Alice Wilson was one of the winners of the GPS (Great Personal Style) Transformation contest we hosted on Facebook in February. I chose Alice because she works hard and puts the needs of others ahead of her own. Recently, Alice has been striving for a healthier lifestyle and has lost a significant amount of weight. However, her clothing did not reflect those changes – in fact, when I visited her home, I found that many of the items in her closet were from several decades ago! Alice had put her own life on hold while raising three children. She needed a complete transformation and a total closet overhaul.
When I visit a client, I am typically able to supplement pieces he or she already owns with new items to create a fresh, wearable wardrobe. In Alice’s case, we needed to start from scratch – with one exception. One of her dresses was very pretty, and the simple addition of shoulder pads gave it that WOW factor. Alice immediately began standing straighter, exuding a newfound self-confidence.
We created an entirely new wardrobe for Alice that fit her budget and lifestyle. Due to my connections as a personal shopper, I was able to transfer a 40% off coupon to her. I was also able to allow her to choose from items given to the Transformations by Maria foundation, in exchange for a monetary donation to the foundation.
To reward Alice for the work she has done, I gave her a silver butterfly necklace. This necklace will be an inspiration and reminder to her as she continues to move forward towards change and growth.
As an image consultant and life coach based in Houston, Texas, my passion is helping others value themselves! One of the first steps in that can be accepting the past and moving into the future by making physical, mental, and emotional changes – including finding a personal style that makes them look and feel beautiful and confident. Here are some quotes from Alice and others about the experience:
I recently realized that I needed to replace some OLD clothes, but I needed some help and inspiration to figure out what I needed to create a new look. I looked to the Internet, and that is where I found Transformations by Maria. I was so excited to win the GPS Transformation! I had my first meeting with her yesterday, and I’m so glad I’m doing this. She is very friendly and really cares about her clients. She was encouraging, but also frank. I am looking forward to our next visit! –Alice
After seeing Alice in her new clothes, we took a few photographs of her in her previous go-to outfits so we could compare. 45 minutes before, in her new clothes, it had been obvious that Alice knew she looked beautiful and had been showing off her new things. In her old clothes, she became withdrawn again, as though she was eager to get out of them and get back to the new Alice. The transformation was incredible! –Sarah, assistant
Thank you for doing such wonderful things with Allie! You have achieved nothing short of a miracle! She is so dear to me and I am so glad she found you. –Diane, Alice’s friend of 20 years
If you’re interested in a complete transformation, call me at (713) 502-4106! You can also contact me via my website, like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, connect via LinkedIn, follow me on Pinterest, and shop my boutique, On the Rocks. Looking forward to connecting with you soon!
One of my clients, Irma, shared this testimonial on my website in March, but I wanted to share it and include her “before” photo and a few “after” photos because I know that what she felt prior to calling me is not uncommon!
“What can I say. I feel good (like the song)! I thought a lot before calling Maria, as I am always mindful of the family budget. There I was once again in my closet, this time after work, trying to figure out what to wear for a date with my hubby. After trying on several things, I threw on a hoodie over some shirt, kept my baggy work pants and running shoes and once again I felt frumpy.
I finally called her. Right away she was teaching and I was soaking it up and beginning to feel more secure, more like myself. We went shopping and she quickly found stuff that fit! A few days later I was shopping and found a dress within 10 mins of stepping in the store, snapped a pic and sent it for her thoughts and she enthusiastically approved! I felt good and our adventure has just begun! Highly recommended!”
Irma and I first looked at what she already owned, and found a few pieces that would work very well together for her body. Our goal was to give her a slimming, elongated look, and we accomplished this in the photo below by pushing up the sleeves, wearing the jacket open, and having a pop of color – one better suited for her skin tone.
Hello! My name is Catherine Basu and I’m one of Maria’s clients. I absolutely love Maria. She’s an amazing and talented stylist, tailor, businesswoman, life coach and friend. I have been on a bit of a personal roller coaster ride since I moved to Houston, TX from Massachusetts in June. Maria has been instrumental in helping me transform and take back control of my life. Maria not only provided me with the services that I hired her for but she also inspired me to make the transition from a career that was not working out for me to one that I’m passionate about.
I’m very excited to be starting my own fitness business here in Houston. Fitness is my passion and I love sharing this with anyone and everyone I can. I’ve been working in the fitness industry for 6 years, however, I took a break from working full-time in fitness to coach and teach science. After meeting and working with Maria, I was inspired to get back to this passion full time. I’d like to share my story and also verbalize how grateful I am for Maria’s genuine advice and support.
I am so excited to share this news with everyone – Are you sitting down?
The growth and demand of our custom design jewelry has resulted in a “revamp” of our online boutique! The mission is simple: To Make A Statement with Natural Beauty.
Already, we have listed pendants made of natural stones and hand wrapped in either sterling silver or gold, stylish necklaces to add a fun ‘pop’ to your outfit, and PEARLS! You know, the great thing about the natural stones is that they are products of NATURE, and therefore each one is a little different and can easily dress up or accentuate your “GPS” (Great Personal Style). I personally select each natural stone that is used in our custom jewelry and decide if the stone should be accented with sterling silver or gold, hand wrapped or if it should be inlaid in sterling silver, if there should be a delicate rope frame around the stone, and so much more. Each piece is unique beyond the stone itself, and that is what keeps this so fun and exciting for both myself and my clients!
A lot of the pieces that we have listed so far were selected for more than just their beauty; we chose pieces that can be worn with a variety of outfits – because a beautiful necklace should pair well with more than one top or color, don’t you agree?
Take a look – and check back often because this is barely 25% of what we have in stock.
And remember: Always mix your Faux and your Real!
This song is very special to me, and encapsulates the entire idea behind Transformations by Maria. It was written for all of you, and gives you a glimpse into the process of transforming — inside and out — while finding your GPS (Great Personal Style). This is the transformation that will take place with the three winners of the GPS Transformation contest, as well as others who call me to begin their transformations.
These are my words and feelings, which were given to Joanie Hendricks. She used her songwriting talents to write this beautiful song, then played it on her ukelele to accompany Laura’s lovely voice. I’m blessed to be able to get my message out through their talents. Please enjoy!
Announcing the winners of the
GPS (Great Personal Style) Transformation!
If you are signed up to receive emails from The Loft to learn of their latest sales, trends, and promos, then you probably saw this one last week:
This email is misleading on so many levels, it’s no wonder so many women have a hard time shopping!
Did you know that a lot of people look terrible in yellow? The undertones in a person’s skin determines this, therefore it is not a great choice to have in an email promoting the purchase of a yellow top.
These emails are created by the marketing team – they are thinking about selling trends, not about what will look good on someone. The viewer is led to believe that these items pictured are versatile – but look at the variety of color and pattern? These pieces are not easily matched, and therefore are not pieces for your core wardrobe.
- Black, Gray, or Tweed pant
- Black Skirt
- Black Jacket
Now, let’s talk cost. Read more…