Sunday, September 15, 2013

Our Blog Has Moved!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Moment That Changed My Life

First Day of 1st Grade
My oldest daughter, Maddie, started 1st grade last week. It was a big day for all of us. Another reminder of how fast time goes by. Maddie has been my constant. Each new milestone she has, I can’t help but reminisce about my own journey. I started Kristel Closets, Inc. when I was just a few weeks pregnant. I would never have become who I am today without Maddie. She made me brave and bold. She made me get out of my comfort zone and do things I would never have had the courage to do if I only had to worry about myself. She was the moment that changed everything for me.

I believe we only step into our best selves when we reach a critical moment. Often times, we know what we are supposed to do but for whatever reason we don’t do it. I knew I wanted to have a business for years but found every excuse in the book not to start one. Pregnant with my first child was probably the worst time to get inspired, but that was the moment I realized what I wanted for my life and for my family.

In our work today, we meet dozens of people a week who know they need to make a change. They may even know what to do, but have not reached a place where they are ready to make the decision.  I often say, when it comes to our image, you have to be ready for the change. That’s why in my business I have never made a cold call or solicited business. We can tell you the best way to dress, how to create a personal brand, and show you every trick in the book to excel at interpersonal relationships … but you have to do the work.  You need to be ready to make the commitment.  Our happiest and most successful clients have been the ones who were ready for a change, no matter how big or small.

Fall always feels like the best season to start something new.  Whether you want to start a new business, commit to your health or update your image, I hope you find your moment in this new season.  I know firsthand the benefit of sticking with your decision.  Stay committed  do the work, push through the roadblocks and disappointments.  You will come out the other side happier, confident and amazed at what you are able to do.   

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Key Piece: Turtleneck

I am a turtleneck kind of girl.  The moment I feel the first cool breeze of fall turtlenecks become part of my uniform.  I like their simplicity and modern and classic appeal (think Audrey Hepburn).  Gap makes a great option for under $40 in fantastic basic colors. It's fits the body but it's not skin tight.  Pick up a few to wear on weekends with your favorite jeans and a scarf or pair them with a pencil skirt, tights and boots to go to the office.  

Monday, September 9, 2013

Chic: Leather Accents

Halogen Faux Leather Inset Ponte Top - $79
Sometimes I want an outfit that doesn't look like I just came from work.   I spent a good deal of money on my work wardrobe.  Considering what I do for a living, it's a pretty crucial aspect to my overall brand.  Since, however, I have yet to find a orchard of money trees, or an extremely rich, recently deceased uncle who lived a nice, long, happy life and left me an exorbitant amount of money, my wardrobe budget does have it's limits.  
A couple cute of tops, with trend-right accents is an easy way to get out of your every day office attire.  I'm often at a loss for something fun and sexy to wear for date nights or grabbing a glass of wine with a girlfriend mid week.  So many times I fall in love with a piece only to realize it's $500 and it will last just one season before the fashion gods tell me it's "over."
This adorable top by Halogen (available at Nordstrom) is soft, comfortable and right on the mark for the leather heavy trend you'll be seeing this season.  I usually want to have many options for the pieces I buy sometimes you can only wear it one really great way.  In this case, I would wear slim line black pants or jeans, heels and then I would zush up the accessories.  The black and white color blocking is incredibly flattering, and will give you a slim silhouette.  If you would prefer all black, Vince Camuto did a black faux leather tee that looks like it could have another zero behind it's $79 price tag.  
For an even better priced option, I like this black short leather sleeve tee from Macy's.  If you wear women's sizes, this tee is a great option and at a great price.   
I wrote this a 2 am and did not have time to send it out to be proofread.  If there are spelling or grammar errors, give a girl a break.