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Photoshopping Women

Photoshopping Real Women Into Cover Models

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Photoshopping Real Women Into Cover Models

If you could photoshop yourself, would you?

Statistics show that 80% of women say that the images of other women on television and in movies, fashion magazines, and advertising makes them feel insecure.

But how can we compare ourselves to a digital creation? Why do we hold ourselves up to a standard that’s not really attainable?

Instead, let’s appreciate who we are on the inside and aspire to be our best selves — healthy, happy, and joyful!

These four women agreed to participate in a Photoshop experiment. Do their reactions to the results surprise you?

Mastering Your Body Type (and Your Closet)!!!

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 Body Type

Mastering Your Body Type (and Your Closet)!

  • Have you ever stood in front of a closet full of clothing and not had a thing to wear?
  • Have you ever filled out one of those online “determine your body type” forms and gone away more confused than ever?
  • Do you struggle with what looks best on your body? (Especially if you’ve gone from pre-pregnancy to post-pregnancy and everything in between?)

The change of seasons is upon us! That means a change in clothing. So, in this 3-part series, we’ll discuss the TOP TIPS AND TRICKS for dressing for your body type and personality in a dignified manner! Since it’s LIVE, we’ll also be taking you questions.


Enter your name and email address at the link above to receive the handout for the first Class, April 7th.

(NOTE: reminder emails and links will be emailed the day of every class in the series — April 7th, 14th, and 21st).

We’ll meet LIVE every Tuesday evening at 8pm Eastern*, where you’ll be able to ask questions at the end of class, but let us know if you have any questions NOW that you’d like to see answered in the class.

(The classes will be recorded for viewing later, too. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WATCH THEM LIVE!!!)


*(8pm Eastern, 7pm Central, 6pm Mountain, and 5pm Pacific here in the States. For my international friends, we’ll be Live in London 1st April at 1am BST, 9am JST in Tokyo, and 11am AEDT in Melbourne).

Body Image Statistics and the Media

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Body Image Statistics:
How the Media Impacts our Attitudes

These body image statistics break my heart, but all women need to be aware of how the media impacts all of us.

It’s my mission to help all ladies to embrace their silhouette, and learn how to dress attractively for their body shape, age, and personality.

Body Image Statistics

Dress for Your Image: Thoughts from a Hollywood Costume Designer

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Dress for Your Image

Thoughts from a Hollywood Costume Designer

I’ve discussed before: people “judge” us (and form a lasting impression about us) within the first 7-seconds of observing how we dress, our outward appearance, and our body language.

As a former model and cable network anchor, I remember all the clothing changes we went through to make sure our clothing presented the image they wanted to send. And even then, it wasn’t good enough as modeling pictures were always Photoshopped!

I’ve worked with politicians, stay-at-home-moms, and business women to change a few things about what they wear to present a specific outward image — or personal brand – based exclusively on what they’re wearing and how they use their body language.

Much of it is subconscious. Some of it is obvious!

And if people still don’t agree that how we dress matters, think about why Hollywood spends so much time and effort in costume design. A costume designer is hired specifically to use wardrobe selection to support the character’s personality as well as the entire story. This is an example we can all learn from!

Girls’ Costume Designer (Jenn Rogien) explains why they made sure one character (Hannah) dressed in ill-fitting clothing:

How Hannah Horvath will Dress on Girls this season

Lena Dunham (Hannah Horvath) in ‘Girls.’
Photo: Via HBO’s ‘Girls’ Facebook page

“…we were paying a lot of attention to reflecting how scattered Hannah was very much through the fit of her clothes. And sometimes that was reflected in a hem length: too short, too long, hit at an awkward place on the leg or we’d play with or drop the waist line to make them hit at not quite the right places, that literally just looks rumpled and off. And on top of that we would also not do very much craft of the costume that would go into the trim. So not a lot of steaming, not a lot of ironing.

So, if we want people to think we’re ‘scattered’, dress in ill-fitting clothing that isn’t ironed. So now we know “what not to wear”!

In addition to clothing, hair styles will determine not only the outfit, but the whole “vibe” of a person, too:

“I was much more careful about earrings because they could either become distracting or so much part of the look that it became overwhelming. With Shoshanna’s hair, her long hair was often up and when her hair was shorter you could still see her ears so it was just more about her whole jewelry look overall. A hairstyle or haircut is part of the whole look and it definitely informs fashion choices.

Or, an outfit can reflect an “all over the place feeling”:

Jessa is starting this season with choices thrust upon her and she’s not quite sure how to deal with them and her wardrobe definitely reflects that — the long dress or gown worn in the daytime. There’s just a little bit more of an all over the place feeling that we haven’t really seen. She wore these great gowns and weird ensembles…

We need to dress in outfits that are specific for the occasion. No full-length ball gowns in the daytime, club-wear at the office, or exercise outfits at an elegant restaurant for starters.

Since Hollywood spends so much time and effort on “what to wear”, doesn’t it make sense that what we wear matters, too?

How do you feel about what you (or others) wear? Does it effect your image, income, or mental state? Please comment below!


Dress Code?

Dress Code: What You Wear Matters

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Dress Code: What You Wear Matters

What you wear matters: increase mental acuity and form a lasting first impression

What you wear matters: increase mental acuity and form a lasting first impression

Thoughts on Montana

Politicians in Montana buckled under critical editorials and social media attention and adapted a softer dress code. The first draft was a full, one-page detailed dress code that condemned jeans, sweatshirts, open-toed sandals, and flip-flops for all members. However, the new one-liner is much less specific and has now been reduced to this:

“We ask that members of the House and other professionals working on the floor dress in professional business attire that is befitting the honor of the institution of the Montana House of Representatives.”

Just a quick thought for today: why is it that when someone is looking for a job, detailed help on “what not to wear” is welcomed, but when you have a job a dress code is suddenly rejected?

Like it or not, people access us and form a lasting impression within the first 7-seconds of observing our outward appearance and body language. Do you want that impression to be positive on a daily basis?

Studies have also shown that what we wear has an effect on our job performance. In the study, participants were given identical white coats to wear. Those who were told it was a doctor’s jacket showed a marked increase in their mental acuity, carefulness, and end outcomes. Those who were told it was a painter’s jacket did not. If we feel empowered by what we’re wearing, our mental state and physical actions change accordingly–increasing or decreasing our execution and final outcome.

What we wear impacts not only whether or not someone is hired but what salary they are offered, impacts our mental state, and dictates the instant impression people form about us. Doesn’t it make sense to dress with that in mind?




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