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How to Dress When Working Online

Many of us are now working from home due to COVID-19 and participating in video conferences and webinars rather than in-person gatherings. We might easily be tempted to show up in pajamas.  Please don’t!

Let’s not forget that while working at home, we still need to show a certain level of professionalism and respect towards our co-workers and employers. It’s easy to spend the day in loungewear or workout clothes. Make an effort to put yourself together as if you are going to work  – shower and get dressed – like you normally would. It’s all about packaging. Think of yourself as news anchor or reporter!

Be especially conscious of these two things:  (1) what you wear from the waist up, and (2) personal grooming. Here are some tips, for men and women, that will help you project more authority, presence, credibility, knowledge and expertise.

Expert Tips for Looking Good on Camera

  • Wear a colour that is flattering on you to help you stand out, and make you feel good.
  • Wear a clean and pressed shirt with a collar. This will frame your face and bring the eyes up, therefore attracting more attention, giving you more authority.
  • Alternate your clothing choice daily to keep things interesting … wearing the same outfit or top every day might give the impression of laziness.
  • Avoid:
    • Tops or shirts with busy patterns or prints can be distracting and take away attention.
    • Wearing too much black … after all, you are not going to a funeral.
    • Women: if you decide to wear a top with no collar
    • Elevate your presence by adding accessories around your face, such as a scarf in your best colour, earrings or a beautiful necklace that makes a statement.
    • Don’t forget to keep the scale of your accessories in line with your bone structure and face.
  • Present yourself perfectly groomed by washing and styling your hair.
  • Men: if wearing a beard, keep it tidy. Cameras have a way of picking up things we don’t notice and later wish others hadn’t either.
  • Women: Putting on makeup will also help project a professional image, and gain credibility. When my daughters ask, “Mom, why do you bother wearing makeup?” I reply, “when I wear makeup, I feel put together, confident, polished and productive! It inspires the right mindset.”

Looking like you just rolled out of bed will not impress anyone, certainly not your boss. Putting your best self forward will project confidence, credibility, productivity, show more energy, interest and enthusiasm. Remember that how you project yourself in-person or online, impacts how others perceive you. Use this time as an opportunity to put your best self forward! 

If you would like more expert advice on the art of personal image and professional brand management, please get in touch!


Spring Newsletter 2020

Everyone’s daily routine has been affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic. This new reality puts things in a different perspective. I sincerely hope that you and your family are doing well during these difficult times.

I would like to thank all essential front-line workers for their courage, compassion, perseverance and generosity.
You are our heroes!

You may have noticed, I haven’t published an issue of Savoir-Vivre for quite a while. In fact, my last newsletter was November 2016.  December 2016 was dedicated to finalizing my new Imagélite International website with the hope of launching it early 2017.

Well! 2017 didn’t start the way I hoped. In the midst of trying to finish and launch the new website, and while packing our kitchen to get ready for a substantial main floor house renovation scheduled to start in February, I had the shock of my life.  

During a routine mammogram, a mass was discovered in my right breast.  Following the results of the mammograms and ultrasounds, I was scheduled for a biopsy on January 26.  The biopsy results came back positive. And yes, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Wow! You can imagine how surprised I was … definitely not something I expected. No time to think! No time to react! First thing I knew, I was enrolled in the health care system. I felt I was in an “imaginary whirlwind” like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.  Our medical system is the best!

For the past few years, I’ve been struggling to get back on my feet – and back to business. Dealing with chemo and radiation therapies took a toll on my memory, concentration, energy and productivity. I tried many times to start a newsletter and just couldn’t concentrate long enough to gather my thoughts.  

I consider myself blessed that my cancer was discovered during my annual routine mammogram.  Don’t wait to get yours done – mammograms are not pleasant but for the few seconds it takes, it is worth doing. It might save your life. IT SAVED MY LIFE!

And yes, I never thought I would be a “cancer survivor”. But I want you to know that I am fine. Whether it’s cancer or a pandemic, life has a way of making us appreciate what we have.  

I’m so happy to be back.



To dye or not to dye?

woman getting her hair dyed

It’s tough enough coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, but when hairdressers and hairstylists aren’t declared essential services, everything starts to get ‘real’ – like your 3″ grey roots! After weeks of isolation, you may be wondering whether you want to continue dyeing your tresses once your hair hero returns to work.

Personally, I’m a big advocate of “not to dye”. I have yet to meet a woman who’s satisfied with her dyed hair colour. Have you ever been awed by the beauty of a natural landscape or scenery in a forest? Have you wondered how the water, sky, mountains, forest and earth all seem to be in glorious harmony? Have you ever looked at anything in nature and thought, “Oh, dear! Mother Nature really messed up this time”. Probably not. What we were born with is our ultimate best. Why mess with perfection?   

The Connection between Hair Colour, Skin Tone and Eye Colour

During a Personalized Colour Analysis, I demonstrate the connection between hair colour, skin tone, and eye colour. Why we look good in some colours, even fabulous – and dreadful in others. When our hair and clothing colours are in harmony with our natural colouring, we look more attractive, radiant, healthy and younger. Nothing is taking away from our own natural beauty or handsomeness. There is a feeling that everything is just right, that these colours (clothes or hair) are suited to this person’s natural landscape and they are working in complete and total harmony. 

If you do decide to continue colouring your hair, choose a colour that absolutely looks fabulous and stay with it for a while. Be careful not to change your hair colour too often. It has been my experience that women who consistently change their hair colour from red to blonde to black to whatever, unknowingly send a message that they don’t know who they are or that they don’t like or accept who they are. This “grass is always greener on the other side” mentality can be an image breaker rather than an image builder.

Warm or Cool Hair Colour?

Should you go for a warm or cool hair colour? If you don’t know, consider a Personalized Colour Analysis with me. You’ll be saved from costly mistakes and many frustrating and agonizing hours at the hair salon. For example, naturally dark-haired people with a light complexion need the contrast of darker hair to look vibrant. Blonde will only make them look washed out, bland and tired. They need a frame of dark hair to harmonize with their complexion. On the other hand, light-haired people with low skin contrast need the softness of lighter hair colours to harmonize with the softness of their complexion – otherwise they will look absolutely dreadful.  

If you are on a budget (dyeing can get costly), or cannot spare the time (dyeing needs regular maintenance), consider keeping your natural hair colour. Sporting an awesome haircut (especially with grey hair) is better than showing roots or looking unkempt. People do not notice that you’re grey; they notice that your hair looks amazing, that you are confident and comfortable in your own skin and ready to handle anything!

Ready to book your Personalized Colour Analysis? Connect with Angèle Desgagné, Certified Image Professional today.

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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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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!

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

Angèle Desgagné, AICI CIP