Don’t Break the Fashion Bank

shoppingAs a die-hard fashionista our inner retail diva may scream, WE NEED A UNLIMITED WARDROBE BUDGET!! Realistically, most individuals bank accounts couldn’t handle such a heavy demand.  This means you need a workable wardrobe budget.  How much should you spend per month? Here is the little thing I tell my clients.  You should spend 5% of your monthly income on clothing.  How do you find your dollar amount you should spend per month?  Multiply your take home pay by .05 i.e. if your monthly take home pay is $3,000 you should spend about $150.00 per month on clothing.

With us being realistic how can we achieve our wardrobe goals? Have no fear I’ve come up with a few tips:

  1. Shop Clearance racks: You will be stunned at all the great finds on the clearance racks.
  2. Sales: Sales are your best friend – They (retailers) must move merchandise, so as to be able to bring in new merch, so in turn they slash some of the hottest must haves of the season.
  3. Outlets: I love Nordstrom and Saks outlets.. Why?? You can get YSL, Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci all at half the cost.. Tell me who wouldn’t love this tip?
  4. Re-evaluate your wardrobe: Many times you have incredible things in your closet that are hidden, which in turn could breathe new life into your style and give new definition to your wardrobe.
  5. Make a list: List key elements that are lacking or missing from your wardrobe; this way when you’re out shopping you aren’t purchasing duplicates or not buying the right needed elements.

Once you do all these things, you will be set to start your shopping and not break your bank.

How_to_budget_-_fullThe other tip I want you to do is track your spending habit and make sure you are staying within that bracket.  With a few little tweaks you’ll be one stylish fashionista.
sonya L  Article by: Sonya LaRae- Certified Image Consultant, Certified Lifestyle Coach, Educator and Motivational Speaker

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Why Get a Color Analysis

color_wheelMany of my clients aren’t totally clear about what a “color analysis” actually is, and why you need to know this? Many are skeptical about color analysis, and some feel they can wear the rainbow/array of colors.  Can the shades you wear really make that much of a difference?

Let me start off by saying, YES- color is everything and breathes life into you and your wardrobe. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe a German philosopher (1850’s) realized the connections between different colors and how the different hues accented or brought out a person color, which made her create the “color psychology.”  The “color psychology” focused on the importance of color and how it affected thinking, feelings and reactions in people- that also showed how colors illuminated individuals complexions.

Having your color-analysis done doesn’t mean throwing your entire wardrobe away (I know that took a load off your shoulders)- Having your color analysis done will clarify the colors that compliment you and brightens your undertone.  There are four “true” color seasons (a little side note: There are also subcategories in each season), just like in a calendar year: Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.  Most people are a combination of two, resulting in light or dark versions of each season.  I find people are amazed at how stark some of the differences are when fabric samples are draped across them.  They see clear changes in complexion.  The wrong colors will make you look sallow or washed out, it can make you look tired and aged.  Where the right colors will boost, lighten and make you look glowing.

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Here are my top 6 reasons you should get a color analysis:

  1. You will know what colors to wear in your hair, makeup, wardrobe and accessories.
  2. Shopping for makeup and going to the hair salon will be easy and efficient.
  3. When you’re wearing the colors that align with you, your energy will increase, your self-confidence will increase and you’ll give your attitude a major boost.
  4. You will declutter your wardrobe of pieces that aren’t complimentary to you.
  5. You’ll be able to get dressed quicker, because you’ll remove the guess-work from your wardrobe and will look great in the selections.
  6. Look younger- I think this is the most important element.

Color is very important and knowing what colors work best for you is truly a vital piece to your success.

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Article by: Sonya LaRae- Certified Image Consultant, Certified Lifestyle Coach, Educator and Motivational Speaker

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Top 7 Questions for Stylist

a-womans-closet2Have you ever felt like- you need to hire an image consultant/stylist?  Do you want to improve your style? Maybe, you are feeling a little intimidated to make that call.  What will they (image consultant) ask you? What should I be asking them? What will they think of my style?

These are all very good questions and I’m here to put your mind to rest- Most image consultants will love speaking with you, getting to know you, as well as what you would like to achieve with your look.  We love to hear from new clients and develop and fabulous relationship, which will bring forth your signature style.

With this being stated here are a few questions that you need to ask yourself to prepare you for your conversation:

1. What are you trying to achieve by hiring a stylist?

2. What are your top 3 style obstacles?

3. Are your trying to have a more adventurous style, building a professional wardrobe, adding trendier colors and pieces?

4. What is missing from your ideal wardrobe?

5. What would you say your current style says about you?

6. What would you say you are most comfortable wearing, during the week and weekend?

7. What are your three favorite pieces in your closet?

These are just a few questions that you should ask yourself to get ready for your style session.  Whenever you are thinking about making changes to your wardrobe, you need to make sure that you make changes that always make you feel and look good.

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Attitude and Image

ralph-laurenYour style and the clothes you choose reflect and affect your mood, health, and overall confidence. There is a name for this-which scientist call it “enclothed cognition,” which basically means you take on the symbolic meaning of the clothes. Now with that being stated, here is the reality “Your attitude radiates from inside,” and when that energy is negative it has a large pull on your image, which in turn suffers.
You may feel what you wear doesn’t define nor determine your value as a person. Well, fair or not people judge us, by the way, we: 1. Look (our attitude) 2. Our Attire (how we dress) – This is how people perceive you and how they respond toward you. Your look and attitude will either make or break your success and your growth.
In 1890 Dr. William James published an article for the National Institute of Health, regarding “The Philosophy of Dress,” he believed clothing to be an essential part of the material self. As a Certified Lifestyle Coach, I have personally seen the effects that a wardrobe has on people’s feeling and emotions. You may put on a certain outfit and you have major confidence out the door. Your shoulders are back and you have a certain Je ne sais quoi (that little something that is elusive), then you have those mornings where you wake up and you just cannot pull it together.. You put on an outfit that just pulls you down all day until you get that call from your husband or friends that you go and change and you are picked up immediately. This is the power and energy of your Attitude and image these two are so closely related that they are kissing cousins.

How do you create a wardrobe that moves through “attitude and Image?
1. Wear clothes that fit you and feel physically good (fabrics matter)
2. Remove the items from your wardrobe that are associated with negative thoughts or memories
3. Donate clothes that no longer fit – let go and allow yourself to grow
4. Try to avoid item shopping focus on outfits that are complete or can complement other pieces in your wardrobe
5. Rotate pieces in your wardrobe, add colors that are bright and inviting
With just a few simple tweaks you’ll see how your attitude and image will improve and your movement toward success will follow closely.

Article by: Sonya LaRae-Certified Lifestyle Coach, Certified Image Consultant

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