Hi friends! My name is Amanda - the lady behind Project Your Best.
I’m a wife, mom of three (7, 5, and 2), and suburban Baltimore resident. My love of fashion started early. By kindergarten, my mom was making me pick my outfit the night before and birthdays were not complete without a fashion show featuring any clothing I had just unwrapped. I appreciate high end retailers and their style, but I am a bargain hunter at heart and don’t feel the need to sport a specific brand or its logo. I can’t remember the last time I paid full price for a piece of clothing and recently committed to shopping secondhand or sustainably for all my wardrobe needs.
For more than a decade I worked as a Certified Child Life Specialist supporting pediatric patients and their families as they experienced healthcare events such as injuries, new diagnoses, surgeries, and hospitalizations. It was an amazing career that helped me grow personally and professionally - helping children and their families in really challenging situations, as well as, leading committees and speaking at national conferences and even the United Nations.
As my family grew and I began transitioning out of that professional role, I found myself a little (lot) lost in the trenches of motherhood. One symptom of that was my daily uniform of raggedy tees and sweats at preschool drop off AND pick up. I realized that my outside was a direct reflection of how I felt on the inside – tired, overwhelmed, and confused about my identity.
Getting dressed every day became a small way to rediscover myself and show the world the best of what I had on the inside instead of the hot mess I sometimes felt like. I didn’t need to walk a red carpet. I just wanted to look cute at the bus stop. A little “dress for the job you want” combined with “fake it ‘til you make it” – it felt encouraging, energizing, and empowering. And yes, maybe all I had to do that day was a couple of preschool runs, get groceries, and fold laundry, but I felt like “me” doing it.
I want every individual I work with to see the best version of themselves in the mirror so they can walk their path (or just the aisles at Target) sharing that gift with the world. I truly believe that projecting your best through style is one key to thriving and not just surviving in this crazy, challenging, amazing phase of life.
Thank you for the opportunity to help you be seen!
"Amanda thinks of combinations of clothing that would never occur to me— it felt like I got a total refresh on my wardrobe just by adding a couple pieces and trying her “looks”! The way she pays attention to the details and lines of her designs give my wardrobe a more styled and tailored feel that has me feeling polished even when I’m in the most casual clothes! I had so much fun doing this with her and couldn’t recommend her services more - she is truly an artist!" --A.B.
"Amanda has helped me look at items I have in my wardrobe in a whole new light. Putting styles together that I normally wouldn’t consider. She even has helped me tailor my overpacking issues with ideas for coordinating outfits with minimal items for anything from a 10 day trip to Europe to an overnight getaway in NYC! I also love how she is an amazing deal finder! She’s the best!" --J.S.