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Welcome to your digital version of grabbing coffee with a good friend. In this podcast, Hilary Walker leads conversations with the guests of her blog on topics such as creative work, personal style, daily habits, work/life balance, girlboss-ness, momboss-ness and generally all the cool lady stuff we’re eager to learn from each other. Tune in bi-weekly for new episodes, including personal musings from Hilary on life as a freelance prop stylist, wife and mother. And visit ourstylestories.com for the photographic stories that accompany each episode.

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Welcome to your digital version of grabbing coffee with a good friend. In this podcast, Hilary Walker leads conversations with the guests of her blog on topics such as creative work, personal style, daily habits, work/life balance, girlboss-ness, momboss-ness and generally all the cool lady stuff we’re eager to learn from each other. Tune in bi-weekly for new episodes, including personal musings from Hilary on life as a freelance prop stylist, wife and mother. And visit ourstylestories.com for the photographic stories that accompany each episode.

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Love, love, love this podcast!

Impressive

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Talented, beautiful and knowledgeable! Worth listening to!!

iTunes Ratings

194 Ratings
Average Ratings
76
118
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Great!

By Ttime0057 - Jun 09 2016
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Love, love, love this podcast!

Impressive

By O'bad - Feb 19 2014
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Talented, beautiful and knowledgeable! Worth listening to!!
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Our Style Stories

Latest release on Feb 06, 2017

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Welcome to your digital version of grabbing coffee with a good friend. In this podcast, Hilary Walker leads conversations with the guests of her blog on topics such as creative work, personal style, daily habits, work/life balance, girlboss-ness, momboss-ness and generally all the cool lady stuff we’re eager to learn from each other. Tune in bi-weekly for new episodes, including personal musings from Hilary on life as a freelance prop stylist, wife and mother. And visit ourstylestories.com for the photographic stories that accompany each episode.

Rank #1: Pursuing Your Passion as a Side Project & Discovering Your Personal Style with Greg and Chantal Hickman

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Greg and Chantal sat down with me to chat about how they pursue their passions outside of their day jobs, how they shop for vintage furniture, and what the process of discovering their own personal style has looked like.

Sep 13 2013

17mins

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Rank #2: Rachel and Dave Chamberlain: Love Stories and Home Renovations for a Family of Six

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Rachel and Dave Chamberlain are today's guests and I'm thrilled to welcome them onto the podcast. Earlier this week, I shared their gorgeous Style Story and today you'll hear the rest of their story as told in their own voices.

Rachel is a portrait illustrator and writer and Dave is a cabinet and furniture builder and owner of Chamberlain Cabinetry. The two live in their gorgeous mid-century home nestled in the mountainside of Salt Lake City, UT with their children Beau, Georgia, Kingston, Gus and a big white dog named Kevin.

Our conversation is a bit more narrative than usual. To begin, Rachel and Dave shared the intimate and, frankly, Notebook-like love story from their first meeting, subsequent separation, and reunion years later. Get ready for a real life romance drama folks! It really was incredible. From there, we switched over to some more typical topics for this show - specifically, the story of their two major home renovations, a few key tips for installing herringbone wood flooring, insights into Rachel's approach to decorating, the importance of home-cooked meals and whole foods in their family life, and why getting away is the best thing you can do for your sanity. 

Aug 02 2014

41mins

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Rank #3: Diamond Mahone: Dressing Courageously and Maintaining Authenticity

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In Wednesday's blog post you met Diamond Mahone, the fashion blogger behind Diamond Janae, and got a glimpse of her enviable and bold style. Today we're going to dive a little deeper into her story on the podcast. Diamond has some wonderful insights to share around courage, boldness, and maintaining authenticity in your work. Her early interest in fashion and later education in fashion marketing and management have helped Diamond hone a unique personal aesthetic. Through publishing her own blog, Diamond has also learned the valuable lesson of staying true to yourself and identifying what it is that sets you apart.

Listen below or tune in on your smart phone through iTunes

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May 30 2014

38mins

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Rank #4: Raising a Family in the Entertainment Industry and Defining Personal Style on Your Own Terms with Lucy Wrubel

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Lucy Wrubel is a sketch comedian turned DJ living with photographer husband Steve and daughter Stella in Dallas, TX. In this interview, among other things, we chatted about the transition from comedian to DJ, raising a family in the entertainment industry, and discovering personal style on your own terms.

Sep 07 2013

35mins

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Rank #5: Cristina Lynch: Artisan Crafts and Creative Collaboration

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Today we continue our visit with Cristina Lynch from last week. Her Style Story is full of such beautiful traditions and stories. As a special addition to our typical podcast episode, I'm also including photos that I took of Cristina's showroom and work studio for her company Mi Golodrina on the blog. Visit www.ourstylestories.com for the full tour. 

After taking a tour of her space, we sat down to talk about everything from folk art and cultural migration to the process behind creating artisan goods, the importance of good photography for e-commerce, the power of simplicity, and the role of mentorship and collaboration in any creative endeavor.

Jul 21 2014

39mins

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Rank #6: Skyler Fike: Multi-Faceted Careers & Self Education

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Skyler Fike is a thoughtful guy who has a particular appreciation for challenges that help him grow. Earlier this week we saw a glimpse of his home and how he inhabits his space through his Style Story. In today's conversation, we dig deeper into the story behind his work and lifestyle. We talked about the early seeds of his interest in architecture, his love affair with photography and film, the many facets of his current freelance work and how being a member of a creative community has helped him get outside of his head, the early stages of finding his artistic voice, and how to be self-taught. This plus so much more!

Listen below or on your smart phone in iTunes to hear our conversation.

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One last note: Our Style Stories is a project of love. I love doing it and hope my audience enjoys my work as well! I’d like to bring that joy to a few others also. By leaving a review of my podcast on iTunes, you will make my show that much more visible to new listeners. Simply follow THIS LINK and leave your review in iTunes. 

Jul 09 2014

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Rank #7: Maryam Salassi: Art for Children and Launching a Business

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This week's Style Story featuring Maryam, Jacob, and Margaux Salassi got a lot of attention for it's bold hues and playful art. I absolutely loved spending the afternoon with this sweet family and thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Maryam for the podcast. Maryam and I talked about everything from her childhood growing up in Guam, her philosophies on early art education, her favorite children's book authors, and her insights and lesson learned in the process of launching Pouf Salon which she co-founded with her cousin. 

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One last note: Our Style Stories is a project of love. I love doing it and hope my audience enjoys joining me in the journey as well! I'd like to bring that joy to a few more others as well. By leaving a rating and review of my podcast on iTunes, you will make my show that much more visible to new listeners. Please do so by following THIS LINK and leave your review in iTunes. 

Jun 28 2014

31mins

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Rank #8: Launching a Business and Thrifty Decor with Misty Spencer

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Misty Spencer is an organic hair stylist turned interior decorator and owner of Objects Living Co. In this interview, we chat about her thrifty design philosophy, how to launch a business using the barter system, and designing a home with kids in mind.

Aug 27 2013

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Rank #9: Modern Design and Family Spaces with Patrick Craine

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Patrick Craine is currently pursuing his second masters degree in advanced architecture at Columbia University. This interview, in which we discuss his philosophies on modern architecture and designing smaller spaces for more meaningful family interactions, was originally taken in the Spring of 2012 at Patrick and Cindy's Fort Worth home.

Aug 24 2013

6mins

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Rank #10: The Yin and Yang of Being a Working SAHM with Gina Bender

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Gina Bender describes herself as humble, creative and nurturing and her personal style as a mix of classic vintage, layers of color and mindfulness for minimalism. Today on the podcast, we talk about her work as a graphic designer - where she got started and how it has evolved into the work she does today - as well as the yin and yang, give and take, ebb and flow of being a working SAHM. I have tremendous respect for all of Gina's hard work as a mother and designer!

Additionally, Gina shares a few tips for successful garage sale shopping and purifying the air in your home.  

Show Notes:

NEW Our Style Stories RESOURCE FORUM

Find Gina's work on Instagram and hire her for all your stellar branding needs!

SHARE YOUR QUESTIONS AND FEEDBACK HERE ~

Nov 11 2016

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Rank #11: What Is Personal Style, Anyways?

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Today's episode is courtesy of years worth of pondering on the subject of personal style. What it represents... how it's developed... where it comes from... how it manifests itself. Indulge me as I take a brief dive into these thoughts and more in today's podcast show. Additionally, get the scoop on two books I HIGHLY recommend for personal growth and personal style development. Plus, a few quotes to get your week going!

"...It is a compass for creating a life that reflects what's true to you in every way. From your wisdom to your wardrobe, from your longings to your living room - [it] is where your essence meets your expression." 

Quote from Style Statement by Carrie McCarthy and Danielle LaPorte

Show Notes:

"You have to be willing to be bad at it in order to be good at it." - Mary Going

Oct 24 2016

27mins

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Rank #12: A Week in the Life of a Prop Stylist

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Miracle of miracles... I'm back with another podcast episode and it didn't take me three months! Trust me, I'm just as shocked as you are. 

Today, I'm sharing a glimpse into what a week of my work life as a prop stylist looks like. My schedule, my work load, the idiosyncrasies of this very unusual job. It's all there plus a bit more. I hope you enjoy!

And if you're an aspiring stylist and want to know more about breaking into this behind the scenes industry, drop me a line! The link to my voicemail box is below.

Show Notes:

Oct 08 2016

15mins

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Rank #13: What Is Too Much & Other 50th Episode Musings

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You may have thought I left podcasting (I wouldn't blame you... it's been forever), but NOPE! I'm still at it. In fact, this is officially my 50th episode, if you can believe it! Who knew? (I nearly missed it myself.) Turns out, I've been at this whole podcasting thing for quite some time but when you publish as irregularly as I do, 50 episodes takes ya a while. But no matter. I'm not letting that get in my way of creative expression and experimentation! 

Speaking of which, today's show is a bit unusual for Our Style Stories. It's just me (no Style Story guest) riffing on a topic that has been nagging me for the past few months. Aspiration versus contentment. What is too much of one and not enough of the other? And how do I manage the pitfalls of comparison and the vicious perfectionist's cycle that can be Pinterest and Instagram? I discuss all that plus more. Don't worry, I won't be preaching from my soapbox every episode! ;-) 

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Oct 01 2016

17mins

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Rank #14: Layered Homes & Self-Confidence with Kris Drayovitch

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Last week's Style Story visit into the home of home Kris Drayovitch was all about rich layers, worldly textiles and inviting details. In today's podcast, you'll hear from the equally beautiful Kris herself. Besides sharing her personal tips on for shopping second-hand furniture and decorating a home that is welcoming and layered, Kris opens an honest and graceful conversation about her interior struggle with perfectionism and self-confidence... two things I'm sure many of us can relate to! If you connected with Kris' traditional Southern meets travelled global style, this episode will definitely interest you as it is a lovely journey into the thought process and care that went into her home.

Hope you enjoy!

Jun 06 2016

36mins

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Rank #15: Collaboration + Creative Process with Jayme Ditto and Allie Hill

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Jayme and Allie are co-owners of Yeti and the Beast and housemates in the coolest arts and crafts home (did you see their Style Story?). They blew me away with their insights when we sat down to record today's podcast. To summarize, we touched on business partnerships and how to make the most of them, honesty and flexibility in regards to your work, the creative process, #anthrowindows, stress as a type of creative rut (and how to work your way out of it), inspiration and why you shouldn't be looking to fellow creatives in your industry, "kid temp" and oh so much more! 

Here are a few quotes from our chat:

On style...

Jayme, "I don't feel the same everyday so I don't dress the same and I don't style the same everyday."

Allie, "I'm not a 'set' person. I don't think I have two things that match!"

On creative work...

Allie, "Coming from design school, we've learned not to fall in love with our own work... It's better to be flexible and open to suggestions."

Jayme, "There's always a chance for things to be made better!"

Allie, "We have to be honest with ourselves. We're still figuring that out too... playing to our strengths and really taking advantage of the differences between [us]."

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And be sure to check out Jayme and Allie's portfolio of work at Yetiandthebeast.com and on Instagram @yetiandthebeast.

May 05 2016

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Rank #16: Style Questions... No. 2

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Ok, who's ready for a little style Q & A?

Today, I published the second episode of my new Style Questions series. In it, I'm riffing on a few design questions that some of you submitted (don't forget, you can send me questions too using the prompt on the right side of this page). Hopefully I've presented some creative solutions to your design dilemmas.

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Question #1:

from Mary Evelyn - How do you keep a home looking fresh and stylish without investing in large purchases or home projects?

REFERENCE -

Plant Baskets - HomeGoods

Curtains - TargetWorld MarketUrban Outfitters

Wall Decals - Walls Need Love

Question #2:

from Lacey - Rugs! Any tips here, I always struggle with shape, color, size, etc.

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Large Rug Examples - 123

Small Rug Examples - 1234

Question #3:

from Anastasia - What do you recommend in terms of arranging multiple smaller area rugs in one given space?

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Layered Rug Examples - 123456

Jan 22 2016

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Rank #17: Fashion and Philanthropy with Carly Burson

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Today's conversation comes as a perfect follow-up to my Conscious Gifting Guide from last week. It's becoming a well-known fact that "fast fashion" has a tragically negative affect on the people that are employed to produce the items. Carly is tackling this problem head on with her fashion company Tribe Alive by adopting a socially responsible business model. In her opinion, doing business in such a manner is nothing extraordinary, or at least she feels it shouldn't be. Rather, it's just the right thing to do. 

In the course of our conversation, Carly and I discussed everything from her morning routine to her style icons and creative influences and her journey from visual designer at J. Crew to becoming the founder of a company that's, if not extraordinary, truly inspiring and significant! 

Dec 23 2015

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Rank #18: Style Questions... No. 1

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Today's post has been a looong time coming. Since it's inception, the podcast has always played second fiddle to the blog for a variety of reasons but primarily because audio is not my area of expertise. But now that I've established a fairly solid rhythm on the blog, I'm finally ready to step up my game on the podcast. And today is the day!

As part of my improvement of the podcast, I asked for your style questions and today I'm answering the first few of them. Below, you'll find the four questions I answered in the show and the links I referenced in response to each question.

As an added bonus, you can find me on the Style Matters podcast today. Karen June and Zandra interviewed for what is quickly becoming one of my favorite shows all about style.

Question #1:

Do my shoes and purse have to match? My shoes and belt too?

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My Pinterest board on "Fashion".

Question #2:

How do you make nursery decor grown-up-friendly for a master bedroom/nursery combo?

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Reading My Tea Leaves

Mother Mag

Question #3:

When decorating a the kitchen, how do you make it stylish yet still functional?

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World Market

Question #3:

Any tips on fashion flats for businesswomen? It’s hard not to feel frumpy especially when you’re on the shorter side!

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Asos

Everlane

And don't forget to send me YOUR questions!!

Nov 09 2015

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Rank #19: Colorful Spontaneity with Kelly Christine Sutton

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Kelly Christine Sutton is a photographer, film-maker, plant whisperer and rainbow decorator. In her words, her style is colorful and spontaneous. If you've seen her Style Story, I'm sure you're dying to hear the rest of her story! Today we're chatting about her creative impulses and stylish preferences.

I've changed up my usual questions for some new, more style focused inquiries. You'll learn about Kelly's personal style from all angles... fashion, home, morning rituals, creative career, travel, music, dining and more!

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Kelly sells prints of her photographs online and we've arranged A SPECIAL GIVEAWAY for Our Style Stories' readers - your choice of an 8 x 12 print from Kelly's collection!! Her photos are so wonderfully interesting and colorful. To enter, hop over to our Instagram accounts HERE and HERE where you'll find entry instructions. (Basically, follow both of our accounts and then leave a comment confirming your entry.)

The entry period will close on Saturday, Oct. 10th, at 12:00am and a winner will be announced on Monday, Oct. 12th.

In addition to her shop, Kelly is offering limited time Family Small Shoot sessions in Dallas, Houston and Nashville for very reasonable rates! She'll come to your home and capture such sweet, precious moments with you and your family. For dates, rates and details, visit HERE.

Oct 01 2015

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Rank #20: Handmade Goods and Family Business with Brooke Fish

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Brooke Fish, the co-founder and crafter behind the baby product company Fresh Bib, takes me through her journey from fashion student to corporate employee, stay-at-home mother and finally product designer and entrepreneur. She shares some of the struggles and lessons that she and her husband Adam have learned along the way as well as her favorite four letter word and how to make a lot out of a little by shopping second hand.

As a special gift for all Our Style Stories listeners, Brooke is offering a giveaway for one month's subscription to their monthly Fresh Box, which will be curated for September in a vintage theme by Brooke herself!

Visit OurStyleStories.com/freshbibgiveaway for details on how to enter.

Take away quote:

"You have to be careful not to compare your insides with everybody else's outsides." 

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Visit www.ourstylestories.com to see a tour of Fresh Bib's studio space.

Sep 10 2015

43mins

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How I Survive the Work Week

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For all of you wondering how I make things work behind-the-scenes of my blog and Instagram feed... this is it. The tell-(almost)-all of how David and I survive the work week as two very busy working professionals with a toddler and two dogs.

SHOW NOTES:

The Basics -

  • Daycare
  • After school care
  • Dog sitter

Meals -

  • Hello Fresh
  • Casseroles or Dish-in-One meals
  • Take out!

Bonuses -

  • Starbucks mobile order
  • Outfit planning (thanks B. Jones Style!)
  • Weekend staycations
  • Expectations

Feb 06 2017

20mins

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Minimalism + Self-Discovery with Jamie Lyons

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If you were looking for a reason to tidy up in the new year, this. is. it... The stunningly edited home and wardrobe of Jamie Lyons. If you haven't seen her Style Story from last week, stop what you're doing. Right now. And go check it out! Seriously. I'm questioning all of my previously held beliefs about my proficiency to ward off clutter. In the wake of my visit with Jamie, I am clear on one thing... I am a total amateur. But today you'll get the full scoop from Jamie herself. In our conversation for the podcast, she and I dive deep into topics such as why she's chosen a minimalist lifestyle, how she achieves such a clean aesthetic, where she shops, and what she believes makes a successful fashion stylist and styling assistant. 

Jamie describes her style as minimalist, mono-chromatic and elegant.

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JAMIE'S FAVE SHOPPING RESOURCES:

Jan 19 2017

22mins

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Lessons + a Poem for 2017

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When I look back on 2016, a lot has happened. Much has baffled and disappointed me. But I've learned a lot and met some fantastic people along the way. Today's podcast is a review of this past year's Style Stories and the lessons that I learned from each.

#1 Prolific creativity is often the result of a youthful spirit.  

from Kelly Christine Sutton

Sidenote on Kelly... This past year, she and her husband took what I'm now going to call a "leap of youthfulness" and purged the majority of their belongings in order to downsize into a mobile tiny house. It's pretty cool and definitely in line with this first Style Story lesson. Get the full scoop HERE.

Read Kelly's Style Story. Listen to Kelly's podcast episode.

#2 Powerful impact starts in our own backyard.   

from Carly Burson

Carly's company Tribe Alive, offers sustainable economic options for women in poverty in developing countries.

Read Carly's Style Story. Listen to Carly's podcast episode.

#3 Do the work. Trust the path. The dots will connect eventually.

from Jamie Ditto & Allie Hill

Read Jamie and Allie's Style Story. Listen to Jamie and Allie's podcast episode.

#4 Confidence is a work in progress... Like anything.

from Kristi Drayovitch

Read Kristi's Style Story. Listen to Kristi's podcast episode.

#5 Hard work and kindness, practiced daily, have lifetime effects.

from Elaine and Christopher Moock

Seaminx, the artist management agency that represents my work as a prop stylist, is going into their 18th year of business. Turns out, the strategy for success doesn't have to be overly complicated or exceptionally original. #bekindworkhard

Read Elaine and Christopher's Style Story and interview.

#6 Successful artistry is deeply rooted in working with what you've got.

from Gina Bender

Read Gina's Style Story. Listen to Gina's podcast episode.

#7 Find your tribe... In real life. Take note. Be encouraged.

from Arianna Jones

Read Arianna's Style Story. Listen to Arianna's podcast episode.

In closing, a poem shared by my in-real-life acquaintance, Emily Paben, creative director of Magnolia Home.

"the year is done. i spread the past 365 days before me on the living room carpet. point to the one where i decided to shed everything not deeply committed to my dreams. refused to be a victim to self-pity. here is the week i slept in the garden. in the spring i wrung the self-doubt by its neck. hung your kindness up. took down the calendar. danced so hard my heart learned to float above water again. in the summer i unscrewed all the mirrors from their walls. no longer needed to see myself to feel seen. combed their weight out of my hair. i fold the good days up and place them in my back pocket for safekeeping. draw the match. cremate the unnecessary. the light of the fire warms my toes. i pour myself a glass of hot water to cleanse myself for january. here i go. stronger and wiser into the new."

The Year is Done by Rupi Kaur

Jan 06 2017

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Mentorship & the Freelance Life with Arianna Jones

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There was never a question that Arianna Jones would have a creative career. Artistry and entrepreneurship were in her bones and she knew from early on that she was meant to live a certain kind of artist's life. The question was more nuanced... How was she going to live that life. What would it look like, feel like... How would it come together, grow and operate on a daily basis. These aren't questions a person can necessarily answer on their own and, lucky for Ari, she didn't have to. Her journey has included some powerfully inspiring mentors along the way. In today's episode, I talk with Ari about just that - her creative journey from high school crafts to a college fashion degree and now freelance styling career and Owynn bag line. Additionally, Ari shares her reasoning for keeping a capsule wardrobe and a simplistic approach to fashion.

Show Notes:

GOT QUESTIONS or FEEDBACK? Share it HERE!

Dec 12 2016

42mins

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Vote with Your Style... A Holiday Gift Guide That Matters

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There are so many instances in which I feel like I don't have control. I mean... have you ever tried to reason with a toddler? Parenting at this stage (and who am I kidding, probably at any stage) is an exercise in learning to live without control. The world's problems are so great and the solutions can seem so very far out of reach. But I'm here today to say that while we may not be able to solve all the problems in all the places just by the swipe of a card, we do have a profound power to affect positive change simply by the ways and places in which we choose to spend our money. Yes. I'm talking about responsible consumerism and social enterprises. We have more power than we think!

Political voting may have closed (for now), but the opportunity to affect change in our world is still here and it's so much easier than it may seem. All you have to do is buy something! Let's put our money where our values are this season and buy from businesses that are producing responsibly and give back generously. 

Tune in to today's episode for my version of a holiday gift guide that will make a difference.

Sources I didn't mention in the podcast but you should still totally check out!

Nov 25 2016

25mins

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The Yin and Yang of Being a Working SAHM with Gina Bender

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Gina Bender describes herself as humble, creative and nurturing and her personal style as a mix of classic vintage, layers of color and mindfulness for minimalism. Today on the podcast, we talk about her work as a graphic designer - where she got started and how it has evolved into the work she does today - as well as the yin and yang, give and take, ebb and flow of being a working SAHM. I have tremendous respect for all of Gina's hard work as a mother and designer!

Additionally, Gina shares a few tips for successful garage sale shopping and purifying the air in your home.  

Show Notes:

NEW Our Style Stories RESOURCE FORUM

Find Gina's work on Instagram and hire her for all your stellar branding needs!

SHARE YOUR QUESTIONS AND FEEDBACK HERE ~

Nov 11 2016

26mins

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What Is Personal Style, Anyways?

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Today's episode is courtesy of years worth of pondering on the subject of personal style. What it represents... how it's developed... where it comes from... how it manifests itself. Indulge me as I take a brief dive into these thoughts and more in today's podcast show. Additionally, get the scoop on two books I HIGHLY recommend for personal growth and personal style development. Plus, a few quotes to get your week going!

"...It is a compass for creating a life that reflects what's true to you in every way. From your wisdom to your wardrobe, from your longings to your living room - [it] is where your essence meets your expression." 

Quote from Style Statement by Carrie McCarthy and Danielle LaPorte

Show Notes:

"You have to be willing to be bad at it in order to be good at it." - Mary Going

Oct 24 2016

27mins

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A Week in the Life of a Prop Stylist

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Miracle of miracles... I'm back with another podcast episode and it didn't take me three months! Trust me, I'm just as shocked as you are. 

Today, I'm sharing a glimpse into what a week of my work life as a prop stylist looks like. My schedule, my work load, the idiosyncrasies of this very unusual job. It's all there plus a bit more. I hope you enjoy!

And if you're an aspiring stylist and want to know more about breaking into this behind the scenes industry, drop me a line! The link to my voicemail box is below.

Show Notes:

Oct 08 2016

15mins

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What Is Too Much & Other 50th Episode Musings

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You may have thought I left podcasting (I wouldn't blame you... it's been forever), but NOPE! I'm still at it. In fact, this is officially my 50th episode, if you can believe it! Who knew? (I nearly missed it myself.) Turns out, I've been at this whole podcasting thing for quite some time but when you publish as irregularly as I do, 50 episodes takes ya a while. But no matter. I'm not letting that get in my way of creative expression and experimentation! 

Speaking of which, today's show is a bit unusual for Our Style Stories. It's just me (no Style Story guest) riffing on a topic that has been nagging me for the past few months. Aspiration versus contentment. What is too much of one and not enough of the other? And how do I manage the pitfalls of comparison and the vicious perfectionist's cycle that can be Pinterest and Instagram? I discuss all that plus more. Don't worry, I won't be preaching from my soapbox every episode! ;-) 

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Oct 01 2016

17mins

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Layered Homes & Self-Confidence with Kris Drayovitch

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Last week's Style Story visit into the home of home Kris Drayovitch was all about rich layers, worldly textiles and inviting details. In today's podcast, you'll hear from the equally beautiful Kris herself. Besides sharing her personal tips on for shopping second-hand furniture and decorating a home that is welcoming and layered, Kris opens an honest and graceful conversation about her interior struggle with perfectionism and self-confidence... two things I'm sure many of us can relate to! If you connected with Kris' traditional Southern meets travelled global style, this episode will definitely interest you as it is a lovely journey into the thought process and care that went into her home.

Hope you enjoy!

Jun 06 2016

36mins

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Collaboration + Creative Process with Jayme Ditto and Allie Hill

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Jayme and Allie are co-owners of Yeti and the Beast and housemates in the coolest arts and crafts home (did you see their Style Story?). They blew me away with their insights when we sat down to record today's podcast. To summarize, we touched on business partnerships and how to make the most of them, honesty and flexibility in regards to your work, the creative process, #anthrowindows, stress as a type of creative rut (and how to work your way out of it), inspiration and why you shouldn't be looking to fellow creatives in your industry, "kid temp" and oh so much more! 

Here are a few quotes from our chat:

On style...

Jayme, "I don't feel the same everyday so I don't dress the same and I don't style the same everyday."

Allie, "I'm not a 'set' person. I don't think I have two things that match!"

On creative work...

Allie, "Coming from design school, we've learned not to fall in love with our own work... It's better to be flexible and open to suggestions."

Jayme, "There's always a chance for things to be made better!"

Allie, "We have to be honest with ourselves. We're still figuring that out too... playing to our strengths and really taking advantage of the differences between [us]."

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And be sure to check out Jayme and Allie's portfolio of work at Yetiandthebeast.com and on Instagram @yetiandthebeast.

May 05 2016

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Style Questions... No. 2

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Ok, who's ready for a little style Q & A?

Today, I published the second episode of my new Style Questions series. In it, I'm riffing on a few design questions that some of you submitted (don't forget, you can send me questions too using the prompt on the right side of this page). Hopefully I've presented some creative solutions to your design dilemmas.

SHOW NOTES

Question #1:

from Mary Evelyn - How do you keep a home looking fresh and stylish without investing in large purchases or home projects?

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Plant Baskets - HomeGoods

Curtains - TargetWorld MarketUrban Outfitters

Wall Decals - Walls Need Love

Question #2:

from Lacey - Rugs! Any tips here, I always struggle with shape, color, size, etc.

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Large Rug Examples - 123

Small Rug Examples - 1234

Question #3:

from Anastasia - What do you recommend in terms of arranging multiple smaller area rugs in one given space?

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Layered Rug Examples - 123456

Jan 22 2016

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Fashion and Philanthropy with Carly Burson

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Today's conversation comes as a perfect follow-up to my Conscious Gifting Guide from last week. It's becoming a well-known fact that "fast fashion" has a tragically negative affect on the people that are employed to produce the items. Carly is tackling this problem head on with her fashion company Tribe Alive by adopting a socially responsible business model. In her opinion, doing business in such a manner is nothing extraordinary, or at least she feels it shouldn't be. Rather, it's just the right thing to do. 

In the course of our conversation, Carly and I discussed everything from her morning routine to her style icons and creative influences and her journey from visual designer at J. Crew to becoming the founder of a company that's, if not extraordinary, truly inspiring and significant! 

Dec 23 2015

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Style Questions... No. 1

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Today's post has been a looong time coming. Since it's inception, the podcast has always played second fiddle to the blog for a variety of reasons but primarily because audio is not my area of expertise. But now that I've established a fairly solid rhythm on the blog, I'm finally ready to step up my game on the podcast. And today is the day!

As part of my improvement of the podcast, I asked for your style questions and today I'm answering the first few of them. Below, you'll find the four questions I answered in the show and the links I referenced in response to each question.

As an added bonus, you can find me on the Style Matters podcast today. Karen June and Zandra interviewed for what is quickly becoming one of my favorite shows all about style.

Question #1:

Do my shoes and purse have to match? My shoes and belt too?

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My Pinterest board on "Fashion".

Question #2:

How do you make nursery decor grown-up-friendly for a master bedroom/nursery combo?

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Reading My Tea Leaves

Mother Mag

Question #3:

When decorating a the kitchen, how do you make it stylish yet still functional?

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World Market

Question #3:

Any tips on fashion flats for businesswomen? It’s hard not to feel frumpy especially when you’re on the shorter side!

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Asos

Everlane

And don't forget to send me YOUR questions!!

Nov 09 2015

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Colorful Spontaneity with Kelly Christine Sutton

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Kelly Christine Sutton is a photographer, film-maker, plant whisperer and rainbow decorator. In her words, her style is colorful and spontaneous. If you've seen her Style Story, I'm sure you're dying to hear the rest of her story! Today we're chatting about her creative impulses and stylish preferences.

I've changed up my usual questions for some new, more style focused inquiries. You'll learn about Kelly's personal style from all angles... fashion, home, morning rituals, creative career, travel, music, dining and more!

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Kelly sells prints of her photographs online and we've arranged A SPECIAL GIVEAWAY for Our Style Stories' readers - your choice of an 8 x 12 print from Kelly's collection!! Her photos are so wonderfully interesting and colorful. To enter, hop over to our Instagram accounts HERE and HERE where you'll find entry instructions. (Basically, follow both of our accounts and then leave a comment confirming your entry.)

The entry period will close on Saturday, Oct. 10th, at 12:00am and a winner will be announced on Monday, Oct. 12th.

In addition to her shop, Kelly is offering limited time Family Small Shoot sessions in Dallas, Houston and Nashville for very reasonable rates! She'll come to your home and capture such sweet, precious moments with you and your family. For dates, rates and details, visit HERE.

Oct 01 2015

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Handmade Goods and Family Business with Brooke Fish

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Brooke Fish, the co-founder and crafter behind the baby product company Fresh Bib, takes me through her journey from fashion student to corporate employee, stay-at-home mother and finally product designer and entrepreneur. She shares some of the struggles and lessons that she and her husband Adam have learned along the way as well as her favorite four letter word and how to make a lot out of a little by shopping second hand.

As a special gift for all Our Style Stories listeners, Brooke is offering a giveaway for one month's subscription to their monthly Fresh Box, which will be curated for September in a vintage theme by Brooke herself!

Visit OurStyleStories.com/freshbibgiveaway for details on how to enter.

Take away quote:

"You have to be careful not to compare your insides with everybody else's outsides." 

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Visit www.ourstylestories.com to see a tour of Fresh Bib's studio space.

Sep 10 2015

43mins

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Art + Motherhood + a Simplified Wardrobe with Jane Cheek

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Jane Cheek is a mother of many talents. She is an artist and teacher by trade, a mother to three (now) and a crafty home decorator to boot. You saw her lively home in last week's Style Story, right?

In today's podcast episode, I sit down with Jane in her Dallas studio and discuss just she how manages it all... family, kiddos, studio time and homemaking. To my surprise, Jane has gone to some unusual ends to simplify parts of her life. At the end of our conversation, she describes a new approach to simplifing her morning routine by eliminating all color from her wardrobe. Yes, I know... sounds crazy! But I think she might be onto something. (And you know that means a lot, coming from me.) 

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Closing note: Our Style Stories podcast is very much in the growing phase of things and you can help it grow more! Leave a review in iTunes and help make this show that much more visible to new listeners in the process. Simply follow THIS LINK to leave your review.

Aug 01 2015

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Melanie and Dalton Tarver: A Guide to Cool Hobbies

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At long last, Melanie and Dalton get their turn on the podcast. If you saw their Style Story, then you know that in addition to their day jobs as commercial photographer and still life stylist, they enjoy a delightful variety of hobbies. Vegetable gardening, beer home brewing, group running and bath salt mixing. It's all on the table, my friends. This is officially your Summer guide to having a cool hobby, courtesy of the Tarvers.

Listen below or on your smart phone in iTunes to hear our conversation.

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Closing note: Our Style Stories podcast is very much in the growing phase of things and you can help it grow more! Leave a review in iTunes and help make this show that much more visible to new listeners in the process. Simply follow THIS LINK to leave your review.

Jun 19 2015

48mins

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Editing Your Style and Launching a Design Business with Heylee Heep

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Earlier last week, I shared Heylee Heep's Style Story on the blog and today - after traveling to Salt Lake City and back for the Alt Summit conference - I'm back with a her podcast interview. Get ready for some serious design savvy. Heylee is a master of editing and in today's episode she's going to share a few pro tips on how to edit your own space and wardrobe plus reasons why you should consider working with a neutral color palette and what it was like to launch her styling business. 

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Closing note: Our Style Stories podcast is very much in the growing phase of things but you can help it grow! Leave a review in iTunes and help make this show that much more visible to new listeners in the process. Simply follow THIS LINK to leave your review. 

Jan 26 2015

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Young Love and Business Ventures with Robbie and Adam Werner

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Not long ago, I shared a peek inside the home of Robbie and Adam's inviting family home but now it's time to dig a little deeper into the story behind all those cool art pieces and charming decor. Robbie is a baker and owner of Stir Crazy Baked Goods and her husband Adam is an art educator and visual artist. Along with their children Amaris, Paige, and Asher they've followed an adventurous and creatively motivated life together. In today's podcast, Robbie and Adam share some of those highlights. For instance, how they got through the early and quite challenging years of school, marriage, and first-time parenthood. As well as the process behind opening the bakery and forging a new career path.

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Dec 08 2014

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Great!

By Ttime0057 - Jun 09 2016
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Love, love, love this podcast!

Impressive

By O'bad - Feb 19 2014
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Talented, beautiful and knowledgeable! Worth listening to!!