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#BTS

One of the amazing aspects of my work is that I get to meet so many people in all facets of life.  It keeps things interesting and makes for enjoyable conversation.  There is no lack of this on a photo shoot, so many fabulous and creative people come together for some wonderful images to share with you.  To make matters even better, this photo shoot was for Retrose Management’s remarkable #GoTeal campaign benefiting Safe Place of Austin; April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and they want to help bring as much visibility to it as possible.  My objective as the stylist for this shoot was to show individuality yet cohesion and strength in women for the cause.  I hope that I did it justice.  It was a pleasure working with everyone on this team!  Here is a little taste of the campaign and some #BTS (behind the scenes shots of the day).

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Photographer: lindsey j baker photography
Graphic Design: SUREFIRE Marketing
Studio: Be Moments
Styling: Shell personal styling + closet therapy
Makeup: Molly Makeup, Hair & Make-Up BY Melissa Diane, Freelance Makeup Artist: Autumn Duris, KP Makeupartist
Models: Maranda Segovia, Vivian Stiles, Cassandra, Mariah, Jamie, Camille Khali, Amanda West

Make sure to follow the #GoTeal campaign on social media!

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Fuchsia, Vests, Suspenders and Bear Sweaters-Oh My!

You may have seen me share Pinkle Toes Photography post from a few weeks ago on facebook with a sneak peek at this adorable family but I couldn’t help doing a post of my own!  I can not deny you all more images of this family, it would be deprivation on my part.  Michele with Pinkle Toes Photography captured this family in such a relaxed way, which I think is fabulous!  As I mentioned when I shared the post, when I met Misti, the Mom-we instantly clicked.  I had a great time shopping and coordinating with her for their family/newborn photos and I was so happy to see her doing something for herself with everything she had going on, including a sweet newborn son.  I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed working with her.  Misti wears her fuchsia skirt like it was made just for her, I am so glad we found it..and those shoes! The boys bring it to no doubt, vests, suspenders and bear sweaters, oh my!

Be on the lookout for more collaborations with Pinkle Toes Photography very soon!

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Misti & Graham & DadDad & Grayson

And then there is this…

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I CAN’T!

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No Strangers Here!

These two are no strangers to the blog, Matt & Courtney have been gorgeous subjects for Sherry Hammonds and I multiple times and I just adore working with them.  They are crazy, sexy, fun, always up for anything and don’t take themselves too seriously!  Putting together the looks for this shoot was a blast, Courtney and I always have a fabulous time working together and Matt, well he is such a good sport and loves what we pick out for him!  This time we have the added pleasure of Boulder and Bailey being in the photos, their adorable fur babies, who I happen to love so much!  Don’t be fooled, none of this would come to actualization without the amazing talents of Sherry Hammonds, who as you know is no stranger to my blog either.  I would say we are somewhat of a dream team, all of us work together with such ease.  So without further ado, here is a small sampling of Matt & Courtney’s 2014 holiday shoot.  I hope you are as fond of these images as I am.

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And I will leave you with this cuteness…

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Why, You Ask?

Why a personal stylist you ask?  I often hear people say “I don’t understand what the need for a service like personal styling is.” or “I have a fantastic stylist at ‘said’ store.” or “I use a convenient online service.” and of course we can all relate to “That just isn’t in my budget.”.  While all of these are obviously valid thoughts and concerns, let me play devil’s advocate for a minute (or two).

“I don’t understand what the need for a service like personal styling is.”:  There are several reasons why personal styling is beneficial over shopping alone, even for those that love to shop.  For one, spending money is often emotional and it can be difficult to decipher and make decisions on what items are best over the items you simply just want but don’t serve a real purpose in your closet and/or are out of the budget.  Along those same lines, while you will be paying me or another stylist a fee, we will help you save money in the long run by helping you not buy items that will just sit in your closet with tags on them until they go in the give-away pile 2 years later.  As the infamous saying goes “time is money” (whether it is leaving the kids with the nanny or leaving work so you are able to go shop for yourself), so you stay where you are, let me do the leg work for you and you stop long enough to come play dress-up and leave, better yet, I can bring the items to you!

“I have a fantastic stylist at “said” store.”:  I often work with in store stylists, they are very knowledgeable about their product and are generally a big help.  The important thing to note here with myself and pretty much all independent stylists, is that we make an hourly fee not a commission on what you buy like in store stylists; therefore if you spend $100 or $2000 on clothes, it makes no difference to me -I just want you to be happy with your items and comfortable with the amount of money that you are spending, otherwise it is not a fabulous experience for anyone.  The good news, the in store stylists still makes a commission on whatever you buy, so it is a win-win for everyone without the pressure to spend, spend, spend!  Also, in store stylists obviously have a vested interest in you buying their product, which just means they are doing their job, I have a vested interest in you being happy with your wardrobe, whichever store the items may come from, which just means I am doing my job.

“I use a convenient online service.”:  Shopping online is wonderful, definitely serves a purpose and is sometimes necessary but shopping and styling are two separate things.  The reason to “go local” as they say when choosing a stylist is to ensure the best results for you, the client.  When you meet someone in person and are able to build a rapport, as well as let them see your body shape, personality and style; trust and understanding are built.  Your style is very personal to you, hence personal styling.  I shop differently for every client, even if I pick out the same item for two clients, chances are I am going to show them two different ways to style said item.  The “personal” in personal styling is very important.  Also, as I discussed above, when I am styling someone, I pick the store/location that best fits their needs for that appointment, an online stylist is very similar to in-store stylist in the sense that they have an inventory to choose from that they are not able to stray from therefore limiting your options.

“That just isn’t in my budget.”  What does all of the above boil down to?  When you use a personal stylist, you have a more focused effort given to your wardrobe which in the long run saves money by avoiding having the wrong items and/or too many items in your closet.  Therefore, the money you spend on a personal stylist will come back to you in the form of a wardrobe that you love and best suits you.

While I am not saying that a personal stylist is for everyone, I do feel that it is a service that many can benefit from for different reasons; but I am sure we can all agree that I am most certainly biased on the subject-so don’t listen to me, listen to my amazing clients:

“I cannot thank Shelley enough for the amazing shopping experience she provided for me and my family.  I dread shopping, especially when coordinating for family photos!  She and I discussed our location and she pre-selected many choices for me to pick from.  Her personalized service made shopping enjoyable and her vision resulted in my favorite family photos yet!  I can’t wait to work with Shelley again.” -Robin J.

“Best shopping experience ever!! Why???  Because I did NOT have to shop!!  Shelley picked the perfect outfits for the occasions I had, and then many bonus items that I HAD to have for anything upcoming!  For someone who loves fashion but HATES to shop, or has no time, this is perfect.  I can’t wait til the next time!!!” –Candace B.

“It’s amazing what wearing the right size and right cut will do for your body. I’ve been told TWICE today how thin I look in the new black slacks you helped me buy for work. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Your tag line should be “Making you look goooooood!”” – Mandy B.

“It’s way belated, but I just wanted to thank you so much for helping me find a dress for the wedding I attended on Good Friday. I’ve been so busy with session that there is no way I would have been able to find something I liked as much as I liked what you picked out for me. Plus, there is no way I would have picked out the dress you found, but it was perfect and I got so many compliments! Thank you, thank you, thank you!” – Macy H.

“I recently worked with Shelley with Shell Personal Styling and completed a closet therapy session. I would highly recommend this service to any gal or guy who wants to save money in the future and confirm that the pieces of clothing you are wearing work for you, your style, your career and your body! I am incredibly clear about what I need to spend my money on and feel so confident! Not to mention is was a blast!” – Courtney U.

“Can’t say enough about Shell personal styling + closet therapy and this outfit! I lost weight, just by wearing the right size dress, changed my earrings and well, the fabulous shoes! Not kidding when I tell you mouths hit the floor gala night!” – Michele S.

“Working with Shelley was one of the best things I have done for myself in, well…ever. She went out of her way to figure out how I want to present myself before we met. I couldn’t believe the amount of clothing, shoes, jewelry, etc she had gone in and preselected for me to try on the previous day. I was so grateful for her to tell me exactly how to wear each piece. I had a fabulous experience and credit her for the extra hitch in my giddy up these days. Looking forward to working with her again on both a closet therapy session and more shopping.” – Lindsay B.

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Field of Dreams

Figuring out what to wear for family photos can be stressful, you want everyone to be comfortable so they are happy in the pictures but of course you want everyone to look nice as well.  I am so happy to have had the opportunity to work with this awesomely adorable family for their annual family photos and have taken the stress of what to wear off their plate so they could just relax and smile for the camera.  The photographer, Michele, of Pinkle Toes Photography did such an amazing job capturing their essence and personalities as she has done with them several times before.  There isn’t too much more to say other than I am simply in love with these images and I hope you are too!  Thank you to the Jackson family for trusting me with styling this family shoot, and Michele for allowing me to share these images with you.

Prepare for photo overload, because I just can’t help myself!

The beautiful Jackson family.

The beautiful Jackson family.

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Who can handle?!

Who can handle?!

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If you would like details on their outfits, please comment and I will be happy to give share.

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Take Two

As I have mentioned multiple times previously in my blog, capturing every moment in our family is very important to us.  During my pregnancy, I was not one of those people to take weekly photos of my growing stomach, just the occasional photo that showed off my maternity fashion.  Therefore, I did want to put the effort into truly capturing my pregnancy, after all you are only pregnant with your first child once!  To capture this important moment in time, we called on the fabulous and gifted Sherry Hammonds.  She was very patient with me as I styled every moment of the shoot myself as if I were my own client (with some apprentice help from my Mom and sister who I could not have done the shoot without).  As you will see, I did not opt for the typical maternity photos, I wanted something different that showed my husband, Chip, and I’s style.  I hope you enjoy them, I know we had a great time with Sherry shooting them!

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Shot in Style

If you follow my blog, you have previously seen me post about a photo shoot.  I love them, they are a blast!  I could go on and on about why I like them so much but to keep it fairly brief; styling a shoot takes the pressure off of the subject (you) therefore allowing you to relax and get the best images possible.  It takes time and money to do any photo shoot, whether it is family portraits, engagement portraits, boudoir or any type so you want to make sure you capture the moment as perfectly as possible.  That is where an amazing photographer, in this case Sherry Hammonds, and a fabulous stylist come in, yours truly!

Obviously, none of this would be possible without our wonderful clients.  This particular client, Courtney, was beyond amazing to work with.  I loved every minute of shopping with her, pulling together looks and styling her boudoir shoot the shoot day of!  I wish I could show you every image from the shoot, for obvious reasons we will keep those private though; but let me reassure you they are GOR-GEOUS!

Shooting at a beautiful venue, wisely chosen by Sherry, doesn’t hurt things either!

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I will leave you with this stunning shot of Courtney! Can you say “Unbelievable”?!

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I would love to style your next shoot and make it an extra special and stress free experience for you.  If you are looking for a fabulous Valentine’s Day gift for 2014, ask me about Sherry’s mini boudoir session she is offering.

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