Coincidentally, TLC's "What Not to Wear" featured Andover resident Anne Concemi
, a wife, mother, and owner of First Integrity Mortgage
Kelly and London got to work on Concemi
immediately, discarding most of the clothes in her closet as well as what they called her mullet hairstyle.
The most important concept of the trip, Concemi
explained, was that the Kelly and London did their best to locate places where their client will continue to shop in the future, since every individual's style and regular budget will vary.
, Filene's Basement
, Lord & Taylor, and GAP were also big for me," said Concemi
, almost proudly.
The most challenging aspect of the journey, in Concemi's opinion, was trying to find a nice balance in her
"I don't fit into the [lesbian] stereotype at all, but I'd never dress like a housewife of the Orange County either," she
resides in town with her
wife, Whitney, and her
two sons, Sam and Gus.
For some, "What Not to Wear" can become a highly emotional experience.
"I just didn't take it personally.
Their job was to tell you what they thought, and if you were wearing something they think is ugly, they are going to tell you," said Concemi
Although the hosts can be tough, she
argues that they truly care.
"If everybody walks away from the show just not feeling 'good' then the show wouldn't be so successful," she
"It's one thing to make someone look different, it's another thing to make someone feel different."
detailed how horrifying shopping had been for her
in past years.
"I just never felt good in anything," she
But now, Concemi's confidence level has shot up.
"I know exactly what to look for, I know the sizes, I know the fit, and I know what just does not look good," she
Plus, for Concemi
, the experience wasn't just about fame and fashion.
was able to use the appearance to help a good cause.
On Friday, March 5 - the date the episode aired on national television - Concemi
hosted a fundraiser at the Kowloon Restaurant in Saugus in support of a client's daughter, Hannah Lowe of Londonderry.
On the night of the premiere, Concemi
and others set up huge-screen televisions throughout the restaurant and raised over $19,000 in honor of Hannah.
"I think there's a much greater message to be spread here," said Concemi