Meet The Motivating Women Who Accidentally Became An Icon
A few months ago I accidentally tumbled upon an Instagram page I instantly fell in love with.
Meet Lyn Slater, the inspirational 64-year-young woman who started Accidental Icon because she, like me, was having trouble finding a fashion blog or magazine that offered an urban, modern, intellectual aesthetic but also spoke to women who live what I call “interesting but ordinary lives."
"Women (like me) who are not famous or celebrities but are smart, creative, fashion forward, fit, thoughtful, engaged, related and most importantly clear and comfortable with who they are." - Lyn Slater
Lynn, a full-time professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service, just happened to accidentally fall into the world of fashion. According to TODAY style, Lyn's success all started when she was outside of New York City Fashion Week, wearing a Yohji Yamamoto suit and carrying a Chanel bag as she waited for her friend.
“All of a sudden these photographers started to surround me and take pictures of me,”
Read the full interview here.
Why did I fall instantly in love with Lyn? In the saying above, a pair of cotton trousers can be more beautiful than a gorgeous silk gown. For years I have been an advocate of not having to spend a fortune to look like a million dollars.
To look like a million dollars you only need the following:
- A willingness to put yourself out there
- Have fun with fashion.
- Play with colour and styles.
I too have been on the back end of many people who didn't understand my style. Remarks like, "Oh, you like spending your husband's money," or "You would need a mansion to fit in all your clothes." Comments that are so untrue.
I love what Lyn states on her Accidental Icon website, relating to the saying above:
SHE IS THE WOMAN WHO…
DOES NOT CONSUME GARMENTS, SHE LIVES HER LIFE IN THEM AND DRESSES HONESTLY.
HAS ORIGINAL STYLE WITHOUT BEING ECCENTRIC.
CHOOSES GARMENTS AND EXPERIENCES THAT ALLOW HER TO BE THE SELF SHE IS AND THE SELF THAT IS ALWAYS BECOMING.
LIKES SPECIAL, CAREFULLY EDITED AND CURATED COLLECTIONS.
IS SOMBER, SEDUCTIVE AND ROMANTIC.
HAS THE STRENGTH NOT TO BE PART OF A GROUP EVEN WHILE SHE IS DELIGHTEDLY PART OF A GROUP(S).
IS ABLE TO EXPRESS UNCERTAINTIES, FEARS AND CONTRADICTIONS.
HAS A LIFE THAT IS LIVED IN NEIGHBORHOODS, WORKPLACES AND WITH FAMILIES AND FRIENDS.
WALKS THE FINE LINE BETWEEN REBELLION AND CONVENTION BECAUSE SHE HAS TO.
HAS INTEGRITY IN THAT SHE CAN EMBRACE OPPOSING TENSION.
IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY EXPERIMENTAL.
RELISHES THE FULLY LIVED LIFE.
IS INTERESTED IN MEANING AND MEMORY.
OCCUPIES CULTURAL SPACE WITH CONFIDENCE.
HAS UNFINISHED BUSINESS.
OPEN TO SERENDIPITY, SHE CAN LET GO AND FOLLOW WHERE CHANCE LEADS HER. A HUGE FAN OF ACCIDENTAL OCCURRENCES AND MAKING SOMETHING OF THEM, SHE BELIEVES IN FATE (LIKE A PROFESSOR BECOMING A FASHION ICON).
Or a mother of four who became a stylist, then a therapist and now a blogger. Who knows what is next (other than me, but you will have to stay tuned).
All Lyn and I are trying to do is to put ourselves out there, at ages 50 and 64, to inspire others. We are having fun and enjoying the journey and grateful you have come along for the ride.
If you are "A Woman Who..." like us, we invite you to share with us the pleasures and passions of everyday life and living.
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.
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