What Does Your Style Say About You?

'If a woman is badly dressed, it's the dress we'll notice; but if she is impeccably dressed, it's the woman herself we'll notice.'

– Coco Chanel


How do you feel about your current wardrobe? Does it reflect who you are? Rachel Zoe once said: “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” Whether we realize it or not, our style is the very first thing that we are putting out into the world that represents who we are. Before we say anything – before we make eye contact even, our clothes have already spoken.

I believe your style choices reveal inner secrets, personality, and frame of mind - perhaps an interplay with your subconscious and conscious mind. Each clothing choice we make reflects something about our thought process or frame of mind. So what do your clothes say about you?

As much as clothing and style can be a reflection of our mindset, it also has a profound effect on how we feel about ourselves. It can work both ways – as a reflection and as a mode of creating feelings. Have you ever slipped into a dress and just felt sexy and alive?

Psychologists have articulated the term ‘enclothed cognition’ to describe the influence of clothes on the psyche. It means that the way we look on the outside actually does affect how we carry ourselves and how we feel about ourselves. Therefore if you have an important meeting, plan your look to influence a positive confident mindset to exude this persuasive assertiveness style. Use dresses with fitted silhouettes to make you radiate confidence and determination. Style a flirty skirt when you want to feel playful and yet still be powerful and professional.

As women, we want to be our authentic selves and feel sexy and vibrant! The fun thing about fashion is the ability to have a voice and express yourself – a reflection of your true self. I love the “Liberate the Pink” Dress in LYLA JARN’s 2015 Spring/Summer Collection. It reflects who I am with the juxtaposition of an edgy quality with the femininity of the pink.  The beautiful black and white checked edgy piece is softened, ever so subtly, with our signature pleat design showcased in a beautiful pink hue. I feel so sexy with the surprise element and the uniqueness of the pleats. Not only does it reflect my personal sense of style, but it’s flexible enough to accommodate my needs – whether I am going to the office or an afternoon cocktail party. Its versatility is an even deeper reflection of my needs as a mom, business professional, and designer!

How does your wardrobe reflect you? And more importantly, how does it make you feel?



PS - How amazing does Dzeina Kruze look in that skirt? She is FIERCE! Thank you to the equally amazing photographer (@johnhongstudio), make up artist (@mandyperezmakeup), and stylist (@stylistfranzy) for the photo!


Dancing With the Stars' Sharna Burgess Rocks a LYLA JARN Original on Good Morning America!

In case you missed it, the incredible Season 19 cast of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” was officially announced today on “Good Morning America” and as we watched, something amazing managed to catch our eye. Professional dancer (and fellow Australian) Sharna Burgess, who will be dancing alongside talk show host, Tavis Smiley this season was rocking a LYLA JARN original!

Though the pair couldn’t make it to the GMA studio in New York City, they were able to video-in from Lost Angeles, giving viewers a great, up-close look at our stunning Rainbow Smiles dress.

Amongst the list of celebs who will be joining Tavis and Sharna on the dance floor this season are actor Antonio Sabato Jr., designer Betsey Johnson, Olympian Lolo Jones and so many more talented individuals.

We’re so excited to see Sharna support the LYLA JARN brand and we can’t wait to cheer her on when “Dancing With the Stars” returns to ABC on Monday, September 15th at 8 p.m. EST.

We may not all be able to tear up a dance floor like Sharna Burgess, but you can get her look here! Then be sure to check out additional pieces from the LYLA JARN collection at our fashion lounge at Nolcha Fashion Week on September 10th and at Moda from September 14th-16th.

Sharna Burgess rocks LYLA JARN original on Good Morning America

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Just Let Your Heart Speak

“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken” - Oscar Wilde

As I move through life, I find that my ambitions and true desires are ever evolving.  

I’ve found myself in many exciting and diverse roles throughout my life. Each role is constantly evolving into new adventures that bring me such happiness. I’m working on so many great projects right now; and they all feed into my happiness in different ways. As I progress in life, I have recognized that there is a need to become more acquainted with my destiny. My purpose and what truly brings me joy reveals itself in new and exciting ways every day. I am still on this path of getting to know myself. It’s a path that is filled with constant surprises and continuous change.

I do know that I have had this desire to be creative, this thirst to innovate. I was always drawn to fashion design, and subconsciously, design became my outlet for self-expression. For me, designing and creating conjures up the most sincere form of happiness. I cannot wait to share it with the world. This passion came from a place which I cannot explain; is it my “heart” speaking? Is it my “purpose”?

 How do you listen to your heart?

The first step is to quiet your mind. Eliminate the clutter that has built up from a whole lifetime of other influences. I ask myself every day if I am doing something because it is what everyone else is doing, or if I am doing it because it makes me truly happy. Don’t do things because it’s what people expect.
Go with the flow. If you believe in destiny, you know that the world has an amazing way of making things happen. Don’t spend so much energy pushing back. Instead, flow gracefully with the current and embrace opportunities as they arise. For me, moving to New York was a scary (but exciting) transition. The vivacious and mysterious energy that New York is famous for has become a source of abundant inspiration; but it took a great deal of ‘letting go’ before I was able to fully embrace it. Going with the flow has been an essential part of my life adventure.
Trust yourself. Work really hard to accomplish things that feel right, and let go of things that don’t make sense to you. This journey of self-fulfillment hasn’t been easy, but it’s been really exciting! If you don’t trust yourself, who will? I encourage you to follow through with things that scare you, and trust in yourself to make great things happen.


All I know is that I have taken a step towards something great. It’s great because it feels right. But it’s also scary because it took a lot of courage to forge a new life path. This voyage from one life path to another has been inspired by so many powerful women who were brave enough to take small steps towards becoming something great.

What I’ve learned so far is valuable, and I hope to share it with you so that you can become inspired to find your passion, purpose, or destiny. Just let your heart speak.


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