My first raw & un-edited video

This is my first raw and un-edited video. Here I’m out of my comfort zone. Not professional makeup or hair styling, neither professional lights or video camera have been used. To be honest with you, I was on my own at home when I decided to do this video for you. Luckily I managed to get the video shooting done with the help of my iPad and tripode. This made me feel really uncomfortable because I haven’t done it before and because of my fear of not looking professional enough.

I did it and it wasn’t too bad. At least this is what I think. So now, it’s your turn to do something out of your comfort zone when it comes to dressing or organising your wardrobe.

Click here now to watch this video and get inspired to take some action.

And please let me know how you go. I’d love to hear from you. So leave your comment below

Thanks for watching

Vesna xx

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The Barbra Streisand’s confidence factor 

I haven’t always felt confident about my look and appearance. As a teenager I didn’t feel attractive, sexy or beautiful. I struggled liking my nose and I felt I had no curves (not much bum, not much boobs). It took me few years of accepting who I was and finally liking myself. Later on, I realised that the confidence I lacked had to come from within myself. As soon as my thoughts about my appearance shifted I felt more attractive and started to notice my best bits.

 Talking about confidence and self-acceptance I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you an extract from an article from The Telegraph UK about Barbra Streisand.

 “Barbra Streisand has never been a conventional beauty. Ironically, it was Streisand’s striking looks that at first stood in her way of becoming an actress. Her prominent nose drew taunts of big beak from school bullies and early casting directors rejected her for being talented but too ugly.  It was only the teenager’s burning ambition that allowed her to defy these attacks. The glamorous actresses she spent hours watching on film were an imaginative escape from her impoverished Brooklyn upbringing and Streisand was determined to make herself a character too. She refused to have a nose job in case it affected her voice but dropped an “a” from Barbara and began experimenting with her looks, dying her hair, scouring thrift shops for outfits and highlighting her big blue eyes with heavy black eyeliner”. (The Telegraph UK)

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I have to say that I’ve always admired her unconventional beauty, strong presence and confidence. And I’m sure she went through some challenging times when trying to make a performing career when not falling into the expected beauty. But she had that urge to define her style. She tried different hair, makeup and fashion looks and didn’t allow herself to play small or stay in her comfort zone.

What can we learn from her? Most of us face some fears and doubts about who we are, how we look and how others perceive us. But you know what? We can’t let those disempowering feelings take over. It’s really important to allow changes to come into our lives, let go of our negative chatter and let that inner beauty shine though.

I know that these ideas sound simple but they’re definitely not easy to apply them. That’s why I’ve created a series of Style Masterclasses to support you while you learn to accept our body, dress with confidence and love your wardrobe.  So, if you feel that urge to define your style, book your Style Masterclasses now. Simply make that decision and let go all the fears and doubts.

Would love to hear your thoughts about this article, so please leave your comment below.

 If you’ve already attended last run of Masterclasses I really hope you enjoyed that journey and got to take some action in your wardrobe.

For more information about these sessions please visit http://vesnapersonalstylist.com.au/individual-style/your-masterclass-style-journey/

 

Vesna xx

Have you ever set any wardrobe or style goals?

Whether you’re reading this email at the beginning of a New Year or season it doesn’t really matter. The message that I would like to convey is that today is the perfect time to start cleaning or refreshing your wardrobe and evolve your personal style.

In order to do that, I highly recommend you to write your wardrobe and style and image goals. Keep them simple and to a maximum if 5 goals to start with. Place that list of goals somewhere handy that you can see them and make a decision now to start acting on them.

Think about the colours and variety or style of patterns, your personality and style, your grooming routine, your body posture, etc.

Here are some examples:

  • Add 2-3 new bright colours into my wardrobe within the next 6 months
  • Review the patterns that I have and make a decision if I’m going to keep them or not
  • Review the style of clothing I have in my wardrobe. Take photos of 3-4 styles I like the most and create an inspirational style board based on those styles.
  • Wear something out of my comfort zone once a week

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Now that you’ve written your own “wardrobe & style goals”, they will be in the back of your mind, guiding you with your fashion shopping decisions and daily outfit combinations. By doing this, you will not only feel more in control of your style but you will also feel better about yourself!

I’d love to hear about how you go, so please share your experience with us. Leave your comment below or in Facebook.

In the next email, I’ll share with you some ideas on how to set your style goals.

Talk to you very soon

Till next time

Vesna xx

 

 

Shorts & heels?

The bermuda shorts outfit is a great substitute for a skirt during those hot months and can be so versatile. You could easily smarten them up and wear them for the office with high heels and some sleek jewellery.

Below I’ve put together some fashion tips for wearing bermuda shorts to the office:

  • Wear elegant high-heels. Yes, shorts and heels can look really stylish and polished. If you’re feeling adventurous don’t be afraid to add some print heels.
  • Match them to classic pieces such as a crisp shirt or a blouse and finish the look with a blazer.
  • Opt for neutral solid colours so the shorts don’t take the dominant role within your outfit. Let the other pieces stand out or add that pop of excitement or colour.
  • If you’re too self-conscious about your knees, go for mid-knee length otherwise go for 5-10cm above the knee. Just bear in mind that the shorter the length, the less office/business appropriate the shorts will look.

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Adding a new style of clothing in your wardrobe can give you that inspiration and motivation to start refreshing your wardrobe on an ongoing basis. If you don’t own a pair of tailored bermuda shorts, think about them. They could bring more variety to your summertime smart looks.

Are you unsure if this piece of clothing will flatter your bodyshape? Send me a photo of you wearing them and I will share with you my thoughts.

Working as a Personal Stylist – Penelope Hebert’s Radio Show

I’ve recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by the beautiful Penelope Herbert from the Radio Fashion + Home Show – 88.9FM Hills radio.

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As soon as the interview started I felt so comfortable in the presence of Penelope. Her warm smile and interviewing style made feel I was talking to a friend.

This interview made me think a lot about what I do as a personal stylist and how close this profession is to my heart. I felt quite privileged to share my background, my work’s insights and some fashion tips with Penelope’s audience and now with you.

One of the things we touched based during this conversation was about that moment when you can’t longer ignore that call, which is about pursuing your passions. As Wayne Dyer would say “don’t die with your music still inside you”.

Click the following links  to watch this interview: Part 1 and Part 2

Enjoy this conversation

Vesna xx

 

Talk to you soon

Are you carrying some extra kilos?

This SS 2015 season is about rich textures likes lace, broderie or eyelet, sheer, matt and shine. In terms of tailoring it seems more on the relaxed side than on the fitted side. Pastel colours and also bright rich oranges, red and green have been spotted in different clothing stores. And when it comes to prints I’ve seen lots of bold and big florals. So this season is already showcasing some exciting and diverse looks.

Whether you are reading this blog in 2015, or in 2025 it doesn’t really matter. Yes fashion changes from one year to the other, however these styling principles outlined below will never change.

Spring and summer can be very challenging seasons if you have put some extra weight or if you are concerned about some extra lumps and bumps around your torso. So here some tips that you can use when dressing under those challenges that will make you look leaner while feeling fresh.

  1. Bring attention to your face and shoulders

A cold shoulder (or a cut off shoulder) top is a popular trend this season. Team it up with a bold necklace and keep it simple with your bottom. Having your shoulders exposed, still having a sleeve is a very clever way to bring attention to your face and shoulders and moving attention away from your tummy. Make sure the top has a scoop or deep u-neck to create that slimming effect.

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Top from Katies

 

  1. The more skin you show the longer and slimmer you will look

A lace detail top or broderie is a fun and fresh way to show and expose your skin while feeling fresh. Wear it with a fitted tank top underneath to give you that necessary coverage. You will still see a lot of skin through arms shoulders and cleavage. For an exciting colour blocking look chose a high contrast coloured tank top.

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           Top from Cue

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Top from Katies

  1. Opt for happy, bright or lights colours fabrics that don’t cling

The natural tendency of women when they feel uncomfortable with their bodies and weight is to wear black or dark colours. Light colours could be very slimming. Actually it’s not about the colour, it’s about choosing fabrics, which don’t cling like viscose or rayon. Black looks so heavy during warm and hot days. Please remember that lighter colours convey light and fresh energy and that’s what you want.

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 Outfits from Katies

  1. Choose natural fibres

Fabrics like cotton, linen, crayon or viscose are natural fibres which means that they breathe nicely and you don’t tend to sweat as much as with synthetic fabrics. I really like the clothing from wYse. It’s an Australian fashion label which designs comfortable garments using natural fibres plus they are proudly made in Australia. Here is the website www.wyselifestyle.com.au.

 

  1. Go a bit flowy with your top and more fitted with your bottoms

If the idea of wearing a tight top won’t be something that you may consider now, go for something a bit flowy without losing your shape (still fitted). Kimonos and oversized tops can make look even bigger and frumpier. Since you are opting for something a bit roomier with your top try to wear something fitted with your bottom such as a pencil skirt.

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 Outfit from Jacquie

  1. Wear vertical or diagonal panels

Vertical or diagonal panels in your tops and dresses can be so forgiving. It’s all an optical trick. If the panels are positioned vertical alongside your dress our eyes tend to focus on the centre section, which now looks longer and slimmer.

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  1. Layering

Layering during summer could get very tricky because of the heat. The more layers you wear the hotter you will feel. But what about wearing a light-weight cotton t-shirt or tank top and then you add a second layer like a sleeveless vest. This second layer will add an interesting dimension to your look while bringing shape to your silhouette.

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Outfit from Sussan

Remember that dressing is an attitude. Even if you don’t feel great on your body right now you won’t do anything positive if you cover yourself with oversized dark coloured garment. Dress today to highlight your best bits, i.e. face, shoulders, legs, arms, etc and bring attention to those parts you feel more proud off showing them. Try some of the tips above and you will start to feel the difference in your confidence and mood.

Dress with Confidence everyday: Vesna Personal Stylist interviews Linda Chauosis

Today I’m going to share with you my first interview video blog. Yay, I’m so excited!

The intentions behind these videos are: inspiring and empowering you to feel and look great from the inside out and to taking you out of your comfort zone when it comes to dressing and defining your style. So thank you for being here!

Linda Chaousis is an author, mentor, speaker and educator. She can teach you how to develop thoughts, emotions and actions that enhance your wellbeing, influence and ability to attract to your life those things that always seem just beyond your grasp.

I love Linda’s approach when it comes to dressing her body and keeping a small wardrobe. She is an inspiration to those women who are extremely concerned and mentally or emotionally distressed about their body size. Linda has learnt to accept and love her body and she teaches you how to do that in her book “Beyond positive thoughts”. This is so important because without self-acceptance you will struggle to feel and look great in your clothes. Without self-acceptance you will feel trapped in a roller coaster of disappointment and frustration by comparing to others and by buying fashion items that never fulfill you.

Among some captivating topics, during this interview Linda talks about the power of de-cluttering your house, office desk, wardrobe, etc and the effect of the energy that flows when you get rid of things you don’t use or wear. I think is really hard to dress with confidence every day, feel inspired about our clothes and dress quickly and effortlessly if we can’t see what we have in our wardrobe or what we have there doesn’t fit us anymore or doesn’t flatter our body shape. The clutters you have and see in your wardrobe create a clutter in your mind. So can you image what would happen with your mental energy now?

 Find out more about this conversation with Linda by watching this video (click the photo below)

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Visit Linda at www.lindachaousis.com. You can also buy her book “Beyond Positive Thoughts” at http://www.lindachaousis.com/books-to-inspire/

 I hope you enjoy this interview and get inspired by this gorgeous woman, Linda.

Let’s stay connected and make sure you subscribe to my youtube channel so you don’t miss my next videos.

Vesna xxx

Your 2016 Masterclass Style Journey

This is a series of 5 workshops which will embark you on a life changing, uplifting and exciting style journey. They represent your trip to a happier, more beautiful and confident you!

 

What’s this all about?

Shopping with purpose

Having fun with your wardrobe

Getting out of your style rut

Bringing out the best version of you

Updating your wardrobe with enjoyment and planning on a regular basis

Feeling fabulous from the inside out and feel confident and comfortable in your own skin

Saving money and time when dressing every morning while feeling attractive and beautiful

 

Masterclass 1

Dress my Body Shape Please!

When you learn how to bring balance to your body shape, dressing can become less time consuming, fun and more simple. This will allow you to start loving accepting your body

Date: Fri 11th Mar  Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm  or  Date: Sat 12th Mar   Time: 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Date: Fri 5th Aug   Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm  or   Date: Sat 6th Aug     Time: 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Click here BOOK ME IN PLEASE!

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Masterclass 2

Find my Colours Please!

You can discover new freedom and self-expression by knowing which colours compliment your skin and make you look younger and more vibrant

Date: Fri 8th Apr   Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm  or  Date: Sat 9th Apr   Time: 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Date: Fri 2nd Sep  Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm  or  Date: Sat 3rd Sep   Time: 12.00pm – 3.00pm

 

Click here BOOK ME IN PLEASE!

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Masterclass 3

Who am I when I’m dressing?

Save money, time and energy when you learn what styles of clothes work for your personality and lifestyle. This is about learning your clothing personality

Date: Fri 6th May   Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm  or  Date: Sat 7th May   Time: 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Date: Fri 7th Oct   Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm    or  Date: Sat 8th Oct    Time: 12.00pm – 3.00pm

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 Photo Makeover with Shanon

 

Masterclass 4

Mixing & Matching, Take me there Please!

You can learn to be creative about remixing and accessorising what you already own and most importantly have fun while doing this

Date: Fri 3rd Jun   Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm  or  Date: Sat 4th Jun   Time: 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Date: Fri 4th Nov   Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm  or  Date: Sat 5th Nov   Time: 12.00pm – 3.00pm

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Masterclass 5 (Including Celebration & Graduation Party)

I Can Become a Wiser Shopper

You can build a wardrobe that works for you by learning to buy items you need, love and serve you and your lifestyle

Date: Fri 1st Jul   Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm  or  Date: Sat 2nd Jul   Time: 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Date: Fri 2nd Dec  Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm  or  Date: Sat 3rd Dec   Time: 12.00pm – 3.00pm

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Your Investment

Book 5 Masterclasses – $69 each (Save $50)

Book 1 Masterclass – $79 each

(Booking fee includes food, drinks & goodie bag)

Venue

Sass Place Westfield West Lakes

Shop 107, 111 West Lakes Boulevard

(enter near Reading Cinemas)  

I would love to have you!

The simple formula to look your best!

When I get the opportunity to work with women de-cluttering their wardrobes and helping them to choose some new outfits I always remind them that these sessions are part of a journey.

When you are looking for a long term change such as losing weight or leaning something new, such as a new skill or language, you don’t get results from one the day to the other; it takes time, practice and dedication. The same happens when you want to dress better, look more stylish or you want to revamp your wardrobe. It’s like embarking on a style journey where you start practicing small changes in your every day dressing and in your wardrobe which, over time, will make an impact on your overall image and confidence.

This journey starts by setting your styling pillars which represent the foundation to a happier, more confident and beautiful you!

There are 4 styling pillars or components into my styling formula to define or evolve your style and look fabulous,  feel confident and ultimately shine!

  •  Pillar 1: It’s about identifying your body shape and learning how to dress it. So then, dressing  becomes less time consuming, fun and simple while in that process you can start accepting and understanding your body.

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  •  Pillar 2: It’s about discovering which colours compliment your skin and make look great and vibrant. This can give you a new sense of freedom and self-expression and it can also add so much live and versatility into your wardrobe.

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  •  Pillar 3: It’s about learning your clothing personality. The things that we appreciate in a piece of clothing such as comfort, flexibility, details, textures determine the style of clothing that resonates the most with us. We are normally a combination of two personalities i.e. Classic/elegant combined with feminine/ romantic but normally one personality stands out. By identifying your clothing personality you can start saving money, time and energy because you will get more clear on what styles of clothes really work for you and your lifestyle.

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  •  Pillar 4: This last pillar is about having an organised wardrobe and shopping strategically to compliment what you have in there. Once you declutter your wardrobe you can learn to be creative about remixing what you already own and get more mileage from every piece you have there. Also, by knowing exactly what you own you can keep building your wardrobe by adding  items you need and serve your shape and  lifestyle.

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So, basically this is a journey of having fun with your wardrobe, getting out of your style rut, bringing out the best version of you, feeling fabulous from the inside out, feel confident and comfortable in your own skin, shopping with purpose and saving money and maximising your time when dressing every morning. Who wouldn’t want to embark on this journey?

Please leave your comments below or contact me  on 0434 225 476 if you needed any help setting your styling pillars.

Half Tuck or Full Tuck

Half and full tuck

 

Full tuck or half tuck? If fully tucking your top doesn’t flatter your body because you have a short torso or because you have a bit of tummy, the half-tuck trend offers a solution to fashion challenges. You could slightly tuck your top at the front, at the side or at the back. By half tucking your top you would be able to show off your waistline to create a more flattering silhouette or show your belt as part of the accessories you are wearing.  Do you normally full tuck or half tuck your tops? Please leave your comments below

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