Donna Chamberlain, National Practice Leader | BDO
At BDO we believe in investing in our people beyond just a business knowledge standpoint. We want to support self growth and encourage a wholistic approach to building a meaningful career at BDO.
Inviting Catherine to speak to our men and women about expressing their personal style in the marketplace was the perfect extension of that approach, and fit right in to this quarter's theme of promoting self-confidence. She was engaging and truly understood how to mix personal style with self expression while still maintaining professionalism in the industry.
Our team found her to be easy to talk to and left with easy tips to being our best most confident selves!
In two quick, easy and FUN appointments, Catherine helped me discard current clothes that no longer were a good fit and also got me well on my way to a new wardrobe that I love. I couldn't believe we got so much done so fast. HIGHLY recommend.
I have such a sincere respect and admiration for you, what you do and, most importantly, how you do it. There's something in the way you work with people. From the first time we met, you were so engaged and present working with me in my closet as I was trying to survive some personal challenges. You were never pretentious or judgmental. You have a TRUE gift in how you work with people.
You have had such an impact on me — how I feel, embrace my style, declutter, mindful about how I shop. It really has changed my life and I say that with all sincerity. My stress is gone. I don’t have clutter and stuff I don’t need, just what I want and love. I don’t buy stuff just to buy it. I buy things that have meaning or that are unique if I’m going to invest. Thank you!
I have to tell you about my week! Every day I got compliments on my clothes from strangers. Last night at a seminar a woman was telling me about a beautiful home with exquisite detail. And she said “I can tell you would appreciate that by the way that you’re dressed." Then today, in the flower nursery, a man approached me and said "I really appreciate the way that you are dressed (wearing a jumpsuit). Women do not dress like women anymore. I see so many women wearing tank tops and leggings, so when someone dresses femininely and in style I take notice.” There was a part of me that was a little offended because I feel like women should be able to dress however they want to dress, but I guess I never realized how much people do pay attention when you are pulled together. Another funny story, I wore my watercolor jacket last night to dinner and when I walked in the hostess said "that is the most adorable jacket I have ever seen.” My husband tried to claim that he got it for me. Don’t worry, I corrected him ;) I love that you inspire me to pay attention to what I love and only buy and wear the items that I love.
It has been my experience that there are very few things in this world that actually exceed your expectations. Catherine Horgan, however, has proven me wrong. Passionate, talented, professional, detailed, clever, and pretty much über fabulous in every sense of the word. And then there are her shoes.
State College, PA
So I've tried StichFix and Nordstrom personal shopping a couple of times now and hands down my best outfits and favorite items come from collaborating with you. You get me. You challenge me. You make sense. You are in high demand for a reason.
I’m back from LA and just wanted you to know that the dress was a huge hit on the red carpet! Someone actually came up to me and asked me who I was wearing. Now I'm ready for spring shopping. Thank you so much for another successful styling session!
Before our style session, I was very discouraged with my wardrobe and how things fit. But today you managed to make me feel lighter by shedding the clothes that didn’t work and getting me excited about the prospect of turning this aspect of my life around. You have given me a sense that it can actually be done — and it might end up being fun. It was certainly fun today! So thank you. I look forward to our next outfit-making session. It was a pleasure to work with you!
Heidi Latham, National League of Junior Cotillions
Thank you for speaking at our 2010 and 2014 National League of Junior Cotillions national convention in Charlotte! It was very much a pleasure having you instruct our directors on the best ways to present themselves for their classes and events. I can't tell you how many directors enjoyed your segment. Looking forward to the next conference held in Charlotte. Thank you again!
Wow! Thank you for the endless combinations that make up tons of outfits! In addition to all the outfits, I really appreciate that you got me into clothes that fit better (smaller size!). I thought they'd feel tight and uncomfortable, but they don't! Also, I really love all the new color combination you introduced to me. It's funny that I can do color in other aspects of my life, but for some reason, until you, I felt timid about wearing color. Thank you for all your hard work!
Rock Hill, SC
I got so many compliments on my summer wardrobe, selected and coordinated by you, that I must shop with you every season. Again, you hand picked my fall wardrobe that suits my style and every occasion in my life. You are worth every penny!
I enjoyed every minute of our style sessions together and can't wait until our next one! My closet — and my style — have a whole new life. Thanks to you!
It was a pleasure working with you. You have a great talent working with clothes and people. I am so enjoying all the outfits we put together. In fact, that night after you left I was so excited I could not get to sleep! I went to my luncheon the next day and wore the 'yellow top and red shoes outfit' and was the most colorful in the room. I loved it! Thank you for teaching me to be more selective with what I buy. I will no longer try to make something work just because I bought it. Instead, I will only buy what's right for me based I what I learned from you. Thanks for everything!
I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your help. It was the best experience and gave me great confidence in my style. Getting an outfit together is so much easier and less time-consuming for me now. I even manage to stay in the same outfit all day. It is such great feeling to be able to run errands, pick up the kids from school and even go to dinner without changing 3 times! You changed the way I think about clothes and how I wear them and I am so thankful for your help. I've referred to my photos several times and have added most of the items you suggested. I don't know how I ever lived without leggings and boots in my closet!
Thank you for all of your advice, guidance and hard work in my closet. I feel like I have a totally new wardrobe without buying a thing! It is so much easier to walk in and pick out an outfit that I like and feel good wearing. We absolutely met all of my goals and I cannot wait to get together again this upcoming season.
Not only are you seriously skilled in purging a closet and putting outfits together (can't wait to get together again soon), but you are also super quick to pick up the wardrobe items I need, making my life easy and stress-free. Thank you!
Mint Hill, NC
Thanks to you, for the first time in history I didn't feel the need to shop for the season. You showed me that I had everything I needed already. And you opened my eyes to new ideas, working with the wardrobe I have and utilizing many of the pieces in fresh ways. No more buying clothes willy nilly. Everything from here on out has a purpose.
You have forever changed the way I think about clothes and how I wear them. I cannot thank you enough for such insight into my personal style and lifestyle. It's such a relief knowing that I have you as my style lifeline.
Thank you for packing me for my multi-destination international trip, putting my travel outfits together with every last detail. You took away any pre-trip anxiety I had. And I really appreciate the adjustments you made when the weather changed unexpectedly. A life saver you are!
The most valuable and impressive traits about you as a stylist are your expedience (we accomplished so much in 2 hours) and your keen ability to identify and emphasize positive body characteristics, while minimizing those that one doesn’t want highlighted. I never knew my body type and now it totally makes sense! And thanks to the closet revivals … I love wearing those items I once classified as goners. I refer back to the pictures of the outfits you put together all the time and always get a ton of compliments when I wear them.
Without your personal shopping expertise, I would have never found those perfect pair of black pants! And though I resisted the hot pink shirt you picked out, I ended up buying it, loving it, and getting it in a purpley-blue color, as well. You definitely know what you are doing. Thanks!
Over the past several months, I have faithfully been following Catherine's advice and style tips — to much success. At an event last night, a bunch of 20-somethings told me how stylish they think I am. It's all you! Thank you for your constant inspiration!!
I think the most helpful things that I took away from my consultations with Catherine were validation and self-confidence. I have great wardrobe pieces, but I either never wore them or didn't think I could wear them. I also seemed to dress well enough, but I just couldn't get to the polished stage. Just a few hours went a long way, and now getting an outfit together is much easier and less time-consuming.
Let me first say, you are a real value. I don't feel like I have to spend hardly any more money to get me through the summer now that I can use what is in my wardrobe in different ways. And I feel like I can identify what I want, what works for me and I feel more confident in my purchases (as opposed to always taking them back). I really, really enjoyed our time together! You got me INSPIRED! I have gotten my jewelry better organized and now I actually wear it! Awesome! Just awesome!
Little Rock, AR
You are an awesome and extremely knowledgeable personal stylist! Anyone would be lucky to enlist your services for a closet purge and styling session. You did a fabulous job getting my wardrobe in shape. I love the outfits you put together for me - many of which I would’ve never put together! You stretched me out of my comfort zone to make more of a statement when I dress. And it feels great! No more sweatpants to the grocery store, I promise!
All I can say is … Wow!! The color analysis is terrific, Catherine! This was completely beyond my expectations, and I am so grateful to you for sharing your expertise with me!
The journey keeps getting better! First, you set me straight with my body type and put together outfits that fit my style and my shape. Second, your Closet of Style-inspired outfits are turning heads (for all the right reasons). The other day I was pushing my son in the stroller up to our play group and was, of course, wearing a Closet of Style revamped outfit (layered tanks in black and bright green, boyfriend jeans rolled up, Dansko Sissy platform sandals in sparkly red, huge gold bangle, bandana headband, dangly gold earrings and my new Michael Kors sunglasses). A college boy stopped his car to ask me for directions and when we finished talking he said, 'Are you really a mom?!?' That alone is worth any price, in my opinion!
I have been so pleased with your services. I refer to my Style Book all the time, referencing the countless outfits you put together for me. You have saved me time and money by helping me use the clothes I already own and filling in with only the items I need. You are a pleasure to work with!
When Catherine came into my closet, it was the best shopping spree I had ever been on. She pulled out skirts that needed to be shortened, purged clothes that were hopeless, put outfits together and gave me tips on what to add. "Tall black boots and one pair of high heel shoes"... a clear, concise shopping list and she even sent websites making it easier to buy what I needed. It's a great feeling to put on an outfit and already know that it's a hit!! Catherine put me in some great greens and blues this summer, colors out of my comfort zone. I could see the impact the colors had on my eyes and I loved it. She has a great eye for whatever style you are trying to accomplish and I especially love her videos!! I finally know how to tie those scarfs sitting in my closet and I love wearing them as a fun accessory! I truly love having CONFIDENCE in my style!!! Thank you Catherine!
My work has to make a visual impact. Thank you for always ensuring that my style is polished and client ready — and suited to my personal style! Your enthusiasm is contagious and boosts my confidence. I value the guidance I continue to receive from you and am always looking forward to our next style session!
I am very happy that I chose Closet of Style as a gift for my wife. You are a truly talented woman. You made my wife feel very comfortable and you accomplished a lot (23 outfits, impressive). I look forward to sharing with others the success you had in working with my wife. She was absolutely thrilled to meet you and thrilled with the progress the two of you accomplished.
What you have done for me and my wardrobe is beyond words. I feel much more confident when I get dressed now, and I'm more confident in the items I choose. Of course I notice a difference which is enough in itself, but the fact that everyone else notices a 'change' in me is a bonus!
Thank you for being so good at what you do! Shopping with you is definitely a huge value. There were so many mistakes I would have made on my own!!! And you found the perfect pair of pants for my shape, the perfect shoes for my lifestyle and fantastic accessories! What a great follow up to our first session in my closet. You and your list ... very thorough.
Jamie Banks, Public Relations Manager
Neiman Marcus Charlotte, NC
Catherine spoke at Neiman Marcus in Charlotte to a group of women about InsideOut Living. Her philosophy of how style factors into how you feel, and ultimately how you care for yourself, resonated with the group. People learned how to identify and express their personal style through their clothes and were shown how different items conveyed different things. A great evening of celebrating how we should all embrace what makes us unique and share it with the world.
David Harker, Harker
We are fortunate to embrace what we consider a healthy environment for our team. However, when it came down to the communication of health and wellness at Harker, we lacked documentation. Catherine worked with us to create an office appropriate approach to health and wellness, based on our core values. She wrote the initiative into our Employee Handbook and even came into the office to kick off the initiative over lunch, in which she helped us choose healthy options (and educated us on them, too). With Catherine's help, our team understands a whole new level of caring that extends beyond our office...it pours over into their homes and their communities.
Thanks to your help, I reached my goal weight and have been able to maintain it all the way through my sophomore year!!!! I really am so appreciative. When I felt like I was out of solutions you literally gave me the answer and it's been so easy to stick to and I've honestly never felt more confident. You are the BEST!
Now this is living! I have tried every diet out there to no avail. Yes, I lost the weight but always gained it back. I am happy to report that almost a year and a half into your reality-based approach to healthy living, I have maintained not only the weight loss (50 lbs, thank you), but the healthy mindset and behavior. Love it!
Where did this energy come from? As a teacher, I seemed to crash every afternoon no matter how much coffee I drank. Now, different story altogether.
Whoa! My doctor was flabbergasted at my 42 point drop in cholesterol. And you are the reason. Thank you!
I tried the no sugar/no carb thing and after a week of feeling completely lethargic, I realized that it was not a lifestyle I could maintain. Balance is more important than the scale.
Down 50 lbs. More energy than I ever imagined. A healthy way of living that is truly living — I never feel deprived.
I've become a professional cleanser because of you. Oh, and the drop in weight is pretty cool, too.
Thank you for showing me how to weave in my non-negotiables in a reasonable and healthy way. Game changer.
I cannot thank you enough for getting me to a better state of health!
College Station, TX
I am on the way to the airport but wanted to report in that I am down 19 pounds so far. Hard to believe! Down two sizes!! I have so much more energy. I am so happy I reached out to you.
Thank you so much! It's funny when people start to ask what you're doing but they don't want to ask if you've lost weight. And when you don't need to contour with makeup because your cheeks do it on their own. Amazing! If you have hesitant travelers, who aren't sure if they can do this (like I was), reassure them it's doable!
I have always had a lot of energy but this is an extra boost. I'm down 10 pounds (where did that come from). My white jeans came out of hiding. Now I need to layer in more exercise. I even caught a glimmer of a partial Madonna arm. Chicken cutlets ba-bye!
Rock Hill, SC
The inches are coming off, 8" already! Love the flexibility. Love the encouragement.
Chapel Hill, NC
This is easy. I don't feel deprived. My energy is off the charts. Thank you!
Dawn and Ray
My husband makes this look too easy. He just joined me in my health journey and is so happy. He feels great. And I feel great!
I love my new routine. I look forward to the food you have recommended. My cravings have dissipated. Truly happy.
You are absolutely right about cravings being diminished. My daughter wanted to go to Panera when I wasn't hungry. I literally sat and watched her eat her grilled cheese sandwich and soup without even wanting a bite, and I was cleansing!!