Reasons Why You Need a Personal Shopper





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Professional Opinion:

You love your friends, but are not sure if their suggestions are really for you, or simply reflect what they like themselves. Not everyone always trusts him or herself, either — it happens to the best of us. I am a true professional. I am informed, creative, resourceful, and polite. My goal is to provide you with clothes that make you look and feel comfortable, beautiful, and most importantly, confident. I have been in the fashion business for 16 years and have been a personal stylist, and fashion consultant for the past eight years. I have taken hundreds of men and women shopping — of all ages and sizes, each with their own individual taste and personality. Having me as their personal shopper has given them the wardrobe to match.

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Organization:

Your trip is organized from start to finish. Using your Style Profile, your itinerary will be composed of designers who specifically correspond to your style. I will spend any amount of time necessary to thoroughly research different designers, and smaller specialty shops to give you a truly unique look . Before your trip, I go to every store we will visit and pre-select items for you. When we arrive in the shop the day of your trip, you simply walk into the changing room and the clothes are there waiting for you.

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Short of Time?:

You're a busy person, juggling work, relationships, family, and day-to-day life. You don’t have much free time to wander around, shopping aimlessly. Free time. . . what free time! You don’t want to waste time researching or looking for clothes you like. If you're on vacation, you want to spend your time relaxing, not stressed out trying to navigate the foreign city. You don’t want to arrive in a shop only to find they have the dress you have been searching for, but not in your size. I take care of all the work so none of your time is wasted.

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Specific Budget?:

My trips are not about spending thousands of dollars to look good. They are about working within your budget and ending up with a smart, specific, and personal style. Not everyone who spends thousands of dollars ever actually ends up looking tasteful, let alone unique. I work on a flat fee because I am not interested in a commission. There will never be any pressure from me for you to spend money unnecessarily. If you're financing this trip for someone else, you can trust me to keep to your specified budget.

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Don’t Speak the Language?:

It can be very intimidating and frustrating not to be able to express yourself. While most shop assistants do speak English, they may not own up to it. I speak English as my mother tongue, and I am fluent in French and Italian. I know how to ask for — and get — exactly what you want.

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Intimidated by the Formality of European Shopping?:

Shopping in Europe is much more formal than shopping in the States. I have lived in Europe most of my adult life. I understand the cultural differences and how the process works. And the designers, shop owners, and shop assistants know me.

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Intimidated by Shop Assistants?:

Some shop assistants suffer from the “Red Carpet Syndrome”. They feel that because they work for a prestigious designer, this somehow transfers that status onto them. This is NOT the norm! Don't be afraid — you will never suffer the snobby shop assistant when accompanied by me. Maybe you find you make unwise purchases because of overbearing shop clerks. I will be there to make sure you only buy something because you absolutely LOVE it. Not because you have been pressured into it or feel you have something to prove. I am professional and polite, but also firm.

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Intimidated by Choice of Styles, Shops, and Colors?:

With thousands of designers, hundreds of colors, and millions of different clothes to chose from, why does everything start to look the same? I am there to be your filter, keeping you focused only on items that correspond to your style.

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Not Sure of Your Style?:

“Fashion fades but style remains.” — Coco Chanel.

There is a big difference between “fashion” and “style.” Fashion is being on the cutting edge of the best new looks. It is a fine line to walk though. Style is about creating a signature look, whether it be exotic or classic, romantic or conservative. While you may have different styles for different moods, it is important to have an overall theme to your wardrobe. I can organize your Style Profile.

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Need a New Look?:

You know your style, but think it needs updating or a breath of fresh air. If the Ghost of Fashions Past is haunting you and demanding your wardrobe back, then it's time for a change. I will spend any time necessary organizing a new look for you that is an extension of your personality. You will end up with pieces that give you the tailored, modern new look you deserve.

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Need a New Wardrobe?:

If every time you look in your closet you want to cry, you need a new wardrobe. While getting ready in the morning, you don’t have the time or energy to try on everything you own, leaving your dressing room looking as though a tornado has just passed through. When you lose or gain weight, you need clothes that are going to look perfect on your new body. Since retiring from the modelling business, and getting older, my body has naturally filled out, leaving me three sizes larger. While it was heartbreaking at first, and difficult to grasp when I could no longer fit into my most cherished items, I had to let them go. Trying to squeeze my new fabulous figure into jeans that were too small created the scary look of “busting out of my seams”. . . NOT attractive. Instead of crying, I decided to congratulate myself on becoming a woman, and promptly went out and celebrated chez Louis Vuitton. Losing weight is also cause for celebration. You have sacrificed and worked hard. Now you deserve to reward yourself with a wardrobe that is going to show off your new slimmer self!

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Need an Ensemble for an Important Event?:

Are you getting married? Need your honeymoon wardrobe? Going to a charity event? Want to be the “Belle of the Ball”? Have you been invited to the Oscars? Throwing a Big Birthday Bash, or an elegant soirée? If you need a fabulous, one-of outfit for that special occasion, I will find it for you.

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Need that Corporate Look?:

With competition in the business world getting more and more fierce, one cannot depend solely on one's talent. If you want that new position or contract, you MUST look the part. Women’s corporate wear has come a long way from bulky shoulder pads and conventional suits. Show your feminine side while still keeping a professional tone. For men, it can become extremely difficult to stand apart from the crowd. The corporate uniform does not allow much leeway, but I can still give you a polished look that gives you an edge over the competition.

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Pregnancy:

Have you just discovered you are pregnant? Congratulations! You know you are soon going to need maternity wear, but still want to look fabulous and chic. If spending the next nine months in your husband's shirts or tracksuits isn’t for you, then Paris is. The Parisian woman demands a chic look at all times. The French designers who create clothes specifically for this time, when your body changes so fast, are the best in the world.

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Want the Latest Trends?:

Living in this strange third dimension called Fashion World gives you certain privileges. Nothing changes more quickly than a fashion trend. I have the inside information and gossip. I will let you in on the next best thing before it even hits the streets.

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Want to Make Smart Buys?:

Not everyone needs an entire new wardrobe. My goal is to work with your existing pieces so your new purchases will mix seamlessly with the old. This creates a new fresh look and builds a stronger wardrobe. You will never make an impulse buy with me.

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Want to Buy Clothes that will Last?:

The last thing you want is to have spent money, time, and energy buying the perfect item only to find it is out of fashion before you even take the price tag off. If you're not interested in buying trendy clothes, then you're a conservative shopper. This is one of my personal favorite ways to shop, as it is the most challenging.

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Want to Shop in the Secret, Exclusive Shops?:

Not everyone wants to wear major labels. If you prefer the more discreet, smaller gems and secret addresses, I can guarantee you a very exclusive itinerary. I know the secret boutiques of every Paris arrondissement, London borough, and Milan quarter. We might travel off the beaten path, so be prepared for some odd neighborhoods!

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Want Major Labels?:

You absolutely must have the major labels, but don’t want to pay full price. The only time you can accomplish this is during the sales seasons. These occur only twice a year in Paris. These aren't the best times to shop as lines can be up to a half-hour wait, the selection is limited, and crowds are unbelievable. But it's not impossible. . . If it's the hunt you're after , then I'm game. There are also stock shops that sell last season's lines. I cannot guarantee the results will be the same as a normal trip, but you will save money. The reason I have a flat fee is because I'm not interested in a commission. I simply work hard to acquire the clothes you want.

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Want to Shop When Stores are Closed?:

Few stores will open their doors outside of normal business hours. I am acquainted with the shops that will, but only for special clients. . . like mine.

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Hate to Shop?:

Plain and simple. . . the very thought of putting yourself through the gruelling task of fighting the crowds, navigating the streets, finding the right shops, dealing with shop clerks, and finding the right size, color, and cut is exhausting. Upon finding these elements you now face the humiliating task of actually trying these items on, only to find either they don’t fit or you think you look horrible. Not to mention you are in a foreign country where these trials soon become even more dreadful. I make shopping not only bearable, but actually stress-free. I have done all the work — you simply get to relax and be truly pampered by a professional, looking out for Number One. . . you.

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Wedding Party:

You're planning the most romantic, exciting, and memorable day of your life. This is one day when everything has to be perfect. I have taken several future brides and their bridesmaids on shopping trips. It is great fun and takes much of the nervous pressure off these important decisions. It is also a great idea for a bachelorette party.

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Wedding Gift:

Know the future newlyweds will be spending their honeymoon in Paris, London, or Milan? A personalized shopping trip couldn’t be a more original gift and will make their romantic vacation an even more glamorous adventure.

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Mother-Daughter Trip:

Give your mom the ultimate Mothers' Day present. It's a perfect way to say “Thank You” to the most important woman in your life. Or, for mothers, most daughters have fond memories of playing dress-up in mommy's pretty clothes. Now it's time for your daughter to play dress-up with the big girls.

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Husband and Wife Trip:

What could be a better anniversary gift? Show your spouse that shopping can be a pleasure and stress-free. Treat each other to a day of pampering! You've taken care of each other, now let me take care of you.

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Best Friends Trip:

If you haven’t spent enough quality time with your best friend lately, then nothing could be more fun than shopping together. Few things are as important as your best friend. Celebrate your special relationship with a day of pure girl time.

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Formal Cruise Ship Wardrobe:

Many cruise lines require formal dress. This is your vacation, and while the main goal is to relax and enjoy yourself, you still want to look your most glamorous . Depending on the dress code, I'll find you a cruise wardrobe to equal Vivian Leigh’s on "Ship of Fools" (minus the fool, of course!).

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Haute Couture:

Haute Couture is the French term for high fashion. Couture refers to sewing, and haute means high or elegant. Together, they create a standard of clothing that is custom- and hand-made from the finest-quality fabrics. In France, the label "haute couture" is a protected appellation. According to Chambre Syndicale De La Couture rules, to classify as a couture house, a couturier must produce 50 new and original designs of day and evening wear for each collection. They must show two collections a year and must employ a minimum of 20 full-time technical people in at least one atelier or workshop. All these requirements must be met for a fashion house to use the label "haute couture". Each article is created exclusively to fit your body perfectly. Usually a minimum of three fittings is required to achieve the final result. This is the ultimate level in purchasing an exclusive piece. Only a handful of haute couture designers still exist and, sadly, this is a dying trade. If you're interested in this level of creation, we can work together to discover which haute couture house is best for you.

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Showroom:

Most fashion houses maintain a showroom to showcase the next season's clothing and accessories lines. This is sometimes the only way a smaller designer sells its collection. This is mainly for buyers and private clients who either purchase in bulk or piece by piece at wholesale prices. Each house has different rules which are very strict, and one usually requires a personal invitation. I can get you into any showroom you desire, but understand that some houses require a minimum purchase.

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