Magic of Morocco | Oct 13-23 2017

Another fabulous girls-only adventure from Jean Wethmar of Glam Girls Lux Travels, accompanied by experienced interior designer and frequent Morocco visitor, Sally Carson of Sally Carson Interiors.

Designed to give a broad sense of the essence of Morocco, this 10 day small group tour encompasses the culture, the history, the warmth and generosity of its people, along with the geography and amazing cuisine.

I am delighted to be travelling on this trip as a guest of Jean and Sally, and providing colour and style expertise as we shop the souks and discover fabulous exotic jewellery, bags and fabrics.

This trip is now fully booked, but will be running again in 2018. Take a look at the 2017 brochure to get a feel for how fabulous it will be, and then consider coming along next year.

Discover Saigon in Style

Cover_Discover Saigon in Style_Feb2016-MPSJean Wethmar of Cape Lux Travel has been hard at work putting together another fabulous girls getaway to Vietnam and she’s again asked me to accompany the group as stylist and professional shopper. This time we’re off to Ho Chi Minh City – still known as Saigon by the locals – from 19-25 February 2016, for a week of shopping, tailored clothing, pampering and beauty treatments, cooking class, art galleries and antiques, designer homewares, great food, several cocktails and many laughs.

This trip promises to be seriously good fun. It might be short and sweet but we’re definitely not skimping on style, activities or opportunities to come home with some great bargains and wonderful memories. I really don’t know how she’s managed to fit it all in for the price.

To find out the details of where we’ll be staying, shopping, eating, and spa-ing (that’s totally a word) you can view the brochure with full itinerary.

And, to make it even more enticing Jean’s offering a lay-by option…who doesn’t love a good layby? Pay a small deposit and then two installments and you’re good to go.

I look forward to seeing you in February as we Discover Saigon in Style!

Glamorous Women go to Saigon, 19 – 25 February 2016

Its time for another Vietnam trip; this time to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) for a week of eating, shopping, seeing the sights and having a little time out that’s just for you. I’ll be accompanying as personal stylist and professional shopper to guide you on colours and styles just right for you, and if you feel like having a mini makeover while you’re away, we can do that too.

Stay tuned for detailed itinerary and inclusions, but in the meantime mark your calendar (19-25 Feb, 2016) for what promises to be an exciting and rejuvenating trip.


My top 5 tips to get the most out of your shopping experience

Well, the post Christmas sales are upon us again. A great opportunity to pick up some bargains but also a time when many of us get overwhelmed by the offers and end up making impulse buys that soon become wardrobe orphans.

If you’re going to shop, here’s my advice for making the most of your time and your budget. A bit of planning upfront can make the difference between a rewarding and fun day shopping or a wallet-draining, headache-making, confidence-sapping disaster:

  1. Take a look at your current wardrobe before you hit the shops and then make a list of things you really need or gaps that need filling. The big sales are a great opportunity to get your hands on some of those more expensive wardrobe items that you’d otherwise forgo but will get lots and lots of wear out of when you choose wisely…eg a really good suit, great bag or shoes.
  2. Having said this, its also important that your sales experience is within your means… that 75% off bargain is not such a great thing if you can’t afford to pay your bills the next week/month. Once you’ve worked out what you’ll be looking for at the sales, decide on a maximum amount you can afford to spend for the day and write it down on the list of items you’re looking for. This will help you keep a level head if a heart-stopping bargain tempts you to go into the red.
  3. Speaking of red (the colour that is, not the financial), know what colours suit you and then only look at items that are within your colour range. Having your ‘colours done’ by a professional can really make a difference to the way you shop…you’ll be amazed at how much time you save when you can walk past anything not in your colour profile. Not only that, but when you plan your wardrobe around a few core colours and then add accent colours by season or occasion then its much easier to choose your outfit each day and it’s a cinch to pack for a trip because everything goes with everything else! Remember to take your colour profile swatch with you when you go shopping…don’t leave it to guesswork or memory.
  4. Know what styles of collar, leg width, sleeve and hem length suit you best and then look only at those items. If the price is too good to pass up but the style is not going to make you look your best then ‘step away from the rack’ and continue your search. A good way test whether this is a ‘must have’ or just a desperate attempt to come home with a bargain at any cost. Ask yourself “Would I still consider it if I was paying full price for it?” If the answer is no, you know what to do. (TIP: a body shape analysis with an image consultant can save you from costly financial and style mistakes.)
  5. Wear comfortable shoes, smart underwear and clothes that are easy on and easy off. How can you find the perfect sale bargain if its too much effort to try things on because you’ve got tricky buttons and zips, lace up shoes, embarrassing underwear?  If you’re looking to buy an item that requires special underwear or shoes then take those with you and put them on in the change-room. Also, if you ordinarily wear makeup then a shopping trip is not the time to go without. We all know that change-room mirrors and lighting can be soul destroying but your reflection will thank you if you’ve made a little effort with your makeup and hair. Not only that, but you’ll get a better feel for whether an item of clothing suits you when you look as you would if you were wearing it out.

That’s it, enjoy your shopping and may the sales gods be with you!

PS: Remember that to help you keep focused and level headed its important to stay hydrated and keep your energy up… a bottle of water and an energy bar or a small stash of dried fruit & nuts in your handbag is great for this.

Lux Girls Getaway to Vietnam 17-25 May 2014

Lux Girls Getaway to Vietnam 17-25 May 2014

Lux Girls Getaway to Vietnam 17-25 May 2014

View full itinerary and brochure

Cape Lux Travels is off to Vietnam again to enjoy a week of shopping, eating, and relaxing. What bliss! A whole week with no-one else’s needs to look after but your own. I’ll be accompanying as personal stylist and professional shopper; helping our gorgeous small group of women navigate the tailors, jewellery and shoe makers and come home with outfits that are a perfect fit in every way…. colouring, body shape and lifestyle. There is also plenty of time to relax with 5 star accommodation, spa treatments and a cooking class with the famous Miss Vy in Hoi An.

Trip is scheduled for 17-25 May 2014 (incl), price includes, accommodation, breakfast and several other meals, internal flights, cooking class in Hoi An, city tour in Hanoi, spa treatment in Hanoi, professional colour analysis and/or body shape guidance, plus makeup tips, yummy food and plenty of laughs as we relax and enjoy being away from home for a short while. International airfares (Australia-Vietnam rtn) not included but we can access really food group rates if required. There’s also a “lay-by” plan available if you need to spread payments out. Call us to enquire.

For full itinerary and trip details, download brochure and booking form here

Memorable for The Right Reasons

Emma McDermott from My Personal Stylist talks to small business professionals about the role image plays in supporting your personal brand, and how you can become memorable for the right reasons.

Filmed at Short Takes by Hunting with Pixels.
Copyright 2011 Hunting With Pixels.

Short Takes 3 – Emma McDermott from Hunting With Pixels on Vimeo.

The Stars Behind The Stars

Behind the scenes video of the shoot for TV pilot “The Stars Behind The Stars” looking at the influence astrological profiles can have on career and life path. I worked on wardrobe, alongside a great team or hair and makeup professionals… lots of fun, but very long day.

The Gentle Art of Letting Go

I am reading a great book by Barbara Stanny called The Secrets of Six Figure Women. In it she includes a quote that resonated with me and thought it was the good basis for this blog post.

“If I get stuck in who I am now, I might never blossom into who I might yet become. I need to practice the gentle art of letting go.” (Sam Keen, author)

We all have times where we realise that to move forward with our life/relationship/career/goals etc we need to make a change to the way we are currently thinking or doing things. But change can be challenging. To make change is possibly to endure temporary pain or hardship. But the question I guess we have to ask is “Will the change I make today result in a better outcome in the future?” If the answer is yes, then perhaps its time to consider ‘practicing the gentle art of letting go’.

I often have people contact me who want to make changes to their image and presentation for one reason or another….to further their career aims, to meet a new partner, to redefine their identity after a life changing event such as becoming a mother, divorce, loss of a job or partner… however although these people recognise that the changes they desire will most likely have a positive effect on their confidence, self-esteem, identity, goals, professional outcomes or whatever, they sometimes find it hard to actually take the next step and let go of the present situation. There is something or some part of them that is resisting making a change. The potential pain of change is greater than the potential pleasure they might experience afterwards.

This is not uncommon, in fact it is human nature to want to maintain the status quo…even if it is causing some pain. But what if by gradually letting go, you started to notice small differences to your life? Perhaps you smile when you look in the mirror before you go out because you know that you look good and because you look good, you feel good.

What if people started to comment that there was something different about you, that you seemed happier, more confident, content or empowered? Would that be enough to make you think about making more changes? About gradually moving towards a new sense of self and knowing that you have made the positive things happen by being open to change and letting go of old thoughts/beliefs/behaviours.

When I work with clients in helping them define their personal brand or develop a signature style, I am mindful that this process can be challenging but is also exhilarating. My primary aim is to educate, support and encourage and to respect my client’s personality, lifestyle and goals. To (in the words of Sam Keen above) help them “blossom into who they might yet become.”

Leave a comment below and share your tip for approaching change and letting go.

Click here if you’d like to find out what some of my clients have experienced.

Tricky Trend | Animal Print

There’s a lot of animal print around for autumn/winter 2011. I’ve seen it everywhere from luxe high-end boutiques to chain store “cheap and cheerful”. Personally this is a trend I love. I am known for incorporating a little leopard into my wardrobe from time to time. However, like most fashion trends this is one that can be confusing if you’re not sure how to wear it. And its an easy one to get wrong!

To avoid looking like you’re trying too hard, this is one trend where less is most definitely more.  If you want to try it out but don’t know if it’s your kind of thing here’s a few guidelines to keep in mind:

COLOUR: Go with a print that will match your colouring – eg if you have warm, toasty tones in your skin/eyes/hair colour then the browns, bronzes and earth colours of leopard and giraffe print will work for you. But if you’re a cool profile with deep hair and eyes and a high contrast between your skin tone and hair/eye colour, then a zebra or snake print or something that also has a high contrast will be better for you. Knowing your colour profile (in general) will help you find what you’re after more quickly and also avoid costly wardrobe mistakes.

SCALE: If you are fine boned and petite then your frame will be overwhelmed by large amounts of print or a print with a large pattern – ie bold stripes and large ‘spots’. A smaller print will work best for you.  However if you are fuller figured and/or taller then you can carry off larger areas of print and also a larger scale print.

How to wear animal prints

Scarf: if you really just want to ‘dip your toe in the water’ with this trend then consider a scarf tied around your handbag strap, to ease you into it (Myer, DJs, Sportscraft, Portmans, Diva, Temt).

Bangle: for ‘toe-dippers’ there are also several really smart leopard and other jungle print bangles around in chunky resin styles (Lovisa, Mouche and Diva) . These work well to liven up a black outfit, but also complement cream, red or earth tones very well. Or if you’re really not sure sure then perhaps an animal print handbag hook (Myer) will give you a way to express your wild side safely.

Sunglasses: Another good way to try it out without being overly dramatic. Leopard, giraffe, tiger stripe, or tortoiseshell acetate frames will work well on those with warm and not too light colouring.

Belt: Alternatively you could consider incorporating a leopard or crocodile print belt (Sportscraft, Valley Girl, Glassons, Myer, Portmans) either with jeans, or worn over a slim line shirt, jacket or cardigan with black pants or skirt. If you are going to wear a belt this way, work with your body shape and emphasise your narrowest part or use it to enlongate your torso.

Shoes: If you’re bold go for all out sex-appeal in high heeled leopard pumps (Nine West) or to downplay it leopard loafers (Sportscraft). Snake or crocodile print is also a good way to bring some animal print into your wardrobe without being too OTT.

Cardigan: I have found several very smart slim cut ‘twin-set’ style cardigans (Basque, Ezi-Buy ‘Emerge’, Wheels & Doll Baby) in leopard print …in colours from very earthy browns and black through to delicate cream, pale pinks and grey. These look great teamed with simple black, tan or cream pants or worn over a dress in these colours.

Trench: If you really want to amp up the drama and the ‘wow factor’ then an animal print trench may be more your speed. Bear in mind with this look that you will be noticed, so walk talk, smile and enjoy the attention.

If you have more thoughts on how the animal print trend can be adapted to suit women of all ages and sizes then please share. I’d love to hear how you wear it.

Author’s note: I have no affiliation with any of the stores mentioned here and receive no incentives or ‘kickbacks’ from them.

Personal Branding: why you should care

As you know, I believe its important to make sure your image is aligned with your personal brand, leaving those who deal with you (whether business or personal) with a consistent and authentic experience. This applies whether you work for someone else, work for yourself or do the work of a ‘domestic goddess’ (ie busy and sometimes overlooked wife and mother).

That’s why I was interested to read a recent blog article by William Arruda, a Personal Brand strategist, on “Personal Branding Trends for 2011”.

In particular, William stresses that “For personal branding, multi-media is critical. It provides the opportunity to build emotional connections with people who are making decisions about you. A picture is worth a thousand words and video delivers a complete communication. Those who make the most of this will stand out from their peers.”

If you want to find out how to ensure your personal brand is getting noticed and if you’re not up to date with “homecasting”, “web purity”, “3D-PB”, or “Personal Portals” and why they are importnat to your personal brand then perhaps William’s article will be of interest.

Read the blog article here or take a look at William’s video on online reputation