Happy New Year!
As I was contemplating what to share, I came across this quote from several year's back. It really spoke to me as we enter into the New Year.
"There’s no outfit in the world that will be more head-turning than a woman who walks into a room with great energy," Kate Hudson told Style.com recently when asked what she's learned from her famous mother. "That’s what really makes people magnetic. When someone feels good about herself, is comfortable in her skin, and has inner strength, it doesn’t matter what she’s wearing. They become the most interesting person in the room."
You may not be a Kate Hudson or Goldie Hawn but I know I love a woman with great positive energy and what she brings to a conversation.
As you look into the New Year maybe it's a change in how you express your inner self vs. what you're going to accomplish or achieve.
Personally, I love clicking the refresh button and beginning anew.
When I clicked the refresh button on December 31st, I chose the word ALIVE to guide me in 2019. For me, there's a lot of energy in the word ALIVE.
Maybe that is why the Kate Hudson quote spoke to me so loudly.
When I chose the word ALIVE it fired me up to:
BE more of me. Share my voice, have fun, let go of the fear and inspire others. Do what lights me up!
You may or may not have lofty goals for 2019 on what you're planning to achieve, earn, do and have.
What if...you decide to BE the woman who shows up with more energy?
What if...you decide to BE the woman who's more purposeful with her wardrobe?
What if...you decide to BE the woman who thinks more positively?
Refining who you BE doesn't cost you a dime but it could change how you see and feel about yourself from the inside out. And I guarantee others will feel your energy as you walk into the room. .
I BELIEVE there isn't a more powerful feeling than when your outfit truly expresses who you are. It represents everything you want to say without you speaking a word. ~ Annette Bond
FUN STUFF coming in 2019!
Style Chat via Facebook LIVE beginning Tuesday, January 15th - LIKE Definitive Style so you can receive a reminder notice (there will also be a replay)
Instagram posts MAGNIFIED - Follow me #annettebond2
Reveal Your Radiance Style Academy begins Tuesday, March 12th, more info to come. For the woman who wants to comprehend the ins and outs to creating the "perfect wardrobe"
Style Confidence. Do You Have It? Join me for a fun and interactive workshop on Wednesday, January 30th from 5-7pm. Drinks and snacks will be served. Divalani Style Boutique, 16415 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila WA / Sign Up: Click Here
Cheers to coming ALIVE in 2019!
With Your Definitive Style in Mind,
You’ve been invited to a party. The invitation calls for dressy casual. You have both dressy outfits and casual outfits in your closet but how do you mix the two?
Would you be surprised if I suggested you start with jeans? Jeans aren’t right for every occasion, but with some fashion finesse, you can make them party ready.
Pretend I’m in your closet right now. Using your jeans as a base, I’m going to help you look through your tops, jackets, jewelry, shoes, and handbags for ingredients that will make you party-ready.
When you see your wardrobe through my eyes, you’ll be surprised at how ready you can be when that friend of yours calls and says, “I’m going to a dressy casual event tonight. Would you be my plus-one?”
It all starts with the right jeans
Here are some general rules for the best jeans to use as your casual chic or elegant casual outfit.
1. The darker the denim, the more dressy and formal it is, which works well with the fancier items you’ll be wearing on top.
2. If your party leans more to casual than elegant and you love jeans that are distressed in some way—holes or fading—plan to wear a dressy shoe.
3. High-rise jeans are a great base. They’ll look great with any fanciful top or jacket.
4. You could start with a denim jean that is coated, so it takes on a different hue. Or consider a jean with some elegant embroidery.
5. Beware: dark indigo jeans can discolor lighter-colored leather handbags. Pay close attention to your handbag selection for the night. They can also stain any part of a lighter-colored bootie that they come into contact with.
Find unique jackets in your closet
Now let’s get to what you’re wearing on top. Jackets can play a crucial role in dressing up jeans. Leave your work jackets out of the mix for now. Focus on more festive choices and think outside the box.
This list of jacket styles will love to dress up your denim.
1. Blazers in velvet, leather, lace or jacquard prints
2. A tuxedo jacket
3. Knit or woven jackets with fur trim
4. Statement pieces like kimonos, dusters, Asian-inspired jackets
Tops that are just right for going out
Look at your tops through a ‘dressed up casual’ lens. Do you spot tops that you may have worn in other parts of your life, but that would look well accessorized for denim outfits?
Here are some looks to consider.
1. Blouses with statement sleeves like ruffles, ties, pleats, or ribbons
2. Romantic blouses with lace, leather trim or velvet
3. A knit or woven or top in a bold, bright print
4. A sheer print top with a camisole
5. A sweater with pearl or sequined details, or a cashmere sweater that is delicate or feminine
Jewelry selection is a must
If you’re wearing simple clothing pieces, then your jewelry choices will lift your outfit into a dressy casual party scene. Go beyond your tried-and-true everyday pieces. Consider vintage or crystal jewelry or any of your fine jewelry like diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and pearls.
If you’re wearing tops that are already sequined or jeweled, then your jewelry may need to back off a little.
Here are some ideas for using accessories to make your outfit sparkle and shine.
1. Chandelier earrings or dangly earrings
2. Statement necklaces or double or triple layered chokers
3. A sparkly brooch or a collection of pins worn together
4. Bold cocktail rings
5. Cuffs or layered bangles that have lots of shimmer and shine
6. Mixing in fine jewelry with costume jewelry
Shoes matter, both functionally and fashionably
You may have shoes in your closet that will only work if you’re sitting at a table, rather than standing at a table all night. Be careful. Know with a two-hour shoe will work or whether or not you need to wear a shoe that you can dance in all night long.
Here are some shoe choices for nightlife.
1. High heels or kitten-heeled pumps in patent leather, exciting colors, or fabrics
2. Comfortable flats that have fanciful details like bows, sequins, ribbons, or applique
3. Metallic flats or booties
4. Velvet slippers, flats or booties
5. Heeled sandals
Handbags need to be a lot more special than your work bag
For many gatherings, the purse you choose only needs to hold your lipstick, a credit card, some cash, and your smartphone. You may have cocktail handbags that you’ve used for years. I encourage you to take a closer look at them this year. Do they still look viable or does yours need an update?
Here are some handbag selections for your jean party outfit.
1. Smaller crossbody bag with chain straps
2. Fabric bags made with beautiful tapestry or damask fabrics
3. Small framed bags including vintage bags
4. A small handbag in an intense color or a metallic
5. Hard, rather than soft, clutch in faux reptile
Could you use a few fancy casual denim outfits in your wardrobe?
I’d love to help you assemble them, so you are party ready at any moment. Or maybe you’ve realized some gaps in the “party department” of your wardrobe.
Call me! 425-868-1816 OR connect with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Style Confidence. Do You Have It?
Do you ever feel like finding your personal style is somewhat of a mystery? You take a style quiz and it tells you, you are classy chic, modern elegant, or boho?
So now you go looking for clothing pieces to match the "style quiz." You go into the dressing room with a handful of dresses trying to find what looks like "classy chic."
What you discover is the style doesn't fit your body type.
You're not sure about the color.
Then you catch a glimpse of a dress that's really fantastic, you love it but it's not really classy chic. Confused?
Wondering how to navigate the world of Personal Style?
Recently I was browsing YouTube to see what the "YouTube style experts" had to say on the subject of finding personal style. It was suggested that I go into my closet and see what I have "a lot of". Meaning I feel super comfortable in that style. Conclusion: that is my personal style.
REALLY...is that all I have to do? If it was that simple then why are so many women feeling frustrated with their wardrobe.
In a survey I conducted a few months ago asking, "what are your biggest style challenges?"
Women told me...
Sick and tired of feeling frumpy. What styles are right for my body type? Help me to understand what styles compliment my body type.
How do I dress appropriately for the next level in business? How do I communicate who I am? I want to look credible.
I have too many clothes. Where do I shop? How do I begin building a wardrobe.
What I know and believe: Style Confidence begins with the woman and NOT the clothes.
You're wondering, "Where do I start?"
First it begins with you. Who are you?
Second, I believe your clothing represents what you want to say without needing to say it.
We are multi-faceted women.
If you're like me, I love to express myself in different ways on different days. I love wearing a multitude of colors and styles.
Questions to Ponder:
1.Who am I? What do you value? If you could pick one word to describe you, what would it be?
2.How do you want to be perceived?
3. What do you want others to know about you?
4.What do you want to attract into your life?
5.What is your body type?
6.What is your natural coloring?
Why are all these questions important?
The essence of Personal Style begins with you. What you choose to wear everyday tells me a little about you.
I BELIEVE that Style Confidence begins with the woman and NOT the clothes.
Why does it matter? You feel comfortable in your own skin. You're authentic.
Your clothing is there to support your dreams and goals. Not just another pretty dress.
When you have a Style Confidence Plan; dressing, shopping, mixing and matching and choosing colors becomes effortless.
If you're thinking, Annette I would LOVE to have all those questions answered. I'm tired of the confusion, self-doubt and navigating the world of Personal Style on my own.
I Invite you to join me on Saturday, June 2nd for a Fashion Feng Shui Workshop where we'll spend 5.5 hours honing in on your Personal Style. Leaving you with a plan of action to develop and achieve Style Confidence.
Get Your Tickets Today & Receive Early Bird Pricing: CLICK
Annette Bond, works with accomplished, professional women to achieve Style Confidence. She inspires women to elevate and express the best of who they are Now, so they can go out into the world with greater confidence and ease.
Annette is a Certified Personal Image Consultant AICI CIC, Corporate Image Certified, More Alive With Color™ Certified, and Fashion Feng Shui Facilitator.
Annette is one of 30 women in the U.S. and one of 75 worldwide who are licensed to teach Fashion Feng Shui.
Spring is upon us...Spring 2018 Pantone Colors have arrived...
Color is one of the easiest, more fun ways to spice up last years wardrobe. Simply going from black to navy can add a new dimension. Can you image if you added Lime Punch or Spring Crocus to your navy - wow, wow wow!
An energetic energy is attached to color and it makes you feel something. Recently when I was teaching a workshop one of the attendees shared that she was playing with her profile picture on a dating website - going back and forth from black to red. RED definitely gave her more pings. Of coarse it did - Red donates passion and excitement.
BTW...If you're looking to update your headshot - join me on Saturday, March 24th to meet my colleague Jennifer Findlay Portraits.(more info below)
Adding a new color can look many different ways. What will you add for Spring 2018?
If Color is something that challenges you and you spend a lot of mental energy wondering...Is this my COLOR? Does this mix and match with this color? Tired of wasting money on colors that don't look good on you? Let's chat about a personal color consultation.
Yes! Let's Talk Color
#1 Sensational Dress!
Do you have a speaking engagement coming up and want others to feel your passion?
Comfortable, fresh, effortless Blue & Arcadia green dress! Add a white or black jacket.
Joseph Ribkoff Dresses! Join me on Saturday, March 31st at Divalani Style for the Joseph Ribkoff Trunk show. (details below)
#2 Style Confident Jacket!
Style Confident jacket from Zara - great compliment to sensational pair of black jeans and red lips!
Need that girlfriend night-out piece? Ted Baker Pink Lavender floral jacket with a pair of white jeans!
#3 Irresistible Earring!
Add a little texture and color with Kendra Scott earrings to your basic neutrals such as navy, taupe or gray. How about taupe and Spring Crocus?
Definitive Style by Annette Bond
Was born out of 25 years of working with women to celebrate their beauty within. I believe we as women are never 100% comfortable with who we are on the outside. My purpose is to help you bring your inspirations, your uniqueness, and your confidence from the inside and create a personal style that speaks to who you are….your Definitive Style.
Are you willing to let your Definitive Style shine through?
Some of you have that creativity just dying to get out and be expressed in your dress. I love learning what makes you tick and what you want to tell the world. I get to help you organize your shopping desires and keep you on track with your creative impulses.
There are others who put off shopping as long as you can until you absolutely positively see a need. The thought of putting an outfit together in a different sort of way doesn’t even register on your wardrobe radar. Because of you I get to share my gift of teaching and inspiration.
I love you both.
As Edna Woolman Chase quotes… Fashion can be bought. But Style one must possess.
A stylish woman only buys what she likes and what makes her feel fabulous.
A stylish woman invests in the basics and timeless pieces.
A stylish woman goes for an over-the-top decadent item. If she loves it, she takes it home.
A stylish woman respects herself.
A stylish woman is confident from the inside out.
A stylish woman is not about the money. She wears her “Mah-velous Marshalls©” dress the same way she wears her diamond earrings.
Fashion fades, style is eternal.
I hope you’ll take this journey with me on discovering your Definitive Style – whether you find it to be confidence, respect, fabulous, going from vanilla to raspberry swirl in your style choices, or just stepping into your genuine natural beauty that’s been hidden for years.