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Reconnecting with My Passion for Fashion

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Getting a little crazy with color as I try to withdraw from so much black in my wardrobe. This dress is from Boden.

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Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve loved fashion. About 10 years ago now, I loved it so much, I decided to become a certified fashion consultant. At the time, I taught one communication course at Stevenson University as an adjunct professor. My children were small, and it was something that got me out of the house one morning on the weekend.

I enrolled in a weekend-long intensive course in Virginia and became a local version of “Stacy London” of What Not to Wear fame. I would help women, mostly young moms who were returning to work, rebuild their professional wardrobes. I went in people’s closets and dissected their clothes, and then built a shopping list for them. And then, we would shop together.

It was fun for a while, but when it became work, I began to dislike it. My passion wasn’t fun anymore. Fortunately, a full-time position opened at Stevenson for a communication faculty member, and I was lucky enough to get the job. I put my fashion consulting days behind me after a couple of years. However, the tips I learned about dressing my own body type, along with other body types, helps me as I select clothes that best work for my curvy, petite stature.

While I may have burned out a little, I’m back to rebuilding my closet bit by bit, as I have mentioned in some earlier posts. It’s been fun to rekindle my love for clothes, shoes, bags, and jewelry.

While I may be a professor and a writer, I will readily admit to being a bit obsessed with staying fashionable and trendy. I may have another big birthday looming, but I’m more determined than ever to start the school year out on a super-stylish note.

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I may not be Forever 21, but this dress is.

 

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Date night dress: Nordstrom
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Dress: Boden
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Skirt and Blouse: Loft

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