THIS… Is Why I Hired You!

We are in the season of weddings and I know you want to look good too, as the Mother of the Bride or Groom.  It is important for you to be able to enjoy the day and the lead up, with comfort and ease, knowing you look and feel great. You don’t have to be worrying about your outfit because… WE have put it together, together!

This is exactly what happened the other day. I took a client shopping for a dress for her son’s wedding. She knew she wanted elegance, not too fussy since it is at their farm, and she wanted to be able to move and dance in it. In other words, to look beautiful and still be comfortable.

The first step was covered… we know her colour palette. I know her body type and features.  Our saleslady was wonderful and so helpful, however, she kept showing my client styles that SHE liked. Finally, I said, just try it on and let’s see.

One, the fabric was too heavy. A satin that didn’t have movement. Yes, it was elegant but it had a fish tail at the bottom and was too tight on the legs. My client would never be able to dance, twirl and party in this!  Two, this dress had a smooth sheen to it. My client has curly hair, somewhat athletic features and the dress didn’t repeat that.

My client knew something wasn’t quite right (the dress did fit) and as soon as I explained the WHY it did not suit her, she got it!  In fact, she turned to me and said,” THIS is why I wanted you with me today! I knew you would give me honest opinions and know what would and wouldn’t work.”

Then, VOILA, a dress with shirring on the top that mimicked the texture in her hair, a stunning colour to match her vibrant personality (and blended with the wedding party colours), and best of all she could move in it. It was elegant, simple, she could vary the sleeves to cover her shoulders, the tightness in the bodice made her look slimmer and the crystal embellishment at the waist was a perfect touch.  After simple alterations of letting the bodice out a little and hemming the dress, she is set!

I know she is stepping out to fully enjoy the day.

Are you needing to buy a dress for a special occasion? Call me I am happy to guide you through the overwhelm.

I want to give a shout out to the dress shop: EDITH’S 1113 Finch Ave. West, Toronto,  opens at 10 am.  Our saleslady was Mahnaz, truly a lovely person, and a great help. Mahnaz also was right on when she said that some of the dresses we picked out would be too old looking.  She saved us time!

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Your Summer Style Reading List

I hope you downloaded my solutions to all those summer party calories you may have added.

**Here it is again incase you didn’t get to it.

3 Secrets to Looking 5-10 pounds Slimmer… Instantly!

I love reading in summer. Well, anytime really, but summer days sitting at the beach calls for a good book or time to catch up on articles.

Here is your summer checklist of reading from me. All you have to do is download them and I would LOVE you to take me up on them. All 4 for only $9.97 really!

Want some more suggestions from me that you can get from the library, Amazon or download?

  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Succulent Wild Woman by Sark (because aren’t we?)
  • The Four Agreements by Don Migel Ruiz
  • Harry Potter if you haven’t read them!

Enjoy your weekend! While at the beach, on your lawn chair or in a hammock, I hope you will include ME in your reading!

Yours In Style,

Karen

Camouflage Your BBQ Calories!!

How did you do with planning your weekend outfits? What did you do on the weekend? Did it involve patio dinners? BBQ’s? Margueritas? Or my favourite… Cosmopolitan martinis?

Along with summer comes BBQ’s, socializing with friends, which always includes food, and even a stop for ice cream.

I can attest to all of the above after a week with family!

Unfortunately, along with the food and socializing, comes a few extra pounds too.

But wait… don’t get upset with yourself. I have some solutions for you!

**Here are your solutions:  3 Secrets to Looking 5- 10 pounds Slimmer… Instantly!

Now you can relax and totally enjoy summer without being negative toward yourself.

I want you to enjoy our summer season to the fullest and LOOK GOOD doing it!

Enjoy the read while sipping a frozen Marguerita!

Watch my video on Thursday for what to wear when you don’t want to show your arms.

Click here for your solutions!

Yours In Style,

Karen

It’s Not Too Late!

Well here we are heading into July already and even thought the weather has been sporadically sunny, the general energy is that of slowing down to enjoy summer.

This may free up some time for you to do some editing in your closet.

This Spring, I offered a complimentary download called, “Wave Good-bye! 21 Reasons to Let Go!”

Many women say they can’t get started, the job is too big, or they can’t let go of things. This download gives you 21 baby steps to take so you don’t have to tackle it all at once unless you want to.

** Download it here!

It isn’t too late to de-clutter your closet. In fact, it’s never too late!

Perhaps you will discover a new way to wear an item. For example, how about pairing your jean jacket over a dress or summer skirt?

Maybe you will find a treasure in your jewelry box, like a statement necklace, that will update a t-shirt or top.

** Click here for your GIFT of Wave Good-bye. 21 Reasons to Let Go.

And… if you are kicking back on a rainy day, watch my webinar 3 Golden Closet Rules.

You will be inspired even more!

Yours In Style,

Karen

Are You INSANE?

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result.

Are you driving your self insane each day, each month, each year with not knowing what to wear?

Not knowing HOW to look pulled together?

Not knowing how to mix and match items so you get the most of what is in your closet?

Wouldn’t you like to receive compliments? Have other women wonder… Has she lost weight? Is she in love?

YES!!! You are! WITH YOURSELF… because you took my Masterclass on creating wardrobe modules and you are looking confident and pulled together.

*** Register here for the Masterclass, “MAKE THE MOST… of the clothes you already have.”

Tuesday June 27 @ 7 p.m. EST    online from your computer.     

STOP!!! Stop, sending yourself negative messages about how you look and feel in your clothes.

STOP… driving yourself and everyone around you crazy with your complaining about having nothing to wear.

STOP… running on the hamster wheel of the same old, same old.

DO… let me help you step by step to create outfits you LOVE!

DO… sign up to receive a template on how to create wardrobe modules that help you mix and match.

DO… save time and money by making the most from the clothing investments hanging in your closet.

DO, DO, Doregister HERE… for the Master class “ MAKE THE MOST… from the clothes you already have.”

Tuesday June 27 @ 7 p.m. EST  

DO… invest $97.00 in yourself that will give back to you for ever!

I want you to be confident, happy and dress with ease. Register NOW.

Looking forward to being your medicine for change, LOL.

Yours In Style,

Karen

 

From PREDICTABLE to PDA!

I just had a wonderful conversation with a woman, explaining what it is I do, since she was over to interview me before signing me up to speak at their store. Our conversation gave me the idea for this story.

I was so happy to know she loves wearing colour and therefore really stands out in her family.

She is sad that her sister lives in black and yoga pants. And… she said that now her Mother has retired, she has given up!

“She is PREDICTABLE and BORING. All she does is throw on a pair of pants and a t-shirt! She has lost a reason to dress with some interest since she says she is ONLY at home.”

”What message is her Mother sending to herself, her husband, her family and her friends?” I ask.

“I have given up.” is her look!

Is that you? Are you predictable, plain and boring to yourself and your family?

I am here to hold your hand and take you out of that rut! Have some FUN in your life and in your closet!

Join me Tuesday June 27 @ 7 p.m. EST for a Masterclass called, “MAKE THE MOST of what is already in your closet!”

I am here to take you from predictable and boring to PDA! PRETTY DAMN AMAZING!
Here are 2 pictures of women over 60 on my trip to Italy. They look PDA!

YOU ARE PDA! Life isn’t over at retirement or after you have children, or after you turn 50.

Time to invest in yourself because you are worth it! Invest $97.00 NOW!

Here is what you get:

  • Live webinar from the comfort of your home.
  • Recording so you can refer to it again and again.
  • Step by step instruction.
  • Templates on how to create a module.
  • Follow my mix and match formula.
  • The secret KEY of 3!
  • Follow up group Q & A call.

Don’t give up!!! I am here to hold your hand and walk you through.

**Register here

MAKE THE MOST… of what you already have in your closet.

Tuesday June 27 @ 7p.m. EST    only $97.00  ( compared to having me one to one for $297.00)

SAVE $200!

I look forward to seeing you there.

Karen

Weddings… Beach, Garden, Traditional… OH MY!

Whether you are Mother of the Bride or Groom, or attending a wedding this year, I am sure you have asked yourself, “What am I going to wear?”

You are not alone. Now with all the various locations and times of weddings, it can be even more confusing.

I am here to guide you with 3 tips to get started.

(1) Location, location, location:

Where the wedding takes place plays a big part in what is appropriate to wear.

A wedding in a big hotel or even a country club is going to be more formal.

A beach wedding is more casual and a garden wedding will be in between.

If the wedding is outdoors, consider wearing a long sundress and beware… no spiked heels since you will be sinking into the sand or grass.

(2) Time of day:

The key here is that night-time weddings are dressier.

Daytime weddings are informal or semi- formal. You can wear a 2 piece suit or top and satiny type of skirt, or a cocktail dress. It is best to avoid wearing black to a daytime wedding.

DON’T go ultra casual to a wedding… it is the Bride’s important day so respect her and the occasion!

(3) Invitation specific:

Many invitations specify the type of attire, yet you may still be wondering.

Casual: This may mean a beach wedding, a BBQ, a barn? These may not mean a long dress, however, it still means you need to dress up and the big change will be the shoes.

Cocktail: Here is pretty straight forward… a cocktail dress is the most appropriate. This also generally means it is not a floor length gown.

Black tie: If the invitation says Black Tie, you will see floor length gowns, yet you can be elegant in a cocktail dress, especially if it comes to the knee. Add your accessories here to take it to a higher level.

White tie: This is as formal as you can get!!

Casual dresses are from ZuZu Fashion Boutique in Barrie.

    

Need help to look and feel fabulous at a wedding this year? Call me 905-775-7486 or email: Karen@imageconnections.ca.

MAKE THE MOST… of what you have in your closet!! HERE IT IS!!… special on-line course.

Bored of the same old?

Frustrated because you don’t know what to wear?  Every morning is wasted time rummaging in your closet? What is it costing you in money wasted on clothing not worn? In time? In frustration?

The definition of insanity is… DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT! Instead of running on the same wheel each day, join my on-line class.

In this class:

  • I teach you how to mix and match.
  • Create wardrobe modules so you get MULTIPLE outfits from clothes you already have!
  • Make the most of your clothing investment = SAVE $$
  • End the frustration of not knowing what to wear OR wearing the same things over and over = SAVE TIME

Invest $97.00 and discover multiple outfits you never knew you had!  Tuesday June 27 @ 7 p.m.

REGISTER HERE:  http://imageconnections.ca/make-the-most-of-what-you-have-in-your-closet/

 

 

How to Make Summer Event Wardrobe Worries Disappear

Summer is fast approaching and with it comes weddings, BBQ parties, pool parties etc.

As a fashion and wardrobe coach, I hear from my clients about the things that stress them out and getting dressed for summer events is one of them.

I want you to feel at ease with yourself and stress-free. Let’s see if I can help you do that!

“I’m worried about looking appropriate for an upcoming event.”

Events can be a bit tricky, as you’re not only dressing for the event; you’re dressing for the venue, the people, and the weather. The first thing to do when starting to plan your look for an event is to study the invitation. Does it have a dress code on it alerting you to the type of outfit you should be wearing? Is the invitation design formal or informal? Every invitation holds clues for you.

The next thing you can do is research the location of the event. Google is your friend here. Look up what the weather will be like during the days you’ll be there or how the weather normally behaves during that time of year. What will also help is to look at the venue’s website for photos of previous events held at this location. Even though you may be attending an event in a barn, you may see by the photos that elegant parties are the norm.

By researching these different factors, you can more confidently figure out an outfit that you’d feel comfortable in and one that would be appropriate for the setting as well.

Of course, if you have been following me, you know I will recommend that you wear outfits that compliment your skin undertone and your body shape. Those alone will help boost your confidence.

Need help putting outfits together? Call me. I would love to assist you! 905-775-7486

How would you like to have style input every day? For less than buying a cup of coffee?

STYLE For Your SOUL membership site is coming soon. You will have:

  • access to videos
  • fashion templates
  • a private community of other Style Soulistas
  • FREE style webinars
  • Style training
  • Monthly Q&A calls
  • A roadmap of systems and practices because style is a journey of self-discovery

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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!