What Is It Really Like Being A Personal Stylist?

Jennifer Eve Eisner

Most young professionals entering the fashion industry have at one point or another entertained the idea of becoming a stylist.  After all, we are all in a sense, our own stylists—whether we recognize it or or not.  Clothes are living art meant to be told through humans, and what bigger of an honor could there be than dressing someone in a way that tells either their personal narrative or crafts an editorial story?

For the second installment of MO’s “Real Girls” series, I chose to highlight my friend Jennifer Eisner.  Jennifer is a personal stylist who works between New York City and Miami.  She has a really fantastic eye for proportion and fit, and an uncanny ability to help her clients curate a wardrobe that reflects both their personal aesthetic and their lifestyle.

Since I know several of MO’s readers are interested in pursuing personal, editorial, or celebrity styling, I knew Jenn would be the perfect person to give me the honest answers about what it’s really like to be a personal stylist.  From setting up her business, to her insider styling tips—here’s the story of how she became a successful image consultant in one of the world’s most competitive cities.  Enjoy!

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Back In Black

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One of my favorite parts about living in such a big city is meeting people from all walks of life who have one thing in common– they are all exceptional at what they do.

That’s the thing about New York, people from all over the world come here to pursue their dreams.

I did the same thing two months after turning 21.  I finished college two quarters early to relocate to the city and intern with Marie Claire.  Over the past 4 years, I’ve been fortunate to meet, and become friends with, tons of talented and interesting individuals.

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The Best Lip Colors For Redheads

Best Lipstick Shades for Redheads

Sultry Scarlet // Captivating Crimson // Vivid Violet
Cheerful Coral // Pretty Poppy // Flirty Fuchsia
Petal Pink // Playful Peach // Natural Nude

 

There’s a longstanding taboo that redheads can’t wear lipstick— totally untrue!

In (somewhat belated) honor of National Kiss A Ginger Day, I’ve selected some of my favorite hues perfect for puckering up.

I personally love the wearing a rich wine or scarlet hue during winter to offset my copper hair.  A vibrant fuchsia is the perfect bold contrast to flaming locks, and an orange-based poppy hue is perfect for brightening a daytime look.

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The Thrill Of The Chase

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Ask Madame, Question #2 -

 

The other day, a good friend asked me the following question on one of my Instagram photos:

“How do you afford/budget for all of this amazing stuff?!  Teach me your secrets!!”

The truth is, I rarely ever spend full price on designer items.  I either buy them at a sample sale, or super discounted during the end of season sales.

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Why Don’t You?

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Happy New Year!

I know that with it being New Year’s Day and all, this would be an ideal opportunity to discuss my goals for personal growth, professional success, and improving my well being.  However, this year I have resolved to not set a New Year’s Resolution.

Instead, I am going to make a conscious effort to be the best I can be without any roadmap or agenda.  Not because I am holding myself to a list of promises, but because I want to.

My inspiration behind this decision stemmed from re-reading articles from the late editor-in-chief and fashion visionary, Diana Vreeland’s, “Why Don’t You?” column in Harper’s Bazaar.

In 1936, Vreeland launched her infamous column which offered extravagant, albeit largely impractical, suggestions for women who wanted to add glamour and opulence into their everyday lives.  Her ideas—ranging from ambitious to outrageous—stretched the imagination and offered a new perspective on a wealth of possibilities.

Reflecting on her writing made me wonder— Why do we limit ourselves to the confines of resolutions?

Why don’t we instead push to be the best versions of ourselves, instead thinking outside the box, even if that means not doing things the way they’re supposed to be done?

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L’Occitane Fragrance Giveaway

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Did you know that smell is our sense most closely associated with memory?

A lot of the time, when we smell a scent for the first time we subconsciously link it to a person, an emotion, or a moment in time.  Then, every subsequent time we smell that scent, we instantly associate it with that initial memory even before we’re able to process what the source of the scent is.

Fragrance is equally as important to any ensemble as clothing or accessories.  Having a signature scent is essential to developing personal style, it makes one memorable and adds another level of intrigue to your presence.

You might know L’Occitane en Provence for their amazing hand creams and skincare products, but did you know that they also make really fantastic fragrances?

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The Perfect Fit

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First of all, I wanted to thank everyone for all of the really kind holiday wishes!  I’m so fortunate to have so many wonderful readers and blogging friends.I had a really wonderful Christmas with my family in California.  The weather was absolutely perfect, and this is actually the outfit I wore yesterday.  (Note:  No jacket!)

I’ve mentioned before that the after Christmas sales is my favorite time to stock up on designer shoes as well as wardrobe staples like denim and cashmere.  Luckily, my favorite pair of jeans are right now on sale at Urban Outfitters for under $45!

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Home For The Holidays

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I might be showing my age by saying this, but remember the opening scene of Almost Famous?  The movie starts with a car driving through the palm tree lined streets of suburban LA while the Chipmunks’ Christmas song is playing.

The reason I bring this up is because I never realized, until I rewatched that scene a few years ago, how absurd my Christmas memories must seem to a good majority of the northern hemisphere.  While most are cozied up by the fire place and watching the snow, I’m trying to be festive in a sweater while it’s 80 degrees outside.  One year it even hit 90 and I tried wearing a cashmere turtleneck and tweed skirt.

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