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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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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.

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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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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 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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