Sunday, May 30, 2010

I've been Flattered!

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.... so let's take a look at how I'm being flattered at the moment! Sex and the City 2 is a fashionista Disneyland! In it, Samantha wears a dress that is hauntingly familiar to me.  TV's, The View, had fashion show featuring a re-creation that is even more like mine!

 Although my design is "priceless" to me, it actually cost only around $30 in materials. I had to whip it up at the last minute and as my budget for the movie was spent, I had to be super creative. In fashion, as in literature, there are not really any "new" ideas.  Everybody is inspired by everybody else. The S&TC dress isn't exactly like mine, but it's close enough to make me blush!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Cracking Layers

I talked about layering in this post and how it can make you look, not just dated, but fat ((shudder)). Sure, lots of flowing layers are super comfy (who doesn't love an elastic waistband), but they add bulk.  You can still layer like mad if you follow two simple rules!
1. If you have a flowing top, pair it with a slim bottom.

And by slim I don't mean leggings! Leggings with a flowing top can make you look like a meatball with two toothpicks stuck in the bottom. Slim trousers or a trim (not tight) skirt.

1. If you have a flowing bottom layer, pair it with a slim top.
You always want to point out that you have a shape somewhere in there! You can even add a flowing wrap if you keep the rest somewhat structured.

The rules always apply.....
Follow them and you will never again look like a walking pile of laundry! Add more layers with necklaces or a scarf, and bracelets to get your gypsy on. Layering jewelry doesn't add bulk. How great is that!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Groovy Chick or Old Bag?

I see a lot of this look in my travels. Unfortunately, it's without the microphone. 

I know the women sporting this style are either living in the past or trying to hide fat ....and so does everybody else. I'm sorry to tell them, this look makes them look old...and fat!

Baggy, flowing layers just look dated...and, well... old.  Plus they make you look sloppy and....FAT!!! Even Stevie Nicks has updated her look to become a smoother, more streamlined woman.

Think about the message you are sending out when you dress in flowing, gypsy layers.  Are you a "Groovy Chick"...or  Old Bag?

I'll show you in my next post how to update your "Gypsy Soul"!

Quick Tip!

Summer weather is here in some parts and can take it's toll on our clothing. So, if you missed this post all is not lost!

Treat perspiration marks with a prewash stain remover, then launder the clothes in hot water using an enzyme detergent and an oxygen bleach.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Quick Tip

Never hang your pearl necklace. It weakens the silk thread the pearls are strung on.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Quick Tip

I love this Quick Tip from From Real Simple!

Get between buttons, where a regular iron won’t fit, with a straightening iron. Try it on collar creases and minor wrinkles, too.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Quick Tip!

To prevent underarm perspiration stains, sprinkle baby powder on the underarm area of your blouse then press with an iron.  The powder forms a shield, protecting your garment!

Quick Tip

We do this in the wardrobe department after rainy days....

Help wet shoes preserve their shape―and speed up drying―by placing crumpled newspaper in them overnight. It really works!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Fantasy Shoe Storage

Oh, the sirene call of shoes. I have waaayy to many and they can be a mess in my closet. So whenI saw this on the Martha Stewart website I nearly fell over with lust!

It's a pull-out pantry that you would normally use in the kitchen. The shelves are slanted and nonskid shelf liners were used to prevent the shoes from sliding when it moves. 

Quick Tip

Hate those gaps between the buttons on your blouse or sweater? Sew little bits of velcro between the buttons for an instantly smooth (and slimmer) line!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Style vs. Fashion

Fashion passes, style remains.
       ~ Coco Chanel~

You just gotta love her!  She created not just her own style, but an enduring brand that is relevant even now. Coco knew her style was her brand and her brand endures to this day.

While Coco didn't need any help defining her brand, most of us do. We confuse "style" with "fashion" and end up sending crossed messages.

Why not develop your business style to best express your brand and become a legend too!

Quick Tip

To remove wine or juice stains, gently rub salt or an oxygen cleaner into the stain then pour boiling water over it. It works when all else fails!

Quick Tip

Tuck tea bags scented with jasmine, mint, or vanilla into a dresser drawer to infuse your clothes with a fresh, subtle fragrance!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Your Image IS Your Brand

“I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men”
             ~ Marlene Dietrich
Marlene Dietrich understood that her image was her "brand".  She carefully crafted it (with big help from the studio experts), and so, it became iconic.
                                                                  Marlene Dietrich, husband Rudolf Sieber, and daughter 
Every time she was seen in public her brand was intact.

I'm not saying you have to give up your personal wardrobe choices (I wish I could live in P.J's and sweats), but have you given thought to your image vis-a-vie your brand? It can be, bar none, your biggest asset!

Do You Make This Mistake?

I never meet many of my clients in person.  They send me photos and/or video and I "virtually" help them up their visual game . Here is one of the mistakes I see all the time!

This is a panel of speakers (not my clients). Does anybody stand out? Not really, in fact it's the water bottles grab my attention.

Now look at this panel

Notice where you eye is drawn. The woman in the orange top! It doesn't matter who's got the microphone, your eye will wander to the person wearing color.

This is valuable information. Nobody can truly hear your message if part of their brain is elsewhere. However, you can have the focus be on you even when you aren't speaking. You can be "selling" without ever opening your mouth! Of course, you want to make sure your color is in sync with the core message your business.