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Style Statement: Live by Your Own Design Paperback – April 8, 2008

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About the Author

Carrie McCarthy is a graduate of the London College of Fashion. A former fashion model, award-winning interior designer, and head of "Robe," a successful wedding dress company, Carrie is a regular design personality in the media. She is featured on a regular basis in Canadian House & Home, Style at Home, Coastal Living, Western Living and Vancouver Magazine (where she was dubbed "one of the hottest designers in Vancouver"). Carrie is married and lives in Vancouver. Her Style Statement is Refined Treasure.
Danielle LaPorte is a writer and seasoned marketing strategist in Vancouver. She has worked as Executive Director of the Arlington Institute--a think tank in Washington, DC--where she led a team of world class analysts in studying market trends for the liked of IBM, The Pentagon, and The World Bank, and was granted a position on the White House Council in 2000. She also headed her own communications agency for ten years, providing branding expertise and national publicity campaigns for clients ranging from Pulitzer Prize winners to pop stars. Danielle has appeared in The Globe & Mail, Fashion Magazine, and Washington Post, to name a few. Her Style Statement is Sacred Dramatic.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (April 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316067164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316067164
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really looked forward to receiving this book after getting Danielle La Porte's "Fire Starter Sessions" from her blog, White Hot Truth (steep price, but excellent BTW). It's a beautiful book and an intriguing concept of selecting a personal style. There are no questionnaires or left-brained exercises (a good thing), mostly page after page of example people and accessories to match.

That's great, but it starts to feel like "I don't see my combo here." Logically, that's not possible with innumerable "Style Statement" word combinations--so I was left feeling confused, instead of exhilarated like I'd hoped. This concept probably works better with a facilitator, like Danielle, to personalize the experience (which she offered with her biz partner when they worked together).

This book is a good one to share or check out of the library for a fun few hours, but it's not a lifestyle changer.
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Maybe the ideas in this offering have helped some people sort out their issues with personal style. I found it ambiguous and trendy. Unless you come across it in the library (or donation pile where I just left it), I wouldn't suggest spending money on this book, even at a discount. Even then, to invest time in trying to understand their approach as how to evaluates one's statement of style, would be (in my opinion) a waste of energy. You'd probably find more fulfillment doing a crossword puzzle.

In the framework of spotty layout, adjectives-as-buzzwords galore and slick photography, Carrie and Danielle declare themselves as "style" experts. I did find them skilled in presenting pseudo-psycho babble and focused marketing efforts by advertising their consulting services through local (Canadian) TV appearances, networking events and a website. I used to visit their webpage as it offered good guest articles and poetry. There was a subtle "sell" of their services that I found annoying and stopped reading their webpage for a few months.

I returned to visit their site and found Danielle's daily posts were gone (upon reading previous posts, I found no explanation). Eventually, Carrie's posts no longer appeared. The website remains online (at this writing) as a spam-field of advertisements. Apparently, C&D are no longer a team, and the friends-forever hype has vaporized.

Danielle now has her own website. As in this book (which she now refers to as "her" book, without any mention of Carrie) she remains a marketing tool and appears on Canadian TV, writes for a magazine, and is still full of self-promotion and promises.

Hopefully, someone else would better appreciate my discarded copy of SS. I'd rather have spent the time and money invested in this book on several visits to the local cafe for a good coffee and genuine conversation.
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Style Statement takes you on a journey of articulating who you are -- both the parts of you that are overt, fully formed and figured out; and as importantly, the parts of you that are in your core being but not always out in front for the world (or for you) to see. Two small words are where you end up after going through this delightful and insightful process. Two small words that clearly define who you are inside and outside. I am Constructive Nurture, and since learning this I've cleaned out my closet, gotten over morning wardrobe crises, merged my analytical being with my nurturing one, and changed my career focus. Its spectacularly gratifying and liberating.
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I checked this out of the library on a whim and really enjoyed working through the exercises. The book takes you through eight different areas of your life, both material (e.g. Home, Fashion) and non (e.g. Creativity, Relationships) and asks questions about what's working for you right now and what's not. Then you pick out the major themes, images, ideas, etc and use them to create a two-word phrase that describes how you best relate to and interact with yourself and the world around you. The first word is your "foundation word" that describes who you are most of the time, how you operate when you're in your comfort zone. The second is your "accent word": what pushes you past your limitations, what inspires you, what gives you your flair.

I am a Comfortable Creative, I have concluded. Comfortable because I value physical comforts, peacekeeping and nurturing, security/stability, and the people around me, but sometimes have trouble with change. Creative because I feel best when I'm being inspired or inspiring others, I'm a sponge for emotions and information (good and bad), and I deeply respect others' forms of self-expression.

Okay, so what good does that do me? Well, before admitting to myself how affected I am by physical comfort, it was the first thing to go out the window when I got stressed or frustrated. The "Who has time to take a nap or a shower or go put on a sweater, anyway?" mentality was actually probably making it harder for me to get things done. I've always kind of felt that it was a sign of weakness to be too wrapped up with physical comfort, and that I just wasn't a evolved enough person to push through and ignore what my body was telling me. Now, I understand that I do my best work when I'm not getting nagging hungry-cold-tired signals all the time.
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