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Style Statement: Live by Your Own Design Paperback – April 8, 2008
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I agree with the reviewer who noted the print used in this book, being a lite gray, is nearly illegible. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kenda
Complicated and not overly helpful for my way of thinking. I'm pretty sure it's just my mind and my personality type because MANY friends absolutely adored this book, so please... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Katie Esh
Read it, then go slow, and think through what's need to become who you really are.Published 22 months ago by Jacqueline See
I agree with the reviewer who said you get out what you put in.
I bought this book in hard copy years ago and rediscovered it recently when I reclaimed a pile of boxes... Read more
Very helpful and a beautiful perspective on developing personal style.Published 24 months ago by Sharon Ramesbottom
Just got my copy and am excited to start the process. Enjoyed reviewing the stories of folks who already have their style statement. Read morePublished on July 17, 2014 by truckpal
Great book. Lots of good insight. I'm still really working to make my style statement a part of my life, and really have it shine through, but it's amazing to have found it, and I... Read morePublished on July 15, 2014 by Candace N. N'Diaye
This book is fascinating! It is like a coffee table book with beautiful color pictures. The information is much more personal than I had thought it would be, giving you advice on... Read morePublished on May 23, 2014 by jennifer