I love this soft color palette. Who says peach has to be springy. I love it coupled with the cool black & white and gray tones. It’s very peaceful. Life is just peachy!
One of my favorite things about my life is the fact that I get to live it with amazing people. I am blessed with incredible friends who each uniquely define what it means to have style! StyleLove is my way of highlighting their signature style and showcasing that beauty and style come in a million different flavors and forms.
She’s flirty, fun & free
(& kind & loving & beautiful & about a million other things)
LAH – How would you describe your style?
Janelle – I’ve spent a bizarre amount of time thinking about this question. I’ve got it boiled down to “romantic industrial retro gypsy.” Essentially that means that I have an equal weakness for flowy, feminine pieces which allow me to feel like a girl, and also a tougher, minimalist, aesthetic featuring an unhealthy amount of studs, zippers, and buckles. Throw in a bunch of clunky jewelry picked up from street stalls around the world and enough vintage day dresses to make a 1950s housewife proud, and you’ve got my style.
LAH – What/Who do you think has been the greatest influence on your style?
Janelle – Without question my biggest style influence is my mother. She modeled how to dress with ease and confidence, how to navigate Good Will bins and street markets and always walked away with steals, and taught me that you should always look for a deal, but be willing to splurge on yourself every once in awhile. She has an unflappable, unique style that’s all hers, and she taught me how to find mine for myself. She even managed to survive the 80s looking classy. If that isn’t impressive, I don’t know what is. The other two big influences on my style were definitely the years I spent in New York going to art school, and the years since then I’ve spent traveling as a grungy backpacker. I showed up in Brooklyn as a wide-eyed 18 year old way before the word ‘hipster’ was a thing, and got to a front row seat to a constant parade of people trying out their own style in often bizarre and usually inspiring ways. I got a lot braver, and also a lot more clear about what did and didn’t work for me, and for my body type. Then I left New York, and had to unlearn a lot of things. 🙂 When I started spending most of my year living out a backpack, I discovered just how many clothes I owned, and what I actually needed to still feel like I was dressing like myself, no matter where I was. I also discovered an enduring love for giant jewelry pieces I could pick up along the way. I love how much little things you bring home carry the memory of the place you found them.
When I was a kid and feeling overwhelmed with how stupid whatever I’d just said must have sounded or how awkward I was around the boy I liked, my mother used to tell me, over and over again, “Janelle, nobody thinks about you as much as you do.” It used to drive me absolutely batty, but now there’s nothing more comforting. I recite it to myself whenever I can feel myself acting insecure and embarrassed in a situation. It’s shockingly liberating to realize that you might spend an hour picking out an outfit for dinner, but the odds are that the people you’re with won’t actually remember what you wore next week. That offers a LOT of freedom to give yourself some grace. Nobody is watching as closely as you think they are.
As a very high F on the Myers-Briggs scale, I am more often than not a walking time bomb of emotions. Giving myself permission to feel what I’m feeling in that moment and acknowledge an emotion as valid instead of trying to stuff it down and just be stronger is probably the single most useful thing I’ve learned to date.
2) Get the help you need.
3) Take the steps you know to take.
My brain is usually going at warp speed thinking of new ideas, business ventures, zany art pieces which may never see the light of day… I used to find myself being constantly overwhelmed by all of the huge things I wanted to accomplish, and how little actually I seemed to be getting done. My very wise father helped me see that the way to break down a huge dream is to look for the next baby step which could move you tangibly forward. All you’re responsible for is to take the next step you can take. That’s it.
Isn’t she just amazing? She exudes joy and wonder. Her very existence challenges you to dream beyond what you’d previously thought. She’s a constant invitation to fun and freedom. I’ve been blessed time and again by her hugs, her heart and her wisdom. Her beauty is enthralling and I’m so grateful I get to call her my friend. My world is so much larger and more fun with her in it!
p.s. All photos are taken with my iPhone 5.
Despite what it might feel like today, Spring is most definitely on its way. With it comes sunshine, bright blue skies, birds chirping and an inexplicable urge to clean house. My wonderful friend Ella came over this past weekend and helped me with the completely overwhelming task of cleaning out my closet.After wrapping up my “No Shopping Challenge” last month, I realized that even without shopping for 6 months, I still had too many clothes. There is no reason I still need things in my closet from college. (Yikes!)
Ella asked me three questions as I was cleaning out my closet this weekend. Each helped me get rid of things I had been holding onto for far too long (3 huge bags worth actually).
1. Does it fit? Let’s be honest, how often do we hold onto things that sort of fit but we never actually pull it out of the closet because you don’t feel that comfortable or confident in it. Craziness!
2. Do you love it? This seems like a kind of crazy question to ask. Please know I don’t really love clothes the way I love my friends or any number of important things BUT that’s not an excuse to surround yourself with things that don’t make you feel good about yourself. You’re worth the few extra minutes of effort it takes to pull out something that makes you feel like you and gives you the extra boost of confidence to face your day. Don’t settle!
3. Is it your style? I took the opportunity while I wasn’t shopping to re-think what I wanted my personal style to be. In the past I would buy things because I wanted to shop or because it fit or because it was in style, but not necessarily because it was my style. It was actually kind of a crazy concept to me. Having a personal style. It felt like such a luxury and very grown up. Neither of which I particularly felt. One thing I realized however through this process is that I can have a personal style. I don’t have to wear things I don’t love. I don’t have to spend oodles of money to have a personal style either. Defining my style will actually help me regulate myself when the urge to go shopping strikes again. On top of that, defining how I want to present myself actually helps me clean house. Crazy how this applies in other areas of life too!
I love what Ella had to say about defining your personal style, “I often think about style as a sentence, ideally 3 words. If you look at my pinterest boards you’ll see some examples. Sometimes it’s “French-inspired Ease” or even a phrase like “Edge-Girl Next Door”. If you can find that based on what you like, every item in your closet should ultimately fit with that phrase or words. I’d love for you to be able to fall into your closet and anything you hit you’d love and would fit your style. I’d love that for every woman!“
You’d never believe that I pulled out more than 3 huge bags of clothes out of my closet to donate. I actually feel like I have more options now than I did before and it’s because I can now see what I have. It felt like Christmas morning as I discovered fun things I had forgotten were stuffed at the back of my closet.
I would highly recommend you make the most of this Spring-y weather and tackle your closet!
Out with the old and in with the new!
It’s such a good feeling. Who knows what you might find!
Can we just take a moment and talk about how much I adore Lupita Nyong’o?
She is radiant and absolutely beautiful.
She has graciously taken the world by storm, first with her absolutely breathtaking role in 12 Years A Slave (and oscar award winning… get it girl!) and now in just about every media outlet possible.
She not only sparkles with each smile, but when she opens her mouth the words are pure grace. I have to share this video with you. Her take on beauty is captivating and every little girl should hear it. Please watch.
“What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion.”
Ahhh…Don’t you just love her?!?!
I’m so excited to hold my first ever giveaway on the blog today! Yesterday’s hair tutorial with Ashlynn was so fun that I thought I’d give you the opportunity to try it at home yourself.
That’s why I’m giving away a set of Remington Style : Ceramic Compact Hot Rollers. They are the same kind that Ashlynn and I use and I thought it would be fun to share them with you.
All you have to do to enter is comment below and tell me about your best/worst hair story. Mine undoubtedly had something to do with spongy curlers and Saturday night as a kid.
The contest will close next Tuesday, January 28th at 5pm (EST). A winner will be randomly selected and announced the following Wednesday.
It should be noted the lovely people behind these spectacular hot rollers do not know know me or about this giveaway. I’m sure we’d be besties if we met, but this is not a sponsored post.
Photos provided courtesy of Lauren Modny Photography
Having girlfriends is the best.thing.ever. Someone with whom you can swap stories, giggle and share life’s wonderful moments. There’s so much wisdom that I have gained from the amazing women in my life; whether about the best product to get rid of dreaded frizz or advice on how to live my life with passion. My life is better because of the girlfriends in it. That’s why I started “Girl Talk“.
She has amazing hair. I mean, clearly. I asked her to share how she gets her drool-worthy curls on today’s “Girl Talk”. Take it away Ashlynn!
Step 1. Start with blown dry hair.
**hint** “second day” hair is best as the curl will hold better when your hair has more of its natural oil.
Step 2. Plug in your hot rollers and allow to set for at least 15 minutes for long or thick hair, 5-10 minutes should be sufficient for short or thin hair.
**hint** I use Remington Style – Ceramic Compact Hot Rollers
Step 3. Start at the crown of your head and wrap 1-2 inch sections of hair around each hot roller and secure with the pins provided.
**hint** i dab a little bit of gel (light hold) onto the sections of hair right before i roll them, you could use a light spray of hairspray as well.
Step 4. Repeat the curling process until you have wrapped all of your hair in hot rollers.
Step 5. Leave in for at least 30 minutes.
**hint** you can use this time to do your makeup or finish getting ready or pretend you’re a fabulous movie star.
Step 6. Starting at the base of your neck and working upwards, unwrap each roller in a spiral motion.
How fun! Thanks Ashlynn! Can’t wait to try it myself.
Stay tuned, tomorrow we have a special treat so you can try this yourself at home!
I’ve had the privilege of working with the wonderful people at the Bittersweet Zine over the past year or so. They highlight local issues and local efforts through a variety of creative means. I find their mission to use their skills/talents/experience to support meaningful work and initiatives completely inspiring.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to help style the Bittersweet Benefit launching their Good Gift Guide. It was such a fun event and I was thrilled to get to work with some truly creative geniuses including the amazing ladies behind LeRoy French and Either/Or Design.
and here’s a few fun shots from the setup.
Thank you so much to Bittersweet for letting me be involved! It truly is such a privilege to work with such an amazing group of people focused on using what is in their hands to change the world.
Photos provided courtesy of Erica Baker Photography.
I love making things pretty. I like fluffing pillows. Arranging the pictures just so. Having fresh flowers on every available surface. I remember when I first moved in with one of my friends, I would re-arrange the living room and all it’s contents on, at least, a monthly basis.
For a long time I didn’t affix any value to this skill. In fact, calling it a skill seemed laughable (still kind of does…actually). That being said, it has only been recently that I’ve realized this isn’t something that everyone loves to do and I am, in fact, pretty good at it. It is valuable because it brings joy, not just to me, but to the people that encounter it ,whether it be a styled party or warm, inviting room.
I truly believe that a beautiful space can communicate value to the person who enters.
That’s my goal any time I style a space, event or person.
I want to communicate value.
So here you have them in no apparent order (and I’m pretty sure I’ll think of more later)
1. Work with what you have – I don’t believe you have to buy a lot of new things each time you decide to host a party. Look at what is already in your house and try to envision it with new eyes. Don’t be afraid to give something a new purpose. Pull a few color coordinated books off the shelf and create a fun vignette on your mantle or coffee table. Raid your fridge for brightly colored fruit to add color to the center of your table. Once you start thinking this way the options are endless.
2. Start early – Give yourself the time you need to be creative. Don’t expect inspiration to strike the second you walk into a space. Creativity can take time. Don’t rush it. This one is probably the biggest challenge for me.
3. Don’t fall for it – Just because something is branded as “Christmas” (or Valentine’s Day or Wedding or…) doesn’t mean you have to buy it. Stores are smart and they count on you being a little bit lazy. You have a wedding shower to plan for, they put the little white napkins with white doves at the front of the shelf and mark it up five times. Don’t do it. Put down the napkins and step away from the holiday display.
4. Play – Styling a party or space isn’t an exact science. If you approach it as something you “have” to do you’re most likely not going to feel that creative. If you can remove some of the “have to” and realize that there’s no “wrong way” to it then I guarantee you’ll enjoy yourself so much more. You never know the great ideas you’ll have! Have fun!
Still not convinced and want help “styling” your next event? Contact me at Piccadilly. Let’s play!