AMBASSADOR OF THE MONTH: SASKIA VAN DER LINDEN
Meet Saskia van der Linden, 41-year old mother of Eja who plays for Ajax, and wife of Mark Dakriet, singer of Re-Play and personal trainer. 4 years ago, Saskia set up her own styling company. As a specialist in image styling, she produces complete events for brands in the fashion and food industry. We wanted to know everything about this impassioned businesswoman with a body to die for.
Tell us about your daily life?
We are not a 9 to 5 family: with the artist job of my husband, the soccer career of my son and me running my own business, we are always busy. I dress famous DJs, television presenters, and boy bands – they never work regular hours, so neither do I. I’m a person of extremes; I am either running at top speed or standing completely still. Well, to be honest, standing still hardly happens these days!
What do you like about your job?
I love being creative and working with people. I worked in marketing for a long time, but my big love is fashion. Being an entrepreneur gives me the opportunity to do whatever I want, whenever I want. And everything I do is directly related to my own business. The downside is that I have to do it, there’s nobody else to pick up the pieces whenever I break something.
How would you describe the impact of great styling on women?
First of all, there is this superficial image of my industry, which I understand, because sometimes there are people that only think about clothes and nothing else. What I try to do is to connect people and brands, and to lift people up. To me, great styling means boosting my clients by sharing a positive vibe – letting them grow into their role through my styling. For example, I recently styled Lieke van Lexmond for her role in the Re-Play video. Her Addy van den Krommenacker dress combined with hair and make-up made her feel like she really was a diva in the roaring twenties.
How do you find your balance in life?
My life is always in sixth gear – haha. I am an energetic and ambitious person with the willingness to win. I don’t care when or how it happens, but I will make it happen. My family sometimes suffers from that energy and devotion that I have for my work. Thankfully my son regularly reminds me of that. On Saturdays we always go out for lunch together, it’s our quality time. But I have to admit that running my own business has resulted in less time for family and social events. Finding that balance remains challenging.
How about exercise?
Running is my therapy. Whenever I run, I’m able to think clearly. And I pray. I pray to God to thank him for my blessings and to tell him about my plans for the future. I can’t live without it. It keeps me focused on my goals and the most important things in my life.
What is most important to you?
Whenever people ask me “how are you doing?” My honest answer is: I’m happy and I’m healthy. These two things are most important to me because from that point I can give back to my family, friends and my business. Being healthy is a starting point from where I can follow my dreams. And it’s up to me. Which is why I eat a healthy meal three times a day and stay away from sweets, cake, and salty snacks. I make sure I get eight hours of sleep and exercise two or three times a week. I’m very strict about these routines because I need my body to cope with my busy routine. And because I love my life so much, I know I have to take care of my body.
And how about that amazing body?
Well, I guess I’m lucky and it runs in the family. Both my sister and my brother still have amazing bodies, and my brother is 50. Also, I’m constantly on the go for my job, so my engine is always running. Apart from that, exercise, sleep, and healthy eating all help. Although I have to say, now I’m getting older I do need to pay a bit more attention to it all.
How about some play?
I love food! Whenever I am in a restaurant I will order all the courses and lick the plates clean if I could. I’m fond of McDonald’s too, but I only go there once or twice a year. You can’t tempt me with alcohol – it just isn’t my thing. My guilty pleasures are leather jackets and shoes. So I guess my husband would have been happier if I’d just drink a glass of wine once in a while ☺.