Style icon: Grandma

For those of you that don’t know- my grandma totally inspired my LOVE of wardrobe and all things confidence related. She stood tall and proud. (My mom has fabulous style, she’s a genius interior decorator and she definitely has this unique boho style perfected.)  But my grandma definitely had this air of confidence and uber fashion that I fell in love with.

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Some people are totally naturally gifted in the area of wardrobe and style. She had it.  Without any, any question.  She carried whatever she wore with complete- out of this world- confidence. It’s what fuels me, it is why I do what I do. To provide women with an unstoppable amount of confidence. To save time (decades) searching for your style. But, at the end of the day, confidence: you can soar with it. 

My grandma’s style did not shift for anything; at my grandpa’s (her husband) funeral she wore a charcoal Escada skirt suit, with faint purple pinstripes. It was beautiful.

When just the two of us were sitting on a couch together, she pressed down her skirt hem. She put her hand on my knee (which was totally unusual) and she said “Was it weird I didn’t wear black?”

I replied “No, grandma, it’s not weird at all.”  I wanted to tell her that in fact, it was totally appropriate and fabulous.  I wanted to tell her that her blue eyeshadow was wild. And her wigs were fabulous. And, that, she totally was my style icon.  I don’t know if I ever told her that.

 It was the very first time that I ever heard her question her wardrobe choice. And, it was a legitimate question because we are supposed to wear black to a funeral. You always hear that real “fashionistas” don’t follow the “rules.”  It’s not about following or not following therules. It’s about staying true to your self.  Being confident in who you are, wardrobe can provide or enhance that access.

And- I miss her all the time. If you’ve got a style icon in your life, tell them!

As my mom says “You only regret the things you don’t do..”




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