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3 Significant Signs of Baby Jesus’ Wardrobe

manger sceneWhat was all the fuss about Jesus’ attire the night He was born? Doesn’t every baby wear swaddling cloths at birth?

Surely when the angels proclaimed that the shepherds would, “recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12) it was the manger-sign that was so unusual, right? I mean, really, shepherds who “keep watch at night” saw babies born in stables all the time–but not human babies! I imagine these rough, outdoorsmen were amazed at this Christ child’s birth; after all, when there’s an emergency birth in an unusual place today it makes headline news! Why wouldn’t the Bethlehem shepherds leave that stable and share the “glad tidings” over the hills and everywhere?

Luke 2: 17-20  Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

But what about the other sign? Was the newborn’s wardrobe really that big of a deal? I think so! Yea, wrapping a newborn baby snugly is proper What2Wear fashion, but if we look at theses strips of cloth through the eyes of the shepherds, we see three significant reasons why what Jesus wore was a sign of who He was:

  1. These “strips of cloth” were saturated in oil and burned for light.
  2. Jewish travelers wore these cloths around their waist when traveling in case they were to die along the way; they were used to wrap the body for burial. (Perhaps it was Joseph’s waist band that Jesus was wrapped in?)
  3. Shepherds would wrap newborn lambs in these strips of cloth IF they were the firstborn male and had no spot or blemish. Other lambs were put out to pasture right away, but these special lambs were set apart to be kept pure and secure because they would be sacrificed as an atonement for the sins of God’s people.

Yes, Jesus’ wardrobe was very significant. I’m sure Mary would have preferred to swaddle her baby in a beautiful soft blanket and lay Him in a crib, but sometimes we need to trust that God is doing something more significant than we can understand at the moment. The shepherds understood the signs, and all those who heard about it marveled, but Mary–whether she understood the signs or not–pondered them in her heart.

If your life is feeling chaotic and confusing this Christmas, I encourage you to do like the virgin mother, and simply take it all in with great expectation. Your circumstances may not make sense right now, but one day they will and then you, too, will marvel at how God was actually keeping His promises!

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Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose personal experience with overcoming 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

Can You Inherit Confidence?

I had just begun my journey as a single mom when my grandmother died. I’d been working hard to build a business to support myself and my son and felt like I was getting no where. Winter was coming and I had two new bodies to clothe–my newborn and my new figure. That was long before I became an image consultant, but it was when my mom taught me one of the most important rules of image.

“You need a good, quality overcoat.” She said as she took me shopping with her inheritance money. I know Gram didn’t leave much but my mom was spending what she had on me and I felt so loved. Together we picked out my “statement piece” that would cover my misfit outfits and help me look professional.  Mom taught me that “first impressions are lasting impressions” and she was right. It didn’t matter how much I hated the outfit underneath, my new overcoat made me feel confident enough to keep meeting new people when I was in such a difficult season of feeling ugly and unwanted. It wasn’t just the quality and fit of my coat that gave me confidence, it was the emotions attached to it. Mom–and Gram–had wrapped me in love.

The coat didn’t fit me long because I lost the baby weight, and with the turmoil of my divorce I went from a size 12 to a size 4, so the next winter the coat that once brought me confidence instead made me feel dumpy because it hung loosely. For awhile I would still wear it because I cherished my mother’s gift and I didn’t want to seem ungrateful by replacing it.

Clothing often has an emotional attachment, but emotions change and so should our wardrobe. Perhaps you have some items in your closet with an emotional attachment like my beautiful coat. If the thing that once made you feel good inside now makes you feel guilty for not wearing it, don’t leave it hanging there bringing you shame for years like I did. Instead, give it away! I know that sharing my blessing with a new friend who was also in need of a coat of confidence, was a truly satisfying feeling. My grandmother’s inheritance went a lot further than I bet she ever dreamed it would have.

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Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose personal experience with overcoming 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

Shop Like a Man: Guilt-Free

Sales-tax-holiday-shopping-600x401I did it again!

I forgot to buy cereal, yet there I was trying to make the room for all the other groceries I didn’t need. I suppose I could get up early and make my kids eggs in the morning since now I have over two dozen!

Anyone with any knowledge of budgeting knows that shopping while your hungry is foolish–especially if you are hypoglycemic and get really confused when your blood sugars are low. Well, obviously I missed the Finance 101 course, because once again I have plenty of food but I’m not sure I can put together enough meals for the week because I let my cravings direct my purchases instead of my menu.

Some women shop for clothes while “hungry,” which will also blow the budget.

Can you relate? Have you ever Continue reading Shop Like a Man: Guilt-Free

Discover Personal Branding–Like Susan Boyle

susan boyleMore than 4,500 athletes, the Queen of England and 40,000 fans will all gather for tonight’s opening ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow city’s Celtic Park where Britain’s Got Talent‘s Susan Boyle will be one of the performers.

Remember when Susan’s audition shocked the world in 2009? As of today 154,079,130 people have viewed the youtube video of her amazing performance. I’ve personally watched it a number of times. In fact, I often use the video to illustrate the powerful affect of first impressions and the importance of branding your personal image. Susan had a dream to become known like Elaine Paige; now her fame exceeds her greatest expectations. When she walked onto that first stage the audience rolled their eyes and laughed at her; no one expected her to sing well at all. Now we all anticipate her performance with high expectations.

After her angelic voice was discovered, many image consultants wanted to give Susan a makeover. Why? Because her appearance did not represent her well, period. It was not that the girl was a mess–well, her hair and eyebrows needed some professional attention–but she was presentable. She was dressed up–high heals and everything. The problem was that she was out of character; she presented herself as a Romantic/Classic below the neck, and a Natural from the necklace up. Yet she is a Gamine. If this is confusing to you, it should be. I’ll put it another way: Susan’s branding was confused. She came across as a carefree, casual woman who was dressed like a sweet and sensitive, yet prim and proper beauty who spoke (and swung her hips) with boldness and courage (like a Gamine). No wonder no one had any confidence in her–she came across as a foolish phony simply because her image gave a mixed message.

No, we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover.

But we do.

Right or wrong, quick judgment is a fact of life and if we want to make a good first impression we should stop trying to insist it shouldn’t happen. When you Know Who You Are, it’s easy to make sure the image you portray represents you well. Following the guidelines for your personal Img.ID is a vital part of personal branding and giving others confidence in you.

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Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose personal experience with overcoming 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

 

What is Your Purchasing Theme?

shoesI love dark chocolate. If my secret stock of it ever starts getting scarce, I hit the market–immediately, before I run out and have a crisis. The funny thing is, I never lack chocolate because I buy it all the time and seldom allow myself the indulgence of eating it.

You may roll your eyes at my “skinny-girl-problem” and accuse me of having an eating disorder, but I can tell you that I am not alone. Most women have something that they feel they must have but don’t allow themselves to enjoy (or at least really wish they could have but don’t allow themselves to buy). In fact, I see evidence of this issue all the time when I enter a client’s wardrobe.

Every closet has a theme, which is a good indicator of which style of beauty that person is. It could be:

      • High quality clothing (Classics)
      • Comfortable clothing (Naturals)
      • Accessories (Dramatics)
      • Uncertainty / many themes (Ingénues)
      • Shoes (Romantics)
      • Black/ lack of color (Gamines)

I cannot tell you how many conversations I have had with women who have been excited by the idea that perhaps their purchasing theme represents their personal style (or Img.ID) and have been liberated by allowing themselves to BE who they desire to be and wear what they are attracted to.

It’s happened to me, too. I had plenty of accessories but seldom pulled them out because I felt that wearing them was showy or phony. Once I learned my Img.ID I felt like I had permission to BE myself, and wearing all the belts and bling that made me look and feel more authentic. Kind of ironic, don’t you think?

Perhaps there is something you are drawn to but don’t feel free to enjoy. Is there a certain theme in your closet? If you can relate to this, I’d love to hear from you. I want to encourage you to try wearing those [shoes] you loved in the store; who needs a special occasion? Make tomorrow special–and then go eat some chocolate!

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Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose personal experience with overcoming 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

When Weight Conflicts with Confidence

Confident Beauty doesn't fluctuate like weight does!

One of the leading causes for a chaotic closet is weight fluctuation. Who wants to wear clothing that does not fit correctly? Pulled and puckered fabric draws attention to bulges; loose and hanging clothing gives an impression of insecurity and inadequacy. Either problem creates a self-consciousness that can easily be prevented with properly sized garments.

I know what it’s like to hold onto clothes that you want to fit again, but I’ve found that when I finally return to the correct weight for that item, my subconscious mind still feels awkward or uncomfortable in it and I am better off just giving it away. Holding onto things that no longer fit hinders us from having a confident closet. My advice is not to keep your un-fit clothes in expectation of weight gain/loss because they tend to create chaos in your closet (or at least in your mind) when you are look for something to wear. Leave the past behind. Most weight change represents a life change, so even if you return to that weight you most likely will not want to return to that wardrobe. Allow this change in your life to bring forth a new beauty. Like a butterfly.

It is not always weight change that creates the chaos. Sometimes it is simply the poor choices we make when shopping because we don’t want to search the racks with the correct numbers on them. Don’t let a number keep you from finding clothing that fits you well. Once you are done shopping, who really sees the tag anyway? Being true to yourself means being true to your size. Cut it off after you purchase it if that helps. Just BE and LET BE. Here is the shopping advice I give my clients:

  • Choose a clothing store that carries your style.
  • Look within the size above and below what you think you are.
  • Pull out only clothing within your seasonal palette of colors.
  • Check over the lines, textures, patterns and pockets for traits that will flatter your figure.
  • Try on only items that meet the above criteria.
  • Buy only items that fit properly and make you feel comfortable and authentic while wearing them.
  • Keep them only as long as they continue to give you confidence.

This is the secret to having Confident Beauty, which doesn’t fluctuate like our weight does! 

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Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose personal experience with overcoming 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

Building a Confident Closet

shopping closetBy now, all that is left in your closet is clothing that fits, flatters and makes you feel confident. Congratulations! Now it’s time to create beautiful and complete outfits that represent you well.

As Americans we tend to think we need a lot more than we do–especially when it comes to clothing. In reality, a thinner wardrobe not only allows for a thicker wallet, it also relieves a lot of stress when it comes to deciding what to wear.

During your Closet Audit you decided how many outfits you need for a typical week. No matter how many casual, dressy or date-night outfits you decided is appropriate for your lifestyle and budget, that number should be your goal for building a confident closet.

Start creating your first outfit by taking a favorite base item (slacks, shorts or skirt) and trying it on with every top that could possibly go with it. Keep your mind open to combinations you have never worn. If they work well together, write down the combination. (I made a worksheet for you to make this simple, you can find it on my website.) Before you try on another top to go with that base, find accessories, footwear and even under and outer garments that are needed to make that outfit complete. Jot down all items in your worksheet.

Next, take a full picture of yourself in a mirror. These “selfies” will come in handy on days you cannot think of what to wear; they are also great for matching colors, etc. once you start shopping, so take pictures of incomplete outfits, too! Be sure to write a shopping list of anything (belt, tank top, seamless panties, etc.) you need for each outfit.

After you have exhausted all options for the first base item, move on to the next and repeat the same process. Include tops that worked with the first base, but be sure to consider that an extra outfit or it may be in the wash when you need it. After you have gone through all your garments, take your shopping list and your selfies to your favorite stores and begin your shopping spree–guilt-free because you have a plan to build a confident closet!

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Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose personal experience with overcoming 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

How to do a Wardrobe Weeding

Of all the outfits you wore last week, which one made you feel most confident and why? 

wardrobe weedingIf you followed my closet audit advice and picked out your favorite clothing items, did you notice any common traits between them? The color, pattern, fabric–what makes you feel good in what you wear? Is it the high-fashion statement pieces? Or do the comfortable jeans and simple tank tops give you the freedom to BE and LET BE? Do you tend to wear the same old tried and true outfits because you know how to accessorize them? Or did you struggle to complete an outfit at all?

Wherever your answers, I am excited to guide you in building a confident closet! I hope you used a pencil when filling in your worksheet last week, because now I am going to suggest that you erase any pieces of clothing in your chart that did not fit, flatter or make you feel confident.

And then remove them from your home.

This week’s goal is to weed out anything you wear that causes any kind of confidence conflict–slacks that ride up, blouses that slide down, sweatshirts that make you feel frumpy, T-shirts that make you grumpy. Anything that brings back bad memories or insecurities needs to go. Don’t start another day dressed to be stressed!

First, remove anything that could obstruct you from weeding out your wardrobe. An ironing board that blocks the door? Find another place for it. Laundry piled up again? Put it in the wash.

While the machine is washing, go through one drawer at a time and get rid of irrational or undesirable clothing that you dread wearing. One sox discolored? Get rid of them both! Why let such a simple thing hinder you from making choices in the morning. Weed out your hanging clothes, your shoes and accessories in the same way. Put any item that drains your energy or makes you feel uncomfortable or self-conscious  into one of three piles: give away, throw away or lay away (see this week’s worksheet for more details). Then go finish that laundry, pull out items that you didn’t feel confident wearing and hang up what is left on all those empty hangers. Don’t worry, we will rebuild your closet next week, but for now enjoy the simplicity of knowing that sometimes less is more.

To get my fun (& FREE) Wardrobe Rehab worksheets, visit my website and join my mailing list. 

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Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose personal experience with overcoming 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

 

 Worried about What to Wear?

Don't worry, be confidentPeople change. We change our size, weight, careers and opinions all the time. Why, then, is it so difficult to change our wardrobe? We don’t mind adding to  what we have but we are not nearly as eager to get rid of anything extra. We complain that we do not have all that we need but seldom do we recognize when we have too much.

Perhaps it’s our longing for more that gives us the lack of contentment. I’m all for shopping for new outfits, but we need to be careful not to let it make us stressed-out. Like grocery shopping while hungry and without a list, clothing shopping without a plan can be dangerous. Men may shop like they are hunting, but we women shop emotionally; we can easily end up with chaotic and crowded closets (or cupboards) full of items that are un-functional and incomplete.

It happens. A lot.

And then when it’s time for a wardrobe weeding, we would rather have teeth pulled! Why? Because we have grown attached to our clothing–even the poor choices. Think about it. Why don’t you like to get rid of your extras?

  • You haven’t worn it yet.
  • You plan to loose/gain weight and wear it again.
  • You have really good memories attached to it.
  • You love it and plan to find something that will go with it one day.
  • You intend to alter it.
  • You insist you will wear it when you finally find time to iron/sew it.

Really, it all comes down to worry, don’t you think? We don’t want to let go because we worry we will:

  • waste our hard-earned money
  • give up on our plan
  • forget a certain time in our lives
  • never be able to replace the item
  • seem ungrateful or un-resourceful

Granted, there are times when busyness is really the problem, but even then it is, it’s usually worry that drove our lives out of balance.

If your closet is crowded and chaotic and you are ready to start weeding, I encourage you to let go of worry and trust God.

Matthew 6:27-34 NKJV
Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

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Catrina Welch is an inspirational author and speaker whose personal experience with overcoming 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