Many times, people get stumped on the question of describing their style. I know that even though, I may think I know my own personal style, I still over think describing it myself. I ask my seniors to tell me what their element is and this question is by far, the hardest to answer for them. Well, I am going to give you five things to think about that will get you closer to discovering what your element may be. I also would love to introduce you to a beautiful senior who just graduated this year and played such a HUGE roll as a leading 2014 Senior Model.
Madison is far from being a Pinterest novice. In fact, I even follow her pins to get ideas. She really knows her style as well as her element. Her element is confetti and adventure! She loves color and she loves adventure, whether it be a yearly mission trip to Africa or hiking up a new mysterious trail with friends, she embarks on each adventure with eyes wide open and her heart all in. The preview below is not even a fraction of what we shot, let alone her outfit collection. We shot until the last drop of light. We started out with some inspiration from Max Wanger on Pinterest and ended up in nature wherever the river and trail took us. I knew this was her element, because I could feel that I was in it also.
I have even sharpened my own skills of honing in on what my style and element is, thanks to working with out of this world talent like Promise Tangeman, Alejandra Vidal of Imaginale, and Alexandra of Avestyles. More to come on these talented ladies, when I blog about the hot new brand film. But today, I’d love to list out five great ways to help you discover your own element.
Number 1 // Your Taste
What things would you buy if money were not an issue? This question was asked of me when I was brainstorming for my website design. Your tastes are your tastes no matter what. You may not be able to drop $895 on an itty bitty Chanel clutch, but it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t call to you. Would you buy it if money weren’t an issue? I am probably totally way undershooting that price by the way. Think about your likes and take the price tag off. This is your taste.
Number 2 // Your Style
This is probably just as hard to pin point as describing your element, but let’s dig in. This may change as your “lifestyle” changes, but more than anything it evolves. I feel that some people get really confused about their style as a result of an identity crisis. If you really like the color black, you probably will keep buying clothes in this chic color even after a period of buying a trendy color like mint. Find the consistency in what you already own. Take a look at your closet and if you have a row of blingy things, then more than likely you have a flashy style. If half your closet is filled with earthy tones and flowy skirts then perhaps you are more Bojo. It is okay to blend descriptions such as, J. Crew meets Anthropologie, but it’s going to take a little more work than that in finding the true foundation of your style.
Number 3 // What Makes You Smile and Makes Your Heart Leap with Joy?
I once read a quote by Justine Willis Toms that said, “Notice when your heart leaps up in joyous exuberance…in these moments the voice of your spirit is speaking directly to you”. Our passions often lead to this happening. What do you feel so strongly about that either you smile, cry, or get worked up when talking about? These are usually things that you are passionate about. I can always tell when someone begins to talk about something they LOVE. Their eyes begin to widen and twinkle and the octaves go up in their voice. I am guilty of doing the same, but I get flushed at the same time, a.k.a red face.
Number 4 // What Do You DayDream About?
We all do it. Most of what we daydream about is what we have and LOVE or what we LOVE and desire to have. Pay attention to what you daydream about, because it leads to number five.
Number 5 // Who are you now and who do you want to become?
Take the time to think about who you are now. Include the good the bad and the ugly. Not one single one of us is perfect and I must say, it’s quite liberating. Who you are today, whether you are happy with it or not does not determine who you will become. What gets you closer to who you want to become is taking your dreams and creating actions steps to get there as well as living a life that leads you to what you want to become.
It’s important to me to challenge my seniors to really think about discovering their element, because it’s something that continues through life as they cross different milestones and stages during growth. I truly believe that it begins during this transition of being released into the world and it is so challenging to break free of other influences a teen encounters during high school. When I was young, I still remember my grandmother telling me, in her heavy Mexican accent, “find who jew are and never let it go”. That wasn’t a typo, she really said “jew” instead of “you”.
Cheers to discovering your element!