in the words of carrie…

jenny greenstein

At some point or another we’ve all channeled Carrie Bradshaw be it emotionally or through fashion, usually relating to at least one or the other, (or both) right?  I was between the ages of 18-25 during the original Sex and the City series and was constantly inspired by the creations that Patricia Field put together for our beloved quintessential NYC fashion gal.  As a budding stylist during that time, I couldn’t wait for each week (and season) to pass to see what she came up with next.  The more far-out the better and I appreciated the risk-taking, individualism and creativity.  Still taking cues 10 years later (and from Leandra Medine, the real life version of Carrie Bradshaw), I decided to try out the old scarf-around-the-arm styling technique to add interest to this wear-with-everything black cotton jumpsuit by Brooke Coleman.  The scarf, which my mama handed down to me a few weeks back from her mother, added meaning beyond just its aesthetic value.  I’m also a total sucker for a jumpsuit, especially this one which is SO comfortable that I’ve been living in it all summer.  More on this jumpsuit and Brooke Coleman later (stay tuned for a Spotlight Feature in the coming weeks!).  In the meantime, in the words of Carrie Bradshaw herself, “So many roads. So many detours. So many choices. So many mistakes.”  But in reality, the biggest mistake, is being too afraid to make one at all.  Even when it comes to your style.

SHOP IT:  jumpsuit: Brooke Coleman // shoes: Dolce Vita (similar) // denin jacket: H&M (similar) // hat: J.Crew // bag: Clare Viver (personalized) // necklace: old (similar) // scarf: vintage (similar)

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get inspired

jenna lyons

I recently read an interview where one of the questions to the interviewee was “Who inspires you?”.  And I started to think about how I’d answer that question if asked, especially in the context of my career.  I gave it much thought because I like to believe that one day someone WILL be interviewing me and asking that same question.  So in playing this whole scenario out in my head, I came up with my answer which includes four women whom I find dynamic, powerful and inspiring.  Women whose footsteps I would be honored to follow in.

Jenna Lyons  (President/Executive Creative Director at J.Crew): There is a magic at J.Crew unmatched by any other retailer, and I believe the largest part of their success is attributed to Jenna Lyons.  I don’t distinguish myself as a member of the J.Crew cult, however I do qualify the company as the Harvard of mass market brands.  I’ve worked for many major corporate fashion companies and one of the biggest struggles is placing someone in a high-level, powerful, executive seat who equally keeps the creative AND business strategy in mind.  In order to be an effective fashion organization, a leader must drive both simultaneously.  Jenna is a perfect blend – innovative, artistic and creative, while also paying attention to the consumer experience.  She is cutthroat, but creative.  She is strong and steady, yet a visionary.  She has worked her way up from the bottom, and landed her role because of talent, not politics which makes her that much more of an informed leader.  She’s walked the walk.  I value Jenna’s dedication to art, and vision, while understanding the bottom line.  She is the epitome of retail genius in my book.

Mary Alice Stephenson  (fashion & beauty expert; Founder of Glam4Good)Mary Alice Stephenson grew up in the fashion industry, working for powerful publications like, Vogue, Allure, Marie Claire and Harper’s Bazaar.  She is a contributing editor at Seventeen magazine, styles some of the biggest celebrity names in Hollywood and regularly advises women as an expert in fashion and beauty.  But none of that is why she inspires me.  Mary Alice Stephenson is the founder of an organization called, Glam4Good, which “gives life-changing makeovers, dramatic giveaways and transformative fashion adventures to everyday hero’s and people in need.”  Every week that goes by, she is somewhere new, giving back to help empower women to be their best selves.  Through the vehicle of fashion, she uses her expertise for a good cause.  She also serves as the National Fashion Ambassador for the Make-A-Wish foundation.  Mary Alice has done something which I hope to mirror in my career, taking strengths and passions and turning them into purpose!

Leandra Medine  (Founder of fashion blog, The Man Repeller; Author) Oh, Leandra.  I first learned of Leandra Medine aka The Man Repeller when I began Your Soul Style.  I was completely enamored (and inspired) by her style – a bit edgy, mixing high and low, menswear inspired but sexy.  I dug it.  But as I learned more about her, my fondness went deeper and became more meaningful.  Leandra is a feminist, she is a brilliant writer, she is funny as fu*k, she has a strong point of view and most importantly she owns who she is.  No one will stand in her way of risk taking and showing up in original, unique ensembles.  I watched a segment with her on Style.com recently where she said, “I want to walk into a room, and feel like I will not run into anyone that has thought to do what I did”.  She couldn’t have said it better then me.  I feel exactly the same, always looking for ways to stand out and define myself as an individual, but don’t always follow through with making the same controversial fashion choices.  Leandra is creative, she is smart, she does what she wants.  She doesn’t follow rules, she is inventive and she could not give a damn what anyone has to say about it.  I strive to be as bold as she is.

My Mama  (Founder of The Connecting Hand) I never knew my mom as a non-working person.  She worked most of my life and was always an equal financial contributor to the family.  From one career to the next, she busted her ass and was able to achieve greatness because of hard work and dedication.  Beginning as a teacher, moving to the financial industry and eventually launching her own successful business in geriatric management, my mom is the epitome of following your dreams and reaching them.  No one could get in the way of her journey towards success.  She was unstoppable.  As a budding entrepreneur myself, I realize now how hard it is to create a viable and thriving business.  She made it look so seamless.  My mom taught me at a very young age that you need to “Find something you love.  And then find a way to make money doing it”.  I like the order of those two sentences most.  The words have never left my mind and I hope to follow in her path of great success.

So who is your inspiration?  What drives you?  Who is your guiding light?  How would you answer that question if interviewed?  Would love to hear your answers in the comment section!

Have a think….and a happy weekend.  xx jenny

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style, naturally

DSC_0450 - Version 2Inspired by this post written by Leandra Medine from The Man Repeller, I decided to approach my outfit yesterday from the same perspective, wearing clothes that felt relaxed, comfortable and effortless.  I admittingly spend too many days analyzing my (overflowing) closet with rumblings in my mind of, “I have nothing to wear”.  In these moments I find it’s best to go back to the basics.  It’s when I can stop over thinking it that I feel my best.  Don’t be mistaken – I advocate for taking time to invest into your style.  But I also know what it’s like when things aren’t flowing naturally and you wind up with a mountain of clothing on your bed because, “nothing is working”.  When you’ve tried on endless combinations and even the exact outfit you wore last week feels completely different!  What the F?  Follow your instincts and be aware of which day today is.  Know your mood, your energy and stop trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.  Last nights leather pants may have brought out your inner rock star, but your favorite jeans today (in a less obvious way) could do the same thing!

SHOP THIS OUTFIT:  jacket: Aritzia (similar), t-shirt: Zara (similar), jeans: Rag & Bone, booties: Zara

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surf-chic: part 2

the man repellerPiggy-backing on this post from yesterday, here’s another take on surf chic.  All white from head-to-toe wreaks of breezy beach-style, but the second layer adds just enough polish for the office.  Plus – as far as shoes go, you can’t get any more comfortable than Birkenstocks.  Lose the blazer and throw on a red lip for after work cocktails.  Shop it here….

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  1. T by Alexander Wang tank, $77, net-a-porter.com
  2. J.Brand skinny pants, $215, net-a-porter.com
  3. Whistles tailored jacket, $288.75, whistles.co.uk.com
  4. Alexis Bittar horseshoe necklace, $155, shopbop.com
  5. Michael Kors watch, $386.46, asos.com
  6. Bite pencil in bright poppy red, $24, sephora.com
  7. Birkenstocks, $130, birkenstock.com

photo via the man repeller

overjoyed for overalls

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If you would have asked me when I was 8 yrs old to wear a pair of overalls I would have looked at you as if you had ten heads.  I imagine my 8 year old self saying something along the lines of, “Are you joking?  Those are so not me!  Way too boy’ish and not girly enough – not my style”.  To give you context, I was the little girl who meticulously spent hours on end picking out Barbie’s looks and overalls were not part of the assortment.  They were more suitable for Punky Brewster groupies riding bikes with pig tails and different color socks.

Well…..now I’m 33, it’s 25 years later (gasp!) – and truth be told I have a complete and utter new appreciation for this denim onesie.  Who woulda thunk it – oh how times have changed!  About 2 months ago I was perusing instagram and saw a photo of Leandra Medine (photo below) from ManRepeller rocking a pair and I fell off my metaphorical chair.  She was able to pull a look together that not only looked super stylish and chic – but ultra femme and sexy!

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I was on a mission from that point on to find a pair and my timing must have been dead on because I stumbled upon these at yoox in exactly my size.  I immediately scooped them up and now they are happily living in my closet!

*they have since been sold out but you can find similar here and here

jenny-overallsthe “try on” sesh

Do you have any clothing hang-ups that are not your typical style but are itching to try?  Need some help figuring out how to make something ‘more you’?  Send me an email at yoursoulstyle@gmail.com and let’s see if we can find a way to make it work!  xx #yourstyle

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