3 Ways Accessories Add Life to an Outfit

Are you needing an accessory overhaul?

Many women ask me,” What size of accessories suit me? What colour? How do I know what to put with what?”

Some women wear no accessories at all because they just can’t figure it out.

Accessories can make a simple outfit come to life! You can MAXIMIZE your clothes with accessories because they change the look in so many ways.  For example, take a simple pair of jeans and a t-shirt and create endless possibilities by changing your shoe, a scarf, or necklace.

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Accessories can ENERGIZE an outfit!

You can add colour or drama to draw interest. Image again, a simple pair of blue jeans, a beige bootie and a camel cardigan or wrap. Now add this camel handbag with gold details. You have suddenly added glamour and wealth to your look.

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Accessories INDIVIDUALIZE your outfits!

You can add your personal style through accessories. Try mimicking your eye colour in a necklace of scarf. Bring in your hair colour in your shoes or a vest. How about picking up your face shape in earrings or a pendant shape?

If you aren’t sure how to accessorize, I am here for you!

NEW!!! I will be soon be offering SKYPE sessions on accessorizing. The first is how to choose the most flattering accessories based on your face shape, bone structure and height.

  • You will choose a time that is best for you, and in the comfort of your home. Just you and me time!
  • When you book, you will receive a list of what you need to bring to the session.
  • You will receive an accessory worksheet to follow along with me.

Look for my page, Accessories to Maximize, Energize and Individualize,  on Facebook and on my website. www.imageconnections.ca

I am here to help you pull your look together !

December is DRESSember month!

Dressember is a month to honour women in business, whether it’s  a corporate job, solo-preneur, home business.  We wear a dress to show we can be feminine and still be powerful.

I will be starting with a simple Little Black Dress and posting it everyday in December, styled in a different way.

One dress, 31 variations! All this using accessories and jackets.

I invite you to choose a simple LBD ( little black, brown, blue or burgundy) to dress 5 different ways and post with me.

Or… you absolutely don’t wear dresses or skirts? Then choose a pair of pants and a top you can style 5 different ways using accessories.

Let’s have some styling fun! And… when you participate, your name will be put in a draw to win a special accessory!

The Making of an Outfit Series

“How do you know what to put together?”  “How do you accessorize?”

“Where do you shop for clothes?”  “I don’t know what to do with a scarf.”

These are a few of the questions and comments I get from women.  I am often asked to do more on how I put outfits together, so I will add this as a regular to my blog.

Feeling feminine and cozy in my networking outfit.

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This outfit all started with a new wrap I bought at ZuZu Fashion Boutique in downtown Barrie.

I was going to a network meeting and knew the evening would be cool, so my new wrap was perfect!

I really like to have a core base of colour to elongate my body and make me look taller, and I achieved this with grey pants and a darker grey knit top.

Grey heeled booties add height and brings the eye of the beholder, up to my face and hair colour.

Since the outfit has an air of elegance, the new necklace consisting of a long silver leaf and a large pearl, also from ZuZu, compliments the grey and the elegant, classic style I was aiming for.

I added a dark, pewter, chunky bracelet to give interest and boldness to the overall look.

Here are steps I recommend:

  1. Know what colours best suit you and compliment your skin undertone.
  2. Bring out your personality in your outfits.
  3. Dress for the occasion whether it is networking, a date night, working in your office or a party.
  4. If you are 5’4 and under, then you definitely want to create a taller look.
  5. Choose shoes or boots that draw in your hair colour or pull the eye up to your face.
  6. Accessories are the icing on the cake to finish your look.

Still not sure how to make the most of the clothes you have? I would love to assist you in mixing and matching.

Check out my new 7 Step System to Achieving Your Best Style. Go to my website at www.imageconnections.ca  and click on the packages tab.

Also, I would love it if you joined me at my “Dress Up Your Denim” workshop. Learn how to create many outfits from casual to party styles, using your denim pieces. I will demonstrate how to add some of the current trends to your denim, for all occasions.

Information is on my website.

Please follow me on Facebook and watch for my video every Thursday… I have been giving tips on how to dress up your denim.

 

Are You in a Timewarp Rut?

Are you retired and think, “I no longer go out to business so I don’t need to dress up or buy new clothes. I can wear the old things hanging in my closet.”

Or… this scenario as I have encountered many times. “I stay at home and just go out to run errands, walk the dog or go to the gym. I live in my yoga pants.”

Maybe you haven’t changed sizes in years and therefore don’t see much reason for buying new clothes. In fact, you have held this philosophy for years. You feel your appearance is good enough.

We send messages out about ourself without ever opening our mouth. All of the above scenarios say, “I have given up. I am stuck. I am boring. I am not relevant.”

Neglecting to update your style or appearance sends a message that you no longer care about yourself.

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Updating your look to be more modern and current, so you look relevant and savvy, doesn’t have to cost a lot.

It does mean your clothes should fit you well and be in colours that make you look radiant and healthy.

You can easily update your look by switching from yoga pants to comfortable jeans. Add a longer sweater over your comfortable outfit and a scarf that makes your eyes sparkle.

Take a look at Margaret in the picture below. She is wearing comfortable pants and a pullover but has added dash and youthfulness with a scarf and a cap. Margaret is 75 and caught my attention. She looks like someone I would like to get to know.

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What message are you sending to those around you? Most importantly, what message are you sending to yourself?

I am passionate about helping women over 50 look current, up to date so the younger genaration knows we ARE still very relevant in society. We have experience and knowledge and wonderful stories to share.

I would love to help you make the most of the clothing you already have in your closet and bring a new life to it!

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Simple Ways to Add Prints into Your Wardrobe

This season prints are on everything: handbags, scarves, shoes, pants, dresses, tops, outerwear and more. If you have a wardrobe that relies heavily on solid colours, adding prints will make you feel like you have doubled your wardrobe choices. Mixing and matching will be easy and fun all season.

Prints are great at adding interest. A print can spark a conversation. A print in colours that favors your personal colouring will bring out more of your beauty.

If you decide to mix prints to add interest to your look, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some easy combinations to try.

  • Polka dots with stripes
  • Floral print with pinstripes or checks
  • Literal prints with plaid or checks
  • Checks with a buffalo plaid in similar colours

Maybe you’re attracted to animal prints but have never worn them. You can try out a print by wearing it in something small like a print handbag, a print shoe, a print neck scarf, or even a print belt. You’d be surprised how a small amount of print will add a lot to your outfit.

Try wearing scarves with subtle animal print. I have a wonderful selection at my studio!scarves

 

 

 

 

If you’re ready to have your print take up more space, wear a printed blouse under a jacket, a printed dress with a jacket, or a printed coat over a column of colour.

When mixing prints be sure to pick up a main colour. Here is an example of stripes with a polka dot scarf. The navy and white is the common factor. dress

 

 

 

 

While prints can seem overwhelming if you’re seeing them in a window display or on a mannequin, there is definitely a way to wear them that will bring you joy. I’d be very happy to help you explore prints this season. Who knows? You may become a huge fan of prints. I’m here for you!

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Ten Inexpensive Ways to Update Your Look for $100.00 or Less

When you feel like making a change in your style, the first roadblock you imagine is the cost. You’re afraid it’s going to cost a fortune. Fear no more. There are fashion updates that can make you feel fresh and uplifted without draining your funds. Here is a list of ten things you can do to feel energized. I’ve made a point of including actions that will cost $100 at the most.

  1. Get your nails done in a new colour

Leaf through your favorite fashion magazine and pay attention to nails. Which colours inspire you? Do you like bright and bold colours or neutral and understated tones? When exposing both fingernails and toes, they don’t need to match. Go with a neutral shade on your fingernails and a bold colour on your toes or vice versa.

  1. Buy a shoe with character

If your style is classic from head to ankle, update your style by purchasing an inexpensive shoe with attitude. It could be a flat or a heel in a fun print like polka dots, animal print, floral, or an unusually bright colour. Or if you lean towards a more casual wardrobe, try pairing your casual look with a great classic patent pump.

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  1. Pick up some new reading glasses

Check your local drugstore for a quick style score. Often times they carry reading glasses in fun colours, tortoiseshell, or patterned. Or update your frame shape with a modern or trendy style. Pick up two or three pairs so you have one for every mood.

  1. Include a watch in your next purchase

While you’re at the drugstore, check that twirly rack with inexpensive watches. Do any of them catch your eye? Also try your department stores juniors’ section for more hip and trendy watches that are still at a decent price. This doesn’t have to be your everyday watch. It can be an accent watch that you love looking at and is fun for right now.

  1. Cut your hair at a new salon

Is it time to check out a new salon? Consider a salon that has loud music or funky art on the walls and the hair stylists don’t look anything like you. Chances are they are up on the latest, and you want the latest. If you are too leery at first, set up a style consultation before the actual appointment, but be open to new ideas. A fresh look can be very rewarding.

  1. Buy some new shades

An inexpensive pair of trendy, funky, artsy sunglasses can be just what you need for a quick update look. Be on the look out for possibilities at gas stations, street fairs, junior departments, department stores or boutique stores. A wide variety of styles are available at low prices.

  1. Update your lip colour

Stop by a department store cosmetic counter and ask to try on a new shade. The professionals can lead you to a colour that steps you out of your comfort zone but blends well with your colouring. Have fun falling in love with a new colour.

  1. Accessorize with a hair ornament

Enjoy the latest in hair accessories with clips that sparkle or headbands with patterns. You could turn a vintage sparkly brooch into a hair ornament as well.

  1. Let your t-shirt do the talking      

Love the new colours of the season or the new patterns and prints? Get them in a T-shirt and pair with your existing pants or skirts. Your blazer, new T-shirt, favorite jeans and heels can carry you into date night.

  1. Go hunting for fun costume jewelry

You can buy new, inexpensive costume jewelry at low price point stores or come over and visit my Style Shop. I have purchased a range of jewelry for the Fall.

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Do you need a more in-depth style update? I’m here to help. Whether you’d like me to shop your closet and put fresh looks together from your existing wardrobe or you’d like to plan a shopping trip, give me a call. We can get started right away!

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How to Wear Leggings or Jeggings This Fall

Yes…I agree leggings and jeggings are very comfortable but how do you wear them so they look good on women over 40?

First Ladies…know that leggings/jeggings, are NOT pants and should not be treated as such.  Leggings are more comparable to a heavy, thick pair of tights. They reveal all your curves and bumps.  Also, they are not professional wear and are a casual look.

Consider leggings/ jeggings, as a supportive part of your outfit, and not the main piece. They look amazing with tunics, knit dresses, asymmetric tops, long cardigans and sweaters.  With vests and the layered look being so popular, you could add a poncho or wrap over your tunic and leggings.  Leggings can be worn with heels, flats, booties or tall boots, depending on the occasion.  If you have thick calves and ankles, avoid wearing heels. Your best choice is a wide calf boot.  Buy thick leggings with stretch to compress your legs for great shape.  Ponte leggings are a good choice.  Faux leather leggings can give an edgier look.

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For a complete line of leggings, jeggings, faux leather leggings and tunics visit…www.karendorland.nygardstyle.com.
You can order from my site, book a private consultation or bring a small group of friends along.  I would be happy to help you create your best looks for Fall.

Where you will find me in September:

September 11, 12, 2016  The Profile Show in Toronto, scouting out Spring Trends
September 14,15,16, 2016  Business Seminars in Toronto
September 19, 2016 Fem City Network… NEW event in Vaughan
September 22, 2016 to October 3, 2016 follow me on Facebook as I visit ITALY once again. This time I will be in Venice, Florence, Rome and the Amalfi Coast.

5 Ways to Dress in 5 Minutes or Less

OUCH… It is exactly a month away from the beginning of a new school year!
Even though I am no longer teaching school, I still look at my year as starting in September.
We are more relaxed in the summer and are more than likely to not stick to a routine. However, along comes September and routine mode is back on!
Will you be ready to start your new year, whether it’s September or January, in an organized, stress free way?

Getting dressed in the morning can pose frenzy problems so here are 5 ways to keep your morning calm.

  1. Your wardrobe should be organized and filled with clothes that fit you NOW!  All other sizes are gone from your “everyday” closet and either packed away or given away.
  2. Have some CORE practical pieces in basic colours, such as navy, grey or brown.  Then you can add a colourful top or accessories to give it a unique look.
  3. Set your outfit out the night before.  You can even have your handbag and briefcase beside the door.
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  1. Quickly check the Weather App the night before too.  You know how your mood can change with the weather!
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  1. Create a wardrobe module, with all the pieces hung up together, so you can easily mix and match.  Then, those last minute changes will be easy.
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And here is a bonus tip……CALL ME if you would like help setting up your wardrobe so you can be dressed faster than Superman in his phone booth!

Where you will find me:

Thursday August 11, 2016   NYGARD STYLE DIRECT Fall Fashion show in Toronto. The new line of Fall clothes are here! Gather your friends and book a Fashion Party.

Wednesday August 17, 2016  Company of Women Barrie  6:30 pm

Monday & Tuesday August 22 & 23, 2016   Reiki Retreat  for Reiki Practitioners

Saturday August 27, 2016 Dress For Your Body Type Workshop in Hamilton

Thursday September 1, 2016 Nygard Style Fashion Party in Thunder Bay

Check out my videos on my YouTube HERE

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3 Ways to Update Your Sunday Best Look in the Summer

Today is Sunday and July. As I thought about the day and time of year, I thought it might be an idea to give you some ways to still look stylish going to church, or Sunday brunch, if that is something you do.

I know we like comfort in the heat and summer clothes can look a little too relaxed, so how can you step up your look and be cool, without wearing shorts and a tank top?

  1. Put your everyday work clothes to one side. It isn’t about having to wear a jacket type blazer. Carry a colourful pashmina to warm your shoulders if the air-conditioning is too cool or even a jean jacket over your dress.

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  1. Long skirts and dresses are everywhere these days and look so comfortable. Add a necklace and stack some bracelets to add fun to your look. You can wear a flat sandal or a heel.

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  1. Yes, capris will work too! Outfit them with a long shirt, a statement necklace and a wedge heel, to dress up your look.

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You can go from to church to brunch and even take a stroll through the park before heading home. You will look, stylish and pulled together, yet feel comfortable as well.

Where you will find me:

  1. Come in and visit me at STUDIO FIVE Hair Salon in Newmarket for the first week of August. See my display. Book a mini consultation!
  2. Be sure to check out my YouTube channel and please SUBSCRIBE. You can click here to see the latest video.
  3. August 11, 2016,  I am in Toronto for the Nygard Style Direct FALL launch. Follow me on Facebook to get a sneak peek at the new line.

Five Rescue Tips to Get You Out of Your Rut

Getting stuck wearing the same clothes over and over can happen to anyone. In fact, many of my latest clients have called to say, “Help! I am tired of wearing yoga pants everyday. How do I dress casual, yet look and feel good?”

If you can answer YES to any of these questions, you may be in a rut too:

  • You have had the same hairstyle for 5 to 10 years.
  • You haven’t changed up your lipstick shade since ???
  • Your feet can no longer fit in shoes because you have been living in your ‘Birks’ for so long.
  • Your bra is stretched beyond recognition, and your breasts are sagging onto your ribcage.
  • Your casual look is a t-shirt, yoga pants and slippers.
  • There is an inch of dust on your sparkly dress.

I am here to help but…I’ve come up with some self-help exercises you may want to try to first. It’s amazing to say this, but even the smallest change can create big results. Suddenly you have a lighter heart and more bounce in your step. Review this list of unstuck tips and pick one to do this week.

  1. The solution is to take baby action steps. You don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe. You could buy one pair of new shoes. Or you could purchase one pair of pants in a pattern or a colour that’s not your basic neutrals. Just one thing. When you wear those shoes or those pants, you’ll feel rejuvenated.
  1. Take a break from your makeup routine.Go to a makeup counter and give up control to a friendlyHip Gray Haired Woman Applying Red Lipstick beauty stylist. Let someone with fresh eyes give you suggestions. One new technique or one new lip colour can make you feel more confident. We’re never too old to learn new tricks!
  1. How about shopping in a new store. Walk in and scope out the sales people. Don’t go with the first one who speaks to you. Walk around and see if you can spot someone whose style you like and then give her a problem or two that you’re having. See what solutions she comes up with. She could be a new style muse for you.
  1. You need to be prepared to feel differently when you’re comingIMG_0639 out of a rut. When you try on something that’s out of your comfort zone, you may feel giddy or excited. You may love it but think it would suit someone else’s lifestyle, not yours. This is the time to pause and have a conversation with yourself. What’s stopping you from wearing this wonderful color or silhouette or accessory? Maybe that new look is the real you, the part of you that’s wanted to be expressed for a long time. Experiment and have fun.

 

  1. Find someone who wants to get unstuck too and form an alliance. You can be accountable to each other. Call one another or e-mail your successes. (“I finally went and got fitted for bras and I feel like a new woman!”) Or call me and let’s make an appointment. I’d love to help support you in finding ways to get out of your rut.

 

Summer has brought some new changes here at Image Connections:

  1. My You Tube channel is now up and I would love you to SUBSCRIBE to my channel.  (Make sure to check out my Bloopers video here
  2. My dream of having a ONE STOP STYLE SHOP has come to fruition. I have added  Nygard Style Direct clothing to my studio. Also to help you complete your look, I have added scarves and a few jewelry pieces that will be arriving soon. Bring in those “orphan “ pieces that match nothing in your closet and I will help you mix and match to create new looks.
  3. EXCITING … From August 1st to August 7th, I will be set up in Newmarket at STUDIO FIVE Hair Salon on Main Street. Come in a say hello.

Be sure to follow me on Facebook on my Image Connections page

 

4 Ways to Look Confident and Relevant…Even if You Are Retired!

Avoid sinking to the lowest level of dressing. Our lives have gotten more casual but that doesn’t mean we can’t dress in a meaningful way. If you hit the gym first thing in the morning you’ll be in your workout clothes. But when that activity is over, change into an outfit. You’ll stand out from the crowd and be seen. This is good! There may be people and opportunities that come into your life that wouldn’t have if you were in your yoga pants. Getting dressed each day with intention raises your energy level.

Think about ways to do the unexpected.

  1. If you’re going to a black tie event or party, swap out your Little Black Dress and wear something in a flattering colour that’s not black. Or wear tuxedo pants instead of a cocktail dress.
  1. Introduce a distinguishing detail to your look. Maybe it’s time for a distinctive haircut or a brighter lipstick colour.
  1. Updating your shoes from what’s comfortable to what’s comfortable and fashionable could change your whole look. Maybe you’ll be that person flat leopard shoewho always gets compliments on your shoes.

 

 

  1. Use accessories on a regular basis. Some clients have started to enjoy wearing more thIMG_2299an one bracelet at a time or more than one necklace at a time. If you’ve always loved scarves it could be time to think about wearing them most days of the week. Delve into whatever delights you. Do more of what you already enjoy.

 

If you get a look together once in awhile, consider making that happen 50% of the time. And if you’ve been putting thought into how you dress on a part-time basis, consider making it more fulltime. There really is so much enjoyment that can come from caring about your appearance.

Q: Where can I find help to make some changes that will lead to creating a lasting impression?

I’m here to offer you my expertise. From easy tips to simple changes, I can help you either tweak what you’re doing now or go deeper and help you realize your personal style and show you how you can dress in a way that brings you pleasure every day. Call me and we’ll do this together.

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