DAILY IMAGE MANTRA

DAILY IMAGE MANTRA

What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality? ELIZABETH BARETT BROWNING. There is no one else like you. You have 23 chromosomes from your mum and 23 chromosomes from you dad.  The chances of your parents creating another child exactly like you is one in a billion. This means that you have a unique set of potentials that nobody else have. Reaching your full potential is dependent on how well you embrace and make your self known for your unique qualities, skills and talents. Life really flows and attracts greatness when you fully recognise and develop what sets you apart from others. Your image tells your story, M...
THE POWER OF COLOUR

THE POWER OF COLOUR

As we get older, our hair and skin-tone changes. Wearing the wrong colours can make us appear tired and older than our age, whilst the right colours will instantly enhance the way we look and feel. Wearing the right colours for you will flatter your face and figure, make you appear healthy and radiant and take years off your age. So what are the best colours for you? Let me begin by establishing an important point. We can all wear every colour on the colour spectrum, but not all the shades and clarities of each colour on the spectrum.  For it is the shade and clarity of a colour that determines whether it flatters you. The first principle in dressing your self effectively and attractively is understanding which shades and clarities of each colour in the colour spectrum suits you – which shades and clarities look good against your skin, your hair, your eyes and on your overall colouring. So what do I mean by clarity or shade? Clarity refers to the purity of a colour – How distinctly red, blue or green a colour is. Shade refers to how dark a colour is. A shade is the mixing result of an original colour to which black has been added. So it is simply any colour with black added. Shades of a colour are deeper, richer, more powerful and mysterious. Your Colour Spectrum So we have established that we can all wear every colour on the colour spectrum and that it is the purity and shade of a colour that determines whether it flatters our overall colouring. Your colour spectrum...
PRE-SHOPPING PREPARATION

PRE-SHOPPING PREPARATION

Buying well means buying once. TIM GUNN. As with any important investment, success is more likely with good preparation. Every successful shopping trip begins with some preparation. Good clothes are expensive. Investing in the wrong items means both time and money wasted. My advice for every shopping trip is to precede with an inventory of your wardrobe. Knowing what is in your wardrobe will help you work out what you need. Try on any garment that you are uncertain about. If a garment doesn’t fit properly or if the colour is unflattering, give it to charity. Pick out all the items that are flattering and tells the story of your personal brand and make a note of any other pieces of clothing that would enhance them; Next, Take a look at current fashion trends in fashion magazines or websites. Don’t be seduced by a trend. Concentrate on elements of the trends that work for your personal style and brand; Next, Make a detailed list of what you need and want to wear in the current or forthcoming season. Be clear of your requirements for each item; colour, style, quality, quantity, etc; Next, Make a note of items that you want to go with something that is already in your wardrobe. Be clear of your requirements for these items – colour, style, quality, quantity, etc. Your image tells your story, M...
HOW TO GIVE YOURSELF A QUICK FACIAL

HOW TO GIVE YOURSELF A QUICK FACIAL

Nature gives you the face you have at 20; it is up to you to merit the face you have at 50. COCO CHANEL. Your face is key to expressing your individuality. It is your signature, your brand and what people visualise when they think of you, so take good care of it. Start by scheduling a facial to deep cleanse and revive your complexion after the Christmas and New Year’s stress and excesses. How to give yourself a quick facial Wash your face using the right cleanser or face wash for your skin type. Use an exfoliating scrub in a circular motion on your face and neck, avoiding your eye area. Rinse off the scrub thoroughly with warm water. Pat face dry with a clean towel. Apply the right face mask for your skin type and leave on for 10- 15 minutes. Wash off the mask thoroughly with warm water. Apply an alcohol free toner to a moist cotton ball and wipe over your face. Massage in the right face cream or gel for your skin type into your skin in a circular motion. You may repeat this facial weekly. Your image tells your story, M...
MY BEST SKINCARE TIPS

MY BEST SKINCARE TIPS

What makes people look youthful is the quality of their skin … NIGELLA LAWSON. Your skin is a vital and the most looked at organ on your body and should be treated with care. My best skincare tips are: Rest: Seven to eight hours sleep a night makes your skin look radiant and better than any cream can. Diet: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to hydrate your skin [about six to eight glasses], and to cleanup your system, so that toxins don’t build up. Fruits, grains and vegetables keep blood moving through your skin. There is a clear connection between healthy skin and good circulation. Stay away from dehydrating elements such as alcohol and smoking: Monitor your alcohol consumption. For healthy skin, you should not drink more than three units per day. A large glass of wine at lunch or dinner is three units. After that, drink water. If you drink, choose red wine. Red wine is packed with antioxidants that will help keep your skin healthy and protect it against free radicals, but just one glass.  If you are a smoker, get some help to give it up. The long term effects of excessive alcohol consumption and smoking on your skin, liver, kidneys, circulation, eyesight, teeth etc, are absolutely chronic. Exercise regularly: A good workout helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to your skin. Commit to an effective skincare routine: Cleanse, tone and moisturise your skin twice daily. The best thing you can do for your skin is to cleanse, tone and moisturise daily with a good set of skincare products that has been chosen to match...
DAILY IMAGE MANTRA

DAILY IMAGE MANTRA

A bargain ain’t a bargain unless it’s something you need. SIDNEY CARROLL. Post Christmas sales begins today. Before you head off to the shops, remember that most designers’ mistakes end up in the sales. The only time to hit the sales is when something you loved earlier in the season that was outside your budget appears in the sale. Otherwise look at it, admire it, ask yourself: How can I incorporate this item into my wardrobe? Does it flatter my body shape and colouring? Is it appropriate for my personal brand? If your response to any of the above is negative, take a deep breath, start walking and step out of the shop. There is no success in anything without discipline. Maintain a disciplined attitude to sales shopping. Repeat after me, ‘Undisciplined sales shoppers have plenty of scares on their credit cards’. Your image tells your story, M...
DAILY IMAGE MANTRA

DAILY IMAGE MANTRA

CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY STYLE  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is a time for feeling fabulous and making memories with loved ones. Whether you’re a host or a guest, you can be really deliberate in your style – you’ll be remembered for your efforts. Wearing something comfortable and attractive is key to feeling merry. Mood is also important. Don’t wear too much jewelry, unless you want to be mistaken for the Christmas tree. Your clothes should be quietly luxurious. Wear colours that are both cosy and calming; winter jewel tones such as deep burgundy, dark blues, chocolate, etc. Don’t forget the texture; velvets, silk and warm weightless fabrics makes you feel comfortable and cuddly. This is a time for touching, kissing and hugs. Anything that looks uncomfortable or too sexy is decidedly not festive. Your image tells your story, M...
DAILY IMAGE MANTRA

DAILY IMAGE MANTRA

Can you believe that 2012 is almost gone? As we look toward the final fifteen days with all the parties, don’t forget to take a personal day to be thankful for all your achievements this year and to plot a triumphant 2013. Start by asking the following: What did I do well this year? What can I do better next year? How do I want to be remembered at the end of 2013? Please answer with one word – Strong, Positive, Successful … This is the one word that you will personify, live up to, deliver on 24/7/365 in everything you do in 2013. Your image is your tool for telling your story, M...

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