Best Cleaners spring refresh


Nice refresh.

best cleaners logoThe snow has melted, temperatures are warming up, the ice cream stands are open and tulip season is just around the corner. Time to open the closet and break out the spring wardrobe!

What's that? Last year's wardrobe just isn't working' for ya?

Maybe we can help.

AOA and Best Cleaners are going to give two people a style-refresh for the season.

The plan

Two winners -- one male, one female -- will get a shopping trip with style writers Kaitlin Resler (AOA,All This Happiness) and Carey Wodehouse (Corks and Caftans). Each winner will get an outfit worth $250 courtesy of Best Cleaners. They'll also get a fresh hairstyle from Rebecca at V Salon.

To enter

Email a photo showing why your style needs refreshing to This is about getting out of the winter rut and trying something new, so let us know a little about what you'd like to change, where you're at and where you'd like to go.

We'll select two winners to go shopping with Kaitlin and Carey and get a hair/makeup refresh at V on April 30 and May 1.

Our shoppers

Kaitlin and Carey are two of our favorite local fashionistas. Here's more about them:

>Kaitlin Resler
Kaitlin Resler.jpgI'm not really a wild-card when it comes to getting dressed, but I don't get the impression that I exactly fade into the sea of everyday dressing.  My first rule of fashion is: there are no rules. There is nothing wrong with navy, black, grey, and brown all in one outfit. I don't think personal style has to be about the most flattering piece of clothing. In the end, you should buy what you like and eventually it'll all come together in your closet somehow. Finding a personal style is just finding the outfit that inexplicable feels right. If the dress talks to you from its sad little perch on a hanger, you should probably take it home, even if you might never wear it.

Carey Wodehouse
Carey Wodehouse.jpgFor me, getting dressed is all about creating something unexpected--and having fun. I don't mind standing out, and take every opportunity to get dressed as a challenge of creativity. Over the years, I've evolved from a barefoot, boho beach bum to something more eclectic; my style is always changing. I love finding inspiration in off-beat places--a lead singer's tasseled mic stand, or a James Bond film. I may make some bold moves, but you won't find any Man Repelling here: if it doesn't flatter my shape or look effortless, it doesn't make it into my closet. I'm looking forward to showing someone how to take some risks, while still looking fantastic and true to themselves!

Important: One entry per person. Entries must be submitted via email by April 22 at 11:59pm. Winners will be notified by Tuesday, April 26 and must be available for shopping and salon time on Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1. And of course, the AOA paparazzi will come along to take some photos so we can share your new look with the crowd.


Aw man! This contest looks amazing, but I don't officially move to Albany until May 1 or 2. Love the blog though, I'll keep on reading and hoping for more contests...

May I enter on someone else's behalf?

@Jackers: Sure, as long as they're OK with being entered.

I don't seem to have any more casual clothes. I am constantly working so my casual clothes needs have slowly gone away. I am now in need of some new casual outfits.

Oh man, perfect timing, AOA!

I used to be a clothes shopper. I haven't seriously bought clothes in about 3-5 years, other than a few pieces here and there. I've been staunchly stuck in my "kids these days" rationale for not buying anything more current, which means I have a lot of stuff that's kind of outdated and just... so not stylish. I know I'm a pretty quirky dresser, but I would totally love a day to shop with these lovely fashionistas and overhaul my usual offbeat sense of style.

Okay, but the real question is, which of these two ladies will be Stacey and which one will be Clinton?

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