1.20.2010

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Style Statement
by Carrie McCarthy and Danielle LaPorte

It sounds cliché, but I truly cannot put this book down. (I mean that literally. I was balancing the book in one hand while cooking dinner with the other last night. It was slightly ridiculous.) Here's the scoop: author, entrepreneurial guru and blogger extraordinaire Danielle LaPorte teamed up with designer and lifestyle guide Carrie McCarthy to create a totally brilliant and fascinating workbook on creating your own style statement, a two-word compass that defines who you are and how you express your authentic self to the world.

The first word represents your foundation, your 80%. The second word, your 20%, is what motivates and distinguishes you. As Carrie states on her website, some people have likened it to a "personal brand" or a "creative thumbprint." Through a guided journey of self-discovery, mixed with inspirational tidbits and profiles, this book helps you to identify the themes, values, and ideas that make you you, resulting in your own two-word style statement. Once you have defined your style statement, it can help you to make more authentic choices about almost every element of your life. This concept extends far beyond what we might typically think of as style (fashion and other aesthetic expressions) to potentially encompass decisions about career choices, relationships, how we spend our time, and how we express our unique selves to the world.

Some examples of style statements for people profiled in the book: Genuine Adventure, Cherished Playful, Traditional Feminine, Structured Magic, Organic Treasure, and Contemporary Beauty. (Carrie's is Refined Treasure and Danielle's is Sacred Dramatic.)

I am only about a third of the way through the book, so I don't know what my style statement is yet, but I'm really excited to find out. It kind of feels like I'm reading a mystery novel about myself! If any of you have read the book, I would LOVE to hear your style statement.

P.S. Thank you so much for all of your heartfelt and supportive comments on yesterday's post. You guys are the best!

Image via Style Statement.

8 comments:

Chelsa Bea said...

This book looks amazing. I'm definitely going to have to pick up a copy. I'm so glad you introduced me to this website. I developed a style statment without even knowing what that was. The "Classic. Simple. Beautiful" at the top of my blog is how I try to live my life. I realize that it's 2 words instead of 3 but it fits me and my life, therefore it works.

alisha said...

loved this book! i couldn't put it down either.

mine is "genuine bold".

naturally nina said...

oooh i love the sound of this book! i am definitely going to check it out. thanks!

carrie said...

How exciting to see that you're so enjoying Style Statement. Can't wait to hear what your two words are ... And kudos to you on this lovely blog!

TheAnalyst said...

Sounds like a great book.

Is it weird that the two words that come to mind for me is "passionate insanity." Sounds like me. ;)

Lucy said...

LOVED this book...you should check out Danielle LaPorte's website whitehottruth.com...it's great. My style statement is "Cultured Vibrance"

Kiki said...

I'm reading this too - working through the exercises is incredibly illuminating. I never knew I had certain areas of my life that were looked and felt the same. And Lucy is right about checking out White Hot Truth.

Be sure to let us know what your style statement is!

Kim said...

I just ordered this and I'm excited!

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