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Working w/ Melynda was excellent! I wasn't sure what to expect, as I've never worked with a "stylist", and assumed services like this cost a fortune, and were a luxury only reserved for high-profile celebs and public figures, but apparently not! I'm a working professional, and simply needed some good tips transitioning into a new position in my career. To be quite honest, "everyone" could use a stylist in their back pocket. After the entire process, I realized that finding a good stylist, is akin to having a good family doctor, therapist, or that reliable handyman that can fix anything; it's a valuable resource that shouldn't be overlooked. Melynda's services are basically broken up into several sessions that involve in-depth consultation, and action. Our initial meeting was entirely remote over Zoom, which was hugely convenient. And to be clear, all of her services were well before the pandemic, but I just wanted to highlight how flexible, convenient, and painless she made this, as it was clear it wasn't going to be easy for us to meet in person, at first. Anyways, we had a great 45-60 min talk over the kind of looks I was going for, and my overall style inspirations, etc, and similar to a therapist, she asked me questions and we explored avenues I never thought we'd go down. She made me realize a lot of things about myself, and the way I presented myself to the world, and to be honest, we could've stopped there and I would've been satisfied. Very valuable insights. However, the next session involved an entire audit of my closet, in-person of course, and lasted several hours. This was pretty amazing too, and long story, short -- Melynda made me realize that I had been buying the WRONG size clothes nearly my entire adult life! Ugh. The next session was the "shopping" session a week later, where as you could guess -- we basically visited multiple stores trying to find the pieces to complete my "look". In terms of budget, Melynda was great and very conscious of it. In my mind before all of this, I was begrudging going to high-end department stores and luxury retailers, and fearing I'd be spending a fortune, which I discussed up front with her. She made it very clear I was totally under the wrong assumption, and essentially said her job was to not only enhance the confidence of her clients, but to also save them money in ways that they wouldn't realize. Later, I realized what she meant. To my surprise, she took us to Target, and I couldn't believe the amazing clothes we found there! Don't get me wrong, we shopped at Bloomingdales and the Beverly Center shops also, but I just had no idea I could find such great clothes at Target for cheap. Simply amazing. Anyways -- sorry to go on and on, but in the end, her services were so valuable to me, and I just really wanted to do her justice in this review. I've already made it a point and discussed with Melynda that I'd like to do this at least 1-2x a year; again, look at this as a yearly 'physical' or doctor visit, folks, it's invaluable. Book Couture Zen with confidence, it seriously changed my life and the way I present myself to the world. I've already had colleagues and clients give me 2nd looks, and asking things like "have you lost weight?" or "that jacket is amazing, where did you find that?" LOL.Jun 11, 2020
I have had the privilege of working with Couture Zen several times for photoshoots. She is always professional, creative beyond measure, and absolutely wonderful to work with. One experience I had is a client hiring a stylist, and last minute the stylist cancelled! Never in my history of shooting have I experienced such lack of professionalism. While the client was distracted with hair and make up, I quickly contacted Melynda of Couture Zen and asked if there was any way she could come and save the day. I was amazingly grateful that she was able to. She pulled together the most amazing outfits and accoutrements in record time, and the shoot was saved. I will always be eternally grateful for that save, and she has been my go to stylist ever since.Mar 17, 2020Review from Google
I love working with Melynda and I keep coming back to her for my styling needs. She has a very high-end fashion viewpoint and a unique style. Her references are expansive and she's able to mix and match high and low brands to create something extraordinary. I've been working with Melynda for 2 years now to style my photo shoots and even referred her to my little sister when my sister had to walk the red carpet at Sundance. Everyone at Sundance Film Festival was complimenting how stylish my sister looked. I would highly recommend Melynda for anyone looking to stand out for all the right reasons.Feb 24, 2020Review from Google
My experience at Couture Zen was AMAZING. The styling, creativity, and attentiveness of Melynda are unmatched. HANDS DOWN the best experience I've had on the West Coast.Oct 30, 2019
I’ve worked with Melynda for 2 years now and I’ve loved everything she’s done for me. She has helped me promote both my business and my brand with her high quality work.Aug 12, 2019
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I try to keep my pricing reasonable because I truly believe everyone deserves to afford a professional stylist.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I like to get to know the person I am working with so I can make workable recommendations for his/her personality that feel native to him/her as a person. I also make sure I start with a closet organization/seeing what is already there to work with to build a foundation upon.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I studied fashion design at Santa Monica College, and I also have a background in fashion wholesale, photo shoot production, and costume design. I've also been working with personal styling/image consulting clients for the past 12 years.