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.

 

3 Ways to Bring LOVE to Your Wardrobe

Wouldn’t it be fun to wake up every day and put on something you love? Wouldn’t it brighten your day and make you feel buoyant? It would be like Valentines Day in your closet.

That experience is absolutely possible.
I’ve got a few ways you can use that powerful love force and infuse your wardrobe with it so you’re happy to meet the day.

Shop for what you love

In order to have a wardrobe that’s filled with what you love you may need to change up your shopping habits. If you’re shopping on the run, you may be grabbing “just any old thing” rather than allowing yourself the time to try things on, look in the mirror and ask yourself the question, “Do I love this?” Or if you are taking the time to try things on, are you settling for the same old thing instead of exploring new possibilities? The best thing to do is give yourself some time to explore and have fun with clothes. Don’t settle for “okay” when you could enjoy clothing pieces and accessories that put a smile on your face every time you wear it.

Insist on wearing the colours you love most

Sometimes people will surround themselves in the colours they love when they’re decorating their home. While having wall paint or bed linens in your favorite colours is fabulous, how about having an ample amount of clothing pieces in your favorite colours? Or while you’re waiting to save up for the navy blue tufted velvet couch, find a top, pant or dress in navy blue and enjoy that colour right now. Be up-to-date with your love of colour. Maybe you used to be crazy about white but now you’re crazy about purple. You don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe in purple. You can buy a few pieces that will satisfy you. This Spring’s pantone colour is Ultra Violet Purple.

Highlight a loved feature of yours

While much of the time we seem to focus on figure challenges, it’s great to take a break from that and focus on features you love about yourself. Maybe it’s your décolleté. Are you wearing pieces that flatter your chest? Wear flattering blouses or dresses with great necklines. A secret to one woman’s style is to focus on her long legs. She wears pants in all kinds of fabrics like lace, velvet, and jacquard. You have the power to direct attention wherever you want to. The bonus is that by focusing on what you love, those challenges just fade away.

On a scale of one to ten with ten being totally satisfied with your wardrobe and one being not at all satisfied, where does your wardrobe stand? Bringing some loving attention to it could be what’s needed to bring that number up to a resounding ten.

What’s Karen up to?

  • Mondays and Fridays at ZuZu Fashion Boutique at 25 Dunlop St. East, Barrie Come in and see me.
  • Thursday Feb. 22 I will be giving a presentation at Oakridge Outfitters in Aurora  2 p.m and 7 p.m.   “Do You Know Your Body Type and How to Dress It “   Limited seating   Free.
  • Sunday February 25 … taking my group of ladies from my course, 7 Steps to Confidence & Success with Style, shopping to put what they leaned into action
  • Monday February 26 Konversations With Karen

I am combining my expertise as an Image Consultant and working with women on the outside to shift how they feel inside, to adding my experience in dating and relationship and navigating women 50+ as they jump into the dating pool. I am your Love Strategist. Giving you strategies on your journey to setting your GPS to finding love!

Yours In Style,

Karen

7 Ways to Look Stylish and Save Money

Join me February 15 for my 7 Steps to Confidence and Success with Style on line class.

You receive 2 amazing bonuses! One hour one to one call with me (valued at $200) and a Spring Trend report (value of $100) plus 7 weeks of classes all ending with how to look pulled together by Spring! Just $147!

Here are 7 ways to get started:

  • Make the most of what is in your closet now. I know there are so many creative outfits waiting to be discovered in your closet. I bet there are even items with the tags still on them. Learn my mixability formula to get them out of your closet and on your body!
  • Confidence, joy and self-esteem are invaluable! If you felt more confident, what would you do? How would your life be different? Learning how to add spice to your typical plain jane look adds a jolt of joy. Accessories can do just that. Join the class and discover how to Accessorize to Maximize !
  • Gift yourself the treasure of time. Do you have time in the morning for a second cup of coffee, or to visualize your day and set your intentions? Pulling clothes on and off in a frenzy each morning only puts you in a bad mood. What would you do with extra Time and Calm to start your day?
  • STOP spending on expensive face creams and filler treatments to make yourself more youthful. When you wear colours that flatter your skin undertone, you look and feel more radiant, healthy, glowing and youthful.
  • SHINE… let your personality show through. Are you funny? Energetic? Elegant? Nurturing? An Adventuress? Let your outfits speak for your personal side. Be who you are… everywhere! When you discover your Personality Style, you feel more at home in your outfits.
  •  Attract in abundance. If you want to make a million, you have to look like a million. When you walk with confidence and look successful, you attract in clients and opportunities to take your business to a new level. If you own your business or are climbing the ladder to corporate success, this class is for you. Pulling It All Together, explains the 3 is Key formula to looking abundant with ease.
  • Invest in YOURSELF to save in the long run. Most women wear only 20% of what hangs in their closet. So much $ is wasted! What can you buy for $0.40 a day, that will take your style to a new level? Discover Style Secrets to build confidence, joy and savvy.

Invest in 7 Steps to Confidence  and Success with Style for only $147. That is only $0.40 a day over a year!

Here is what you get:

I am offering my online course, 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 valued at $100
  • 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.
  • Free e-book on closet de-tox
  • 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.

Originally I offered this course for $397. Add on the bonuses and it is valued at $697!  NOW… $147.

I can hardly wait to have you join me. **Click here to register**

Yours In Style,

Karen

 

Thinking Spring? Think Ultra Violet!

Isn’t this warm weather a teaser for Spring? I am finding it difficult to wear heavy winter colours and the new Spring 2018 Pantone colour is Ultra Violet 18-3838. It is blue –based (yahoo). So I looked in my closet for a dose of purple to add to my basic grey.

I think Ultra Violet purple is a perfect choice for 2018 energetically.
 “Intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.” Leatrice Eiseman

We are embracing a new energy that takes our awareness to a new level.
Purple has always been associated with creativeness, spirituality and royalty.
Purple has been associated with unconventionality too; think David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and of course Prince’s Purple Rain.
This is a year to spark your imagination and push your creative button!
From a spiritual aspect, it is a time for us to envelope mindfulness and deeper connection to those around us and in the world.
What is your version of purple? Is it Lilac, Lavender, deep Plum? Are you warm or cool based? Don’t know?

Call for me for a Colour Analysis. 905-775-7486 or email Karen@imageconnections.ca

I am offering my online course, 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!

REGISTER HERE!!

Finding Your Magic For 2018

Happy New Year and welcome to the energy of 2018. So many new beginnings!

What aspirations do you have for 2018? How do you want to be seen? What would you like your style to say about you?

In my class 7 Steps to Confidence and Success with Style, we worked on discovering Style words and the response was very positive! Stay tuned for an online version for you too, coming up in the near future!

Something I like to do on New Years Day is to think about my WORD for 2018. Last year I chose Magical. This year my word is LOVE!

My work will be encompassing a new online course, “Set Your GPS to Love… 8 steps to attracting in a loving relationship.” I am also looking to attract a loving partner into my life and my mantra is “BE LOVE.”

So, although you will see some transitions in my business, the basics of the image consulting is still there because the basis is loving and accepting yourself, just as you are NOW!

Before you can attract in love, you must be able to love yourself.

You will still receive a weekly newsletter on Style and added to that will be a Friday Love Letter, which I hope you will still subscribe to.

Whether you are looking for love or are already in a relationship, the ideas are to help everyone ignite and keep, love in their life.

Today I also started a new Vision board for 2018 and am sharing it here.

If you have chosen a word for 2018, please share it with me. I love to know what my beautiful group of women friends are setting in motion.

Don’t forget to join the private Facebook group, Level Up Your Image in Business, Life and Love and see what others are doing. It is fun to share, comment and encourage.

Thank you for being part of my online world and I wish you all the best for 2018!

Yours In Style,

Karen

P.S. If you have a friend who is single and looking to attract in love, please share my newsletter with her and tell her about my facebook page!

 

Does Size Really Matter?

As an image professional, I see fresh fashion come into the stores each season. When I get my clients into the dressing room to try on these new styles, I often bring in two or three sizes of the same piece. What I know from experience is that I can’t rely on sizes being equal in every brand.

My goal is to get my client into the best fitting pant, top, dress, or jean. When she goes home with a shopping bag of new clothes, items could be in four or five different sizes. What I know is that she looks great in these new pieces. They fit well, they flatter her figure and that’s what matters.

Yet sizes can be such a stumbling block for women. If they’ve always been a size 10, they are loath to go up a size even if it looks better on them. They reject fit and comfort and want to squeeze into that size 10 no matter the image cost.

Let’s talk about that cost. When the seams of a garment are straining, this is what people may surmise: This woman must be out of touch or maybe she doesn’t care how she looks. The same can be said about the woman who wears baggy, ill-fitting clothes.

People size you up in seconds and if you look uncomfortable or out of touch in your clothes then your image as a confident, successful person drops. Doubt comes into the picture. Your reputation takes a blow.

This is too big a price to pay for trying to fit into a garment that matches a number you’re used to instead of fiddling with different sizes to find the piece that most lines up with the shape of your body. For a woman wearing clothes that are too big, she may not trust the new sizes I’m putting her into because she has that same hold about “being” a certain size.

Where do you suppose this obsessive hold on size comes from? More than once, a woman has shared with me that her husband or mother was obsessed with her being a certain size. And if she wasn’t that size, she spent years and years not accepting herself or loving herself as she was.

Women in bigger clothes may feel a need to hide or protect themselves. Gently exploring how it feels to be visible in clothes that fit properly could drastically change this pattern.

I’ve also heard from women who tell me that their daughters are obsessed with size and calories before they are even in their teens. Sometimes that’s a wakeup call to Moms who have been so hard on themselves. They see the pain and pattern of self-criticism their daughters are starting to develop.

This I know: Your body is aching to feel accepted just as it is, today, right now. You can give your body that gift by adorning it in clothes that fit and flatter. It’s a fallacy to think that being a certain size is the only time you’ll be attractive. It’s best to drop any expectation you have about sizing.

The way clothes are sized is continually changing. I may have more experience in this than you do because I’m in the stores and in dressing rooms with women of all sizes during my workweek.

When you take the focus off of size, you can actually see the beauty in clothes: their design, details, textures, patterns, and lines. Focus on beauty and style first. Don’t give “size” any energy.

My aim is to help you look great in clothes. It may be easier to tackle this with a coach like me by your side. If you’ve been in clothes that are too big on you, can you imagine having more fun with clothes, being more visible? If you’ve struggled with sizing and fit, would it be great to get a professional’s perspective?

I am here for you! Let me help you get the best looks for your body and help you find the self-love that’s been waiting in the wings ready to be showered on you.

Happy Holidays! Enjoy them fully!

Yours In Style,
Karen

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.

I Embody Grace and Frankie

Have you watched the Grace & Frankie series on Netflix? If not, I encourage you to do so.
It is so funny and I so relate to them… hot flashes, online dating, ex-husbands, adult children and friendship.

I feel I am Grace on the outside and Frankie on the inside. Let me explain… as you know I am an Image Consultant.
What you may not know is that I am a Reiki Master and Healer. I heal women using the tools of Image Consulting to build confidence, self-love and style discovery.
I use Reiki, meditation, Angel cards and life experience to release energy blocks that are keeping women STUCK and unable to move forward in business, life and love.
I have taken classes in Aboriginal ways & teachings, so I can relate to Frankie when she is smudging, shaking rattles or drumming.
Yet I can easily pull out my inner Grace when I dress for networking, presentations and videos.
Do you have a Grace & Frankie in you?

I am excited to offer a set of classes called 7 Steps to Confidence & Success with Style. They will begin in December.
In them you will uncover your personality style and will learn what really does call to you in style. I even will share my formula for curing the morning closet crisis. Those are just 2 of the classes.
I am offering a VERY SPECIAL deal on Black Friday, Nov. 24.
If you worked with me one to one, these 7 classes would cost you $1750. In group workshops the investment is $700 and online I previously offered them for $397.
On BLACK FRIDAY, I am offering the classes for $147!!
I suggest you jump in and register when the webpage opens for purchasing!
I have limited spaces in order for me to best serve those who register.

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!!