Salt Air

If you’ve wondered where I’ve been for the last few weeks, the picture below sums it up – the rocky coast of Maine. It’s where I grew up, but it also happens to be a place of inspiration for poets, writers, and artists. Heck, even Thoreau explored its landscape. And, can you blame him? Along […]

Meet Jeni. :)

Meet Jeni, an Army veteran, mom, wife, and a highly accomplished working professional who specializes in affordable housing. Jeni is yet another superwoman I’ve had the privilege of styling since I launched Maggie Paine in February. She is also a dear friend of mine from West Point. I am always so honored to serve all […]

Unstoppable

There’s a famous line from The Godfather: Part III, “It’s not personal. It’s business.” There’s a lot of truth to that line and what it means for rational decision-making in business and life. But I’ve learned that as an image consultant, you’re both a stylist and a cheerleader for your client. For me, my business […]

“…Go Be It”

One of my favorite songs is “Head Full of Doubt / Road Full of Promise” by The Avett Brothers. It’s a song about contrasts – darkness and light, and what’s wrong and what’s right. But it’s a song, most of all, about conflict – not conflict on the outside, but that within, between fears and […]

“One Step Out of Clock Time”

This week I went to Maine to see my folks. They live in Castine, which Oliver Wendell Holmes once described as “one of those old towns with a history.” Over the years Castine has been the summer home of some notable musicians, artists, and writers, including Don McLean, Clark FitzGerald, and Philip Booth, who later […]

Hello Beautiful

When I introduced Maggie Paine, I wrote about the relationship between self-confidence and style, and how one is not the by-product of the other. And yet I also wrote that style and self-confidence often go together. It’s true, for example, that a person can find an authentic sense of style that provides comfort and builds […]

Bird in the Hand

I remember shopping with my mom when I was a kiddo and hearing her say “bird in the hand” as she scooped up an item and brought it to the checkout counter. When you live an hour from the nearest shopping center, you learn to stock up on things you need – and, more importantly, […]

America’s Southern Artisan Spirit

This born-and-bred Yankee is looking to the South with greater and greater admiration and yearning. Perhaps it’s this snowy winter or my time spent working at Billy Reid, an American luxury brand based in Florence, Alabama. But I think it’s more than that – it’s not about the warmer weather, southern cooking, and cocktails; it’s […]

“Life Is A Big Collaboration”

Earlier this month NPR’s Fresh Air interviewed Tim Gunn, fashion guru on the reality television show Project Runway.  He’s also the former chair of the fashion design department at Parsons. Tim is someone you might expect to talk about fashion trends and design principles.  But during the interview, Tim talked more about life than fashion.  He showed honesty, […]

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