Back in October, I wrote a very personal blog surrounding my statistics and set myself a target of loosing 23lbs to achieve a baseline weight of 13 stone. Nearly 4 months in to this personal challenge, I ‘am happy to report an overall weight loss of 15 1/2 lbs.
This has been a very gradual process with the help of Slimming World, to educate myself on how to achieve a healthy relationship with food. 4 months in and I can honestly say that it hasn’t felt like a diet, as I’ve not had to deprive myself of everything that I love. It’s all about choice and compromise (like most things in life), and also knowing the effects of having a blow out, whether it be a take-away, alcohol, meals out, or if you share my weakness, breaking in to the kids treat box! All of these “pick me ups” have a very real effect on weight gain and when you realize the extent of this you can start to make informed decisions about whether you really want that extra glass of wine or whatever your emotional food crutch might be!
No matter where you are on your body image journey, in terms of dressing for a slimmer silhouette, there are things that you can do that will give you the appearance of a thinner you. If Christmas has left you feeling a little rounder than you’d like, then these simple yet effective strategies may help.
- Wearing a darker colour from your palette over your largest point can give the illusion of a thinner silhouette. Not everyone has black in their palette and the other dark neutrals can be just as effective. Navy, Charcoal Grey, Chocolate Brown and Damson are all fabulous when trying to create a slimmer version of you.
- Wearing one colour from head to toe can make you look taller and slimmer (this includes your footwear and hosiery)
- Adding a heel to your outfit can also have the effect of slimming down your silhouette
I have not got to my personal target yet, but I have no doubt in my mind that I will get there and when I do, I promise to share it with you (if I’m brave enough I may even share a picture in my size 22 swimsuit which will no doubt still fit me as I will still need the extra fabric to stretch over my longer than average body)!
For now, I’m simply happy to take control of my eating habits, safe in the knowledge that I’m working towards a very achievable goal, and satisfied that “I’m good enough!”
It gets to this time of year and many of my clients start to panic over outfit choices for those all important Christmas Party’s. Whether it’s meeting your other halves work colleagues or spending time with your own team, we all want to arrive looking and feeling the very best we can.
There are many ways in which we can create optical illusions in the way that we dress or apply our make-up to make us look taller, shorter, slimmer, younger, even more powerful!
Starting form the head down, the way we cut or style our hair can have a big impact on our face shape. By giving my hair some volume at the top here, i’m creating the illusion of an oval faceshape. Because my face narrows out in to a point at the chin, by wearing drop earings i’am creating the appearance of a wider chin as you focus on the base of the earings rather than my narrow jaw line!
I have rather a long neck so i can accomondate the high neck line on this dress.
In choosing a mid tone colour, it’s more flattering on my larger frame than the pastels that feature heavily in my palette.
My top half is wider than my bottom half so i’ve choosen volume at the base of this dress to even out my shoulder width.
The embroidery on the top section of the dress acts to create a colour block, thereby breaking up my silhouette which has the effect of making me look shorter. I do this a second time by teaming the dress with black tights and shoes.
I think any outfit teamed with a glass of fizz is a winning combination for one and all!
Happy Christmas everyone!!!!
So here we are in January yet again! Cold, back at work, detoxing after all the Christmas cheer and generally feeling a little bit miserable right? Here at Styled In Colour I can kick start your new year by creating the very best version of you! I can help you look good/slimmer/younger and healthier with no surgical interventions or faddy diets in sight! Finding confidence in the way we look and present ourselves to the world is vital in achieving our goals in life. If we don’t feel confident in ourselves then how can we expect others to believe in us too?
Having a colour consultation can immediately energise you and make you feel more empowered. Wearing the right colours will get you noticed for all of the right reasons and will make a lasting first impression.
Having a style consultation will give you the necessary rules to make shopping easier, quicker and more effective with non of the impulse buys of the past! Of course it will make you look better too, as it teaches you those all important rules for dressing for your body shape!
Having a make-up prescription or make-up lesson will give you confidence in the colours that you are choosing to wear on your face along with the knowledge of how to apply them properly. We can even advise on how to take a daytime look in to nighttime so you will never again be left with the dilemma of what to put in your handbag for a revamp of your make-up after work! Research carried out in America concluded that professional women who wear make-up are perceived as more likeable, trustworthy and competent whereas UK research demonstrated that waitresses who wear red lipstick get up to 25% extra in tips!
Booking a wardrobe weed can instantly de-clutter your over filled hangers and drawers. By culling the items that simply don’t work I can show you how to use the items that will work to your best advantage and demonstrate how to co-ordinate them all with that long term goal of achieving a capsule wardrobe. A de-cluttered wardrobe = a de-cluttered mind!
A personal shopping experience can assist you to make sound purchases that are right for your body shape and that harmonise with your colouring. So if it’s a special occasion, a job interview, a new working wardrobe or an existing wardrobe overhaul, I’m the girl for you!
Having a colour or make up party can give you a taste of the wonderful world of Colour Me Beautiful whilst sharing the experience and cost with your close friends. Even better, when you book a party the money that you pay to attend is discounted from any future bookings for colour analysis and style.
Bye for now,