Learning to love the hell out of yourself with Stylesmith Leisse Wilcox

Posted on April 10 2017

Next up in our Spring Stylesmith showcase is Leisse Wilcox, a lifestyle writer and community manager for the Yummy Mummy Club

Leisse is our kind of gal. The kind that you want to be your best friend. To grab a bottle of wine, curl up on the couch with and talk about life. She balances motherhood (to 3 sweet little girls), self love and her ambition with a healthy dose of reality, not "perfection". We need more ladies like this!!

Leisse decided to leave the city and move to the burbs in order to find some green space (and house space, who are we kidding) for her and her littles. But she still loves the hustle of city and frequents it regularly for work or for the latest restaurant opening. So she wants a wardrobe and access to fashion that can transition her from country life to the city life. All similarities that she shares with co-founder Mavis and one of the many reasons Smithery was started, in fact. We wanted to make fashion accessible for everyone in Canada no matter where you lived!

We asked Leisse some questions the day we shot our Spring styles. Tell us you're not inspired by the below! And be sure to check out her recently relaunched website where her candid and quirky writing will give you a fresh perspective to kick each week in the butt!

What's a fashion challenge you experience as a creative entrepreneur? 
I work from home, and have three kids. It is often incredibly tempting to inhabit giant sweaters and ripped jeans (er, um, track pants) - every day.  But creatively, I find that my quality and scope of work noticeably improve when I dress the part and tap into my natural and quirky style, what my girlfriends call "blogger chic."  Knowing that, I make a conscious effort to wear clothes in which I feel comfortable, and that also contribute to the creative process...and yes, that's a thing.

Were you surprised by anything about the looks that were styled for you today? 
I think we all get comfortable in old stand by patterns, be that in our life, our relationships, or our clothes.  Being styled in layers and shirts that were a little more tailored / form fitting than I am used to choosing was a little disorienting at first, but ultimately a great (if subtle) lesson in stepping outside my comfort zone, and exploring the magic that lives there.

What was your favourite piece from the Spring collection? 
I had an instant connection with - wait for it - the fisherman's jacket.  I put it on and felt so playful and ready to explore the city, the woods, with kids, with my lover, with myself, camera in hand.  I also loved each of the tunic length pieces I got to wear; there's something about that larger than life length that made me feel like I was embodying the writer's aesthetic: put together, and a little quirky.

Any advice for women aspiring to break into your field and turn their passion for into something bigger?
The single best advice I've ever been given professionally has been to "just be you." it's so simple, and it's so profound, all at the same time.  As I've gone through different joys and trials of life, both personally and professionally, those three little words consistently act as a touch stone.  Just be you.  Strip away all the perceived expectations (read: bull***) that others have of you, and follow what you know to be true.  Things tend to flow into place after that.

What was the turning point in your life when you knew this talent of yours was something you needed to be part of your daily life? 
It took me awhile to figure it out, despite many signs to the contrary.  I was at a private college, studying in the field of education, and some of my classmates were former editors, publishers, and art directors.  Each told me I had a natural affinity for writing...which I ignored until several years later.  After my littles were born, I started a parenting column in the newspaper, turned it into a blog, and then into a social media marketing and freelance writing platform...and have never been happier.

What's the biggest compliment someone could give you as a writer? 
I write a lot about perspective; perspective on life, love, and relationships, including the one we have with ourselves.  When someone reads my work, and tells me it resonated with them, or helped them work through a problem, or made them cry because it was something they'd been thinking about but couldn't articulate, it makes me feel so good. It makes me feel like I can use my experience and my voice to quietly reach a whole world of women who just want someone to be real with, and someone who gets them.  To me it's the ultimate act of service and love.

Is there a personal motto you live your life by? 
Just be you, do the right thing, be more generous than you need to be, and keep choose love.  It's so easy to get caught up in emotion and drama and who did or said what, or what you think someone else expects you to be or do.  Once you shift your perspective and realize that this is your life - no one else's - and that you only get one spin around, it enables you to really just be you.  And being me means being really good to the people in my tribe and around me.  Gratitude changes everything.

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  • Terry Rutkauskas: April 14, 2017

    So many gems of wisdom here. Especially like Leisse’s motto to live by – just be you, do the right thing, be generous – I will put that on my mirror this week !

    P.S. Love the vintage saddle shoes!

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