Authentic Fashion February

Would you like to explore and rediscover your own authentic style with us in a private facebook group?

There will be:

 -A suggested book (not required)

 -A private/safe/supportive Facebook Group (so we can each post our outfits selfies daily)

-Three FUN one hour zoom calls to inspire and assist you on your journey. 

(these will all be recorded and posted in the group in case you can’t join us!)

GET READY Saturday January 29 @3 PM Central/1PM Pacific 

A CHECK IN Wednesday February 9 @3 PM Central/1PM Pacific 

FASHION FINALE on Sunday February 27 @3 PM Central/1PM Pacific 

Prompts in the facebook group to increase your understanding of your unique style (they will not be emailed or accessible anywhere else).

The Promise: If you fully show up for this month by taking (and POSTING) those selfies for us, digging deep into your closet and exploring, you’ll end up being much clearer on what your style is.  And when you discover that one outfit that makes you feel 100% YOU and AMAZING, you can begin to build more like that one.  You’ll even have a few great adjectives to describe it (or a draft of those words!) and you will be ready to do any shopping necessary in the future to fill your your dream wardrobe as necessary.

Investment?  This mini-course/adventure is by donation! Please pay what you like to me (Sarah) at Venmo  @Sarah-Seidelmann  or via PayPal sarahseidelmann@gmail.com

JOIN THE GROUP HERE. 

It may seem crazy for me to write about style as the pandemic is still upon us. And yet, I feel like now is the time to connect with our own powerful individual frequency and to link up with each other. To keep the faith. To keep our spirits high. So, here goes.

This project started in 2020 with a coat. This coat was so wild and colorful that it grabbed me and wouldn’t let go.  It helped launch me into re-discovering my own authentic style anew.  I have searched and claimed my own authentic style through the years. My everything black period in grad school ( I was super cool unless you had a light haired pet) .  My Scottish highland lass phase in college (ruffled collars and prim hunting jackets).  Then there was a decade and a half where I swear I only wore hospital scrubs + a white coat ( I was a practicing physician with 4 kids- it was survival –but I did rock some leopard clogs–somehow keeping my fashion pilot flame a ‘flickering.

WOW. I had forgotten how much a great outfit (READ: comfy for me and deeply authentic) can make me feel LIKE A MILLION BUCKS!

And I’m also inspired right now because I’ve been in recovery from a sugar and flour addiction (I am a compulsive eater) and being creative with my style supports my recovery! And, no matter where you are on your body journey-  you deserve to feel fabulous in what you are wearing.  It makes a difference in how we show up in the world.

So, I dove into rediscovering my style by exchanging texts with my friend Paula. Paula adores fashion and is a ninja thrifter and has been teaching me how to find treasures at Savers and Poshmark and I have introduced her to my favorite Salvation Army store. Like me, she’s been on a transformative journey away from sugar for a few years now.

Paula and I

As we were diving into sharing our daily outfits, I read the book I suggest you check out, “The Curated Closet” that’s unlike any other fashion or closet book. It helped me begin to reconnect with my own authentic style- not the “capsule wardrobe must haves” (Moto jackets make me sweaty!) or some such generic prescription…..but helping me explore and clarify what lights me up. It’s been roughly ten years since I’ve really thought about my clothes!

So, for two months, I’ve been really digging deep into my clothing “identity” by taking selfies of outfits each day and re-disovering what I REALLY LIKE!

Turns out that delicate jewelry isn’t my thing! I like loose jeans, chunky chains and rhinestones!

Jackie O style cardigans are NOT REALLY MY THING – and (yet!) I’ve been buying them for years!!!

I’m looking for more danger and edginess and needing to take more risks!

Getting daily fashion selfies from Paula and (now) my sister Maria too (above!) has been so joyful! I love seeing how they put things together! Neon Swedish clogs, velvet tank dresses and poppy jumpsuits! It excites me to text them my outfits too!  We are all feeling WAAAAAY more excited about life.  It’s creative and FUN to dress like this everyday. It’s making art.

The more I tweak and learn about my style and dress to delight myself, the more confident and playful I feel. So that’s why I’m sharing this with you, in case you want to go on a style pilgrimage with your own closet.

The process will unleash your creativity and reconnect you to your sense of self to boot!  We are living in uncertain times and anything we can do to enliven our joy and empower our creativity is valuable! Do you want to play too?

All you have to do is make the decision to commit+ dive in and then, join the private FACEBOOK group.  To get the most out of it, of course, you’ll want to take those daily selfies, reflect on the prompts and show up.

 This mini-course/adventure is by donation!  Please pay what you’d like to me (Sarah) at Venmo  @Sarah-Seidelmann  or via PayPal sarahseidelmann@gmail.com

JOIN THE GROUP HERE.

-Three FUN one hour zoom calls to inspire and assist you on your journey. 

(these will all be recorded and posted in the group in case you can’t join us!)

GET READY Saturday January 29 @3 PM Central/1PM Pacific 

A CHECK IN Wednesday February 9 @3 PM Central/1PM Pacific 

FASHION FINALE on Sunday February 27 @3 PM Central/1PM Pacific 

Here’s what people said who participated last year:

Amazing!! It’s been inspiring and freeing beyond belief. I’m building confidence and shifting a twenty year old narrative that I don’t know how to dress!!

~Amanda 

Feb’s usually such a drag, but 2021 was kinda fun. I joined Sarah Bamford Seidelmann’s group “Authentic Fashion February.”  One of the challenges was to take a selfie everyday and post it to the group. No comments allowed. Why am I telling you this? Because I felt better in Feb than I have for a long time. 

“I’ve never considered myself stylish or fashionable.  Grew up in a small town without much money & was 6’0 by grade six. I would have killed to blend in back then, or even just to have pants that didn’t beg the question, “Where’s the flood?”  

I’ve never enjoyed dressing & never had a full-length mirror until the day before this challenge began. I wasn’t overjoyed when I saw my pandemic bod at full scale. BUT…

I focused on how my clothes *felt*. Nixed all the tight waistbands, scratchy fabrics etc. When I felt good in an outfit I started to imagine I looked better. It became fun.

-Anonymous

“Thank you so much for your Authentic Fashion February!! The joy of dressing myself has spilled out all over the rest of my life! You have done an extraordinary job of creating an online community that feels safe and intimate. I’ve felt liberated to experiment, supported in listening to myself, and validated in letting myself be seen for who I am. Love!”

“This  has been inspiring and freeing beyond belief. I’m building confidence and shifting a 20 year old narrative that I don’t know how to dress…. 💕🪄”

“A few of us have been expressing that inner critic, or inner mean girl (I love that phrase). It’s amazing to me how much we are struggling with junior high school memories and teasing. I LOVE how this process brings us face to face with those thoughts so we can send them packing. Wow are we awesome! ❤💜💙💚💛🖤💕🎉🎊🎆”

“Keeping me sane my last month of working life and, miraculously, making me excited to attack my closet!”

“February is Heart Month, so we can wear red one more day at work. I am loving this men’s dress shirt, and pairing it with a favorite sweater makes me happy. I love how I’m sticking my hip out in this picture. 🤣 Should I quit my job because I’m tired of the dress code? Is that a good enough reason? All these days wearing what is not authentically me. It’s a valid question.”

“Good morning! You may recognize me as #7 from the “50 Ways to Style a White T-Shirt”. This is the first time I’ve ever seen a “look” and recognized that I had all the components (***including my own willingness to try it out***) Gold shoes worn just for the photo, then I’ll be going straight into fuzzy moccasins, but here’s my reflection. I used to think the “steal my style” approach was inauthentic and trying to turn myself into something I’m not. But I don’t feel like a carbon copy of anything in this outfit. These are all my clothes, just arranged in a way that was inspired by someone who has put time and care into making a video to help me see new ways to wear them. (Not that there’s anything revolutionary about this outfit, but I’ve never combined these 5 pieces on my own) It feels collaborative I helps me realize how much support is available if I’m willing to look at it that way. That feels liberating and fun!”

“May I just thank you all for being so incredibly inspiring and amazing?  I am getting so much more out of being a part of this group than I could have imagined.”

“I’m so inspired by everyone!! My heart is full as I get the privilege of everyone express their authentic selves, being open and vulnerable.  It is such a gift of an experience.  THANK YOU you magical humans.   And this goodness is sprinkling itself into my life in surprising ways.   

When we are able to connect with our authentic selves other areas of our life become more authentic too!”   🙏❤️🙏

“My intention today…memorial/joy. It is bitter cold in Denver today (for Denver that is). I grew up in Duluth and moved here for the sunshine and heat. Sarah’s prompt and story of her Mom and bunnies this morning helped  me FIND what I wanted to connect with today. These earrings were Nana’s my mother’s mother. She is my special angel. The necklace was what my mother wore on her wedding day and the pin was Mom’s too my Dad gave it to her. I miss these two women so much especially because they were so wonderful with other women. 💕💕💕”

This mini-course/adventure is by donation! Please  pay what you’d like to me (Sarah) at Venmo  @Sarah-Seidelmann  or via PayPal sarahseidelmann@gmail.com

JOIN THE GROUP HERE. 

-Three FUN one hour zoom calls to inspire and assist you on your journey. 

(these will all be recorded and posted in the group in case you can’t join us!)

GET READY Saturday January 29 @3 PM Central/1PM Pacific 

A CHECK IN Wednesday February 9 @3 PM Central/1PM Pacific 

FASHION FINALE on Sunday February 27 @3 PM Central/1PM Pacific