The Husband is truly gifted at giving presents. Even while we were dating, he never wanted to give me something that anyone could give me. No florist's bouquet but hand-picked wildflowers. As the years have passed, his presents have only grown more thoughtful. Perhaps my most favorite present to date was the essay he wrote me for our 10th wedding anniversary which I still take out from time to time to re-read. It is pure treasure.
For Christmas last year, he gave me a session with a style expert to take my closet to the next level. When I told this to my friend recently, she said, "That is the perfect present for you." I'm into fashion and I think I definitely have a style of my own. To have an author/fashion commentator/style maven study my closet and do whatever she does (to be honest, I wasn't exactly sure but it sounded good and important), sounded fun. Although I would have to explain that corner of the closet where I put "future Halloween costumes."
We finally set an appointment this summer -3 HOURS in my closet. It took me forever to contact her (remember, it was a Christmas present) because hello? Getting my closet to a place where I would not be mortified at having an author/fashion commentator/style maven look at it took some blood, sweat and tears.
When A/FC/SM arrived, we first took a quick peek into the walk-in closet. Our walk-in closet is pretty amazing, I must say, in terms of sheer size and capacity. It was one of the major selling points for me of our house. Of the entire thing, my things occupy around 90% and The Husband 10%. What? He has a dresser! I think A/FC/SM was impressed. She oohed and aahed at the space.
We then chatted about my daily routines, what I do at work and on the weekends so she could get a sense of my clothing needs. Then we got to work. We literally went piece by piece and I'd talk her through them.
Sample diagloue when she picked up a favorite item of mine:
"It's really cute. Do you wear this?"
"Well, yes, at talks and other big events."
"Which is how often?"
"Mmm...not too frequently. I'm afraid of ruining it!"
And of many many other less favorite items:
"So this I've had for a long time.."
"It looks 90s"
*laugh* "Yeah, I guess so. Haven't worn it in forever."
"Can it go?"
*shortly thereafter, item dropped unceremoniously into massive pile of sad old clothes that I would unlikely wear again unless I was transported back in a time capsule to 1998.
It was actually useful since I got rid of a lot of items that would never be in fashion again, simply clogging my style arteries and making it difficult to see all the awesome items in there. (I was quite proud she shared my enthusiasm over a number of items - and some surprises too.) I admit I did rescue a few things out of the donate pile because...maybe! But still donated 4 large trash bags to Goodwill.
I also made a commitment to wear those items that I love on a regular basis instead of saving them for important events. "Wear them now. They won't be in style forever." Wise words from A/FC/SM. I picked up some good tips (like always tie the ties on a wrap dress along the same direction of the wrap and never in a bow!) and bonus - felt even more confident about my style which she described as "fashion forward but with a classic frame." I'm glad it was that and not "Hobo with a side of horrible."
It was a lot of fun. I laughed a lot. 3 hours flew by and we didn't even get to my casual clothes, pants or shoes. Totally indulgent and I would never have gotten such a session for myself, but as a present? Brilliant.