Summer Essentials + A Few You May Not Have Thought Of

By | style
Summer’s heat and humidity are right around the corner. Are you prepared with the essentials to help you breeze through the season? No? Al-rightly then, let’s remedy that situation with the aid of FAB and The Style File Side Bar in the current Harford’s Heart.
Fab is feeling cool and unencumbered in her lightweight, cotton-rayon, relaxed fit dress, Dona Bela Shred Scarf  (one of her bestie’s/Patsy gave her for her Birthday) and comfy Rockport wedges. Instead of lugging around a heavy bag that falls off her shoulder, Fab opted for a small cross-body purse. She topped off her stump-head with a cute hat to keep the sun out of her eyes, that is if she had them.  Anywhoo, Fab is ready for a day of carefree fun.
And now, for those Summer Essentials You May Not Have Thought Of….

Shine Time – Nettie’s Story

By | Shine Time

Wow, check out Nettie Owens – Sappari Solutions.  If you’ve ever been to one of her presentations or workshops, you know she’s grace in action. She has a commanding, yet unassuming manner. She’s also the kind of client I dream about because she makes a hugely positive difference in the lives and businesses she touches.

This is what she does: Nettie works with entrepreneurs, professionals, and corporations to reach their biggest goals through accountability and productivity.

She’s a nationally recognized organizing, accountability, and productivity expert. Her methodologies are brain-based and backed by science. She has written the book on creating an environment that supports who you are, what you do and where you would like to go. It is her mission to help others to clear the path to their potential.

Nettie recently hired me for the second time in 2 years to help her achieve 3 new style goals.

Nettie’s three style goals:
1) Clothing to align with the target market she is trying to reach
2) More outfits/options for her many work videos
3) Clothing for speaking engagements

Before we did anything else, and to help Nettie achieve those goals, I asked her what she wanted to project (style intention) to herself, her clients and the world, with the aid of her wardrobe (see video below for her answer). I believe if we want to feel great in our authentic style, we must answer those questions first, and then make sure our wardrobe works in harmony with our intention.

What we did: Since we wanted Nettie’s outfits to be as flattering as possible, we determined her color palette with a Casual Color Snapshot (she’s Vivid, in case you’re wondering).

Next, we did a closet – edit refresh since it had been 2 years since our last edit. Doing so helped us not repeat any purchases, as well as say bye-bye to those items no longer making the cut.

Lastly, we went shopping…. and had a blast as you can see from the shopping excursion pictures, but I’ll let Nettie tell you more about that in the video.

I knew Nettie had achieved her style goals when I saw the picture (first at top of page) of her speaking to approximately 100 people at a conference in Dallas two weeks ago. My graceful, mild-mannered – yet commanding, bad-a$s friend is oozing stylish confidence. You go Nettie Owens.

Wendy
xoxo

“I had so much fun with Wendy Wright-The Wright Fit yesterday. Totally revamped my wardrobe and I feel great! I don’t love to shop but Wendy made it easy and now I have a closet full of clothes that look great on me and I can easily mix and match.”
Nettie Owens

Simple Solutions for 2 Common Style Challenges

By | body types

In the last few years I’ve moved away from ‘body typing’ with my clients, to simply showing them easy solutions to their self proclaimed style challenges. Doing so feels much less restrictive than following all of the so-called rules for individual body-types.

 Case in point: the rules for my body-type would have me emphasize my waist and avoid skinny or tapered jeans. Well guess what? Very often I don’t emphasize my waist, and I often do wear skinny jeans! Why? Because (a) I know how to tweak my ‘rule-breaking’ outfits to feel great in them, and (b) it gives me more style choices.

You see, balance can be created with a few simple style adjustments such as: when I wear skinny or tapered jeans, I usually wear a small heel to give me a bit more height, and to lengthen my leg line.  And if I decide to bypass my waist/tummy, I make sure the top, tunic or dress skims my torso and that it’s not too baggy.

 Like me, Charma’s self-proclaimed style challenge is her hips/thighs. But when your clothes work for you, you forget all that and get on with your day. 

Notice how the slight flare at the bottom of her dark-wash jeans creates a more proportioned, long and lean look. Also, the tan leather jacket sits at the top of her hip bone, again creating a longer leg line. And not to be outdone by those killer jeans, Charma’s whimsical scarf and knit hat bring the attention to her beautiful smile and away from her challenge area.


Conventional style wisdom says that Stacey should wear boot-cut or wide-leg jeans to offset her upper body (and she does look fantastic in them), but being the rule -breaker that she is, she shows us why they’re meant to be broken.

 Stacey’s great-fitting, cranberry top skims nicely over her tummy, her self-proclaimed style challenge, thus creating a streamlined and slimming effect. Her army green jacket adds a flattering, structured layer, while also creating a waist with the strategically placed pocket flaps. Her booties add height, lengthening her legs, and by wearing a funky, layered necklace, all eyes are focused on Stace’s pretty face!

How simple was that?

If you fight with your body-type and it always wins, maybe it’s time to accept it, work with it, and out-smart it a little bit. These simple tips will help you do just that!

Need more help with your style challenges? Please consider The Wright Fit’s Closet Edit. It’s the perfect scenario in which to address those challenges. And guess what? We’re running a March SPECIAL: receive a FREE Casual Color Snapshot ($19 value) with the purchase of a Closet Edit ($125 Harford County). Special must be purchased by March 29, 2019.

Shine Time with Jen and Jory

By | Shine Time

I met both of these amazing women in 2012, and in a fun, six degrees of separation kind of way, they met each other in 2018!  Learn how Jen Snyder, Family Storyteller and Jory Fisher, Business Coach & Sales Trainer, impact the lives of many, as well as how discovering their authentic style has impacted their own lives. This is good stuff…

Jen Snyder, Family Storyteller 

The day Jen Snyder reached out to connect with me, was my lucky day. Over the years we have become steadfast friends, and we’ve worked on numerous projects together, including our Seasonal Style Guides (with fellow Amiga Sarah Bacon).

Jen, with her creativity, social media savvy and incredible photography, has been instrumental in making The Wright Fit, the actual right fit for a lot of wonderful clients. For that I am ever grateful. 

And while her main concentration is Family Storytelling, Jen is also a talented professional head-shot specialist (see Jory’s stunning Traditional and Modern head shots below). If it’s been a while since you’ve updated your professional head shots, make sure you get in touch with Jen. You’re Welcome! LOL

Below you will find Jen’s website and contact info, as well as her answers to a few questions:

Jen, what exactly is a Family Storyteller?
I inspire authenticity in motherhood so that Moms can find and celebrate their moments of unconditional love in their everyday lives. I believe that the real magic and nostalgia in life comes from the moments, not the big milestones, but it’s easy to lose track of those everyday moments when Moms are drowning in sleep deprivation, over-scheduled days of driving the kids to practice, and their massive to-do lists. I help Moms find their moments of unconditional love by guiding them to find their own stories. We sit down together and discuss just what are those moments right now that you know the kids will outgrow? Their quirks, hobbies, even the things that drive you absolutely crazy? I come to their homes and photograph these moments, creating a beautiful album of their every day, authentic, beautiful lives. We celebrate tomorrow’s nostalgia today.

How would you describe your style?
authentic, sentimental, quirky

Has discovering your authentic style impacted your life and/or business?
Discovering my authentic style has simplified and streamlined my life: everything from making a big decision (does this reflect who I am?) down to deciding what to wear (Does this outfit reflect who I am?). It’s helped steer the course of my business, as well. In the past, I’d make decisions based on the direction the wind was blowing and often I couldn’t really put my finger on why something worked or why it didn’t. Now I understand if it’s in harmony with my authentic self it has a much higher success rate. Style is more than just the way you dress- it’s who you are as a whole and is represented in how you dress.
Contact Jen:
Website: www.jensnyderphoto.com
Email: jen@jensnyderphoto.com

Jory Fisher, Business Coach & Sales Trainer

I was immediately impressed with Jory when I met her. She lit up that meeting room with her warmth, sense of humor and intelligence. We quickly became friends and took advantage of each other’s unique skills of coaching and personal styling. I’d like to think we’ve helped each other transform our businesses, Jory by helping me see my own strength and potential, and me by being Jory’s catalyst in her professional-funky-bohemian style.

To my entrepreneurial friends –  if you’re looking for a positive influence in your life, as well as a Business Coach/Sales Trainer who will help you grow your business, reach out to Jory! You won’t be sorry. 

Below you will find Jory’s website and contact info, as well as her answers to a few questions….oh yeah, and a great Before & After pic!

How would you describe your style?
An eclectic combination of Business Casual, Business Bohemian, Sporty, Professional, and Preppy 😉
 
Has discovering your authentic style impacted your life and/or business?
Definitely. No longer an attorney and law professor, I don’t concern myself with what I’m expected to wear. Wendy helped me learn which colors and styles look best on me. Now I can confidently dress the way I feel.Thank you, Wendy!
 
How do you help your clientele grow their businesses and reach their dreams?
I love working with business owners and entrepreneurs who want to grow their businesses steadily and joyfully. I help my clients hone their communication and business skills so they can increase sales and develop healthy, long-term relationships with their customers.

Contact Jory:
Website: JoryFisher.com
Email: Jory@JoryFisher.com
P.S.
Here’s a fun BEFORE (left) & AFTER (right) of Jory from 2013, the same year I introduced her to my hairstylist Ashley Sherwood Wingate at Jordan Thomas. I truly believe Jory’s hair makeover has had the most impact on her stunning, style transformation. Jory still sees Ashley today!



Don’t Apologize for This….

By | style

Have you ever apologized for being a little more “polished” than you’re used to? An entrepreneur friend of mine, who dresses quite casually day to day, did just that at a recent networking event. Funny thing was, she looked fantastic, just the way you’d want your marketing specialist to look: professionally approachable, confident and creative.

And full disclosure, I used to do the same thing…. a lot, especially when I was figuring out my own personal style. It was as if I felt bad about feeling good.  Deep down I was probably a bit self conscious of my newly found confidence. Wow, a psychologist could have a field day with that, right?  But if you’re a business owner, entrepreneur, or you just want to feel better about yourself, what you put forth in the world, including your personal style, shapes not only YOUR self perception, but also the perception of how others see you.

Think of the power in that. Right now, if you don’t feel great about your appearance, or you have no idea what your style is, ask yourself what you want others to see about you, but more importantly, ask yourself what you want to see when you look in the mirror. Then take a step in that direction. If you have a closet full of corporate attire, but you’re working in a more relaxed environment or retired, it’s time to make some wardrobe changes.  And guess what? This can be so much fun!

In my case, I want to see, and want you to see, that I’m not trying to be anyone other than myself.  I don’t live for fashion, but I love to feel and look sassy, confident and tree/mountain-top grounded. I love the outdoors, mountains, wildlife, laughing, cherry-pink tinted lip gloss and tons of print dresses! (HA) This is what I attempt to project, because when I finally released the notion that I had to look a certain way, it was immensely empowering.

So the next time you feel yourself about to apologize for looking great, receive that compliment with a huge smile and a “thank you,” while allowing yourself to feel THE POWER of the authentic POLISH.

And who knows, maybe we’ll run into each other summiting a mountain….or climbing a tree.   😉