The Sparkle in Your Eye

January 26, 2015

I think for the first time in almost a year, we missed our publish date for the Light of Style blog last Monday due to technical difficulties. So sorry!!!

But we are back and on track once again. It’s been a busy couple of weeks for K. Renee! We had our grand opening of our expanded showroom space at the home store and the entire team worked together to bring this new space to life.

This additional space not only gives us the opportunity to bring out more of our vast selection of beautiful and unique goods but to create more inspirational ideas for what you might be able to do in your own home.

At the same time, our clothing store team kicked off our fall and winter sale with savings from 50 to 75% off cold weather merchandise to make way for all the pre-spring and resort wear that is now arriving daily!

Please stop on by if you get a chance, there are still many wonderful pieces just waiting for the right owner and lots of cold weather months still ahead of us to enjoy them.

A little over a week ago, DJ had the opportunity to help a client get ready for the Governors Ball that was held on Friday, January 16th. Our client brought in a beautiful black taffeta long skirt that she wanted to wear but didn’t know what to wear with it. DJ was up for the styling challenge! I have to tell you it was a thing of joy to watch and hear the excitement as they together came up with a plan to “knock it out of the park” as DJ would say.

The solution was simple (as many beautiful things are) by pairing the long skirt with a crisp Theory white shirt and a pair of classic pointed toe black pumps. Dj advised our client to style her hair in a glamorous messy ponytail and to keep her makeup classic and sophisticated. They devised a plan that our client would stop by the store at 5:45 on Friday evening to get dressed. DJ kept her outfit at the store and made sure the shirting was ironed to perfection while our client got her hair and make-up done.

This is the picture DJ snapped at the store right before heading to the ball! Sigh. Beautiful. Effortless style. Our client left the store with a confident sparkle in her eye.

The next Saturday morning, she stopped by to pick up a few things forgotten the night before and to give DJ a report on the ball. Not only did she feel like a million bucks (and looked like a billion bucks) she had rendered her husband speechless and I believe said something to the effect of “Not a chance I can compete with this.” I am guessing that he too had a sparkle in his eye when they walked into the ball arm in arm.

I cannot tell you how important I think that achieving a sparkle in your eye is in our lives. It is the reason that we are in the clothing and home style business.

As Henry Ford once said,

I so agree. There is such a difference in how we feel about ourselves and our outlook on the future when put that extra enthusiasm into being our best self no matter what is going on in our lives. I think Kelli said it best a couple of weeks ago during one of our team meetings. As she described her vision for our growing businesses, it centered on offering products and services that lift others up by helping them “live beautifully.”

Now, we know that living beautifully will not solve all of life’s challenges but it is not by coincidence that when you are surrounded by something beautiful a sense of peace, awe and calm envelop us.

And just as impactful, drive through a dilapidated area of town that is down on its luck. The sense of hopelessness hovers in the air.

Or think about a before and after makeover.

While life’s challenges still remain the same for this women, her confidence soars and her ability to tackle the world soars right with it.

It is evident that beauty translates into joy and hope. Certainly, all of us need as much of that as we can get! Here are just a just a few ways that have helped me in my journey to live beautifully…

Dress like you matter.

Fact of life for me… when I dress in a frumpy outfit, I feel like a frump. Okay, that’s a great strategy for turning things around! Not. However, when I make an effort to look my best (casual or dressy), I stand taller, feel confident and proud.

I’ve learned that especially when I feel the worst, I need to make the effort to look my best. This small bit of beauty that I allow myself to have on the darkest of days gives me hope for a better day.

Change things up in your home to reflect your best self.

I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time at home. Our homes can either be a reminder of days of the past and unrealized dreams or they can be the place that you have always imagined. I’ve been in both places — and the satisfaction I receive from being content in my home space is priceless.

No matter where you live, you can always find ways to live more beautifully now! It’s one of the reasons that we stock our home store to sell. There is no time like to present to begin making a difference in your home and your life.

Pay it forward.

Yes, we all know that the joy of giving far outweighs receiving. But each and every time I have had the opportunity to pay it forward, I still marvel at the sense of pride and joy that comes from it. I have to ask myself why not do this more?

If you have time, read this amazing article about a black cat, a woman in hospice and a stranger who made all the difference in the world. Here is a link to the article:

I hope someday that I have the courage to earn this quote:

Keep Gratitude Alive.

Even during the most difficult times, I know its important to be grateful for the choices and blessings I do have. I am grateful for all of the people in my life that I love and that care and support me, for who I am and the opportunity I still have for what is yet to come. Gratitude simply makes us happier people who focus on the glass half full instead of half empty.

Do something beautiful for yourself this week. You deserve it!