Why Your Image Matters

Your personal image is the perception that people have about you. It affects your success in every aspect of your life. When a person meets you for the first time their brain makes several snap decisions about you in just 7 seconds. Learn to make the most of them and take your personal brand on a next level that exudes confidence and professionalism.

First Impression

People are programmed to make a quick opinion about you based on your appearance, your body language, your gravitas and your style. No matter how much is then later learn about the person we tend to trust our first impressions above all. According to Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy these rapid decisions that people make within seconds from seeing you for the first time come down to two boiling questions:

1. Can I trust this person?

and

2. Can I respect this person?

She continues: “If someone you’re trying to influence doesn’t trust you, you’re not going to get very far; in fact, you might even elicit suspicion because you come across as manipulative. A warm, trustworthy person who is also strong elicits admiration, but only after you’ve established trust does your strength become a gift rather than a threat.”

Image is about trust and respect

Make sure people are judging you accurately and not being confused or distracted about your image. This includes, but is not limited to, simplifying things. Have less but be more powerful. People want and should see the real you but it doesn’t have to mean spilling all your secrets out there. You can control what you are giving away and what you are keeping to yourself. Center for Talent and Innovation (CTI) declared in their report about personal image: “How you look, how you speak, and how you act turn out to be critical to your success, our report concludes, at every step in your career journey.” So be mindful about your personal image. It may be all you really have.

Are people judging you accurately

Your personal image is one of the few aspects of your life that you have a full control of and I am delighted to help you to invest in yourself. I am passionate about business wear, first impressions (live and on social medial) and I want to help you to be at your very best in the current competitive business environment. Let me worry about the looks, it saves you your valuable time and helps you to focus on the very essential: your fantastic skills and amazing knowledge.

Need more convincing? I got you covered. Read my blog 3 Reasons to Hire Me here.

Take control of your image

When building a successful image it’s important to remember to remain as authentic as possible. Your personal image should be a conscious decision for your own profit but it should still look like you. Think of the following qualities of your image:

  • Inspiring: Create enthusiasm and make people feel empowered.
  • Memorable: Stand out from the crowd for the right reasons.
  • Approachable: Be open, communicate clearly and make people feel comfortable around you.
  • Genuine: Remember to be the unique charming you.
  • Engaging: Create lasting relationships and allow people to commit to you.

 

Your Image Should Be...

 

Let me know how I can help you enhance your image. I would love to hear from you!

  • Let’s have a talk! I am offering you a 15min complementary telephone call prior to our meeting to set expectations and get to know each other better. Book your appointment here!

 

Make The Most Of Your 7 Seconds

I am looking forward to help you enhance your image!

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

Sale Shopping: The Do’s and The Don’ts

I just love a good sale shopping spree! The town is full of bargains at the moment but those bargains can be deceitful. Sometimes there is a reason why an item ended up in sale and sometimes you will find the item of your dreams for half the price. To help you navigate through the racks full of fluorescent florals that hardly looked good on the model, I have compiled a list of the DO’s and the DON’Ts of sale shopping. All rules apply regardless if you are shopping in stores or online.

Photo credits: Snufkin at Stocksnap.io

DO

Plan ahead: Go through your wardrobe and see what you really need. Sales are great for filling in the gaps in your style story and replacing your trusted basics. Look through your calendar for any upcoming events that might require a new outfit. Set yourself a budget.

Buy basics: These pieces are the foundation of your wardrobe and need most often replacing. There is no point paying a full price for them when you can get a full update with a reduced price. I just replaced a bunch of T-shirts. Boring, but we do need them.

Buy classics: These pieces will give you joy for years to come. There are so many lists for the classics every woman and man needs to own but actually you define your own classics. A trench coat is a true classic but so is a biker jacket.

Buy items with WOW-factor: These are the items that make your wardrobe shine. It’s the 3rd stage when building a wardrobe after you have mapped your perfect basics & classics (see points above). These items tend to be pricey and are often made in a limited edition so if you manage to snatch one then you can congratulate yourself. Wear them with denim, flats or a plain T-shirt if the feel too OTT for normal day time use, see point below.

Consider price per wear: This is the real price of an item. The most expensive piece becomes a bargain if you wear it a lot throughout the years. The cheapest item becomes expensive if you wear it only once, or gasp, not even once.

Read the T&C: Check the store’s exchange and return policy. Different rules may apply to sale items.

Photo credits: Porapak Apichodilok at Stocksnap.io

DON’T

Live in a dream: You are not Carrie Bradshaw. You cycle in the rain. You have children. You don’t have time for ironing or dry cleaning as it is. You don’t have a fancy event every week -or if you do can we please hang out?

Buy trends: The trend is usually over by the time the item reaches the sales rack. Buy only if the trend has your name on it. For me it means broderie anglaise and sequins. I wear both trends regardless of the trends.

Go for second best: If the fit is not right or the colour doesn’t flatter your features move on to the next item. A bargain should never make you feel mediocre. Look for sheer excitement and settle for nothing less.

Give up easily: The best buys are worth the browse. If your size or colour is sold out in store it’s worth checking if it’s available online or in another store. Take a photo of the product details to ensure  that you are hunting for the right one.

Buy it just because it’s on sale:
The piece should still fit, flatter your features and fit your life style. Avoid duplicating items in your wardrobe. There are only so many frilly flower dresses that one summer can handle.

Enjoy your sale shopping,
I hope you will find many fabulous things!

-Jenni

Your image consultant with an eye for detail, even when the weather is boiling hot

 

Friday Style Secrets

You can now follow I on Image’s new video series Friday Style Secrets on Facebook for easy, fun and informative insider style tips

I saw a need for this series because it’s the small things that often have the biggest results. I have deliberately kept the videos short so you can take a quick look during your busy day. All videos are open to commenting so if you have any thoughts or questions, please go ahead and ask in the comments section even if the video is already old. You can see all the previous episodes here.

Welcome to Friday Style Secrets!Today we learn a quick trick on how to make a great first impression.#FridayStyleSecrets #firstimpressions

Geplaatst door I on Image op vrijdag 10 maart 2017

I am also very curious to know what would YOU like to see more. Email your creative ideas to ionimage@gmail.com with subject “Friday Style Secrets” and I will do my best to include your wishes in the new episodes.

Good to know: The series is also available for my Instagram using fans under hashtag #FridayStyleSecrets

I am really enjoying making this series for your benefit. Hope you like it as much as I do!

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

FAQ at I on Image

You have questions, I have answers. Welcome to FAQ at I on Image!

1.Who is your typical client?

My typical client appreciates that your image is a powerful form of self-expression and has great impact on how you feel about yourself. They lead busy and versatile lives and want to dedicate time for their friends, families and personal development. They value self-care and are eager to invest in services that make their lives easier.

2. How do the online sessions work?

On popular demand I on Image offers now also online sessions via Skype, WhatsApp or regular call for a lower hourly rate. This option is ideal for those who prefer to have the consulting from the comfort of their own home or office. Online personal shopping has become increasingly popular due to the conveniency of the webshops being open 24/7. Please note that the items and the delivery cost need to be either pre-paid on I on Image’s account of paid by yourself upon checkout. I can arrange fitting sessions at your location and returns on your behalf but those will be charged at regular hourly rate as they involve travel, parking etc.

You can learn more about what is happening during each of I on Image’s services here.
IMAGE CONSULTING
3. Is there a minimum number of hours per appointment?

Yes. I on Image has a 2 hour booking minimum. The optimal duration of one appointment is somewhere between 2-4h. Anything more on one go starts to get quite intense and of course I don’t want to  exhaust you. We can always book a second session on another day. Rome was not built in a day and the same applies to your image. Your booked services will be invoiced after the session and they are calculated in half hour increments. If your session lasts only 1.5h you will still be invoiced for 2h. You can also pay by iZettle if you mention it in advance, make a prepayment on I on Image’s account or pay by cash. A copy of an invoice will always be provided for your records.

4. Do you make BEFORE and AFTER pictures?

Only if you want me to. Most of my clients are uncomfortable having their pictures on the internet, especially the before pictures, and I hated the idea of trying to convince them to do it. Many of my clients prefer anonymity and confidentiality and I want to fully respect that wish. Also everyone has their own unique style that reflects their one-of-a-kind personality. As a professional I understand how to make you shine and look like the best version of you without the need to copy something that is not speaking volumes on you.

PERSONAL SHOPPING

5. Is there a minimum budget for your clients?

No. I work with all budgets and all brands from Primark to Prada. It’s still wise to plan a bit ahead and give the topic some thought to avoid overspending and buyer’s remorse.

6. How do you determine which shops to take a client?

Having worked in fashion retail myself I am quite picky about where I take my clients. I always want to offer an inspiring and pleasant experience for you and to be able to do that I weigh the following aspects:

  • Your wishes: This is where it all starts!
  • Location: I consider distances between shops so that your time is not unnecessarily wasted on travel
  • Shop staff: This is self-explanatory. They just need to be good.
  • Shop selection: I follow my favorite shops actively so I know when it’s the best time to visit them.
  • Shop’s overall experience: I love shops that look nice and display their items well. Clean fitting rooms are a must and big plus if they serve drinks, offer tailoring services and home delivery.

PERSONAL SHOPPING

7. What if I hate shopping?

Majority of my clients find shopping a daunting task and some will exclusively shop online with me for this very reason. Some of my clients have told me that after shopping with me they actually enjoyed shopping because they enjoyed the end results so much. However some will always hate shopping and I fully accept it as long as you agree to try the things on.

8. But what if I love shopping?

I just love shopping with clients who enjoy it as much as I do! Some of my clients who love shopping don’t always know how to pick the best pieces for themselves so hiring me enhances their shopping experience and overall look. Some of my clients just love to have someone shop with them and sometimes they are shopping for an event or a job so important that having a professional with them makes them feel more secure and satisfied about their choices.

Hear it from my amazing clients here.
Claim the ownership of your image today and book your appointment here.

-Jenni

Your image consultant with an eye for detail

I on Image asks the experts -Packing for holiday

The summer holiday season is almost upon us and before we are rewarded by actually being on holiday we need to go through the agonizing exercise of packing all the essentials so we can enjoy our holiday the we way had planned. I can’t think of a better way to tackle this problem than just going to the two most organized people I have ever come across: Professional organizers Melissa Curran Kalker of Sorted by Melissa and Susanne Gaspar of The Space Woman.

Photo credits: Thomas Martinsen on Stocksnap.io

Photo credits: Thomas Martinsen on Stocksnap.io

1. I am a mother of two energetic boys and my husband I juggling our busy schedules reminds me sometimes of a military operation. Packing for this gang takes a long time despite the fact that my husband always packs his own suitcase. How early I should start packing?

Melissa Curran Kalker: I suggest mentally rehearsing your packing several weeks in advance of your holiday. This not only helps to heighten the anticipation of your impending holiday, which according to recent studies, is our high point, but also makes you think of which suitcase, clothing, toys and accessories are necessary for your adventures. A few days prior to you travel, begin collecting your items to pack.

Susanne Gaspar: Prepare your packing list a few weeks in advance – you can find many examples online.  Write down everything you want to pack and check if it’s there (does your bikini still fit? Do the kids have sun hats/sun protection wear? etc.). Then you still have time to buy any missing items. About a week before you leave, you can already pack any items you don’t need at home anymore, assess what still needs to be laundered and then add the missing items. Check them off your packing list to keep an overview – and peace of mind.

 

2. What if some items need still to be used at home and can’t just lay in the suitcase waiting for the holiday?

MCK: Ensure that items that need to be washed make it through a cycle. When you begin to pack go through your morning/evening routine. You should touch upon all the items you need from beauty products, toothbrushes, socks and shoes to sleepwear.

SG: Just stick to your packing list and you won’t forget anything. Make sure to check it a few days before leaving so you can do some last-minute laundry one or two days before departure. Leave enough space in your suitcase to pack these items.

 

3. Let’s settle this once and for all: Which items go into the hand luggage and which items go into the hold luggage?

MCK: If you are checking a bag for a flight always pack in your hand luggage spare underwear/clothing, and never check your prescription medication, lost/delayed luggage is always a possibility. Anything you don’t require on a plane, in a car or on the train to keep your comfy, fed or entertained should go in your suitcase. Adapters and chargers are bulky and if you are fully charged you won’t need these until you reach your destination.

SG: Anything you will really need (not might need!) whilst travelling goes in your hand luggage! Healthy snacks, drinks (not when you take a plane), entertainment for the kids, depending on the age diapers etc, baby carrier, and I like to pack a large but light shawl that can double as a blanket for me and my son. A book for myself (which I might even read if the little one sleeps…), our passports, travel documents, medications, and one set of underwear for the next day in case your luggage gets lost. Underwear is not bulky and can go in a ziplock back to the bottom of your bag. Wear your bulkiest clothing items to save space. As a minimalist, for me that’s actually all I pack. Other women might want to include some makeup and a hair brush.

 

4. What about clothes, are you ladies rollers or folders?

MCK: Roll the smaller items like shirts, fold jeans and jackets in half and lay on top as these tend to be bulky.

SG: I am a folder. As I fold and store my clothes according to the Marie Kondo method at home, I simply take my clothes out of their drawers and put them in the suitcase. I can see what I have at a glance! If I travel with a backpack (as we will this summer), I roll.

 

5. How do I pack my wide brimmed sunhat without it getting squashed? I don’t want to wear it on the plane because they will make me book an extra seat for it.

MCK: Place it upside-down in your suitcase, pack your clothing in and around the hat. This will help it retain it’s shape and keep it from shifting while luggage is being handled.

SG: Personally, I would say, leave it at home and take one that you can easily fold if any at all. But that’s me – go ahead and pack it, but be aware that no matter how good you pack it it might look a little rough once you unpack. Stuff the crown of the hat with small items – bathing suits, socks, underwear.  Fill until it’s completely full so the crown maintains its shape. Once your larger items are packed (clothing, shoes), lay your hat brim down on top of those large items.  Pack your smaller items (toiletries, hair tools, makeup bag, etc) around the crown of the hat, placing the items on top of the brim to maintain it’s shape. Zip up your bag and good luck!

 

6. I always end up packing too much and end up returning from holiday with unused items. With small things like tops and jewelry is doesn’t matter but it’s a shame to trawl around with excess baggage, especially if you have to leave something gorgeous in the shop because you don’t have the space to bring it back home. How much is too much stuff?

MCK: Shoes take up an inordinate amount of space in your suitcase. Often we wear less than half of the ones we have packed. Pack shoes that are versatile rather than for a particular outfit and wear your biggest pair of shoes on travel days to save space.

SG: If you pack an outfit for every single day it is probably too much. I usually pack for a week and do laundry in the sink once or twice or pay for the hotel’s laundry service. It saves you so much weight and hassle when lugging your baggage around, and for me it is worth the money as I like to travel light. Create a capsule wardrobe by laying out your clothes on the bed before packing. Choose clothes that match with as many other items as possible, are wrinkle-free, don’t show stains immediately (yes, the white silk blouse might not be the perfect choice), and that are versatile (the high-heels might not be suitable for the beach, whilst sandals can look fancy and work for several occasions).

 

7. How do I keep things organized in my suitcase?

MCK: Use plastic shopping bags. These are great for dirty clothing, wet swimwear, and corralling shoes and loose toiletries that don’t fit in your makeup/beauty case.

SG: The less you have, the easier this is! Small items can go in ziplock bags, cotton, or mesh bags. You can buy travel cubes/packing cubes that fit into your suitcase, and sort the contents by person or category. If you have folded your clothes and put them in the suitcase upright, you don’t need any bags. Just pack heavy items like cosmetics, shoes, etc into the area of the suitcase that will be the bottom once it stands up. That way, it doesn’t crumple your neatly folded shirts.

Photo credits: Erol Ahmed on Stocksnap.io

Photo credits: Erol Ahmed on Stocksnap.io

Thank you so much for these valuable packing tips Melissa and Susanne!

And finally a stylish tip from me: Did you know these two ladies also do miracles organizing your wardrobe if you have no time to tidy it up yourself before my “Shopping in your own wardrobe” style session where you have the chance to fall in love with your existing clothes over and over again?

Stylishly yours,

Jenni

-Image consultant with an eye for detail