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Life Lessons: Lauren Messiah

Check out this gorgeous face and super cool name and remember them because Lauren Messiah is on her way to the top! Remember a few weeks back when I went to Detroit for a meeting with some brands interested in Good Enough Mother? Well Lauren was there too. We hit it off and I was so impressed by her. Read on and you’ll see why and remember, if you want to take part in our Life Lessons feature, drop us a line; we’ll get the questions right out to you!

 

Are you happy at the moment?

So happy! My life is absolutely incredible beyond my wildest dreams. I have such great people in my life and for the first time in a long time I have a career that I absolutely love.

If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?

I would tell myself, “mom was right; that glitter eye shadow was not a cute look for my first day of work.” In all seriousness I would tell myself to stop being so self-conscious. I spent many of teenage years living my life for other people. I was constantly worried about what people were thinking and that is no way to live.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

This year has been a really big for me. I think the most important thing I’ve learned is that I can’t do everything myself. I am starting to let go and have other people help me. Sometimes I forget that I have a really cool job and people would jump at the chance to work in this business. So for me, getting help is actually helping someone else, too.

What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

So much! I am all about visualizing my goals. I make flash cards and vision boards of what I want to accomplish – corny but it works! Over the next 12 months I want to expand upon the personal styling classes that I teach at School of Style. I also want to work more in a fashion expert capacity with more video and television appearances. I just want to share my knowledge and styling skills with a wider audience.

What’s your secret to happiness?

Trusting the universe. Really. If I try to make myself happy, chaos is sure to follow. I try to take life as it comes and don’t trip out over the small stuff. Buying copious amounts of shoes is also helpful for a quick fix 😉

What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

Taking time out in the morning to get centered before I start reading emails. I’m not perfect, sometimes I cheat and pick up the iPhone first thing in the morning but I try not to. Also exercise helps me a lot! I love, love, love Pilates.

What’s your biggest regret?

I’ve done a ton of stupid things in my life that probably warrant some regret but I choose not to live with regrets. For every stupid stunt I’ve pulled, a valuable life lesson has come out of it.

Oh wait! I do have one regret, it’s a fashion regret. I once found a $9,000 Chanel jacket on sale for $700. I didn’t buy it. Stupid. I went back to get it and it was gone. I call it “the jacket that got away.”

What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

I don’t have kids but if I did I would teach them to be polite. Rudeness is like the ultimate insult to me. My parents taught me to mind my manners and I am forever grateful for that.

What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

My facial expressions. Okay, that sounds weird but I have a very “reactive” face. Sometimes I don’t even know I’m doing it! I used to get in trouble as a kid for making weird faces when people say or do things.  This totally falls under the “rude” category, which is horrible – so I really need to work on that.

What are you most proud of in your life?

Leaving my secure and well paying job for a career as a freelance stylist. It was really scary for me. Going from a steady paycheck and health benefits to going at it alone was huge for me. It’s been the smartest thing I’ve ever done and I’m so glad I took that leap.

When were you happiest?

I can’t believe I am going to share this with an audience but the day I started dating my boyfriend. The moment I saw him I knew he was the one for me. I was patiently waiting (for months) for him to notice me and when he did I freaked out! I was like a freaking teenager – so silly.

What ten words best describe you?

Stylish, competitive, funny, eager, driven, ambitious, an entrepreneur, dependable, smart, and easily annoyed.

Lauren Messiah began her career in styling working with some of Hollywood’s top celebrity and fashion stylists. After acquiring priceless information through her assisting experience, Lauren struck out her own as a full-time stylist working with celebrities, styling look books and fashion editorials. Then something magical happened. The women who worked behind the scenes on these celebrity jobs began requesting Lauren’s styling services for themselves and a new career was birthed. Lauren currently works as a freelance stylist in Los Angeles. She is also the President of School of Style, a school for wardrobe stylists, and is a trained and certified Style for Hire stylist. Learn more on her website and follow her on Twitter too!

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