Bill's Legacy / Everything is Better

Recently I called to follow-up with my client Bill, a businessman in Seattle to drop off several pairs of pants that I had taken to alterations.

Much to my surprise, his wife answered his phone, seconds later to find out that he had passed away the weekend prior.

Immediately I was struck with a deep sadness of how I would miss Bill. Bill always brought a smile to my face and I was thrilled when we had the opportunity to work together.

His wife shared that up until his last doctor appointment, looking put-together and polished was important to Bill. We both giggled knowing that was a high value of Bill's.

Bill was an architect who knew beauty when he saw it. He understood quality. He understood lines and design. There was always wonderful conversation as we talked about the correlation between clothing and his love for architecture.

During our last conversation Bill and I talked about the importance of his image and why it still mattered to him.

Bill told me, "everything is better", when I'm polished and put-together.

He felt at his best when meeting and talking with people. He could forget about what he's wearing and attend to the conversation vs. feeling self-conscious that something wasn't quite right with his appearance.

He expressed that when giving a presentation it ALWAYS felt better when he was intentional with his dress, allowing him to speak with a more confident presence.

Bill had a strong awareness of presence, the presentation of self.

A mindshift. Did you know your personal appearance is the first filter to Executive Presence?

Executive Presence: no man or woman attains a top job, lands an extraordinary deal or develops a significant following without this heady combination of confidence, poise and authenticity that convinces the rest of us we're in the presence of someone who is the real deal. ~ Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Did I mention; Bill was still involved with his work and community until his last days at the age of 88 years old. He was a pillar of discipline, commitment and making a difference in society. Loved that man! He will be missed!

Bill's image was a statement of respect - respect for his colleagues and clients, respect for himself.

The greatest part of all, developing your personal presence can be learned and improved

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ABOUT ANNETTE

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Annette Bond is known for helping rising leaders build a confidently styled wardrobe & executive presence so that it influences your career destiny and empowers you to feel like a million bucks!

Certified Professional, Annette Bond is Corporate and Personal 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.

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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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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OK is NOT OK

There's a commercial on TV right now where a patient is in the hospital and asks the nurse what do you think of the Dr. that's going to operate on me and she says, he's OK.

The look on the patients face is priceless. Like what? What do you mean the Dr. is just OK?

Who wants a Dr. who is just OK, you want the best, right?

Is that how you're feeling about your wardrobe? It's OK. It's fine. I look OK.

If that works for you, wonderful. You probably don't need to read any further.

Or, is your personal style beginning to affect your self confidence when you walk into a room?

Years ago I took the Strength Finders assessment and it told me my #1 Strength was the Maximizer. (something you may not know about me...I LOVE self discovery)

Excellence, not average, is your measure. You are compelled to nurture it, refine it and stretch it toward excellence. You polish the pearl until it shines. I remember thinking, OMG that is what I do, I'm the Maximizer. .

Helping women Elevate their Image is what I do best.

It's not just what I do, but it's my passion to help women show up dressed oozing excellence instead of just OK. Never apologizing.

You may be thinking about the Reveal Your Radiance Style Academy and wondering, do I really need that program? Or is my wardrobe just OK the way it is?

What I've found over and over is that it's the little things that make a big difference.

Style Rut

I call it.....you don't know what you don't know.

  • You don't really know your best colors

  • You don't really know the best styles for your body type

  • You don't really know how to dress on purpose.

  • You don't really know what your personality has to do with your style?

  • You don't really know how to mix and match your wardrobe?

They may be little things on their own but combined they make a BIG difference in your "elevated image."

Learning and discovering all these little things in the Reveal Your Radiance Style Academy are tools that will serve you for a lifetime.

Wouldn't you love to quit the madness of filling your closet with clothes that are just OK?

If you are a little bit curious and thinking this really does sound fantastic.....let's set up a quick 10-15 phone conversation where I can answer your concerns and questions.

Visit: www.annettebond.com/revealyourradiancestyleacademy

Invest in YOU. A style system that will serve you for a lifetime.

I can't wait to chat with you!!

Call me Annette Bond

Give me a call at 425.868-1816 or email me at annette@annettebond.com to find out more.

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.

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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.

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.