love your beauty

About ten years ago I had a client, who, when shown her skin color...said "that is the most horrible color ever". When I asked why she taught so she said as a child whenever they were out shopping and she and her mum came across this toffee color, whether in a carpet of coat, her mum would remark " what a horrible color." And this became imprinted on her brain, this shade of brown...is horrible.

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color analysis benefits

Feeling beautiful and confident is a process of understanding and acceptance. Understanding the unique language of your body and features....empowers you with great self-acceptance. I am a big believer in the power of  coaching and an outside opinion. And am immensely grateful, even  over just this past year, to all the wonderful coaching I have received. Why?

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style inspiration & challenges

Defining your personal brand is about creating parameters to help you gain clarity. This is best explained by the architect Frank Gehry, talksing about the his horror job. He was asked to build a home for a client and asked what the client what she wanted.  The answer....do whatever you want. Mr Gehry explains that with no restraints it was his most difficult ever job.

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choosing a color concept

I am sure that one of the first questions that popped into anyone's mind who got an invite to the royal weding was...What will I wear. And rightly so, the even was televised around the world and thousand of photographer caught people at every possible angle. And so many people nailed it, including of course Meghan Markle...but that is for my next blog post.

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express your strengths

Myers-Briggs and psychological type are based on the idea that people have preferences. Some people like more alone time and some people prefer more team activities. Some make decsions based on how they feel....others prefer to review facts. Learning you type helps you devlop self awareness in four areas: how you get energized, gather information, make decsions and how structured…

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accessorize for visibility

I first posted this in 2013...and believe that five years on the photos are as timeless and creative as ever. The first photo is from Scott Schulman of The Satorialist. It remains one of my all time favorite style photos. I think she looks smart, wise, full of joy...and like she loves taking time to get dressed up.  When you accessorize boldly as she does, you cannot hide from the world …

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achieving wardrobe wisdom

An actress friend asked me some years back if I didn't get bored working with corporate clients. And if I wouldn't  love to work with 'creatives'. No was my very clear answer. I am never bored....my magician archetype knows that inside everything seemingly ordinary is something extraordinary waiting to find its way to the light. Because each of us is full of  inspiring images.

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creating modern elegance

It was a blessing in disguise that Milan was booked out for the furniture fair, Salone Mobile, two weeks ago. It meant I stayed an hour outside Milan in Bergamo. I love observing the way Italian women in smaller towns translate fashion items into their own style language. After a delightful first coffee with a view of Citta Alta, the old city on the hill, I strolled down via Borgo Palazzo….

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get a style vision

I remember so  vividly a fashion crush moment at the Marangoni fashion school in Milan. It was the early eighties, she was a classmate in the fashion illustration class. The object of my crush was one particular ensemble, a cobalt blue mens cardigan, white shirt, black cigarette jeans, white socks and black ballerinas. I don't remember being fascinated by any other outfit but this one touched me deeply.

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simple sophistication

Sophistication hits us...and BOOM, we know we are in its presence. The photo of Shala Monroque draws our eye to the complexity of black textures. Fascinating us by how simply the outfit highlights her. Wendy Dagworthy's portrait shows a worldly sophisticated woman. The harmony between hair and jewelry makes her immediately present. And clearly she knows…..

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casual and formal wardrobe

Vanessa Friedman wrote a fabulous NY times article about "Mark  Zuckerberg's sorry suit", commenting on what he wore to his congressional hearing. Vanessa analyses Mark's  dress philosophy, the easy-going combo of t-shirt and jeans ( although not the cheapest as apparently his t's are Bruno Cucinelli at $300 a pop).  She explains that he chose this practical, multi-purpose…. 

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dress to express

I am just back from two inspiring exhibitions in Frankfurt: Jil Sanders and Jean Michel Basquiat. Both had in common amazing curation...they were edited to bring out the essence of the designer and artist. How skilfully the essence of of each person was brought to life.... by editing a monumental amount of work and reducing it to essential signature pieces.  

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