12/ 05/ 16

The best gift you can give yourself…

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December is here babes!  And while the dust settles a bit in preparation for a new year ahead…I find that so much joy resides in the simplicity of reflection.  Of what this coming month can truly bring.   Tis’ the season for the hustle and bustle of finding the perfect gifts to give others.  The long lists of those you need to show your appreciation.  The letters that need to be posted, and parties that need to be attended to and planned.  In all the memories of past holidays, I have never held tight in memory to the the gifts I was given, or the number of beautiful holiday cards received.  I DO recall the feelings of the holidays.  When I walked into a room with those whom I hadn’t seen in oh so long.  The friend who needed that extra tight hug .  The absolute presence of being in the moment.  The joy that comes from forgiveness.  The happiness that lives in your heart because you are simply together.  Now that is a gift I can get behind.

Let yourself FEEL the spirit of December darling babes.  Wrap up the gift of self-love, and give it to you this holiday.  Buy those shoes you’ve been eyeing for a decade.  Take an extra long shower.  Hug someone a little bit longer.  Smile more.  Take time to just be in the absolute moment of the season.  It’s not always what you give in a box that matters to others.  It’s what you give from within.  Take care of that heart of yours babes.  Others will benefit from the beauty and light that brilliantly shines from the inside of the one and only incredibly capable you.  xo-renée

 

Image by | Renée Lara Style

Product Featured | The one and only Seychelles



11/ 01/ 16

gratitude

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November is a beautiful reminder to seek gratitude in all circumstances and experiences that knock on your door.  Discover gratitude in every step you take.  In every person you encounter.  And every result that you simply did not see coming.  It is within gratitude that greatness is born, and possibilities are endless.  xo-renée

Gratitude opens the door to…the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude. ~Deepak Chopra

 

Image by  Renée Lara Style

Product Featured |  Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn

 

 



10/ 01/ 16

Pausing for Autumn

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Hello beautiful season.  A time of  transition.  A place where layers are shed, and colors are changing.  When letting go never felt so good.  Autumn is here babes.  Oh the beauty it relays in everything this season can represent.  Whatever transition might be brewing within your gorgeous heart, let it happen.  Be thankful for what the past has shared, and give the present a moment of appreciation for what your future season will bring with it.

I know that I certainly can’t help but feel so much in what the upcoming season means personally for me.  And while I might not know exactly how all the layers that are shedding will fall, I do TRUST that where they land is exactly the place where my future is intended to travel.  To a new season babes.  To a beautiful transition.  May you embrace the layers shed, and the let your journey fall into a place that is natural and true.  xo~renée

 

Image by  Renée Lara Style

Product Featured | Anthropologie



09/ 01/ 16

closing August in style and love

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Closing on an incredible month full of the most beautiful memories.  September is here.  And with that comes cooler temps, and lots of changes in schedules and routines.  Like anything new, I welcome the opportunities that await me while sitting in a wealth of gratitude for what this past month has provided.  Turning the page and reaching the next chapter comes with feelings of accomplishment for the knowledge given, and a palpable anticipation for what the next pages read in telling our story.

Celebrate this next season babes.  No matter what the book of life has in store for you, take in one chapter at a time.  And pursue the things your heart desires.

In Style & Love. xo~renée

Image by  Renée Lara Style

Product featured | Ralph Lauren

 



08/ 01/ 16

Stepping up. Everyday.

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Hello August!  It’s really nice to see you.  It also reminds me that Summer is initiating it’s close.  And because of that, I am reminded to step things up a bit.  How?  In absolutely every aspect of my life.  Stepping up my intentions for closing the Summer with gratitude and appreciation.  Stepping up how I choose to live out the day-to-day moments of work, life, and holiday retreats with those I am graced to be surrounded by.  Fall is knocking on my door.  And Ohhhhhh, how that makes my heart flutter a bit with the thought of closed toed shoes, booties for days, layers upon layers of scarves, and hottest of lattes.  However, let’s not wish these last days of Summer away.  Let those toes breathe a few more moments longer.  Embrace the season you are in babes.  Whether it’s filled with sunshine or stormy currents…it’s what is meant to be today.  Take in every step you take.  For each step taken brings you that much closer to your destined journey and path.  And elevating those steps with a little bit more presence of mind and gratitude can’t hurt.  xo~renée

 

Image by Renée Lara Style

Product featured | Sam Edelman



07/ 01/ 16

Summer. Nostalgia. You.

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Summer has already been steering full speed over here, and I can’t help but feel an enormous array of nostalgia already for all the incredible moments that have rolled my way.  There is something about this time of year.  When the sun is constantly kissing your skin.  Shedding layers of routine and heavy wardrobe somehow bring with it a free-spirited energy that permeates the streets.  If there is ever a time to simply slow down, Summer has it’s way of convincing you to do just that.  And as I am soaking in every ounce that this season brings, my anticipation for what is to come drives me.  For the little memories and treasures I have already collected that sit in front of my desk…they are just the beginning of what’s to come in the making of the story that is my life.

Don’t forget to look around at the little things that surround you everyday babes.  They shape you.  Drive you.  Inspire you.  They become a representation of WHO you are, WHAT makes you feel alive, and what defines YOU.  Just like a little bit of magic, nostalgia simply is little pieces of your past and present that can transform not only the way you see the world around you…but how you see yourself.  Go ahead…take a look around.  Nostalgic moments are yours in the making.  EVERYDAY.

xo~renée

Products featured: Uashmama, AnthropologieBrass Lab30

 



06/ 20/ 16

love and style

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Be the light you need to shine and share your natural BEAUTY.  Learn to fall in love with WHO you are today, and the journey you are traveling NOW.

The secret to true beauty, STYLE, and grace resides in your ability to embrace your present space and simply fall in love with it.

Joy lives there.  And so does LOVE.  Go ahead, fall in LOVE with yourself.  Style and light will surely follow.

xo~ALWAYS~renée

Image by Renée Lara Style

Wearing: Anthropologie



05/ 08/ 16

Love begins at Home.

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” Love begins at home, and it’s not how much we do…but how much love we put in that action. ”  ~Mother Theresa

Celebrating all you beautiful women who are Mothers, have Mothers, or are acting Mothers.  Your role in simply being a woman for others, is the greatest achievement of all.

xo~renée

Image by Renée Lara Style

Wearing: Anthropologie, Black Springs Folk Art

 

 



04/ 20/ 16

Enriched by Personal Style.

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“A Personal Style is like handwriting.  It happens as the byproduct of our way of seeing things, enriched by the experiences of everything around us.”

~Massimo Vignelli

I have always been fascinated about what actually defines one’s personal style.  Can you really mold and place the way someone shares their experience by wardrobe in a category?  Just like we each have a uniqueness of who we are, how we experience the world, and the intricate details of what makes up who we are…no one style PERSONALLY is the same.  And that my darling,  is something to celebrate.  The real challenge in the journey to KNOWING your personal style really is about allowing yourself to be honest with what makes you feel alive, free, beautiful, YOU.  No one can tell you what your style is.  Only you have the power in steering that wheel.  Because when it comes down to beauty and style…the ultimate kind to attain is the one that is uniquely, and utterly YOU.  And only YOU.

xo~renée

Image by Renée Lara Style

Wearing: Anthropologie

 



04/ 15/ 16

a nod to the past.

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“I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence.” — Yves Saint Laurent

Had the opportunity to get my hands on some vintage Vogue magazines from the 50’s and 60’s.  What I found so beautifully interesting was how similar these women ‘felt’ like in the images then,  to the woman in current issues today.  At the core of who we are, every woman wants to feel BEAUTIFUL.  And whatever that means to her, there’s no denying fashion is a vehicle toward achieving the simple act in acknowledging just HOW beautiful she is.  Maybe it’s a new dress.  The perfect color tee that compliments her freckled face.  Shoes that give her a little extra height.  A bra that ACTUALLY fits!  Whatever it might be, all women deserve to feel beautiful, confident, proud.  So ladies, embrace your beauty.  You certainly have something beautiful to offer by simply being YOU.   xo~renée

Image by Renée Lara Style  

Featured VOGUE MAGAZINE



04/ 01/ 16

Hello April.

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Looking forward is always key.  There’s no denying it.  April’s horizon has me filled with hope and joy.  Trust your gut.  When something feels right, it’s right.  When hope is present, there’s a new chapter to be had.  Happy April babes.  Embrace the small stuff.  Celebrate it even more.  And above all… KEEP GOING!!

Oh, and P.S…The amazing necklace I am wearing is by Luna Mena.  Not only am I a huge fan of her aesthetic and design, but also her art and practice for empowering the local talent and scene that are her women.  When you give back, you receive grace and an abundance of love.  ALWAYS.

Live it up babes.  Give back by loving more.  To all those who come within your reach.  Everyday.  xo~renée.

Image by Jenny Ham Studio

Wearing: Luna Mena



03/ 01/ 16

surround yourself with love.

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| Surround yourself with things you love. Let the rest go.  It’s as simple as that.  In Fashion.  In Life. |

Happy Monday Babes.  Love hard the things that mean the most.  Get rid of the clutter.  Less really is MORE.  xo~renée

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02/ 23/ 16

style. expression. freedom.

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i received a text from my mother this morning all the way from my hometown, Portland, OR.  it was simple.  it was a quote that read,

‘Fashion is what someone tells you to wear.  Style is about personal expression and freedom.’   ~Gloria Steinem.

what made this text from my mother so meaningful was what she said to me next.  ‘this just really reminded me of you Renée.  what you are all about.  giving those you work with the gift of  finding their own personal style through freedom of expression.’  little does she know the weight of joy that text, and her words brought me this morning.

yes!…this is EXACTLY what it’s all about babes.  fashion is just a vehicle to finding and achieving your personal expression in style.  and now that Spring is on the horizon and layers are gradually slipping away, don’t forget to also shed the opinions and noise from others who are telling you WHAT to wear, think, or feel.  rather, listen to what makes clothing you an extension of who YOU are.  from the inside out.

when you dress for others, you achieve happiness for THEM.  when you dress for you, well…it’s a beautiful thing.  xo~renée

Image by my guy.

Wearing: Prana & Anthropologie



02/ 17/ 16

happy place. YOU.

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hey babes.  it’s been a rough week personally.  lots of real-life stuff.  like the personal close to your heart kind of feelings.  no need to get into the nitty-gritty of it, but it pulled me in all sorts of directions this past week.  away from the day-to-day distractions of life.  making it absolutely clear where my focus needed to be.  THEM.  my core of this life.  my family.  and when i felt down and out.  drained to the core.  feeling like i couldn’t really peel myself off the train tracks of the reality of the NOW, i knew i needed to just GET AT IT full speed.  you know what i mean?   definitely more simply said than done.  and it’s in those moments that i realize the root of what makes up my ‘HAPPY PLACE’.  which really is without a doubt, THEM.  my boys.  my guy.

HOWEVER,  my ‘HAPPY PLACE’ is also is all about those little details in my life that remind me of what makes my heart rock the boat.  gets me jumping.  reminds me of who i am intended to be for OTHERS.  it’s the feelings of the past.  the senses of the now.  the colors that surround my everyday portrait that is this life.  just a reminder ladies, gentleman.  when you feel like you just don’t have it in you to keep that burning flame inside you going, IGNORE it.  it’s just life saying to slow down.  take a breath.  then perhaps take a peak at your surroundings.  whether it’s your people,  your places, or the tangible things that you can actually grasp and feel oh so good about.  that right there is YOUR happy place babes.  CLAIM IT.  own it.  LOVE IT.

never underestimate it’s value.  for it’s value equals your happiness.  your salvation.  your ultimate key to the success of YOU.  xo~ renée

Image by Jenny Ham Photography

Featured product: Anthropologie, Zoet Bathlatier, Chanel



02/ 09/ 16

your legacy. your future. your fuel.

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my dear friend Tia Slightham of Parent Coach featured me on her blog yesterday.

Her words are not only beautiful, but she certainly has a way of teaching how to master the art of parenting in style given the current culture and climate that is our reality.

thank you Tia!  you are cherished for the work you do, and the friend you are. xo~renée.

check out her post here.

Image by Jenny Ham Photography.



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