5 Common Wardrobe Challenges

Part of my business includes giving presentations and I like to begin with asking women about the “Ruts” they encounter in style and wardrobing.

These are the 5 most common challenges that I hear:

  1. I buy the same thing over and over- maybe I just buy them in different colours.
  2. Fashions seem to be for tall, slim women or very young women. I just don’t know where to shop anymore.
  3. What is age appropriate? Styles seem to be for the 20 and 30 year olds. I want to look current but not silly.
  4. I want to find clothes that hide my waist and still not look frumpy.
  5. I buy straight from the mannequin and have no idea how to mix and match.

What challenges speak to you? Do you have new ones to share with me? Please email me or comment below.

In my private Facebook group called, Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and Love, we just completed a 10×10 challenge, where we chose 10 items to mix and match to wear over 10 days.

It was fun and definitely an eye opener!

What I heard was, “Wow! Details sure make a difference.” Women were learning some simple tricks and tips.

             

Wouldn’t you love to be a Mix & Match Queen to get the most out of your clothing investments? Stay tuned for my Black Friday Special on Friday November 24!!

I can assure you, there are ways to overcome all the 5 challenges mentioned and even more.

I am offering a very special, SPECIAL on Friday November 24. A BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL!  Watch my Facebook Page for more!!!

I am here to help you overcome your style challenges easily and effortlessly, so you can walk in confidence, every day. You WON’T want to miss it!

What’s upcoming?

  • Monday November 20 @ 8 pm. Join me for a discussion around, ”What is age-appropriate?” I will be hosting a webinar where you can ask questions and listen to the conversation. You can even email me your questions before: Karen@imageconnections.ca

 

  • Monday November 27 @ 8 pm Join me for a webinar called, “How to Look 10 Years Younger… following this advice.”

 

 

What’s Your Challenge?

On November 1, I started a 10×10 Challenge in my private Facebook group called Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and Love.

***You are welcome to join the group anytime… here is the link.

Well, I am always surprised and emotionally touched when clients have Ah-ha moments too. Below you will read the comment from one of the young women taking part in the challenge.

I have known and worked with this woman for many years, since she is also my Daughter – in Love (in –law). Over the years I have heard about her insecurities about her image and body and although I think she has and always will be beautiful, I know she has to see that for herself.

She has been participating full out during this challenge and here is what she wrote in the group, just as we were  preparing by sorting through our clothes. My eyes are full as I write this because I am so proud, not because she is family, but because I am being able to witness her journey.

My clients’ success is my success. My purpose is creating space for self-love.

Now I would like to share the success with you.

“Well…it’s not quite the 10×10 Challenge but it sure is getting there!! After travelling a lot last year, I realized how much I LOVE dressing when travelling. I love having only what I need, making deciding what to wear a breeze. Having all the pieces I bring combine perfectly for a variety of activities creating a seamlessness to my day. And how everything I had with me made me feel my best!
From this Ah-Ha moment…with every seasonal closet shift…I have been trying to break down my wardrobe to key pieces. The same way I would choose what I am going to bring on a trip!
If I don’t feel amazing in it. If it doesn’t mix and match with everything else. If it isn’t practical for what I will be doing. It gets the boot! And I feel awesome!!!!!! I can’t pinpoint exactly why …but an anxiety has lifted.
And my relationship to myself has changed some how. It’s like I no longer feel swayed by all the images of what “beautiful” looks like anymore. Now that I know how to dress for my life, for my body, and reflective of my Soul…I KNOW I am beautiful. That gross plaguing feeling that I “need” something else to be beautiful, strong, effective, yada yada yada, is gone. I have what I need. And I feel great! No more will corporations profit from my insecurity. No more will the Earth have to pay for my insecurity.”

Working toward a minimalist wardrobe….

Carrie owns an Acupuncture clinic in Thunder Bay, called Red River Acupuncture. I know her clients all benefit from her continuing journey of discovering self-love, because her energy goes out to them too. Her family too receives a huge benefit because that vibration of self-love, affects and influences, all around her.

What are your challenges with dressing for your body? Who you are? Style?

I would love to help and even if you just watch my videos, comment, read my newsletter or join my group, you will receive tidbits of guidance.

I invite you once again to join my private Facebook group, Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and Love, and join the group of wonderful women who are joining from countries everywhere.

 

How To Style a T-shirt and Jeans

How do you elevate a simple t-shirt and jeans? This is a question I often hear.
I realize when you are working from home, or are spending a casual day at home, you still want to look and feel good.
I also believe your significant other and your family, appreciate you looking like you put some  thought into your look.
What can you do to take your t-shirt and jeans look up a notch when running errands?
Today I am wearing cropped boyfriend jeans from Macy’s and a red and navy stripe t-shirt from Old Navy.
To level it up… I added a simple neckpiece, a blue stone on a silver collar, and I added cute navy patent shoes with a red heel.
Since it was cool, I added my favourite jean jacket from Not Your Daughters Jeans. I can also wear it with a fringed navy sweater.

If you would like assistance in elevating your every day look, I am happy to help.
Also, join our private Facebook group, “Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and Love.”

What’s new:

Join the 10×10 challenge starting Wednesday November 1 – 10.
You choose 10 pieces of clothing and mix and match to create 10 outfits for 10 days.
Want to see what I choose and wear?
Then join us on the private Facebook group, “Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and Love.”
 
 Thursday November 16
Join Karen Dorland, Tammy Hudgin, Michelle Butt and a guest speaker for the Level Up Your Professional Image event in Vaughan.
Held at Vellore Town Hall.
Tickets are $60  Early bird until October 31 is $50.  REGISTER HERE!!
Dinner, networking, panel discussion, draws, vendors!!

Tips For My Fall Casual Starter Kit

I think Fall is actually here! Although I just returned from Tennessee last week and it was in the 80’s F.

I had packed jeans and warmer tops and last minute had to change up tops and am so glad I did.

I like planning ahead and my entire life I have set out my outfit the night before. Are you like that? Or are you last minute, wear what your mood or the weather dictates or… what is clean and fits?

Today I will share pictures of some items for a casual look. Navy has been my go-to colour, especially this Fall.

  1. Start with a core colour and build on it. Layering is the best way for me to dress for Fall and Winter because I can remove or add items as I get warm or cold.
  2. Check the weather to help you determine what to wear.
  3. Do you have accessories to pull the look together?
  4. What are your activities for the day?

I really like the cropped jeans, ponchos and booties. Today I am working at home and running out to replenish some groceries. So it is a casual, comfy day.
My basics are: a pair of cropped jeans, a long sleeve medium blue t-shirt and a navy poncho I bought 4 years ago. (If you keep your core colours in mind, pieces stay in style longer.)

If you would like help to transition your clothes into Fall, or put modules together, please give me a call. 905-775-7486

I have had questions about costs of my services,  so here is a break down of the most popular colour analysis.
Colour Analysis is $260 + HST
It is about 90 minutes. Includes a colour wallet of your colours, valued at $50.
Also, I send you 4 questions (when you send a deposit of $100 to confirm your appointment) that will help you to choose some items to bring with you and I assess them for you. My clients have loved this and discovered WHY they like or don’t like certain items in their closet.
If you bring 2 -3 friends with you for a colour group analysis, the cost is $210 each (save $50 each) and still includes a colour wallet and questions. Make it a Colour Party!
Helps you to mix and match easier, saves time shopping and you use the wallet to help choose accessories and make-up colours. We even discuss the best hair colour for you!

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.
DETAILS HERE:  https://www.facebook.com/events/354648954989224/

MEOW!! Timeless Leopard Print

Leopard print really does seem timeless, as it continues to show up year after year.
It is a print I love too!
I am a cool colour palette though so the traditional browns and caramels in a leopard print doesn’t suit me, especially near my face.
Designers are giving us leopard print in every conceivable type of clothing and accessory: scarves, jackets, handbags, pants, tops, shoes and of course underclothes.
Did you know that animal prints are actually considered to be a neutral?

Too much of it at one time is not a good thing though! I suggest one item in animal print on your body at one time, except you could wear a scarf and gloves, or scarf and handbag or scarf and animal print shoes.
Notice those are all accessories.

I am a METAL element in Fashion Feng Shui and I like refinement in my look, so I choose neutral tones to wear with my animal prints.
I am featuring this leopard print car coat I bought at Old Navy. It has grey in it, so I can pair it with a column of grey underneath. It looks great with jeans too.

I tend to buy trends at a lower price point, because they come and go. Keep quality in your core basics though, because they can last for many years.

Do you own clothing or accessory items in animal print?
How do you wear them?

I would love you to send me a comment or post a picture.

I invite you to join our Facebook group, “Level Up your Image in Business, Life and Love” and continue the discussion there!

Is It Summer or Fall?

One weekend I was wearing jeans and a knit poncho to the Farmer’s Market and the next week I was wearing a sleeveless top and shorts. What is up?

I am loving the stretch of warm weather we are having but I am also pulling out my white jeans again and searching for flowy dresses that don’t cling.

How are you coping with the heat?

The stores are filled with lovely Fall trends that I am itching to wear.
Layering is the key to transitioning your summer clothes to Fall and Winter.

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a fashion show at Oakridge Outfitters in Aurora, Ontario.
Lynn Spence, a stylist with Cityline T.V. was there to give up the scoop on the Fall trends and YES… LAYERING was the word!

Start with a t-shirt or tunic top. Add a poncho, a wrap a cardigan or a moto jacket over for some warmth when you first start out in the morning. Of course adding a scarf keeps your neck warm and is a wonderful accessory.

If you choose a dress, you can add a cardigan or a wrap or… a beautiful sweater coat.

For your feet, the most popular item is a bootie and the peep toe style is the go-to.

If you are wondering how to put your summer items to work along with a new Fall trend, give me a call.

My favourite activity is creating new looks from the clothes you already have.

Have you joined our private Facebook group, Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and Love yet? We are having fun discussing types of jeans and getting opinions on whether a woman over 50 should wear the distressed jean look.
To be part of the group click here!!

SAVE the date!
Thursday November 16 for our special event Level Up Your Professional Image
We are featuring 3 panelists and a guest.
Join us for dinner, networking, panel discussion and vendors.
Vellore Town Hall in Vaughan. Early bird special is $50.
EVENT DETAILS HERE!!

 

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