The School of Styling

It has been nearly a month since I went to one of the School of Styling's 3 day workshops held in Nashville. If you aren't familiar with The School of Styling, they host a small group of students for a 3 day school in various cities all over the country. TSOS caters to creatives in many fields, but predominately stylists, wedding planners, photographers and florists. Top notch experts in their field are brought in, filling the participants with tips of growth and guidance.

 Image by:   Shayln Nelson   taken at our home for the duration of the event -   The cordelle

Image by: Shayln Nelson taken at our home for the duration of the event - The cordelle

I wasn't quite sure what I would learn, but I had expectations to see a beautifully curated space with every detail just...so. I won't go into all of the intricacies that went into making the time spent with these ladies so special, simply because their own pictures and exploration of each day is detailed beautifully. Please take a moment and look into the particulars that were seamlessly executed on their company blog found here.  What I would like to take a moment to speak to are the tools that I wasn't expecting to learn. I wasn't expecting the depth of self exploration that would ensue after hearing powerhouse woman encourage our small group to do things that are only "life giving". I wasn't expecting to be challenged with the importance of goal setting and to solidify the "why" behind your business and make it the firm foundation on how you run your company.  These are things that you may hear occasionally, but hearing it from women who take their armor off and share how their battles have brought them through the fire towards their success was a different story.

I've been working in my field in some form or another for almost 13 years, I have been on my own now for almost a year. In all of my years, I have listened to leaders in the industry talk about the hustle and how there really isn't a balance of those who are doing what they love. You just power through, you work at all hours when you need to and you try to prioritize as best as you can. I almost fooled myself into believing this misguided process. What this workshop reminded me is that there is a beautiful truth in doing what you enjoy, but it is not the breath that fills your lungs. There is a life to be lived, breath that keeps us going for a great purpose.  For that reminder, I am so grateful because it has refocused my "why". It has helped me to dream bigger so that I can work to help others, it has reinforced that my faith is the foundation on which I stand and that I am incredibly humbled to have the creative gifts that I have, and the business that I have started.

If you have the time to attend, go. I hope that you can listen subjectively and be honest with yourself. Listen to the depths of your soul that will push you to finding your "why" and seek out the things that are indeed life giving.

Stars and Stripes

It's election year, no... I don't want to talk about politics. Instead I will lure you in with exciting western inspired wear featuring stars and stripes. You are welcome.

photo by cameron powell

Lets start with these amazing boots. They were one of my favorite purchases from last year, with a collaboration from Kate Bosworth and Matisse. This color is a gorgeous tan suede, but they also come in colors that you can't get because the collection has now ended. I waited too late to post this style guide. Again... you are welcome. I can redeem myself slightly though, by showing you these and These ! A fantastic alternative indeed.  

yowza! Kate bosworth x matisse .  // photo by cameron powell

a great option in the snake skin & tan

on to the coat! I found this beauty at a vintage shop in the PNW, called cowgirl cash. It was made by pendelton. If you aren't familiar with this 150 year old iconic brand, then allow me to introduce you to their delightful array of wool products. They are known for their native american inspired wools. i love the colors and they keep you super duper warm. as this is also not available (i am on a roll!) because it is vintage, i have a few other options for you. this one here is nice because it is a layering piece, so on top of the coat or building up a sweater. if you are extra adventurous maybe it isn't a layering piece ( tee he).  this is also a classic option by Woolrich.

So... essentially the stars and stripes are only for me, because all of the things I have shown are not available to you. Let me know if you see any more cool star boots.

 

Hey look! We found a field!

The Classic

We all want one, the perfect coat. I am going to go out on a limb here and toot my own horn and let you know that I happen to be a connoisseur of coats. ( insert cheshire cat grin )  I have been a purveyor of outerwear for a long time now and I want to let you know that I have found the perfect addition.  Believe me, I have been looking for a long time.  Surprisingly enough, I didn't have this staple top coat in my closet and was more than happy to finally make the purchase. 

photo by: cameron Powell

Coat: Closed // jeans: j Brand // bag: vintage //  bag fur charm: savant vintage // leopard scarf: vintage 

THIS top COAT IS A CLASSIC, A "FRANK SINATRA" OF COATS IF YOU WILL.   IT IS TIMELESS IN SHAPE, TAILORED IN ALL OF THE RIGHT SPOTS, IT IS JUST PLAIN SMOOTH.  AS IF I NEEDED TO STATE, THE BEST THING ABOUT CLASSICS IS THAT YOU CAN WEAR THEM WITH ANYTHING.  I CHOSE A NICE PAIR OF FLARED JEANS, A WHITE SHIRT AND THEN A FUN VINTAGE DOCTORS BAG TO BREAK IT UP A LITTLE BIT. 

THIS PARTICULAR COAT IS FROM CLOSED, PURCHASED A DELIGHTFUL SHOP IN BEND, OREGON CALLED HOT BOX BETTY.  A SIMILAR style from that brand can be found here.   OTHER ALTERNATIVES TO THIS ONE CAN BE FOUND HERE OR HERE. 

Sweater Weather

Here in the South our weather has been a little tumultuous.  It is mid November and we have had 75 and 40 DEGREE TEMPERATURES in the same week.  No wonder we have a hard time dressing appropriately!

PHOTO BY CAMERON POWELL

SWEATER - TORY BURCH / SKIRT - MADEWELL / SHOES - ALEXANDER WANG / BAG - LOUIS VUITTON

I don't know how you feel about bare legs in cooler temps,  but I am game for them if it is above 50.  After living in New England for a few years I think I have thicker skin, and then there is the fact that if I wear tights my cats think attacking my legs is a new kind of game.  I justified the bare legs with these completely impractical but fantastic flannel booties.  Now, I was an amazon woman in 5" heels and could only totter around for a little bit, but man these are amazing and my feet were warm. 

I bought this sweater out in Portland and immediately fell for its bold graphic print ( FOUND HERE ) It also reminds me of what I imagine Palm Beach was like in the 70s, so thank you Tory Burch!  The skirt is a year round go to for me, because it is lined cotton.  I also have a habit of buying in the same color family so I can pair items throughout the seasons.  This weather is just plain tricky to dress for,  SO IF THERE ARE any RULEs, I SAY just WEAR WHAT YOU LOVE!  

Summer To Fall

Even though we are nearing thanksgiving, here in the south we are still in transitional weather.  One thing that I have always found helpful is looking into my closet and seeing which items can mix seasons. I keep this question at the forefront of my mind when i am shopping for clients or for myself.  I also like to discern between trends and staples.  my closet is filled with many forever items (well forever as long as i can fit into them, haha) and only a few trend pieces.  it is easier for me to mix and match through out the year this way & more cost efficient.  My husband would be thrilled that I am actually putting that into writing!  

One key factor for a good transitional piece is the material.. This blazer material is Crêpe so it will breathe in the warmer months and insulate in the cooler.   Shown below is a "go to" outfit for me, which i feel could fit most body types.  it consists of: jeans, a blazer, and a fun bag.  TO make this outfit a little more casual I paired it with my favorite white tee,  if i had to run to a meeting,  i might pair it with a white dress shirt underneath.  the blazer and the jeans are some what tailored, so I kept the accent for my bag, and a sleek heel in the same color wheel house.  I am a little more conservative in my color choices here,  so it would be fun to have a colored heel too.   The beauty of self expression is there are no rules,  just let your personality shine through! 

Photo by Cameron Powell

Items shown: 

photo by cameron powell 

  1. white blazer : Helmut lang (No longer available)  --  shop here  & Here for a great alternative or here  for a timeless staple
  2. Jeans: madewell 
  3. white tee: aerie -- or something SIMIlar here
  4. belt: madewell 
  5. leopard clutch: j crew -- another option here 
  6. heels: celine  (No longer available) -- SIMILAR here , here or   here
 Photo by Cameron powell

Photo by Cameron powell