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My Feature on HerFuture.com!

  • by Amy Salinger
  • December 7th, 2010
  • My Style

A few months ago I did a photo shoot with inspirational speaker Gabrielle Bernstein. She is the brains behind HerFuture.com, a site that provides a platform for successful, inspirational women to be mentors for other girls just making sense of their future. As a lifestyle/career coach, Gabrielle has toured the country helping young women be their best selves. I was lucky enough to be featured on the site this week as a mentor to the fashionable ladies of the world! Read and inspire yourself along the way! Be sure to follow Gabrielle at @herfuture or on her fan page on Facebook: Gabrielle Bernstein Motivational Speaker.

Tell us about you and your business:
I am a fashion stylist and expert in New York City. I not only do personal styling to help the everyday gal or guy feel like and look like a celebrity, but I also work with magazines, television shows and commercials. I have appeared as a fashion expert everywhere from The Today Show to MTV to Martha Stewart Living Radio. I love to create beautiful images, but most of all, I love to make people feel fabulous about themselves. Everybody needs a boost of style inspiration to get us going sometimes and that is where an expert like me is your best friend!

How did you start this project?
I have always loved fashion and beauty growing up, but never realized it could truly be a full-time job. When I was about to graduate from college I realized that a “real job” was not for me so the search for a creative career began. I used my networking skills to contact the right people to ask for advice or opportunities. Utilizing my innate creative talent combined with learning from the right people, I created a styling business that allows me to style everyone from models to business women.
Who are your mentors?
I would say anyone that works hard and is successful is my biggest mentor! Talent can only take you so far, you need to really want success and have extreme drive when working in a creative and extremely competitive field. I strongly admire Andrea Lieberman who works with Gwen Stefani and is the co-creator of LAMB, one of my absolute favorite clothing lines. She truly thinks outside of the box and has developed some amazing looks that have helped to re-define current styles.
What inspired your business?
The people of New York City inspire my business everyday. The forward thinking of this fashion community sometimes even surprises me. They are constantly encouraging me to challenge my own styling capabilities and giving me new and fabulous ideas for future shoots and clients. Inspiration can truly come just from walking down the street in this city.
What kind of advice would you offer our members?
The best advice I can offer your members is to understand that how you feel when you walk out the door can affect your attitude and confidence all day long. People often call fashion superficial, but having been in the business for over 8 years, I can tell you that helping people to look more fashionable is the the best confidence booster. I have literally seen my personal clients start posing in the mirror and walking around on a “catwalk” like a model just by having on an amazing outfit I styled for them. Sometimes we forget that loving the way we look can ultimately change the way we feel. Being fabulous is a great gift for one’s self. And in this holiday season, a great gift for someone else!!!