Author Archives: Scarlett De Bease

Dressed For Success

Are You Dressed For Success?

 

Dressed For Success

Being an image consultant during a pandemic has not kept me less busy.

Surprised?

Many women have chosen to stay in PJs, leggings, or sweatpants for the last 8 months. In a way, they’ve given up on themselves, and I don’t need to tell you how bad that is for one’s self-esteem and confidence.

The women who after the first month of self-quarantine, started taking regular showers and throwing on clothes that made them feel and look somewhat normal in not normal times, started noticing that their business, minds, and lives started to look and feel viable and attractive.

Those women have kept me very busy working virtually. They got the whole dressed for success thing.

Here’s an excerpt from the NYT’s article about the German designer Jill Sander that really caught my eye about how women are dressing these days:

She may, in fact, have the answer to the question that has been bedeviling not just fashion but all of us who have had to pull ourselves out of bed and the slough of despond to negotiate life since lockdown began: How do we dress, not necessarily for the world that comes next, but to face the world we are in?
The first thing to know: It does not involve sweatpants.
“I think that radical down-dressing is a drainer.” 

To me, this is nothing new, as I’ve held the belief that dressing well doesn’t have to mean being uncomfortable since I’ve started styling women 14 years ago.

You might not be going out as much as usual, but thanks to Zoom,
you are being seen more than ever.

What if I told you that you’re losing money and self-esteem by not showing up as your best self, even if it’s only for yourself?

Waiting – is costing you one of the most valuable assets a successful businesswoman can have, self-confidence.

If you find yourself saying…

“I want to wait till I lose weight before I dress better.”
“I want to wait, till I fix this…  I want to wait till I get this done.”
“I want to wait till I look better.”

What are you really waiting for? What are you possibly avoiding?

Don’t let the waiting get in the way of your life and business!

Come on! What if you never get it fixed and you’re still waiting and all you’ve wasted is time?”

You know what? If you can’t fix it, I know how to cover it up.

There’s nothing that you are telling yourself now, that you weren’t already saying pre-Covid.

If you were unsure about what you should wear before, there’s no way you’ll know after the craziness we’ve been living in for the last 8 months.

I invite you to get one of the 3 spots left this month for your free Always Know What To Wear call, valued at $100. Let me help you stop being afraid of being seen.

Remember, I know how to accent the positive and hide the negative with clothes & accessories, and some of us have a bit more to hide lately. 😳

Get your Know What To Wear call here.

 

 

 

 

 

Styling Tricks You Need To Know

Styling Tricks You Need To Know

There are little things you can do when deciding what to wear and buy that will take years off how you look and feel.

In other words…BIG results from small efforts with the styling tricks you need to know.

The Tricks & Tips I share won’t require you to buy new clothes or lose weight.

Yeah, I said it!

I’m going to share a biggie with you here because you deserve to know how much you can accomplish with very little effort or expense.

Below is one of the MANY tips I share in Dress Without Stress

Q. Want to make your skin look smoother, less wrinkled, even-toned, and younger?
A. Of course you do!

Notice how these fabrics are highly textured, and if your face is textured from either having freckles, lines, wrinkles, or uneven skin tones, you SHOULD wear textured fabrics.

Styling Tricks You Need To Know

When you wear fabrics near your face that are similar to the texture and patterns on your face, they will become either LESS or MORE noticeable.
Do not wear silk, satin, or other ultra-smooth fabrics if you’d prefer to bring less attention to the texture on your face because they’ll make your lines and wrinkles far more obvious which can make you look older than you are.

This tip took you less than a few minutes to get, process, and think WOW I never knew that, and heck I think I can do that.

YES, YOU CAN, and here’s your chance to learn how to Dress Without Stress now and forever, no matter your size, age, or budget when you get the styling tricks you need to know.

You can now get, at a great price,  Dress Without Stress – a self-study online video course I created for the woman who is simply sick and tired of not knowing what to wear for her shape, size, and budget who’s ready to stop wasting her money on clothes she doesn’t even like or want to wear.

How much is not knowing what you should wear costing you in terms of confidence and dollars?

How To Dress In Layers

How To Dress In Layers This Fall

It’s time to dress in layers.

How To Dress In Layers

The other day it was a dreary, cold, and rainy morning, so I dressed in layers.

This is the best time of year to dress in layers so you can pile them on and take them off during the temperature changes typical in the Fall.

Other than the necklace, I bought everything else on sale, at great prices, and bought them from anywhere from 2 to 6 years ago.

I can find a deal the same way a pig can find a truffle. 😂

 

Below is how I layered clothes to create my outfit in only 10 seconds.

Bonus points if you see who video-bombed me.


Where’s Scarlett?

Did you know that I’ve been a team player?
Okay, what I really have been doing is presenting Get Zoom-a-fied workshops to various business teams, and it’s a Win-Win!

Managers are hiring me as a thank you to their teams, and they in turn have employees who immediately use my tips on looking great on Zoom and in person.


Team Reviews

“We had such a wonderful time when our team came to you as a teambuilding activity and to finally spend time on something we often overlook–the way we look to our clients! As professional consultants in the learning and development space, our work brings us in front of clients every day. We need to send a message that we are professional and aware of how our impression impacts their staff, and their clients, too. Since your presentation, we have all stepped up in our visual resume. It is noticeable not only to each other but our clients. Some of our bottom line increase is because we are collectively presenting ourselves with a more put together and current look. This is all because of your good insight and supportive conversations with our team. We’ve been sharing stories of cleaning out our closets and wearing more put together outfits. We know you were responsible for helping us individually, and as a team, present our best selves. Thanks, Scarlett!”


“My team had so much fun today!  Thanks for a great session, I think every one of them was engaged, even (and especially) the one male on our team.”

 

 

Gayle King

Gayle King Look At These Styling Tweaks

Please, Gayle King, Give Me A Chance!

Some people have a bucket list of places to go or things to do.

I have a few places I’d love to travel to but that rarely crosses my mind, but I do have one item on my work bucket list that still hasn’t been checked off.

I want to create outfits for Gayle King using her clothes and accessories. She loves bright colors and occasionally overdoes it.  Often she makes fun of herself and outfits on Instagram.

Gayle King

I’ve often been encouraged to find a way to make my dream come true.

Maybe one day it will, but meanwhile, let me show you how I would change her very
colorful with stripes gone wild outfit as shown below.

Gayle King

Here is why this top or dress is not as good as it could be for Gayle King.

  1. The stripes go across from arm to arm, which makes her look wider than she is.
  2. The stripes go right across her chest, which might cause her to say: “eyes up here please!”
  3. The neckline is too low for her proportions.
  4. There simply is too much pattern here and is very distracting. This isn’t a good thing as she’s reporting the news.
  5. The position of the stripes is making her shoulders look very narrow and small which makes her middle appear wider.
  6. All of the above takes away from her incredible talent as a journalist and distracts the viewer.
  7. I’d suggest different glasses as there is way too much going on here.

I tried to use my iPad to show how she could still wear her beloved colors but in a bit more of a subdued and flattering way. I don’t have fancy computer programs, so, please be kind to me.

Gayle King

  1. I removed the stripes from her arms, and she now looks thinner.
  2. I removed the stripes across her chest, which also make her look thinner.
  3. I made her neckline higher and solid, which also makes her look thinner.
  4. I removed most of the stripes, which makes her look a bit more serious.
  5. By making her shoulders in a solid color, notice how her shoulders look broader. Guess what that does? Yup, makes her waist appear smaller so she looks thinner.
  6. She still is showing her love of colors and whimsy, but now is wearing the top instead of it wearing her.
  7. I played around with her glasses for fun, but if I were to create outfits for her she’d love to wear, I’d add colorful glasses with solids, not stripes.

Small tweaks make a huge difference towards looking thinner, younger, stylish, and more professional. They also are what make an outfit go from meh to marvelous.

I have time for five, now only two Free calls ($100 value) in October to help you Clothes The Deal to grow your business and personal life. You’ll show existing and potential clients that you are the one to hire when you look and feel like the talented expert you are.

Looking and feeling put-together is more important now than ever before. 

Once these spots are gone, they’re gone.

I’ll show you the 2 top reasons you don’t know what to wear or buy, so get your call on the calendar: Call with Scarlett. 

PS. Who can put in a good word about me with Gayle King???

Note: The above article first appeared in The Three Tomatoes, a great on-line newsletter for women.

look thinner

Look Thinner In Less Than 15 Seconds

 

Look Thinner

I’m being persuaded to start creating Reels, which are 15-second videos posted on Instagram, and since I’m not camera-shy…why not?

Click on this link to see my very first Reel. You’ll get a tip that improves an outfit in even less than 15 seconds and make you look thinner.

Now it’s your turn to give it a try.

Imagine what you’d learn from me in 30 minutes?
Well, you don’t have to imagine, because the first 5 women who pick a time HERE will get a FREE 30-minute call with me, valued at $100.
I’ll identify the top 2 reasons you have a hard time putting outfits together and how to help you change it.

Once these spots are gone… they’re gone.

When Your Clothes Don’t Fit

 

When Your Clothes Don't Fit

When Your Clothes Don’t Fit

Fourteen years ago, I enrolled in an expensive and in-depth Image Consulting course at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

I had been encouraged to start my own personal wardrobe styling business, but I wanted to know more than others in my field and have more invaluable tips to give to my clients.

At the time my son was still in his early years of having intractable epilepsy, and after a failed brain surgery we were now trying the very strict Ketogenic Diet. It required me to measure every morsel and plan every meal in advance.

The main focus of my life at that time was to help him have fewer seizures and save him from even more brain damage.

It was consuming, depressing, and exhausting. So I guess it shouldn’t have come as a surprise when I put my outfit on for the first day of class and couldn’t even close my pants. 😳

While being so focused on my son and also trying to keep things ‘normal’ for my daughter and husband, I was rarely working out and eating more than I should have.

The bottom line: I wasn’t paying attention to myself and it showed. Actually, it showed on my stomach, hips, thighs, and even my face.

I dramatically changed what I was eating, but never starved myself, and by day 4 of classes my clothes were already fitting better.  I was able to wear the outfits I had pre-planned while using a few of my tricks to disguise any extra wiggle in my middle.

I was miserable when I couldn’t close my pants and had to use a rubber band to wear them, yet I learned a lot from that experience.

1. Don’t assume your clothes will still fit a body that isn’t what it was when you bought them.

2. Just because you are not as thin as you used to be doesn’t mean you can’t have outfits that make you look younger and thinner, along with the best accessory of all – confidence.

3. Making a small tweak in what I was eating allowed me to quickly lose a small amount of weight, which made a big difference in how my clothes fit me and how healthy I felt.

I don’t want you to rubber band your way thru the clothes in your closet and health, and that’s why you should…
REGISTER HERE for a power hour of fun, fashion, and fitness with myself and integrative dietitian Esther Blum.

Whether you’re home-schooling your kids, working on your business via Zoom, or yikes both – what you wear affects how you feel
and the message you’re sending to others.

You owe it to yourself, your family, and work to love what you wear and how you feel. YOU deserve it.

You’ll learn how to lose 3 pounds in just a week plus how to look and feel like you are one or two sizes thinner when you have the right clothes in your closet.

Here’s to you!

Why You Have Nothing To Wear

Why You Have Nothing To Wear

 

Why You Have Nothing To Wear

Full Closet. Nothing To Wear.

Recently a new client asked to work with me because she was fed up with having lots of clothes, yet nothing she loved to wear.

Every time she was getting dressed for either an in-person or remote meeting she would wear the same one or two outfits that she had in a few different colors, but always felt frumpy.

And she couldn’t understand why the clothes she had bought seemed great when she bought them, and not so great when she tried to make an outfit with them.

She hysterically shared that her recent way of accessorizing an outfit was to put a bra on. LOL

Then she confessed that things got worse when she let her 18-year-old daughter give her styling advice. 😳

Hence, her “I can’t take it anymore” ringy -dingy to my cell.

I virtually took a look at her clothes and a few selfies so I could see what was going wrong and how to make it right. And it worked.

I told her, here’s why you have nothing to wear…

Turns out she was buying clothes just because they fit, instead of loving how she looked in them and following the advice of a teenager might have worked if she was 18, but not at over 45.

She had lots of pieces, but very few that could be mix and matched to create lots of new outfits.

During her Zoom with me, I was able to show her which of her clothes were perfect for her and which to get out of her closet. And because she chose my Premium Virtual Styling service, I showed her the clothes and accessories to try and buy because I knew she’d look amazing wearing them.

Yesterday she emailed me a big thank you. She loves all the compliments she’s now getting when on camera, and finally her insecurities are gone. She also stopped buying clothes she didn’t even like to wear.

PS Now she’s giving her daughter styling advice and she’s listening!!  Respect!

ANNOUNCEMENT –  My Virtual Personal Styling fees are increasing on September 14, 2020. When you purchase a virtual styling service prior to 9/14/20, we’ll work together when you’re ready and you get to save money that you can use towards some new clothes.

Basic Virtual Styling service will go from $250 to $325
Premium Virtual Styling service will go from $400 to $475

 

 

 

When Clothes Don't Fit

Fitness and Fashion Power Hour!

 

Fitness and Fashion Power Hour is only days away.

 

Fitness and Fashion Power Hour!

Fitness and Fashion Power Hour!

Sometimes hearing it from someone else is best.

Esther Blum is an Integrative Dietitian and has this story to share with you.


One of the biggest struggles I hear from clients is, “I hate walking into my closet because nothing I have looks good on me!”

Ohhhh how I relate to THAT!

In my twenties when I was working out like crazy and really limiting my calories, I bought a stunning navy pinstripe suit that was a size 4 and made me feel powerful and strong.

I also went to Loehmann’s and invested in a couple of other stunning suits. I felt amazing and so proud of my body.

Trouble was, I got wickedly sick with mercury toxicity and my thyroid completely conked out. I gained 20 pounds in 3 months and all of a sudden nothing I had fit me anymore. No more suits, no more petite me…and definitely nothing else that fit!

I didn’t recognize my body and didn’t know how to dress for my new shape. I cried all the time and Iost all my confidence because I had so much shame about how I looked.

So eventually, I bought some new clothes with the help of a stylist and took ownership over my new shape. I learned the best colors and cuts to wear that made me feel like me…only an upgraded version 🤗.

And this is exactly what I help my clients do–feel good in their skin and rock out where they are while they’re in the process of reaching their goals.

So I’m THRILLED to announce my partnership with Scarlett De Bease for our upcoming Fitness Meets Fashion Live Event!

When: Saturday, September 12th, 10:00-11:00 am EST – Mark your calendar in pen!

Takeaways:

How to breathe new life into the pieces you already own that do fit
How to recreate your wardrobe from scratch
How to shop for YOUR body type and skin tone
Three simple needle movers to lose 10 pounds this month so you can look good in your clothes again

REGISTER HERE for the event and bring your pals!!!

Esther and I are excited to team up for you, so be sure to register for our Fitness and Fashion Power Hour and have your pen and pad ready. It’s going to be great!

How To Get Their Attention OnLine

How To Get Their Attention OnLine

How To Get Their Attention OnLine

How To Get Their Attention OnLine

 

Sometimes going online is the only way to get an outcome you not only desire but also need.

A few months ago a client asked me to help her find a dress to wear to her son’s wedding reception in the fall.

I sent her links to a few dresses I felt she’d look great in plus one dressy 2 piece pants outfit. She didn’t ask for pants, but I felt she would look spectacular in this particular outfit.

Some of the dresses were lovely on her, but she LOVED how the pants outfit looked on her and the photos she sent me of her wearing it showed how stunning she looked and felt.

Note: She would never have picked the winning outfit on her own.

She mailed back the dresses as she didn’t need them, and…

Done.

Unfortunately, the pants set was damaged as the box that it was shipped in took quite a beating,

Not done.

The easy solution was to order another one and send back the damaged one.

Done.

A few months went by, and she still hadn’t gotten credit for the damaged set she had returned.

Not done.

She reached out to me to ask for advice as her emails and telephone calls were not getting her the refund that was due to her.

I told her to go their FaceBook page and very nicely explain the problem, and wouldn’t you know it, she got a response and refund in less than 24 hours and now it’s Done!

What are you saying?

Now if you’re working and being seen online, I want you not to look like everyone else.

If you dress too casually, simply, or unimaginatively, you’re showing your existing and prospective clients how you see your business or GASP, them!!!!

Watch below to see what I feel so strongly about and how to get their
attention online in a good way.

Let’s talk about how we can make you not disappear and lose clients.

 

What Does Working Virtually Mean?

What Does Working Virtually Mean?

Say what????

Everyone in your meeting sees how you show up.

I’m watching you & am here to help.

Some people told me- “Your business must not be doing well these days.”

I replied – Umm, actually the opposite is true because I’ve been working virtually for years.
No ‘pivot’ was needed.

March wasn’t pretty for anyone.

In mid-March, I was glued to the TV in my bathrobe pretty much all day and night.  However before the month was over I got dressed every morning, put on makeup pretty much every day, and went back to doing what I do best – helping women always know what to wear.
Yes, even during a pandemic.

What you wear even when you rarely leave the house matters. It matters a lot.

Wearing t-shirts and PJ bottoms with beds or kitchens in the background while being on Zoom or Skype doesn’t scream out authority, talent, ability, or confidence. And turning off your camera says either you don’t care enough to show up or worse, you don’t have confidence in yourself.

It isn’t the way to get new and better clients.

It isn’t a way to make more money.

It certainly isn’t the way to improve your mood or waistline. 😬

The way you show up on a Zoom meeting depicts how you show up
to your clients and management.

What Does Working Virtually Mean?

Everyone in your meeting sees how you show up.

The business world rapidly got a lot more competitive and for the women who wanted to grow their business and self-esteem, they had the below to help them succeed.

Here are the ways I’ve been working virtually 100%.

I first offered on-line personal shopping to my existing clients 6 years ago.

About 5 1/2 years ago I added virtual personal styling with or without online shopping.

4 years ago a client urged me to create  Scarlett On Call which is only for the women who’ve already worked with me.

3 years ago I created a great online video course called Dress Without Stress.

I had four sold-out Virtual Styling Workshops.

Executive team leaders hired me to show their teams how to look and feel their best, which I call getting Zoom-a-fied, so they look as professional in a virtual meeting as they previously did in person.

I virtually helped one client pack for a 2-week city and country style trip.

Another client asked me to help her decide which clothes to take with her on her move from one state and lifestyle to another. Why move what you won’t need or wear?

Others wanted what to wear, makeup, lighting, and background tips for looking great on Zoom.

I created a new 4-month program called Clothes The Deal that includes all of the above, but I haven’t made it public yet.

I’m here to help you too.

Pick a time HERE for you to have a 20 minute free Stop Stressing About Dressing call with me, and I’ll help you identify one of the reasons you struggle figuring out what to wear.

Results

“Thank you for helping settle me down. Lots of upheavals, but grounding to know what to wear.”  – Jane Pollak

“Scarlett gave me makeup tips, we put together Zoom ready outfits and she picked the best virtual background along with lighting and other suggestions. It was fun and so helpful.  
Later that day I was in a Zoom meeting and one of the attendees said that I looked great and they loved the virtual background. Since then I’ve received many additional compliments.” – Christina Larson

“I hired Scarlett because I wanted to figure out a style that would work for me – casual yet professional. She met or exceeded my expectations by having a ton of options ready to go when I arrived, tirelessly chasing down different sizes, and frankly nailing combinations that would work for me right from the get-go. My favorite part was how effortless the whole process was – and how good and comfortable I feel in the resulting outfits. I call Scarlett an absolute expert in her field – and overall a miracle worker!”  – Hanah Brooks

“I writing this email to let you know the effects of your presence are long-lasting. Several times this week I have consulted the photo album of different styles you created for me and I have thanked you often… for making my life so easy, in knowing what to wear, and to be able to “dress without the stress”.  It was well worth it, and a very wise investment.  Thank you, again for doing what you do!” – Sandra Sergeant

Pick a time HERE for you to have a 20 minute free Stop Stressing About Dressing call with me, and I’ll help you identify one of the reasons you struggle figuring out what to wear.