Goldie Hawn's Style Secret

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."

Goldie Hawn's Secret

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

#happy day

FUN STUFF coming in 2019!

  1. 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)

  2. Instagram posts MAGNIFIED - Follow me #annettebond2

  3. 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"

  4. 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,

ANNETTE

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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What's Wrong With My Closet?

Have you ever thought, I'm ready to throw out everything in my closet and start over?

Because you're bored with your clothes?

It feels like nothing looks good on you?

When you need that "great outfit" for a special event, you never have it?

Or maybe your closet is just overcrowded and looks like this...

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Did you know that Only 20% of the clothes in the average persons closet are worn on a regular basis according to chief design officer of California closets.

WHY?

It’s a question we ponder every time we stare into our wardrobes and have no clue what to wear. It doesn’t make sense. Your closet is full.

What's Wrong With My Closet?

Is it because you're a creature of habit who can’t be bothered to try new things?

You know it works, so you just keep wearing the same outfit over and over?

A couple of things could be going on.

Yes, we are creatures of habit.

You get a compliment on the outfit and you know it works. So why change.

Or do you have a lot of impulse buys?

It looked great in the store or you were at a clothing party and the sales person said, OMG you have to buy that!

Recently, I met with my new client Heather, who was the one who said, I'm OK with throwing EVERYTHING away and starting from scratch.

Before we do that, I told Heather, I always spend some time in the closet to see if there are any great pieces we can work with.

I come in with a "fresh pair of eyes"

Many of her purchases originated because her sister-in-law said, "you've got to buy that" as they were shopping.

Did you know that when others influence you to buy they are seeing themselves wearing the outfit, not necessarily if it looks good on you?

The day I entered Heather's closet, I helped her create 15 NEW outfits that she never knew existed. She was blown away!

She told me the clothes we threw out, cost her more than the fee she paid me. Had she known what didn't look good on her, she would have NEVER purchased those pieces.

Instead of wearing ONLY 20% of your clothes and feeling frustrated. Let's get your Closet feeling like this...

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Imagine your closet filled with pieces that reflect your unique style all while ELEVATING YOUR IMAGE...

Annette, I'm ready to start LOVING my closet and want it filled with pieces that reflect my unique style.

Let's Talk (click to book a Style Strategy Session)

With Your Definitive Style in Mind,

Annette

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.

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Navigating the World of Personal Style

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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!

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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.