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Bitter sweet it is.

After years of pulling my dream together, the time has come to bid farewell to the Closet of Style blog.

For those of you who receive the styliciousness via email, you already know that my blog has moved to a new platform on my new site CatherineHorgan.com. It's exciting and liberating and I look forward to seeing where it leads. Having a place to speak on everything that impacts how we express ourselves — literally, an inside out approach — has been a vision of mine for over two years. And this evolution allows me time to determine the best format of communication to use. 

For those of you who receive my blog posts via RSS feed, please visit my new site and subscribe so that we can stay in touch! I am also in the process of determining various ways to bring my workshops and studies to those around the globe that may not have the chance to attend in person.

I have absolutely loved everything about this journey. One might think that after 11 years of writing blog posts for Closet of Style that I might be sad to see it go. However, I have always been one to reinvent myself and the new direction brings much opportunity. Having all my offerings — for businesses and for the individual — in one location is amazing. And this includes my styling and healthy lifestyle services. Whoop whoop!

So please join me in my new space. I look forward to seeing you there!

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It's 2018. 

Another opportunity, another year to find yourself. Or, reinvent yourself.

January is one of my favorite months to dream and plan. Not just about where I want to take my work, but also where I want to take my family. And I'm not talking about vacation. I'm talking about real life — things that matter.

There is so much newness in the air it's exciting (and quite frankly, a little scary knowing what this year brings). Every year, I gain a higher level of clarity. As I watch things come together, a marrying of style and health, it's refreshing to see that it's catching on.  

As a wardrobe stylist, I can attest that it's much more than what our eyes see. Our personal brand portrays who we are, who we want to be and who people perceive us to be. Uncovering someone's personal brand means knowing their truth. Our truth comes from our core, supported by good health (physical, mental, emotional) — the best form of self expression. And that's where personal brand becomes an experience. The full brand experience is what I call inside out living.

The workshops and speaking engagements I do for companies — whether on style or healthy living in the workplace — demonstrate that it's all about tapping into confidence in order to harness and unleash our individual, inherent truth. 

That is powerful. And that power is meant for YOU.

So let's embrace 2018 with arms wide open. I'm ready. Are you?

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There has never been a year when I haven't wished you Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

I missed every single one of those this time around and I feel horrible. Crazed and dazed I have been. Styling has been at an all-time high, the health component to my business continues to grow and add to that life in general — I got lost in it all. And I apologize.

I love heading into a fresh new year. 2017 is going to teach me a thing or two. Especially in time management. Making an impact, whatever the capacity, continues to be my focus. For my family. My friends. My clients. With my faith wrapped around them all.

As I forge ahead, I plan to take notes along the way to ensure I stay aligned with my purpose. It's that important to me. Not to bring on pressure. Just to hold myself accountable. In all areas of my life.

What has 2016 taught you? And what do you want to get out of 2017?

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Having recently come back from back-to-back travel (vacation and health conference), I am grateful for so much. Faith and family at the forefront.

As a wardrobe stylist, you might find it hard to believe that I don't have a hard time parting with material items. Yes, I love beautiful things. I appreciate the art aspect in fashion. However, when every diamond you own is stolen from you while on vacation, everything quickly comes into perspective.

I do not share this with you for pity. In fact, I believe it happened for a reason. And I choose to conjure up in my mind that the 18 year olds that took off with all of my jewelry (yet, left my Cartier watch?) needed it in desperation.  

Getting past the violation and grief of what the jewelry symbolized, I realize the newness that is about to be created. Something amazingly beautiful will come of this. I feel it in my soul.

And my family. Thank goodness for these loving, supportive, stunning people in my life. That vacation goes down as the best family vacation ever.

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The busiest summer of all time.

I love my clients. I love being loved by my clients. Words cannot express how grateful I am to do what I am incredibly passionate about every single day. My gift is God given. And I will never take that for granted.

As I wrap up July, I plan to break for a week to recharge for fall. Though fall has already happened via shopping with clients, disconnecting for a week will only bring me back with renewed vigor.  

Do you need me time, family time or brainstorming time? Take it before school is back in session. Commit to yourself that you will relax. You will only be better for it. 

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Photo from Vogue Spain, Edita Vilkeviciute, Andrés Velencoso by Benny Horne