Ready to Call it Quits!

When I woke up this morning, it was to the same daily anxiety, only heavier.
What am I doing?
Am I making a difference?
I am feeling overwhelmed, bogged down and I have lost my joy.
I thought 2018 was supposed to feel lighter.
I am feeling behind on videos, blogs and even laundry.
When I go away on vacation, I have to prepare weeks in advance, only to come back to barrage of work. “Is it worth it?” I ask myself.

Then…Spirit presented a re-focus for me.

I was served up a clear message from an online dating experience first thing this morning.
Yes, I am back online dating again, for 2 major reasons.
One… I am ready to experience love in my life again. It has been 7 years since my beloved Dan passed away.
Two… I am in the process of creating a new course, “Set Your GPS to Love… 8 steps to attracting in a loving relationship.” I figure if I am teaching about attracting in love, then I may as well experience what my clients are doing.
So what happened?

I was matched up with a handsome man on Tinder and 20 minutes into our messaging, I realized he was a scammer or ‘catfishing’ as it’s called.
I am getting pretty good at recognizing them and I suddenly knew what I am to be doing!
I am meant to carry on creating my course and be a champion for single women. Especially for single women over 40, back into the dating scene again.
I am teaching and guiding women during their process of finding love again.

Ladies!!! It all begins with self-love and honouring yourself!

It means dressing so you can look in the mirror and say, “I love and accept myself.”

I was given the reminder as to WHY I started my image business in the first place; to bring more love to the world, starting with the person in the mirror.

I am NOT ready to give up on doing what I can to build empowerment, confidence and esteem to women, so we can drive through the bullshit and find quality men to match the quality women that we are!

I will soon be adding a newsletter every Friday called, Love Letters. If you are interested then please register for them when I provide a link to them. (a few more weeks)

Also, to start on your self love path of looking in the mirror and loving the woman looking back…

I am offering my online course, 7 Steps to Confidence and Success with Style. It begins Feb.1 and is at a special 2018 offer of $147.00. (regular $197) Register by January 30.

I am offering 2 new BONUSES with it too.

  1. One hour call with me valued at $200
  2. Special Spring Trend Report.

What you get:

7 weeks of classes plus a bonus introduction. Personality Style, The Power of Colour, Detox Your Closet, Creating Wardrobe Modules, How to Dress for Your Body Type, Accessorize to Maximize and Pulling It All Together.

Private Facebook group to ask questions and encourage others

Be ready for summer dressing by taking this course! Feel confident in your clothing choices. Mix and match to end the morning closet crisis.

I can hardly wait to have you join me.  SIGN UP HERE!!

Yours In Style,

Karen

 

Dreams and Challenges for 2018

Would you like to save money? What would you use it for… travel, a new car, a new update in your home?

I have been drooling over a trip to Bali that I saw offered and at this time of year I would so love to be there!

I have been taking a closer look at where I spend money so I can pay attention to my spending and begin to put away funds for travel, since that is what I love to do.  And then… send you pictures of places and fashions that I see around the world.

I really enjoy using Instagram and seeing the styles that women are posting but…I wonder how they can possibly wear a different outfit each day. Also, is it encouraging us to feel that we need to buy more? To continue the brainwashing of media that we aren’t good enough without the latest trends? Many of these stylists are sponsored by clothing companies and it disappoints me at times.

Our closets are already crammed with clothes we don’t wear, landfill sites that are overflowing and creating ever increasing pollution due to the production of cheap clothing.

This year I am challenging myself to avoid buying clothes on impulse. I am planning to frequent vintage and consignment shops and I am going to use my planning modules every week in order to mix and match what I already have more effectively.

It makes me feel good to re-use what I have! What about you? Do you wear 100%, 80% or even 20% of what you have in your closet?

I can help you create a wardrobe that you wear 100% and we can do it one to one or online!

I am offering a 2018 SPECIAL just for you! I am once again offering my online course 7 Steps to Confidence and Success with Style. It will begin February 1.

It is regular $197 and I am offering it as a special for $147 with UPGRADES! Register by January 30 to get in!

Here is what you get:

  • 7 weeks of classes plus a bonus introduction: Personality Style, The Power of Colour, Detox Your Closet, Creating Wardrobe Modules, How to Dress for Your Body Type, Accessorize to Maximize and Pulling It All Together
  • Private Facebook group to ask questions and encourage others
  • BONUS: Special Spring Trend report!
  • BONUS: One hour call with me over Zoom (valued at $200)
  • Be ready for summer by taking this course now!

“I cannot wait to go clothes shopping again… and I haven’t said that in many, many years. Thank you so much… and to think I have only one session under my belt!!! You rock, Karen!” Debra Milne

Register here for my course, 7 Steps to Confidence and Success with Style.

Also… please join my private Facebook group, Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and LOVE. Be part of a community of women who are positive, encouraging and ready to take their style and self love to a new level.

Yours In Style, Karen

Finding Your Magic For 2018

Happy New Year and welcome to the energy of 2018. So many new beginnings!

What aspirations do you have for 2018? How do you want to be seen? What would you like your style to say about you?

In my class 7 Steps to Confidence and Success with Style, we worked on discovering Style words and the response was very positive! Stay tuned for an online version for you too, coming up in the near future!

Something I like to do on New Years Day is to think about my WORD for 2018. Last year I chose Magical. This year my word is LOVE!

My work will be encompassing a new online course, “Set Your GPS to Love… 8 steps to attracting in a loving relationship.” I am also looking to attract a loving partner into my life and my mantra is “BE LOVE.”

So, although you will see some transitions in my business, the basics of the image consulting is still there because the basis is loving and accepting yourself, just as you are NOW!

Before you can attract in love, you must be able to love yourself.

You will still receive a weekly newsletter on Style and added to that will be a Friday Love Letter, which I hope you will still subscribe to.

Whether you are looking for love or are already in a relationship, the ideas are to help everyone ignite and keep, love in their life.

Today I also started a new Vision board for 2018 and am sharing it here.

If you have chosen a word for 2018, please share it with me. I love to know what my beautiful group of women friends are setting in motion.

Don’t forget to join the private Facebook group, Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and Love and see what others are doing. It is fun to share, comment and encourage.

Thank you for being part of my online world and I wish you all the best for 2018!

Yours In Style,

Karen

P.S. If you have a friend who is single and looking to attract in love, please share my newsletter with her and tell her about my facebook page!

 

Does Size Really Matter?

As an image professional, I see fresh fashion come into the stores each season. When I get my clients into the dressing room to try on these new styles, I often bring in two or three sizes of the same piece. What I know from experience is that I can’t rely on sizes being equal in every brand.

My goal is to get my client into the best fitting pant, top, dress, or jean. When she goes home with a shopping bag of new clothes, items could be in four or five different sizes. What I know is that she looks great in these new pieces. They fit well, they flatter her figure and that’s what matters.

Yet sizes can be such a stumbling block for women. If they’ve always been a size 10, they are loath to go up a size even if it looks better on them. They reject fit and comfort and want to squeeze into that size 10 no matter the image cost.

Let’s talk about that cost. When the seams of a garment are straining, this is what people may surmise: This woman must be out of touch or maybe she doesn’t care how she looks. The same can be said about the woman who wears baggy, ill-fitting clothes.

People size you up in seconds and if you look uncomfortable or out of touch in your clothes then your image as a confident, successful person drops. Doubt comes into the picture. Your reputation takes a blow.

This is too big a price to pay for trying to fit into a garment that matches a number you’re used to instead of fiddling with different sizes to find the piece that most lines up with the shape of your body. For a woman wearing clothes that are too big, she may not trust the new sizes I’m putting her into because she has that same hold about “being” a certain size.

Where do you suppose this obsessive hold on size comes from? More than once, a woman has shared with me that her husband or mother was obsessed with her being a certain size. And if she wasn’t that size, she spent years and years not accepting herself or loving herself as she was.

Women in bigger clothes may feel a need to hide or protect themselves. Gently exploring how it feels to be visible in clothes that fit properly could drastically change this pattern.

I’ve also heard from women who tell me that their daughters are obsessed with size and calories before they are even in their teens. Sometimes that’s a wakeup call to Moms who have been so hard on themselves. They see the pain and pattern of self-criticism their daughters are starting to develop.

This I know: Your body is aching to feel accepted just as it is, today, right now. You can give your body that gift by adorning it in clothes that fit and flatter. It’s a fallacy to think that being a certain size is the only time you’ll be attractive. It’s best to drop any expectation you have about sizing.

The way clothes are sized is continually changing. I may have more experience in this than you do because I’m in the stores and in dressing rooms with women of all sizes during my workweek.

When you take the focus off of size, you can actually see the beauty in clothes: their design, details, textures, patterns, and lines. Focus on beauty and style first. Don’t give “size” any energy.

My aim is to help you look great in clothes. It may be easier to tackle this with a coach like me by your side. If you’ve been in clothes that are too big on you, can you imagine having more fun with clothes, being more visible? If you’ve struggled with sizing and fit, would it be great to get a professional’s perspective?

I am here for you! Let me help you get the best looks for your body and help you find the self-love that’s been waiting in the wings ready to be showered on you.

Happy Holidays! Enjoy them fully!

Yours In Style,
Karen

5 Holiday Outfits Using Your Favorite Fall Trends

Are you ready to start putting together a few holiday outfits? Inspiration is as close as the fall trends you may have already added to your wardrobe. Here are 5 key pieces to work into your fun holiday looks.

  1. Red. This vibrant color turns festive during the holidays. Try a red dress or red lips; either one gets attention.

 

  1. Fabric shoe. Pull out that beautiful brocade flat or embroidered mule to wear with your classic satin cigarette pant. The shoe will be the conversation starter. 

 

  1. Dark nail polish. Get a fresh manicure and go for a color that is deep and dramatic. Shades of purple, Bordeaux, or cranberry add allure to your fingers. Imagine how beautiful they’ll look as you hold your glass of party punch.

 

  1. Blush. Wear shades of blush from head to toe in a monochromatic outfit. This romantic color turns dramatic when it’s the only hue you’re wearing. You’ll be turning heads the minute you walk through the door.                   

 

  1. Pearl embellishment. Lucky you that you bought that black sweater or skirt with pearl embellishment. It’s the perfect key piece to wear with black pumps. Pearl embellished handbags, heels, booties, or sweaters are all acceptable choices for a holiday gathering.

I am happy to help you shop your closet to get your holiday outfits prepared well in advance so you won’t be stressing out over what to wear this holiday season.

Watch my videos on Youtube or my Facebook page to see how I style some of these ideas and more. I show you relaxed and comfortable outfits or more sparkle and glam ideas.

Haven’t joined my PRIVATE Facebook group yet? Do it now!!

Level Up You Image in Business, Life and Love.

 

 

The 3 B’s in Business

There are 3 important B’s to include in your business if you wish to be successful. They will help you to stand out and attract in those who REALLY want to work with you.

I have been to many events where there are numerous people giving presentations and have wondered about specific people and have been happy to finally see them on stage. However, I have often been sorely disappointed when women wear clothes that just are not appropriate to the situation or to their business.

The same applies to attending network meetings. You are presenting yourself to others more VISUALLY than verbally.

  1. Be Seen

Far too many women wear all black. Add some colour. Add some jewelry. Maybe a unique pair of earrings or a pin.

I just had a client email me with a picture of all the people in the room behind her. She said, “Karen, ever since I worked with you, I see people wearing so much black. Here I am at a training session for business leaders and look… I am standing out in my beautiful blue dress!”

I am sure if there were clients wandering through that room, they would be attracted to her for her uniqueness and approachability. Plus… they could SEE her!

  1. Be Authentic

Who are you? Do your clothes speak about your personality? Believe me, your appearance will speak for you. If you have scuffed shoes, split fingernails, rumpled or stained clothes, the message you send it, “I am NOT a detail person.”

Are you creative? Then wear something creative… unusual glasses, shoes, handbag or scarf. You don’t need to be over the top.

Are you lost in the past or scrimping on looking current? It shows! You probably know your business inside out but if you are wearing old jackets that don’t fit well or are dated with big shoulder pads, then you look dated and that is the message you send out to others.

  1. Be More Confident

Are you nervous about meeting others at networking? Are you nervous about closing a sale? Are you nervous about giving that 30 second introduction?

Well, let your appearance carry you! When you dress in clothes that FIT you, FLATTER you, are in a COLOUR that suits you, it helps to raise your confidence vibration. Have a wardrobe capsule of clothes that are just for networking, meeting clients or giving presentations. Try your clothes on the day before and set them out, ready to go.

When you look good, you feel good!

I am happy to help you achieve the 3 B’s in your business. You can start right away by enrolling in my online course:

7 Steps to Confidence & Success with Style.

It is available to purchase by Dec. 6, 2017 , then the doors close until next year. Available for $197.00

Please visit my website www.imageconnections.ca for more details.

Follow me on Facebook and I invite you to join my private group “ Level Up Your Image in Business, Life & Love.

Yours In Style,

Karen

3 Do’s and Don’t’s to Create More Revenue in Your Business

How is your business doing? Are you at the success level you want?
Do you get up excited each day because you can’t wait to start and the energy flow is SO positive it excites you?

Or… do you have some nights when you don’t sleep because you are tossing in anxiety thinking about the next day, wondering how you will attract in clients, or wondering how on earth you will finally feel like a success?

I hear and read about “ALLOWING” the money and success to come in, but if we are stressed in any way about it, we block the abundance. It is easier said than done.

I truly believe when we can relax IN ourselves, we then attract in the clients, the smooth sailing and the joy in our business. I should know… I am the worry Queen! I am a Virgo. I am a Royal in face-reading! I am the perfectionist! Let it go Karen!!!
So do I have some strategies? Yes. I know when I like the woman I see in the mirror, my confidence steps up. I know I need to do some planning ahead, of outfits, food, exercise and my week.

Here are some ideas for you to get started:

  • DO let your personality shine through. You won’t attract in everyone. In fact, you don’t want to. You want clients who want to work with you and who will take your suggestions and work with them. Your personality shines through in what you wear.
    DON”T hide yourself in all black or clothes that don’t suit you. That keeps you hiding from people.
  • DO wear colour that is soft and approachable. Like blues, that say credible, trustworthy. Like pinks or peaches that say feminine, I hear you.
    DON”T wear black and white so much. It isn’t an approachable outfit. It says, I am black and white and have no     room for discussion. When you need to be stern, wear it. J
  • DO wear a piece of jewelry, a scarf, a handbag or shoes that may lead someone up to you to comment on them. It is a great conversation starter. It attracts that person over to you.
    DON’T take your RBF (resting bitch face lol) with you. Practise smiling, a lot, even if it feels phony.

Step into your possibilities and opportunities YOUniquely.

I would love to help you do just that… dress to attract in more clients and success. I am offering an online course and you get me for 8 weeks to help you navigate into who you are or can be.
And… it is a ridiculously AFFORDABLE because I truly want to see women be successful.

Register before Dec. 1 to have this course for $147 .
7 Steps to Confidence & Success with Style    Let me help take you there.

Yours In Style,

Karen

Walk into a Room Feeling Wonder Woman Confident… are you ready?

When you walk into a network event, a party, lunch with friends who are already there waiting for you, how do you feel?
Do you feel conspicuous? Afraid all eyes are looking at you?
Do you feel all the body parts that you don’t like are standing out 150% more than ever?
You feel your top shows every lump around your stomach?
Your pants are hugging your thighs way too tight?
You feel so NOT put together compared to your friends?

I am here to help solve your style confidence problems. I WANT you to walk in with your head held high and a sway to those beautiful curvy hips. You CAN!

It makes it so much easier when you know you look good. Look good, feel good!

I am offering you all the steps I use when I work one to one with clients, in 7 Steps to Confidence & Success with Style for a FRACTION of the cost. Why?
Because I want every woman to experience self-love, self- worth and self-confidence. I do believe in “woman power!”

You will:

  • Discover your unique Personality Style.
  • Learn what your body type is using simple techniques and… how to dress it!
  • What is your Power Colour? I give techniques to try to uncover whether you are a warm or cool palette, if you are unable to have a full colour analysis. Learn why it is so important.
  • Finally… have accountability for clearing your closet. I will lead you step by step. Then…
  • Learn my Wardrobe Module Formula so you too can be a Mix & Match Queen! Make the most from your clothing investments. Save time, money and shop with intention.
  • Combine accessories with your outfits to Maximize, Energize and Individualize. What necklaces suit your face shape? Height? Bone structure?
  • Pull It Altogether with my 3 is Key formula!

Soon you too will be receiving compliments like, “You look so put together! What have you done?”

A secret about me: I still get nervous about networking and giving presentations, however, I set my clothes out the day before and try them on, so there aren’t surprises. (Even celebrities say they are nervous before shows.)
I learned to breathe deeply, pull my shoulders back, spread my hands out at my side and step forward with a smile!
Try it.
If you have a quiet place to be first, try a Superwoman stance. Stand straight, breathe in, hold your arms out with your hands open and look slightly up and straight ahead.

After you take my course, 7 Steps to Confidence & Success with Style, you will understand how to better buy clothes that suit your personality and your body. You will have more confidence on how to pull your look together.

Upcoming events:

Join me online for Konversations with Karen. If you have topics that you want to know more about then please email your ideas to: Karen@imageconnections.ca
Watch for the next Konversation to be announced in the newsletter and on Facebook.

I invite you to join the private Facebook group: Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and Love. Join the growing community of women who are interested in learning more and supporting others.

I Just Want a Girlfriend to Say, “Here Wear This!”

Do we ever really know what women are going through each day?
Don’t we all have our stress limits and feelings of overwhelm?
Is there someone you know or are acquainted with, who you think has it all together? Have you really let her open up to say what her world is truly like?

I bumped into someone I haven’t seen for quite a few years. I was excited to see her and wondered what was going on in her life.
She put on a brave face and said she had been let go from her work. Her husband is ill and she is the bread winner. After a few minutes she opened up more.
She has a house to physically look after, is the care-giver to her husband, is exhausted, afraid, depressed and… to add to her depression, she beats herself up about her body and the way she looks.
“I am too tired to even try. I have given up on myself. I just want to cry. I just want a girlfriend to come over, take my hand and say wear this.”

Then her eyes did fill with tears.

Could I relate? You bet! My beloved Dan had pancreatic cancer and I was his caregiver for a year. It was “scary as hell” I can tell you. On top of that I taught school, tried to carry on with my business, take him to radiation treatments, to the naturopath for Vit. C treatments and jump up at 5 am to make smoothies and healthy food for the day.
I too wanted a girlfriend to take my hand and instead of an outfit, just take over for an afternoon.

Strangely enough, what helped me get through was actually taking an Image Course. I had signed up and paid a big amount of U.S.$, so felt I should carry through. Well, it helped me to create outfits, learn more about my personality style and connect with other women online. It helped me to take my mind off my troubles for one hour each week, plus I wanted to complete my assignments, so it gave me positive things to think about.

I just finished putting my outline together for my course, 7 Steps to Confidence & Success with Style, when I met my friend. I told her what I was offering and how the image course had helped me.

If she wanted a girlfriend to offer her inspiration, style advice, a group to interact with, formulas and templates she could use with the clothes she already has, so she can refresh her look and maybe her confidence, then, I had something for her. And… it is extremely affordable in Canadian $$!!

Did I hear back from her? A resounding yes! “Yes, I can do that!”

I hope YOU can do it too, because I want to offer support and encouragement and hope to all women who are over stressed, over tired, over worked and are running on a tank of NO SELF-LOVE.

Be ready to jump in and register for my course, 7 Steps to Confidence & Success with Style, when it comes on sale, Friday November 24. BLACK FRIDAY EVENT!  $147 + HST (regular $397)

Here is what you get: you can check my website for more details  www.imageconnections.ca

  • 7 classes + a BONUS class… all recorded, formulas, templates & maybe a few special surprises.
  • Private FB group to interact in and be supported
  • Weekly Q & A calls

** Oh by the way: my friend needs outfits and confidence to go out for job interviews again too.

7 Steps to Confidence & Success with Style!

Dear Stylistas,

This is it! I am excited to be make these 7 Step classes available to you.

These are the steps I use when I work one to one with clients or in group workshops. If you worked one to one with me each would cost $250. That would be $1750. In group workshops the investment is $97 per person. Online I was offering the package for $397.

This NOW can be yours for $147.00 + HST

What has been holding you back from success? From feeling confident? From looking and feeling your best everyday?

I plan to address your style and wardrobe frustrations and challenges, and give you guidance, templates, formulas, tips and ideas. We meet once a week online for the classes and they are recorded as well. Plus there is a Q&A call between classes.

The topics covered are:

  1. Uncover Your Personality Style.
  2. Dress For Your Body Type
  3. The Power of Colour
  4. Detox Your Closet
  5. How to Create Wardrobe Modules…a cure for morning closet crisis
  6. Accessorize to Maximize, Energize & Individualize
  7. Pulling It All Together
  • Bonus: Q&A calls each week
  • Bonus: Private Facebook group to interact even more
  • Bonus: Courses are recorded.
  • BONUS: Introduction to Style class to start off the program!

I am so excited about the classes and the value they provide. It is time to Step into your confidence, self-esteem, success and your STYLE!

What can be holding you back from this great offer? Confidence?

Once you register for these classes it is up to you to be accountable to do the work. We all support one another in the Facebook group and on the Q&A calls. Have your questions ready.

You receive full benefit when you play full out!

Let’s get this Style Party started!

Warmly,

Karen