Friday, April 24, 2009

An open mind is a terrible thing to waste

One of the things I collect (in addition to shoes) is quotes. I’ve been collecting a variety of quotes for ten years now, but only have about 325 of them because I am very selective in the ones I list in my notebook. Typically I don’t go out seeking these quotes, I let them find me. And I only make note of those that speak to me about the things I am either enjoying or struggling with in life at that time. Therefore, my list reads almost like a personal journal. I can look back at them and remember why I selected that quote at that particular time and reflect on what I was going through at that time. Along the way, I have found some quotes that relate to what I do in my business as an image consultant and personal stylist. These are ones that I think best describe my unique approach to fashion and style. I hope that, by sharing with you these quotes and my thoughts on them, you will see that both paNASH Style and Lori Bumgarner are about instilling confidence in people rather than being materialistic or judging others based on what they wear. I plan to share a new quote with you each week or as often as I have the time to blog. Some are deep, some are very matter-of-fact, and others are just plain funny. I hope you enjoy!


“Above all, remember that the most important thing you can take anywhere is not a Gucci bag or French-cut jeans; it's an open mind.” Gail Rubin Bereny

“Clothes don't make a man, but clothes have got many a man a good job.” Herbert Harold Vreeland

An open mind is one of the things I ask my clients to have when I start working with them. This is not because I’m going to radically change them into something they’re not. I always work hard to incorporate my client’s personality and musical style in his or her improved image so that he or she feels completely at home in this enhanced, polished look. By keeping an open mind, the client has more fun with the process.

In upcoming blogs I am going to be sharing some of the tips I use in working with my clients to help you improve your own image. This includes your look, your communication and networking skills, and even some job search skills for those who have been affected by the current job market. My first tip is to keep an open mind about some of the suggestions I am going to share and be willing to try a few of them to start building your confidence and improving your image.

Look for these tips here on my blog or follow me on Twitter at

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