Monday, October 16, 2017

Meet Lisa Hale

It is my pleasure to introduce Lisa Hale of “The Silver Stylist” Lisa is a personal stylist, makeup artist, and a fashion blogger. She attended Cosmetology School and received a Master of Cosmetology license in 1980 and began her career as a hair stylist and later on a makeup artist for Chanel at Lord  & Taylor and Lancôme. Lisa was a regular customer at Gap because she shopped for her children so they offered her a job. After 23 years, Lisa left Gap and opened her own skincare and cosmetic boutique.  2 years later, Lisa left her shop to pursue her real passion in fashion. 

Lisa is now a full time personal stylist. She started her fashion blog in December, 2015.  She wants to write contents for everyone. She recognizes that everyone is unique in their own way and she wants everyone to embrace their style and body type.  Instead of focusing on a specific group of women, she wants to write about  all kinds of ideas about fashion and hope that she can inspire women of all ages out there who may have lost their identity as a person because they always put someone else’s first and hope to help them regained their confidence again. 

Fashion is not all about what the end results look like, Lisa is also very interested in the ideas behind the design. How the style come about and what inspire the designers to turn their ideas into life.  She wanted to go to New York Fashion week to interview the designers and exchange her ideas about fashion but something came up so she missed the opportunity. She can’t wait to attend the fashion week next year.

Lisa has been married for 37 year. She has 4 children and 2 beautiful grandchildren. She and her husband, Matt love exploring Atlanta, trying new food and meet new friend. Lisa is still do makeup and wedding updo when she has time. Below is the interview I did with Lisa. I hope you enjoy reading her story like I do.

 Why did you start the blog? Describe your passion for your area of expertise? 
I started my blog to help and encourage other women who were my age, but it has evolved into encouraging women of all ages. When I worked, I would help women who had raised their kids and didn’t know who they were. They had put all their time and energy into doing the raising, and after their kids were grown, they had no idea what to wear and who they were as far as fashion was concerned. I really liked helping them find who they were through fashion. The blog is just an extension of what I have done my whole life. Fashion, hair and makeup are what I’m very passionate about.

Why do you want to meet with someone from a different generation that shares your interests… What do you want to learn?
I think millennials have such a grasp on technology that mid-lifers don’t. And the way they see the world is so different. Let’s face it, the world has changed drastically with technology. We are more aware of what is going on all over the world at any given time, This in turn gives them a different world view. The pace is much faster. That can be a double-edged sword.  Many younger women have never experienced life outside of the current blinding pace. I love hearing the stories that make a person who they are - when I can get them to slow down and talk. I also want to encourage them as they raise there kids. I was so eager for my kids to hit milestones, that I missed out on enjoying where we were at, and just like that, the kids were grown.  Enjoy now. Now.

How do you think your experience might differ?
Like I said in the above question, technically speaking they have us beat. This in turn gives them a different world view. The pace is much faster. A lot of people think knowledge is key and to some degree it is, but if you are constantly gathering and gaining knowledge, when are you able to apply and live what you have learned? Life has moved slower for me and gained momentum as I’ve gotten older, but I do know how to slow down and not be in such a hurry. The things that I thought were so important to me when I was younger just aren’t now that I’m older. People are what really matter. We have an opportunity to make a difference everyday with the people we come in contact with each day. Are we doing all we can do each day?

How would you describe yourself?
I describe myself as an adventurer as it pertains to life, fashion and makeup. I like being whoever I want to be, it all depends on how I decide to dress for the day. 

What’s is your story?
I’m an Atlanta-based stylist, makeup artist and blogger who loves everything fashion and style.  I also love people. It’s because of that love for people that I’ve chosen to be an encourager. And the people I’ve focused upon are mature women.

I haven’t been a “girly girl” my whole life.  In fact, I was pretty much a tomboy, riding horses, motorcycles, climbing trees, catching snakes and scorpions, fishing and shifting gears in my first car.  But I did have a fascination with makeup and hair, probably due to watching my mother getting dressed up. I remember sitting very quietly watching my mother as she put her makeup on and styled her hair. I would stare at her as she would get ready for the day, and that’s when I fell in love with all things beauty and fashion. 

I attended Cosmetology School and received a Master of Cosmetology license in 1980. My career began in a hair salon, and I soon moved on to become a makeup artist for Chanel at Lord & Taylor and later for Lancôme. Along the way I had 4 children, and as I shopped for them, I became a regular at the Gap. I was such a regular that they offered me a job, and I stayed for 23 years. I then opened a Skincare and Cosmetic Boutique, and after 2 years, I left to do what I’ve always done, help others as a personal stylist full time.

I started blogging on December 20th, 2015. The blog began when I started asking clients, friends and family if they followed anyone over the 40-50 age range. I asked because I was looking for women that would inspire me. I felt like women my age needed a voice, and a blog seemed like a way to give them one.  When I worked at the Gap, I really paid attention to my customers and what was going on in their lives.  I began to notice that many of their identities were wrapped up in their kids or building their families.  After being wrapped up in their kids and their husband’s lives, they had lost their identity as a person.  They didn’t know who they were.  So when it came to style and fashion, they had given up on themselves.  I feel like my blog is a place to encourage those women to rekindle their fire to be special and to find who they want to be – with confidence.

Everyone has a unique body type and personality.  They should acknowledge both when they build their looks and wardrobes.  I want them to have fun with style and fashion – and be comfortable with themselves. It’s never too late to reinvent yourself.  We used to worry so much about what others thought about us.  Now’s the time to be yourself, do what you love, and find ways to encourage and help others.

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