Interview with Lifestyle and Fashion Expert Jill Martin

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.


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