5 Ways to Look Sexy Not Desperate

Here it is February again, and Valentines Day brings romance to mind.

We are inundated with signs for specials on roses and the lingerie stores are filled with taunting little pieces.

It is a time for planning that romantic dinner or weekend getaway.

Here are some tips for dressing on that special night out or any date night, so you can feel sensuous, appealing and still be comfortable and keep some mystery about you!

  • Show SOME skin. The important word here is some! Try a top withFullSizeRender a scoop neck or a V-neck that doesn’t plunge too low. Or you may like an off the shoulder top.For those of you with a full figure….here is a picture of a red, cowl neck top. The drape of the cowl is feminine and the soft, draping fabric is great over a curvy figure.
  • Focus on bringing the attention to ONE area of your body that you want to enhance. It may be that low neckline, or if you like your legs you may want a slit in a skirt. Depending on how much you like to show your legs, you may want to wear a shorter skirt (not a mini- skirt). Some of you still have a lovely back to show off, so a deep plunge on the back of a top or dress may be your choice. Choose only one area!
  • Swishy, draping fabrics are sensual and skim the body nicely. Avoid skin tight clothing. It only makes you look bigger. And of course, too big and boxy can lead you to looking frumpy and short. Try a wrap dress. They work on most body types and the cut across the bust is slimming.
  • Wear a cozy sweater that has “pet me appeal.” Here is aFullSizeRender (1) plush sweater in pink, that feels so good, I didn’t want to put it down! You can find eyelash sweaters and of course cashmere to add warmth, yet they are sensuous looking.
  • Try wearing animal print in a shoe. It can be a heel or a flat. Kitten heels are comfortable too if you can’t wear a high heel. Heels elongate the leg and give the calves a defined look. If you are going for a flat; look for one with a deep vamp.

**Pictures are compliments of Nygard outlet store.

Join me to learn even more tips on how to get back your sexy after 40! I am hosting a workshop at my studio in Barrie, called Sexy Yet Subtle.

Thursday, February 25, 2016
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm 
Please RSVP by phone or email!!

PLEASE NOTE:  Messaging me on Facebook is not reliable and I cannot guarantee your place.

$25 per person or bring a friend and get 2 for $40. Space is limited.

Places you will find me this month:

February 4, 2016
Fashion Show at Nygard at the Tanger Outlet  Cookstown  2:00-3:00 pm FREE!

February 9, 2016
Barrie SWAN evening networking

February 24, 2016
WEWednesday  networking  7:00 pm

February 25, 2016
Sexy Yet Subtle Workshop at my studio   1:00-3:00 pm  or 7:00-9:00 pm

February 28, 2016
Women in Biz EXPO!
I am a guest speaker plus I will be giving 10 minute consultations for $10.00
Come out and join us!!

You may also like my post  5 Must- Haves for Looking and Feeling Sexy… at Any Age!  February 2015

5 Great Tips to Accessorizing Your Outdoor Look in Winter

Completing a winter outfit with the right accessories can be tricky. It’s colder, you’re bundled up, and less skin is showing. How can you showcase accessories without them getting lost in your layers? Here are ways to highlight and add polish your cold weather outfits.

The face won’t be covered up so let’s be sure attention is heading its way. Try these ideas:

  • Strong earrings: Clustered jeweled earrings, sparkly studs or hoop earrings (in IMG_1024your best metals) are a good choice.
    They will bring even more attention to your face when you have short hair or you’re wearing your hair in an up-do.
  • Wide brimmed hats: These can add a dramatic mystique to a winter outfit as well as protect from winter showers or winter sunburns when in high altitudes.
  • Great lipstick colour: A pop of colour when it’s gray outside adds warmth and polish to your face. Deep berry colours or bright reds or coral, depending on your colour palette, add excitement to your outfit.

The neckline is an easy area to adorn in order to bring more focus to your face. Try these ideas:

  • A scarf: This accessory adds character depending on your choice ofIMG_1029 print, pattern or colour, plus it adds an additional layer of warmth. Choose one in this season’s
    bold reds or jeweled tones or find one in a dark floral print or a non-traditional plaid. You can also layer two oblong scarves – one in a print, one in a flattering solid color – for an interesting look.
  • Great handbag: A bright coloured bag can be all the accent colour you need in an outfit. If it’s your everyday bag, go for a darker colour, as it will show less wear over the months. But think about a second bag in a berry tone, gold, or turquoise. Colour can shake things up if you’re getting bored. A jeweled or sequined clutch is festive for events or nights out.

Are you having a hard time polishing off your winter outfits? I’m always here to help. I’d love to help you accessorize for these chilly days ahead. Let’s get something on the calendar.

Places you will find me this month:
January 19  Company of Women Network in Barrie
January 20  Barrie SWAN daytime network meeting
January 27  WEWednesday Networking in Barrie
January 28  Display at LA Fitness in Barrie
January 29  Fashion Resolution Workshop 1-3 pm and 7-9 pm Image Connection Studio in Barrie

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3 Great Fashion Outfits with Colour for the Holiday Season

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In my last two blogs, I wrote about alternatives to wearing black and 4 places we might find you donning colour. Here is one more place you may be this holiday season and 3 great fashion outfits that encompass colour for you to consider. I am not suggesting you need to dress in red and green this season, but you can start by adding colour in a piece here and there. Maybe step gingerly into colour with a neutral, perhaps navy, grey or a deep forest green to replace black.

Theatre or Ballet

The Nutcracker performances, holiday concerts, or theater events are plentiful in the month of December. Will you be attending? If you’re hitting the big city for a show, you may also be getting dinner or drinks beforehand. Make this occasion extra special by looking radiant in colour. If you’re attending matinee performances with your children, don’t be too casual. A few selected pieces will add to the spirit of the holidays whether it’s casual or dressy.

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    A burgundy velvet long-sleeved top layered with a faux fur stole in burgundy will look divine with a wide legged dark gray, flowy pant.

  • A snow leopard print stretchy knit dress with a cropped white faux fur jacket will fit right into this month’s events.
  • A multi-colored graphic print wool coat makes a grand entrance over a smoky blue pantsuit or jumpsuit.

I hope you ‘Deck the Halls’ with colour this season…Falalalala… Let these holidays leave you with great memories. I’m happy to help you pull together the outfits that will make every event stress-free! Just give me a call.

As always, I welcome your questions and 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.

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I would like to wish you Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year! May you dress to honour who you are in 2016!

Karen

“I love being a woman and I was not one of these women who rose through professional life by wearing men’s clothes or looking masculine. I loved wearing bright colours and being who I am.”

Madeline Albright

2 More Places to Wear Colourful Fashion This Holiday Season

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In my last blog post, we talked about alternatives to wearing black this holiday season. I proposed solutions for two different scenarios. In this blog post we will cover 2 more occasions where you can wear colourful fashion. Oh… it’s all true – those things we have heard about black: it is slimming (so is any dark colour), it goes with everything (so do pieces in your colour palette) and it is easy to travel with (have you tried building with a base of navy or brown). But did you know there are drawbacks to relying on black? It can make you look older and more tired than you are and… it ages you!! This holiday season, take a new look at colour. There are lots of choices that will harmonize with your skin and hair colouring, so you look radiant. Continue reading

2 Alternatives to Wearing Black for the Holidays

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Do you feel like you’re stuck wearing black for the holidays? Black is easy! Black is thinning! Black is boring! Wait, what was that? Boring? Well, yes, it can be predictable and boring. Try adding some color to your festive events this year. Not sure how to do it? I’m here to help!
Over the next 3 weeks, I will be outlining 5 different places where you may be wearing special outfits. Here are the first 2 alternatives. This holiday season wear a minimum amount of black or maybe even none! Who knows? You may start a new tradition.  :-) :-) Continue reading

4 Tips For Simplifying Vacation Packing

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I often am called on by clients to assist them with packing for longer trips and my tips prove to be valuable! Besides staying within the required weight for suitcases, which saves on cost, they are easier to handle. Traveling during the holiday season can be hectic. Let’s start with the nightmare of packing a suitcase when you already have a full calendar. Would you believe me if I told you I can make it easy for you and I will help you save money and time and give you peace of mind? Below are 4 tips for simplifying your vacation packing. Continue reading

3 Ways To Be Kind To Your Clothes And The Earth

eco laundering tipsIn my last blog, I shared 3 eco-friendly shopping tips. In this blog we’ll continue talking about ways to be kind to your clothes and to the earth.  Below are 3 tips I hope you will find useful.

I find as I mature, and my body changes, I need better quality clothes that suit my body, style and be age–appropriate. Better quality means spending more on core items. So … I want those classic, core items to last! As well, I want to continue to enjoy the changing seasons and the beauty that Mother Nature provides us. After all, most of us love fashion and the chance to dress for the seasons; especially here in Canada with the change of seasons. It is fun and a new discovery when I change up the clothes in my closet from summer to winter. I can look at items in a new way and see how I can fit what I have into a new style for that year. Continue reading

3 Eco-Care Shopping Tips

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You care about fashion, and you care about the environment. You love all seasons: Nature’s season and the fashion seasons. But what if there was a conflict between the two? Awareness is growing about the relationship between these two. Some people feel “fast fashion” is contributing to landfills. More and more we’re seeing clothing made from “new” resources like bamboo, hemp, and soy. So, what should you look for when you’re shopping? Should you even be shopping? What if your fashion habits were harming the earth? No one wants to contribute to landfills, poison the air, or threaten natural resources. If these issues have been on your mind, here are the first 3 tips to help you feel like you’re protecting the environment while enjoying your fashion and style. Continue reading

6 Ideas for Developing Time Honoured STYLE

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In my previous blog I looked at Fashion versus Style. Do you relate to fashion or do you relate to style? One of my most treasured activities with my clients is developing their “Style” words and helping them to discover what their style truly is. Here are 6 ideas for developing your time honoured style! Continue reading

6 Fashion Notes for Fall 2015

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Here we are back into September and this always seems like I am starting the New Year. Business ramps up and the fall trends are in the stores. The words “fashion” and “style” get tossed around a lot. How does fashion relate to style and how does style relate to fashion? Do you think they are one and the same? Let’s consider these 6 notes on fashion first. Continue reading