I on Image’s Updated Privacy Policy

I am posting this blog because I would like to draw attention to I on Image’s updated Privacy Policy before EU’s General Data Protection Regulation will be applicable as of tomorrow May 25th 2018. I won’t bore you with the details too much but I would like to highlight a few key points because I value your privacy.

  1. I on Image collects only data that is relevant to:

a) providing you this monthly newsletter, in which case only your email address and name are required.

b) providing you an image consulting service of your choice, in which case I would need your contact details and some information about your wishes and goals that you would like to achieve by using this service.

2. I on Image never pass on, sell or swap your data to third parties.

3. All your personal information is stored securely and you can ask access to it, ask it to be amended or permanently erased it (see exceptions in privacy policy).

4. If you are receiving emails from I on Image, it’s because you didn’t want to miss a stylish update and subscribed to I on Image’s Stylish News at ionimage.nl, at one of our events or you gave me written consent on I on Image’s customer forms. If you want to change how you receive these emails you can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list. These instructions appear on each newsletter for your convenience.

Read I on Image’s updated Privacy Policy in full. You can always access the latest version on my website and address any questions and concerns to me by email.

 

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

Finnish Women’s Day 2018 – 30th Anniversary Edition

This year’s event was held on 14th – 15th April 2018 in Hotel Bilderberg Résidence Groot Heideborgh in Garderen, and it marked the 30th anniversary of Finnish Women’s Day NL. The event is an annual weekend event full of fun, friendship, learning, networking and relaxing. This  year this very special edition gathered together 120 Finnish women living mainly in the Netherlands, but we also had participants who traveled all the way from Belgium and Finland to connect with old and new friends. For me this was the 6th time I attended and had a wonderful time, as expected!

Here is our group photo. I am happy to report that nobody fell in the pond during the photo shoot! The red goodie bags full of amazing surprises (including a discount voucher from I on Image) were sponsored by Jaatinen L6S Consulting.

Photo credits: Mervi Lepistö for Stichting Finnish Women’s Day Netherlands

 

My company I on Image was, 3rd year in a row, a proud sponsor of the event and donated 3 gift vouchers in the immensely popular raffle. The raffle tickets were selling like hot cakes! These envelopes that I am holding contain each a gift voucher for a 45 minute online image scan with I on Image. Congratulations to the lucky winners! The beautiful program booklet is designed by graphic designer Päivi Kärkkäinen who has also helped I on Image with flyer designs in the past.

Our Saturday afternoon program contained a hilarious theater show “Rosa Liksom’s Women”, “Rosa Liksomin Naisia”, written by Finnish author Rosa Liksom and performed by Finnish actors Mira Kivilä and Marja-Leena Kouki. I am a huge fan of Liksom and read many of her books so I knew a little bit what to expect. This play was a compilation of short stories spiced up with dark humor and dialect of the northern Finland. I thought it was just priceless!

Rosa Liksomin Naisia. Photo credits and bookings: www.meebu.fi

 

After the theater it was time for the first round of workshops. I hosted a workshop “Colourful Life”, “Värikäs elämä”, during which I helped the participants to choose their best colours that make them radiate, to select optimal accent colours and metal colour that flatters their complexion the most. I challenged the popularity of an all-black wardrobe, which of course is practical and always stylish, but may feel a bit boring after years and years of wear. Especially in the spring even I as a neutral-addict really love to see a pop of colour. Life is short and style should be also fun! Each participant went home with a little colour booklet that will help them to plan their outfits and to shop for new items.

In the evening we had a delicious dinner at the hotel and after that we headed to the 30th birthday party of the event where Finnish musician Tom Eklund performed with his band Liivit Boys. Eklund is famous from 2015 Voice of Finland and now tours around Finland performing his own music and covers. It was a great gig! The party was heaps of fun and we danced with a DJ well past midnight. The closing song was of course Finnish singer Paula Koivuniemi‘s epic “Aikuinen Nainen”, an ode to the adult woman, that we all sang together shoulder to shoulder.

Curious fact: The night before, 13th April, Tom Eklund performed in Martinlaakso, Vantaa with Neumann who was the star of our last year’s event. Coincidence?

Tänään Neumann & Tomppa @barnr1vantaa klo 23 ! Liput 7e ! Tervetuloa ! 😎👍 #neumann #neumannduo #nipaneumann…

Geplaatst door Tom Eklund op vrijdag 13 april 2018

 

On Sunday we enjoyed an energizing breakfast and after the morning program had another round of workshops. This time I could participate myself and chose a career workshop hosted by business coach Mari Tasanto, director of HRM Partners. During the workshop we learned about the latest work trends, how they affect us, what opportunities they can offer to us and what skills are needed in order to adapt. All in all a very informative package that sparked some good thoughts and lively debate.

 

That was my report from the 30th anniversary event of Finnish Women’s Day NL. Hope you enjoyed reading it. I am looking forward to the next year’s event already!

You can see more fun photos from the weekend on I on Image’s Instagram page or follow #SNPaivat. You can also read my reports from previous years: 2016 in Zutphen and 2017 in Garderen.

Congratulations again to the lucky winners of I on Image’s gift vouchers and a massive thank you for all the participants and volunteer organizers for the memorable weekend!

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

Events in April

This month I will be putting myself out there and speaking at a couple of events. I have listed them all in this blog post but you can also find them here under the events-tab.

On the weekend of 14th – 15th April I will give a workshop on finding your best colours at Finnish Womens Day NL in Hotel Bilderberg Résidence Groot Heideborgh in Garderen. This is a very special edition of the annual event as it’s the organization’s 30th anniversary. Congratulations are in order! I have covered the previous events in my blog and you can read the stories here. Word of warning: the 2017 coverage contains a fan pic… As usual this event was sold out in just a few weeks but I will be posting pics of the event on my Instagram. Stay tuned and follow me already today!

On Wednesday 18th April I will be speaking at Finnish Dutch Chamber of Commerce’s Personal Branding and Business Image -event along international brand advisor Michiel Maandag of Monday Brand Advisory. Come and learn how to brand yourself and hear practical advice on how to support your personal brand with a unique style that is remembered for the right reasons. During the event you have a possibility to get a new business head shot for your LinkedIn or CV taken by photographer Jenna Rutanen. Please note that registration is mandatory and it closes on 13th April. Find tickets and info in here. I am looking forward to seeing you there!

Continuing on the personal branding theme, I will be exploring the science behind first impressions and giving tips on how to create a great first impression at Cultcheers event on Thursday 26th April. This is a brand new startup operating in Amsterdam (and worldwide) that I have recently joined and I am super excited to be a part of this dynamic organization! You can book your very reasonable priced tickets here.

I am wishing you a wonderful month and hope to see you at one of the events!

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

Happy International Women’s Day 2018

I believe in women and want to arm them with a strong personal image and a recognizable personal brand that will give them more visibility and  better opportunities. A big part of my job is to help building confidence, saying you can do it and allowing people to see themselves as a capable and talented professional and not just someone who happened to pass by at the right moment. The right personal style comes only after a strong self-image has been defined and implemented. Education, motivation and confidence are huge factors but what else can be done to gain gender equality? I went to study some data.

World Economic Forum’s  Global Gender Gap Report measures gender equality by bench marking 144 countries regarding their progress on gender parity. It concentrates on four main themes: Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, and Political Empowerment. In addition the 2017 edition shows also “data around the dynamics of gender gaps across industry talent pools and occupations“. I found this part particularly interesting and hope that will be included in the future. However reading the report didn’t make me particularly happy because despite the small victories the overall findings were disappointing.

Despite the efforts to close the gender gap for good, I read that the gap is actually widening and that the progress is going backwards. It was estimated that with the current rate of progress it will take 170 years to close the gap but the 2017 report from November 2017 found that it will take 217 years to close the gap. It means that the current measures taken are not strong enough and a lot of work still needs to be done. Women are still missing out on opportunities and overlooked during promotion discussions. To me it feels like waste of valuable resources and talent.

The findings tell that the key to closing the gender gap in the workforce is to hire more women. When women participate and go after leadership roles in the workforce all women profit: More women are then hired at all levels throughout the organizations and fields of speciality. That is why it is important to support a steady increase of the proportion of women in leadership. Is your organization doing enough on this front? Are you doing enough to promote women? What else could you or your organization do to put more women in leadership positions and accelerate positive change?

I am a one woman shop but in my work I see a lot of women. They come in many shapes, sizes, nationalities. They are unique, talented, ambitious, self-aware, curious. On March 8th the world is celebrating International Women’s Day and I am joining in celebrating all the women in the world, but there is a special place in my heart reserved for my wonderful female clients. Here at I on Image I am celebrating milestones both big and small. I love when my clients are reaching the stars and living their dreams.

This year’s International Women’s Day’s theme is Press for Progress and encouraged by the inspiring theme I wanted to take a pledge to live by. Mine is closely related to my work and resonates strongly with my business values:

I will forge positive visibility of women

 

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I made that card on International Women’s Day’s website. Join the movement and make your own here. Take a pledge and share it with me. I would love to see the variety and how everyone’s pledges tie to their values and their work. You can mail me at ionimage@gmail.com or tag me in social media.

Happy International Women’s Day 2018!

Let’s make together a positive difference for women!

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

 

Happy New Year 2018

Style is a powerful, yet often overlooked, tool for making positive first impressions on- and offline. 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 in 2018. A well planned wardrobe brings you clarity and confidence, and it helps you to concentrate on things that are important to you by minimizing the amount of decisions you need to take on a daily basic.  I help you discover and unleash your own unique style that is remembered for the right reasons. For me it has never really been about individual trends that change every season but about building a sustainable individual style that tells your story. I truly believe that everyone deserves to be the I on their personal image!

Are you after your dream job? Or did you quit so you could open a whole new page in your career? Did you get a promotion or are you working toward getting one real soon? Are you going back to work after a sabbatical or maternity leave? Perhaps you have started your own business? Could you profit from increased confidence when attending networking or company events? Do you feel that in general your style could reflect better your professional qualities?

This year it’s time to invest in yourself and claim the ownership of your image. Put your best foot forward in 2018 and book your appointment here.

Here’s to an amazing 2018!

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

 

Happy Holidays from I on Image

Thank you very much for the amazing 2017!

It would have not been the same without you. Here’s to another year of impeccable image, magical wardrobes and memorable personal style.

Happy holidays to you and your loved ones!

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

 

Finnish Women’s Day 2017 in Garderen

Last weekend  I attended the 29th edition of Finnish Women’s Day in Garderen. It’s an annual event full of fun and friendship that gathered together an all-time record amount of 120 Finnish women living in the Netherlands and Belgium. There was also a nice amount of ladies who have lived in the Netherlands before and wanted to come and see their friends again. This year I gave up my spot in the organizing committee to wonderful new talent and fresh ideas and attended the event as a guest for change. Of course I on Image was a proud sponsor of the event and donated 3 gift vouchers in the immensely popular raffle where the prizes are getting every year more and more amazing.

Finnish Women’s Day NL 2016 was organized in Bilderberg Hotel ’t Speulderbos Garderen. Photo credits: Stichting Finnish Women’s Day Netherlands

 

This year the event joined in Finland’s centennial celebrations under theme Suomi 100 and Finnish flags were waving in the air throughout the weekend in the lovely hotel Bilderberg Hotel ‘t Speulderbos. This year’s guest performer was Neumann from Finnish 80’s cult band Dingo. We got to meet our childhood idol before the evening concert and getting a photo together was a must!

The anticipated highlight of the event, a themed evening party on Saturday, was celebrated with dress code blue&white. How else? First we experienced a beautiful performance from Finnish Female Choir TAIKA over a glass of bubbly. Then we enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. After the dinner we all moved to the ball room to listen to Neumann’s concert. It was really amazing to hear all those songs again!

The weekend proved again the power of Finnish women coming together. We have a strong community and it’s something to be proud of. I very much enjoyed the crafts workshops I attended. It’s nice to do something with your hands for a change. I made nice new connections and got inspired to participate in some new initiatives. More information will follow on my social media so stay tuned. You can see more fun photos from the weekend on I on Image’s Instagram page @ionimage or follow #SNPaivat.

Congratulations to the lucky winners of I on Image’s gift vouchers! massive thank you for all the participants and organizers for the memorable weekend!

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

Happy New Year 2017

I am wishing you a very happy New Year 2017!

My biggest goal for 2017 is to help you to claim the ownership of your image. Many factors in life and success depend on other people and sometimes just on plain luck. But your image is one of the few things you have full control of. This year it’s time to start acting like you own it, big time. No apologies, no regrets. It’s yours and it always was. 2017 will reveal the best in you! Book your appointment here.

I would also like to inform you that I on Image’s new 2017 price list will be released on 31st January 2017. My services are now still available for 2016 pricing for appointments made in January 2017 and used latest February 28th 2017. Learn more about my services here.

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

Season greetings from I on Image

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Dear customers and fans,

Thank you very much for the amazing 2016! It would have not been the same without you. Here’s to another year of impeccable image, magical wardrobes and memorable personal style.

This year I wanted to donate time instead of money, like I did last year, and I was honored to have the opportunity to host a workshop for Empower Amsterdam, a local organization that is empowering job seekers to help themselves. It was a lovely way to give back to our wonderful community and to support small non-profit organization making a difference in this city that we now call home.

I am also spreading an important message from the organization I volunteer for since 2014, Amsterdam Mamas. Read what I am kindly asking for you to do here in my Facebook post.

I on Image wishes you and your loved ones

a Merry Christmas

and

a Happy New Year 2017!

With love and gratitude,
Jenni
-Your image consultant with an eye for detail

I on Image is celebrating 1 year in business

 

I on Image is today officially ONE YEAR in business! What a journey it has been and there are more adventures lined up in the future!

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way and a special thank you to my amazing clients for making this year a blast!

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Like I on Image on Facebook and comment on the competition post to get a chance to WIN a FREE IMAGE CONSULTING SESSION (1h) in Amsterdam area. Competition closes in one week, on Saturday 20th August 2016. Scroll down to the end of the post for more details!

My journey as an entrepreneur started many months, if not years, before the official date, 12th August 2015 that was the date when I registered my company at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. I had been dreaming of my own business for a long time and after my second baby was born in 2014 it became very clear to me that I won’t be returning to the corporate world any time soon. I wanted my own schedule and my own terms so I could continue doing what I am passionate about without sacrificing my family life (and sanity, if that’s worth anything) in the process. People always told me why don’t you just start your own business but it took me a while to gather the courage and make my dreams come true. One Saturday evening in April I told my husband that I was going to start a business… and so I did.

I launched my Facebook page and my website already on the same night and with shaky hands pressed “publish” thinking that there is no going back now, I am going to do this! I had no idea about so many things but I was hungry to find out. I loved being my own finance, PR, HR, marketing and sales. I sat long lonely nights on my laptop, typically after the children went to bed until midnight, if not longer, polishing my social media pages and my website, finding out better ways to do things and getting inspired by the stories of other businesses, both big and small. The world is full of advice and tools for sale, do’s and don’t and musts, but it soon became very clear to me that there is no other way to do this than my own way. The business had to look like me and it’s heart needs to beat in the same rhythm as mine, there was no other way. It wasn’t a matter of copy-paste & done, there were no shortcuts. I needed to find my own voice to express my passion to be able to appeal to my ideal client. And so I worked more long lonely nights.

I networked live and online, I took courses and seminars, I participated events, I spoke to a lot of people and I listened carefully what they had to say. I did a couple of pilot clients and got even more convinced that I am on a right path. I felt like I was doing a job that felt like a hobby and I was loving every minute of it. One day I got my first paying client! I will never forget it. She was wonderful and I am still in touch with her. It has been a pleasure to follow her journey to success and recently I saw her radiate on stage at an event. I was filled with immense pride to be able to a part of that story. Many other clients followed soon and many other success stories were written. I had the privilege to arrive in people’s lives at a precious moment of change and to be a part of that incredible transformation that the outer world can see through the appearance and style. The undeniably best part of my job is to see that sparkle in my clients’ eyes when they look themselves in a mirror feeling like they are ready to take over the world.

Today I am only one year wiser but nonetheless so very proud that I have gotten this far. I am determined to be better, to give more and to add more value to my clients’ lives. These were my goals for 2016 and I am ticking the boxes every week. It’s fantastic to be one year old and right on track!

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Here’s to many more stylish years to come!

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

PS. Like I on Image on Facebook and comment on the competition post to get a chance to WIN a FREE IMAGE CONSULTING SESSION (1h) in Amsterdam area. Competition closes in one week, on Saturday 20th August 2016. Good luck!