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

Does Size Really Matter?

As an image professional, I see fresh fashion come into the stores each season. When I get my clients into the dressing room to try on these new styles, I often bring in two or three sizes of the same piece. What I know from experience is that I can’t rely on sizes being equal in every brand.

My goal is to get my client into the best fitting pant, top, dress, or jean. When she goes home with a shopping bag of new clothes, items could be in four or five different sizes. What I know is that she looks great in these new pieces. They fit well, they flatter her figure and that’s what matters.

Yet sizes can be such a stumbling block for women. If they’ve always been a size 10, they are loath to go up a size even if it looks better on them. They reject fit and comfort and want to squeeze into that size 10 no matter the image cost.

Let’s talk about that cost. When the seams of a garment are straining, this is what people may surmise: This woman must be out of touch or maybe she doesn’t care how she looks. The same can be said about the woman who wears baggy, ill-fitting clothes.

People size you up in seconds and if you look uncomfortable or out of touch in your clothes then your image as a confident, successful person drops. Doubt comes into the picture. Your reputation takes a blow.

This is too big a price to pay for trying to fit into a garment that matches a number you’re used to instead of fiddling with different sizes to find the piece that most lines up with the shape of your body. For a woman wearing clothes that are too big, she may not trust the new sizes I’m putting her into because she has that same hold about “being” a certain size.

Where do you suppose this obsessive hold on size comes from? More than once, a woman has shared with me that her husband or mother was obsessed with her being a certain size. And if she wasn’t that size, she spent years and years not accepting herself or loving herself as she was.

Women in bigger clothes may feel a need to hide or protect themselves. Gently exploring how it feels to be visible in clothes that fit properly could drastically change this pattern.

I’ve also heard from women who tell me that their daughters are obsessed with size and calories before they are even in their teens. Sometimes that’s a wakeup call to Moms who have been so hard on themselves. They see the pain and pattern of self-criticism their daughters are starting to develop.

This I know: Your body is aching to feel accepted just as it is, today, right now. You can give your body that gift by adorning it in clothes that fit and flatter. It’s a fallacy to think that being a certain size is the only time you’ll be attractive. It’s best to drop any expectation you have about sizing.

The way clothes are sized is continually changing. I may have more experience in this than you do because I’m in the stores and in dressing rooms with women of all sizes during my workweek.

When you take the focus off of size, you can actually see the beauty in clothes: their design, details, textures, patterns, and lines. Focus on beauty and style first. Don’t give “size” any energy.

My aim is to help you look great in clothes. It may be easier to tackle this with a coach like me by your side. If you’ve been in clothes that are too big on you, can you imagine having more fun with clothes, being more visible? If you’ve struggled with sizing and fit, would it be great to get a professional’s perspective?

I am here for you! Let me help you get the best looks for your body and help you find the self-love that’s been waiting in the wings ready to be showered on you.

Happy Holidays! Enjoy them fully!

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.

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

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

Weekend Warrioress Outfits! = WWO

What are YOU doing this weekend? I am in Thunder Bay and exploring the city. Or… walking at Mission Marsh or Centennial Park, all with the Grandkids and maybe a Grand-dog too.

This means comfortable shoes and layers since we usually start out in the morning and it heats up by afternoon.

(LOL… maybe! It is Thunder Bay!)

I used my Wardrobe Module Chart to help me plan and pack for the week I am here.

You TOO can get this when you register for my Master Class,” GET THE MOST… out of the clothes you already have!”

** Register here

Why is this class $97.00? It is a Master Class. It is one of the foundational components you will use over and over again. In other words… IT IS WORTH IT AND MORE!

Here are some comments from after the class.

“I want to get into my closet NOW! I am so excited to put things together.”

“It’s so simple. Why didn’t I think of that before?”

“You de-mystified mixing and matching for me. I am impressed.”

I hope you follow me on Facebook too since I often do a Facebook live from various places when I travel. If you get the chance to visit Thunder Bay, you can try out some of my favourite places. The International House of Tea, The Mystic Garden, The Madhouse Restaurant (for Fish tacos!!) and many more. Watch my videos!

www.https://facebook.com/KarendorlandImageconnections

I would love to see photos of what you did on the weekend and what you wore doing it!

Here is the link to register for the course, “GET THE MOST… out of what you already have.”

Down at the beautiful waterfront in Thunder Bay and morning wake-up companions.

Yours In Style,

Karen