2018 commences

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2018 already feels like it’s kicking my ass, but in all the right ways. There seems to be a new creative flow that took a nap towards the end of 2017, and since Jan 1, it’s awoken – which I’m grateful for. As an entrepreneur, motivation + drive has to come from within since no one else is holding me accountable except myself. Your Soul Style is my first baby, but with my actual baby’s arrival (hi, Vida!), there is more to manage and it takes more brain power to refresh, reboot and push forward. But, I’m here and ready!

That all said, a few new initiatives for 2018 include kicking back up my Spotlight feature which I haven’t worked on since 2015(!), a relaunch of my site (that was a 2017 goal, but has since pushed into this year), creating more content for this site, and my instagram handle plus more. Tomorrow, I’ll be launching a “Look Of The Week” feature which will build out seasonal looks from head to toe, and be shoppable directly from instagram stories. It’s a new idea, and I’m excited about it. All feedback welcome!

So without further ado, take a peak of my first “Look Of The Week” above, getting me all sorts of excited for SS18! Yeah yeah, it’s pretty frigid here in NYC, but I’m manifesting into the warmer days ahead. Join me!

Enjoy, Happy (belated) New Year + chat soon! xx J

SHOP: Love Shack Fancy Dress // Hair Ribbon // Alexander Wang Denim Jacket // Hat Attack Raffia Bag // Dolce Vita Bootie

interview: mama of the month

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Keeping it real with the beautiful women behind Birdsong. Thank you for featuring me as your “Mama of the Month”. I’m humbled and grateful to stand alongside you both.

An excerpt from my interview….

“I had ideas about motherhood before becoming a mama, but the process was way more intense then I could have imagined. And not in a negative, “I can’t handle this” way (even though it’s all very overwhelming), but just in a deeply emotional and cathartic one. I now live by the motto “you can never know until you know” because realistic entry was incomparable to anything else. It feels cliche to say, but when Vida was born, so was I. Well, a newer version of myself. In the second between physical oneness and separation, it was go-time to embrace my highest self. All former life lessons were ripe and ready to be put into practice, in a real, practical and mindful way. It wasn’t about me anymore. It was about her. That all said, my flow fortunately felt organic and I’m grateful for that. It’s complicated and there’s a lot of unknowns to navigate (hi! mastitis, raging emotions, debilitating exhaustion and the inability to sit for 3 weeks!), but I made a conscious decision to follow my gut, tuning out the outside noise of cultural pressure and listened to my baby. This helped me to really let go, TRUST and follow my own instincts. I advocate for the philosophy that as humans we are all so completely different and embracing that uniqueness begins the minute we arrive earthside. So when Vida was born, I instantly put down the parenting guides, pulled back on asking others for advice and made sure to meet my child where she was. I continue to practice this parenting style in everything I do.”

If you’d like to read more from my interview which includes my recent mama heart-burst moment and a head-to-toe look I styled for a mama on-the-go, head over to the Birdsong blog here.

with gratitude…

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When clients send me messages like the below, the gratitude I hold for the opportunity to support others on their personal journey is immeasurable . I can’t wait to support you too. More words from clients here, and details on service offerings here.

“After my second child was born I felt out or sorts in my new body shape and size and needed help pulling my look together in that transitional period back to work. I also felt like my wardrobe was a bit tired and dated after having spent the last couple years chasing a toddler and being pregnant. Jenny came to my house and worked with me on a closet cleanse, styling advice, and a manageable list of items to purchase to help bring my vision for my look to life. She carefully considered my inspirational ideas board, my existing wardrobe, my transitional body, and my budget. She seamlessly wove these factors together into tangible style advice that will carry me through this time and well beyond. It was helpful to hear her thoughtful feedback, and her calm, supportive approach made the experience both focused and fun. I love that she thinks of my work + weekend wear as one cohesive wardrobe that should work together. She encouraged me to consider all of my clothes as options for any day of the week and not to separate the “professional” me from the more leisurely me. This has helped me see my existing wardrobe in a new light and inspired me to both restyle what I have and to invest where I need it most. I will definitely be working with her again.” – Celine, postnatal client, May 2017

State Bags: Feature

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Using our voice is critical because it is in our story-telling that we ignite empathy and relatability. If i could inspire even just one person to feel secure in their identity by sharing mine, and create a space to be acknowledged and heard, it has been worth it. I am confident that this is also how we teach and enlighten others who may not have walked the same path. This is how we can change perspectives. This is how we can eliminate the divide. It is the stories that need to be told. I’m super honored to be a part of the STATE Bags#whatdowetellthekids initiative, featuring proud members from the LGBTQ community, as we each from our individual perspectives shed light on the power and dangers of language. Please head over to the STATE Bags website to read and spread the word about this important movement towards combating injustice and discrimination. Believe me, someone needs it and is listening. #spreadthelove 

rise up, speak up, take action

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I haven’t written anything political on this site for no other reason except I’ve been recapping my thoughts, giving information, sharing my perspective, links and providing resources on my instagram handle @yoursoulstyle and personal facebook page. I’ve also started a new platform called @thefutureisfemalemovement: a social movement for progress to connect, inspire, share, educate, activate and empower all. Website coming soon on that. That all said, I couldn’t continue to write about style in this space without addressing the giant elephant in the room: our country. I’m not shy about my political views and passionate about us all rising up and using our voices. Speak up, shout if you have to – there is too much at stake. I hope that no matter how small or large your circles are, you are taking a stand, and partaking in this extremely important dialogue.

Additionally, I wanted to share with you a few organizations that our family donates to (some on a monthly basis), and provide links so if you’d like, can head over and get involved too (see below for info). The truth is that these foundations need our donations right now more than ever and despite not being personally affected by every specific social policy issue, your friends, your family, your neighbors, the world at-large is. And now is the time to tap into your values and figure out what type of person you are: one who exists to serve themselves and see only the limited view directly in front or a person who demonstrates a greater empathy towards others, embracing a higher vibrating perspective that we are all one – connected. I’ll be popping in here with my thoughts on this subject matter periodically, but if you’d like to learn more about what I’m doing to help on the day-to-day, please follow me @yoursoulstyle or @thefutureisfemalemovement.

Peace and love xx

Human Rights Campaign (monthly): Advocating for LGBTQ and Human Rights

ACLU (monthly): works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States

Planned Parenthood (monthly): delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide

GLAAD (monthly): protects the rights of individuals in the LGBTQ communities

Somaly Mam Foundation (monthly): a Cambodian anti-trafficking advocate who focuses primarily on sex trafficking.

Surfrider Foundation: dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

Harlem Grown: an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition.

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