Discover Your Personal Style

Personal style is generally a byproduct of your lifestyle choices – your occupation, where you live and how you spend your time. For instance, if you work in a bank, what you wear will be much different, than if you coach athletics. And if you live in Alaska, your clothing choices will be different than if you live in Hawaii.

So some of “personal style” is dictated… but you’re still you. You have a voice in this! Don’t get lost following trends or in the fleeting satisfaction of an impulse buy. Here’s a quick and easy way to find your unique personal style:

  1. Decide who inspires you. This can be a celebrity, a mentor, a fictional character… whatever… it’s all about you!
  2. Put a “mood board” together. Pinterest is an easy tool to use for this, just pull outfits that inspire you. Do a search for ‘your celebrity’ and pull your favorite “looks”. If you’re more comfortable with old school… go through fashion magazines and pull your favorites outfits out. Keep them in a notebook, journal, or file as reference. You’ll start noticing trends. You like plaids… or not. You prefer silk to wool. You like bold color. You’re “urban”, “athletic”, “hollywood glam”, “beachy boho”, “casual chic”, “country”, “traditional”. Anyway, you get the picture… put a label on it!
  3. Most importantly. Find your Signature. This is your constant. It might be an accessory, like a hat, purse, vintage jewelry, sunglasses, or it could be your hair color/style, ’50’s style red lips, Vanessa nails.
  4. Next purge your closet of items that don’t fit your style.
  5. Then the party begins. Put outfits together that fit your style. Review your “mood board” for inspiration.

Voila, personal style demystified! Let me know what your personal style is.

“Change Your thinking and you’ll change Your world.”

Although I don’t agree with everything Norman Peale authored, I think this particular quote is relevant when you’ve decided to make a lifestyle change. We’ve all heard that we should be positive, rid ourselves of toxic behaviors… but how exactly do we do that? Change your thought processes to change your mind set, ultimately changing your behaviors.

We begin developing thoughts, beliefs and attitudes about ourselves from birth. Your “mind set” is how you’ve habitually responded to a situation. Your life experiences have brought you to this point. If you’re happy with where you’re at in the world, then you’ve probably already learned how to change your thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes in order to succeed. If not… try these simple exercises.

  1. “Change your language and you change your thinking with the use of daily Affirmations and Actions. ” (from Life Coaching Activities & Powerful Questions by Phyllis Reardon
  2. Add “Yes, I can!” to your self-help vernacular. (I can’t thank my gymnastics coach enough for instilling the “yes I can” mindset with me at a very early age! It gave me a “can do” attitude that helped me through life’s challenges and was a fundamental factor in my successes.

Let me know how you’ve changed your world!