Modern Women Making Waves: Karen Hill


Karen Hill has been a go-to friend for fashion advice and knowledge, so I was thrilled about the launch of her new venture - a Stylist business combining her experience in the industry with innate great taste and her ongoing love affair with style - Passion for Fashion. Her recently debuted Personal Styling Services specialize in closet edits, personal shopping, and styling updates. Karen’s years of hands-on retail experience help her organize what you already own (and create new looks from those pieces hanging in the closet), navigate stores to best fit your aesthetic and budget … and to help create a wardrobe reflecting who you are today, bringing out your best and most confident self. If you are ready to streamline your closet, reimagine your look, find a perfect special occasion outfit or gift, Passion for Fashion has you covered. Karen has a fashion girl’s eye, with a mother’s practicality - creating an effortlessly stylish wardrobe for the busy modern woman.

A few of her favorite Spring trends?

Try some feminine ruffles, the bell sleeve, “cold shoulder” tops and dresses- all flirty with movement. Add a chunky heeled sandal or cute wedge…finish off with a cuff bracelet and fun tassel earrings!

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Good advice is a gift — what is the best advice you’ve been given?

'Treat others the way you would want to be treated’ and ‘What goes around comes around’ — two pieces of advice that are often intertwined!

What is on the top of your bucket list?

I’d love to travel to Europe with my family, and visit my roots in Poland. As a shopping aficionado, I would love to see Kraków’s Cloth Hall, the 14th century trading hall that solidified Kraków’s importance as an east-west trading post, beginning with textiles and fabrics. Fashion is everywhere!

Who would you invite to your ideal Girl’s Night?

My mom and my sisters, besties from California and Chicago…and how about Oprah and Ellen - guaranteed to be an evening filled with love and laughter.

What is your go-to piece of clothing?

Can I admit this as a Personal Stylist? Lululemon leggings. (Comfort is important!) And I never tire of a great pair of jeans with a beautiful top - boots in the winter, and sandals every other season.

What do you sing when you are alone in your car?

Bruno Mars and any R & B - my car is basically Soul Train.

What was the best compliment you have received?

To be told that I am thoughtful, friendly, and always smiling. I love showing people how much I care about them!

How has your life been different than you imagined?

Chicago girl moves to California, and has now lived here almost as many years as I was in Chicago. I love being a California girl - though it’s very true: you can take the girl out of the Mid-West, but you can’t take the Mid-West out of the girl. I’m a happy hybrid.

What is your most-used word? (And what word do you wish everyone would stop using?)

'Dear’!  I find myself using it a lot now that it's just the two of us at home, "Dear, what would you like for dinner?", etc!  I DISlike the word ‘ like’ ...can't wait for that phase to end!

Who is your celebrity crush?

Hmmmm…must I choose just one? I choose David Beckham, Josh Duhamel, and Blake Shelton! (rule of three!)

How would you spend your perfect day? 

A sunny morning with some exercise (wearing my lulus!)

Lunch with a friend (Perfect jeans and a favorite top!)

Cozy dinner at home with my husband watching our favorite show, sports or a movie (Yep, back in my lulus!)

What is your favorite museum? 

The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago - there is something for everyone. I grew up visiting the Field Museum, and was so excited to share the experience with my husband and kids! It’s a must-do when you are in Chicago.

What is the first thing you notice when you meet someone?

I notice their smile … and definitely if they look me in the eye!