We had the good fortune of connecting with Shelly Bishop and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shelly, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I have worked as a wardrobe stylist for many years, and pivoting from dressing models for advertising, to dressing everyday women for real life was a natural next step. During the pandemic, I knew I wanted to pursue wardrobe styling once the world resumed. I found the Everyday Style School podcast and binge-listened to many episodes. The host, Jen had helped women with their wardrobes for years and was sharing her expertise and best practices. I wanted to reach out to her for business consulting, and around the same time she announced she was rolling out a stylist certification program. I became certified and received coaching on the business side of things, which is exactly what I was hoping for. I love that I can work with my peers who have young kids and know how huge of a life shift that is. It affects everything and many women are trying to figure out how to dress for a new body and lifestyle. It lights me up that I get to help women save time and stress by educating them on their unique body shape and filling the missing holes in their wardrobes.
Please tell us more about your business. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today business-wise. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I care a lot about leaving women’s wardrobes better than I found them. Women have plenty of things to worry about each day, and getting dressed shouldn’t be one of them. my goal is to help simplify the process for them so that they can efficiently get dressed in the morning, feel confident, and be well-equipped to tackle whatever is on their plate that day. When you look good, you feel good.
I believe in a holistic approach to creating a wardrobe you love. This starts with a closet edit where we try on and evaluate clothing for the current season to see what is working, what is not, and what key pieces are missing. The next step is to shop in-person and/or online to fill in the gaps. Finally, I style the old with the new to put together head to toe cohesive looks that complement their lifestyle. I photograph each look on my grid wall, which is a 2’X6′ panel that I can hang clothing on. The photos are printed out and delivered in a hard copy look book the same day.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
wow, I spent entirely too long thinking of all the wonderful things Houston has to offer, but here’s an itinerary for a pretty great weekend:
Massage and lunch at Trellis spa at the Houstonian, shopping at Kuhl Linscomb, Dinner at State of Grace.
Walk to coffee + breakfast tacos at Uncle Beans in the Heights. Sound healing meditation at the cistern on Buffalo Bayou. Ride bikes around the Heights and grab lunch or a drink at Loro. Dinner at Superica and an outdoor concert at WOMH.
Church at House of Blues, followed by brunch at Tiny’s number 5. An afternoon spent perusing the Museum of Fine Arts and rounding out the weekend with a drink at bar no. 3 at La Colombe d’Or.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my mentor Jen, of youreverydaystyle.com for my business coaching. Jen is so knowledgeable and organized and I appreciate all of her input so much!
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