3 Fun Ways to Update Your Style without Spending a Cent!

Do you wake up in the morning, stare into your closet and just feel blah because all you can think is ‘same old clothes, same old style?’

Nothing excites you about getting dressed for work anymore, and let’s not even talk about a night out on the town! Night after night, you watch those reality TV shows and wish you were one of those lucky women getting the complete makeover you crave and deserve. Top that off with having to pay for the kids’ extracurriculars, a broken down car, and the rising costs of just about everything – the mere idea of going on a shopping spree to freshen up your ‘look’ is out of the question.

Sound familiar?

Too often, women get lost in the everyday shuffle of family life and responsibilities, leaving their own needs for last. Are you guilty of delaying an already overdue haircut because your youngest has outgrown his soccer cleats?  Or eyeing that beautiful cocktail dress in your favourite store during the holidays, but opting to wear the same dress you’ve worn the last 2 years to the office party because, well… it’s the holidays and the bank account is depleting fast enough.

Don’t despair! I can help.

Here are some easy, fun tricks to update your style, and you don’t have to break the bank to do it!

1. There’s more than one way to wear your hair.

Unless your hair is super cropped (I’m talking Demi Moore in GI Jane or Britney Spears’ rage-induced buzz cut of 2007), you should be able to wear it a couple different ways.

Believe me! It’s possible.

During your next visit to the salon, ask your stylist to show you some easy ways to style your current cut differently. Sure, it may require a different styling product and feel awkward the first few tries, but don’t get caught up with trying to have every hair perfectly in place. If, for some reason, your stylist is unable to assist with this, it might be time to shop for a new stylist!

2. Play dress-up!

Remember as a child how fun it was to play dress-up? To sneak into your mother’s or your sister’s closet and having fun trying on their clothes and shoes, layering their jewels like you were the Queen of England? Embrace that inner child again!

Set the stage: don’t attempt play time when you’re on a time constraint. Give yourself at least a couple of hours to “play.”

Next, turn on some music – music that you love, music that makes you want to dance (and you might!). Have some fashion magazines or your favourite Pinterest boards handy for style inspiration. Also have a full-length mirror available and do your hair and make-up beforehand.

Now it’s time for the real fun to begin. Pull out everything from your closet! I’m talking clothes, shoes, purses, jewelry – and start playing.

Most often, we reach for the same outfits – thus creating those “style ruts” we find ourselves in – so begin with just one of your favourite pieces of clothing and start dressing it up with items you don’t wear as often. Look to your inspiration pictures and don’t be afraid to be silly and creative. Untuck, tuck, wrap, twist, layer, add a belt…I guarantee you that at least a couple new outfits will come from this experiment and, better yet, you don’t even have to open your wallet!

For a real-world example of this “playing dress-up” technique in action, check out these pictures of my client, Yvonne. Together, we created a whole new look for her from items already in her closet – no trip to the mall required!

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3. Host a clothing swap party!

Personally, I like any night out that involves good friends, wine, and potluck appetizers.

Instead of spending any money, host a “swap party” where friends bring gently worn clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories that they would otherwise donate.

Try to set up in advance to display the items – think boutique second-hand store. Once ladies arrive, everyone can mingle, try things on, and have some fun.

Set a limit, though, to make sure things are fair. For example, if you bring 3 items you can shop for up to 3 items – unless by the end of the night there are still items left. If any items remain after everyone has gone home, these can easily be donated to your preferred charity.

I know what you’re thinking – everyone is different shapes and sizes. Don’t underestimate the value of coming away with some cool accessories! Often it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.

If, after you’ve tried these 3 easy tricks, you’re still feeling like you have nothing to wear, it’s time to call in an expert for support. Book a complimentary Style Success Session with me here and let’s get you out of that rut!

 


Turn That Frown Upside Down!

I have a confession to make.

I am not always a happy camper. Actually, I don’t like camping at all.

Joking aside, I get angry, sad, frustrated and, at times, resentful.

Last week was a really crappy week for me! It was one of those weeks where nothing seemed to go right and my normally good attitude went down the drain, too: I stained a brand new blouse, burnt a batch of cookies, mixed up two of my own appointments (thankfully not client appointments!!) and then got nailed with a hefty,unexpected expense.

Seriously, as the saying goes when it rains it pours.

So why am I sharing this with you?

In my role as Image Branding Expert and Coach, I set a goal to intentionally inspire, motivate and keep you accountable for your own goals. I like to lead by example. I am a happy, fun outgoing and optimistic woman!

But, I am also human.

I have days where my head is just not in the game. I get down on myself and then the domino effect of crappy events happens, just like it did last week. The difference now is that I’ve learned how to snap out of the pity party I give myself and get back on track. Re-adjust my attitude and get focused, quickly.

4 Ways to Turn That Frown Upside Down

Here’s what works for me:

1. Acknowledge how you feel

I find accepting the emotion – whether it be anger, sadness or whatever – is best. Let it out. Have a good cry, scream into a towel or write it out in a journal. Expressing whatever I’m feeling, when I’m feeling it, has had such a cleansing effect for me. It’s like wiping the slate clean and starting again.

2. Deep breath in….. exhale…..

Intentional deep breathing is also very cleansing.

Sit, close your eyes and inhale through your nose, let your belly expand, feel your chest rise, slowly count 1-2-3….. Then, release and exhale out the mouth, slowly.

Repeat until you feel more grounded or settled.

3. Laugh until you almost pee your pants

Laughter truly is the best medicine! I have a stash of funny clips on my phone or on my computer handy for those days! Sometimes just hitting up YouTube for 20 minutes of funny video clips can turn my whole day around. Consider the wise words of Charlie Chaplin:

“A day without laughter is a day wasted”

Laugh until you almost pee your pants, then laugh some more!

4. Keep a gratitude journal

A daily entry into a gratitude journal puts life into perspective.

Every day, jot down 5 things you are grateful for. No need to over-think or over-analyze what to be thankful for. Did you have hot water for a shower? Did you have food for lunch? Was the sun shining? Did your child hug you?

It is life’s simple daily pleasures that create a happier life. As I was packing boxes during our move a few months ago, I came across some old journals of mine. For over 10 years I have kept a gratitude journal! It was pretty neat reading some of those entries.

Choose just one of these four strategies and start implementing it within the next 24 hours. Let me know which one you pick by leaving a comment!