Now over the fashion firsts and faux-pas, from the Oscars and Fashion Week in Vancouver, spring arrives dressed in sunny elements and cherry blossoms.
Jasjit and I met at Artigiano; a barrista’s dream in downtown Vancouver. While the long Olympic line-ups filled Granville Street outside she and I sat at a small round table inside amid the hubbub: excited talk and laughter, ringing phones and passers-by. We moved smoothly into an hour of discussion regarding fashion. Once settled I asked Jasjit to tell me about her new business centered on: Fashion Styling and Self-Expression.
“Style is more lasting than fashion,” Jasjit tells me, “It is like your personal signature.”
One of her services is: the Wardrobe Audit. It begins with a Needs Assessment.
The assessment is to find out the purpose of the client’s requirements. Jasjit will ask questions such as:
“What makes you feel good?” She receives inspirations for the client by their answers.
Once the assessment is completed, the client is ready for their Wardrobe Cleanse.
I ask Jasjit, “How does energy get blocked into our clothing… do clothes have memory?”
“Who we are gets poured into our clothing; over time there is more of ‘Me’ in it,” Jasjit replies. “Clothes become drenched with who we were at a certain time.”
The clothing continues to contain the consciousness of the wearer and how they expressed themselves. The person has moved on but the clothing hasn’t.
Once in awhile Jasjit knows from body language she will have a tug-of-war on her hands: the person holds tightly to the article. If it’s not too invasive Jasjit considers letting it ‘blend’ with other items that may fit together.
I ask, “Is it a sentimental clutch or a crutch?” Jasjit checks their body language to help her decide on the answer to this question as she works. She states, “Again, it goes back to the clothing containing the chi, or energy, of the wearer.”
Part of the cleansing includes tips and tricks to update:
There are classic items that every wardrobe needs along with the fun and more frivolous buys that add variety and style to an outfit.
Jasjit has helped clients pull armloads of $20 stylish blouses from sale sources. At this price I ask if she considers these, “wash or toss!”
When the person does not know “what works,” Jasjit will create a Personal Look Book for them in which she will email images to take shopping with them.
Jasjit wants to bring out the best in everyone and not only is she successful in doing so, but her clients enjoy the process of discovery about their true aesthetic, unveiling who they are now at this point in life.
Bringing out a client’s true energy or true self is the special gift that Jasjit has committed to each individual she works with.
I asked why women hang on to clothing that no longers suits their look or fits their lifestyle. Jasjit calls this, fear of the unknown, or “clinging.” The client’s inner voice defends the past; “I knew that part of me.” and the new identity could feel risky.
Jasjit told me she was able to release the inner self of a client by taking an architectural approach to their wardrobe. Once the timeless proportions, and beautiful lines of the garments were gracing this woman, Jasjit was filled with joy to bring out what she saw as this person’s “grandeur.”
I wanted to speak person to person with Jasjit because her clients have extolled her virtues in testimonials:
“I look so good, it feels dangerous to go out! Thanks so much. Line up the clients, I can see them fighting their way to your door.” Elaine – Musician
“I really felt like I was stuck in a style rut. I was defaulting to what was easy and comfortable, but not really thinking about how to put an outfit together that looked polished. My business is fairly casual, so I was dressing accordingly. But Jasjit talked about the possibility of attracting a higher-paying category of client, and I may be more attractive to that kind of person if I dressed in a more professional, upscale way. I now feel like my wardrobe reflects ‘Rebecca Coleman, Marketing Professional.’ My wardrobe is an investment in my business and therefore, myself. And I’m worth it!” Rebecca – Media Consultant
“I have successfully worn the jean jacket, the dark grey trench coat, the short jacket with fluffy sleeves, the black pants, the reddish wrap around top, and of course, the knitted top. I am happy wearing every one of these pieces. They feel like they are really me; just different facets of me. THANK YOU!” Sulia
“I am extremely intrigued at your smouldering affair with ties. Given that I consider your taste and style as being on the level of goddess… the thought of speaking in ties – to the extent that my name came up… is something of a knighthood.” Rory (“A Guy” BTW) – Musician
Choose a new look, cleanse your wardrobe, or enjoy the benefits of shopping with your own personal stylist. Jasjit works to fit your needs and your budget, by incorporating elements of the current season along with your lifestyle to create a more stylish and confident you. Book a free initial assessment at 604-644-9362 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact information is at this link to Jasjit Rai’s Blog where you can read more about her as well as exciting up-dates on fashion and styling: http://joiworks.wordpress.com/
I consider my journals a collection of me! – in a visual and voiced format. A formation of me; a framework generating a material composition of my days.
Working my way through fashion magazines reminds me of my teens when I reverted into them for place and inspiration. Each glossy page announced the promise of a beautiful future. I spotted people I needed to adopt as role models. The pages whispered of excitement and destinations like Paris and New York.
If you see something in a magazine that makes you think of a friend, clip it out for them, and send it off with a hand-written card or note. My friend Sonny always reaches into her handbag as soon as we sit down together for coffee out, and produces a small sheaf of magazine clips for me, to inspire me. I rework hand-me-down jewelry into new designs by re-assembling elements from multiple pieces. Sonny’s thoughtfulness has led me to new ways of seeing and inventing.
My friend Elaine provides me with three huge shopping bags of fashion mags and one of Vanity Fair annually. She passes them along to me because she knows I need them for collage, and subsequently, I pass them along down the line to friends who are also artists. I keep beautiful floral file folders available for the parts of mags I’m saving. One for articles, one for writing prompts, and one for design tips and ideas. Oops… there’s more: one for creative ideas for paintings and the fifth one is for photographs I admire for their lighting, composition, or novelty subjects. Magazines make excellent reference tools when you slip a piece of silk ribbon or a lovely bookmark into the pages you’re interested in re-visiting.
Begin this art exercise by cutting out things you are attracted to for just twenty minutes. Don’t think about it. Pretend you’ve won a shopping spree and you’re just grabbing everything you can and throwing it into your basket. Have a pretty basket beside you and drop your clippings into it.
These will be, what I call your ipages, or your VIP’s: Very Important Pages. Spend ten or fifteen minutes arranging these on a few large pieces of paper. Choose any background to attach them to. I like pure white or lined, but you decide on the color that best resonates for you and then take a gluestick and secure them neatly to the papers.
Now lay them out and contemplate what you’re seeing. How do you like this glimpse of your inner workings?? What shapes repeat themselves? What colors dominate your collages? Are there ways for you to make changes in your wardrobe or environment using these ideas and objects. A new tabletop display perhaps or outrageous accessories to liven a conservative outfit. Take time; sit down and record your thoughts and feelings about the work you just accomplished.
Flower and garden magazines offer beauty in landscape that can be cut out and pasted over a nondescript book or journal to enhance the cover. Used bookstores have so many bargains jumbled on shelves or tables you might want to pick up a good solid one. When you get home with it you can paste or staple a fresh sheet of paper over a page and make it presentable for attaching particles of fabric, color swatches, ribbon, stamps, photographs; the choices are unlimited. As an alternative, gesso can be brushed over the page and left to dry, and now you have a plain white sheet to work on. Yes, it may be a little imperfect, but in art that’s all the better to show life in matter.
Go inside your ‘new’ journal, your source and improv book, your altered book, and live between the pages for awhile. Photograph some of your results and post the pictures inside. Send me images to post here and we can all be inspired. Failing that show them to your friends and help them try something new; bring them to my blog to view these examples. I remember when I bought my first journal; I could hardly think of what to do, or write down in it, or even what to collect in it. Now the family is horrified wondering how many truckloads it will take to clean out my studio when I… well, you know when. How many trucks it’ll take is open for debate.