Category Archives: Fashion

Don’t Hate Her ‘Cuz She’s Beautiful

It’s not easy being different.

Unusual beauty creates Confidence Conflicts for the gorgeous as much as it does for the less-lovely. Sometimes the reason people stare is not because of your imperfections, but because they think you are perfect—or close to it, beautiful women get gawked at too, and not just by lustful men. They too get the long, strong stares and sometimes those stares can feel or even be threatening.

1100679-bigthumbnailSome girls, no matter what Img.ID they are, suffer from the assumptions often put on them: that they “have it all together,” that “they know they are beautiful” and are “stuck up” “promiscuous” or “showing off.” They are sometimes despised for things they cannot change about themselves–things that are not wrong.

Men and women both tend to think that a gorgeous girl is “above them”; it is often assumed that unless we too are gorgeous, we don’t “qualify” to be friends with those more beautiful. When we are not confident with our beauty, we tend to think of beautiful people as unapproachable not because of what the pretty girls have done to make us feel that way, but because of what the enemy has done to make us feel that way.

If you are a gorgeous woman, and you haven’t recognized this for what it is, and have only felt that false guilt and cynicism, you may feel very lonely. The hurt and rejection that beautiful women suffer often makes them cautious and defensive in their relationships.

You cannot change the way others feel, you must leave that with them; simply do your best to press through their judgments and show them the true you. As my husband loves to say, “people of integrity expect to be believed, and when they are not, they let time prove them right.” Give it time, pray that God would give you compassion for them and the strength to keep being you despite their judgments.

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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 image issues. 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 Loosing 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 soon.

If you are interested in getting these books or having Catrina come speak at your event, you can contact her at www.CatrinaWelch.com or on facebook.

Color, Confidence and the Summer Palette

 

 Summer colorsIf you have soft contrasts in your hair and skin, and have cool undertones, you are likely a Summer. Also, your hair may be “mousy” brown, light, medium or dark brown with auburn highlights, silvery gray, or light, medium or dark ash blonde (with a gray cast at the root).

The Summer palette of colors is soft, dusty and grayish with a blue-based undertone. Like the landscape and sky on a beautiful summer day with the humidity casting a misty quality that softens all the colors. Think pink, lavender, soft whites.

If you are a Summer, choose clothing with soft, muted colors that have cool or blue undertones. If you choose to color your hair, ask for highlights and/or lowlights, diversity in colors is beautiful on you and gives your hair depth. Stay away from warm undertones; cool, ash colors will look best.

When choosing your makeup, be sure your eyes are defined and have an appropriate cool color; without a little mascara or eyeliner your eyes can be washed away. For more tips, click the word “makeup” below the Topics bar to your right.

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To request an image consultation (what I call a Private Supreme MakeOver or SMO, which includes an color analysis and Img.ID assessment. I also do group SMOs) click on the Image Coaching tab:  

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 image issues. It is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books includeFootprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Loosing 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 soon.

Color, Confidence and the Spring Palette

imagesIf you have strong contrasts in your hair and skin, and you have warm undertones, you are likely a Spring. Your skin may be ivory or milky white; peachy; ruddy and golden beige when tan. Also, your hair may be golden, honey or strawberry blonde; light, medium or deep red; golden brown (usually light); or dull, yellow gray.

The Spring’s seasonal palette has hues that are clean, clear and somewhat delicate in quality with a yellow-base. This season brings with it a fresh and clear feeling in the air. It may be hard to visualize it right now as the color is fading to brown now, but think of the crisp, new greens, reds, yellows and blues that will be budding again before we know it.

If you are a Spring, choose clothing with bright, clear colors that have warm or yellow undertones. If you choose to color your hair, be sure to color all the hair one shade. Stay away from cool undertones. You will do best with neutrals and warm tints.

When choosing your makeup, be sure your lips have an appropriate warm color, as this will bring attention to your eyes. For more tips, click the word “makeup” below the Topics bar to your right.

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To request an image consultation (what I call a Private Supreme MakeOver or SMO, which includes an color analysis and Img.ID assessment. I also do group SMOs) click on the Image Coaching tab:  

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 image issues. It is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books includeFootprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Loosing 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 soon.

Color, Confidence andthe Winter Palette

imagesIf you have strong, sharp contrasts in your hair and skin, and you have cool undertones, you are likely a winter. Also, your hair is most likely dark (black, dark, medium or light brown) or salt-n-pepper. Very rarely are blondes Winters, unless they are platinum or white blonde, or were as a child (sometimes tow-headed children grow up to become more honey-colored in adolescence, and more brown by the adult years, and can be mistaken for a spring).

The Winter palette of colors has hues are pure, clean, bold, and sharply contrasting–like the true primary colors. They are blue-based in undertone, like freshly-fallen snow and the deep blue waters on a cold winter day. Think black, white, navy and true reds, greens and yellows like you find on a color wheel.

If you are a Winter, choose clothing with colors that are crisp and clear with cool or blue undertones. If you choose to color your hair, be sure to color all the hair one shade. Stay away from warm undertones; you will do best with neutrals and cool tints.

When choosing your makeup, be sure your lips have an appropriate cool color, this will bring attention to your eyes. For more tips, click the word “makeup” below the Topics bar to your right.

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To request an image consultation (what I call a Private Supreme MakeOver or SMO, which includes an color analysis and Img.ID assessment. I also do group SMOs) click on the Image Coaching tab:  

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 image issues. It is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books includeFootprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Loosing 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 soon.

If you are interested in getting these books or having Catrina come speak at your event, you can contact her at www.CatrinaWelch.com or on facebook.

Color, Confidence and the Autumn Palette

imagesIf you have soft contrasts in your hair and skin, and have warm undertones, you are likely a Autumn. Your skin may be very fair ivory or peachy; light to dark golden beige; golden black; or ruddy. Also, your hair may be strawberry or auburn red; honey or drab blonde with golden highlights; coppery red-brown; deep chestnut or golden brown; golden or dull gray; or maybe even charcoal black (although very rare).

The seasonal palette of an Autumn is rich, earthy and mellow with a golden undertone in the yellow-base side of color–like the colors we see now in New England. Golden, orange and red hues dominate all the leaves, flowers and bushes. Our sun sets right now glows with warmth unlike other seasons.

If you are an Autumn, choose clothing with soft or muted colors that have warm, or yellow undertones. If you choose to color your hair, ask for highlights and/or lowlights; diversity in colors is beautiful on you and gives your hair depth. Stay away from cool undertones; warm, red colors are usually best for you.

When choosing your makeup, be sure your eyes are defined and have an appropriate warm color; without a little mascara or eyeliner your eyes can be washed away. For more tips, click the word “makeup” below the Topics bar to your right.

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To request an image consultation (what I call a Private Supreme MakeOver or SMO, which includes an color analysis and Img.ID assessment. I also do group SMOs) click on the Image Coaching tab:   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 image issues. It is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books includeFootprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Loosing 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 soon. If you are interested in getting these books or having Catrina come speak at your event, you can contact her at www.CatrinaWelch.com or on facebook.

Color, Confidence and Seasonal Palettes

1058330-Royalty-Free-Vector-Clip-Art-Illustration-Of-A-Digital-Collage-Of-Seasonal-Icons-5Basically, there are four seasonal palettes of color—Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. Your eye color, clarity and pattern of your eye structure, as well as the skin undertone (not its color), and the contrasts of these aspects with your hair (again, not necessarily the color) are all factors in deciding which season you are.

In order to discover your seasonal palette, you need to remove or hide all other influence of color, such as any makeup, hair, or clothing color you are already wearing as well as the lighting in the room. You want to know how each individual color influences your image.

This is very hard to do to yourself, and due to the emotional response your friends (and you) will have to color, it is not wise to simply trust others’ opinion. Without doubt, there’s enormous value in having a professional image consultant sort all this out for you by draping various fabrics over your neck and shoulder area to discover which colors make your skin tone, hair color and eyes become brighter and more alive.

Please be aware that not all makeup artists are certified color analysts. Do not be afraid to ask your analyst where she got her training. There are far too many sales people that are simply educated in color, but never tested or certified.

Your eye pattern and color and the chemical make up that causes your skin undertones and hair coloring does not change after age five. It does not mater how tan, wrinkled or gray you get; the season you are is the season you will remain for the rest of your days. You do not need to have this service repeated if it is done accurately. The money you spend on a consultation will be an investment for life.

Once you make this investment into your image, you will save yourself a lot of time choosing wardrobe purchases as well as saving yourself the expense of items you buy but don’t end up wearing because you feel washed away in it. Be sure to listen and take note of the things you are told by your analyst, because when you follow your guidelines the things you purchase should compliment anything in your closet that also is within your seasonal palette.

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To request a color analysis appointment (or a Private Supreme MakeOver, which includes an analysis) click on the Image Coaching tab

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 image issues. 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 Loosing 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 soon.

If you are interested in getting these books or having Catrina come speak at your event, you can contact her at www.CatrinaWelch.com or on facebook.

Color, Confidence and Skin Tone

How well does what you wear compliment your hair, skin and eye coloring? Maybe you don’t like your coloring and have played with hair dye only to find you are now frustrated in trying to make your make up blend or your outfits look right.

Maybe you love soft, warm colors but always feel pasty and drawn when you wear them. Perhaps you often are asked if you are tired when you get plenty of sleep, and you never considered if it was the color of your blouse, for example, that made others ask that question.

Wearing the wrong colors will dull the skin, eyes and hair, making you appear bland and tired. Your skin will show its texture more and your coloring will separate into blotchy patches if you wear colors that are not within your seasonal palette. Others’ attention will be drawn to the thing that stands out most, whether it is your nose, chin, mouth, jaw, outfit or your make up … but not to your eyes.

When you are wearing your proper colors, you will receive compliments about you, how great you look. When you do a good job picking out outfits, but your choices are not your color, you may still hear compliments about the outfit, what a great dress you are wearing, but you may be lost in the picture.

A great indication as to whether you are choosing proper colors for you is if you ever have trouble getting your makeup right or not. When you wear colors that compliment your skin tone, your make up will blend easily and your beauty will radiate. If you tend to wear colors that are not within your “seasonal palette,” then you may always have difficulty with your make up. You may even have given up on wearing it at all.

If the compliments you hear are more about how “you look beautiful” or “you look great in that blouse,” then you are probably closer to making choices that suit your Personal Image Identity (Img.ID).

I recommend that you consider having a color analyst help you discover your “seasonal palette.” When you understand which colors compliment your features, it is wise to stay within that palette, especially when you are spending money on an outfit or make up. By paying for an analyst to teach you which colors you should purchase for yourself, you can save yourself a fortune on clothing and lipstick you liked on the rack, but look washed away in, or just won’t go with anything else you have when you get it home.

One of the greatest benefits of knowing your color range and style is that when you bring a new piece of clothing into your closet, it should go well with what you already own.

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To request a color analysis appointment (or a Private Supreme MakeOver, which includes an analysis) click on the Image Coaching tab

 

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 image issues. 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 Loosing 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 soon.

If you are interested in getting these books or having Catrina come speak at your event, you can contact her at www.CatrinaWelch.com or on facebook.

Color, Confidence and your Canvas

 imagesYour body, face, and hair are like a painter’s canvas. Any color you add to this canvas (whether hair color, make up or clothing) should compliment the whole picture. You don’t cover your canvas completely, so you want all the colors to compliment the undertones the Great Artist started you with.

If you have a soft, yellow-white canvas and you paint bright, bold cool colors on it, the colors will stand out from the canvas. The paint is what others will see. The uncovered canvas will be overpowered and unnoticed.

However, if you paint on other soft, yellow-toned colors, they will easily blend and compliment the canvas. Any untouched spot in the paint, where the canvas shows, will simply appear as part of the whole picture.

When others look at your image—your painting—you want the canvas (especially your eyes) to be what they see. It is not the outfit, your make up, or your hair coloring that you want noticed. It is you—your reflection of the glory of God—that you want to reveal to them.

When you are wearing your proper colors, you will receive compliments about you, how great you look. When you do a good job picking out outfits, but your choices are not your color, you may still hear compliments about the outfit, what a great dress you are wearing, but you may be lost in the picture.

You may feel good when someone says “that outfit is beautiful” or “that shirt looks great on you,” but that doesn’t mean that you are making the right color choices, it simply means that person likes that outfit or color, not that that outfit or color likes you. Often we choose our attire because of compliments we have received, but the compliments that we do best to listen to are the ones that speak about how we look, how others are seeing us—not our attire, our make up, or our shoes.

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To request a color analysis appointment (or a Private Supreme MakeOver, which includes an analysis) click on the Image Coaching tab.

 

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 image issues. 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 Loosing 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 soon.

If you are interested in getting these books or having Catrina come speak at your event, you can contact her at www.CatrinaWelch.com or facebook. 

Color, Confidence and Emotional Effects

The colors you wear have an emotional effect on you and the impression you make on others.

what does black say?Take black for example.

This powerful color commands respect and gives the impression of confidence–even if it’s a T-shirt. That’s why it works so well for the Bold, Proper and Exotic Beauties (the Gamine, Classic and Dramatic). If this is your Img.ID, especially if you are a Winter, then you have the strength to carry this powerful color.

Enjoy it.

It does seem to be the most common clothing color available. Maybe that is because it is a “slimming color,” or perhaps because its richness has a way of making even a T-shirt look stately. Part of the reason why we wear it to funerals is that it’s formality shows respect to the one we lost or those we love that are grieving.

But, I must warn you (especially if you are a Ingénue, Romantic or Natural or if you are any seasonal palette  other than the Winter) that black can also causes a sub-conscious emotional response of sorrow–which can do your image damage if you are not careful.

Think about this: Why don’t we wear bright yellow when we are around the grieving?

Bright colors speak “joy” and “life.” Dark colors have a more serious effect on us. To everything there is a season,right? Most of us have been taught to weep with those who weep and to rejoice with those who rejoice, but other than when going to a funeral, have you ever thought about what your clothing color is saying about you?

Here are my suggestions:

Gamines, be sure to add other colors (at least two) to your black attire, or you may come across as stanch and unfriendly. Your fun nature is one of your greatest qualities and I encourage you to bring that out to the forefront of your image. Soft or blending colors are not strong enough for you (unless you are combination of another Img.ID), but adding bold, contrasting colors will show the world the fun side of you–and it may just bring a little more joy into your temperament the days you wear it. Just as you might wear bright colors to help you through a dreary day, use this emotional effect to your advantage.

Classics and Dramatics should also be careful not to wear black only–or people may get the impression (even if it’s sub-conscious) that you are either a dictator (Proper Beauties) or unapproachable (Exotic Beauties). Monochromatic coloring may work well for either of these Img.IDs, but be sure to break it up with accessories that are inviting and inspiring or else you may find that others feel intimidated around you.

Ingénues, Romantics and Naturals who really do not want to give up black, should at least avoid wearing it around their face.

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To request an image consultation (what I call a Private Supreme MakeOver or SMO, which includes an color analysis and Img.ID assessment. I also do group SMOs) click on the Image Coaching tab:  

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 image issues. 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 Loosing 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 soon.

If you are interested in getting these books or having Catrina come speak at your event, you can contact her at www.CatrinaWelch.com or on facebook.

Confident Colors

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As I witness the beautiful transformation of the leaves changing on the trees all around me, I feel inspired to blog about color.

When I was first certified as an image consultant, most professionals and stay-at-home moms knew what their “seasonal pallet of colors” was. Back then, color analysis was a huge part of my business. Now most people know very little about which tones and intensities make their eyes radiate, they simply follow what is in fashion, whether it washes their beauty away or not.

The largest factor in making a good first impression with your image is color. The colors you choose for your hair, skin, nails and attire say a lot about who you are for two reasons. First, because the colors you wear cause your skin tone to respond either to your advantage or to your disadvantage. Secondly, because color has a huge effect on human emotions, and the colors you choose are speaking not only to the person you are meeting, but you too may be subconsciously responding to them.

It is to your benefit to understand your colors.

Color should compliment skin tone, harmonize with the undertones in your hair, skin and eyes, and enlarge and brighten the eyes, lifting the face.

If you are interested in this understanding topic, I invite you to follow this blog. I am dedicating an entire season of blogging to color. Stay tuned for more!

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To request a color analysis appointment (or a Private Supreme MakeOver, which includes an analysis) click on the Image Coaching tab.

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 image issues. 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 Loosing 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 soon.

If you are interested in getting these books or having Catrina come speak at your event, you can contact her at www.CatrinaWelch.com or on her facebook page.

 

 

 

Dramatic Confidence

547383_483946078327182_1994950713_nI loved how Angela Miller said it, “confidence is what is beautiful.

She is so right; confidence is beautiful and it is powerful. Unfortunately, it can also be very misunderstood.

Watching Angie sing her heart out while being critiqued by highly influential judges in front a massive audience leaves me awestricken.  I know Angie. Her family and mine are intertwined in many ways and I consider them some of my dearest friends. I understand her confidence because I understand her faith and the relationships in her life. She is living the American Dream because the foundation of her life is true to what America was founded on.

Angie’s confidence has been misunderstood at times, like when Jimmy called her “too dramatic.” He didn’t know that Angie’s clothing personality is a Dramatic! Dramatics are often assumed to be “playing it up” because their passion is more intense than most other Img.IDs. But, man, they are they entertaining when they perform! Thank you, Angie, for not letting criticism defeat your confidence.

It is not just American Idol that sometimes judges unfairly; America does. Think about it. Don’t we assume that a beautiful girl is confident? Don’t we assume she must know she is beautiful, and that chances are she is hung up on herself? Aren’t we shocked if we hear that a pretty girl is not confident? We are so two-sided! We question the confident girl’s pride and assume she is arrogant or phony, yet we believe in the girl who doesn’t believe in herself. We really aren’t fair to each other; and we are especially unfair to these brave AI contestants who risk our judgment and depend on our votes in order for them to achieve their big dreams. Kudos to all those who took that risk, this year and every year!

I cried when Angie didn’t make it to the finals on Thursday, not because I was disappointed in her by any means, but because I felt her pain. Didn’t you? She was so transparent with her passion throughout the whole competition, and in her most vulnerable moment when her hope for the title was taken away, she was brave enough to show her broken heart. Angie, you are beautiful! Why? Because vulnerability is also beautiful.

We were all shocked when our gifted girl was eliminated this week, but I heard some people were shocked that she cried. Someone said they wished they had seen that tender side of the Miller confidence earlier, because then they would have voted for her. That’s America’s superficial judging skills! Forgive us, Angie; we have been under the influence of media all our lives. We assume that whatever clip makes it past the editors for us to see, is the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Help us, God!

The real truth, America, is that Angela Miller knows “it is ok not to be ok.“ She doesn’t just sing it; she lives it. Her confidence is real, so is her humility.

If you who find yourself under a spotlight or facing criticism from highly influential (or UNinfluential!) judges, I hope you, like Angie, Know Who You Are, and Whose you are. Remember that there is only One Judge that you need to be approved by. He created your personality, and He loves you more than you can imagine. Be true to yourself and Dream Big!

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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 image issues. 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 Loosing 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 soon.

If you are interested in getting these books or having Catrina come speak at your event, you can contact her at www.CatrinaWelch.com or on facebook.

Some Rules of Illusions

Confidence is freedom from self-consciousness and the joy of others-consciousness.

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For us women, that freedom is found more easily if we fell like we are lookin’ good, wouldn’t you agree?

Find your freedom by learning how to look your best everyday without thinking about it any more!

Ideally, you want your outfit to hang well on your figure without clinging to any bulges and for your hairstyle, make up and accessories to accentuate the style of beauty you are. (to learn more, click “Get  your Img.ID here” on the right of this site, or check it out in my book: Know Who You Are: Guidelines for your Personal Image Identity)

Your whole look, not just your clothing, should be considered part of your image. Everything about your beauty should be in balance, and consistent with who you are. If you have discovered the best wardrobe for you is straight and dramatic lines, but your hairstyle is round and full, you may find yourself frustrated with trying to put things together that you feel good in.

As a teaser for what is in the book, here are some of the general rules of disguising your figure flaws with some rules of illusions:

  • Dark lines are sliming, deepening
  • Solid, dark, unbroken colors are sliming
  • Lighter lines create the allusion of fullness
  • Solid, light, unbroken colors, especially if shinny or bright, add fullness.
  • Simple, vertical lines are slimming and create height but it can also add the allusion of width if it is drawn in the right place.
  • Many close vertical lines, however create width; as do many close, horizontal lines or shallow angled lines.
  • If the angle of the line is steep, however, it will give the area it is drawn on the allusion of more height
  • Horizontal lines will add width, and create the illusion of a shorter figure.
  • A single horizontal line however will create the illusion of more height if it is drawn high or low on the body, and not centered.

In general: any line that hides or disguises a figure challenge is a flattering line. If it draws attention to the challenge or flaw, it is a negative line.

 

Patterns and textures also create illusions:

  • Large patterns make a figure appear smaller
  • Small patterns make a figure appear larger
  • Large accessories dwarf a small figure (or face)
  • Small accessories are lost and out of place on a full figure (or face)
  • Contrasting color patterns add fullness
  • Soft, muted colors (in a pattern or not) reduce the figure size
  • Bulky, coarse fabrics add weight to a figure
  • Light, crisp, stiff fabrics that stand away from the body hide some imperfections, but can add the appearance of more weight
  • Shiny fabrics add fullness
  • Matted textures are good for full figures
  • Drappy fabrics are best for rounded figures
  • Crisp fabrics are best for straighter figures

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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 image issues. 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 Loosing 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 soon.

If you are interested in getting these books or having Catrina come speak at your event, you can contact her at www.CatrinaWelch.com or on facebook.