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.

8 Ways to Style a Simple Sweater that Feels Boring

Do you ever finding yourself digging through your closet looking for something warm to wear and skipping over the simple V-neck sweater because it feels borrrrring?

Or maybe you're shopping and your see a table full of colorful v-neck/crew sweaters that catch your eye but then you pick it up and say, naaaaa, too boring?

If you're anything like my clients I'm sure you've done it a time or two. 

You're wanting something with a little more pizzazz or uniqueness, am I right?

I agree, I love a sweater I can put on with little effort, it's a statement, it's fun and can be worn with little to no accessories.

Because you can only wear the sweater ONE way, you may wear it a season or two and then you're ready for something new.  

Imagine...a Simple Sweater that Feels Boring may be your answer to more fun and variety in your wardrobe..

What I love about simplicity:

  • You can add a new accessory every season and it feels like a new outfit

  • It's one of your favorite colors and it just feels good

  • You can wear the simple sweater nearly year around and coordinate it with the current season's colors

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The ideas above were shared via the most recent Style Chat on Tuesday, January 22 via FACEBOOK LIVE. 

CLICK: https://www.facebook.com/definitivestylebyannettebond/videos/343116829746773/

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

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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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90-Minute Personal Styling Session

Do you need guidance and direction in taking your image to the next level?

If you answered YES, you're going to LOVE what I have to share with you.

Super excited to introduce you to a NEW Service I am launching.

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90-Minute Styling Session

You may be thinking ONLY 90 minutes. What can we get done in 90 minutes...A LOT!

What I'm hearing from many women is they waste a lot of mental energy pondering - does this look good?

Standing if front of the mirror with self-doubt and confusion...Is it my color? Do I look old? Do I look fat? Is it appropriate for the situation? Is it too young looking? Should I buy this? Does it fit me? I just bought this, should I keep it?

Looking in you're closet and wondering...Is this dress length right for my height? What shoes should I wear with this dress? Where do I buy comfortable shoes? How do I mix and match this great blouse I bought?

Your 90-Minute Styling Session is about focusing on whatever is robbing your mental energy.

Not too long ago I had a friend tell me that I am like a fairy godmother. In my mind, I'm thinking, "I'm not sure I really know what a fairy godmother does." I asked her to explain.

She said, "You look at people and see who they truly are and what their full potential can be. When you speak about their potential it is so warm and inviting that people put down their walls of defense and for a moment, they too can see their potential. Thus, the reason I call you a fairy godmother."

I thought, Wow! Really? So much of the time it's hard to see "our own gifts and strengths."

The 90-Minute Style Session allows me to be your fairy godmother, helping you to BE the best version of you.

What You Can Expect During A 90-Minute STYLING Session

Dedicated attention to your burning style questions. This is your time for validation and honest feedback from an image expert.

Come prepared with your list of questions, pictures of you in outfits, clothing pieces, shoes, accessories, color questions, whatever is robbing your mental energy.

During the session, I'll ask questions that help me better understand your vision and who you are as a person. This is your 90-minutes and we will use the time in whatever way is going to get you closer to achieving Style Confidence.

This session can be held virtually or in-person at Annette's home office in Sammamish, WA.

It's a small investment toward Style Confidence...$249

If you're a entrepreneurial business woman, this 90-Minute Style Coaching Session can be a tax deduction (as with all my services) or you may have a professional budget with your company.

My promise to you: Revealing Your Radiance.

Your Style Makes a Statement. Make it Definitive.