Project Your Best Self

by Susyn on April 10, 2014

Is your personal style reflected in what you wear?  What if you could express yourself more fully with the clothes that are in your closet right now, would you?


This energized On Purpose interview is with Carmen Adriana, founder of the FabInjection Wardrobe Salon and the author of, The Fab7:  How to Love Getting Dresses.  She is known for her supportive and honest approach to personal style.

Carmen has worked with multiple celebrities and has been a stylist for The Today Show, CNN, ESPN, AMC TV and for Fashion Week in New York City.  Clients remark on her “excellent eye” when it comes to know what will look great on them as she seamlessly weaves individuality with the latest trends.

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Gem of Wisdom:  Get clear and make sure you love it.

One Small Step:  Who is Your Best Self?
Consider what it is you want to express and then be mindful of what you want to wear.  Consider what it is you’d like to look like and then execute that.  It all starts in your mind.  If you’re not sure about the style you really like, then start with someone you like.  I like a combination of Jennifer Aniston, Jackie O, and Jessica Rabbit.

Favorite Quotes from this Interview:

“I have always wanted to work with people and make them look better, since I was about 6 years old.  I graduated college with a degree in music therapy.  One day my boyfriend said to me, “You’re really, really good at helping people make themselves look better, and maybe music therapy might not be for you.  You should get a career in fashion.”  I thought about it and it sounded like a great idea.”

“Around September 11, 2001, like many people in the garment district, I was laid off and I didn’t know what I was going to do.  I didn’t think that sitting at a desk from 9 – 5 was what my purpose was.  I thought I would really love to do styling.  I could really make an impact with that. 

“I called around, and my first job as a stylist, working for a well-known designer, was zipping Halle Berry into her Oscar dress!”

“The first time I saw someone I had made-over, it just clicked – I have made an impact on this person’s life.  I have truly improved this person’s life.  Look how confident she is.”

“This can be simple – it’s a matter of considering what you want to look like and then going after that look.”

“What my clients get is confidence through our work together.  What it comes down to is they get more focused, they are attracting more positive attention because they are projecting their best self.”

“Once you start taking care of yourself, you start putting more intention to how you’re dressing.  It’s truly amazing what happens when you know that you could not look any better than you look at this moment.”

“A lot of my clients are busy professionals.  They want to make more money, cultivate more opportunities and they want their image to reflect that. I also work with a lot of people who have had a life change, whether they’ve had a baby recently, have gradated from college, changed jobs, or maybe they are just completely overwhelmed by their closet.”

“The Fab7 is seven elements that have been distilled from all of my knowledge from almost 34 years. 

The Fab7 are:

  1. 1.    Dress with Intent
  2. 2.    Order in the Closet
  3. 3.    Tailor it Swiftly
  4. 4.    Perfectly Imperfect
  5. 5.    Keep it Simple
  6. 6.    Good Underwear
  7. 7.    The Loehmann’s Syndrome”

(Note:  Carmen’s e-book, The Fab 7:  How to Love Getting Dressed will be available mid-June, 2014)

“I like to say, I’m a holistic wardrobe stylist.”


  Tanya S. from Australia
You are this seeks Insider Circle Winner.  Tanya won a 40-minute Ignite Your Calling tele-session with Rikk (valued at $167.00)

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It’s Never Too Late

by Susyn on April 7, 2014

Have you given up on dreams for a fulfilling career –
out of fear, busyness, or because you feel it’s too late? 
What if it wasn’t too late, would you say, YES, to your dreams?


This On Purpose interview is with returning guest, BJ Gallagher, a dynamic workshop leader who has appeared several times on The Today Show, and in the pages of the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The Huffington Post.  We talk about how it’s never being too late to change careers and about the impetus for the 2nd edition of her empowering book, It’s Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been: A Guide to Getting the Life You Love.

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Gem of Wisdom:  It’s Never Too Late

A favorite quote from E.M. Forster:

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

One Small Step:  Celebrate What’s Right

  • What are 3 simple, doable things I can do today that would make me happier in my career?
  • What can I do?  Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from what you can do.
  • If something bad happens, think like a cat. – How can I land on my feet?  How can I make this work for me rather than against me?

Favorite Quotes from this Interview:

“We live very long lives these days – the average life expectancy of a man is into his late 70’s and a woman is into her early 80’s.  That’s a lot of years!  If you think about spending all that time in one profession and one career, as people did 50 years ago, it’s not what things are like these days when people have two, three, four, five careers during their life.”

“The question is, “Who’s in charge of those career changes?”  If you don’t make choices yourself, then someone else is liable to make them for you.”

“What I’ve noticed is that when I get comfortable in a place I sometimes stay to long.  There have been circumstances that have forced me out the door when I really didn’t want to go but once I got out the door I went, ‘Oh my God, why didn’t I leave sooner?’” 

“Every once in a while I’ll meet someone who is doing something interesting, some sort of work that resonates with me.  Like years ago, I met a woman at the University of Southern California – she was a therapist, she’d written a book, she was teaching classes on Alcoholism and Women, and I thought ‘Wow that looks really great.  I’d like to do that, not necessarily the alcoholism thing, but to teach workshops.’  I had a full time job then.  It was almost as if my left-brain took a picture of that – ooh, I’d like that, and then tacks it up on the bulletin board of my right-brain, and then I just go about my life, and a few years later I was doing exactly what that woman was doing.”

“The left-brain decides and the right-brain makes it happen – the right-brain almost intuitively gets you where you want to go.”

“I don’t have to know how I’m going to change, all I have to decide is that I want to change, and have a vision of what that change might look like, and almost as if by magic, it happens.”

“Do information interviews.  Go talk to people who are doing what you think you’d like to do.  Ask them what they love about it; ask them what they hate about it; ask them what advice they would give to someone thinking about going into that profession.”

“One of the characteristics of wisdom is the ability to learn from other people’s experience, so you don’t have to make all those mistakes yourself!”

“If you’re a spiritual person, I would encourage you to tap into those spiritual resources.  This is probably the biggest thing that has helped me. . .  One day I said to God, “You’d better run my career, cause I’m clueless.”

“My motto now is, I’m a laptop in the hands of God.  I’m not the source, I’m just the scribe and my job is to take whatever wisdom and insights I’m given and share it with the world.”


This Weeks Insider Circle Winner is, John C. from Nevada, USA
John won a copy of BJ’s book, It’s Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been

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