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.

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!

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!

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

Am I In Your Head?

I often hear this from clients and women from network events;

“When I got dressed this morning I could hear your voice saying wear a colour that suits you.”

“You are always in my head when I get dressed.”

“Your voice is in my head when I am shopping… now what would Karen choose?”

Am I in your head?

These comments are compliments to me because I am ALL about… teaching you to shop with intention, dressing to honour who you are and your body type and bringing awareness to the message you are sending.

Have you downloaded your GIFTS yet? Have you? Have you? Have you? (I feel like Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory).

These gifts will help you to make getting dressed much easier and faster.

**Click here for your gifts.

Wave Good-bye. 21 Reasons to Let Go!

3 Golden Closet Rules

Another client said,” I used your tip about hanging my clothes up by colour and it makes life SO much easier!”

So why wait?

While you are at it… Download my e-book,” From Closet Chaos to Wardrobe Bliss.”

**Get it here

I want you to have a closet you LOVE! I want you to get the most out of the clothes you have hanging in your closet and taking up space.

If you want me to hold your hand… I can do that too!

Yours In Style,

Karen