They can join me for free, like a shopping date where we just do our own things, or for a very small fee, I will shop for them, with them, and give tips and teach them lessons I have learned myself about thrifting so that they can feel more confident hitting the shops alone. I think it will be a great way to meet more clients actually, you know, advertise thrift shop tours and training classes. Not that most veteran shoppers need any help, but there may be quite a few people thinking about second hand right now to save money, who have never tried it before. Hmm, you never know.

Hat, cardigan, boots, crocheted cardigan, top, accessories: thrifted
Pants: AE
Stole: Kisabela

26 comments:

Emily (tomorrow never knows) said...

Love it. This seems so perfect for you missy. AND I am jealous, I need a Christina to help look fabulous some days (ok most days). I really love this look you are wearing above, I showed your blog to a coworker and she was eating it all up, really loved your style and she is not even into vintage or second hand but she loved your looks. Ha some people don't realize what awesomene second hand gems you can find out there. (and how much money you can save!)

modniza said...

pretty outfit.nice photos.

Sara said...

I love this look! Definitely going in my outfit inspiration mental folder.

amanda said...

this is like a bloody dream!!! both the story and the outfit actually. so glad this new venture is working out for you and for the ladies who hire you. and the cardigan is gorgeous!

Lynzy said...

I absolutely love the way you paired this sweater and the deconstructed denim.
Your job sounds like a dream to me as well. I would love to reorganize spaces and help those with less thrifting experience!

Lynzy
http://sparklingfootsteps.blogspot.com

Liv said...

Wow, I could definitely spend a few hours with you! I moved over the summer and still haven't sorted through all my bins of clothing due to having way less closet space than I used to. And even though I got rid of a ton of stuff before the move it's still pretty daunting. I have the day off today, I think I'll attempt to tackle it! Yay, you! Giving me a much needed kick in the ass without even trying!

http://idlefascination.blogspot.com/

the other emily said...

this sounds amazing! i would love to have your keen eyes thrifting for me - just about the only thing i don't like about secondhand shopping is that i'm not very good at going with friends, it makes me feel like we're competing for the good stuff! when i do go with a buddy, i try to take either a guy or a girlfriend of a very different size or style from my own - but to have a complete ally?? sounds too good to be true :)

inday_adin said...

I love this whole outfit!!! It is nice to see you back again. Happy New Year! :)

Adin B

Natasha said...

Your new adventure sounds absolutely amazing!!! I must admit that I am slightly jealous that you were able to make this happen, and I live someone that it would be almost impossible....but on the other hand it gives me SO much hope and desire that I WANT to make it happen...so I know I NEED to start taking small steps so that one day when the time (and place) is right I can be doing what I love! (Aside from being mom of course..haha)

Thanks for the inspiration!! I look forward to hearing more about this adventure!!!

kornrose said...

I so wish you lived in Portland...I'd snap up your services in a hot minute.

Happy New Year!

Terri said...

I would absolutely PAY to go thrift-storing with you. Privately I've long thought that you had some private source of clothing...and that it didn't actually come from thrifts.

Louise said...

Christina, I am supremely inspired by what you are doing. Not only are you following your bliss, you are doing it with amazing style while helping others feel better about themselves!

You're just an awesome woman.

KT said...

I love this look, especially with the ripped jeans. It looks so comfortable and warm and yet chic. - Katy

wardrobeexperience said...

this oversized cardi looks so awesome with this fur stole.

late - happy new year tro you! may your whishes come true!

http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.com

Jay said...

I really love this outfit! :)

http://commonsenseandstilettos.blogspot.com/

archives said...

first off - holy shit! YAY for such an amazing first client experience!!! huzzah!

i fucking LOVE the fur - esp paired with the rust colored cardigan. absolutely perfect. i want to steal this look off of you!

jessie said...

congratulations!!!! what an exciting (huge) jump for your styling career! i work for myself doing the same thing (in kansas city) and it is one of the most gratifying, fun & stimulating things that i can imagine doing for work.

would love to "talk shop" sometime and can't wait to hear more about future projects!

The Elegant Bohemian said...

Without sounding like a total stalker nut job; I have to tell you: MAN! I'VE MISSED YOU!!! Simply put: I like your style! ~Serene

hanging on handrails. said...

ohmygod. Sounds like a dream job.

Ana - Toil and Trouble said...

First of all, amazing cardigan. If she has anymore castoffs, can I have them? Please?? :o)

Secondly, your job sounds AMAZING. I also can't believe you managed to find so much for her in only 3 hours of thrifting. I wish I had your magic touch. If you ever come to Boston, please let me know!!

LivingTheVogue said...

Lovely pics and outfit! I really like the color tones! Congrats for this great job! xx

myedit said...

You're awesome. I kind of feel like you are living a slice of my dream. In the last while I have taken a few people thrifting in a really focused way and it's graet to know that I can thrift for others too... not just my crazy taste.
All the best and this outfit is awesome too!

Emily said...

The process sounds amazing from beginning to end and totally worth some money.

casual ambiguity said...

Love hearing about your new career! I wish I could pack up my whole wardrobe, trot over to the USA again and see what you make of it haha :P

I also wish it was snowing when I visited, pretty!

Elizabeth Benfield said...

fyi - i cannot think of a single hat that you have posted that i was not super jealous of ... i love them all!!!!

Katie said...

Looooooooove this! Best outfit pic ive seen all day! The ripped jeans paired with the huge faux fur collar... impeccable.

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