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Confidence your way!

April 30, 2016
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Confidence through Style

Do you know people who are lacking in confidence? Would you like to improve your own confidence?

The feeling of confidence can be an elusive one… confidence means different things to different people. I can have confidence in my friends which means I trust them. If a document or medical information is confidential then only trusted people are allowed to see it.

When we say a person has confidence we think they exude some magical quality or other that allows them to stand up and be seen without fear. But I believe that magical quality is trust in themselves and THAT is something that can be developed.

Thinking of confidence as trust in yourself might seem a too easy or maybe too hard. It does make you think though… if confidence is simply trusting yourself then there may be a way to develop that trust.

Now don’t mistake confidence for dutch courage or bravado – though you will appear confident unfortunately when the pardon the term – “shit hits the fan” then you fall apart!

I’ve been there in the bravado stage myself. I didn’t realize it though 🙂 and since I’m rebuilt my true self-confidence I’ve figured out one of the biggest steps to confidence.

Know you are not alone

Everyone is unique and has their own take on things.

Now, for a long time I believed that my nearest and dearest should understand me and support me doing all the unique things I do like singing jazz music and chanting when I meditate 🙂 The problem was, they really didn’t understand and though they supported me from time to time, it wasn’t consistent.

So, I had to find a new clan of people who so understand. To find them I had to be brave. I had to own my heart’s desires. Instead of saying “I do some singing” – I would say “I’m a jazz singer and I’m hoping to sing more for events”.

When I do workshops I manage to get a group together with something in common – that could be a love of style or even singing (my other speciality). Maybe you could come to a workshop or sign up for a class in anything you would love – pottery or painting, horse-riding or creative writing. Go! Meet new people and find your clan for all the things you love to do.

There are people just like you who have a similar take on life or music or even spirituality. Once you find those people your confidence will soar! You are not alone!

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Caroline Nolan, Herbalist

April 27, 2016
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Caroline Nolan came for a Style Consultation before revamping her website. Style for Women in Business helps you attract the right clients by ensuring your image represents the values and selling points of your business.

Aideen: I’m here with Caroline Nolan who is a herbalist. We worked together lately to spruce up Caroline’s image and to help her with her direction with her brand for her business. What you wear can have a big impact on how you are perceived by your clients and things like that. So, Caroline understood that. One thing I want to ask you is why did you want to come and see me now, what was the difference, what was the problem?

Caroline: I’m just getting back working after having three kids. When it came to what do I wear, what do I even like anymore I just had no idea what suits me, my body shape has changed, I don’t even know what colors or what fabrics or anything. It’s like I just needed a kick-start. That’s why I came to you Aideen. And what a fantastic job you’ve done.

Aideen: What was the main thing that clicked into place for you after meeting for your consultation at home?

Caroline: The main thing was, the colours that came up in our consultation were colours that I know that suit me. It just got me when I have been looking and shopping since, it really helped me trust my instinct and what I already knew came back to me. I was reminded really well. It gave me just a bit more confidence really in going and to get in the clothes that we discussed, the kind of clothes, the kind of shapes. Yeah, it’s like I’m a new woman.

Aideen: Fantastic. We’ve just met up there because we’ve been at your photo shoot for your website. How did that go for you?

Caroline: It was much less scary than I thought it would be. I was very glad to have went with your guidance really. I picked the colours and the fabrics that reflected what I want to communicate now. I’ll have all that done before going for that photo shoot.

Aideen: Fantastic.

Caroline: It was really good timing.

Aideen: What’s next for you Caroline?

Caroline: What’s next for me is, well you can follow me at www.herbsandhealing.ie to see what’s next Aideen.

Aideen: Wow, fantastic. Thanks Caroline

Caroline: Thank you very much.

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More About Me

April 15, 2016
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Smirk Blue Dress Aideen

Each person’s self-expression is completely unique and special – mine includes singing jazz music and chanting as I meditate… that’s just me! 🙂

Confident Self-Expression

When I was about 12 years old I came across my mothers Colour Me Beautiful book and from then on I hoped to become an image consultant and help people find the colours that suited them. I already had an eye for colour and I knew that my school uniform, with it’s royal blue sweater, looked quite good on me. I even wore it during my summer holidays sometimes! Weird, I know! The only fashion influences on me during my childhood were from the TV and I was fascinated by films like Flashdance, Dirty Dancing and Pretty in Pink. You can see how those movies influenced some of my favourite looks from way back then by clicking here.

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So, many years later I got my chance to train with a wonderful Image Consultant, Joan Cashman, who is an award winning stylist based in Cork. Then, I was lucky enough to work in the Colour Me Beautiful head office in Dublin with Melanie Power for four years doing Colour, Style and Personal Shopping. I loved my time working as a Colour Me Beautiful Consultant, I feel blessed to have worked with the best in the business for many years and really appreciated all their guidance and support and I take all that experience with me into my own image consulting.

Mind you for me it’s not about creating an image – it’s about boosting your confidence and expressing the real you through style! If that’s something you would like then get in touch with me 🙂

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Pure Corporate Style

March 23, 2016
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Presentation & Communication Training for Businesses

Now you can improve your customer’s experience, boost loyalty to your brand so that the competition is left standing and most importantly increase sales! Through a consultation and tailored Presentation & Communication Training now you can develop and communicate a cohesive image and brand to your customers through improved employee presentation and communication skills.

This is for your business if want to:

  • Build trust with Customers
  • Boost sales and improve customer experiences
  • Decrease Complaints
  • Improve customer satisfaction & loyalty
  • Boost confidence and improve staff retention in your business
  • Up-skill Managers to train staff in consistent customer service standards
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Step 1: Consultation
Step 2: Proposal
Step 3: Deliver tailored Presentation & Branding Training

Details: Presentation & Communication Training

Full or half day courses    |    Up to 12 People per workshop     |    Wexford, Kilkenny, Waterford

Covers:

  • Keys to creating rapport with customers
  • How to communicate company values to customers
  • Clear expectations for staff grooming standards
  • How to make a great first impression using body language
  • Colours to create customer confidence including Uniforms

“Thank you, Aideen, for all your helpful advice. You are very approachable and I found it very empowering. I’m excited about putting all your advice into practice.” Ber Fawsitt, Cork

Every training is tailored to the needs of your staff and is based on your business goals.

Call me on 089-9829914 to book a free Business Consultation

Click here to schedule your free call B

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Too much black in my wardrobe!

February 18, 2016
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Michelle Fletcher“I enjoyed every minute of the Personal Style Coaching with Aideen.  The hardest part was to not sort my wardrobe before Aideen came to my house for Step 1 (consultation) of a very interesting, fun and changing process.  She really took time to get to know me as a person, my likes and dislikes and coached me in a gentle but no messing approach – apparently I have too much black in my wardrobe!  I was dreading Step 2 (a shopping trip) as I am not a natural shopper and generally don’t do the trying things on. But we had a fantastic time and I learnt so much and have even bought some non-black clothes since. I couldn’t recommend Aideen high enough and wish her huge success with her business.”  Michelle Fletcher – Business Owner (Social Singles, Wexford) & single mum to 2 girls
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Attract the “One” with Style

February 1, 2016
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Attract the “One” with Style

Did you know there is one colour that could turn your date off? Or that just wearing a bright lipstick can make you more attractive?

Your next date is your chance to dial up the romance in your life whether your in a long-term relationship or on what you hope will be… your LAST first date 🙂 And I reveal all my tips here…

But there is a wonderful side-effect to taking your style up a notch!

Dressing to attract the “one” can boost your self-confidence too!! Just  taking an extra couple of minutes a day to put on some red lippy or a nice piece of jewellery can actually change the energy you are putting out and can help you attract better things into your life.

couple-919018_1920I learned that lesson myself when I was asked out on a date after work. At the time I worked in retail sales and though I dressed smart usually, that day I put on a cute blue pair of cropped trousers with a white halterneck. I felt fabulous!! The funny  thing was I actually had more fun at work and exceeded my sales targets too. I realised that wearing my nice clothes helped me attract a great day at work and even though the date didn’t happened that day – I had had great fun and felt fab!

If you’d like more love in your life then take a look at this video of my top tips to attract the “one” 🙂 with the added bonus of advice from Amie, The Dating Coach. I’ll reveal what to wear for a hot date based on the research and Feng Shui whether it’s a first date or date night with your hubbie or partner. Like what colour NOT to wear!!! And it might not be what you think!

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Are you wearing clothes that don’t work for you?

January 27, 2016
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Do you feel like your clothes don’t represent the real you but don’t know what will?

There are times in all our lives when the goal posts change and we have to re-think how we present ourselves in life. It could be when you start a new job or business or maybe you have lost weight and are dressing a whole new body shape.

Re-invention is exciting but if you want to avoid wasting money on clothes that don’t work for you then do some soul-searching before you start. You’ll need to consider your personality, your body shape and your lifestyle! Here are my top tips for figuring it out…

What is your Soul Style?

Ask yourself what kinds of clothes you really love to wear. Is there a trend that you feel more comfortable in? Maybe you like Boho-style with fringing and feathers or Vintage-style with lace and pearls. I’m not suggesting that you dress head to toe in one trend but know what you like so you can add accessories that are really “you”.

www.whowhatwear.com

www.whowhatwear.com

 

Use Pinterest to pin your favourite looks and inspiration on-line. See mine here.

Cut pictures of looks you like from magazines

Print pictures from the internet

Start drawing or sketching different looks that you like

 

 

 

 

What suits your body-shape?

We each have the body we have right now. One person might wish for bigger boobs and another wants to be skinnier. The fact is everyone has bits they like and don’t like. So, let’s work with what you have got. You don’t need to change anything to look well. There are ways to make your shoulders look narrower and your thighs look slimmer. There are ways to look a bit more curvy or look slimmer.

www.curvesandconfidence.com

www.curvesandconfidence.com

 

Patterns, detailing and texture draw attention so, draw it to the right places!

Enhance your curves by adding pockets over the hips or a seam under the bust-line

Slim your thighs by using smooth fabrics and avoiding pattern below the waist

Use detail at the neckline to draw attention to your face and away from wider shoulders

 

 

 

 

What is appropriate for your life-style right now?

Think about what your day to day life and what you need before shopping for new clothes. If you work in a very warm environment like a play-school you’ll need different looks that someone on the road working in sales. What you do spend most of your day doing? What kind of impression would you like to make? What are you hoping to attract into your life this year? Are you going on dates or interviews? Can one new item of clothing transform your look? What would it be?

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Add a smart collar-less jacket to your look if you are driving a lot. It will look great and be easy to get in and out of

Add tops with a little bit of detail at the neckline like a ruffle or beading if you work in a warm workplace – no need to accessorize then! Just get up and go!

Going to lots of weddings this year then invest in luxurious looking coat to go over your dresses in faux-fur or maybe a pale colour

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My Favourite Looks…

January 18, 2016
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My favourite looks from way back when…

Style is such a personal thing. Even though I studied fashion and style for many years that hasn’t changed the fact that what I feel good in is  more important to me than how it looks to everyone else. Here are some of my favourite looks over the years…

Scan_20150505 (13)1. Pastel Yellow Smocked Summer Dress worn with a white sun hat. I LOVED this look… it’s so fresh and cute. This is my best shade of yellow for my cool skin-tone and I have some tops in the same colour now. Pretty, isn’t it?

 

 

 

 

 

Scan_20150505 (22)2. This was around the time Flashdance, the original movie was on – it was the 80’s and perms were in!! So, I got my first perm and I LOVED it. The striped shirt over a t-shirt was cool back then too. And a pale blue denim skirt – my look was complete!

 

 

 

Scan_20150505 (10)3. I went to America for a few months and got this professional picture taken – with a pale pink round neck sweater, pale blue eyeshadow and lipgloss. Very girly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scan_20150505 (12)4. This gorgeous “Debs” dress was made by my Mom – she used to make a lot of my clothes when I was much younger too. The velvet bodice felt so luxurious!!  I loved Winona Ryder at the time which is why I have my hair very short. The only down-side  was my nerves about ever kissing anyone with my braces!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scan_20150505 (15)5. In the 90’s I went though my boho phase – long dresses with my Doc Martin boots and lots of texture like this button up woolen vest. My bead were wooden. It’s the all natural look. This photo was taken on the Staten Island Ferry in New York!

 

 

 

Scan_20150505 (19)6. Later in the 90’s I had a more sporty look! This is a cute zip-up top worn over jeans… and look who I’m having my photo taken with… it’s the Queen of England!!

 

 

 

 

Scan_20150505 (11)P.S. Here is my school uniform – the royal blue jumper that I sometimes wore during my summer holidays is under my blazer. I was so excited and felt so smart in all new clothes and the beret too!

 

 

 

 

 

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Sile Walsh, Personal Development Coach

January 17, 2016
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Sile-Walsh-image-life-coach“From the get go Aideen was professional and helpful. She designed & facilitated a private Style Workshop for a group of us. We all had different motivations for attending and she met this really well. Mine was to dress more authentically in a professional and personal settings. Aideen really educated us about why she was saying what she was saying. It has been one of the best investments I made in 2015 for my business and my confidence.” Sile Walsh, Personal Development Coach & Author

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Hen Party Style Package

January 16, 2016
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Treat yourself and your hens to a party with a difference!

Whether you are the bride, the maid of honour, the mother of the bride or groom – you want to look your BEST for the upcoming BIG day. If you’d like everyone to have a fun hen party that will also help everyone feel confident about their bodyshape, style and fashion then look no further.

Your Hen Party Style Workshop is tailored to the needs of the group – it will help each person to feel good in their own skin and discover the simple ways to look their best from choosing the right fabrics or cuts to what colours will suit their skin tone. With plenty of time to chat together the hens can really get to know each other before the wedding so you can be sure a good time will be had by all.

Give me a call now to discuss your needs 089-9829914

Pure Soul Style WorkbookHalf-Day Workshop

Each hen will receive a Pure Soul Style Workbook, a body-shape handout and some tips on colours.

Feng Shui Style
Discover your Feng Shui style type

Your Colours
What is my colour type? Demo of colour test on the bride and one other hen, general colour advice how to suit your skin-tone and hair, use your Style Workbook to take notes.

Body Shape
What is my body shape? Individual advice & hand-out for each body shape including best fabrics, necklines, accessories etc & colour for body shape.

Full-Day Workshop

Feng Shui Fashion
How Feng Shui works in your wardrobe
Discover your Feng Shui personality type – questionnaire

Your Colours
What is my colour type? Individual colour-test and advice, receive a sheet of colours that suit your skin-tone, hair and personality, use your Style Workbook to take notes. Best colours for weddings and events.

Your Make-up
Make Up – Tweek your make-up routine to look great. See what’s missing from your make-up bag. Get the right shade of lipstick & blush.

Body Shape
What is my body shape? Individual advice & hand-out for each body shape including best fabrics, necklines etc & colour for body shape. Best dress shapes for special occasions.

Style, Fashion & your personality
Dressing your personality
Your best accessories
How to shop smart no matter what is in fashion!

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