Newsletter: Issue #009 May 2010

Style Snippets

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Jane's Jottings

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Traveling, wardrobe clearouts and recycling pre-loved clothes and accessories are still very much on my mind this month!

Since last month's Style Snippets I've made my first mini video (with lots of help from friends!). It's on my website's home page if you haven't seen it yet. I can't believe how long it took to make (about 10 hours including scripting, shooting, re-shooting and editing -- and it's only 2 minutes long!), but it was good fun doing it. Of course, as soon as I'd finished it I realised a few ways I could have made it better! Still, it's a start. And I have some ideas for some more for later this year.

Enjoy this month's Style Snippets. Until next month, all the best


PS I always welcome your feedback, so please contact me with anything you'd like to see either on the website or in this newsletter (reply to this email or use the Contact Me link below).


I love to travel for pleasure and even occasionally for business (although I find regular business travel soon gets tiresome for me, so thank goodness I don't have to do much of it now-a-days). 

This year I'm fortunate enough to have had a couple of 2 week holidays (organized around family weddings: one in Thailand and one in Perth, Western Australia) already. And my husband, Kim, and I have another, bigger trip planned for later this year: a mini round the world trip to France, the UK and the USA, taking 9 weeks in total!

So, naturally, I've been thinking a lot about packing recently. When my friend and fellow image consultant, Maria, said she could do with a hand packing for her upcoming trip I volunteered to help her.  You can read more about it in my review of Imogen's Traveling Light ebook).

Recycling clothes and Accessories

The last 'Clothes Swap' session was a big success. These sessions are always such good fun and it's so nice to see someone else appreciate something you're no longer wearing! And to maybe find a new treasure for yourself.

It's also good to have a deadline to help you get around to clearing out your wardrobe. You know how it is, sometimes we just have to have a deadline to get on and do something!

If you'd like to host your own clothes swap here are some suggestions...

There are a few variations of the clothes swap idea, some involve putting a value on items and only swapping directly with someone for items of similar value. However, I think it's best to keep it simple and think of it as someone you've met gaining value from items that you would otherwise be giving to charity anyway. So, no money changes hands at my sessions. If you think it's worth something try selling it on eBay or through a consignment store.

You only need a few girl friends (and friends of friends), say 3-10. Ideally everyone will be within 1-3 clothes sizes of each other. However, it's amazing how some clothes will work for a variety of sizes anyway!

The important thing is that the clothes are freshly laundered and are still in good, wearable condition -- no spots, rips or sweat stains. And don't forget items can also include accessories such as shoes, handbags and costume jewellery.

The things you'll need are...

  • Somewhere to hang clothes -- ideally portable clothes racks. If you don't have any you'll have to get creative
  • Lots of clothes hangers, including ones for skirts
  • 1 or 2 full length mirrors
  • Somewhere to try on clothes
  • An area to put shoes, bags and so on that aren't up for swap (don't embarass yourself by trying to take home the shoes someone came with!)
  • Refreshments -- anything from champagne and a light meal to water, dependent upon the time of day and what you fancy
And don't forget to have fun!
  in this issue
Jane's Jottings
Your Questions Answered
Product & Service Updates
New Style Articles Tell Your Friends

Style Snippets Back Issues
  fundamentals of style
Understand and wear your best colors

Know your body shape and proportions

Dress to flatter your shape

Your Questions Answered

Each month I pick 1-3 questions I've been asked that I think other readers will be interested in and publish them here. You can ask me questions or share your style story either directly on my website or through my contact me form.

Q: Fashion tips for huge broad shoulders? from Mary of Washington, USA

A: I've had a few people ask me this recently and Mary has asked me through my website.

>> Read my answer here

Q: Hourglass figure with baby belly 

A:  Just because you have an hourglass figure (deemed to be the best female body shape) doesn't mean you don't have a figure flaw you'd like to hide. The tips I give for hiding a less than perfect tummy apply to most body types.

>> Read my answer here

Q: Is this slutty or fashionable? from Nicole of Phoenix, USA

A:  A younger reader asks about wearing high heels with shorter hem lines.

>> Read my answer here

Product & Service Updates

Discover Your Best Range of Colors
If you haven't had your colors done yet, or if you had your colors done many years ago and feel you may now have changed color categories I provide a color analysis service. If you live in Sydney find details of my in-person colour analysis service here. If you live anywhere else in the world contact me for details of my online color analysis service.

Body Proportions for eStyles


Recently a couple of queries I've had about the eStyles program have highlighted how harshly we judge our own body proportions!

So, I'd like to remind you that's the reason I offer an online body shape analysis service -- to objectively assess your proportions, so  you can get the best results from your eStyles. We often greatly exaggerate our figure flaws -- really we do!

>> Online body shape analysis service

Look Great! Feel Great!
If you don't yet have your personalized Style Solutions portfolio you can find the details here...

New Style Articles

Mark and Spencer UK

A reader has added a new online clothing store recommendation. I really like this one too!

>> Read the whole article

Travel Packing Tips for Traveling Light

The Traveling Light ebook contains practical travel packing tips and pictures of example travel wardrobes. You'll learn exactly what to pack to minimize your travel packing.

>> Read the whole article

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Style Snippets Back Issues

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