Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Claire @ WFAA Good Morning Texas
Style Shout Out to the New Year!

2012 was quite an amazing year...I watched as my now ten year old daughter set and achieved goals in school and in music which included releasing her first EP with a party at House Of Blues where she utilized the platform as a way to collect toys for WFAA's Santa's Helpers.  I watched her enter double digits not only as a talented young lady who does well in school...but as a young lady who is truly understanding the importance of giving back.  I am amazed by her generosity of spirit which shone through in her initiation of a benefit show for the Red Cross, Santa's Helpers Toy Drive and, via CD sales, donating to St. Jude's and Make-A-Wish...and as I began thinking about my 2013 goals, not resolutions, I realized that it's been two years since I've been writing this blog...that it's been two years since Claire asked me if there was something I wanted to do that I hadn't done yet...and it is because of her keen awareness of others and her one simple yet thoughtful question that this blog was born.

So today I thought I'd share the first story from January 2011 and say a very big thank you to my daughter, and my husband, for inspiring me every day...and to Gwen Stefani who first inspired Claire when she was four years old and continues to inspire her today!

Happy reading and a very Happy New Year!

Where Our Style "Fashionation" Began

Gwen Stefani - InStyle 2010
Today's STYLE SHOUT OUT goes to GWEN STEFANI of L.A.M.B. and No Doubt...

My renewed love affair with fashion began because of my daughter.   From the time she was 3 she took a real interest in her wardrobe and had a strong sense of style.  The funny thing is that while lots of children like to pick out their own outfits, the things she chose always, and still do, work really well together.  And I am not just saying that because I am her Mom. There are pictures to prove it.

Anyway, when she was 4 years old we were shopping at Nordstrom.  In the women's shoe department they were selling Gwen Stefani CD's and her newest video was playing.  As we walked through accessories we noticed the L.A.M.B. handbags by Gwen Stefani.  And while I was purchasing a Chanel Lipgloss my daughter was noticing the bottle of L.A.M.B. perfume being prominently displayed with a picture of Gwen Stefani.  At that moment my daughter looked at me and the make-up artist who was assisting with my purchase and she blurted out with extreme confidence, "Wow I am so going to do that when I get big?"  The make-up artist asked her, "What are you going to do?" And my 4 year old responded, "Be a triple threat like Gwen Stefani...she does music, fashion and perfume...AWESOME!!!"

When we got home that day she began sketching and soon after started asking for piano lessons.

Fast forward 4 years and she still has the pencil in her hand (when she's not doing homework, playing with friends, or practicing keyboard).  You see after playing basketball, tennis and trying a few other activities we realized that our daughter was serious about piano lessons.  We knew she was even more serious when she came home after her third lesson and played "Let It Be" by the Beatles with a big smile on her face.

I don't know if fashion and music will be her career one day but the journey getting there with her is so much fun.  The Style Shout Out blog was born out of our style journey.

My daughter says that to be in fashion you have to have FASHIONATION.  Her definition of her word is "To be fascinated with FASHION while having a great IMAGINATION."

We hope in 2011 you will check in regularly to keep up with our STYLE SHOUT OUTS! And, thanks to Gwen Stefani for the inspiration!!!

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