A STYLd LIFE wants to introduce our readers to one of our mini STYLdnistas, Sierra Woodstock! She is an amazing 7th grader, at Eastern University Academy Charter School. She is known to be a leader among her classmates but more importantly, in her academics. Sierra is fireball of creativity which shows in her accessories that she never leaves home without. Her free-time is filled with drawing unique charms that will definitely give Juicy Couture a run for their money!
Sierra is a STYLdnista is her own right because she embraces who she truly is, being a lover of all the arts, from dance to sketching. Sierra has a quiet, laid-back spirit. Yet, her personality shines through her creative work and her love for color and prints.
We were overjoyed to learn that because of Sierra’s leadership skills and outstanding academics she was chosen along with 4 other students to go on a mission trip to Costa Rica! HOW AMAZING??! Sierra will have the opportunity to spend a little over a week helping to build schools for the children of Costa Rica. We believe this is a once in a lifetime chance for a 7th grader to experience a culture completely different from her own and also use her gifts and talents to give back.
We don’t want anything to stand in the way of Sierra getting to Costa Rica! If you would like to help support Sierra and her family in their efforts to assure she is apart of this mission please donate to her fund at www.paypal.com using this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for supporting Sierra’s STYLd LIFE!
Tee: C&C California; Clutch: DIY
Tee: SOLIDSTITCH; Maxi: BCBG Max Azria
Last week we were in Rittenhouse Square for meetings and we also attended an awesome event at Hylo Boutique to checkout their current designer, Nicole Fisher. While heading to the event we walked through d1′s fave section of the city, the quiet neighborhood of brownstones.
Shoes: Charles Jourdan, Denim: Guess, Belt: Vintage, Clutch: Poppy, Leather Jacket: Aqua
Jacket: Asos, Shoes/Bag: ALDO, Earrings: Forever 21
Earlier this week we had some meetings to attend downtown. It was a gorgeous day, so we decided to catch the train into the city. Why not snap some pics while waiting for the train?!
We recently worked with a client to update his spring wardrobe. We were so in love with the look he wore on Easter Sunday, that we had to share!
For some time now, (probably a few months) I’ve wanted to write a post dedicated to the three women that played an important role in my childhood. Also, I wanted to share the significance of a girl having strong women around her from a young age. Girl’s first encounter with strong women should not be in college or the workplace. That’s when some women fade to the corner or have jealous motives because of their lack of confidence.
Before I continue, let me make clear, when I speak in this post about having confidence I am not saying that I have it all together or I don’t have flaws. I HAVE MANY! However, I am speaking purely from a place of being comfortable in your own skin. Got it?!
These three amazing women played a huge role in why I am a confident woman. Being the first niece to my aunt on my dad’s side and the only child at the time, I very rarely wanted to be home. Soon as I became aware that I had three teenage cousins who lived in the same home, I said forget being in the house with my parents! I can remember begging my mom & dad to go over Aunt Dee Dee’s house every weekend and every day during the summer. Once I was old enough to attend camp, where did I go…the camp that my oldest cousin was a counselor. So, as you can see I never wanted to go anywhere or do anything without them.
As we all know, children are very smart and take in everything they see. I can’t pinpoint one specific thing my cousins did to impact my life. I just always remembered them being true to who they are and carrying themselves like strong young-women. I can recall watching them curl their hair before we would leave the house, and I remember my older cousin in particular wearing her Victoria Secret lotion during the summer. One encounter I will never forget, coming in the house from camp I hugged my cousin and instead of the usual hug in return she said, did you wash under your arms this morning (Guess I didn’t smell too fresh-HOW EMBARRASSING)? She immediately sent me to the bathroom to wash and of course I received a little lecture about caring for my body. Oh and don’t let me leave home without my earrings, my aunt would say, “Precious (my childhood nickname), where are your earrings…little girls always wear their earrings.” Some of you may be reading this and think it’s all superficial, but my view is very different. As a woman, I take very seriously my appearance when I walk out the door. This has nothing to do with fashion or style, but more importantly taking care for your body and presenting yourself appropriately. A lesson I learned from three teenage girls just by watching them take care of themselves.
It wasn’t until I went to public school in the 5th grade that my eyes were really opened to girls from all walks of life. I guess you can say prior to that, I was boxed in, believing all girls were nice and wanted to be my friend and came from good homes. Can you say, SHOCK! As an adolescent, I was superrrr skinny and had bad acne issues. I can remember girls making comments in class about my face or the horrible tights my mother dressed me in (lol), but their comments only hurt me for a second. I honestly believe that it was because of my foundation that I still knew I was beautiful and that someone’s thoughts didn’t have to change my thoughts. I shared my memories of my cousins to show the importance of role models at a young age. If we take my cousins out of the equation, I possibly could’ve felt that I was all the names I was being called. From that, I would’ve went on to middle school, high school and college bitter… disliking every female I came in contact with or becoming jealous of someone I thought looked better or had more.
As I matured and started to learn myself, I realized how much my childhood played such a MAJOR role in who I am today. Spending those days with my cousins were shaping and molding me, giving me a confidence that no person could take away…all from them just hanging out with me. Ladies, don’t ever think you aren’t setting an example (good or bad) for girls around you. Even if you don’t have girls in your life on a daily basis, you pass them as you go to work, to the mall, at church etc… THEY ARE PAYING ATTENTION and they are taking in everything they see. If there are girls in your life, just hang out with them…that’s all it takes. They need you! Every girl deserves to be comfortable in her own skin. But, how can she understand the pure side of confidence if she never sees it in the women in her life?
I feel like I have so much more to say, but I can ramble for hours on this topic. So, I’ll save that for another post at another time.
PS: A friend of mine recently shared a song with me and said it reminds her of me. So, I went home and listened to it right away! I’ve played it non-stop ever since so I figured I share it with you Confidence by Tasha Cobbs