5 Common Wardrobe Challenges

Part of my business includes giving presentations and I like to begin with asking women about the “Ruts” they encounter in style and wardrobing.

These are the 5 most common challenges that I hear:

  1. I buy the same thing over and over- maybe I just buy them in different colours.
  2. Fashions seem to be for tall, slim women or very young women. I just don’t know where to shop anymore.
  3. What is age appropriate? Styles seem to be for the 20 and 30 year olds. I want to look current but not silly.
  4. I want to find clothes that hide my waist and still not look frumpy.
  5. I buy straight from the mannequin and have no idea how to mix and match.

What challenges speak to you? Do you have new ones to share with me? Please email me or comment below.

In my private Facebook group called, Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and Love, we just completed a 10×10 challenge, where we chose 10 items to mix and match to wear over 10 days.

It was fun and definitely an eye opener!

What I heard was, “Wow! Details sure make a difference.” Women were learning some simple tricks and tips.

             

Wouldn’t you love to be a Mix & Match Queen to get the most out of your clothing investments? Stay tuned for my Black Friday Special on Friday November 24!!

I can assure you, there are ways to overcome all the 5 challenges mentioned and even more.

I am offering a very special, SPECIAL on Friday November 24. A BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL!  Watch my Facebook Page for more!!!

I am here to help you overcome your style challenges easily and effortlessly, so you can walk in confidence, every day. You WON’T want to miss it!

What’s upcoming?

  • Monday November 20 @ 8 pm. Join me for a discussion around, ”What is age-appropriate?” I will be hosting a webinar where you can ask questions and listen to the conversation. You can even email me your questions before: Karen@imageconnections.ca

 

  • Monday November 27 @ 8 pm Join me for a webinar called, “How to Look 10 Years Younger… following this advice.”

 

 

What’s Your Challenge?

On November 1, I started a 10×10 Challenge in my private Facebook group called Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and Love.

***You are welcome to join the group anytime… here is the link.

Well, I am always surprised and emotionally touched when clients have Ah-ha moments too. Below you will read the comment from one of the young women taking part in the challenge.

I have known and worked with this woman for many years, since she is also my Daughter – in Love (in –law). Over the years I have heard about her insecurities about her image and body and although I think she has and always will be beautiful, I know she has to see that for herself.

She has been participating full out during this challenge and here is what she wrote in the group, just as we were  preparing by sorting through our clothes. My eyes are full as I write this because I am so proud, not because she is family, but because I am being able to witness her journey.

My clients’ success is my success. My purpose is creating space for self-love.

Now I would like to share the success with you.

“Well…it’s not quite the 10×10 Challenge but it sure is getting there!! After travelling a lot last year, I realized how much I LOVE dressing when travelling. I love having only what I need, making deciding what to wear a breeze. Having all the pieces I bring combine perfectly for a variety of activities creating a seamlessness to my day. And how everything I had with me made me feel my best!
From this Ah-Ha moment…with every seasonal closet shift…I have been trying to break down my wardrobe to key pieces. The same way I would choose what I am going to bring on a trip!
If I don’t feel amazing in it. If it doesn’t mix and match with everything else. If it isn’t practical for what I will be doing. It gets the boot! And I feel awesome!!!!!! I can’t pinpoint exactly why …but an anxiety has lifted.
And my relationship to myself has changed some how. It’s like I no longer feel swayed by all the images of what “beautiful” looks like anymore. Now that I know how to dress for my life, for my body, and reflective of my Soul…I KNOW I am beautiful. That gross plaguing feeling that I “need” something else to be beautiful, strong, effective, yada yada yada, is gone. I have what I need. And I feel great! No more will corporations profit from my insecurity. No more will the Earth have to pay for my insecurity.”

Working toward a minimalist wardrobe….

Carrie owns an Acupuncture clinic in Thunder Bay, called Red River Acupuncture. I know her clients all benefit from her continuing journey of discovering self-love, because her energy goes out to them too. Her family too receives a huge benefit because that vibration of self-love, affects and influences, all around her.

What are your challenges with dressing for your body? Who you are? Style?

I would love to help and even if you just watch my videos, comment, read my newsletter or join my group, you will receive tidbits of guidance.

I invite you once again to join my private Facebook group, Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and Love, and join the group of wonderful women who are joining from countries everywhere.

 

How To Style a T-shirt and Jeans

How do you elevate a simple t-shirt and jeans? This is a question I often hear.
I realize when you are working from home, or are spending a casual day at home, you still want to look and feel good.
I also believe your significant other and your family, appreciate you looking like you put some  thought into your look.
What can you do to take your t-shirt and jeans look up a notch when running errands?
Today I am wearing cropped boyfriend jeans from Macy’s and a red and navy stripe t-shirt from Old Navy.
To level it up… I added a simple neckpiece, a blue stone on a silver collar, and I added cute navy patent shoes with a red heel.
Since it was cool, I added my favourite jean jacket from Not Your Daughters Jeans. I can also wear it with a fringed navy sweater.

If you would like assistance in elevating your every day look, I am happy to help.
Also, join our private Facebook group, “Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and Love.”

What’s new:

Join the 10×10 challenge starting Wednesday November 1 – 10.
You choose 10 pieces of clothing and mix and match to create 10 outfits for 10 days.
Want to see what I choose and wear?
Then join us on the private Facebook group, “Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and Love.”
 
 Thursday November 16
Join Karen Dorland, Tammy Hudgin, Michelle Butt and a guest speaker for the Level Up Your Professional Image event in Vaughan.
Held at Vellore Town Hall.
Tickets are $60  Early bird until October 31 is $50.  REGISTER HERE!!
Dinner, networking, panel discussion, draws, vendors!!

Wow!! Who Would Have Thought?

I headed over to a regular client’s on Tuesday to do some editing and create modules for transitioning her summer clothes into Fall.
She has booked me for a year and we have a monthly appointment. She says I am her gift to herself! I love it.
She has had a colour analysis, body type analysis, discovered her personality style and now we are into finding what she needs to complete modules.
I was transitioning some of her summer dresses to be wearable in Fall and she was astounded at the positive results when I combined a dark floral dress with a pair of skinny jeans. I added a pair of nude heels to dress it up and give her height.
She can also wear this dress with tights and tall boots.
My client is fairly tall and could carry off the look. She just kept smiling and saying,Wow! Who would have thought of putting these together?”

That is what I do and I love it.
My “Style Eyes” see your wardrobe items differently than you do, because it is all fresh and new to me.
One of my favourite things to do is to shop a client’s closet.
Are you ready to transition into Fall? Would you like to have me help you to shop your closet?
Run to your phone right now and dial 905-775-7486.

What do I offer and what is the investment cost?

I explained the Colour analysis in my previous blog.
Today is Personality Style… another foundation to putting your look together and sending the message of who you are to the world.
It is $250 + HST.
What happens is, I send you questions to work through and then we meet to go over them, discuss and together we come up with your UNIQUE style words. We spend about 90 minutes together.
This is generally combined with a Colour Analysis by most clients, since they pair perfectly together and you save $110!!

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.
MORE DETAILS HERE!!

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

Please subscribe to my Youtube channel and follow me on Facebook.

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