Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Shopping...From My Couch

Some shopping is best done from home. And that's exactly what I did this weekend. I also took naps. Two of them, to be exact. I almost forgot what they felt like! I think my outfit accurately represents the theme of the weekend. Are you finished with your holiday shopping? Only 10 more days!

Sunday Shopping from my couch

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Giving Thanks and Spilling Secrets

On Thanksgiving Day many of us gather with family and friends, but most of all, it's a time to reflect on everything that we have to be thankful for. I consider you, all of my followers and fans, an incredibly important part of my life and I cannot express how thankful I am for you!  When I started this blog in July of 2011 I never imagined that it would turn into something so fun and inspiring- both for myself and my readers.  Today I'm amazingly thankful for my readers who have commented, liked, inquired, and shared their love of style. I'm also thankful for the recent events in my life that, although a struggle, have led to where I am at today. I haven't told you any of my story and in my acts of gratefulness I feel the time has come to let it all out.  

You may be wondering, where did the outfit photos go?!

It's true, there has been a lack of outfit posts in the last 6 months. The truth is, I have nowhere with an appropriate background to take my outfit photos anymore. You see, we put our house up for sale in July and it sold in less than a week. Crazy and exciting! Here's the kicker...we didn't have a house to move into yet. We thought we found our dream house, yet it slid out from underneath us to another buyer. So there we were, incredibly lucky and frantically searching for a new home. 

Not to worry, with much searching and help from our amazing realtor (PS. Let me know if you need a realtor in the metro Detroit area) we found the perfect house in the perfect location and all is, well...perfect. Except that I still don't have anywhere with good lighting and a mirror to take my morning outfit photos. �� I'll work on this, I promise.

(For now, this is the best I can do. :) )


I have been asked recently, are you still a stylist?

Amidst all of the moving mayhem, you may have also noticed that I have not been posting about any personal styling endeavors. That brings me to another change in my life. 

I am no longer offering personal styling as the owner of Closet Fashion Fix. I LOVE, BELIEVE, and LIVE for helping others look and feel amazing in their clothes. In fact, I don't think I could stop doing it if I tried.  But as a business owner, sometimes the hardest decisions are the ones that make the biggest difference. As my styling business grew, the demands for my services increased, and life was amazing! Every day I was helping clients and friends of clients and new referrals...until I began to realize that the amount of hours in a day were not increasing, but the demand for my own time was.  This is, what I'm told, a "high quality problem" to have. With the increased demand and lack of time, I needed to figure out a way to style my clients and still have a life.

Ironically, around this time I received a phone call from a client with a request to meet regarding a business proposal from her husband. My prayers were answered.  Together, he and I began to build a system for personal stylists everywhere to help their clients, run a successful business, and have a life- all at the same time!

Wait. So if I'm not a stylist, what am I doing now? Well, for a while I had to fund a portion of our start-up with my styling business. So there I was... teaching 1st grade full-time, styling for clients on nights and weekends, writing for my blog on occasion, and spending every extra ounce of energy developing a virtual system that would solve the problems of stylists everywhere. Oh, and attempting to be a mother and a wife and a friend. You can imagine how that looked and felt.

Something had to give. I was experiencing crazy amounts of stress, super exciting highs and low lows. My husband may or may not have thought I was crazy. (Love you dear!) I made the hard decision to stop running my styling business and take a step towards developing our robust styling system. I promise when the time is right I will reveal its awesomeness to you! Right now, if you are itching to see what has been taking me away from you and forced my styling into the background, head over to www.thestyledlife.com for a sneak peek. (I'm happy to answer any questions...I am crazy passionate about what we are building. It could change how women and men get dressed every day!)


So, that's it. Other than learning how to juggle it all and still get some sleep at night, I am continuing to evolve professionally and personally. 

I will not abandon my Closet Fashion Fix page as I love sharing style and outfit inspiration as much as I love finding it.  The outfit photos will resume, as will my tips and tricks for styling your own outfits. If there is ever anything you would like to see please let me know!

If you got this far, thank you. Thank you for reading. Thank you for understanding. And thank you for being a part of this journey with me! 

Stylishly yours,
Courtney