What does every woman dream of having? A style all her own; a look that gets her noticed for her fantastic flair for putting an outfit together; a personality to what she wears that reflects who she is; a distinctive characteristic to her wardrobe pieces. Style icons that come to mind when I think of distinct style (for better or for worse, you be the judge) are Vera Wang (black leggings and tunics), Kate Moss (leather and skinny jeans) or Jennifer Lopez (all about the glitz and glam!).
How can you acheive an individual style? Start by asking yourself some questions:
1. Understand what you like. Do you like fullness like ruffles, layers and chunky fabrics or do you prefer streamline fitted clothing?
2. Do you feel prettier in certain colors or prints? Do you always get a compliment when you wear a certain top? What makes that piece so special? Pay attention to your emotions when you are dressed. They will clue you in on your preferences!
3. Do you have a style icon? Which celebrity, athlete, relative or friend inspires you? What is it about their style that captures your attention?
4. What brand ads make you stop and look again? Which runways shows do you anxiously anticipate each spring and fall?
Once you’ve answered these questions, it may help to create a mood board to gather your thoughts and inspirations in one spot. Now, get started on reinventing your style!
The easiest place to start is with accessories. Based on your mood board and the answers to the questions above, purchase, borrow or re-purpose what you already own to create the same feel as your desired style.
A scarf can be worn in a variety of ways but if you prefer a more streamlined look, you won’t want to wear it knotted around your neck! A hat is a must-have but if you prefer a feminine style, a fedora is likely not the hat to make you feel like you are owning your individual style! Pay attention to details and how pieces are worn!
Jewelry is another accessory to look at. If you prefer a quirky kick to your individual style, try pieces that are engraved with a fun saying. If you want to go glam, look to the gemstones for color and bling! If you prefer a more edgy look, invest in pieces that are unique and imperfect!
I always think it best to invest in handcrafted and smaller brands because the masses won’t be wearing what you are. Lisa Lehmann, the designer behind Studio Jewel, is someone who understands individuality. She owns her look and is passionate about creating pieces that will help you own your look!
Case in point…the Recycled Sterling Wire Silver Ring. I LOVE this ring. I’ve had my eye on it for something like a YEAR! Lisa recently sent me one to own and love. I wear it often and forget it’s on because it is so very light! Isn’t it fabulous?
If that’s not your style, Studio Jewel offers many hand designed pieces. You are able to customize designs and truly make them your own. What better way to start building your individual style in 2012? Skip the mass produced pieces and go for special…like you!
Because Lisa is so awesome and full of life, she is super excited to offer one winner a $60 gift certificate to purchase what they’d like from Studio Jewel! Get the new year started in style!
Entry 1 (mandatory): Visit Studio Jewel on Etsy and leave a comment below with the names of your 3 favorite pieces.
While I have MANY faves, these are my top 3:
The Word of the Year Leather Wrap Bracelet is so meaningful because YOU pick the word that goes on the design. For 2012, my word is FOCUS. I’m on a mission to live in the moment, focus on the present and stop being so distracted by all I have to get done. It’s a much for efficient and enjoyable way to live!
I love this personalized Medical Alert Bracelet for my daughter. Who said a medical bracelet had to be ugly? A truly meaningful gift for someone with a medical condition or a stylish option for yourself if you need one!
Finally, I’m a HUGE fan of rings! These simple Silver Stacking Rings, with their hammered shape, are pure perfection.
* if you do entry 2 and/or 3, please leave a comment below so I know you did so!
Deadline to Enter:
January 12 @ 11:59 PM PST
Winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours from the time the email was sent to respond and claim the prize. Failure to do so results in a new winner being selected.
It’s time to start honing in on your best look yet! It’s time to be you and celebrate your individual style!