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Making an impression – the small stuff really does count!

Grooming isn’t about buying the most expensive toiletries, designer clothes and highly priced accessories, it is about taking the time to look good, because you value yourself and want to feel confident when you are out there talking to clients and suppliers. It is also about your clients being able to see that you have made an effort; this will lead them to believe that you will also take that same time and effort to provide them with great service.

If you have made an effort it will make you feel great and this will increase your energy and focus, helping you to deal with the challenges you face, not having to worry about how you look. This is why it is so important that the clothes you choose reflect the ‘real you’ so that you can feel comfortable both inside and out, whilst also making that positive impression on people you meet.

Choose an outfit that you are going to feel great in all day – relax and enjoy being ‘yourself’ – remember you are the successful, confident person you wish to be!

The small stuff really does count!

Tips about the small stuff:

1. Remember to wear a watch – it helps to ensure you are on time and also that you do not overrun.

2. How do your shoes look? Are they clean? Do they need a polish?

3. Are you clothes in good condition?

a. Are there any buttons missing?
b. Check the hem line to make sure it is not coming loose
c. Are there any marks – could they do with a wash or a dry clean?

4. Do your clothes fit well?

a. Do the buttons pull apart when you sit?
b.  Do your clothes crease because they are too tight?
c. Are they too big? Pulled in with a belt to make them fit?

5. Ladies – have you added some make-up? This shows effort and completes the picture, it does not have to be heavy, just a touch will make an impact.

6 Consider your nails – having them manicured and polished is great – we forget how much we use our hands and how much they are on show! However at minimum, for both men and ladies make sure they are clean and well kept!

7. How clean is you hair and is it in an easy to manage style? Gentlemen, when did you last have a haircut? If you have a beard or other facial hair, is it neatly trimmed?

8. What accessories are you wearing? Do these enhance or detract from the image you want to create?

9. If you have to travel to a meeting remember:

a. Take a comb or brush – windy or rainy days cause havoc with the hair!
b. Remember your umbrella – drowned rat image is not so good!
c. If it is very warm weather, think about taking a spare shirt/top and some deodorant.
d. Choose good brief case or bag for your papers
e. Wear clothes that don’t crease!
f. Ladies – wear a comfortable pair of shoes and take the heels with you.
g. Take a cloth or have a tissue available to wipe over your shoes if necessary.

Get the small stuff right and you can relax, knowing that the effort you have made really makes a difference!

Then if you want to learn more about what colours and style work uniquely well for you – give me a call or ask for a voucher  as a gift so that you can have a fabulous personal session!

Call 07742 445243!

 

 

 

 

Colour is Powerful!

Colour can help you look healthier, younger, more approachable, more assertive, creative or professional; it can make your skin glow and your eyes sparkle, if you know how!

Colour can also make you look drained, showing up the lines and shadows on your face. It can give out the wrong messages psychologically – disguising your creative personality or portraying a strong authoritative impression (when you don’t intend it to) triggering a defensive response from those you wish to influence.

So how can you ensure colour works positively for you? Two ways:

  1.  Know what colours work with your skin tone, so that you can look and feel great.
  2. Understand just a little about the psychological impact colours have on those you wish to communicate with.

Colours & Skin Tone

Wearing colours that work well with your skin tone can make a significant difference to your appearance; building your confidence and making you feel great! So finding out what works best for you is a fun and very useful thing to invest in.  You can then choose clothes and accessories that really work for you!

Determining Skin Tone

 This can be quite tricky and professional help is a good way to ensure you have got it right; however here are a few general tips:

 

Cool Skin Tone

If you have a cool skin tone you will see:

  •  Pinkish or rosy undertones to the skin
  • Olive or black skin with a blue undertone
  • Brown/hazel/blue or green eyes
  • Softer greys or softer less determined eye colour
  • Black, dark brown, platinum blonde, light or mid brown, blue grey natural hair colour
  • Yellow based colours will give a sallow appearance to the face
  • The colour silver will brighten the face

Notable examples are: Sarah Jessica Parker, Sandra Bullock, Courtney Cox, and Jennifer Aniston.

So we know that the above cool colours work for our cool skin tone and that when combined in our accessories and jewellery with clear or antique silver, they will look amazing.

    

Warm Skin Tone

If you have a warm skin tone you will see:

  • Yellow based ivory, peach or golden undertones to the skin
  • Black skin with yellow undertones
  • Bright green, turquoise blue or golden brown eyes
  • Red, strawberry blonde, brown with reddish tint, chestnut, golden brown, natural hair colour
  • Blue based colours will drain the face
  • The colour gold will brighten the face

Notable examples are: Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Ferguson, and Nicole Kidman

The great warm colours above will work for those with a yellow undertone to your skin and your accessories will include jewellery with clear or antique gold.

 

Colour Psychology

 The final piece to the puzzle is the possible psychological impact the colours we are wearing are having on those we wish to communicate with.

Here is a little taster of the messages colour can give:

Approachable – soft or warm colours like pastel pinks, pastel blue, coral, tan or terracotta

Assertive – Strong contrasts – black or navy with bright reds or purples – Take care here!

Authoritative – Dark tones with very light tones (uniforms)

Creative – Warm/bright colours worn in unusual or unexpected colour combinations

Sensitive – Purple/violet/lavender –can be used to soften a hard look

So if you know what colour works for you and the impact it has on others, how confident will that make you feel and how successful could that make you both in business and in your social interaction?

 

If you want to know more about how to discover what colours can really work for you, give me or call on 07742 445243 or email me at Totallyyou@live.co.uk for a free no obligations initial consultation.

40, 50, 60? You can still look and feel fabulous!

  It is sometimes difficult to face that milestone birthday! You know you still feel 20 inside, but how do you show the world that you are still fabulous?

We can get stuck in a rut with how we dress, becoming used to a certain style, maybe it is very casual, because we spend a lot of time at home, or maybe having worked for a large corporate organisation for so long dark suits and a ‘professional’ image are now the norm.

How do you break out of the pattern? You don’t want to look like ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ but you do want a change.

Here is a starting point. Think about some of these areas.

  • Take a little time to think about your true personality – how much does this shine through in what you wear?
    • If you could choose any style (if you were brave enough!) what would it be?
    • Maybe classic or dramatic or creative maybe a little quirky?
  • Who do you know that carries off this style really well, it maybe a celebrity or possibly someone you know. Take a look at what they wear, how could you adapt this look for your own personality and body shape?
  • What colours do you wear? Do you stick to the same set of colours all the time? Do you wear a lot of black – why is that? Is it about confidence or just an easy life?

Now time for a little action!

  • Go out shopping, take a friend who will be really honest with you and try on lots of clothes
    • Try things that you have never considered before
    • Remember that some things that don’t look great on the hanger can sometimes surprise you and look fabulous on! (this of course works the other way too!)
    • Try colours you haven’t worn before – look at your face when you try a different colour – does it make you look healthy and your eyes sparkle or does it quite frankly make you look ill??
  • Remember accessories, they can make a huge difference to your look
    • Try jewellery, scarves, belts, hats, with your outfit, have fun experimenting
    • Keep all your accessories in line with your body scale so as not to over whelm
    • Think about how you can express your personality through your accessories

It is always good to get professional advice, so if you would like to know more about what colours and styles will make you look fabulous for who you are NOW! Give me a call on 07742 445243 I would love to speak with you.

From Mum 2 Me

 

It is now many years ago for me and yet I can still remember that feeling in my stomach when I realised it was time for me to re-enter the job market after having been at home for a number of years with my children.

What could I possibly do now? I had lost all my work skills hadn’t I? On top of that, I looked and felt like a ‘Mum’ in my eyes, my wardrobe had been reduced to mainly jeans, casual skirts and tops – oh yes I did have a suit in there somewhere, but it was now about 5 years out of date and to be honest a little tight in certain places!

I could now look after children – reasonably well, but not sure I could compete in the work place. However, what I didn’t think about was all those skills I had had to learn being a mum and how they could quite easily be transferred to the work place.

Organisation – the logistics of getting children to school, on to clubs, juggling housework, cooking and being there for your other half, takes some organising!

Listening – as a mum being a great listener is something we all do and take for granted

Negotiating – well that is obviously a key skill – bedtime, eating dinner, getting homework done, and much more all take negotiation skills.

Mentoring and Coaching – finding the best way to teach, advise, and guide!

Creativity – thinking of new ways to get things done, fabulous craft work with the children, maybe you have even got involved in some interior design in your home.

These are just five skills off the top of my head that so many mums have cultivated and use daily without even thinking about it. With  at times a little adaption and maybe in some areas a bit more training these skills are great assets in the work place.

As for your wardrobe – a little colour & style advice, a trip to the shops (you don’t have to spend a fortune) and you are back on track!

If you feel you would like a little help take a look at the Mum 2 Me workshop on my workshops and events page, it may be just what you need to get you thinking positively about your return to work. http://totally-you-consulting.co.uk/sample-page/workshops-events/

Good luck with your return to work and your journey from Mum 2 Me!

 

 

Personal Branding – Your Emotional Finger Print

Your Personal Brand is the emotional finger print you leave on others!

When you are not in the room what do others say about you? What impact have you made on them? What is their perception of you?

What is a personal brand? – It is about how you present yourself in your posture, your body language, your facial expressions, your clothes and the accessories you wear as well as your attitude and communication. It is the ‘Real You’ that you want the world to see and to buy into.

Successful personal branding is about firstly knowing who you are and how you want to be seen, either as the owner of your own business or as a key member of the organisation where you work.  It is then  about effectively controlling and influencing how others see you and think about you. Everyone has a personal brand, however most people do not clearly understand what this is and how important it is for them in today’s world of social media and tough employment markets.  Your brand is more than just marketing and promoting yourself,  it needs to be about the whole you!

Your personal brand is about :

1.   Being authentic – having good self-awareness – drawing on your strengths and values

2.   Knowing what you want to achieve – having a clear vision

3.   Presenting yourself in a conscious, coherent and consistent manner – it needs to fit together and make sense!

In the current environment it is becoming more and more important to have that extra edge, your unique personal branding can be make that difference.

As Dr Hubert Rampersad says in his paper on Authentic Personal Branding ‘ It is therefore important to be your own brand and to become the CEO of your life’

If you would to know more about how to discover your personal brand then give me a call on 07742 445243 or take a look at my Personal Branding Web page http://bit.ly/y0wIIK

 

 

 

 

Does what you wear matter?

 

How much does what we wear matter?  It’s what inside that matters most isn’t it?

Most people would agree, that it is the person we are – what is on the inside that really matters. It’s about how we communicate with people, our values and how we treat others that makes the most impact.

All very true, and we also know that first impressions count, people will make a judgement about us in the first 7 seconds of a meeting, it will the take around 20 more encounters to really change the opinion formed in that first encounter. So how can you ensure that the right message is visible, allowing you the opportunity to build on this and let people see the real you?

Here are my 5 top tips

1. Take time to understand how you want to be seen – the image/brand that fits with the real you.

2. Dress to suite your personality, your business (if work related), and your body shape.

3. Don’t forget that good grooming is vital!

4. Remember to adapt to your audience expectations – however never loose your own style!

5. If you have done the last 4 steps you will look great! Go out there with confidence!

What do you think? Would how you dress change the impact you have? I would love to hear your comments.

If you need any guidance on how to achieve a great look  give me a call on:

07742 445243

 

 

Business Image

How good is your business image? No I don’t mean the reputation of your business, I mean how you look , both face to face and in any photos you have of yourself that are connected with your business, on your website or on Twitter or Linked In.

How do you feel about connecting with someone on twitter or Linked In when they don’t have a photo or when perhaps that photo is a holiday snap? I know that I always think twice and often don’t accept the connection, I like to see who I am ‘speaking’ to and feel confident that they are someone I would want to do business with.

First impressions count and people make judgements in the first 7 seconds – so not time to say very much. That means that how we look and how we communicate through our body language has a huge impact.

Want to hear more? I took part in a radio interview for Dream Corner last week together with photographer Natalie Lawrence, talking about Business Image, follow the link to listen in. http://www.dreamcorner.co.uk/natalie-lawrence-and-sandra-collins/

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