3 Tips on How to Make a Quick Getaway!

It’s that time of year… and I wish I was high tailin’ it outta here!
This year though I am here for the winter and am just watching others leave for sunnier locations.
So I shall send my thoughts with you and give you some tips to make it easier to get away quick!

  • Have your make-up and face cleanser cases ready and prepared at all times. I have mine all set incase I need to stay over at a friend’s if I have an appointment an hour away and the weather may be nasty.

This is when the Dollar store comes in handy. I like the travel containers and I just fill them part way with my cleanser, moisturizer, shampoo and body lotion. I always have a small tube of hair product and a small hair spray. The mirror is from the Dollar store and is a magnifying mirror. I can’t do without it. It also has suction cups on the back to put on a hotel mirror, but I tend to forget them, so I just hold it.  I also have a few small flat packs of sample shampoo as well.  My make-up bag has duplicates of everything I use on a daily basis… eyeliner, eye brow pencil, blush, make-up brushes. I don’t need to grab what is on my bathroom counter.
Just like my wardrobe, it took a little planning, but now all I do is grab the cosmetic bags.

  • Are your carry-on suitcases ready? Once again, I have some pouches (from the Dollar store) already supplied with clean underwear, and another with socks. The socks are ankle socks and even a pair of panty hose. There is a small pouch with tea bags, Vitamin C and NyQuil incase I can’t sleep or I get stuffed up. I rarely ever take it, but it has come in handy.  These stay in my suitcase and when I return home, I empty them to wash and refill immediately.

In the shoulder carry-on, I have an extra pair of glasses, a small notebook, tissue, a snack bar and I always carry my Ipad in it, since I often read on the plane or have downloaded podcasts. And… if you know me, I will have a scarf tucked in there or it’s already around my neck.

  • Know what clothes are great to wear for traveling. Maybe you have already made a “Travel Module.” You can download my course… “How to Get the Most From the Clothes You Already Have” to learn how to create modules. You will refer to it again and again. Make a special section in your closet for comfortable travel clothes. Something I did last year when I was changing over my summer clothes to winter, was to put beach wear and a warm weather clothing capsule, in a plastic bin. All I had to do was pull it out! Voila!Have a great trip and tip up a Marguerita for me!

 

For added interest you may enjoy reading Stephanie’s newsletter on how to be organized for traveling.  READ HERE

Yours In Style,

Karen

P.S. I am at Oakridge Outfitters this Thursday Feb. 22 to give a presentation on Celebrating Your Shape… how to dress for your body type.   2 pm and 7 pm. Please RSVP me or the store: Oakridge Outfitters in Aurora.

 

3 Ways to Bring LOVE to 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 buoyant? It would be like Valentines Day in your closet.

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.

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.

Insist on wearing the colours you love most

Sometimes people will surround themselves in the colours they love when they’re decorating their home. While having wall paint or bed linens in your favorite colours is fabulous, how about having an ample amount of clothing pieces in your favorite colours? Or while you’re waiting to save up for the navy blue tufted velvet couch, find a top, pant or dress in navy blue and enjoy that colour right now. Be up-to-date with your love of colour. Maybe you used to be crazy about white but now you’re crazy about purple. You don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe in purple. You can buy a few pieces that will satisfy you. This Spring’s pantone colour is Ultra Violet Purple.

Highlight a loved feature of yours

While much of the time we seem to focus on figure challenges, it’s great to take a break from that and focus on features you love about yourself. Maybe it’s your décolleté. Are you wearing pieces that flatter your chest? Wear flattering blouses or dresses with great necklines. A secret to one woman’s style is to focus on her long legs. She wears pants in all kinds of fabrics like lace, velvet, and jacquard. You have the power to direct attention wherever you want to. The bonus is that by focusing on what you love, those challenges just fade away.

On a scale of one to ten with ten being totally satisfied with your wardrobe and one being not at all satisfied, where does your wardrobe stand? Bringing some loving attention to it could be what’s needed to bring that number up to a resounding ten.

What’s Karen up to?

  • Mondays and Fridays at ZuZu Fashion Boutique at 25 Dunlop St. East, Barrie Come in and see me.
  • Thursday Feb. 22 I will be giving a presentation at Oakridge Outfitters in Aurora  2 p.m and 7 p.m.   “Do You Know Your Body Type and How to Dress It “   Limited seating   Free.
  • Sunday February 25 … taking my group of ladies from my course, 7 Steps to Confidence & Success with Style, shopping to put what they leaned into action
  • Monday February 26 Konversations With Karen

I am combining my expertise as an Image Consultant and working with women on the outside to shift how they feel inside, to adding my experience in dating and relationship and navigating women 50+ as they jump into the dating pool. I am your Love Strategist. Giving you strategies on your journey to setting your GPS to finding love!

Yours In Style,

Karen

5 Ways to Be Ready With the Perfect Wardrobe

I have been thinking about you a lot. Especially since we are just finishing up my 7 Steps to Confidence & Success with Style course.
Feedback like this is happening, “I’ve upped my fashion game back to the way I used to dress… and I feel a lot better. I thought that being so fat, that no matter what I wore I looked like a frump. But the last few days I’ve had compliments from people on how beautiful I look.”

Too often women go to put an outfit together and they’re not happy with one or more ingredients in their wardrobe or they’re simply missing pieces all together.
I don’t want you to struggle with getting dressed. You can struggle with the newest App on your phone, but don’t struggle with getting dressed.
Go through this checklist and see if you have your bases covered. If you don’t, I am here and ready to help.
My next 7 Steps class starts February 15.

  • Know what colours flatter your skin and make you look and feel youthful and radiant. Hear the compliment, “Wow, you look great today!” It also makes mixing and matching your clothes so much easier.
  • Let your personality shine! Do your clothes really represent who you are? Do they show your fun side? Or that you are a classic woman with some creativeness on the side?
  • Mix and match to create versatility using the clothes you already have. Creating wardrobe modules, is one of my favourite ways to get the most from the clothes in my closet. It is also something my clients love to learn and they appreciate the time and money it saves.
  • Accessorize to maximize, energize and individualize!  You can easily add energy and chic to a t-shirt and jeans just by adding accessories.  It is easy to add a trend through the use of accessories too. Add an animal scarf, or handbag to create a second glance. We could all wear a plain little black dress and yet it would look very different when we personalize it with our accessories. If you don’t know what accessories suit you, then this would be a class for you!
  • Putting it all together. How many times have you looked at a woman walking along the street, or across the room at networking and wish you could look as put together as she is? Well, you can, using my 3 is Key formula. Take the guess work out of how, when you see how simple I make it. Take an outfit from bland to spicey!

“Karen’s online course, 7 Steps to Confidence and Success with Style, is absolutely amazing. The tips, techniques and tidbits will astound you. Karen is truly an image magician and will help you in so many ways to love your closet again! Thanks Karen for everything!”   Debra Milne

7 Steps to Confidence and Success with Style. It begins February 15 and is at a special 2018 offer of $147.00. (regular $197) Register by February 12.

I am offering 2 new BONUSES with it too.

  • One hour call with me valued at $200
  • Special Spring Trend Report. Value of $100

What you get:

  • 7 weeks of classes plus a bonus introduction: *Personality Style,
  • *The Power of Colour
  • * Detox Your Closet
  • *Creating Wardrobe Modules
  • *How to Dress for Your Body Type
  • *Accessorize to Maximize
  • *Pulling It All Together.
  • Private Facebook group to ask questions and encourage others
  • Be ready for summer dressing by taking this course! Feel confident in your clothing choices. Mix and match to end the morning closet crisis.

Original cost of the course was $397 + bonuses = $697

Special 2018 offer is $147!

SIGN UP TODAY!!!

 

 

Ready to Call it Quits!

When I woke up this morning, it was to the same daily anxiety, only heavier.
What am I doing?
Am I making a difference?
I am feeling overwhelmed, bogged down and I have lost my joy.
I thought 2018 was supposed to feel lighter.
I am feeling behind on videos, blogs and even laundry.
When I go away on vacation, I have to prepare weeks in advance, only to come back to barrage of work. “Is it worth it?” I ask myself.

Then…Spirit presented a re-focus for me.

I was served up a clear message from an online dating experience first thing this morning.
Yes, I am back online dating again, for 2 major reasons.
One… I am ready to experience love in my life again. It has been 7 years since my beloved Dan passed away.
Two… I am in the process of creating a new course, “Set Your GPS to Love… 8 steps to attracting in a loving relationship.” I figure if I am teaching about attracting in love, then I may as well experience what my clients are doing.
So what happened?

I was matched up with a handsome man on Tinder and 20 minutes into our messaging, I realized he was a scammer or ‘catfishing’ as it’s called.
I am getting pretty good at recognizing them and I suddenly knew what I am to be doing!
I am meant to carry on creating my course and be a champion for single women. Especially for single women over 40, back into the dating scene again.
I am teaching and guiding women during their process of finding love again.

Ladies!!! It all begins with self-love and honouring yourself!

It means dressing so you can look in the mirror and say, “I love and accept myself.”

I was given the reminder as to WHY I started my image business in the first place; to bring more love to the world, starting with the person in the mirror.

I am NOT ready to give up on doing what I can to build empowerment, confidence and esteem to women, so we can drive through the bullshit and find quality men to match the quality women that we are!

I will soon be adding a newsletter every Friday called, Love Letters. If you are interested then please register for them when I provide a link to them. (a few more weeks)

Also, to start on your self love path of looking in the mirror and loving the woman looking back…

I am offering my online course, 7 Steps to Confidence and Success with Style. It begins Feb.1 and is at a special 2018 offer of $147.00. (regular $197) Register by January 30.

I am offering 2 new BONUSES with it too.

  1. One hour call with me valued at $200
  2. Special Spring Trend Report.

What you get:

7 weeks of classes plus a bonus introduction. Personality Style, The Power of Colour, Detox Your Closet, Creating Wardrobe Modules, How to Dress for Your Body Type, Accessorize to Maximize and Pulling It All Together.

Private Facebook group to ask questions and encourage others

Be ready for summer dressing by taking this course! Feel confident in your clothing choices. Mix and match to end the morning closet crisis.

I can hardly wait to have you join me.  SIGN UP HERE!!

Yours In Style,

Karen

 

Dreams and Challenges for 2018

Would you like to save money? What would you use it for… travel, a new car, a new update in your home?

I have been drooling over a trip to Bali that I saw offered and at this time of year I would so love to be there!

I have been taking a closer look at where I spend money so I can pay attention to my spending and begin to put away funds for travel, since that is what I love to do.  And then… send you pictures of places and fashions that I see around the world.

I really enjoy using Instagram and seeing the styles that women are posting but…I wonder how they can possibly wear a different outfit each day. Also, is it encouraging us to feel that we need to buy more? To continue the brainwashing of media that we aren’t good enough without the latest trends? Many of these stylists are sponsored by clothing companies and it disappoints me at times.

Our closets are already crammed with clothes we don’t wear, landfill sites that are overflowing and creating ever increasing pollution due to the production of cheap clothing.

This year I am challenging myself to avoid buying clothes on impulse. I am planning to frequent vintage and consignment shops and I am going to use my planning modules every week in order to mix and match what I already have more effectively.

It makes me feel good to re-use what I have! What about you? Do you wear 100%, 80% or even 20% of what you have in your closet?

I can help you create a wardrobe that you wear 100% and we can do it one to one or online!

I am offering a 2018 SPECIAL just for you! I am once again offering my online course 7 Steps to Confidence and Success with Style. It will begin February 1.

It is regular $197 and I am offering it as a special for $147 with UPGRADES! Register by January 30 to get in!

Here is what you get:

  • 7 weeks of classes plus a bonus introduction: Personality Style, The Power of Colour, Detox Your Closet, Creating Wardrobe Modules, How to Dress for Your Body Type, Accessorize to Maximize and Pulling It All Together
  • Private Facebook group to ask questions and encourage others
  • BONUS: Special Spring Trend report!
  • BONUS: One hour call with me over Zoom (valued at $200)
  • Be ready for summer by taking this course now!

“I cannot wait to go clothes shopping again… and I haven’t said that in many, many years. Thank you so much… and to think I have only one session under my belt!!! You rock, Karen!” Debra Milne

Register here for my course, 7 Steps to Confidence and Success with Style.

Also… please join my private Facebook group, Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and LOVE. Be part of a community of women who are positive, encouraging and ready to take their style and self love to a new level.

Yours In Style, Karen

5 Holiday Outfits Using Your Favorite Fall Trends

Are you ready to start putting together a few holiday outfits? Inspiration is as close as the fall trends you may have already added to your wardrobe. Here are 5 key pieces to work into your fun holiday looks.

  1. Red. This vibrant color turns festive during the holidays. Try a red dress or red lips; either one gets attention.

 

  1. Fabric shoe. Pull out that beautiful brocade flat or embroidered mule to wear with your classic satin cigarette pant. The shoe will be the conversation starter. 

 

  1. Dark nail polish. Get a fresh manicure and go for a color that is deep and dramatic. Shades of purple, Bordeaux, or cranberry add allure to your fingers. Imagine how beautiful they’ll look as you hold your glass of party punch.

 

  1. Blush. Wear shades of blush from head to toe in a monochromatic outfit. This romantic color turns dramatic when it’s the only hue you’re wearing. You’ll be turning heads the minute you walk through the door.                   

 

  1. Pearl embellishment. Lucky you that you bought that black sweater or skirt with pearl embellishment. It’s the perfect key piece to wear with black pumps. Pearl embellished handbags, heels, booties, or sweaters are all acceptable choices for a holiday gathering.

I am happy to help you shop your closet to get your holiday outfits prepared well in advance so you won’t be stressing out over what to wear this holiday season.

Watch my videos on Youtube or my Facebook page to see how I style some of these ideas and more. I show you relaxed and comfortable outfits or more sparkle and glam ideas.

Haven’t joined my PRIVATE Facebook group yet? Do it now!!

Level Up You Image in Business, Life and Love.

 

 

Walk into a Room Feeling Wonder Woman Confident… are you ready?

When you walk into a network event, a party, lunch with friends who are already there waiting for you, how do you feel?
Do you feel conspicuous? Afraid all eyes are looking at you?
Do you feel all the body parts that you don’t like are standing out 150% more than ever?
You feel your top shows every lump around your stomach?
Your pants are hugging your thighs way too tight?
You feel so NOT put together compared to your friends?

I am here to help solve your style confidence problems. I WANT you to walk in with your head held high and a sway to those beautiful curvy hips. You CAN!

It makes it so much easier when you know you look good. Look good, feel good!

I am offering you all the steps I use when I work one to one with clients, in 7 Steps to Confidence & Success with Style for a FRACTION of the cost. Why?
Because I want every woman to experience self-love, self- worth and self-confidence. I do believe in “woman power!”

You will:

  • Discover your unique Personality Style.
  • Learn what your body type is using simple techniques and… how to dress it!
  • What is your Power Colour? I give techniques to try to uncover whether you are a warm or cool palette, if you are unable to have a full colour analysis. Learn why it is so important.
  • Finally… have accountability for clearing your closet. I will lead you step by step. Then…
  • Learn my Wardrobe Module Formula so you too can be a Mix & Match Queen! Make the most from your clothing investments. Save time, money and shop with intention.
  • Combine accessories with your outfits to Maximize, Energize and Individualize. What necklaces suit your face shape? Height? Bone structure?
  • Pull It Altogether with my 3 is Key formula!

Soon you too will be receiving compliments like, “You look so put together! What have you done?”

A secret about me: I still get nervous about networking and giving presentations, however, I set my clothes out the day before and try them on, so there aren’t surprises. (Even celebrities say they are nervous before shows.)
I learned to breathe deeply, pull my shoulders back, spread my hands out at my side and step forward with a smile!
Try it.
If you have a quiet place to be first, try a Superwoman stance. Stand straight, breathe in, hold your arms out with your hands open and look slightly up and straight ahead.

After you take my course, 7 Steps to Confidence & Success with Style, you will understand how to better buy clothes that suit your personality and your body. You will have more confidence on how to pull your look together.

Upcoming events:

Join me online for Konversations with Karen. If you have topics that you want to know more about then please email your ideas to: Karen@imageconnections.ca
Watch for the next Konversation to be announced in the newsletter and on Facebook.

I invite you to join the private Facebook group: Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and Love. Join the growing community of women who are interested in learning more and supporting others.

I Just Want a Girlfriend to Say, “Here Wear This!”

Do we ever really know what women are going through each day?
Don’t we all have our stress limits and feelings of overwhelm?
Is there someone you know or are acquainted with, who you think has it all together? Have you really let her open up to say what her world is truly like?

I bumped into someone I haven’t seen for quite a few years. I was excited to see her and wondered what was going on in her life.
She put on a brave face and said she had been let go from her work. Her husband is ill and she is the bread winner. After a few minutes she opened up more.
She has a house to physically look after, is the care-giver to her husband, is exhausted, afraid, depressed and… to add to her depression, she beats herself up about her body and the way she looks.
“I am too tired to even try. I have given up on myself. I just want to cry. I just want a girlfriend to come over, take my hand and say wear this.”

Then her eyes did fill with tears.

Could I relate? You bet! My beloved Dan had pancreatic cancer and I was his caregiver for a year. It was “scary as hell” I can tell you. On top of that I taught school, tried to carry on with my business, take him to radiation treatments, to the naturopath for Vit. C treatments and jump up at 5 am to make smoothies and healthy food for the day.
I too wanted a girlfriend to take my hand and instead of an outfit, just take over for an afternoon.

Strangely enough, what helped me get through was actually taking an Image Course. I had signed up and paid a big amount of U.S.$, so felt I should carry through. Well, it helped me to create outfits, learn more about my personality style and connect with other women online. It helped me to take my mind off my troubles for one hour each week, plus I wanted to complete my assignments, so it gave me positive things to think about.

I just finished putting my outline together for my course, 7 Steps to Confidence & Success with Style, when I met my friend. I told her what I was offering and how the image course had helped me.

If she wanted a girlfriend to offer her inspiration, style advice, a group to interact with, formulas and templates she could use with the clothes she already has, so she can refresh her look and maybe her confidence, then, I had something for her. And… it is extremely affordable in Canadian $$!!

Did I hear back from her? A resounding yes! “Yes, I can do that!”

I hope YOU can do it too, because I want to offer support and encouragement and hope to all women who are over stressed, over tired, over worked and are running on a tank of NO SELF-LOVE.

Be ready to jump in and register for my course, 7 Steps to Confidence & Success with Style, when it comes on sale, Friday November 24. BLACK FRIDAY EVENT!  $147 + HST (regular $397)

Here is what you get: you can check my website for more details  www.imageconnections.ca

  • 7 classes + a BONUS class… all recorded, formulas, templates & maybe a few special surprises.
  • Private FB group to interact in and be supported
  • Weekly Q & A calls

** Oh by the way: my friend needs outfits and confidence to go out for job interviews again too.

I Embody Grace and Frankie

Have you watched the Grace & Frankie series on Netflix? If not, I encourage you to do so.
It is so funny and I so relate to them… hot flashes, online dating, ex-husbands, adult children and friendship.

I feel I am Grace on the outside and Frankie on the inside. Let me explain… as you know I am an Image Consultant.
What you may not know is that I am a Reiki Master and Healer. I heal women using the tools of Image Consulting to build confidence, self-love and style discovery.
I use Reiki, meditation, Angel cards and life experience to release energy blocks that are keeping women STUCK and unable to move forward in business, life and love.
I have taken classes in Aboriginal ways & teachings, so I can relate to Frankie when she is smudging, shaking rattles or drumming.
Yet I can easily pull out my inner Grace when I dress for networking, presentations and videos.
Do you have a Grace & Frankie in you?

I am excited to offer a set of classes called 7 Steps to Confidence & Success with Style. They will begin in December.
In them you will uncover your personality style and will learn what really does call to you in style. I even will share my formula for curing the morning closet crisis. Those are just 2 of the classes.
I am offering a VERY SPECIAL deal on Black Friday, Nov. 24.
If you worked with me one to one, these 7 classes would cost you $1750. In group workshops the investment is $700 and online I previously offered them for $397.
On BLACK FRIDAY, I am offering the classes for $147!!
I suggest you jump in and register when the webpage opens for purchasing!
I have limited spaces in order for me to best serve those who register.

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!!