Textile Examples Designed by Mary Jaeger: Lavender Diamond Rib Collar cape, Mountain Scarf-orange-green, Blue Castle Hat
I first met textile maven Mary Jaeger at last year’s annual New York Fashion Conference. My craving for wearable textiles has never been the same since. Mary truly is an extraordinary designer. Her style is so right for Silicon Valley that we hatched a plan to make her amazing collection available outside of her private TriBeCa studio. Design conscious people like you need to see the works of Mary Jaeger.
After having accepted a very special invitation to visit Mary in her studio last December, I was hooked! Walking into her creative space that doubles as a showroom was like entering a rock star’s dream closet full of amazingly designed sculpted and dyed accessories in unusual colors, striking textures, and artistic patterns.
This Dolce & Gabbana dress helped a client make the right impression on the first day of a conference. There’s nothing quite like having “conference confidence” to stand out in a crowd. It worked!
Nearly every day so far this year, I could be spotted scouring the stores in search of clothing and accessories that would become my spring style suggestions for each client. The most amazing experience is the moment when people who have entrusted me with managing their images get to see those style suggestions for the very first time.
The big reveal isn’t a private showing of curated art. These style suggestions are “just” clothes, but aren’t just any clothes. They are selected to work for each client’s body, coloring, style, comfort, occasion, needs, and messaging. That makes these wardrobe items some serious style suggestions.
Jody Watley [ca. 2006]
I absolutely want each client to become her or his own makeover superstar. But not one of my clients initially says that this is ultimately what they care about. And that’s because I’m already thinking ahead, from the perspectives of wanting everyone to far exceed their own goals, and of wanting to be an outstanding service provider.
It is my honor and focus to help each client realize and fulfill their personal image goals. And while each client has her or his reasons and desires for making changes and improvements, a true measure of success can be assessed when I see that each one of them becomes a makeover superstar.
These photos are of Tony, a man who chronicled the changes to his body over a 3 month period. Top left was Tony at the start of his program. Top right photo was Tony mid way through. And the photo at bottom is Tony’s transformed torso to date.
My clients are always telling me that no matter how important fitness and nutrition are to their lives and to maintaining a healthy self-image, it’s not easy to keep up with. Maybe even you are on a journey to improve strength and body shape. Keeping fit and eating right are not spectator sports. You can’t watch someone else do it and have the results rub off on you. If you are concerned about enhancing your self-image by improving your fitness and nutrition, you have to do the work.
Feeling good enough should not come at the expense of others. Instead, set positive intentions to honor your own outer and inner beauty.
I’m a life long student of self-image. And if you’re a regular reader of my blog, you probably are, too. So, whenever I have an opportunity to learn something new, I take it. Last week, I attended a healthy living class for adult learners at Stanford University focusing on helping others to find ways of feeling good enough about their self-image under the leadership of a licensed clinical social worker and a sexual health instructor.
It was one of the most bizarre classes I’ve ever attended.
Just now, while opening up my computer to write this post, I quickly realized that I am working from home in sweats. I’m actually recovering from an acute case of food poisoning. Fun times. I’m not even back on solid foods, yet. But while in the same sweats I wore to the urgent care doctor yesterday, I just had to write about the notion of working from home in sweats.
This guy is a cultural icon of social media. But does his personal style make looking like the best you seem like it’s too much?
Time after time, both clients and non-clients tell me that it’s almost too much of an effort to look their very best. But why is looking like the best you so hard to do?
Let’s review a few key things that come up for a lot of people who have been brave and vulnerable to share their reasons with me.
While considering new wardrobe items for a number of clients during the past week, I was struck by their many different yet inspiring styles. I provide my clients with a great deal of guidance on which clothing and accessory items they should consider adding to their wardrobes. Even though these particular clients share some overlapping personality traits, each has their very own unique style.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
It’s practically impossible to see New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on TV or in person without reacting to his obvious obesity, isn’t it? At the same time, do you feel that your opinion about Governor Christie’s weight affects your perception of the job he does as governor?
A recent Wall Street Journal article, “Want to be CEO? What’s Your BMI [Body Mass Index]?” got me thinking about how weight affects your perception.
I often wonder why so many people seem to end up giving up on their image, especially when they have so much potential to enhance it. Sometimes it takes the temerity to keep trying. Anyone who’s ever taken the bar exam knows that it’s not unusual to fail it the first time out of the gate. But that doesn’t stop most from retaking the exam.