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!
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