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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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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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Style & Presentation For Business

May 1, 2015
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Confidence in Business

“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.” Caroline Nolan, Business Owner

Who is it for:

  • Business Owners & Senior Managersinterview

What it covers for you:

  • Style & Confidence Coaching
  • Personal Shopping
  • Wardrobe management
  • Media ready outfits for TV or radio

 

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

 

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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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