What to wear for business headshots

Do you like your business headshot?

Is it recent?

Does it truly capture the essence of you and your business?

The internet is a great place to do background research on potential clients, job candidates or service providers. Chances are even before you wade through the text of the bio and achievements, you’ll look closely at the profile photo.  A professional and flattering business headshot encourages us to read further; a dated or amateurish pic raises questions about the person’s professionalism.  Yes, it’s superficial and unfair and we do it all the time (whether we admit it or not).

Business headshots are an important investment. They need to be consistent with your brand so take time to consider what you want to project in your photo.  Here are five tips I wrote for a Leaders In Heels article to help you dress and pose for  natural shots you’d be proud to post anywhere on the internet.

Happy reading.

 

How to fit jeans without trying them on

In the market for new jeans, but dread trying on fifty pairs to find a pair that fits right?   Here’s a very cool tip to fit jeans without trying them on.  This trick will  save you time and keep you sane when shopping for jeans.  When you find a pair and want to know if it’s worthwhile trying it on properly in the dressing room, do this quick test.

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Authentic Style – My first book is launched

Style, bubbles and baubles

What better way to welcome  into the world a book about styling than to throw a party at a jewellery shop?

That’s what happened one gorgeous sunny Sunday in July. My first book, Authentic Style: A practical guide to loving how you look every day was welcomed with such love and anticipation from past clients, friends and new acquaintances. Here’s how it was reported by the Sydney Standard.

It’s not too late for you to get your own copy of Authentic Style.  Buy your copy here and start your Authentic Style journey right away.

Thank you to the beautiful readers who’ve sent in positive comments:

Authentic Style. A must read for all ladies – really explains how to be authentic to yourself with your style. Great whether you are into fashion or not.  – Amanda F, NSW

I’m reading your book and really enjoying your perspective. It’s a lot deeper than many styling books. Had you in the change room withe me today when I tried on a pair of white jeans.  I could hear your words in my ear..avoid white pants when you can see the inside of pockets through the fabric. – Sophie R, NSW

I’m grateful to all the people who came to the launch as well as those who helped me put on an afternoon of  styling fun and jewellery browsing.  Special mention goes to Forooz Normyole at Les Nereides for helping me host the afternoon, Both Sides of the Story for donating dinner vouchers at Catalinas and Danielle Chiel for donating a gift certificate for one of her soft hand-knitted jumpers.

Host your own clothing swap party

host your clothing swap party

Photo via www. trashbackwards.com

A clothing swap party is a wonderful way to enjoy time with girlfriends and to experiment with new fashion styles without spending a cent. Hosting your own clothing swap party is easy.   Here are five ideas to ensure yours runs smoothly and everyone has a great time.

1.  Timing

Consider hosting a clothing swap party at the end of a season.  A change in the temperature will encourage your friends to sift through their wardrobes and identify what they’d like to pass on. [Read more…]

Clothing Swap: interesting observations on human behaviour

Clothing swap is a great way to pass on your unwanted clothes.

I went to my first publically organised clothing swap  last Saturday in Surry Hills. Over 50 women (and a handful of men and children) had travelled through the cold and wet to wait patiently outside the library. We’d been told to come early to check in our donated clothes in exchange for buttons.  Each button entitled the bearer to take away a preloved item. It sounded like a fun way of passing on clothes I no longer wanted.  There was also a delicious possibility I’d find something different to try out.

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How to determine fit in the dressing room

It’s sale season so there are plenty of good bargains out there.  When you’re in the dressing room trying on your pieces, it’s vital you find something that both fits and flatters you.  Let me tell you more about how to determine  fit.

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Wear a chunky knit with style not chunk

As it gets colder, it’s lovely to wrap yourself up in soft, cuddly chunky knits. They’re all the rage at the moment  and you can find them in a variety of shapes and lengths.  You don’t have to sacrifice your shape when you wear a chunky knit.  There are ways to enjoy the softness of a knit AND look stylish in the silhoutte you cut.  This video shows you how.

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It’s easy to wear fashion accessories. Three tips to get started.

” I want to wear fashion accessories, but I don’t know how.”

I had the pleasure of working with Sally last week.  Sally completed an 8-week fitness challenge with Body Beyond Baby and to celebrate her fit and toned body, she wanted advice on looking more stylish on casual occasions with her existing clothes. Like many first-time moms, Sally wants to wear flattering and current clothes, without overhauling her wardrobe because she plans to have a second baby in the near future.

Fashion accessories is the answer and they are the elixir to rejuvenate your wardrobe. Not only are they an affordable way to update and  stretch a wardrobe, they are an outlet for your individuality.

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Wear colored tights confidently

Levante 50 denier $14.95; Ambra 200 denier $$12.95; Hue 70 denier$14.99

Have you ever wondered how some women can wear colored tights and make them look chic, effortless and cool?

I’m a real novice when it comes to wearing colored tights, but I just couldn’t resist the David Jones’ colored tights display.   Maybe it was the bleakness of the day or the cool temperatures, but the cobalt, neon yellow, hot pink, purple and green tights called out to me. I didn’t have the guts to buy the brights, but settled on three pairs that were still out of my comfort zone  (chocolate suede, ruby and brown ribbed).

How to choose colored tights?

If you’re looking for opaque tights, it’ll help to understand what “denier” means.   “Denier “ is a measure of the thickness of the weave of the material used in making stockings or tights – the higher the number, the thicker and warmer the tights.  Opaque tights are usually 50 denier plus while sheer tights range from 5 denier to 30 denier. [Read more…]

3 Tips to Style A Scarf

Brrr.  Winter is definitely here.  It was only 9 degrees this morning as I style a scarf over my jacket to drive my son to his morning (way too early) music practice.  A scarf is my favourite accessory.  Not only does it keep you warm,  it adds instant pizzazz to any outfit and it camouflages whatever you’re wearing underneath (in this case my pyjamas).

Bored of the usual way you normally style a scarf?  Here are three ideas to help you get more creative as you style a scarf over your outfits.

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