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Style Profile: Patsy Culp

The branding and event strategist for And Celebrate on the power of small gestures and taking chances

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"Some of my earliest childhood memories revolve around celebrations at my grandparents’ dining room table in Maine – cake, silly hats, wacky games. Our family lived by the motto 'It’s all about the experience.' Handwritten notes, handmade Valentines, thoughtful wrapping paper - these seemingly inconsequential special touches made me feel loved and well cared for. Over the years, I witnessed how others were touched by these same small gestures. And Celebrate was born from blending my combined life experience, passion for celebration and recognition that entrepreneurs could use a partner in brand building, event strategy and content development to reach the people they most want to serve and make a more meaningful impact on the world.

"I like to give my own spin on what is considered 'business casual.' When I am out and about at meetings, I tend to incorporate a hint of celebratory flair into every outfit. I’ll pair a summery wrap dress with block-heeled sandals and add dangling earrings. On an event day, you may see me wearing my olive green leather skirt tucked over a fitted, button-down blouse, with metallic flats to add that touch of glam to my look. When you think of things that symbolize celebration and evoke feelings of joy, what colors and patterns come to mind? For me, these elements include bright colors, bold floral patterns and bedazzled fabric, so I often weave these elements into my wardrobe in subtle ways.

"My dear friend Olivia Rodrigues is a personal/fashion stylist. If I’ve learned anything from her, it’s to never judge a piece of clothing by what it looks like on a hanger. Sometimes that’s a valid observation, but I’ve found that it’s important to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. For me, pushing myself outside my comfort zone in fashion equates to how I live my life. As an entrepreneur, you’re faced with living on the edge of your comfort zone and pushing past it every day. You must learn to pivot quickly and be open to change in order to grow and evolve."