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Minding Her Business: PW Spotlights Nadia Durham, Owner of Atlanta-Based The Styl’d Suite

Nadia Durham is a self-proclaimed “foodie” and Newark, New Jersey native who has called Atlanta home for the past eight years. The accomplished fashion stylist and image consultant hones a degree in fashion management and marketing making her an expert in her field of “making people fabulous”. Some of her most notable clients include; LisaRaye, Iman Shumpert, Brandy, Lala Anthony, Neyo, and The Prancing Elites. As for her own wardrobe inspiration, she likes designers who create dope and innovative pieces – something that will make her take a second look.

What does your business offer?

The Styl’d Suite is a styling studio that caters to your fashion needs. We offer personal shopping, closet auditing, wardrobe styling (which includes on and off set styling) and we also act as an Agency to link clients with make-up and hair stylists.

What makes you stand out from other stylists?

The first thing would be my styling studio. There aren’t many people in my field who could invite you to come into their office for a personalized consultation. My love for my craft and the desire to go above and beyond on any project no matter the size or budget has made my brand what it is. I’ve actually taken courses on textiles and have studied fashion history so I’m well-equipped to provide factual knowledge about wardrobing while making suggestions about different clothing options for all body types. I take pride in making people feel and look their best.

What are the benefits of hiring a professional stylist?

Being stress free is important. Having a personal stylist is like having an extra pair of eyes to sort through and select wardrobe options so you don’t have to. It gives you one less thing to worry about. Most people like the idea of having someone dress them. My goal is to make everyone feel like a celebrity.

What is on your “wish list” for 2016?

Success, prosperity, and longevity. I want to create a household name and a long-lasting fashion career.

What items can you not leave home without?

My wardrobe kit! You never know when there will be a fashion emergency on-the-go. My cell phone and an extra pair of shoes are also essentials.

Describe a” productive” day for you?

Responding to all emails in a timely fashion, organizing my studio space, updating my calendar, adding new client info, doing returns and restocking my kit. Oh, and mall runs, of course! I like to know what new merchandise is in stores so that I can keep my clients in the know.

Describe a “lazy” day for you?

Relaxing on the couch with an iPad, a great snack and watching Living Single or Martin reruns –  LOL! Doing this also gives me the chance to surf the web and social media to see “what’s new” in the fashion world.

Tell us some of your favorites.

I am a foodie so I love different foods and I enjoy trying cultural dishes. I’m not really a makeup girl but I’m getting used to playing with it. I like Bare Minerals and MAC lipstick. I wear eyelashes religiously so for the most part that is my make-up go to. I absolutely love to travel which I do probably six times a year. Oddly enough, I don’t really have a favorite clothing designer. I pretty much like whoever has something dope and different…something innovative that will make me take a second look.

What is your favorite pair of “power pumps”?

A pair of Christian Louboutin “So Kate” pumps!

What makes a woman stand out in a crowd?

Not only a woman’s wardrobe, but her confidence is what meets people at the door. Nothing says “look at me, I’m here” like feeling great about your appearance – and a nice pair of shoes, of course!

Warmer months are upon us. What wardrobe staples would you suggest for business meetings and cocktail parties/events?

Blazers are my favorite go-to. You could simply throw on a tee shirt, a pair of jeans, and a bad shoe and be out the door. I do believe EVERY woman should own a black pair of patent leather strappy sandals, an oversized pair of designer sunglasses, a maxi dress, an awesome pair of flat sandals. You can never go wrong with a little black dress for a cocktail event. Accessories are my main thing. To me, wearing no accessories is like driving a car without wheels. Where exactly are you going??

For those who might be considering a wardrobe stylist, what kind of budget do they need?

It would depend on what all they needed. My personal shopping fee starts at $45 an hour for a 4-hour minimum. My rate starts at $300 for photo shoots and closet auditing starts at $200.

What is a quote you live by?

You know that when your faith is tested, you learn to be patient in suffering.

Where can readers find you on social media?

Follow me on Instagram @Nadiad_ @thestyldsuite!

Current Purpose In Pumps members can enjoy 20% off services at The Styl’d Suite now through August 8, 2016.

 

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