5 Day Break – What to pack?

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.

Photo by Elias Ehmann on Unsplash

I am off to Ireland today and I can’t wait. Ireland is home for me even though I’ve lived overseas for 20+ years.

To me, its still home after all these years. I always love seeing the first sight of the coast and the green fields. It stirs a deep sense of belonging. I see the same in my two boys even though they weren’t born in Ireland; somehow it has become home for them too.

Anyways, back to the packing. What am I going to bring with me?

When I think about what to pack, I list down what I will be doing and of course take the weather into consideration. Ireland is pretty predictable and rain is almost guaranteed so I will need to pack a rain coat.

So what will I be doing….. Lots of walking outside, some shopping, a double christening and hanging out with my parents. Not too exciting but exactly where I want to be for a few days.

Packing is really unbelievably easy when you have clothes that are the right colours for you, the right shape for you, are right for your style personality and work for the lifestyle you have now.

So here is what I will pack:

Christening: Floral navy wrap dress, Nude Heels and my feather earrings which go with the dress.

Day to day at home: 2 pairs of jeans, 4 light layering tops, denim shirt, 2 pullovers

Walking: Raincoat, runners.

I will wear one of the pairs of jeans to travel, one of the tops and my leather jacket as well as a pair of spanking brand new trainers that are still shiny white and dying for an outing.

I will also bring lots of accessories as they take so little space and really make the most of my travel wardrobe. 2 scarves in complimentary colours and several pairs of dangly earrings.

Did I forget anything? What else would you bring beside the pjs and underwear?

How to use colour to express your personality

I adore colour. Always have and probably always will. I go around figuring out people’s colours in my head. I especially love when someone doesn’t fall exactly into a colour category and I have to come up with a unique solution. I can happily ponder their ‘colour conundrum* for hours.

You see to me,

A successful colour analysis cannot just consider the characteristics of the skin, hair and eyes; it also has to address a person’s personality. You cannot separate the physical and the psychological outlook of a person. They go hand and hand and both must be considered when ‘getting your colours done’.

So how can you go about using colour to express your personality? Here are some thoughts to ponder.

I love to wear tints, tones and shades of the colours that suit me. It makes me feel calm and collected. Other people do not feel threatened and I am often told that I am friendly and approachable. I am not sure which came first, the colours I love or my personality. I think one reflects the other and that it could be no other way.

Some people love to wear red. Often dramatic or romantic types love a good red. Reds are fiery and show personality traits of daring and fieriness.

Nature loving people often gravitate toward browns and greens. These colours show gravity, earthiness and stability. Think all the shades of brown from beige to the darkest chocolate browns and all the greens from forest green to the palest mint.

Creative personality types love to mix unusual colours to express their unconventional style personality and their artistic mind. Think of Vivienne Westwood. Unexpected is to be expected.

Fun loving extroverts often wear lots of brightly contrasting colour with lots of movement in the print. This again shows how their mind works. They are out-going, fun loving and social in most cases. It would be unusual to see an introverted person who loves to stay home wearing these colours.

There is no doubt in my mind that the colours we choose to wear reflect what is going on inside for us.

How do the colours you wear reflect how you think and feel? Do you go for bright unusual combinations or quieter softer tones? Do you avoid colour altogether? Do you like lower contrast or higher contrast?

When I conduct a colour analysis consultation, I consider personality as well as colouring so don’t be surprised when one of the first things I ask you to do is fill out a personality quiz. Colour analysis becomes truly fascinating when personality is taken into consideration and in time, you too will find that personality and the colours you choose to wear become inseparable.

Reply by email if you have any questions about colour analysis or about the services I provide. I am happy to chat by mail, messenger or by telephone.

*Colour Conundrum is a word made up by me for people with unusual colouring or colouring that is hard to categorise into conventional colour groupings.

Change is freaking scary!

Change is freaking scary!

It’s stepping away from all that is familiar and comfortable and taking a chance on the great unknown.

I should know. I have gone through two major changes in my life in the past year and both have taken some time to get comfortable with.

The first was a continent move – I moved from Singapore to France after living there for 18 years.  The second big upheaval was that I went from working in my husband’s company to restarting my own business. There has been a lot of discomfort around these changes on so many levels, but I am just choosing to talk about my clothes today!

After living in the tropics for 18 years, I can tell you that none of my clothes prepared me for a winter in France, even if it is the South of France! Additionally, clothes that worked in a rather casual work environment in Singapore did not work for my new role as business owner and consultant.

I had to take a long hard look at my clothes and pretty much start from scratch and build a wardrobe that works with my life now.

Many of my clients come to me during these big changes in their lives. Moving country, moving job, starting a new business, growing a business, kids moving out, retiring … The list goes on. The commonality is that there is a big change happening for them. They need help to get comfortable with themselves and how they dress for their new life situation.

If you have gone through a big change or are currently going through a change in your life circumstances, then I may be the perfect person to help you.

My Online Colour Confidence Bootcamp will show you step by step how to get your wardrobe and your confidence back in sync.

Through live mentoring sessions, it will show you how you can look and feel fabulous within the next two weeks without having to change a single thing about your body.

You will discover your best colours so you look gorgeous and learn how to wear these colours, so you look stylish, more confident and happier in your own skin. You will learn how to incorporate colour into your wardrobe, so it becomes functional, fun and vibrant.

Getting dressed every morning will become an enjoyable experience because you can put a stylish and appropriate outfit together in minutes. You will have full confidence that you look terrific as you are wearing colours in a way that work for your colouring and your body shape

In addition to four solid hours of online mentoring, an ongoing support group , you get 4 invaluable bonuses.

One of these bonuses is a support call with me at any time during the program so that if you have any questions or concerns that you don’t want to bring to the group, you can address them directly with me (Value: €200). This alone almost covers the cost of the bootcamp.

For more details or a chat, email me at aileen@laneimageconsulting.com

Are you guilty of ‘The Guilt’?

Do you feel guilty spending time doing things you know will make you feel happy and contented?

I know I can get terrible guilt from time to time. It usually strikes early morning (after the kids have gone to school) and its time for me to get cracking on my day. As I work for myself, I can totally choose what I want to do unless I have a consultation booked in. I can go for a run, take a long shower and spend time getting dressed but usually I start fretting and feeling guilty that I should be doing something more productive. Despite having spent the last several hours catering to other people and often having been up during the night (my youngest gets bad growing pains), I still feel guilty spending time as I please.

I see this all the time with my clients and my friends. They routinely short cut themselves while they literally run around taking care of everyone else. They often run themselves ragged and don’t even take the time to dress nicely or get their hair coloured.

Recently I gave a 2 hour talk about colour to a group of ladies and it was held in the afternoon. Most of the ladies rushed off at the end and one of the ladies came up and told me that she felt ‘frivolous’ for taking the afternoon off and doing something that she had been wanting to do for years. It was two hours for god’s sake. I know no man who would stress about spending two hours on themselves! Do you?

Do you agree that when you take care of yourself and spend the time doing the things you love, then you are better able to be there for other people? You are a nicer person to be around, you feel more confident and you are happier to give other people what they need.

Conversely, when you short cut self-care, you are less fun to be around, you are impatient and feel hard done by. Your confidence and self-esteem are low. You look and feel frumpy.

Who wants to feel like this and who wants to be with a person like this?

Isn’t it time you stopped putting yourself last on your ‘to do’ list?

Isn’t it time to regain your self-confidence and stop choosing to feel second rate?

Everyone else is getting ahead and making the changes required to get ahead and you remain stuck feeling old and frumpy and not good enough.

You might be telling yourself that you will treat yourself better when you are more successful, but you and I know that this is unlikely. How you treat yourself now, will be how you treat yourself always. This lack of investment of time and effort into yourself is what is making you feel not worthy. Changing this one thing could change everything for you.

Are you READY….

To put yourself first for a change?

If you are then, drop me a message to find out about a new live online mentoring program that I am about to launch, that will have you looking fabulous and feeling confident within two weeks. There are just 10 places available for this pilot run so message me now to book your place.

The Navy Suit

Nothing projects more authority than a navy suit. It is my go to item for corporate events, interviews or any situation that requires making a great impression.

It is truly an investment piece as it is so versatile . A classic navy suit is unmemorable and can be worn regularly with different blouse/scarf/jewellery combinations to give a multitude of looks.

AUTHORITATIVE Vs APPROACHABLE LOOK

In a work / business environment, you will, at some time, need both of these looks.

A visit to the bank manager for a business loan calls for the authoritative look, but to ask for an extension to an overdraft, I would suggest the approachable look. Every person needs to know their authoritative and approachable look.

The authoritative look requires dark colours or neutrals worn with the lightest of colours or neutrals, i.e. navy jacket worn with white blouse.

When you need to be the team leader the approachable look works better and this look needs less contrast, i.e. navy jacket worn with periwinkle blue blouse.

WHAT ABOUT COLOUR?

For the most authority, choose the darkest navy that works for you or sharpest pinstripe navy.

For those of you who have had your colours done, here are my recommendations:

Summer: Choose a grey blue navy with silver or neutral navy buttons. Your navy looks dusty.

Winter: Go for the blackest navy you can find. A pinstripe will probably look great on you too as geometric print works for you.

Autumn: A marine navy is best for you. Though hard to find, the orange undertone in the navy will really work with your colouring. A textured finish is ideal like a tweed or a brocade.

Spring: Think bright and clear. A light clear navy will be your best option and you may even get away with a bit of sheen in the fabric.

You simply cannot go wrong by investing in a navy suit in the best quality you can afford. Dress it up with a sharp white shirt and heels or dress it down with a T-shirt and sneakers. It never disappoints and will repay your investment many times over.