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."
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
FUN STUFF coming in 2019!
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)
Instagram posts MAGNIFIED - Follow me #annettebond2
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"
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,
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 email@example.com
ELEVATE YOUR IMAGE WORKSHOP
Saturday, September 29th
10am-3pm / Sammamish,WA
Your Style Makes a Statement. What’s Your Style Type?
Is your wardrobe in a style rut?
Do you waste a lot of mental energy trying to figure out what to wear?
Are you feeling stuck and not sure where to begin?
Do You Fantasize about Having a Wardrobe That Reflects Your Unique Style?
The Elevate Your Image Workshop is For YOU If:
1. You want to create a wardrobe that makes you feel comfortable in your skin
2. Create a wardrobe that is aligned with the real you so others capture your authentic-ness
3. Understand what styles flatter your body type
4. Learn how to influence your dress with color
5. Desire to learn how your clothing can support you in business & life
6. Possess style confidence without worrying about age, shape or size
7. Hands on training using clothing from your closet
I believe that Style begins with the woman, not the clothes. ~Annette Bond
The Elevate Your Image Workshop will be guided by the Fashion Feng Shui Style System that Embodies:
1. Your Essence – the core of who you are
2. Your Appearance – your body type and natural coloring
3. Your Intention – utilizing your style to support you in business & life
ONLY 8 SPOTS Available / Includes Workbook / Lunch / Community with AMAZING Women / 30-minute Follow up Consultation in addition to pre-work / Annette’s home in Sammamish / $295 / www.annettebond.com/elevate
Get Your Tickets Today & Receive Early Bird Pricing / Register NOW!
Annette Bond, works with accomplished, professional women to Elevate their Image.
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 (one of 30 women in the US)
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.
Spring is upon us...Spring 2018 Pantone Colors have arrived...
Color is one of the easiest, more fun ways to spice up last years wardrobe. Simply going from black to navy can add a new dimension. Can you image if you added Lime Punch or Spring Crocus to your navy - wow, wow wow!
An energetic energy is attached to color and it makes you feel something. Recently when I was teaching a workshop one of the attendees shared that she was playing with her profile picture on a dating website - going back and forth from black to red. RED definitely gave her more pings. Of coarse it did - Red donates passion and excitement.
BTW...If you're looking to update your headshot - join me on Saturday, March 24th to meet my colleague Jennifer Findlay Portraits.(more info below)
Adding a new color can look many different ways. What will you add for Spring 2018?
If Color is something that challenges you and you spend a lot of mental energy wondering...Is this my COLOR? Does this mix and match with this color? Tired of wasting money on colors that don't look good on you? Let's chat about a personal color consultation.
Yes! Let's Talk Color
#1 Sensational Dress!
Do you have a speaking engagement coming up and want others to feel your passion?
Comfortable, fresh, effortless Blue & Arcadia green dress! Add a white or black jacket.
Joseph Ribkoff Dresses! Join me on Saturday, March 31st at Divalani Style for the Joseph Ribkoff Trunk show. (details below)
#2 Style Confident Jacket!
Style Confident jacket from Zara - great compliment to sensational pair of black jeans and red lips!
Need that girlfriend night-out piece? Ted Baker Pink Lavender floral jacket with a pair of white jeans!
#3 Irresistible Earring!
Add a little texture and color with Kendra Scott earrings to your basic neutrals such as navy, taupe or gray. How about taupe and Spring Crocus?
Session #2 with Hannah:
Wow! My eyeglass session with Annette completely exceeded my expectations. When I arrived at the specialty store, she had already collaborated with the expert there.
Using all the information Annette had finalized and understood about me specifically up to that point (signature colors, makeup look, my style likes/dislikes, who I am at the core and how I want to come off to others),
Annette had already picked several glasses to try. I arrived with a warm, genuinely excited welcome from both of them. They already had the glasses sitting out, ready to try on. Perhaps this is what royalty feels like?
I always appreciate that Annette educates me along the way as to what works and doesn't work, and why.
It's so empowering. She always leaves me craving more since I am learning so much and immediately able to apply it. I can't wait until the next session!
TIP! Hannah also chose a burgundy red frame, remember RED is one of her favorite colors. In addition to a gray/slate rectangle shape for her get down to business look.
TIP! You can choose a very neutral frame to wear with all your outfits or use your glasses as an accessory.
You may be wondering, what does an online course look like?
I will be giving you a glimpse inside the course over the next few weeks and what you will experience in the Reveal Your Radiance…30 Days to Dressing for Success.
But first we’re going to talk about WHY you would want to take the course. I will be sharing how I work with clients and you can decide if this is a good fit for you.
I mentioned last week that I would be sharing a "case study" on a new client that I am working with. I am thrilled to share this process and more excited that Hannah has agreed to take this journey with me and share her story with you.
Meet Hannah P., the owner of Solutions for Impact, LLC.
Hannah has worked in corporate America for the past 18 years and most recently Microsoft. Employees at Microsoft may dress as casually as they like, so needless to say she got into a habit of wearing easy, comfortable clothing without needing to worry or think about a traditional professional image. Fast forward to the present where she is a business owner working with clients and other businesses, and therefore needs to completely overhaul how she dresses to portray the right professional image.
For context, here is a little about Hannah’s business.
Solutions for Impact is passionate about empowering business professionals at all levels and owners to grow their businesses and improve performance through consulting, coaching, and training.
Solutions for Impact differentiates itself by providing solutions that are realistic, actionable, easy to manage, sustainable and impact the bottom line.
They also educate clients throughout the engagement, empowering them to build and execute their own solutions in the future.
Their solutions enable business professionals and organizations locally and globally to increase revenue (secure more clients, increase loyalty, expand markets and innovate), decrease costs (improve productivity and effectiveness, get results faster and do more with less), improve brand image and gain a competitive advantage.
Upon meeting Hannah, she shared her struggles and objectives of us working together:
· Finding comfortable professional attire is must!
· I don’t want to be distracted or fussing with my clothing or accessories.
· How do I mix and match correctly?
· How do I know if it actually goes together?
· Help me to understand how to dress at the right level without feeling like I have to be overly conservative.
· I want simple, yet stylish pieces that reflect who I am.
· I know the value I offer intellectually and also want to feel like my clothes represent me.
· How do I align my image with my “brand”?
· I want to “show up” as the best version of myself in every way.
· I want a makeup routine that isn’t a complicated or time-consuming process but looks professional.
CAN YOU RELATE TO ANY OF THE ABOVE STATEMENTS?
Many people ask me, "What does an image consultant do?"
Are you going to come in my closet and throw everything out?
Are you like the… fashion police?
Let’s take a peek into Hannah’s journey where you will learn more about how I coach and teach my clients to be the BEST version of themselves.
Hannah: Before our first session, I had a phone meeting with Annette so she could understand more about who I am, including specific words that describe me at the core.
Using this information and her expertise, Annette guided me in finding the color palette and key signature colors that compliment my eyes, hair and skin, as well as match the person I am at the core.
I assumed my color consult would be as simple as picking a few colors I love and that are flattering with my skin. Very quickly, I realized that what Annette offers is really an art that goes in far more depth than I would have imagined.
Annette educated me along the way and showed me the true power of color. I now see it through an entirely new lens.
In just one session, I have a very different understanding of “style.” Annette customizes every aspect for each individual person so they feel the most true to themselves and that they have brought out their best aspects (internally and externally).
I truly believe that Annette already “gets” me and am really looking forward to our next sessions together.
Annette had me bring my existing makeup to the session. I really appreciate this approach since we weren’t starting from scratch requiring an entire new makeup collection.
She showed me how to apply it to be the most flattering for my features.
Hannah loves RED – that tells me a lot about someone. Hannah is draped with the Earth Red swatch.
We tempered the redness in her skin and warmed it up with her new color palette – Sunset. We also added a new lipstick color that went beautifully with her color palette and skin tone.
I taught Hannah how to utilize the color wheel when using her eye, hair and clothing colors to be more Impactful. (part of her business name)
Join me next week with Hannah as we:
· Select updated Glasses
· Have our closet visit – where we will talk more about color combinations, create outfits that are in harmony with her body type and coloring, find her missing gaps that are hindering her from optimizing her wardrobe and document the “go to outfits” for specific business interactions.
The time has come.
I am approaching my 6 year anniversary with Definitive Style by Annette Bond. Since conception in January 2011, my vision has been to add an invaluable online service to my offerings but I didn't know exactly what it would look like.
I have been waiting patiently and the time is now.
With today's technology the time is now to step into the world of online and utilize this opportunity to touch more lives and give you the convenience to learn from the comfort of your home. I am so excited to bring this invaluable new tool to you.
An Online Personal Style Course is coming January 9, 2017. More info to come.
Reveal Your Radiance...30 Days to Dressing for Success
I pulled out some old journals to reminisce what I was thinking prior to debuting Definitive Style. I learned that not a lot has changed to where I am currently today.
I have always had a passion for sharing my gift of helping others to dress they're best, that is be the very best version of you.
Educating on how to wear color so that it compliments your natural coloring and the psychology associated with each color.
Keeping my followers current and educated with the new styles each season through my monthly newsletter.
And sharing my expertise in make-up application from my Mary Kay days. I wanted to bring all my gifts to one place by helping the entire woman - in 2011 Definitive Style by Annette Bond was conceptualized.
I discovered early in life that God wired me to help others look and feel more beautiful.
He also wired me to work with women, of which I have been doing for the past 30 years. (I do work with men on a referral basis)
This past year I have begun using a new tagline, Reveal Your Radiance. What I realized is that yes, I help others style amazing outfits but what brings me to "my happy place" is seeing others begin to see themselves as more beautiful and confident than ever before.
We uncover the "real you" and allow you to shine in your own way.
What I have learned is that we all ultimately thrive when we can feel comfortable in our own skin, forget about what we're wearing and do what we do best. That is my objective with every client.
When I began the vision for Definitive Style I told myself that I was only going to operate from my strengths. I continue to make that a priority today. Since 2011, I can proudly say that I have definitely grown as an image expert and entrepreneurial business woman.
Since 2011 I have invested in myself to be the very best image expert, so I can serve you with excellence.
- Certified Color Image Consultant with More Alive With Color since 1985
- I studied with Brenda Kinsel, a 30 year veteran in the image business, 2011-2014
- Certified as a Corporate Image Consultant in 2015
- Certified in Menswear Apparel in 2015.
- Certified with the Association of International Image
- Consultants, AICI CIC - 2016
- Most recently, Certified as a Fashion Feng Shui Facilitator - 2016.
As you can see you're in good hands with training and qualifications. I may be an image expert, but my true passion is to lead and guide you to understand "who you are" and empower you to be you.
I help you to Reveal Your Radiance. We go on a journey together and I walk you through a process that allows you to uncover all that's been waiting to shine.
Mirroring back the naturalness that is already there such as your beautiful golden hair or sparkly blue eyes.
It's my job to help you discover all the treasures you have hidden and let you shine brighter.
I also believe in respecting and loving yourself first. If you can't accept your body then you will never accept how beautiful you are. I have found myself working with so many body types especially those who hated shopping because they thought they could never find anything that fit.
I believe in looking at the entire picture of who you are. Your image tells a story about who you are and I'm there to make sure were telling the right story.
And last being purposeful and intentional on how you show up every day.
Did you know that your image is a tool that you have complete control over?
You can use your image to influence business interactions just like you do a good communication.
I invite you on my journey over this next month to learn a little more of what I do and how I work with my clients. I am excited to share a case study with you beginning next week, so stayed tuned.
In the meantime, I wanted to share my before/after picture, all I can say is, "I LOVE the woman I'm becoming.
I love the learning, the growing and best of all I get to share it ALL with YOU!
2011 - My first head shot. My most recent in 2016