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Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Search for the Happy You!

At this point in our adult lives, we all know of people that have either had some sort of cosmetic surgery, gastric bypass or lap band procedure, or have sought counseling for mental or emotional well-being. Such measures have become almost as common as getting a haircut or buying a new pair of shoes.

We all should do what makes us feel good about ourselves, whether it is mentally, emotionally or physically. As a stylist, I can attest to the power that dressing for your lifestyle can have on your mental, emotional and physical well-being. I recently styled six women for a fashion show at Macy's at Crabtree Valley Mall for their Spring Essentials Event.

One of the models was Cathy Arsenault, a petite powerhouse. At a modest 5'1", Cathy appeared absolutely regal thanks to her beaming smile and dynamic personality. Cathy’s personal story was what made my time with her so fun – and so rewarding. She was a successful mortgage broker, wife and mother, yet she had struggled for years with her weight. She had become discouraged by her size and found it difficult to find clothes she liked. Her turning point was the prospect of not being able to chase her new grandchild around safely.

How many times have we had that moment of realization that we have put everyone else's needs first and lost sight of what is most important? Here Cathy is two years later, more than 140 pounds lighter, modeling in a fashion show! Her excitement was contagious, and she was such a pleasure to dress for the event. The time we spent together was what I refer to as a "freebie" consult, as I selected her five looks for the fashion show. I chatted about her best colors and the proper sleeve length, necklines and silhouettes for her frame. The wonders of well-fitting clothes can do tremendous things for our psyche!


My job as the stylist of a fashion event is to make sure all the models are dressed, accessorized and red-carpet ready. I am the last set of eyes on them before they begin their walk. For Cathy, as I sent her off each time, I reflected on how clothing does make the person and that she truly seemed to be in a wonderful place in life at that moment. She had conquered her health issues and was getting ready to welcome her second grandchild. She was really enjoying how she looked and felt. As a stylist, I embrace every opportunity to be a part of these transformations in a client’s appearance and newfound confidence.

I hope that if you are going through a similar search for the “happy you," that you know you are supported and commended for what is often a hard journey. It is well worth the ride!

From my closet to yours,

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