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3 years later and I’m finally pursuing my dream

one of my ALL time favorite looks – September 2016

It all started at the end of 2014.

I had just graduated college and was working in digital marketing in Grand Rapids. While I loved the people I worked with, my patience was slowly running out on the job (sound familiar?). With college behind me, I had this newfound freedom in the evenings; no homework, group project meetings or tests to study for. I had the idea to start my own wardrobe consulting company on the side. I started drafting the website, sketching the logo and brainstorming ideas for styling packages.

And then fear got in the way.

What if I failed? What if no one wanted my help? What if this whole “starting your own business” idea was a flop?

I changed jobs, moved houses, and life kept on moving. So much has happened since graduation in 2014. I’ve changed, my relationships have changed, people have come in and out of my life, I’ve experienced more, and learned how to get the hell out of my comfort zone.

Fast forward and it is April 2017. I still have the same dream I did in 2014. I still love helping people feel amazing and confident in their clothing. I still love helping people develop their personal style. My heart is happy when someone texts me telling me how great they feel in an outfit I helped them style, or how many compliments they received, or how they’re standing taller and speaking louder.

Some may think it is trivial, to put so much emphasis on one’s personal style, but when you are confident in yourself and your appearance people can feel it and see it. Personal style is a reflection of you, and you want to put your best foot forward.

Your style doesn’t have to fall into a certain category – you don’t have to wear all vintage items, or all trendy items, or strictly classic pieces. You can create your own style, mixing in certain vintage pieces that make you feeling amazing, preppy styles that you love wearing, or classics that flatter your body shape.

So that dream from 2014 of starting my own wardrobe consulting company on the side?

Yep, I’m doing it. I’ve done multiple trial runs and started taking paying customers out in California and I’m beyond excited to bring it to the Midwest this summer.

Say hello to Elevate!

We will consider this the “soft launch,” as I’m still finalizing the logo, customer testimonials and website, but here are the current packages for Elevate:

REVAMP:

The largest package, perfect for anyone who has had a major life change, doesn’t like anything they currently own, or wants to completely start over – $275

  • 3 hours in your closet (lifestyle assessment, cleaning, purging + remixing what you already own)
  • 3 assisted shopping hours
  • instructions + assistance on selling used clothing/accessories
  • complete follow up summary with style tips, closet wish-list and links to those items within your budget

REFRESH:

The medium package, perfect for someone who needs to refresh for a specific season, or needs serious help in one section of their closet. (ie. you have plenty of office attire but nothing for everyday life) – $200

  • 2 hours in your closet (lifestyle assessment, cleaning, purging + remixing what you already own)
  • 2 assisted shopping hours
  • instructions + assistance on selling used clothing/accessories
  • complete follow up summary with style tips, closet wish-list and links to those items within your budget

REMIX:

The smallest package, perfect for someone who has plenty of pieces they like, but has no idea how to make them work together or for their lifestyle. Let me teach you how to shop your closet! – $125

  • Up to 3 hours in your closet
  • 1 assisted shopping hour
  • instructions + assistance on selling used clothing/accessories
  • complete follow up summary with style + remixing tips

 

I am also available per hour if you have an special events in the future and need help styling. Or, if you have a wishlist of items you want but zero time to shop, I can shop online and send you links within your budget!

Hourly – $25

If you’re interested, I would love to help you discover your personal style, create a closet that works for you, and teach you how to make the most of your wardrobe. I will be in Toledo May 4-7 and again May 16-19. Please reach out – I can’t wait to help you!

(PS. Gentleman – this isn’t just for the ladies. I would LOVE to help you as well!)

And with that I have to go- we’re about to drive to Denver to hop on a plane Thursday night. Much love! Stay tuned for more information + website launching in the next few weeks

xo, Maddy

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply Kate Lately

    CONGRATULATIONS!

    As a fellow entrepreneur – it’s a crazy world and I think that crazy dreams are the way to go! If you ever need PR help…you know where to find me! 🙂

    I can’t wait to hear all about your styling journeys…and maybe get your help shopping one day!

    Kate Lately | Fashion + Lifestyle Blog
    http://www.katelately.co

    April 26, 2017 at 4:28 pm
  • Reply Jessie @ Just Jessie

    YAYAY this is so exciting! I’ll definitely be using Elevate at some point! You’ll be so good at it!

    April 26, 2017 at 4:54 pm
  • Reply the cape on the corner

    good luck!
    b

    April 26, 2017 at 6:34 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Yay! You know at some point I am going to have to drag you back to Cali and help me hahaa

    April 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    Way to go babe ? I can’t help but feel like I can completely relate. Was thinking of the same business plan and figured I’ll express myself thru a blog first…
    You’re an inspiration to me, Go for what you want! I’m currently working on the blog & cant wait to launch next month. Been hesitant as I’m scared of failure but ull never fail until you try. Wishing u much success.
    Website: lifestyledauquotidien.com (in the works)

    April 26, 2017 at 10:09 pm
  • Reply Alaina

    Hey!

    I’m seriously into this. Would you be willing to head up to Detroit?

    Alaina

    April 26, 2017 at 10:48 pm
    • Reply madelinewp

      Yes! Parents are still in Toledo so I’ll be over on that side of the state/area multiple times this summer! I’ll message you!

      April 28, 2017 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Laura

    So freaking excited for you, girl! This is definitely the start of something major for you. You should feel proud! Looking forward to see things take off and follow your journey. Way to go on taking the plunge and doing what you love! That’s so important.
    xo

    April 27, 2017 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Denise

    Congrats and that is seriously so amazing! Love that you were able to start it on your own and so young!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

    April 27, 2017 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply Jackie

    That is SO exciting!!! Congratulations!! I’m sure you’ll do an amazing job and I can’t wait to see your success! Safe travels home!

    Jackie
    Something About That

    April 27, 2017 at 5:48 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    So exciting!

    And should you decide you do any of this virtually… Let me know. I am STRUGGLING with wardrobe after getting in shape. Nothing seems to fit right and I have no clue as to what sort of personal style I’m going after. I have a whole psychological theory behind it.

    Yay for new businesses!

    April 28, 2017 at 2:13 am
  • Reply Nermisa

    This is so exciting!!! Congratulations, I am so so very happy for you and wish you best of luck with Elevate.

    May 1, 2017 at 12:06 am
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