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Confidence is always in style

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Ever walk down the street and see ‘that’ woman? You know, the one who is completely put together – not over done, but just right?

How does she get there?

If you read style books or blogs, you’ll find a million tips to do this, wear that, pair those… and sometimes it can be really confusing. “Follow these rules…” says one. “Throw out the rules…” says another. What’s a girl to do?

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First, it starts by knowing who you are. This sounds trite, but it’s actually the foundation. Knowing your own sense of style – what appeals to you, what you’re drawn to, who you admire – is the first step. Without it, you can’t possibly create the looks that really resonate.

There are several basic style personalities: sporty, classic, romantic, dramatic and natural/boho. (See my blog post HERE about these personalities.) Someone who looks right at home in the artsy natural/boho style would look silly dressed in a button-up suit. Even if she tried really hard, there would still be something a little off.

Many women have been conditioned to think they are traditional, because it forms Royal Ascot - Day 3the basis for most office attire, but when they dig a little deeper they find they’re drawn to something else. I met with a lovely lady who thought she had a traditional style, but upon closer review, she was always drawn to more dramatic looks: avant-garde jackets, bold prints, unusual finishings. Aha! She’s really a dramatic.

Once you know your own true style personality, you will have the confidence to pull off your looks. You will be “bien dans votre peau,” or comfortable in your own skin. You’ve heard the expression – now you know what it really means.

Style personality > looks that suit you > confidence > biens dans votre peau. C’est simple!

If you want help figuring all this out, please click HERE for a consultation.

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Bras. Ugh.

Ladies, can we talk? About bras?

Every day, females over the age of about 12 struggle into uncomfortable contraptions made from fabric, elastic, foam and wires. Through the course of the day, the straps dig into shoulders (when they’re not falling down), the wires poke, the band constricts. And, if you’re like most women, lumps and bumps pop out all over your back, like you’ve sprouted back boobs.

We tug, nudge, fix, adjust. What a way to spend your waking hours!

Good news, ladies. All this changed, when I recently found the Soma ‘Vanishing Back’ bra. Not only is it – hands down – the most comfortable bra I’ve ever owned, Soma has solved the lump-and-bump problem. Take a look at its clever design:

soma vanishing back back         Soma Vanishing Back front

Notice the wide band that gently hugs and smoothes your back. See how the straps are closer together, thereby keeping them in place (and not falling halfway down your arms). The soft fabric is gentle next to the skin. *angels sing* It’s a miracle!

The Vanishing Back bra comes in both back and front close, although front close ensures the back is super sleek.

This is revolutionary, so please think about giving it a try. You won’t be disappointed.

NOTE: I have not received any compensation or consideration for this post. I’m just a fan.