Tell me: what feels better than a stranger stopping you in line before placing your coffee order to tell you how much she "looooooves your shoes" and "WHERE did you get them"?
I say: Not much. Not much can make you feel so great so fast than an honest-to-goodness compliment coming from someone who has noticed you. Compliments are magic. They can improve a dull afternoon, reinforce your decision for the shorter haircut, or dissuade you from throwing out that pair of suede boots from Target two seasons ago. (Hey now, they were from the Isaac Mizrahi section). Compliments are almost as good as money. Almost.
Sure, I get a rush from some well-earned flattery. Who doesnt? I've got certain outfits or hair-dos that are sure fire compliment-getters: a 3/4 sleeve tan leather blazer, 5 inch cork Miu Miu sandals, a good black headband with some sideswept bangs--but my most prized compliments are ones my sister or friends get when wearing something I've picked out or urged them to buy. Truth be told, I used to pay my sister to wear specific looks and outfits when she was in elementary school. With a business model like that, it is clear why my career as a Personal Shopper has not "taken off". Years later nothing brings me more joy than giving a style hint or suggesting a purchase that will earn someone some positive attention, thus making them feel (and obviously look) fantastic.
In an effort to earn you some compliMINTS of your own; I promise to share some stylish items, tips, ideas that will leave others no choice but to step out of line and take notice. Go ahead, take a look-make a purchase, try something new. You won't regret it. Report back. xoxo