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IMG_4543“The clothes you choose are sending a message to those around you, but also to you, yourself.” according to Forbes’ article “What Your Clothes Say About You”.

As a professional “style coach” I assist young professionals with updating their look for the job that they want, not just the one that they have. I make a conscious effort to be a “stylish” professional. I truly believe dressing well in and out of the office helps one’s confidence level. It shows that you take pride in your appearance.

Many of us fall victim to bad shopping mistakes: purchasing an item just because it’s on sale or buying a dress because it looks good on a friend whose body shape is completely different than yours.

These habits must be broken.

The key to great style is understanding what works for you. Your Stylist, Karen will guide you through the style process and help you discover your true image. We will uncover the fit, colors and designers that work best for your body, budget and lifestyle

Many women with a passion for fashion can attest that there is no end to the amount we will spend in building the perfect wardrobe. In these economically challenging times I am constantly on the search of how to maintain my love of fashion while staying in good financial standing.

Online shopping has become a lifesaver. Shopping online gives you the opportunity to monitor sales at any time, compare prices, and you never have the hassle of sifting through racks to find the perfect item.

I will break the stylist code and reveal my toolkit. Here are the sites I frequent to keep myself and my clients in show stopping pieces.

Sites for online and printable coupons:
www.ebates.com One of my favorite sites to get Cash Back is: (It really works!):

Sites to monitor sales:
http://www.shopittome.com/ Great site to join to know when your favorite designer brands go on sale (in your size!)

Sites with consistently good deals:
HauteLook –http://www.hautelook.com/
Ideeli –http://www.ideeli.com/
Rue La La –http://www.ruelala.com

Dresses For Big Night’s (Tip -Rent, Don’t Buy):
Rent the Runway –http://www.renttherunway.com/
Lendperk –http://www.lendperk.com/

About Karen Curtis

Karen Curtis, licensed professional counselor, is the author and creator of Your Stylist Karen. With the dream of being a leadership coach Karen’s background in helping people resolve their emotional issues has grown to also include appearance and self-esteem through styling.