“Figure out who you are, then do it on purpose.”
~ Dolly Parton
If you have spent 5 minutes in my universe you know how much I love style! So I am beyond excited to help you find, and own, yours.
But first a back story:
My mom and my Aunt Renee both had fabulous style and one of my favourite things to do as a little girl was play dress up with their clothes and make up stories about the person I want to be.
The feelings I got from those stories extended into my teens when I started my own collection and began wearing vintage as part of my style.
Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue, sums up today’s style rules beautifully;
“One should look forward rather than backwards. But the way we look at fashion today has shifted dramatically. There was a sense people were embarrassed by fashion but it’s so universal now it has been embraced by everybody. Fashion will tell you everything that is going on in the world. The influence of street style and vintage has greatly influenced fashion lately. It’s quite fascinating to witness.”
I am in love with this view on fashion. Because it means anything goes and allows each person to define their own style. Style is really about attitude.
Everything is about attitude.
My style has roots to my lineage (viking dna) and my magic.
I personally like to look really sexy, kinda witchy, and vaguely threatening.
If they made a movie of the week and cast the woman who may have murdered her husband and is about to be interviewed, they could dress her from my closet. Not even kidding. And I LOVE that about myself.
Style is an integral part of your magic too. Having your style game on point changes EVERYTHING.
Style is about reflecting who you are on the inside, back out to the world.
When you hide that, for whatever reason, you are hiding a part of you.
A part of you that the world needs to see.
A part of you that can amp your power and express your personality.
A part of you that refuses to conform to a concept that was designed without you in mind.
Life is about loving what you love and changing it up and making it work.
It is about mixing things you wear every day with vintage and couture.
Wearing inexpensive with expensive, and vintage with modern.
It’s called “street style fashion” which is style without limits.
Style is about not only looking at what you are wearing.
It’s about looking at who you are, and who you want to be.
Which is why I created these sessions. To help you become who you want to be.
I want you to find your wild muses and channel them as you make your way in this world.
Wild Muses are made of grit and glamour. Of sex and magic.
They are confrontational and romantic.
They bring a grace and a reckoning to how they live life.
They are as tenacious and rebellious as a cat on a hot tin roof.
Why do they live how they live? Because they can.
Wild Muses live by their own rules.
They like style even if they are slightly afraid of it.
(Don’t be afraid of it. It will change your life.)
If you are feeling tender about your body, I will hold your heart gently and help you untangle that.
If you’re feeling tender about being seen, I will hold your heart gently and help you untangle that.
If you are feeling tender about what the world WANTS you to wear because you know it’s not for you, and the noise you hear contains words like “age”, and “appropriate”, I will hold your heart gently because you deserve to show up in this world in all your you-ness.
I want you to live your life feeling the best you possibly can and rocking the style that says “this is me”.
I want you to feel like you in your website photos, at speaking engagements, and when you are at work.
I want you to feel like you when you are dirty dancing, telling the truth, and taking over the world.
I want you to feel like you when you are at home alone, with your family, or on vacation.
I want you to feel like you when you are casting spells, making margaritas, and falling in love.
I want you to know that no matter where you go, or what you do, you got it covered because your STYLE will hold you up and remind you of who you are. I want you to be your own Wild Muse.*cue entrance music*
Wild Muses don’t choose the either/or.
They frolic in the and/and of living and are chameleon souls.
As a Wild Muse you can require practicality from your life or absolute excess.
Style is entirely up to you.
What do you love?
What inspires you?
How do you want to show up in the world?
Channel your wild muse and become that person.
What you adorn yourself in can be talismans that evoke and invite the feelings you want to feel every day.
Clothes have a back story and in wearing them you get to write, and rewrite, your own story.
There is power in adornment.
There is fire in adornment.
There is magic in adornment.
Real, raw, fierce, I can do anything power. Believe it.
Let your style help you tell the world who you are. Even if you are the only one seeing it.
Adorn. Figure out WHO you are and then do it on purpose. xx
How it works:
We will get together on a video call and talk about what frustrates you with style.
We will talk about what inspires you with style.
We will talk about the internal dialogue, and the noise that is rattling around in your head, and your closet, when it comes to getting dressed.
We will talk about where to find pieces that feel like you, so when you shop you only buy what you LOVE.
We will talk about how to dress your body so you shine.
We will debunk all the so called “rules” of style and get to the core of YOUR style.
Clothes are your sacred channel for connecting with your own story, your own truth, and your own power.
Live wild. Stay gold.
To book your call if it was gifted to you, or to purchase a gift certificate, send me an email and I will send you the links.
Isabel Abbott – Writer. Corporeal Artist. Activist at www.isabelabbot.com
I scheduled an Adorn Session with Renee because while I felt comfortable and at ease in my daily work and living style, I had questions and anxiety around what to wear in certain professional settings and when public speaking. I had, unknowingly, bought into a whole luggage set worth of ideas and beliefs about what I “should” look like. I had split myself, created a dichotomy, and it served only to make me feel insecure and uncomfortable in both worlds. And, this changed after working with Renee. I thought I might get some tips and ideas and leave with a sense of what to wear to my next public speaking gig, and instead what I came away with was an understanding of some of my deepest stories of who I am and what I am allowed and where my power resides. What changed is I get to have all of me, wherever I go now.
I learned where I first began believing other people’s ideas and what it might mean to be me without apology. It cracked me open and spilled me out into a land where I get to wear what actually makes me come alive, and know it as not just clothes but art embodied. And that is just wicked cool to me. I have gone back to listen to the session a few times, and each time I find another glittering truth. It has changed my experience of myself in the professional realms and my experience lounging in my apartment, and all of it is mine, belonging to me.
I cannot recommend an Adorn Session highly enough.
You won’t just understand insight into your style and why it might matter; you will be opened to this opportunity to fall in love with yourself and your own story and all the ways of showing up embodied and human in this rich and sublime world.
Amy Walsh, The Bureau of Tactical Imagination
When I first came to Renee for a session I honestly didn’t know what she could do with me. I grew up believing that if you thought about clothing and style, you were being hoodwinked into sexist BS about women as objects. I always felt that when I paid attention to my clothing and style I was “wasting time” that would be “better spent” thinking about “things that mattered.” I knew in my mind that this wasn’t true but it was hard to convince myself to pay attention.
The only place I felt free to be creative about style and fashion was as a part of performance and art. As an artist, I could tell that every detail mattered, and that style and fashion were just another fun playspace to be creative in.
Renee helped me bridge the gap between art and life. In simple, doable ways, she helped me bring the creativity of my art practice into my approach to everyday living and dressing. She helped me give myself permission to care about it. She approached it like a creative collaborator, and through laughter and brainstorming we arrived at some excellent action plans for me. She even helped me figure out how to research certain pieces and gave me advice about getting started with the basics of building a wardrobe around my vision.
Renee has a way of both understanding clothing and accessories as talismanic and sacred, while treating the cultural and social norms with irreverence and humor. This was exactly the combo I needed to be able to reclaim a love of fashion and style, take charge of my wardrobe and start feeling like a badass on the outside, not just the inside.
Since our call I’ve been building out my basic wardrobe based on my practical needs, my budget, and most importantly my creative vision. It feels amazing. Its had an effect on so many areas of my life – anything that has to do with communication, self expression and being visible in my life and business has been positively affected by working with Renee. I can’t recommend her highly enough.
Karen C.L. Anderson, Boundaries and Re-Mothering expert at KCLAnderson.com and author of The Peaceful Daughter’s Guide To Separating From A Difficult Mother
Back in the day (let’s say the early 80s) I broke out of preppie prison and became a free punk spirit who dressed the way she wanted to. It was an all-too-brief late-blooming moment, because after that, I took over where my mother had left off and squashed and squelched my spirit out of shame and self-loathing I didn’t know I had.
Since waking up to that, I’ve been on a mission to be as self-expressed as possible. There have been many highs and lows along the way and one of the most important pieces for me was coming home to my body…not the body I thought I should have, but MY precious body.
That said, dressing my precious body has never come easily to me. I felt constrained by weird self-imposed rules in regards to color and whether or not something looked good on me. I had a couple of one-of-a-kind pieces that I adored and was lamenting that store fashions had become so…boring and blah. Not to mention, my precious body had changed as I went through the process of menopause. Nothing fit the way it used to!
THEN I had an Adorn session with Renée. I showed her the pieces I loved and she suggested finding a tailor to make those pieces in other colors/fabrics I loved. She had some other outside-the-big-box-store ideas that I’ve implemented, and now dressing doesn’t feel like a dreaded chore. Not only that, but I’ve become known for my unique-to-me tops and jackets.
I’m not sure how she does it, but Renée knows how to truly see you – not just what’s on the outside, but what’s on the inside too. She honors that. If you’re struggling with fashion in any way, shape, or form, an Adorn session is for you. Let Renée show you the way!
Crys Wood, Writer. Paper Crane Publishing
Everything Renee says about style and shopping is true. Her words ‘Ignore mannequins at the mall, they’ll just fuck you up‘ were music to my ears! Now I shop thrift stores and find what will look great on me for ages instead of settling for whatever hell is in fashion this week. My closet is starting to shine!
Nona Jordan, Master Coach and Guide at Nona Jordan Coaching
I was stuck in a rut for years, feeling like the fashion industry had left me out. Intrigued by Renee’s work, I signed up for a session and I’m SO glad I did. Renee was able to help me identify my style, give me permission to NOT wear what the fashion industry is peddling at the moment and let my clothing reflect my style. I’ve found some stores that reliably carry clothing I love and that reflects my style: a little goth, a lot of texture with beautiful fabrics. I am so grateful to Renee for helping me find fashion freedom!!”
Grace Judson, Better Conversations at www.gracejudson.com
When I first read about Renee’s Adorn offering, I was skeptical. It sounded like fun, but would there really be any lasting difference?
Then I heard a friend raving about what had happened in her Adorn session, and, more importantly, how she felt about herself and her sense of style afterwards. So I took the plunge.
For most of my life, I’ve been confused and frustrated about the whole fashion thing. I ignored fashion and style because it just made no sense to me. Often what was “in fashion” felt awkward and uncomfortable when I tried to wear it. I’d given up on being anything but eternally unstylish next to my more-polished friends and colleagues.
After my Adorn session with Renee, I know how to tell what works for ME. I know the difference between what feels right, and what’s just all wrong. Even if something looks okay, if I don’t feel great it in, I don’t want it in my closet. I’ve purged things that I held onto for years because I felt like I “should” want to wear them, but never did. And I’ve bought things that I love because I know they work for ME, regardless of what’s technically “in fashion.”
Renee didn’t tell me what to wear. Instead, she helped me find my own sense of what’s right, without a speck of judgment or assumption about what that “should” be.
In short, I get what my style is, and I get that I’m happiest, most comfortable, and most attractive when I wear my style versus what’s “in fashion.” I no longer feel unstylish – no matter who I’m with! Instead, I feel elegant, even if I’m just hanging out in jeans and a T-shirt.
And I love how that feels!