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New Year resolutions, we all like to have them, but often life gets in the way and we forget about them all too quickly.  According to the experts, the key to keeping your New Year resolutions is to keep them simple and achievable.


This year I am going to undertake my 5 Step Style Challenge to give my wardrobe a clean and prepare it for the year ahead.  After all an organised wardrobe helps achieve an organised life.  I figure that a 5 step challenge is achievable and can be done before other distractions take over.


Join me in my 5 Step Style Challenge.


Step 1

Go through your wardrobe and remove any clothes that you haven’t work in the last 18 months along with clothes that are tired, old and torn.  Put them in a pile to one side.  It is important to remove any emotional attachments you have to your clothes.  Remind yourself that this will help clear out the clutter and make your life easier.


Step 2

Think about the colour and styles of the items you have kept.  Are they right for you?  Consider whether they:

Are your right colours Are your right styles Match your personality Work with your lifestyle

If they are not your right colour, style, don’t match your personality or work with your lifestyle, put them in the pile with your items discarded in step 1.


Tip:  If you don’t know what your most flattering colours and styles are, book in for our Colour Analysis and Style Workshop to discover your best colours and styles.  Take the guess work out of shopping and create a functional wardrobe that requires little maintenance.


Step 3

Return the clothes you will keep to your wardrobe.  While you are sorting through your clothes, make a note of the main colours left in your wardrobe.  This will make it much easier when shopping as you can mix and match clothes to colours you have at home.


Tip:  For the clothes you are going to keep, trying hanging similar items together or items in a way that works with your clothing filing system.  Put all your pants together, all your jackets together, tops, shirts and so on.  It is advisable not to hang your knits, as they will stretch.  Fold and store them in a draw or on a shelf.


Step 4

Sort your discarded clothes into piles.  The first pile is the one that you will throw out.  These clothes are too tired, old or worn to be recycled.  The second pile is clothes that are still in good condition and can be given to a charity.   You will help other women and give your old clothes a whole new life.


Step 5

Make a list of what you are missing or needs to be replaced.  This can form the basis of your shopping plan for your next shopping trip.  It will also save you a lot of shopping time and frustration.


Tip:  Keep the list of what you need to buy in your mobile.  By keeping it in your phone, you will have the list with you all the time.


Wishing everyone a happy and successful 2014!


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Leading up to Christmas it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all, lots of eating, buying gifts and going out to Christmas parties.  This is the time to spoil yourselves and others; it is also the time to dressed up and have some fun.


If this signals lots of money, then we challenge you to think again.  Looking fabulous does not have to cost the earth.  By organising your wardrobe you can take stock of what you have, make your wardrobe work for you and stop wasting money on clothes and accessories you never wear.  It is also a great way to ensure the Christmas gifts you receive are what you want or need.  Make a list of anything you are missing and pass it onto those who are stuck on what to get you for Christmas.


Your image is something that you carry around with you at all times so you want to get it right.  Look fabulous this season by wearing the right colours and styles in your clothing and accessories.   Add a touch of glamour and make a great impression with the right makeup. Now is the time to update your makeup products as we move into the festive season and have all those Christmas functions to attend.


If you are looking for inspiration this Christmas season then read on!


Summer and Christmas are all about colour and feeling happy.  There are some beautiful pinks, blues and yellows to choose from.  Move away from black and select some colour instead to give your image a lift.


A new lipstick in your colour is a great way to add some glamour and colour and feel alive.


Accessories are an easy and cheap way to update your wardrobe.  Dress your outfit up with a brooch, hat, necklace, earrings, shoes or a fabulous bag.


Buy clothes in your best colours and styles.  They look great on you all the time and are easy to wear with your other clothes.


Buy clothes that go with at least 3 or 4 other garments in your wardrobe.  This ensures you get good wear out of them.


Need to get your image and wardrobe in order?  Ask us how we can help you.


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We are often required to attend networking functions and they can provide great business leads or opportunities and help establish you as an expert in your field or area of expertise.


You never know who you will meet at these functions so it pays to dress appropriately.  If you look your best you are much more likely to stand out from the crowd and be noticed.  It also tells those around you that you are focused, knowledgeable, trustworthy and worth talking to.  It can be difficult to take someone seriously when they have clearly not put any thought into what they are wearing and turn up in jeans.  If they don’t care about their own work and image, how can you trust they will care about yours?


Give your networking functions a little pre event thought and wear something that makes you feel confident and that people will take you seriously with.  It should represent you, be appropriate for the event and be something that people will remember you by.  There are often lots of people at these functions so you want to stand out in a good way.  Here are our ABCs of dressing for networking functions.


ACCESSORIES.  A simple outfit can look amazing with great accessories.   They are a simple and effective way to brighten up your outfit if you keep them appropriate and in proportion.  They are also a great talking piece or conversation starter.  A stylish brooch or headpiece for example will spark attention. Once the conversation has started, it is easy to introduce yourself and keep the conversation going.


BE aware of your audience.  The art of dressing for a network function is about a little research and good grooming.  Find out what the format and dress code is and make sure your image is appropriate to this.  If you want to let others in your field or profession know who you are then your dress needs to reflect this.  After all you want to be noticed and remembered for the right reasons.  If you have your own business then your image is your brand and it needs to compliment what your business is about.


COLOUR. Colour is an important communication tool and conveys strong emotional feelings.  People react to colour so wear colours that make you come alive and look good.  Your best colours will make you look younger because they smooth and minimize lines and shadows around the eyes and face. When wearing these colours you get a healthy glow that is a great boost to your self-esteem and confidence.


If you don’t want to blend in with everyone else avoid wearing too much black.  How many times have you been to a networking function where everyone is wearing black?  Be a bit different a choose colour instead.


A great lipstick in your colour also helps complete your outfit.  It will tie everything together and bring attention straight to your beautiful eyes.  People will notice you without realising why.


Let’s chat about how we can help.  Our Colour Consultation is great for going through your best colours for your clothing and lipstick.  You will be confident with your colour choices.


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 Spring has arrived, the weather is gorgeous and that can only mean one thing – yes its Spring Carnival and a great excuse to wear a hat and frock up.


There is always something special about wearing a hat, it makes you feel a million dollars.  Team it with a great outfit and you feel on top of the world.  So how do you choose a great hat and outfit combination?  Our number one tip is to select styles and colours that enhance you and work for your body line.  It’s how you look good and feel amazing!


When it comes to hat styles, there is one to suit everyone.  It’s all about finding the right style that gives you proportion and balance.  Often it is a matter of trying on a few hat styles to find what you like so don’t be shy about trying on more than one hat style.  Sometimes it is the hat you least expect that looks the best on you.  As this is the Spring Carnival season we recommend hats made of straw, silk and light materials to compliment your spring outfit.


For those who are not blessed with much height, look for close fitting hats with shallow crowns and small or proportioned brims that draw attention upward to your face.  Avoid deep or high crowns and stay away from big, full brimmed hats as they tend to overwhelm you.


The colour of your hat also has a great impact on the way you look as it is worn close to your face.  There are so many beautiful colours so pick one in your best colours that will make you come alive.  A plain black hat, for example can be ageing if black is not one of your best colours.


Remember to coordinate your hat and outfit so they complement each other.  Think about the styles and colours of your hat, outfit, shoes and handbag in advance and avoid the temptation to introduce too many colours or design elements.  Less is more.


If your hat is your focal point then let it make a statement and keep your outfit simple.  Try selecting an outfit in a solid colour and adding a fabulous hat in a great colour along with shoes and a handbag.  The opposite applies if your race day dress is the focal point and if you keep your accessories simple it is much easier to match them to your outfit.


Don’t forget that race day wear is day wear, so no shiny fabric miniskirts or excess flesh.  A bit racing fashion faux pas is to wear skimpy evening dresses and expose too much skin.


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With the launch of David Jones’ Spring Fashion 2013, it is a sign that spring and summer are on the way.  Spring fashions tend to be brighter colours and styles and this season is no exception.  David Jones and Myer fashions for spring are blooming with floral prints, (think big flowers), abstract prints, stripes and bright colours.  There are still aspects of animal prints too.  I love the big floral patterns for summer dresses and tops.


We are still seeing the maxi dress and the good news is sheath dress styles and pants remain in fashion.  Accessories are also bright and colourful.  For handbags think totes.  Flats and pumps are shoe styles that never seem to go out of fashion and there are some great colours this season to have some fun with.  When it comes to pumps choose a height to suit your comfort level and lifestyle.


It can be a bit intimidating when it comes to selecting and wearing prints so we have put together the following tips to ensure you get the most out of your prints this season.


Check that the main print colour is in one of your best colours.  The right colour for you makes an incredible difference in the way you look and feel – look good and feel good! Try not to complicate your outfit. Choose 1 print pattern and stick to it Prints are often hard to mix and match with other clothes so either choose a dress or team it with a solid colour (e.g. pants or skirt) that matches one of the colours in your print.  We recommend wearing prints on your top half Keep your accessories simple.  The print is often busy enough and you don’t want the print and your accessories to clash Choose print styles that you feel comfortable in.  If you love big flowers then wear them but if this is a bit daunting for you try a simple stripe or subtle abstract print


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Are you living with a wardrobe that you don’t love?  Let’s face it, living with a wardrobe you don’t love can be depressing and frustrating and not a great start to your day.  Who has time in the morning to spend deciding what to wear?

Creating a wardrobe you love and that reflects your lifestyle and personality does not take as long as you may think.  I am a great believe in proper planning prevents poor performance and with a little planning you can create a functional wardrobe that loves you.  Trust me it is truly liberating and saves you lots of time and money!

Think about your current lifestyle and where you spend your time.  Does the percentage of your suitable clothing balance and relate to your lifestyle?  Ask yourself if your wardrobe conveys the image you want.  Now might be a good time to think about the goals for your personal and professional lifestyle and how your wardrobe can reflect these.

To create a wardrobe you love we recommend you:

Understand your colours

Know and wear your best colours.  Remove the colours that don’t love you from your wardrobe.  Save this space for colours that do!

Use your neutrals

Build your wardrobe around your neutral colours.  They are easy to mix and match and don’t date – think Navy, Black, Grey, White.

Follow your body line

Understand your style.  Colour and style go together to make an outfit great and a wardrobe functional.  Wear styles that work for your body shape rather than trying to make your body work for the fashion trend.

Do a closet clean

Take a bit of time to do a closet clean.  Go through your wardrobe and separate your clothes into 3 piles:

The ‘KEEP’ pile go straight back in your wardrobe as they are the correct colour and fit. The ‘DISCARD’ pile will include clothes that are the wrong colour or fit, the clothes that are becoming dated and out of fashion and clothes that are tattered.  Avoid the temptation to put these back in your wardrobe.  They will only add to your frustration.  If they are still in good condition, try donating them to a local charity The ‘STORE’ pile may include clothes that you are not yet be ready to part with.  That is fine.  Put them in a box and store them away.  Be honest with yourself though.  If you have not worn something for 3 years then maybe it is time to give them away.

Make a list

Make a list of things your wardrobe needs for when you next go shopping.   Making a list when doing your closet clean will help you replace essential items that you had to throw out.

Mix and match

When you buy a clothing item or accessory, think about whether it will go with at least 3 or 4 other garments in your wardrobe.  You can then mix and match them with other clothes to get more wear out of them.

Remember price per wear

Think about price per wear.  How often will you wear the item and is it worth the money?  Sales are a great time to grab a bargain but if you never wear the clothing piece it is a waste of your money and adds to the clutter in your wardrobe.

Contact us if you need some help creating a wardrobe that works with your lifestyle.

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I have just been on an overseas trip and one of the factors in planning your trip is deciding what clothes to take without packing your whole wardrobe.  After all you have a weight limit for your luggage and you want to leave room for any shopping you may do overseas.

The secret is to mix and match your outfits so that you have minimum items but maximum outfits.  This does require a little advance planning, but when you don’t have to carry a heavy suitcase or pay for extra luggage; it is totally worth the time.

One of the biggest mistakes we make is over packing.  It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking ‘what if’.  What if I suddenly need that jacket I have not yet worn?  What if I need an extra pair of evening shoes?  Relax, if you have not yet worn that jacket then odds are that you won’t wear it on your trip and if you plan your outfits in advance, the pair of evening shoes you take will match all your outfits.

The first thing to consider when packing is your travel plans.  Travelling for work will require slightly different outfits than travelling for pleasure.

Next, think about the location and weather.  Will you be travelling to a warm climate or a cold one?

Finally plan your travel wardrobe.  Write a check-list of what you really need and only pack these items.

My biggest tip is to select clothes in neutral colours. This way they will always match with all your other clothing items and you don’t have to worry about shoes and jackets not matching.  Blues, blacks and charcoal colours are great because they don’t show the dirt.  Shoes and handbags in these colours are also easy to mix and match which means that you only need to pack a couple of pairs of shoes and one or two handbags.

Of course, tailor your check-list to your travel plans.  If all else fails, you can always buy some extra clothes when you arrive at your destination.

If you would like some help with planning your travel wardrobe book in for our Wardrobe Planning Workshop or try our Colour Analysis to find out what are your neutral colours.

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We love winter fashions.  You can do so much more with your clothes in winter.  You can dress up jeans by adding boots, a pashmina and jacket for a simple but chic look.  One thing I learnt from my travels and especially during my time in Beijing is that is it all about the layers when dressing for winter.  Beijing is freezing cold and you have to layer up to keep warm when outside.  As everything is centrally heated, you then have to de layer quickly to avoid overheating when you are inside!

Sydney’s winter is not this extreme but layers can add some interesting details to your clothes that you can’t do with your summer clothes.  It also makes it easy to take off the layers as needed in heated shops and restaurants.

So how to you layer effectively?  Layering is not about adding bulk, it is about using clothes to keep warm and look good.

For casual wear try wearing jeans with boots or closed in shoes, a shirt and/or jumper and then add a pashmina and a jacket or cardigan in a great colour for impact.  Pashminas are one of my favourite winter accessories as they add colour and can be wrapped around your shoulders to keep you warm. They are also easy to fold up and carry when not needed.

For work wear, try wearing a trench coat or jacket and scarf over your suit. There are some beautiful coats this season.

Don’t forget about gloves and hats.  They are fabulous fashion accessories; have them in different colours to match your different outfits and add the ‘wow’ factor to your style.

If you would like help in putting together winter outfits, book in for our Personal Style Workshop and learn how to make clothing choices that work for you.

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Many women struggle to find the right foundation colour for their skin tone, so if you have problems when buying foundation you are not alone.  If your foundation is not making you feel great, maybe it is time to try a new one.

Foundation is important because it forms the base of your makeup and holds your other makeup in place, meaning it stays on longer!  It also protects your skin from the ageing effects of the environment so choose ones with SPF.

The right foundation colour should blend with your skin tones and be a natural extension of you. The right foundation will camouflage areas you want to hide while highlighting those you want to enhance.  It will give you a natural and healthy glow. It is perfect for smoothing out the lines on your face and covering any uneven tones in your skin.


Tips for selecting the right foundation

Make sure the colour is right for your skin tone.  When testing the colours against your jaw line, wait a couple of minutes to allow it to dry.  This will give you the best result to select the colour most resembling your skin tone. It should not be obvious you are wearing foundation You may find that your skin tone changes with the seasons. If in the summer months you find your skin tans and darkens slightly then your foundation should match this. In the winter months your skin will most likely revert back to its natural colour and you will need a lighter shade of foundation Remember that if your foundation is too light, it will wash you out and if it is too dark it will give you a distinct line between your face and neck


If you would like to find out how to select the right foundation colours, contact us about our Makeup Application session. We will show you how to put on your makeup quickly and easily. You can try on our makeup products and see how they apply and what colours look great on you.

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There are times when I feel I need a boost in the morning to get me going.  While I don’t deny that a cup of coffee helps, I also find that wearing something red is a simple and effective way to cheer myself up and feel more energized.  When wearing a red dress, shirt, jacket or lipstick, I suddenly feel alive and confident, ready to take on the challenges of my day.  Amazing what a bit of colour can do.

Colour affects our behaviour and mood and is a powerful communication tool. It is the first thing we register when we are assessing anything and can take you from feeling happy to feeling sad.  For me, red states enthusiasm and energy and who is going to mess with the person wearing red?  I personally love the colour red, and wear it whenever I need a bit of a pick-me-up.  Red is also how I add a bit of drama to my outfits and my daily life.

There are many shades of red and the secret is choosing the tone that best suits you.  If you have cool skin, eye and hair tones then think cool red tones, or those with a blue red.  If you have warm hair, eye and skin tones then choose warm reds, with a yellow undertone.  The same applies for your lipstick colours.

Red goes with many colours so team it with navy, charcoal, black, beige, creams/white or brown.  If you feel you need to ease yourself into wearing red, try adding it with your accessories such as a fabulous necklace, scarf, shoes or bag.  You can also wear it as a lipstick.  The right coloured red lipstick will bring attention straight to your beautiful eyes.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with red in your clothing this season.  There are many different shades to choose, from warm reds, cool red tones and muted reds.  Choose the right ones for you and have some fun.

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