Up-Leveling Your Casual Style

What does your casual wardrobe feel like?

A disaster?

Frumpy?

Needs help?

Does it ever feel like your casual wardrobe gets put on the back burner?

What I've found is that if you're not intentional to attend to your casual wardrobe it tends to go by the way side. You make do. But not loving it. 

And that not so positive thought you're thinking.....oh it doesn't matter, I'm fine with what I have begins to eventually erode at your self-esteem.

You're a quality woman, your casual wardrobe deserves to feel amazing whether you're working or playing. 

It’s never just about the clothing, but rather what the clothing empowers you to do or feel.

TIPS to Elevate Your Casual Wardrobe!

Spring is approaching and it's your opportunity to refresh and renew your energy and that includes up-leveling your Spring Wardrobe.

Is your casual wardrobe ready to step into "sophisticated casual" so you can show a newer, shiner version of YOU!

If you've been thinking, it's time to make some changes, you're in a style rut or just need a wardrobe reboot, I'd love to be the one to help you.

Let's have a conversation Annette!

I'm sooo excited to meet you!

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. 

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.

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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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.

The Secrets Of Working With An Image Consultant

 

Going into Annette’s Definitive Style program I was completely uneducated in style.   

I had left Microsoft where I could dress casually and started my own business, Solutions for Impact LLC where I needed to dress highly professional.  After 10 years of being at Microsoft,

I found that I needed an entirely different wardrobe and to be educated in how to put together great outfits that were still “me” and understand which ones were best for specific meetings or events. 

Then I met Annette Bond.  I signed up for and completed her Signature Program and am amazed that I went from one end of the spectrum to the other extreme end.

My experience and journey with her has been incredibly valuable and educational.  Through my 18+ years of working with executives at Fortune 100 companies, I have been blessed with experiences that have given me very strong business acumen.  

To prove a point, I humbly tell you that I have won global awards for my best practices and other companies have adopted them since they are so impactful.  Given this, as a business professional I feel strong about the value I bring. 

Before working with Annette, my external appearance didn’t match or reflect that value or who I truly am at the core

Through working with her and learning, I now have the tools and knowledge needed to consistently ensure that my external image is aligned with what I have to offer. 

It has enabled me to build a stronger brand and feel more confident about how I look and “show up.” 

I’m not distracted by items that don’t fit correctly or are what I think I should wear but don’t feel like “me” or wondering if I choose the right outfit for the occasion. 

I feel and am more empowered.  

For the first time, I humbly tell you that I consistently get positive comments on my outfits. 

I say “Thank you. Have you heard of Annette Bond?” since it is all due to her.  In fact, I think I have become better at giving an elevator pitch about her offerings than my own.  When I truly believe in something, I want everyone to know about it so they too can experience it and gain all the positive benefits. 

I am so glad I invested in myself early in starting my own business by signing up for Annette’s Signature Program.  I completed it just in time to publicly launch Solutions for Impact LLC.  It is an understatement to say it has been well worth all the time and money I spent to improve my image. 

I was excited about everything the program promised to deliver.  In the end, it actually delivered 2-3 times the value I expected (and I have high standards). 

As a side note, Annette runs her business in such an extremely professional way that it is obvious that she pays attention to every detail of what she provides in the client experience. 

She made me feel like royalty

If you are a business owner and pay attention to the way she runs her business, it is like having a mentor teaching you best practices.  I was lucky enough to get the benefits from both perspectives.

A public note to Annette specifically – Thank you for a fun, professional and educational experience.  You provided more value and impact than I will ever be able to articulate to you. 

Thank you for choosing a career where you provide such an incredible service that really does make a difference in people’s lives – how they feel about and represent themselves.

Empowering people is a key component of both of our business and it feels amazing to be on the receiving end of that.  The results of our work together on my image has already had an impact on my business since I have been able to use it as a tool when meeting with clients and presenting at seminars. 

I will truly miss our time together but always have your voice in my head guiding me as I think “What would Annette do?” 

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!