4 top ways to look slimmer

For most of us, it is inevitable that we gain a few lbs over Christmas and the New Year so I decided to list some tips here to help you to look slimmer and feel more confident.

  • Dress in darker colours. This is an oldy but a goody.  Even if black is not your best colour then consider wearing it away from your face in a v neck or in a sleek cigarette pants. Black is great, but also consider navy, burgundy, chocolate brown and a dark olive. They are equally slimming and may be a better option with your colouring.
  • Avoid jumpers and coats in  bulky fabrics as they can make you look like the mitchelin man. Choose less bulky fabrics with wool and other thermal properties to keep you cosy.
    Try layering a light or bright collared shirt under a slim dark jumper, letting the hem and the sleeves peep out underneath. This draws attention away from a slightly rounded midriff and looks stylish and put together at the same time. Pull up your collar and let it stand up at the back and add some a silver or gold chunky necklace to up the luxe factor.
  • Wear clothes that skim, not cling. Anything that is too small will actually make you look bigger.

When in doubt, try one size up and cut the label off when you get home if that makes you feel better.

  • Wear outfits with vertical design lines. This might be a jacket/cardigan worn open or a scarf flowing down the front of a sweater dress. Also try a long necklace that flows vertically down the front of your top (You may need to knot it below cleavage to keep it in place).

Illusion is a marvellous thing so why not take full advantage of it to look your best and feel more confident as you take on the new year.

Dressing for the Office Christmas Party

This is a tricky one, as you often want to let the hair down after a long year of work but you have to keep in the back of your mind (or in the front in some people’s cases) that this event is actually an extension of work.

With a few key thoughts in mind, you will glide through the event with your work reputation in tact and be able to face your work colleagues on Monday and spare yourself the blushes. After all, who wants to be the subject of the office gossip for the next several months?

  1. Choose an outfit that showcases your personality without being too revealing. This is not the event for low necklines, backless dresses or your new leather mini.
  2. Often times, the office party can be directly after work so you can glam up your work dress with  jewellery and high heels. Keep accessories simple and make sure they work with your outfit.
  3. A fitted, sleek tailored pants with a top is always a great option and might be just the perfect outfit. Avoid going too casual though. Jeans are probably not ideal, unless they are a dark wash and fitted.
  4. I highly recommend that you wear something comfortable  and something that you have worn before as mal functions at this type of event can be very embarrassing.
  5. If you are still concerned about what to wear, then you can always ask the organizer what the dress code is. You can also check with your colleagues what they plan to wear so you feel comfortable and fit in.
  6. Some etiquette tips to keep in mind
    • There may be an open bar for the event , so plan carefully so you don’t  end up too tipsy. Eat a snack before you arrive to the event so you are not drinking on an empty stomach and restrict yourself to one or two drinks . Alternate alcoholic drinks with sparkling water or a mineral.
    • Do make an effort to mingle with colleagues from other departments rather than sticking with your usual crowd.
    • Avoid being the first to leave and do make an effort to meet people and enjoy yourself.

I know, I know, everyone dreads it a bit because it takes us out of our comfort zone and people get to see us in a different light.

Take some time to plan and think it through and another office Christmas party will glide by without a blush in sight!

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