Clothing >Ensemble Personal Image Consulting
4583 18th St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411437.760441 -122.441180
Neighborhoods: Castro, Central
Move Aside, What Not To Wear! A kinder gentler way. – A few years ago, I got tired of watching What Not to Wear and decided I wanted my own wardrobe consultant. An Internet search netted me Rachel Fauman at Personal Image Consulting. She came to my home, looked through my closet, and thankfully, instead of the tough love you see on those TV shows where the contestant ends up crying and cursing the host, she gently said things like, "I think you could do better," when she saw something that did not look good. We sat down, and she asked me a lot of questions to determine the types of style and clothing I was looking for, including some that I knew nothing about, like if there was a particular designer I liked. Our next step was for me to meet her in the city and have a day shopping together. She was waiting for me at the first store with an armload of clothes she had already scoped out for me and more in the dressing room. I was already impressed, but by this time, I was in seventh heaven. Shopping with Rachel was a dream. She knew what my budget was, and she knew the worth of the clothing, so I did not have to look at a price tag once (which is usually my sticking point). I could trust that we were going to get enough good quality things within my budget with her in the forefront doing all of the pre-screening. Then, it was left to both of our judgments together. I relied heavily on her opinion, and since I was ready to try something new, I was happy to have her taking the reins. I have to say that it wasn't all work. There were some things that I tried on that made us both laugh so hard there were tears streaming down our faces. By the end of the day, I had enough interchangeable clothes for a number of outfits, and they were completely different than anything I would have picked out. I felt like there had been a nice balance between her providing her professional opinion, and my own preferences. For those accessories we didn't have time for, she gave me the names of a couple of stores she recommended I try. They turned out to be excellent choices too. And do you know what lets me know that spending that extra money on my shopping trips was worth it? 95% of the time, the compliments I get on clothing are the ones I picked out with Rachel. The clothes I purchased with her have also outlasted most of the others I have bought since. I have been out with her twice, and you can be sure that I am saving for another trip.
Editorial Review – Personal fashion stylist turns clients' boring wardrobes into a fashionista's paradise.
The key to stress-free, successful shopping – With a dream in my heart and a budget in my mind, I called Rachel from Ensemble Personal Image Consulting. I am starting a new job and realized that my wardrobe hadn't been convincingly updated in years. Because I want to look capable and professional I figured it was time to spend a some money and have someone help me. I have always considered myself someone with a good style sense. It took careful consideration to decide that I needed someone to help me see what my co-workers would see. Not only that, but to help me decide what type of items to spend money on! Rachel was approachable and friendly. She asked me a lot of questions about my goals and expectations. She was sincere and offered helpful hints right off the bat. I felt I was talking to the right person for the job, so that I was very excited to do some shopping with her. I couldn't be more pleased with the results. I experienced my best shopping day ever. It wasn't just because I loved every piece I bought, but because I was relaxed and happy knowing Rachel had it all under control. I even bought pieces that I had picked myself. She was encouraging and reassuring. She also knew instantly if a piece wasn't right for me and knew what brands would fit me better. I was worried that a budget of $500 would be too low to get the pieces I needed the most. But I came out with two large shopping bags full of skirts, a dress, some cotton tops, two light weight jackets, a blouse, two sweaters, five pairs of pants (all different lengths) and the confidence that I will make the best impression I can at my new gig. I can honestly say that calling Rachel is one of the smartest investments I have ever made for my future.
Ensemble's services have given me confidence and gotten me compliments! – I recently started a new job and I wanted to cultivate a more mature and professional personal image. I used two of Ensemble Personal Image Consulting?s services: closet cleanout and personal shopping. Rachel of Ensemble Personal Image Consulting was an incredible asset in taking an objective look at the perception my new coworkers and professional partners would have of me based on my wardrobe. She helped me determine which of my clothes needed to be relegated to goodwill, which to weekend wear, and which were appropriate for my new job. She then walked me though all the possible combinations of the remainder of my closet, including options that had never occurred to me. This service streamlined my wardrobe and my conceptions of what I should wear to present a specific image. That's where another of Ensemble?s services, personal shopping, came in. Rachel chose the stores we would go to and picked out clothes for me to try on. I let her know the size of my budget, and with $500 she was able to completely remake my wardrobe with 2 new pairs of shoes, 2 belts, 2 dresses, 3 skirts, 1 pair of pants, 2 button down shirts, 7 other shirts, and a sweater. I've never received so many compliments about my appearance. Investing in these services from Ensemble Personal Image Consulting has given me confidence that my appearance matches the image I want to portray and opened up the space to concentrate on my job performance and my abilities instead of how I look.
Awesome Image Consultant! – Based on an exceptional review from my own mother who had used Ensemble Personal Image Consulting a few months ago, I decided to contact Rachel as I was in dire need of a wardrobe makeover. I wanted to introduce more color into my wardrobe as well as update my style. Prior to our first shopping trip, Rachel came over to my home and had me answer several questions about my exiting wardrobe as well my goals for our shopping experience. Rachel also spent a lot of time going through my drawers and closest, evaluating what I have and what I need. During this first meeting, I was very impressed with Rachel?s level of professionalism as well as her thoroughness. At that same meeting, I also discussed with Rachel my budget. Based on the amount of money I wanted to spend, as well as the type of clothes I wanted to buy, Rachel came up with several ideas as to where we should shop.
The overall shopping experience was awesome. For the first time in a long time, I felt successful after a day of shopping. Rachel not only knew the merchandise at each store as well as the stores? layouts (which made finding clothes incredibly pleasant) but she has the ability and talent to search the racks and choose fashionable clothes that would be flattering to my body type. She successfully found clothes that were reasonably priced, stylish and looked good. In addition, Rachel was very helpful and honest about the way the clothes looked on me.
Overall, my first experience with Ensemble Personal Image Consulting was wonderful and I intend to consult with Rachel again.
A Transforming Experience – Initially, I was skeptical of an "image consultant." After all, I'd be dressing myself for years. What could this person do that was so much better than what I had been doing all my life?
A lot, frankly! I had been dressing wrong for my body, wrong for my personality and wrong for my life. Rachel took time to evaluate my closet and my goals, then together we tackled the shopping. The first shopping experience was so much better than I had anticipated. It was fast, less expensive than I had expected and fun! Yes, FUN! The follow up shopping trip was more impressive. Rachel remembered my closet and my first purchases I made with her and was able to incorporate that information into the second trip. I was AMAZED! She had such a plan in mind for how to transform my wardrobe. When we went through the closet the 2nd time and put together outfits, I simply couldn't believe what I had been missing out on all these years.
It's been weeks since I have worked with her, but I continue to get regular compliments on my new wardrobe. I never knew how flattering clothes could be. I've never enjoyed wearing them so much. I've never been so comfortable taking "risks" in clothes. I've never been happier with how I look. Rachel has such an eye for fashion as it applies to YOU. You don't have to fit a mold...instead, she helps you develop the clothing style that fits you AND your body! I am so happy I engaged Rachel's services. My reluctance to go through with it in the beginning (cost, time, attitude) was so easily countered by Rachel's efficient, relatively thrifty (not cheap!) and confident demeanor that I quickly indulged and enjoyed. It's been quite a transformation and I believe my personality now shines through my clothing choices each day! I have nothing but the highest recommendation for Rachel and for this experience!
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