Actress + Singer Jean Louisa Kelly on Cultivating Grounded Glamour

Jean Louisa Kelly

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the actress and singer Jean Louisa Kelly, probably best known for her role starring across John Candy in the film Uncle Buck and her role as Kim Warner on the CBS primetime series Yes, Dear. Kelly continues to take on film/tv projects like her latest role in the Yahoo web series Sin City Saints. Kelly’s career began on Broadway, so it’s no surprise that in addition to acting she’s been putting her musical chops to good use the past few years recording albums and several singles including my favorite, “Don’t Give Up.” Her latest EP of original music, entitled “Willing” will be released on April 14th.

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Kelly wears long cowl gown by Naked Princess and pear shaped gemstone earrings and gold rutilated spear necklace by Sage & Stone

Sole Prescription Pharmacy Dr. Shannon Bindler, M.A., C.E.C.
09/20/2017
If there were a glamazon of the shoe world, it would most definitely be the embellished pump. The ultra glam heel is even more lavish when adorned with sequins, pearls or sparkles. An embellished pump has become a coveted status symbol seen on red carpets and black-tie events worldwide. Even the most unaffected woman can’t help but notice her inner movie star come out to play when she slips on a beautifully embellished pump.
Symptoms
An embellished pump is prescribed to individuals suffering from one or more of the following feelings or experiences: feeling ordinary or boring, feeling unseen, unheard, or invisible, fear of attention, feelings of unworthiness or lack, a poverty mindset.
Warnings
Wear may create a sense of unparalleled glamour and luxury. May lead to standing out in a crowd and even being mistaken for a leading lady. Must be worn with caution around paparazzi and ex-lovers.

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SB: You’ve been in the public eye since high school, yet you seem to have such a grounded, yet glamorous quality, which in itself is an interesting dichotomy as the words “grounded” and “glamour” represent a kind of dualism. It’s almost as if two apposing forces have come together and exist harmoniously in your sphere.

What does “grounded glamour” mean to you?

JLK: When people think of glamour they tend to think of high heels, sparkles, makeup, dresses… to me, glamour is more about the definition of the word that centers on creating an illusion. The first definition of glamour in the dictionary actually means: a magic spell. I like playing with that definition. In the true sense of the word, glamour is actually casting a spell of sorts. When you couple that notion with the idea of “groundedness” it becomes something even bigger. It’s about focusing on your source and being intentional about the “spell you are casting” in life.

When I’m lined up with everything that makes me feel good, when I have my priorities in place, my intentions are about being positive and being helpful. When I’m focused on what I can bring to a situation, over what I can get out of a situation, then the “glamour” or spell that I can cast is a good one. So while I don’t consider myself a glamorous person when it comes to say sparkles and dresses, I do my best to pay attention to what kind of spell I’m casting in my life and on those around me.

SB: Wow! I love the idea of casting a positive spell in life. How do you stay lined up with the intention of grounded glamour, or a positive spell, that you cast in life?

JLK: I meditate daily. I actually started my meditation practice because I was experiencing chronic migraines, and a friend suggested trying TM (Transcendental Meditation). That has been huge. Everyone says, meditation, meditation… and people say it for a reason because it works! Life’s so busy, and I need meditation to keep myself together, and if you are wondering, it really helped with my migraines, too.

I really try to take care of myself. Honestly, if I don’t I’m not much good to anyone else! I eat well. I attempt to get enough sleep. I practice my singing daily, which is as important for me as my meditation practice. When I sing, I’m grounded in my body and, on good days, in touch with my creative source.

Another way I practice self care is staying connected to family and friends and also being of service to the larger community. I do my best to remember to ask myself, how can I be helpful? The idea of being of service is just as much of a mindset as an action.

I’m no saint, I don’t do these things all of the time, but when I am working towards them I’m more grounded, peaceful and just happier.

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Kelly reads Deep Winter by Sam Gailey.

 

What do Jean Louisa Kelly’s thoughts on grounded glamour spark inside of you? I’d love to hear your reflections and the ways in which you anchor this concept in your life. Please feel free comment and or send me a note!

 

*Editorial strategy by Ayn Gailey, photography by Peter Lin Carrillo of Coventry Automatik

Being Unstoppable

Stuart Weitzman 5050 boot
UNSTOPPABLE

PrescriptionSYMPTOMS
· defeated        · hopeless
· despondent   · vincible

Rx

PRESCRIPTION UNSTOPPABLE
OUTER: Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots, Frame Denim skinny jeans, Rag & Bone sweater, Fendi Adele bag
INNER: I am determined, fearless, and powerful. I am unstoppable!

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WARNING
Wear may lead to powerful action and superhero-like determination.

 

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Stuart Weitzman’s 5050 over-the-knee boot celebrates its 20th Anniversary. The elegant and comfortable
boot is an unstoppable statement. Photographs by Mario Testino for Stuart Weitzman. 

“Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.”
– Les Brown

The idea of being unstoppable is powerful. It means performing at your highest level, being the best you can be. It speaks to perseverance, follow-through, courage, and strength of heart.

To me, being unstoppable is mostly about working with my own limiting beliefs of not being or having enough (time, smarts, money, skills, etc.). All people have constraints. Unstoppable people find creative ways to move around, over, or through them.

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I like to pair over-the-knee boots with tights or skinny jeans. Add a boxy sweater and a statement bag for
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ruly unstoppable look. (1. 5050 boots by Stuart Weitzman, 2. Frame Denim Le Luxe Noir Skinny Jean
3. Lily Pullover by Rag & Bone 4. Fendi Adele bag, from the Selleria line.)

Lately when I come up against a barrier that in the past may have stopped me, I write down all of the impossibilities I can come up with. Then, on the other side of the paper, I try to come up with at least one way I can circumnavigate. I’ve been shocked at the solutions that present themselves. When “impossible” isn’t an option, I find that possibility reveals itself.

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Unstoppable women wearing the 5050 boot.

How do you feel about the idea of being unstoppable? What is one perceived barrier standing in the way of your dreams? Can you find a creative solution that knocks it out of the way?