STRONG, DYNAMIC & VISIBLE STYLE

As I was contemplating what I wanted to share this week I had a strong pull toward encouraging you to claim your style message. Maybe you've never thought about a style message? You just get dressed in the morning and that is that.

In the Annette Bond world, I am passionate about showing up intentionally. Our clothing tells a story. Is your outfit telling the right story?

On December 2, 2017, I was sitting in my comfy chair brainstorming a title for an upcoming speaking engagement. It occurred to me, I had a mish-mash of great one-liner titles but was super confused on what was appropriate. At that moment, "I said enough is enough."

I needed a marketing message that I could count on, the message needed to be purposeful and effortless. I'd reached the tipping point where I was tired of wasting mental energy deciding what that one great message was.

Feeling like a hot mess with so many messages, I decided to get help. I was tired of muddling in my sea of words for the last 7 years. I had some good stuff, but I knew I needed help refining what I had.

As this feeling came over me, I couldn't help but think how you must feel {{ subscriber.first_name }}. A closet full of clothes with numerous style messages. Wondering is this the right style, color, silhouette or print, am I right?

I admit, I feel your pain, instead of a closet full of clothes I have documents full of words and titles.

Over the last 3 months I have been working with a brand strategist, Peg Marckworth of Marckworth Associates to clarify and claim my marketing message. OMG, I can't tell you how wonderful it feels to have a confidant to guide and lead me to my clarity. I believe clarity is power. 

One of the biggest questions you have to ask yourself whether you are claiming a style message or branding message is: Who are you? What makes you tick? How do you define You?

Recently, I had a conversation with a woman who said she wasn't happy with her job and then came back and said, I think it's the clothing I have to wear."

Developing a style strategy will help you align with the company you represent while honoring your authentic self.

Have you asked yourself lately... how is my style influencing how others perceive me? Is my style a mystery? Am I wasting a lot of mental energy every morning deciding what to wear?

Are you ready to have a style message that says, "Strong, Dynamic, Visible?"

My marketing message is still developing but what I know for sure... Definitive Style gives you the tools to reveal Style Confidence that has purpose, ease and significance.

TIP #1 To reveal Style Confidence, begin with a little black dress that you may already have in your closet or another great neutral such as navy, beige or gray.

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Click To View Catalog of Little Black Dresses!

TIP #2 Take a picture of yourself. Pictures give us an objective opinion than we sometimes need. How does it fit? How about the length - do you have great legs that you're covering up? Does the neckline flatter your face? Does it flatter your waist?

TIP #3 Add a 2nd or 3rd piece that defines YOU! An accessory...big earrings? Statement necklace? Fabulous scarf? Sassy shoes? Pearls?

TIP #4 Step into your Style Confidence with purpose, ease and significance!

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The Sassy RED FUR Coat

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Happy New Year!

This months message was an article I recently wrote for the International Fashion Feng Shui organization. Enjoy!

2018 is here. How are you going to set in motion the New Year?

Searching the internet I found that only a tiny fraction of us keep our resolutions; University of Scranton research suggests that just 8% of people achieve their New Year's goals.

A new Marist Poll found "being a better person" is the most popular New Year's resolution for 2018.

The thought of being a better person is sincere but what about honoring a better version of YOU as we might say in Fashion Feng Shui. If you became a better version of YOU, I believe you would be a happier better person.

And honoring a better version of you would be a natural progression into achieving your New Year’s resolutions – wouldn’t you say?

My vision for 2018 came upon me about 8 weeks ago as I was putting together a description for a “signature seminar” I am planning to implement in 2018. My goal is to step into the spotlight with more speaking engagements just as adding more Fire into my business has been on my radar.

I passed on the description of my “signature seminar” to a colleague, who is a writer and requested her feedback. When the document was returned, she made several modifications. I respected what she proposed but wondered, was that really me?

In that moment, I realized over the last 7 years I’ve shared a barrage of marketing messages. All good, but realized I was a little confused on what message was appropriate for my 2018 signature talk.

I imagine this is how many of you feel about your wardrobe. Confused, inconsistent and unsure of yourself with a closet full of clothes and so many messages?

With this awareness, it has lead me on a path to dig deeper into my brand. Creating a brand message that is fully aligned with not only my essence but intentions for the coming year.

To guide my intentions, I have found in addition to creating written goals (Wood) for the New Year, I adopt a word or phrase. It allows me to express my individuality (Water) and I can just Be with the word and feel what it means to me.

To further embrace your word, Stefania Rolandelli quotes in Fashion Feng Shui for Life, explore your senses. How does your word for the New Year make you feel? How do you feel hearing your words? Seeing your words in action? Does your word have emotion?

Sharing our personal word and goals can be scary and exciting at the same time.

I’m wondering if because only 8% of the people reach their New Year’s resolutions, are they the 8% who dare go deeper into not only stating their goal with passion (Fire), but taking action on the goal (Wood), committing to the goal (Earth), feeling the goal (Water), and setting up frameworks to support the goal (Metal).

There is a vulnerability to owning our goal 100%.

My new Sassy RED FUR coat makes me feel 100% vulnerable in a very good way as I set into motion my 2018 goals.

As I was out Christmas shopping this season, I came across a red fur waist coat from Zara. I tried it on and immediately LOVED it. It spoke to me. As I looked at my husband, his face was saying, OMG you’re going to wear that? That is BOLD. His hesitancy was all over his face. Generally, I don’t let my husband persuade my buying decision but this time I did.

I left the red fur coat behind. I told myself I needed a fur coat that was more neutral and practical.

How many times have you thought you needed a more practical goal (Earth) instead of the goal that made you stretch (Wood) and maybe got you noticed (Fire)?

When I came home I couldn’t stop thinking about the red fur coat. I knew in my heart that the red fur coat symbolized my Intentions and words (Bold Commitment) to my 2018 signature talks.

I was scared to purchase the RED FUR coat. I would have to wear it (the practical Earth in me could not let it hang in my closet with tags on it). I might be judged (Metalin me).

I knew when I walked into a room that the red fur coat would do the talking, it was sassy (was I ready to add more fun with Fire) and I either needed to own the sassy red fur coat or move on (Wood).

Four days later, I ordered the coat. Making the decision to purchase the Sassy RED FUR coat to align with my 2018 goals, words and intentions has never been so purposeful and powerful.

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Loving Stefania’s Rolandelli question in Fashion Feng Shui for Life book, does the clothing piece make you feel vulnerable and why?

When I look in my closet at my Sassy Red Fur Coat, I think of my BOLD COMMITMENT to my 2018 goals and yes I’m feeling a little vulnerable.

Do you have clothing in your closet that is ready to support your 2018 goals/words/intentions and allow you to radiate more of who you are in the New Year?

Are you ready to claim your message and feel it 100%?

If you're in a place of heck yes, I'm ready to ELEVATE and EXPRESS my personal style in 2018, I invite you to join me Saturday, February 3rd for a Fashion Feng Shui Workshop designed especially with you in mind!

Click the Link Below to reserve your spot! 

www.annettebond.com/ffs

With Your Definitive Style In Mind, 

Annette Bond

Ultra Violet - 2018 Pantone Color of the Year

For those of you who follow color trends, waiting for the BIG announcement from Pantone Color to declare the upcoming color of the year is a big deal.

So drum roll please...2018 Color of the Year is:

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About the Pantone Color of the Year

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

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What I enjoy most about color is it brings energy to every party.

Color always brings about conversation.

So with that being said, What do you think about the NEW Ultra Violet?

There is not a doubt in my mind that Ultra Violet will bring intriguing conversation.

From my personal color experience, purple in it self always brings up interesting thoughts and feelings for people. Huskies vs. Cougs?

The good news is whether you LOVE the color or reject the color, you will see Ultra Violet in various schemes - designers takes on their own interpretation of the color whether they deepen or lighten the hue or just plain change it to their own liking.

If you're not sure about Ultra Violet - try it on for size. Give it a whirl in the dressing room.

Staying current and relevant each season is a question I am asked over and over. Adding a New Color to your wardrobe is one of the simplest and transforming ways to refresh an outfit.

Not just adding a new color but combining it in a new way.

This is your opportunity to begin thinking how might you incorporate an element of Ultra Violet to your wardrobe as we enter into 2018.

Keep in mind Ultra Violet could be the outfit itself or an element of the color such as a handbag or fabulous pair of shoes.

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Click to see ALL my Ultra Violet FINDS!

I hope you've enjoyed me keeping you in-the-know of Ultra Violet!

Have you been in a state of confusion or struggle as to what colors are "your best colors?"

I encourage you to book a "Style Strategy Call" to learn how I can help you be a more purposeful when it comes to choosing your personal colors.

Have You Lost Your Competitive Edge?

Are You Someone Who Has Lost Your Competitive Edge With the Way You Dress?

Recently I was having a phone conversation with an attendee from a recent workshop. I asked, "what prompted you to want to chat further?"

He said, "I feel I've lost my competitive edge with the way I dress."

Sometimes you get so comfortable in how you dress, you don't realize anything is wrong.

It could be your current job, the environment you're in, your weight or size that's possibly holding you back.

You stop shopping. Your style becomes stagnant.

The desire to show-up looking sharp doesn't matter anymore. You've told yourself, it's OK nobody really cares, it's my intellect that matters most.

Until, one day you see someone dressing differently. Your eye's perk up and realize WOW that person looks sharp!

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So professional and polished.

Subconsciously you're wondering what that person does.

You're thinking I would really love to get to know that person.

Hmmm that person has it going on.

Your brain is going through a process that is called thin slicing according to Malcom Gladwell, author of the book Blink. You've just had a multitude of thoughts go through your mind in about 1/10 of a second.

That person made a great first impression and you're thinking I want what that person has.

You go home that night, look in your closet and realize you have a lot of clothes you're not wearing for one reason or another.

We all hold onto clothing for many different reasons. One being you spent good money on that suit or jacket and are having a hard time letting go of it. Or you're thinking I may have an opportunity to wear that jacket someday (which of coarse you may.)

What you may not realize is you're in a different place mentally. You're not the same person you were 5 or 10 years ago. It may be physically (you've lost or gained weight) but most of all you're in a renewed place mentally.

You are ready to elevate how you show up.

You're ready to take control of your personal style.

You're ready to get back that competitive edge you once had.

Style has come along way over the last 5-10 years especially for men. The selection in styles, colors, prints and silhouette has evolved and expanded.

If you want to stay current and relevant, I suggest shopping a minimum of once a season. (fall and spring)

Now that you've realized you need a change, the next step is eliminating pieces in your closet that are not working for you and add pieces that elevate the new you as well as make you feel like a million bucks! (Don't worry... I'm here to take you through that daunting process.)

Think of it as investing in yourself to become a better you. Let your expertise and talent be revealed through your dress.

Let your presence do the speaking.

It's a new season, a great time to look at your wardrobe with a fresh pair of eyes.

Is it time to gain back your competitive edge with how you dress so others can say, "WOW, that's a sharp person!"

If you said YES, let's chat. Book Your Style Strategy Conversation Here.

Are YOU Using Style as a Strategic Business Tool?

We've all heard the phrase Dress for Success. And many of us think of it as old school. As much as we want to say the phrase Dress for Success is not relevant, your clothing is telling a story.

Your clothes don't define your character. Your clothes don't ultimately define YOU.

However...Your clothes narrate a story. A story about who you are. Your clothes almost always define who you are whether that is impressive, indifferent, or lacking.

When I met Hannah a year ago, Hannah knew she needed help with her clothing style as she stepped into her new role as an entrepreneur. Business professionals hire Hannah to coach them on how to stand out amongst others to earn more recognition, opportunities, and financial compensation. www.solutionsforimpact.com

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"My challenge is finding attire that is simple, yet has style and reflects who I am – I know the value I offer intellectually and also want to feel like my clothes represent me so I “show up” as the best version of myself in every way." Hannah Pelley

Dressing Intentionally or I like to say, "utilizing your image as a strategic business tool" is an aspect many business owners may not think about.

Hannah Pelley invested in her style message. It is authentic and represents www.solutionsforimpact. Every time I see Hannah she makes me smile with her elevated style confidence.

As you can see in the picture not only did she elevate her personal style but it influenced her non-verbal style - posture and self-confidence.

Is it time for you to Up-Level Your Personal Image?

Up-Leveling Your Personal Style

The Urban Dictionary defines "Up-Level" as:

  • Having greater capabilities.
  • Transform and grow in an area previously stagnant.
  • Inspired strategic action creating greater capabilities.

It's a new season to start fresh or better yet up-level your style.

I want to begin by asking, "do you have a "style rulebook" that says?

  • There's no point in stepping up my style game until I lose weight or get in better shape?
  • I struggle finding pieces that flatter my body type and look good on me?
  • I'm not always sure what styles are appropriate for my age though I still want to look current and stylish?

You may have a style rulebook you never knew existed even though you wrote it.

You wrote your style rulebook and established the guidelines at a very early age and/or someone gave you a style rule and you accepted it as truth.

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You may have style rules that are keeping you stuck. It's like being in a fish bowl and not sure how to get out.

It creates a lot of struggle when shopping and getting dressed each morning.

So I ask, how long are you going to live with your current style rulebook?

My upcoming workshop is an opportunity to write a NEW Style Rulebook that allows you to show up as your Best Self NOW.

Up-Leveling your personal style so that you feel MORE:

  • Confident
  • Put-together
  • Polished
  • Powerful
  • Comfortable
  • Fun
  • Unique
  • Classy

The list goes on.

I would LOVE for you to join me...

To take the next step in Up-Leveling Your Life With Passion, Purpose and Style...I invite you to my upcoming workshop in Seattle, WA on Saturday, October 14th!

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More Information and to Register www.annettebond.com/uplevel

About the Author: Annette Bond is a Certified Personal Image Consultant who works with professional women who desire to Elevate and Express their Personal Style. She helps her clients reveal and embrace the best of who they are NOW, so they can walk into the world with elevated confidence and success. Follow me on FACEBOOK - Definitive Style by Annette Bond.

5 TIPS to Express RED in Your Fall Wardrobe

I hope you enjoyed your summer as much as I have. I've went golfing, kayaking, and biking, and having a blast in summer fun clothing. 

The stores are readily changing over into fall clothing so if you're looking for some great summer sales, now is the time. 

For those of you who are ready to step into the new season and the lusciousness of fall clothing - have you thought about what you might add? I l believe in being intentional. Having a plan and clarity can take your shopping experience from overwhelm to enjoyable.


When transitioning into a new season, I like to think about what worked well last year or maybe what do you wish you had or felt was missing? 

Maybe it's a new silhouette, a new neutral or accent color, additional accessories? I know many of my clients are enjoying the addition of navy with so many years of all black. 

For Fall, I would like to introduce you to Grenadine, one of Pantone's Top 10 Colors for Fall. Grenadine, an off-shoot of the RED family is definitely trending. You will see many varieties of Grenadine... blue reds, some a little more burgundy and possibly a little amber. 

RED positively gets you noticed when you walk into a room. It attracts others to you without saying a word. Want to captivate an audience instantly - wear RED.

Below is my new Eva Varro sweater jacket from DivaLani Style, a new boutique in Bellevue, WA. https://www.facebook.com/divalani.style/

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5 TIPS To Elevate & Express RED in Your 2017 Fall Wardrobe!

Tip #1

RED can be a powerful non-verbal color. Have you ever thought of using Color as a tool? You can express yourself just by wearing a particular color. Color carries with it a universal symbol.

RED: Exciting, energizing, sexy, passionate, powerful, courageous, assertive, adventurous, motivating

BRICK RED: Earthy, warm, strong, sturdy, established

DEEP RED: Rich, elegant, refined, expensive, mature, luxurious, robust

 

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Tip #2

A Skirt Or Blouse is a great way to add a pop of RED. The skirt becomes the focal point of your outfit. The blouse becomes the accent to your neutral jacket or pant.

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Tip #3

Don't forget that RED pairs beautifully with many neutral shades such as black, charcoal, navy, camel, deep greens or taupe to name a few.

Tip #4

Not a huge fan of Red? Add one RED accessory with your neutral outfit.

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Tip #5 Click below to view more options on Expressing your Style with RED (and details of the above pieces). 

Click: https://hueandstripe.com/catalog/159H&SJe4h

NEW!!

1. A NEW way to work with Definitive Style by Annette Bond: Virtual "MORE ALIVE WITH COLOR" Master Class.  www.annettebond.com

Coming Soon!!

2. Save the Date! Upcoming Workshop on Saturday, October 14th / 10-4pm - Uplevel Your Life With Purpose, Passion and Style! Presented by Annette Bond and Laurie Nichols.

RED is a fun, effortless way to update this season whether you're adding to your core basics or accessories.

 

What Level Do You Dress? Good, Better, or Best?

Recently I was featured on "STORY U TALK RADIO", Discover Your Voice and Tell Your Story. 

We had a conversation on, "what is your story when it comes to your personal image?"

Listen to interview here

Are you aware that the clothing you choose to wear tells a story about who you are? 

As we began our conversation, Debby, the host shared her 3 levels of dress that she has experienced over the last few years. I thought you might relate.

Her level One was "pleasure", comfy and cozy, it's like having your morning coffee. Putting on a pair of yoga pants and t-shirt. You feel good.

Debby's level Two was she needs a coordinated outfit for today's meeting and she has 3 minutes to make it happen. She puts on her pink jacket and black pants and grabs her pearl necklace. It's easy, it works, she's out the door and feels pretty good. 

And then there is level Three. Real joy. An outfit that makes you smile. You feel like a million bucks. An outfit that has the comfy and coordinated look but so much more. 

Feeling comfortable in your clothing is important whether in your yoga pants or power jacket. 

A put-together outfit that has "intention." 

How do I want my audience to perceive me today? 

What do I want my audience to know about me? 

It expresses You. It's in sync with your day of business. It shares your voice and story. The confidence, passion and anticipation you're feeling for the day. 

It's a part of who you are. Your branding. The value you bring to the table. Your authenticity. our confidence. 

It says you care when you show up.

Level Three requires planning ahead, having a style strategy and possibly organizing your clothes a day or two ahead of time. 

Level Three is your "Powerful First Impression" clothing choice that says GREAT not just good. 

If you're feeling that you don't have it "all together" and would LOVE to show up at Level Three - let's have a conversation.

What Does Speaking Style Have To Do With Personal Style?

I knew something wasn't quite right. I needed a professional opinion. 

She looked over my handout, called me and said, "some of it is good but much of this doesn't sound like you". You would never speak to me about my style like that. 

My heart sunk, I knew it was true. I was trying to please the event organizer and wasn't being 100% authentic to who Annette Bond was. 

Debby told me to "stand confident" in my content. 

Because when I do, I will speak from my heart about what I believe and teach.

What I love about Debby, is she knows me. She wants me to reveal the Annette Bond definitive writing & speaking Style

Debby also shared, that while the event organizer was well-intended with her guidelines and suggestions, I needed to discern if what she suggested was elevating or diminishing my style of speaking. 

What I realized, Debby was coaching me on what I literally share with my clients. I thought dahhhh. 

We can get consumed of what others think of us that we lose sight of who we really are. 

So the moral of the story is...you need to listen to yourself. Know your strengths and stand confidently and strong in who you are. Trust yourself.

Feeling that sense of comfort that you are in your element speaks volumes.

You can only then "Reveal Your Radiance" for others to see the beauty of who you really are.

As I tell my clients, I want you to feel sooo confident in your outfit that you forget about what you're wearing so you can go out and do what you do best. 

I'm your Debby when it comes to personal style.

We all need those special people around us that make us better.

Great Style Has No Size

When you get dressed in the morning is your mind going toward black pants, black skirt, black jacket, black shirt? It goes with everything right?

Did you know that relying on neutrals to be the foundation of your wardrobe is a good thing? But there are other options. Such as adding navy, taupe, light gray, charcoal gray, camel, khaki, brown, and burgundy to name a few. 

One of my favorite neutrals this season is navy. 

  • What I like about navy is it is a nice alternative to black. 
  • It is a softer version of black. 
  • It goes with ALL the same colors that black coordinates with.

A Polished Jacket in Navy

TIP!  Navy blazer's are seasonless and always make you feel put together, even when you're wearing something simple.

TIP! Make sure the cut and style of the jacket are congruent with your body type.

Dark Wash Jeans in Navy

These could be black or navy. Everyone needs that one pair of jeans that makes them feel amazing. 

TIP! The darker the wash the more polished your jeans will look. 

I love the NYDJ - they help with concealing the tummy area while allowing you to move freely with the added lycra.

Going More Casual...A Navy Espadrille

TIP! Espadrilles are great option for dressing up a pair of jeans or shorts and dressing down a summer skirt or dress. 

TIP! Add them to your bright colors as your New Navy neutral. 

I find that changing ONE element in your wardrobe each season can provide the inspired refresh that you've been looking for.

5 TIPS To Rock Your Summer Business Casual Wardrobe

Warm summer days can sometimes signify a more casual look at times. We tend to see more skin. Bare legs. Bare arms. Sleeveless dresses. Fewer jackets. Opened toe shoes. 

It can be confusing how much skin should you show or how casual can you dress without comprising your professionalism. 

The image consultant catalog of rules says that if you break a rule or two you're OK but if you break too many rules you lose your look. 

Are you going to show off your neckline, arms or legs. Doing all three - eludes too much skin. Especially if you work in a male dominated environment. 

My Business Casual philosophy: A comfortably relaxed version of classic business attire, with no sacrifice of professionalism or personal power.

Feeling comfortable in your own skin is Confidence. 

If you have a tinge of hesitancy if you're dressed appropriately, I suggest taking one last look in your FULL length mirror to make sure you're not sacrificing your personal power.

Lets explore some ways to feel lighter in your dress without comprising professionalism.

5 Ways to Rock Your Summer Business Casual Look!

#1 TIP Add a lighter color - pastels in blue, white, beige, the new blush pink. Or it may be just one pastel wardrobe piece you add with black or navy. 

#2 TIP Add a classy sandal to complete your professional pulled together look.

 

#3 TIP My favorite pantyhose. If covering your legs is a must for you try the Donna Karen / The Nudes hosiery that are toeless or sheer. 

The Nudes give your legs a polished professional look without looking like you're wearing pantyhose.

#4 TIP Focus on your accessories with a great simple sheath dress.

#5 TIP Add a sweater or jacket for those important business meetings. Jackets always add authority.

 Have an incredibly stylish summer.

Fashion Feng Shui Workshop

You're Exclusively Invited to My Intimate Fashion Feng Shui Workshop

Saturday, May 20th / 10am-3pm / Sammamish, WA

  • I am personally inviting you to my Fashion Feng Shui workshop!
  • Have you ever had an important event coming up and wondering what to wear?
  • Would you love to have a wardrobe that is aligned with how you want to show up and be seen? A wardrobe that gives you confidence?
  • A wardrobe that brings you compliments?
  • A wardrobe that is comfortable?
  • A wardrobe that is aligned and supports your goals and desires?

IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ANY OR ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS, THIS WORKSHOP WAS MADE FOR YOU!

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“To the Woman Who Desires To Be the Leading Lady in Her Own Life”

What is Fashion Feng Shui: Dressing Your Whole Self from the Inside-Out

You are the sum of your parts – spirit, mind, and body. When you address every aspect of yourself – spiritual, mental and physical you are able to create a wardrobe that is fulfilling, flattering and functional.

Fashion Feng Shui is a Transformation Triad

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This Workshop Accesses:

Your Essence

By consciously honoring your essence in your clothing choices, you communicate your authentic self to others.

Self-confidence requires authenticity. Your essence aligns with your core values and innate traits.

Who are you – what makes you tick. What is most important to you? Are your values being expressed in your life?

Your Intention

Defines your ideal self – who would you be if there were no limits

When you dress with purpose, your clothes are supporting you and serving you in life.

By dressing with design elements that align with your hopes and dreams you naturally magnetize your appearance and attract these desires into your life.

Your Appearance

Your appearance aligns with your body’s natural coloring and body shape.

When the energy of your clothing is in harmony with your physical self, your attire naturally flatters you and your personal style communicates confidence.

Conscious clothing choices communicates personal harmony and naturally creates an attractive presence.

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How-to dress with style, confidence and ease without having to worry about age, shape or size!

  1. By understanding your FFS Triad you will be begin to understand what colors, styles, shapes, and design elements are in perfect harmony with the real you. Why you are attracted to certain pieces more than others. And why you don’t like certain styles and colors.
  2. You’ll learn how to incorporate your essence into every outfit you wear so others see your authenticness which ultimately communicates confidence.
  3. Uncover your ideal self and how you want to show up in the world and what does that look like in your clothing choices.
  4. How to attract your dreams and desires into your life with what you wear.
  5. A personalized More Alive With Color consultation – discover your Colortime Palette™
  6. Learn the psychology of color and how to use it as a tool to attract more into your life.
  7. Understand what styles flatter your body type.
  8. Learn how to shop with ease and purpose – what to say yes to and what to say no to.
  9. How to feel comfortable and confident every time you get dressed.
  10. And finally, leave with a vision to “Reveal Your Radiance” while building your dream wardrobe that exudes confidence.

I can't wait to see you there! ONLY 3 Spots Left!!

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Style vs. Salary: Does Your Appearance Impact Your Career

I just read an article published by payscale.com.

Does Your Appearance Impact Your Career?

The data says yes.

Payscale surveyed 34,000 employees in November 2016-January 2017 and asked “Which of the following best describes your company dress code?”

  • Business formal (tie + jacket for men, pant- or skirt-suits for women)
  • We have specific work uniforms
  • Casual (The Zuckerberg – anything goes within reason)
  • Business casual (no jeans, sneakers, flip flops, etc.)

They found that if you want to make the big bucks you're likely dressing up a bit more for work - relating to the financial or insurance industry.

Companies that have a "business formal dress code" have the highest median salary. (the survey included financial and insurance industry)

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Business casual dress had the 2nd highest median salary.

When broken down by the income-level of workers, they found that a business casual dress code dominated every level of income and across a multitude of industries.

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TIP! Adding the orange and poke-a-dot skirt just gave the look a little more playfulness and less formal.

I remember being taught years ago that even though you work from home, you should still dress up like you're going into the office. Why, it effects your frame of mind.

Possibly more confident while talking on the phone with clients?

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I love the subject of confidence.

You may have had an experience when you "nailed" "your style" whether it was for work or maybe a date night.

You know how you felt.

How others reacted to you.

The compliments you received.

And how it made you feel.

Over the top C-O-N-F-I-D-E-N-T...am I right?

Bottom line: I believe you need to walk out the door each morning feeling CONFIDENT in your dress so you can forget about what you're wearing and do what you do best.

TIP! Are you consciously using your clothing and grooming, especially when dressed down, as valuable business assets and high-powered tools to propel you toward greater success?

Hi I’m Annette!

As a certified Personal Image consultant, color expert and Fashion Feng Shui facilitator I am dedicated to helping you reveal your radiance and dress with style and intentionality for your professional lifestyle. 

I am passionate about supporting you so that age, shape, or size are no longer in the way while aligning your style with the real you.  So you can walk into the world with more confidence and make a great first impression that is authentically yours!

Do You Feel Like You Need a New Wardrobe?

I was at Tempo and Nordstrom in Bellevue, WA this week picking up spring clothing to showcase at my speaking engagement for the Overlake Hospital Auxiliary group.

I think I am like a kid in a toy store loving all the new colors, styles and accessories that are out for spring.

One of the tips I will be shared with the ladies is, what do you have in your closet from last year (that is last spring) that really worked for you? Vs. feeling like you need an entire new wardrobe.

A piece that you felt confident in.

Maybe you received a lot of compliments.

It fit really well.

It became a great go-to-piece.

Maybe it was a great pair of pants or sweater.

 

Pull a piece from your closet and ask yourself, how can I refresh this piece with a new color, an accessory, or what do I need to add to give it that Spring 2017 current feel?

Check, Stripes, Floral, Stripe & Floral mixed, Check and Floral mixed - Have FUN with your new spring pieces.

Confidence - begin with a wardrobe piece that you already feel confident in.

ONE piece- take ONE piece and add your uniqueness.

If you've thought about the two of us working together in the past and know it's your time....

I am planning a small intimate Fashion Feng Shui hands on training session at my home in Sammamish, WA for 8 magnificent ladies who truly desire to Reveal Your Radiance. I'm excited to announce that I have set a date for this one-of-a-kind workshop.

 If you would like to be considered for one of the 8 spots, let me know below. 

The date will be Saturday, May 20th from 10-3pm.

The Secrets Of Working With An Image Consultant

 

Going into Annette’s Definitive Style program I was completely uneducated in style.   

I had left Microsoft where I could dress casually and started my own business, Solutions for Impact LLC where I needed to dress highly professional.  After 10 years of being at Microsoft,

I found that I needed an entirely different wardrobe and to be educated in how to put together great outfits that were still “me” and understand which ones were best for specific meetings or events. 

Then I met Annette Bond.  I signed up for and completed her Signature Program and am amazed that I went from one end of the spectrum to the other extreme end.

My experience and journey with her has been incredibly valuable and educational.  Through my 18+ years of working with executives at Fortune 100 companies, I have been blessed with experiences that have given me very strong business acumen.  

To prove a point, I humbly tell you that I have won global awards for my best practices and other companies have adopted them since they are so impactful.  Given this, as a business professional I feel strong about the value I bring. 

Before working with Annette, my external appearance didn’t match or reflect that value or who I truly am at the core

Through working with her and learning, I now have the tools and knowledge needed to consistently ensure that my external image is aligned with what I have to offer. 

It has enabled me to build a stronger brand and feel more confident about how I look and “show up.” 

I’m not distracted by items that don’t fit correctly or are what I think I should wear but don’t feel like “me” or wondering if I choose the right outfit for the occasion. 

I feel and am more empowered.  

For the first time, I humbly tell you that I consistently get positive comments on my outfits. 

I say “Thank you. Have you heard of Annette Bond?” since it is all due to her.  In fact, I think I have become better at giving an elevator pitch about her offerings than my own.  When I truly believe in something, I want everyone to know about it so they too can experience it and gain all the positive benefits. 

I am so glad I invested in myself early in starting my own business by signing up for Annette’s Signature Program.  I completed it just in time to publicly launch Solutions for Impact LLC.  It is an understatement to say it has been well worth all the time and money I spent to improve my image. 

I was excited about everything the program promised to deliver.  In the end, it actually delivered 2-3 times the value I expected (and I have high standards). 

As a side note, Annette runs her business in such an extremely professional way that it is obvious that she pays attention to every detail of what she provides in the client experience. 

She made me feel like royalty

If you are a business owner and pay attention to the way she runs her business, it is like having a mentor teaching you best practices.  I was lucky enough to get the benefits from both perspectives.

A public note to Annette specifically – Thank you for a fun, professional and educational experience.  You provided more value and impact than I will ever be able to articulate to you. 

Thank you for choosing a career where you provide such an incredible service that really does make a difference in people’s lives – how they feel about and represent themselves.

Empowering people is a key component of both of our business and it feels amazing to be on the receiving end of that.  The results of our work together on my image has already had an impact on my business since I have been able to use it as a tool when meeting with clients and presenting at seminars. 

I will truly miss our time together but always have your voice in my head guiding me as I think “What would Annette do?” 

Hi I’m Annette!

As a certified Personal Image consultant, color expert and Fashion Feng Shui facilitator I am dedicated to helping you reveal your radiance and dress with style and intentionality for your professional lifestyle. 

I am passionate about supporting you so that age, shape, or size are no longer in the way while aligning your style with the real you.  So you can walk into the world with more confidence and make a great first impression that is authentically yours!

How Adding 5 Clothing Pieces Can Feel Like an Entirely NEW Wardrobe

My second “closet” session where Annette and I put outfits and accessories together using my own items was just as valuable as the first.  Since we had gone shopping during the last session, we had new items that were needed to supplement what I was previously missing. 

I couldn’t believe all of the additional great outfits she was able to create given she had already put together so many in the first session.  There were numerous times that I was taken aback and “wow’d” at how she took what I considered to be my old, boring clothes and put them together in an impactful way. 

 

It is so nice to be really excited about my clothes again. It is like I have an entirely new wardrobe, although I only purchased 5 items.

1.Navy pant 2. Camel pant 3. Blue jacket 4. Navy skirt 5. Coral scarf

As Annette continued putting together fabulous outfits, she taught me style tips and tricks throughout.  I was learning so much that I took 4 pages of valuable notes.

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It feels so great to feel empowered with the knowledge to apply all of this on my own in the future as a business owner. 

I’m so glad that I decided to do this now rather than wait since I can start realizing all of the benefits today instead of a few years from now.  The best part is that I really do feel that everything Annette has done (specific clothing, accessories, and makeup) does truly reflect who I am.  It feels so good to not only feel good about how I am dressed but that it is 100% me. 

My “look” is truly aligned with the brand I want to reflect as the Founder and Solutions Consultant for my business, Solutions for Impact, LLC.   This has been such a valuable experience. 

Thanks to Annette’s great explanations and the way she naturally teaches, I have been able to apply everything she has shared. 

I’ve gone to the extent that I proactively put up two hooks in my closet so I can assemble and review outfits and accessories before I finalize what I’m going to wear.  It really helps give me a different perspective of the “look” and is nice not to continually change my clothes until I get it right.  To prove a point, I humbly tell you that I literally now get compliments every single day. 

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I have really enjoyed getting to know and working with Annette. She is always 100% professional, very kind, easy to be around and fun.  

I can’t but help love her approach since it aligns with the key aspects of the services Solutions for Impact, LLC provides to clients – “realistic, actionable, easy to manage, sustainable and impactful.”  It is pretty amazing to be on the other side of that as a client. 

Like always, I cannot wait until our next session!

Hi I’m Annette!

As a certified Personal Image consultant, color expert and Fashion Feng Shui facilitator I am dedicated to helping you reveal your radiance and dress with style and intentionality for your professional lifestyle. 

I am passionate about supporting you so that age, shape, or size are no longer in the way while aligning your style with the real you.  So you can walk into the world with more confidence and make a great first impression that is authentically yours!

Shopping With Hannah, Client Case Study

Just before Christmas Hannah and I met for our shopping session. 

Main areas I help my clients with:

Align your personal image with the "real you" - what are your best colors, styles for your body type, personality, lifestyle and does it fit properly. 

BEFORE PICTURE

BEFORE PICTURE

One of my goals was to work on proportion. Hannah has an "inverted triangle" body shape and is 5'4". 

Tip! The circle skirt gave her movement and the fabric was super comfortable - aspects that are important to Hannah.  

Tip! The circle skirt is a nice balance to her shoulders and showed off her toned athletic legs. 

Tip! The peplum top gave balance to her hips and smoothed over her stomach area nicely. 

Tip! The monochromatic of navy and white gave her an elongated look. She will be adding navy tights and black shoes. 

CirCLE SKIRT

CirCLE SKIRT

Hannah: 

I am halfway through the Signature Program and have already transformed how I think about "style", as well as how I look and feel. 
Now, every day I easily apply what Annette has taught me using style as a tool.  To prove a point, I humbly share that I am getting a lot of compliments.  The best part?  All I am doing is applying what I am learning from Annette with existing clothes, jewelry, and makeup.  
I really believe that the style tools I now have can be used strategically to give my business, Solutions for Impact, a competitive advantage.

Second main area I help my clients with:

What do you have in your closet that is already working and what are the missing gaps?

Hannah had two black pants, one navy legging style and one red trouser. 

TIP! Add an additional neutral to Hannah's wardrobe. We are adding a camel/latte' color straight leg pants and blue tone in the jacket. The latte' and blue will go beautifully with her existing accent colors of teal, red and coral. 

LATTE' PANTS

LATTE' PANTS

Hannah: 

In advance, Annette asked me for the names of stores where I like to shop. I really appreciated this since it reinforces what she says about honoring her clients, which also means honoring their price points. 
From working in my closet and asking detailed questions, Annette knows exactly what I like and dislike about clothes including look, fit, material, pattern, etc.  
She wowed me again by going shopping in advance and putting clothes for me to consider/try on hold. This made it so efficient and easy.
I loved the clothes she picked - they were absolutely "me."  There was no pressure to buy at any point (she doesn't get a commission or kickback from any stores).  
As I tried various items, she quickly learned then taught me which aspects work or don't work for me.  
She explained how to buy items keeping in mind the existing clothes I have and my personal signature colors.  This way, I continue to expand the number of outfits I can make without needing a large amount of clothes. 
Now when I go shopping on my own, I can easily look at an item and know if it will be flattering or not, as well as how many more outfits I can make with it. 
Like every session, I left energized and excited for the next one.

TIP!  We found a pant at Talbots, a slimmer leg that fits her body type. She purchased latte' and navy - great basics that will work well with her earth red jacket and latte' sweater.  *If you have slimmer legs - stay away from curvy style 

Part three of the process. Is your story congruent with how you're currently dressing? 

What story do you want to tell with an important business interaction ...creative, growth, supportive, organized? 

Do you have outfits that support your desire to "feel and look like a million bucks"?

Do you need to get rid of clothing in your closet because you're not who you were 5, 10 years ago? 

Do you need to add additional pieces to up-level your image?

I truly believe that Annette already "gets" me and am really looking forward to our next session together.~ Hannah 

Hello, I’m Annette Bond a Certified Personal Image Consultant! I am all about helping you “reveal your radiance”, dressing authentically and intentionally for your everyday business interactions. I am passionate about you becoming more style-confident without age, shape or size getting in the way.

When I’m not off working with my one-on-one clients to re-fresh their closets or personal shopping, I’m hanging out on online revealing my voice for “Reveal Your Radiance blog”, so you can walk into the world with more confidence and success.

I am passionate about teaching howto build a successful wardrobe that works for your business lifestyle.

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My Journey with Hannah, a Client Case Study

Session #2 with Hannah:

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Wow!  My eyeglass session with Annette completely exceeded my expectations. When I arrived at the specialty store, she had already collaborated with the expert there.  

Using all the information Annette had finalized and understood about me specifically up to that point (signature colors, makeup look, my style likes/dislikes, who I am at the core and how I want to come off to others), 

Annette had already picked several glasses to try.  I arrived with a warm, genuinely excited welcome from both of them.  They already had the glasses sitting out, ready to try on. Perhaps this is what royalty feels like?  

I always appreciate that Annette educates me along the way as to what works and doesn't work, and why. 

It's so empowering. She always leaves me craving more since I am learning so much and immediately able to apply it.  I can't wait until the next session!

TIP!  Hannah also chose a burgundy red frame, remember RED is one of her favorite colors. In addition to a gray/slate rectangle shape for her get down to business look. 

 TIP!  You can choose a very neutral frame to wear with all your outfits or use your glasses as an accessory.