This weekend, from 11am-2pm, Join us for a couple hours of styling guidance with Portland stylist Erin Enos. We'll be covering the topics "how to add holiday classic and understated flare to an outfit." and "What to wear to a work/family function over the holidays" the way we've started doing these personal styling 1:1s is being prepared with a topic that may be something you need help with right now but also just ready for any styling support you may need. Feel free to bring in an item of yours you need help with to complete a look and if we don't have it in store we will do our best to point you in the right direction. Check our Facebook page and Instagram for some in store specials this weekend along with a couple of give-a-ways.
Q & A with Erin:
What got you in to personal styling?
I studied fashion marketing at the art institute. I always thought I wanted to be a buyer, but in my last year I took a Styling class. For our midterm we were asked to find someone to be a "personal shopper" for. The process was a lot more involved than I could have ever expected. Throughout the styling service, you end up working with, not for someone. It becomes more involved than shopping, you are helping someone be their best self. Looking good makes you feel good, and knowing that you can be a part of that transformation is such a great feeling. I was hooked!
Who is your mentor?
My mentor is the person who introduced me to styling long ago when I was at The Art Institute. Kamy Gray recognized my new found passion for styling and took me under her wing. She put me to work. It was sink or swim with her and she expected nothing but the best. She taught me the "why" of styling, how to run a successful business, and how to own my craft. Every day I am thankful for her guidance, and support. Thanks Kami!
What's your favorite part of being a personal stylist?
Without a doubt, it's the the people I get to meet. Not one of my customers want, or need the same thing which always makes what I do a new and exciting adventure.
What are your 3 favorite places to bring people to shop in Portland?
Nordstrom is great because of the service and variety, but it's the locally owned shops that are the best places to find the special item that's going to stand out the most. For these, I love Sloan on NW 23rd & in the Hawthorn district. For shoes, I would say Halo in the Pearl on Everett and 10th.
What is your most memorable moment styling someone?
One of my first customers, a male, and a style novice working in the tech industry hired me for a complete makeover. We were at J.Crew and I had him try on some slacks and a button up that were 3 sizes smaller than what he was was currently wearing. He stood in front of the mirror for what seemed like 30 min. He was beaming, and jokingly spun around saying "I can't believe how I good I look!! " It's been a few years now and he still calls or emails asking for advise. It never gets old. I love being someones style support system :)