Jenna Lyons Shares Her Secret to Being Happier
When it comes to powerful modern women, Jenna Lyons ranks high. The president and creative director of fashion retailer J.Crew has successfully reinvented the company from a “mall brand” into a covetable luxury fashion label with a cult following. It’s the combination of this business savvy and vision with her bold sense of personal style—black-rimmed glasses, slicked-back hair, a love for red lipstick, and impeccable tailoring—that has garnered Lyons a global fan base. She’s living proof that a woman can lead and be fashionable at the same time. So when The Coveteur eventually tracked down the dynamic dame—it took two years to find time in her busy schedule—Lyons finally let everyone in on her secret to achieving happiness in life and at work, and why loving your job is the most important thing. Scroll down to read Jenna’s life advice.
“[The best advice I can pass on is] only do it if you’re not looking at your watch," she told The Coveteur. "If it’s the thing that you want to do in your free time, if it’s natural for you to want to look at a magazine or want [to] figure out who the models are and understand hair and makeup and look at the sets and look at the colors and you love clothes just because you love them, then you know [it’s for you]. But, if you’re doing it for other reasons and it’s for the glamour or being famous, then forget it, cause it’ll drive you crazy. If you love it then you’ll be okay with it no matter where you are and what you happen to be doing, it won’t matter what your title is—you’ll be in a way better place and you’ll be happier.”
“I think the best piece [of advice] I ever received is when someone pulled me aside one day and was like ‘stop worrying about what everyone else is doing, the people around you have nothing to do with you, just do your own thing and stop.’ Everyone has this tendency to mark themselves against other people and I think the world just does not work that way.”
"If you flip forward to today, I also love Iris Apfel who doesn’t play by anyone’s rules. She has her own rules and is so imaginative and talented with putting things together and has such an intense creativity. I think she’s amazing and beautiful. I think what’s nice is she defines her own beauty; it’s not about being pretty, it’s about being interesting and I think that’s cool. She is awesome and such a spitfire, oh my god!”
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