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spotlight: beyonce and h&m

7 May

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Last week H&M released a new swimwear collection featuring the one and only, iconic Beyonce Knowles (aka Mrs. Carter).  The summer campaign features Beyonce in a few key pieces for the season and according to her are representative of, “the four elements – fire, water, earth and wind”.  In the press release made in March – H&M stated Beyonce is an ideal spokesperson for the campaign, demonstrating “the idea that all women can be all things: strong, vulnerable, sensual, maternal, fun, flirtatious.”  I couldn’t be more thrilled with H&M’s choice to feature Beyonce as a brand ambassador.  As a woman who emphasizes the importance of female empowerment through music, H&M will help send her powerful and vital message globally.  I’ll leave you with these lyrics from one of her songs….and a few beautiful shots from the campaign.  All swimwear available in stores now!  xx – #yoursoulstyle

Run the World (Girls):

Who are we? What we run? The world (who run this motha, yeah)
Who are we? What we run? The world (who run this motha, yeah)
Who are we? What do we run? We run the world! (who run this motha, yeah)
Who are we? What we run? We run the world
Who run the world? Girls

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photo credit: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

spotlight: tiny buddha blog

3 May

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Happy Friday!

The underlying Your Soul Style message is about empowerment through the vehicle of style and ensuring authenticity in self expression.  I began this blog to create a place where women could not only find style, trend and shopping tips, but also be encouraged, motivated and inspired to embrace their own individuality through it all!  I’m a firm believer that a confident, genuine sense of style and self-love go hand in hand and we cannot achieve one without the other.  I came across the article “How to Love Your Authentic Self” on the blog, Tiny Buddha which I wanted to share with you.  Lori Deschene is brave (and humble) enough to be open and honest about her journey to self discovery while also enlightening us with the wisdom she’s gained from her personal experiences.  None of us are perfect – I, myself sometimes challenged while managing (and filtering!) the outside and distracting noise that enters all our lives daily.  It is critical to look inward and raise the sometimes uncomfortable awareness to important questions along the way, ensuring we’re accepting our true selves.  It is here (and only here) where you can discover your soul style.  photo credit: here

Click here for the full article….

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend!  xx #yoursoulstyle

spotlight: muzungu sisters

25 Apr

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Earlier this week I posted this pic on instagram of an amazing bag that I found in Harper’s Bazaar.  While flipping through the mag it noticeably stood out on the page thus beginning the deep dive into where this piece of perfection had been sourced from.  Enter Muzungu Sisters!  Dana Alikhani and Tatiana Santo Domingo are the co-founders of the brand and their mission is to “promote fair labour practices by showcasing artisan-crafted goods from around the world”.   The online store was born in 2009 and Dana and Tatiana’s goal is to “shine a light on the rare artistry found in various communities, and to stimulate those local economies, all while providing customers with timeless, hand-selected items of impeccable quality and style.”  I have become an instant fan of the product (and philosophy) and I’m thinking you might too!  Shop the site here and read the bio behind each item – everything has a story.  I’m currently coveting these. *above photo via here

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the “new” gap

24 Apr

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If you are part of my generation (born in ’79) then you have at some point been a loyal GAP shopper.  I remember when they opened in my hometown I was over the moon.  It quickly became a staple spot for back-to-school basics and I’m pretty sure that at least 60% of my wardrobe was GAP in the early 90’s.  I’m still a fan, picking up styles like the new ‘sexy boyfriend‘ jean from this spring, but from an overall retail perspective they have missed the mark for the past few years and the brand identity has become a little, ahem – schizophrenic.  In speaking with a few people that I know at the company – GAP is getting back to its roots (and groove) of fashionable all american prep.   They have been working towards re-establishing themselves as the go-to destination we’ve all grown to know and love for the classics.  Rebekkah Bay, the companies new Creative Director may even be the new rival to J.Crews Jenna Lyons according to Connie Wang from Refinery29.  This coming fall we’re about to see this new vision and collection come to life.  Here are a few of my favorites from the fall 2013 look book.  What do you think?  xx #yoursoulstyle  *photo credit: here and here

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and the adventure begins (or continues)…

5 Apr

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Hello friends!  I hope you have had a lovely week.  Mine has been pretty cathartic since my corporate America career came to a close (yesterday was my last day as a 9-5’er).  I am ecstatic about this next step and look forward to new endeavors, especially the evolution of Your Soul Style.  You have all been a crucial part of this journey and have given me the courage to make this change so I thank you for that.  This community of women is what inspires me and the adventure has only just begun.  Stay tuned – I have just scratched the surface.  In the meantime, you know where to find me.  *photo via koray birand for harpers bazaar

Here are a few of my favorite links from the week that I thought you may enjoy!

I’ve watched this about 50x already this week.  THANK YOU from the bottom of our heart Brian (from sharkpig).  password: wonderful

I have always been a fan of these even though the past few years have trended differently.  What’s your take?

Can someone please tell me how I can get my hair to do this?

Now that I will be working from home, I’ll need some home office sprucing.  This and this look good.

I love when this happens before the season really takes off

I’ve been putting this off for a few weeks but I finally think I’m ready to do it again

If you’re a collector of items from around the globe, check this out

I hope you have a fantastic weekend planned ahead!  Stay beautiful, strong and inspired.

*follow me on instagram, facebook, pinterest and twitter!!

i love ny

25 Mar

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I’m a little late to the party when it comes to this Phillip Lim, “I Love Nueva York” tee since it was all over the street during Fall NYFW.   However in lieu of the upcoming DOMA and Prop 8 ruling by the Supreme Court this week  – I’m feeling extra thankful and lucky to be living in a state where my marriage is already recognized.  I am so proud to be a New Yorker and am hoping that the rights that I’ve come to know are extended to all and then some.

Sending tons of love, luck and support to all standing on the front line in Washington!

xx #yoursoulstyle

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  1. 3.1 Phillip Lim I heart nueva york tank, $115, net-a-porter.com
  2. Zara crossover trousers, $59, zara.com
  3. Persol suprema roadster sunglasses, $270, barneys.com
  4. Clare Vivier messenger bag, $363, shopbop.com
  5. Topshop leather biker jacket, $330, topshop.com
  6. Marni bracelet, $135, yoox.com
  7. J.Crew Collection everly calf hair wedges, $358, jcrew.com

read: fashion and feminism

14 Mar

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The fuel behind ‘your soul style’ is to send the message that you can achieve empowerment through style .  I have been on a relentless journey of self discovery and part of my learning (and growth) is that that self expression and empowerment are one in the same.  I want to continuously share this perspective with you so that if you haven’t fully embraced ‘your soul style’ yet – let me help you get there.  It is so important that women keep pushing forward because although we have made extensive progress – it ain’t over.  As part of this project I will be periodically sharing articles that are aligned with this mission.  This write-up by Leah Bourne at forbes discusses the double edge sword women have had to deal with while navigating through ‘gender politics’.  Click here for full article.   – xx #yoursoulstyle

white out

13 Mar

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As long as you’re not attending a wedding – white is always a fashion ‘do’.  There are silly rules around this color (or non-color, really) but I throw that ridiculousness out with the trash.  I stopped following the “no white after labor day” mandate when the style gods presented juicy sweatsuits as a popular trend in the late 90’s (click here for a memory refresher).  They lost all credibility.  If you’ve been a disciple of this fashion commandment – I think it may be time to embrace your inner rebel.  White is flattering on all skin types – it’s classic, polished and projects a pure and clean aesthetic.  How could the absence of color only be okay on a seasonal basis?  It’s not  – white is for every day, all year.  I promise you can’t go wrong.  *photos via pinterest

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the philosophy

24 Feb

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Hello friends!  I want to thank you for your support and encouragement while developing this site.  It means the world to have you by my side and I look forward to the continued building of our community.  I hope you have enjoyed this journey so far and I encourage you to stay on board to be part of the ride.  Like all things, ‘soul style’ will continue to evolve so I thank you in advance for your patience.  One recent change is the site name – you can now find me at yoursoulstyle.com.

Also stay tuned for ‘project soul style‘ which will launch in the coming weeks.  You can find information on the ‘project soul style’ tab on the home page.   Keep checking back and stay tuned!

Now as promised, the ‘soul style’ philosophy.

The ‘soul style’ movement is about self-expression through the vehicle of style.  From the beginning of time dress has symbolized culture, social grouping, profession, power, socioeconomic status, etc.  Indian women pierce their nose signifying beauty and marriage and the sari (both print and color) represents different meanings and implications.  Religious Jewish women cover their heads with a sheitel for modesty and in Japan the kimono is still prevalent despite westernization.  One could argue that these ladies have it easy – the homogeneous nature of their culture facilitating predetermined style choices.  Traditions prevail and choices are limited.  But what happens when you’re not part of a culture that lays it all out for you?  When you’re thrown into the fashion abyss and can choose anything with no rules or regulations – no boundaries and no parameters around how to define yourself?  How do you create your ‘soul style’?

The most important thing to remember when developing your sense of style is that you are only at your best when you are truly being yourself.  Looking at others and expecting to feel satisfied while copying them will eventually prove to be unsuccessful (*disclaimer – to copy and be inspired by are not the same thing).  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worn something after seeing it on someone else (or in a magazine) and wound up feeling completely out-of-place all day.  Has this ever happened to you?  You just feel off?  I’ve realized that not everything is going to connect even if it looks fabulous on the gal standing to my right.  It needs to be and feel like me!  ‘Soul style’ is about finding your own rhythm and determining what works best for you and only you.  Like the women of India and Japan you can also engage in traditions, but the best part about yours are that you can be the creator of them.

Join me on this journey and I will give you the tools to help you get there.

Personal style silently defines us which is why at soul style my goal is to make sure that you are shining through

xx – Jenny

**I dedicate this movement to my wife who creates the space to let me be who I am every day**

love like you mean it…

11 Jan

Love is everything – don’t you think?  Remember to dive in and love hard because the reward is SO worth the risk.  I hope you spend the weekend with the one you love (I know I will).  Happy Friday!!!

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