MEOW!! Timeless Leopard Print

Leopard print really does seem timeless, as it continues to show up year after year.
It is a print I love too!
I am a cool colour palette though so the traditional browns and caramels in a leopard print doesn’t suit me, especially near my face.
Designers are giving us leopard print in every conceivable type of clothing and accessory: scarves, jackets, handbags, pants, tops, shoes and of course underclothes.
Did you know that animal prints are actually considered to be a neutral?

Too much of it at one time is not a good thing though! I suggest one item in animal print on your body at one time, except you could wear a scarf and gloves, or scarf and handbag or scarf and animal print shoes.
Notice those are all accessories.

I am a METAL element in Fashion Feng Shui and I like refinement in my look, so I choose neutral tones to wear with my animal prints.
I am featuring this leopard print car coat I bought at Old Navy. It has grey in it, so I can pair it with a column of grey underneath. It looks great with jeans too.

I tend to buy trends at a lower price point, because they come and go. Keep quality in your core basics though, because they can last for many years.

Do you own clothing or accessory items in animal print?
How do you wear them?

I would love you to send me a comment or post a picture.

I invite you to join our Facebook group, “Level Up your Image in Business, Life and Love” and continue the discussion there!

Remove Yourself From the Chaos With Comfort Clothes

I am not a person who watches the news or reads newspapers. However, when I log into my email, headlines pop up on the screen.
The other morning as I waited at Canadian Tire for some car work, news of more hurricanes and destruction was playing.
I do believe the chaos in the weather patterns, is a reflection of the human chaos in the world at large.
Being a Reiki practitioner, I often sit in meditation and send love to the world and hold my small space of light.

We can start sending calm and love to the world by first beginning with ourself.
Self-love is so important and world -love, begins with us. One person at a time.

What do you do to give back to yourself?
How do you give self-love back to you?

I saw this pair of cozy, knit fleece pants at Walmart and they called to me saying, “Cozy, warm, relaxing. Let me hug you.”

I know I will thoroughly enjoy them on cold mornings this winter or curling up to read in the evenings.

What kind of clothing gives you a hug? What do you relax in?
I would love to receive your comments.

Join in our conversations in my private Facebook group, Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and Love.
Be part of a positive group of Fashionistas!

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.

 

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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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.

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

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

5 Transition Pieces to Live with All Year Long

cashmereWhen you’re transitioning between fashion seasons, there are some items that deserve to stay in your closet twelve months out of the year. Here is a list of keepers—those 5 special transition pieces that are flexible enough to stick with your wardrobe season after season.

1. Mid-calf boots or booties
When it’s colder, you can tuck long pants into mid-calf boots or ankle booties and your whole body will feel warmer.

When it’s warmer, wear them barelegged with a dress or a skirt. Continue reading

My 5 Top Picks for Fall/Winter Fashion 2014-2015

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Lots of items pass down the fashion runway but which looks make sense and which ones just make headlines? Don’t worry; you don’t have to figure it out alone. I’ve pulled out some great choices for you. Here are my top 5 picks for the fall/winter fashion season 2014-2015.

1. A quilted, hooded, leather car coat:
Why? This car coat works over slouchy trousers, or slim pants, and short to midi-skirts. It easily goes over a shift dress or jeans. This updated coat goes very casual to upscale and even covers the business casual category. This is the luxe version of the hoodie. Continue reading