Tips For My Fall Casual Starter Kit

I think Fall is actually here! Although I just returned from Tennessee last week and it was in the 80’s F.

I had packed jeans and warmer tops and last minute had to change up tops and am so glad I did.

I like planning ahead and my entire life I have set out my outfit the night before. Are you like that? Or are you last minute, wear what your mood or the weather dictates or… what is clean and fits?

Today I will share pictures of some items for a casual look. Navy has been my go-to colour, especially this Fall.

  1. Start with a core colour and build on it. Layering is the best way for me to dress for Fall and Winter because I can remove or add items as I get warm or cold.
  2. Check the weather to help you determine what to wear.
  3. Do you have accessories to pull the look together?
  4. What are your activities for the day?

I really like the cropped jeans, ponchos and booties. Today I am working at home and running out to replenish some groceries. So it is a casual, comfy day.
My basics are: a pair of cropped jeans, a long sleeve medium blue t-shirt and a navy poncho I bought 4 years ago. (If you keep your core colours in mind, pieces stay in style longer.)

If you would like help to transition your clothes into Fall, or put modules together, please give me a call. 905-775-7486

I have had questions about costs of my services,  so here is a break down of the most popular colour analysis.
Colour Analysis is $260 + HST
It is about 90 minutes. Includes a colour wallet of your colours, valued at $50.
Also, I send you 4 questions (when you send a deposit of $100 to confirm your appointment) that will help you to choose some items to bring with you and I assess them for you. My clients have loved this and discovered WHY they like or don’t like certain items in their closet.
If you bring 2 -3 friends with you for a colour group analysis, the cost is $210 each (save $50 each) and still includes a colour wallet and questions. Make it a Colour Party!
Helps you to mix and match easier, saves time shopping and you use the wallet to help choose accessories and make-up colours. We even discuss the best hair colour for you!

What’s new:

Starting November 1, I am offering a new module challenge called a 10×10 challenge. You choose 10 pieces of clothing and combine outfits from them for 10 days.
I got the idea from another Style blogger Leanne at Classy Yet Trendy.
In order to join the challenge you can join my private Facebook group, “Level Up Your Image for Business, Life and Love.”

Thursday November 16. Join us for a LIVE event for women in business. Level Up Your Professional Image. Tickets are $60   Early bird special until Nov. 1 is $50
Includes: Dinner, 3 Panelists and guest speaker, Vendors, Door prizes and time for networking.
You don’t want to miss it!
Held in Vaughan at Vellore Town Hall.
DETAILS HERE:  https://www.facebook.com/events/354648954989224/

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!

Is It Summer or Fall?

One weekend I was wearing jeans and a knit poncho to the Farmer’s Market and the next week I was wearing a sleeveless top and shorts. What is up?

I am loving the stretch of warm weather we are having but I am also pulling out my white jeans again and searching for flowy dresses that don’t cling.

How are you coping with the heat?

The stores are filled with lovely Fall trends that I am itching to wear.
Layering is the key to transitioning your summer clothes to Fall and Winter.

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a fashion show at Oakridge Outfitters in Aurora, Ontario.
Lynn Spence, a stylist with Cityline T.V. was there to give up the scoop on the Fall trends and YES… LAYERING was the word!

Start with a t-shirt or tunic top. Add a poncho, a wrap a cardigan or a moto jacket over for some warmth when you first start out in the morning. Of course adding a scarf keeps your neck warm and is a wonderful accessory.

If you choose a dress, you can add a cardigan or a wrap or… a beautiful sweater coat.

For your feet, the most popular item is a bootie and the peep toe style is the go-to.

If you are wondering how to put your summer items to work along with a new Fall trend, give me a call.

My favourite activity is creating new looks from the clothes you already have.

Have you joined our private Facebook group, Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and Love yet? We are having fun discussing types of jeans and getting opinions on whether a woman over 50 should wear the distressed jean look.
To be part of the group click here!!

SAVE the date!
Thursday November 16 for our special event Level Up Your Professional Image
We are featuring 3 panelists and a guest.
Join us for dinner, networking, panel discussion and vendors.
Vellore Town Hall in Vaughan. Early bird special is $50.
EVENT DETAILS HERE!!

 

Do You Buy Straight Off the Mannequin?

Are you one of those people who see something on a mannequin and think, “Yes, I like that! I am going to get it.”
Well, stop and think of what might be also going on in your head at that time.

It looks amazing on the mannequin because she is slim (a stick in fact with NO lumps or bumps). In your head you are imagining what it would be like to have a body like that.

The colours are bright and cheerful.
You are thinking, “I need more colour in my wardrobe. I feel good just looking at this top.”

Everything just works on this mannequin. The outfit goes together, even the accessories!
You are thinking, “I don’t know how to look pulled together. I will just get the whole outfit and be done. I don’t  even have to think about accessories.”

Well, you are not alone! I hear over and over from clients, that they buy straight off the mannequin and then are not too happy with the results when they get home and put it on their own body.
Let me tell you a recent story.

When I work with clients I send them 4 questions to answer, after they have sent me a deposit to hold and confirm their appointment.
One of the questions is: Bring an item that you think you SHOULD wear and don’t. What is it?

My client brought in a lovely top. It is brightly coloured, is a flowy fabric with a slit in the sleeve, has BIG flower shapes on it and has elastic at the bottom to make it billow a little.


We had just done a colour analysis for her and talked a little about body shape. She is a petite height, has gained in the middle with menopause. Oh yes, let’s not forget we also talked a bit about her personality… she likes to be in control!

Then I explained WHY she didn’t wear it.

  1. She is short and the flowers are too big and overpowering.
  2. It isn’t in her colour palette.
  3. It flows like water ( Fashion Feng Shui) and since you can’t control water, she felt out of control when she wore it.
  4. The billowy shape and elastic at the bottom made her tummy area stand out.

She had a few Ah Ha moments here and we had a few laughs!

This is part of the reason I LOVE working with women. I help you see yourself in all your YOUnique aspects and you learn what suits you, what makes you feel confident, what makes you smile and feel fabulous. That is what clothes are to do.

Book your sessions with me now for a colour analysis, a personality style assessment, personal shopping or… get a full 5 or 7 Step Package as listed on my website. www.imageconnections.ca

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Want to get more tips, more personal interaction?

Then join my private Facebook group and be part of a community of like minded Stylistas who are positive and encouraging.

Click here *** to join      Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and Love.

Yours in Style,

Karen

NEW!!!!!!!

I am so excited to be offering a new private Facebook group, called “Level Up Your Image In…Business, Life and Love.”

Are you wanting to attract in more success in your business? What is best to wear when giving presentations or doing a video?

Are you wanting to look and feel great in your everyday life, whether you are an at home Mom or retired and budgeting your wardrobe? Want to know how to look current and trendy on a budget?

Are you wishing to attract in a loving relationship or you want to ignite the one you have? Are you unsure of what to wear on a first date? Nervous about online dating pictures?

We are starting off the group with a short 5 Day CHALLENGE that will incorporate some of the Fall trends. You don’t want to miss out! It starts Labour Day September 4 – 8th.

***Here is the link to sign up for the Challenge***

***Here is the link to join the NEW Group***

Once your request is in to join the group, you have 2 questions and a download to click on. The download is 3 Solutions to Attracting in Confidence, in Business, Life and Love.

Why join?

  • This group will take you into more detail about style, fashion and image than I give on my business page.
  • There will be short monthly challenges for the different areas of your life.
  • This is a community of women who want to know more!
  • There will be Q&A Facebook Live sessions.
  • It is a community of positive support, interaction and inspiration.
  • Receive videos and tip sheets that others will not find on my business page.
  • Have a question? Ask.
  • Enjoy interviews with women for all areas of life.
  • What do you want to know more on? Ask!
  • I give many tips and information already and this is a group that is serious about participating and learning more.

***Here is the link to join the NEW Group***

We show up as we are in EVERY area of our life and I want to help you to look and feel great in all aspects.

Take advantage of my expertise and the support of other women in this Facebook Community.

Don’t miss out… the first 5 Day Challenge starts Labour Day September 4!

I look forward to seeing you in the group.

Yours In Style,

Karen

THIS… Is Why I Hired You!

We are in the season of weddings and I know you want to look good too, as the Mother of the Bride or Groom.  It is important for you to be able to enjoy the day and the lead up, with comfort and ease, knowing you look and feel great. You don’t have to be worrying about your outfit because… WE have put it together, together!

This is exactly what happened the other day. I took a client shopping for a dress for her son’s wedding. She knew she wanted elegance, not too fussy since it is at their farm, and she wanted to be able to move and dance in it. In other words, to look beautiful and still be comfortable.

The first step was covered… we know her colour palette. I know her body type and features.  Our saleslady was wonderful and so helpful, however, she kept showing my client styles that SHE liked. Finally, I said, just try it on and let’s see.

One, the fabric was too heavy. A satin that didn’t have movement. Yes, it was elegant but it had a fish tail at the bottom and was too tight on the legs. My client would never be able to dance, twirl and party in this!  Two, this dress had a smooth sheen to it. My client has curly hair, somewhat athletic features and the dress didn’t repeat that.

My client knew something wasn’t quite right (the dress did fit) and as soon as I explained the WHY it did not suit her, she got it!  In fact, she turned to me and said,” THIS is why I wanted you with me today! I knew you would give me honest opinions and know what would and wouldn’t work.”

Then, VOILA, a dress with shirring on the top that mimicked the texture in her hair, a stunning colour to match her vibrant personality (and blended with the wedding party colours), and best of all she could move in it. It was elegant, simple, she could vary the sleeves to cover her shoulders, the tightness in the bodice made her look slimmer and the crystal embellishment at the waist was a perfect touch.  After simple alterations of letting the bodice out a little and hemming the dress, she is set!

I know she is stepping out to fully enjoy the day.

Are you needing to buy a dress for a special occasion? Call me I am happy to guide you through the overwhelm.

I want to give a shout out to the dress shop: EDITH’S 1113 Finch Ave. West, Toronto,  opens at 10 am.  Our saleslady was Mahnaz, truly a lovely person, and a great help. Mahnaz also was right on when she said that some of the dresses we picked out would be too old looking.  She saved us time!

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Did You Know…The Greatest Fear For Women Over 50+?

We are given to believe most women just worry about ageing and getting wrinkles and lines.

However, most women over 50 toss and turn worrying about how they will survive financially in their later years. We are living longer and with divorce so prevalent and more widowed women, it does lend cause for concern.

What does this have to do with fashion and style?

I am here to remind you that your clothing choices can support you in looking smart, savvy and relevant!

Are you looking to keep your current job?

Are you being interviewed for a job?

Do you own a business?  Are you in network marketing and are building a team?

I can help you dress to attract in clients and therefore more success. I can help you dress to build your confidence so you can step into your possibilities.

Confidence, self-esteem and looking current means you are not dismissed because of your ‘age.’

Here are several steps to begin:

  1. Sign up for my newsletter and receive tips and ideas.
  2. Book a complimentary “Discover Your Style” call.  We can get to know your needs and situation better. You can ask me questions.
  3. Visit my website www.imageconnections.ca and download all my free offerings. There are many ideas for you to build on.
  4. Purchase my e-book “From Closet Chaos to Wardrobe Bliss.” It is full of ideas and questions to walk you through a closet edit and makes you think before you buy! $9.97
  5. Register for the master class,”GET THE MOST… from the clothes you already have.”

You will discover how to make wardrobe modules that will simplify getting dressed each day. I show you how to build professional modules for work too. You receive templates and the Key to 3 on how to look pulled together. You will refer to this class over and over again!

I too have wondered where I will be when I am 70. It is good to speak with a financial advisor and voice your concerns. Let your family know how you feel too. The last thing to do is think you are alone.

Yours In Style,

Karen

Your Summer Style Reading List

I hope you downloaded my solutions to all those summer party calories you may have added.

**Here it is again incase you didn’t get to it.

3 Secrets to Looking 5-10 pounds Slimmer… Instantly!

I love reading in summer. Well, anytime really, but summer days sitting at the beach calls for a good book or time to catch up on articles.

Here is your summer checklist of reading from me. All you have to do is download them and I would LOVE you to take me up on them. All 4 for only $9.97 really!

Want some more suggestions from me that you can get from the library, Amazon or download?

  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Succulent Wild Woman by Sark (because aren’t we?)
  • The Four Agreements by Don Migel Ruiz
  • Harry Potter if you haven’t read them!

Enjoy your weekend! While at the beach, on your lawn chair or in a hammock, I hope you will include ME in your reading!

Yours In Style,

Karen

Camouflage Your BBQ Calories!!

How did you do with planning your weekend outfits? What did you do on the weekend? Did it involve patio dinners? BBQ’s? Margueritas? Or my favourite… Cosmopolitan martinis?

Along with summer comes BBQ’s, socializing with friends, which always includes food, and even a stop for ice cream.

I can attest to all of the above after a week with family!

Unfortunately, along with the food and socializing, comes a few extra pounds too.

But wait… don’t get upset with yourself. I have some solutions for you!

**Here are your solutions:  3 Secrets to Looking 5- 10 pounds Slimmer… Instantly!

Now you can relax and totally enjoy summer without being negative toward yourself.

I want you to enjoy our summer season to the fullest and LOOK GOOD doing it!

Enjoy the read while sipping a frozen Marguerita!

Watch my video on Thursday for what to wear when you don’t want to show your arms.

Click here for your solutions!

Yours In Style,

Karen