It Takes a Village

By Anne Steppe.


Andrea Gill - Simplicity Organizer, Wife, Mother & Fashion Model
Andrea Gill – Simplicity Organizer, Wife, Mother & Fashion Model

If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a personal stylist, a hair stylist, a fabulous local consignment boutique, and a makeup artists to get an organizer ready to MC an event or walk the runway!  Simplicity partnered with Monarch Boutique, a local consignment boutique, and Erin Zelickson of Erin Shops to participate in the main stage fall-inspired fashion event at this year’s Southern Women’s Show.  Fun was had by all, and Andrea and I got to step out of “mommy world” and into the fashion world for our 15 minutes of fame.

Simplicity organizer, Andrea Gill took the stage by storm modeling two different outfits (see photos).  The first was a grey dress with an adorable pink jacket finished off with some cute purple shoes!  Mrs. Gill then strutted her stuff in an ivory dress, camel-colored quilted jacket and rocked out some fabulous brown boots.   Organizing never looked so good!

All the clothes were from Monarch, a consignment boutique located at 1222 East Boulevard in Charlotte where you can shop all the latest and greatest in fashion without paying the highest prices. The outfits were arranged by Personal Stylist, Erin Zelickson.  If you can’t make sense of what to buy or how to piece it together, Erin can.  Erin and I were the MC’s of the show – thank goodness Erin was there to actually inform the audience about fashion.   I can organize your clothes folks, but trust me–you don’t want me trying to dress you.

Andrea Gill - Looking fabulous!
Andrea Gill – Looking fabulous!

The clothes that were featured in the show are a great inspirational lead into the fall fashion season, which is always the perfect time to purge and organize your closets.  Out with the old and in with the new.  However, if you can’t even get into your closet to make heads or tails of what you actually have you could be the ideal candidate to register to win our $2,000 closet makeover! (Entry deadline is this Friday, September 30th.)

Let Simplicity help you with the purge and re-organization of your clothes, shoes, purses and jewelry in your NEW Closets by Design space while Erin Zelickson puts together outfits that make you feel strong, sexy and stylish!

We thank Southern Shows for the opportunity to step out of our comfort zone and onto the stage this past weekend!  We had fun working with Monarch and learned so much about styling from Erin.  It was an experience these two working moms will look back on and remember that feeling beautiful can be fun and sometimes confidence is just a fabulous outfit away.

Consignment Closet Makeover Contest

Consignment Closet


Tuesday, September 6- Friday, September 30 2011

In desperate need of a clothing closet makeover?

Know a friend who could use some organizational services?

Simplicity Organizers has partnered with Closets By Design and Erin Zelickson with Erin Shops, a personal stylist, to offer a FREE CLOSET MAKEOVER.

What you can win:

How to enter:

  • Submit one (1) picture of your clothing closet.
  • Submit in writing (100 words or less) answers to the following questions:

– What closet disorganization costing you?
– Why you need a clothing closet makeover?

* Picture and writing must be emailed to by Friday, September 30.

Participants must:
Be a legal resident of Charlotte, North Carolina and live inside the I-485 beltway.

By entering into this contest, participants release permission to Simplicity, Erin Shops, and Closets by Design to post pictures and entry posts on their websites and blogs. By entering, participants release and hold harmless any of these companies from any and all liability or any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this contest.

The Winner:

1)         Will be announced at our Consignment Closet Sale on Wednesday, October 19th at 1pm.
2)        Will be notified by phone and/or email.
3)         Is responsible for all federal, state, and local sales and income taxes and must sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, and all other applicable forms required by a taxing author within (30) days of receipt of the prize notification or the prize will be forfeited.
4)        Write about their experience that will be published on our websites.
5)        Will give permission for “after “pictures to be taken and published on our websites.
6)        Create a plan of action to keep their closet organized and maintained!

The prize is non-assignable and non-transferable.