Color Evokes Emotion

One of the most powerful tools in the box is color, and it’s one of the easiest to deploy.   Ad agencies all over the world use color to manipulate your emotions – because it works.  Why shouldn’t you do the same, when you’re trying to create a certain impression? There are three ways in which…

Dresses over Jeans/Kimono Toppers

There’s a trend going now for “dresses” (intentionally so – the “dresses” are usually not functional as dresses) or kimonos over jeans.  I’d recommend some version to nearly everyone. Dresses over pants are a classic line in other countries (aka most of Asia and the Middle East) *because* they’re so universally flattering.   Here’s a few…

Casual, Hands-on Work Environment

One of my clients recently came to me with the question – “Well, I don’t really have to change my style, do I?  I mean – I wear very casual clothes to work, and I’m hands-on (and getting dirty) all day”.   This is often an objection to upgrading the wardrobe for SAHM, too.  “It’s just…

When Shoes Betray

One of the great rules of fashion in the modern era is that shoes make the outfit.  That’s great for those women rocking the Jimmy Choos, but what about the rest of us?  Not everyone can (or should) run around in stilettos all the time.  Some of us can’t even manage a kitten heel.  Life…

The Psychology of Hand-me-downs

I received an interesting question over on my personal website this week, about how to avoid causing insult when you are the recipient of unwanted hand-me-downs.   There’s a lot to unpack about our emotions surrounding clothing – so let’s give this a go. Clothing is considered intrinsically valuable:  Until the last twenty to thirty years,…

You can be you and be fashionable

One of the greatest benefits of the modern age is that we truly have the choice to wear just about anything and still be fashionable.   This wasn’t always so, and I think that many of us hold on to days past when there were just one or two big trends per year.  That’s so far…

Wearing Mommy’s Clothes

Most of us are burdened with preconceived ideas of who and what we’re supposed to be.  How we’re supposed to dress, how we’re supposed to speak, how we’re supposed to interact. Some of that is useful – one doesn’t want to burn all the etiquette books, after all – but much of it is self-induced…

Lift one another up

If I could request resolutions from my readers, my request would be that we actively look for ways to encourage one another in our respective quests for Beauty. If you see someone who looks nice, say so. If you see someone rocking an individual aesthetic that’s working for them, tell them that you enjoy it….

Be Yourself

Why not be oneself? That is the whole secret of a successful appearance. If one is a greyhound, why try to look like a Pekingese?  – Dame Edith Sitwell “Attractive” according to dictionary.com: 1.providing pleasure or delight, especially in appearance or manner; pleasing; charming; alluring: an attractive personality. 2.arousing interest or engaging one’s thought, consideration,…

Comfort Zones vs. Hard Limits

Anyone who has ever seen a makeover on TV has seen someone taken from one look to another virtually overnight.   Can I do this for you?  Yes.  We can find someone to do your hair and makeup, I can treat you like so much raw material, and in a few days, you’ll be a whole…