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When Your Clothes Don’t Fit

 

When Your Clothes Don't Fit

When Your Clothes Don’t Fit

Fourteen years ago, I enrolled in an expensive and in-depth Image Consulting course at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

I had been encouraged to start my own personal wardrobe styling business, but I wanted to know more than others in my field and have more invaluable tips to give to my clients.

At the time my son was still in his early years of having intractable epilepsy, and after a failed brain surgery we were now trying the very strict Ketogenic Diet. It required me to measure every morsel and plan every meal in advance.

The main focus of my life at that time was to help him have fewer seizures and save him from even more brain damage.

It was consuming, depressing, and exhausting. So I guess it shouldn’t have come as a surprise when I put my outfit on for the first day of class and couldn’t even close my pants. 😳

While being so focused on my son and also trying to keep things ‘normal’ for my daughter and husband, I was rarely working out and eating more than I should have.

The bottom line: I wasn’t paying attention to myself and it showed. Actually, it showed on my stomach, hips, thighs, and even my face.

I dramatically changed what I was eating, but never starved myself, and by day 4 of classes my clothes were already fitting better.  I was able to wear the outfits I had pre-planned while using a few of my tricks to disguise any extra wiggle in my middle.

I was miserable when I couldn’t close my pants and had to use a rubber band to wear them, yet I learned a lot from that experience.

1. Don’t assume your clothes will still fit a body that isn’t what it was when you bought them.

2. Just because you are not as thin as you used to be doesn’t mean you can’t have outfits that make you look younger and thinner, along with the best accessory of all – confidence.

3. Making a small tweak in what I was eating allowed me to quickly lose a small amount of weight, which made a big difference in how my clothes fit me and how healthy I felt.

I don’t want you to rubber band your way thru the clothes in your closet and health, and that’s why you should…
REGISTER HERE for a power hour of fun, fashion, and fitness with myself and integrative dietitian Esther Blum.

Whether you’re home-schooling your kids, working on your business via Zoom, or yikes both – what you wear affects how you feel
and the message you’re sending to others.

You owe it to yourself, your family, and work to love what you wear and how you feel. YOU deserve it.

You’ll learn how to lose 3 pounds in just a week plus how to look and feel like you are one or two sizes thinner when you have the right clothes in your closet.

Here’s to you!

When Clothes Don't Fit

Fitness and Fashion Power Hour!

 

Fitness and Fashion Power Hour is only days away.

 

Fitness and Fashion Power Hour!

Fitness and Fashion Power Hour!

Sometimes hearing it from someone else is best.

Esther Blum is an Integrative Dietitian and has this story to share with you.


One of the biggest struggles I hear from clients is, “I hate walking into my closet because nothing I have looks good on me!”

Ohhhh how I relate to THAT!

In my twenties when I was working out like crazy and really limiting my calories, I bought a stunning navy pinstripe suit that was a size 4 and made me feel powerful and strong.

I also went to Loehmann’s and invested in a couple of other stunning suits. I felt amazing and so proud of my body.

Trouble was, I got wickedly sick with mercury toxicity and my thyroid completely conked out. I gained 20 pounds in 3 months and all of a sudden nothing I had fit me anymore. No more suits, no more petite me…and definitely nothing else that fit!

I didn’t recognize my body and didn’t know how to dress for my new shape. I cried all the time and Iost all my confidence because I had so much shame about how I looked.

So eventually, I bought some new clothes with the help of a stylist and took ownership over my new shape. I learned the best colors and cuts to wear that made me feel like me…only an upgraded version 🤗.

And this is exactly what I help my clients do–feel good in their skin and rock out where they are while they’re in the process of reaching their goals.

So I’m THRILLED to announce my partnership with Scarlett De Bease for our upcoming Fitness Meets Fashion Live Event!

When: Saturday, September 12th, 10:00-11:00 am EST – Mark your calendar in pen!

Takeaways:

How to breathe new life into the pieces you already own that do fit
How to recreate your wardrobe from scratch
How to shop for YOUR body type and skin tone
Three simple needle movers to lose 10 pounds this month so you can look good in your clothes again

REGISTER HERE for the event and bring your pals!!!

Esther and I are excited to team up for you, so be sure to register for our Fitness and Fashion Power Hour and have your pen and pad ready. It’s going to be great!

Working Virtually?

Working Virtually? Then You Need To Know How To Dress From The waist Up.

Working Virtually?

Working Virtually? Then You Need To Know How To Dress From The waist Up.

Nobody, nowhere, no way, and no how could have even dreamed up what we and I mean WE are going thru right now.

For many, the ability to continue working is a blessing and a curse as they are regularly exposed to the Coronavirus. But without them, we wouldn’t have food, medical care, medications, pet needs, and our beloved Amazon shipments.

Some lucky people can conduct what is left of their business virtually via Zoom, Skype, etc. and are currently only seen from the waist up.

So, what to wear when working virtually?

First, be sure to wear the color or colors nearest your face that makes your skin tone look healthy. Now more than ever, you need to give the impression of good health and strength when you’re fortunate enough to have it.

Avoid any color that makes your skin look sallow. Instead, wear colors that match your eyes as that is a sure bet to be flattering for you. When unsure, wear blues such as navy, teal, or turquoise.

First, get out of your PJs. Psst, I’m in my robe as I write this, but in my defense it’s Sunday.

As tempting as it may be to throw on a clean t-shirt, instead wear a top you would wear if you were presenting in-person, in-office or attending networking events.

Here’s a simple outfit to put together with what you already have in your closet and in case you’ll be virtual from head to toe, I’ve got you covered. You’ll be and feel attractive, comfortable and ready for being seen on screen.

Put on long loose tops, such as a tunic style top or pullover that’ll cover your tummy & tush in case you need to stand up. You’ll at least be comfortable at a time when most feel anything but.

Tie one on…shame on you, I meant a scarf. It will give instant oomph to your comfy outfit and make even the most basic of tops look like you made an effort.

Throw on boots, flats, fun sneakers or sandals depending upon the weather. If you’ll be staying seated, go ahead and wear your fuzzy slippers. One silver lining is that you can be comfortable and not wear any shoes that will cause you any discomfort.

P.S. I’m wearing my slippers while on a virtual personal styling call in the photo above.

TIP: Be sure to be eye level with your camera so nobody looks up your nose.

MAJOR Tip: Turn your camera and microphone off when you are multi-tasking or using the bathroom. Yup, that really happened and you can look it up if you want to. #PoorJennifer

 

How To Dress in 80's Fashion

How To Dress in 80’s Fashion & Why You Shouldn’t

Here’s my gift for you to start the year with a giggle and a smile.
Ok, you can stop laughing now!!

How To Dress in 80's Fashion

How To Dress in 80’s Fashion

Yes, that’s me and do let me know how long you stared and laughed at this embarrassing yet highly entertaining photo of yours truly.

I’m not sure what’s funnier: the outfit I’m wearing or that my husband and I thought it was worthy of striking a pose for a photograph.

The purpose of my sharing this recently discovered photo is to show and easily prove, that trends are hysterical and that I too once had absolutely NO idea what looked good on me.

Let’s count em…

  1. Black, yes black, tall socks with shorts!!
  2. A mock neck that looks bad on practically EVERYBODY.
  3. Hoop earrings that are way too big for my then little face.
  4. Giant short sleeves that never, nor should, get a hey you look great comment.
  5. A bowl haircut that I must have foolishly paid someone to give me.
  6. Did I mention black socks?????

If you have any respect left for me, please take look at my 2- minute read on Medium about the perils of ordering from clothes in the box services such as Stich Fix. 

If you like it, please click on the clapping hands 👏 cause I could use it after revealing the photo above.  

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AND, join me live in person…When you get to Darien Connecticut on January 15 to hear my presentation showing you how to get control of your closet by learning which of your clothes or accessories need to go or stay and why.

You’ll learn how to have fewer clothes yet have more outfits without spending any money.

You won’t be sorry, so click over to Hayvn’s website and reserve your spot while there are spots left to reserve.

 

Maybe I’ll wear black socks appropriately…or maybe not.

You won’t be sorry, so click over to Hayvn’s website and reserve your spot while there are spots left to reserve.

Maybe I’ll wear black socks appropriately…or maybe not.

Ready To Breakup & End Your Closet Shame?

 

end your Closet Shame

Now that you got to see me fall in love with being in a closet full of clothes, I want to help you fall in love with yours…but first, you may have to start a break up to End Your Closet Shame.

Haven’t you occasionally wondered why it’s so hard for you to say it’s over to the clothes that haven’t treated you right?

  • Do you have pants that are doing you wrong; yet you can’t say goodbye?

  • How about that jacket that hasn’t given you a loving feeling in years?

  • Hanging onto shoes that are holding you too tight, yet you can’t seem to get rid of that heel?

I’ll show you how to let go of the clothes you shouldn’t be holding onto so you’ll see that breaking up won’t be hard or messy to do.

The 5 Day Spring Cleaning Closet Plan starts on May 20, 2019, and it’s Free! 

 

Everybody loves FREE and every woman wants to love what’s in her closet.

 You’ll get a tip per day for 5 days.

 

Enter your email below to End Your Closet Shame In 5 Days:

Your first break up tip to end your closet shame will be in your inbox on May 20.

And don’t forget… I’m here for you.

 

Does This Looks Good On Me?

Instead of my giving you a styling tip I’m asking for

YOUR opinion on something I’ve added to my
online closet…well actually my website.

I’ve worked with many women virtually but found, by simply asking, that many more didn’t even know that I offer virtual wardrobe styling.

That’s my mistake, and I’m here to fix it, so…

I’ve made a few changes to my website, but most importantly I finally added an actual page describing my Virtual Wardrobe Styling service and I would love to know how you think it looks on me. Okay, I mean on my website.

Would you please take a look and let me know if:

It’s easy to understand?
Sounds enticing?
Have any suggestions?
Makes my butt look fat?  I’m just checking to see how far down you read.

Any questions or comments?
Please make a comment below, give me a ringy dingy at 914 441 0756,
or send an email.
Your feedback is very important to me.

virtual wardrobe styling

 

 

Happy New Year

No Blahs… Only Bravos Allowed For 2018

Let’s not remember our failures over our successes.

 

Today I’m not going to give you any styling or shopping advice. Instead, please allow me to share my personal BRAVOS, and not tell you ANY of my 2018 BLAHS.

 

  1. I applied for the first time and was accepted to speak at the  NAPO, National Association of Productivity Professionals, conference in Chicago this year. It’s a big deal to be chosen and was one of my career goals.
  2. Forgot my iPad Pro in the security bin at the Milan Italy airport, and didn’t realize it until I was home the next day. My bravo is that even after 1 week of emailing, calling, and checking their online lost & found, I did not stop trying to get it back. After 1 1/2 weeks it showed up on their website, and it’s back in my hands. Never give up!
  3. Lost 5 lbs, and that’s just enough for me to have one less roll in my baker’s dozen.
  4. Had a very successful re-launch of my online course.
  5. Our daughter got engaged to a GREAT guy! Whew.
  6. Our son was a candidate for and received, via tough surgeries, a sci-fi RNS device to attempt to reduce his uncontrolled seizures. I’m only doing the bravo part of this story here…
  7. I had the privilege of working with 10 new clients in person and 15 more virtually. Their joy lifts me up.
  8. Met wonderful women via networking, many of whom are in the wonderful and intimate group  Entrepreneurial Woman’s Club.
  9. I have YOU as one of my readers and I thank you for that.

We ALL could use a bit of self-boosting, as we, myself included, tend to remember our failures over our successes.

So what are some of your 2018 BRAVOS? Please share in the comments space below, and let’s celebrate together.

Are fashion Magazines Dying Out For Women Over 40?

Are fashion Magazines Dying Out For Women Over 40?

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Are fashion Magazines Dying Out For Women Over 40?Are fashion Magazines Dying Out For Women Over 40?

 

I miss being inspired by fashion magazines, which makes me ask:  
Are fashion magazines dying out for women over 40?

I remember as a teenager, being so excited when my mother’s monthly issues of  Harpers Bazaar and Vogue arrived in the mail.

Oh, those gorgeous women, perfect makeup, hair, and clothes. Classy, stylish, and oh so inspiring.

When it was time for me to grow and dress up, I couldn’t afford those clothes, yet I was inspired to create outfits using clothes that were in my budget.

Fast forward to today and being easily inspired is not so easy, and it’s no wonder woman, especially those who follow and/or hire me, are searching for flattering and wearable fashion for women over 40.

So listen, I’m not trying to further depress you, and maybe I’m pointing out the obvious, but unless you’re totally into expensive labels and outfits that will turn heads 360 degrees, you can no longer strictly rely on fashion magazines to get your wardrobe styling creative juices flowing.

Note: Often high fashion outfits are now styled to be artistic but that does nothing for those of us who have to figure out what to wear to have dinner with friends, meet a client or give a presentation.

Are fashion Magazines Dying Out For Women Over 40?

Oh, and don’t get me started on how some store windows. The one above can make you want to run in the other direction.

All of this doesn’t mean it’s time to throw in the towel, and keep wearing the same things or stop trying to step up your wardrobe and self-confidence. It just means you need to look elsewhere for ideas.

One suggestion is to take a look at the store and online clothing catalogs for more wearable and practical outfit ideas.

It’s always a good idea to try different labels and sizes to see how they fit your current shape and size.

Listen, the labels I wore in my 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, etc. don’t fit me as well as they used to. One of us has changed, and I think it was me. Experience has taught me that I’m not the only one.

Below are a few of my favorite catalogs for you to look at for relatable and realistic styling inspiration and real-life outfit ideas and you can buy similar looks on any budget at different stores,

Soft Surroundings 

Garnet Hill

Neiman Marcus

Pssst…Overheard In The Dressing Room

“I just don’t want to look like a school teacher”.

That’s what a new client told me during our first phone call.
That funny line told me so much about what she wanted and needed from her styling consultation with me.

How would you tell me what you needed and wanted to stop your stressing about dressing?
Let me know your answer via email.

 

 

Dress Without Stress

Are You Staring Into Your Closet With Dread?

Only 24 Hours To Go – AKA Only One Day Left

Dress Without Stress

When it’s time to get out of your ‘comfy’ clothes, you know the ones that you hope you’ll never bump into anyone you know…

  • Do you find yourself staring into your closet debating whether or not to even bother opening its doors?
  • Do you find yourself wasting lots of time plus making a mess in your bedroom when you try to find clothes to put on that fit, look good in and are comfortable?
  • Do you have frustration and guilt about the money you’ve wasted on clothes you bought and don’t even wear?
  • Does it feel like it’s getting harder and harder for you to put together an outfit you want to actually be seen in?

If the thought of getting dressed is stressing you out, then I have a solution for you, DRESS WITHOUT STRESS – a self-study online video course with tons of my easy to follow, fun, style (and life) changing, thump on the head styling tips you wish you had known years ago.

If you’re wanting to know how to look fabulous and stop wasting money on clothes that don’t look great on you, then the Dress Without Stress video course will be gorgeous on and for you.

You’ll learn how to use each styling tip for your specific features: the good, the bad and the ones you’re not so thrilled with.

Only 24 Hours To Go – AKA Only One Day Left to get the secrets and tips that will get you from feeling frumpy to faaaabulous & stop wasting your energy and money on clothing mistakes.

All good things must come to an end, but it doesn’t have to end for you as long as you enroll by midnight on July 31, 2018.

This course will not be available again until July 2019. Do you really want another year to go by with feeling frustrated and discouraged when you put on clothes?

Get ALL the details here and know that with my tips and feedback, you will no longer get stressed when getting dressed.

1 Day Of Free Styling Tips To Get Your Own What Not To Wear Experience

Ready to Get Your Own What Not To Wear Day?

I love giving styling tips.

I love Q & A.

I love great advice.

So, when a brilliant businesswoman suggested I combine all of the above and offer a day of free tips to all, I said YES!!!

I hereby proclaim Thursday, July 26, 2018,
to be
Free Styling Tips Day.

 

All you have to do is post your question on my Scarlett Image FaceBook page with or without a photo and you’ll get my suggestions and recommendations to help solve whatever your what to wear issue may be.

Throw on one of your Go-To outfits, share a photo, and get a suggestion from me as to how to make your outfit go from okay to oh my.

Or

Ask Me A Question

Here are just a few of the questions you may have on your mind:

How can I wear this ____________?

Should I wear this_______________?

What can I wear to make my ____________ look smaller?

What can I wear to make my _____________ look bigger?

Should I keep, consign, or donate this ________________?

What style of shoes should I wear with _______________?

What shoes are out there that won’t hurt my feet?

What, Why, When, Where ____________________________?

Now it’s your chance to get the answers that are swirling in your head each time you wonder what to wear or how to wear it.

Get Your Own What Not To Wear Get Your Own What Not To Wear

Trust me, Tim Gunn, Clinton Kelly, or Stacy London aren’t offering you their advice for free, however, I am but for only 1 day…so hurry on over to my Scarlett Image FaceBook page and get em while they’re hot!!

And please do tell your friends and family about my Free Styling Tips Day, simply because you’re the kind of person who shares once in a lifetime opportunities. 🙂

 

Note: Dress Without Stress enrollment ends July 31 st. In other words, time is running out for you to get my tips and feedback to help you be able to quickly and easily know what to wear when you look at your clothes. No more stressing about dressing for you!!