10 Tips on How to Bring Spring into Your Wardrobe

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It’s that time of year; the weather’s unpredictable, allergies are acting up, and spring fashions aren’t quite ready to wear yet. Here’s a little study guide of 10 tips to help you take baby steps toward warm weather fashion and bring spring into your wardrobe.

1. Cashmere can move into spring
Cashmere sweaters or cardigans can be a great choice heading into spring – even summer, especially when they are in lighter colors and/or are lightweight. Reach for them as great layering pieces for when days are flip flopping between warm and cold.

2. Boots keep on giving
Not only are boots great for the fall/winter fashion season, but they also march right into spring months when worn with ankle socks or no socks at all. Boots, especially in lighter colors, make great companions to skirts and dresses. Ankle booties are sweet with rolled up jeans or when worn with a knit skirt and a chambray top.

3. Stripes are so darn springy
For the love of stripes, get yourself in them this spring. Blouses, trousers, dresses, scarfs; stripes in anything is the perfect pattern to pull out now. Get creative and mix stripes with stripes or stripes with floral prints.

4. Shorts are not mandatory
Warm weather brings the temptation to wear less clothing but shorts may be going too far. If you are not a fan, try an ankle pant or wear a shirtwaist dress to cool off.

5. Leather is not only for 50 Shades of Gray
Lightweight leather can be great in the springtime. Bomber jackets provide protection from the elements when a heavier coat would be too much. Light shades of leather are classy in dresses, skirts, and peplum tops.

6. Scarves may be your go-to accessory
A great way to add spring colors to your wardrobe for a small investment is a colorful print scarf. Keep wearing wool ones if they don’t look too heavy or too dark. It might be time to shift to scarves in silk, cotton, or linen.

7. Outsmart the weather with layers
When the weather can jump 20 degrees in spring days, you have to dress smart. Smart layering is the answer. Be sure your outfit looks cute with or without that outer layer because you could be taking it on and off a few times in a single day. Look for cotton cardigans or crocheted sweaters.

8. Refine your outfit in a matter of seconds
To dress up a casual spring outfit, throw on a couple of long necklaces to add a focal point and interest. Need to spruce it up some more? Add a pump or strappy sandals.

9. Black is forever green
Your black clothing items do not have to hibernate in the spring and summer months. They are great year round and can be part of your outfit. Help black shift into spring by adding a spot of color in an accessory. Or do some color blocking by wearing a black pant with a geranium red or turquoise top.

10. Get wild and have fun
Prints and patterns are plentiful in the spring. Go out and find one you resonate with and that will fit it into your current wardrobe. Make an outfit to show off your favorite prints of the spring season.

Coming Up here at Image Connections!

How to Create Wardrobe Modules” on April 20, 2015, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. as part of the “Set Your GPS to Fantabulous” Workshop Series.

Please click here for more information or to register. Cost is $97. + HST. Space is limited to 10 participants.

Need more spring fashion lessons? I’ll be your mentor and show you how to look your best this season. Call me. You can connect with me via email or telephone, leave a comment right here on the site, or click the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website.

Until next time,


Fifty Shades of Spring & Summer Fashion 2015

style expert York regionThe trends are coming into the stores and what a mixture! We have Retro Fashion coming back as well, so stay in touch with me as I cover what is showing up from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. I created a checklist of 50 shades of Spring and Summer fashion highlights you will be seeing in the stores. I put them into categories and am sharing the first 25 here in my blog. The other 25 you will find in my next newsletter coming out shortly, so watch your inbox! Aren’t signed up for my newsletter? Please click here to begin the signup process to receive my news along with the remaining 25 fashion highlights for spring and summer 2015. As a thank you for signing up for the newsletter, you will receive my FREE e-book on “10 Tips to Looking and Feeling Timeless“!

Here are the fashion trends:

1. Black and white
2. Sunlight yellow
3. Flaming reds
4. Olive / tan
5. Misty blues

Pattern and Prints
6. Stripes
7. Plaid
8. Garden prints
9. Tie-dye
10. Landscapes

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16. Fringe
17. Ruffles
18. Pleats
19. Patchwork
20. Raffia flowers

Fabric and Texture
11. Knits
12. Lace
13. Brocade
14. Denim
15. Crochet

21. Motocross jackets
22. Wrap jackets
23. Military jackets
24. Maxi coats
25. Athletic jackets

Use these 25 as part of your checklist. Then check out my next newsletter (sign up here) for the remaining 25 fashion trends. What do you have hiding in your closet that just might work?

Feeling overwhelmed? Call me and together we can bring you up to date and looking smart!

Coming Up here at Image Connections!

Dress for your Body Type” on March 23rd, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. as part of the “Set Your GPS to Fantabulous” Workshop Series.

  • What does measuring your wrist and leg length have to do with choosing clothing?
  • What fabrics suit your body type and why?
  • Learn why some styles suit you and others don’t
  • Learn tips to save you time and save you from frustration in stores
  • Workbook included

Dress for your body type is one of my most popular workshops. Please click here for more information or to register. Cost is $97. + HST. Space is limited to 10 participants.

As always, I welcome your feedback! You can connect with me via email or telephone, leave a comment right here on the site or click the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website.

Until next time,


5 Key Points to Consider About Age Appropriate Dressing

age appropriate dress for women 50+When it comes to dressing in an age appropriate manner, all kinds of questions come up especially when women want to look more feminine and flirty. I am often asked, “What is age-appropriate?” Below are some common questions and 5 key points to consider.


1. If I can fit into my teenage daughter’s clothes, is it okay for me to wear them even if I’m twenty-five years older than she is? Continue reading

5 MUST-HAVES for Looking and Feeling Sexy… at Any Age!

style consultant york regionHere it is February again and Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Why do we limit looking and feeling sexy and sensual to this month?  If you feel looking sexy is only for 20 year olds, you may be ignoring this playful, fun part of dressing. Are you constantly buying business clothes and “making do” with unexciting choices for weekend engagements? Do you say no to social invitations because you don’t have anything to wear? Then this blog post is for you! Below are my top 5 MUST-HAVES for adding a little sex appeal into your wardrobe.

  1. Wear a proper fitting bra and buy underwear in an animal print, red or coral.
  2. Wear RED! You can choose a red in your colour palette; whether it is a blue red or an orange red or a coral. You can wear a red top, a red scarf, red shoes or my favourite is red lipstick. If that is even too much for you try red nail polish.
  3. Wear animal print. Again, wear it in your colour palette. You can find grey and black animal print, pink and black, greens and brown , as well as the traditional brown and gold. Try it in a scarf, a top, a pair of shoes. I have seen simple sheath dresses in animal print this season too. If you buy underclothes in an animal print, wear it under your business clothes and feel naughty all day!
  4. Wear lace! Lace has been a big trend the past 2 years. Try a lace blouse, a dress. You can even wear lace knee high stockings under your dress pants or lace stockings with a plain dress and boots.
  5. Play up your eyes. A little make-up can go a long way. Add a little eyeliner, mascara and if you dare … some eye shadow. If you are concerned about what colour suits you, grab your colour wallet. It will give you selections for your colouring. Book a time with me for some make-up “Playtime” and learn some tips on what colours enhance your eyes and compliment your skin undertone.

Bonus tip…SMILE! That is the most appealing, sensuous trick you can do.

You know, I am asked this question over and over by women 45 +…. “What is age-appropriate?” My one answer is, “If you feel uncomfortable in it, then don’t wear it.” You will fidget and fuss with whatever you are wearing and those around you will feel uncomfortable too.
There are ways to adapt the current, youthful trends for those of us who are more mature.

So with this in mind, please click here to learn more about my Lunch & Learn sessions for this month taking place on February 24th and February 25th. Learn how to take the mystery out of how to dress age-appropriately, yet still look feminine, sensual and attractive.

Book a complimentary mini-makeover and try out my new line of YOUnique makeup products. Learn what colours enhance your skin undertone. What liners make your eyes pop and how to use them. Try out the new 3D mascara!

I look forward to connecting with you. You can reach me by phone or email, leave a comment right here on the site or click the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website.

Until next time,



Do You Have Closetitis?… 3 Tips to Fixing Your Closet

style consultant york regionIt’s one of the most common problems I hear about: Having a closet stuffed with clothes but only a handful of outfits that one feels okay about wearing out in public. How does this happen? How do clothes gather in a closet and never get worn? Is it a shopping problem? Is it a problem of not knowing what or where to buy, to get a proper fit? Maybe everyone is suffering from”closetitis.” Everything in the closet seems to be infected and the result is that nothing looks good. No matter what you put on, nothing works. Below are 3 tips to fixing what’s wrong in your closet. Continue reading

15 Ways to Show-up in 2015…What’s Your Fashion “F” Word… ?

image consultant York RegionHow will you show up in 2015? If you have followed my December Facebook Business page, you have seen 15 quotes and pictures to accompany fashion words that begin with ‘F‘. As I am reviewing them I can see how these words can apply in your business and in LIFE in general. What do you think?

1. Be Fearless: Be forward in your fashion thinking. Continue reading

10 Holiday Party Etiquette Tips… Do’s and Don’ts

holiday party etiquetteWe probably all have a party story to tell—one where things went very wrong because of something an invited guest did or did not do. Hopefully, you’ve never been in the role of the unthinking party guest! To get you ready for a season of festive gatherings, here is a list of 10 holiday party etiquette tips so you can be a great guest.

1. Do pace yourself with your alcohol consumption if you’re party hopping. You don’t want to be the guest spoken about the next day because of some avoidable antics that started with a little too much to drink at the first party, culminating in definitely too much to drink at the next one. In all the frivolity, it’s easy to lose track. Have a plan for moderation. Continue reading

7 Ways to Look Festive This Holiday Season Without Breaking the Bank

2014 holiday fashionThe 2014 holiday season is just around the corner. Not sure what to wear? Here are 7 ways to look festive without breaking the bank…

1. Wear a truly red lipstick and keep the rest of your makeup colours neutral. Wear a shade in “your” colour palette, so if you have a warm undertone, then try a brick red. If you have a cool undertone, wear a blue red.

2. Wear a large jeweled necklace as a statement collar against your crewneck sweater or top. You can find these at junior stores such as H&M, Forever XX1, and Zara or… visit your favourite Silpada or Lia Sophia jewelry representative for ideas. Continue reading

What’s Your 2014 Holiday Style?

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The 2014 holiday season will be upon us soon. I bet you have some holiday traditions you’re looking forward to reviving and maybe one or two that you’re ready to change. The same can be true about your attire during this time of year. You may have a section of your closet that holds your holiday-themed outfits. Take a minute to pause and rethink your choices. You don’t have to stick with what you’ve always done. Maybe this year you’ll be inspired to change it up.

As we get excited about decorating our homes, tabletops and packages, we can get excited about how we’ll adorn our bodies. This is the time of year when a little more is expected from your outfits. Don’t hesitate to create ensembles that are at least twenty-five percent more sparkly, colorful or luxurious than ones you normally wear. Continue reading

6 STYLE Personalities… Which Are You?

What style does this woman have?

What style does this woman have?
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Just as we have a personality of our own which shows itself in everything we do, we also have a STYLE personality that shines through in what we wear. So let’s look at the 6 basic style personality types. Which one are you?

1. Dramatic: The dramatic is fashionable and sophisticated.
Appearance is striking and exaggerated, can be severe.
Gives the impression of leadership, fashion forward, avant garde appearance. Continue reading