Renée Billy and I met over 10 years ago when I working as an entertainment lawyer in New York City. Speaking on a panel in Charlotte, North Carolina to high school students, I connected with Renée’s childhood best friend and now client Bevy Smith. A few weeks after returning back to the city, Bevy and I met up for lunch. At the time, my schedule was crazy with cross-country travel, work and the daily hustle that young people have when trying to establish their footing in this “city where dreams are made.” I complained to Bevy that I needed someone to help me get organized. She immediately suggested her girl Renée who had recently launched a business where she provided personal services such as organization, relocation and personal styling.
Renée and I met and hit it off! I remember her as well dressed, down-to-earth and smart. I hired her for that initial project and she got my single girl, “Sex in the City” closets in tip-top shape. Since then, I have hired her to help pack for my wedding and honeymoon, to switch out my seasonal clothes (there is never enough closet space in New York City for everything all at once) and to integrate my husband’s bachelor stuff with my single girl stuff. Years ago, I overheard my #hubbs say something like, “Renée is like having a thinking and rational 3rd adult in your household.” I would agree.
Fast forward 10 years and she is now family. The big sister I never had but always wanted. She shows up for me. I can count on her to answer my calls and give sage advice. But let me warn you, Renée is not about the BS. You ask. She answers and serves it straight, no chaser but always with the #truth:
- “You don’t need a gaggle of girlfriends running around you. You just need the ones who have your back. The rest, let them go. They cause unnecessary problems in your life.”
- “Chile please, serve them every single time. Walk into the room and own it. Let them step their game up.”
- “Your marriage is the most important relationship. Treat it as such.”
Working in fashion for years now, Renée understands style and how fabric should drape the body. She studies a person’s body type and lifestyle and helps them find clothes that make them feel confident, sexy and current. Whether working with talent for a VH1 special or a new mom who wants her “sexy back,” count on Renée to find those pieces that make your heart sing. She is Jackie Unfiltered’s Fashion consultant. You will get to know her and her fashion secrets well. For a little taste of “Nae” as her girlfriends call her, keep reading. To save you some time, go grab your credit cards from your pocketbook because you will want the gems below. Continue Reading…