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What Is and What is not Image Consulting

Fluff. It has been proven that our visual presentation is worth 55% of our overall image. Clothing and grooming accounts for 90%. We believe what we see is more important than what we say or how we sound. In fact, research has shown that interviewers have started to make up their mind “whether or not you have a chance” within minutes or even by the time you shake hands.

A flashy makeover. We believe in helping our clients express their authentic self ~ we don’t believe in making people into something they are not!

A quick fix. We believe in helping our clients embrace the pearl hidden within. And like Michelangelo discovered, expressing a true work of art might take a little longer than anticipated…and it’s okay – because you are worth it.

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Is Your “Crowning Glory” Up To Par With Your Image?

What Does Your Hairdo Say About You?

What does your hairdo say about you?

An unkempt hairdo can ruin the effect of a great outfit in a matter of minutes. A flattering hairstyle will not only maximize your facial features but also minimize your flaws while enhancing your overall image. A poor or unkempt haircut will do just the opposite. A great hairstyle starts by knowing what suits your face shape, lifestyle, type of hair, and personality. Seek the help of a talented and sympathetic hair stylist that you trust.

For some, choosing a flattering hairstyle for their face shape and personality is as easy as can be. For others, seeing a hairdresser is worse than going to the dentist. We’ve all had the experience of a disaster haircut or two. You know the ones that made you wish you had never gone. I’ve had a few myself and, like the rest of you, felt totally helpless and disheartened when it happened. One of my worst haircuts happened a couple of months just before our wedding. The hairdresser and I definitely didn’t talk the same language. In a moment, I went from healthy long straight hair to choppy mid-length multi-layered hair that I couldn’t do anything with. I was so upset. The good news is that it always grows back.

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To dye or not to dye?

Hair dye or not to dye

Personally, I’m a big advocate of “not to dye”. I have yet to meet a woman who’s happy with her died-hair colour. Ever been awestruck by the beauty of a natural landscape or scenery in the forest? Or ever contemplated how the water, the sky, the mountains, the forest and the earth all seem to harmoniously enhance each other naturally? Ever looked at nature and thought “Oh, dear! Mother Nature really messed up. What was she thinking about mixing the colours of the earth with the colours of the sky or trees?” … Hum, no? I didn’t think so. I have always believed that what we were born with is our ultimate best. It is already perfect. So why mess with what I already like?

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Minding Your Manners While Dining

Whether you are having dinner at home, with a friend, colleague or client, there is no excuse for bad manners.  Here are some dining tips to help you make a great first impression over a meal no matter what’s at stake. 

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Good Etiquette Is Always Good Business While Networking!

Contrary to popular belief, networking is not only for business people. We all socialize or network in some form or another on a personal, social or professional level. Attending company parties, clients’ cocktails, formal dinners, golf tournaments, family gatherings or friends’ get-togethers are all part of networking. Here are some networking tips to help you project a positive image.

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“Tame and Maintain the Perfect Mane”

Make every day a good hair day!

Here are seven tips to help you tame and maintain the perfect mane anytime:

Lion mane - make every day a good hair day!

  1. How to choose a hairstylist? The best hairdressers are sympathetic and creative. They will take the time to listen and look at the pictures you brought along, and should be able to provide advice whether the style is good for your hair type or not. If you don’t have a hairdresser, get references from your friends or co-workers. If you know someone that has similar hair to yours with a fabulous haircut (even a stranger), please ask for a referral. I have! Believe me, they will be flattered.
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Maximize Your Closet Assets

… Now is the perfect time for a Spring Closet Cleanup!

Your closet is like a sanctuary and should be full of clothes you love to wear.

We all know the rejuvenating power of spring. We’re re-energized and the first thing we like to do is clean up house, garage, car, backyard, and so on. Don’t stop there! Think a step further … and do a spring closet cleanup. Spring is all about clothes you can wear most of the year with a clothing allowance for the hot summer months. Weight matters, so choose lightweight fabrics made of natural fibres that breathe such as cotton, linen or lightweight wool like Superwool.

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Is Your Work Attire Killing Your Chances For Promotion?

Dress  to project the right image at all times…

In the beginning … when employees are hired, they often receive a dress code policy they are simply expected to follow… without question.

Employees are responsible for promoting a respectable image for themselves and their employer; while employers are responsible for ensuring their employees understand their expectations. Integrating ones personal image with their professional image can be at best a challenge. To project the desired company image, employees are expected to take into account variables such as their personality, likes and dislikes, type of work, industry, job title, and so on.  Add the need to integrate the image or brand of the company and the result is often confusion – bordering on disaster.

To help YOU, the employee, prevent any dressing mishaps, here are some tips that will help you promote your best possible image at all times.

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What Do You Do When You Like Dressing Up

But Your Work Environment Does Not?

A few weeks ago, a young male client started a new job for a major corporation.  Focused on his new career, and eager to make a good first impression, Sam dressed most days in suit and tie. He soon noticed his co-workers (and even the CEO) dressed more casually. Still preferring to wear a jacket, Sam asked me “How do I dress so I don’t look like I am trying too hard, or feel out of place and overdressed but still boost my confidence?”

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"Beware the cosmetics aisle!"

How safe are your everyday toiletries?

By Amy Anastasopoulos
Editor of Health & Wellness
ProTem, Glendon’s Bilingual Newspaper

how safe are your every day toiletries? - shampoo bottlesYou wake up in the morning and head for the washroom. You wash your face. You wash your hair with shampoo and perhaps conditioner. You scrub your body with soaps and gels. You moisten with lotions, potions, and powers, add deodorant, hair de-frizzers, gels, hairspray, and curling / straightening creams. Many ladies will also add foundations, powders, mascara, eyeliners and shadows, and lipstick. Add some cologne or perfume. Don’t forget to brush those teeth!

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“The Image Experts ...
Building Style, Confidence, Credibility”

Angèle Desgagné, AICI CIP