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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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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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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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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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The Fall/Winter 2013/2014 fashion shows have given us plenty to think about.  The trends on the runways were varied with Giorgio Armani’s chic and elegance to Alexander McQueen’s Elizabethan styles and funky tartans by Junya Watanabe.  What we love is that so many designers used hats and headpieces to complete their collections.

We have put together some of our favorite styles on Pinterest.  Have a look and let us know which styles are your favourite.


This season has given us plenty of colour choices. For some collections the colours seem a lot more muted and neutral with greys, soft blues, black, browns and white but we are still seeing reds, bright blues, greens, pinks and gold.

Prints and Patterns

Prints and patterns play a big part this season with animal prints, checks, floral, tartans, tweeds, rich brocades, sequins and textures used.  There is a mixture of bold and bright patterns and more neutral colours in the checks, plaids and tartans.

While prints were often layered together to create maximum impact, you can make this look work by selecting one print as your staple piece.  There are some beautiful coats and jackets to choose from.

Fur was also incorporated into many of the collections from hats, to trims on jackets, dresses and coats.  Other designers used them as wraps and in place of scarves.

For textures this season think fur, leather, sequins, beading and metallic shine.


The military style is back and includes coats, jackets, pants and capes.  Many of the coat styles are oversize and boxy with large lapels or capes.

The classic coat style was popular.  We love the simple dress styles with gorgeous textures and patterns of Collette Dinnigan and Dolce and Gabbana, along with the pant and top options of Giorgio Armani and Christian Dior.

The skirt suit also featured with strong and feminine lines, textured and edgy jackets.


The pointy toed shoes are back from pumps to boots to flats.  Expect to see a lot of boots!

Hats, one of our favourite accessories this season, were seen in many of the collections, including Emporio Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauran and Junya Watanabe.  There were lots of berets, knitted beanies or caps, felt hats, fur hats, sailor caps, cloches, head wraps and floppy fedora styles. This season, don’t restrict hat wear to the races, try wearing a beret, cloche, knit or felt hat to give your look the added wow factor or add chic to your street wear.

Handbags and clutches were much more slim and structured.  They are smaller and more proportioned and handheld rather than over the shoulder.  Gone are the big and bold looks from summer.

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Let me tell you about one of the best-kept secrets in style and fashion.  Accessories!  They are one of the easiest, quickest and cheapest ways to update your wardrobe and make a difference to your clothes.  They dress up a plain outfit, make your outfit look expensive and allow you to create your own style.  Accessories can also help to hide and draw attention away from features we don’t want to highlight.

Your outfit can go from ordinary to amazing when you add the correct accessories.  If you keep your outfit plain and simple, most accessories are easy to match.  Better still, if you keep your accessory colours and metal tones within your colour pallet you will find it even easier to mix and match them with different outfits.  Be careful not to add too many colours in your accessories, keep it to 2 or 3 maximum.

You can accessorize by adding a handbag or a pair of shoes in a different colour.  Get creative with some costume jewellery or try wearing a hat to add a little bit of flare to your outfit.  Hats are great in both summer and winter and for those bad hair days.  When you wear the right hat style you feel a million dollars.

Instead of always wearing a necklace, try wearing a scarf or pashmina.  They are a great way to add some colour to your outfit and a pashmina can often be used instead of a jacket or coat.  They are very versatile and unlike bulky coats, they fold away easily.  Learn a few basic scarf tying tips to create different looks.

Pearls go with everything and can dress up a casual outfit without any effort at all.  They are the accessory that is appropriate for daytime and will instantly take your outfit into the evening.

Avoid the temptation to wear all your jewellery at once.  If you wear large, dangling earrings, match them with a bracelet rather than a necklace.  The combination of big earrings and big necklaces often creates clutter.  Alternatively keep your earrings simple and add a necklace to draw attention to your face.  The idea is to look chic and not that you have tried to wear everything all at the same time.

When accessorising remember that less often gives more of a positive impact, especially in a more traditional work environment.  The more conservative your work environment, the more conservative your accessories should be.  A good quality watch and pearl or stud earrings go a long way.

Different accessories can turn one outfit into several different ones without having to purchase new clothes.  Accessories provide a means to stay within your budget, allow you to add to your wardrobe every season and get more wear out of your clothes.

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This week Jockey TV visited a top professional football club, Leeds United, with young apprentice jockey, George Chaloner. George is a graduate of Northern Racing College. He also won a highly prized sprint race, the Goodwood Stewards’ Sprint Stakes last August on Johannes at 22/1. George joined the football squad and demonstrated his footballing skills by scoring a few goals.  George was kitted out by the Leeds club and they also kindly donated a signed football for the Injured Jockeys Fund.

Jockey TV also interviewed Leeds football manager, Neil Warnock, who spoke about his affection for racing and respect for jockeys.

See the show plus photos of Izziana Image millinery at

Izziana Image is the proud sponsor of Jockey TV – the essence of what being involved in equine sport is all about. Izziana Image supports the fashion side of Jockey TV and writes articles for the Jockey TV blog.


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