Annette Johnson reflects about her experience at The Difference over the last year and a half. Thank you for sharing your story, Annette! Keep on making a Difference in our community!
Describe your current lifestyle: I call myself “community advocate” which is simply a glamorous name for volunteer. After professionally working for 25 years, I’m glad to be at a point in my life where giving back to community and organizations I’m passionate about is a priority in my life. A few organizations I’m passionate about include: Blood Works Northwest and my dragon boat team, Pink Phoenix. Pink Phoenix is made up entirely of breast cancer survivors. I’m also an enthusiastic photographer and work with Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue to help rescues find their forever homes.
How did you first hear about The Difference? My good friend and dragon boat teammate, Mary Monaghan. She spoke highly of the great services, and of course – great clothes The Difference provides. We were getting ready to travel to Italy for an international dragon boat festival and she mentioned how she loved shopping there. One visit, and The Difference immediately became my favorite “go to” for my wardrobe needs. I love how personal the shopping experience is (with no pressure) and the selection includes something you can wear for any type of occasion.
Tell us about your relationship with Nicole Cameron, your Personal Stylist: Nicole has an impressive sense of style that she personalizes based on her clients’ needs. I’ve watched her help other customers and it’s nice to know that she makes an effort to individualize her styling sessions. She has urged me to take some fashion risks such as being careful to not judge something on the hanger until trying something on – I’m always presently surprised with the result in the mirror! She also has made me keenly aware of just how much accessorizing can complete the perfect outfit.
Nicole also has the ability to find items that can work across types of events (super casual to an evening out). She also is able to incorporate pieces that work with things already in my closet – whether those were purchased at The Difference or somewhere else.
Any words of wisdom for women thinking about trying The Difference? I encourage women to take the time to invest in themselves! Whether it’s a new top, a new pair of jeans or a cute pair of earrings – a little freshness can go a long way and does wonders for the soul. Also – don’t be afraid to engage with one of the stylists…trust me, they can see what you don’t!