May Style Instagram Challenge

Betty, it's that time again: here's our next #StyleMe calendar!

I asked you and the Dean St Bettys for help with the prompts and received such brilliant ideas we have an entirely "tribe created" month of inspiration.

Joining us for the first time? Here's the simple no-rules-principals:

1. There are no rules. Pop in for 1 day or hold yourself accountable to all 30. It's about what works for you, but please don't opt-out of this free inspiration because you decide you have to do it perfectly! Progress over perfection, love.

2. Let the prompt inspire you each morning to see your closet with fresh eyes. If you have something that's quite right, get creative! Again, don't bow out because you see a few days you don't instantly have an idea for. Do the opposite, borrow from a friend or use an accessory to make it work.

{P.S. One smart betty sets a nightly reminder on her phone so she can think about the prompt before she goes to sleep and know what she's wearing before she wakes up bleary-eyed. Others print and tape it in their closet, and some display it on their desks at work for coworkers to come by on their way out to see what tomorrow is!}

3. Put a pause on shopping. If a prompt illuminates a gap in your wardrobe you'd love to fill, that's great. But ultimately my heart is to make better use of the clothes we've already invested in, so see how creative you can get with what you already own before you add more.

4. Take a pic on your phone and share it on Instagram using #StyleMeMay and/or elsewhere on social media or your blog.

5. Encourage beauty. I'm humbled to say the Dean St bettys are one of the kindest sororities on Instagram. Be generous with your likes and your words of affirmation, sharing only positivity that will make one another authentically glow.

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Take note of our video challenge day! I love an excuse for a lil dance party so grab your kids or your kitchen spoon and put on an outfit that makes you want to do a little dance ...

Sneak peek: There won't be a #StyleMeJune ...

That's because Style & Styleability is coming back! If you're unfamiliar with my group style class, you'll get the low down very soon. Plus, a brand new video series, totally free, just for you. And it all happens next week. Hop on Honor Society {it's free!} and it's all yours.

P.S. No really love, you're not going to want to miss this free video series! A team of 3 came to my Dean Street Studio for 2 days and I got to film content I've been dreaming about for 9 months. Get inside Honor Society and you'll have a front row seat for the launch next week ...

April Instagram Style Challenge

Delighted to introduce you to this month's special edition of the #StyleMe Instagram Challenge!

Special because I asked the Dean St bettys what they wanted to see in the prompts and was so overwhelmed with the creative cheeky ideas that every single day in #StyleMeApril {and half of May's already!} is thanks to you!

If you're joining us for the first time, here's the simple no-rules-principals:

1. There are no rules. Join us for one day or hold yourself accountable to all 30, this is about what works for you. Don't opt-out of this free inspiration because you decide you have to do it perfectly! Progress over perfection, m'dear.

2. Let the prompt inspire you each morning to see your closet with fresh eyes. Don't have something that's quite right? Get creative! Once again, don't count yourself out because you see a few days you don't instantly have an idea for. Do the opposite, borrow from a friend or use an accessory.

{P.S. One creative betty sets a reminder on her phone for all 30 days the night before, so she can think about the prompt before she goes to sleep and lay out her outfit. Others print and tape it in their closet, and another one displays it in her cubicle at work and all her coworkers come by on their way out to see what tomorrow is!}

3. Put a pause on shopping. If one of the prompts illuminates a gap in your wardrobe that you'd love to fill, that's great. Ultimately though my heart is to make better use of the clothes we've already invested in, so see how creative you can get with what's already there before you add more.

4. Take an iPhone pic and share it on Instagram using #StyleMeApril and/or elsewhere on your blog or social media. 

5. Encourage beauty. I'm humbled to say the Dean St bettys are one of the sweetest tribes on Instagram. Be generous with your likes and your words of affirmation, sharing only positivity and words that will make one another authentically glow.

And oh yes, we've got our very first video challenge day! Sometimes I like to take a little #DeanStDanceBreak whether I'm having a rough or rockstar day.

So put on a song and an outfit that makes you wanna dance, and bring a little joy and levity to your Instagram followers and the other #StyleMe bettys, reminding us that life is short and joy is found in the little things. {wink}

March Instagram Challenge

Say hello to this month's #StyleMe Instagram Challenge with #StyleMeMarch!

If this is your first time to join us, here's the no-rules-principals:

1. There are no rules. Join for one day or hold yourself accountable to all 31. Whatever works best for you. But don't opt-out of this free inspiration because you've decided you have to do it perfectly! Progress over perfection, m'dear.

2. Each day let the prompt inspire you to see your closet with fresh eyes. If you don't have something that's quite right, get creative! Do the opposite, use an accessory, etc.

3. Try not to shop. If one of the prompts points out a hole in your closet that you'd really love to fill, that's one thing. But my heart is that we make better use of the closets we've already invested in, rather than an urge to buy more.

4. Snap a self-photo and share it on Instagram using #StyleMeMarch and/or elsewhere on social or your blog.

5. Encourage beauty. The Dean St bettys are one of the kindest groups on the interwebs. Be generous with your likes and your words of affirmation, sharing only positivity and words that will make one another authentically glow.

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Now go forth and spread the love! Would your followers be giddy over this free gift? Share away on Pinterest, Instagram, your blog oh my.

Need some inspiration about how powerful this little calendar can be? Here's two stories I heard when I met Dean St bettys while speaking at the Alt Summit conference last month:

 

"I have to tell you how much #StyleMe meant to me. My husband was in the hospital this fall + to be totally honest #StyleMe was the thing that got me out of bed most days. I was so depressed + knowing that I had that creative outlet to start my mornings with really gave me a little joy to start my day with + the community helped me to feel like there was an accountability to get dressed, change out of my pajamas + embrace the day."

"I wanted to let you know how grateful I am for your #StyleMe challenge. I did it this fall when I was 4 months pregnant + honestly just hated my body. I've always struggled with my weight + here I was gaining weight but not looking pregnant yet -- getting dressed, dealing with clothes, trying to look cute was just the last thing I wanted to do. But the daily challenges helped me to get out of my own head, see my closet with fresh eyes like you say + I swear I found so many cute outfits I never would have on my own."

 

Also, last month I was tagged in an Instagram photo when a Dean St betty from Seattle flew to London to meet up with two gals she'd met on Instagram through the #StyleMe challenge. New friends, round the world.

Heart. Full. 

Here's to daily joy, loving our bodies and making new relationships this month, m'dear ...

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P.S. As an alum, affiliate and this year a featured "success story" of my business mentor Marie Forleo, I'm offering two bonuses worth $1,000 for folks who join me inside B-School! Plus, I created a little dance-off just for B-School alums to have a chance to get in on this goodness. 

February Instagram Style Challenge

Love, the #StyleMe Instagram Challenge is back with #StyleMeFebruary! And in this month o' love these prompts are extra especially about celebrating our beauty, bodies and confidence.

If this is your first time to join us, here's the no-rules-principals:

1. There are no rules. Join for one day or hold yourself accountable to all 28. Whatever works best for you. But don't opt-out of this free inspiration because you've decided you have to do it perfectly! Progress over perfection, m'dear.

2. Each day let the prompt inspire you to see your closet with fresh eyes. If you don't have something that's quite right, get creative! Do the opposite, use an accessory, etc.

3. Try not to shop. If one of the prompts points out a hole in your closet that you'd really love to fill, that's one thing. But my heart is that we make better use of the closets we've already invested in, rather than an urge to buy more.

4. Snap a self-photo and share it on Instagram using #StyleMeFeb and/or elsewhere on social or your blog.

5. Encourage beauty. The Dean St bettys are one of the kindest groups on the interwebs. Be generous with your likes and your words of affirmation, sharing only positivity and words that will make one another authentically glow.

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Now get generous and help spread the free stylish word! Share this graphic on Pinterest, Instagram, create a blog post and invite your readers to join you while getting to know you better daily.

Can't wait to celebrate us all being more captivating, creative and authentically confident together this month!

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P.S. Just last week at Alt Summit I met two of the #StyleMe bettys who said these months had made a big impact on their lives.

E shared that when her husband was in the hospital this fall it was this challenge, it's inspiration and accountability, that helped her get out of bed each day.

C confided that at four months pregnant she wasn't loving her heavier-but-no-bump-yet body and this creativity helped her to love getting dressed at a time when she was loathing it.

A few weeks earlier, I was tagged on Instagram by a betty in Seattle meeting up with two London gals she'd met through the challenge.

I'm overwhelmed by the goodness that comes from what looks at first glance like a simple graphic. There's power in inspiration, creativity and community. Join us ...

December Holiday Instagram Challenge

Of all the months of the #StyleMe Instagram Closet Challenge, I confess that last December's was my favorite! I took extra liberties of creativity and cheekiness, playing off holiday words, and put a festive spin on the prompts from day one. I hope you have just as magical a time this year!

New to the #StyleMe challenge?

1. There are no rules. I loathe rules, I love principles. 

2. This is about getting creative with and inspired by the clothes and closet you already own, so try not to shop. Did you know most of us wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time? Well, when left to our own devices that is. But #StyleMe is one of those tricks to shake things up! Confused on a day? Use your imagination and interpret it however you like!

3. Play one day or 30. I get so prickly when I see people write on Instagram, "Oh I can never stick with these things". Who said you have to do 30 days or stick with anything? Not I, my friend. One day of inspiration is better than none, right? So give yourself the challenge of discipline or the freedom to come and go. This is about what most inspires and empowers YOU.

4. Encourage beauty. A Dean St betty is all about authentically affirming those around her, so follow along with the hashtag #StyleMeDecember sharing likes and sweet comments with your fellow bettys. I can't tell you how many times I hear someone write, "Y'all are making my day with these compliments! Thank you!" It's so easy to make another person feel lovely and seen with just a few taps on your keyboard.

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Now go forth and share this stylish free gift as an early holiday present!

Instagram it, Pin it, Tweet it, Facebook it, email it to your mom and your sister, share it in a blog post and invite your readers to join in, even add the jpg to your sidebar + link back to this post. 

Print and tape it to your mirror and this can also be your advent calendar counting down to those morning pajamas on the 25h ...

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