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 Accessories, Body Language, Closet, Clothing, color, Dress, LIfestyle, Personal Style, Trends, Uncategorized, Women, tagged C Label, Carolee, fashion, H&M, Lele Sadoughi, OTTE, polyvore, Rosantica, style on October 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
- Find a source of inspiration – a pattern of colors in a print, stripe, or plaid – to inspire the color scheme of your cluster. She used the scarves (above) for inspiration.
- Plan for 5 to 8 easy pieces of clothing – top and bottom pieces.
- Select pieces that are basic – simple in style lines and shape.
- Select pieces that go together – will work with at least three, four, or more other pieces.
- Select pieces that are distinctly different from one another – no two pieces alike, not yet.
- Select accessories to go with the clothes – essential basic accessories first.
- Gradually expand your cluster(s) – to meet all your wardrobe needs. This expanded cluster of 8 pieces will create weeks of interesting looks!
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 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.
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?
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….