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sequin pantsWhen I think of all the new and inventive ways I will wear my sequin pants this season, my excitement equals that of a little kid in a candy store. But coordinating a look around a statement’y sequin piece could be tricky which is why I styled two outfit ideas for you based off of items from this post. We typically gravitate towards pairing stand-out pieces with something basic because (we think) the ensemble needs grounding. But why not push the envelope with some added “holiday” bells and whistles? It’s a party time of year, after all. Here are two examples of how to enhance your look, while still being tasteful. Live on the edge. You can be safe the other eleven months of the year.

Happy shopping and Thanksgiving! xx jenny

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shop it: 1. Topshop sequin crop tee, $90, topshop.com // 2. Mango floral print trousers, $79.99, mango.com // 3. J.Crew statement bracelet, $75, jcrew.com // 4. Topshop blazer, $198, topshop.com // 5. Monserat De Lucca clutch, $106, shopbop.com // 6. Zara bootie, $99.90, zara.com

holiday outfit - 2shop it: 1. Aritzia camisole, $55, aritzia.com // 2. River Island sequin midi skirt, $80, riverisland.com // 3. J.Crew jeweled fan necklace, $165, jcrew.com // 4. Topshop faux fur shawl, $130, topshop.com // 5. By Malene Birger clutch, $275, shopbop.com // 6. J.Crew ankle tie suede pumps, $278, jcrew.com

photo via pinterest

spotlight: adela capova

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I met Czech Republic born Adela Capova on a recent photoshoot in NYC.  A triple threat, in the most non-threatening of ways, she is a model, lifestyle blogger and recently certified health counselor.  Adela’s career began when she was scouted in Prague at the age of 16.  While typical high school students were getting their homework done, she was simultaneously traveling through Europe (alone) for work.  Multi-tasking, hard work and independence were traits established early on that lend themselves to the women she is today.  She’s lived in Istanbul, Paris, LA, London and New York – where she currently resides with fiancé, author and CEO, Mike Cooper.  Adela is not your typical model, her passions extend far beyond the lens.  The Models Office, her lifestyle blog, serves up tips on travel, fashion and beauty, but puts an emphasis on fitness, nutrition and overall wellness, which she knows are essential for a balanced life.  She understands the pressure and expectations from her industry and inspires women to engage in healthy behaviors to reach their physical potential.  She is committed to paying forward the success she has gained from her own experience.  Adela is a part of Cleanse, an “initiative to help models achieve their career goals in a healthy and sustainable way while also helping to preserve the health and beauty of our planet” founded by fellow model, Anne-Marie Van Dijk.   She is also building her own nutrition-based brand and starting a charity organization, both due to launch in 2014.  Stay tuned!  My favorite part about interviewing Adela for Your Soul Style was that on my set she got to be Adela.  There is not much room for personal style when modeling, but on this day it was welcomed and encouraged.  She showed up fresh faced and authentic with a radiant smile.  Once stripped of the professional hair, make-up and styling, something way more beautiful was exposed – herself.  Adela and I had a profound discussion about soul, style and soul style.  Here’s what she had to say about hers…

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Adela, what is your soul style?

My soul style is very low key and must be comfortable. I like to express myself with what I’m wearing.  I like to show my personality and it represents the mood I’m in.  I’m not crazy on following fashion trends.  I believe that clothes should not over-shine you as a person, they should complete you.   

How do you describe your style?

I like to keep things to a minimum and love wearing ‘clean’ and fresh looks.  I’d say I have a classic, minimalistic style with a twist.  I love the play of different materials and enjoy combining textures.  Since I’m an enthusiastic “clothes-maker”, I stress about the quality of fabrics and construction.  I understand the process so it influences the way I shop and what I purchase.  I enjoy sourcing fabrics, designing patterns and eventually sewing my own designs.  I’ve been doing this since I was 10, when I designed clothes for my Barbies.  It makes me happy and is a little meditation.

What does your style say about you?

Hopefully that I’m comfy in my own skin, happy, and that I make an effort for that particular occasion, but not that much!  I like to look prepared, but not spend hours getting ready.

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Where do you draw inspiration from?  Do you have a style icon?

I get inspiration from anywhere!  Museums, magazines, people I meet, patterns and colors of the earth, Taschen books and much more.  Very cliché, I guess?  Ask my fiancé; this is actually one of the most annoying things about me.  I pull tears from magazines and books and take a lot of photos of different textures and designs and print them out.  Our house can sometimes look like a huge recycling factory.  I can also spend hours in fabric stores.  It’s heaven on earth for me – especially in NYC, where we have some great ones.  I like to create mood boards, which are useful for inspiration to create something new and original.

My style icons come and go, although my mum’s style has always been a huge inspiration to me since I was a kid.  She taught me that it’s actually okay to have a style, any style, and to get creative with it. She used to make all of her clothes during communism in the Czech Republic.  She wasn’t afraid of being different either.  When everyone else in the 80’s was wearing puffy wedding dresses, she wore a little slip with lace.

I also admire the simple and minimalistic style of Swedish blogger Elin Kling, who I had a chance to meet.  She looks even better in person than in pictures.  I’ve always enjoyed the way Sarah Jessica Parker dresses.  She’s very original.  Eva Mendes does the curvy, sexy latin-gorgeousness kind of look very well too.  Grace Kelly is a classic, always useful for inspiration.

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Did your style evolve over time or has it stayed consistent?

It definitely evolved, thank God, and is still evolving.  It’s like everything else – you evolve as a person, so does your style.  As I get older, I become more comfortable in my skin.  I like me better!

Do you have any style challenges?  

Yes, of course.  In my job, very often I’m asked to wear specific items for certain occasions.  There’s a lot of pressure since it’s the fashion industry.  I tend to get really nervous about it and can never find anything to wear. Packing for work trips is another challenge of mine.  I don’t enjoy that at all.  I guess all this is about confidence which is my challenge sometimes.  The more confident I am about myself, the less I worry what I wear.  I am most confident when I’m healthy and super fit.

Do you have a favorite fashion/style moment?

Princess’s Diana wedding!  Just kidding!  Whenever I get to dress-up for an event or a dinner with my fiancé and I can see how proud he is when introducing me, I feel like a fashion star.

And your worst? 

Loads!   I used to make my own clothes in high school.  I made my own dresses for prom and school dances.  They didn’t turn out the best, but I wore them anyway.  Sometimes it’s just better to wear that simple black dress.

 Must have item in your wardrobe?

A great pair of skinny jeans that fit just right, a couple of simple white T-shirts, some tank tops and a black blazer.  A nice printed scarf and you’re good to go for a few months.  Comfortable, simple and in your own skin.

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holiday: mix australia

Mix_Nov_Page_1As we prepare for a white Christmas here in New York, Australia is heading into their summer season. Santa is more likely to enter via surfboard rather than a sleigh. During the recent holiday Mix shoot I styled with photographer Candy Kennedy, featuring Ashley Hart and Dan MacPherson, it was all breezy dresses, shorts, tees, tanks and swim. No cozy sweaters here! Think cherries (a holiday favorite for Australians) instead of eggnog. We shot in early September at NYC’s Central Park. A beautiful day, filled with beautiful people! Best. Team. Ever. I am beyond lucky to work with such an inspiring bunch. Have a peek. And a great weekend too!

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shiny happy people

shiny happy peopleI’m a total sucker for anything with holiday bling, but there’s only a small window of “appropriate” time to wear it (think now through January).  With thanksgiving around the corner – peak season for glitz and glam is about to pop off.  I can already hear the jingle bells jingling (literally).  Here are a few cute and affordable sparkly options, each under $100!  No need to break the bank on seasonal styles with little wearability.  One or two items in your closet will suffice to pull a holiday party ensemble together in a snap.

Style tip:  Save your pennies for the classics!

SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE
  1. Zara sequin and fringes scarf, $39.90, zara.com
  2. Nina bootie, $74.99, zappos.com
  3. River Island geometric mini skirt $56, riverisland.com
  4. Express mini skirt, $59.90, express.com
  5. Topshop crop tee, $90, topshop.com
  6. J.Crew resin earrings, $75, jcrew.com
  7. LOFT ankle pants, $44.88, loft.com (available in store only)
  8. River Island midi skirt (also in pink), $80, riverisland.com
  9. Topshop bodycon dress, $98, topshop.com

photo via man repeller

spotlight: patrice batson

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I met Patrice Batson by way of instagram.  Yes – instagram!  We became fast friends via our common ground of fashion and I’m pleasantly surprised by this modern, unexpected 21st century relationship.  At 27, this Bajan beauty quickly impressed me, which I now know is thematic.  While interning during Merecedes Benz Fashion Week at 17, she caught the eye of a Fashion Editor from Seventeen magazine and impressed her too.  Poached right out of the mix and asked to come on board at the publication, this was the beginning of her beginning.  After a few more years of paying her dues and learning the ropes at companies like Donna Karan, IMG Models, Chanel and Versace, Patrice landed her first “real job” at InStyle magazine in Advertising Sales.  It wasn’t until her work at Digital Brand Architects though, that she discovered her interest in branding and strategy.  She currently holds the position of Marketing Manager of Brand Development (for products and services) at ELLE Magazine.  It is here where she has found her groove, engaged in creative strategizing, problem solving and understanding the consumer on a deeper level.  She coins herself part anthropologist.  Outside the corporate walls, Patrice co-founded Cup of Tea, an interior design service.  She is passionate about helping others create a home that is personal and inviting.  Like Your Soul Style, she believes in authentic expression and feeling connected to your spaces since they are an extension of who you are.  Her dream job is to travel the world, remodeling boutique hotels.  In June, Patrice will marry Kalvin, whom she’s been with for 8 years, in the West Village of Manhattan.  Ethereal, romantic and intimate are just some of the objectives she hopes to capture for the evening.  When Patrice and I got together, I asked what her favorite part of living in this great city was and she said, “of course the food and restaurants”, but more importantly, “the people”.  Her source of inspiration from the street has provided a road map to her personal style.  So we had a chat about that.  Here’s what she had to say….

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Patrice, what is your soul style?

My soul is actually pretty lazy so my style stems from that. I strongly stick to a color palette of neutrals and navy. I’m almost always in black.  It has become my signature amongst friends.  If I’m not in black, they think something is wrong. 

How do you describe your style? 

My style is minimally classic.  I love finding pieces that are simple, but will still be relevant 10 years from now.  I’m not a fashionista.  Firstly, I can’t keep up because there are new trends almost everyday.  Secondly, I don’t do well with constant change.  My “uniform” consists of skinny jeans, a t-shirt and a great jacket/blazer.  Or I’m in a shift dress.  I wear some variation of the two almost every day.  

What does your style say about you? 

My style says that I’m comfortable, yet pulled together.  It took me a while to find my style and while it’s still evolving, I’ve reached a point where I’m finally comfortable in what I wear.  And it shows.  I recently cut off all my hair and feel like that has a lot to do with my style right now as well.  I was nervous because I thought I’d have to dress more feminine and girly which is so not me.  But, I’m pleasantly surprised that this hairstyle has enhanced my personal style even more.

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Where do you draw inspiration from?  Do you have a style icon?

I work in one of the most stylish buildings in NYC – the Hearst Tower, so my favorite pastime is going to the cafeteria and people watching.  It’s definitely a catwalk situation and I enjoy it because I’m inspired to up my game.  I wanted to start a style blog about the fabulous people in there, both men and women, but I’m too lazy.

I also draw inspiration from my fiance’, Kalvin.  He’s one of the most stylish and coolest guys I know.  I’m obviously bias, but it terms of style, there are not too many men that can go from a boardroom meeting to a Jay-Z concert and he does this effortlessly.  His closet is much bigger than mine, yet his style is very defined.  If Ralph Lauren and Tom Ford had a baby, it would be Kalvin.

Other than that, my style icons are the French Vogue gang.  They’re literally the best dressed women I’ve ever seen.  I definitely worship at the church of Emmanuelle Alt, the fearless leader and Editor-in-Chief.  She is responsible for making me go home, strip my entire closet full of the ‘fluff’ and streamline it.  I’m constantly editing because I feel overwhelmed with too many options.  Women don’t typically say, “I have too many clothes”, right?  Well, I guess I’m rare.  I’ve applied my edited closet approach to many other aspects in my life, like my desk at work.  It has a curated theme.  Less is more.

Did your style evolve over time or has it stayed consistent?

My style has definitely evolved.  Thank god!  I seriously don’t even know what the heck I was thinking with some of my outfits, but I guess everyone has to go through that period of finding themselves.  I’m so glad it’s almost over!  For a long time, I tried to dress like someone else and it didn’t quite work out for me.  Once I started dressing like myself, it all clicked.  Over the past year and a half my style has been consistent – timeless with a modern twist.  What has also helped is taking the time to find designers and brands that work for my body and are also of a certain quality.  I’m a huge fan of J.Crew, Theory, A.P.C, Francisco Costa from Calvin Klein, Chloe and Rag & Bone.  I adore finding designers that bring bring something fresh to the table like my friend Fe Noel of Simply Intricate.  The top and skirt from this shoot are hers.

Do you have any style challenges?  

My biggest style challenge is my lack of unlimited funds.  I’m at a point in my life where stores like H&M are just not cutting it anymore.  Don’t me wrong, I love H&M, but I’ve started investing in my clothing as I’ve gotten older.  I find it important.  Since the investment pieces are indeed, major investments, I have to pace myself so I don’t go broke.  Especially since I’m in the process of saving for both a wedding and a new home! 

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Do you have a favorite fashion/style moment?

My favorite style moments are anything Michelle Pfeiffer wore in Scarface.  I’m actually not a huge fan of the movie, but I find myself constantly playing it to watch her style.  It’s effortless, chic, sexy – just genius.  She mainly wears neutrals and simple suits and that (to me) is the epitome of sleek femininity.  My goal is to dress like that by the time I’m 30.  

And your worst? 

Take your pick of my many disasters from kindergarten to my mid-twenties.  I seriously cringe when I click through old facebook pictures and see some of the outfits that I put together.  The irony is how I thought I was so fashion forward and stylish! 

Must have item in your wardrobe?

My Balenciaga moto bag with rose gold studs, now discontinued.  My finance’ bought the last one in North America as a Christmas gift last year and it has been with me every single day since.  It instantly adds a bit of luxe, bad-ass-ness to anything I put on.  I hope to hand it down to my daughter one day.  This is probably weird, but sometimes when I shop I say to myself, “would my future daughter want to wear this in 20 years?”  You’d be surprised how many things I put back on the rack because of that question.  Look at her, already helping me make major fashion decisions!   

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