We Have A Winner!

We have a winner I on Image September Giveaway

I am delighted to announce the winners of I on Image’s September Giveaway!

  • 1 x FREE ticket to “Relaunch your Career: Inspiring & Guiding Mums at a Crossroads” -event on 5th October 2018 9:30-16:00 at Circl in Amsterdam Zuidas. Value 37€, coffee and lunch included.

THE WINNER IS… Sanna-Mari K

  • 1 x FREE Online Image Scan with I on Image via WhatsApp or Skype, duration 1h. Value 60.

THE WINNER IS… Sirpa T

  • 1 x FREE Online Style Scan with I on Image via WhatsApp or Skype, duration 1h. Value 60.

THE WINNER IS… Perla C

Huge congratulations to the lucky winners and thank you for everyone who participated! This was fun!

I will email the ticket and the gift vouchers for the online sessions to the winners really soon so check your inboxes!

-Jenni

Your image consultant with an eye for detail

WIN WIN WIN September Giveaway

I on Image celebrated 3 years in business in August and to celebrate this milestone I am giving away some great stuff that will help you enhance your image this autumn

  • 1 x FREE ticket to “Relaunch your Career: Inspiring & Guiding Mums at a Crossroads” -event on 5th October 2018 9:30-16:00 at Circl in Amsterdam Zuidas. I will be speaking there too about style, image and wardrobe tips for today’s working mums. Value 37€, coffee and lunch included. More information about the event here.
  • 1 x FREE Online Image Scan with I on Image via WhatsApp or Skype, duration 1h. Ideal way to boost your personal brand to the next level. Value 60.
  • 1 x FREE Online Style Scan with I on Image via WhatsApp or Skype, duration 1h. Get the best styling tips from a pro and give your personal style an instant upgrade. Value 60.

GIVEAWAY RULES

  1. Simply enter your email and tell me which giveaway you would like to win and why. You (and your friends) can participate until 19th September 2018.
  2. Follow I on Image’s Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter for more updates regarding this giveaway.
  3. The lucky winners will be announced on 20th September 2018 on I on Image’s website. I will also be emailing them personally.

Enter the giveaway here

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Present Your Best Self -Workshop

I am delighted to share a second event with you this week!

Here at I on Image I have created a 3h long workshop PRESENT YOUR BEST SELF for Empower Amsterdam. It is targeted for people looking to amp up their job search game with a help of an image consultant. The event takes place on 28th November 2016 13:00 -16:00 at Post Oost in Amsterdam.

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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 to a next level that exudes confidence and professionalism.

During this workshop we cover the following elements about your image through real-life examples and self-reflecting exercises:

Your communication, your appearance and your digital presence.

Communication
Communication skills are some of the most important skills that you need to succeed in life. This workshop helps you gain a better understanding of your verbal and non-verbal communication. Learn to say what you want to say, in a way that nothing about you distracts your audience from receiving your valuable message.

Appearance
Your appearance is the part of you that you can’t possibly hide. Do you look the part? This workshop helps you discover the power of your personal style that flatters your best features. Gain more confidence and want to be the best-dressed person in the room.

Digital Presence 
Nowadays first impressions are often made online so your digital presence is a vital part of your personal brand. In this workshop, you will learn to manage your digital presence on relevant online platforms, increase your visibility and help you to build a reputation that is fully aligned with your personal brand.


This workshop is FREE but I recommend to get your tickets now before they run out! Tickets available here.

Join the Facebook event to see who else is going!

See more I on Image events here.

I am looking forward to seeing you there!

-Jenni
Your image consultant with an eye for detail

Ladies Pure Pamper Evening

This year Christmas comes early. I am so excited to be part of this Ladies Pure Pamper Evening with Pure Natural Cosmetics and Fashion-a-fair!

Please join us for some well-earned me-time, with fashion advice by me at I on Image, natural skin care by Pure Natural Cosmetics and fair trade accessories by Fashion-A-Fair, all happening at the beautiful Blue House Boat in Amsterdam on 17th November 2016 19:00 – 21:00.

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Do you love fashion? Do you appreciate natural skin care and fair trade accessories? Do you feel like having some well-earned me-time?

GOOD NEWS! We are pleased to announce this pampering evening created especially for you! Come and join us at our beautiful location, The Blue Houseboat in Amsterdam, for an evening of fashion styling, natural skincare and fair trade accessories.

Our Program for You

DRESS FOR YOUR BODY SHAPE mini-workshop by I on Image

Jenni Ryynänen of I on Image

During this dynamic and fun mini-workshop “Dress for your body shape” you will discover your unique beautiful body shape with image consultant and personal stylist Jenni Ryynänen of I on Image. She will help you to learn the power of your personal style that flatters your best features by answering the following questions:

1. What is your body shape?
2. What are your strongest assets?
3. What should you wear to celebrate your best features?

As a result you will gain more confidence and want to be the best dressed person in the room!

YOUR NATURAL SKIN CARE ROUTINE by Nirit Yogev of Pure Natural Cosmetics

Nirit Yogev of Pure Natural Cosmetics

I welcome you to the beautiful world of herbs, flowers and nature’s treasures, all combined in my handmade products. Handmade with the purest and finest natural ingredients, fully free of harmful chemicals and parabens.

Nirit will introduce the natural ingredients for you to smell and feel, will explain the benefits of natural cosmetics and will give you your skin care routine advice according to your special needs and skin type.

FAIR TRADE ACCESORIES by Fashion-a-fair

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Fashion-A-Fair is a small fair trade fashion business. We import beautiful, handmade products from 10 different countries in Africa. We strongly believe in women’s empowerment and making a difference through fair trade.



The event is FREE but I recommend to get your tickets now before they run out!
Tickets available here.

Join the Facebook event to see who else is going!

See more I on Image events here.

I am looking forward to seeing you there!

-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!

Greetings from SPARK 2016

Last month I had the pleasure to join an amazing group of speakers at SPARK 2016 conference that was held at We Work Metropool on 14th June 2016.

This was my first public speaking event in years so you can only imagine how nervous I was. Last year I volunteered at the event and got so inspired that I set myself a goal to speak there the next year. When I found out that I was accepted to speak at the event this year my feelings ranged from sheer excitement to paralyzing fear of failure. How could I possibly measure up with the other speakers who were so much more experienced than I was? The Spark organization must have read my thoughts because us speakers received a fantastic prepping session from Tara Phillips of Cause & Affect Speeches. I can warmly recommend her sessions to everyone looking to upgrade their public speaking skills. It took me a pile of colourful PostIts, several cups of green tea (okay, some wine may have been consumed in the process too…) and a mini vacation to Venice, but one day I just was ready to talk about Polishing Your Personal Image.

The day was kicked off by an upbeat key note speech from Colleen Geske, the brain behind a hilarious blog-turned-bestseller: Stuff Dutch People Like. She spoke about her way to success, hickups on her book publishing path and that ugly moment when she got mansplained. I knew about SDPL but I could never imagine it’s owner was such a fantastic person. We all have a lot to learn from Colleen and I admire her wit and perseverance. Long story short:

Your success should look like you and no-one else.

For me this was definitely highlight of the conference -and that was only the beginning! Colleen’s speech was soon followed by a break-out session from Stephanie Ward of Firefly Coaching. I had the pleasure to meet Stephanie at the last year’s event and I have been a keen follower of her work ever since. With Stephanie it feels like you have your very own marketing department and this year’s theme “Pricing & Packaging Tips to Create a Business Model that Serves You & That Your Clients Love” was yet another dip into the eternal pool of her wisdom.

After delicious and healthy Cropbox lunch it was time for more break-out sessions and my speech. My topic was “Polishing Your Personal Image”. I approached the subject from three different angles: Communication, appearance and digital presence. These elements form your image that is your best calling card and the only aspect of your career that you have a full control of. Your image is also one of the best self-investments you can ever make. I had a lovely audience who listened carefully and came up with great questions afterwards. Thank you for everyone who came to listen and thank you for the organizers for giving me this wonderful opportunity! If you missed it you can view my slides here.

After the second break-out session we gathered to listen to most inspiring female economy stories at Global Female Entrepreneurship Panel where Maneuela Damant of Open the Door Leadership, Nassira Boudhan of Fashion for Education and Kanak Hirani of Pashm and Karigar shared their views on how to provide opportunities for women around the globe by empowering them. This session was a real eye-opener for me and it had a very powerful message!

Last year I on Image was a proud sponsor of the  fantastic event and it was my first outing as an entrepreneur. I made some really wonderful contacts at the event and with some of them I am still in regular contact. I was delighted to see how this movement has grown over a year, just like my own business has. Read more about my goody bag offer at SPARK 2015 here. Speaking of goody bags: I loved it! My favorite items were healthy EatLiveLoveFood crackers and a fun desk exercise card from TotalSelf. We even did some of the exercises in the interactive session “When you thrive, your business thrives: Best practices for protecting your most important asset” but your own desk at home or at the office is probably the place where they are most efficient. Either way:

Remember to take care of number one (yes, that’ll be you).

It’s not selfish, it’s an investment.

The wonderful day was closed by Emmy McCarthy of Emmy McCarthy Consulting. I am a long-term fan of Emmy who is best known for her community building at Amsterdam Mamas where I volunteer as a community admin since 2014. Emmy starting her own consulting business was huge news in our community because everyone was always asking for advice from her and wondering if they should really be on the clock since she always managed to have the best ideas and answers for us. Her closing notes were no exception to this. I was particularly fond about her views on how individuals can add value to their communities by simply contributing to them. Her observations were sharp and spot on:

“Focusing on collaborative growth allows us to drive forward a new economic model that is focused on the value which we provide to our communities rather than the value that we can extract from them.” -Emmy McCarthy

You can read her closing notes in full on her blog post.

It was so nice to see everyone again and to make new connections. I felt I was a part of something very special and that energy carries a long way.

 

Thank you for everyone who made this inspiring day possible!

I am looking forward to the 2017 event already!

 

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

P.S. Do you love that lilac Inna Store dress that I am wearing as much as I do? I have good news for you: I am about to release an exclusive Inna Store discount code for my fans only so you can get your own beautiful Inna dress after the holidays. More information will follow… Keep an eye on this space! In the meantime you can read my blog post about my visit to Inna showroom in Rotterdam!

 

Finnish Women’s Day 2016 in Zutphen

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A few of weeks ago I traveled to Zutphen for the 28th edition of Finnish Women’s Day. It’s an annual event full of fun and friendship that gathered together 94 Finnish women living in the Netherlands. This was my second year in the organizing committee and a truly wonderful experience! The event’s special guests were Finland’s craziest shop keeper couple, social media phenomenon from a small village Äkäslompolo in Lapland, Sampo and Minttu Kaulanen of Jounin Kauppa. They spoke us about their stellar success, stamina and perseverance, family life and love under the event’s theme, untranslatable quintessentially Finnish term, SISU.

Our event guests Sampo and Minttu Kaulanen of Jounin Kauppa in their evening dress up party gear. Photo credits: Stichting Finnish Women’s Day Netherlands

According to Sisu- expert Emilia Lahti SISU “is extraordinary courage and determination in the face of adversity. It’s about not seeing a silver lining in the clouds, and yet jumping into the storm anyways. At the core of sisu is the idea that in each of us there is more strength that meets the eye.” And for me as a Finnish native this is something I can relate to in my own life. Despite of living over a decade abroad I am still through and through Finnish and feel like I owe a lot in my life to sisu so I really enjoyed listening to the talks under this theme. It’s a long standing tradition that on Saturday evening there is a party where everyone dresses up according to the theme. I went as Rosie the Riveter -who else?

I had the pleasure to host a style workshop under theme Last chance inspired by my popular service Personal shopping in your own wardrobe.  Each participant could bring to the workshop a few items from home, that have been causing them headache. We analyzed each item and thought creative new ways to wear them. As a starting point we used body shape analysis, colour seasons and great basic wardrobe that allows easy mixing and matching. The time flew by having fun! It was almost meant to be that one of my workshop participants won I on Image gift voucher in the Sunday raffle.

Congratulations to the lucky winner and thank you for all the participants!

Finnish Women’s Day NL 2016 was organized in Inntel Hotels Resort Zutphen. Photo credits: Stichting Finnish Women’s Day Netherlands

 

I had a wonderful time and I am looking forward to next year’s event already!

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