I Just Want a Girlfriend to Say, “Here Wear This!”

Do we ever really know what women are going through each day?
Don’t we all have our stress limits and feelings of overwhelm?
Is there someone you know or are acquainted with, who you think has it all together? Have you really let her open up to say what her world is truly like?

I bumped into someone I haven’t seen for quite a few years. I was excited to see her and wondered what was going on in her life.
She put on a brave face and said she had been let go from her work. Her husband is ill and she is the bread winner. After a few minutes she opened up more.
She has a house to physically look after, is the care-giver to her husband, is exhausted, afraid, depressed and… to add to her depression, she beats herself up about her body and the way she looks.
“I am too tired to even try. I have given up on myself. I just want to cry. I just want a girlfriend to come over, take my hand and say wear this.”

Then her eyes did fill with tears.

Could I relate? You bet! My beloved Dan had pancreatic cancer and I was his caregiver for a year. It was “scary as hell” I can tell you. On top of that I taught school, tried to carry on with my business, take him to radiation treatments, to the naturopath for Vit. C treatments and jump up at 5 am to make smoothies and healthy food for the day.
I too wanted a girlfriend to take my hand and instead of an outfit, just take over for an afternoon.

Strangely enough, what helped me get through was actually taking an Image Course. I had signed up and paid a big amount of U.S.$, so felt I should carry through. Well, it helped me to create outfits, learn more about my personality style and connect with other women online. It helped me to take my mind off my troubles for one hour each week, plus I wanted to complete my assignments, so it gave me positive things to think about.

I just finished putting my outline together for my course, 7 Steps to Confidence & Success with Style, when I met my friend. I told her what I was offering and how the image course had helped me.

If she wanted a girlfriend to offer her inspiration, style advice, a group to interact with, formulas and templates she could use with the clothes she already has, so she can refresh her look and maybe her confidence, then, I had something for her. And… it is extremely affordable in Canadian $$!!

Did I hear back from her? A resounding yes! “Yes, I can do that!”

I hope YOU can do it too, because I want to offer support and encouragement and hope to all women who are over stressed, over tired, over worked and are running on a tank of NO SELF-LOVE.

Be ready to jump in and register for my course, 7 Steps to Confidence & Success with Style, when it comes on sale, Friday November 24. BLACK FRIDAY EVENT!  $147 + HST (regular $397)

Here is what you get: you can check my website for more details  www.imageconnections.ca

  • 7 classes + a BONUS class… all recorded, formulas, templates & maybe a few special surprises.
  • Private FB group to interact in and be supported
  • Weekly Q & A calls

** Oh by the way: my friend needs outfits and confidence to go out for job interviews again too.

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!!

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!

Remove Yourself From the Chaos With Comfort Clothes

I am not a person who watches the news or reads newspapers. However, when I log into my email, headlines pop up on the screen.
The other morning as I waited at Canadian Tire for some car work, news of more hurricanes and destruction was playing.
I do believe the chaos in the weather patterns, is a reflection of the human chaos in the world at large.
Being a Reiki practitioner, I often sit in meditation and send love to the world and hold my small space of light.

We can start sending calm and love to the world by first beginning with ourself.
Self-love is so important and world -love, begins with us. One person at a time.

What do you do to give back to yourself?
How do you give self-love back to you?

I saw this pair of cozy, knit fleece pants at Walmart and they called to me saying, “Cozy, warm, relaxing. Let me hug you.”

I know I will thoroughly enjoy them on cold mornings this winter or curling up to read in the evenings.

What kind of clothing gives you a hug? What do you relax in?
I would love to receive your comments.

Join in our conversations in my private Facebook group, Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and Love.
Be part of a positive group of Fashionistas!

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!!

 

NEW!!!!!!!

I am so excited to be offering a new private Facebook group, called “Level Up Your Image In…Business, Life and Love.”

Are you wanting to attract in more success in your business? What is best to wear when giving presentations or doing a video?

Are you wanting to look and feel great in your everyday life, whether you are an at home Mom or retired and budgeting your wardrobe? Want to know how to look current and trendy on a budget?

Are you wishing to attract in a loving relationship or you want to ignite the one you have? Are you unsure of what to wear on a first date? Nervous about online dating pictures?

We are starting off the group with a short 5 Day CHALLENGE that will incorporate some of the Fall trends. You don’t want to miss out! It starts Labour Day September 4 – 8th.

***Here is the link to sign up for the Challenge***

***Here is the link to join the NEW Group***

Once your request is in to join the group, you have 2 questions and a download to click on. The download is 3 Solutions to Attracting in Confidence, in Business, Life and Love.

Why join?

  • This group will take you into more detail about style, fashion and image than I give on my business page.
  • There will be short monthly challenges for the different areas of your life.
  • This is a community of women who want to know more!
  • There will be Q&A Facebook Live sessions.
  • It is a community of positive support, interaction and inspiration.
  • Receive videos and tip sheets that others will not find on my business page.
  • Have a question? Ask.
  • Enjoy interviews with women for all areas of life.
  • What do you want to know more on? Ask!
  • I give many tips and information already and this is a group that is serious about participating and learning more.

***Here is the link to join the NEW Group***

We show up as we are in EVERY area of our life and I want to help you to look and feel great in all aspects.

Take advantage of my expertise and the support of other women in this Facebook Community.

Don’t miss out… the first 5 Day Challenge starts Labour Day September 4!

I look forward to seeing you in the group.

Yours In Style,

Karen

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

 

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.

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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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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