Alignment isn’t just for yoga.

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Thanks for coming back for my final week of the Style I.R.L. Guide! We have been defining your personal brand, and using that knowledge to take steps to improve your life. Follow these easy steps to purge your wardrobe of things that do not align with your personal brand. 

Step 1:

Take a look at the inspiration board you created in week 1 of the Style IRL Guide. Remind yourself of what your personal brand is and what it looks like to you, and the words you used to describe it. 

Step 2: 

Keeping your personal style words in your mind, go through your closet and pull out any pieces that DO NOT align with that style. Example: If your personal brand is classic & professional with a modern edge, then you might want to pull out those bohemian, paisley, long & flowy skirt and peasant blouse. 

Step 3:

Once you’ve pulled everything out that you don’t think is in line with your determined personal brand, take a look at each piece again and make a decision whether you want to purge it or keep it. If it doesn’t really fit into your personal style but it’s something you just LOVE and brings you so much joy, KEEP IT! There are no hard fast rules and we are doing this work to create HAPPINESS IN YOUR CLOSET. But most likely if you’ve pulled out a piece because it’s not in alignment with your style, my bet is it isn’t a favorite and makes you feel not-so-great when you wear it anyway. Go through your entire wardrobe including shoes and accessories. 


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Don’t feel overwhelmed! Break it down into mini-sessions so give yourself 20 minutes whenever you can. You’ll get through it eventually and when you do it will make getting dressed every day easier and more enjoyable. 

Steps 1, 2 & 3 are part of a service I call the Closet Cleanse and I go though all of that and more with my client. But it’s easy to do on your own if you dedicate the time and follow the instructions I lay out in another post. CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED. 


Thanks for working with me all month long with my Style IRL Guide. We accomplished so much together. In the next few weeks, I challenge you to be diligent about your weekly outfit planning- make it a habit that you do every week and you will continue to grow your Virtual Personal Look Book. Choose outfits that bring you joy and make you feel great. That’s what it’s all about! Keep in touch with me on Facebook- I want to know how you benefited from this challenge.


Don’t miss my latest Facebook video where I explain the difference between physical and mental clutter- it’s real and it can bring you unhappiness! If you aren’t already, be sure to sign up for my email list and become a part of my style community. I share my tips, events and more from my Style I.R.L. Guide.

Stylist Secret: Creating Your Own Look Book

I’m so glad you keep coming back for my Style I.R.L. Guide! You are going to be so happy you did! In January we are defining your personal brand. By now you know how your life will improved when you know more about your personal style. First step was to create your inspiration board. Using your board, we used what we learned to define your style. Now let’s implement that. 

One of the services I provide my clients is creating a Virtual Personal Look Book. I’m telling you, it changes their lives. A client told me she can’t get dressed without it anymore! A Virtual Personal Look Book is a curated catalog of photos of your outfits- from top to bottom- that you can access from your phone and use as a reference when you get dressed every day. Imagine the time and stress you will save each day! No more standing in front of your closet wondering what you will wear? And as part of my Style. I.R.L. Guide, I’m going to give you the steps to create your own. Right here. Right now. Let’s go. 

Step 1

Step 1: Put an outfit together. Make sure you choose every element of the outfit from earrings to shoes. Try it on too. See how it fits, is it proportional and does it all work together. Also keep in mind your Personal Style- now that you know what it is you can use it to build a look you love.

Step 2

Step 2: Lay it out on the floor in a visually appealing way. Make it Instagram-worthy, with everything in the outfit included. 

Step 3

Step 3: Take a photo of it from above. Create a folder in your Photos called “Look Book” and file the photo in there.

DONE! If you take the time to do this, soon you will have a fabulous catalog of outfits to choose from. No more stress about what to wear to work or that luncheon.  Just take out your phone, scroll through your Look Book , and choose an outfit. 


This week I challenge you to plan your outfits for the week ahead of time. Take 15 minutes to look ahead to your week. Choose two days and pre-plan your outfits for those days. Then follow the steps above make these two outfits the first in your Look Book. Then see how you feel on those days when you use the Look Book to get dressed. Share with me on Facebook- I want to know how you benefited from this challenge.


Still not sure this is worth the time? Check out my latest Facebook video where I explain more about the benefits of creating Virtual Personal Look Book. If you aren’t already, be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter and become a part of my style community. I share my tips, events and more from my Style I.R.L. Guide.

CREATE AN INSPIRATION BOARD!

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Welcome to the start of the Style I.R.L. Guide! We are going to accomplish so much together. January’s focus is creating your personal brand. In this week’s Facebook video, I told you the 3 main reasons why knowing your personal style will make your life better. WATCH HERE When I work with new clients, the first thing I do is give them a little homework. That includes creating an inspiration board. Usually I have them do this on Pinterest so they can share it with me. But when I do it for myself I really love to create an actual board, something I can hang up in my office or closet for daily inspiration. Choose what works best and whichever version you will use the most. The point is for you to learn what looks you love, what colors and styles you admire and put it all together in one place. You will save money and time, and build confidence, by doing a little prep work. Make it fun.

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1. Clip pictures out of magazines, catalogs and flyers of outfits and color swatches that you like. Collect images from the internet and Instagram of people who have a style you admire. 2. Grab a big sheet of paper or cardboard, or use a cork board, and organize it all. Create a collage of your clippings. Organize it however you want- by color or style- whatever is visually appealing to you. 3. Then hang it where you can see it every day. Doing this helps you focus on what you like and the looks you want to incorporate into your personal style. 

Next week we will use our inspiration board to dive deeper into our personal style so try to get something put together this week. It doesn’t have to be perfect and it can actually be a lot of fun. 

I want to hear how it’s going! Have questions or want to share what you think of this challenge? Engage with me on Facebook. Check me out on Pinterest to see my inspiration boards. And be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter to be a part of my style community- that’s where you will get all the information on the Style I.R.L. Guide including links to the latest challenge, videos and more.