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Phase 2: The Shopping Trip


October 28, 2014

Shopping…such a hard day’s work! I can’t lie, as of late, I am usually shopping for the girls, shopping for the store, or grocery shopping..it’s rare that I go out alone and have 3+ hours to spend browsing items/stores/departments for no one but me. And yes, it was a dream come true.
When we left off last time, I had completed  Phase 1: The Closet Clean-Out. Afterwards, Amy and set a date to get together to let the shopping commence and that’s where Phase 2 begins.
I was really looking forward to the experience, and she didn’t disappoint. A few days before my session, I was sent an email from the Tina Adams team telling me the date/time of my appointment, items to bring/wear (comfy clothes easy to take on/off, as well as a nude camisole) and then came the fun! Amy had let me know the plan was to meet at Nordstrom and I arrived so we could get going.
Instantly, she greeted me with a shopper’s survival kit, complete with mints, water, protein bars, and other necessities that would help make it a great day, as well as a sweet handwritten note…these little details really stand out to me and it’s just an added touch that makes this all the more enjoyable.

When working with the ladies at Tina Adams, they make it a truly memorable and personal experience, and we had a private dressing room so we could take our time, I could “model” everything (and I use the term model loosely I assure you), and then Susan (one of the amazing Nashville Nordstrom gurus) helped pull additional accessories for me to check out. Amy had visited a few days prior to our shopping adventure to “pre-shop” for me…to help narrow down options, pull in necessities that were on my must-have list, and to help make the most of our day together.

a classic navy dress with elbow patches and cognac riding boots
fun date night look…and a great price point on this adorable dress by Lush

All in all, we stayed in Nordstrom around 2 hours, pulling different items together, playing dress up with some GORGEOUS gowns, and then deciding on what looked the best/fit my budget/would work well for my lifestyle. We also ventured into Elaine Turner, one of their favorite stores for accessories and shoes, where I might have added a few things to my Christmas list, because I’m now a new fan. Even better, Elaine Turner is an exclusive partner of the Tina Adams Consulting team, so they offer 20% off to Tina’s clients…makes it really nice when you’re looking at a pair of shoes for $100 and you can walk out with them and only have to pay $80.

Overall, the shopping trip was a BIG win in my book…I walked away with some great pieces that were all on my list, and I found some ways to incorporate some different looks/items into my wardrobe. Here some lessons I took away from my big day out:
1. Their motto is to shop high/low. Pair higher priced, classic, staple garments with more trendy tops/accessories at a lower price point, hence saving money and getting more mileage out of the costly pieces. For instance, they help you find a leather jacket that can be worn 3 out of the 4 seasons in a year, serving multiple purposes for different times of the year. Genius, right?
2. Fewer but better is how they work. It’s not about having 25 different black tops and limitless bottoms and dresses, but items you can do a lot with.
3. Buy only what you love…this is so my weak spot. I buy things just because I like them, not because I need them. I have started putting things on hold and if I truly love them, I’ll make a point to go back. I aim to avoid these mistakes in the future because I can think of a number of purchases where I bought something, but didn’t really love it.
4. Amy’s goal is to get her clients to shop smarter, and to save them time and money. The shopping trip is a time to get new pieces to fill in the gaps of your wardrobe, but also a learning experience to educate clients to be able to navigate the big box stores and know what works best for each person’s distinct body type, personality, and life.
5. Using a stylist really does help take the stress out of shopping and getting dressed everyday, too. They teach you things you wouldn’t necessarily know, and Tina Adams’ team doesn’t work on commission so it’s not like you’re being followed around and being stalked by a salesperson (I know you know what I’m talking about). It is an investment, but a great one to help in the long run. In addition, they have long-term relationships with countless stores, so they are able to pass on a 20% discount to their clients at select retailers.
6. Even after our shipping trip concluded, Amy was out and about, shopping for some of the other essentials we weren’t able to find that day, and she sent me emails with those links/ideas/pictures/suggestions. I love that just because the adventure is over, that doesn’t mean she isn’t still looking for me.
Here are some of my new items I added to my closet:

My favorite purchase from my day out because I normally wouldn’t 

splurge on a nicer pair of jeans
I also added some new nude heels, black ankle pants, a black suede bootie, and a cognac color jacket, and some of these essentials were pieces I picked up solo from my shopping list.

For the final step, Amy will come over for our one-on-one styling session, where she will show me how to pair things, switch up looks, and put it all together. She will focus on incorporating all the new pieces with my existing wardrobe to create all new looks. In addition, she takes photos of every outfit and will then compile that into my very own virtual style book…SO excited! 

  1. Jessica says:

    I think I could definitely benefit from something like this…My closet is just full of stuff. Stuff I like, but don't love. Pieces that don't go together, so they sit unworn. Just stuff. I rely on a few things that I like, and wear over and over again, and the rest just sits. Definitely going to look into this!

  2. Love the ankle boots. What brand are they?

  3. Love that pic of you sitting ont he couch! 🙂

  4. Your style is so fun! And – this experience looks like a lot of fun – good for you!

  5. Dawn says:

    So fun! What an awesome picture of you on the couch!! 😉

  6. Sonja says:

    I have wanted to do this for years! I think I need to bite the bullet and do it. My closet is a disaster and I'm pretty sure someone will nominate me for "What Not to Wear" soon. lol!

  7. Brainless says:

    Love the ankle boots. What brand?

  8. Jess Scott says:

    This is so fun, and you look great in it all!!! I hope you picked up those Frye boots…they have been my #1 staple for fall and winter!!!!

  9. amy croker says:

    Natasha, I'm so happy to hear how much you enjoyed your shopping experience! I love all the pieces we got and can't wait to put it all together at out styling session.

  10. Amy says:

    The grey top you're wearing in three of the pics (with your camera and black pants) is soooo cute. What brand is it? Thanks!!!

  11. Mel says:

    What cognac jacket did you get?? I've been looking for one for YEARS and would love your input! Thank you!

  12. This has got to be one of the most fun things to do ever!! How did you come across this company? Any idea if something similar is located in Seattle?

  13. cute dresses! i love the gray tee too! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  14. KatherineAnn says:

    Great post! I love the gray dress-do you mind sharing the brand? Thanks!

  15. You love gorgeous in everything Natasha! I especially LOVE the navy dress with the elbow patches and cognac riding boots!!

  16. Allison says:

    What a fun day and experience that was! You look beautiful in everything Natasha! May I ask you what size you have on in the gray twist neck tee? I am also curious if you know what Frye boots those are? I love those!! Thanks.

  17. All of these clothes have me SO excited for cooler weather! Those sweater dresses are amazing!!

  18. Love all of your pieces! You are too cute, girlfriend! Thanks for sharing. Makes me want to go shopping! 😉

  19. Ordered the boots yesterday and received today. Love them!! Thanks for sharing.

  20. I've loved reading about your experience so far. I've been on a cleaning out my closet kick, but how nice to have a personal shopper helping you decide what looks best on you and how to use the items you already have and what you need. Looking forward to the third stage!!

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