According to the dictionary, image is defined as: “a representation of the external form of a person or thing in art”. Key word #1: representation. Does your image represent your true self? If not, imagine how it might that affect your confidence, personal interactions, or professional relationships.You only get one chance to make a first impression, why not make it a positive one? Notice how people react to you when you wear the “right” color, for instance. More importantly, observe how you feel and behave when you feel good about the way that you look. Key word #2: external. How you look, what you wear, your stance, etc. are no substitute for the more important things such as your health, well-being, and education. There is a synergy between the external and internal that can be very positive. For instance, we all know that even if you work from home you need to get up and get dressed as if you are going to the office. It’s no substitute for time management but you are more likely to be in a productive mindset if you act as if you are going to work! A skilled image consultant can help you analyze what is working and what is not working. It’s about becoming your best self and enhancing your strengths. Let your external representation illuminate your inner radiance!
How are you doing with your resolutions so far? Don’t be too hard on yourself (or surprised) when only 10 days into the year you find yourself off track. Rather than starting ambitious resolutions on a specific date you might think about what I call, “Creating Optimal Habits”. What that means is focusing on 1 behavior that you want to change and practice it in simple steps every day. Some days will be easier than others, the key is to persist. Here are some examples, ideas, and suggestions: Time Management Optimal Habit: Commit to spending 15 minutes at the end of every work day to review what you accomplished that day, and what you need to do for the next 2 days. You will always be prepared! Organizing Optimal Habit: Commit to making quick decisions (3 seconds or less) for actions such as keep, file, recycle, shred, discard. Take action 1 paper or item at a time. You will avoid clutter and wasted time! Image Updating Optimal Habit: Commit to wearing items that fit you in the body you are in today, every day. If you put something on that is too tight, loose, short, etc. take it off immediately and put it in a donation or consignment bag.
There is no time like now to update your image. Why wait to…lose weight, get in shape, get a new job, start dating, and so on? Image is more than what you wear. Your image is the outside, that projects your inside. The two must be aligned but sometimes it takes immediate reinforcement and quick results to motivate the long term changes. Here are aspects of image that I want you to consider: Health – physical and emotional well being and strength Confidence – how you view yourself and the ways that you want to project that view Appearance – posture, wardrobe, establishing your unique style What would you most like to work on this year? Recruit help to ensure that will happen. You don’t need a lot of money, here are some examples: Health – want to start walking? Recruit a walking partner. Want to learn how to practice yoga? Download an app. Confidence – is it time to work on your presentation or interview skills? Join Toastmasters. Attend a SCORE seminar. Appearance – do you lack a style that suits your best self? Browse store mannequins, take photos of the ones you like. Pour over fashion magazines and make notes about the styles that suit the body you’re in today Need a professional image consultant? Look no further!
Most people assume that thinner body types are easy to dress and look good in everything…not so! It’s all about creating balance and an attractive image. This specific body type can use the right clothing to do several things. For instance: Create a curvy effect, adding volume at the shoulder and hips Use belts, fabric design, and color to create a waist and add overall curve Use details such as ruching, pleats, seaming or ruffles to add volume.
There are different ways that we can describe a woman’s body type. Rather than comparing our bodies to fruits or geometric shapes, I prefer something like those used by fashion stylist, Stacy London: Curvy, Extra Curvy, Not Curvy Bigger on Top Bigger on Bottom Extra in Middle The key question is, do you know how to dress for your body type? At Outside In Organizer and Makeovers my mission is to help you look your most fabulous and feel your most confident in the body you are in today! Remember these 3 guidelines: (1) Use clothing to create balance and accentuate your best features. (2) Wear clothing that fits well. Most women’s clothing requires some altering. (3) Don’t keep something you own, or buy something that doesn’t look great on you today. Working with an Image and Wardrobe Consultant isn’t a luxury. Think of it as an investment in your “image education”. Not ready to go there yet? Go with a friend who will be honest (and kind). Here is the OIOM Process: First, we analyze your current wardrobe – what to keep, donate, consign, alter. Second, we “shop in your closet” – recreate your wardrobe by mixing, matching, layering, breaking up suits, etc. Next we go shopping (not buying) – a session with no pressure to purchase. You will be encouraged to step out of your comfort zone and learn what styles, colors, patterns, and accessories create the most fabulous-looking you! Your goal? Walk away with the skills and confidence to know what to wear, how to wear it, and ways to shop! Make it a fun learning experience.
Sadly, summer is almost over and before you know it you’ll need to transition to your fall wardrobe (even here in San Diego). I recommend setting up several ground rules to make the transition easy. First, let’s talk about letting items go. If you didn’t wear it at all this summer and it’s in good condition, put it into the DONATE or CONSIGN bag. RETURN UNWORN ITEMS: If it still has tags on it and you never wore it, return it for store credit. Second, if something is worn out or soiled and beyond repair or laundering, DISCARD it. You deserve better! If you need summer clothing that fits and is still in style but needs to be LAUNDERED or DRY CLEANED, do it now and put it in your summer storage area for next year. Move it out to make room for the coming season.
Do you have a closet full of clothes but tend to wear the same items and outfits most of the time? Try these strategies for wearing all of your clothes in new ways! Purge those items you know that you will never wear, or will never fit. Decide how you want to organize your closet: by color? Sleeve length? By outfit? Re-organize the clothing accordingly. Hang an accessory that you haven’t worn recently over the hanger with an outfit. Enjoy that scarf or necklace and create a new outfit. Do the same with shoes. Now, turn every hanger backwards and each time you wear a garment, rehang the item correctly. At the end of the season, donate or consign everything that is still hanging the wrong way.
What if your flight is delayed or cancelled? What if you are sitting on the runway for hours? What if you miss your flight but your luggage didn’t? Yikes, all of these what-if’s! Most of the time everything goes as planned but it’s good to think about what to wear when you head to the airport, as well as what to have in your carry on bag. Years ago I remember that the airlines changed my return flight and I was forced to take the red-eye. That meant that upon arrival I had to go directly to the office. Fortunately, I was able to wear something appropriate for the office and take the basics in my carry on: healthy snacks, eye drops, make up, and hair spray to refresh my appearance. During the flight I made sure to keep hydrated and only had coffee just before landing. Next time you organize for your trip think about what you choose to bring and do during the flight so that you are prepared for the unexpected. You will feel better, I promise.
The best ways to look good all day long is to have a small amount of makeup essentials in your tote bag. There are so many choices on the market. As an Organizer and Image Consultant my advice is to keep it simple. Small containers of the basics will keep you looking refreshed. My favorites: Blotting tissues Translucent powder Lipstick or gloss White eyeshadow – powder or stick (for the inside corners of your eyes Blush Eyeliner
Okay, you’re ready to pack your tote and begin another busy day. As an Organizer I like to start with the essentials, or must-haves. Staying hydrated is important and I love this collapsible, refillable water bottle! It fits neatly in your tote, gym bag, and your car. Put water on the top of your list. Go green, refill bottles. Another plus? This one folds flat when empty and packs for travel!