Over the last year, retail became my full time job and I love it. To be clear I love retail but I REALLY I lOVE what I get to do via retail. I love people. I LOVE PEOPLE!!I love working with and helping different people. I love fashion and all that goes with it. The two come together nicely. There are some “gems” but that is for another time! It has been enlightening though, because while coming into a job I love, I have been moved toward my passion. I am learning how much I really love fashion and learning about different styles and styling technique. I am getting outside of my comfort zone, learning about my own fashion sense and having fun so much fun in the process ! I was on Pinterest and got so engrossed in fall/ winter fashion in all of it’s glory! This is definitley my favorite time of year as far as fashion and style goes. It’s a beautiful time of year in nature and in fashion!
In the last few months something has been tugging and knudging at me. I have been trying to find some answers to questions that have been on my mind. I love fashion and styling/outfitting people, how do I expand that? What exactly does a fashion consultant do? How can I learn and become one? Who do I know that has done that or is on their way there? I am going to tap into people I admire to ask a few questions, and find the answers to the questions I have for myself!
The first person that came to mind I met by chance. I was working at my retail job and he came in to find an outfit because he said he was “rebranding” himself and preparing fora photo shoot. I offered some help but he definitely knew what he was doing and didn’t need much help. He did as far as a second opinion but it was more like confirmation. He is edgy, so fashion forward, and was kind enough to chat with me about a lot of the questions I have. My new friend Robert Randolf Spencer II, is going to do big things, sooner rather than later, and I am still beaming because he set aside a bit of his time to talk and share with me!
I think I started off by gushing about how great it was and how I excited I was to be sitting down with him. Our schedules were a little crazy but thank goodness for technology! Facetime for the win!
I asked first how he became a stylist and image consultant. I wanted to know where his confirmation in his passion came from. Robert said he had done some merchandising in previous jobs and that it is important to be well rounded and knowledgeable. Robert also shared that he was given total creative freedom for his mom on Mother’s Day and he fell in love. He’s always had an eye for fashion but now it has all come together in an amazing way. Roberts instagram Deckedbyrobertrandolpf_ gave me so much life and inspiration.
Fashion is art. It is beautiful, edgy, and so exciting!! So a few of my biggest takeaways from Robert were:
- Step out of your comfort zone. If you get an idea or vision for something, go for it! If it doesn’t work out, lesson learned!
- Have fun! Have fun! Have fun!
- #squadgoals I was recently able to be in the background at a shoot Robert styled and it was an honor to even be there. Watching him work I saw that it is important to have the right people in your corner. I was kind of geeking out watching it all come together.
- Smile! His smile is beautiful and contagious.
I have said for days now that 2018 is going to be amazing! I know I am going to do what fuels me, what excites me and I am on the right path. It’s amazing to me who has been placed in my life along the way. I will say again I am honored to know Robert and grateful he shared some time with me.
***Photo credit : Jonothan Dashiell
Did I not say he was goin to do big things!?!!!!! I would like to publicly congratulate him on being selected as a stylist for 2018 NYFW!! I just found out today as I was finishing this post!!! So excited for you Robert!!!
Everyone have a great week I can’t wait to share more!! Merry Christmas!