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

3 Reasons to Hire Me

It’s time to claim the ownership of your image but what really is the added value of hiring an image consultant? Here I have listed 3 very good reasons to hire me.

Photo credits: Blake Bronstad on Stocksnap.io

1. set yourself apart

Style is a powerful form of self-expression. When there is so much information and materia available it’s easy to loose insight. Sometimes you don’t even know where to begin and that’s when I come to your rescue. I map with your the areas you need the most help with and can give you unbiased advice on your personal image. My job is to make you shine and to make your life easier. I enjoy the most to see the glow of confidence and excitement on my client’s face when they try on an outfit or an item of clothing that speaks volumes on them. It belongs to their story and they know it. Others certainly will notice it!

2. Save Money

I will help you to get rid of the things things in your wardrobe that you no longer need and I will help you rediscover items that you had forgotten about or always found difficult to combine. I know which items are missing from your wardrobe and which items would complete your look. With me you will always shop with an intention. You will never return home from your shopping trip with the 5th black cardigan or a fashionable item that looks dated in a month’s time ever again. I am not a sales person and so I don’t take any kickbacks from shops from your purchases. If I am participating an affiliate program through my website it’s always clearly marked so you can make an educated choice. I shop with all budgets and all brands from Primark to Prada. As a bonus I also know when the sales start and sometimes I can even predict which items will end up in sales so you can snatch them for half the price when the time is right.

3. Save Time

I have made a career of knowing where the best items are hiding. I always find the hidden gems in the fashion jungle. I know which shops have the nicest staff and tidiest fitting rooms. I know when they get new stock and whether they have the possibility to order more of sold out items. I also know the web shops inside out and can search for items online if they are sold out in store. I plan our shopping trip so that we spend minimum time from moving from shop to another. I always keep in mind your budget, your body shape, your colours and your lifestyle. I advice how to wear your outfits and how to take care of them so you can cherish them for years.

Read more reasons from my clients to hire me here.
Claim the ownership of your image today and book your appointment here.

-Jenni

Your image consultant with an eye for detail

1-2-3… All Image Consulting Services 2016 on one glimpse

I am delighted to showcase my streamlined image consulting services throughout my social media and website. Here I am offering you my 3-step guide to impeccable image.

STEP 1. Image Consulting: Communication – Appearance – Digital Presence

STEP 2. Wardrobe Analysis

STEP 3. Personal Shopping

Here you go: 1-2-3… All Image Consulting Services 2016 on one glimpse. Learn more about each service here.

STEP 1. Image Consulting

STEP 1. Image Consulting

STEP 2. Wardrobe Analysis

STEP 2. Wardrobe Analysis

STEP 3. Personal Shopping

STEP 3. Personal Shopping

 

All packages include the following benefits

  • Online image assessment prior to session
  • Complementary secret Pinterest board for visual style inspiration
  • Complementary online coaching for the following 3 months (with 24h response time Mon-Fri)
  • VAT and travel cost in Amsterdam area. Don’t be shy: go ahead and ask for a quote on travel costs for other locations. Skype sessions are available upon request.

 

Image consulting services on social media

From today on you can use I on Image’s Pinterest page as a knowledge base for all your image consulting questions. I have created 3 useful boards full of information, tips and handy infographics. Each board represents one of my services: Image Consulting, Wardrobe Analysis and Personal Shopping. Follow I on Image on Pinterest and pin your favorites on your own style board. Very Pinteresting news!

You can also find my services on Facebook. Like I on Image’s Facebook page and follow my daily stylish updates. Share your favorites with your friends or join the conversation by leaving your valuable comments. Like it or love it, I hope you get a laugh every now and then too!

 

Get in touch with me

Book your appointment already today by email ionimage@gmail.com or on I on Image’s website. I am offering you a complementary 15min telephone consultation to help you choose the right type of image consulting service package for you. All services can be booked separately or in an order that suits your style needs most efficiently. I work with all brands and budgets.

 

I am looking forward to work with you!

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

Back to Work -AW16 with I on Image

Book your stylish session by filling in the form at the bottom of this page or by email ionimage@gmail.com

Book your stylish session by filling in the form at the bottom of this page or by email ionimage@gmail.com

There is something magical about autumn: The crisp morning air, darker nights, colourful foliage… and fashion. It’s my favorite time of the year and I always feel myself coming back to life after the long lazy summer days. I love dressing myself darker shades because they look infinitely more chic than the juicy summer tones that often make people look like they are trying too hard or are simply living in a coconut scented fantasy. Wrap me up in cool grey, stylish navy, earthy brown, buttery beige, powdery muted pastels and edgy black instead.

I am wild about combining different textures for interesting looks, for example crisp cotton with tweed or silk with leather, that are both my signature styles. There is also something very comforting about being more covered and this hasn’t got so much to do with age. I already fell for fall fashion when I was a teenager. Every September I am most delighted about the opportunity to start wearing my safety blanket -black opaque tights- again after months of running around with my lily white varicose-vein-ridden legs on display.

My unconditional love for autumn reached it’s current height when I worked in retail where autumn was a very important season. People tend to invest more in their autumn wardrobes because it’s mostly work wear and has a longer life span than summer fashion has. And when they are going to invest more they want to be sure that they are buying the right things. This was, and still is, a wonderful challenge for me and even now as my own boss when buying for summer I am already thinking how the item could translate into fall or even spring. This way my clients get more for their money and that is a wonderful thing!

In the coming weeks I on Image will be posting under theme: Back to Work. There will be new looks for you to shop or pin, great advice to boost your image and a top secret discount code (spoiler alert: it will make you the most stylish person in the office). Stay tuned and make sure to follow my daily updates on I on Image’s Facebook page. Book your image consulting session already now as I will be very busy in September and October. You can either fill in the form at the bottom of this page or email me at ionimage@gmail.com.

This will be an amazing autumn, I can feel it!

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

I on Image at work -Creating ageless and timeless looks

This great Guardian article by Alyson Walsh of inspirational style blog That’s not my age from last week made good fashion resolutions for grownups.

“…beyond a certain age, style becomes personal. The urge to buy into every trend subsides and it’s all about finding an individual look; one that’s timeless and ageless and works for you.”

http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2016/jan/04/silk-shirts-and-silver-shoes-2016-style-resolutions-for-grownups?CMP=twt_gu

These are basically the same style dilemmas my clients battle with. I do my very best every day to help my clients find their own style that tells their story. I often get asked how. This is how I roll at I on Image.

Photo credits Rudi Wells at www.rudiwells.com

Photo credits Rudi Wells at www.rudiwells.com

First I dive inside your wardrobe. I build strong looks from the items you already have. I take a critical look at each piece. Some may have to go, some will be replaced. I hang your complete outfits from Monday to Friday in your closet for fast and easy mornings. Often there are more than 5 outfits. And even more often the clients get inspired and creative along the process! Every outfit is documented and we take photos. Getting a sudden invitation will never be a fashion dilemma for you again. Your personal style journal will always have an answer for you.

Then we make a shopping list to fill in the gaps in your style narrative. I take in consideration your existing wardrobe, body shape, colours, budget and other special wishes. Many clients are surprised how short the list can be. My last client really needed just a perfect black jacket and a couple of shirts to replace the old ones.

Finally we hit the shops. Some clients like to shop on their own when they know what they are looking for. I am happy to shop with those who prefer gentle guidance. I know brands, materials, current trends and styles that will flatter you forever. Some customers feel confident enough to shop alone after a few rounds, some love the service so much that they don’t want to shop alone ever again.

I enjoy the most to see the glow of confidence and excitement on my client’s face when they try on an outfit or an item of clothing that speaks volumes on them. It belongs to their story and they know it.

“As Iris Apfel says, in life and in fashion: “It’s good to maintain a sense of wonder.”

Book your own personal shopping session by filling in the form below this post or drop me an email to ionimage@gmail.com. I am looking forward to working with you!

LV&Dress

Photo credits Blake Bronstad at Stocksnap.io

Wishing you a stylish rest of the week!

-Jenni
I on Image founder and image consultant with an eye for detail

I on Image is back at work

At I on Image the NEW YEAR 2016 is about setting NEW GOALS. Being loyal to my style, I have kept it short and simple without too much sugar coating. Here you go, my promise to you throughout 2016:

Goals2016

Other NEWS:

  • My prices will be going up in February. I on Image Facebook-fans, followers on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter, returning clients and those who made an appointment already in 2015 will profit from lower 2015 pricing until 31.1.2016. Make your image consulting appointment today by filling in the contact-form on the bottom of this post.
  • On popular demand I will be offering various workshops in 2016. Follow the agenda by subscribing to I on Image’s events on Facebook or join I on Image’s mailing list today by leaving your details here.
  • Any thoughts or ideas? Special wishes? If you have a great idea for a workshop, let me know. I am happy to tailor my workshops to fit your demands! I would love to hear from you! Get in touch with me by emailing me at ionimage@gmail.com
  • Book an appointment by leaving your details here.

 

Wishing you a stylish and a prosperous New Year 2016!

May all your dreams come true!

 

-Jenni
I on Image founder and image consultant with an eye for detail

My clients -the rock stars

The more you engage with customers the clearer things become and the easier it is to determine what you should be doing. -John Russell

Following this brilliant advice, I sent out questionnaires to my recent clients to learn how they perceived my service, what they loved and what they wanted more. The feedback was really positive and made me feel proud to be able to serve such a wonderful clientele, like marketing consultant Dimitra who left me with these encouraging words.

Thank you very much Dimitra! I am so happy you had a great experience with me!

“I enjoyed the process overall, from booking to the actual appointment and the after-sales service. You are very open, friendly and easy to relate to, and also very professional and well-prepared. I liked getting the printouts of the articles for the branding. I got a lot of information that de-mystified the whole “styling” issue for me. I always thought it was some kind of DNA/advanced skillset that I was simply born without. But now I feel much more confident to try out things I like and follow simple rules with regards to colours and shapes.”

Desk&Latte

Photo credits Wilfred Iven at www.stocksnap.io

I am working on a testimonials section where I will gather all the fantastic things people have said about my service. Do you want to give me feedback and profit of one extra month of free online consultation added on top of your current package? Please write me an email to ionimage@gmail.com with subject “feedback” and I will send you the questionnaire.

Thank you for your valuable feedback in advance!

-Jenni
I on Image founder and image consultant with an eye for detail

 

 

 

A word from a happy customer

Jane is an Amsterdam based writer and I had the pleasure to work with her in August. Our goal was to shop for a perfect holiday capsule wardrobe that needed to be very comfortable to wear and work hard for her even after holidays. We did a three hour session and found fabulous things for her to wear. I gave suggestions on how each item could be combined with other things and how they could be easily updated to the next season. I was delighted to hear how much she had enjoyed her stylish holiday!

For me customer satisfaction is the very center of my thinking and I continuously develop my business to answer my customers’ demanding needs in the best possible way. That is why I sometimes ask those big questions:

How did I do? Was I able to meet your expectations? What else I can do for you?

I love reading feedback and suggestions from my amazing customers but when the response is this good, I will publish it proudly on my website! Thank you very very much Jane! Your kind words make me feel humble!

“I was lucky enough to have a personal shopping experience with Jenni right before my summer holiday. Whilst shopping can be hard work at any time of the year, the summer wardrobe is always one of the hardest, partly because I want clothes that I am really only likely to to wear very much whilst I am actually away – strangely I do not seem to need summery clothes that often in Amsterdam! One of the wonderful things about Jenni is how she makes it look easy! After taking the time to talk to me in detail about what I like and what I needed she was able to walk through the shop with the sharpest eye for detail, spotting things that I would probably never have even noticed. Even in a large department store like de Bijenkorf she seemed to miss nothing and was not overwhelmed or distracted by the enormous array of fashion that it holds. She also accompanies you to the changing room so that you have someone reliable to show things to when you have them on. I found this invaluable because we had quite a large selection of things and she would mix and match items for me showing me things that would work together and what wouldn’t. I ended up with a small capsule wardrobe of summery items, all of which I have loved and wore a lot during my holiday. But best of all, the are the sort of things that I also wear here so they don’t end up being consigned to the cupboard until my next summer holiday.

Of all the things I loved about Jenni and her approach, one of my favourite things is that, in addition to her enormous knowledge about fashion, she is also not snobby about labels. She was just as happy to take me to Esprit or even Topshop as she was to look at high end designers. For Jenni, what mattered was the style and what I wanted to achieve, not about making herself look good and leaving me with a bunch of clothes that I would look awesome in but probably only wear once. Aside from making her excellent at what she does, it also makes her very relaxing to go shopping with. She made me feel confident and comfortable, which is not something I normally experience when I am shopping for clothes. I have had personal shoppers before, but generally I have ended up with only one or two things that I got much wear out of and a lot of things that I quickly regretted and never wore.

I can honestly say that this was easily one of the best shopping experiences I have had in more than 15 years. Her whole service is great value for money I think, especially when you consider all the longer term implications of what she does for you, a feeling of confidence in what you are wearing, an understanding of how to put looks together, and the fact that she takes the time to figure out just who you are and what you want before you go near the shops. I will definitely be booking Jenni’s services again!”

If you are wondering what Jane is wearing, here’s are my favorite pics to inspire you!

Women's Mast Mar Dress (Anthracite) - product_image_alt_text_2

Mast Mar dress in Anthracite via www.allsaints.eu


 

Ancient Greek sandals in Platinum via www.ancient-greek-sandals.com


Book your own personal shopping session here or write me an email on ionimage@gmail.com. I am looking forward to working with you!

Wishing all my readers a stylish new season!

-Jenni
I on Image founder and image consultant with an eye for detail