• Ania Schwartzman

oh L'amour

Updated: Apr 18, 2018


I finally decided to start this! It's funny how long one can put off something she so much wants to do. It's probably related to the fact that I don't like to write. But I do like to tell stories, so I"ll start with one from last night.

There I was seated in my window seat (outfit: black FRAME jeans, DIOR "we should all be feminists" t-shirt, CHRLDR black sweetheart sweatshirt, IRO leather jacket, and GUCCI princetown fur loafers) bracing myself for a landing into Newark International Airport. Just spent the long weekend with my kids (notice I didn't write vacation??). Over the loud speaker the flight attendant announces "please buckle your seatbelt and prepare for landing". I grab my iPhone with headphones, turn the sound up super high, and prepare to listen to my playlist for flying. As Erasure's Oh L'amour begins to play, I close my eyes, cross my fingers together (cause that brings luck yo!) and say my prayers. The music distracting me from all that makes me nervous to fly. As the song begins to end, and I feel we are almost touching the ground, my neighbor, a pleasant looking young man, taps me gently on the arm to tell me that my music is BLARING! My headphones are not actually plugged into my phone! This neighbor needed to wait until the end of the song?!! I.was.mortified. But it is really funny, right?

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and school psychologist who has been working in New York City for 18 years. I work with children and adults struggling with various challenges including anxiety, depression, family conflicts, divorce, illness, death, social issues, and learning differences. I have always loved what I do and I find the work gratifying. But lately I haven't felt fulfilled and I haven't had a lot of fun. Meanwhile, I have always been obsessed with fashion and find shopping to be therapeutic (there is actual research that proves it is therapeutic!) Loehmans was my family's temple and Marshalls and TJ Maxx our second homes. As I grew older, I continued finding my peace at these havens but I began to venture into new retail territory and discovered all that NYC has to offer. I have to say, I continue to find great pleasure in spending hours searching for that perfect article of clothing. I love going online too and search for the perfect shoes to add to my cart: which usually just sits there because I don't need any more shoes (says my husband). As I said, I need to change things up in my career, add some more fun. So I've spent some time contemplating my next steps. I finally found it! I will blend my expertise and experience as a clinical psychologist and my passion and skills for choosing clothes that look and feel great.

I support people going through life transitions (separation, divorce, new baby, third baby, empty nest, new job, etc) by working one on one to build confidence, boost self-esteem, and rediscover one's self-worth. I work with individuals to find out where you are in the present moment and how we can work together to boost your personal style either by rediscovering what you already have in the closet or finding new items that enhance your wardrobe. I work within all budgets and am particularly savy at finding the perfect piece to make the outfit! I make the experiences fun, even if you don't like shopping! I know that clothes do not define who you are. But, clothes do have a way of allowing us some armor and when we project strong, graceful, and stylish- we slowly become strong, graceful and definitely stylish. Fake it till you make it!

I am still working out the kinks, I will probably forget to plug in my headphones again but I am ready for this new adventure!

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