It is truly more important to be healthy and whole than to try to match some unhealthy worldly standard. My father used to say, “I’m pretty good for the shape I’m in.” That’s a good attitude. I remind us to appreciate our body and all it does for us. It’s the vehicle that gets us where we want to go-even if the pace is slow at times. Knowing your body type directs you to flattering clothing styles and coordination. To learn more, get yourself to my Style for Life Retreat. Be careful in all you do and make mindful dressing part of your everyday life.
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Posted in become an image consultant, Body Image, Body Language, Clothing, health and wellness, how to be a personal stylist, how to be an image consultant, Women, tagged become a fashion consultant, become a personal shopper, become an image consultant, Body Image, mindful dressing on May 27, 2016 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Body Image, Clothing, color, Etiquette, Grooming, health and wellness, Make-Up, Personal Style, School, what not to wear, Women, tagged common cold cures, fashion therapy, feeling sick, irritated eyes, look good feel good on January 28, 2016 | 2 Comments »
So you have a cold, and you look as bad as you feel — itchy, irritated eyes; swollen eyelids at half mast; a bright red nose; and dry, cracked lips. But you can’t stay in bed. Commitments and responsibilities require you to get up and get going. I’ll bet we can all relate. If this sounds like you, here are some tips on how to look like you’re on top of the world instead of under the weather.
- While you’re still in bed in the morning, fight back with a series of stretches to limber up and pump oxygen through your bloodstream to help get you moving. This should leave you feeling a little more alive.
- Once you’re up, it’s a question of bath or shower. A bath can be wonderfully soothing, but if time is short and you must shower, make it comfortably hot and steamy to help clear your sinuses. Let the water run over your neck and shoulders to limber you up further.
- After a bath or shower, apply your favorite moisturizing lotion as a protection against the drying effects of winter weather and central heating. While you’re at it, don’t forget to apply a light film of protective lotion on your face. If your nose is red and raw from continuous blowing, apply a little petroleum jelly on the area to soothe thesore skin.
- Good eye drops will relieve irritated eyes and help red eyes look lessaggravated. Cold compresses made from tea bags steeped in ice-cold water are good for swollen eyelids and puffiness under your eyes. The tannic acid in the tea reduces swelling and increases circulation. For best results, place a tea bag over each eye and sit back or lie down for five or ten minutes.
- Go light on breakfast but don’t skip it, even if you’re not hungry. You need it for energy. For something light, try juice and toast. Pop some vitamin C and drink extra fluids all day long to flush your system. Hot water with lemon juice and honey workwonders to soothe a sore throat, as does gargling with salt water or mouth wash. Honey soothes the throat and lemon cuts the phlegm. Drink it all day long.
- Don’t forget to brush your teeth — fresh breath makes you feel fresh all over. Even if you don’t feel like it, flash yourself a smile in the bathroom mirror; even a practice grin can perk up your mood.
- If you’re really feeling sick, you probably won’t want to wear makeup and perhaps ought to stay home altogether. But if you absolutely must go out, makeup is next and so essential to looking and feeling the best you can.
- Now that you’re relatively ready to get dressed, it time for some fashion therapy. It’s important to think of clothes power as a way of boosting your spirit. Now is not the time to wear your sloppiest, thrown-together outfit simply because you don’t feel good. Instead, wear a favorite, comfortable yet sharp looking outfit — one you often get compliments on. Avoid wearing red or green as they repeat or contrast with redness in your face. Look for something in a soft coral or shrimp, blue or gray.
- You may go through hot and cold spells throughout the day, so dress in layers to stay warm. If you feel flushed you can simply remove a layer and feel relieved. If you have a sore throat, wrap a silk scarf around your neck attractively. It feels great, and when you look great, chances are you’ll soon begin to feel more like it, too. That’s clothes power.
- Take care of yourself. There’s nothing better than hot chicken soup to soothe congestion and an aching body. Take a thermos of soup for lunch. It really does speed recovery.
- Yes, you can cough or sneeze into your elbow, but better yet, take a nice handkerchief with you and use that to cover your nose and mouth if you cough or sneeze. Bring an ample supply of lotion-treated tissues for blowing your nose and throw them away immediately after using. If you can, wash your hands, with real soap and warm water, or use hand sanitizer in a pinch. Excuse yourself from shaking hands, as hand-to-hand contact is the most common way to spread germs.
- Take eye drops, always a way to soothe and make your eyes look healthier.
- During the day, refresh your lipstick and spritz on some perfume.
- Most of all, think positively.
- Face the day with a smile and if you’ve followed these tips, people may not even know that you have a cold.
If you’d like to learn more about the influence of dress and image in your life, consider reading my Clothes Power book with instructions and examples regarding people a lot like you: Wardrobe Strategy book #1, Clothes Power for $27.97. You’ll find charts that will summarize the information and simplify your learning and application. Order through Conselle’s Store or call 801-224-1207 and order directly through Kathy. Order Clothes Power.
Posted in Body Image, Closet, Clothing, color, Dress, Events, Grooming, Personal Style, Trends, Uncategorized, Women, tagged fitting tips, holiday fashion, holiday parties, Holiday party, shopping tips, smart shopping strategy on December 3, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
It’s the holidays! The time of year when we love to pull out the bling, or shop for something new that sparkles. With the dim evening lighting, something with a little shimmer or shine plays off the lights beautifully and makes a fun statement this time of year. A word of caution: just because the clothing has sparkles doesn’t mean it works. (Unless, of course, you are 4 years old. Then it always works!) Knowing that many of you are looking for that lovely holiday outfit, we have eight tips to consider for your smart shopping success.
- Plan for time to try on the clothes you’re shopping for.
- If it zips, it doesn’t mean it fits. Take two or three sizes into the fitting room with you. What is labeled small, medium, large or extra-large varies from brand to brand and possibly even item to item.
- When wearing each garment, ask yourself, “Where could I wear this?” “Will this get me the raise / date / recognition I’m looking for?” “What will this do for me?”
- Move around, walk, reach, stretch, bend, and sit. Can you move comfortably? Can you breathe?
- How do you look in a full-length mirror? Leave your dressing room and find a mirror where you can step back several feet for a different vantage point.
- If it’s too short, check the hem allowance to see if it can be let down.
- If it puckers or pulls, the garment is too small for your body. Let it go, or go up a size.
- Give yourself a break. Stop for a healthy drink or snack to rest and relax rather than make a rash decision or give up too soon.
Expect success and you will often find it. Happy Holidays!
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.
- Take charge of the way you see yourself and others see you
- Discover, define, and develop your own personal style
- Zero in on strategies for dressing slim and a fabulous fit
- Improve your self-presentation
- Enhance self-image
- Increase self-confidence
- Never be a fashion victim again!
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, become an image consultant, Body Image, Body Language, Closet, Clothing, color, Dress, Dress Code, Men, Trends, Uncategorized, what not to wear on April 3, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Recently I received another Spring fashion update put out by an image consultant which included photos of some of the outfits put together for a variety of clients. I was surprised — and disappointed. The clothes were classic, but the outfits were so plain and boring–solid color shirt and pants, solid color cardigan sweater and skirt, but that was it. There was no creativity, no finesse or pizzazz, nothing finished about the outfits. Anyone could have put these outfits together — no need to pay a professional for these ultra basic looks.
As image professionals, we need to offer something a bit out of the ordinary — something perfect for the client but something the client wouldn’t likely think of. When we hear the client say, “Oh-h-h, I’d never have thought of that,” we know we just earned our money.
Classics don’t need to look so conservative that they become boring. Include a perfect pattern in some of the outfits. Layer lightweight fabrics in an unusual way. Finish the outfits with unique or updated accessories, always with one dominant focal point in the outfit — remember Conselle’s Fashion Rule of ONE. Make sure your work delivers something out of the ordinary, an investment in perfect harmony with your client.
When contemplating a dress or skirt purchase, consider the width of the skirt in relation to its length. Attractiveness is a matter of achieving good balance and proportions. Generally straight skirts may be shorter to the knee and flared or fuller skirts may be longer from the knee. Flared skirts are generally flattering to most women. Short full or bouffant skirts worn by adult women “of a certain age,” tend to look childish, silly, and out of proportion, being too wide for their shorter length. The dress to the left begins to look more like a ballet tutu.
For a slimmer look, straight skirts in larger sizes can be tapered slightly, about a half to one inch on each side from waist to hem. Tightly gathered, straight-hanging dirndl skirts are most attractive hemmed below the calf to balance the width.