spotlight: india

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Amongst all of the places I’ve been there is none like India.  My wife and I were fortunate enough to make it to this awe-inspiring country and spend time in the north back in November.  We visited Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur, Shahpura, Agra, Bangalore and observed villages in between while driving from city to city.  When I think of soul style my heart goes here – in fact this blog was started immediately after our return.  This project had been a long time coming but I attribute India as the inspiration behind pulling the trigger.  The women evoke beauty that is hard to find here in the states – culture and tradition run deep.  The majority wear sarees but between color, pattern, print, styling and difference in how they drape, hold or move with them – each is unique in its representation.  Despite being a third world country and one-third of the population living below the poverty line – these women are proud of who they are and shame is non-existent.  The assumption may be a sense of defeat due to ongoing violence, but they prevail with resilience that can only be achieved in a country like India. They maintain a sacredness and commitment to their heritage and are empowered by it.  The absence of consumerism and capitalism lend to this authentic and rich life – the focus remains on family, spirituality, tradition, culture and love which rise above all else.  Women are unattached to superficiality and live pure – a true demonstration of soul style.  If you haven’t been to India, it’s a trip that will change your life – I recommend you go.  My soul style hasn’t been the same since.  All the photos in this post are taken from our journey.  I hope you enjoy.  xx #yoursoulstyle

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spotlight: gwyneth paltrow

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Contrary to my friend Stacey’s (from Sweenie Swim) distaste for Gwyneth Paltrow – I am a mega fan!  Like Giuliana RancicKristen Wiig and Jenna Lyons, she is also a friend in my head.  Gwyneth is more than your average triple threat, her laundry list of credentials multiplies year over year.  Starting as a Hollywood actress was only the beginning – she has recorded music (eh hem – Glee, Country StrongDuets w/ Huey Lewis – shall I go on?), authored My Fathers Daughter –  a cookbook with a second on the way (It’s all Good will be released on April 2nd – pre-order copy here!), won an Oscar for her role in Shakespeare in Love, became the face of Estee Lauder & Coach (and more), married famous musician Chris Martin from Coldplay, produced two (what seems to be) adjusted children and established a lifestyle blog (and brand) called Goop.  Goop is one of the first blogs I had ever read and my love for it has maintained.  It covers topics such as friendship, love, beauty, religion, travel, food, culture, fashion, etc.  Gwyneth offers truth in her writing and content – covering topics that pertain to all women.  Her voice is relatable, authentic and comes with a wisdom she has gained through her own experiences.  She is a woman with a ton of heart, depth, dedication and commitment –  who isn’t afraid to live boldly (not to mention publicly) in her own skin.  She is a stellar example of what women in 2013 are capable of.  A successful wife, mother, artist, actress, singer and entrepreneur with a killer fashion sense that wreaks from the inside out – Gwyneth has definitely got her ‘soul style’ in tact.  *photos via pinterest

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Find her most recent post, “The Annual Spring Edit” here – chock full of inspirational outfit ideas for the woman on the go!

Enjoy!  xx #yoursoulstyle

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