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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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!

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.

 

How You Dress Will Keep You From Feeling Like This Too

How you dress

How you dress changes your business and life.

“I don’t want to look like a Shlump!”

That’s what not 1, or 2, but 3 women have told me in just the last two weeks. After 3 plus months of quarantine, they have gotten a bit too relaxed and see that their laid back personal image is causing their business and psyche to suffer.

Think about it…Nobody wants to work with me if I show up dressed like a “shlump” either on-line or in person. Nobody!

Nobody wants to hire a life or business coach if they’re dressed like a gardener because that won’t convince you they can help grow your life and business.

Nobody wants to hire a financial advisor if they’re wearing outdated or ill-fitting clothes and look like they’re short on cash.

Get my drift? How you dress will either help or hurt you.

So … if you’re ready to take the next leap in your business (but your wardrobe isn’t exactly screaming authority) lets chat and we can get started on a style that matches your talent.

How You Dress

“Scarlett is a brilliant Image Stylist. She understands not only what looks good on her clients but how those clothes interact with daily life and can be an extension of your brand. What she saved me in knowing where to find the great sales (and when to pay full price) covered her fee alone. Even if that wasn’t the case she would be worth every penny. I highly recommend Scarlett!” – Patty Lennon

 

 

 

 

 

YOU are still being seen on-screen if not in person. Maybe only from the waist up, but that doesn’t mean you should only put in 50% effort to look and feel your best.

Do you think you’re ever judged by what you wear?

If your answer is yes, or I don’t know – we need to talk.

I have 6 spots left in July for you to have a
FREE 
Always Know What To Wear call with me.

Go here to pick your time for your FREE 20-minute call. 

If you’re a woman business owner, I’m really looking forward to showing you how to attract more and better clients.

If you’re a woman looking to go from feeling frumpy, aka “shlumpy”, I’m really looking forward to showing you what to wear for the body, life, and dreams you have now.

How You Dress

“I finally committed to investing in myself, as I just wanted to stop feeling stuck or blah about what I was wearing. I was simply tired of feeling like I didn’t have the “right” things to wear. Scarlett helped me get rid of the clothes that were not serving me well and created a closet full of outfits I could wear. It was also really helpful to learn the key pieces that were missing from my wardrobe and how to best use my accessories.” – Nancy Sheed

My 3 Most Watched Videos On YouTube

 

Most Watched Videos On YouTube

The temperature is in the sizzling range for most of the country, so I thought you’d enjoy three of my ‘hottest’ videos on YouTube.

Oh, come on, I mean my most-watched videos on YouTube.

 

 

I have a few times left in July for you to have a FREE
Always Know What To Wear call with me.

Go here to pick your time for your free 20-minute call. 

I’m really looking forward to showing you how to always know what to wear.

 

 

 

Make Money Consigning Your Clothes

Make Money Consigning Your Clothes

 

Make Money Consigning Your Clothes

Make Money Consigning Your Clothes

 

 

You have hundreds to thousands of dollars sitting in your clothes closet.

Ever ask yourself how much of those dollars you actually wear?

Scary, right?

 

 

Very often new or long-time clients want to learn how to pick out clothes they won’t be sorry they bought plus get help to say either see ya, so long, bye-bye, nice knowing you, doesn’t bring me joy, I’ll never wear it, it’ll never fit again, or ________________________. You can fill in the blank.

Here I am, below, telling you about 2 clients who made money from clothes they either didn’t or shouldn’t wear.

The very fun, very OMG now I know why that dress, top, necklace, scarf, you name it, doesn’t look good on me Virtual Personal Styling Workshop has just 2 virtual seats left.

Get one of those last spots here. Going once, going twice, gone!

 

National Fudge Day

June 16 Is National Fudge Day

National Fudge Day

Can You Find Me?

JUNE 16 Is National Fudge Day and according to legend, a confectioner messed up while trying to make caramel, and ended up creating… FUDGE.

My difficult to share fudge story is below. Proof that a mistake can result in something good.

It Happened In Paris.

I used to dress in a way that made me look like a plain-Jane and often disappear in a room. 

On my last day of training in Paris for the skincare company I worked for, my boss invited me to join him and others later that night at the disco he frequented.

I was so excited, but what did I know about discos in Paris or really anywhere?

Nothing.

I was clueless as to what one wears and thought to wear the mousy outfit I wore that day would be perfectly fine.

It wasn’t.

Later that day, after a nap I was in my hotel getting ready for what I was sure would be an incredible night of fun.

I redid my makeup, fluffed up my hair, and put back on my mousy brown skirt with matching top, buttoned up with a bow to my chin, and freaking sensible sandals!!

Ugh! I was in my 20’s and was dressed like my friend’s grandmother and I didn’t even know it.

FUDGE!

So when I walked into that club totally believing it was going to be a great night out as the guest of a wealthy Parisian, I thought I had arrived!

I walked into the club and immediately realized I was not going to fit in. It didn’t matter that I was barely 23 and nature was still on my side.

All around me were gorgeous tall, thin, and sexy women. Most were models from all over the world including America and compared to them I felt and looked like an ‘Ugly American’.

Double FUDGE!

So I sat there drinking and shrinking into my seat. Nobody was asking me to dance and each time a goddess walked by, tilting her head, laughing and looking fantastic in just jeans, cowboy boots, and a t-shirt, I could swear I was getting shorter, wider, and even more invisible.

But it turns out I wasn’t invisible after all. All of a sudden a man rushes up to me and lifts me out of my seat holding me up in the air and then places me on a high bar table. As everyone started to stare and laugh he put his head under my skirt and now the entire room was hysterically laughing at how he was mocking me.

I don’t know how, but I remember grabbing my skirt around me and jumping off that high table. Guess those sensible sandals came in handy after all.

He, and it seemed like the whole room, was laughing at me and it wasn’t my imagination -they were, and I was no longer feeling invisible. It was awful.

Turns out that jerk was a very well known socialite in Europe and known for being a sleazy guy. But that didn’t make the humiliation go away.

I told no one about this for at least twenty years, but…

I vowed to never again be made to feel insecure and unattractive again.

Not knowing what to wear was humiliating & I told myself NEVER again.

I was determined to learn how to dress better even on my limited budget. I learned what colors were best on me and stopped buying lots of clothes because they were a bargain. Instead, I only bought clothes that made me look and feel confident, successful, and strong instead of weak and invisible. 

Years later I told my story to a client who happened to be a business coach, and she helped me realize that now I help women never feel like I once did. That horrible night has given me a very fulfilling career.

As Oprah says, what I know for sure is that…

Feeling insecure, uncomfortable, & self-conscious is not acceptable to me and shouldn’t be to you either. Been there done that.

Note: The photo above was taken the morning after my disco disaster, hence my miserable expression. Unbelievably I was wearing yet another mousy bow tie top and matching skirt. FUDGE!!!!!

P.S. I created 2 more Personal Styling Workshops conducted virtually for you to learn what you should wear to feel and look current, comfortable, and confident no matter your budget or size.

Go here to save your seat.

National Fudge Day