Josie Bouchier, talented acupuncturist and writer focusing on women's health, is a tall drink of water. She signed up for The Real Deal personal styling package to hone in on her style. She wanted her clothes and how she dressed to reflect her current and authentic self. She wanted the same for her new website photos. When I arrived at Josie's house, she said she felt like she had to buy all new clothes. By the end of our three hours, Josie was thrilled and amazed. Without having to purchase a single item, we created more than a dozen outfits that spoke directly to her style goals. As you can see in the beautiful photos above, she (and those outfits) are powerful works of art.
After seeing the photos, Josie wrote this to me: Sara, look at all of your incredible outfits!! I am SO happy with how all the photos turned out. The style consulting I did with you was a complete game changer. I couldn't be more thrilled!
The stunning photography is by Lisa Rundall.
Working with Sara helped me learn how to enjoy pairing my shoes and my accessories in interesting new combinations. She helped me discover which clothing I feel amazing in and how to combine different items I already have to create outfits that are fun, creative, interesting, stylish and, most importantly, reflective of the many facets of who I am. Through these new combinations, all of a sudden I have 100 new outfits. Really I had all of those clothes all along, I just didn’t know how to combine them in so many different ways. She even taught me how to wear my scarves in new and interesting ways and convinced me to pull back out my beloved cowgirl boots and start wearing them again. Just these two tips have been huge, but they are just the tip of the iceberg!
- Lucy Flood, Writer & Solopreneur
Click to read Lucy's fun, funny, touching, and relatable blogpost about her personal style journey!
Kaye was looking for a fresh approach to her clothing while traveling. A deep lover of water and the ocean, Kaye lives in Hawaii. She had been visiting friends and family on the mainland for an extended period of time and was feeling disenchanted with her clothes. Kaye is a woman of many talents--a profound massage and craniosacral therapist, as well as a hula dancer, belly dancer, and yogi. However, when it comes to putting together outfits, it takes her, as she says, "at least 20 tries." She has a difficult time remembering what she has and what goes with what. Sound relatable?!
We went through Kaye's suitcase and composed some great outfits. As you can see in the photos, these fresh compositions made her very happy! She said she felt like a new woman. Kaye was so inspired that we went on a short shopping excursion and found beautiful, multi-functional, and multi-seasonal pieces that she'll wear for years. When Kaye returns to Hawaii, she plans on reorganizing her closet and letting go of what she no longer wears.
Kaye was also thankful for her necklace, which I custom-made for her. She hasn't taken it off since, saying it feels healing and empowering to wear.
After working with Sara, I feel confident and happy in my core. -Kaye
P.S. Kaye's chic heels are from Pavement, a hip and fun boutique in Pittsburgh.
L. wanted to revamp her wardrobe with items that were interesting, multi-functional, and multi-seasonal. She wanted to feel comfortable and confident in her clothes. She also wanted that ease of knowing that her clothes mix-and-match and layer easily with one another.
I turned 40 and really needed a boost of energy for myself and my wardrobe, but couldn't bear the thought of clothes shopping. Sara at Hiris & Co suggested she come along to the store and pick out clothes for me to try on. She shopped for clothes while I looked at shoes. At first, I was very hesitant because I thought she would never find clothes that fit me or looked good on my body type. Well, I was wrong! We went to the dressing room with a cart full of options. She was on-hand to give encouraging and thoughtful feedback, and I left with several new pieces to complement and expand my existing wardrobe. Several pieces of clothing were ones that I would have never chosen if I went shopping alone. She helped to expand my idea of what looks good and it was so much less painful than trying to shop on my own. Armed with clothing that makes me feel comfortable and fabulous, I'm ready for my forties. Bring it on!
-L., Designer and Consultant based in Albuquerque, NM
You probably notice L.'s fabulous hair and jewelry. Both are by the multi-talented Jeffrey Smith of Jeffrey Smith Studio. L. did her own beautiful make-up.
Collaborations are fruitful, fun, and creative. Hiris & Co collaborated with Lisa Rundall Photography and Strut Denver to bring you looks and ideas for this wedding season. Lisa took the photographs and Strut supplied the shoes, accessories, and location. Hiris & Co supplied the dresses and styled each look. Read the post I wrote as a guest contributor on Lisa's blog, offering ideas for what to wear to different weddings: mountain/barn; food truck/picnic; destination; black tie; and, traditional spring/summer. I purposefully chose shoes that are not only cool and chic, but also realistic and comfortable so you can dance the night away!
For her professional website photos, Josie Bouchier LAc: "...wanted a fresh, inviting, healthy vibe... the pictures turned out perfectly in line with what I envisioned. Years later, the photos are a major part of my branding and online presence, and I still get compliments on them. I attribute their cohesiveness and positive energy to Sara's on-point styling advice."
An afternoon with beautiful light captured by the talented photographer, Lisa Rundall. Customized floral hair pieces and bouquet designed by Azalea Botanics. Photos are featured in Colorado Couture (May 2016 issue).
Hiris & Co styled the bride (me). My husband and I chose to get married at the court house, wanting our wedding to be simple and small. I always wanted to get married in blue and wore a knee-length, blue silk dress with a black belt, black buttons, and a collar. This perfect-for-me dress called my name from a clearance rack one day while walking home from work. As a result, this white dress (also a clearance rack gem) never had its day in the sun. If I had had that traditional wedding, I would have wanted to exude an energy that was natural, classic, and modern, which was our goal for these photos.
Hiris & Co offers styling services for all members of the wedding party, so that all exude the energy they envision on the big day, and feel joyful, comfortable, and confident.
In addition, we support wedding planning. We facilitate Mindful & Artful Planning Sessions so that all involved in the planning begin on a calm, clear, productive, and cohesive note.
STAY TUNED...MORE PICTURES COMING SOON!