feb 11Have you ever daydreamed about being a makeover subject on a national television show? It could be a great experience, right? You get your makeup done by experts; your current wardrobe (the one you’ve been puzzled over or bored with for years) gets trashed (publicly). The TV producers provide a couple of thousand dollars or so for three new outfits. And then there’s the big reveal. You show up at a restaurant and all your family and friends are there to shout and fuss over the new and improved you. What’s not to love about this fantasy?

Let’s take a closer look and while we’re at it, we’ll entertain the possibility of a different reality-one that can happen in real life.

Harsh Reality: On a makeover show, the TV hosts and producers sweep in for a short period of time. Once the show’s segments have been filmed, it’s off to the editing room where the focus is on splicing together a formulaic show, not on how you may be feeling. No one’s there when the dust settles to help you transition from the old you to the new you in any lasting way.

New Possibility: When you choose to work with an image consultant, she’s interested in your well being from this day forward. That means you could gain a few pounds, lose a few pounds, change your hair color, change jobs, go through a divorce, get into a new relationship and your image consultant would be there for you every step of the way. Instead of a one and done experience with a TV personality, you have a coach, cheerleader, advocate and guide for every part of your life.

Harsh Reality: On a makeover show, everything appears to happen in one hour. But old habits are hard to break and backsliding could be a natural part of the process. Are the TV hosts there to hold your hand next week, next month? No, they aren’t, but someone else could be.

New Possibility: It takes time to grow into a new look. At first you may feel more uncomfortable than comfortable. An image consultant can provide the education that leads to better understanding why certain silhouettes, colors, or details may be perfect for you. This empowers you and deepens your confidence when you understand “why” something works.

Harsh Reality: The TV show is interested in putting sound bites together about the terrible choices you made in the past and contrasting them with the three outfits the TV personalities (or the show’s interns) create for you, possibly from goods that come from sponsors of the show. If they were great outfits, you’ll wear them until they don’t fit or they’ll suffer normal wear and tear and become unwearable. Will you have enough knowledge from the experience to go out and replace them on your own or shop wisely in fashion seasons coming up? Probably not.

New Possibility: As each fashion season comes and goes, an image consultant is there to help you navigate them so you aren’t making mistakes and blowing money. An image consultant can help you create a wardrobe that works within your budget from sources in your neighborhood or from her tried and true online resources. Maintaining a pulled together look that works for all parts of your life is easy when you have an image consultant at your side.

Instead of fantasizing about a quick fix to what may be a lifetime of confusion over style and proper fit, why not be proactive and get the help you long for and deserve? If you hired an image consultant once for a fashion emergency, why not consider deepening this relationship and learning more about yourself, what works, and why? You’re a phone call away from embracing the confidence that results from feeling totally authentic about your look. And that’s not something you’ll get from watching TV.

I’m here for you! Give me a call and we’ll turn your fantasies into reality.

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