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As the personal stylist for Nordstrom, Amanda Schwartz assists men, women and children with their wardrobing while remaining under one roof.

Along with items you’d add to your closet like clothing, shoes and bags, Schwartz — who styles between 150 and 200 clients — also helps with gift ideas, making the free service a one-stop shop.

We spoke with Schwartz about her career, what her typical day looks like and what she enjoys most about styling families in the Green Hills area:

How did you become a personal stylist?

I've been doing it for about 20 years. I started at a boutique in Atlanta and then my husband and I moved to Nashville. I had kids, took a break and then I started helping people with their closets and realized I wanted to go back to doing what I loved most. When Nordstrom opened, I went to them and they gave me a job as the personal stylist. It's great because instead of having to go to a lot of stores, I’m able to stay at one store and get it all done.

Can you describe what a typical day looks like?

In typical day, I usually have about four or five appointments, and I'll also have four or five drop ins. Someone will come in and need an outfit for a party or fall clothes, and because I know my clients so well, I will generally set up four or five outfits that end up being 12 outfits by the end.

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What do you love most about the job?

My clients have become like family to me. I’ve seen their kids grow up, I get to see marriages happen. Families make me a part of everything which is really special. But the best part of the job is when someone who isn’t feeling good about themselves leaves feeling great. That’s honestly why I do my job.

Why is having a personal stylist the way to go?

If you haven't tried personal styling, definitely give it a chance because it makes your life 10 times easier. It takes away the pressure of hunting for the perfect bargain or finding the perfect fit. And it's a free service, so whether you're spending $50 or $500, it doesn't matter. We just want to make your life easier.

If someone is interested in the service, what do they need to do?

After they call me, I ask some questions to get an idea of what they need and then we meet at the store. We’ll grab some items, and oftentimes I'll go to their closet and see what they need, what they should get rid of and how what we bought correlates with what they have. It usually works out and we just continue from there.

Schwartz's holiday shopping tips:

1. Make a list

2. Be specific about what you're looking for so you don't overbuy

3. Ask what they need and want

4. Get it done early

5. Don't buy everything at once

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.


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