I let a wizard into my life when I opened my door to Tiffany Pratt (in Technicolor) for the first time.
I had fallen for her design sense when I accidentally stumbled onto her blog – following a written aside to glittery gift jars full of tinsel and delight… and then I just couldn’t leave. I compulsively went though the pages of color, detail, happiness and, non-tacky, omnipresent love, love and love. I thought, ‘This woman feels our times’. A times where we need to start trading in the bought glamour of luxury and money for something more personal: the joy of DIY, the joy of art and the joy of the everyday fantastical.
Clicking through the links, I stumbled onto the image of a closet that looked like it was filled with the contents of a dress-up trunk. The section title read: Closet Re-Vamping/Stylist. I knew I had to do it. When I made the arrangements with Tiffany, she referred to it as ‘Wardrobe Re-Imagining’. I had no idea it would be so much more than that.
Before she arrived, I set out my shoes (now looking all wrong and uninteresting) with my scarves, belts, purses and jewelry. I had an overwhelming feeling of boredom. Yes, at one point I had gone crazy over several of the pieces, bought them and then, somehow, at home lost interest. Some of them had been talismanic for a ‘me’ that I had hoped to become but had never gotten there.
Tiffany, on the other hand, came in and was utterly confident. She stacked four sets of gold and silver bangles with a silver cuff, mixed them, and then split them in half, handing me a large handful to wear on either arm with a ‘you should wear all of them daily’. I had never worn more than a ‘tasteful’ two or four at a time. That was just the beginning.
She wound the strap of soft, tiny messenger bag and tied it with ribbon, squashing it under her arm to show me how it I could carry it like a clutch, she took a graphic modern collar necklace and paired it with traditional ornate gold earrings, she matched a pair of 120-year old Tibetan earrings with a modern, tattered neckpiece and accessorized an oversized dark brown clutch with two tiny teal feathers. Then she made me try it all on. I took one look at myself and, instantly, realized, I had been living way too small. Something in myself shifted.
Then we moved onto my clothes. Systematically, she assembled outfits, like a collage maker putting together a piece of work: picking contrasts between masculine/feminine, raw/smooth and big/small volumes. She moved quickly. Hemlines were pinned up, sleeves were marked for alternations, and too-matchy belts were removed. Sometimes, she would suggest getting a new set of buttons to move a piece from staid to special. Only very rarely would she get rid of something. Almost everything was usable through her resourcefulness. I watched her High Fashion Eye, honed during her time in New York City, work with her Inner Artist to make outfits that felt ultra-current and not trend, all at the same time.
She asked about makeup and I told her that I owned some but rarely wore it. She looked through what I had, patting on a wine lip color and then layering a nude lipstick over it. She smudged my eyes with smoky eye color and added liner. I could not stop staring at my face. I had no idea I could look like that.
She also taught me that More = Right. What I thought of as ‘Too Much’ looked amazing on the body. A wrinkled silk blouse was matched with a sleek skirt and only half-tucked with a long, silver necklace made of small chains and finished with a pair of high black suede booties. A leather belt was re-purposed into a wrapped and knotted bracelet and paired with a fitted black blouse, textured belt, black fishnet hose and high lace up oxfords. A tiny cardigan was layered over a color-blocked tunic and layered with a jagged star-bust necklace and then put with jeans. In the end, she created 18 outfits for me: all Wearable, Doable, and Practical.
Tiffany, somehow through her skills and experience, found the ‘Ideal Me ’ – the person I had always been trying to express through my clothes.
Now, weeks later, I dress ‘her’ way all the time.
I Feel Beautiful.
I Feel Visible.
I Feel like a Rock Star.
I am so thankful that Tiffany has been in my life for the last, what, 5 years? She is an exuberant, passionate and creative force who helps me deliver on my artistic and design pursuits – she works hard to know exactly who I am and what my particular esthetic is. And then she helps me to manifest my visions into realities – some of which bring me nothing but pure joy when I see them on my walls (I say “some” only because I am not sure any artist loves absolutely all of her work).
Tiffany has an incredible artistic eye and she is way ahead of the curve in terms of knowing what is current and what works and more importantly, what doesn’t. She often tries to push me out of my box which, while difficult, helps me to grow and I am always thankful for it though often much later in the process. Equally critical, Tiffany always seems to know how to start the engines when I get stuck and I get stuck a lot – without her I would have a lifetime of half-finished projects with no greater prospects than being tossed into my garage.
But most of all, I always end up thinking, I need more people like Tiffany in my life – she is so great with people of all ages and she brings such love and light every where she goes.
Allow me to share my recent experience with Tiffany Pratt…I was BLOWN away by this girl!!
Last week Tiffany and I spend time together going through my wardrobe which I thought was pathetic, I believed I had nothing to wear and needed to start from scratch by chucking it all in a bag headed to Value Village BUT I was SOOOO wrong.
She put together outfits that I would have never imaged on my own. I didn’t think it would be possible but she saved almost all of my clothes and magically turned them into fresh, current, hip and great pieces to work with. It was so much fun and she ended up saving me money, lol!!
She is awesome to work with, unpretentious, kind, sensitive, funny and calmly confident about her abilities. She knows her stuff, truly.
If you ladies have had even a mere thought of revamping your wardrobe, DO IT with Tiffany…you won’t regret it!
As soon as I got engaged, Ms. Pratt was there at every stage of wedding planning from helping to pick out a wedding dress that was flattering for my figure, to choosing jewellery and purchasing make-up and doing multiple make-up trials prior to the big day. On my wedding day, Tiffany made me a vision of beauty by working with the hair stylist and applying my make-up to be flawless and camera ready. She primped me all day and night making sure that not a single hair on my head or eyelash was out of place and made my wardrobe changes seamless. I did not have to worry about a thing on my wedding day because of Ms. Pratt and was able to completely enjoy myself as a result. It is because of Tiffany’s meticulous attention to detail, fashion sense, and ability to flatter ones features that I look fabulous in all of my wedding photos. I am forever grateful to Tiffany and would do it all over again in a heartbeat with her in my corner.
-Dr. Evelyn Bak
I was blown away, at how quickly Tiffany zeroed in on my style, she took my room from a 7 to a 10 ++
Her intuitive ability, playful style, and incredible skill, allowed her to create my dream space.
Tiffany is a stylist extraordinare. She is the perfect co-creator of spaces. She will take what you have, rearrange, delete, add a few new things, and turn your room into a dream space with great vibe.
“Glitter Pie taught my kids to explore art in new and exciting ways and continues to inspire them to make something extraordinary out of virtually nothing.
Tiffany is uncontrollably unique and loveable. Her approach to teaching art is so refreshing and shaped our girls into super confident artists.
Our home is adorned with Glitter Pie crafts that consistently get compliments! At home, we’re convinced that life without Gllitter would be utterly boring!”
“Who drives over an hour every week to come to a painting class? Someone who is coming to be a part of Tiffany’s world! From the energy, to the singing, to the encouragement and pure joy, it’s an oasis from the every day. Beyond that, for me, it was a chance to try something completely new and have an inner creativity I didn’t even know I had, brought out. No lengthy studies on the trio of pears, nor in depth analysis of what is cerulean blue. It’s an opportunity to be inspired to create, in the most wonderful free-flowing way. Top that all off with someone who really knows how to harness every artistic medium available et voila! – magic. Already looking forward to the next piece.” -Supriya
Hands down, Tiffany’s creativity, craftiness, fashion sense, and design sensibilities are bar none. As a TV producer I rely on guests who offer the perfect balance of preparation and performance, and Tiffany never disappoints. Her professionalism and out-of-the-box-thinking combine beautifully to inspire and bring smiles.
I recently spent a very worthwhile afternoon with the Queen of Glitter Pie, the fabulous Tiffany Pratt.
Tiffany reworked the clothes in my bursting closet into 20 wearable ” GO TO” outfits to get me out the door, in style and in a hurry. What a time saver! Now I am ready for anything this summer has to offer. She helped me get rid of clothes that were cluttering up my closet that I should never ever wear (I had no idea) as they just don’t suit my body type or my colouring. Tiffany zeroed in on items I already own that I should be wearing all the time and she put them together in cool outfits. Best of all I have no interest in going shopping for more clothes, I have more than enough in my own closet.
I just saved myself a bundle! I look good and feel really organized.
We met Tiffany on one of the coldest winter days EVER in Connecticut, but her warmth, energy and unlimited creativity made us feel a special heat in our hearts. She brought light into our studios and her ideas are priceless. I consider her a mentor, a friend and our glitter queen. Green Moon will be forever grateful for her ongoing curriculums and pure love!
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