H.A. – Fearless Fashionista

Express Your Style

Fashion and beauty have been part of who I am for about as long as I could remember. From my favorite Miss Piggy summer sandals when I was 4 years old, to my crazy, mismatched patterns and layers in 5th grade, my own version of preppy grunge (I know – it sounds like an oxymoron but I did shower and found personal hygiene important) in the ‘90’s, to my current, more refined style…I’ve lived a LOT fashion lives!

I grew up the youngest of 6 kids in a blended family so of course, I got all the hand-me-downs. I actually LOVED them because it meant that I had arrived at being “mature” since I was wearing my older sisters’ clothes. I think it turned me into a bit of a fashionista, however, never getting to pick anything new out (other than at Goodwill) for myself until I was a teen. More often than not, my next older sister was horrified by my selection of clothing for an outfit before we went somewhere in public and begged our mom to make me change. Mom was too tired – she didn’t have the energy to care!

I’m one of those weird people who has to have the right outfit or apparel to start any new hobby or activity.

I spent 17 years in the beauty industry and it taught me so many things – about myself, other people, human nature, and how to bring out the best in our individual, unique features. I truly believe that we are EACH beautiful in our own way and we can accentuate our best qualities so we can feel confident and know that we look our best with what we’ve been given.

I’ve discovered that if we embrace who we are and work with what we have instead of fighting it or trying to look – or be – like someone else, we come to a place of – First – acceptance, then freedom in our lives. Love who you are and how you look right now – not “When I get to the size I want to be.” Or “When I’m finally in shape.” But NOW.

There is NO one else on this planet EXACTLY like you. Isn’t that AMAZING and INCREDIBLE?! It truly is a GIFT and I want you to see YOURSELF as a beautiful gift because you ARE!

Our look is how we present ourselves to the world and how we show up for our lives. I’m not saying it’s more important than who we are but it tells a story about us, even when we’re not paying attention. When we look our best, we usually feel our best.

Does it look like we care for and about ourselves?

If you’re a business owner, entrepreneur, in sales or the fashion industry, I’m sure you’re very aware that how we look affects people’s interpretations of us whether we like it or not, it’s just the way it is. As the saying goes…

“You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.”

Even for the stay-at-home mom of toddlers (I’ve totally been there), it can feel good to put “normal” clothes on to remind you that yes, you’re a mom but you’re also still a woman, a wife, a friend, a sister, a fill-in-the-blank for what and who you uniquely are, and the wonderful, capable, BEAUTIFUL person that is you!

Defining Your Style

Defining your style can be easier than you might realize. If you simplify, streamline, and put a few key, foundational pieces in place with your wardrobe and beauty routine, getting ready and looking fabulous for the day or a night out (or in;) is MUCH easier!

Look at Steve Jobs – his signature look was a black mock turtleneck and jeans. The majority of his performing career, Johnny Cash’s trademark style was wearing variations of an all-black ensemble.

For obvious reasons, I don’t want to look like Steve or Johnny (wink;) BUT we can take inspiration from some great minds!

As an adult, I’ve been a size 5 and I’ve been a size 16 and everything in between ~ for various reasons. Isn’t it a JOY being a woman?! I’ve been a career woman, a stay-at-home mom of toddlers, and more than anything and one of my favorites, an entrepreneur.

Out With The Old, In With The New

My house burned down and had to replace an entire wardrobe (and household). It sounds fun but it really wasn’t. The reason I say all of this to you is so you know that I’ve had a lot of experience figuring out how to make my wardrobe and beauty routine work for me in many different stages, phases, and circumstances in life.


There have been a number of different times within the last 5 years that I needed to eliminate pieces of clothing from my closet – not because they were old or worn, but because they brought back bad memories or negative feelings – especially first thing in the morning as I got dressed – which I found to be extremely unhelpful when attempting to heal from some really deep wounds.

Reinventing ourselves is sometimes necessary for establishing a new phase of our lives – especially if we’ve been through really tough circumstances. It’s a good way to create a new and different persona.

I’ve taken inspiration from various female stars and looked at them throughout their careers. One thing I realized was that some of the most successful ones would reinvent themselves and revamp their look – often with the release of a new album or movie. They kept their look fresh and when you think about it, they created what they wanted us to see in and about them. They told a story with their appearance. I was always fascinated by that and thought about how I could incorporate that same idea in my life.

Creating a different look and presenting a different facet of who we are can often be helpful when starting a new job or career, getting back into the dating scene, etc. You get my point. Especially as women, we often wear so many different hats and have different phases of our lives, we need to look at how we approach fashion in those different stages. For example, it usually doesn’t look right when a woman in her 50’s dresses like she’s 20. And the other way around – we can unnecessarily add years to our appearance by dressing a little on the dowdy side.

You Are Beautiful

When I talk to women about hair and fashion, I most often ask:


What is your lifestyle


What is your career or job


How do you want to present yourself


What activities do you participate in and do you need to get your hair up easily


How much time do you have to get ready in the morning


What does your hair want to do naturally


What colors make you feel alive when wearing them? Or which colors do you most often get complimented about how nice you look when wearing them?

Those are some of the best and biggest clues to what you look best wearing.

Looking and feeling fabulous doesn’t have to be expensive – or it can be. It’s whatever you want it to be that expresses who you are, and adds some beauty and fun to your life!

Looking nice can be comfortable AND cute!

That’s the beauty of fashion – it’s uniquely yours. You don’t have to dress how other people think you should dress. If you like it, wear it!! If you don’t already know what you like or what you look good in, do some soul-searching.

Try some things on that you think you MIGHT like or MIGHT look ridiculous wearing. It’s okay ~ the ONLY person who’s going to see it is YOU! You never know ~ you might discover something amazing about yourself!

And know that chances are if you’re attracted to certain pieces, a lot of times those different pieces actually go together very well.

Find what you like, what you feel good in, what makes you feel beautiful, gives YOU confidence, or brings a smile to your face when you put it on. Find out ~ it can be an absolutely new adventure for you!

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