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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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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.

 

Group of cheerful young women holding hands up and dancing. Isol

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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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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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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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“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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