You have seen her on the Today show giving ambush makeovers and showing us how to get great fashion for less, now she has written a new book titled “The Weekend Makeover” to help us all transform our lives in just 2 days. The “Weekend Makeover” is not just about fashion, Jill discusses life-altering makeovers for body, mind, and spirit. Jill will be visiting the Belk Southpark location from 12-2 p.m. on Wednesday to talk fall trends for Nautica and to sign copies of her new book. I wanted to get to know a bit more about her and her new book before meeting her on Wednesday. Check out our interview below.
Me: Tell me a bit about you and your background in the fashion industry?
Jill: I had always had a love for creating and putting interesting, beautiful pieces together. As I got enmeshed in the industry, I realized my passion was really to help other women find their style and defining look. I am also very focused on women being able to look and feel their best whatever her demographic. I feel like my niche now is giving people advice on how to get the most affordable pieces without compromising quality.
Me: What was it about Nautica that made you partner with them?
Jill: Nautica is a brand that is fashionable, versatile, comfortable & well-made. It appeals to all women as their pieces are classic while incorporating current trends in a wearable way. I always look to partner up with brands that make women feel their best . I think, whenever Nautica comes out with a new line, every woman can look at it and find a piece that expresses her personality.
Me: Tell us all about your new book! What can we expect from reading “The Weekend Makeover?”
Jill: So many women tell me use “The Weekend Makeover” as their weekend bible. It gives you the ability to makeover a part of your life, you feel needs fixing, in 72 hours. I am not telling you that you can change your entire life in one weekend…but this is a way for you to attack a part of your life that needs adjustment…and transform it. All you need is a weekend.
Me: I know that doing makeovers is something that you love. Tell us about one of your favorite makeovers you have done for someone?
Jill: We do makeovers everything Thursday on Kathie Lee & Hoda on the The Today Show. This past week, on “Ambush Makeover”, we spent 3 hours with a mother and daughter who had “getting a makeover” on their bucket list. The mother (Frankie) had turned 75 and her daughter wanted to give her this as a gift. She went from grey to brunette in one morning and didn’t even recognize herself! It was amazing to see their reactions.
Me: On my blog, I talk about personal style a lot. Can you share with us what your personal style is? What are some of your favorite items in your closet?
Jill: I think I am classic for the most part (sometimes dipping into some of the trends.) I invest in fewer pieces that are higher quality (cashmere sweaters, great blazers, perfect-fitting slacks.) BUT…the part of my wardrobe that best expresses my personality are my shoes! My go-to outfit is jeans, a white-tee shirt, studs and shoes that will make your mouth drop!
Me: What do you love about fashion?
Jill: I love fashion being I feel it allows you to express your personality (as a man, or woman, and especially young children getting to know his/her style!) If you are shy guy and you wear crazy socks…we know what part of you is REALLY like deep down!
Me: What are some beauty products you can’t live without?
Jill: I cannot live without my Clairsonic (for my face) every morning & evening, my MAC bronzer & my lipgloss in “Virgin” (don’t read into that!) by VBeaute.