the golden globes: lessons on visual unity

Some years ago my son's class puzzled about why the new art teacher wore a black suit and t-shirt everyday. One youngster plucked up the courage to ask and received this answer " I choose black because I want my art to communicate but I remain neutral". Is that possible my son queried. Of course my answer was no...we can not NOT communicate. Every outfit sends a message. 

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confidently and creatively anticipating 2018

My New Year's walk around Whittle Lake on Vancouver Island affirmed the importance of being refreshed by beauty.  We were in a treasure chest of mother nature's jewels: iced droplets on branches resembling Elsa Peretti's diamonds by the yard. Shades of green to copious to count: peridot, tourmaline, jade. We were in a space that enchanted our souls and left us bursting with energy. The need to experience beauty is especially crucial when we are stuck.

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a fire in your spirit

The day he died, Monet was in bed and called out to his son for his paints and brushes. "I think I almost have it!" he exclaimed...and painted his last work of art. He was full of unpainted paintings...right up to the last moment of his life. This is a burning desire to unleash our innate creativity. It maybe with a brush and paint or it may be with style and colour. It is about allowing yourself to grow, experiment and learn. This desire is a blessing, a reminder that you have fire in your spirit.

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confident style requires confident thoughts

Confidence doesn't start when you walk into the meeting or interview but when you open your closet and intentionally decide what your agenda is and how you need to achieve it: by listening, by powerfully stating your case, by showing empathy etc. Solution-oriented thinking requires looking at yourself in the mirror and describing what you see in positive terms.

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decorative with a purpose

How decorative can you dress for work? How creative can I look? Two questions I am often asked. clients contact me because they want to show upon the most authentic, creative and clear way possible. And often struggle if others are dressed in a much more conservative manner. Yet according to a Boston consulting 2016 report...innovation is the most indeed skill for talents to possess. so how to achieve this with style...the answer is with purpose!

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expressing your vision with unique basics

These 70's photos of Elsa Peretti show how effectively she dressed to present her personality, expertise and vision.  As a jewelry designer for Tiffany her clothes needed to be creative yet basic enough to serve as a backdrop for her designs. Basic means plain non-decorated. And as helpful as these items are, a wardrobe that contains only basic white t-shirts and shirts is frustrating.

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the fascinating world of colour with a purpose

Creating a personal color palette isn't about choosing right or wrong colors. The process of creating a palette of your genetic portrait colors and your souls colors goes much deeper to reveal who you are. This process takes you into a new world where you learn self acceptance of your genetic makeup and are inspired by how harmoniously your soul colors relate to your natural self.  If chic is about successfully combining clothing and accessories...elegance is you shining though. Elegance reduces clothing and accessories to the essential...so the woman is seen first.

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the importance of 3d style

Style is dress, colour, body language and voice because people see us in 3 D. The more aware we are of our visual and verbal communication style...the more effectively we can impact and influence our audience. Beyond content (which is clearly crucial) it is important to think about the level of energy you wish to bring to a situation.

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dress like like you mean business

The woman on the left may or may not know that simply from looking at her people will presume to know:

  • Her level of professionalism and credibility
  • Her level of ease with upper management
  • Her confidence and comfort being visible
  • Her education and experience
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why the st laurent museum matters

On this nippy November morning the city was aglow in Parisian neutrals: grey, cream and gold. I was expectant as I turned the corner into Avenue Marceau. Growing up in Vancouver in the early 70's the word Paris transported me to this enchanting world with Saint Laurent at the center of all this elegance. And on this late Friday afternoon I joined a mostly female crowd (aged 25-75), all waiting to be transported and uplifted into a beautiful mythical world.

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effortless elegant curves

Effortless elegance has a lot to do with clothes that hang from the shoulder and have a breezy, easy feel. and enchantingly reckless feeling that the alarm went off late, you jumped up, ran to your wardrobe and pulled on the first thing there. And since you have only fab things in your closet...you look divine. This style is associated with Emmanuele Alt, Carine Roitfeld, Kate Moss and Sofia Coppola: women with H figures. Meaning from the high hip down straight....no curvy thighs and no large busts which has been the standard fashion body for a long time. Fortunately, the world of fashion is slowing catching on that there are other body types out there, and music inspiration gives us Jennifer Lopez, Shakira or or Beyonce with their curves.

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