How did you become a wardrobe stylist?
I worked in TV news for a decade. I wore many hats. 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 a little cheesy, but helping other women is so incredibly rewarding and exciting. Starting BusbeeStyle.com was one of the best decisions I ever made (up there with deciding to marry my husband and have two children). I really love what I do!
Do you still do TV?
I love to dip my toe back in TV waters, and I will occasionally do a fashion segment for a TV show. The most exciting of which was “Good Morning America” (even if it was only 6 seconds.)
What type of professional shoots have you styled?
I’ve done TV commercial 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 fashion styling is your passion, I would strongly advise moving to 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 past year, I’ve been putting most 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 so cool!
How old are you?
I’m 45 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.
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.
What is the weirdest thing that happened with a client?
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?
In addition to my passion for fashion and style… I 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.
I also have a NO BS Guide to blogging that you can purchase for more in-depth advice.
What equipment do you use?
I have a Canon 80D and Canon Mark IV 5D camera and multiple lenses (85mm 1.8f, 50mm 1.4f, 18mm – 55mm). I use this my Mark IV for video and the 80D to shoot occasional blog pictures. For video, I used LED lights, typically around 6, 4 to light my background and 2 on either side of my face/body.
I use natural light for photos. I edit photos in Lightroom and videos in Final Cut Pro.
What size are you?
I’m usually a size 2 or 4 in clothes and a 26 in jeans. At 5’4” tall, I’m also petite, but I mostly buy regular clothing because I love heels! At the moment, I’m struggling with hypothyroidism and the menopause hormonal roller coaster. Keeping belly fat at bay is my biggest weight challenge!
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 ran the Boston and NYC marathons (4 total). My fastest marathon time was 3:24. I’m not sure now how I did that.
Do you have kiddos?
I have a son, Gage, who is 10 and a daughter, Elizabeth, who is 7. They are the absolute loves of my life.
How do you look pulled together with two little ones?
I think now that we are well beyond the crazy baby days, it’s much easier. My superpower is also getting ready in record time. It won’t be perfect, but I can look presentable in a flash!
Organization helps too. The more organized we are, the faster we can get out the door.
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 and be great at it. He’s also a walking encyclopedia and would for sure win Jeopardy. One of his other great talents is running. He has completed close to 40 marathons around the world. He’s a phenomenal athlete.