What Do You LOVE About Your Personal Style?

February, the month of LOVE! And Beyond.

Valentine’s Day can represent many things – a romantic dinner with your partner, celebrating with a gal pal or time with loved ones. Why can’t this continue past February?

Sometimes we neglect to notice what we LOVE about ourselves or at least recognize.

About 6 months ago I retook the DISC assessment. I was in a transformational coaching program at the time where our strengths were being discussed and how we were using them.

What actualized completely surprised me. I was in the 97% of I style (Influence). It revealed to me that I should be making stronger use of my communication and people skills. Utilizing my energy of inspiration, passion and wisdom in a more influential way. Letting my Fire shine brighter.

I became aware that I was moving a strength of mine to the rear vs the forefront.          

I thought, why am I doing that?

The first truth that came out; what will others think of me if I shine brighter? What I came to understand is that we as humans judge. That is just what we do. You’re judging my article as you are readying this and I am judging the next person on Facebook, lol. Good, bad, indifferent, it just doesn’t matter. We’re human beings and our brains can’t help but judge.

You may be thinking ONLY metals judge. Well maybe we Metals do have a little more tendency to judge. But I would guess that 99% of you out there worry about what others think also, am I right?

As we all go through the Fashion Feng Shui process of evaluating who am I and discovering our essence, I believe we can very much have a blind spot.

Why is it so darn hard to see what we LOVE about ourselves when various assessments and people point it out so blatantly?

With that being said, I proposed to my Definitive Style community an exercise.  To candidly observe what they LOVE in their wardrobe.  

So of course I needed to do the exercise myself. Again, I was actually surprised with the results.

I hope you’ll play the game with me. Take out a piece of paper and sketch out a tic-tac-toe board. In the middle square write: "What I Love"

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  1. Step into your closet or jewelry box and choose 5-10 pieces that You LOVE.

  2. Set them out on a table and begin writing the qualities that you LOVE about them.

  3. Read the qualities out loud…do they resonate with you?

  4. If someone was to describe you with these words, would you feel flattered?

  5. Do you unequivocally say yes, that's me?

  6. Do any of words give you butterflies?

  7. Are you ready to shake hands with the words and own them?

  8. Are you ready to stretch a bit in 2019 and take on the butterfly words?

As you look at your words, do they fit into a nice box of your primary and influencing essence? Or are they outside the box more than you think?

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What surprised me was how I described my favorite accessories, they were 50% Fire. The power was in writing the words down. I didn’t perceive myself as having that much Fire in my wardrobe and then realizing they were my favorite pieces.  I LOVE continuing to learn about myself while honoring my strengths. 

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Fire, of course that’s part of me…my favorite color is fuchsia and I love pearls.  

What I do know is my navy sheath dress that fits me to a tee (metal) is my foundation and feels perfect for me but I love the luminosity and warmth of adding Fire.

The first step is becoming aware.

What are your blind spots?

What have others told you you’re really good at and you unconsciously ignore?

What words from the tic-tac-toe exercise made you think a new thought?

Whether your essence is Water, Wood, Fire, Earth or Metal there is nothing more powerful than showing up and radiating as the real you!  

Annette Bond is known for helping women “Elevate their Image."

She’s on a mission to help every day women who have put themselves at the bottom of the list when it comes to style. Your style is a representation of your personal essence - and it deserves to shine because it's a reflection of who you truly are. 

This newer, shinier version of you will pay dividends in business and in your personal relationships because of how you'll be showing up, your BEST self. 

Annette works with a client focused approach, she prides herself on “getting you.” The end result is instant gratification…Creating the perfect wardrobe for the real you.

You're put-together, polished and ready to step into the world with revitalized confidence.

Certified Image Consultant - AICI CIC

Certified Corporate Image Consultant

She is a certified color consultant who was personally trained by Leatrice Eiseman, known as the “international color guru”.

And also one of 30 women in the U.S. certified in Fashion Feng Shui.

Annette Believes:

Style begins with the woman, not the clothes.

Do Clothes Make the Woman?

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As I picked up my InStyle magazine an article caught my attention, "Do Clothes Make the Woman?" 

The article was written by the fashion feature director of InStyle magazine. I would agree we at one time or another believe that the clothes make the woman. You may still feel that way. 

This Saturday my son is getting married. Looking and finding the perfect dress was an effort, I have to admit. I began the process thinking about the wedding colors, should I wear long or short, what was the mother-of-the-bride wearing, etc. Sounds logical right?  Not ever being a mother-of-the-groom, I felt it was my responsibility to "fit in" with the wedding. 

After 4 months of looking, I found myself trying to work within the parameters I had made up wasn't working. I was trying to make the "pink of the season" work for me - it didn't. I was trying to find a "mother-of-the groom look", it wasn't working. It finally occurred to me that everything I teach and inspire women to do, I wasn't doing. 

Can you believe it - I fell into the trap. 

The wedding was now 4 weeks away and I had to find my dress, I needed a new strategy. 

I decided to let go of all the preconceptions of what I thought I "should wear".  I took a step back and started shopping from the perspective of what gives Annette Style Confidence, what makes Annette feel like a million bucks, what are Annette's most flattering colors and silhouettes.

I ordered five dresses online. Three worked. One was amazing. The one I thought I was going to love was the worst. On the hanger it was gorgeous! I thought it was perfect! But, the dress took over, way to overwhelming for my height. The dress wore me. 

Have you ever gone out shopping for "the dress" thinking that the dress is going to compensate for all your insecurities and what you perceive to be personality flaws?

Or the pressure to find the dress that is going to disguise ample upper arms or camouflage a tummy? Not a bad thing but I believe shouldn't be your total focus. 

To feel ultra confident, comfortable in your skin and at ease...I believe Style Confidence begins with you, not the clothes. 

Who are you at the core? What is the message you want to speak without actually speaking? What are your best attributes? What is your body type?  

When you begin with YOU...the dress narrates a story about you. The dress has influence and purpose. And most of all, there is an ease and comfort with the dress. You can forget about the dress and BE YOU. 

If any of this resonates with you and you're tired of trying to figure it all out on your own, I invite you to:  

1.    ook A Style Strategy Session.  We'll chat about your greatest wardrobe/style challenges and frustration. What you want to change. A solution for achieving Style Confidence

2.    Fashion Feng Shui Workshop on Saturday, June 2nd. A Style System that begins with you, the woman. 10:00-3:30 / Annette's home office in Sammamish, WA ONLY 8 Spots Available!

3.    FREE Event on Tuesday, May 1st.  Effortlessly Elevated. Re-imagine Beauty in Your 50's. Studio Skin & Sculpt in Shoreline. 

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 needing to say it. 

With your Definitive Style in Mind. 

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.

Fashion Feng Shui Workshop - Saturday, June 2nd!

STYLE CONFIDENCE. Do You Have It?

Do you feel like your style is a mystery?

Do you continue to purchase clothing thinking your "personal style" is going to magically appear? 

I BELIEVE that Style begins with the woman and not the clothes.

You are personally invited to my upcoming Fashion Feng Shui workshop on Saturday, June 2, 2018 / 10am-3:30pm

An intimate workshop of ONLY 8 Ladies!

CLICK FOR TICKETS

  • Would you love to have a wardrobe that is aligned with how you want to show up and be seen, it has purpose?

  • A wardrobe that gives you Style Confidence?

  • A wardrobe that feels effortless?

  • A wardrobe that allows you to feel comfortable in your skin?

  • A wardrobe that supports your goals and desires?

  • A wardrobe that is aligned with the real you?

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 needing to say it.

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.

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  • By understanding your FFS Triad you will begin to understand what colors, styles, shapes, and design elements are in perfect harmony with the real you. Why you are attracted to certain styles more than others.
  • Learn how to incorporate your inner qualities into every outfit you wear so others capture your authentic-ness.
  • How to attract your dreams and desires into your life with what you wear.
  • Understand what styles flatter your body type.
  • Understand how Color is used to express your message. 
  • Learn how to shop with ease and purpose.
  • How to feel comfortable in your own skin and embrace Style Confidence every time you get dressed.

Finally, leave with a vision to “Reveal Your Radiance” while building a wardrobe that exudes Style Confidence.

An Intimate Workshop of ONLY 8 Ladies!

Your Style Makes a Statement. Make it Definitive.

Saturday, June 2, 2018 / 10am-3:30pm

MEET ANNETTE

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Annette Bond, a certified image consultant who 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.

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.