Meet A Mom: Laura Tappan of Chic Fab & Authentically You | Bergen Moms Network

What do you get when you mix a creative eye, spot-on color analysis, a wild sense of humor and a devoted mom?

Meet Laura Tappan – local Bergen County resident, mom of two, member of the Nordstrom Independent Stylist Program, Certified Image Consultant and owner of Chic Fab & Authentically You. Like the name of her business, Laura is all about keeping it real and empowering women to feel their absolute best, inside and out! Keep reading for the full Q&A!

Let’s learn more about you! Do you have kids? Where are you from and how long have you lived in town?

I grew up in Tenafly and have lived in Wyckoff for 12 1⁄2 years – so I’ve been a Bergen County girl my entire life! I have two amazing 15-year-old twins, Eddie and Lucyann. They are sophomores in High School. Eddie is at
Ramapo in the University Program for Engineering. Lucyann goes to Immaculate Heart Academy – she loves theater and singing.

What is your favorite thing to do with your kids?

My son and I love watching old episodes of Grand Tour – a British Car show. Lucyann and I love going through our closets together and putting together fun outfits. They both bake with me, I used to be a pastry chef so anytime I can have them in the kitchen with me, I’m happy! We also love going to the beach in the summer and playing with our two new kittens, Dexter and Daisy!

Speaking of work, tell us more about your business!
I am a certified image consultant and the proud owner of Chic Fab and Authentically You. Most people think an image consultant is the same as a stylist, but there’s so much more to it. I use color analysis, body type analysis and how to use your current wardrobe (plus some new pieces if you wish!) to your advantage to best portray your ultimate image. My goal is always to work in harmony with my client’s outer expression- how they appear on the outside- to match their inner essence- their unique individuality.
Why is this so important?
More often than not, as moms we tend to “lose” ourselves while maintaining our families, home life, and career. We tend to nurture everyone else but ourselves. Evaluating what you want your image to say about you allows empowerment and confidence to shine. Wearing a favorite pair of jeans or necklace can do so much for our self-esteem. And honestly, as moms, we really deserve it.

What sets you apart? 

I’m brutally honest but a total goof ball, so I’ll deliver the truth in a way that will make you laugh. In my business it’s important for my clients to trust me, as image is such a personal thing. I also have an extensive health and fitness background. I’m a former exercise physiologist and 30-year competitive triathlete, nationally and internationally ranked (!), I can help my clients achieve body positivity through small changes in their daily life.

If you could give one tip to fellow moms, what would it be? 

Spend the money for someone to help you with the kids. Whether it be for 2 hours so you can get to a yoga class and a latte with a pal two times per week, or to go on a date night with your husband once every other week. Take care of yourself so you can take care of others. Remember- put your mask on first when the plane is going down, then help those around you.


What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you? 

I left my career in the health and fitness industry in 2003 to become a pastry chef and have my own business. It makes sense because both of those areas, along with what I do now allow me to focus on wellbeing and creativity, but it still always surprises people when I tell them! 

How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now? 

Bergen County has such a dynamic and diverse group of women that have really allowed me to hone my skills as an image consultant. But most of all, the support and encouragement I have received from both high-end stylists and local business owners has been extremely helpful!

About Chic Fab & Authentically You

I love helping people discover the best versions of themselves. I teach my clients how to authentically express their confidence and style by helping them understand how image matters because it is a reflection of who they are.

Your image is much more than your appearance, your image is YOU. I will help guide you through your style and image journey, as we bring it all together into a perfectly curated package, showcasing your most confident and happiest self!

You can follow Chic Fab & Authentically You on Instagram  or visit the website for a consultation!





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