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Style Statement: Live By Your Own Design

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Style Statement is a take on the power of style and authenticity. Deemed "style psychotherapists," Carrie and Danielle are the creators of the Style Statement: a two-word compass that helps you make more confident choices in life -- from your wardrobe to your relationships, your living room to your career plans.

Part workbook, part inspirational narrative, Style Statement
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 8th 2008 by Little, Brown and Company
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Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
It basically tells you to choose two words that describe your whole. And the rest of the book is examples and some questions that will not guide you to those words but would give you an idea of who you are, in case you don't know already.
Sooo... I don't know.. I'll see how much my style statement will help me.
But I liked that the book reminded me of old and vintage and grandma-ish things!
Sep 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This is so much fun!! So 5 stars for fun -- not to be compared with the 5 stars of literary fiction. The title of this book is deceiving. It makes it sound like it's all about design and style, but it's actually a workbook to help you discover what is authentic for you in all aspects of your life. After completing all sections of the book, you arrive at a 80/20 style statement... the 80% is the foundation and the 20% is the creative edge or flair.

My Style Statement is Natural Refined

Erika RS
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, physical
A style statement is a two word phrase that is meant to be a guide to help bring your life together. It is meant to be freeing not limiting. A style statement should apply to all areas of your life. It helps you answer questions from "What was I thinking when I bought this shirt?" to "Why do I get upset when my partner behaves in a particular way?" to "How should I shape my career path?".

The first word of the style statement is the foundation word. This describes your inner essence. Your foundat
Feb 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book but didn't love it. I think it rambled a lot and gave a lot more examples than necessary, but there were also a lot of good questions that got to the heart of what this book was about: defining your own style statement. I ended up skipping over large portions of this book... I would say I probably only read about 50% of it in the end... but I was still able to come up with a style statement that I think really defines who I am and captures everything the book intended. So, miss ...more
Deb in UT
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I purchased this book because it wasn't available at my local library. I learned about it when Brooke Castillo mentioned it on one of her podcasts. She says she's "Elegant Edgy" if I remember correctly. Knowing someone's "style statement" can tell you a lot about them.

The book is more of a workbook than one to read. There is a lot to see and some to read. The examples of individual people and how they define themselves and what matters to them is really interesting. It does require that you answ
Jenny Wells
Apr 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
I found this book confirming, thorough, thought-provoking, and fun. It provides open-ended exercises I would enjoy exploring with friends or in a workshop environment. As a word person, I couldn't imagine distilling all my exploration down to a two-word style statement, and wrestled through the narrowing down process quite a bit. But once I did, the end result felt strong enough to stand up to their charge, "Live by Your Own Design". I took a number of weeks to pick up the book and work through ...more
Debra Hammett
Jul 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
A nice introspective that inspries the creation of a "style statement" that is a two-word phrase that defines Me. I was skeptical, but had read glowing reviews of the original process that takes place via phone interview. Not wanting to pay $400 for the personal telephone version, I settled for the book.

I found my style statement and have found that it has helped me make decisions about clothing and decor -- but the amazing part is that the style statement has also encouraged my personal life o
Jenni Pertuset
Dec 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
After sorting out several items from my closet that just seem like they aren't "me" I was attracted to this book in the hope that it could help me say what is "me" and avoid unfortunate purchases in the future. The book's objective is to create your own two-word "style statement" that describes your approach including not only the things we think of as expressing our style (clothing, household) but also things of greater depth. It's non-amazing, but it does offer some food for thought about the ...more
Feb 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Feel free to find me corny, but I'm way into this book that makes me think about who I am and how I would describe it. Also, there are all these cool profiles of people - beautiful portraits, with pictures of their favorite stuff and questionnaires. It's a calming, beautiful book, and it's not just about things. I'd actually really like to own this book and do some of the exercises on my own time. ...more
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
How I love a workbook! Enlightening guide to elucidating and articulating your personal style in two key words, from the way you present yourself to others to the way you interact in your world. Interesting questions I've never asked myself before. Fascinating revelations about who I am. A reminder to choose to surround myself with only what resonates with me, to live with intention.
I'm Sophisticated Kooky.
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great workbook to distill the essence of who you are at the core and how to best build an authentic life. So much more than "fashion", Style Statement is about a holistic approach to all aspects of you, your surroundings, your relationships, your home, and so much more. The only warning is that to get the most out of it you will need to spend a lot of time going through and answering and thinking about the exercises. It took me a few weeks but I'm so happy I did! ...more
Apr 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book is very inspiring. It makes you feel good about being true to yourself and being who you really want to be. It's a fun journey in self-discovery. However, I didn't actually find my style statement, and I think it's because I am just so indecisive and I still don't really know what I like and what I don't like. I will return to this book, hopefully with a clearer picture of who I am. ...more
L'Tanya Durante
May 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
If you're familiar with the style statement work of Carrie and Danielle, you'll love this book.

I took 30 minutes each day to do the exercises. It was well worth the effort to discover (re-discover) what really makes me tick. I was introduced to Elemental Sacred.
Jul 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who feels a little lost
Shelves: fix-me
Constructive Nostalgic. It sounds hokey, but finding my style statement has been really helpful so far. It makes editing your life just a little bit easier, and decisions come a little more naturally. Worth the time.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Aug 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jenny (Reading Envy) by: Mary
Shelves: read08
I like the idea of having a style statement, and felt the questions McCarthy and LaPorte pose are a good way to help you along on the journey of discovering what yours might be. I'm still mulling over a group of words that might become my style statement, but I think I'll get there soon. ...more
Jul 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I ended up putting this on my wish list at amazon because I want to use it as a workbook. It helps you figure out what you're all about so you can convey that to the world in your style - clothes, home, etc. loved it! ...more
Mar 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love this book! Makes you really explore yourself - what you love and don't love. It's not just about the clothes you wear or how you decorate your home, but identifying your true self. I am still working on my Style Statement - the two words that define you.

Aug 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Great Book about developing your own style and giving it a unique name that fits not just your image but also your personality. It does feature many truly insightful questions that become increasingly tedious to answer.
May 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
i am LOVING this book and what i am learning about myself. i'd love to hear from anyone who has read it. what's your style statement? ...more
Jul 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Little style, less content.
Dec 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I'm using this book as a creative exercise. It's been fun so far. ...more
Rebecca Walker
Dec 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Fun. Deep. Aesthetic as map of the soul.
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Leslie Manion
Recommended to Kristine by: Tara Swiger
My review is on my blog:
kadyellebee blog: Structured Fanciful.
Aug 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adviceandhelp, visual
Gorgeous book, and finding my statement was fun. I wrote about the experience here: ...more
Caryn Smith
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
So it all starts a bit new age and hippy but after that first third, when the asking you to think about what you like and don't and why kicks in, it is really interesting.

I did this several years ago and feeling more "in tune with myself" has helped, doing it again has cemented my central vision of myself and reminded me of some fun things I would want to try when things reopen safely.

Re-read as I had recommended it to a friend and wanted to check it was ok. It is, although I could happily skip
Amanda VanderBroek
This book found me at the right time in my life. If I'd read this a few years ago I probably wouldn't have found it so interesting or helpful. But right it really resonated with me. There's easily a year's worth of journaling prompts in this book so even though I've read the whole thing I'm going to keep it as I journal throughout the year. Already in just the short amount of time I've gleaned insight about myself from this book I've seen real change in my life and attitude. Pretty cool! ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Interesting ideas, but not enough guidance on the process of picking your own style statement. While I was able to distill down my worksheet answers into keywords (lots and lots of keywords) I wasn't able to find a two word "brand." It was way too nebulous. And the almost none of the examples resonated with me; I think most were way too NYC elite to be of much use to everyday people. ...more
Carolyn Page
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is all like one big in-depth Buzzfeed style quiz, only it's super detailed. I loved answering all the questions, really sitting downwith myself and spring-cleaning my head, to try to find out "what do I really like?" What do I want to express to the outside world? It's great stuff. ...more
Laura Paulisich
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super thoughtful❣️”Live as Art!”
Kaileen Sues
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A beautiful book with a lot of journal prompts and exercises that lead to creating your own “style statement.” When I worked through this book in 2012, my style statement was comfortable boldness.
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