Don’t Judge a Dress on it’s Hanger

May 31st, 2017

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Add a Pop of Color

March 1st, 2017

Guys,

A great way to add pop and an extra touch to your suit coat or sport jackets with ease try Prefolded Pocket Squares

 

Pre-Folded Pocket Squares

Pre-Folded Pocket Squares

 

My Favorite Things

February 1st, 2017

 

I want to share some items I love that make it easier for me to get ready and look my best.

 

  1. Osis+ by Schwarzkopf, which creates lots of volume throughout the day. It’s a sprinkle-in dust that gives a boost to your hair.   A little goes a long way. Through the day you can give your hair oomph by mussing up your roots with your fingers.
  1. Sally Hansen Airbrush self-tanner. I’m outside a lot either exercising or doing errands. I don’t suntan on my own but my upper body tans just from being outside and my legs stay white. This inexpensive self-tanner comes in different colors and doesn’t turn orange. I don’t have to wear panty hose and my legs look even colored compared with my upper body. No streaks. This lightweight leg makeup covers veins and imperfections, plus its water and transfer resistant.
  1. Make-up blender sponge. Professionals use it to contour and highlight your makeup without leaving stripes. It also does a great job of blending concealer. The first time I applied makeup with the sponge my daughter saw me   and asked what I’d done differently with my makeup, as it appeared more even. My daughters got eagle eyes! So when I got a compliment from my daughter I KNEW it worked.
  1. This is great for a quick trip out the door with minimal makeup and an instant facelift. Use a fan brush to apply the bronzer.
  2. Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick. It evens out your skin tone and gives your skin a natural look. I love how it moisturizes and softens wrinkles too. Plus it saves room in your suitcase if you’re a traveller!

 

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What a Deal! $118.00 necklace for $22.00…How’d I do it?

January 24th, 2017

I recently grabbed a bargain: a necklace originally priced at $118.00 for $20.00 I found at Anthropologie. How? I found a dress and discovered this necklace on a mannequin. So I grabbed it as it complimented my dress PERFECTLY.

Then I noticed that the necklace was missing the center stone. Argh!

I asked the salesperson if they could find another one either in the backroom or online. No necklace was to be found.   So my light bulb turned on & I asked the Manager if I could purchase this one without the stone for a discounted price. She said “sure how does $20.00 sound”? (I could still return it if I couldn’t find a stone to fit, too).

So I purchased it and headed to “Bead It,” one of my favorite accessory stores in Austin on South Congress Avenue.   I showed the gal behind the counter and immediately she pulled out some single beads that fit and complimented the other stones. She rang it up and it cost me a total of $2.00 to have the necklace looking like new.

Always be on the look out for different options and be willing to ask for the best deal. It does pay off.

 

 

 

Jump into Life

January 4th, 2017

When I was 17 years old I taught swim lessons to young children. While I’m with my current clients, I educate them similar to how I taught swim class.   The children were afraid to jump in (even though I was hired to offer them swim lessons). I built trust with the swimmers and let them have fun. Once we had trust established, they flourished and learned.

When my clients hire me they want to feel safe and assured that I will update their look. However, I do have clients who test the waters by just putting their toes in. They say they want to swim but it’s easier said than done and can talk themselves out of it. I would love all my clients to jump in and begin swimming immediately.

Don’t overthink it. Jump in, feel the splash and trust me. You will then experience the freedom to go any direction with a person who has your back and believes in you.

 

BeeBop & Wally Women’s Apparel

December 21st, 2016
BeeBop & Wally, New York City

BeeBop & Wally, NYC

I immediately fell in love with this darling green & fuchsia polka dot print jacket at the Austin, Texas Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. My eyes were especially zoned into the asymmetrical style. I’m always receiving compliments from people regarding its uniqueness. It’s cozy and how many cozy outfits are actually shapely & comfortable? Besides, it’s fun and sassy!

BeeBop & Wally is located in New York City. They have no mortar-brick building; they only sell on-line and at shows. Their clothing has the retro flair and is very true to size.   I love different…because I am different.  BeeBop & Wally

 

Holiday Gift for A Special Someone

December 1st, 2016

 

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Happy November!

Find it difficult to find that special gift for a friend, partner, family member?

What better time to start thinking ahead for a Unique Holiday Gift for that “Special Someone.”

Purchase a gift certificate from Bonnie Balistreri Image Consulting for this deserving person to:

  • Go on a shopping trip to find their personal, distinctive look and/or
  • Organize & shop their closet to find valuable clothing combinations

Contact me to purchase this exceptional holiday gift.

 

Time to Refit your Bra

November 9th, 2016

 

One question I always ask my women clientele is “when was the last time you were fitted for a bra”? Their answers are all over the board. Believe me this is one of my least favorite things to do in life and the experts say to do it yearly. You can buy a cheap bra anywhere but the idea is to be properly fitted by a professional bra fitter so your back doesn’t hurt, the bra straps aren’t digging into your body and everything is put into it’s proper place. You may think it’s not important but compare the before and after in the picture. Being fitted by an expert can make you feel 10 times more comfortable, stand straighter, look taller and more slender and make your clothes look great on you. There are great places to fitted by an expert.   Contact and schedule a fitting with any of the expert fitters in Austin.

-Michie Reid will come to your home for a bra fitting www.myessentialbodywear.com/michellereid

Stores Available for fittings in Austin:

-Petticoat Fair:  www.petticoatfair.com

-Nordstrom:  www.nordstrom.com

-Dillards:  www.dillards.com

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Guy’s…..Tie One On in Tokyo, Japan

October 19th, 2016

 

                  Necktie of Mt. Fuji in Japan

 

My husband Salvatore & I recently visited Japan and we wanted to bring back something memorable.

We ran across Taya, a men’s clothing store in the Ginza area of Tokyo selling beautiful 100% silk jacquard neckties. The ties are designed and produced in Yonezawa,Yamagata, Japan. My husband purchased a “Mt. Fuji” necktie with subtle colors (pictured) so it can go with a multitude of different colored shirts and suits.

According to their business card, “Taya was founded in 1905 as a store importing

Western-goods and clothing at the time when “kimono” was a dominant fashion in Japan.”  The original necktie brand have been supported by more than three generations of visitors.

If you’re visiting Japan or if you are here in the states, check out their website for a beautiful gift for yourself or someone else.

Taya 4-6-17 Ginza Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan

http://www.ginza.jp/en/shop/960

 

 

 

Shopping Make you Crazy?

June 8th, 2016

 

Does walking into a clothing store give you mind overload? How about 2 or 3 different people giving their opinion as to what looks great on you? Does the salesperson keep giving you clothes to try on? Do you buy just because somethings on the sales rack? It’s a daunting task & I will make shopping easy and stress-free!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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