Swimsuit shopping can be enjoyable for some, traumatizing for others and most of us fall somewhere in-between. The experience depends on your emotional, mental and physical state. That said, shopping/styling tips can render this process seamless, and help you feel (and look) like your best self in a space we typically feel vulnerable. Especially those of us with bodies in transition (this includes me). Bikini.com solicited my styling expertise on ways to embrace confidence while being exposed, so while you’re still enjoying the Summer season, or stocking up on swimsuits for holiday’s and Summers to come, head on over to Bikini.com to read my tips. As an added bonus, Bikini.com is offering 15% off for Your Soul Style readers, using promo code BIKINIXSOULSTYLE. Offer is valid until December 31st, 2016. Check it all out over here.
I am in a constant state of cleansing my closet, especially now with Vida. Aside from limited space in our apartment, I don’t have energy for clutter or excess. Things must be simple and organized. I can’t wake up each day, sifting through the whole of my wardrobe to find an outfit that makes sense. I don’t have that kind of disposable time anymore. And I assume some of you (whether a mama or not) don’t either. We americans consume too much (guilty!). Culturally speaking, we have been programmed to believe that more equals better, and nothing is ever enough. Consumerism (and capitalism) at it’s finest. But what about our environmental (and social) responsibility to create less stuff? Do you know that there is a ‘garbage island’ in the middle of the Pacific that experts believe is twice the size of Texas? Watch the documentary Plastic Paradise if you don’t believe me. The fashion industry is one of the biggest offenders which a gal I follow on instagram reminded me of, so while I try to personally impact change (work in progress over here), I share this philosophy with my clients too: to make wiser purchases, buy less, invest in pieces with longevity and be responsbile with which brands we get behind. It’s hard to give up some of the fast fashion brands I’ve been attached to for so long. But I’m trying, and taking the appropriate steps to clean up this world for Vida and the generations that follow. Who’s with me?
That all said, the Fall/Winter season is basically here, and just like we typically do in Spring, cleansing is key. So let me help you get your closet ready with a Closet Cleanse (details here!) to detox the excess, create a new baseline and offer up suggestions on where to donate/consign so someone else can enjoy your worn clothes so they don’t wind up in some floating garbage pile in the middle of our ocean. Let’s work together on making smarter purchases now and for the future. Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your session. I can’t wait to hear from you. xx
For the past few years, especially since launching Your Soul Style, part of my styling mission was (and is) to raise awareness about a brands comittment to social responsibility. I believe that style investments should go deeper than a cool, new look. I left my corporate career to start a business that provides fashion with purpose. Whether it’s about aligning both the inner and outer self, or becoming conscious about a brands sustainbility, Style From the Inside Out includes being mindful about where you spend, brands you stand behind, what you wear and becoming empowered by the very idea that your personal belief system should come through in how you represent yourself. I’ve spotlighted brands like Tribe Alive, Hands Producing Hope, Sseko, Sudara, Base Range, Aduzad, Maya Traditions, Truss, and Reformation, but have discovered many this past year I’m eager to share.
I recently learned about Voz after scooping up a piece in a local boutique. “Voz is an ethical luxury fashion company whose mission is to protect the livelihoods, well-being, and cultural values of rural indigenous women globally. Founded in 2012 by Jasmine Aarons, Voz honors and empowers artisans creatively, economically and culturally through a collaborative business model that showcases, preserves, and supports traditional art forms. [The brand] works in collaboration with politically and economically marginalized women to create beautiful fashion collections and to provide design leadership, training, and opportunity for indigenous women in the rural regions where they reside.” Not only is Voz’s cause something I feel connected to emotionally, but stylistically their design is on point. I just added this to my personal collection, and am coveting this fall/winter collection skirt and this double layer cami dress (which I would layer under a cute t-shirt or long sleeve turtleneck). Head on over to the site, and check it out for yourself.
August is here, and if your e-mail is anything like mine – the inbox is being infiltrated with both ‘Summer Sale’ alerts and ‘New Arrivals’ for Fall. That said, it’s time to get our closets in order for the season ahead. This past Spring I did a soft launch with some of my existing clients of a new service that I’m really excited to tell you about called ‘ STYLE MY CLOSET‘! It was such a huge success that I’ll be rolling it out and offering to all of you!
It works like so: while I realize it’s difficult (and expensive!) to shop for newness each season, there IS a cost effective way to re-work your closet so it feels like you’ve gained a completely new wardrobe from what already exists. No money spent. No more excess to add to the already overflowing assortment. Both sustainable and price conscious. MAJOR WIN! We typically get stuck in our getting-dressed routines, and it’s hard to step back and view your wardrobe from a fresh perspective with innovative ideas. So this is where I step in, as your trusty Personal Stylist, styling new head-to-toe looks for you with what’s already on hand! You won’t be spending a dime on new clothes, will be decreasing your carbon foot print, AND after I leave will feel like you just went shopping. The ‘STYLE MY CLOSET‘ service includes the following:
- Styling Evaluation to plan seasonal wardrobe
- 2 OR 4-hour at-home Styling Session
- Photographs of all head-to-toe looks
- Personal Style Guide which includes all of your seasonal looks
- Curated Shopping List (if you want to purchase any new pieces)
I’ve used the phrase “falling off the earth” a few times in my life, but nothing has made me “fall off the earth” more than motherhood. Vida is now a 1 yr. old (if you follow along on my instagram, you would have seen the photos!), and while I’m still getting the swing of this whole new normal, life as I knew it pre-baby is over. Things are different. I have less disposable time. My balance has shifted. And my time to write has hit an all-time low. That said, I still love it, but have to re-prioritize usage of time and unfortunately, keeping up here has fallen lower on the totem pole. Additionally Dina just used the last 4 weeks of her parental leave from Google (thanks google, you rock), and we were galavanting around from our house upstate, to California, Mexico and back to the country. Another reason I “fell off the earth”. Now we are back in the city, and while Vida turned ONE (!) while we were away, it feels like a pivotal shift is being made on many levels. I plan on continuing to write here, but my content, like always, will continue to evolve. My personal styling/consulting biz is growing (yay!) and although I will continue “blogging”, this platform will slightly shift. The plan is to transition into a website instead of blogging platform. I’ve also got some new ideas in the works (think: curating product for you to buy!), which I can’t wait to share with you soon! I’m constantly posting updates on my social media, so if you’re not already following along over here, come say hi and see what’s up!
With all that said, and in the meantime, I wanted to tell you about an amazing sale that will be kicking off tomorrow from Nordstrom. It’s a huge anniversary sale, and not only will they be liquidating Summer merchandise, Fall product is on sale too. It’s one not to be missed. Last year I was just in the beginning of my postpartum phase, so I’m super excited to shop again as motherhood continues to settle. A few things on my list if you’d like to click over and peep: high waisted trousers, flare overalls, moto jacket, raw edge denim, sleeveless sweater, duster coat, mock turtleneck.
Shop entire sale here.