I met Kira at an artist's retreat just two weeks after I moved to LA, making her one of the first people I met in this city. I was reminded of that fact when she came over for her BEFORE//AFTER session the other night.
Six years ago Kira had wavy dark brown hair down to her waist, a girlish version of the sophisticated and daring woman you see before you now. That long-haired girl described herself as an actress, which is still a lively part of her life, but Kira-of-today has found other abilities on which she is thriving.
She's been career counseling at a local university, helping students draft powerful resumes. Kira discovered this skill when friends repeatedly asked her to critique their CVs. Now she plans to make it into a flourishing business.
Oh, and she's writing a one-woman-show.
And she recently developed a crush on the Chronicles of Narnia.*
It was appropriate to catch up on some of Kira's personal transformations as we transformed this denim dress from school marm to fire alarm.
You probably ALREADY scrolled down to see it, you cheaters,
but I formally present to you THE AFTER...
Here are the details...
We cut the dress to a more flattering length. Goodbye awkward ankle grazer.
We took in the side seams to fit her waist perfectly.
And even though I fought for that lovely high neck**, we finally agreed to scoop it out. After we were done, I was glad Kira insisted on the lower neckline. It suits her.
What do YOU think of the transformation?
*I know this only because she kept weaving the books into the conversation like girls do when they like a guy.
If you're like most people, you have at least one piece of clothing you keep in your wardrobe simply because it would be great with a few alterations. Yet you never wear it in the current state, and you have no idea how to execute the change. I am lucky to have the know-how to make those changes and (sometimes unluckily) see the potential in almost any piece of clothing. I recently helped my aunt clean out her closet, and I found this velvet turtleneck dress from Christmases long, long ago in my aunt's discard pile. I saw the potential, mostly that lovely mock neck, so I scooped it up. gasp...Did I just say MOCK NECK and LOVELY in the same sentence? I have had a major craving for mock turtlenecks lately. This has frightened me. Even in the year 2000 when turtlenecks were a staple part of my wardrobe, I considered the MOCK version to be a mockery. Like I said, I saw the potential of what the dress could be. Here's a look at modest mouse before my alterations.