HOW TO STYLE YOUR
TESS & CO. COLLEGE LIFE FROM
Day to Night
AUTHOR LYNETTE LEWIS: How Your Dreams = Your Purpose
TABLE OF CONTENTS July/August 2013 issue “Back to Basics”
EDITOR’S NOTE Fashioned From the Inside Out
GIRL ON THE STREET Personality Style: How to Style for your personality
WELL WOMAN We All Need Spiritual Wellness
SPECIAL FEATURE Advice on Being A Value Employee from an iYuppie (Imperfect Young Urban Profession)
FASHION FEATURE Your College Shopping List: And The Top 5 Things Every College Girl Needs
THE CREATED WOMAN Know Your Purpose And Live Your Dreams
FEATURED DESIGNER Tess & Co.
20-SOMETHING DESIGNER The Quarter Life Crisis
CREATED TO BE
INSIDE/OUT Roll Up Your Sleeves & Get to Work
Fashioned From The Inside Out Long ago, while struggling in the world of retail, pursuing my dream of becoming a part of the glamorous fashion world, I tried to stay abreast of all the hottest new designers and the couture labels in the fashion industry. I kept my closet loaded with each new hot trend; fashion was my world. After a few years of trying to stay up to speed on all the latest trends, all the while desperately failing as too many amazing pieces hung lonely in my closet without any exposure to the outside world, I finally realized that I hated most of the trendy clothes I’d once boasted so much about. I did not want to wear the latest “la-dee-da” from “so and so”. I wanted to wear my jeans (designer of course), t-shirt, and comfy, yet stylish, heels, usually in a monochromatic color scheme. Isn’t that what being fashionable is really all about? Not caring about looking like ‘her’ or ‘them’, but feeling comfortable and confident in your own skin, or rather, in your own clothes? The women who really knew who they were were the ones I considered a joy to work with. Those women were the ones who I discovered new energy with to sashay across the store to look for the perfect ‘look’ until the prize outfit was identified, purchased, wrapped, and flung into the car. It didn’t matter what the latest trend was. What mattered was who they were….on the insidehow they felt and what they thought was beautiful, comfortable, and worth the investment.
We’re also excited to introduce a brand new section for our 20-something chicks, appropriately called, The 20-Something Diaries. You’ll laugh, cry and totally recognize yourself…if you’re in your 20’s. Our 20-something writer brings real life stories to our pages and encourages those that are in the same stage of life how to live life out to the fullest as they grow together. (20-something Diaries, Pg.54) In Back to Basics, we’re helping you get back on the right track of identifying your fashion style, dreams, and more. From a few basic wardrobe essentials to getting ahead in the work place, we’re taking a look at some of the first lessons we learned in life and applying them to where we are today. Our hope is that by getting back to the basics, we’ll help you realize, once again, some of life’s basic lessons you once knew but have simply overlooked for a while.
These days, I shudder when I hear women say the dreadful words, ‘I hate fashion’, or ‘I don’t care about fashion’, because the truth is, they’ve actually already chosen a fashion style. That’s for certain! They just don’t realize it. So whether you identify with the laid back style of Jennifer Aniston, like I do, are a fashion risk taker like Katie Perry, or love the effortless look of Nicole Richie’s bohemian style, stay true to who you are (Girl on the Street Pg.8). Having to buy clothes should not be the biggest stress of your week, but should be one that is effortless because you only have to be yourself. And that is beautiful! Enjoy becoming and being the woman you were created to be!
Fashion is a simple reflection of who you are on the inside (Well Woman Pg. 28), just like the place you call home. Whether it be a bedroom, dorm room, apartment, or house (Fashion Feature pg. 36 ), it’s the clothes that make you feel like you! In this issue, we’re taking you back to the basics, which every so often is a necessity in every area of our life. In marriage, we sometimes have to remember our vows we promised on the first day of our marriage. With our friends or co-workers, there are moments we have to remember what our parents taught us, ‘If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all” (Special Feature Pg.32 & Inside Out Pg.60). There are also moments in life when we have to remember what our dreams were as a little girl and start pursing the dreams we may have lost along the way (The Created Woman Pg.44). In our fashion choices, we simply have to remember who we are and what we like, not what everyone else thinks.
From the Girl on the Street: Personality Style Photo Shoot 4
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GLAMOROUS, TREND CHIC
Shopping List: AND THE TOP 5 THINGS EVERY COLLEGE GIRL NEEDS
Every style and every personality is different, especially when you come across thousands of students on your college campus. Two Created Woman writers are going to give you a peek into their closets, two different styles of trendy glamorous and bohemian chic, showing you how to go from day to night, their makeup tips, and ideas on how to spice up your dorm room walls.
DAY Why we love this look: In the Texas summer heat, you’ll want to dress light, but that doesn’t mean you can’t layer. Showcase your individuality by layering and stacking your jewelry. Don’t be afraid to be bold and follow a few trends!
Why we love this look: Just because it’s evening doesn’t mean you have to neglect color. It’s summer so have fun while staying glamorous and fabulous!
FASHION FEATURE Top 5 Things Every College Student Needs
Makeup One product I’m loving for the summer is CoverGirl’s 3-in-1 foundation. It has the primer, concealer, and foundation all in one! And did I mention that it’s light on the face? This is a great foundation for the summer to keep you from feeling like you’re wearing tons of makeup and to spare you from the heat.
To add quick and easy color-to-your-face, pickup the CoverGirl Jumbo Gloss Balm. It’s the perfect choice. I found these gloss balms to be a little more pigmented than some other brands I’ve seen. They’re so cute and can easily slip into a purse or book bag of just about any size. They also come in a great variety of colors.
5 Dorm room Inspiration Add spunk to your glam dorm room with bright colors and bold patterns. Try a gray base color with a pop of yellow. Don’t forget to grab your top five dorm room essentials listed.
Bible It’s important to nurture your faith. Yes, college is place where you find your independence and freedom, but never forget where you came from. According to the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, after only three years of college, only 23 percent of college students attend religious services on a regular basis.
Family Photos You won’t grow home sick with your friends and family by your side. Don’t forget to bring a few pictures of your favorite memories.
Art Every college students needs one or two pieces of art on their walls that best describes their style and personality. One step into your dorm room and your fellow classmates or roommates will know who you are.
About Author: ShaTonya Wooley
You may find that your college professors won’t follow up with you to make sure you’re staying on top on your assignments. You’ll need to take personal responsibility to make sure you know when your work is due and push yourself to get it done on time.
MEAN - Taylor Swift (Country) Eskarleth Gonzalz, 22yrs, Fashion merchandising YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL Lana Del Rey (Alternative) Lindsey Graves, 20yrs, Business and Fashion Merchandising YELLOW - Coldplay (Pop) Yadira Padilla, 20yrs, Mass Communications THE PROOF OF YOUR LOVE For King and Country (Christian) Brittani Korioth, 22yrs, Communications BONES - Hillsong United (Christian) Eyleen Gonzalez, 19yrs, Media/Communications
ShaTonya has always worked professionally in the higher education industry. In 2012, she decided to commit herself full-time to being educated in ministry and missionary work. Through this experience, she was able to give back to humanity and provide help for third world countries such as Haiti. She has plans to continue her missionary work and her love for fashion and beauty by creating her own.
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FASHION FEATURE Makeup & Hair BOHEMIAN CHIC
To create the natural Bohemian look, accent the eyes with neutral colors, soft browns and caramels. Create an elegant feel by lining the upper eyelid with a liquid eyeliner, such as M.A.C. Liquidlast Eyeliner, and then line the lower lash line with a neutral color eye shadow. I love NYX Bohemian Chick-Nude Matte Collection. This portable kit includes 24 soft matte eye shadows that vary in subtle earth tones and 2 blushes to create the perfect carefree Boho look. For the cheeks, use a peach to brownish toned blush and apply bronzer to give you a decent glow. Top the look off with a lip color that matches the color of your cheeks to keep the focus on the eyes.
Why we love this look: Strut across campus with a stylish carefree attitude and style. This laid-back outfit provides all day comfort for a full schedule of classes.
Styling your hair can be an afterthought. Simply wash it and let it air dry, then turn a few centimeterwide sections of hair into accent braids around your face. Tie them with ribbons or decorate them with flowers for kicks; a headband worn Indianstyle around the forehead also looks chic.
Why we love this look: Bohemian style is all about light layers, versatility, flowing maxis or skirts and mixed prints. A jean jacket and light scarf is perfect for a breezy back-to-school night.
Natalya White Natalya is a quirky ice cream loving, trail running, art painting, cowboy boot wearing, coffee sipping, loves to feed people good homemade food gal. Born in Russia, but raised in Denver, Colorado, Natalya enjoys spending her free time trying new recipes, catching up on reading, or playing Wii with her new husband. Recently married, Natalya and her husband, Doug, live in Pflugerville, Texas, where they just purchased their first home.
Dorm room Inspiration Patterns, patterns, and more patterns! A worldly and interesting dorm room can be achieved by appreciating older objects, the tradition of other cultures, and pieces with a folky feel. Drape the windows with ethnic patterns, choose beautiful jewel toned bedding, cover the walls with antique brass metals and you have yourself a room you can call a home away from home.
THE CREATED WOMAN Know Your Purpose and Live Your Dreams
THE CREATED WOMAN Achievement comes through hard work, hard work is fueled by ambition, ambition is birthed in dreams, and dreams are unleashed when we understand our purpose. In this back-to-basics issue, we want to focus on the heart of becoming the woman you were created to be and could think of no better person to inspire and empower you than Lynette Lewis.
What is the strategy for living out our dreams?
Pressures and busy jobs can really overshadow our aspirations. Tiredness and discouragement can virtually shut us down. Stepping into new adventures will help. I moved to NYC at age 37 only knowing one person in the city. I wondered if I was making a huge mistake, but it turned out to be the best move, professionally and personally. It wasn’t without fear and included a big cut in pay, but it was worth the risk to experience my dream of living in the Big Apple.
n accomplished business woman, author and consultant, Lynette is equipping women with the tools they need to live lives of hope and overcome every challenge on the way to their dreams. While reading Lynette’s book, Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos, Created Woman founder Heather Frierson laid the groundwork for the vision that guides each issue of this magazine.
Climbing the Ladder, I provide an exercise for articulating your purpose. It’s something I think everyone should work through. Knowing your purpose is like having a compass that points you to the people, projects, and things that you will enjoy most.
We had the opportunity to ask Lynette some questions and are thrilled to share her practical, proven wisdom with you.
Knock on every door that interests you, meet all the influencers you can, act confident until you feel it, embrace whatever you get at first and then morph it into something you love. My first job seemed to be totally disconnected to my bigger dreams. In hindsight, that job was about the people I was meeting, many of whom I still work with today.
What is the key to a successful life and career? Success is an interesting term; it means different things to different people. To me, fulfillment and meaning are more worthy pursuits than success. This comes from knowing your purpose and then living your dreams. How do you discover your dreams? Discovering your dreams is a process, not one specific event. In the first chapter of
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What would you say to the college graduate who is out there searching for her first job?
How do we capitalize on the feeling “ there must be something more for me”? Dream outside your job description in your free time. Invent the next move that will take you to the place you really want to go. Don’t wait for permission; go for it!
There are many strategies, but the practical tool I always use is called the “1-1-1 Strategy,” which means you take one step, once a week, toward one of your dreams. If you take 52 steps a year toward a dream, you WILL achieve it. We all have time to take one step once a week. So no more excuses! Did you ever find yourself distracted or facing an obstacle to pursuing your dreams?
How do we endure those seemingly endless seasons of waiting for a dream to come pass? When one dream is on hold, go live another! Engage in others’ dreams and focus on the things you are receiving now versus all the things you’re waiting for. Days are long but life is short and we often miss the scenery because we’re so focused on the destination. Having friends is a huge help too–people we can laugh with, vacation with and spend time enjoying life with! Don’t lose hope. I would rather be a woman who is hopeful, even if my dreams remain unfulfilled, than a woman who is complacent, not caring one way or another because believing is just too risky.
What about those women who say “I’m too practical to dream”? Dreams bring joy and zest to our regular routines. They add new energy and enliven our hearts. We need to be practical about doing our dreams but never too practical to dream! Share a memorable “aha” moment: For 30 years I dreamed of being married. After our wedding, I realized there were still dreams and ideas to be pursued. The danger in focusing on one dream is thinking, “When this comes to pass, THEN I’ll be fulfilled.” That’s not true. Fulfillment is comprised of many things. No one person or achievement will ever be the final trump card.
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Talk about the influence of a woman in the corporate world. We have come so far over the past 25 years. Still, in many parts of the world, women are lagging behind. As we grow in our careers, we can influence others through community service, serving on boards, starting organizations and innovating solutions. Everyone should invest their time, talents, and treasure toward the areas of need they recognize at home and around the world. Tell us about Stop Child Trafficking Now. My husband and I are passionate about this organization we founded over 4 years ago, although we are not directly involved in the day-to-day activities. The organization has grown rapidly and involves thousands of
activists all over the world with an evolving strategy of fighting the demand-side of child sexual slavery. This issue remains my strongest personal passion when it comes to giving back and making a difference. What dream is next on your must-pursue list? I will be starting an internet TV show this summer and continuing the launch of “Love Your Life” events in New York City. Find out more at lynettelewis.com. What’s the one thing you hope women learn from your story? To hold on to their dreams no matter how long it takes or how slow their answers are in coming. Tenacity wins and perseverance is such a beautiful quality in a woman.
I love shopping. My latest craze is consignment and vintage items- snagging amazing deals on designer brands at steal-of-a-deal prices and then mixing those with affordable brands such as ZARA, Forever 21, and J.Crew. Skirt/Pant Jeans from J.Crew are the best, in many colors and patterns.
Bag My latest consignment find of a Gucci bag that looked brand new.
Make up item St. Tropez Self Tanning Mousse is the bomb, best-ever self-tanner with no smell, and a lovely golden color for face and skin, available at Sephora.
For the desk
Recent Pucci designer top.
My desk itself, which is a marble-top Saarinen table, an elegant table-turned-desk.
About Author: Lynn Marie Cherry lynnmariecherry.blogspot.com
Can’t live without Shoe Lanvin ballet flats are my favorite for travel, I often find gently worn pairs at consignment shops. For stilettos, I love Chanel, Prada, and Manola Blahniks, plus let’s not forget the red-sole Louboutins.
Favorite Trend: “Floral pants and shorts paired with solid tops and simple accessories.” Lynn and her husband, David, have been married for over 20 years. She loves the adventure of being mom to two boys. She is passionate about sharing her freedom story and planting hope in the hearts of others. As a writer and speaker, Lynn is not just informative but relatable, funny and sincere.
A daily smoothie made with kefir, frozen berries, Udo’s oil, and raw protein powder from Garden of Eatin.
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Accessory I can’t resist rings from Forever 21, at $4.50 each you can add bling without bucks!
Loving life is about dreaming on all cylinders and taking lots of friends with you. Author, speaker
her popular, practical tools via her books, Jacket Vintage jaguar coat found at a NYC flea market, updated with a fresh new hot pink lining!
Travel bag Trish McEvoy makeup planners keep everything in one spot and are lovely to carry.
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“I was Created To... give endlessly and of all my talents and energies to leave the world a better place!” -Theresa Kopecky
Theresa Kopecky Tess & Co. Theresa’s belief in faith, family and American industry has informed each of her decisions, professional and personal, as she builds her life and career. While deployed to Afghanistan, (the only female on her remote Special Operations base!) she distinguished herself in the service, earning the title of Outstanding Officer in the entire US Air Force Reserves for 2009. Two years later, she launched her own clothing line, Tess & Co., to national acclaim. And, with the addition of baby Marshall to the Kopecky family, a new brand is joining the Tess family, too – Tess Tots. With an indomitable, can-do spirit, Theresa Kopecky weaves the seemingly disparate roles of fashion designer, Air Force Major, mother and wife into one dynamite, 5’4” package!
Tess & Co. www.tessandcompany.com twitter.com/tessandcompany instagram.com/tessandcompany pinterest.com/tessandcompany/
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THE QUARTER LIFE CRISIS
When venting recently about this to a friend, she sarcastically replied, “Oh right, because you have your degree, own a business, have a great job, and are married.” Oh. While I did not want to agree with her at the time, she was right. It’s all about the perspective. I suppose the quarter-life crisis is induced by realizing, for the first time in life, we are adults. We have made decisions that permanently impact our future. No longer are mom and dad to blame. In realizing this, we must choose whether we are satisfied or disappointed in our decisions. Six months into this quarter-life crisis, I am realizing it isn’t a crisis at all, just the reckoning of, what John Mayer says, that “stirring in our souls.”
ince high school, I have had my life mapped out. I knew I wanted to move to New York, to write for a magazine, and maybe someday own a business. I did not imagine a wedding, children, or settling down. Ever. Twenty-five has always been far down the line and all of my goals were limited by that magic number. I always said, “When I’m twenty-five, I know for sure I will have finished school, will
be a published author, will have a successful business...” and so on. Yet here I am, six months into twenty-five, still giving myself the same pep talks I did when I was seventeen. I was thinking on this a few weeks ago and immediately a song came to mind. It was John Mayer, singing about this very feeling, the one that dominates the plot of ‘Why Georgia.’ That relatable sinking feeling when you wonder if all you have done up to this point will equate to
the happiness you have longed for all the while. Will the sacrifices pay off? Will skipping New York for a walk down the aisle be worth it in ten years? Will I find a job that minimizes the panic I feel when I look at my debt? I did not even think about the so-called “quarter-life crisis,” it just so happened that all of my hopes fell into that time frame. Twenty-five was my mirage and now that I’m standing in the middle of it, I feel like there is a hollowness where my seventeen year old self saw so many possibilities.
About Author: Nadia Sanchez www.veritasboutique.com twitter.com/@veritasboutique Favorite Trend: “Currently in love with all things floral, bright pops of color, and fun statement pieces, whether it be chunky chain or cascading natural stones.” Nadia is a fun loving, free spirit, who pulls the reigns in only when it comes to running her boutique. Always curious and rarely settled, she loves shopping, traveling, and writing