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

Personal Makeover to Match Professional Metamorphosis

Personal Makeover to Match Professional Metamorphosis

Day 109 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Project has technically passed, but I’m so excited about how I spent it that I wanted to share. For years my comprehensive coaching agency, Pink Collar Savvy & Chic, has partnered with High Heeled Success to present workshops for professional women. At the most recent, I met an early childhood center director and could relate to her struggles, having sat in that seat myself.  Like me, she was barely surviving in the role and took advantage of the opportunity to invest in her professional development when it was offered. Fast forward to today and she is now thriving. She’s undergone quite a professional transformation and I am thrilled to have conducted an complete image consultation to reflect her changes.

After this professional woman, who is the boss, initially reached out for the consultation, she experienced a case of cold feet and was understandably a little fearful. I assured her that I would do everything in my power to ensure she had a positive experience and that she’d come away from the image consultation, which I use as a coaching session, feeling encouraged and inspired.

And I’m so happy to say I delivered on my promise. Our day started at TJMaxx and when the first outfit I’d selected for her was PERFECT, it set the tone for the rest of the wardrobe shopping. Now this director who wears hats as a business woman, classroom assistant, tour guide, bus driver, cook, custodian, nurse and counselor to name only a few, has a selection of beautiful, comfortable, functional separates along with slide on flats that she can mix and match to build several outfits. All of these will enable her to step into any of her roles with ease and style.

Makeup was next on the agenda. Our trip to Sephora yielded an array of cosmetics that can be applied to bring out great skin and STUNNING, and I do mean STUNNING hazel eyes flecked with so much green. The ladies at Sephora couldn’t say enough about how pretty they are and I agreed. In fact, pretty was a common theme that ran through the clothing I selected for her. While she needs to look professional and like the leader of the program and for parents and stakeholders, pieces with details like embroidery, fresh patterns, feminine cuts, soft colors and those with a pop play up the pretty while remanning professional. Cosmetics with pinks, peaches, and purples complement her new wardrobe.

Finally, a salon visit that included color, eyebrow waxing, cut, and styling completed the new look. A pretty auburn shade mixed with a subtle gold tone is close to the natural hue buried beneath gray hair. As with her eyes, the stylists in the salon were effusive about how gorgeous my client’s thick, curly hair. To get a better shape than below, a bob cut with the back slightly stacked causes the front to fall forward a little and it will do more as it grows out. The bangs were left a little long, again for softness and to show off her brows. The color alone erased years and enhanced her beauty.

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At the end of our time, the ladies at Sephora and the salon wanted to see the total transformation. Their enthusiasm was as much a boost for the my client’s self esteem as the new look. She indulged all of us and changed into one of her new outfits so we could take pictures of her transformation. The genuine, spontaneous reactions all around – from the stylists, receptionist and other customers – far exceeded any feedback I could have given. She did me so proud!

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Coach who LOVES to bless women, I coached all day to not only dress my client but to address her issues. So you can imagine why my favorite part of the day was when I told her, “You got through the day with no tears.” Then she proceeded to cry – tears of joy. Rewarding Doesn’t. Begin. To. Describe. It.

~Pink Collar Coach

If you’d like to polish your professional packaging, I’d love to hear from you to discuss an image consultation.

 

 

Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Style Sense – Dress to Impress – For the Position You Want, Not the One You Have

Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Style Sense – Dress to Impress – For the Position You Want, Not the One You Have

Where are you on the              Dress to Impress Continuum?

Though Day 83 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project has technically passed, I’d like to share how the day’s image consultation reinforced the importance of dressing to impress in our careers. When seeking a new position or a promotion, I’ve found it pays to dress for the role you want instead of simply dressing for the one you have. Not only have I seen the benefits of this practice in my own career in the education, corporate and non-profit sectors, as an Image Consultant, I’ve watched smart, competent, qualified women whose professional packaging didn’t match those qualities be passed over time and again. By being savvy and chic about their professional sense of style, however, these same women have not only been promoted, they’ve experienced advanced acceleration in their careers.

When I was made homeless by my abusive wasband (was + husband), I literally had no clothes but the ones on my back. Another woman who understood the importance of having a good suit for interviewing purchased one for me. She also paid for me to have my hair done. I’ll forever be grateful to her for the boost to my confidence and esteem…

After making a whirlwind return to the workforce and working nine months (I called it a school year)  as a pre-K teacher in an early childhood center so my toddler and preschool children could go to work with me, I maximized my business degree and Elementary Education degrees to land my then dream job as a Kinder Care Director (90% discount on tuition – Hello!). When I interviewed with the recruiter for the Assistant Director opening, I wore the suit. My friend, now husband, questioned why I’d wear a suit to work in a child care center. “Because I’m dressing for the Director job I want.” And sure enough, the recruiter called the district manager and told her, “This one’s Director in Training material.” Soon after that, I was flown to Minnesota and driven by limousine to interview for a directorship at Childtime.  Mind you – I was living in subsidized housing by then and driving a disreputable van that I had to park out of sight for interviews. But I didn’t look like that. I looked like a Director. So I received offers from the world’s two largest corporate child care providers in the airport on my way home to the projects. When I told KinderCare I was going to go with Childtime, the Director in Training role became  Director position. Not all because of the suit, but largely because of it. I’d like to think I had a little something to do with it and I know God’s hand was all over it.

Another example of dressing to impress in order to get the role you want is with one of my image consultation clients who was one of the most valuable players on her team who helped the attorneys to get their jobs done. Her professional packaging was doing her no favors and her contributions went unnoticed. Following our initial consultation where we revamped her work wardrobe so her outside was an accurate reflection of her inner rockstar, she was no longer invisible and began to receive the recognition she deserved. Then, when we completed a makeover so she could run for a high level position in Toastmasters, she exceeded everyone’s expectations by being elected to and excelling in that high responsibility/visibility role. Again, the clothes and makeup didn’t get her the position, her hard work did, but they didn’t hurt her either.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who loves dressing just to dress, I love dressing women and addressing their sense of style barriers just as much. Doing so today was incredibly rewarding. And so much fun! My Pink Collar Savvy & Chic client has already made so many investments in her professional development. I can’t wait to watch her advance as she maximizes her new sense of style and dresses to impress so she can land the job she wants and live her best professional life.

What about you? Where are you on the dress to impress continuum? Whether you’re on the home front, in the workplace or both, do you need to own your sense of style to put your best foot forward and feel your best? I’d love to support you. Please email me to schedule a complimentary assessment. Thank you!

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pink Collar Savvy & Chic – Smart, Fun, and Confident

Pink Collar Savvy & Chic – Smart, Fun, and Confident

Day 69 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project project provided the opportunity for me to do two things I’ve been looking forward to. The first was an image consultation with a smart, fun, uber professional woman. The second was tag teaming said image consultation with one of the most amazing women I know.

As a Magistrate, Betsy wears a robe two days a week and spends the other days writing decisions and meeting with the public to answer their questions. A practicing attorney prior to moving up to her current role a year ago, she’d just had a baby and was pregnant when she stepped into her new position. With all of the exciting changes in her professional and personal life, Betsy wanted a wash and wear wardrobe, infused with color rather than all black, that would work as hard in both settings as she does.

BEFORE – SMART and FUN

 

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Pink Collar Cute Chick. She looks young but don’t let it fool you. She’s a Magistrate. As a Magistrate, wife, and mother of two little ones, she needed a work wardrobe that can easily make the transition from professional powerhouse to playful parent and partner.

Betsy called the following her clothing rules; I called them her clothing criteria:

  1. Colorful
  2. Comfortable
  3. Professional to Personal life agile (I made that last part up!)
  4. Wash and wear (No dry clean)
  5. Not clingy, itchy, scratchy, see-through, or white

From start to finish, Jen, my partner in Pink Collar Crime, and I were great at tag teaming it. Other than the power suit being dry clean only, we hit it out of the park. And I still count us as batting a thousand because we did find a power suit that was machine washable and Betsy didn’t think it looked power suit enough. Just saying’…While I pulled together the power suit, several blazers, a skirt, a versatile black dress, and several shrugs, Jen rocked it out on the blouses, shells, a statement piece blazer with grommets, and a pink party dress that will be killer for date night, plays and other after five events.

Clothing criteria: Check, check, check, check, and check!

AFTER – SMART, FUN and CONFIDENT

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Pink Collar Confident Chick. Outfit maintains fun vibe while upping the professional ante. Floral sleeveless print blouse is fresh with its the coral and loden green color scheme accented in black  piping. The large scale of the pattern keeps the flowers from being too feminine for the courthouse. Paired with loden green pants and a coral blazer, the look is business casual at its best. Betsy already owns black pumps to wear with this. Switch those out for black flats, remove remove the jacket and she’ll be ready to romp in the park with the kiddos or do dinner w/ hubby.

Jen, Mrs. Plus Ohio 2015, and I both do image consultations and wanted to try doing one together, but neither of us knew how it would go. To our delight and Betsy’s benefit, it couldn’t have gone better! Us thinking it went well is great but Betsy saying more than once that we make a great team – that’s confirmation. Now Jen and I know our plan, not to take over the world, but to simply mess with it, is a good one.

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Pink Collar Chicks after Mission Accomplished!                                                                             Magistrate, Pink Collar Coach, and Jenn, Mrs. Plus Ohio 2015.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick, I believe the Before and After pictures say it all. The former has Betsy posed where the words “fun” and “smart” are visible. Betsy was both of these in spades before our time together. The latter reveals a word that was hidden. The fact that Betsy stated, “I can’t wait to get dressed for work tomorrow”  now shows that she’s smart, fun and confident.