What is Your Professional Image Story?

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 needing to say it.

Did you know your image tells a story?

You're dressed, you look in the mirror and smile at what you see. You look great. You walk out the door, knowing you feel great.

The best part, you can forget about what you're wearing and go do what you do best!

How would it feel to have that daily experience?

Opposed to your outfit plaguing your day?

Are you in an awkward place and not sure how to build a wardrobe that gives you that million dollar mindset story?

Join me as I share my passion and expertise with Coach Debby of Story U Talk Radio. What it means to elevate your image and reveal your radiance through your professional image.

Your Professional Image Interview

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What I love about Debby is we both share a passion for helping others to develop and grow into the Best version of ones-self. Whether it's writing your story or elevating your image.

Debby is a master at witnessing others real life story and bringing it to light.

I know you'll enjoy her presence as she shares wisdom that each of us has a unique story to tell.

Debby is currently offering one day workshops this summer to help people develop their writing skills and the confidence to speak. Also available, one-on-one coaching and deeper dive seminars.

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Check out her website for upcoming topics and dates. www.coachdebby.com

Love to hear your takeaways, and if you'd like to continue the conversation....hop on over to Definitive Style by Annette Bond Facebook page Community.

If this feels like your time to up-level your personal image, I'd love to be that mirror for you to show up as your best self.

Annette Bond is known for helping successful women build a beautiful and professional wardrobe they’re excited to wear!

She is passionate and skilled at finding the right style that always fits, regardless of age, shape, and size. A newer, shinier version of you will promote quality in business and relationships because a stylish woman offers an excellent impression of her BEST self.

Certified Professional, Annette Bond is an Image Consultant and More Alive with Color Expert. Her work is very specialized and sought-after, as she is ONE of only 30 women in the U.S. certified in the particular niche: Fashion Feng Shui. For almost a decade, she has specialized in supporting the high-level woman in business who’s ready to reveal her radiance by dressing stylishly and professionally.

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Up-Leveling Your Casual Style

What does your casual wardrobe feel like?

A disaster?

Frumpy?

Needs help?

Does it ever feel like your casual wardrobe gets put on the back burner?

What I've found is that if you're not intentional to attend to your casual wardrobe it tends to go by the way side. You make do. But not loving it. 

And that not so positive thought you're thinking.....oh it doesn't matter, I'm fine with what I have begins to eventually erode at your self-esteem.

You're a quality woman, your casual wardrobe deserves to feel amazing whether you're working or playing. 

It’s never just about the clothing, but rather what the clothing empowers you to do or feel.

TIPS to Elevate Your Casual Wardrobe!

Spring is approaching and it's your opportunity to refresh and renew your energy and that includes up-leveling your Spring Wardrobe.

Is your casual wardrobe ready to step into "sophisticated casual" so you can show a newer, shiner version of YOU!

If you've been thinking, it's time to make some changes, you're in a style rut or just need a wardrobe reboot, I'd love to be the one to help you.

Let's have a conversation Annette!

I'm sooo excited to meet you!

What's Your Wonder Woman Style Story?

When you look at this picture of Wonder Woman what do you think?

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Women at my workshops might say Confidence, Strength, Endurance, Leader....

Wouldn't you agree she has presence?

Her presence tells a story. If you're like me when I was growing up, you were told you can't judge a book by its cover.

If you know anyone who has written a book, they spend countless hours deciding what their book cover is going to to look like along with the title.

The book cover is the first impression. The book cover design is one of the most important aspects of marketing a book. A successful book cover needs to make a reader "feel" things rather "tell" them something. (desginhill.com)

I believe your image is like a book cover.

My philosophy is, "Style begins with the woman, not the clothes."

It's not only how others perceive you but how do you "feel" about YOU?

Let's play for a moment, what would your Wonder Woman book cover look like for you?

What's your Wonder Woman Story going to be?

How do you want others to feel about you?

  • She's put-together

  • She's organized

  • She's confident

  • She's authentic

  • She's a leader

  • She's influential

Sometimes we need help getting to that place.

Investing in myself has always been a priority. Why, because I value BEing my best-self in the various roles of life.

If you've been thinking, I'm READY to take that step and invest in myself.

Let's begin with a phone conversation or coffee so I can understand what's keeping you from showing up as your Wonder Woman story.

Yes, I'm ready for my Wonder Woman Conversation (click)

Are You Too Busy to Personal Shop?

Does it ever feel like you just settle on a purchase because you've told yourself you're too busy to shop?

The piece you bought is OK, not great. But it will do.

I hear you, shopping takes time. And life is busy.

The thoughts that begin to creep in before you even go shopping...the dread, I can't ever find what I'm looking for, nothing fits right.

You've probably had those thoughts lurking in your head a time or two...I hear them all the time from clients.

And guess what, they're frustrated.

You may possibly be feeling the same way?

What I know from personal experience is that if we keep doing the same things over and over and don't get the results were looking for, NOTHING is ever going to change.

Reaching out for help can be hard.

You're thinking I should be able to do my own shopping, it's supposed to be fun right?

I don't need Annette to help me. Or do you?

As a person who values excellence, I pride myself in the Signature System I take my clients through.

It's not about sashaying into Nordstrom and finding a few cute pieces. (we will eventually find those great cute pieces, just later in the process)

The latest trend. The latest color. Here try this on.

The Annette Bond Signature System begins with you.

If you're like me you've taken a few personality tests and then wonder what do I with it? I pride myself upon "getting you" before we go shopping.

The process begins with an assessment/questionnaire to lay the ground work.

You've told me what you like, don't like, tried, dismissed...then we collaborate.

Then I utilize my professional training, innate talents and 30 years of working with women to our game plan.

By the time were done...you'll have a closet that reflects your unique style, feeling like a million bucks. AND no more wavering if you've got it right.

During our time together, I can honestly say, "I am in love with helping women reveal their radiance."

When you see it for yourself...that's a "magnificent day."

A longtime client responded recently with an email...Yesterday was great...very efficient use of my time. Thanks so much for your time and good eye!

New client email...Things are going great! I am loving my closet :) What a fantastic experience!!

I leave you with...the "Power" of a great black shell (fitted or one with more ease). Which style reflects you?

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If you're feeling OK Annette, I need some help getting out of my style rut and I am one of those people who dreads shopping. 

Hop on over to www.annettebond.com.

Click Schedule your Style Strategy Session to fill out the questionnaire (bottom of home page.) This will help me to understand what you're struggling with.

Annette Bond, works with accomplished, professional women to Elevate their Image.

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 (one of 30 women in the US)

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Where Do I Begin If I Hate Personal Shopping?

Have you ever fantasized that if you bought ALL NEW Clothes you would instantly love your wardrobe?

Possibly or you could be back to where you began, wearing only 20% of your clothes because your game plan was ONLY to buy new.

What if...you took a good look at the clothes you already have and access why you like them and why you don't. That would give you some clues to moving forward.

You hate to shop so you bought what's on the mannequin. The sales person told you it looked great, you bought it. It was on sale, gotta buy it.

You wore it a time or two and now you don't like it.

Hmm-mm....WHY is that?

I believe it's important to find out why, so you don't keep bringing the same pieces to the party that you DON'T wear and are not sure why.

Or maybe you LOVE the piece, but don't wear it.

Hmm-mm...WHY is that?

Maybe it just needs a great shoe. Or accessorizing?

OR maybe you're a Steve Jobs kinda person and love the simpleness of a "signature look." That's great if you're OK with it.

Imagine your closet filled with pieces that reflect your unique style...Picture yourself feeling like a million bucks every time you get dressed.

In my initial Style Interview with a new client one of our focus points is to uncover her challenges.

Sometimes it's the simpleness of adding a NEW deliberate piece.

I was in Laurie's closet recently who loves simple and doesn't have many prints. She gets frustrated with shopping and tends to buy only solids.

Prints can sometimes be scary.

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Through our Style Interview and spending time in her ClosetI learned about her likes and dislikes, I knew the perfect print for her.

It happened to be in a pair of pants - she tried them on and LOVED them. Her eyes lit up.

A big smile came over her face as she looked in the mirror.

We accessed the tops and sweaters in her closet that she could wear with her NEW Print Pants. This NEW pant brought a freshness to her wardrobe.

Sometimes it can be that ONE piece that revitalizes your wardrobe.

Who you are at the core will be the single most important thread of our work together. Understanding your work environment and lifestyle and what's already in your closet allows me to select pieces that you may never have considered. (YES, I shop for You!)

It's not always about having heaps of clothes, but having the "right" pieces enabling you to get dressed in seconds while LOVING your wardrobe because it feels like you. 

Annette Bond works with accomplished, professional women to Elevate their Image.

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UPCOMING EVENT:

Elevate Your Image Workshop / Saturday, September 29th / 10am-3pm / ONLY 8 Spots Available

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Elevate Your Image Workshop

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ELEVATE YOUR IMAGE WORKSHOP

Saturday, September 29th

10am-3pm / Sammamish,WA

Your Style Makes a Statement. What’s Your Style Type?

Is your wardrobe in a style rut?

Do you waste a lot of mental energy trying to figure out what to wear?

Are you feeling stuck and not sure where to begin?

Do You Fantasize about Having a Wardrobe That Reflects Your Unique Style?

The Elevate Your Image Workshop is For YOU If:

1. You want to create a wardrobe that makes you feel comfortable in your skin

2. Create a wardrobe that is aligned with the real you so others capture your authentic-ness

3. Understand what styles flatter your body type

4. Learn how to influence your dress with color

5. Desire to learn how your clothing can support you in business & life

6. Possess style confidence without worrying about age, shape or size

7. Hands on training using clothing from your closet

I believe that Style begins with the woman, not the clothes. ~Annette Bond

The Elevate Your Image Workshop will be guided by the Fashion Feng Shui Style System that Embodies:

1.      Your Essence – the core of who you are

2.      Your Appearance – your body type and natural coloring

3.      Your Intention – utilizing your style to support you in business & life

ONLY 8 SPOTS Available / Includes Workbook / Lunch / Community with AMAZING Women / 30-minute Follow up Consultation in addition to pre-work / Annette’s home in Sammamish / $295 / www.annettebond.com/elevate

Get Your Tickets Today & Receive Early Bird Pricing / Register NOW!

Annette Bond, works with accomplished, professional women to Elevate their Image.

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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 (one of 30 women in the US)

Spring Colors Have Arrived

Spring is upon us...Spring 2018 Pantone Colors have arrived...

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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?

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Comfortable, fresh, effortless Blue & Arcadia green dress! Add a white or black jacket.

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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!

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Need that girlfriend night-out piece? Ted Baker Pink Lavender floral jacket with a pair of white jeans!

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#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?

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Shopping link to above pieces.

Yes! Let's Talk Color

Come on over to Definitive Style by Annette Bond Facebook page. Facebook and share what COLORS or pieces you're adding for Spring 2018.

With Your Definitive Style in Mind,

Annette

 

 

 

Have You Lost Your Personal Style Competitive Edge?

Are You Someone Who Has Lost Your Competitive Edge in 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.

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 To Refine & Elevate Your Personal Image Through COLOR

How To Refine & Elevate Your Personal Image Through COLOR

Did you know that color can bring out the color of your hair? This is known as one of your Signature Colors.Example: Anything yellow or gold is going to highlight (bring forward) the blond tones. Or bring out the blond highlights in brown hair.  This is when others compliment you and say, "wow you look pretty today."

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How To Discover Your Personal Style

To help you discover your personal style, you need to know what inspires you

what colors you love, what images are you drawn to, do you love nature, movies, or celebrity icons? The idea is not to think just about fashion, but to collect ideas from everywhere and everything that inspires you.

Create an "Inspiration Board"

It will encourage you to think in Stylish and visual ways.

Ask yourself, "What do I like? What kinds of clothes, accessories, and colors appeal to me?" It doesn't matter what you think others will like, or what you think you're expected to think. What do you really like?

So when do you know when something is right? You feel it in your gut.

Next, what is it you want to tell the world about your style - what is your story?

Classic, beautiful, tailored, edgy, fashion forward, glamorous, creative, sophisticated, stylish, trendy, powerful, polished - the list goes on. Start by selecting 3 words that define you.

Confidence and knowing what's right for you is 95 percent of personal Style.