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.

 

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.

 

 

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!!

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

5 Invaluable Questions For Anyone With Too Many Clothes

Are you one of those women with too many clothes and still nothing to wear?

Why do you think you continue to buy clothes when you have so many?

Is your closet so crammed that you just can’t see in your” forest” of clothes, what can go with what?

Here are some questions to write down on a card and post in your closet. Or… print this off and have it ready.

Then each time you reach in and take out something that makes you go “ummm?” Ask yourself these…

1.    Does it fit me? NOW?

2.    Have I worn it in the past year?

3.    If I saw it in a store, would I buy it again?

4.    Does it flatter me? In colour? For my body type?

5.    Is it functional for my lifestyle?

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

**Register here…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…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.

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