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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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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

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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”.

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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.

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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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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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Is beauty only skin deep?

January 12, 2016
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What do you think? Is beauty only skin deep?

To me the most beautiful people aren’t necessarily physically beautiful in the conventional sense of the word. They exude a special life energy of joy and love. And those people tend to love themselves well enough to look after themselves from the inside out. Are you one of those people? Would you like to be?

What we put into our bodies is as important as what we put on our bodies. Do you see your body as a temple?! If you did then how would you treat your body differently?

Unfortunately, there is a cultural trend to focus on looks and we’re encouraged to cover up perceived flaws rather than accept them. Many women have resorted to surgery for fat reduction or breast enhancement and chemical substances are often used for wrinkle reduction and acne treatments.

Some things may be better to just accept – I’m never going to be a curvy girl and there is no use in trying. But other things have a deeper cause that if we look at it and ask the right questions, we might find simple answers.

Healthy eating is the simple answer to many of our beauty concerns. Cleaning up our diets can reduce acne – I eat an apple everyday because I know I tend to get spots if I don’t. Sometimes, we may need to look at our stress levels or circumstances like where we live or work to find answers.

I don’t think beauty is skin deep at all – in most instances the person who honours their own needs for healthy food and relaxation will radiate true beauty. Healthy living is vital for us to present ourselves well in the world and since my background is also in nutrition I can help you with that in my Style & Presentation One on One.

 

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Big Magic

November 27, 2015
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You may remember the movie Eat, Pray, Love?? Where Julia Roberts played a journalist called Elizabeth Gilbert? And she took a SOUL searching journey to Italy, India and Bali?

Well… she DID find her “soul”!

I recently met Elizabeth Gilbert after her lecture in Liberty Hall in Dublin on Thanksgiving Day this year and experienced her “soul” first hand! What a privilege and honour. Her latest book is called Big Magic and the lecture to launch it was a treat for all who attended. It’s about honouring your own creativity and moving past fear. I laughed and welled up with tears at different points as the evening went on… and her soul touched mine.

I FEEL her soul when I listen to her TED talks and when I read her thoughts on her Facebook page and in her books. She means what she says and says what she means! When anyone speaks from their heart and lives according to their own true values and beliefs then we all feel it. You know what I mean… that moment when someone looks at you and really SEES you, when their voice has the power to move you to tears or laughter as they speak their truth? You do know it. Don’t you?

By tuning into your own soul, you might find that YOU have a wish… like a wish to write a poem or do something fun, or even take a bath. Please listen to that wish and find a way to make it come true!! I believe that taking some small action today makes those bigger dreams come true over time. We fulfill our OWN dreams and the mistake we sometimes make is hoping someone else will do it for us and we allow our fears to slow us down and sometimes stop our self expression completely.

Elizabeth Gilbert is an expert on this topic and her new book BIG MAGIC is all about making your creativity and self expression part of your daily life. She speaks about how to bring your fears along with you, holding Fear’s hand, reassuring it and reminding it that the actions you are taking creatively are not so dangerous as Fear may believe.

Fear definitely used to hold ME back! Big time!

In fact I’ve only recently started to look it in the eye and say – I hear you, I’ll consider what you say and then I’m going to go ahead and take action anyway. And it’s worth it because fear was standing in the way of my deepest wishes and my soul’s expression.

My only wish in life now is to just be me but I used to think that my singing was my wish. But singing only matters when my heart is in it, so the goal is less about doing singing and more about singing when my very soul is BURSTING out of it’s seams to sing out. The goal is SOUL. Maybe the goal is PURE SOUL! Or even Pure Soul Style 🙂

And now Pure Soul Style has a new honorary ambassador in Elizabeth Gilbert – she searched for her soul and now she doesn’t just express it but she also encourages us to do the same. She has spoken out for creativity and self expression (dare I say it “soul” expression”) for it’s own sake… So, will you take 10 minutes to experience the joy of doing or making because YOU love it even if no one else ever does? Are you up for the challenge!? Let’s all do something creative today!

Click here to buy her book!

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On authenticity – being the REAL you!

October 17, 2015
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Authenticity – An interview with Sile Walsh…

I was always a bit of a dreamer in life. I read lots of books as a child and later I used meditation and positive thinking to escape from life. These were simply coping strategies for me when I didn’t have faith in myself.

But the challenge is… how to become stronger and to live life according to your own values instead of everyone elses? How do you become authentic???

When I met Sile Walsh, I met a kindred spirit – she is the author of Self-Care, an Authentic Journey and she is Life & Business Coach based in Cork where she focuses on authenticity and self-care with her clients.

When I invited Sile to New Ross to interview her for my Pure Soul Style blog, I had no idea how much I would personally learn from that interview. In fact when I listened to it a few weeks later, I had even more “aha!” moments that helped me see my own “authentic” self in a new way.

In the interview we chat about what authenticity really is and about both of our personal stories around being true to ourselves. Sile also reveals tips to recognise when you are acting out of a wish to please others instead of being authentic. The interview is 33.33 mins long but I promise that if you take the time to listen in you will be glad you did…

Click here to hear this wonderful interview with Sile Walsh “On Authenticity”

I would love to find out your story about finding and expressing your authentic self and if you have a different perspective on this I would love to hear it too. Contact me on 089-9829914 or [email protected] Also, check out www.silewalsh.com for Sile’s blog and her fabulous book on Self-Care.

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