Whether you know it or not, your image tells a story.
You might as well play the part of conscious writer.
This blog is a collaboration by the international image consultants at Lily Winston.
This is a place where we share the styles, words, and narratives that inspire us.
If you'd like help refining your image into a better representation of yourself, we're here for you.
Because fashion need not cover up your true self- it can express it to the world.
gilded lily (n) : something already beautiful, adorned further.
Blog Contributors: Audrey Rinkel (Editor) & Lindsay France
Heidi Geagan from Asheville, North Carolina
What do you do for a living?
I’m an artist.
2. How does your career influence the way you dress?
Well… that’s interesting. Since art is not a necessity, part of getting people to buy or to spend money on my art, is the way I present myself to my clients.
3. What inspires your clothing choices?
Always, it’s the occasion. I think you have to dress for the occasion, and then you have to stand out. What am I dressing for and how can I stand out for the crowd.
4. How would you describe your personal style?
Hmm. My personal style is one in which I’m what you remember. Whatever I wear I make sure you remember me more than you remember what I have on. It will change, and it varies. It’s very organic, but the important thing [is that] my style is all about about, you know… it’s classic, timeless, always chic, but it’s always about me. I would never wear a label from head to toe.
5. What is your opinion on the importance of personal image?
It’s everything. Personal image is such a powerful thing, sometimes people can’t remember a word you said, but they can tell you exactly what you were wearing,.
6. What does an everyday outfit consist of for you?
White shirt, either button down or a tee, and dark jeans depending on the whether, they may be rolled up… and always a heel. Maybe jewelry, maybe not. Everyday I’ve got on a pair of Pedro Garcia’s.
7.How has your career made your style evolve?
Because, now I’m selling them my lifestyle when they buy my art, what they want is a piece of Heidi. And for them to want a piece of me, really want this stuff hanging in their house, they want to feel proud about the artist who created it, they want to feel good about Heidi. For somebody to want that, you’ve got to be the girl that everybody remembers. It’s affected my style, in that, I have to be note worthy, whether I’m walking through Starbucks or a gallery opening. I have to be the girl that when people see me they say “What do you do?”.
Pair your favorite summer skirts with light weight button up blouses to get a few more wears before the crisp fall weather!
Pair your favorite summer romper with a vest to transition into fall
we are getting excited for fall fashion! love the monochromatic greens!
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Molly Klinges was chosen from Devon, Pennsylvania, because of her numerous roles in her community and the fact that she always looks put together. She owns one business, Paisley Pear, and is currently in the process of starting another one. This year she became a chairman of the souvenirs booth at the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair, which is the oldest horse show in the U.S. She designs and buys items for the booth ranging from glassware to T-shirts. Style is very important to Molly and that is why she created her own business.
1.What do you do for a living?
First and foremost I am a mother of four kids, but I have always had my hand in something on the side. In 2005, I started Paisley Pear with a friend. We make handmade handbags and accessories for you and your home. Recently I’ve started a business along the same line as Paisley Pear, but also doing window treatments and home decor.
2.How does your career influence the way you dress?
I sometimes have to attend trunk shows, school functions or fashions shows for my handbag business so I like to reflect a classic, sophisticated look, but comfortable. I want to be approachable to customers so I like to dress cute, colorful and a little trendy rather than head to toe in designer pieces.
3.What inspires your clothing choices?
Growing up in a small town had a lot to do with it. My biggest inspiration was my mother. She had a tremendous sense of style and sophistication. She was never trendy. She always looked classic, crisp and clean, which I admire. She never wanted us to leave the home without looking put together, from hair down to shoes. She trained me to be a supporter of small town businesses, where you can find unique, fun and interesting pieces.
4.How would you describe your personal style?
I wear the classics. I like basic black, white, grey, but I love color. My friends comment on the fact that I always wear something colorful. It makes me feel happy. I don’t want to seem too serious.
5.What do you believe is your weak point when it comes to dressing?
My weak point is accessorizing. I am able to choose shoes and a purse, but when it comes to jewelry or belts I struggle. I don’t know what necklace I should wear with what outfit or how to mix and layer bracelets.
6.What does an everyday outfit consist of for you?
That would depend on the day. Some days are mom days when I am taking a walk, going grocery shopping, or stopping at the dry cleaners. But when I am doing all of this I still like to be put together. When I have anything for business or going to a boutique, I like to wear something like a cute skirt or flat sandals and jeans always making sure I look put together. Casual generally and even for my work a little bit more dressy.
7.What is your opinion on the importance of personal image?
I believe that when you are put together or look nice, you feel better about yourself. It also rubs off on other people around you and makes them feel better and confident.
Be a power couple with contrasting outfits!
Spice up a plain dress of blouse with a BOLD necklace!
Cutout dresses are perfect in the summer!
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