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August 25, 2014

Step Into Your Spotlight



This summer, I am posting favorite blog posts from 2014. 

This post is all about how you can step into your spotlight with grace if you choose to do so.

Your message will be read, whether you like it or not!

So what message are you sending today?  Is it the message you want to send?  If not, you know where to find me!


 
Being confident in your own abilities and feeling confident about the way you look do not necessarily go hand-in-hand.  For women and men, this is a mixed bag of emotions.  But since we raise our girls on a princess diet, it becomes a spectacularly confusing mess for we women.

When I think about women stepping into the spotlight, my thoughts turn to our recent first ladies:  Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama.

One stumbled, then got up gracefully and has been sailing ever since.  One smiled and kept quietly going about her own business.  The other stumbled and stumbled and stumbled.  Now, she's poised and seems about to run for President.  You know who is who.


STEPPING INTO THE SPOTLIGHT.  None of these women was running for office herself when she stepped into the spotlight.  None was ready for the scrutiny or constant barrage of paparazzi.  How they handled their newly-minted fame holds lessons for all of us.

Stepping into the spotlight was literal for these women -- and unavoidable.  For the rest of us, we have to choose.  You can embrace your self or you can deny it.  Once we embrace our purpose, the way becomes easier and unfolds with grace.

What does style have to do with it?  Style is an outward expression of your inner reality.  When you are clear on who you are, your personal style is clear.   You invite the people and opportunities you want or you deny them.  It's up to you.

MICHELLE OBAMA.  When we first saw Michelle Obama, she was dressed as the powerful female executive she was.  Her suit, her hair and her accessories -- all in black.  Black is the color of business, it's serious and it's intense.  You look at her and that's what you see -- powerful female executive -- and that's about it.  She looks great for sure, but she's not magnetic in the way she is now.

Once she embraced her role as "Mom-in-Chief" she also embraced a looser and freer way of dressing.  Her choice to settle her family first was echoed in her style choices.  She wore clothes that were the opposite of her former look:  floral dresses, skirts and flats that had no place in the boardroom.

With her girls settled, she began her campaign for healthy eating.  She was campaigning for her own purpose -- and her style evolved again.  Her look is more sophisticated and streamlined.  Yet all along we've seen her spirit shining through.  However you feel about her, there's no mistaking that Michelle Obama is comfortable with herself and has embraced her own power.



 LAURA BUSH.  Laura Bush has always been clear on who she is:  a mother, a librarian and political wife.  It has also been clear from the start that she was uncomfortable with the spotlight.  Her palette is muted and her clothing tailored.  She exudes class and polish.  Yet her own ideas or ideals are unknown to us; she remains quiet.  And that is her choice.



HILLARY CLINTON.  Hillary's style evolution has been interesting to watch.  She started out trying to be a political wife.  In this photo of the Clintons from their first term, she is conservative head-to-toe.  Of course, we know she's not conservative at all!

Dressed in all black like Michelle, she doesn't look like the executive she was nor does she look like the power-broker she came to be.  She's in a style no-man's-land simultaneously fading into the background and popping into the shot so that all we see is her head.  And perhaps that's just about right:  at first, it was all about her formidable intellect -- and her intellect only.



Now, whether you like her or not, she is finally comfortable with herself.  You can tell by looking at her.  Her style has clarified as her sense of herself has clarified.  No longer tied down by the role of political wife or supporting spouse, she is free to embrace who she truly is.

She's wearing the pants -- literally and figuratively.  Love that!  Her color choices are bold.  Her hair is long and easy. 

Is it a coincidence that Hillary is poised to run for President at the same time that she is finally appearing comfortable in her own skin?  I don't think so.  Whether she becomes our first female President is unknown.  What I do know is -- no matter what -- Hillary has stepped into her own power and is owning it for the first time in her life.

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Jean Cocteau said, "Style is a simple way to say complicated things."  I know you have a lot to say.

If you choose to be quiet or sophisticated or bold -- that is your choice!  I just want to be sure you're clear about the choices you're making.

In my free call, I shattered the 3 myths surrounding style and success for smart women.  Register to listen to the replay!



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August 18, 2014

Top 10 Tips to Make Back to School Shopping a Breeze



This summer, I am posting favorite blog posts from 2014.  This one was also a favorite from 2013!

This post is all about taking someone else shopping -- that's right, your favorite munchkin!


How can you make it easy and fun?  Just follow my top 10 tips!



  • Do you shudder and recoil when you think about back-to-school shopping with your kids?
  • Or do you think it's going to be fun and then end up getting in an embarrassing fight that bums you out?

While I agree that shopping with a toddler is just not worth it, your kids might be at the age (or price point) where you really must go and try the pieces on.



Shopping with kids really can be easy and fun -- my top 10 tips are road tested -- every year!

Here's the formula: 
what you want to get -
1/2 your expectations +
an extra half hour +
ice-cream!
=
smiles all 'round!


Top 10 Tips to Make Back-to-School Shopping a BreezeGap Paris Graphic T

  • Sort on Your Own.  Look through your kids' clothing yourself for pieces that show wear & tear or stains.  I tried to do the sorting with my daughter once and suddenly every piece was special or beloved!  Forget it. 
  • Try it On in the Store.  Once you've sorted, bring anything you're unsure about with you to try it on your kid -- in the store.  When faced with something new versus the old one that doesn't fit or has stains, your child will likely choose the new one.   Done!
 
  • Plan for 10 Days.  Plan for 10 days of outfits in layers.  
  • Shorts/pants + tee/long-sleeve tee + sweater/hoodie OR
  • Dresses or skirt/top + leggings or tights/socks + cardigans + accessories
  • Go to H&M or Old Navy First.  Start at less expensive stores.  If the idea of going into a store with your child gives you hives, do all your shopping online.  That's okay!  
  • Keep it Short.  Even if you have a kid who likes shopping, arrange to take them to a maximum of two stores.  In each store, limit yourself to 45 minutes trying-on.  Bring your kitchen timer or use your smartphone so you can enjoy the time without worrying about your schedule.
  • Start Early.  Be at the store when it opens.  Your kid will be at his/her best and the stores are at their emptiest.  The stock is in the right place and the staff is more friendly. 
  • Tell Your Kid to Dance.  While you're on the floor pulling items, tell your kid to dance in front of the mirror.  Not only do they find it completely hilarious but it'll keep them from leaving the dressing room.  Obviously this doesn't work for very little kids, but that's what strollers are for! 
  • Make it an Outing.  If you can, shop separately with each child so you can focus and have fun.  End with lunch.  Go for ice-cream!  Post your photos to Facebook and cherish this as a day to remember.
  • Listen.  Most importantly, listen to your child and support him or her as s/he expresses to you how s/he wants to look.  If you don't agree, use your active listening skills and then respectfully explain yourself.  Listen to your child's response.  
  • Throw The Kid a Bone.  Maybe you don't want your kid in all black, but they could have black accessories, no?  If your boy wants to dress like a girl or vice versa, compromise on purple.  Kids are who they are -- with or without you!  Try with

When Your Daughter Develops.  Schedule your daughter for an appointment at a department store with a proper lingerie department for her first bra.  Continue to have her measured as she develops.  Proper support is important.  This is a key step in her growing up.  Buy three bras maximum to allow for growth.  Use camisoles to protect her cleavage from prying eyes.  Teach her how to use Styling Tape ($10) to keep her shirt in place so that she doesn't show her bra straps or her bra.   

Kids Judge Books by their Cover.  Children -- especially teens -- can be cruel.  Whether you like it or not, your child will be judged by how he or she looks.  If you support your child's sense of style and encourage his or her self-confidence, your child will be able to shrug off anyone who dares make a rude comment. 

Teach Your Kid What to Say.  I have always encouraged my kids to stick up for themselves and have never made a big deal about how cute they actually are.  Not every kid is that savvy -- I certainly wasn't.  If someone had taught me what to say when someone was rude to me, the words would have flowed.

Your Mini Stylist.  If your child wants to put together his or her own outfits, encourage it!  No matter how goofy you might think it is, if your child owns the look, s/he will be just fine.  If you want to offer constructive criticism, make a compliment sandwich.  "I love how you put all these blues together.  Next time, you might want to try adding green for a little contrast.  But the shoes are fabulous!"  These are teaching moments, just like everything else.

For your little Fashionista If your child is fashion-focused, have him or her pull items or looks they like from fashion magazines like Seventeen.  Teen Vogue has some fashion spreads for boys.  Spend some time talking through the looks your child has pulled to discover what your child wants his or her look to be.  Pinterest and Polyvore are also great fun for computer-savvy older kids.

Still got hives?  If you have a friend or family member who loves fashion or style (and is kind), set up a date for the two of them to talk fashion or encourage the two of them to go to your local art museum together to talk about color and texture.

Activities:  Try this great book from Seventeen for hours of fun and help focusing his or her sense of personal style.  Buy books of historic paper dolls so that s/he can learn about the history of fashion.  Like any other interest, an interest in fashion can lead to wonderful things!


WANT YOUR OWN STYLE JOURNEY?  Book your complimentary consultation today!

August 14, 2014

Passport to Style Program

This summer, I'm rolling out all my private programs -- online and in-person -- so you can choose which way you'd like to work with me.  

The Passport to Style program is online and in-depth.  Meet weekly with Allison to gain a full understanding of what flatters you and why, create your personal style and implement it!  


Would you love to align your true self 
with your style?

 Do you want a step-by-step, in-depth program to become truly intentional with your entire look?


Passport to Style Program $3000

Embark on your style adventure with Allison's personalized, online Passport to Style program.

Fully transform your look from basic to breathtaking in just 8 weeks! 

Get style coaching at times that are convenient for you through an email and virtual meeting program that carefully takes you through each step of the process.

This program works with your lifestyle and on your schedule with full email support throughout. 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW!


Stage One:  Define Your True Beauty
How can your style reflect your true beauty?

- Signature Style Assessment
- Color, Face and Body Analysis
- Private Personal Style Passport
- Define Your True Beauty Virtual Session
with Allison
- Your Personal Style Pinterest Board



Stage Two:  Define Your Personal Style

How can you show the world 
what makes you amazing?
- Signature Look Assessment
- Discover Your Style Words
- Explore Your Color Message
- Personal Style Virtual Session
with Allison
- Signature Style Ping-Pong


Stage Three:  Signature Style

What looks do you need for your life?
- Signature Look Suggestions Pinterest Board
- Discuss Style Ping-Pong
- Confirm Your Look
- Signature Style Virtual Session with Allison
- Signature Look Online Shopping Page




Stage Four:  Shop Your Closet

What pieces match your vision?
- Style Your Signature Looks
- Accessory Punctuation
- Outfit Style Map
- Weekly Style Maps
- Style Your Pieces
- Shop Your Closet Session
with Allison





Stage Five:  Make Your Wardrobe Work For You

How do your new looks work for you?

- Inhabit Assessment
- Style Map Weekly Look Sheet
- Style Map Events Look Sheet
- Choose Your Change



 
Stage Six:  Inhabit Your Personal Style

How can we make being stylish 
feel easy every day? 
- Inhabit Your Style Virtual Session
- Set It and Forget It
- Final Q&A

Ellen says:

"Thanks to Allison’s Passport to Style program I look forward to dressing, knowing that I like everything I own. I feel like the best version of myself, and it’s easy to get dressed for any event. The amazing thing is that I had to buy very little. I had all the pieces – but it was hard to find them in five years of accumulation and among three different sizes! Now, when I think about shopping, it’s for something unique that supports the look Allison and I worked out specifically for me. I was able to follow the plan on my own schedule, but knowing we had an appointment coming up kept me focused."





Give yourself the permission to receive:
  • The joy of creating your personal style -- on your own terms
  • A wardrobe that works for you AND your budget
  • A program that fits your schedule and keeps you focused!




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Receive a holistic health and exercise review plus a new regimen with my wellness guru, Shannon Sodano. 




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Feel beautiful and confident every day.

August 11, 2014

Dress the Body You Have




This summer, I am posting favorite blog posts from 2014.

This post about dressing the body you have was one of the winners.

Have you noticed there's a theme here?  All your favorites have to do with loving the body you have!




Every woman's body is different -- every. single. one.

 No one fits clothing perfectly -- not even models, 
whose job it is to be a standard size.

Do you find this liberating?

Once you begin to dress the body you have, you will begin to love the way you look.

Let's honor what makes YOU beautiful.


Fit Model.  Part of the puzzle to understanding how clothing fits is knowing about the fit model.  Each company has proportions it uses to create its clothing.  There are differences in proportions from label to label.   Some labels serve more than one fit model, some don't.  Knowing which label fits you well is a process of elimination, but it serves in the long run.

However, there is always human error.  Even if you normally fit Levi's, for example, sometimes a garment just isn't sewed well.  The fit of a garment is not a judgement about you.  It's just fabric sewn together incorrectly. 

US Size Range.  There are data that put you squarely in a certain size range:
  • Petites are women 5'4" and under, size 0-16
  • Misses are women 5'4" and up, size 0-14
  • Plus are women 5'4" and up, size 16-22
The Gap brands also have tall women covered, offering inseams up to 36" for their Tall range.

EU Size Ranges.  EU women do not have the size ranges that we enjoy in the US.  In the UK, there are Petites and Plus, but the sizes themselves are labeled a size smaller than in the US. 

US
UK
Europe
Italy
France
4
6
34
40
36
6
8
36
42
38
8
10
38
44
40
10
12
40
46
42
12
14
42
48
44
14
16
44
16
18
46
18
20
48

Body Types.  Body types span size ranges.  There are women who are oval body type who are Petite, Misses who are inverted triangles and women who are hourglass and also Plus size.  As my sister says, "Just because I'm a Plus doesn't mean I have a big bust."


Check the key below to learn your body type:

OVAL
Your hips are wider than your shoulders.

Your waist is wider than your bust.

Your body is curvy.
RECTANGLE
 Your hips are in-line with your shoulders.

Your waist is the same size as your bust or hips.

Your body is angular.
HOURGLASS
Your hips are in-line with your shoulders.

Your waist smaller than both.


Your body is angular
FIGURE 8
Your shoulders are in-line with your hips.

Your waist is smaller than both.

Your body is curvy.
INVERTED TRIANGLE
Your shoulders are wider than your hips.

Your waist is smaller than your bust.

Your body could be curvy or angular.
TRIANGLE
Your hips are wider than your shoulders.

Your waist is smaller than both.

Your body is curvy.


Fit Model + Size Range + Body Type + (Tailor) = Great-Fitting Clothes

Once you know what labels work for your body in your size range, then you can begin to look for clothing that flatters your body type.  Whether you're tall or small, a fabulous wide belt is going to look great on you if you're a triangle.  Full stop.

Trust your instincts.  Women generally know which clothes look great on them, but have been taught to doubt themselves and the mirror.  Your best friend might know what looks great on her, but she cannot know what feels great for you.  If you need a second opinion, take a selfie.  Looking at your outfit on yourself, you'll know!

Finding a Tailor.  A tailor is every well-dressed woman's secret weapon.  Even if your clothes are inexpensive, when they fit you perfectly, they can look fabulous.  If you do not have a tailor you love, ask around for personal recommendations.  Your tailor's demeanor can be almost as important as his or her ability to sew!



WANT YOUR OWN STYLE JOURNEY?  Book your complimentary consultation today!

August 7, 2014

Style Suite Sessions


This summer, I'm rolling out all my private programs -- online and in-person -- so you can choose which way you'd like to work with me.  

The Style Suite Sessions program is full-service and fully transformational.  A mix of online and in-person, receive the ease and grace that comes with intentionally creating your personal style, a fully-edited wardrobe AND several head-to-toe looks.


Would you love to start your
next adventure with a look that
shows the world your true beauty?


Style Suite Sessions Program $2500


Receive personalized attention
AND day of shopping with Allison.

In this 8-week, online and in-person program,
get the virtual coaching you need every step of the way
along your path to the brand new you --
confident, stylish, savvy and
ready to take on any new challenge!



Stage One:  Define Your True Beauty
How can your style reflect your true beauty?

- Signature Style Assessment
- Color, Face and Body Analysis
- Private Personal Style Passport
- Define Your True Beauty Virtual Session
with Allison
- Your Personal Style Pinterest Board



Stage Two:  Define Your Personal Style

How can you show the world 
what makes you amazing?
- Signature Look Assessment
- Discover Your Style Words
- Explore Your Color Message
- Personal Style Virtual Session
with Allison
- Signature Style Ping-Pong



Stage Three:  Signature Style

What looks do you need for your life?
- Signature Look Suggestions Pinterest Board
- Discuss Style Ping-Pong
- Confirm Your Look
- Signature Style Virtual Session with Allison
- Signature Look Online Shopping Page




Stage Four:  Shop Your Closet

What pieces match your vision?
- Style Your Signature Looks
- Accessory Punctuation
- Outfit Style Map
- Weekly Style Maps
- Style Your Pieces
- Shop Your Closet Session
with Allison
- Personal Shopping Itinerary


Stage Five: Building the wardrobe to match the woman

Which pieces do you need?
Personal Shopping Afternoon
with Allison:
- Discover your stores
- Style Maven Cafe Stop
- Buy what you love and flatters you best
- Personal styling
- Respect your budget
- Celebrate Your Style Drinks & Dinner




Stage Six:  Make Your Wardrobe Work For You

How do your new looks work for you?

- Inhabit Assessment
- Style Map Weekly Look Sheet
- Style Map Events Look Sheet
- Choose Your Change



 
Robin says:


"..The investment I have made in my DailyOutfit wardrobe has been returned to me multiple times over! Since my outfits suit my figure and thought has been put into how the clothes work together, I know my confidence shines through. People always notice me and are often inspired to offer spontaneous compliments. In a busy city like New York, the fact that strangers feel compelled to tell me how great I look? It's a great reminder that the DailyOutfit really system works!"





Give yourself the permission to receive:
  • The full-service ease of your own personal style guide
  • A first impression that makes your debut, wows them in the interview, and knocks their socks off with just one glance
  • The confidence that comes with knowing your look mirrors your inner strength and beauty


Book your Style Suite Sessions today!
Package Price:  $2500/1780E*




*Pricing for The Hague/Amsterdam area only.  Any travel costs beyond these locations will be additional.


Feel beautiful and confident every day.

August 4, 2014

Style Starts Now



This summer, I am posting favorite blog posts from 2014.

My monthly round-up from February was one of the winners.

I've updated it so you can take advantage of current programming as well.





  • How many times have you put off feeling better about the way you look?
  • When you lose 5 pounds (no, ten!), when you get that dress, when you meet the one, when you...(fill in your blank)...?
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Ladies, I want you to start now!

Style can be yours today.

Let's embark on your personal style journey together! 


Selfie after Daphne's makeoverDoesn't she look amazing?
 

The first session made me feel better about myself immediately. Allison is so patient and supportive. I'm amazed at how she was able to put outfits together that I never would have thought of!
-
Daphne


FEBRUARY ROUND-UP AT DAILYOUTFIT:

This month, we explored how you can get started on your style journey:  by dressing the body you have.

In my free e-book, I gave you a case study so you can peer behind the curtain and see exactly how I created my own personal style.

In the included workbook, you have the opportunity to implement three ways to amp your style now.

I hope you enjoyed it!

If you missed receiving a copy, sign up for my weekly e-newsletter and receive the e-book for free!

Ah, the body you have!  Many of us have a love-hate relationship with our bodies -- including myself.  People have written dissertations on why this is the case and how it affects our society as a whole.  It is a serious issue.

Ladies, your body is fundamental to your style.  Style begins with honoring what you have. 

But how can honor something we sometimes loathe?

We have to take it step by step

I'm not going to pretend that I have this one mastered; I need these reminders just as much as anyone else.  I can say, however, that I've accepted the body I have and sometimes I am even able celebrate it -- even when I'm not feeling my best!



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Step One:  Love Your Body

We can learn how to love our bodies.

This summer, I launched a Facebook Group to help us get there.

With the aid and support of two body-image experts, we are on a mission to love our bodies by the end of summer.

Want more?
- Click here to learn more.
- Click here for pin-spiration





Step Two:  Play Up Your Assets

In the February Look, see pieces that flatter your body.

Want more?
- Click here to see the full look
- Click here for pin-spiration




Step Three:  Support Your Body

Support your body with cleansing and nurturing activities.

Want more?
- Click here to hear my nutrition guru, Shannon, talk about 3 cleansing foods
- Click here for pin-spiration



 


OTHER ARTICLES THIS MONTH:


Embrace Your Personal Style +



WANT YOUR OWN STYLE JOURNEY?  Book your complimentary consultation today!