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sneezing womanSo 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. 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Take eye drops, always a way to soothe and make your eyes look healthier.
  13. During the day, refresh your lipstick and spritz on some perfume.
  14. Most of all, think positively.
  15. 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.

 

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By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM and Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliate

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!

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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.

 

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Start simple.  Go to a paint store.  Look at the wide range of color chips and identify colors that make your heart sing or make you want to get moving.  Pull your favorite paint chips for future reference and pick just one to work with now.  With this color in mind, shop for a top in that color and wear it with clothes you already own.  Shop for an accessory in that this color. Give yourself a chance to make friends with a new color.  When you feel more adventurous, pair this color with one of your personal body colors–your hair, eyes, skin, or blush color–and shop for a patterned piece of clothing containing both colors, making you part of the color scheme with your clothes.

 

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.

 

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By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM and Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliate

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1. Experience an energizing self-discovery.
2. Gain information you’ll want to teach your family.
3. Never be a fashion victim again!
4. Save time, money, space, and simplify your life!
5. Have fun with fashion and make it work for you!

Learn more about our Style for Life Retreat here:  http://conselle.com/image-enhancement-retreat.php

or call 801.224.1207

Take an empowering journey that makes you stop and think seriously about your values, attitudes, interests, roles, and goals as they relate to the way you present yourself – the way you think, feel, act or behave, and the way others react or respond to you. The result? Old attitudes an inhibitors will give way to new attitudes and strategies for personal image management and family wardrobe management. The sooner you learn the valuable concepts, strategies, and skills, the more effective and efficient you will become.

 When

Monday, May 6, 2013 to
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Where

Little America Hotel
500 S Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
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by Friday, April 26, 2013

(Early Bird Discount before April 12, 2013)

Book your Style For Life adventure by calling 801.224.1207 and learn enough about how to dress, care for, and carry yourself to last a lifetime & simplify your life in the process.

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  • Do you have trouble getting your ideas accepted by others?
  • Do you often justify or make excuses for the way you look?
  • Do you dislike what you see when you catch a glimpse of yourself in a mirror or window glass?
  • Do you feel inadequate in knowing how to dress to communicate different moods or messages?
  • Do you limit the places you go because of the clothes you have to wear?
  • Do you feel uncomfortable or intimidated with others who are dressed well?
  • Do you feel frustrated or overwhelmed when shopping for clothes?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, attention to dress can help you.

Most people want to be attractive, but all too often they assume appearance just happens.  Some view it as a matter of luck, or an inherent trait.  Others continually wish, watch and wait for some sort of magic that will make them instantly attractive….turn them into a lion. However, it just doesn’t work that way.  It takes knowledge, thought, and effort.  For those who really want to create an attractive appearance, a personal stylist or image consultant holds the most hope and help.

At Conselle, we have three levels of support to help you reach your full potential.

1.  For individual private services with a qualified personal stylist or image management consultant,

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2.  For a week long retreat where we teach you the life-long skills to know and grow your image,
3.  To become an image consultant, learn from one of only nine certified image masters in the country,

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When my own daughter was married, I did not want to look like a “mother-of-the-bride.”  According to my mind’s eye, the mother-of-the-bride appears matronly.  My dress would have to be something decidedly different, interesting, and a little more lively.  These were my key considerations:

  • Something classic, that can be worn on many later occasions.
  • Not white!  The bride should be the only woman in white.
  • An interesting collar to frame the face.
  • The hem line can range from the knee to the floor.

However, after all is said and done, this is your daughter’s day and you are to be playing a supportive role here.  Your dress should compliment her, not upstage her.

So how did I look when my daughter was married?  Like a “mother-of-the-bride,” and proudly so on my daughter’s day.

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By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM

Snoop shopping in our local malls, you can find classic clothes and sporty clothes, trendy clothes and snazzy clothes, leather jackets and sweat knit hoodies, tailored styles and cutesy styles.  We’ve got a lot to choose from, yet few are choosing.

Fashion books and experts continually advise us to discover, develop and stick to a personal style.  They point out that the most memorable, secure and successful people can be identified by a consistent style of dress and grooming.  This is generally true.  And next thing you know, they’re telling you what the latest “must have” is.

So how does one go about figuring out their own personal style?  Personal style is usually defined as the way we take an existing fashion or fad and make it uniquely personal.  It’s not just the clothes that count, it’s the way you wear them—your way.

Personal style is an acquired quality that develops from within.  As we observe, imitate, and learn from the styles of others, we edit those observations and ideas to fit our personal needs.  We, in essence, become a visual composite of many people and many styles, ultimately projecting a unique image of ourselves.

Discovering your personal style comes right down to the nitty-gritty of deciding what specific characteristics of dress and design you are most comfortable wearing most of the time–and feel you could wear for the rest of your life.  Personal style implies a consistency in the selection of lines, shapes, colors, patterns and textures.

The specific degrees of each of these details of dress communicate your personality traits and reflect your values, attitudes, interests and lifestyle as they project to self and others an image of the person within.  This is personal style.

Personal style may reflect a woman as daringly dramatic, daintily demure or a delightful blend in between;  as super sportive, radiantly romantic or a surprising and complementary combination of both;   as a traditionally classic conservative, a trendsetting free spirit, or a marvelous mix in between.

And again, if you think this applies to women only, think again.  A man’s personal style may project him as being macho or mellow, traditional or trendy, shabby or sharp.

For some, the discovery and decisions about dress come almost intuitively.  They seem to have an inherent sense of what feels and looks “right” for them.  For others, it takes conscious effort to become more aware, to study and to experiment.

Personal style is not something you are born with, can borrow or buy.  Regardless of how you acquire yours, it takes years of living, learning and experience to develop a style of your own.

And in the final analysis, I must admit that personal style is often more easily felt than explained.

Copyright Judith Rasband and Conselle L.C. 2009

Judith Rasband is the Image Expert and would love to help you discover your own personal style!  Visit www.conselle.com or call 801-224-1207 to learn more.

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By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM

“The family that prays together stays together,” was a popular slogan in years past.  Now it’s “The family that eats together” that’s more likely to stay together.  In recent surveys, I confirmed that many Utah Valley families no longer eat family dinner together and it’s been coming on for years.

Our fast pace of life leaves no time to fully embrace the dining experience.  We rush from home to school or work, to music lessons and sports practice, to some form of entertainment—or we get bogged down surfing the internet and playing video games.

Feeling pushed for time, we often grab food and eat it in the car on the way to the next activity.  We excuse ourselves saying there simply isn’t time to prepare, sit down, and enjoy an attractive and nutritious meal together.  Our dining rooms sit empty and our best dishes never get used.  We have lost the art and enjoyment of dining as a family.  We’ve been programmed to believe that a good meal consists of large portions that are often full of sugar, fat, and salt, and how we consume it really doesn’t matter anymore.

In my dining tutorials and classes, I like to teach that a meal should include fuel for both our body and our spirit.  A dining experience should enrich all of our senses—what we see, smell, touch, taste—and hear in the way of conversation.

Dining together is not about the food.  It’s about the people and building relationships.  The people around the table get first priority.  While we make sure the food is good, it takes second place.  The main purpose of a meal is to nurture friendships and build rapport among the people.

Dining together is not about looking or being pretentious in our manner.  It’s all about helping people relax, feel comfortable and confident, able to enjoy the meal, the people, the place, and the purpose of the occasion.  Lifetime memories are made as we dine together.

A rich and fulfilling meal does not require a multi-course gourmet spread with a perfectly appointed table of the finest china, crystal, and linens.  All it requires is good food that fuels the body, a setting that feeds the soul, and relationships to be nourished.  Research studies show that when families eat dinner together their health is improved, parents do better at work, children do better in school, and they all have fewer social challenges.

When dining together, your manner and dining etiquette are on display and will be observed.  Knowing the general guidelines of dining etiquette will put you at ease, increase your confidence, and contribute to a positive outcome.  Develop your dining skills so you can better represent yourself and your family.

Let’s again make time to practice the art of dining and experience the joy of breaking bread with those we love!

Copyright Judith Rasband and Conselle L.C. 2009

Judith Rasband is the Image Expert and would love to guide you through a dining tutorial!  Visit www.conselle.com or call 801-224-1207 to learn more.

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