How to Multiply Your Outfits

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Being able to dress well and wear the same pieces for different purposes is the best part of building a wardrobe that works for you.

Today I want to share a video that shows you how easy it can be to multiply outfits without breaking the bank. But before we get into that let’s talk about taking care of our body and soul in the process.

Before you get dressed take a moment to check in with your body.

Ask yourself how you are feeling and how you want to feel. If you want to feel motivated and sexy but woke up feeling lethargic and a bit grumpy, make a clear choice on what feelings you want to enhance, support, release, and protect.

Sometimes it's good to step out of your comfort zone and to let the feeling of the fabric lead the way. You’ll be able to sense what feels good and what feels off. If you are comfortable, wear it and own it but if it is really not comfortable don’t wear it out of the house.

I am sure you can remember some point in your life where you wore something you really loved but it was so uncomfortable that it kinda ruined the event you were attending or it was just a bit harder to have a great time. Let’s promise to put this in the past because style and comfort can be intermixed.

Ok, let’s talk style!

When you are getting ready to revamp your wardrobe, find your inspiration first.

In the video, my inspiration was a beautiful choker necklace that had rose colored beads running down the front of it. I loved it's exotic and bohemian style and knew that I wanted to look for pieces with the same vibe.

By the time I went shopping for my client I already knew the textures and tones I was seeking so this made shopping a breeze.

For this session, I choose to purchase:

  • 2 full standing outfits: 1 black romper and 1 rose jumpsuit.

  • 2 jackets: 1 structured safari jacket and 1 bohemian, flowy and feminine wrap.

  • 2 spaghetti strap blouses with lace detail: 1 black and 1 rose.

  • 1 long silver textured skirt

Watch the video to see how I used these 7 items to make 13 stylish outfits

 
 

I would love to hear from you.  Share your outfit struggles with me!

Xo

Carrie

How to Organize Your Closet for Seamlessly Stylish Mornings

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I think most women struggle with getting dressed in the morning.

Maybe your closet is overstuffed with clothes you don’t wear or that don’t fit anymore.

Or maybe you throw on the same uniform every day (whether it’s yoga pants or job attire) with little thought.

Getting dressed in the morning can be a joyful experience.... seriously.

What you need is a system to simplify + streamline the process of getting dressed to ensure you always look incredible in the least amount of time possible.

Unfortunately, chaotic closets and being unsure of your soul style stands in the way of many women having seamless experiences when it comes to dressing themselves. At the best of times, you might throw something on in a rush and ignore the fact that you feel uncomfortable or even stressed out in what you have on.

Watch the video or read below to learn how to organize your closet and a new way of dressing yourself

 

 
 

Here are my 4-Step Process for Organizing Your Closet Easily and Efficiently:

Step 1 - Have 1 or 2 hanging racks for shorter items such as shorts, pants, t-shirts, etc. They can stack directly on top of each other so that you can look right at them and see everything.

Step 2 - Have 1 hanging rack for long clothes such as long dresses, long skirts, jackets, etc.

Step 3 - Organize your closet Left to Right: Dark to Light. This will allow you to categorize your clothing into color zones.

Step 4 - Organize each color zone by fabric and lastly by sleeve length.

Extra Tip: Be Intentional with Your Labels

I keep all of my labels to the right because this means you are facing the future. If you keep your labels facing the left, it means you are looking back. If the labels are intermixed, it means that you are confused. It’s important to be intentional with your labels because let’s face it: we can use all the support we can get.

How to use your closet every morning:

It might sound weird to think of “using” your closet - but there are some rituals you can use to make getting dressed the inspirational start to the day you need to show up with a confident and centered presence all day long.

Ritual 1 - Know how you feel before you enter your closet.

Do you feel joyful, edgy, sensitive and/or vulnerable?

The purpose here is to determine what color and fabric of clothing will best support you before you even walk into your closet. Every morning, take a moment to connect to your body and ask yourself how you feel and how you will adorn yourself to achieve the results you are looking for today.

For example, if I am feeling edgy I might want to wear black, burgundy, or edgy jewelry. If I am feeling sensitive, I might want to wear an oversized sweater with tights. If I need to go to a meeting, I might pull it in with a nice belt. It all depends on who your audience is for the day.

Ritual 2 - Feel your clothes and give your body what she wants

When you open your closet and go to the color zone, you’ve decided on, start touching your clothing.

What feels good to you? A soft cashmere, tight sweater, or something else? Try it on and if it feels right and like it’s protecting your emotions, then go for it.

Carve out some free time in your schedule to get to know what your body needs and wants.

Try on different fabrics and see what they will do for you. The structured button-up shirt will give you a completely different feeling than a trendy concert t-shirt so play around a little.

See how your clothing makes you feel, so you already know what to turn to when.

And if you're majorly overwhelmed when opening your closet, get some help transforming it into a style sanctuary that inspires and delights you.

The Power of Knowing Your Style Archetype

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Style isn’t a frivolous hobby. It’s about the way you show up for yourself in the world. I am going to illustrate the concept of Style Archetype and how it transforms methods of dressing and choosing clothes that represent your true style.

What is your Style Archetype?

It’s your alter ego. It’s your story plus the future vision you hold of yourself which meet to help you manifest the true you.  

The power of knowing your Style Archetype

Your style archetype is who you are, it’s your story. It’s the things you’ve worked through or experienced in the past to get to who you are now.

But, it’s also the future you and where you desire to be. You are constantly fine tuning that and what that looks like.

You can slowly track forward towards the future you, who you desire to be, while still staying authentic to who you are because the minute you disassociate from who you are, you send out these reverberating signals that you are not telling the truth.

And once you start trying to build your personal brand, if you're misrepresenting or blocking your authentic self, and not staying true to your own vulnerable story, people will be able to tell that something's misaligned.

But the minute you get into your story and start moving towards that future you, you will find this clear, concise, authentic way to relate to yourself and the rest of the world. You'll have no vulnerability shame around speaking about your obstacles in life.

For example, I can talk about my worth and value my issues now because I know that I am a fierce warrior that has gone through a million crazy things. Often, it's the most capable and smartest women who feel imposter syndrome, and by identifying your style archetype and connecting to your body differently, you can begin to solve this problem.

Meet Anastasia Durbala

I’m excited to introduce you to Anastasia. She was a participant in the first round of Create Your Soul Style, and I’ve loved watching how she’s embraced her style archetype to transform the way she dresses and chooses clothes.

Anastasia has got this very pristine way of executing her life.  She has gotten crystal clear on her story and her process, so she was able to move past her style hangups and show up in a more confident and authentic-to-her way.

She’s really soaring forward and owning her style archetype - the Chic Maven.

Her take on the Style Archetype process
Style archetype: Chic Maven

What happened once you knew your style archetype?

"I started to feel like once I knew my style archetype, I knew that I wasn’t playing up to my fullest potential. When you wake up one day and feel like, “Look at my body,  I’m having a little bit of a hard time today!” You know you’re having a hard time accepting yourself. When you know your style archetype, you can instead say, “I am a chic maven, and it doesn’t matter what my body looks like. This is how I feel, and this is who I am.”

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Carrie helps you learn to listen to what your body needs to handle the day. Establishing my style archetype of Chic Maven has helped me hone in on the support of structured clothing that has personality through asymmetrical design. Some days you need to be more “on” for client meetings, while some days you need to be resting and restoring. Each day calls for different clothes. For me, I learned that structure with stretch works well for me on the client meeting days. I stand up straighter and feel the strength of my core carrying me through the day. On a day of rest, I found that what my body needs is softness and support. That might mean a soft cotton top with leggings.

Carrie has created a sacred space that makes it safe for you to share with the other participants in the group where you are at in the process and what you are experiencing. The exercises that Carrie takes you through allow her to discern what might work for you as you discover your style archetype. She is with you each step of the way.

If you want to start seeing results like Anastasia has, join us for my Create Your Famous Vibe 5-Day Masterclass!

This live masterclass series will take place from Monday, September 18 through Friday, September 22.

Cost = $0!

Register now and mark your calendar.

We’re going to be diving into:

  • Identifying your position in the marketplace (are you a motivator or a supporter?)
  • Using the principles of fascination to cultivate your dream business without overworking yourself or putting on a mask
  • Projecting your true inner beauty and power in an outward-facing world
  • How to develop your inner leader so you achieve your goals with grace
  • Engaging with your newfound success in way that’s sustainable

Let’s dive deeper in your personal style archetype and how it can help you magnetize your brand.

Yes! I want to learn a simple process for attracting tons of my ideal customers to me!

It’s gonna be fun!

 

xo

Carrie

I'm Woman Shaped, Thank You!

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Hey Beauty,

Are you tired of being compared to fruit when it comes to the style industry talking about our bodies? Yes? Well, so am I!

Let’s talk about a better way of defining your shape, accepting and loving yourself, and finding your true style.

Picture walking down the street feeling beautiful. At this moment, you have three wants: to feel beautiful, comfortable, and confident. All of a sudden, you catch a glimpse of yourself in the reflection of a grocery store window full of fruit:

You - Fruit - You - Fruit.

 
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You thought you were this powerful woman, but instead, you think you’re an Apple. Bloated belly and stick legs.

This is one way of the many ways the style industry has brainwashed women and done us wrong.

The Apple and the Pear

Most fashion leaves us feeling fruity and a little cray-cray. I mean, how many systems have taught us to look at our bodies like, “Am I an apple body? Am I a pear body?”

How the hell are you supposed to relate to your body when it’s likened to a piece of fruit?

And I don’t know if you know, but it is really hard to style a piece of fruit. How can you be happy with your body if you’re looking at it like an apple or a pear?

Your body is filled with ENERGY & EMOTIONS. You have lived through some shit. Your body is trying to tell a story, and sometimes it gets confusing. It’s not about fruit, it’s about how you feel….

My own story

When I was at my sickest, I always thought, “What am I? I’m like a big round belly with stick legs.” I was looking at my body that way, rather than relating to my body as organic material, made up of cells that are compiled together so I can create something in life.

To create something in my life, I need to be dressing in something that makes me feel super functional and powerful, not thinking about which fruit my body shape resembles.

What to do instead

1. When you stand in front in a mirror, do you like what you see? Do you really see an apple? Do you really see a pear? No, you see a human being that has lines, structure, ripples, elegance, and a vivacious life force.

Instead of looking at it like, “How do I fit this body into an article of clothing?” it’s more about, “How do I adorn my body to enhance what I have going on?

2. The better way is to connect to your body and find where your energy and your emotions are stored and what you need to support and enhance yourself.

You can consider whether you need to protect something or release something, so you can understand the elements of style that you need on that given day. It’s a very on-point intuitive process. It doesn’t have to be a lengthy analysis, it’s more of feeling into what you are feeling.

You can ask yourself, “What am I feeling? Did I feel anxious this morning? Do I need to feel more supported?”

After considering your emotions and energy, you might choose to wear some tight high-waisted pants to help you stand tall and a flowing shirt to feel relaxed. If you need to feel more confident, you can wrap a belt around yourself or wear a fun, cool, flowing dress.

The architecture of your body is less about what it looks like and more about how it feels.

Some questions to ask instead of What shape am I?

  • What am I feeling right now?

  • Where am I feeling it?

  • What do I need?

  • Do I need to feel more relaxed?

  • Do I need to feel more supported?

  • Do I need to feel more energized?

Consider what you need to be effective and powerful for that day. You might decide on some kick-ass pants and a silk shirt that make you feel like the goddess you are, so you can rock your day!

When you wake up tomorrow and are getting dressed for the day, try looking at your body in another way. Ditch what the fashion industry tells you and get into the energy and emotions of your body and what is best for you on this level.

If you are ready to stop putting yourself last and you want to get started on on your style journey, join the Create Your Famous Vibe Masterclass.

I can't wait to see you there!

xoxo

Carrie

Your Guide to Crystal Clear Style

Hey Beauty,

My aim is always to give you (and all of my clients and community) my very best tips, tricks, and advice for getting crystal clear on your unique style, so you have the clarity and confidence to light up a room!  

Identifying your true style and dressing in a way that makes you feel good is all about your energy, emotions, and the story of your life. It’s true - finding your style is much deeper than picking out something you kind of like from the sale rack.

But the effort is worth it. Because once you understand what’s behind your energy and emotions, like where you store emotions, you’ll know how to dress your body in a way that supports, enhances, releases, and protects it.

You’ll feel more comfortable and more confident. You’ll know what exactly what to wear each day and what to buy because you’ll know what you're trying to accomplish with your body and life. Style can be a direct doorway to becoming the woman you've always wanted to be (and, deep down, always known you were).

Why are we victims of the fashion system and what can we do about it?

We are constantly reaching outside of ourselves to see how we fit in the world instead of going inside to figure out how we can accommodate and adorn our own body. As women, we have learned what the world will offer us based on how we show up and how we create our aesthetic.

One day you might be inspired to try a new trend or notice your favorite celebrity has pulled off a look you think is cute, but when you try it on for yourself it just doesn’t feel good or look the same, so you can start to go into negative self-talk. We’ve all been there.

The problem isn’t how your body fits into the clothes, it’s that the clothes aren’t right for your body or your energy.

Once we get comfortable in our skin by getting crystal clear on our style, we become a magnet for the rest of the world. We know exactly what to ask for. We know what we want to buy because we have a clear idea of what colors feel good.

We gain a clear understanding of what aesthetic architecture we prefer and what cut our clothes need to have. We know what we need because we are in touch with our emotions and therefore know what our body needs for support, how it needs to be enhanced,  what needs to be released, and how to protect ourselves from our vulnerabilities.

The three most common frustrations with style involve:

  • Time

  • Money

  • Patience

A lack of any or all of these three things makes you feel like you are not enough or not worth it. When this feeling comes up, you begin to feel frustrated or hopeless. You feel like you will never find the right clothing to make you feel empowered and positive.

When this happens, we tend to go back to the old and dreary. We might not go out because we feel like we have nothing to wear. We can't make progress in our career because we can’t figure out what to wear to project ourselves as the competent, confident women we are. We won’t expand our social circle because we're so frustrated with what we're wearing that we don't put ourselves out there, or when we do, it's a half-hearted attempt.  

Throughout my work, I have learned that when you replace these 3 common frustrations with my 3 new style resolutions, your self-worth shifts to a better place and style just comes naturally.

Your NEW Style Resolutions:

1. Love your body right now exactly as it is ~ Acceptance and Clarity

  • Dress for yourself now. It will make your whole life better because you’re surrounding yourself with beauty. You’re wrapping yourself in beauty, and you’re not creating the energy of, “I’m not enough,” or “I am not worth it.” You are saying I AM WORTH IT in every area of your life. 
  • Stop putting your life on hold. Make the most of every moment, love your body, let it hold you high as you live your best life in this very moment. Not next week when you lose that next pound or find that perfect dress. 
  • The reason you'll know what to buy is that you're connected to your body in a new way. You will know how to enhance positive energy, support an emotion, or decrease a sensation. You create a new relationship with how you feel inside yourself so that you can stand in the most effective and powerful form of you. 

2. Know exactly what to ask for ~ Confidence and Clarity

  • o you can walk into a store and save time by going directly to the sales associate who is ready and waiting for you. Rather than saying you don’t need help, you can say, “I need a deep V neck shirt or a long flowing dress, preferably with a floral print.”
  • o you know with confidence and clarity how to tell the people that are there to help you how they can help you. Because often people walk into a store and they don’t know what they want, and they let the people in the store get creative with them. But that person doesn’t know you. They haven’t spent time analyzing your whole life to give you the recommendations that work for you. So you have to be the one driving when making the decision about what to buy.
  • big mistake women make is not knowing what to buy because they don’t know what their style is. We end up with a closet full of clothing for 13 different women with 13 different personalities while the clothes sit there with the tags still on.

3. Know exactly what to buy ~ Focus and Clarity

  • f someone is super style-challenged, this is about insecurity. They are disconnected from  their bodies, so they just can’t see the bigger picture.
  • For those people who scream, “I can’t do this! I don’t like shopping. I’m not made for this,” I teach them to go back and ask their body what it needs because your body will tell you every time. It’s just a matter of whether you listen.

Through my work, I’ve learned that when you solve these three things, it ultimately shifts your self-worth and value equation. You learn you are the prize, and I love that.

If you are ready to stop putting yourself last and you want to get crystal clear on your style, download my 10 Ways guide for more soulful style inspiration.
 

Cheers,

Carrie

 
 

Do You Have VPL?

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Hey, Beauty,

This is really serious. Have you ever suffered from VPL?   It’s so frustrating. It can ruin any woman’s day no matter what goes right. You might even want to tear your clothes off.

So many women have it and have no idea how to fix it. It’s a sore spot for us to try and figure out what to do about it.

What is it?

VPL is VISIBLE PANTY LINE. It’s that nasty fold that pops out through your pant material when you wear the wrong kind of underwear with your best pair of pants or skirt.

But I found a cure-all freeing you from the panty line shame. Seamless is the way to go. Yes, my years of research, fittings, and working with clients have taught me that the pantyline ripple can be such a bummer when you put on a great outfit!  With age and a little less activity we tend to get a little softer around the edges. I know I still want to feel held in, though, with no riding up my crack! I want to feel supported and comfortable, yet elegant and chic.  

Well, now it’s possible. I reached out to my friend Andrea who owns Aristelle, a fabulous lingerie store. We dove into the thick of it. The results are on my curated brief, thong, and boyshort list below. Be sure to read through to the end, as I have a little gift for you.

You must check these out. I created multiple options for everyone, but I will let you know my favorites and why.

Okay, do you think you have VPL?

I know you don’t want to see the softness of your bum push through the line of your panty, right? You can go for the more full-coverage options or the skimpier options - I have them all listed below. Just in case you want to feel a little more sexy, I threw in some special lace options, too!

Let’s dive in! Say no to VPL…..panty lines no more!

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These are my go-to favorite panty on the market. Yup, my #1 choice. After 11 surgeries around my belly, I need a little extra love sometimes. Plus the seam just disappears into thin air. They stretch and release with ease at every breath. Made entirely of soft stretch knit, this style adapts to your body for a custom fit.  Flat bonded finishes make this style seamless and invisible under any outfit. You can’t go wrong, it’s perfect for any size (and if the high waist is not for you, they come in briefs, too.   Click here) You will never guess the price. It’s a steal at $18. You will love. I own a few of these!


If you are looking for a little support with a little sexy these will be your go-to! The back is smooth as silk with great stretch. The front is strong and soft lace. I love the feel, but I didn’t love how the lace hit my thighs. The sizes come in S/M or M/L and I just don’t quite fit into them. But they do sexify the under-look at $38. Maybe for special occasions!

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Sometimes the brief just doesn’t work for ya. I know, the covering the bum with anything can be annoying. I always keep thongs in stock in my privé drawer for these moments. What I love about these Hanky Panky undies is they are high-waisted! Yes, you too can have it all for just $23


KNOCKOUT is a new brand to me. These smart panties are my other new favorite!!! If you want the softest, most comfortable thing ever, this is a must. The lace is divine and it’s a little higher than your average thong. If you have had a cesarean, I can bet this will feel nice against your scar. Oh, and did I mention the panty has a moisture wicking cotton seat? Kinda amazing at $28. I got these, too!


These super comfy, sexy, and very elegant babies are great for date night!  Or when you want to feel an extra pep in your step. The flattering lace pattern adds effortlessly chic flair to your lingerie collection.


Where would the world be without Commando? I have tons of friends and clients that love them. I’ll be honest: if you are above a size 10, the M/L just won’t fit. Even when I was a size 6, it was a struggle for me to get comfortable. But with that being said, I would be remiss to leave them off the list. Going Commando sets many a woman free!  And they come in a cute little box, so they make great gifts!

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These are my 2nd favorite panty. They are beyond soft lace. They feel very sexy, but not too over-the-top.  These are named Cheeky for a reason, and I love me a brazilian cut boyshort. They create a great arc over the bum, and if you pull them up over the hips like I do, the deep V feels luscious and sexy around the belly. These are an absolute steal at $12. Stock up on these, my friend. I am a size large, and these are true to fit. I love that they come in an XL, too. I couldn’t resist these either!


These Hanky Panky’s were my first-ever lace boyshort. I love the feel of them. It’s protective and comfortable, but not too bulky or heavy. My biggest challenge is there is often a small panty line on material that is lighter. I save these for lounging around in my robe. I love the comfort and delicateness of them. You really can’t go wrong with any Hanky Panky! I have bought many of these over the years.


Nothing like soft, sturdy lace and a smooth bum seam to make you fall in love with these beauties! They would be an everyday panty for sure. My only struggle was the waistline seam didn’t have enough stretch for me in a size large. But if you are cut around the hips, then you will fall in love with these.  


A biker short?! Say what! Yup, these are like no other. They are not Spanx, but they give you the soft hug and hold in from hip to knee. You def will not have VPL in these, and you can expand and contract over a week of events and under many dresses!  This everyday short shapes up right where you need it. It targets your tummy with an ingenious shaping zone, smooths through hips and thighs, and gives your butt a lovely lift. You’ll love the soft fabric, which stays comfy all day long. I could not resist trying these for some extra love and support down below!  Plus they are only $36.

 

So just to review, my top 3 suggestions are:

Chantelle Soft Stretch Seamless Full Brief
 

The beauty of being in the know is getting a free gift or a discount. So for the next month, until 9-30-17, you will be able to shop online or go into the store and use my 10% off discount code on underwear and shapewear bottoms.  Just click below and enter your email to get access to the code.

Enjoy the Panty Ride!  And just say no to VPL!

Xoxo
Carrie
 


 
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How to Dress for Your Brand

First things first, when you’re building a personal brand and up-leveling your already successful business, the best way to begin is to start with YOU.

Once you’ve built a brand that’s aligned with the essence of who you are, building a look, a feel, a wardrobe, or a style based around it is the easy next step.

Colors, style, flow, clothing that fits with your mission and values, textures on your site - all of it will be aligned and cohesive so that when people land on your site (in the vast sea that is the internet!), they stay.

They stay because they feel who you are through the images and the 2-D version of you becomes 3-D in their minds.

There’s congruency.

And this is the magic that I work to achieve with each and every one of my styling clients.

What to Do (An Insider’s Look at My Process)

I specialize in working with business owners, corporate elite and public figures who seek to embody their brand so that it comes out in every interaction with their audience.

I specialize in working with business owners, corporate elite and public figures who seek to embody their brand so that it comes out in every interaction with their audience.

Here’s how it usually goes:

1) Do an assessment of your body

What are your favorite features? What are your not-so-favorite features? Why?

Knowing this will help you choose clothes that play up those strengths.

From my 10 Style Tips for Everyday: Follow your lines. So often my clients come to me saying they feel fat or frumpy and 9 times out of 10, they are wearing clothes that are too big. Follow the architecture of your body. Let the fabric fall onto your body in the shape that you are… it’s as easy as holding a shirt up to your frame and seeing if it is too square, too round or too trim.

2) Create a customized body map

This is my signature style kinetics of aesthetics process where we look at how your body experiences emotions and energy.

When I’m working with clients, I’ll go through their body map to view their story through the lens of their bodies (not just through the lens of their minds). The body tells a story if you’re up to listening to it.

The process provides us with clues with how to wrap our bodies in clothes that support us.

3) Classify sections of our bodies where we need to enhance, release or protect

With each body part, ask yourself whether you want to enhance, release or protect it.

For example, when I’m feeling tired and need to be productive in meetings I will wear high waisted pants to support my lower belly.  I will also wear a flowy shirt that allows me to move with ease and stay relaxed as I call the shots throughout the day!

4) Develop your style archetype

This is where we start to look at the intersection of your brand and personal style.

It’s important to know your brand mission, although it’s less important to have your brand clearly defined at this point as it usually shifts slightly from this deep work.

If your brand and personal style were to have a love child, how would you characterize it?

What’s an archetype that captures the essence of both?

For myself, I’m a Boho Warrior.

This means that I see the ultimate version of myself as a justice-seeking artist on a nomadic freedom journey. Having this identity to connect with gives me a deep mission and impacts how I show up in the world.

It’s also a filter that I can use to choose clothes that resonate with this identity. I can build architecture and structure into my pieces.

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5) Consciously curate your perfect wardrobe

With this new information in hand that takes your body architecture, your body map, your brand and your style archetype into account, choose pieces that fill the requirements.

I like to call this part of the process the modern-day hunt.

When I work with my clients, I’ll will send them new clothes that fulfill their dreams and allow them to feel more comfortable and confident in their bodies.  So often my clients walk away feeling refreshed and renewed, not only with new knowledge about themselves, but a new personally curated wardrobe.  Meeting their style goals becomes an outward manifestation of their inner desires!

The Whole Point of this Process?

You’ll feel so comfortable in who you are and what you’re about that the essence of you will seep into every aspect of your brand.

 

How do you dress for your brand?

Let me know, what does your style say about your brand to your potential clients and customers?  I’d love to hear from you. 

Leave a comment down below.

 

xo

Carrie

 
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Your End of Summer Bucket List

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The end of summer is upon us, but before you start pulling out the sweaters, boots and pumpkin-spice everything, take the opportunity to check these items off your summer bucket list.

 

To Wear:

The only style rule for summer? Just have fun and don’t take anything too seriously!

Flowy dress that’s so yummy
Like this one from Innika Choo, Australian Bali-based designer.

 
 

Beach cover-up 
I love this one from Roberta Roller Rabbit

 
 

Giant, floppy hat
Here’s one that I’ve been crushing on from Free People

 
 

Full-piece bathing suits
Accentuate all the right places with this one from Soma

 
 

To Experience:

While the days are still long, squeeze in one (or more) of these quintessential summer activities!

 

Take a list trip to the market to gather all your favorite summer veggies.

My go-to’s include watermelon, peaches, blueberries, kale and swiss chard.

 

 

Try stand-up paddle boarding or go for a leisurely bike-ride.  Basically, just bask in the sun and get those limbs moving.

 

 

Pack a basket and go on a summer picnic.

In my picnic basket this summer, you’ll find Canyon Road Gluten Free Bread, Applegate turkey and havarti cheese with sweet apple relish, blueberries, watermelon-infused water, and I never leave home without my Yeti Rambler 10 oz. Lowball

You might find a bottle of Whispering Angel summer water in there, too!

Lay out a towel and get in some beach reading time.

Here are the books I’ve been reading this summer:

Drums of Autumn book 4 in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

GUT by Giulia Endres


To Taste:

On the menu before summer ends? Anything fresh with a little Rose...

Watermelon

Berries

Summer veggies

Fish

Favorite summer cocktail

One I’ve been known to enjoy: Whispering Angel

 
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So there’s my end of summer bucket list. What’s on yours?  Leave a comment down below, I love hearing what other summer experiences are out there!

xo

Carrie

 
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The Best Accessory You've Got (you were born with it)

Hey Beauty -

I want to talk to you today about hair.

A.K.A. the best accessory that also happens to be with us all the time.

And there’s a reason they say that when you’re having a great hair day, it’s a great day, period.

I remember when I experienced my first hair insecurity. Four years ago I got sick and ended up losing a ton of hair.

Up until that point, I’d kind of taken my mane for granted. Losing it felt like a part of me had been stripped away.

The same thing’s happened to other women in my inner circle - my mother, friends during postpartum, family members coming out of chemotherapy.

That’s why I’m so excited to be partnering with Monat and their Renew, Revitalize and Restore hair care line.

I first heard about the products through an old NYC friend. We had a great visit at her new home in Phoenix this winter. She didn’t tell me she was hiding something. But in June she texted me this picture.  

 
 

Yup, she had lost a lot of her gorgeous silky hair from postpartum hair loss. What a shocker. But after only 3 months, she has seen incredible results and finally feels confident again.

For myself, the whole line has been life-changing. I have been keeping my hair short for a while, trying to find a way to grow it back out. After using it, I went from short, brittle, thin hair to now growing out my luscious locks. It’s growing fast, and it’s growing healthy! I am saying yes to the new-found hairline and more body!

Oh, and did I mention it smells amazing? As a chemically sensitive person, I am really limited on what I can put on my body.

And even if hair is something you’re not worried about, these products will help it remain something you never need to worry about.

 
 

I might be a bit hair-obsessed, but I now have a tried-and-true hair routine that is helping grow my hair--and making it look better than it ever looked before:

1.  Revive Shampoo

This is the shampoo you want when you desire bombshell volume. Revive is designed with fine, limp, lifeless hair in mind and is on a mission to increase volume, bounce, vitality & brilliance. The different cleansers are layered and work in concert to leave your strands clean, hydrated, and pumped up.  

Revive helps increase hair health, density, and scalp health. You'll enhance volume and provide your strands with weightless moisture for sky-high style. What's that? I couldn't hear you over the volume of my hair. Ingredients that improve combability and reduce friction, static, and tangling are packed into this shampoo.  

What you get is incredible volume without the dirty, greasy feel many volume products leave in their wake. Oh and did I mention the volume lasts for days?

2.  Revitalize Conditioner

This is a daily use rinse-out, and it also happens to be my favorite. It adds shine, bounce, vitality, and plumps your hair, making it look and feel fuller. This is one that makes clients and moms cry tears of joy.  Clients love the instant boost in volume; moms love the ease that brushing has after using this conditioner on long-haired little ones who hate the brush out after a bath.  

Revitalize contains water-and-shampoo-soluble film formers (that break down easily and do not build up) to plump up the hair from the very first use. This is a weightless, non-greasy, volumizing formulation that encourages hair growth, increases scalp health, and improves hair's appearance and manageability.  A quarter-sized dollop is all that is needed for even the coarsest of hair types.  

3. REJUVENIQE Oil Intensive™

Nourish and energize the scalp with an invigorating blend of 11+ unique molecular ingredients –including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids – that mimic the body’s natural oils! The proprietary formula reduces hair thinning, prevents oxidative stress and adds incredible volume, repairing the hair with instantly visible, long-lasting shine without the damaging effects of silicone.

So if you’re interested in a new shampoo + conditioner that only makes it look like you’re working hard to make your hair look good, Monat would be hands-down the first place I’d point you towards.

Want to learn more? Check out their natural, cruelty-free, non-GMO products here.

The best deal is to become a VIP customer, so you get free shipping & 15% off all your orders. It's a one time $19.99 fee - for life. You also get a free gift worth $25 with each order. You just need to place 3 orders of $84 - and your first order counts as one.

They have something for every hair type. And it’s a no-risk solution, too, with a 30-day money back guarantee.

Here's a graphic that explains the different product lines. (I despise paying full price, or for shipping, so VIP is def the way to go.)

Leave a comment below!

With love (and good hair),

Carrie

 
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 REJUVENIQETM Oil Intensive

UNIQUE OIL BLEND

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How to Choose Your Brand Colors - The Intuitive, Soulful Way

How do you choose your colors when there are so many options that could work?

I use an intuitive process that leaves little doubt and overwhelm when it comes to picking brand colors that truly represent your brand. You too can do the same by following the steps below.

By anchoring your colors in your brand values and your energy (or in the chakra system) that aligns with them, the choice becomes easier.

How I chose my brand colors...

For me, choosing brand colors was a total attraction thing.

I wanted to keep things simple and achieve a soft, elegant feel. But really I am working on continually creating safety and security for myself and others in the world, plus activating my power in useful ways.  So I took the yellow of the 3rd chakra, the solar plexus, and represented it with gold. I took the red of the 1st chakra, the root (the place of safety and security) and softened it with my color chart to a lighter pink.

I tweaked the rose gold, over and over again, until I found the one that I loved.

I ended up with a neutral base (black, white and gray) so that the rose gold could really shine. 

 
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The 3-Step Process

Through this process, you’ll end up with 1-2 primary colors and 1-2 neutral colors.

  1. Get crystal clear on your brand values

  2. Choose your primary or accent color based on the chakras that align with your brand values

  3. Choose neutral colors that enhance and don’t compete with your primary color

It’s important to not just look at the color, but also consider the quality and tone as well when making your selections.

Chakra + Color Meanings

 
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  • 1st Chakra: Reds = Safety and security
  • 2nd Chakra: Oranges = Creativity, money, sexuality and sensuality

  • 3rd Chakra: Yellows and golds = Power

  • 4th Chakra: Greens = Heart-center

  • 5th Chakra: Blues = Communication

  • 6th Chakra: Indigos = Awareness

  • 7th Chakra: Violet = Spirituality

Here is the thing: these vibrant colors don’t always work with your brand. To help express the quality of your emotion or message, I created a color chart that shows the different tones of the chakra system. You can download it here.

One of my favorite examples is Kate Northrup’s branding. She uses a peach shade, which is about creativity, and turquoise, which is all about communication. Monetizing creativity and communication - two things that Kate excels at. This is the perfect example of a brand in complete alignment!

I’d love to know - what are your brand colors and how do they reflect your brand values?  Leave a  comment down below.

Lots of love,

Carrie

 
 

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