beyond mom x yss closet cleanse

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Beyond Mom is a platform that creates community amongst women and mothers. While it’s easy to lose ourselves once baby arrives and get lost in this life-changing new role, Randi Zinn, founder, emphasizes paying attention to ourselves and embracing individual sensibilities outside of motherhood, whether it be as entrepreneurs, business women, creators, thinkers, friends and more. Through special events, podcasts, retreats, interviews, and speaking engagements, Randi’s initiatives bring us back to who we are at our core. Life doesn’t stop once we have children, and there is so much more beyond!

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Randi recently gave birth to her second baby, Zarah, and called upon me for a Postnatal Closet Cleanse to detox and rebuild a new post-pregnancy wardrobe. “True to her own brand’s philosophy, going “beyond mom”, means paying attention to emotional health and well-being, and this includes how we show up. Even though physical change continues months post birth, we shouldn’t neglect day-to-day personal style.” Take a peek at the rest of my write-up of her cleanse over on Beyond Mom, plus a one-on-one interview of Randi’s take on personal style and how that fits into her life as mama of two.

Full piece over here.

fall cleanse

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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 jenny@yoursoulstyle.com to schedule your session. I can’t wait to hear from you. xx

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Hi there! It’s been a minute since I’ve posted, but I chalk it up to a few very busy weeks which in my opinion is a good problem to have. No complaints here. April and May were FULL of Shopping Trips and Closet Cleanses and June is turning out to be another busy month of prepping! Spring is in full bloom from coast to coast, and all my clients are getting their wardrobe ready for the new season(s). With that said, one of my clients, founder of the female centric, lifestyle website Betches did a write-up on her Closet Cleanse experience, working through her wardrobe in its entirity with me by her side. While a big focus of mine has been on the pre/post natal  period, my client is a twenty-something young entrepreneur on the rise who equally wants to get her personal style situated while moving into her next life phase. While she isn’t transitioning in or out of motherhood, we are constantly evolving at every stage. Taking a deep dive to ensure our inner and outer self is aligned is a critical checkpoint for growth. Head over to Betches for the full piece.

back to work!

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Hi there and happy Friday! Hoping you all have something amazing planned for the weekend ahead. This fall has been gorgeous, and I’m enjoying this beautiful brisk weather. We are staying local, but looking forward to quality time with family and friends. I am cherishing these weekend days now more than ever!

This week came and went in a flash. I was planning on publishing a post on postpartum styling tips, but unfortunately was not able to get one together. My weekly to-do list seems to only partially get done these days, and this was one of the casualties. I do however intend to still cover the topic. So stay tuned. That said, I did send out an email blast to my clients announcing that I’ll be back to scheduling personal styling clients again starting November 6th! Yeah!

While the past 3 months have been nothing short of amazing, I’m super excited to connect with those who I have worked with before, and look forward to all who have expressed interest while I was out. While personally going through a major transformation over the past year, I have many new insights to share as I help you get Closet CleansedStyle Coached and equipped with a New Wardrobe that not only supports your individual lifestyle, but honors your style from the inside out! Head on over to my services page for details.

As of FridayNovember 6th, I’ll be seeing clients on both Tuesday’s and Friday’s. While my schedule will be limited, be sure to reach out as soon as possible. If you’re interested in making an appointment, please message me directly at jenny@yoursoulstyle.com so we can get you on the calendar. I intend to open up my schedule in early 2016 to include additional week days, but for now I’ll be working on a part-time basis only. So hop to it, and let’s get started! As always, feel free to follow me here, on Facebook and Instagram, where I’ve shared much of my journey, along with tips and inspiration on style from the inside out!

I look forward to our continued work together, and can’t wait to hear from all of you!

Also, if you’d like to be put on my email list, please reach out directly at jenny@yoursoulstyle.com with your information.

Warmest weekend wishes! xx

yss x loyal hana: closet cleanse!

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A few weeks back, I featured the brand Loyal Hana in a Style The Bump: 32 Weeks post. I was wearing one of their epic nursing-friendly maternity dresses, and discussed the features and benefits of why this silhouette works so well during postpartum life. Loyal Hana is a brand that understands womens needs from both a practical and emotional perspective. While creating pieces that are functional to ease life once your new babe arrives, the line is simultaneously beautiful, chic and super stylish. Since I firmly believe in prioritizing personal style through the entire pregnancy process (and always!), I’m super passionate about the company and stand with the brands design goals which emphasize practicality paired with style! It’s no surprise that one of the brands partners, Julia Eisenstein, understands this mission so well too since she herself recently gave birth to daughter Beatrice 6 months ago. Julia says, “It was incredibly important to nurse my daughter Beatrice. With my son we had trouble at the beginning and the fear of him not gaining weight led me to pump a lot. I knew that in order to succeed I’d need to feel comfortable nursing wherever I was. Loyal Hana made this possible for me. I could get dressed every morning in something that felt pretty and in line with my taste. My favorite Loyal Hana piece on these warm days is hands down the Cybelle Dress, the leave print makes me happy. When you’re nursing, dresses are almost impossible. If you need to feed your baby while out, you have to hike up your dress and show everyone your tush. With the Loyal Hana zippers, the dress is super easy to nurse in and so comfortable.” Julia proves to be living Loyal Hana’s philosophy from ‘the belly to the boob and beyond.”

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With all that said, Julia and I decided to join forces for a special Your Soul Style x Loyal Hana Postnatal Closet Cleanse collaboration! While Julia refused to fall down the rabbit hole of self-neglect as she engages in motherhood for the second time around, she hadn’t explored the entirety of her wardrobe in many months, and was determined to get things in order. According to Julia, “The idea of a closet cleanse was so appealing to me because I felt lost in my closet. Clothes worn in-between my two children when I was spending energy on my body were completely out of the question. My pregnancy wardrobe has survived two babies and needed to be discarded. I was wearing a handful of clothes that I didn’t even bother to put away after the laundry. It was just the same thing every day. I had a generous walk-in closet filled with clothes I was holding onto for after I lost the baby weight or for sentimental purposes. I was most excited to cleanse to part with the baggage, the history, start fresh.” My goal with Julia as it is with all of my postnatal clients was to get her personal style situated for life with a toddler (her son Jonah is 3) and now Beatrice. As I discussed in my Postnatal Style Coaching interview with Well Rounded New York, women typically neglect this area once there is a new baby to contend with. It’s common for moms to lose sight of their own needs, and rely on what’s comfortable and easy. Julia hadn’t evaluated her closet in over a year, and with Beatrice now 6 months old, it was time to get down and dirty, and cleanse! While she is fortunately stocked with those amazing pieces from Loyal Hana, it was time to look at everything else. So we rolled up our sleeves, dove in and broke it all down.

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After a brief conversation evaluating the current state of Julia’s closet, we established a plan of action and began going through each individual item while I presented questions like, “does this fit?”, “when is the last time you wore this?”, and “do you even like this anymore?”. We simultaneously tried on and evaluated pieces she was unsure of to decide whether they were a yay or nay. While working through, Julia was not only able to see what had been unknowingly tucked away in her closet, but determined what still fit (literally and figureatively), and what as Marie Condo says in The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, “sparked joy”. I supported her while she let go of items that weren’t working in order to make room for newness, and we established a brand new baseline to build upon. One that made sense for her mom-of-two lifestyle, body and personal taste.

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Upon completion, Julia’s haphazardly organized closet was merchandised in a way that made sense. We pulled things together not only by category, but by color too which allowed for new perspective. The detox created a much lighter jumping off point and her closet was now filled with things she loved, made sense, helped her feel good and fit! We ended up with a ginormous bag full of items for donation, and a list of suggestions on what to buy to fill in the gaps. According to Julia, “The cleanse was everything I thought it would be. Jenny has a calmness to her that put me right at ease. There is nothing about her that feels rushed, and she takes her time working slowly but efficiently. Having someone there whose style I trusted was so helpful. We went through all the clothes I had collected and held onto for years. I was finally able to part with the look of the younger me, the night out shirts and the bridesmaids dresses. And I found pieces I used to love but had lost in the piles of clothes I didn’t wear. When Jenny left my closet felt inviting and warm, color coded, with everything for the upcoming spring and summer season right in my eyes view.”

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It was an incredible pleasure partnering up with Julia and Loyal Hana on this project. If you are looking for your own Closet Cleanse, check out my services page for details and reach out to connect with me at jenny@yoursoulstyle.com. Thank you to Julia and the Loyal Hana team for a great collaboration, and be sure to head on over to Loyal Hana to check out the brands amazing stylish collection of nursing friendly clothes!