St. David’s Fashion Show a Huge success!

March 26th, 2014

The first annual fashion show for St. David’s Bariatric patients was a huge success.  I was extremely proud of the 20 women who modeled the outfits I’d chosen for their lifestyle and personality.  The beauty was they were REAL women, moms, grandmothers, teacher, office worker,  executive, nurse no models among the bunch.  They used their energy, nerves and family and friend’s reinforcement to go onto the stage and show their new look compared to their before photo.  Amazing!   I had a fantastic team working with me.  Holly Taylor Kottwitz styled and colored the models hair and Natalie Gauci of Arbonne applied the women’s makeup.   Dillard’s provided the outfits and accessories worn by the women.  I promised the women I would not make them wear anything they wouldn’t feel comfortable in.  I asked them to open their minds to new possibilities to show off their true personalities and that’s exactly what most of them did.  I thank all of these ladies for taking a chance to get on stage and flourish.  They’ve had beauty all along and this was their time to show it.




Uniform Approach

December 11th, 2013

I was hired to consult with a company aiming to have a professional, unified appearance.  Since this was the first time since their inception in over 60 years some employees had difficulty seeing the value of an overall look.  They balked at the idea, as it didn’t allow them their freedom of individualism.

I explained in their weekly meeting how branding one’s company distinguishes them from others.  It’s advantageous to the company, clients, and potential clients.  It’s giving clients a sense of security from the company.  Professionalism and unity of the business speaks to a client’s subconscious.

Employers and employees, take it from your own eyes of you as potential client walking into a club and considering doing business.  Your first exchange is with one of two individuals.  The first a disheveled person wearing a baggy, wrinkled t-shirt; slouched denim jeans with a view of his boxer shorts and soiled shoes and mussed hair.  The other is dressed in uniform and well-cared shoes.  Who are you more likely to approach in this inclusive club?  Annoying for you, right?  A uniform is not pertinent to all companies, more so it’s for the employees that interface and are seen by clients, especially in a club-type atmosphere.  If a business and its employees lack the look of professionalism and unity they could stand to lose or even gain clients and the employee may not be treated as capable.  Consider all sides of the business you own or are in charge rather than just you or your employees view.  It’s a win-win situation.


Image In The Work Place

April 24th, 2013


I was recently fortunate  to present and discuss dress in the workplace with Human Resource Executives.   Check out this blog by Salvatore Balistreri:    Image In The Work Place Blog


Playing “The Game”

February 6th, 2013

John Harbaugh & Jim Harbaugh


Football is my passion when it comes to game parties and understanding the back-story of players and coaches.  My husband, who’s a sports fan, kept me up-to-date on this year’s Super Bowl.  As many of you are aware, brother coaches, John and Jim Harbaugh, met up with their respectful teams the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers for the big game recently.

Prior to the game they held a joint media conference.

John the eldest, wore a suit, exuded confidence, and dominated the stage based on first impressions.  On the other hand, Jim the younger brother, appeared on stage donned in a 49ers hat, sweat shirt, khaki pants and running shoes.  Now if I didn’t know the back-story and walked into the room while my hubby was watching this television conference, I would have thought it were a coach or GM and his player.

I loved the fact that Jim was who he was and yes he was and continues to be a respected coach.  However, most of us don’t get that chance to show who we are because we are judged first by how we appear.

How trivial this may seem, appearance matters as we all have to “play the game” when we are applying for a job or are working in the job.   You can bring your personality into your work clothing but look in the mirror and ask yourself if you look professional and how would you treat someone dressed like you.

I have intelligent clients who understand they have to “look the part” either for their employees or clients to gain respect.  Hooray for them!

I didn’t write the rules, but the choice is yours to look like a coach or a player for your peers and clients.












Career Bootcamp For College Seniors

March 7th, 2012



I am privileged to be one of the speakers of ACT2 Career Camp, which will be held on March 31 starting at 9:00 am and ending at 2:00 pm in San Marcos, Texas.  The prime target will be graduating college students.

Co-founders Kay Stroman and Scott Gregson developed ACT2 as a way to go beyond the resume and expose participants to practical, real world information that will help accelerate their career transition.  ACT2’s speakers and curriculum will help get them on the right career trajectory with a logical, executable plan; a plan to get the career people want, not just the job they are offered.

I will be teaching how to “Dress for Success” in the job market for one’s individual personality and dressing for the culture of the company one will be interviewing with.  Along with this I will talk about ways to dress on a budget.

My husband Salvatore Balistreri of Salvatore Balistreri Consulting, an Austin Executive Search Consultant, will present “The Strategic Search Plan” to teach students how to “hunt” for the career they want.  As he put it, think “job search on steroids” for young people.

Various speakers are presenting on other vital topics related to career transition such as: where to begin, taking their skills to the next level, networking and financial awareness.

As an Image Consultant I believe the entire curriculum being addressed is important and one must present themselves in the most professional light, as it will help you gain the competitive edge in the job market.

Check out the link  Act2 Career Camp



Do I Wear Black Patent Heels For An Interview?

December 7th, 2011

I present “Dress for Success” seminars to women soldiers at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas who are leaving the military and entering the civilian workforce.  Since they’ve been in uniform for at least four years, most are unsure about what to wear for an interview or updated fashions since they’ve been in the military at least four years.   Below is an example of the type of questions I get at these sessions:

Q:  Is it true you are to wear black patent leather high-heeled shoes for an interview?  It’s not my style and I will never wear them after the interview.

A.  Not true.  A great pair of leather shoes with a covered toe is most professional.  You can wear flats or a heel (not a stiletto, unless they’re worn with pants) whatever is most comfortable.  If you never wear them it’s like throwing money away.  A dark colored pair or nude shoe is great.

I truly enjoy working with these wonderful women who are ready to go to work as civilians!  



Non-verbal & Verbal Communication & Dress-How do they relate?

March 9th, 2011

Recently, I presented a corporate seminar for 25 men regarding “dressing in the workplace.” I was pleasantly surprised that they listened intently and asked some very insightful questions.  One question asked was “if the company you work for gives you a choice to dress more casual or more formal (i.e. logo shirt versus necktie) does wearing a necktie in some way suggest to your clients that you consider yourself superior to them?

My take on this: the clothing you wear displays your professionalism for the company and yourself. Your non-verbal and verbal skills are what establish whether or not you come across as being superior to the client. Being able to connect with your clients and being genuine with them by giving them your undivided attention is what matters. Adding the tie with your effective non-verbal and verbal skills will usually create the most professional image for you and your organization. casual or professional business wear for men



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