Thanking my unconscious mind for these permissive ideas.
Eating lunch with a friend at 3:30 p.m. in Capers Courtyard on Fourth Avenue yesterday. Two pigeons strutted around the table and between our feet. I noticed they had black toenails at the end of their red toes and legs. This is very dramatic and beautiful. I feel I need coral red fingernails with jet black tips: very Zen!! Now here I think the next Fashion Movement will be a ‘Zen’ look. I could do one: Paper, water blue, soft jade green, moonlight, horizontal planes, 7″ x 7″ proportions, whispers. Nothingness, lightness, being (3 stages of birth)… I like my new concept.
What else comes from my Zen? Bowls, trees, discs, flow, chromium yellow and wine-stain red, high altitudes/attitudes, thinness, sticks, stones, smoothness, waving, layers, reduction, balance, harmony zones: The Zen Zone; how would that look? How would I combine the colors?
One stroke on a brass gong: a single strike against a brass gong!
Tastes like pepperment: Peppermint Zen.
Smells like cinnamon-sea air.
Feels like mountain (Whistler) wind.
The energy of a horse’s mane in the air as it gallops, the flames of a fire (fire flame), a bird wing fanned out (against) or into the wind.
I like these images.
My “imagineered” design style is a place where Zen and Clutter Meet.
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/