Our October Style Spotlight features client Paula Kanarek and Personal Stylist, Nicole Cameron.
How long have you been a client of The Difference?
We moved to Lake Oswego from Salem at the end of 2013. A stylist from The Difference put on a fashion show at a group to which I belong and the clothing and styles I saw made me curious. I contacted that stylist in late 2014 and have been a client since then. I have worked with several stylists over those years. Each time they left I was assigned a new stylist so it has been a fun experience. I have been working with Nicole for about two years.
Tell us about your profession and lifestyle: Now I am retired, but before that I was a manager at Hewlett-Packard in Corvallis. I’d describe my lifestyle as relaxed with some structure. I love being outside and take every advantage of it when I can. I am also involved in some volunteer activities. We also take advantage of the cultural activities that the area has to offer—theater, ballet, symphonies, music – so I want my clothes to take me to all those activities. When I retired from Hewlett-Packard, I had trouble shopping for things not business apparel. My experience at The Difference has helped me make that transition.
Describe some of your favorite things about your Stylist and experience at The Difference?
I love that I am challenged to try things on that I would never have picked off the rack for myself. I can get overwhelmed by all the choices in a big department store. At The Difference, Nicole pulls together an outfit (or 2 or 3) with accessories and she is honest if she think things will not look good on me. It makes the entire experience fun and not overwhelming.
Do you have a favorite outfit/product/memory associated with The Difference?
I have lots of favorite clothes from The Difference, but the one I am wearing in the photo featured is my new favorite. Another fond memory and outfit was the ones picked out by my previous stylist when both of my children got married. They were so helpful in finding the perfect dresses.
What’s something you’d share with women to encourage them to shop at The Difference?
Working with a stylist helps you tune in to the styles that flatter you. They take time to get to know you, your style, and your lifestyle. It is a very different experience than shopping in a larger store where the selection and layout can make the experience overwhelming. And, there are often fun events to introduce clients to the new styles. It is all about the personal attention.