The Nanny Nine: Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki

Remember in the last Nanny Nine, how I said it was often interesting how I met people.  This is another one of those examples.  It was April 15 2013, the day of the tragic Boston Marathon bombing.  Tension was high and rampant on the Social Media sites, especially Facebook and Twitter.  Along with that were the range of opinions by Social Media Specialists, on if/when/how often a Brand should be posting anything.  I have my own opinions on this, and most of the time I chose to remain silent in the back-and-forth commentary about it.  But that night was different. It felt like there was a higher than normal number of posts and comments about Brands ‘Social Media etiquette’  following a tragedy.  I responded to one of Guy’s tweets, in which he was responding to someone who was lashing out at him.  My response was in agreement to the other person.  After tweeting I felt that gut instinct of “that was not professional”.

In less than an hour I got the shock of my life!  Guy Kawasaki sent me a Direct Message, asking what was wrong with what he was doing.  What followed was [Read more…]

The Nanny Nine: Wellstone-Barlow Mental Health Initiative

Wellstone Barlow logo

If you think Mental Illness doesn’t affect you, think again.  I would bet that each of you knows someone with a Mental Health Condition…and you maybe don’t even realize it.  This week we are tragically reminded of how Mental Health plays a part in every day lives, with the loss of Mindy McCready to suicide.  Her struggles were well publicized, but she was ashamed of the stigma.  For many people their conditions are not known, sometimes not even to themselves. [Read more…]

The Nanny Nine & Perfect Fit By Clinton Kelly

I had the honor and pleasure of sitting down with Clinton Kelly recently to discuss the Grand Opening of his new tailoring shop The Perfect Fit By Clinton Kelly at the Mall of America.  I also took this opportunity to do a new version of The Nanny Nine – a video interview with questions created just for Clinton.

First off…the Clinton you see on television is the same Clinton in person.  He is charming, sincere, stylish and has a great sense of humor!  I have been a fan of his for years, watching him as a Co-Host Style Consultant on TLC’s What Not To Wear and also now enjoying his new show The Chew on ABC daytime, where he is a Co-Host and Entertainment Expert.  This was the perfect opportunity to meet him, and find out more about his latest business venture, and discuss his Social Networking habits.

Part 1: Perfect Fit By Clinton Kelly

We devoted the first portion of our interview to the Perfect Fit By Clinton Kelly.  Perfect fit is a combination of style consultants and tailoring, all to fit your busy lifestyle.  Tailoring can be done on new clothes or used, and ready to be picked up within 24 hours, often same day service.  They are located at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN and Orland Square in Chicago, IL.

I was invited back to ‘Perfect Fit By Clinton Kelly’ to meet with Stylist Sasha Westin for a 15 minute Consultation.  This was my first style consult so I was a bit nervous, but ended up loving it!  First I filled out a brief information sheet, & answered a few questions including “Why was I there”, and “What do I want my clothes to say about me?”

Sasha then discussed what I was wearing, gave suggestions of clothing styles that are good for my body type.  A couple of these I was aware of, but others were new ideas I will use.  She also showed me an example alteration they would do on the jeans I was wearing.  She said their goal is to help you “look and feel better.”

Consults are done by appointment, in 15 minute intervals, for just $15!  In this time frame 2-3 items can be evaluated.

Sasha gave some great examples of why fashion consults are done:

  • Interview outfit – helping you decide what looks/fits best
  • Bridal parties – Bride & Bridesmaids make an event for fittings
  • Special events – bring in 2-3 dresses to choose for event

To give you an example of the pricing…Jeans shortened (with a variety of hemming options available – samples shown to you) range from just $8.99 – $16.98!   Trust me, if you ever tried to hem your own jeans, it is not easy…especially trying to get the seam and stitching to look like you didn’t hem them yourself 😉  I’ll be bringing my jeans back soon.

Part 2: The Nanny Nine

The Nanny Nine for this week is in a new format – video and Live!  The questions were tweaked a little, but the overall message is the same.  As you can tell from the video, Clinton really enjoys the community that has been created on his Facebook page!

Store: ‘Perfect Fit By Clinton Kelly’ @ Mall of America

1st floor by East entrance


Website: Clinton Kelly

Facebook: Clinton Kelly Official

Twitter: @perfectfitbyck

The Nanny Nine brought to you by the Social Networking Nanny