Weddings… Beach, Garden, Traditional… OH MY!

Whether you are Mother of the Bride or Groom, or attending a wedding this year, I am sure you have asked yourself, “What am I going to wear?”

You are not alone. Now with all the various locations and times of weddings, it can be even more confusing.

I am here to guide you with 3 tips to get started.

(1) Location, location, location:

Where the wedding takes place plays a big part in what is appropriate to wear.

A wedding in a big hotel or even a country club is going to be more formal.

A beach wedding is more casual and a garden wedding will be in between.

If the wedding is outdoors, consider wearing a long sundress and beware… no spiked heels since you will be sinking into the sand or grass.

(2) Time of day:

The key here is that night-time weddings are dressier.

Daytime weddings are informal or semi- formal. You can wear a 2 piece suit or top and satiny type of skirt, or a cocktail dress. It is best to avoid wearing black to a daytime wedding.

DON’T go ultra casual to a wedding… it is the Bride’s important day so respect her and the occasion!

(3) Invitation specific:

Many invitations specify the type of attire, yet you may still be wondering.

Casual: This may mean a beach wedding, a BBQ, a barn? These may not mean a long dress, however, it still means you need to dress up and the big change will be the shoes.

Cocktail: Here is pretty straight forward… a cocktail dress is the most appropriate. This also generally means it is not a floor length gown.

Black tie: If the invitation says Black Tie, you will see floor length gowns, yet you can be elegant in a cocktail dress, especially if it comes to the knee. Add your accessories here to take it to a higher level.

White tie: This is as formal as you can get!!

Casual dresses are from ZuZu Fashion Boutique in Barrie.

    

Need help to look and feel fabulous at a wedding this year? Call me 905-775-7486 or email: Karen@imageconnections.ca.

MAKE THE MOST… of what you have in your closet!! HERE IT IS!!… special on-line course.

Bored of the same old?

Frustrated because you don’t know what to wear?  Every morning is wasted time rummaging in your closet? What is it costing you in money wasted on clothing not worn? In time? In frustration?

The definition of insanity is… DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT! Instead of running on the same wheel each day, join my on-line class.

In this class:

  • I teach you how to mix and match.
  • Create wardrobe modules so you get MULTIPLE outfits from clothes you already have!
  • Make the most of your clothing investment = SAVE $$
  • End the frustration of not knowing what to wear OR wearing the same things over and over = SAVE TIME

Invest $97.00 and discover multiple outfits you never knew you had!  Tuesday June 27 @ 7 p.m.

REGISTER HERE:  http://imageconnections.ca/make-the-most-of-what-you-have-in-your-closet/

 

 

Too Hot For Capris or Jeans?

What Are You Wearing This Holiday Weekend?

It is the May long weekend here in Ontario and the weather is finally matching the date!

Are you traveling to a cottage? Visiting friends? Maybe sightseeing?

Here in Barrie, it is beautiful to walk at the waterfront and the restaurants with their street patios are pulsing with energy.

What do you wear to enjoy a weekend or dinner outside at your local restaurant?

Are you already finding it a challenge to know what to wear in the heat and still feel comfortable and in style?

I am going to share my “go to” dresses with you! I really enjoy wearing longer dresses. They fall nicely to cover my tummy area, and cover my legs. So I look dressy, yet relaxed.

Yes, being only 5’0, can sometimes pose a problem with finding long dresses, however, they are out there!

For a cool evening, you can pair your dress with the popular look of a jean jacket.

To get started on discovering styles for the summer, I invite you to join me in a closet edit, so you know what is hiding in there!

I am offering an online class called From Closet Chaos to Wardrobe Bliss and would love to have you join me!

**Register here…http://imageconnections.ca/from-closet-chaos-to-wardrobe-bliss/

Here’s what you can expect:

  • A live webinar class that is recorded so you can re-visit it time and again.
  • Time during this class to ask questions and participate.
  • Strategies for taking out the “emotional” baggage living in your closet.
  • Organizing tips to create more space.
  • Tip sheet on how to simplify getting dressed.
  • FREE e-book on editing your closet, ($9.97 value) that we will walk through together in our private facebook group.
  • Private Facebook group where you can post questions, pictures, get feedback, get extra tips and participate in live Q& A’s. (Priceless value)
  • FREE 30 minute one to one Zoom session with me, where we can go through 10 items from your closet, or answer any of your personal questions. Valued at ($75.00)

Your investment to simplifying getting dressed, having an organized closet, and having tips to take you there is only $97.00!!!

Plus BONUSES of $85.00 +

*** Register here…http://imageconnections.ca/from-closet-chaos-to-wardrobe-bliss/

Yours In Style,

Karen

Does Your Closet Support Your Superwoman Life?

Wouldn’t it be great to stand in your closet, twirl around and ZAP! You are in your desired outfit of the day!

Or, feel like you can conquer or save the world, because the outfit you are wearing makes you feel so confident!

How do you want to feel in your clothes?

Are you able to reach in and grab an outfit that you know supports your colouring, body type and role for that day?

Do you have mix and match items that are easy to see?

We are in a society of multi-tasking and really are Superwomen; running a home, making meals, working a business, maybe raising children, learning technology and being in relationship.

When your closet supports you…you can quickly and easily have clothes ready for the day. It is organized and… holds only the items that fit you, are clean and mended and are for the current season for the time of year.

When your clothing supports you… the colour is flattering on you, the items suit your body shape and your personality. YOU shine as the SUPER woman that you are!

It takes little time, no stress and you smile as you look in the mirror, before flying off to be the heroine of the day!

To make your life easier consider this:

I am offering an online class called From Closet Chaos to Wardrobe Bliss and would love to have you join me!

**Register here…http://imageconnections.ca/from-closet-chaos-to-wardrobe-bliss/

Here’s what you can expect:

  • A live webinar class that is recorded so you can re-visit it time and again.
  • Time during this class to ask questions and participate.
  • Strategies for taking out the “emotional” baggage living in your closet.
  • Organizing tips to create more space.
  • Tip sheet on how to simplify getting dressed.
  • FREE e-book on editing your closet, ($9.97 value) that we will walk through together in our private facebook group.
  • Private Facebook group where you can post questions, pictures, get feedback, get extra tips and participate in live Q& A’s. (Priceless value)
  • FREE 30 minute one to one Zoom session with me, where we can go through 10 items from your closet, or answer any of your personal questions. Valued at ($75.00)

Your investment to simplifying getting dressed, having an organized closet, and having tips to take you there is only $97.00!!!

Plus BONUSES of $85.00 +

*** Register here…http://imageconnections.ca/from-closet-chaos-to-wardrobe-bliss/

Yours in Style,

Karen

Are You Guilty of Doing This?

Are you a closet fantasizer? A MAYBE, SOMEDAY kinda girl?

You are frustrated with all the items taking up space in your closet and yet when you take out something you haven’t worn in 5 years… at least… you stop and fantasize about where you could wear it?

I hear this all the time from friends and clients. Hey… I can admit even I have done it!

Well, I COULD wear this on Hallowe’en sometime.

Or… this could be cute for a party on a cruise ship, if they have a theme party that is.

If I hold on to this…

  1. I might go to New York for lunch.
  2. I might be able to wear this to a New Years party, even though it is out of style and I freeze in it.
  3. I might wear it at the beach, cleaning the car, painting.
  4. I had better hold on… this … MIGHT happen!

If you are being a someday, what if, kind of person, I am breaking the news to you. If it hasn’t happened now, there is a strong chance it never will.

And, wouldn’t you prefer looking up to date, and happy in what suits you now?

Time to l-e-t- it go!! Tug, tug… actually, I am here to hold your hand and gently help you to step out of your scarcity, what if, frame of mind.

Join me in my next class, From Closet Chaos to Wardrobe Bliss. It is on Tuesday May 23 @ 8pm, from the comfort of your own home!

**Register here…http://imageconnections.ca/from-closet-chaos-to-wardrobe-bliss/

Here’s what you will get:

  • A live webinar class that is recorded so you can re-visit it time and again.
  • Time during this class to ask questions and participate.
  • Strategies for taking out the “emotional” baggage living in your closet.
  • Organizing tips to create more space.
  • Tip sheet on how to simplify getting dressed.
  • FREE e-book on editing your closet, ($9.97 value) that we will walk through together in our private facebook group.
  • Private Facebook group where you can post questions, pictures, get feedback, get extra tips and participate in live Q& A’s. (Priceless value)
  • FREE 30 minute one to one Zoom session with me, where we can go through 10 items from your closet, or answer any of your personal questions. Valued at ($75.00)

Your investment to simplifying getting dressed, having an organized closet, and having tips to take you there is only $97.00!!!

Plus BONUSES of $85.00 +

Say YES and join me! *** register here http://imageconnections.ca/from-closet-chaos-to-wardrobe-bliss/

Yours in Style,

Karen

3 Closet Cleaning Tips You May NOT Know!

Is your closet out of control?

Do you experience stress each time you open the doors?

Do you waste precious time and energy each morning trying to choose an outfit?

Do you feel overwhelmed at the thought of de-cluttering your closet and sorting through all the years of memories, poor purchases and body changes and sizes?

Here are 3 ways to help you navigate without getting over stressed and … to help you stay on track.

  1. Backwards: Everytime you wear something, hang it up with the hangar facing backwards. This way you will be able to see what you have worn. The trick is NOT to wear it again until you have gone through most of the clothes in your closet, that you wear often. Then, you can see what hasn’t been touched.
  2. Out of sight, out of mind: Try on clothes and those that don’t fit or are out of style, can  be put in a garbage bag and placed in the back of your closet or in a storage area. If you haven’t opened that bag in a year, then promise yourself to toss it. You probably won’t even miss what is in there!
  3. Limit your hangars: Have only a certain amount of hangars in your closet holding the clothes that fit you NOW!! When you buy something new, you have to get rid of something before you can hang the new item in your closet. This is wonderful if you have limited closet space.

For MORE tips and ideas REGISTER NOW for my FREE webinar on May 9th.

When to Let Go

Everyone experiences opening their closet door and seeing items that they haven’t worn. Could it be that it’s time to let go of some things? Or do you think you should give those items a few more chances?

What would be the benefits of letting go? If you’re not constantly looking at items that make you stop and wonder whether they belong there anymore, your chances go way up for seeing the things you love and want to wear.

There may be things in your closet that could be of service to others if you were to donate them to a charity. You may even have pieces that don’t seem right for you that could earn some money if you were to take them to a consignment store.

So why is it so hard to make some edits to your wardrobe? We have memories and stories attached to clothes. We have guilt about buying and not wearing what we purchased. It’s hard to face that waste of money. Or we look at clothes that were bought hastily or purchased while emotions were running high. It reminds us of habits we’d rather not face.

The good news is that you’re not alone. Chances are most people have things hanging in their closets that should be in someone else’s closet, not theirs. These shopping misses or the holding on of clothes that don’t serve you in your current lifestyle are signs that you’re human.

This is an area where I can’t stress enough how helpful it is to have a professional wardrobe consultant there to help you with this process. Someone objective can help you assess whether you should hold on to something or let it go. That professional consultant has worked in hundreds of closets and has no judgment about yours. She knows that once you’re clear about what should stay and what should go, you’ll have freed up so much mental and physical space. You’ll feel light and buoyant—like you’ve lost weight or been on a vacation—once you have an exit plan for clothing that’s no longer serving you.

I’d like to give you some practice homework to try in your own closet. Click here to get your 21 Reasons to Let Go! Once you understand some of the reasons clothes need to go, you may end up making lots of progress on your own. Then you can call on someone to help you in the final round on the pieces that you’re still wondering about. How does that sound?

Plan on spending some time in your closet—whatever you think you can handle at one time. It can be thirty minutes, an hour or two, or maybe an afternoon on the weekend.

Remember… we usually only wear 20% of all the clothes in our closet… 80% of the time. Let’s make it a GREAT 20%!!

       

Click on this link to receive your 21 reasons that clothes should go so you can be getting the maximum use of the clothes that will stay and also to have peace of mind and joy every time you open your closet.

Be sure to check out my weekly video on my Facebook page. www.facebook/ImageConnections.com

And join me every Sunday at 7 pm, EST on Facebook LIVE for STYLIN SUNDAYS… I love to see your encouragement with your likes and comments.

 

Hey Mother Nature!! What the Heck?

It is Friday April 7th, as I write this and I awoke to a huge layer of snow!

What the heck??? Enough I say!

Well I decided to do something about it and thought, as a group we can have an influence. You know… energy in numbers!

Ladies… its time to take charge and send a message to Mother Nature! “We want spring!”  

Let’s move from this to wearing this.
(thank you Jenny DiPietro for modelling this out and Fashion Wear Boutique)
        

I figure if we look it and start wearing some fun outfits, maybe she will concede.

We have heard it takes 21 days to form or break a habit. Well I am counting on 21 days to bring on consistent warm weather, so we can play in our spring and summer clothing.

Join me by following my 21 day STYLE prompts. Download the 21 days and have some fun choosing your outfit around the prompt for that day.

It’s all about having some fun and putting a smile on your face which is like a ray of sunshine all on its own!

Click on this link to receive your FREE 21 day SPRING INTO STYLE prompts.

Share it with friends!

Post your style of the day on my facebook page… www.facebook/imageconnections.com

Or post your picture and follow me on Instagram @Karendorland

What’s LOVE Got To Do With It? 3 Ways to Bring Love into Your Wardrobe

Wouldn’t it be fun to wake up every day and put on something you love? Wouldn’t it brighten your day and make you feel happy?

That experience is absolutely possible.

I’ve got a few ways you can use that powerful love force and infuse your wardrobe with it so you’re happy to meet the day.

  1. Shop for what you love

In order to have a wardrobe that’s filled with what you love you may need to change up your shopping habits. If you’re shopping on the run, you may be grabbing “just any old thing” rather than allowing yourself the time to try things on, look in the mirror and ask yourself the question, “Do I love this?” Or if you are taking the time to try things on, are you settling for the same old thing instead of exploring new possibilities? The best thing to do is give yourself some time to explore and have fun with clothes. Don’t settle for “okay” when you could enjoy clothing pieces and accessories that put a smile on your face every time you wear it.

  1. Display what you love

People have collections of things they love. It could be figurines of specific animals. Maybe it’s a wall of framed horticultural prints. Some people fall in love with a city and want to be reminded of it all the time. You can take those subjects you love and look for them in prints. How about a blouse with your favorite flower or a knit sweater with the image of your favorite animal woven in? Or a scarf depicting your favorite city? Many people gain much pleasure when they adorn themselves in things they already love.

  1. Satisfy your love of details

Look at your wardrobe or look through a fashion magazine. Are there details that you just love? Maybe you love vintage details. You may fancy lace, ruffles, bows, tucks, appliqués. Maybe you love urban details like studs, fringe, or grommets. Indulge your love of details and look for new ways to have them in your wardrobe. If it’s studs you like, look for them in handbags, shoes or boots, or on the hemlines of skirts.

LOL… can you guess what I LOVE to collect as a pattern in my clothes?

My goal is to have every woman LOVE who she sees in the mirror!

If you need some help to find the love in your closet, call me I would LOVE to help!

Are you up for a challenge? Then join me…

  1. Step Into Style 101… a 21 Day Style Challenge. Here is where you get a sneak peek into how I work one to one with clients. Jump into some of the questions and see what you discover. Try taking some baby steps into change. I will be right beside you because I am offering a private facebook group where I can answer questions and give more tips.

Both of these are FREE!! So register today!  Here is the link http://imageconnections.ca/step-into-style-101-21-day-challenge/

Thank you for sharing and liking my videos and remember I am also on Facebook LIVE on Sundays at 7 pm, EST. My show is called STYLIN SUNDAYS.

Happy Valentines Day and Thank You for being on this Style Journey with me!!

3 More Style Recipes to Let Your Personality Shine

Yes, it is dress-up and party time! And… time to let your STYLE personality come out!.

Enter… YOU! Your personality deserves to shine and what a better way than wearing an outfit that matches who you are.

In my last blog, I gave 3 style recipes, a dramatic, a feminine and a funky. Here are 3 more to choose from.

  • Go for a Classic vibe. Black and white items like to play together. It could be a black pleated skirt and a white satin blouse, or a column of black under a white wool coat.  If you are a warm palette, you may want to try a buttery cream column of colour under a brown or navy jacket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Are you a Minimalist? You could wear a black turtleneck, cigarette pants, and pointy toed kitten heels. In my case, I would choose a column of grey and grey snakeskin look shoes. If you are a warm palette, try all brown or deep eggplant. In this case less is more.

  • How about Glamorous for the New Year? Think movie star glamour and pull out you faux fur cape or jacket to wear over your red hot dress. Add a shade of red that blends with but doesn’t match your red dress.  Wear nude coloured pumps to keep the attention closer to your face. You will be turning heads!

Wishing you Prosperity, Good Health and Joy in 2017! Now… go get your GLAM on!

Did you pick up your FREE copy of  12 Days of Inspiration, Style and Self-love?Visit my website www.imageconnections.ca  to get your FREE copy NOW!

Thank you SO very much for reading my blogs and following me on Facebook. I look forward to sharing another year of Fashion & Style with you.

  • Look for my webinar in January on ‘The Power of Colour!’ Here you will discover how colour has energy. See before and after pictures of clients.
  • Book your FREE 40 minute ‘Discover Your Style’ phone session with me. Here is your opportunity to ask me questions. Share a little about yourself and learn what your style might be.
  • Let’s work together from the comfort of your home! Book a Skype consultation. It can be 15, 30 or 45 minutes and we can discuss what accessories best suit you, or learn what clothes suit your body type. You don’t have worry about cleaning, having me in your closet or dogs or kids getting in the wayJ
  • 905-775-7486 or email Karen@imageconnections.ca

3 Eco-Care Shopping Tips

eco friendly clothing

You care about fashion, and you care about the environment. You love all seasons: Nature’s season and the fashion seasons. But what if there was a conflict between the two? Awareness is growing about the relationship between these two. Some people feel “fast fashion” is contributing to landfills. More and more we’re seeing clothing made from “new” resources like bamboo, hemp, and soy. So, what should you look for when you’re shopping? Should you even be shopping? What if your fashion habits were harming the earth? No one wants to contribute to landfills, poison the air, or threaten natural resources. If these issues have been on your mind, here are the first 3 tips to help you feel like you’re protecting the environment while enjoying your fashion and style. Continue reading