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

Dressing Up Denim

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

evening bags

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 annette@annettebond.com

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STRONG, DYNAMIC & VISIBLE PERSONAL 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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