Posts Tagged ‘appearance’

By Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliate

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Practice consulting with volunteer clients who are extremely different from you.

One of the challenges that image consultants face is knowing how to dress other people according to their personal coloring, figure variation, personal style and lifestyle.  Dressing yourself MAY COME NATURAL TO YOU, but teaching others what works for them, and not necessarily you, is not so easy.  Once you’ve done your homework…because you have taken the advice in tip number 2 and have mastered Wardrobe Strategies…it’s time to implement what you’ve learned.  The best way to do this is by asking a few people if you could “practice” on them.  Because you don’t charge them a fee, you’ll likely have no shortage of volunteers, that’s why we call these no fee clients “volunteer clients”.

Choose people who are both in your target market and different from you in terms of personal coloring, figure variation, personal style and/or lifestyle.  I have dark blonde hair, blue eyes, light skin, average height and build, and my personal style has a wide range.  My volunteer clients were so different from me!  One had black hair, very light skin, with hazel green eyes, a taller/larger build, with a very classic style.  My other volunteer client had dark brown hair, eyes, and skin, petite build, with a sporty/romantic personal style.  Boy did I learn from these two!  They were as different as night and day and expanded my understanding and appreciation for other women.   For example, I learned how to enhance the personal coloring of someone who is not blonde.    I learned about the fitting challenges that exist for so many people who are either taller than average or petite.  And personal style takes on a whole new light when considering such different personalities and backgrounds.  What a way to put my education to the test!  And what a great way to be prepared for the variety of clients I was soon to work with.

Practicing your skills on people who are vastly different from you is a wonderful way to help your clients look fabulous, which in turn, makes you a fabulous image consultant.  I couldn’t have done it without Conselle’s courses, however.  For MORE INFORMATION on how you can become a certified image consultant, click HERE.

A great education never goes out of style.

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


Yes, it’s November.  Which means summer is officially gone and for most of us, so is that healthy sun-kissed complexion.   Before choosing a bronzer that leaves you looking unnatural, try an affordable blush.  Blush adds warm color to the cheeks and imparts a healthy glow to your whole face. It draws attention up to your eyes, emphasizes eye color, and creates illusions about facial contours. Here’s what to look for and how it’s done:

  • Choose the color to coordinate with skin, lip color and clothing color.  Select muted tones, never bright.  Blush doesn’t need to expensive.  Drug store brands are an excellent choice.
  • Using a soft brush, apply blush in an upward and outward direction over your cheek bone.  This is where many get into trouble.  Before applying blush, touch your cheekbone with your fingers.  This is where the blush should be applied.  Many apply blush too low or too close to the nose, which doesn’t bring attention to those dazzling eyes.
  • Blend smoothly with the brush or a dry sponge.  Avoid circles or streaks of blush.  We’re not going for the melodrama’s damsel in distress look here.

There’s no need to look as pale as it is outside.  Bring on the winter!  You’ll be ready with just a bit of blush.

To learn more about practical make-up ideas, try out Conselle’s Make Up, Make Down, and Make Over clinic.

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By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM and Elizabeth Liechty from the 2nd Edition of Fabulous Fit 

Fabulous Fit

“Fit?  You mean fat!” shouted an enthusiastic seminar patron on the subject of proper fit in clothes.  And she’s right.  We often think about the way our clothing fits in terms of extra weight.  We’re wishing we had a smaller something, somewhere on our body. 

Fit is a state of mind as well as a state of physical being.  The clothes we wear influence the way we think, the way we feel, the way we act and the way people react or respond to us.  By wearing clothes that don’t fit, we can’t help but think about our body and appearance.  Many people report feeling physically and psychologically uncomfortable and unattractive.  We act accordingly. 

Chances are, you’ve seen people tugging at pants too tight or hitching up too-long or too-loose slacks or skirts.  The appearance and the behavior are distracting and noticed by others.  They too, respond accordingly. 

Wearing clothes that don’t fit focuses negative attention on the body—your own attention as well as the attention of others.  It’s no wonder that even a size 10 woman thinks she’s too fat when she wears clothing two sizes too small.  If the clothes feel strained or tight, we feel fat!  We feel self-conscious, continually aware of tight clothes pressing or rubbing against our body, cutting into our body. 


Dress us in clothes that fit, clothes that slip easily over our body with room to move, and we can forget about ourselves, our body, our size and concentrate on more important matters.  We can get on with life, secure with thoughts and feelings of self-confidence that come from knowing our clothes are both comfortable and attractive. 

Other people notice poor fit too.  Garments that gap and ripple or wrinkle are distracting.  They draw negative attention to figure variations and fitting problems.  Clothing too tight restricts movement and often offends others.  Wearing size 10 when we need size 14 demonstrates insecurity.  It tends to declare, “I don’t like my body.  I’m doing my best to ignore it—or to make you think I’m smaller.” 

Reality Check:  Clothing too small makes us look even larger.  If it feels tight, it looks tight.  If it looks tight it makes us look even heavier—stuffed in.  Tight fitting clothes expose and emphasize figure variations we may prefer people didn’t notice.  They cause us to look out of proportion and out of balance.  A slightly loose fit—an elegantly loose fit with just enough ease—is the way to look thinner, trimmer, slimmer, smaller.  Call it what you like, it works! 


A fabulous fit eliminates the gaps, ripples or wrinkles that draw negative attention to our figure variations and fitting problems.  A fabulous fit allows others to focus positive attention on the person—their face and purposeful points of interest. 

Fabulous fit is a must.  It’s essential to looking your personal or professional best. You can wear nearly any clothing style when you get it to fit.  With less strain on them, they look neater longer and wear better, longer. 

One of the easiest and most effective ways to improve or enhance appearance is to get a fabulous fit in your clothes.  One of the fastest ways to boost your mood and sense of self-worth is to enhance appearance.   It works! 

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

You can’t prove it! You have no evidence that what I wear to school affects my grades or the way I act!” hissed an angry woman into the television camera.

The scene was Chicago and repeated in St. George, UT.  The subject was minimal school dress and grooming codes.  Students fairly spat into the microphone, their anger was so intense.

My immediate thought was “Oh, have they got a lot to learn.”  And if they don’t learn, chances are their appearance will work against them the rest of their lives.

Research abounds, done by home economists, psychologists and sociologists, providing evidence that what you wear effects not only the way you feel, but also the way you act and the way other react to you—all with potential for lasting effects on your life.

Not everyone is likely to believe this unless they see it, feel it and experience it.  Therefore, let me suggest a little experiment—an experiment not just for teens, but for anyone skeptical about the influence of appearance in their lives.

This experiment requires you to dress yourself inappropriately — inappropriate for your age, your fashion values, your personality, your figure, your lifestyle or the occasion.

A subtle approach—something that could really happen—often achieves the best result.  Try wearing a shirt with a rip in the underarm seam or with a noticeable food spot on the front.

Wear a business suit or dressy dress to a bowling party or football.   Wear casual or grubby clothes to a ‘best-dress’ party or restaurant.  Wear mismatched clothing or shoes.  Dress in a style associated with a well-known personality but not suited to you. 

Put on clothing associated with someone older or younger than you.  Try wearing clothes that do not fit.  Borrow from a neighbor if need be.  If you’re conservative, wear something extremely plain or outdated.  The key is to wear something inappropriate.  Your options are endless.

As with any experiment there are rules to follow.  First, don’t tell anyone what you are doing.  Even one person knowing that “this is not really you” will spoil the result of the experiment.

Second, keep accurate mental or written notes through the experimental period of time.  How do you feel?  How do you act or behave?  How do others react or respond to you?

Do you feel confident or self-conscious, comfortable or insecure?  Do you act like your usual self and on your best behavior or is your behavior somehow different?  Do others seem to react to you in any way out of the ordinary?  Do they treat you the way you want to be treated?  Remain aware throughout the entire experimental period of time. Later, after you’ve ended the experiment, try to decide what effect your appearance had on you and others.

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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