The Difference

Client, Marianne Jacklyn and Personal Stylist, Kirsti Calhoun

October 30, 2020 9:06 pm

At The Difference we often talk about helping women through transitions. Whether career changes, motherhood, health hurdles or simply the transition to growing older. In our Style Spotlight this month, client Marianne talks a lot about transformation and how The Difference has been by her side every step of the way.

Q: Marianne, tell us about yourself and how long you’ve worked with The Difference.

A: I’ve been a client of The Difference for more than 10 years. I first heard about them after attending a workshop arranged by a coworker. At the time, I had just returned to the workforce and was needing help with my new lifestyle change. Since then, I’ve gone from full time mom to returning to a career outside the home, to starting a business. Today I work from home in regulatory affairs for medical devices. My husband and I have two high schoolers.

Q: How have things shifted for your lifestyle in recent months?

A: Before the pandemic, I spent a lot of time in professional settings in-person, and a lot of time driving kids to their activities. The current restrictions have lead to another transition – keeping my professional image relevant for video, and balancing with more time at home with the kids.

Q: Tell us about what it’s like to work with The Difference and a Personal Stylist.

A: Before shopping at The Difference I had a lot of pieces that I liked, a lot that I didn’t, and not a lot of confidence in pulling things together. I used to be intimidated by a small boutique ambience (and price point!). But I have learned so much about what works for me, learned to trust Kirsti’s judgement, and look forward to every appointment as a warm and engaging experience and another community circle. I also have saved money since I no longer have things that I don’t wear, and the time savings is a huge benefit!

I also appreciate the relationship I’ve developed with Kirsti over the years. I can count on her to know what will fit, what pieces and outfits I’ll like and to push me just enough out of my comfort zone to try a new look.

Q: Do you have a favorite outfit or product Kirsti has helped you find?

A: Oh yes! My silver booties are definitely a favorite. My “work jammie” pants are right there, as well as my vegan leather jacket.


Thank you for talking with us, Marianne. If you have someone you’d like to see featured in the Style Spotlight, let us know!

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