I vividly remember an old family friend telling me as a kid that you ‘NEVER mix prints’. Being the rebel I am, it’s not a good idea to tell me ‘never’. Well… let us step out of the box together, shall we?
Mixing prints may seem tricky, but if you’re game following these Four Simple Steps will guide you to mix it up in STYLE!
Step One: Make sure one color repeats. See how the cobalt blue from the top repeats in the pattern on the skirt?
Step Two: Combine different shapes in the prints. You can do polka dots and triangles or floral and stripes.
Step Three: Blend two small prints or one small and one large. Avoid pairing two large prints. You’ll disappear!!
Step Four: Mix with confidence. When you step out in complete confidence you OWN your look!
Are you into this mixed prints look? Why or why not?
Just Say THANK YOU!!
I love people and exploring what makes them tick. In my 20+ years in image, it is a rare moment that when I pay a genuine compliment to someone, they accept it wholeheartedly. Normally I get responses like, “Really? I guess I must be having a good hair day.” Or, my favorite, “It’s only because I’m wearing one of my colors.” You fill in the blank for you? The common thread is that the response is non-acceptance of the compliment. It simply identifies the reason I gave it to them.
Are you guilty of it? I am (at times) and have to be conscious of my responses because they tap into how I’m feeling about JuliAnn at the moment. Are my dark roots showing? Is there something I’m upset about? Do I need to take some down time? Quiet time? Possibly it goes even deeper and I’m not able to trust the kind words or think I’m worthy of them. Does this resonate?
When working with clients or speaking at events I BOLDLY DARE women to accept accolades as you would a gift. It’s called the Just Say THANK YOU Challenge. When someone praises you it’s like they’ve given you a beautifully wrapped present. When you don’t graciously accept the compliment it’s like you’ve taken their gift and put it on the shelf unopened. Doesn’t it honor them to accept it? Doesn’t it honor YOU? I know it makes me feel better to have an attitude of acceptance and ultimately self love and I’m confident it will help shift you, too.
“She’s always so tough to buy for. She has everything. I really want to get her something special.” Do you have a friend/family member you feel that way about? I do. I love the challenge of finding unique gifts, but it can be tough at times. Unique and thoughtful goodies make a woman feel special and if you’re doing a white elephant gift exchange, these are the ones those ladies will fight over!
My Top 5 Hot Holiday Gift Picks are all things that a woman may not treat herself to, but you can!
USB Essential Oil Diffuser- Plug it into a USB port on your computer or in your car, add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil and the aroma will fill your room or car. Great for travel, too. $23
Best of Oat Milk Gift Set- This stuff smells amazing! Its one of my favorite treats. Deeply moisturizing with a lovely soft fragrance of milky clean. $20
Tassel Key Chain- A pretty leather detail to dress up the mundane (i.e. driving carpool… unlocking your office… finding your keys after searching for 5 minutes…). Lots of colors. $30
Initial Compact- For the woman who claims she has it all, this personalized compact will be a necessary addition to her purse. So cute!! $38
Scented Eye Pillow- Relax and unwind, anywhere, anytime with DreamTime’s Sweet Dreams Sleep Mask. This luxurious Sleep Mask completely blocks out the light, while lavender flowers are sprinkled inside to provide an aura of comfort and calm. I LOVE mine for naps! $15
Have fun with these and, by all means, share your favorites, too!!