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


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.

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


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.


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

Little America Hotel
500 S Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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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At the Conselle Institute of Image Management, students come from all over the world to study to become image consultants.

At Conselle, our mission is to make accurate, practical, and valuable image information available in an affordable, enjoyable, and instructional format empowering people to simplify and manage their lives more effectively; empowering people and organizations to significantly increase their performance capability in order to achieve worthwhile purposes through understanding and applying proven strategies of image management.

While attending Conselle, you will learn from Judith Rasband, the first individual to be awarded the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) Certified Image Master title, the highest level of certification available in the industry.  By studying with Conselle, you will receive the best and most comprehensive image education available.

The next 15-Day Educational-Training will be held March 5 – 19, 2011 at the Conselle Institute of Image Management in Utah.

Here are photos from a recent Educational Training in 2009.

Sharri, Ann, Katherine, Sarah and Margaret at Robert Redford's Sundance for Lunch

Learning about proper table settings with Judith Rasband (in blue) at the Marriot Hotel in Provo, Utah

“I researched every training program. I called everyone. I chose yours. It gives me everything. Even [your competition] says you give more than they do. That’s exactly what I wanted.”Dalia Berman, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

We invite you to join us for our next Educational Training on July 10 – 24, 2010!  For more information on attending an Education Training at Conselle, please email us at kathy [at] conselle [dot] com or read this recent post, Become an Image Consultant.

Copyright Judith Rasband and Conselle L.C. 2009

Judith Rasband is the Image Expert and would love to jumpstart your image consulting career!  Visit www.conselle.com or call 801-224-1207 to learn more.

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How to Get the Gift You Need! Photo c/o toptenreviews.com

By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM 

To get the gift you need, you need to start early, to discover for yourself and then teach your family what you do like in clothes — what works for you, for your personal style, roles, and goals. 

  • How to Get the Gift You Need #1: Learn to drop a few careful hints about your needs and preferences.  Don’t keep your desires to yourself.  “Daydream” out loud instead.  While watching television, it’s fine to hint to your family, “It would be wonderful to have a pretty nightgown like that,” — a nice durable shirt, a versatile….. whatever you need.
  • How to Get the Gift You Need #2: Comment periodically on clothing worn by others — “I really like…..,” or “That doesn’t work for me because…..”  Always include that one-liner why, and gradually family members will gain a better understanding of your needs and preferences.
  • How to Get the Gift You Need #3: Let them know if your tastes have changed.  How about, “I used to wear a lot of navy blue, but lately I prefer dark hunter green,” and state why. For those larger, more expensive presents, say it right out.  “I could really use a good leather bag,” or “I’ve always wanted a camel-hair jacket,” and again, say why it would work for you.
  • How to Get the Gift You Need #4: As you browse through a magazine or catalog, show your family some pictures of the clothes you like.  Give that one-liner reason about why it’s so right for you, such as, “Look, here’s exactly what I need.  This flared skirt would fit my figure more easily and be easier to move in at work — better than a straight skirt.”  When window shopping, tell your sister or sweetheart, “I’d love a nice shirt like that, but you know, that’s the kind of thing I would never buy for myself.
  • Emily's Style File photo c/o emilysny.com

    How to Get the Gift You Need #5: Be right up front about your needs and goals.  Keep a wardrobe planning list and a “style file” of magazine and catalog clippings, illustrating desired items.  Go through your style file periodically, discarding pictures as you refine your personal style.  Then share the pictures with your family once in a while.  I predict the people who’ve been wondering what to get you will want to help you achieve your goals by giving you something on your list. 

So if all this good advice doesn’t get you what you really need this Christmas, don’t give up.  Next year, simply resort to my favorite “no fail” gift giving strategy.  Make sure you do know your personal style, needs, and even wants — find the pictured item in a catalog, circle the size, turn down the corner of the page, then put it on the kitchen counter.  If you start early enough, you’ll likely forget all about it, not feel bad if you don’t get it, but be honestly surprised if someone follows through and gets you exactly what you want.  They’ll be delighted and so will you. 

Copyright Judith Rasband and Conselle L.C. 2009

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

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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

Remember those people you always watched in high school? You know, the girls and guys who looked just right, as well as the few who looked like a fright. Let’s face it, people are continually noticing one another, forming impressions and making judgments based on appearance. So why not do it with a purpose once in a while?

Purposeful ‘people watching’ can help you become more aware of specific dress and grooming practices. And as you become more aware of your own appearance and can then make a change for the better if it’s called for.

“People watching” may help you avoid altogether some of the most common mistakes. Anyplace where large numbers of people gather is a good place to ‘people watch.’ The people in the library, grocery store, cafeteria or movie theater are often more interesting than what is in the books, on the shelves, the menu or the movie screen.

A large metropolitan airport is an ideal spot for people watching. You’ll see people with total variety in lifestyle, cultural and geographical backgrounds, values, attitudes and interests, as well as the random assortment of sizes and shapes. Pick your place, clear your mind and just watch. Take a few moments out of your own shopping time and plant yourself on a bench where you have full view of the comings and goings. (And don’t panic if they notice you’re watching—just smile and turn your attention elsewhere.)

Watch what people are wearing and how they’re wearing it. Is the clothing appropriate for the occasion, the weather and the person’s age, personality, figure and personal coloring?

Try to become aware of your own reactions to those you see. Catch your first impressions. If you don’t like the way someone looks, try to figure out why. Maybe her skirt pulls tight over her fanny and the hem hikes three inches shorter in back than front. Or maybe his plaid pants fight with his striped shirt and polka dot tie.

If your first thoughts were “sharp,” “looks terrific,” or “I’d like to look like that,” try to figure out how the various parts fo the outfit have been put together and how the grooming details contribute to the harmony of the total look. You’re sure to pick up some pointers.

“People watching” can be a fun, fascinating and informative pastime. It’s a never-ending adventure in expanding your awareness, sensitivity and objectivity. Use it to your advantage.

Copyright Judith Rasband and Conselle L.C. 2009

Judith Rasband is the Image Expert and would love to work with you!  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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