Tip of the Month

"You gotta have style, it helps you get up in the morning."
 
This tip comes from fashion icon Diana Vreeland, as quoted in the book I Love Your Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style, by Amanda Brooks.

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Dear Friends,

I received an interesting call the other day from a client who reported that she left the house in the morning as she always does these days, feeling well put together. Nothing unusual for her - she's taken to my rules quite well and continues to find her own style constantly evolving.

Smile!

She got to work and there was a photo shoot being done in her office for a marketing program. The photographer asked her to be in the shoot and she agreed. Afterward, she thanked the photographer and he said, "Thank YOU for being so classy and well put together."

The Lesson

Most of us are never going to show up at work to find a professional photographer taking pictures. However, it got me thinking (as it did my client), why NOT show up every day ready to be part of a photo shoot? I mean really, what are we waiting for?

Who's In Your Corner?

The type of people who are photographed daily have a lot of people behind the scenes supporting their style. The thing is, you can too. Here are some examples of how to tap into your own personal style team:
  • Have you had your hair colored, cut, or highlighted in the last few months? (Remember, a ponytail or a clip is not a hair style.)
  • Have you had your makeup updated in the last year? (You can do this at any cosmetic counter for free.)
  • When was the last time you had a bra fitting? (It's generally recommended that you purchase bras twice a year - and yes, you should be checked for fit every time.)
  • Are your nails presentable as well as your toes? Are your eyebrows shaped and facial hair removed if necessary? (Find your favorite spa or nail shop and make regular appointments.)
Finally, is your look true to who you are? Do you project a confidence that you know where you are going in the world because in fact you do? (If you've worked with me, you've taken a giant leap toward identifying and owning your look.)

It's the Little Things That Count

We all know that in this world the little things add up to the big things. In this case, it means taking time to take care of yourself a little bit at a time so that it all adds up to the look you want at the beginning and end of each day. Does it take time and effort? Yes. It is sometimes kind of a hassle? Sure. That's the small price we pay for showing up as our authentic selves everyday. Is it worth it? Absolutely. There's no substitute for the feeling of confidence that comes with presenting The Real You to the world, every day.

Have a great fall - see you in December!
Patricia Gorham

Patricia Gorham
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