Style Foundations: It’s about to drop!

We’ve been talking about it for a little while now, but it’s happening! The wait is almost over, folks. Style Foundations is launching on Tuesday January 12. There are three days left to sign up. Through L Squared I have helped many of you achieve confidence in yourself and your wardrobe and I have loved getting to know all of you. This time we are giving YOU the tools to become your own personal stylist and giving you the opportunity to go on a self paced journey to discover your personal style. There are 10 lessons, each one delving more deeply into the details of style and fashion. The course is quite reflective. We ask you a lot of questions that may make you sit and think harder about your style than you ever have before- starting with some personal awareness, we ask you to look at yourself and your environment. By the tenth lesson you have a solid foundation on the basics of fashion, like what toe shape would look best and what colours compliment you most. That’s wonderful knowledge that any woman needs to know! You’ve heard the old saying – each person is unique. Fluffy, we know, but true. Each person has a different body shape, a different skin tone, a different colour palette, a different sense of style, a different level of comfort and the list goes on. Find out how to use these unique features to your advantage. Walk out of your front door feeling more confident!   Wanna know more about it? Read this GREAT article from Mommy Connections. Style Ivy is great for anyone on the path to discovery, especially moms.   “As I get ready to return to the workforce after 4 years and 2 babies, I realized that my body has changed. My lifestyle has changed. What I like has changed. Insert STYLE IVY, a dream come true for many women in my shoes.”   Check out the website styleivy.com or check out @yourstyleivy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram  

Friday Find: Casual, comfy weekend boot

For the ladies: http://www.sorelfootwear.ca/en/women-boots For the Gents: http://www.asos.com/Lacoste/Lacoste-Sauville-Boots/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=6107431&cid=17184&Rf900=1447&Rf911=2244&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Grey&totalstyles=81&gridsize=3   Why? reasonable price point Easy weekend boot that isn’t out of place strolling around town or going for a  good for a light day hike.  

Image Is Powerful, Yet It Is Superficial

Let’s talk about image. I regularly share advice on how to build your personal brand and your personal style, but this time let’s talk about the ‘superficial’ stuff- image. Image is all about perception. How you are perceived by your peers, by your colleagues, or by a random person on the street. In the instant they see you, whether it’s for the first time or for the thousandth time, they form an opinion based on how you look. We all know that, that’s not new. What people don’t realize is the power of your image. Because image is superficial in nature, you can change it. Don’t be afraid to add more depth. You are not only what you are wearing or what you look like. Sometimes you don’t know where to start, how to change your image. That’s okay! Here’s the great thing- you aren’t alone in that feeling of insecurity. Watch this.  It’s a couple years old and certainly worth it (all 9 minutes).   … yeah, you heard it. Even this accomplished model is insecure. Pretty amazing that Cameron Russell stood up and shared this publicly. “I am insecure. I am insecure because I have to think about what I look like everyday.” Despite her insecurities, she’s completely right.  Image is NOT everything. (you’re furrowing your brows thinking “where is Lazina going with this?”) Well here’s why I say that… How you present yourself each day IS important- yes, but that’s not all. Your image and presentation needs to be grounded in a solid personal strategy.  Without this, image does seem superficial. Your personal strategy starts by taking some time for introspection. I often get clients to answer these types of questions: What do you value most in life? What motivates and inspires you? What do you want to be known for? What are you the absolute best at? What brings you joy and makes you smile? Take some time to answer these questions…. you won’t be sorry you did. Answering these questions bring clarity to who you are and want you’re about. Knowing what you want will help you embody the image of the person you want to be. Once you know YOU, you’ll be able to better understand and define how you want to share your greatness with those around you. You can walk tall and feel comfortable no matter how others see you.   “If there’s a takeaway from this talk, I hope it’s that we all feel more comfortable acknowledging the power of image in our perceived successes and our perceived failures.” – Cameron Russell