The Game of Love

The Game of Love

Today, I’m sharing with you the 6-month transformation from my move to Spain and the miraculous shifts in the body and heart.

As I went through the exit plan from America, it took 3 months to truly commit to leave, put the call out to the Universe (aka friends & vision), pack up my life, and get the visa. The toughest part was deciding not to renew my lease (in a place I had just moved in 9 month prior, ironically signed a 9 month lease (yay, wise mind!)). This was before I even had the visa in hand, found a new place to live or, had a clear plan.

Anyone that knows me knows I’m a planner. (You know that gal that produced many photos shoots). I love setting a timeline and hitting targets and seeing the creative flow come to fruition. This time, Nikita and I took a massive leap of trust.

They say get clear, shift your energy, your focus, your intention, and it’ll all fall into place. Well, it did.

Arriving in Ibiza, I was filled with a lot of old emotions. Fear was predominant. I just couldn’t quite get settled for the first month. Even though my living situation was perfect, I still had a lot of digging, releasing, curiosities to satisfy, and rebuilding to do.

It became very clear to me that I came to Spain to soften my broken heart. Not the, “he hurt me,” kind, but the deep disappointment of not living out the dreams of leading the international life I had dreamed of from a very young age.

See, my family raised me in England, we had a very international life up until my 20’s. As life got more complicated and as my health became a major focus for over 20 years, I lost the vision of living as a global citizen. I fell out of contact with my nomadic spirit.

I remember heading to London at 15, my mum and I were going back to where I learned to ride horses in the Cotswolds. We were driving on the M-30 (on the other side of the road) and we started talking about my career. She had hopes for me to work in the UN, so I could continue continent hopping. That intimidated me.

I went in a very different direction. Film career, self employed, and a nomad.

Over the years, my career evolved from film producer, to sales and marketing expert, to coach, to stylist, now transformational style coach.

The most massive shift I felt from living in Spain is I found joy in the flow of each day. And when I’m not, I stop all things and realign. This looks like: starting my day over, sometimes changing my outfit, movement, mediation, writing, clean food, and positive connections.

While re-educating myself on my daily flow. Yes, I can sleep till 9am or 10am, and I’m giving myself space from late night chatting with sisters all over the globe. I’ve found new space for positive connections with communities globally and the women who are creating their soul style.

My heart can connect more openly with people as I’m no longer strapped with the trauma of the health journey. I’m no longer a victim to my body and situations, I no longer feel like I can’t fulfill my dreams.

I am still committed to healing my physical body and continually learning new ways to do it outside of just western medicine.

This is #LOVERECOVERY. It’s about bringing your heart forward in the most pure, elegant, open place. The amazing thing you learn is boundaries are absolutely necessary to keep your heart open.

Setting new boundaries is up to you and your desires. It’s 100% about what feels good to you.

It may be saying no to many things that you have FOMO about, but know that you don’t have the energy for. You may have to walk out on a date. You may have a hard conversation with someone about how your dynamic is playing out. But beauty, boundaries will change your game. It’s all about knowing how you feel and creating a new set point for yourself.

As I began to find my new rhythm, beach walks with Nikita, women’s circle on Sundays, hike’s into the depths of the forest on the cliff’s of the sea (it’s vast and beautiful here), I found more and more peace inside myself. I found the slow roads to take in the scenery and fresh air, leaving behind traffic jams filled with tourists and construction.

These are all small things and daily habits. Stepping into feeling okay with where I’m at in life, more joy has seeped into my body.

You’re here to experience the fullest most beautiful adventure you can dream of. Step into your rhythm, and set the tone on your terms. Sounds selfish, but it’s the most unselfish way to exist, because you are becoming solely responsible for yourself.

I’ve gotten really good at letting go of resistance and pivoting to a new focus that was more pleasurable. That thing or obstacle that had my panties in a twist would naturally resolve itself, or I realized that I needed to shift my perspective.

That’s all it takes, look at life through a new lens.

Be grateful for what you have. No one can tell you what you need. It’s your job to fulfill your own desires and then show up to serve yourself and naturally you will serve the world.

Easier said than done. So often, my anger about unfulfilled dreams would slap me in the face. I would fall down a dark hole and struggle to climb back into a good feeling place.

Honestly, I don’t think I ever really felt that “good feeling place” living in America. Yes, of course, there were moments, but there was always this voice saying, “It’s time to go.”

I used to think I was running away from something, but now I know I was always walking towards the life I always envisioned for myself that I had as a young woman.

Each day, I embrace my new life. Amazing, beautiful people have shown up in my world. Building new community is a skill my parents taught me at a young age, but it still doesn’t dissipate the anxiety of meeting new people.

It’s here, I witnessed how much I was afraid of the engagement of others. I was actually afraid of people, of YOU. There still was a sinking feeling that I was not “GOOD ENOUGH” to lead, to build, to support, to grow, to have all that my heart desires.

I am a true cancerian looking for her home, but I no longer feel homeless. I’m here with you sitting in this chair writing this love note to you with my hearts desires and holding a light to yours.

There are no words that can explain the fulfillment and satisfaction I feel each day I wake and go to sleep. It’s 100% a sensory experience. And when it’s off, I use my Somatic Dressing Method™ to track to where I need to shift my set point.

It’s pretty easy. For me, I look for flow of activity, engagement, and creativity. I forget about FOMO. I make choices in the moment of inspiration. I move towards joy and away from pain. I seek conscious positive connection. I look for fun and laughter.

If you need a little inspiration, grab this songComfortable.

I thought people were joking when they said how pleasurable and joy filled their life is.

So, here’s to living out your dreams and playing the game of love. Isn’t that what it’s all about anyways?

Hit reply and tell me what your big dreams are right now!

So much love and admiration,

Carrie

P.S. Raise your hand if this is you:

  • ️You crave freedom - with your time and your finances.

  • ️You only use natural nutritionals, skin care, and makeup.

  • ️The idea of working when you want from wherever you want sounds like a dream come true. (How about poolside with a glass of green juice?)

  • ️The thought of linking arms with powerhouse women who coach each other to new heights excites your heart.

We’re growing a wellness team. If you’re interested in learning how to build your own beauty and lifestyle brand with an incredible sisterhood, let’s chat. This month, I’m helping my sisters accomplish their goals. Wanna join us? Email me and we’ll connect.

Benefits of Your Beauty Game

Benefits of Your Beauty Game

There is pure magic in collaboration. Creating strategic aligned partnerships and alliances. When Amber flew me home to speak at her mastermind retreat in February, I had a wild awakening. I desired deeper connection with women who desire to build residual income.

I’ve worked with multiple social marketing companies over the years, but know they were a one hit wonder. I had to use multiple companies to meet my needs and it was overwhelming.

As I sat in the audience at Amber’s Accelerator Mastermind Retreat over 3 days and spoke with Rachel Camfield (Amber’s bestie, you have to see her speak at the Summit), I felt totally turned on to the opportunity to work closely with Rachel, Amber, and my goddess sister, Meg Haines. It wasn’t just them, it was the products they RE-introduced me too.

I saw the light. I saw the big picture. I birthed the vision!

The vision was ignited by these ladies to support women globally as they embrace their bodies and align their beauty & self care rituals.

Recently, I created a partnership with a beauty and wellness company to help you feel and look like your best version of self.

A little unknown secret about me: I used to be a Lifestyle Medicine Consultant, teaching doctors nutrition and lifestyle therapies to reverse chronic illness. AKA I taught them how to use supplements to heal their patients.

I’m all about the cleanest, the best, and the most natural products to support me.

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Firstly the nutrition line had no adverse effects on my tummy like many other commercial products. I was in just for that. But then I started washing my face with the skin care line and POW years of build up started peeling away.

My skin is transforming from the inside out and the new layers are glowing. It’s really something to be able to say at 42 years young!

Last week my photographer came over to do a shoot and she brought me the MAKEUP! Can I get a hell yes? I’ll do a comparison video for you of my vegan gluten free products vs. Arbonne soon.

Let me just say this product is light, breezy, soft and so subtle. It lasts all day and feels amazing! It’s a total game changer on the daily routine.

One thing I know, to feel true inner and outer beauty, there is a balance of daily self care habits, supportive nutrients that help you get to the outer results and masterful mindset.

You my beauty, are a full package deal!

My desire is to support you to get there. I’m looking for 4 women who want to have a rise in their own sense of beauty inside and out. Women who are seeking success, stability, and residual income based on meeting their lifestyle needs. If this feels like you, let’s connect. Just email me and we’ll get you set up for a convo.

I’d love to connect and birth a dream with you.

xo,

Carrie

Hire a Game Changer Influencer

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In 2006, I walked into the offices of Step Up Women’s Network in NYC to volunteer and network. I met a woman named Selena Soo and immediately felt a positive energy. I had no idea about the influence she’d have on my life years later.

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This gracious, memorable, and highly intelligent woman was so welcoming. She was working for the non-profit as their publicist. I was impressed. After I took a project in Maui for nine months in 2008, she so kindly replied to my email when I wanted to come back to volunteer.

The thing about NYC is you can go your separate ways and then swing open the door again to reconnect. Years later, I saw Selena from across the room at an event. Stunning as ever, I could see a major transformation in her soul.

She’d just finished her MBA and was in the process of launching her company. It’s as if she popped out of nowhere in the coaching world as an Industry Leader.

This women has created the connections and clients of Ramit Sethi, Marie Forleo, Danielle LaPorte… the list goes on. She’s hosted intimate dinner parties for her community to connect with media pros. She has masterful programs to teach you how to leverage your skills and your business.

Over the past few weeks, I introduced you to the work of Selena. I’m honored to call her a friend, a mentor, and a client. She’s leveraged my exposure to new communities and for that, I’m grateful. She’s taught me step-by-step how to get more media coverage.

She allowed me to see how my work can impact the world on a greater level.

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This beauty has made a life alerting impact on my business. It all resulted a creating more ease in how I operate and get visibility in my work.

Next week, I’ll be sharing with you Selena’s free training on getting publicity for your business. Keep your eye on your inbox! There is some great content coming out that’ll give you clear directions, so you can leverage your business and get featured.

Selena has been a rockstar at:

  • Teaching people how to gain credibility to leverage their work & network

  • Instilling confidence in people about their work so they can rock their show

  • Helping people get visible so they can land more clients

  • Grow their network by helping people create powerful relationships

Email me with any questions. As her training comes out, I’m going to share with you something really special to help you claim your body, your business, and your brand image.

Stay tuned.

XO,

Carrie

Unseen & Unheard

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Imagine a world without Oprah, Marie Forleo, or Lady Gaga.

What if all these women said no to their dream?  We would’ve missed their incredible spirit, creativity, and impact on the world.

Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday would’ve never been born. A nonprofit, The Angel Network would’ve never started, had the opportunity to build over 60 schools, or funded The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy School for Girls.  We need these influences to raise awareness for the underserved. Her power and generosity is regal.

If Lady Gaga never answered the call to create her Born This Way foundation for mental health, so many people struggling with depression wouldn’t have the support they need.  She just announced they’ve partnered with Mental Health First Aid in United States.

Or, if Marie Forleo never launched B-School, tens of thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs would be stuck at a dead end job. That’s A LOT of miserable people.

These women’s wisdom, creativity, and drive have been a force of inspiration for so many. They became comfortable being visible in their vision and mission.

I’m gonna tell you the secret behind visibility, it’s confidence.  

When you’re passionate about what you do, you can’t hide. You’re so moved by your message, that you can’t stop telling stories and encouraging people to take positive action.

Sure, I’ve doubted my styling technique. I compared myself to other stylists and thought, but I do it SO DIFFERENTLY.  I was afraid that my approach to getting dressed wouldn’t be accepted. When I lacked confidence, I pulled back, and didn’t allow myself to be seen, especially in the media.

But now I know that, man, I’m doing the right thing.  If I hadn’t shown up for my clients like Amber Lilyestrom, then she wouldn’t have been able to feel confident. She’d miss out on THE GIFT of embracing and loving her body. If I hadn’t put myself out there as a guest expert inside other peoples communities, then I wouldn’t have been able to lead the women who are rising in their businesses as experts and leaders.

If I want to succeed in business, it’s my responsibility to be visible, so I can teach women to be comfortable in their skin and their second skin (clothes).  It’s my mission to teach them how to access their body as a tool to manifest their dreams.

So, back to you. What’s stopping you from being visible?  Email me and let me know!

This is your time to leverage your vision, so you can be seen by the people who need you.  Next week, I’ll be sending you a nudge to help you get visible.

I’m here to support you and your vision of success.

XO,

Carrie

P.S. I believe the ideas in your heart are there for a reason. To make the world a better place.

Your Secret Weapon

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Do you know the secret weapon behind seeing your name in lights?

It’s relationships.

Who you rub elbows with and how you can support each other will leverage your business tenfold.  

Think back to the first referral you ever got.  How happy were you to reply to an intro email from a former client raving about your work to someone who needs your help?

Becoming a publicity powerhouse is working all the angles of how your business can gain visibility. It’s not just getting in a magazine or newspaper. It’s getting on podcasts, being a guest expert, sharing your offers at other people’s events, and connecting with as many new people as possible to get your message out there.

You know what my number one source of new business is?  A warm audience. That’s from old clients, to standing in front of a new, yet, very aligned audience through a trusted friend.

Like my recent speaking gig.  I was a guest expert for Amber Lilyestrom’s Accelerator Mastermind.  She asked me to speak about Embodiment and how to access it. It was a gift to share my work in an intimate room of 25 women who were ready to step into their next level of excellence.

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There have been multiple opportunities for me to show up as a guest expert that I’ve gotten warm intros to new audiences. It is an incredibly intimate, experiential opportunity for expansion.

How do you feel about networking?

I know it’s a skill that takes practice, patience, and perseverance.

This is one of my favorite exercises that I take my branding clients through when they’re upleveling their vision.

  1. Make a list of dreamy people you’d like to meet or work with.  For example: Oprah, Jane Fonda, and Gloria Steinem are my top 3.

  2. Then play the game “6 degrees of Kevin Bacon.” This is a game where you can track how many people you are away from the folks you’d like to meet.  This means, how many people would it take for you to connect with to reach this person? For example, Oprah is actually one degree from me. I have multiple clients that’ve been on Super Soul Sunday, I also know someone that works for her.  It’s a very direct link, but would need a very powerful ask or the right timing to make this happen. But just knowing how accessible she could be, opens the door to possibilities. Take Jane Fonda, she was actually spoke at my college graduation, so I could reach out to my school for a connection.  I’m sure she’s more like a 3-4 degrees of separation.

Play the game.  You don’t have to focus on mega stars.  It can be local powerhouses. This teaches you how you can reverse engineer your network that can lead to new  pathways and broader horizons.

I have a friend that’s absolutely amazing at connecting with industry leaders, so much so, that people were shocked when she launched her business and ALREADY had endorsements from people like Danielle LaPorte and Marie Forleo. She inspires me to always remember that my most valuable business assets are my relationships.

Share with me! Who’s on your list?

With love,

Carrie

Bashful to Bold

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How BOLD do you feel?

Can you step out and scream from the rooftops what you do and why?

Are you ready to let everyone see you: the good, bad, and unusual?

Beauty, the number one game changer in building a business and brand is being cool with being seen.

It takes a deep, deep inner confidence to know what you do and why, so you can speak about it all the time until you reach your desired success.

I’m pretty good at creating chaos and confusion.  Over the years, I’ve had to strip away the things that weren’t serving me, so that I could focus on new levels of success.

To me, success is way beyond a monetary value. It’s about owning a sense of freedom and expression.  It’s about having the ability to abundantly serve myself and my tribe. That means I need pristine self care.  Yup, lots of tubs, workouts, meditations, writing, walks, connecting with friends and clients. I love to throw in extra beauty around me like flowers or a good meal.

To have your desired success, how much VISIBILITY do you need?

It depends on the impact you desire to make.

If you see yourself influencing millions and changing their hearts, minds, and souls with your product or service, well, babe, it’s time to get cool with being visible.

My business focuses on building an image for you to feel more confident in your skin, so you can go out and make epic leaps and bounds in the world.  When you stand before an audience, you’re not be afraid that your dress might fall off, or if your undies are sticking out. Or worry if you look fat or too short.  I teach you to live beyond just your image and how to project your soul through getting dressed.

That’s not everything you need to build a successful business. There are many parts that need to be served and addressed.  Like honing your niche, building systems, delegating tasks, building a team the supports you. My 7-figure clients have tackled all the aspects to raise their profile to epic success.  And guess what, they aren’t stopping there.

So, here’s my question to you.

How comfortable are you with being visible? Hit reply and let me know.

Much love,

Carrie

P.S. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share some great information on how to gain traction with getting visible from my mentor and client.  Keep checking this space for the free training coming up.

The Power of Media

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There are many ways to grow your business. And it really is up to you to decide what course of action feels good. BUT, there’s this thing about getting out of your comfort zone and stretching yourself to your new highest. Exceeding your expectations of yourself is life changing.

The number one credibility builder and visibility enhancer in business is MEDIA. Yup, mass media. Here’s the amazing thing, there are so many outlets available that can be aligned with your business.

My career started in film, I was very familiar with media like INSTYLE, PEOPLE, and VOGUE. These magazines set trends and have a wide reach. They’re powerful. And a tid bit intimidating to knock on their door.

As I built my business over the past 5 years, I’ve been able to get my work in magazines and on TV due to my clients media schedules. My work very quickly was seen on Super Soul Sunday, New Channels, and brand photoshoots all over the world.

But here’s the big catch, nobody knew it was MY WORK. It’s rare to see a stylist’s name in TV credits unless they work for the show or are on the show. Magazines are a little different and I was excited when I got a regular monthly feature of my work.

Last year I knew it was time to shift my VISIBILITY. It was time to go from behind the scenes to the front lines. My work had shifted with Create Your Soul Style. It was time to claim a new roll in the transformational style coaching world.

I help soulful women entrepreneurs radiate strength and confidence by introducing them to their true style, which runs deeper than labels and capsule wardrobes. It allows them to express their true calling.

My clients have shared the value of my work, but now it’s time to start tipping the scales and exposing the big beautiful world to this revolutionary way to get dressed. Shifting your thinking can be an uphill battle. But when it’s for your life’s purpose and true passion, it’s do or die.

Did you know that you can leverage your exposure and gain a new audience when you get media coverage?

Did you know that you gain credibility when a media outlet endorses you or your work?

Media is a massive leverage tool. Even though I knew media, I wasn’t using it for myself. I was happy to get it for clients, but always kept myself behind the scenes.

Last year I made a dream list of media opportunities. I was thrilled to walk into two opportunities that were game changers for me. One was getting on TV on MaineLife and two was getting a Cover Feature in Maine Women Magazine of my work. Just the act of reaching out, pitching, and knowing how to respond made me all the more confident that I could be a Cover Girl. (And I was.). Being in the media on any level builds credibility and when you can keep leveraging that from one level to the next, well it becomes, a segment on The Today Show, a game changer moment that you’re dreaming off.

Your next step?

Make a list of your dream media opportunities.

Ignore any limiting beliefs about it not being possible or that you might be crazy. Just let yourself DREAM BIG. Hit reply and share with me if you’d like!

I can’t wait to see what you dream up!

XO,

Carrie

Getting Dressed

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Happy LOVE Day! I’m reclaiming Valentine’s Day to be more inclusive (it’s not just for lovers)!

I’m coming in hot off a wild 2 week American tour.  I spoke at my soul sisters’, Amber Lilyestrom’s Accelerator Mastermind. It was a life altering experience for me & the amazing women in the room.

I wish you could’ve been in there.

We broke down the beauty myths that media is portraying out there. Best part? Every woman in the room FELT how powerful their body is when they checked-in with their energy and emotions WHILE LEARNING to get dressed in a new way.

There was an amazing moment when I told the women that wearing Spanx doesn’t mean you’re fat, it just means you need a stronger container of support that day.  The sigh in the room was palpable. It was like a 100,000 lbs left the room and the women were set free.

The sisterhood I experienced over the past 2 weeks reminded me of how powerful love really is.

Over the years, I’ve really struggled with the word, LOVE.  I used to roll my eyes to the back of my head and vomit in my mouth when I heard mushy stories of romantic partners or saw a couple spoon feeding one other cheesecake.  For some reason, (more like TONS of compounded trauma) I really had a bitter taste in my mouth around love.

Guess what? Those beliefs translate to how I look at my body, how I feel in my clothes, and how I hold my presence in public.

When you step into alignment of your soul and silhouette, deep peace rushes through your body.  You take actions that feel good, you receive positive feedback, you can handle the tough stuff with elegance and grace.  Your mind is calmer, a deep sense of inner knowing and TRUST becomes real.

You become present and unbelievably powerful.

This, my love, is what Getting Dressed with Carrie Montgomery FEELS like.  

We revolutionize how you get dressed, which ultimately shifts how the world SEES YOU.

You show up magnetic, because you’re not afraid to take up space. People are drawn to you, because you’re living your truth. Things go your way as you stand (in heels or flats) for your practical and energetic needs.  So, this is what’s amazing about this title and tag above.

I’ve been wanting to start a podcast for 3 years, but I really had to wait for the clarity of the vision to show up aligned and feeling powerful.  After I spoke at Amber’s mastermind, I sat down in my chair in the back next to Rachel Camfield (the other speaker that weekend). She leaned over and said, “I have a little inspiration for you.”  She did NOT know my business desires. She said, “Somatic Method is great, but not everyone knows what that means. How about Getting Dressed with Carrie Montgomery?”  I got chills. And immediately the tagline “Revolutionizing how women show up” came out of my mouth.

I ran the new messaging by all my biz besties and a few other warm friendly crowds.  I’d love to know what you think, for real! Just hit reply and tell me if it resonates or not!  

Would you listen to a podcast about getting dressed for your soul AND silhouette?

The crazy part is the evolution within days of welcoming in this new identity. I’m always working to deepen my WHY, and was able to sit down with my Maine Rockstars Mastermind gals last Friday (right before I flew out) to share with them my new world.  The aha’s and wins. I broke into tears when sharing my deep desire to bring this work of Getting Dressed to young women just coming into their bodies. It gives me more drive and more staying power to bring this to an audience that deeply needs to learn the power of their bodies before mass media tells them they’re “not good enough.”

The foundation of my business is built off of service, connection, and transformation. When I learned these were my core values, it shifted my whole internal engagement with my business, which in turn, reflected on the outside, too.

Spending time connecting with my foundational tribe ALWAYS PAYS IN SPADES.  Take a moment to connect in and recognize all the beauties that have helped you along the way.  It takes a village to create an empire. If you’re up to it, let them know!

And when you have a second, I’d love your feedback (email me!) on the Podcast title: Getting Dressed with Carrie Montgomery: Revolutionizing How Women Show Up.

As always, I am so grateful for your presence, love, and support!  Email info@carriemontgomery.com and let me know your thoughts!

BIG LOVE!

Carrie

Are you your own Safe Space?

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When I first started my business, I was filled with 10,000 anxieties.  I wanted to impress, I wanted to succeed, I wanted to make a massive impact.  More than that, I really wanted to be accepted.

My issue was not being able to accept myself first.

I didn’t feel safe in my own body.  

I didn’t feel safe in the world at large.

I sure as hell didn’t feel safe engaging with people I didn't really know online.  

This brought up a perpetual paranoia that I was always under attack.

When I finally realized that the common denominator of all these anxieties was ME, I was able to work on it!

I did the deep trauma work.

I ate the clean food.

I did the writing.

I detoxed from tech.

I created comfortable space.

Once these things became my paramount priority…

My creative juices began to open up, the deeper I dove into creating a safe environment for me to express myself.  Finally I was able to take a stand for the work that I believed in (no matter what someone thinks about me).

And then I got on the train of how do we make this bigger, better, reach more people, make more money.  And, well, I burnt out. I found myself depleted, exhausted, and really not interested in my own work.

I craved intimacy.

I craved connection.

I craved a high touch service.

I deeply craved transformation.

I stopped living for what others said about running a successful online business:

  • You need to have a bigger audience

  • You need to post on instagram at this time, this way

  • You need to speak on big stages

  • You need “these” media outlets  (Those are other people’s goals and strategies.)

When you find yourself in the safe place of your own design, able to take inspired, aligned action, well, the universe starts to work in miraculous ways. The more you stay connected to this life force inside you, good things start to happen.

Your “I need to’s” may be...

I need to align with my body

Fill up my heart

Trust myself

Rest more

Take more spacious in between appointments

They can look very different than the to do list of someone else (even if they’re mega successful).  We’ve been programed to believe the more productive, the better. The harder we work, the more successful.  The list goes on of things that may NOT be serving you, but you’ve been sold by society that you need to do it THIS WAY.

So, my love, what are you looking for?  What will you do in 2019? Where do you need more alignment?  I’d love to invite you to a discovery call. We can look at how you need to serve yourself and how I can support you to get there.  And yes, we can do it in style!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you will know, style is an inside out job.

When we redefine the way we look at style (and how we do life), our world shifts!  I’d love to help you be successful, your way! Book you call here.

xoxo,

Carrie

Faith Restored

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Tomorrow I’ll be on my way back to America for a short trip. I have a speaking gig and will be leading a workshop in Maine. I’ve spent the past few weeks checking in with my body to make sure we can do the journey!

This is the deal… you have one life and one body. Learn how to tune in and take care of it.  

You may have a few lifetimes with karmic retribution and evolution of the soul.  But, let’s be clear with what is here and now.

You. Your Body. Your Spirit.

There’s a deep connection to how you feel about yourself, how you treat yourself, and how your spirit soars in the world.

It often has to do with what you’re thinking and the actions you take.

I know… self care… sounds like a luxury, doesn’t it?

When I took the leap to move to Spain, I definitely had this thought about being, “insane for moving across the world.”  

I had no clear plan and a major gut feeling. For the first time, I wanted to let my life unfold.

Everything at that point was FINE: business, health still a major obstacle, and well, my faith in the universe was a little battered.  I could no longer try to heal my souls’ connection to my body with another date, or another creation in my business. I had to get in alignment with my everyday life. Simplification was key.

In my wellness journey, I’ve inspected every aspect of my life. My energy, physical body, t how I’m feeling, what I’m eating, how I’m moving my body, who I’m spending time with, to my family, and how I’m serving the women I work with. Let’s be clear; we don’t need to master all these areas, but we do need to stay engaged in our process.

Wellbeing, to me, is about bringing parts of you to life that want to thrive. 

It allows your body to be well.  Your soul gets a clear signal when it’s time to shake her booty, or rest and recalibrate.

I had no idea what was in store for me in Ibiza.  What I’ve found has brought my heart back to life. My faith is being restored.

There have been EPIC dance parties under the stars.

Nothing cures an eating disorder like incredible, fresh, wholesome food. (more on this one day)

I’ve been introduced to natural wines and adventured to wineries.

The people are so free and fun and vibrant.

I feel at home here.

I’ve moved many, many times in my life.  The community that took me 4 years in Maine to create and 10 years in NYC to create, I’ve found in 3 months in Ibiza. Talk about ALIGNMENT!

I’ve been able to connect in sister circles.  I’ve been able to walk beaches and have heartfelt convos.  I’ve been able to just wander and explore the Island. Nikita has really enjoyed every step of the way. My Spanish is slowly getting better.

This, my friend, allows me to feel my faith being restored and my heart beat for life is back.

I didn’t realize how much my heart had been broken by the sequence of events over the past 10-20 years.  I was willing my way through every day and breaking down all at the same time. The body can’t heal that way.

The Somatic Dressing Method™ opened doors for introspection and creative expression that have left me and many women to feel liberated.

The crazy thing is… All I had to do was respond to an invitation and the rest has fallen into place. (yes, there were some challenging logistics) Like giving up my home in Maine before having my visa confirmed, but having a ticket purchased, and needing to wait a month before I could leave, if I could leave?

It was the ultimate LEAP OF FAITH!

I’ve been in Ibiza for 3 months now and I’m about to fly back to America for 2 weeks.  I’m thrilled to embrace my soul sisters.

Last week, I let you know about my upcoming workshop: Love Your Lines in 2019 with Style.  

The reason I created this experience is because dressing for my soul changed my life, as well as, hundreds of my client’s lives for the better. With regular practice, I found myself...

More calm

More focused

More confident

And MOST importantly, I found that when I committed to a daily body check-in, I had greater power to TRANSFORM things in my life that I wasn’t happy with.

This is what I want for you. I’m going to teach you the tools that I know will give you the power to expand your potential and feel embodied confidence. That’s why I created 2019: Love Your Lines in Style Workshop.

This will only be offered live while I’m back in America for a speaking gig.

I’ll be hosting a workshop for 3 hours and would love to have anyone in New England/Southern Maine join us in Portland.

This workshop will teach you the most soulful way to get dressed. You’ll fall more in love with your body and soul. You’ll exude confidence and ease (even if you have a lot on your plate).   As a result, you’ll receive more money, because you’re finally speaking your truth.

Join me! I can’t wait to see you!

XO,

Carrie

Love Your Lines in 2019 with Style

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How often do you look in the mirror and find a flaw? Yup, it might be a tummy roll, the lovely jiggle ripple on your bum, or the extra bit of skin under your chin.

Be honest with me… I know you’ve done it.

Looking at your body doesn’t have to be a heartbreaking experience. I want you to know the difference of  falling in love with your body instead of berating at it in the mirror.

I’m teaching a super special workshop for you!

Love Your Lines in 2019 with Style!

The reason I created this experience is because dressing for my soul changed my life, as well as hundreds of my client’s lives, for the better. With regular practice, I found myself...

More calm

More focused

More confident

And MOST importantly, I found that when I committed to a daily body check-in, I had a greater power to TRANSFORM the things in my life that I wasn’t happy with.

This is what I want for you. I’m going to teach you the tools that I know will give you the power to expand your potential and feel embodied confidence. That’s why I created 2019: Love Your Lines in Style Workshop, which is in alignment with your feedback about your greatest style challenges.

Love Your Lines in 2019 with Style.  This, my love, will be a theme for the year.  You’ll see it threaded through my work. Because, well, it’s the foundation of everything I do. And it’s exactly what you need to do to step into every day feeling fabulous and conscious and powerful.

MORE IMPORTANT than just looking good!

You might think style doesn’t matter, but it does, love.  How you present yourself to the world is how people perceive you.  You don’t have to be a fashionista, hell, I’m not a fashionista.

I’m a feelista that loves aesthetics.

Love Your Lines in 2019 with Style Workshop is a soulful way of tapping into what your body truly needs, listening to how it feels, and using clothing to support you!

This process is about learning how to make decisions daily for what you need to wear to be as effective and powerful as possible. It’s more about feeling good, than dressing trendy.

It’s also a great way to tap into what your souls needs. You’ll not only feel good, but you’ll look good, because your spirit is supported.

Your body wants what it wants, do you serve it?

Your soul desires space to be heard, do you give it the spaciousness?

Your spirit needs to be lifted, do you allow it?

So Beauty, if you’ll be in Maine Thursday, February 7th 6pm - 9pm, I’d love you to join my for 2019 Love Your Lines in Style Workshop. The workshop is $197, and subscribers can get $100 off the workshop with the discount code TourNE2019. 2019 is your year to love your lines!

Sign up by February 1st and you’ll get a bonus course - Desired Style Closet Cleanse - as well as 2 follow-up group calls to keep the line love going. This is a $597 value!

We’ll soiree at 6pm at Cloudport in Portland, Maine! And then I’m gonna walk you through how to ask your body what it needs to LOVE YOUR LINES and STEP INTO STYLE IN 2019.  We’ll be together for 3 hours, you’ll have a chance to ask Qs, and get clear on your body needs! The space is limited, so sign up now.

Can’t wait to see you at there!

Carrie

PS. Not in Maine but are interested in the workshop? Let me know & I can get you set up to Love Your Lines with style online!

Sacred Style in 2019

Sacred Style in 2019 Carrie Montgomery

Beauty!

Welcome to 2019.  I know from the bottom of my heart that this is YOUR YEAR.  

2018 was full of releasing what I thought I wanted and recalibrating to what I now want.

I let go of a relationship.  I moved into my own home. I needed to work towards a life that felt more aligned with my soul, not just looking good. Unfortunately our values were different and we needed to live our own lives.  My new home was healing, soothing, and perfect, but I still felt a piece of me was missing and needed to come to life. I left it all behind and moved to Spain. I grew and deepened my relationships with clients and friends.  I shifted the structure of my business to more intimate containers and focused on service, transformation, and connection.

By redefining my boundaries, I began to flourish in new ways and with more ease.

2018 was the year of #loverecovery.  (See more on Instagram!) That’s my reframe on trauma recovery.  I thought that I completed all my trauma work. Yet, when the #metoo movement came out, it was clear that I still had unresolved, deep seeded trauma layered and stacked in my body; making me crumble inside.

So, with the success of 2017,  2018 became the year to recalibrate.

What 3 values do you live by?

Mine are service, transformation, and connection.  This helps me feel safe, have fun, and fall in love with myself and everyone else.

For 2019, I chose the word ABUNDANT to guide my every move. I’m not talking about more-money-abundant (that will come). I mean abundance, as in, more life. I want to feel an ABUNDANT amount of:

Laughter

Joy

Adventure

Freedom

Pleasure

Focus

Tubs

Flowers

Energy

Connections

Conversations

Love

Beauty

Fun

Spaciousness

Creativity

Health

Water

Fitness

Deep self care

These are all things I can create for myself.  The more I create this ABUNDANT space, the more my life will expand. The same is true for you, too!

Choose your word for the year.  Maybe it’s courage, consistency, or connection. Your word will bring you into a more sacred, loving space where you can evolve and stand powerfully on your beautiful own two feet. Plus, have the loving arms of community around you when your feet get shaky.

As you may know, I moved to Spain in October of 2018.  My business took many shifts last year. I claimed the trademark for Somatic Styling Method™.  If you’ve been curious to work with me, there are four ways I can be of service to you in 2019:

  1. Create Your Soul Style

  2. The Embodied Brand

  3. Get Photo Ready

  4. In Person Intensives (Email me to learn more.)

There will be workshops and retreats coming your way, too!

The foundation of my work is the Somatic Styling Method™. Every women that enters the world of CarrieMontgomery.com will be invited to embrace their bodies and style in a completely new way.

I was tired of just looking good, I know how to do that, but what I really struggled with was feeling good.  Depression, chronic illness, PTSD, anxiety, insomnia, you name it, they all swirled in my world. I was a dark cloud that looked shiny and bright on the outside.  It was fake, false, and a bit fucked up.

My commitment to you is to help you bring your body alive, light up your life with love and compassion, and do it in style.

You can feel good and look good, too.  You can have an open loving relationship with your body.  You can be conscious about what’s holding you back and take loving action towards shifting your thoughts and subconscious mind.

I’m coming back to the east coast and have opened up 4 spots for 1-day intensives.  We’ll dive into your somatic style and create your signature style! It’s a wild way to tap into who you’re becoming, while honoring who you are.  

If you’re interested and want to know if this work is for you, apply for a call here.

I’m so thrilled about the potential of 2019 and I can’t wait to play with you.

So much love,

Carrie

This isn't Superficial. It's Sustainable Style.

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There is SO much more to style than just your clothes.

It’s actually a deep, kinetic sensation. Have you seen street style photos and wondered, how does she pull that outfit off and look so fab? Then, you might imagine what her life is like. Is she happy? Does she love her work? Is she present for her community?

Well, there’s no way to really know unless you know her. But what is apparent is she’s damn good at creating a vibe that fits like a glove on her body.

Soul Style has two parts. First is the PERSONA (or attitude) you’re claiming that day and second is the SOMATIC SENSATION (or feeling) you’re expressing.

Sounds a little deep, right?

Well, most stylish people have a clearly defined persona that they’re claiming on the daily. It would be:

  • Sporty Spice

  • Preppy (sometimes sexy) Teacher

  • Edgy Executive

  • Passionate Nomad

  • Modern Goddess

  • Retro Grunge

  • Vintage Chic

The list of Style Archetypes goes on for days. There’s nothing more confusing to your family, friends, and potential opportunities than seeing you dress grunge one day, chic the next, sporty the next, with no common thread. You end up with piles of trendy clothes that’ll go out of style. Yeah, the look of the moment that doesn’t work for your body or soul.

So, you try again, and again, and again. More like buy again, and again, and buy again.

It’s a total waste of money and time.

First of all, the PERSONA needs to align with how you’re truly feeling in your body. You might be feeling edgy, or retro, or a vintage vibe, but your body is tapping you on your shoulder asking for some attention.

Your body may be fatigued. It may be super tense and stressed or it may fill you of life force and excited energy. Where ever your body is asking for support, there’s a container you can step into to make you feel as effective and powerful each day.

A big part of that is being clear and honoring what’s actually going on, on a soul level.

You may feel low, down, blue and need to pull on that hoodie to hide from the world for a while. That’s cool, as long as you know that it’s OK to cancel those meetings on a dark hoodie day.

You may feel exhausted, but need to perform at work. Your body will need extra support all the way down to your big girl panties (seamless, please). Just pull on those high waisted pants and tuck in an elegant, loosely fitted, silk top for some ease. If you have the luxury and freedom of being able to wear whatever, wherever, then grab a maxi dress and release that fatigue as you glide with ease into your elegance for the day.

I know, this may sound wack-a-doodle. But, I kid you not, it works. I’ve been dressing this way to support my body and soul for years with chronic health conditions. This way of dressing has given me confidence to shine and attract a magazine cover feature and speaking at Maine Live. My clients keep texting me that THIS WORK keeps paying them back again and again!

Like Raechel…   “This totally sums up what you and your work have helped me feel EVERY single day! Truly a gift that keeps on giving - thank you!!”

Like Raechel…

“This totally sums up what you and your work have helped me feel EVERY single day! Truly a gift that keeps on giving - thank you!!”

You too can have Soul Style that gives you strength, power, and the juice to live life to the fullest every day.  I’d love to know what you are struggling with when it comes to feeling good in your body and what you’d like help with. Email me and tell me what’s up these days.

I can’t wait to connect with you.

Lots of love,

Carrie

Comfy, Cozy, Confident

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Do you want to feel totally comfortable and at ease this holiday season?  Maybe even throw in a splash of sparkle?

That burgundy cashmere sweater is waiting for you to wrap yourself up as you throw on that flowy green silk skirt. Heels or boots? Well, it’s up to your body!  Do you need to be lifted and leaning into the crowd or chill and hanging back on your heels?

It’s all about the energy you need to put out there, so you can manage yourself in the holiday shuffle.

Each body is different. Everyone has different style. You pick from colors, textures, accents, heel height, accessories, yup, some of the basic style principles that help set your individuality apart.

But we also have to follow our rhythm, our vibe, and our inner guidance.

So, take note. How do you want to enter into the new year? How do you want to feel?

Make a list of your top 5 goals. Not anyone else’s goals or vision for you. Just yours!

For me, I’ve learned a lot this year around slowing down and simplifying.  I used to think ‘Bigger was Better.’ But that actually wasn’t aligned with my energy.  Intimate settings are my most favorite endeavor in life.  I use this principle to filter all my decisions.

Knowing how you want to feel this holiday is a game changer in how you engage with your friends and family, how you stand out in the crowd, and how you relax and have fun!

This holiday season we’re taking a break and relaxing into a European Christmas Adventure.

Have a fabulous New Year Celebration, however you plan to play, make sure it’s filling up your soul, so you can rock out 2019.  

I’ll see you in the New Year!

Cheers,

Carrie

Rock Your Holiday Shuffle

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Can you believe it? We’re in the first week of December.  I don’t know where the past two months went.

Well, I do. I was settling into my new home.  Getting acquainted with life in Europe, specifically, island life.

With the holiday season upon us, it’s always filled with fun while connecting with others, a few tears while reflecting on the year, and inspiration as you peak into the new year.

I’m gonna be honest with you. I’m still angry at times about the sequence of events in my life. Many things were out of my control, but if you believe in co-creation and universal alignment, well, guess who’s staring you right in the face.

Yup, you… (me too).

Building a business, a brand, an experience for others to participate in takes focus, grit, and determination.  At times, I haven’t had that. Stepping into a new version of yourself isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes depth, awareness, a willingness to experiment, an ability to accept what is & a need to embody a new vision.

Let’s talk about all the emotions that come up during transformation.  (And the holidays. Can we say Bridget Jones might come out to play?)

You may start with hope.

  • A true desire and clear vision for a new sense of you

There will be fear.

  • What if it doesn’t work?

  • What if I can’t change?

And then anger & sadness sets in.

  • A blood curdling feeling of injustice

  • A heart wrenching ache of sorrow that can kill all hope

Emotions are an internal storyteller.  When you can’t feel them, breakdowns happen. It’s part of the process.

When we’re not living our truth and doing what we REALLY want to do, our bodies create illness. Symptoms that plague your focus.  They dominate your perspective and your commitment to keep going. They influence your actions.

And, then you pause, because there’s a decision to make.  “Do I stretch into the new me or do I stay here drowning in fear, doubt, and frustration?” Believe it or not, when it feels like your back is up against the wall, you have a choice.

That choice can be your deadlines, your body, your family, but please consider your body first. You’re nothing without your health and livelihood.

So, what does this have to do with style?

You know that woman who walks into the holiday party and you can’t stop staring at her?

She’s so put together. Her nails, hair, and outfit look beautiful. It’s not the attire that you’re drawn to. It’s her vibe. She flutters about the room, smiling, with sparkly clutch in hand -- introducing herself to everyone with ease.

She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to ask for it.

You don’t have to wait until the New Year to make your style a priority.

The key to sashaying into the holidays feeling good, is to focus on your style before you feel ready.

On Friday, December 14th at 12:00pm - 2:00pm EST, I’m going to present the Entrepreneurs Guide to Holiday Style: How to Step Out of Your House Feeling Cozy & Confident without Wearing Your Cozies.

You’ll learn:

  • Why the fashion industry isn’t on your side and how to make peace with it

  • My spiritual practice to discovering your Style

  • How your clothes can create more connections and confidence to make it through holiday celebrations and breakdowns

Join us here!

Please don’t sleep on this.

To provide you with extra time to do a Q&A at the end, I have to hold space for only 20 women.

I cannot wait to empower you with this information!

Cheers!

Carrie

P.S. Here’s that link to sign up again.

Style from the Inside Out

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Your journey to style can be soulful and connected.  It can bring you to new heights and experiences with your own body.  Maybe you’ll step on stage in your elegant fit and flare dress, or cozy up fireside in your Uggs with a sherpa robe, sipping on warm cocoa.

We all have a different style and it’s hard to navigate exactly what you need to wear to feel your best. How can you make smart choices when you’re bombarded with millions of commercial deals out there?

Buy THIS for 80% off! OMG, that’s a deal, but in reality it’s a shitty piece of clothing that you’ll only wear once.  The ultimate impulse buy was covering up a true need for rest and restoration.

Finding your soul style isn’t a straight road.  It’s hard to figure it out by yourself. That’s why I love helping women step into their own true sense of comfort and confidence by listening to their body.  Confidence goes beyond the labels you wear. Clothes are a tool to help you feel as good as you look.

Recently I was chosen to be the COVER WOMAN of Maine Women Magazine. Yes, that’s how I got the text. More like this…

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It was a moment for me.  Completely unexpected. I had a casual conversation with the creative director. She said she’d pitch me. At that time, I was honored by the idea, but didn’t attach too much to the outcome.  I was thrilled to just have my work featured in the magazine.

I sat at my friend’s restaurant, with my new friends in Ibiza, and we soaked up the good news. The four of us, a modern mix of worlds coming together to celebrate life.

For me, being featured in a women’s magazine was a celebration.  Have a look at the story in Maine Women Magazine.

Take a moment. Acknowledge if you’ve celebrated your work.  Have you honored the hours of blood, sweat, and tears that you’ve put into your creation?

If not, I highly recommend you take a moment to decide how you want to celebrate YOU.

XO,

Carrie

[Time Sensitive] Want advice on your style?

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Sister,

Remember the last time you looked in the mirror and said, “Oh boy, if I rubbed that Buddha belly, my wish would be to lose 10 lbs!” We expand, contract, but we’re always living inside our bodies. (Until, we’re not.)

It’s easy to run from it. To shop for a fleeting high, stuff your face with chips and guac (or pumpkin pie), to drink one more glass of wine, to forget. But, is it easy to let out a long, hard sigh and relax into your body instead? To accept it as it is?

My clients think so after using the Somatic Dressing Method™.

It’s their daily embodiment dressing process.

It’s not about how you look, but accommodating how you feel. In every moment, you get to present yourself, as you need. It’s so freeing!

You strive to feel comfortable, confident, and connected to your core. I know, I do it. Sometimes I fail, but I always come back to this process each day I get dressed. Why not make getting dressed a fun, transformative experience, so you can easily identify your needs for the day and swaddle them in clothes that support your mood.

One thing that happens to us is we AGE. Oh, the thought of wrinkles, grey hair, sagging bums with cellulite as we may slow down our exercise routines. In the United States, aging is thought to be a negative experience, but to be ageless is to enjoy your body at every stage.

That’s part of why I moved to Spain. To find a new sense of agelessness. An even more integrated rhythm than one in Maine, one that resonated with me on a cellular level. Really, it’s more like my cells are doing the happy dance every day, even when shit goes wrong or gets mega delayed.

When we age, our shape changes, our energy shifts, our perspectives refocus. Wisdom comes more fluidly as life becomes complex and our values become more paramount. The support you need to live the lifestyle you desire takes work.

The key to ageless style is being timeless with your identity.

Aligning your lifestyle, your body image, and your body shape raises your vibration. You start speaking from the heart and people are attracted to YOU. There’s no program on the market that brings the lens of lifestyle, personal development, and aesthetics together to embody your experience of self. Also known as your Style Archetype.

As you go through The Somatic Dressing Method™, you end up showing up with your inner strength on fire. Instead of insecure and afraid, you’re present with your shoulders back and head held high EXCITED to share your message with the world. Adorning your version of “the power suit.” Or, you’re taking a moment restoring in the clothes that soothe and rejuvenate your body, so you can take the next big leap in your business or life.

Dressing to empower your state of being is revolutionary.

It’s no longer needing to fit into the 36-24-36 hourglass ideals society forces on us women, nor is it about having a perfectly sculpted slender figure that we see in the Hollywood. It’s about accepting what is and trusting your ability to serve yourself… through clothing.

I developed a style formula to help you align your inner warrior with your newfound confidence. It’s called: the Somatic Dressing Method™, I use it in my signature program, Create Your Soul Style.

Join me for a masterclass next week to learn how to Step into Successful Style: Stop Hating What You Wear and Learn to Dress to Manifest Your DreamsSign up for a free masterclass to become your best self inside and out!

I can’t wait to see you there!

XO,

Carrie

P.S. Here are the webinar details again.

Making a Statement of You

Making a Statement of You Blog CarrieMontgomery.com

Hey, Beauty!

With the new year almost here (scary right?!?!), it’s time to give your business & style a promotion! Creating a statement wardrobe helps you step up your business game and get noticed.  There’s truth to the phrase “dress for success,” and you, my friends, are made for success.

How do you know it’s time to take the leap? Keep reading.

First things first. Every good statement starts with a good foundation.

What Makes a Good Foundation Wardrobe?

Comfort. Comfort brings confidence. You must be comfortable with your basic go-to clothes before we create a statement. These are your bread and butter, your must-haves, your happy place.

A foundation wardrobe includes:

  • 2 pairs of jeans: A combination of ripped, clean, skinny, bootleg, flare, or high-waisted – whatever is you.

  • 2 pairs of dress pants

  • 3-4 sweaters: Stick to your neutral colors (black, brown, white, grey)

  • 3-4 button-down shirts or dress shirts

  • 6 t-shirts

  • 3-4 dresses

  • 2-3 coats

  • 2 workout pants

  • 10 pairs of underwear

  • 2 bras

  • 2 boots

  • 2 heels

  • 2 sneakers – one pair for working out, one for casual

  • 2 flats

Be sure these are high-quality pieces. These are clothes that will go the distance with you. They’re worth investing in.

I’m gonna be honest, it was hard for my fashionista to follow these rules while packing for my move to Spain.  But, I used the checklist as a filter and guideline, so that I didn’t overpack.

If you’re not sure how to begin building your colors and styles, check out how to build a Pinterest Style board here.

Bring On the Statement!

Once the high-quality foundation pieces are in place, it’s time to add the sugar and spice. Throw a statement piece in the mix. This might look like layering patterns, textures, or accessories on your foundation. Pair a black shirt and jeans with a statement blazer and heels and head out the door!

How do you know what statement is truly you? Keep your Style Archetype in mind. What fits with your personal brand and the direction you want to go?

Pro tip: Statement pieces come and go as trends change. Unless a statement piece is essential to who you are, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on it. I always recommend buying statement pieces at a fast fashion rate when you know it’s not a piece you’ll keep forever. But, when it’s something you want to stand the test of time, like a leather jacket or great boots, go for QUALITY!

Upgrade Your Style, Upgrade Your Life

When will you know it’s time to step up? You may never be 100% sure, but there will come a now-or-never moment when you’re like, “I’ve just got to do this.” So, do it! You work hard and opportunities keep coming your way. Jump on board, take the plunge, and hold onto that super cute statement hat!

Things to Remember

Hire a stylist or invest in style education. Since this is your  make-or-break moment, a stylist can help you create a capsule wardrobe of basics and pick out some beautiful statement pieces. When you can’t decide what statements you need, it’s time to invest in someone to push you past your edge a little. .

So, what are you waiting for? Your personal brand and your career are ready. Lead the way in style!

You have two options:

#1: Go it alone and get started with the steps in this email. Start building the vision with my Pinterest Worksheet. This option is great if you’re a DIY-er.

#2: Let me lead you towards personal transformation. Book a time to chat. This option is best if you like 1:1 support.

Either route will work once you 100% commit.

Let’s make a statement of you!

Love,

Carrie

Clearing Your Closet to Make Room for the New You

Clearing Your Closet to Make Room for the New You Blog CarrieMontgomery.com Closet Cleanse

Clutter = chaos, right?

If you have no clue what’s in your closet, you have no idea what to wear. You may open the door and find that 15-year old sweatshirt that holds a few memories from your ex.

We all know that your clothes define your core style and branding. So, it makes sense to examine our wardrobes when we’re mapping out how to conquer the next step in business.

The process of removing items from your closet that are holding you back is how you create space for who you want to become. We all have a past. It’s an important chapter of our lives, but it doesn’t have to be the deciding factor on who we’re going to be in the future.

When you’re tackling a closet cleanse, the most important thing to remember is this: Who do you want to be?

When I work with clients, I try to uncover exactly where she’s put the most effort in her life. That’s where I can begin to understand her story. We face the same problems over and over, just in different guises. The challenge here is to take a closer look at the past and find a theme. We have to acknowledge the past in order to move forward. Otherwise, it’ll keep you stuck in the same place and that’s not the look you’re going for.

When we see the past neutrally, we can see the present with clearer vision. When you’re present with the moment you’re in right now, then you can step into where you want to be.

Step-by-Step: My Best Tips for Creating a Style that Fits You Now

First things first. Get a piece of paper or your journal and write down the vision of who you are and what you want from your life. Remember to consider what you’re wearing, how you interact with others, and how you show up in the world.

Your style and closet should be a reflection of that vision. It’s a manifestation of what’s going on inside. Like when I moved to Spain, I was conscious of what would work for the lifestyle, climate, my body image, and body shape. You have to be efficient when moving to another country and only taking what you love and works together!

Create a clean slate in your closet. Creating an environment that supports this vision of your true self will ultimately make it easier to reach your goals.

Things to remember: My advice on what to keep and get rid of differs drastically from what many other people recommend. It’s a good idea to physically remove every single item from your closet. Touching these garments helps you evaluate or dismiss any value they might have.

Permission to keep: As much fun as it would be to get rid of everything and really start fresh, that’s just not practical. You have to know when a piece is harming or helping your vision. As I packed my belongings into boxes that I wouldn’t see for awhile, I know these items were still part of my persona, but couldn’t make it to Spain.  It’s OK to keep some items that are near and dear, just not clutter.

Get rid of: Anything ripped, stained, yellowed, or looks tattered - think about it this way – what you keep is on a subconscious level of how you really feel about yourself. No one wants to think badly about themselves, so toss the trash and move on. You can keep those perfectly ripped jeans or the tee shirt that compliments the rocker look!

Consider carefully: Clothes that don’t fit are a touchy subject. On one hand, it’s not ideal to keep clothes that really don’t fit. But, if they’re close to fitting and you occasionally can fit into them, maybe it’s a good idea to keep a few pieces. Of course, you should get rid of them if the clothes make you feel badly about yourself.

If you haven’t worn it in a year: It makes sense to hold onto certain investment pieces. But, if you have a closet full of ball gowns and you haven’t been to a ball in a decade, it’s time to rethink their purposes. Sell them and let someone else enjoy the beauty of the garment.

Finally, fill in any missing gaps in your closet.

Making financial goals for your business is only half the equation when you’re trying to become the best possible version of yourself. You have to think about what you’re putting on your body, and how the fabric and fit affects your energy. It’s KEY to how you’re showing up in the world. A closet overhaul is really the best place to start as you step into your higher self. So ask yourself, how do you want to align yourself with your goals and vision?

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XO,

Carrie

P.S. If you’re ready to evaluate your soul style, let’s jump on a call.

My Clients Aren’t Bullied by Their Size

Why My Clients Aren't Bullied by Their Size Blog CarrieMontgomery.com

Walk into three different department stores and chances are, you’ll “be” three different sizes.

What a mental trip. Seeing the number 8, then 6, then 10 on the tag can be devastating for many women, because we subconsciously believe that our value and worth depends on our size.

Often, we’ll flee the store feeling like we’re less than, because nothing fits the way we expect it to. It puts us in a crappy mood.

Of course, it’s impossible for you to be three different sizes, so what size are you??

Enter: The Kinda-Sorta Fit - a flaw of modern day fashion… AKA FAST FASHION.

Sadly, this kind of experience happens all the time with my clients. One woman was so frustrated, because she thought she knew her size. Yet, in the dressing room, she had to try on piles of clothes in various sizes. Leaving her feeling confused.

Remember: the self-esteem you’re cultivating by creating a signature style has NOTHING to do with the number on the tag. Sure, it’s important to know your size, but be okay with the fact that you might be an 8 in one store, a 6 in another, and a 4 somewhere else (we call it, the range). Sizing doesn’t just mean the number on the tag – it depends on how the manufacturer cuts clothing.

Your size does not equal your worth.

Please don’t feel bad about your body when you try on clothes, because the difference in size is not a reflection of your value. It’s just a system to measure cloth.

Have you seen the show, This is Us? Kate wants to fit into a size seven. The way the scene is shot leads us think that it won’t fit, because she’s so accustomed to feeling bad about her body. Her character doesn’t know how to feel good about her shape. So, she couldn’t wear the dress that actually fit her at a size seven and instead reinforced the negative body image and tried on a size five.

Guess what? Clothes aren’t made to fit you.

We kind of get lost in that idea that I’m a size 8 and all size 8 pants and dresses should fit, right? When they don’t fit, it’s so easy to get stuck in a loop of negative self-talk. Standing in your underwear with those awful bright lights in the dressing room.

But, here’s the problem with mass-produced fashion:

The clothes aren’t made to fit your body perfectly; they’re made to kinda-sorta fit everyone.

I know. It sounds too simple to be true. Just think about it.

There’s no template for all clothing manufacturers to use anymore. The sizing system was created to mass-produce clothing, so they can sell the most pieces. Since there’s only one of you, there’s no way a garment right off the rack is going to fit perfectly.

Before the Industrial Revolution, most people didn’t have a ton of clothes. The pieces they had were created specifically for them, which means they rocked each look because they were tailor made!

I can’t tell you how often women ask me for style advice (like everywhere I go).  I get it, you want to look good and feel good, but you can’t find a pair of jeans that doesn’t give you muffin top and still fit your hips and legs.  We call this an apple shape, because the midsection is much smaller than the hips.

I always say “go up in size… fit the widest part of you and let your tailor take in the rest.”

Finding a tailor you love and trust is key to looking your best. So, is learning how to shop for your shape. Both steps are crucial to making sure that what you’re buying is going to flatter your body.

This is your chance to relish in the fact that there’s no one like you! When you alter clothing to fit your shape, you’re owning and claiming the piece as yours, right? Since we all know that once you’ve decided on your style; you’ve taken the first step to authenticating your true self, this is something that just has to happen. It’s a key part of the process.

And wow. If that’s not empowering, I don’t know what is!

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The next time you go shopping, you’ll hear my voice in your head to help avoid this loop of negativity.