with Erin Keam
"Happy Wardrobe is such a great concept. Erin is a personable, intelligent, and engaging person. At the end of the session, I felt I had spent half a day with a therapist or good friend. Instead of focusing on things I must buy or things I needed to purge, she brought to light my personal style, not what a magazine tells me it should be.
I have had meetings with stylists and wardrobe specialists in the past, but this was different. Erin gave me "homework" the night before to prepare for our meeting. She had me choose items throughout the house that I loved, such as pictures, knick-nacks, jewelry, poetry, whatever peeked my interest. We went through the items together and Erin went through my home, getting a real sense of who I was and who I wanted to be.
Then, she went through my wardrobe and took copious notes, all the while noting what items she thought didn't suit me. The next day I received a report with details from our meeting. I now have an idea of what my personal style statement is and how to shop in the future with that in mind. Meeting her has saved me not only money (by narrowing my choices and decreasing chances of on-the-whim purchases) but she has also saved me time. I know what to look for and what to immediately reject, because in the long run certain things will bring me happiness and certain things will just waste space and energy in my closet.
Erin's ultimate goal is to keep the client in their happy zone and not change them, but zoom in on what exactly brings them joy and how to continue to bring more of it in their busy lives. I highly recommend Erin as a wardrobe therapist."
"I booked Erin for The Happy Wardrobe method due to a desperate need for self-care. I'd been battling life on so many fronts - working to keep a roof over my daughter's head, recover from an emotionally abusive relationship, shame, guilt, low self-worth. I was working two jobs, caring for a critically ill child and struggling on a daily basis to keep my head above water. I thought Erin and I would be going through my wardrobe, seeing all the clothes that no longer fit due to comfort eating. I thought she'd judge me for the mess my clothes were in - my walk in closet was barely accessible, with piles on the floor of my clothes mingled with my daughter's, laundry, bedding and towels.
I was wrong. We simply sat down with things that made me happy. As we talked about them, I remembered the confident, creative woman I'd been. Erin noted themes and gently explained how fear and poverty had led me to think I was less than I was. She reminded me how beautiful, powerful, strong, fierce, hardworking, determined and passionate I am. I'm a lioness defending her young. I'm a fighter. I was a victim of abuse but I survived. I'm a descendent of pioneers who founded this country - nothing can stop me from achieving what I want and healing along the way.
We did get to my clothes - but the symptoms needed to be addressed first. I know what to wear now. I'm rocking it and I'm rocking life.
Who doesn't need help with their wardrobe? What I got was not what I expected. It was so much more!
We began with what "things" in my home make me happy, from coasters, to candles to calendars. It was so much fun, going around the house with that in mind. We ended with the wardrobe and I only picked out the clothing, accessories or shoes that made me happy. Amazing how I could immediately point to those items which made me wonder what all those OTHER things were doing in my closet! She helped "name" where I was going with colors for living and clothing. As a result, my remodeled home reflects what I came to understand what I needed at our first meeting!
As you can tell, as I am transitioning to the "new me" in the last third of my life, Erin's first run was invaluable!
Can't wait for Phase II!"
"Erin's wardrobe consultation with me in 2015 has had a lasting effect on my style and on the clothes I now bring into my closet. I was very happy with the immediate results I got from working with her. I am even more amazed at the lasting change her method has allowed me to make. I have felt some deep shifts in other areas of my life as my clothing choices came into alignment with my deeper being. Before working with Erin, I was hiding my body under layers of clothing that I didn't even like. Now I have more confidence and am allowing myself to be visible and I enjoy living in my clothes. I have a positive body image that is directly related to the style statement she helped me form. I absolutely recommend her to anyone who is looking to find and express their true authentic Self."
"Thank you so much for our time together yesterday! When I woke up this morning and looked into my closet I loved having clarity about what looks good on me and what garments work for which occasions.
Also, thank you for ending our session when you did. That process was tiring for me in part because it was about identity and my image of myself. I am profoundly grateful for your kindness and honesty and visual aesthetic. Now I can feel more confident when I go out into the world.
I will do my action step(s) like researching ethnic clothing. Meanwhile, I have put the "to be replaced" items out of sight, and I bet they will be at Goodwill soon.
Big hugs and love. You are a gem!"
"This experience with Erin was one of the highlights of my life. For the first time in my life, someone has summarized for me who I am, what I wear, how I look, how I come across, who I am in the world and who I hope to be, and synthesized a whimsical name of my personal style and a description of Who I Am. If, before I was born, someone would have told me “this is the life you’re going to have” I would have been so thrilled! And I am thrilled also because someone—Erin—recognized things I had always hoped could be true. It’s so easy to live day to day, month to month and year to year and forget that things may actually be coming together! What a wonderful gift this is. It is actually priceless. Thank you for thinking of this creative service for humankind/womankind and for taking the time and energy to put it together and to share it with me. I feel like my dreams are coming true, and I can no longer take things for granted as if they will maybe, somehow, happen some day. You have seen the true me and let me know what you see."