Client Makeover: From Egg Farm to a Night on the Town

I’ve been wanting to document my client fittings for quite some time, and now I am finally doing it! I’ve managed to convince a few of my bravest clients to let me blog about their styling experience with me.  The entire process takes about week from start to finish (consultation, mood board development, shopping, fitting, returns, and a final look book). In these posts I will take you through the process and show you one of their final looks.

Let’s get this party started with Chelsea. Chelsea legit works at an egg farm (okay technically it’s a egg distribution center) but she is really a fashionista at heart. Chelsea wanted to get out of her work clothes and into something she could wear for a night out in LA. before bannerchelsea a

The official “egg farm” uniform in all it’s glory

 I never want to jolt a client out of their comfort zone. A slow transition is usually the best course of action. However, since Chelsea is young, hip, and has a killer figure – I went a bit more drastic in my approach.

inspirationchelsea mood Glamour with an edge was the look I was going for. I wanted to take something hard like leather and soften it with girly elements like statement jewelry, killer heels, and a bit of subtle sex appeal. shopping banner

Chelsea was working with a limited budget, but you know I never let that stop me from finding quality pieces. I believe in buying the best you can afford – higher end items on sale mixed with fast fashion like H&M and Zara is a great option for women on a budget.

For this particular session I stopped at all of my favorite haunts; Intermix, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Nordstrom Rack, H&M, and TopShop.steve madden pumps

Hey, Steve Madden makes some cute shoes!

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For each fitting I always bring more clothes than they plan on buying and I create more outfits than they plan on keeping. It’s all about options.stylist lauren messiah in hollywood hills with clientFor the first look, I kept it simple with a embellished blouse from TopShop and suede leggings from Rag & Bone (found at Marshalls).stylist lauren messiah studio

For the second look I kicked it up a notch with a Gryphon skirt from Nordstrom Rack  and a leather tee from TopShop (on sale). lauren messiah personal stylist los angeles But the third look was the clear winner. Faux leather moto jacket from H&M, peplum top from Intermix, metallic shorts from Marshalls ($12.99), shoes by Steve Madden, and a necklace from ShopBop. after bannerchelsea s afterPretty rad, huh? I’m loving how the final look came together. Much different from that drab egg farm attire. What’s great about the pieces we chose is that she can mix and match them with other garments in her closet.lauren messiah and chelseaLookin’ good, Chelsea!

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