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

Weekend Warrioress Outfits! = WWO

What are YOU doing this weekend? I am in Thunder Bay and exploring the city. Or… walking at Mission Marsh or Centennial Park, all with the Grandkids and maybe a Grand-dog too.

This means comfortable shoes and layers since we usually start out in the morning and it heats up by afternoon.

(LOL… maybe! It is Thunder Bay!)

I used my Wardrobe Module Chart to help me plan and pack for the week I am here.

You TOO can get this when you register for my Master Class,” GET THE MOST… out of the clothes you already have!”

** Register here

Why is this class $97.00? It is a Master Class. It is one of the foundational components you will use over and over again. In other words… IT IS WORTH IT AND MORE!

Here are some comments from after the class.

“I want to get into my closet NOW! I am so excited to put things together.”

“It’s so simple. Why didn’t I think of that before?”

“You de-mystified mixing and matching for me. I am impressed.”

I hope you follow me on Facebook too since I often do a Facebook live from various places when I travel. If you get the chance to visit Thunder Bay, you can try out some of my favourite places. The International House of Tea, The Mystic Garden, The Madhouse Restaurant (for Fish tacos!!) and many more. Watch my videos!

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I would love to see photos of what you did on the weekend and what you wore doing it!

Here is the link to register for the course, “GET THE MOST… out of what you already have.”

Down at the beautiful waterfront in Thunder Bay and morning wake-up companions.

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

 

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/

 

 

5 Invaluable Questions For Anyone With Too Many Clothes

Are you one of those women with too many clothes and still nothing to wear?

Why do you think you continue to buy clothes when you have so many?

Is your closet so crammed that you just can’t see in your” forest” of clothes, what can go with what?

Here are some questions to write down on a card and post in your closet. Or… print this off and have it ready.

Then each time you reach in and take out something that makes you go “ummm?” Ask yourself these…

1.    Does it fit me? NOW?

2.    Have I worn it in the past year?

3.    If I saw it in a store, would I buy it again?

4.    Does it flatter me? In colour? For my body type?

5.    Is it functional for my lifestyle?

I am offering an online class called From Closet Chaos to Wardrobe Bliss and would love to have you join me!

**Register here…From Closet Chaos to Wardrobe Bliss

Here’s what you can expect:

  • A live webinar class that is recorded so you can re-visit it time and again.
  • Time during this class to ask questions and participate.
  • Strategies for taking out the “emotional” baggage living in your closet.
  • Organizing tips to create more space.
  • Tip sheet on how to simplify getting dressed.
  • FREE e-book on editing your closet, ($9.97 value) that we will walk through together in our private facebook group.
  • Private Facebook group where you can post questions, pictures, get feedback, get extra tips and participate in live Q& A’s. (Priceless value)
  • FREE 30 minute one to one Zoom session with me, where we can go through 10 items from your closet, or answer any of your personal questions. Valued at ($75.00)

Your investment to simplifying getting dressed, having an organized closet, and having tips to take you there is only $97.00!!!

Plus BONUSES of $85.00 +

*** Register here…From Closet Chaos to Wardrobe Bliss

Yours in Style,

Karen

 

Fire and Wood…How Do You Show up?

We show up wherever we are! Yes, that is true.

Your personality and how you do things shows up in your closet, in your purse, in your actions, your communications, your appearance and even in your personal features.

I am beginning to add my Fashion Feng Shui expertise into my work with clients… especially as I have been taking a face reading course with Michelle Butt. Check out her site here www.michellebutt.com.

The face reading goes hand in hand with my Fashion Feng Shui (FFS) and I get so excited so see the co-relation.

Let me demonstrate in my story of my last client. I went to help her clean out her closet and create new outfits from what she already had.

I knew from her curly hair and dimples that she had FIRE energy and the fact she is an ever- ready energizer bunny, I knew her second essence is Wood.

That showed up BIG TIME, when she time after time would toss a filmy, floaty top onto the give away pile and say,” That is so not me. Don’t know why I bought it.”

 

They were representative of WATER energy and is deep and flowing. She wouldn’t feel in control wearing these. So, they didn’t resonate with them.

Having my background in FFS, plus now, the face reading, I understand. I could put together outfits to represent her personality, her colouring and the textures
in her features.

In fact, she was shocked at some things I suggested and although a little resistant at first, she tried them, laughed and said,” I would NEVER have thought of this, but I like it.” Those words are music to my ears!!

Next… I asked where she wanted to take her business. Well, she wants to be seen more. AAAh… then we add more FIRE with colour. Plus, she wants to look organized, detailed (which she is but we need it to show in her appearance) and she wants to earn more money!! Then METAL is definitely going to be added to her wardrobe.

She will need some grounding as well and the EARTH element will help with that.

I want to acknowledge my dear friend and client, Tammy for this story.

If you are in business as an MLM leader, a coach or in wellness, then I highly encourage you to book a FREE consultation with me to know what you need added to your life to take you where you want to be.

Or… if you are interested in wanting more energy, fun or money in your life… book your free consultation too!!

Email me: Karen@imageconnections.ca

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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

 

5 Tips for the In-Between Fashion Season

fashion expert york regionIt’s that time of year. You look in your closet and nothing looks fun or interesting. You’re sick of your wardrobe, your skin needs some vitamin D, and you’re ready to come out of hibernation. But how do you put spring in your fashion step when the weather’s not cooperating? No worries, here are 5 tips for changing up your look in this transitional time between seasons.

1. Show (the illusion of) More Skin

  • Layer long-sleeved sheer tops over camisoles and add a swing cardigan in a lighter color if you need more warmth.
  • Choose a lower neckline. Try a scoop neck long-sleeved T-shirt or sweater instead of a crew neck.
  • Cuff your skinny jeans and wear flats or ankle booties to show off a bare ankle.
  • Swap out opaque black tights for colored ones or replace tights with nude fishnets or other open-weave, patterned hosiery.

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