In our May Style Spotlight we chat with Lisa Kemp, an airline captain, CRM lead instructor, IBT safety volunteer and client of The Difference for a little over a year.
Tell us about your lifestyle and wardrobe: Busy is the first word that comes to mind! It is a little bit of everything. Like most people, I find my work uniform boring. I enjoy dressing in business attire for office days, and sophisticated casual for most of my days off. It’s great to have a closet that accommodates a dress for a play or ballet as well as a casual (but cute!) weekend at the coast!
How did you hear about The Difference? Google!! Over the years, I changed age, shape, weight and activities all while mostly wearing a uniform or being unhappy with my ‘look’. I’ve yo-yo dieted most of my life but then decided it was time to try to be happy with who I am right now instead of the elusive ‘later, after I diet’. I noticed that plenty of women of different sizes and shapes looked quite nice just as they are, and I decided that I needed some help. First, I Googled, then mentioned The Difference to my hair stylist. She gave me a big thumbs up as she had heard good things from her clients, so that’s how I came to be a client!
Describe some of your favorite things about Daron, your Stylist and experience at The Difference? Daron is so much fun! She picks out the most amazing outfits, some that I’m sure won’t work, but they do! As we have learned more about each other and our styles over this last year, Daron has really dialed in to my preferences. Sometimes I think she knows me better than I do! My confidence in my body and how I look has improved a great deal. My husband has commented on my increased confidence, and I enjoy the personal expression of truly being my authentic, joyful self.
Tell us about your first experience at The Difference. My first visit was just prior to a work conference. I had spent 6 hours shopping the day before and had 1 pair of possibly okay pants to show for it! I was disappointed, I used to love shopping! So, I walked into The Difference on a Saturday and was quickly shown several options by a lovely sales associate (Thank you, Tamara!) and all the outfits worked! Those looks are still among some of my favorites!
After the conference, I signed up for personal styling services and met Daron. We had a blast at our consultation! I learned a lot about my personal style and what looks best on me. Daron has an amazing eye for what fashions suit you the best! From that day on, I have always had something to wear that makes me happy and reflects who I am.
How does your personal style impact your daily joy? I feel so much more confident! I used to have 3-4 go to outfits for day-to-day that I was okay with. I had to think about when I last wore them so I wouldn’t repeat them too soon. Or, sometimes, I skipped events as the idea of finding something to wear made the event not worth the trouble. That’s a big drop for someone who loved shopping and fashion in their 20’s. Now my biggest challenge is choosing what fun outfit I want to wear each day! I feel cute and confident every day!
What’s something you’d share with women to encourage them to shop at The Difference? Go try it! The world is critical enough of us. We don’t need to join in on the negative thoughts. Embrace who you are! Focus on the best parts of you with fashion. Knowing that you look good and feel good in your clothing changes everything. We are each perfect in our own way and we need to realize that.