There are countless ways to describe stylist Renée Lara’s vision, but perhaps the best is personal.
As a Style Expert, Renée encourages women to develop clarity, individuality and a sense of personal renewal through fashion.
I know this was my experience when I worked with Renée several years ago. The time I spent with her fundamentally changed how I felt about my body and about being seen in the world. The confidence she brought out in me was equal to the love she poured into me.
Renée is a lover of people - all kinds of people. You can't miss that when you meet her.
Renée's motivation stems from a compelling personal story. One that mixes natural gifts and intuition with personal values. One that turns a personal struggle into a blessing for others.
Renée’s studies began in pre-nursing, then, ultimately, Psychology and Entrepreneurial Business at The University of Portland. Her travels include Asia, Europe and South America. It was in India when Renée worked with Mother Teresa that she witnessed the health benefits of color, scent and texture, which prompted her to study apparel design at the Art Institute of Portland.
Shortly following her trip to India, Renée was diagnosed with Lupus - an autoimmune disease that rigorously attacks healthy tissues, especially joints and skin. The challenges she faced that first year were an integral part of her developing this link between wardrobe to wellness. She literraly dressed herself to recover. While she still experiences the health challenges of lupus - a lifelong disease - she's developed a philosophy for working with clients that transcends traditional practices in the styling industry.
Renée writes, ‘Wardrobe can be a powerful source in healing doubt, and igniting beauty that is within each of us. Instilling confidence to step into our greatness with authenticity and ease in our daily lives.’
For over 20 years, Renée has cultivated her professional artistry, working for both luxury boutiques and larger retailers such as Adidas and Anthropologie. Studying at the Art Institute led to her involvement in Portland’s Fashion Incubator, and subsequently, to Portland’s Fashion Week. Renée is inspired by the latest trends, which she mixes with her sharp eye for a classic yet modern feel. Using color, fabrics, patterns and textures, Renée energizes and inspires transformation for all her clients.
No matter the client or need, Renée connects one’s personal style to wardrobe and well-being. "I empower women to feel more alive and authentic in their own body through wardrobe - guiding her to design a lifestyle where how she dresses ultimately enhances her wellness."
Working with Renée is one of the best investments I've made in myself and my business. Several of my clients have had similar experiences. I'm so grateful now to call her a friend, too.
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