There are few certainties in life, but here’s what I know to be true… 99.9% of the time… women (that’s you) put themselves LAST.
You take care of EVERYONE else before you take care of yourself. You are BUSY. Like super busy. Like ridiculously busy.
You are basically a professional juggler. You juggle husbands, kids, houses, bills, carpool, meals, laundry, etc. etc.
It is intense… and almost always, something HAS to give. Usually that something…is your STYLE.
I’m here to help. My goal is to make style simple and attainable for busy women over 40, like you, who are juggling a thousand things.
That means lots of ‘real’ outfit posts to give you styling ideas, in store “Try On” videos to give you shopping suggestions…
so you don’t have to step foot in a store, and a bunch of other lifestyle tips to help you on this crazy journey called life.
By the way, I’m right there with you in the juggling department. I have two children, Gage, 7 years old and Elizabeth who is 5.
I’m a wife to a native Texan I met in New York City. He and I have been married for about 10 years.
We all know marriage is wonderful, but it is also ‘work‘. (Thanks Ben Affleck for saying it out loud)
I run my business, BusbeeStyle.com full-time, pumping out as many as five blog posts, and two videos per week,
to give you essential styling tips and shopping suggestions.
I’m also 42, so I’ve experienced a lot of life changes. I know what it is like to go through weight and body changes, moves, loss, heartbreak, pregnancy, etc.
Annnddd, I’m the farthest thing from perfect.
I have horrible looking feet (for real. Bad), Skin laxity (thank you dermatologists for labeling my aging, saggy skin),
and if you look closely enough, something is almost always out of whack…chipped polish, no makeup, fuzzy hair… among other delightful flaws.
The reality is… none of us have it all together. None of us are perfect. And, most of us feel like we are barely keeping our heads above water.
My hope is that you come to BusbeeStyle.com, and find the resources you need for easy, attainable style.
I want you to feel empowered to become your most stylish self;
To step out your door with a little extra confidence,
knowing that no matter what life throws your way, you look like you have your act together…even if you don’t.
Thank you SO much for your support. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have kiddos?
I have a son, Gage, who is 7 and a daughter, Elizabeth, who is 5. They are really sweet kids.
My goal… ? Not to screw them up!
Can you tell us a little bit about your husband?
My husband, Chris, is self-employed, and also works from home. (We are home a LOT, both of us office from home.)
His area of expertise is finance, but I think he could do just about anything.
Well, besides technology (he’s not even on Facebook).
One of his other great talents is running. He has completed close to 40 marathons around the world. He’s a phenomenal athlete.
What type of exercise do you do?
I have been doing the Tracy Anderson Method routinely for about 4 years.
You can see my before and after pictures and read all about it here.
How old are you?
I’m 42 years old, which in blogger-land is pretty old, but I am excited to help other women my age.
I feel that women who are 40 and older are sometimes forgotten by the fashion industry.
Think about it… how many dresses with sleeves are there? Ever try to find an evening dress with sleeves? It’s like a unicorn.
What size are you?
I’m usually a size 2 in clothes and a 25 or 26 in jeans. At 5’4” tall, I’m also petite, but I mostly buy regular clothing because I love heels!
Where are you from?
The North Pole! 😉 Nah, not that far north, but it was dubbed “Snowtown, USA.”
I grew up in Watertown, NY. It’s very close to the Canadian border.
I used to get my hair cut in Kingston, Ontario (Canada). It’s a beautiful area.
You have the Adirondack Mountains, the Thousand Islands (yes, like the dressing), and Lake Ontario.
Most of my family still lives there and I try to visit once a year.
How did you become a wardrobe stylist?
I worked in TV news for a decade….doing a little bit of everything.
I was a one-man band for a while, meaning you shoot and edit your own stories.
I was a news writer, line producer, booker, segment producer, reporter and anchor…
most notably at WCBS in New York, where I worked both behind and in front of the camera.
When my husband got a job in Texas, I decided it was time for a change.
He asked me what I would do for free. I answered, “I want to help other women look pretty.”
It might sound corny, but helping other women is so incredibly rewarding and exciting.
Starting BusbeeStyle.com was one of the best decisions I ever made. I really love what I do!
What is a wardrobe stylist?
A fashion stylist predominantly styles magazine editorials and commercial/TV print shoots.
A wardrobe stylist specializes in styling ‘real’ women.
In fashion, the women you are dressing are mostly size 2 and tall.
In real life, women come in all different shapes and sizes.
I’ve done both, and I prefer dressing, and helping real women.
Do you still do TV?
I will occasionally do a fashion segment for a TV show, but it’s rare now.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens to the TV biz over the next decade.
I think it’s going to change quite a bit.
My most exciting TV appearance was for “Good Morning America” (even if it was only 6 seconds.)
What type of professional shoots have you styled?
I’ve done local TV commercials and magazine shoots. I’ve also styled fashion shows.
They are all really fun and exciting, but they are also a huge amount of work, more than you think.
And, in San Antonio, these jobs are rare. If editorial styling is your passion, you really have to live in New York or LA.
Do you still see clients?
I worked with women one-on-one for five years, and now my focus has shifted in order to reach more women.
Over the couple years, I’ve put all of my energy and attention on the blog, BusbeeStyle.com, and my YouTube channel, BusbeeStyle TV.
It’s a slow process and somewhat humbling, but I know it will enable me to reach my goal, which is ultimately to help as many women as possible.
I love being able to connect with women from the UK, Australia, Germany and France. It’s really neat!
What is the weirdest thing that happened with a client?
You can’t make this stuff up…
A woman told me she couldn’t wear tight jeans because of a flatulence issue.
I insisted she try them anyway, and then immediately regretted that decision.
What do you like about blogging and creating videos for YouTube?
I have always love fashion and style, but I also LOVE to write, edit, shoot, present, teach, and take pictures.
I feel like blogging and creating videos for YouTube really utilize ALL of the skills I’ve accrued throughout my career.
It’s kind of amazing when I sit back and think about it… every single job I’ve ever had, has prepared me in some way for this business.
What advice do you have for a new blogger?
I would suggest starting a blog while earning money in some other capacity.
It takes a LONG time to make money blogging, and even after years of doing it, you will likely still not make enough to pay all the bills.
I would also make sure you have something unique to offer.
There is so much competition in the blogging world now.
Think about what makes you different.
What equipment do you use?
I use natural light for photos and video. I edit photos in Lightroom and videos in Final Cut Pro.
What is something we don’t know about you and might be surprised to find out?
I think people are always surprised to learn that I have a sporty side. I played division 2 soccer in college, and I qualified for and ran the Boston marathon.
How do you look pulled together with two little ones?
I think now that we are progressing beyond the crazy baby days, it’s getting a little easier.
Both Gage and Elizabeth can get things out of the fridge, dress themselves, and even wipe their own butts (kind of). That helps a LOT!
I also have help cleaning the house and babysitting so I can work. My husband helps a lot too!
Most importantly, I can get ready in five minutes… if I have to… and still look presentable. It’s my super power! 😉