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.

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3 reasons to hire an image consultant

 

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

Get dressed in a flash? Shop like a pro? Yes please. I have made a career of knowing how to build looks that complement your best features. I always find the hidden gems in the fashion jungle. I know which shops have the nicest staff and tidiest fitting rooms. I have a nose for when the new stock is coming in and where you could still find sold out items. 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. I also know the web shops inside out so shopping online will me will be a breeze over a cup of coffee.

 

Image Consultant, Personal Stylist, Personal Shopper in AMSTERDAM

 

Need more convincing? Hear it from my wonderful clients and make an educated decision.

This article was originally published on 13th March 2017 on I on Image’s blog and updated on 29th November 2018.

-Jenni

Your image consultant with an eye for detail

Chasing Perfect

Us humans have a natural tendency to aim for perfection. We admire it’s sublime beauty in architecture, literature, music and very much in science like mathematics. But when it comes to natural sciences like biology of psychology, suddenly the exceptions becomes more interesting than perfection.

“There is no charisma in the absoluteness of black and white but in lies in the various shades of the rainbow somewhere in between.”

 

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Chasing perfection in your appearance is a futile attempt because once you have reached it, you have already lost the game. There is nothing tangible in perfection and we can’t relate to it. We put it on a pedestal -and just look at it. It becomes an object of admiration.

But there is no development and thus no future. Time freezes in perfection, and while it’s an amazing experience to look into Mona Lisa’s 500 year old eyes, for enjoyable life and a successful career there needs to be a journey with a past, present and future.

Perfection is possible in brief passing moments but the beauty of life comes in it’s imperfections and the hiccups on the road. There is no charisma in the absoluteness of black and white but in lies in the various shades of the rainbow somewhere in between.

Same applies to you. You are the unique YOU and that is what makes you magnetic. Everyone has their own story and the ability to tell that story through their image. My job is to give it a visual form.

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I must admit that I actually dislike the current body positivity movement because it draws the attention to the female body sacrificing their wonderful skills and radiating charisma. It also implies that there was something wrong about the body in the first place that we now need to suddenly love despite it’s imperfections.

Actually the body itself is nothing but a shell and it was always perfect as it was. Your story is the one that lives long after you. When you allow yourself to admit your dreams, you are taking a major leap towards the person you want to be -and the way you look like will communicate this to others. You can find some handy tips from me on how to enhance your appearance.

Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.

-Rachel Zoe 

Style is indeed a great way to express yourself, but without a connection to the real you, it remains vague. So keep on looking for that connection. Just like you, your style should evolve and move on. It should never be 100% ready. It is not meant to be perfect.

Perfection is just… boring.

You are… everything.

 

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

This article was originally published on 16th April 2016 on I on Image’s blog and updated on 29th March 2018.

Field Notes About Ageism

Ageism means stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups on the basis of their age. Recent studies in the US and in UK show that especially women are facing persistent age discrimination at the workplace as they get older.

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A wonderful line of spectacular women who I am proud to call my friends are turning 40 this year, and it feels impossible to imagine that our beautiful mischievous gang is approaching a point in life where we are no longer considered valuable, desirable or worth investing in.

Ageism is a real problem for women, and men, in the workplace but I am pleased to see a wind of change blowing the dust away and giving space to a more diverse and more skilled than ever workforce.

Empowering women over (and below!) a certain age, mothers, ethnic minorities is an absolute must in order to prep your business for the approaching new decade. Women have never been more capable than they are today and reducing them to a product with an expiry date is just an utter waste of fabulous resources.

 

Working on your personal image

My clients often ask for a fresher, younger and more dynamic look. They have come to the right address because I love to create strong signature looks that work for my client, instead of my client working for the look.

You can read more about my approach in my blog FAQ at I on Image. I am myself unapologetic about my age, and I want to inject that confidence in my clients instead of Botox.

I always advice to be open and honest about your age, just as you would be honest about your skills. Think about you the courses you have taken, seminars and conferences you have attended, things that interest you so much that you find yourself wanting to read more and more about the topic.

These are all great assets to have and you may have not have had them when you were 20. Certainly you didn’t know then all that you know today. Every year you are more wiser and more experienced.

You just need to stay curious and keep that spark in your eye going on. As a result of your experience and learning you are an improved version of yourself today. This is the image you want to show to the outer world regardless of your age.

 

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Working on your digital presence

Thinking about your digital presence, we have been blessed with a myriad of tools that put us right on the edge of the latest technology without actually being incredibly tech savvy. Use that in your advantage and take the best of all features that your relevant social media platforms offer.

Have a professional business head shot taken and add a couple of items in your wardrobe that are a logical part of your narrative. Read also my handy tips on how to enhance your appearance.

 

Working on your personal style

Regarding your personal style, allow yourself to live a little of your dreams. If you love a certain style or item, go for it. Life is too short to think if you can pull it off. If it makes you heart skip a beat, it’s probably the right item for you.

I give advice regarding the most common body shapes and very often I notice that women already know what suits them. They just unsure on how to incorporate it in their every day life.

Many also ask if they can wear certain items past a certain age. I loved the list of “20 things no woman should wear after 30“compiled by Twitter user Molly Manglewood that went viral for the right reasons. Don’t let the title fool you, it is a hilarious list (I agree that wearing a “meat tunic in feral dog country” is undoubtedly a very bad idea) and it’s message is loud and clear:

“Age-appropriate dressing is officially dead.”

We wear what we love to wear. Increased confidence is one of the best things about aging and it’s the key to your natural charisma. This is what people will initially find the most fascinating about you. Your age is really just a number, and the world is about to see what you are made of!

This article was originally published on 20th March 2016 on I on Image’s blog and updated on 22nd March 2018.

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

 

GUEST POST: The art of listening

This guest post from our newest guest blogger Niina Nuottamo helps us improve our communication skills by giving us valuable tips on how to become a better listener.

There is a human in front of you, looking for connection. The least you could do is put your device away, look them in the eye and give them your undivided attention. Maybe you already do this in your personal life (think of your friends, family and children).

But it’s also very relevant and powerful in the business context, whether it’s a colleague who needs coaching or a potential client interested in your services.

Here are my 10 golden tips for more mindful listening:

  1. Be present: give your full attention to the person you are listening to
  2. Write notes: to record the message and helps you process what is being said
  3. Mirror back: “so what I’m hearing you say is that…” (gives them a chance to clarify further)
  4. Be open: to their words without your judgement or bias
  5. Give space: let them finish and only then offer your advice/suggestions (don’t interrupt!)
  6. Watch: for the nonverbal cues (body language, facial expressions)
  7. Avoid technology: laptops are not part of the conversation (unless you are using Skype etc to have the conversation)
  8. Feel: it’s not just about the words but about the emotions behind the words
  9. Read: is the person looking for advice/solution or just needs to download their thoughts?
  10. Needs: check whether your tips/advice/service is likely to meet their needs

 

Have I missed any important tips? Have you noticed any improvements in your inter-personal communication skills or business interactions after becoming a more attentive listener?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Niina Nuottamo, CMMP, is a Netherlands based medical writer and learning experience designer. She has worked in the medical communications field for over 15 years. She gives training on writing skills and is currently focusing on creating impactful learning experiences.

This article was originally published on LinkedIn Pulse on 9th February 2018. You can read the original article here.

How to Make a Great First Impression

I find the whole science of first impressions so fascinating. When a person meets you for the first time their brain makes several snap decisions about you in just 7 seconds. Actually it takes only a tenth of a second to decide if the person is trustworthy but as long as 30 seconds to make judgements of a persons attractiveness and intelligence.

However a myriad of other decisions are made within 7 seconds, such as judgements about your age, competence, education level, lifestyle, income, social class, to mention a few.

Latest studies have shown that we can work our way out of a bad first impression but, as it is with so many other things, it takes a lot more energy and time than just to make it right the first time.

I made this collection of tips that will help you take your personal brand on a next level that exudes confidence and professionalism.

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Make a great first impression

  1. Get to know people in advance through social media. They will be doing the same so make sure that you too are making a good first impression throughout your social media. Read more about digital presence here.
  2. Smile. People who smile appear more likeable and trustworthy than their poker-faced counterparts. Don’t over-do it though. No grinning and no awkward or deranged smiles.
  3. Maintain good personal hygiene. I can’t stress enough the importance of this! There is simply no excuse to neglect your personal hygiene in any possible situation.
  4. Dress for the part. Read more about your appearance here.
  5. Offer a firm handshake. Make it last about 3-4 seconds because you want to engage with people without appearing creepy. At this point you have already made a first impression and people have not even heard you speak yet!
  6. Avoid using fillers such as um, ah and like. They show immaturity and hesitation.
  7. Make it all about the other person. Ask questions and let people tell about themselves.
  8. Polish your listening skills. Read more about brushing your communication skills here.
  9. Maintain normal eye contact throughout the conversation but under no circumstances stare at people. Loosing eye contact mid-conversation implies that the other person is making you bored or you have something more important in your mind.
  10. Avoid at all cost sizing up people from head to toe, peeking at cleavages, or letting your mind wander while looking at someone. It’s creepy, rude and it paves way for you to become the next #metoo headline.
  11. Allow people to have their personal space. In general people feel uncomfortable when someone in breathing down their neck or being too close. See also 10.
  12. Be mindful about your body language. Keep a good posture and resist the urge to cross your arms or legs. Keep your hands visible, unless you want people to think that you have something to hide.
  13. Be aware of your nervous tics such as drumming, scratching yourself, clicking your knuckles, playing with your hair etc. They make you appear awkward and uncomfortable, which may make other people feel uncomfortable too.
  14. Learn to control your facial expressions. Avoid squinting your eyes, wrinkling your nose and keep your mouth closed when you are not talking.
  15. Use confident, friendly and positive language. Have an upbeat attitude. Let your energy and zest for life be contagious!

 

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Let me know how I can help you make a great first impression. I would love to hear from you!

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I am looking forward to working with you!

 

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail