Posted in Accessories, become an image consultant, Body Image, Body Language, Closet, Clothing, color, Dress, Dress Code, Events, Grooming, health and wellness, LIfestyle, Make-Up, Men, Personal Style, Trends, what not to wear, Women on September 24, 2014 | 4 Comments »
Posted in become an image consultant, Body Image, Closet, Clothing, color, Dress, Dress Code, Etiquette, Events, Grooming, health and wellness, LIfestyle, Make-Up, Personal Style, School, Trends, Uncategorized, what not to wear, Women, tagged busy mom, color, image consultant, image retreat, personal stylist, working mom on August 28, 2014 | 1 Comment »
People have asked me, “How do you dare to tell other people what to wear?” An easy answer, I dare because I care. And it’s OK for you to care too. I know first-hand the positive difference discovering your personal style in dress can make in your everyday life. As I tell my clients, the clothing you wear affects the way you think, the way you feel, the way you act, and then the way others react or respond to you. Nothing vain or superficial about that!
With the start of a new school year and the change in seasons coming up, it’s a fine time to take time to care for yourself. You’ve likely been giving a lot of time and attention to others all summer, perhaps even so much of yourself there’s hardly anything left for you. It’s time to get in touch with yourself and your spirit, to renew how you think of yourself–your values, personality, and goals for the next few months. Then give some thought to how you might reflect those aspects of yourself through your clothes and accessories.
Making little changes in what you wear can add up to a big transformation in how you see yourself and how others see and respond to you. Yes, you can do this yourself, or you could join us for our 5 day Style For Life Retreat and speed up the process.
Join us at the legendary and luxurious Little America hotel in Salt Lake City, November 17-22, 2014, and discover a New You! GET MORE INFORMATION HERE or call Kathy at 801-224-1207.
Posted in Accessories, Body Image, Body Language, Clothing, color, LIfestyle, people watch, Personal Style, Uncategorized, tagged CEO style, Clothing that gets attention, Dani Slaugh, dress to impress, Hannah Kearney, Mogul skiing, Olympic Freestyle Skier on February 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Have you seen the freestyle skiing in the Olympics? It’s a rush! Skiers appear to effortlessly hop through a rugged course pitted with large moguls, hit a jump where they perform some kind of super twisted flip, land it perfectly on a vertical incline and then do it all over again. The gold medal is awarded to the skier who is both fast, aerodynamic and acrobatic. The clock shows who is the fastest, and the panel of judges decides who is the most acrobatic and smooth on those land-mines they call bumps. Mogul scoring is based on turns (50% of score), air (25% of score), and speed (25% of score). With the turns counting as half of the overall score, they better be good! What constitutes a good turn? Knees close together and pointed downhill. You better believe the athletes want the judge’s attention to be on their knees. Mogul skiers understand something very important that many of us “don’t know that we know”. Attention goes to contrast. The light / dark contrast of Hannah Kearney’s knees, (above), will draw the attention of judges and spectators.
Mogul skiing is not the only time when light / dark contrast is strategically placed. Consider your stereotypical CEO – dark jacket, white shirt, and tie. Where is the contrast here? In the image above, your eye is drawn to the contrast between the jacket, shirt collar and the brightly colored red tie, all working together to bring attention to Mr. Kraft’s face, for the point of better communication. Yes, this CEO wants you to focus on what he has to say. It seems that he has a panel of judges to impress as well. How about you?
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, the Expressive Image Therapy Association was organized, creating the foundation for a new field of study, counseling, and treatment of many mental health disorders.
Acting as the association’s first president is Judith Rasband, Kathryn Wolters as vice president, and Dani Slaugh as secretary. Charter members include Sarita Singh, Dawn Nieto, Rebecca S. Boles, Leslie Anne Jeanfreaw, Kathleen M. Doctor, Cristina C. Johnson, and Ann Johnson.
What is Expressive Image Therapy?
Expressive image therapy is the use of the elements of image—dress, grooming, and body language—to facilitate non-image treatment goals. It is a creative collaboration between the client and the therapist. In essence, it is a clinical collaboration of art and science. The role of image therapy within a multi-disciplinary treatment program is to complement and enhance the clinical work being done in individual, group, and family therapy; the role of the image therapist is to have a comprehensive understanding of individual treatment goals and progress in order to support this within the context of individual or group image therapy sessions.
Expressive image therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, guided by the image therapist, use clothing and accessories, grooming, and body language to:
A major goal in image therapy is to improve or restore a client’s ability to function effectively and his or her sense of personal well-being. Image therapy requires knowledge of visual design in dress and grooming including the reactive process. It requires knowledge of human development, physiology and anatomy, psychological and sociological aspects of image, as well as psychological counseling theories and techniques.
Conselle is proud to be a supporter of this innovative approach to expressive therapy! For those who want to know more about this new professional field call 801-224-1207 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted in Accessories, become an image consultant, Body Image, Body Language, Clothing, Gifts, Grooming, LIfestyle, Personal Style, Trends, Uncategorized, Women, tagged Andes, Knights Templar, Proexport, Ruana, Textile, United States, Venezuela, Wikipedia on December 6, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Looking for an accessory to add that finishing touch to your holiday look? Try the classic ruana.
According to Wikipedia, “a ruana is a poncho-style outer garment typical of the Andes regions of Venezuela and Columbia, particularly in the Boyaca department and Antioquia. According to Proexport, the official Colombian agency in charge of international tourism, foreign investment, and non-traditional exports, the word ruana comes from the Chibcha meaning “Land of Blankets,” used to refer to the woolen fabrics manufactured by the Muisca natives.”
For those of us who live outside of the Andes, a ruana is not only warm but wearable art. This third layer piece will get you noticed! Wear it for both formal and casual occasions over silk or cotton turtlenecks with flared skirts or well-fitted jeans.
A ruana is a free-flowing wrap with an open front, similar to a large scarf. You can wear the ruana long in front and open like shawl, or throw one or both sides over your shoulder(s) for a more romantic or dramatic cape. The key is to allow the fabric to completely cover your shoulders.
There are many options in stores, just right for holiday occasions or gift giving. One size fits all and floats over the figure. It’s fabric with function as well as beauty and elegance that is just plain fun to wear!
Apparently they are also fun to look at, because we just can’t get enough of them! Here are a few more ruana looks….
Posted in Body Image, Clothing, Dress, LIfestyle, people watch, Personal Style, Trends, Uncategorized, what not to wear, Women, tagged aici cim, Anna Wintour, Dani Slaugh, fall trends, judith rasband, September, September Issue, Shopping, Us Magazine, Vogue on September 25, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Well they’re at it again. Mass media is telling us what the must-haves are for Fall. Us magazine’s September issue lists 10 items on their “It List” that are either over the top expensive, fit very few figure types, are just plain silly….or all three. I mean seriously, a silk paisley “pajama blouse” for $298? Or a fitted leather dress for $1,095? Not only do most people have better things to spend a thousand dollars on, but how many could actually fit into the dress. How about a gold and bronze sequin jacket? I’m pretty sure most of us will survive the winter without one of those. Instead of calling the next set of trends the “must-haves” or “it list”, let’s call it what it is. Crazy trends that some may try, but most will pass on.
It is refreshing to see wide leg pants coming back to the stores. The triangular shape of the garment is wonderful on most figure types, adding balance to wider hips and shoulders, whereas super skinny jeans tend to be limited to fewer body configurations. The statement is true, “they may be called skinny jeans, but that doesn’t mean you look skinny in them.”
Are you ready to give the skinny jeans a rest for a day or two? Great! Try wide leg trousers, but watch the hem length. Why? Because when the hem hits the floor…
To get the right length, you may need to hem the pants. Tailors are a good option, your local dry cleaners may a tailor on staff that would help you. Another option is to, yes, hem the pants yourself, which isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Wide leg trousers are a classic, as shown here by Katherine Hepburn, (right). Notice where the hem of her trouser hits on her foot…. it’s right across the middle, there is one break point, and she looks confident and lovely. She’s not worried about the hem of her pants catching on the bottom of her shoe, she doesn’t look sloppy, and certainly doesn’t look like she’s stuck in a hole. She is poised and powerful, that’s why she and the trousers are a classic.