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Welcome to the Winter edition of the Image Matters newsletter. We hope you enjoy it. It has been a fantastic year and we are looking forward to 2014.

We were very chuffed with our feature ‘Dress for Success’ in the New York Times in November. I want to thank again, my lovely client Orlaith Blaney of McCannBlue who was so gracious in agreeing to participate!

What a blast – it has given a huge boost to the business with interest from a range of Irish Media including an offer to write a piece for the Irish Independent Business pages which appeared last week – ‘Dress like you mean Business’

We have lots planned for January including a ‘New Year, New You’ programme which will focus on giving you that extra stylish edge, no matter what your lifestyle or budget!

Onwards and upwards for 2014

Wishing you a happy and peaceful Christmas!

Give the gift of style this year!

Surprise someone you love this Christmas with the gift of style.
Imagine surprising your wife, partner, daughter, sister or work colleague with a gift that they might never think of buying for themselves but secretly, you know they would love it!  The gift of style……..

Our ever-popular gift vouchers – at prices from just €95– represent a unique gift that continues to give throughout the year.

Not only will it pamper someone you care about, it’s beautifully simple to order.  And we’ll deliver it to you in plenty of time for Christmas.


And for those last-minute Santa gifts,  we can email a voucher to you right up until December 24th. Easy. Perfect.

Click here for more details.

Coach Yourself Fabulous!

I am so thrilled and delighted to have achieved my Diploma in Executive & Life Coaching!  What a buzz – like many people I had an idea of what coaching was all about but it is only in the last 6 months that I have seen (and experienced) how powerful it really is?

Did you ever feel that you are not realising your true potential? Do you sometimes feel that you could achieve a lot more, but not really sure where to start? Or perhaps you wonder to yourself what this life is all about?   

The basic premise of coaching is that we all have the answers within – a coach will guide you along the way to help you truly discover what it is you really want.

I am so excited as I have seen with my clients (yes already!) how powerful the process really is! The plan is to integrate my coaching skills into the whole personal image area given that how we look on the outside is hugely determined by how we feel on the inside.  

I will be rolling out some very powerful and exciting coaching programmes in early 2014!   These will be both 121 coaching and group coaching.  Specifically I will be integrating the whole area of wellness into my current business offering on the basis that if we are not ‘well’ ourselves, it is very difficult to be of any use to those around us!

If you would like any information in the meantime I would be delighted to hear from you!

Party Wear 2013

The Christmas party season is well and truly upon us and whether it’s the office party or an annual gathering of friends you are wondering what to wear! Follow our top tips and you’ll be sure to turn heads for the right reasons.

Black is not the only colour
When Coco Chanel invented the little black dress she created a fabulous evening wardrobe staple.  But whilst the ‘LBD’ will always be a party favourite, do take care as black doesn’t suit everyone’s colouring.  If you feel black is not your best colour but you’ve got your heart set on wearing your LBD you will need to make sure you wear it with the right accessories.  

Black looks great on ‘deep’ colourings like Eva Longoria but it can still look striking on other colourings too, just make sure you don’t wear it too close to your face.  If you are light brown, blonde or a red-head then add a lighter colour necklace, such as masses of pearls or silver or gold (whatever suits your colouring) to reflect the lighter colours onto your face.  The style and fabric of the dress, and teaming it up with a variety of accessories, will send different messages, so depending on your mood you can glam it up with sequins and killer heels or keep it low-key with simple jewellery and a lower heel.

Emerald Green
This year’s Pantone Colour of the Year looks gorgeous in eveningwear. There are varying
shades of green to suit different colourings but the most striking is emerald. Emerald green is best suited to ‘clear’ colourings – those of you with bright eyes and dark hair – and redheads.  Choose a dress in satin as it will enhance the colour and really give you the ‘wow’ effect. Other popular greens include pine green which suits darker colourings and some darker redheads too. This shade looks equally fabulous in a satin shade or a mix of satin and chiffon. Those of you with fair or light brown hair should look for a softer teal shade.

Purple is a great alternative to black because it has the same slimming effect and there is a shade to suit every complexion.  Purple shows that you are creative and in control.  It projects confidence and individuality, so if you’re not afraid of colour and want to express yourself, wear a purple dress.  Silk is seductive and velvet dramatic, chiffon will keep it feminine.

In terms of eveningwear we tend to think of red as the epitome of ‘sexy’, but it can look elegant and dramatic too.  Red is not for wallflowers, you won’t be able to shy away in red!  Some sparkle in the detail will add extra glamour, floor skimming satin will make it ultra dramatic and close fitting velvet will give you the ultimate vamp effect.  It is also a great energising colour, so if you weren’t in a party mood before, you will be once you’ve got your dress on! Again, there are shades of red for every colouring; darker colourings can go scarlet, geranium red is good on blondes, redheads can wear tomato red with a hint of yellow in it.

Have fun!

Party Style Tips

What is it about the upcoming Christmas party season, that has us all deliberating what to wear to the office party and where our fashion focus shifts to buying that perfect party dress and killer heels.  Are you looking for some fashion, beauty and style tips to transfer your look in the run up Christmas?

We have put together a list of the Top 10 Tips to help you on your merry way!
  1. Dress to impress. This is the one time of the year that you can dress up, so make the most of the party season and wow your colleagues.
  2. Interesting and statement accessories in festive gold or silver will add that wow factor to any little black number and is a good way to update your old reliable black dress.
  3. If you want to stand out from the festive crowd, you need to opt for bold, stand-out colours.  All of the jewel colours such as emerald, cobalt blue and red are always extremely striking at this time of year.
  4. Add some sparkle. Sequins and beading offer instant bling and can really dress up any outfit. Just make sure you are not dressed head to toe in them or you’ll resemble a Christmas tree!
  5. Of course, shopping for that perfect little number is all about dressing for your body-shape. Find something that fits well. The trick is to highlight your best assets and down-play the parts you are not so happy with!
  6. Avoid anything that is too tight, too clingy or too revealing as it can look a bit trashy!
  7. Shiny, sheeny fabrics tend to add volume while matte fabrics are more slimming.
  8. Vamp up the make-up. This is the time of year to go full on with the make-up.  Smokey eyes, red lips and flawless looking skin always add that lovely edge to any look.  If you have long hair, an up-style is a great way to bring your look from day to evening.
  9. Shoes, including those killer heels, should last you the whole night.  Remember when choosing heels for your office party, they should be stylish and comfortable.  You can always use your folding flat heels for the journey home.
  10. Drink stylishly. Never, ever drink too much at a work party.  Having a few too many is never a good look!  There will always be someone more sober than you (including your boss perhaps) and you will have to face them again very soon!  Enjoy!
Check out our blog for further information or email Frances or call 086 8119698 and follow us on Facebook for regular style tips and news.
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