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

Don’t Give Your Booties the Boot… 5 Tips on How to Wear Booties.

You’ve seen them in store windows and on women of all ages: booties or shoe boots as I call them.
They look cute on others but you aren’t sure if you can wear them.
You have doubts. I bet I can guess what you’re thinking. Am I too old to wear booties?
How do people wear booties with socks?
Should I get a slouchy one or a slim one?
What kind of pants do you wear booties?
Will they go out of style?

Lots of questions but lucky for you, I have lots of answers. Booties offer style solutions and they are not going out of style anytime soon!

  1. If you choose booties in a colour such as burgundy, teal or red, then connect the colour to your outfit in another piece of clothing or an accessory.
  2. Booties in light colours, such as sand or taupe can be worn with winter white or similar taupe colours.
  3. They also look great with darker denims or pants as a contrasting colour, especially if you are tall and can spare the height.
  4. Choose a bootie that relates to your hair colour, so it brings the eye of the observer up to your face and hair. This will tie almost any outfit together.
  5. Booties in metallic shades can add glitz or glamour or dressiness to any outfit.
  6. Ankle booties that are low cut in the vamp are great for slim over-the-knee pencil skirts. This bootie style elongates the leg.

Have some fun trying on various styles and wear an outfit you think you would like to pair them with.
Or… call me ! I am happy to go Bootie shopping with you!

What’s happening at Image Connections:

  • I have been loving the interaction of the participants in the 21 Day Style Challenge. We have discovered Style Words and I have them “thinking.”
  • Join me every Sunday at 7 pm EST, on Facebook LIVE. www.facebook/imageconnections  for my live session called STYLIN SUNDAYS.
  • My on-line style course… “ Set Your GPS to Fantabulous… a 7 Step System to looking Savvy, Sexy and Stylish over 40” will begin March 28. Spots are limited because I want to give participants as much personal interaction and guidance as possible with me.
  • 20 regular spots available and 10 VIP… register on my website www.imageconnections.ca

I would love it if you post a picture of your favourite bootie on my Facebook page.

Yours In Style,
Karen

 

Are You Sabotaging Yourself?

Join me Tuesday Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. or Wednesday Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. for my webinar called G.O.A.L.S.

Have you ever found yourself excited to set your goals and then 3 to 5 days into it, you make excuses and stop?  Then, it’s a never ending conversation of negativity in your head, beating yourself up because you didn’t continue.

Do you know that changing your appearance or at least tweaking some things can assist you in sticking to your goals?

Let’s take daily exercise for an example. If you put your exercise clothes out the night before, so you can easily jump into them in the morning, your brain knows these clothes can allow movement and your body feels more energetic in them.
When you do this daily, it sets a routine in your mind and body as well as with yourself.

Would you like to save money this year to go on vacation?  Once you learn how to shop your closet and buy according to your colour and personality style, you will think twice and save more!

I am surrounded with beautiful friends who desire to attract in romance this year. Are you one of them?  Perhaps you have a significant other in your life and you want to rekindle the romance spark. YES!  You can do that in many ways… register to find out! It’s FREE!

Where do you want to be in 2017?
In this webinar I teach you some ‘Fashion Fixes’ to help you get to the next level in what you would like to attract in this year.

You can register at my websitewww.imageconnections.ca or click on the link here:http://imageconnections.ca/goals-webinar/

Wishing you all the best in 2017!

Who Do You Love Mama…Who Do You Love?

Welcome to February, the month of love. I am super excited because I totally love astrology and Mars, the fiery male planet, and Venus, the female planet of love, are merging together in Aries!!  Too much non-sense information?

Well not if I want to bring more love into your life… and I always do. I want you to fall in love with the person in the mirror.

Do you remember what  it feels like to be in love, in the beginning? The buoyant feeling you have. The excitement and the smiles. Wondering … what will I wear when we go out?  We actually spent time fussing over ourselves and putting outfits together. What happened?

Well you might say, menopause hit, I got divorced, my partner passed away, I became ill, I retired or I became a grandparent.  Whatever “The Life” happened to you, I am here to get you back on the self-love track.

Let’s start with what you have, your body.

In my last 2 videos, I talked about how negative women can be to themselves. Our self talk is a litany of “Don’t likes.”  We compare ourselves to other women and… often to younger women!

This month, in fact, today, I want you to highlight a feature about yourself that you LOVE.  Maybe it’s your décolleté. Are you wearing pieces that flatter your chest? Start wearing blouses with necklines that are flattering. Or add a statement necklace to your simple rounded neck top.

 

Perhaps you have long legs that you love. Wear pants in all kinds of fabrics like, velvet, jacquard and the new denim that is surfacing this spring.  Bring some loving attention to your body and highlight areas that make you feel like a ten!

 

 

It IS possible and I am here to help. Call me and we will work on this together.

BIG news for February:

To start you on your way to Spring fashion, I have 2 great FREE on-line events coming up.

  1. G.O.A.L.S  webinar. Discover some Fashion Fixes that you can implement right away and start attracting in goals you may have set this year. Goals like, lose weight, eat healthier, finding love, attracting in clients and saving money.
  2. 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 for the G.O.A.L.S. webinar, Step Into Style 101 will follow, so watch for it.

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.

 

How to Express Your Passions Through Fashion This 2017!

At the beginning of each New Year we focus on our goals for business, health, home and spiritual.

Sometimes we lose sight of ourselves in all the great plans.

In Fashion Feng Shui, we set an intention that we would like to bring out in our appearance. Fashion is an easy way to do that.

There is a plethora of styles and prints to choose from. So, let’s get personal with some prints that match your hobbies, interests or passions. Wear images that inspire you!

Love to write? Read?

You may carry a journal with you. Or, you have downloaded books that you can’t wait to get into this winter.

Wear clothing that bear messages. Appreciate your favourite font in a unique piece of clothing.

World Cultures & Travel?

You aren’t satisfied on a seven block radius in your neighborhood. Your goals include figuring out how to make a living writing a travel blog. Bring out your travel enthusiasm by wearing African prints, Asian inspired kimonos and dresses influenced by the rich colours of India.

Pictures of flower gardens dance in your head?

Your library is filled with botanical picture books. You have visited Monet’s gardens and you are pouring over seed catalogues for the spring.

Choose to wear florals in small or large bloom scale. Cardigans, dresses and tops can show off your passion for all things floral.

Love animals?

Your goal includes a trip to Africa next year. Or maybe you are headed to the rain forest? Stay inspired by wearing leggings in a zebra print. Or try an animal print scarf with your coat. There is an abundance of prints out there to wear during the day or silky pyjamas by night.

 

 

I am the only Fashion Feng Shui facilitator in Canada! And… I would love to help you set your intentions for 2017 through your clothing. Discover your essential element and how to bring your desires out in your clothing.

Have you picked up your FREE copy of 3 Style Secrets  to Look 5- 10 pounds Slimmer… Instantly ?

Visit my website at www.imageconnections.ca to get it NOW!

NEW!! For 2017 !

Join me for my webinar in January on “How to be Seen in 2017.”

What are your goals for the year… lose weight? Attract in more clients and money?  Attract in a loving relationship?  Take more care with your body, eating healthy and exercise?

In this webinar, I show you ways to do that with your appearance.

Book your FREE ‘ Discover Your Style” 40 minute phone session with me. Don’t know what your style is? What would you like your style to be? Let’s figure that out together. I would love to get to know you better.

Call 905-775-7486 or email Karen@imageconnections to book your session.

Stay tuned in February for my Stepping into Style 101… absolutely free to you when you  register.

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

What is Your Festive STYLE Personality?

Well the season is upon us and whether it’s for a holiday party, a special occasion, or a last minute “Want to meet for drinks?” invitation, you don’t want to waste time fussing over your outfit.

You WANT to be able to open your closet and create a memorable outfit that matches your style personality!  Then all you need to do is take care of the hair and make-up. Well what is that you ask? Let me help!

Here are 3 fancy, festive style recipes I have whipped up for you.

  • Try on a Dramatic look. From your closet choose the brightest, boldest tunic top you have. Pair it with a leather jegging or a dark denim ankle jean. Throw on some sexy shoes and call it party time… Forget something? Yes, a true dramatic would be wearing bold accessories as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • How about a soft Feminine vibe?  Opposite from the dramatic…Wear separates in soft, blush tones. Try mixing up your fabrics to combine shiny surfaces and matte. Add your vintage diamonds (circonias) and you will be irresistible.

 

  • Try a Funky outfit. Dress up your dark, slim jeans with patterned or colourful pumps. Add a silky blouse, open at the neck where your blingy, statement necklace will be dancing with the light.  You will be dancing too with the excitement of knowing you look so great!

I am full of creative ideas for STYLE recipes! I love mixing and matching outfits to my clients’ personalities and occasions. Give me a call 905-775-7486 or email Karen@imageconnections.ca

This is a perfect time to be party ready.

  • Book your 40 minute FREE “Discover Your Style” phone session now!
  • Want to work 1-1 with me from anywhere? Technology has provided us with Skype and Zoom… we can meet over the comfort of your computer. Book your 15 minutes beginner session now and learn how to accessorize, or ask me questions about your style.
  • Follow me on Facebook/Image Connections or on Instagram @Karendorland

 

5 Fashion Tips to Take You into Spring

It’s that time of year: the weather’s unpredictable, allergies are acting up, and spring fashions are just coming in… but THIS WEATHER!! It jumps from warm to cold so quickly, how can one be prepared? Here’s a little study guide to help you take baby steps toward warm weather fashion.

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Cashmere sweaters or cardigans can be a great choice heading into spring, even summer, especially when they are in lighter colors and/or are lightweight. Reach for them as great layering pieces for when days are flip flopping between warm and cold.

Boots keep on giving

Not only are boots great for the fall/winter fashion season, but they also march right into spring months. Boots, especially in lighter colors, make great companions to skirts and dresses. Ankle booties are sweet with rolled up jeans or when worn with a knit skirt and a chambray top.

Scarves and ponchos may be your go to accessoryIMG_1309

A great way to add spring colours to your wardrobe for a small investment is a colourful print scarf. Keep wearing wool ones if they don’t look too heavy or too dark. It might be time to shift to scarves in silk, cotton, or linen. I love to wear a poncho or wrap at this time of year. It adds a layer of warmth over my spring jacket and if it gets too warm by afternoon, all I need is the poncho.

Outsmart the weather with layers

When the weather can jump 20 degrees in spring days, you have to dress smart. Smart layering is the answer. Be sure your outfit looks cute with or without that outer layer because you could be taking it on and off a few times in a single day. Look for cardigans or crocheted sweaters, and of course a poncho or wrap. My other find this year are vests. Down-filled over a sweater, or a cosy fuzzy one will add a little extra warmth.

Black is forever green… what Karen?

Your black clothing items do not have to hibernate in the spring and summer months. They are great year round and can be part of your outfit…. When worn as a bottom piece. Help black shift into spring by adding a spot of colour in an accessory. Or do some colour blocking by wearing a black pant with a geranium red or turquoise top.

Call me if you need a Fashion Mentor this Spring…

Here is where I will be in the upcoming weeks:

Thursday March 31, 2016
BWNYR Networking in Vaughan

Saturday April 2, 2016
Join me at the Foxy Lady Beauty Café
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm for a fashion show and style tips
RSVP required and please visit my website for details  www.imageconnections.ca

Sunday April 3, 2016
Ava Gray Fashion Show in Markham

Sunday April 10, 2016
Think and Grow Rich Seminar all day

Saturday April 23, 2016
Barrie Beauty Café
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm All About Accessorizing
RSVP  and information is on my website   www.imageconnections.ca

Let’s bring on Spring Ladies…come out and see the newest fashions and then learn how to accessorize, uniquely for YOU!

3 Great Fashion Outfits with Colour for the Holiday Season

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In my last two blogs, I wrote about alternatives to wearing black and 4 places we might find you donning colour. Here is one more place you may be this holiday season and 3 great fashion outfits that encompass colour for you to consider. I am not suggesting you need to dress in red and green this season, but you can start by adding colour in a piece here and there. Maybe step gingerly into colour with a neutral, perhaps navy, grey or a deep forest green to replace black.

Theatre or Ballet

The Nutcracker performances, holiday concerts, or theater events are plentiful in the month of December. Will you be attending? If you’re hitting the big city for a show, you may also be getting dinner or drinks beforehand. Make this occasion extra special by looking radiant in colour. If you’re attending matinee performances with your children, don’t be too casual. A few selected pieces will add to the spirit of the holidays whether it’s casual or dressy.

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    A burgundy velvet long-sleeved top layered with a faux fur stole in burgundy will look divine with a wide legged dark gray, flowy pant.

  • A snow leopard print stretchy knit dress with a cropped white faux fur jacket will fit right into this month’s events.
  • A multi-colored graphic print wool coat makes a grand entrance over a smoky blue pantsuit or jumpsuit.

I hope you ‘Deck the Halls’ with colour this season…Falalalala… Let these holidays leave you with great memories. I’m happy to help you pull together the outfits that will make every event stress-free! Just give me a call.

As always, I welcome your questions and your feedback! You can connect with me via email or telephone, leave a comment right here on the site or click the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website.

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I would like to wish you Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year! May you dress to honour who you are in 2016!

Karen

“I love being a woman and I was not one of these women who rose through professional life by wearing men’s clothes or looking masculine. I loved wearing bright colours and being who I am.”

Madeline Albright