Category Archives: Fashion

The Beauty of Branding your Image 

It’s not just Hollywood that sets fashion trends. With so many of us bloggers posting opinions on which fashions to follow, it’s no wonder so many women deliberate over what to wear! In one day’s feed you may find a number of blogs that contradict each other. We can relate to some new styles when the models “wear it well” but is hard to figure out fashion on a hanger or in a flat photo.

Following Fashion Could be Destroying your Image. 

This “Fashion Friday,” for example, one popular blog promoted the latest trends with great enthusiasm. Every item displayed was beautiful; without a doubt most readers loved them all. The problem is, not every style is suitable for every fan.

Just as the front desk staff at a medical facility knows they are not required to wear scrubs (even though that’s the “trend” of their co-workers!), so should you be able to discern between which fashion to follow and which ones to leave for your colleagues. After all, wouldn’t you feel mislead if the secretary at your doctor’s office had a stethoscope hanging around her neck? Imagine asking her  for advice regarding your intimate ailments only to have her reply, “Oh, I’m sorry, I have no idea what to tell you, I’m not a doctor or nurse.” Wouldn’t that flair up a bit of frustration? Her image was deceptive!

Some fashions are very defined.

Everyone knows that certain uniforms are only for certain professions. A uniform, badge, color, style, etc defines a person’s identity. Certain outfits command immediate authority. When we are in need of help, we don’t even question the character of the person under the “branded” uniform (like the military, rescue, police…) we simply trust that they are qualified to meet our needs.

Anyone wearing a uniform without the qualifications to play that role will certainly offend others. There are other fashion rules that are also well defined–or at least they used to be. These rules, however, may be considered to be more like upper class edict. For example :

  • Never clash certain colors like pink and red.
  • Don not mix patterns like plaids and polka dots.
  • Only wear white after Memorial Day or before Labor Day.
  • Never wear all-black or all-white to a wedding.
  • Do not dress casually for church or court.

In today’s society (at least in America), fashion edict is no longer highly valued or respected. It’s more of an “anything goes” world now, but the thing is, even if we are not offending each other, all this freedom makes it easy to loose our identity.

You cannot brand a broad identity. 

If you are a professional or business woman, or even a single uneducated gal who is looking to “sell yourself,” then you must define who you are. No client, patron, patient or potential partner is going to be impressed with an image that contradicts what you are selling. If you are a doctor, then do not dress like the secretary. If you are artsy, don’t dress professionally. Being someone you are not will never win over any type of business, it will only make people loose their trust in you.

Granted, trust can be won over. Like an undercover cop in street clothes, you, too, can change other people’s first impression when you pull out your “badge” of qualifications. But first impressions are lasting impressions and if you want to lighten your workload, I highly recommend figuring out how to make your first impression tell the truth about who you are.

levis-brand-1472514-640x480Can street clothes be branded?

Not all professions have uniforms or dress codes. You may have total freedom with what to wear, but in order to build people’s trust in you, I highly recommend staying true to your style (or your personal Img.ID) and creating a brand for yourself:

• If you are a Classic: Your image should be classy and professional. It should say something about your elegant and refined nature.

• If you are a Natural: Your image should be simple and casual. It should say something about your practical and unpretentious personality.

• If you are a Dramatic: Your image should be exotic and extravagant. It should say something about your creative and exciting character.

• If you are an Ingénue: Your look should be soft and delicate. It should say something about your graceful and sweet nature.

• If you are a Romantic: Your look should be glamorous and alluring. It should say something about your sensitive and charming personality.

• If you are a Gamine: Your look should be bold and strong. It should say something about your fun and animated character.

Stay tune for more on the topic as I continue writing a new book for professional and business women!

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Confident Beauty available on audio soon!

Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose passion is empowering women and girls to BE and LET BE. Her expertise as a cosmetologist, image consultant and Biblical life-coach, as well as her personal experiences with abandonment and grief make her message relatable to anyone dealing with rejection, betrayal or loss.

 

 

Never Shop for Clothes Naked or Needy

5 Steps to Prevent Impulsive Shopping

It is never wise to grocery shop when you are hungry because your cravings can get the best of your budget. Your family may love all the junk food you bring home but, after the sugar high drops, they’ll be disappointed when you cannot put together a complete meal for them.

A desperate trip to the mall can produce the same disastrous results. 

You have a soon-coming wedding or special event and need a great outfit. Your closet is full of items that are tattered and worn so you find a moment to stop and shop, but money is as tight at time is, so you head straight to the clearance rack. From the wide variety of last season’s leftovers you may find a great deal but the real question is: Continue reading Never Shop for Clothes Naked or Needy

7 tips for Finding a Great Outfit Quick

shopping-311924_640 (1)Most women make shopping an experience. We enjoy going with our girlfriends and try on lots of potential pieces for our wardrobe. Even if we have no need for clothes. The dressing room halls become our runway as we model for each other’s opinions before we make our decision: to spend or not to spend–this is the question. Whether we walk away with the accomplishment of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman or we leave the store empty handed, every true “shopping experience” includes a Starbucks, Red Robbin or something of the like to celebrate the victories or console the defeats.

Men shop like they hunt.

Men, on the other hand, go shopping with one mission on their mind: bag it and drag it home. No party, no opinions, no turmoil over the price tag.

No fun. Continue reading 7 tips for Finding a Great Outfit Quick

How to Give Your Closet an Audit

simplifySix seconds. That’s how much time you have to make a first impression. It is important that your image represent you well. Now and then we each need to do a Wardrobe Rehab. The best way to start this process is to take an audit: Who are you? What do you wear? What you do have and need? Maybe you are a Casual Beauty living an Exotic life or perhaps your not working in a office any more but your closet still thinks you are. These are important factors to consider when assessing what to do with What’s in Your Closet. This first step in renovating your image is the most important. I want to encourage you to actually do it, so I have created a fun (& free!) worksheet to go along with this blog; click here to get it.

What kind of work do you do?

Your career choice is a great indication of which style (or Img.ID) you are because it represents your heart. Delicate Beauties don’t really enjoy office work like a Refined Beauty does. Glamorous Girls would be stressed out at any job a Gamine would choose. When you Know Who You Are, you know what you need.

What kind of coverage do you need?

What kind of formality is required of you at work? How many outfits do you need for workout, errand or at-home days? How often do you dress up and go out? Are accessories important to you and your look? (They are for some Img.IDs!) There is a wonderful freedom in knowing which part of fashion is the key to enhance your type of beauty. I have included the most import focus for each Img.ID in your worksheet.

What do you already have that works well for you?

Take this week to wear as many of your favorite items as you can. Take a picture of yourself in each completed outfit and use the chart in your worksheet to document what fits, flatters and makes you feel confident. Next week we will start weeding.

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Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker. As an image- and life-coach, her message is not simply What2Wear, it is also Know Who You Are. She uses her personal experience with overcoming rejection, betrayal and loss and her expertise as a cosmetologist, image consultant and Biblical life-coach to help empower women to BE and LET BE.

Her latest book, CONFIDENT BEAUTY: Reflecting the One Who Made You, with the Images in your Mirror and in your Soul, is now available in your favorite bookstores. Autographed copies of all her books are available on her website at www.CatrinaWelch.com

 

How to Balance your Facial-Shape with your Hairstyle

Does your hairstyle draw others to the window of your soul? It should! If you want people to see you for who you really are, your image–hair and all–should bring their attention to your eyes. This is why the goal of any hairstyle should be to balance out any disproportions so that others can focus on your inner beauty.

pear shaped face Consider the pear-shaped face. The wide cheeks and a narrow forehead are disproportionate to each other and either of these features could easily become a focal point and steal the attention from the eyes. This is can be corrected (illusionaly) with bangs or a fullness above the ears. A style that is full below the ears, however, will only point to the cheeks and distract attention from the eyes.

If you have a pear-shaped face you could be any Image Identity except the Classic (unless Classic is your secondary Img.ID). Most women with this facial-shape are Gamines or Naturals, both of whom would rather not put a lot of effort into blowdrying, etc. If this is you, consider getting bangs since this is the easiest way to balance your features. Ingénues and Romantics should consider wispy fringes that cover the cheeks. Dramatics do well with an asymmetrical look.

A round face isn’t really disproportionate, but a hairstyle that is too long may make it appear very small. The best option for a round face is a short style ith fullness at the crown–except ones that are chin-length since this gives the illusion of a wide-face.

round face

Ingénues and Romantics with a round face should consider unbalanced, wispy fringes. Gamines should choose a short-styles that are sharp and spunky. Naturals, tend to want long-hair, so I give these girls permission to break the short-hair-rule since usually wear it up in a pony tail anyway (this is another way to draw attention to the eyes on a round face). If this is you, just be sure you wear your pony high on your head.

Note: Dramatics and Classics do not have a round face unless this is their secondary Img.ID. 

For hairstyle tips on the other four facial shapes be sure to visit my website and search “Hairstyles.” If you are wondering which Img.ID you are, please contact me, I would love to give you an image consultation! My rates are reasonable, I do group parties and I travel.

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Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose personal experience with rejection, betrayal and loss–as well as her expertise as a cosmetologist, image consultant and Biblical life-coach–is empowering women to BE and LET BE.

Her latest book, CONFIDENT BEAUTY: Reflecting the One Who Made You, with the Images in your Mirror and in your Soul, is now available in your favorite bookstores. Autographed copies of all her books are available on her website at www.CatrinaWelch.com

 

2 Important Factors in Finding a Great Hairstyle

It’s What-2-Wear Wednesday! As promised, I am writing this blog to help you find a great new spring style that’s “YOU.” Before making this big decision, it’s important to consider these important factors:

What is the shape of your face?

  • Oval (balanced, even, proportionate)
  • Square (as wide as it is long, angular jaw and forehead)
  • Oblong (long, narrow, balanced)
  • Diamond (narrow chin, brow; widest at cheeks)
  • Heart (widest at forehead, narrow chin, often widow’s peak hairline)
  • Round (balanced, fullest at cheeks)
  • Pear (widest at jaw, narrow forehead)

square face, Asymmetrical cut

By understanding your facial shape, you narrow your choices for hairstyles. While this concept may seem limiting, it is actually liberating. There are so many different ways you can wear your hair, wouldn’t you rather know (before trying it!) that certain options may not compliment your beauty? It is also important to understand the density and texture of your hair as well as your personal Image Identity (or what I call your Img.ID). Typically, you can trust your hairdresser to know your hair type, as we talked about last Wednesday, but unless you have had an image consultation, you may not have any idea what your Img.ID is. Your facial shape is a great hint to that answer.

Knowing your facial shape can help you determine your personal Img.ID:

  • Oval could be any Img.ID
  • Square could be Natural, Dramatic, Gamine
  • Oblong could be any Img.ID
  • Diamond could be Natural, Dramatic, Gamine
  • Heart usually Ingénue or Romantic
  • Round could be Natural, Ingénue, Romantic, Gamine
  • Pear could be Natural, Dramatic, Ingénue, Romantic, Gamine

We’ve already gone over the guidelines for an oval face, but what if your face is square?

If you have a square face: The goal of your hairstyle (and makeup, accessories, and the neckline of your blouse) should be to make your face appear longer. Your hairdresser might suggest an asymmetrical cut, a side part, or angled bangs. Each of these is great option for the Dramatic or the Gamine because of their strong and spunky personalities. But if you are a Natural, you may find yourself asking for a paper bag to cover your head before you leave the salon if your new look is anything except a wash-n-wear cut. Naturals with a square face should choose a simple side part if they want to feel confident. If a new part is not “new” enough (although Naturals don’t love change), try layering it up a bit more–especially if your hair has wave, bounce, or curl. Whatever you do, chose a style that compliments who you are. Remember, less is more on some gals!

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Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose personal experience with rejection, betrayal and loss–as well as her expertise as a cosmetologist, image consultant and Biblical life-coach–is empowering women to BE and LET BE.

Her latest book, CONFIDENT BEAUTY: Reflecting the One Who Made You, with the Images in your Mirror and in your Soul, is now available in your favorite bookstores. Autographed copies of all her books are available on her website at www.CatrinaWelch.com

Foolish or Funny?


Is it April Fools Day or April Fun Day?

pancakes

This morning, as I helped my daughter’s class decorate the school administrator’s office like a winter wonderland to taunt her spring fever, I was reminiscing of all the April Fools jokes we have experienced throughout the years. One of my favorites was the time Tori wanted to serve her brothers plastic pancakes, so we whipped up some Bisquick and strategically placed her toy trick on a plate of their favorite breakfast. Remembering the expressions on their faces when they realized the reason they couldn’t cut through the stack wasn’t their mom’s poor cooking, but their sister’s great humor still makes me laugh.

What kind of jokes will you play today? I found some great ideas HERE, but if you are looking for advice from an image consultant, maybe you want to try something like this:

Classics: wear a totally clashing outfit…

Naturals: put on some heavy makeup…

Dramatics: don’t wear makeup and go super casual today…

Ingénues: wear all black and some heavy eyeliner…

Romantics: go professional today, got a suit jacket somewhere?

Gamines: wear something lacy and dainty, maybe with lots of fluff or flowers…

If you don’t know your Img.ID, pick the suggestion that you would never do. More than likely, my suggestions will rock your confidence for the day, but watching the response of others may be a whole lot of fun. Why? Because when you dress in a way that completely clashes with your personality you cause a (often subconscious) emotional response from others. Some people may try to encourage you because you are coming across as awkward, or they may pull away from you, feeling like they cannot trust you and they don’t even know why. Others may ridicule you, reject you or look down on you, so stay strong and remember, today is for fun. Just don’t dress outside your guidelines tomorrow because doing so any other day than April first would be foolish.

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Catrina Welch is an image- and life-coach whose message is not as much “what not to wear” as it is, “Know Who You Are,” which is the title of her book of guidelines for your personal image identity. Catrina has also written a Bible study to help women overcome their confidence conflicts; it is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books include Footprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Losing our Trisomy-18 Baby and Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in Your Mirror and Your Soul, which will be available in book stores this spring. All of these books are available now at www.CatrinaWelch.com

 

 

Finding a Gown that’s YOU

evening-dresses-and-formal-gowns-prom-homecoming-53634Proms and Weddings: Two big events that are important to the feminine heart. Young girls dreams of them; grown women reminisce of them even in old age. A big part of these dreams and the memories are greatly governed by the girl’s attire. This is why picking a gown is seldom a quick and easy process (unless, of course, that girl understands her Personal Image Identity guidelines).

By the time a bride makes a commitment to marriage she has a good idea of who she is and what she likes­­–or at least she should if she expects to live happily ever after.  Most prom girls, on the other hand, are still trying to find themselves during their junior or senior year of high school so they may be more apt to choose a dress that would look great on their girlfriend, but doesn’t flatter them at all. A young girl with a dream tends to have tenacity though, so given enough time–identity-crisis or not–and she will eventually find a dress that commands the statement, “that’s so you!”

Every girl should experience the thrill of knowing she looks good.  Women like to hear, “your dress is beautiful” or “I like your shoes” but you can be confident that you picked the right outfit when you hear, “you look beautiful in that!”  Some compliments represent the opinion and style of the one giving them, which can be empowering. But it can also be confusing. Prom girls tend to be in pursuit of validation and when they feel pressured by their peers to dress differently than their personal style (Img.ID) should they may not even know why they feeling awkward, out of place and phony. Unfortunately, girls that are not confident about their beauty tend to focus inwardly. Brides can get away with a selfish attitude (though her guest may consider her a “Bridezilla”) because her wedding is supposed to be all about her. But put a group of prom girls together who are feeling insecure, with all the focus on how they look, and the memories they make may not be ones they want to reminisce about.

If you are preparing for a big event in your life, be sure to choose attire that represents your character well. If you don’t know your Img.ID be sure to take my complimentary image assessment test so that you can have the freedom to BE and LET BE.

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Catrina Welch is an image- and life-coach whose message is not as much “what not to wear” as it is, “Know Who You Are,” which is the title of her book of guidelines for your personal image identity. Catrina has also written a Bible study to help women overcome their confidence conflicts; it is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books include Footprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Losing our Trisomy-18 Baby and Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in Your Mirror and Your Soul, which will be available in book stores this spring. All of these books are available now at www.CatrinaWelch.com

Beautiful Trophy

20140216-160001.jpgA beautiful girl walks into the room and all heads turn to spontaneously (and often subconsciously) do a quick assessment of confidence–the woman’s and their own.

“Wow, she is beautiful. She must have her act together. She’s so powerful; I bet she is popular, successful…”

Most spectators assume that a beautiful girl is confident and their decision to say, “hello” or not is dependent on their own level of confidence.

If, however, she is flaunting her beauty, the female spectators tend to assume that she is conceited, and ironically, they will snub her. Men, on the other hand, may gawk a bit at the girl’s immodest beauty but you may be surprised by their assumption.

Teens, please take note of this: Men tell us that we are hard to understand, but they are complicated too! They give one impression by gazing at your beauty, but “the purpose of a man’s heart are deep waters…” (Prover 20:5) Trust me, it is far more rewarding to impress a man’s heart than his eyes. Any girl can turn a guy’s head but what is running through his mind?

“Wow!”  “humm… Is she looking for attention? Do I want to give her mine?”

A girl flaunting her beauty (and body) appears to be more concerned with herself (and how she looks) than she is with others. The male spectators assume that she is insecure and are as impressed with her as they are with fireworks.

“Nice!” “What’s next?”

If you are looking for lasting love, you may find a good guy by “strutting your stuff” but more than likely he will be on a mission to help you feel more secure. Unfortunately, the majority of guys attracted to immodest beauty are insecure themselves and they prey on beautiful “trophies” to make them feel more confident.
Every girl wants to be a guy’s pride and joy, but if you freely give your beauty away without respecting yourself, you may soon be collecting dust on a shelf while he goes after his next trophy.

A girl with Confident Beauty does not ask for attention–she gives it and patiently waits to reap what she has sown.

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Catrina Welch is an image- and life-coach whose message is not as much “what not to wear” as it is, “Know Who You Are,” which is the title of her book of guidelines for your personal image identity. Catrina has also written a Bible study to help women overcome their confidence conflicts; it is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books include Footprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Losing a Trisomy-18 Baby and Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in Your Mirror and Your Soul, which will be available in book stores this spring. All of these books are available now at www.CatrinaWelch.com

Good-hair Confidence

badhairMost men don’t get it. Casual Img.IDs (Naturals and sometimes Gamines) struggle to understanding it, too–well, actually they don’t really try to understand it, they just think the less-casual women are foolish or shallow–but a bad-hair day can really rock a girl’s confidence! Most of us don’t want to admit it when we feel down and out simply because we feel ugly, but maybe its time we come to grips with this part of our human nature.  

I know its hard to admit we want to look good. No one wants to be selfish, and our appearance is all about us so it does make sense that it seems self-centered to want to be beautiful. But let’s think this out. Our husbands want us beautiful. Our kids want to be proud of us. Our boss wants us looking professional. Our clients/patients/patrons/coworkers want to believe we are competent and they judge us by our appearance. And how about this one: when we feel beautiful we are more productive, positive and pleasant. Why? Because beauty empowers, energizes, encourages the human heart–that’s why we go to beautiful places to get refreshed from our busyness. Beauty brings peace and comfort–that’s why we send flowers to the sick and grieving hearts. It brings a sense of satisfaction and joy–that’s why we decorate stages, dinner tables and hospital nursery rooms with beautiful bouquets. Beauty draws others to it with a sense of trustworthiness–thats why we choose movies and products with beautiful actresses… and that’s why it is ok to want to be beautiful yourself.

You want to draw others to you; that is not selfish, that is godly.

Our problem lies in our competitive nature, which brings discontentment. That’s why I am so passionate about helping women understand which style of beauty they are. When you know “what not to wear” you are less apt to get caught up in comparing yourself with women that can wear what you wish you could. Women who know their personal image identity (Img.ID) know how to achieve their best look. Women with Confident Beauty allow themselves to do what it takes to be happy with their reflection. They do their morning routine and then foget about themselves the rest of the day. They make the plane stuitress proud: they take care of their own needs (put on their own oxygen mask) first in order to be able to take care of those they are responsible for.

In reality, NOT taking care of ourselves is what is selfish.

We all know that When mamma ain’t happy, ain’t noooobody happy! It is feminine nature to shut down and become demanding when unhappy, so if a bad-hair day can set a woman’s mind on herself  then isn’t it UNselfish for her to take care of herself?

Ladies, get your hair done. Think of the money you spend as an investment in your confidence. Invest wisely. Choose styles that work with your personality so that it doesn’t make you feel phony. You don’t have to follow fashion, follow your  Img.ID guidelines. For you, yes, but for your marriage, your children, your job or business as well, because when you are happy, you are more apt to focus on others.

Men, stop making us feel like we are shallow. You want us beautiful, you want us happy. You want to be strong and profitable; we want to be attractive, let’s start respecting each other’s human nature. Neither of us are wrong, we are just different.

God would you help me to take care of myself without expecting others to understand me. I am not their responsibility, I am my own. I want to take better care of those I am responsible for so please help me to not be ashamed of my own needs and desires. And help me to allow others, especially my husband, to have his own perspective on life. Thank you for making us different. Help us to compliment and complete each other and to stop competing with each other. Amen.

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Catrina Welch is an image- and life-coach whose message is not as much “what not to wear” as it is, “Know Who You Are,” which is the title of her book of guidelines for your personal image identity. Catrina has also written a Bible study to help women overcome their confidence conflicts; it is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books include Footprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Losing a Trisomy-18 Baby and Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in Your Mirror and Your Soul, which will be available in book stores this spring. All of these books are available now at www.CatrinaWelch.com