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6 Reasons To Have Your Colours Done

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Blog, Colour Analysis, Hair, Personal Power, Shopping | Comments Off on 6 Reasons To Have Your Colours Done

Here are my top 6 reasons why you should have a colour analysis.

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5 Steps To Cure A Style Rut Forever

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Blog, Closet, Colour Analysis, Personal Power, Shopping, Style | Comments Off on 5 Steps To Cure A Style Rut Forever

If you are displaying some or all of the above signs and symptoms, there is no need to panic or feel overwhelmed. A style rut is quite common and is easily cured by following these 5 easy and efficient steps.

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Does Your Style Routine Reflect Your Dream Life?

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Blog, Following Your Passion, Personal Power, Shopping, Style | Comments Off on Does Your Style Routine Reflect Your Dream Life?

Does your current daily style routine reflect your dream life? It’s quite simple to answer this by thinking through the questions in this blog.

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Quiz: Does Your Home Look Better Than You?

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Blog, Closet, Personal Power, Shopping, Style | Comments Off on Quiz: Does Your Home Look Better Than You?

I enjoy watching home design reality television shows. It is fascinating when the show features a participant who is eagerly decorating their home to be a magnificent and modern showpiece of beauty, while their own personal appearance choices — to put it lightly — do not give off their best.

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Let Your Style Be Your Gateway to Living Authentically

Posted by on Nov 29, 2014 in Blog, Closet, Following Your Passion, Personal Power, Shopping, Style | Comments Off on Let Your Style Be Your Gateway to Living Authentically

How did I start stepping out on my current path to living more authentically? I have come to realize my style choices played a major role in my journey. I know this may seem ridiculous, but, hear me out.

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Are You Wearing A Costume On Dates?

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Closet, Colour Analysis, Personal Power, Shopping | Comments Off on Are You Wearing A Costume On Dates?

A reminder from a friend – costumes are for Halloween.

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This Dress Was Expensive, Therefore I Should Keep It …

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Closet, Colour Analysis, Personal Power, Shopping | Comments Off on This Dress Was Expensive, Therefore I Should Keep It …

Are you keeping, or even worse, wearing an article of clothing that does not show off the best YOU because of the label on the item or because you originally paid a lot of money for the item?

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I Want That Celebrity’s Hair Colour, Hair Style, and Outfit…

Posted by on Jul 26, 2014 in Blog, Colour Analysis, Hair, Personal Power, Shopping | Comments Off on I Want That Celebrity’s Hair Colour, Hair Style, and Outfit…

Before you run off to your hair colourist, hair stylist or nearest shopping mall ask yourself, “Will this hair colour/hair style/outfit project the ultimate me?”

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Does Your Hair Colourist Know Your Optimal Hair Colour?

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Blog, Colour Analysis, Hair, Personal Power | Comments Off on Does Your Hair Colourist Know Your Optimal Hair Colour?

Did you know most hair colourists are not trained to identify your specific ideal hair colour? And even if you told a hair colourist your colour season and flow of colour season most could not translate this key information about what colours are right for You into a hair colour for You.

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I Have Nothing To Wear!

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in Blog, Closet, Colour Analysis, Personal Power, Shopping | Comments Off on I Have Nothing To Wear!

“When a woman says, ‘I have nothing to wear!’, what she really means is, there’s nothing here for who I’m supposed to be today.”― Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman

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Is Loyalty Keeping You In A Time Warp?

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Blog, Hair, Personal Power | Comments Off on Is Loyalty Keeping You In A Time Warp?

Trying something new is scary sometimes. However, more often than not, it does pay off and you may find that great changes occur as a result!

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Who Are You Taking Appearance Advice From?

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in Blog, Closet, Personal Power, Shopping | Comments Off on Who Are You Taking Appearance Advice From?

To prevent yourself from regretting clothing purchases based on someone else’s advice, here are 5 key questions to ask yourself when deciding who’s style advice you should actually listen to.

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Are You Waiting to Buy Clothes Until You Lose Weight?…

Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 in Blog, Personal Power | Comments Off on Are You Waiting to Buy Clothes Until You Lose Weight?…

To this mindset I always say – What are you waiting for? Have you considered the opportunities that may be bypassing you in the meantime? There is no reason to put your life and goals on hold just because you have weight to lose.

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My Aunt Got Me This Sweater…

Posted by on Dec 26, 2013 in Blog, Personal Power | 0 comments

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had a client tell me that they have kept or wear a particular clothing or accessory item because their Mother, Mother-in-Law, Aunt, Cousin etc. got it for them as a gift. These same clients also indicate that they know the item doesn’t suit them, but, they must keep or wear the item anyway.

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What Are You Making Others Believe About You?

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Blog, Personal Power | 0 comments

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” This is a famous quote by Maya Angelou and one of my favourite quotes. In addition to applying to an individual’s actions, this quote can be applicable to how someone puts themselves on display through their appearance and image. Are you aware of how your image choices are actually determining how you are perceived by nearly everyone? Here are 4 steps you can use to ensure the image you are displaying is aligned with how you want to be received and therefore believed. 1. Ask yourself – If I was someone else looking at my appearance, what would I think as a first impression? Daily, for one week, write out 3-5 characteristics that honestly capture the overall look you are projecting each day by asking yourself the above question with each outfit change. Really be honest with yourself. Make sure you factor in your complete appearance from head to toe. Some examples you may think of may be: -refined -professional -lazy -creative -funky -fun -messy -fashionable -old fashioned Beside each noted characteristic, write down where you were going (e.g. work, interview, date night, out with friends etc.). If you have someone close to you who sees you daily, you may wish to ask her/him if she/he would provide you with words for your list as well. 2. Review and reflect on your responses to Step #1 Review the words you captured in Step #1 above and ask yourself if you were happy with the image your words captured in relation to where you were going/your audience. Put a star beside the words you are happy with and circle the words you are not so happy with. Some examples you may be happy with and put a star beside might include: refined and professional for work and fun if going out with friends. An example of a word you may not be happy with and circle is: old fashioned for work or an interview (translates into resistant to change, outdated thinking). A sexy image may be okay for a date night, but doesn’t work if going to work in a conservative corporate environment. 3. Determine if there are appearance choices that you want to or should tweak Review the words you have starred and circled on your list now and reflect. If you have mostly stars on your list (i.e. You were happy with your image for each place you were going/your audience) then congratulations! If you have been truly honest with yourself throughout this exercise, you are most likely giving off the image you want to project in each area of your life. If there are mostly circles on your list and/or if there is a particular place you were going/an audience category that had a lot of circles (i.e. you were not happy with your image), then honestly ask yourself the following 2 questions: a) What was the main element that skewed your image? – Was it your outfit, hair, makeup, and/or accessory choices? b) What can you do to fix the issue? – Visit your hairstylist, have a makeup consult, revisit clothing choices, engage an image professional? 4. Change your appearance choices and keep at it In the previous step you determined where your appearance choices needed some fixing. Now it is time to implement change. Although you may, sometimes, want to go back to what you are used to, instead, keep at it. Don’t give up! Soon your appearance change will become habit and you will be happier and attract greater opportunities, respect, potentially...

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Toronto Image Consultant, Personal Stylist and Colour Analysis Professional – What Is Image?

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Blog, Personal Power | Comments Off on Toronto Image Consultant, Personal Stylist and Colour Analysis Professional – What Is Image?

The FreeDictionary.com defines image as a reproduction of the form of a person or object, the character projected to the public and a vivid description or representation. This can be further defined to encompass how we project who we are to others through our appearance, behaviour and communications choices – also known as the ABC’s of image. The importance of image was confirmed by research conducted by Dr. Mehrabian at UCLA which concluded that 93% of how we are received by others is based on non-verbal elements. This also therefore means that what you say only constitutes 7% of how you are perceived. We are judged by our covers every day at work, at job interviews, during social engagements and even during a trip to the grocery store. The ABC’s of image can be broken into the following areas: 1) Appearance: • Clothing – colour, style, fit, quality, condition • Accessories • Hair colour and style • Makeup colour and application • Hygiene 2) Behaviour • Body language • Posture • Etiquette • Wellness • Warmth and approachability • Stress management 3) Communications (also can overlap with behaviour elements) • Presentation skills • Verbal communications • Written communications You have ability to take charge of all of the above ABC’s through your image choices. There is no time like the present to review your image, begin projecting your best self, and ensure you are giving off your most authentic energy every day. I hope this article inspires you to wear your authenticity! Carol Brailey Image Consultant and Hair...

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