Rank #1: Pursuing Your Passion as a Side Project & Discovering Your Personal Style with Greg and Chantal Hickman
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
Rank #2: Raising a Family in the Entertainment Industry and Defining Personal Style on Your Own Terms with Lucy Wrubel
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
Rank #3: Cristina Lynch: Artisan Crafts and Creative Collaboration
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
Rank #4: Skyler Fike: Multi-Faceted Careers & Self Education
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.
Podcast reference links:
- McKinney Bed and Breakfast
- Rachael Currie's Style Story
- Sara & Rocky Garza's Style Story
- Cody Culberson
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
Rank #5: Maryam Salassi: Art for Children and Launching a Business
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.
Podcast reference links:
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
Rank #6: Rachel and Dave Chamberlain: Love Stories and Home Renovations for a Family of Six
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
Rank #7: Launching a Business and Thrifty Decor with Misty Spencer
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
Rank #8: Modern Design and Family Spaces with Patrick Craine
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
Rank #9: Laura Busby: Comfort Zones and Bedding Wisdom
After yesterday's Style Story featuring Laura Busby, I'm sure you're anxious to hear more from this girl who plays mandolin, takes adult ballet classes, and experiments in videography .
In today's interview, Laura and I chat about her journey from the beginning as a shop girl at Anthropologie to her current role as a manager of e-commerce and marketing at Peacock Alley. Laura imparted some serious bedding wisdom and enlightened me on my sad, uneducated ways. (hint: what's more important than thread count?) We also discussed the seeds of Laura's interest in design and how her personal style has grown from the early and, yes, awkward phases of teenage-dom to her current outlook on things which is much more focused on meaningful quality investments over impulsive convenience purchases.
Perhaps one of my favorite discussions in the course of our conversation was on the subject of stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things. Laura is a bonafide pro when it comes to this department.
Aug 08 2014
Rank #10: The Yin and Yang of Being a Working SAHM with Gina Bender
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.
NEW Our Style Stories RESOURCE FORUM
- Jayme and Allie's Style Story
- UNT Communication Design Program
- Joan Miro art
- Built By Bender, Milan's business with his 3 brothers
- Built By Bender logo
- Devendra Banhart music
- Sai Baba incense
- Palo Santo sticks
- Heylee Heep's Style Story
- Himalayan salt lamp
Find Gina's work on Instagram and hire her for all your stellar branding needs!
Nov 11 2016
Rank #11: What Is Personal Style, Anyways?
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
- Style Statement
- Danielle LaPorte
- The Fire Starter Sessions
- The Desire Map
- Design*Sponge at Home
- In the Company of Women
- Mary Going of Saint Harridan
- Ira Glass on Storytelling
"You have to be willing to be bad at it in order to be good at it." - Mary Going
Oct 24 2016
Rank #12: A Week in the Life of a Prop Stylist
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.
Oct 08 2016
Rank #13: What Is Too Much & Other 50th Episode Musings
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! ;-)
Oct 01 2016
Rank #14: Layered Homes & Self-Confidence with Kris Drayovitch
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
Rank #15: Collaboration + Creative Process with Jayme Ditto and Allie Hill
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:
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]."
- Micah Player
- Land of Nod
- Charley Harper
- Jessica Hische
- Bonnee Sharp of Studio Bon Textiles
- Paige Denim
- Beltracchi on Netflix
- What Happened, Miss Simone? on Netflix
- A Chef's Life on PBS
- The Other Side of Style blog series
May 05 2016
Rank #16: Style Questions... No. 2
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.
from Mary Evelyn - How do you keep a home looking fresh and stylish without investing in large purchases or home projects?
Plant Baskets - HomeGoods
Wall Decals - Walls Need Love
from Lacey - Rugs! Any tips here, I always struggle with shape, color, size, etc.
from Anastasia - What do you recommend in terms of arranging multiple smaller area rugs in one given space?
Jan 22 2016
Rank #17: Fashion and Philanthropy with Carly Burson
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
Rank #18: Style Questions... No. 1
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.
Do my shoes and purse have to match? My shoes and belt too?
How do you make nursery decor grown-up-friendly for a master bedroom/nursery combo?
When decorating a the kitchen, how do you make it stylish yet still functional?
Any tips on fashion flats for businesswomen? It’s hard not to feel frumpy especially when you’re on the shorter side!
And don't forget to send me YOUR questions!!
Nov 09 2015
Rank #19: Colorful Spontaneity with Kelly Christine Sutton
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!
Podcast reference links:
- VeeCaravan (& Christine's Style Story!)
- Kelly Christine Photo
- Kelly Christine Films
- First Monday Canton
- Karen Musgraves
- El Come
- Cane Rosso
- Brett Dennen
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
Rank #20: Handmade Goods and Family Business with Brooke Fish
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."
Podcast reference links:
- Todd Oldham
- Todd Oldham for Target
- Kid Made Modern
- Tandy Leather
- Pure and Noble
- Bloesem Blogs
- Fresh Bib
- Foot Cardigan
- Melanie and Dalton's podcast interview
- Colleen Whitver's Style Story
- George Gently
- Downton Abbey
- Nordstrom Rack
Visit www.ourstylestories.com to see a tour of Fresh Bib's studio space.
Sep 10 2015