Inspiring and Stylish Women

I  adore stylish women, don’t you? I love to see how they put themselves together, the accessories they use and always pick up creative tips to try. Lisa Bayne, the CEO Artful Home invited Brenda Kinsel, Cindy Hattersley and I to join her for lunch at Cafe Claude, in San Francisco yesterday. Three stylish women I was excited to see. 

The temperature was hovering close to 100° at my house. I knew I would be a hot, wrinkled mess by the time I met them so I changed my clothes at least three times before settling on something simple and easy… that I’d actually had on first.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life

jeans (on sale) | shoes | tote bag | tank | jacket unavailable

I knew these gals would look amazing and wanted to step my outfit up from ordinary so chose jeans and shoes with unique details. Then I added a leopard belt, fabulous tote, and favorite broach.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life

Lisa hired me to be a brand ambassador for Artful Home several years ago. I’m proud and honored to represent the company and the artists they support! I hadn’t met Cindy and so was very anxious to connect with her. Brenda and I have met before. In fact, Brenda is the reason I became an Image Consultant!Split hem jeans on A Well Styled Lifejeans (on sale) | shoes | tote bag

Back in the day…when I was managing women’s boutiques, reading everything I could get my hands on about fashion, I read one of Brenda’s books. When I read her bio, which mentioned she was an Image Consultant, a lightbulb went off in my head. People actually make a career out of this? That’s what I want to do! I contacted the Association of Image Consultants International and found an Image Master to get trained and certified.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life

I subsequently met Brenda at the AICI convention and loved her instantly. She’s warm, friendly, authentic and incredibly stylish. Brenda is not only a rockstar among Image Consultants she’s also a fabulous woman!


Over lunch, the four of us discussed fashion, style, and the importance of women connecting with women. We talked about what sort of clothes women over 50 really want to wear, what type of clothes build their confidence and the clothes that help get them there.

Lunch with stylish women

The time flew past and I hated our time together to end. I came away jazzed to try new looks and experiment with different proportions. Thank you for such a delightful time ladies!

Do you draw inspiration for other women?

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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  1. jodie filogomo
    August 3, 2017 / 6:33 am

    It’s the personal connections that warm my heart, Jennifer!!

  2. marlene alves
    August 3, 2017 / 6:47 am

    Jennifer, Brenda is local, I believe; which tickles me to know she was your inspiration as I’ve attended her workshop…such a fun experience to see her work her magic!

    P.S. am reminding myself to ask you again: have you visited Oakmont (between Santa Rosa & Sonoma). My guess, it has everything you’ve said you were looking for as you downsize, especially remaining near family.

    • August 3, 2017 / 7:47 am

      Brenda is fabulous! We have not visited yet but we’ve been checking the listings online. We’re rather stick here until the painter is finished. Hopefully soon!!

  3. cheryl ann
    August 3, 2017 / 7:50 am

    Wow! The four of you inspire me…love that you each have your thought-out preferred style! No cookie cutters here! Thanks so much and many blessings…

    • August 3, 2017 / 10:10 am

      No cookie cutters in this group which is so fun to see:)

  4. Susan
    August 3, 2017 / 8:45 am

    I have those metallic slides, and now I need those cool split hem jeans! One of the Nordys near me has them in stock so I’m off to try them on before the sale ends. Thanks for all the great tips.

    • August 3, 2017 / 10:11 am

      Good luck. Aren’t those slides fabulous? So comfy!

  5. Penelope
    August 3, 2017 / 8:49 am

    You look great as does everyone but that would be my outfit for the middle of winter in the Bay Area! I cannot tolerate jeans, layers or a belt in heat like this. An opaque loose dress that requires no slip is my go to. Found a cute new one the other day at J.Jill. That and sandals and as soon as I hit my front door the bra comes off too!

    • August 3, 2017 / 10:12 am

      I assumed it would be cool in the city so dressed for A/C! I would have been comfier in loose and airy.

  6. Elizabeth Bienvenu
    August 3, 2017 / 9:21 am

    Hi Jennifer…I’m very interested in training to be an image consultant. I went on line and saw many courses to become certified. Is there one place recognized more than another?Where did you get your certification?

  7. August 3, 2017 / 9:28 am

    I also think jeans would be too hot in the summer. I prefer dresses that you can wear with bare legs and sandals in the heat. I don’t do pantyhose and need comfortable shoes to wear with tights so in the winter I wear fewer dresses/skirts. I love to see pretty, bright coloured dresses when I’m out and about in the bright sunshine.

    • August 3, 2017 / 10:19 am

      Jeans are deadly in the extreme heat, I agree. Open weave and loose garments are much more comfy.

  8. August 3, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    Looks like a fabulous group of women and I love your jeans and shoes !

  9. August 3, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Looks like it was tons of fun! Always fun to meet with strong, confident women!

  10. August 4, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    What a great group of creative fun woman. Brenda better watch out. One day I’m going to steal her Dries Van Noton jacket.

    • August 4, 2017 / 2:00 pm

      It is a fabulous jacket!!! We missed you…next time!

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