The Difference

Client, Diane Forbes, and Personal Stylist, Kirsti Calhoun

November 1, 2022 7:38 pm

How long have you been a client of The Difference, and how did you originally hear of us?

I don’t remember when I started! I drove by the shop on my daily commute and thought it looked like a cute place. One day, I decide to stop in and that’s when I learned what it was actually all about.

Tell us about your Lifestyle:

My primary profession is an Executive and Project Manager for a small design firm. I also have a side gig as a pet boarding facility owner based in Georgia.

Describe some of your favorite things about your Stylist and experience at The Difference?

I love that Kirsti really pushes me out of my comfort zone. She helps provide the missing element for me, I’ve always preferred a classic (some might say safe or boring) style but never really knew how to bring it to the next level. Part of it is actually going for the slightly over the top piece – a brighter color, a pattern, a crazy necklace.

I’ve always tended to go with the things that will ‘go with the most’ but I find it’s the ‘pop’ pieces that really make the outfit for me. Once I fall for that piece, it’s amazing how many other ways I find to use it. For example, Kirsti pulled a pair of red/navy blue earrings for me. I know that doesn’t sound crazy, but they were a bit big, and I don’t do a lot of red. She pulled them with a dress I would NEVER have selected, and I ended up loving both. Now I find that there are so many things I can wear those red and blue earrings with, even when it’s not the fourth of July! My closet use to be primarily white, black, and blue but now I have greens, watermelons, teals, and (gasp!) even pinks.

I really like that I can get all things fashion taken care of here, Kirsti plans my makeup and my outfits and I don’t have to think about it, just enjoy the end result. More than once I’ve thought her a smidge crazy with her ideas but they always end up working for me and I love that about her. Kirsti is also a big planner and so the way that she helps me schedule out everything for the year is super helpful for me.

A year or so ago, I did a closet session in my home and that was so great! I really enjoyed having Kirsti help me put together the items I already owned into outfits that work. We fixed some of my problem items from pieces I never wore into regular rotations in my wardrobe.


Do you have a favorite outfit, product, and/or memory associated with The Difference?

So many… I actually think that all of my outfits, jewelry, and skin product are from The Difference at this point! 😊

What’s something you’d share with women to encourage them toward The Difference?

I used to hate shopping, I would spend a large amount of time trying to find something and rarely did I really love what I ended up with. I also use to shop piece by piece. With The Difference, I’ve decided that it’s worth saving all my shopping for a few times a year and purchasing whole outfits. One of the best things is that the stylists there will pull clothes but show you all the ways you can wear them so instead of going home with three pieces that make one outfit, I go home with more pieces but they make countless combinations that are already styled for me.

Take baby steps, maybe shop the boutique first before diving in but it’s worth the investment to become a client because with each appointment, your look becomes more and more authentically you!

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