WELCOME TO STYLESMARTS
"One man's style must not be the rule of another's." - Jane Austen
I created Stylesmarts to help everyday people figure out their style and create wardrobes they love.
Style communicates who we are, how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. Your wardrobe should match your goals, lifestyle, personality and contain pieces you are excited to wear! I draw upon my experience as a teacher to help you acquire the tools you need to achieve your personal style; empowering you to look and feel your best on any budget.
I'm a lover of quotes and this one sums up my wardrobe building philosophy:
"Buy less, choose well, and mix it all up" - Vivienne Westwood
I'd love to help you with that!
VANCOUVER, BC PERSONAL STYLIST
As a young girl I could often be found styling my dolls or trying to convince my parents that I needed a new outfit! My love of learning and social nature drew me to the education profession. I received my B Ed followed by a Masters of Language and Literacy at UBC.
My love of fashion and style eventually served me well when it came to building a professional wardrobe. I use the word eventually because, at first, I dressed how I believed a teacher should dress - which meant a lot of cardigan sets, neutral colours and sensible shoes! Over time, I figured out that I could look professional while still expressing my personal style. Because I was often asked to accompany others on shopping excursions, I realized I could combine my teaching skills and love of style to help people learn how to create wardrobes full of clothing they love to wear (and know HOW to wear, multiple ways). This idea led me on an exciting adventure to New York City where I trained as a Style Consultant at the Image Resource Center of New York. Following that certification, I had the incredible opportunity to return to NYC to take part in the Style For Hire intensive Stylist training program, designed and facilitated by Stacy London of TLC’s What Not To Wear.
I am a lifelong learner and continue to educate myself in order to best serve my clients. Other notable coursework includes: Menswear Training with Samantha Brown in NYC, courses with The Paid Stylist, Masterclasses with the Personal Stylist Network, continued education with Carol Davidson (master stylist and FIT instructor in New York City) as well as a virtual styling program offered through the Style Core which included instruction from leading image expert, Carla Mathis.
I feel so fortunate to share my love of literacy with students in my work as a teacher-librarian AND that I am able to also share my passion for personal style with my clients. We all need to get dressed, my goal is to make it easier...and a lot more fun!