A life of discovery


Travel Coach Lisette Austin: Thrift your wardrobe while traveling!


I met an amazing woman recently, (mind you, women in general are amazing, so no surprise there) at The Riveter, a co-working space I belong to in Seattle. Her name is Lisette Austin, and besides all the wonderful work she does with the Suquamish Research & Strategic Development Dept / Suquamish Foundation ❤️ she is also a whiz at teaching you how to travel for next to nothing (her last flight to Portugal cost her $60) under the name Jet Set Lisette. Cool, right?

She’s also very stylish – we had a…

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Three things to remember when going on a date


I was asked the other day “What should I wear on a date?”

Ah… I don’t know.

But I’ll help you work it out.

We’ve all been told the importance of first impressions and usually, we want a date to go well, otherwise, we’d stay home and watch Netflix. 

I’m also going to assume you want to look good. 

In my experience, if whoever is organizing the date is thoughtful and someone you want to know better, they provide helpful information. The savvy ones send you a link to the restaurant/event so th…

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How can I help?


What are you struggling with in your wardrobe? How can I help?

If you let me know, I can address (or dress?) what's getting between you and wearing the clothes you love. 

Would you let me know? 

Book a Kia Ora call at thehappywardrobe.com

We can talk in confidence and I may have some answers for you. 

No obligation, I’m just curious.

Your answer will help me help other women, too.

Thanks for reading this!

Wear Happy!

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Tips for organized dressing


Life is too short to spend time trying to find that missing shoe, jeans that may or may not be in the wash and those earrings you wore to your last work event and possibly left at your boyfriend’s.

Half the battle of getting dressed is having an organized wardrobe.

It doesn’t really matter how you organize your closet – color, season, sections, as long as the system makes sense to you.

Personally, I’ll often group clothing by outfit – a jacket that goes with a particular shirt and trousers go…

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Why I told a client to buy a $118 scarf...


I passed Eileen Fisher last Tuesday (the Bellevue store, not the designer) and dashed in to check what they had in blue.

One of my delightful clients adores that color and Eileen Fisher is a brand that works with her values and style. (One of the exercises I do with clients is checking that their values align with their clothing choices.)

I found a lovely loose floating wrap and pretty blue scarves, so snapped photos and sent them off to her. I don’t usually go shopping with clients or for the…

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What is prosperous clothing?


Prosperous clothing doesn’t mean expensive.

To be truly prosperous, clothing needs to make you feel great and be in good condition.

I suggest that you regularly check your clothing, item by item.

  • Tears and rips should only be deliberate.
  • Bras should fit without sags, gaps, stretched straps – straps are not meant for full support, the back is.
  • Elastic and necklines shouldn’t be stretched, no stains, no “bobbles,” (I think you call it piling here).
  • Nothing you don’t really like wearing but…

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Don't weight to feel wonderful!

Kia Ora,
I was consulting with a beautiful woman (we all are) and we discovered her unique Style Statement, which gave her clarity and confidence. She lit up as she realized her personal themes that she could incorporate into her wardrobe.
I then asked to see her wardrobe (this comes AFTER your Style Statement so that you can easily declutter and fine tune your current clothing) and we started identifying pieces that truly represented her.
Part of her visio…

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My ponytail fell out at an Italian restaurant

I was having dinner with Maria, another kick-ass woman who started her own business with her husband and still works full time for a major company in Seattle, when my fake ponytail fell out, just missing the pizza.

I’d swung my head too enthusiastically and my long blonde hair had slid off. Too funny!

I laughed my head off, carried it back to the loo and attached it again.

The point of this? Outfit disasters happen, (I’m counting my hairpiece as part of my ensemble) and it’s OK.

Maria was th…

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HALT - remember this before you shop!

Here’s an acronym that will save you a lot of “shopper’s remorse,” if you remember it before you hand over your cash!


It’s used by people in recovery from self-defeating behavior. No! I’m not saying you need therapy! (Though really, what could it hurt?)

I’m passing it on because I’ve found it really useful! It stands for:





Never shop HUNGRY as you’ll be depleted, you’ll have trouble making decisions and you’ll often be in a hurry to get out of there and grab…

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Not Sure About That Outfit? Take a Photo

Kia Ora!

Not Sure About That Outfit? Take a photo instead of trusting what you see in the mirror.

I’m not a traditional stylist. To me, that conjures up images of intimidating well dressed and fashionable people telling you what to wear, in what combination and how to accessorize.

My role is to help women create their own individual style which empowers them to dress as their true selves. Saying that, I do love a good declutter. I spent last Tuesday with Shilpa, decluttering her wardrobe and …

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