What is Your Festive STYLE Personality?

Well the season is upon us and whether it’s for a holiday party, a special occasion, or a last minute “Want to meet for drinks?” invitation, you don’t want to waste time fussing over your outfit.

You WANT to be able to open your closet and create a memorable outfit that matches your style personality!  Then all you need to do is take care of the hair and make-up. Well what is that you ask? Let me help!

Here are 3 fancy, festive style recipes I have whipped up for you.

  • Try on a Dramatic look. From your closet choose the brightest, boldest tunic top you have. Pair it with a leather jegging or a dark denim ankle jean. Throw on some sexy shoes and call it party time… Forget something? Yes, a true dramatic would be wearing bold accessories as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • How about a soft Feminine vibe?  Opposite from the dramatic…Wear separates in soft, blush tones. Try mixing up your fabrics to combine shiny surfaces and matte. Add your vintage diamonds (circonias) and you will be irresistible.

 

  • Try a Funky outfit. Dress up your dark, slim jeans with patterned or colourful pumps. Add a silky blouse, open at the neck where your blingy, statement necklace will be dancing with the light.  You will be dancing too with the excitement of knowing you look so great!

I am full of creative ideas for STYLE recipes! I love mixing and matching outfits to my clients’ personalities and occasions. Give me a call 905-775-7486 or email Karen@imageconnections.ca

This is a perfect time to be party ready.

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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.

 

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

7 Ways to Look Festive This Holiday Season Without Breaking the Bank

2014 holiday fashionThe 2014 holiday season is just around the corner. Not sure what to wear? Here are 7 ways to look festive without breaking the bank…

1. Wear a truly red lipstick and keep the rest of your makeup colours neutral. Wear a shade in “your” colour palette, so if you have a warm undertone, then try a brick red. If you have a cool undertone, wear a blue red.

2. Wear a large jeweled necklace as a statement collar against your crewneck sweater or top. You can find these at junior stores such as H&M, Forever XX1, and Zara or… visit your favourite Silpada or Lia Sophia jewelry representative for ideas. Continue reading