Beauty

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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Stylist or Image Consultant?

July 8, 2015
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Which is better?

If you are doing a photo shoot then a stylist may be the best person to have on board. A stylist is an artist, someone who is looking at the overall picture to co-ordinate the clothes and accessories and will create a unique “look” for a photo, a particular event or for a TV appearance.

Stylist – a person whose job is to arrange and coordinate food, clothes, etc. in a stylish and attractive way in photographs or films. (Google definition)

However, if an image consultant has a more personal approach and the goal is not to merely create one look but instead to bring out the best overall look for an individual. So, an image consultant will first do a consultation with you to find out about you – your personality, your lifestyle, your colouring and body shape. Then, based on that, your image consultant will teach you the principles of good style in relation to just you. This allows you to make better choices when shopping and creating your own look in the future.

Image Consultant – a person or company hired to advise on improved public presentation or impression, esp. in media and public relations; also, such a person or company hired to assist someone in personal appearance or style. (Dictionary.reference.com)

Both a Stylist and an Image Consultant take their clients personal shopping however an image consultant would be likely to do a Style & Presentation Consultation with you first to teach you what colours, styles, fabrics and accessories you should look for.

If you’re interested expressing the authentic you though your own unique personal style then image consulting is perfect for you. My goal is to help you to reveal the REAL you so that you express your authentic self in the way you present yourself in the world through a holistic, intuitive approach.

To find out more just click HERE.

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How to wear black…

May 25, 2015
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How to wear black this summer… Check out my video blog on how to wear black this summer and how to combine it with other colours to look softer or stronger depending on your colouring. I hope it helps 🙂 Any comments or questions? Please leave me a comment below. Thanks, Aideenx

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Style Consultation & Personal Shopping

May 1, 2015
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Style Consultation & Personal Shopping

Boost your confidence, and save time and money by finding out what really suits your colouring and body shape. 3 hours includes – 1 hour style consultation & 2 hours personal shopping. Investment €140*

“The whole Style Coaching experience was a pleasure, I found it very informative and at the end I felt very confident in choosing the right colours and styles which best suit my personality and body shape. I felt completely at ease as if I were having a chat with a close friend.” Nadine Mills

This is for you, if you want to:

  • Reinvent yourself and your look
  • Make a better first impression
  • Get ready to progress in your career

Covers:

  • We will look at the colours that will most complement your colouring and your personality.
  • Discover how to use style, fabrics & colour to enhance your body-shape.
  • We will match your style to your personality and life style.

Personal Shopping

“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 highly enough.”  Michelle Fletcher – Business Owner (Social Singles) and single mum to 2 girls

Contact Aideen on 089-9829914

* Travel costs may apply

 

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Group Style Workshops

May 1, 2015
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Group Style Workshops

“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

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This is for you if you want to:

  • Enjoy a fun workshop with your friends or workmates
  • See what really suits you
  • Boost your confidence
  • Save time and money shopping

 

 

Covers:

  • Choose colours that suit your life, your personality and your colouring
  • Secrets to enhancing your body shape through fabric, colour and accessories
  • Express your personality through what you wear
  • Tips on make-up
  • How to Feng Shui your wardrobe and your style
  • Learn about body language and good posture

Every style workshop is different… your workshop is an interactive experience that is tailored to the needs of the group.

“The workshop was really helpful in balancing my colours, personality and self-expression with mini-tweaks and simply using what I already have effectively. I am so excited about what to wear in the upcoming weeks.” Sile Walsh, Cork

Call me on 089-9829914 or email [email protected] for info

 

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Style Camouflage

June 19, 2014
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Have you ever used your clothes to hide? To blend in? To remain unseen?green caterpillar

In the animal kingdom camouflage helps an animal stay hidden and unseen. Like a worm blends into the soil so it can avoid being eaten by birds. So, it seems reasonable to think humans do something similar with style camouflage.

Things can happen that we weren’t expecting and times can be tough. So, we may be just trying to get through those days when the sun doesn’t seem to be shining. That’s when we might be better off to lie low and avoid everyone. Maybe even stay in your PJs all day!

But that isn’t the only way to hide…

Imagine a teen aged girl going out with friends who are wearing the latest and shortest dresses out there. Is she wearing the same thing to look older or dare I say it, sexier? Or is she avoiding being different? Is she hoping that by blending in that she won’t be seen or noticed at all?

I have a confession to make.  I tended to want to stand out and look great no matter what I was doing. I thought it might inspire others and I felt good looking good.

BUT then my life turned a corner that I wasn’t expecting…

… and I literally started to deliberately hide. I was living in London and instead of trying to be my usual well-groomed self – I started wearing loose tracksuits and no make-up. That continued until my confidence started to recover several months later.

So, what is your look doing for you?? Is it helping you to hide?

I certainly won’t judge you – maybe you need to hide because of the circumstances you live in. But I hope that you can have fun dressing up sometime soon too.

Here’s a poem from Shel Silverstein that says it all in a few lines:

“If you’re a bird, be an early bird

And catch the worm for your breakfast plate.

If you’re a bird be an early bird

But if you’re a worm… sleep late.”

For more on caterpillar camouflage check out: http://elizabethssecretgarden.blogspot.ie/2009/12/cloudless-sulphur-caterpillar.html

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Media: friend or enemy for our body image?

June 10, 2014
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Jean Kilbourne’s presentation on how media advertisers, magazines and the fashion industry portrays women. And how this influences how women are perceived by themselves and others. This can affect our body image!! Keep watching for Kate Winslett’s comment on her image being photo-shopped without her permission by GQ magazine. What do you think? Is the… Read More »

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Unrealistic Expectations

May 2, 2014
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How a Barbie compares to the average 19 year old girl in the USA by Nickolay Lamm. Nickolay Lamm took it upon himself to discover what a Barbie doll would look like, based on the average 19-year-old American girl: 163.3 cm height, 85.4 cm waist, 35.8 cm upper arm length, 36.7 cm upper leg length. The data is provided… Read More »

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“You can’t EAT beauty!”

April 9, 2014
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For many years I worked as an image consultant, helping people see what colours and styles suited them. As rewarding as that was, I finally got fed up.

Was helping people look good really going to make them happier or more fulfilled? Was a “Band-aid” of great colours in your wardrobe or make-up going to hide deeper issues of ill-health or lack of self-confidence?

Could someone improve their self-confidence with some help from an image consultant?? Do those TV shows like What not to wear or 10 years younger really help their “victims”?

“I think no matter what you look like the key first of all is to be happy with yourself. Then you know if you want to try to improve things that you don’t like about yourself, then do it after you appreciate yourself.” ADELE

How we perceive ourselves does have an impact on our self-identity. And most of us go through a phase of looking to others to judge ourselves.

So, how does it go… well, as young children most of us don’t notice or care what anyone else thinks. But our teenage years become a minefield of self-doubt and comparative thinking.

My story

I was a complete dreamer in my teens. I read lots of mystery, romance and science fiction and I buried my head in books as a way to cope with my world.

When Madonna released “Like a virgin” I was just 10 years old and I remember seeing her on Top of the Pops.

Five years later I bought a raunchy super-short Madonna-esque velvet and lace dress that probably looked like a Halloween costume and attempted to wear it to the teenage disco. Thankfully, my father saved my reputation and simultaneously dinted my self-confidence by insisting I changed my outfit.

What was it all about??? My identity… I was figuring out who I was by changing the way I dressed but I see now how influenced I was by the media.

My absolute favourite story comes from the model/ actor and director Lupita Nyong’o who was raised in Kenya. She describes never seeing beautiful black women on TV and how she promises God she would never lose her school sweater again if he would just lighten her skin. She wished to be beautiful but didn’t think anyone who looked like her could be.

Her mother’s advice was “you can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t feed you”. Meaning you can’t rely on how you look… to sustain you.

Lupita says “what actually sustains us, what is fundamentally beautiful, is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty inflames the heart and enchants the soul.”

Yes, it is nice to know what colours suit your skin or what the perfect shade of lipstick for you is but that is just the surface… when we achieve something or do what we love in life or help someone else that is where our true deep beauty and individuality can be found.

Lupita recently won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave. You might enjoy hearing her story below:

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