feature: smdmag

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When a Spanish publication called SMDMAG, a brand new monthly magazine dedicated to music and fashion reached out and asked to feature my work, I of course said, ‘yes’! I am super honored that they loved the urban street shoot I styled with photographer Candy Kennedy enough to use in their November launch issue! Although a little tricky to interpret everything it said, I just deferred to Dina who happens to be fluent in Spanish since she lived in Argentina for two years.

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I am obsessed with Spain and it seems many things in our life come back to something involving spanish or latin culture. Dina and I visited Barcelona in 2009 and to this day say we could easily move there (don’t worry Mom, we’re not!). I mean, it’s a city with a beach. Between that and the food, architecture and fashion, the country won my heart. Can it get any more perfect? Me encanta! (translation: I love it!)

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You guys have likely seen the images from this shoot in another post (and possibly my portfolio page), but how could I not share being featured in Spanish print! It’s the little things. Check out this vimeo short by the magazine. I cannot get the song out of my head. Need it on my iTunes. Anyone know it??? Viva Espana! Happy Monday.

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back to the beach

beach getaway

Hello and happy Friday! It’s getting chilly here in NYC and despite my great love of summer, I’m excited for winter’s coziness and of course the holidays which are right around the corner! So much celebrating and goodness ahead. And possibly a warm getaway in-between the sparkle and eggnog? Dina and I have a trip on the calendar to head down to the Caribbean in early December and I’m so looking forward to it. In lieu of planning ahead (I am type A to the fullest), I started to shop around for a few new breezy dresses to throw in my suitcase. The way I pack for beach getaways is pretty simple: a light, airy dress for each evening, a few bikinis, cover-ups and shoes that go from day to night. I don’t really need much else and will likely do without shoes at all if circumstances permit. With that said, I’ve already scooped up a gorgeous maxi from Reformation, a caftan from Free People, and a gauze dress from Black Crane, that I was coveting all summer long, which is unfortunately sold out. Don’t fret though, because there are so many other choices that will work for your vacay, and many of them on sale since the season is now over. I’ve personally got my eyes on a hot pink swing maxi from ASOS to take me from beach to dinner, a strapless from Ella Moss, a peach plunge neckline style from Indah which will look outstanding with a tan (this one from Indah too!), a cheetah print halter from Zimmerman, and a sleek wrap dress from Norma Kamali.

Now onto swimsuits! Stay tuned…

Happy weekend’ing!

image via Madewell

spotlight: hands producing hope

hands producing hope

I am constantly on the lookout for people, places, brands, designers and organizations who are doing good work. While my consciousness has developed over time, I see through an evolved lens which includes contributing towards making this world a better place to live. And not only for the here and now, but for future generations as well. I think about having a baby, and my friends’ who are either pregnant or already have children, and believe it’s critical for everyone to pitch in to ensure we are taking care of this planet from both an environmental perspective and emotional one too. The human race has taken enough advantage of mother earth and raising our awareness around social responsibility is imperative. With that said, when I met Rebecca Gardner, Founder and Executive Director of Hands Producing Hope, “an ethical brand with a heart to see artisans around the world empowered to rise above poverty and live heathy and full lives”, I was eager to feature her in a Your Soul Style spotlight post to share her story. 

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Rebecca established Hands Producing Hope (HPH) after returning from a trip to Costa Rica and experiencing first hand the hardships indigenous women of the Guaymi community were facing. In an effort to change the outcome for what seemed like a hopeless situation, Hands Producing Hope was created to give economic opportunities through the sale of fair traded artisan goods made by theses local women. The organization provides life skill classes, and the necessary training to aid the community in reaching economic independence, and “understands the importance of working hard and earning a living which is why these women are creating goods that are full of their heritage, culture, and made by them.” The collection includes items such as jewelry, t-shirts, stationary and much more. A small investment which can make an incredible impact. I stand behind the mission of Hands Producing Hope, and their dedication to improving the lives of others while also educating consumers on responsible commerce, making them an organization full of incredible soul and style. I wanted to hear from the woman behind the vision so Rebecca and I had a chat that went a bit deeper. Here’s what she had to say…

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YOUR SOUL STYLE: What can consumers expect in the Hands Producing Hope (HPH) collection(s)?

HANDS PRODUCING HOPE: Our collections highlight nature and culture in an elegant and subtle way. We combine metals with seeds, recycled paper with gold beads, and traditional patterns with modern styles.

YSS: How would describe the HPH aesthetic?

HPH: The HPH aesthetic is simple, innovative and earthy.

YSS: Can you tell me a little bit about how Hands Producing Hope came about?

HPH: This organization came out of my heart to see marginalized and overlooked communities of women given an opportunity to thrive, be told of their worth, and have dignified work. I connected with this community of indigenous people after living in Costa Rica during a semester in college. After spending some time with individuals from their people group and learning more about the discrimination they face, how the women are treated and the lack of opportunity they have, starting something to address these issues naturally formed.

YSS: Who/What inspires you?

HPH: I am inspired daily. I am inspired by the women in our program, the people around me who are dreaming big and taking risks, the fearlessness of children, the beauty of creation, and seeing the hope in someone’s eyes.

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YSS: What inspires the HPH collection(s)?

HPH: Our collections are inspired by the world around us, nature, and the cultures the products are created in.

YSS: What countries do you currently work with? What countries do you plan to work with in the future?

HPH: We work in Costa Rica with women who are part of an indigenous tribe in the southern part of the country. Within the next year we have plans to expand into Rwanda to work with women on the remote Island of Nkombo!

YSS: Tell me about some of the positive impacts HPH has made on the people and the environment? Do you have a specific story to share?

HPH: 90% of the women in our program had never had access to a job before in their lives. One woman, Emerita, recently shared how she is thankful that she now has the extra income to buy coffee for her family. I recently received a letter from one of the women in our program, Xenovia, who shared: “We didn’t have a job in the world, but thanks to the will of God, you are helping our family move forward.” Environmentally, we have enjoyed finding new ways to utilize locally sourced natural materials. We believe that through replacing mass manufactured and environmentally harmful materials with recycled and natural ones, we will continue to have a positive impact on the environment.

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YSS: Who are some of your favorite socially responsible brands and designers?

HPH: I absolutely love Sseko Designs, Krochet Kids, Better Life Bags, SoloHope, Dot Products, and 31 Bits. We find inspiration and encouragement from each of these companies, not to mention where I like to buy my own products or gifts!

YSS: Who would be your dream collaborator? What stores/sites would you like to see HPH sold on?

HPH: One of my dream sites to be on would be the Tom’s Marketplace. It would be an honor to be on their site alongside so many brands that I look up to and respect and the exposure that we would gain could help us grow tremendously.

YSS: How would you describe your own style?

HPH: My style is neutral and versatile. On any day you can find me in a pair of dark blue jeans or a maxi skirt, a striped shirt and if I’m not wearing HPH jewelry I am wearing something vintage or from a country I have visited.

YSS: How does your own style influence HPH?

HPH: My own style has influenced the color schemes we choose, the types of raw materials we buy, and often the designs themselves. I enjoy drawing inspiration from my personal style but seek to expand past it and offer colors and designs that I may not be drawn too but our customer loves.

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YSS: What is your favorite piece in the collection?

HPH: My favorite piece is the Naia Necklace. I love the combination of the white seeds with the bronze chain. It is versatile and a classic.

YSS: Where do you see the brand/organization in the next 5-10 years?

HPH: Within that time we plan to have over 100 women in our program and to make micro-loans and grants available for women who are leaving our program to start businesses or take classes. We plan to work in at least 4 remote communities around the world and have a program in the USA for refugee women. In addition, we hope to begin a mentorship program for young, socially driven entrepreneurs to receive guidance, hands on learning, and encouragement.

YSS: How does someone get involved?

HPH: Hosting a Trunk Show is the best way to get involved! It is a great way to share our products, our story and the importance of ethical fashion with your friends. Other ways include volunteering, interning, donating and of course shopping from our online store!

YSS: What is the ultimate goal for HPH?

HPH: Our vision is to see all people, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or geographical location, be afforded opportunities to have dignified and respectable work, to provide for their families and flourish in their communities. We want to see a universal growth in an understanding of the impact an individual can make with their time, resources, and talents.

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Be sure to stay connected with Hands Producing Hope via FacebookInstagram and Twitter and for all other questions or inquiries, contact the team directly here.  

what is a style coach?

style coach

I began my personal styling business simultaneously to the launch of Your Soul Style, but the seed was planted way before it blossomed. In high school, I remember sitting up at night to create a very raw business plan contingent upon working with women to help them find their authenticity, using my skill set of understanding fashion, sense of self and style. While I didn’t have any professional experience at that point, the program organically poured out of me in a way that I could only describe as second nature. My entire life had been dedicated to a combination of self-expression, emotional health and wellness and while the ideas didn’t tangibly come together until April of 2013, the plan had always been in place. Through my experience in corporate america combined with a strong dedication to personal growth and mindfulness, my mission to embrace style from the inside out was conceived. I had spent many years focusing on the topical aspect of style, but it became critical to consider the human element. I needed to feel connected and yearned for a greater purpose. From there, the ideas that began manifesting in high school slowly started to bloom. And so I became a Style Coach. I was born to do this.

So what is a Style Coach anyway? I don’t think I’ve ever really broken it down for you guys. Similar to talk therapy, where a person becomes mindful and aware of their own behavior patterns, style-coaching is a form of style therapy. Through a one/one style coaching session, I work with client(s) to help them find their own style rhythm, starting from the inside out. While style is an extension of an inner self, feeling unstable can offset the alignment with the outer self. How we present ourselves to the world is contingent upon our emotional state. Together we break down any barriers and explore the deeper layers, by evaluating body image, self-esteem, style preferences, and style choices so I can provide techniques on how to compliment your shape, personality and taste. In this meeting, we also take a preliminary tour through your closet to evaluate and gain a better understanding of where you may be struggling. Whether you’re going through a break-up, lost weight, gained weight, recently had a baby, are pregnant, or just looking to discover your style personality, my goal is to help my client(s) find an authentic sensibility and provide tips on how to use style as a vehicle of confident self-expression and empowerment. I’m a firm believer that we are at our best, when we feel our best and that begins at our core. Mind, body and soul must be aligned.

After this Style Coaching session, I recommend moving on to a Closet Cleanse, where I help detoxify negative style habits to set you up with a strong and healthy wardrobe foundation. We will keep what’s working and toss what doesn’t, while organizing your closet in a way that makes sense and doesn’t feel overwhelming. Through this exercise I provide continuous guidance and direction on how to pull looks together from your existing collection and we create a list of key, baseline pieces which I recommend adding to your assortment. From there, we go Shopping (or I will shop for you), to find those essential pieces!

I also offer services such as helping you get ready for your wedding (including styling for the big day or the events leading up to it, such as a bridal shower, bachelorette, or honeymoon packing!), or if you don’t live locally, I can be by your virtual side and use the interweb to create head-to-toe desired looks or seasonal shopping ideas. Whatever your specific needs, timeframe, and budget, hand-picked, edited selections and coordinated outfits can be delivered to you via e-mail and revised until we find what works best. In every service I provide, there is always a strong emphasis on tapping into your inner self and ensuring that aligns with your outer self. 

I feel very fortunate to not only have been able to hone in on what I believe to be my calling, but to also have the ability to pursue it in a realistic way. In the truest of words, my dreams are becoming my reality. There is nothing more rewarding then helping to empower women to look and feel their best.

If you or someone you know may be interested in working with me, reach out and let’s connect! For all inquiries and rate information, message me at jenny@yoursoulstyle.com so we can begin to discover your style, from the inside out.

 photo via darling