it was a phrase my dearest people expressed over and over and over again. in the pit of my soul i knew it was true, but my heart kept me from believing its simplicity. when salty tears, deep hurt, and blunt evidence can’t shake you from accepting those three words, perhaps you can cling to another overused truth, “time heals all wounds.” it’s taken me eighteen months to experience how it should feel, and never have i been more grateful for a glimpse into the other side. the simplest actions swell my heart, the kindest gestures capture my attention & the most sincere words ignite the most genuine of grins.
“you deserve better,” are words i never want to hear again, because better is quite possibly on the horizon, & a taste of the reality feels pretty damn good.
For many years I knew Clinton Kelly from “What Not To Wear” fame, but over the last two years, I’ve watched him on ABC’s “The Chew.”
The man not only has great style, but gives some of the most useful advice.
Last night, i had the privilege of attending Mr. Kelly’s “Girls Night Out” event at Macy’s here in Indianapolis. Joined alongside 75+ fashion-loving women, we watched a mini fashion show highlighting five of the top Spring trends (think: moto jackets, lace, florals).
The show lasted about forty minutes & was quickly followed by a Q & A session with the audience.
When the question arose, “How did you get into this whole fashion advice field?" Kelly responded in one of the classiest ways possible,
“Honestly, I fell into it and for the first year of ‘What Not to Wear’ I kept on wondering, ‘why me? what’s the point of all this?’” Then Kelly continued, “I realized that I really have no interest in celebrities & their fashion choice. I don’t…it’s why I will never do a red carpet show. Each celebrity has a team behind them allowing them to look more fabulous. Sure, there are celebrities who nail it time and time again, but I realized that I wanted to help real women, the everyday women who want to feel more beautiful through clothes they can afford, through looks they can achieve, and with bodies that aren’t made thanks to hired trainers & chefs. After one year alongside Stacy London, I get so much more pleasure from helping real women find style that works for them.”
His response earned quite the applause.
After the show, I went backstage and met with Clinton. “Do I know you?" he asked. "Well, you tweeted me the other day,” I remarked. “That must be it, I recognize you from your picture on there.”
I was flattered, but not delusional, guys. I think he took me for someone else.
& so i digress, first topic of discussion between me & CK? Our mutual love for Chrissy Teigen, of course, shortly followed by Clinton being the most charming man—so easy to talk with, so tall, & so handsome!
We posed for a picture, I introduced him to Mama, & then he went into to “What Not To Wear” mode.
I mean, come on!
After our impromptu fashion session, I was handed a copy of his new book “Freakin Fabulous on a Budget,” Clinton left me a yearbook-styled note, & we parted ways.
My hour-long evening with Clinton Kelly was one of the most entertainingly random nights in a long while, but I would do it again in an instant— next time, i’d probably wear more fabulous shoes.
(I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.)