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.

 

5 Transition Pieces to Live with All Year Long

cashmereWhen you’re transitioning between fashion seasons, there are some items that deserve to stay in your closet twelve months out of the year. Here is a list of keepers—those 5 special transition pieces that are flexible enough to stick with your wardrobe season after season.

1. Mid-calf boots or booties
When it’s colder, you can tuck long pants into mid-calf boots or ankle booties and your whole body will feel warmer.

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My 5 Top Picks for Fall/Winter Fashion 2014-2015

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Lots of items pass down the fashion runway but which looks make sense and which ones just make headlines? Don’t worry; you don’t have to figure it out alone. I’ve pulled out some great choices for you. Here are my top 5 picks for the fall/winter fashion season 2014-2015.

1. A quilted, hooded, leather car coat:
Why? This car coat works over slouchy trousers, or slim pants, and short to midi-skirts. It easily goes over a shift dress or jeans. This updated coat goes very casual to upscale and even covers the business casual category. This is the luxe version of the hoodie. Continue reading

Spring Fashion – Are You a Colour Clash or a Colour Compliment?

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Spring is here and most of us are excited to be wearing lighter and brighter clothes.  Seeing the beautiful spring colours in the store windows brings a smile to my face. However, the colours featured in the spring fashion palette do not make my smile look bright, white and dazzling, because they are warm colours of peach, yellow, lime green and lilac. Since I have a “cool” skin undertone, I look sallow when I wear warm colours. Are You a Colour Clash or a Colour Compliment?

Wearing unflattering colours can make you look tired, older than your age and can actually deplete your energy.

When you wear clothing in colours that are too strong for your complexion, hair and eyes, they are the attention getters, not you. Bright or neon colors can seem to enter a room before you do. All anyone can see is the colour and you go missing.

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14 Signs Your Wardrobe is in Great Shape

Spring wardrobeSpring is finally peeking through the rays of the sun and what does this mean? It means time to review what is in your closet and prepare for your summer wardrobe! Here are 14 signs that ensure your closet and wardrobe is in the best shape it can be.

1. Only clothing you can wear in the current season is in your closet. Clothes for the opposite season are stored away.

2. Nearly everything is visible when you open your closet doors. Clothes and accessories aren’t hidden away.

3. Shoes are on shoe racks and every single pair is in good condition.

4. Your dry-cleaning, alterations, shoe and handbag repairs aren’t buried in your closet somewhere. You’ve already dropped them off and they’re ready to be picked up this week.

5. You have outfit combinations that you’re 100% sure about.

6. Your accessories are easy to grab whether they’re in your closet or on a dressing table.

7. Handbags are organized on a shelf or hung on a rack. Stuffing is placed inside of them to help keep their original shape. You’ve recently reconditioned them with leather lotion.

8. All the hangers are the same color and design. No clothing items are being damaged by the use of wire hangers.

9. Clothing is organized in a way that makes sense to you—either by color, type of item or lifestyle category.

10. You have an outfit you could put on in five minutes for any occasion including dressy or casual parties, sporting events, girl’s night out, romantic dinners, interviews, festivals or funerals.

11. All the clothes in your closet are in colors that flatter you and complement your coloring.

12. Everything in your closet fits you now or within a five-pound fluctuation. Anything smaller or larger is stored away or given away.

13. Everything in your closet makes you happy. You’re not hanging on to clothes that don’t suit you or conjure up bad memories or make you feel bad about yourself.

14. You have your image consultant’s phone number on speed dial, and you don’t hesitate to call her when you need help!

Join me the last Wednesday of every month at 7 pm for my teleclass “Three Women With a View.’” The call in number is 1-661-673-8605 access code is: 814245#

This month’s call is “Swing Into Spring.”

My Image Series Presentations are back by popular demand AND at a special Sale into Spring price! When you register for all 6 classes you receive the special price of $49.97 per class. Please click here for more information.

I’d love your feedback. You can connect with me by phone or email, 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.

Until next time,

Karen

How to Dress While You Lose Weight in 2014

dressing while you lose weight“When I lose the weight, I will look great,” is what everyone says to herself at this time of year. But here’s the truth. People who lose weight don’t automatically know how to dress their new body shape once they get it. In fact, they’ll continue to shop for clothes that worked for the previous shape just out of habit.

I bet you have your weight loss plan in place. What I’d like to help you with is looking great throughout the process. It would be a mistake to neglect your shape while transforming into a new one. You work on your weight loss regime and I’ll coach you through making the most of your current wardrobe and helping you decide when it’s time to shop.

Celebrate 5… you are on the right track!

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Say “YES” to Wearing a Dress This Holiday Season!

Karen Dorland Image ExpertI know, I know… we just finished Thanksgiving and here I am bringing up the subject of dressing for the special Holiday Season in 2013 and saying YES to wearing a dress! How many Saturdays are left? Well as I write this, there are 10 weekends left before Christmas.

The ease of slipping into a dress, adding a few accessories and running out the door makes dresses a must-have wardrobe option for any season. If a dress fits well and flatters your coloring, there is no easier way to get dressed. I’m here to help you choose a dress and determine the few items you’ll need to pair with it in order to create an outstanding outfit. Continue reading

4 Timely Shopping Tactics for Fall 2013

8320799685_2dc0efd770You may have been waiting for the right moment to freshen up your wardrobe basics or to update your classics. Plan that shopping trip and get ready to stock up. Here are 4 timely shopping tactics for the 2013 fall season.

Classic shopping list

  • The moto jacket never looked better and there are many versions to choose from. The one you buy this year will be in style for years to come.
  • Loafers in flats or heels look great with the menswear fabrics of this season plus they’re comfortable and stable compared to a high heel.
  • The wrap dress created in the 70s satisfied millions of women with curves. Buy one in a color or print that flatters your natural coloring and it will be one of your classic go-to pieces.
  • There’s hardly anything easier than wearing a pantsuit. The matched pieces always give you a put together look in daytime or evening. Get one in a quality fabric and it will last for years.

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10 Tricks of the Trade in Swimsuit Fashion

bigstock-Senior-Woman-Having-Fun-In-Swi-39240712Still wondering whether you want to accept that pool party invitation? Last time we talked about 8 tips on pool party wear for poolside confidence. Here are an additional 10 tricks of the trade in swimsuit fashion to further build poolside confidence. You may not secure a page in Sports Illustrated but you may be more confident lounging by a pool or ocean-side at a resort. Continue reading

10 Great Ways to Bring White into Your Summer Wardrobe

46511107While “colour” may be getting all the fashion press, there’s a lot to be said about classic black and white. The way you combine them is infinite and up to your imagination. Below are 10 great ways to bring white into your summer wardrobe this year.

If you know me you might be saying, “Hey Karen… white is not in my colour palette! What are you suggesting?”

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