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!

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.

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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.

What Do You LOVE About Your Personal Style?

February, the month of LOVE! And Beyond.

Valentine’s Day can represent many things – a romantic dinner with your partner, celebrating with a gal pal or time with loved ones. Why can’t this continue past February?

Sometimes we neglect to notice what we LOVE about ourselves or at least recognize.

About 6 months ago I retook the DISC assessment. I was in a transformational coaching program at the time where our strengths were being discussed and how we were using them.

What actualized completely surprised me. I was in the 97% of I style (Influence). It revealed to me that I should be making stronger use of my communication and people skills. Utilizing my energy of inspiration, passion and wisdom in a more influential way. Letting my Fire shine brighter.

I became aware that I was moving a strength of mine to the rear vs the forefront.          

I thought, why am I doing that?

The first truth that came out; what will others think of me if I shine brighter? What I came to understand is that we as humans judge. That is just what we do. You’re judging my article as you are readying this and I am judging the next person on Facebook, lol. Good, bad, indifferent, it just doesn’t matter. We’re human beings and our brains can’t help but judge.

You may be thinking ONLY metals judge. Well maybe we Metals do have a little more tendency to judge. But I would guess that 99% of you out there worry about what others think also, am I right?

As we all go through the Fashion Feng Shui process of evaluating who am I and discovering our essence, I believe we can very much have a blind spot.

Why is it so darn hard to see what we LOVE about ourselves when various assessments and people point it out so blatantly?

With that being said, I proposed to my Definitive Style community an exercise.  To candidly observe what they LOVE in their wardrobe.  

So of course I needed to do the exercise myself. Again, I was actually surprised with the results.

I hope you’ll play the game with me. Take out a piece of paper and sketch out a tic-tac-toe board. In the middle square write: "What I Love"

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  1. Step into your closet or jewelry box and choose 5-10 pieces that You LOVE.

  2. Set them out on a table and begin writing the qualities that you LOVE about them.

  3. Read the qualities out loud…do they resonate with you?

  4. If someone was to describe you with these words, would you feel flattered?

  5. Do you unequivocally say yes, that's me?

  6. Do any of words give you butterflies?

  7. Are you ready to shake hands with the words and own them?

  8. Are you ready to stretch a bit in 2019 and take on the butterfly words?

As you look at your words, do they fit into a nice box of your primary and influencing essence? Or are they outside the box more than you think?

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What surprised me was how I described my favorite accessories, they were 50% Fire. The power was in writing the words down. I didn’t perceive myself as having that much Fire in my wardrobe and then realizing they were my favorite pieces.  I LOVE continuing to learn about myself while honoring my strengths. 

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Fire, of course that’s part of me…my favorite color is fuchsia and I love pearls.  

What I do know is my navy sheath dress that fits me to a tee (metal) is my foundation and feels perfect for me but I love the luminosity and warmth of adding Fire.

The first step is becoming aware.

What are your blind spots?

What have others told you you’re really good at and you unconsciously ignore?

What words from the tic-tac-toe exercise made you think a new thought?

Whether your essence is Water, Wood, Fire, Earth or Metal there is nothing more powerful than showing up and radiating as the real you!  

Annette Bond is known for helping women “Elevate their Image."

She’s on a mission to help every day women who have put themselves at the bottom of the list when it comes to style. Your style is a representation of your personal essence - and it deserves to shine because it's a reflection of who you truly are. 

This newer, shinier version of you will pay dividends in business and in your personal relationships because of how you'll be showing up, your BEST self. 

Annette works with a client focused approach, she prides herself on “getting you.” The end result is instant gratification…Creating the perfect wardrobe for the real you.

You're put-together, polished and ready to step into the world with revitalized confidence.

Certified Image Consultant - AICI CIC

Certified Corporate Image Consultant

She is a certified color consultant who was personally trained by Leatrice Eiseman, known as the “international color guru”.

And also one of 30 women in the U.S. certified in Fashion Feng Shui.

Annette Believes:

Style begins with the woman, not the clothes.

What's Your Wonder Woman Style Story?

When you look at this picture of Wonder Woman what do you think?

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Women at my workshops might say Confidence, Strength, Endurance, Leader....

Wouldn't you agree she has presence?

Her presence tells a story. If you're like me when I was growing up, you were told you can't judge a book by its cover.

If you know anyone who has written a book, they spend countless hours deciding what their book cover is going to to look like along with the title.

The book cover is the first impression. The book cover design is one of the most important aspects of marketing a book. A successful book cover needs to make a reader "feel" things rather "tell" them something. (desginhill.com)

I believe your image is like a book cover.

My philosophy is, "Style begins with the woman, not the clothes."

It's not only how others perceive you but how do you "feel" about YOU?

Let's play for a moment, what would your Wonder Woman book cover look like for you?

What's your Wonder Woman Story going to be?

How do you want others to feel about you?

  • She's put-together

  • She's organized

  • She's confident

  • She's authentic

  • She's a leader

  • She's influential

Sometimes we need help getting to that place.

Investing in myself has always been a priority. Why, because I value BEing my best-self in the various roles of life.

If you've been thinking, I'm READY to take that step and invest in myself.

Let's begin with a phone conversation or coffee so I can understand what's keeping you from showing up as your Wonder Woman story.

Yes, I'm ready for my Wonder Woman Conversation (click)

Are You Too Busy to Personal Shop?

Does it ever feel like you just settle on a purchase because you've told yourself you're too busy to shop?

The piece you bought is OK, not great. But it will do.

I hear you, shopping takes time. And life is busy.

The thoughts that begin to creep in before you even go shopping...the dread, I can't ever find what I'm looking for, nothing fits right.

You've probably had those thoughts lurking in your head a time or two...I hear them all the time from clients.

And guess what, they're frustrated.

You may possibly be feeling the same way?

What I know from personal experience is that if we keep doing the same things over and over and don't get the results were looking for, NOTHING is ever going to change.

Reaching out for help can be hard.

You're thinking I should be able to do my own shopping, it's supposed to be fun right?

I don't need Annette to help me. Or do you?

As a person who values excellence, I pride myself in the Signature System I take my clients through.

It's not about sashaying into Nordstrom and finding a few cute pieces. (we will eventually find those great cute pieces, just later in the process)

The latest trend. The latest color. Here try this on.

The Annette Bond Signature System begins with you.

If you're like me you've taken a few personality tests and then wonder what do I with it? I pride myself upon "getting you" before we go shopping.

The process begins with an assessment/questionnaire to lay the ground work.

You've told me what you like, don't like, tried, dismissed...then we collaborate.

Then I utilize my professional training, innate talents and 30 years of working with women to our game plan.

By the time were done...you'll have a closet that reflects your unique style, feeling like a million bucks. AND no more wavering if you've got it right.

During our time together, I can honestly say, "I am in love with helping women reveal their radiance."

When you see it for yourself...that's a "magnificent day."

A longtime client responded recently with an email...Yesterday was great...very efficient use of my time. Thanks so much for your time and good eye!

New client email...Things are going great! I am loving my closet :) What a fantastic experience!!

I leave you with...the "Power" of a great black shell (fitted or one with more ease). Which style reflects you?

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If you're feeling OK Annette, I need some help getting out of my style rut and I am one of those people who dreads shopping. 

Hop on over to www.annettebond.com.

Click Schedule your Style Strategy Session to fill out the questionnaire (bottom of home page.) This will help me to understand what you're struggling with.

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)

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Why Does Getting Dressed Feel Sooo Hard?

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If you're like me you probably learned to get dressed when you were four or five years old. Kindergarten or preschool?

Or at least your mother allowed you to go out of the house with your personal picks.

So WHY at 40, 50 or 60 years old does it seem sooo hard to get dressed?

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Each time I work with a new client, I continue to understand and receive new insight into the struggles and challenges of getting dressed.

You try on 3-4 outfits for every event and settle on the "best one" or the one that is "good enough."

You wear repeat outfits and it gets old fast.

Wishing you looked and felt better in your clothes.

  • Could be the style or color that's not right

  • A trend that doesn't serve you

  • Your girlfriend that told you it looked great, deep down inside you knew it wasn't right but you bought it anyway

  • Fit isn't complementary to your body shape

  • You're not the same size you were a couple of years ago

I can help you discern:

  • Color

  • Fit

  • Proportions

  • Style

I pride myself on helping you curate a wardrobe that FITS YOU NOW!

As you arrive for your appointment, ALL the clothes are mindfully selected for you before you arrive.

I just ask you to show up with an open mind to see yourself as a whole person (a package) not the ONE thing you don't like about yourself. 

Recently, I was in the dressing room with my client Shelley. She hired me because she was in a transition with her career. She didn't have outfits in her closet that she felt confident in.

She was missing those go-to-outfits that made getting dressed easy.

As I observed from the distance, the look on her face as she tried on every last piece of clothing that FIT her body type. (And yes, she was NOT the size she once was)

PRICELESS.

She felt like a million bucks.

She smiled at herself with delight.

Oozing with Confidence.

She had a budget in mind and ended up spending double the budget because she found so many pieces that made her feel like a million bucks.

What's it costing you to wait until...

Life is short and wouldn't you love to FEEL CONFIDENT NOW?

Not in 2 months or 2 years?

Honoring the body you have NOW is a gift you can give yourself today.

When you fight against your body you only cause frustration and angst.

Annette, I'm ready to start LOVING my closet and want it filled with pieces that reflect my unique style and also FIT!

Let's Talk

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With Your Definitive Style in Mind,

Annette

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.

Follow me on LinkedIn / Wardrobe Wednesday on Facebook

annette@annettebond.com

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UPCOMING EVENT: Is Your Wardrobe in a Style Rut?

Elevate Your Image Workshop / Saturday, September 29th / 10am-3pm / ONLY 7 Spots Remaining!

Deadline to signup is September 17th!

Sign Up TODAY

Where Do I Begin If I Hate Personal Shopping?

Have you ever fantasized that if you bought ALL NEW Clothes you would instantly love your wardrobe?

Possibly or you could be back to where you began, wearing only 20% of your clothes because your game plan was ONLY to buy new.

What if...you took a good look at the clothes you already have and access why you like them and why you don't. That would give you some clues to moving forward.

You hate to shop so you bought what's on the mannequin. The sales person told you it looked great, you bought it. It was on sale, gotta buy it.

You wore it a time or two and now you don't like it.

Hmm-mm....WHY is that?

I believe it's important to find out why, so you don't keep bringing the same pieces to the party that you DON'T wear and are not sure why.

Or maybe you LOVE the piece, but don't wear it.

Hmm-mm...WHY is that?

Maybe it just needs a great shoe. Or accessorizing?

OR maybe you're a Steve Jobs kinda person and love the simpleness of a "signature look." That's great if you're OK with it.

Imagine your closet filled with pieces that reflect your unique style...Picture yourself feeling like a million bucks every time you get dressed.

In my initial Style Interview with a new client one of our focus points is to uncover her challenges.

Sometimes it's the simpleness of adding a NEW deliberate piece.

I was in Laurie's closet recently who loves simple and doesn't have many prints. She gets frustrated with shopping and tends to buy only solids.

Prints can sometimes be scary.

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Through our Style Interview and spending time in her ClosetI learned about her likes and dislikes, I knew the perfect print for her.

It happened to be in a pair of pants - she tried them on and LOVED them. Her eyes lit up.

A big smile came over her face as she looked in the mirror.

We accessed the tops and sweaters in her closet that she could wear with her NEW Print Pants. This NEW pant brought a freshness to her wardrobe.

Sometimes it can be that ONE piece that revitalizes your wardrobe.

Who you are at the core will be the single most important thread of our work together. Understanding your work environment and lifestyle and what's already in your closet allows me to select pieces that you may never have considered. (YES, I shop for You!)

It's not always about having heaps of clothes, but having the "right" pieces enabling you to get dressed in seconds while LOVING your wardrobe because it feels like you. 

Annette Bond works with accomplished, professional women to Elevate their Image.

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UPCOMING EVENT:

Elevate Your Image Workshop / Saturday, September 29th / 10am-3pm / ONLY 8 Spots Available

Sign Up TODAY

What's Wrong With My Closet?

Have you ever thought, I'm ready to throw out everything in my closet and start over?

Because you're bored with your clothes?

It feels like nothing looks good on you?

When you need that "great outfit" for a special event, you never have it?

Or maybe your closet is just overcrowded and looks like this...

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Did you know that Only 20% of the clothes in the average persons closet are worn on a regular basis according to chief design officer of California closets.

WHY?

It’s a question we ponder every time we stare into our wardrobes and have no clue what to wear. It doesn’t make sense. Your closet is full.

What's Wrong With My Closet?

Is it because you're a creature of habit who can’t be bothered to try new things?

You know it works, so you just keep wearing the same outfit over and over?

A couple of things could be going on.

Yes, we are creatures of habit.

You get a compliment on the outfit and you know it works. So why change.

Or do you have a lot of impulse buys?

It looked great in the store or you were at a clothing party and the sales person said, OMG you have to buy that!

Recently, I met with my new client Heather, who was the one who said, I'm OK with throwing EVERYTHING away and starting from scratch.

Before we do that, I told Heather, I always spend some time in the closet to see if there are any great pieces we can work with.

I come in with a "fresh pair of eyes"

Many of her purchases originated because her sister-in-law said, "you've got to buy that" as they were shopping.

Did you know that when others influence you to buy they are seeing themselves wearing the outfit, not necessarily if it looks good on you?

The day I entered Heather's closet, I helped her create 15 NEW outfits that she never knew existed. She was blown away!

She told me the clothes we threw out, cost her more than the fee she paid me. Had she known what didn't look good on her, she would have NEVER purchased those pieces.

Instead of wearing ONLY 20% of your clothes and feeling frustrated. Let's get your Closet feeling like this...

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Imagine your closet filled with pieces that reflect your unique style all while ELEVATING YOUR IMAGE...

Annette, I'm ready to start LOVING my closet and want it filled with pieces that reflect my unique style.

Let's Talk (click to book a Style Strategy Session)

With Your Definitive Style in Mind,

Annette

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.

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Elevate Your Image Workshop

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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.

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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)

How ONE Missing Piece Transformed My Style Instantly!

Nicer weather is tip-toeing in Seattle.  And if you're like me, you're craving a few new pieces to update your summer wardrobe. 

A few of the questions I hear a lot, "I want to add more uniqueness to my wardrobe." 

I look in the mirror and feel like something is missing? 

How do I create a put-together look?

If you shook your head and are thinking, yes that's me, help!

You're not alone. 

With the warmer weather upon us, I've had a personal "missing piece" dilemma myself.

You're about to witness how I turned my ONE new purchase into a treasure of outfits. 

Do you tend to focus your clothing purchases primarily on "work clothes" and don't always want to spend the money on weekend clothes - am I right?

Hey, I do the same thing. 

I've noticed is my summer lifestyle can be a little more casual.  And recognizing that certain pieces are missing.

With the weather changing here in Seattle to around 60-70 degrees, one doesn't necessarily need a coat, just an easy-going jacket to throw on. 

One of my favorite pieces to wear and purchase is a classy, luscious, stylish jacket. I love how a jacket can give an outfit instant polish! And adds that tad of warmth you're looking for. 

I'M a simple kind of gal, and a great jacket adds that "exquisiteness" to my simple pants, skirts and tops.

What I was encountering every time I put on my jeans, that "easy-going" casual jacket was missing that I so adore.  

It was absent from my closet.

Only to find out the next time I'm trying to execute my dressed-up casual look, I'm back to the same frustration. Where's the jacket I NEED!

Are you ready for what I found? 

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What's so cool about this ONE new piece is it solved a multitude of my summer wardrobe dilemmas. 

What attracted me to this jacket: Simple and effortless, and the RED pizzazz!

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  • I value comfort when I'm dressing casual - the lycra in the fabric allows me to move.

  • It was simple and solid - that meant I could add it to all my prints.

  • LOVED the Red - fun and passionate for summer.

  • It dresses up my skorts and jeans. Remember I like dressed-up casual.

  • I can wear it with my white, black and navy jeans.

  • I can pair it with my black, white and navy tops.

  • I reluctantly paired it with my lonely floral shell that's been hanging around my closet for 5 years. Guess what, it looks great with the RED jacket.

  • And, the most fun - wearing RED lipstick.

I've been attracted to RED from the beginning of 2018. It started when I declared my 2018 words - Bold Commitment. 

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1. This RED jacket has put the lid on the "missing piece" ... at least for the time being until another missing piece manifests itself.

2. The RED jacket provides my casual summer wardrobe with a put-together look!

3. I've never had a fun casual RED jacket ... Love the uniqueness it's adding to my flourishing dressed-up casual wardrobe. 

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Imagine... the outfits that I could create if I found a few more missing pieces.

If you're feeling like you have some missing pieces in your closet, let's hope on a quick phone call and find out how we can transform your wardrobe by filling in the missing gaps.  

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.

Are YOU Using Style as a Strategic Business Tool?

We've all heard the phrase Dress for Success. And many of us think of it as old school. As much as we want to say the phrase Dress for Success is not relevant, your clothing is telling a story.

Your clothes don't define your character. Your clothes don't ultimately define YOU.

However...Your clothes narrate a story. A story about who you are. Your clothes almost always define who you are whether that is impressive, indifferent, or lacking.

When I met Hannah a year ago, Hannah knew she needed help with her clothing style as she stepped into her new role as an entrepreneur. Business professionals hire Hannah to coach them on how to stand out amongst others to earn more recognition, opportunities, and financial compensation. www.solutionsforimpact.com

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"My challenge is finding attire that is simple, yet has style and reflects who I am – I know the value I offer intellectually and also want to feel like my clothes represent me so I “show up” as the best version of myself in every way." Hannah Pelley

Dressing Intentionally or I like to say, "utilizing your image as a strategic business tool" is an aspect many business owners may not think about.

Hannah Pelley invested in her style message. It is authentic and represents www.solutionsforimpact. Every time I see Hannah she makes me smile with her elevated style confidence.

As you can see in the picture not only did she elevate her personal style but it influenced her non-verbal style - posture and self-confidence.

Is it time for you to Up-Level Your Personal Image?

Up-Leveling Your Personal Style

The Urban Dictionary defines "Up-Level" as:

  • Having greater capabilities.

  • Transform and grow in an area previously stagnant.

  • Inspired strategic action creating greater capabilities.

It's a new season to start fresh or better yet up-level your style.

I want to begin by asking, "do you have a "style rulebook" that says?

  • There's no point in stepping up my style game until I lose weight or get in better shape?

  • I struggle finding pieces that flatter my body type and look good on me?

  • I'm not always sure what styles are appropriate for my age though I still want to look current and stylish?

You may have a style rulebook you never knew existed even though you wrote it.

You wrote your style rulebook and established the guidelines at a very early age and/or someone gave you a style rule and you accepted it as truth.

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You may have style rules that are keeping you stuck. It's like being in a fish bowl and not sure how to get out.

It creates a lot of struggle when shopping and getting dressed each morning.

So I ask, how long are you going to live with your current style rulebook?

My upcoming workshop is an opportunity to write a NEW Style Rulebook that allows you to show up as your Best Self NOW.

Up-Leveling your personal style so that you feel MORE:

  • Confident

  • Put-together

  • Polished

  • Powerful

  • Comfortable

  • Fun

  • Unique

  • Classy

The list goes on.

I would LOVE for you to join me...

To take the next step in Up-Leveling Your Life With Passion, Purpose and Style...I invite you to my upcoming workshop in Seattle, WA on Saturday, October 14th!

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More Information and to Register www.annettebond.com/uplevel

About the Author: Annette Bond is a Certified Personal Image Consultant who works with professional women who desire to Elevate and Express their Personal Style. She helps her clients reveal and embrace the best of who they are NOW, so they can walk into the world with elevated confidence and success. Follow me on FACEBOOK - Definitive Style by Annette Bond.

5 TIPS to Express RED in Your Fall Wardrobe

I hope you enjoyed your summer as much as I have. I've went golfing, kayaking, and biking, and having a blast in summer fun clothing. 

The stores are readily changing over into fall clothing so if you're looking for some great summer sales, now is the time. 

For those of you who are ready to step into the new season and the lusciousness of fall clothing - have you thought about what you might add? I l believe in being intentional. Having a plan and clarity can take your shopping experience from overwhelm to enjoyable.


When transitioning into a new season, I like to think about what worked well last year or maybe what do you wish you had or felt was missing? 

Maybe it's a new silhouette, a new neutral or accent color, additional accessories? I know many of my clients are enjoying the addition of navy with so many years of all black. 

For Fall, I would like to introduce you to Grenadine, one of Pantone's Top 10 Colors for Fall. Grenadine, an off-shoot of the RED family is definitely trending. You will see many varieties of Grenadine... blue reds, some a little more burgundy and possibly a little amber. 

RED positively gets you noticed when you walk into a room. It attracts others to you without saying a word. Want to captivate an audience instantly - wear RED.

Below is my new Eva Varro sweater jacket from DivaLani Style, a new boutique in Bellevue, WA. https://www.facebook.com/divalani.style/

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5 TIPS To Elevate & Express RED in Your 2017 Fall Wardrobe!

Tip #1

RED can be a powerful non-verbal color. Have you ever thought of using Color as a tool? You can express yourself just by wearing a particular color. Color carries with it a universal symbol.

RED: Exciting, energizing, sexy, passionate, powerful, courageous, assertive, adventurous, motivating

BRICK RED: Earthy, warm, strong, sturdy, established

DEEP RED: Rich, elegant, refined, expensive, mature, luxurious, robust

 

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Tip #2

A Skirt Or Blouse is a great way to add a pop of RED. The skirt becomes the focal point of your outfit. The blouse becomes the accent to your neutral jacket or pant.

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Tip #3

Don't forget that RED pairs beautifully with many neutral shades such as black, charcoal, navy, camel, deep greens or taupe to name a few.

Tip #4

Not a huge fan of Red? Add one RED accessory with your neutral outfit.

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Tip #5 Click below to view more options on Expressing your Style with RED (and details of the above pieces). 

Click: https://hueandstripe.com/catalog/159H&SJe4h

NEW!!

1. A NEW way to work with Definitive Style by Annette Bond: Virtual "MORE ALIVE WITH COLOR" Master Class.  www.annettebond.com

Coming Soon!!

2. Save the Date! Upcoming Workshop on Saturday, October 14th / 10-4pm - Uplevel Your Life With Purpose, Passion and Style! Presented by Annette Bond and Laurie Nichols.

RED is a fun, effortless way to update this season whether you're adding to your core basics or accessories.

 

Great Personal Style Has No Size

When you get dressed in the morning is your mind going toward black pants, black skirt, black jacket, black shirt? It goes with everything right?

Did you know that relying on neutrals to be the foundation of your wardrobe is a good thing? But there are other options. Such as adding navy, taupe, light gray, charcoal gray, camel, khaki, brown, and burgundy to name a few. 

One of my favorite neutrals this season is navy. 

  • What I like about navy is it is a nice alternative to black.

  • It is a softer version of black.

  • It goes with ALL the same colors that black coordinates with.

A Polished Jacket in Navy

TIP!  Navy blazer's are seasonless and always make you feel put together, even when you're wearing something simple.

TIP! Make sure the cut and style of the jacket are congruent with your body type.

Dark Wash Jeans in Navy

These could be black or navy. Everyone needs that one pair of jeans that makes them feel amazing. 

TIP! The darker the wash the more polished your jeans will look. 

I love the NYDJ - they help with concealing the tummy area while allowing you to move freely with the added lycra.

Going More Casual...A Navy Espadrille

TIP! Espadrilles are great option for dressing up a pair of jeans or shorts and dressing down a summer skirt or dress. 

TIP! Add them to your bright colors as your New Navy neutral. 

I find that changing ONE element in your wardrobe each season can provide the inspired refresh that you've been looking for.

Fashion Feng Shui Workshop

You're Exclusively Invited to My Intimate Fashion Feng Shui Workshop

Saturday, May 20th / 10am-3pm / Sammamish, WA

  • I am personally inviting you to my Fashion Feng Shui workshop!
  • Have you ever had an important event coming up and wondering what to wear?
  • Would you love to have a wardrobe that is aligned with how you want to show up and be seen? A wardrobe that gives you confidence?
  • A wardrobe that brings you compliments?
  • A wardrobe that is comfortable?
  • A wardrobe that is aligned and supports your goals and desires?

IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ANY OR ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS, THIS WORKSHOP WAS MADE FOR YOU!

[REGISTER HERE]

“To the Woman Who Desires To Be the Leading Lady in Her Own Life”

What is Fashion Feng Shui: Dressing Your Whole Self from the Inside-Out

You are the sum of your parts – spirit, mind, and body. When you address every aspect of yourself – spiritual, mental and physical you are able to create a wardrobe that is fulfilling, flattering and functional.

Fashion Feng Shui is a Transformation Triad

Fashion Feng Shui

 

This Workshop Accesses:

Your Essence

By consciously honoring your essence in your clothing choices, you communicate your authentic self to others.

Self-confidence requires authenticity. Your essence aligns with your core values and innate traits.

Who are you – what makes you tick. What is most important to you? Are your values being expressed in your life?

Your Intention

Defines your ideal self – who would you be if there were no limits

When you dress with purpose, your clothes are supporting you and serving you in life.

By dressing with design elements that align with your hopes and dreams you naturally magnetize your appearance and attract these desires into your life.

Your Appearance

Your appearance aligns with your body’s natural coloring and body shape.

When the energy of your clothing is in harmony with your physical self, your attire naturally flatters you and your personal style communicates confidence.

Conscious clothing choices communicates personal harmony and naturally creates an attractive presence.

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How-to dress with style, confidence and ease without having to worry about age, shape or size!

  1. By understanding your FFS Triad you will be begin to understand what colors, styles, shapes, and design elements are in perfect harmony with the real you. Why you are attracted to certain pieces more than others. And why you don’t like certain styles and colors.
  2. You’ll learn how to incorporate your essence into every outfit you wear so others see your authenticness which ultimately communicates confidence.
  3. Uncover your ideal self and how you want to show up in the world and what does that look like in your clothing choices.
  4. How to attract your dreams and desires into your life with what you wear.
  5. A personalized More Alive With Color consultation – discover your Colortime Palette™
  6. Learn the psychology of color and how to use it as a tool to attract more into your life.
  7. Understand what styles flatter your body type.
  8. Learn how to shop with ease and purpose – what to say yes to and what to say no to.
  9. How to feel comfortable and confident every time you get dressed.
  10. And finally, leave with a vision to “Reveal Your Radiance” while building your dream wardrobe that exudes confidence.

I can't wait to see you there! ONLY 3 Spots Left!!

[REGISTER HERE]

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.

How Adding 5 Clothing Pieces Can Feel Like an Entirely NEW Wardrobe

My second “closet” session where Annette and I put outfits and accessories together using my own items was just as valuable as the first.  Since we had gone shopping during the last session, we had new items that were needed to supplement what I was previously missing. 

I couldn’t believe all of the additional great outfits she was able to create given she had already put together so many in the first session.  There were numerous times that I was taken aback and “wow’d” at how she took what I considered to be my old, boring clothes and put them together in an impactful way. 

 

It is so nice to be really excited about my clothes again. It is like I have an entirely new wardrobe, although I only purchased 5 items.

1.Navy pant 2. Camel pant 3. Blue jacket 4. Navy skirt 5. Coral scarf

As Annette continued putting together fabulous outfits, she taught me style tips and tricks throughout.  I was learning so much that I took 4 pages of valuable notes.

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It feels so great to feel empowered with the knowledge to apply all of this on my own in the future as a business owner. 

I’m so glad that I decided to do this now rather than wait since I can start realizing all of the benefits today instead of a few years from now.  The best part is that I really do feel that everything Annette has done (specific clothing, accessories, and makeup) does truly reflect who I am.  It feels so good to not only feel good about how I am dressed but that it is 100% me. 

My “look” is truly aligned with the brand I want to reflect as the Founder and Solutions Consultant for my business, Solutions for Impact, LLC.   This has been such a valuable experience. 

Thanks to Annette’s great explanations and the way she naturally teaches, I have been able to apply everything she has shared. 

I’ve gone to the extent that I proactively put up two hooks in my closet so I can assemble and review outfits and accessories before I finalize what I’m going to wear.  It really helps give me a different perspective of the “look” and is nice not to continually change my clothes until I get it right.  To prove a point, I humbly tell you that I literally now get compliments every single day. 

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I have really enjoyed getting to know and working with Annette. She is always 100% professional, very kind, easy to be around and fun.  

I can’t but help love her approach since it aligns with the key aspects of the services Solutions for Impact, LLC provides to clients – “realistic, actionable, easy to manage, sustainable and impactful.”  It is pretty amazing to be on the other side of that as a client. 

Like always, I cannot wait until our next session!

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!

Shopping With Hannah, Client Case Study

Just before Christmas Hannah and I met for our shopping session. 

Main areas I help my clients with:

Align your personal image with the "real you" - what are your best colors, styles for your body type, personality, lifestyle and does it fit properly. 

BEFORE PICTURE

BEFORE PICTURE

One of my goals was to work on proportion. Hannah has an "inverted triangle" body shape and is 5'4". 

Tip! The circle skirt gave her movement and the fabric was super comfortable - aspects that are important to Hannah.  

Tip! The circle skirt is a nice balance to her shoulders and showed off her toned athletic legs. 

Tip! The peplum top gave balance to her hips and smoothed over her stomach area nicely. 

Tip! The monochromatic of navy and white gave her an elongated look. She will be adding navy tights and black shoes. 

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CirCLE SKIRT

Hannah: 

I am halfway through the Signature Program and have already transformed how I think about "style", as well as how I look and feel. 
Now, every day I easily apply what Annette has taught me using style as a tool.  To prove a point, I humbly share that I am getting a lot of compliments.  The best part?  All I am doing is applying what I am learning from Annette with existing clothes, jewelry, and makeup.  
I really believe that the style tools I now have can be used strategically to give my business, Solutions for Impact, a competitive advantage.

Second main area I help my clients with:

What do you have in your closet that is already working and what are the missing gaps?

Hannah had two black pants, one navy legging style and one red trouser. 

TIP! Add an additional neutral to Hannah's wardrobe. We are adding a camel/latte' color straight leg pants and blue tone in the jacket. The latte' and blue will go beautifully with her existing accent colors of teal, red and coral. 

LATTE' PANTS

LATTE' PANTS

Hannah: 

In advance, Annette asked me for the names of stores where I like to shop. I really appreciated this since it reinforces what she says about honoring her clients, which also means honoring their price points. 
From working in my closet and asking detailed questions, Annette knows exactly what I like and dislike about clothes including look, fit, material, pattern, etc.  
She wowed me again by going shopping in advance and putting clothes for me to consider/try on hold. This made it so efficient and easy.
I loved the clothes she picked - they were absolutely "me."  There was no pressure to buy at any point (she doesn't get a commission or kickback from any stores).  
As I tried various items, she quickly learned then taught me which aspects work or don't work for me.  
She explained how to buy items keeping in mind the existing clothes I have and my personal signature colors.  This way, I continue to expand the number of outfits I can make without needing a large amount of clothes. 
Now when I go shopping on my own, I can easily look at an item and know if it will be flattering or not, as well as how many more outfits I can make with it. 
Like every session, I left energized and excited for the next one.

TIP!  We found a pant at Talbots, a slimmer leg that fits her body type. She purchased latte' and navy - great basics that will work well with her earth red jacket and latte' sweater.  *If you have slimmer legs - stay away from curvy style 

Part three of the process. Is your story congruent with how you're currently dressing? 

What story do you want to tell with an important business interaction ...creative, growth, supportive, organized? 

Do you have outfits that support your desire to "feel and look like a million bucks"?

Do you need to get rid of clothing in your closet because you're not who you were 5, 10 years ago? 

Do you need to add additional pieces to up-level your image?

I truly believe that Annette already "gets" me and am really looking forward to our next session together.~ Hannah 

Hello, I’m Annette Bond a Certified Personal Image Consultant! I am all about helping you “reveal your radiance”, dressing authentically and intentionally for your everyday business interactions. I am passionate about you becoming more style-confident without age, shape or size getting in the way.

When I’m not off working with my one-on-one clients to re-fresh their closets or personal shopping, I’m hanging out on online revealing my voice for “Reveal Your Radiance blog”, so you can walk into the world with more confidence and success.

I am passionate about teaching howto build a successful wardrobe that works for your business lifestyle.

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