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Looking Good and Feeling Good

By Angela Marshall, 30th Sep 2009
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People often complain about how they look and feel and yet are not prepared to do anything about it, particularly women. They will often buy the same things that are already sitting in the back of their wardrobe or purchase items that make them feel worse about themselves. Men will avoid shopping and purchasing clothes as they don’t feel good in and pretend they don’t care about their appearance. Understanding your wardrobe personality is the first step to feeling good. The second is understanding what styles suit your body shape and compliment you. It is not about being fat or too thin. More about wearing the right clothes to suit your shape and proportion, wearing the wrong styles will not compliment you whatever your shape and size. Thirdly wearing the correct shades of colours will help you look bright and healthy. Finally sort, organise and plan your wardrobe before you shop. You will save so much more money and be happer with a well planned wardrobe.

Since becoming an image consultant, 14 years ago, I am much happier with my wardrobe and feel and look who I truly am – “Being Truly You”. The title of my book for men and women on wardrobe personality.

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Networking – The Eyes Have It!

By Angela, 30th Sep 2009
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Lots of people are networking these days and looking for new business. Some people are new at it and some, like me, have been networking for many years. It can be very daunting, walking into a room full of strangers, but our body language can give out very positive messages as well as helping us feel good about ourselves.  For example our eyes are normally the first thing people notice and they can be made to look bright and breezy, and can unconsciously communicate interest or boredom.  As part of Appearance Management image workshops we discuss body language. They are an essential element in our body language and together with a smile can convey a warm welcome or, alternatively, the opposite.
 
A smile costs nothing but gives much and fosters goodwill in business and is the sign of friendship”.“Eyes reveal joy and elation as much as they uncover sadness, melancholy and distress.”
 

 


Interviews: Making a Good Impression

By Angela Marshall, 30th Sep 2009
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I have recevied feedback from several employers about obvious mistakes people are making when attending interviews. Some of theses mistakes, it seems,  people just don’t think what image they are portraying to the interviewer, particularly students out of university. As an image consultant I am quite shocked, or should I be, what bad manners people have?  Here are some tips:

10 Do’s

  1. Shake hands firmly with the interviewer at the beginning and end of the interview
  2. Good posture, give eye contact, smile and relax in the chair but don’t slouch
  3. Make sure you know where any documents you need are and the order they are in
  4. Adhere to the employer’s dress code, check out the company’s dress code beforehand
  5. Be smart – dress slightly better than you would if you were an employee
  6. Cover up tattoos and remove body jewellery
  7. Listen carefully to the current question and try to give short and concise answers with examples
  8. Speak clearly and loudly (no too loudly) and try not to speak too fast
  9. Know your CV

10 Don’ts

  1. Chew gum or eat garlic beforehand, ensure you have a fresh breath
  2. Turn off your mobile and ensure you do not take any text or phone messages whilst in the interview (it has been known)
  3. Have dirty, scruffy shoes
  4. Look worried, or have a poor posture
  5. Wear creased clothes
  6. Have dirty hair, nails or hands
  7. Ask for the toilet the minute you arrive for the interview, ensure you go before you announce your arrival or ask the receptionist to give you a minute to go
  8. Mutter, interrupt and not listen to the interviewer
  9. Turn up late and not apologise
  10. Be arrogant

Building a Successful Wardrobe

By Angela Marshall, 30th Sep 2009
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Stylist Gok Wan says “Shop less, wear more”. How true.

 

I watch so many women shopping that haven’t given any thought to what they are buying, what it will go with or when they will wear it. Often people panic buy or don’t recognise what suits their colouring, body shape or wardrobe personality and therefore are ultimately not happy with the item when they get it home.
As an image consultant I have noticed:
Women – Too many women say they have ‘nothing to wear’ whether it’s for work, a special occasion or going out for the evening. Yet they have lots of clothes in their wardrobes. This is where the 80:20 theory comes in. Often 80% are clothes that don’t fit, suit their personality or are inappropriate for their lifestyle; there may also be too much black. The result is they only wear 20% of the clothes in their wardrobe.Men – generally don’t sort out their wardrobes.  They hoard things so their wardrobe is full of old clothes and often ‘make do’ on weekends. They need to build a wardrobe to suit the activities they have in their lives e.g. business meetings, sporting events, dinner with friends, going out to eat, school events, entertaining at work or at home. The need to ensure they dress for their business and social life, you never know who you may meet and first impressions count for ALL occasions.

 

 

7 Tips

 

  1. Sort out your wardrobe, get rid of what you don’t wear or at least put it in a  different place.
  2. Organise what you have and check out what you need.
  3. Mend items that need repair.
  4. Send items, which need it, to the cleaners.
  5. Basics – acquire those first.
  6. Mix and match – gone are the ‘wear-once fast fashion days’, choose items with quality that have longevity and can be teamed with other items.It is one of the best ways to save money on your wardrobe wants.
  7. Shoes and accessories – all you actually need are a few basic designs and colours; these you can use for most events!


Need help with your wardrobe? After seeing Appearance Management, clients find they have a smaller wardrobe yet feel they have more to wear and are surprised how little they need to purchase. Appearance Management will save you money and you will have the 3 Ws – a workable, wearable wardrobe!


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It is known that companies prefer to promote candidates that are attractive, but attractiveness covers many things. Looking and feeling good, having good manners, being well groomed as well as being well presented and conducting yourself with good communication skills, confidence and style. We are all judged on the way we look, sound and behave. The better we are at these the more chance we will be seen as an attractive candidate when looking for a job.

With so many people applying for the same job it is important to make yourself as attractive as possible.

At Appearance Management we help people to look, feel and be their very best.


British Afternoon Tea

By Angela, 17th Aug 2009
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It is becoming recognised that we need to be more conventional and conservative in our values and that grooming and good social etiquette are the key to being successful.

Networking – In the United States, the British afternoon tea has become a fashionable way to meet and greet people and create relationships either for business or personal reasons. It is also becoming more popular in London. I certainly enjoy meeting prospective clients, clients and friends for a chat for afternoon tea Sofitel in St James, who have a great selection of teas accompanied by Pariesiennes pastries (especially the cup cakes). It is one for my favourite and for a less extravagant tea there is also City Inn Westminster who make some great scones.

It is a wonderful way to introduce yourself to people in a stylish and elegant way and it gives you a great opportunity to give a good image and show your social graces and good manners.

 

 

 

 

 


Wimbledon – Uniform of Line Judges

By Angela Marshall, 30th Jun 2009
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This year the players at Wimbledon have brought a variety of styles of fashion to the courts. However the group of people that are most disppointing are the line judges’ outfits which were changed in 2006. The styles are not complimentary to the majority of their shapes. They are emphasising their tummies and in many cases thighs and thick waist. Many of the judges are middle aged and the styles need to be able to adapt to their different figure shapes and yet keeping it looking as uniform.  The lengths of skirts are finishing at the least flattering place, mid calf. This surprises me as they were designed by Ralph Lauren as part of a £6million deal, so you would have expected something in keeping with the people who wear the clothes.

As an image consultant, Angela Marshall of Appearance Management, I would be happy to give them advice for far less money and they would look and feel good amount the clothes.


Wimbledon – Stylish Women Players

By Angela, 30th Jun 2009
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Many players have followed Roger Feder’s example and are looking  very stylish this year at Wimbledon. They are wearing clothes that reflect thier wardrobe personality  e.g. Serena Williams, Elena Dementieva and Maria Sharapova. There are however several players who are emphasising their weaker body shape areas such as tummies and midriff. They need to understand the best styles to compliment their bodyshape and they will  look and feel loads better in the outfits.

As an image consultant, Angela Marshall of Appearance Management, I would be happy to give them advice for far less money and they would look and feel good amount the clothes.


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Having good manners and professional etiquette are often ignored and yet are so significant, as they are part of your personal image. Manners have become more relaxed, especially when meeting the Royal family, however there are still many rules that are timeless and expected as part of professional manners. The key thing is to always treat people with consideration and respect, although this should be obvious, it is frequently a casualty in many workplaces.


In a business environment this means understanding the critical factors that can make or break a business meeting; impress a potential client or influence a first impression on your first day in a new job. When attending a meeting you should stand when a senior manager or top executive enters the room. Then wait until they offer their hand and when shaking hands ensure you always have a firm grip (although don’t squeeze). And look directly in the eye when greeting them. If you are the host ensure you offer your hand to your guest and welcome them with a smile.

 Remember: Always be conscious that your mannerisms reflect on your professionalism and that of your company’s business.

Appearance Management includes etiquette and manners as part of their workshops and personal consultations.


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The other morning I turned on the television, whilst changing to go out, and Trisha Goddard on Five programme was on. This is not something I would normally watch, however it was about etiquette and they had on some women who they were going to change from ladettes to ladies, so I thought I should watch it. I was amazed, in fact shocked, to hear that a few of the women go to Asda in their pyjamas because they are too lazy to change; one in her dressing gown with nothing else on. Three were sent off with some experts and were taught how to have better posture, speak more politely and how to use a cup and saucer. It had not struck me before that people use mugs all the time. The comments the women said after the session included how much more confident they felt and how much greater self-esteem they had.

 

The next day I had a business meeting in City Inn Hotel, Westminster and all the people were having cups of coffee and tea in cups and saucers.

For me, this is another example why we find “Etiquette & Manners” an important session in Appearance Management corporate workshops and why we also offer it in our personal consultations.

 

 

 

 


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