2 More Panic Situations That Keep Women Caught In a Money Trap

wardrobe consultant York regionContinuing on from my last post, “4 Panic Situations that Keep Women Caught in a Money Trap“, here are panic situations 3 and 4. We all know occasions come up in our life that may throw us into a frenzy. What to wear can cause our heart to pound, head to ache and panic to set in. We rush out to buy something and still feel uncomfortable and thrown together. All that money for what? Another outfit to sit in your closet?

3. Panic Shopping Situation:

You have an event that requires you to wear an outfit that you don’t normally wear. If you’re scheduled to make a professional presentation and your home office work attire is yoga pants and a t-shirt, of course you’re panicked. Or you’re a city girl strutting confidently on hard pavement between tall buildings and you’ve been invited to a destination wedding that involves the sand and ocean. When faced with unusual-to-you clothing requirements, it’s easy to go into a store and quickly overspend to make up for your lack of confidence in this area.

Panic Shopping Solution:

When you don’t know how to dress for a new situation, don’t be afraid to admit you need help. An image consultant has all kinds of clients with lots of different needs. Your situation isn’t a mystery to her. With her guidance, you won’t overspend and you’ll be totally confident while having new experiences in clothes that feel like you.

4. Panic Shopping Situation:

A major change has taken place. You’ve moved to a different climate, you’ve gotten a new job in a new field, or you’re suddenly single again and need some dating clothes. It seems like you need lots of new things and you need them quickly. You go shopping and come home with the fashion season’s latest trends but somehow nothing feels right.

Panic Shopping Solution:

When big changes have taken place, it’s best to go back to basics and rediscover your personal style. An image consultant can teach you how to express your best self in clothes. Instead of purchasing trendy items, she can help you purchase clothing that resonates with your style. This way your wardrobe won’t expire with each fashion season. It will grow and evolve with you.

Personal story: Just last month I had a client call me in a panic. She had met someone online dating and needed some clothes to attend theater and the art gallery. Since we had already worked together, I knew her colour palette and body type. So all that was needed was a visit to her closet to see what she already had and then decide what we needed to make a module.
Then, I was able to go out and do some pre-shopping for her and when we finally got together for a shopping day, I knew where to take her to save time.

She came away looking fabulous and trendy, with two new jackets to wear with dresses or jeans. And to match up with she already had in her closet, a new dress and top! She was smiling from ear to ear and couldn’t wait to go on her dates.

If you have a story about a panic situation, please leave me a comment. I would love to read about it. Don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog too if you have one.  You can also connect with me email or telephone or click the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website.

Until next time,

Karen

 

4 Panic Situations That Keep Women Caught in a Money Trap

panic shoppingEveryone has engaged in panic shopping at one time or another. Be truthful: Is it getting out of control? Are you spending money but not seeing a return on your investment. Clothes are expensive. One way to cut that expense is to do less panic shopping. Here’s how to control 4 panic situations that keep women caught in a money trap.

Panic Shopping Situation 1: Distraction from Reality

Have you ever said to yourself, “Oh my gosh, I’ve got to go shopping. My (husband, kids, job) is driving me crazy!” Using shopping to temporarily distract you from a tough emotional situation might work for a couple of hours but then afterwards you have less money, more stuff you don’t know what to do with, and the problems you ran away from still exist.

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6 Inspirations for Updating Summer Workout Wear

Workout Wear - Style Consultant York RegionHas the arrival of warm sunshine, longer days and swimsuits, got you inspired to kick up your workout routine? Your personal workout gear can be your best cheerleader. Take a look at what you are wearing right now. You know your workout clothes need replacing when your sports bra is loose and doesn’t want to hug your body. Maybe your yoga pants are so low cut or your tops so loose and baggy, that when you are doing a downward dog position, you are exposing more of your anatomy than you’d like. Are your t-shirts showing yellow stains in the armpit area? Here are 6 inspirations for updating your summer workout wear.

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6 Ways to Navigating Floral Prints in Your Wardrobe

style expert York RegionFloral prints have become a year-round choice in clothing and accessories. Do you love them? Hate them? Wonder what to do with them? Here’s a wardrobe guide of 6 ways to help you enjoy wearing floral prints.

1. Floral Prints for a Not-too-Sweet Style

Maybe you think of floral prints as being too sweet. Your style sense is more rocker or edgy. Well, there’s still a way to work the floral print into your ensemble. Mix stripes and florals together. Team a below-the-calf jersey knit black and white striped skirt with a sheer floral print blouse and a nude tank top. Add boots and a chunky belt and you’ll stay true to your style.

Still not convinced you can wear floral prints without looking too sweet? Look for florals in dark colors with dark backgrounds. A navy floral etching print on a black background is more solemn and dramatic than a multi-colored small floral print on a white background.

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Women – 5 Ways to Start Taking Care of Yourselves

self loveThe words “women” and “excellent self-care” aren’t likely to appear together very often in the same sentence. The truth is women often feel guilty spending time or money on themselves. As I work with clients, both in Reiki Healing and in my Image consultations, I see over and over again, the imbalance women bring upon themselves. We give out to others, more than we give back to ourselves. So ladies, below are 5 ways to get started on taking care of yourselves.

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Spring Fashion – Are You a Colour Clash or a Colour Compliment?

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Spring is here and most of us are excited to be wearing lighter and brighter clothes.  Seeing the beautiful spring colours in the store windows brings a smile to my face. However, the colours featured in the spring fashion palette do not make my smile look bright, white and dazzling, because they are warm colours of peach, yellow, lime green and lilac. Since I have a “cool” skin undertone, I look sallow when I wear warm colours. Are You a Colour Clash or a Colour Compliment?

Wearing unflattering colours can make you look tired, older than your age and can actually deplete your energy.

When you wear clothing in colours that are too strong for your complexion, hair and eyes, they are the attention getters, not you. Bright or neon colors can seem to enter a room before you do. All anyone can see is the colour and you go missing.

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5 Tips for the In-Between Fashion Season

fashion expert york regionIt’s that time of year. You look in your closet and nothing looks fun or interesting. You’re sick of your wardrobe, your skin needs some vitamin D, and you’re ready to come out of hibernation. But how do you put spring in your fashion step when the weather’s not cooperating? No worries, here are 5 tips for changing up your look in this transitional time between seasons.

1. Show (the illusion of) More Skin

  • Layer long-sleeved sheer tops over camisoles and add a swing cardigan in a lighter color if you need more warmth.
  • Choose a lower neckline. Try a scoop neck long-sleeved T-shirt or sweater instead of a crew neck.
  • Cuff your skinny jeans and wear flats or ankle booties to show off a bare ankle.
  • Swap out opaque black tights for colored ones or replace tights with nude fishnets or other open-weave, patterned hosiery.

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14 Signs Your Wardrobe is in Great Shape

Spring wardrobeSpring is finally peeking through the rays of the sun and what does this mean? It means time to review what is in your closet and prepare for your summer wardrobe! Here are 14 signs that ensure your closet and wardrobe is in the best shape it can be.

1. Only clothing you can wear in the current season is in your closet. Clothes for the opposite season are stored away.

2. Nearly everything is visible when you open your closet doors. Clothes and accessories aren’t hidden away.

3. Shoes are on shoe racks and every single pair is in good condition.

4. Your dry-cleaning, alterations, shoe and handbag repairs aren’t buried in your closet somewhere. You’ve already dropped them off and they’re ready to be picked up this week.

5. You have outfit combinations that you’re 100% sure about.

6. Your accessories are easy to grab whether they’re in your closet or on a dressing table.

7. Handbags are organized on a shelf or hung on a rack. Stuffing is placed inside of them to help keep their original shape. You’ve recently reconditioned them with leather lotion.

8. All the hangers are the same color and design. No clothing items are being damaged by the use of wire hangers.

9. Clothing is organized in a way that makes sense to you—either by color, type of item or lifestyle category.

10. You have an outfit you could put on in five minutes for any occasion including dressy or casual parties, sporting events, girl’s night out, romantic dinners, interviews, festivals or funerals.

11. All the clothes in your closet are in colors that flatter you and complement your coloring.

12. Everything in your closet fits you now or within a five-pound fluctuation. Anything smaller or larger is stored away or given away.

13. Everything in your closet makes you happy. You’re not hanging on to clothes that don’t suit you or conjure up bad memories or make you feel bad about yourself.

14. You have your image consultant’s phone number on speed dial, and you don’t hesitate to call her when you need help!

Join me the last Wednesday of every month at 7 pm for my teleclass “Three Women With a View.’” The call in number is 1-661-673-8605 access code is: 814245#

This month’s call is “Swing Into Spring.”

My Image Series Presentations are back by popular demand AND at a special Sale into Spring price! When you register for all 6 classes you receive the special price of $49.97 per class. Please click here for more information.

I’d love your feedback. You can connect with 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,

Karen

Make Lingerie Your Friend

sexy lingerieWhat does it matter what’s under your clothes if you’re sitting in a board meeting looking totally professional and in charge? It matters because the right lingerie next to your skin can make you feel better-than-great, confident and put together. Make lingerie your friend! You don’t have a lingerie wardrobe or wouldn’t even know where to start putting one together? No worries! I’m here to help.

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6 Sexy Ways to Dress For Romance

image consultant York regionLet’s face it…romance is a mood thing. Forget trying to find the latest aphrodisiac. Go to your closet instead! What makes you feel sexy? What makes you feel flirty? While you are searching through your closet,  put on some Etta James, Alicia Keyes (Girl On Fire) or Melanie Fiona ( Give It To Me Right) and let your sensual side be your guide. Here are 6 sexy ways to dress for romance especially with Valentine’s Day right around the corner.

1. Live out of the ordinary

Wear animal prints that bring out the wild side in you. You can wear them on the inside with your choice of underwear or on the outside with an animal print scarf, t-shirt, shoes or handbag. Rarrrrrgh!

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