Decluttering a Closet to Deal with a D – Disorganized Dressing

Decluttering a Closet to Deal with a D – Disorganized Dressing

It’s Day 394 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and an image coaching session allowed me to support a Pink Collar Swan in decluttering a decluttering a closet to deal with a D –– disorganized dressing. One of my clients, Janet Kassalen, is a gifted author whose debut children’s book, Flip Flap Try, has a valuable lesson for adults trying to find their career fit. I was delighted to interview Janet (https://pinkcollarsavvyandchic.com/2017/09/27/pink-collar-author-interview-janet-kassalen-author-of-childrens-stories-with-a-grown-up-message-part-1-of-2 and https://pinkcollarsavvyandchic.com/2017/09/28/author-interview-janet-kassalen-author-of-childrens-stories-with-a-grown-up-message-part-2), a few months ago and to get to work with her around her image coaching needs.

Like many women, Janet felt her wardrobe lacked appropriate clothing for her professional and personal life ––– book events, playing in the orchestra, church, date nights, and for casual activities. After Janet completed a complimentary  image assessment, we devised a plan that included assessing her wardrobe, decluttering her closet and organizing her outfits. Today, during our two hour session, I was able to support Janet in minimizing this barrier and maximizing the best clothes in her closet resulting in beautiful options that work for her. Decluttering a closet to deal with a D –– disorganized dressing feels so rewarding!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, with Janet in a gorgeous Anthropologie belted dress & pants that are artistic & whimsical like her! I’m in a top & fly-away cardi w/ skinny jeans,  sandals, & handbag. All Calvin Klein acquired from TJ Maxx over time.  

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Life Coach who provides coaching around image as a part of my holistic approach, it was such a joy to watch Janet realize she already had a great wardrobe but just wasn’t putting pieces together effectively. By teaching her some tips about her body type, coordinates, separates, staples, color, pattern, and texture, she now understands how to build outfits that reflect her personal sense of style with confidence. All she needs now is a great pair of jeans and a new hair style. We’re working on that next week. In the meantime though, Janet expressed how pleased she already is with the way we decluttered her closet and dealt with the disorganized dressing D.

How about you? Have a cluttered closet that causes disorganized dressing? How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose to declutter it in order to deal with that particular D? If you need some support, please reach out for a complimentary image coaching assessment at pinkcollarcoach@outlook.com with Image Coaching in the Subject Line. Thank you!

Be savvy &  chic,

~ Pink Collar Coach

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Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 18, 2018

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 18, 2018

Heading off to do an Image Coaching session focused on decluttering the closet. And I’ve heard it said an uncluttered closet leads to an uncluttered mind. So I’m thrilled to support in this way! A good day! ; )

Worn Out from Working It Out – “Kick Start Your High Heeled Success” Workshop

Worn Out from Working It Out – “Kick Start Your High Heeled Success” Workshop

It’s Day 289 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I’m worn out from working it out at our “Kick Start Your High Heeled Success” workshop. Planning and executing all day women’s events is always draining for Kay Fittes and me – in the best way because we give it our all – however, with a snow advisory for 5-11″ in effect for early this morning into tomorrow morning, we felt an extra degree of stress. Once we’d committed to moving forward unless we a Level 3 emergency, concerns about attrition while wanting our participants to be safe plagued us. All of this necessitated lots of additional communication. Then we went to bed not knowing what we’d find when the time came to head to the venue. Given all the hype, you can imagine our surprise and relief when we awoke to not a drop of precipitation! As is often the case, Kay and I concurred – What a case of much ado about nothing! Even so, we experienced attribution due to the unwarranted fears about what we and the participants called the erroneous weather prediction – a Nor’easter, white death, Snowmagedon, etc. Though we missed having those who understandably decided not to risk it, we had a wonderful workshop with the intrepid participants who dared attend despite forecast snow fall in the afternoon. That forecast was accurate and created a bit of a distraction…Considering the weather issues, it’s no wonder we’re worn out from working it out at our Kick Start workshop!

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Kay Fittes, CEO and Founder, High Heeled Success & me, Pink Collar Coach.                                      Calvin Klein color block dress, blazer, and suede open-toe heels. All TJ Maxx. 

Good thing to kick start something literally means to give it new energy! And that’s exactly what happened while we presented on powering personal esteem, professional esteem, verbal language, non-verbal language, presentations and packaging. The packaging segment is especially enjoyable for me since I get to tie all the pieces together – If you’re already doing all the other things, why let your packaging sabotage your efforts? Also, two of my image coaching clients gave heartfelt testimonials about their experience with me, and I finally got to tell one of them how coaching her through a D – distorted self concept/Ugly Duckling Syndrome – to total transformation/realizing she’s always been a Swan, helped me clarify my mission and tagline, to hone in further on my unique value, and gave me the idea for my swan logo. Immensely gratifying doesn’t begin to describe how I felt seeing and hearing how far she’s come now that the internal changes she’s worked on are reflected in her external packaging. And what a joy to have a table displaying my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul! It seems while I was there to help Swans kick start their careers, I got a kick start for mine as well.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Life Coach, Author and Speaker, it doesn’t get much better than a day like today. Although I’m exhausted, it’s the best kind. Kay read today that we are created in God’s image – to make manifest His glory in us. Just as He worked hard for seven days to create the world, saw it was all very good and then rested, likewise we do our best work, feel a sense of accomplishment, and then crave rest. I’m going to sleep now because I’m wonderfully worn out after working it out at our Kick Start Your High Heeled Success workshop.

Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and work to the degree that it wears you out at times? Hopefully, you also feel as sense of accomplishment at having done it well and then give your self permission to rest.

Be savvy  & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Professional Packaging Supports or Sabotages

Professional Packaging Supports or Sabotages

It’s Day 286 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and preparing a proposal for a presentation reminds me how our professional packaging either supports or sabotages us. When I did my student teaching at a small uber conservative Christian school, despite having always used fashion as a form of self-expression, I began packaging myself similar to the other teachers. Dresses to my ankles, long hair pulled into a bun and little to no makeup. Even though I conformed a bit, I wouldn’t have been caught dead in something with the alphabet, animals or the Ark on it! Still, we teachers didn’t make much and I wore the least expensive items I could find. That is until my mother’s threat if she ever saw me carrying another ratty handbag from Walmart scared me out of buying any more! Imitating the fashion choices of others didn’t work for me then, and as I’ve matured, it really doesn’t now. Rather than following trends, I own what works for my personal sense of style – and pocketbook. Today I understand the truth of quality vs. quantity and dressing your best now – no matter your budget, body, busy schedule, or even beliefs. Though those women’s hearts were in the right place – they believed they were being modest and good stewards –  however, their dowdy attire did nothing for them. In fact, I suspect it hurt some. Those ladies worked hard. All Pink Collar Swans work do. Why not invest in purposeful packaging? After all, it either supports or sabotages us – personally and professionally.

The reason I suspect those women were hurt by the seeming lack of effort they put into their packaging is that most of them were viewed and treated as doormats. More together on the inside than their male counterparts, they also functioned at a higher level overall. Yet somehow they were looked down upon based on their outward appearance.  Unfortunately, I’ve seen this in other workplaces. While men usually stick to a standard uniform of at least a button down, khakis, and loafers, women show up in shapeless dresses and skirts, stretchy pants that could double as fitness wear, and shoes that are only a step up from house slippers. With hair scraped back in a ponytail and faces devoid of even a bit of lipgloss, it can appear as if they just rolled out of bed. And although women who work hard full-time on the home front may not need to go to the extreme of business casual attire, those who don’t bother to at least get dressed aren’t doing themselves any favors. In both scenarios, what women sometimes don’t really get is that rather than supporting the positive image they wish to project, their packaging sabotages it. Lest I sound overly critical, there have been times when I was that hot mess woman myself!

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Professional Packaging takes effort Swans! And we’re SO WORTH IT! 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Life Coach, one of the Ds (challenges women face) I coach around is Dressing. Consequently, I am excited to have been contacted by the sponsor of this women’s event. The participants will be women who have reached a certain level in their careers but who have hit a wall – because of their packaging. Having  recently faced more of my own dressing barriers  (a full hysterectomy, pelvic floor surgery, and a lumpectomy, all of which resulted in hormonal weight gain and significant body changes), I’m learning to let go of my old super skinny body to embrace and properly fit my new super shapely one. It’s an ongoing challenge! But I’m minimizing those barriers (Olga makes some great minimizer bras – HaHa!), and am maximizing the ability to relate to the women I coach in order for them to maximize their beauty. Overcoming my own obstacles has equipped me with the experience needed to not only dress these women, but to address their issues…I’m looking forward to doing that so their packaging no longer sabotages them but supports them living their best professional lives.

How Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose are you about your professional packaging? Is it supporting or sabotaging you? I’d love to help. If you’re interested in a complimentary Image Assessment, just email me at pinkcollarcoach@outlook.com, with Image Assessment in the Subject Line. Thanks!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Purposeful in Pink & Pondering Mary Kay Cosmetics as a Product

Purposeful in Pink & Pondering Mary Kay Cosmetics as a Product

Day 154 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project started early with a meeting to explore an idea I’ve toyed with on and off for a while. As a girly girl who loves pink and makeup, I’ve always been drawn to Mary Kay Cosmetics. That being the case, when I met a Mary Kay Sales Director at my Evolve networking event, I voiced my interest in learning more about how Mary Kay might work for my image coaching and we scheduled to meet this morning. I decided to be purposeful in pink to honor one of America’s greatest entrepreneurs and I’ve been pondering whether to offer Mary Kay Cosmetics as a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic product ever since.

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Pink Collar Coach, purposeful in pink. Calvin Klein fuchsia shirt dress, bone pumps and pink bag.

In graduate school, I researched Mary Kay Ash as part of my capstone project. My final paper was entitled: “Pink Collar Strategy to Shatter the Glass Ceiling: Entrepreneurialism as a Sledgehammer”. Mary Kay left the male dominated corporate world and founded the company as a way to help other women be successful. Its principles are God first, family second and career third. This so aligns with my values and the image coaching facet of my business. And the freedom and flexibility the company offers fit into my dream “portfolio career” where I’m doing all the things I love on my terms vs. working for others. While all of this is good for me, I believe it could be great for the women I coach, personally and professionally.

Thus far, when I’ve done image coaching sessions, I’ve taken clients to Sephora (and Target in a pinch because the request was added on to go with an out of town client’s new wardrobe!). It seems to make sense that I’d carry products so the image coaching sessions can take place in my home/office, the client’s home, or at the Mary Kay Studio here in town (I didn’t know that existed until today!). That would provide more opportunity for proper makeup application so the look can be replicated at home. And I’m hopeful that doing the demonstrations and providing the products in a more relaxed setting will put clients more at ease.

Really, I’m trying to be purposeful about what I now call, “The Swan Experience”. For those who request a stand alone cosmetics makeover or one to complement the wardrobe makeover, the transformation would simply include cosmetics I carry rather than clients purchasing products from a retailer and paying the marked up prices to cover their overhead expenses. In addition, I’d be able to offer complimentary products and services. It seems like a win win! And, surprisingly, my hubby volunteered that he’s on board should I decide to move forward.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who is building her business to serve you,   I’d love your input. I’m not asking if you think I should “sell” Mary Kay. My question is more if if you were interested in an image coaching session, would you enjoy having the products on hand to try in a comfortable, private setting? I’m trying to be purposeful and provide your preferences, so I appreciate you helping me ponder whether to offer Mary Kay Cosmetics as a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic product. Thank you!

P.S. If you weigh in and I move forward, there may be some giveaways!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Extreme Eyebrow Makeover (How an Image Consultation Client Got Her Eyebrows and Her Groove Back)

Extreme Eyebrow Makeover (How an Image Consultation Client Got Her Eyebrows and Her Groove Back)

I spent Day 119 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project with my lovely client, Janis. She was referred/reached out to me for an image consultation/coaching because she’s been experiencing some positive changes on the inside and wanted her outside to reflect them. Recently, Janis took on an administrative role assisting the Director of Care at her church. She loves the work and is thriving. She’s attended some of the workshops where Pink Collar Savvy & Chic is featured at High Heeled Success events and believed I would be able to help her. I was delighted because with every interaction, I’ve found Janis to be smart, sweet, and funny in a wonderfully droll way.

Tickled as I was to be contacted, Janis and I experienced some technical difficulties. My email kept sending hers to Junk. At one point, Janis became frustrated and emailed that she was beginning to think we weren’t meant to get together. Pish! (my beloved Aunt Birdy’s word) was my internal response. I shot an email right back calling it what I believe it really was: The devil being mad and not wanting her to do something she’d finally taken the initiative to do for herself. Isn’t that always his way? Especially with women? But you know what, after I called it out for what it was, our emails have gone through without a hitch! So there…

Still, I was a little nervous because Janis’ husband wanted to accompany us. I gave the green light, but was even more meticulous about my due diligence than usual. Janis’ main challenge was her eyebrows. She’d explained in her assessment that she didn’t have any.  Don, or Sweetie Pie, as Janis calls him without exception, reiterated that and seemed very concerned about the process. I’m happy to say, however, that from the very beginning, my go-to consultant at Sephora and I won him over. We’d come up with our strategy the night before and executed it flawlessly.

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Janis. Still pretty sans (without) eyebrows.
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One brow down, two to go. What a contrast!
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Two natural looking brows. What a difference!
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Joyful Janis with enhanced outer beauty that now better reflects what’s inside.
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Even prettier with her glasses.
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Pretty, professional Janis with Proud Pink Collar Coach.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick and Coach, it doesn’t get much better than this for me. Janis kept saying, “I can see my face!” and Sweetie Pie, well, other than saying how good she looked, he was rendered speechless for the most part! The Sephora cast member, as they are all called, got a little emotional and stated “This is why I do my job.” And it’s why I do mine. This was about so much more than eyebrows. As Don, oops, Sweetie Pie (Janis assured me that really is his name), stated it was about giving Janis her confidence back. So, I guess this post could have been entitled, “How Janis Got Her Eyebrows and Her Grove Back”!

If you are in need of a beauty Rx, please contact me. I’d love to help you get your personal or professional groove back too!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach