Is It Summer or Fall?

One weekend I was wearing jeans and a knit poncho to the Farmer’s Market and the next week I was wearing a sleeveless top and shorts. What is up?

I am loving the stretch of warm weather we are having but I am also pulling out my white jeans again and searching for flowy dresses that don’t cling.

How are you coping with the heat?

The stores are filled with lovely Fall trends that I am itching to wear.
Layering is the key to transitioning your summer clothes to Fall and Winter.

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a fashion show at Oakridge Outfitters in Aurora, Ontario.
Lynn Spence, a stylist with Cityline T.V. was there to give up the scoop on the Fall trends and YES… LAYERING was the word!

Start with a t-shirt or tunic top. Add a poncho, a wrap a cardigan or a moto jacket over for some warmth when you first start out in the morning. Of course adding a scarf keeps your neck warm and is a wonderful accessory.

If you choose a dress, you can add a cardigan or a wrap or… a beautiful sweater coat.

For your feet, the most popular item is a bootie and the peep toe style is the go-to.

If you are wondering how to put your summer items to work along with a new Fall trend, give me a call.

My favourite activity is creating new looks from the clothes you already have.

Have you joined our private Facebook group, Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and Love yet? We are having fun discussing types of jeans and getting opinions on whether a woman over 50 should wear the distressed jean look.
To be part of the group click here!!

SAVE the date!
Thursday November 16 for our special event Level Up Your Professional Image
We are featuring 3 panelists and a guest.
Join us for dinner, networking, panel discussion and vendors.
Vellore Town Hall in Vaughan. Early bird special is $50.
EVENT DETAILS HERE!!

 

Do You Buy Straight Off the Mannequin?

Are you one of those people who see something on a mannequin and think, “Yes, I like that! I am going to get it.”
Well, stop and think of what might be also going on in your head at that time.

It looks amazing on the mannequin because she is slim (a stick in fact with NO lumps or bumps). In your head you are imagining what it would be like to have a body like that.

The colours are bright and cheerful.
You are thinking, “I need more colour in my wardrobe. I feel good just looking at this top.”

Everything just works on this mannequin. The outfit goes together, even the accessories!
You are thinking, “I don’t know how to look pulled together. I will just get the whole outfit and be done. I don’t  even have to think about accessories.”

Well, you are not alone! I hear over and over from clients, that they buy straight off the mannequin and then are not too happy with the results when they get home and put it on their own body.
Let me tell you a recent story.

When I work with clients I send them 4 questions to answer, after they have sent me a deposit to hold and confirm their appointment.
One of the questions is: Bring an item that you think you SHOULD wear and don’t. What is it?

My client brought in a lovely top. It is brightly coloured, is a flowy fabric with a slit in the sleeve, has BIG flower shapes on it and has elastic at the bottom to make it billow a little.


We had just done a colour analysis for her and talked a little about body shape. She is a petite height, has gained in the middle with menopause. Oh yes, let’s not forget we also talked a bit about her personality… she likes to be in control!

Then I explained WHY she didn’t wear it.

  1. She is short and the flowers are too big and overpowering.
  2. It isn’t in her colour palette.
  3. It flows like water ( Fashion Feng Shui) and since you can’t control water, she felt out of control when she wore it.
  4. The billowy shape and elastic at the bottom made her tummy area stand out.

She had a few Ah Ha moments here and we had a few laughs!

This is part of the reason I LOVE working with women. I help you see yourself in all your YOUnique aspects and you learn what suits you, what makes you feel confident, what makes you smile and feel fabulous. That is what clothes are to do.

Book your sessions with me now for a colour analysis, a personality style assessment, personal shopping or… get a full 5 or 7 Step Package as listed on my website. www.imageconnections.ca

Please subscribe to my Youtube channel and follow me on Facebook.

Want to get more tips, more personal interaction?

Then join my private Facebook group and be part of a community of like minded Stylistas who are positive and encouraging.

Click here *** to join      Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and Love.

Yours in Style,

Karen

NEW!!!!!!!

I am so excited to be offering a new private Facebook group, called “Level Up Your Image In…Business, Life and Love.”

Are you wanting to attract in more success in your business? What is best to wear when giving presentations or doing a video?

Are you wanting to look and feel great in your everyday life, whether you are an at home Mom or retired and budgeting your wardrobe? Want to know how to look current and trendy on a budget?

Are you wishing to attract in a loving relationship or you want to ignite the one you have? Are you unsure of what to wear on a first date? Nervous about online dating pictures?

We are starting off the group with a short 5 Day CHALLENGE that will incorporate some of the Fall trends. You don’t want to miss out! It starts Labour Day September 4 – 8th.

***Here is the link to sign up for the Challenge***

***Here is the link to join the NEW Group***

Once your request is in to join the group, you have 2 questions and a download to click on. The download is 3 Solutions to Attracting in Confidence, in Business, Life and Love.

Why join?

  • This group will take you into more detail about style, fashion and image than I give on my business page.
  • There will be short monthly challenges for the different areas of your life.
  • This is a community of women who want to know more!
  • There will be Q&A Facebook Live sessions.
  • It is a community of positive support, interaction and inspiration.
  • Receive videos and tip sheets that others will not find on my business page.
  • Have a question? Ask.
  • Enjoy interviews with women for all areas of life.
  • What do you want to know more on? Ask!
  • I give many tips and information already and this is a group that is serious about participating and learning more.

***Here is the link to join the NEW Group***

We show up as we are in EVERY area of our life and I want to help you to look and feel great in all aspects.

Take advantage of my expertise and the support of other women in this Facebook Community.

Don’t miss out… the first 5 Day Challenge starts Labour Day September 4!

I look forward to seeing you in the group.

Yours In Style,

Karen

THIS… Is Why I Hired You!

We are in the season of weddings and I know you want to look good too, as the Mother of the Bride or Groom.  It is important for you to be able to enjoy the day and the lead up, with comfort and ease, knowing you look and feel great. You don’t have to be worrying about your outfit because… WE have put it together, together!

This is exactly what happened the other day. I took a client shopping for a dress for her son’s wedding. She knew she wanted elegance, not too fussy since it is at their farm, and she wanted to be able to move and dance in it. In other words, to look beautiful and still be comfortable.

The first step was covered… we know her colour palette. I know her body type and features.  Our saleslady was wonderful and so helpful, however, she kept showing my client styles that SHE liked. Finally, I said, just try it on and let’s see.

One, the fabric was too heavy. A satin that didn’t have movement. Yes, it was elegant but it had a fish tail at the bottom and was too tight on the legs. My client would never be able to dance, twirl and party in this!  Two, this dress had a smooth sheen to it. My client has curly hair, somewhat athletic features and the dress didn’t repeat that.

My client knew something wasn’t quite right (the dress did fit) and as soon as I explained the WHY it did not suit her, she got it!  In fact, she turned to me and said,” THIS is why I wanted you with me today! I knew you would give me honest opinions and know what would and wouldn’t work.”

Then, VOILA, a dress with shirring on the top that mimicked the texture in her hair, a stunning colour to match her vibrant personality (and blended with the wedding party colours), and best of all she could move in it. It was elegant, simple, she could vary the sleeves to cover her shoulders, the tightness in the bodice made her look slimmer and the crystal embellishment at the waist was a perfect touch.  After simple alterations of letting the bodice out a little and hemming the dress, she is set!

I know she is stepping out to fully enjoy the day.

Are you needing to buy a dress for a special occasion? Call me I am happy to guide you through the overwhelm.

I want to give a shout out to the dress shop: EDITH’S 1113 Finch Ave. West, Toronto,  opens at 10 am.  Our saleslady was Mahnaz, truly a lovely person, and a great help. Mahnaz also was right on when she said that some of the dresses we picked out would be too old looking.  She saved us time!

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Did You Know…The Greatest Fear For Women Over 50+?

We are given to believe most women just worry about ageing and getting wrinkles and lines.

However, most women over 50 toss and turn worrying about how they will survive financially in their later years. We are living longer and with divorce so prevalent and more widowed women, it does lend cause for concern.

What does this have to do with fashion and style?

I am here to remind you that your clothing choices can support you in looking smart, savvy and relevant!

Are you looking to keep your current job?

Are you being interviewed for a job?

Do you own a business?  Are you in network marketing and are building a team?

I can help you dress to attract in clients and therefore more success. I can help you dress to build your confidence so you can step into your possibilities.

Confidence, self-esteem and looking current means you are not dismissed because of your ‘age.’

Here are several steps to begin:

  1. Sign up for my newsletter and receive tips and ideas.
  2. Book a complimentary “Discover Your Style” call.  We can get to know your needs and situation better. You can ask me questions.
  3. Visit my website www.imageconnections.ca and download all my free offerings. There are many ideas for you to build on.
  4. Purchase my e-book “From Closet Chaos to Wardrobe Bliss.” It is full of ideas and questions to walk you through a closet edit and makes you think before you buy! $9.97
  5. Register for the master class,”GET THE MOST… from the clothes you already have.”

You will discover how to make wardrobe modules that will simplify getting dressed each day. I show you how to build professional modules for work too. You receive templates and the Key to 3 on how to look pulled together. You will refer to this class over and over again!

I too have wondered where I will be when I am 70. It is good to speak with a financial advisor and voice your concerns. Let your family know how you feel too. The last thing to do is think you are alone.

Yours In Style,

Karen

Your Summer Style Reading List

I hope you downloaded my solutions to all those summer party calories you may have added.

**Here it is again incase you didn’t get to it.

3 Secrets to Looking 5-10 pounds Slimmer… Instantly!

I love reading in summer. Well, anytime really, but summer days sitting at the beach calls for a good book or time to catch up on articles.

Here is your summer checklist of reading from me. All you have to do is download them and I would LOVE you to take me up on them. All 4 for only $9.97 really!

Want some more suggestions from me that you can get from the library, Amazon or download?

  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Succulent Wild Woman by Sark (because aren’t we?)
  • The Four Agreements by Don Migel Ruiz
  • Harry Potter if you haven’t read them!

Enjoy your weekend! While at the beach, on your lawn chair or in a hammock, I hope you will include ME in your reading!

Yours In Style,

Karen

Camouflage Your BBQ Calories!!

How did you do with planning your weekend outfits? What did you do on the weekend? Did it involve patio dinners? BBQ’s? Margueritas? Or my favourite… Cosmopolitan martinis?

Along with summer comes BBQ’s, socializing with friends, which always includes food, and even a stop for ice cream.

I can attest to all of the above after a week with family!

Unfortunately, along with the food and socializing, comes a few extra pounds too.

But wait… don’t get upset with yourself. I have some solutions for you!

**Here are your solutions:  3 Secrets to Looking 5- 10 pounds Slimmer… Instantly!

Now you can relax and totally enjoy summer without being negative toward yourself.

I want you to enjoy our summer season to the fullest and LOOK GOOD doing it!

Enjoy the read while sipping a frozen Marguerita!

Watch my video on Thursday for what to wear when you don’t want to show your arms.

Click here for your solutions!

Yours In Style,

Karen

Weekend Warrioress Outfits! = WWO

What are YOU doing this weekend? I am in Thunder Bay and exploring the city. Or… walking at Mission Marsh or Centennial Park, all with the Grandkids and maybe a Grand-dog too.

This means comfortable shoes and layers since we usually start out in the morning and it heats up by afternoon.

(LOL… maybe! It is Thunder Bay!)

I used my Wardrobe Module Chart to help me plan and pack for the week I am here.

You TOO can get this when you register for my Master Class,” GET THE MOST… out of the clothes you already have!”

** Register here

Why is this class $97.00? It is a Master Class. It is one of the foundational components you will use over and over again. In other words… IT IS WORTH IT AND MORE!

Here are some comments from after the class.

“I want to get into my closet NOW! I am so excited to put things together.”

“It’s so simple. Why didn’t I think of that before?”

“You de-mystified mixing and matching for me. I am impressed.”

I hope you follow me on Facebook too since I often do a Facebook live from various places when I travel. If you get the chance to visit Thunder Bay, you can try out some of my favourite places. The International House of Tea, The Mystic Garden, The Madhouse Restaurant (for Fish tacos!!) and many more. Watch my videos!

www.https://facebook.com/KarendorlandImageconnections

I would love to see photos of what you did on the weekend and what you wore doing it!

Here is the link to register for the course, “GET THE MOST… out of what you already have.”

Down at the beautiful waterfront in Thunder Bay and morning wake-up companions.

Yours In Style,

Karen

Am I In Your Head?

I often hear this from clients and women from network events;

“When I got dressed this morning I could hear your voice saying wear a colour that suits you.”

“You are always in my head when I get dressed.”

“Your voice is in my head when I am shopping… now what would Karen choose?”

Am I in your head?

These comments are compliments to me because I am ALL about… teaching you to shop with intention, dressing to honour who you are and your body type and bringing awareness to the message you are sending.

Have you downloaded your GIFTS yet? Have you? Have you? Have you? (I feel like Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory).

These gifts will help you to make getting dressed much easier and faster.

**Click here for your gifts.

Wave Good-bye. 21 Reasons to Let Go!

3 Golden Closet Rules

Another client said,” I used your tip about hanging my clothes up by colour and it makes life SO much easier!”

So why wait?

While you are at it… Download my e-book,” From Closet Chaos to Wardrobe Bliss.”

**Get it here

I want you to have a closet you LOVE! I want you to get the most out of the clothes you have hanging in your closet and taking up space.

If you want me to hold your hand… I can do that too!

Yours In Style,

Karen

Happy Fri Yeah! Gifts For YOU!!

I noticed some of you have not downloaded my offering of 21 Ways to Say Good-bye.

Well I have another gift waiting for you as well. It is a recording of the webinar, 3 Golden Closet Rules.

This webinar gives you 3 important tips on what to keep in your closet so it makes your editing decisions much easier.

** Get your gift here

As I was perusing through my summer wardrobe, I thought I would try mixing up some new with older pieces, to make outfits for the weekend.

I plan to be entertaining grand kids and here are 2 outfits that I feel I can wear to enjoy time in the park with them. Plus, I like my clothes to give me energy if I need them too (that is by adding WOOD energy from Fashion Feng Shui) and wearing clothes with stretch and ease of movement does that!

Here is what I plan to wear:

  1. White knit capris from Nygard. Floral, flowy top from Nygard collection.
  2. Denim capris from HUE. Navy and white striped top from Old Navy.
  3. And of course a comfortable pair of sandals by Sketcher, in navy.

Take time to make the most of wearing what is in your closet. What do you want the outfit for? Attending a BBQ? Driving to explore a scenic town? Walks in the park?

You won’t know what is in your closet, if you don’t spend some time giving it TLC.

** Get your gifts here.

Wave Good-bye. 21 Reasons to Let Go!

3 Golden Closet Rules.

Enjoy the weekend.

Yours In Style,

Karen