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Elan Image Management, in Cinematique! Film Inspired Fashion sponsored by The Art Institute of Washington

I was delighted to participate in the Cinematique (film inspired fashion) gallery exhibit, presented by the Art Institute of Washington, created to help celebrate female film fashion icons by creating a contemporary look inspired by one of their iconic style scene stealers.  Stylists chose classic film icons like Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady to more recent stars like Angelina Jolie in Salt, providing a diverse and eclectic perspective of fashion in film.

All exhibits were displayed on dress forms with associated accessories and props with posters and profiles of the film and leading lady and a bio of the stylist/designer’s inspiration  prominently displayed on each wall. The presentation is superb and views like any museum class exhibit. I only wished there was more space to feature even more designs.

Natalie Portman/ Black Swan

As the most experienced professional stylist participating in the exhibit I created two looks:  The first from perhaps one of the most leading film fashion icons of all time, Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Audrey as  Holly is the epitome of classic elegance. I played with the idea of using the many black dresses she wears in the film as my muse. But instead of an LBD I wanted to do two pieces, a skirt and a top that gives the illusion of one piece. I also wanted to make it more dramatic while still keeping it sophisticated by playing with the idea of varying textures.

Audrey Hepburn/ Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Natalie Jobity, Elan Image Management

The top here is intricate, with a ribbed texture and a peplum like silhouette that upps the glam factor. The skirt is a pencil skirt with a fluted back and  I styled the outfit with the skirt worn reversed so there was more drama in the front . Again there is the play on texture, this time with an African lace fabric. The skirt is a collaborative creation by L~Shandi (a local designer who uses African lace as her signature) and I and the reversible skirt idea was birthed from dressing ‘Holly’ for this exhibit. This ensemble is a more modern silhouette that still pays homage to Holly’s style, while making her more obviously alluring. The texture adds creativity and drama to the look, in keeping with Holly’s character. The texture also reinterprets the pairing of black on black, but the look is still sleek and upscale. Accessories add panache and also remind us how much Holly loved her pearls.

One of my favorite exhibits was Foxy Brown in the movie by the same name. This outfit was styled by a faculty member and it is simply fabulous. Mod print in an empire waisted floor length jump suit is SO now and reflects perfectly the sensibilities of the Diva that was Foxy Brown. We all wanted to grab that jumpsuit off the mannequin!

Foxy Brown/Foxy Brown

Another stylist created a very girly/edgy version of Uma Thurma in Kill Bill. She chose to take creative license and styled a ballerina inspired dress (Tulle and all) with a belt with a real sword in a holster. So the ultimate in femme fatale—dangerously girly and completely unexpected. Dressed to kill is an understatement!

Uma Thurma/ Kill Bill

 

My second exhibit is inspired by one of my favorite movies of all time, The Sound  of Music with Julie Andrews as Maria. My inspiration for my ensemble is the heartwarming scene where Maria and the kids are out and about and she is teaching them to sing ‘Doe Ray Me’. She is shown wearing jumpers and full skirts of varying lengths in many of the outfits from this scene, and she is appropriately casual yet still so ladylike.

Julie Andrews / Sound of Music as styled by Elan Image Management

I wanted to update Maria and dress her in a casual, fun ensemble with the same sensibilities. My foundation garment is a pretty, polka dot, brown and white skirt with embroidery and eyelets at the hemline.  I paired the skirt with a fitted brown cotton/Lycra top and a white blouse, so the outfit had the feel of a jumper without being one. The blouse plays to the romantic sensibilities while the sleek top gives off a slightly alluring vibe—just enough, because after all, she is a former nun.  The straw hat and bag are well appointed to give her a polished, yet still effortlessly casual look. This is Maria, but a modern Maria, dancing and singing in the park with the kids, all girlish and coquettish…in 2011.

Natalie Jobity’s wall in Cinematique

The Cinematique gallery exhibit, presented by the Art Institute of Washington and organized by Tanisa Sharif, held its opening reception on Thursday April 21st showcasing the styling and design work of professionals, up and comers, faculty and students .  The small but very impressive exhibit will run through May 28th at Gallery 1820 at The Art Institute of Washington and is a must see for fashion and film lovers alike.

Natalie Jobity in front of Cinematique entrance

Natalie Jobity, Elan Image Management, professional image consultant

Flaunting It with the Image Diva Blog Turns 4 Years Old

Time sure does fly!

I started this blog three years ago to get me in the habit of writing consistently. As an added benefit, I discovered it was a great way to share tips, advice and resources to my clients and visitors of my web site. That added benefit is perhaps the main reason I continue to blog. I am SO inspired by ways I can educate, inform and empower through my posts. But perhaps even more profoundly, my book "Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style" was written ‘almost’ effortlessly because I had such great content I’d written over the years in this very blog that I could use as muse. It’s been awesome.

 

Over the years I’ve written posts about dressing to flatter your figure, the impact of color, accessorizing with ease, wardrobe do’s and dont’s, new fashion trends, celebrity red carpet critques, great brands I love, how to wear/what to wear almost every item of clothing for women, dressing to impress, professional presence, expressing your unique style, style deal breakers, dressing the pregnant body fabulously–I can go on and on. I’ve covered so much ground in three years that this Elan Blog truly is a go to resource for women seeking to enhance their style, image, fashion sense and wardrobes while staying true to themselves. It’s been a privilege sharing with you!

 

My goal this year is to raise the bar higher. To share more real  life transformation stories with readers and to provide even more advice that can truly impact the way you look and the way you feel about how you look. I started blogging before many fashion bloggers and in the beginning I was REALLY on a roll. The frequency of my blog posts have slowed down in the past year but not my passion for my work as an image consultant. There is so much I want to share with you about being the brilliant, magnificent light you already are. My mission will be to continue to elevate women the world over by empowering them to show up as ‘their highest, finest vision of themselves’ as stated in my new book. Look for more ‘yes you can!’ types of posts in the months to come.

Thank you for your continued support! It is because of you I get to live my passion and leave my fingerprint on this earth.

Natalie Jobity, The Image Diva, President Elan Image Management, an image consulting firm

 

 

Natalie Jobity’s Joins College World Reporter with Fashion Statements Column

Little Rock, AR – January 11, 2011 – The College World Reporter (CWR) is proud to announce the addition of fashion expert and certified (AICI) image consultant, Ms. Natalie Jobity, to our team of professional writer advisors.  Ms. Jobity will assume the responsibility for writing our CWR Fashion Statements column.

Ms. Jobity is president of Élan Image Management and founder of "Mission 1 Million Makeovers: Change Your Image, Transform Your Life," and she is a sought after image consultant based in the Washington, DC metro area who provides services to both women and men nationwide.  She is also the author of Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style. 

Natalie conducts workshops and seminars on a variety of image topics for organizations, companies, women’s groups, teens, and college students, including ‘Dress for Success’ seminars and workshops. Ms. Jobity works with young women and men individually to coach them on how to dress to achieve their highest image potential which facilitates their future success.

"As America’s premier online student empowerment and career transitional magazine, The College World Reporter has the responsibility to help readers understand the importance of dressing appropriately in today’s highly competitive marketplace. The addition of a quintessential fashion expert and image consultant such as Natalie Jobity provides our readers with a resource that we feel is unequaled in the industry," said CWR publisher Donell Edwards.

Natalie is a graduate of Rutgers University (B.S. in Accounting and Economics), Cambridge University (Masters in Finance), and City University of New York-Baruch College (MBA in Marketing).

Edwards says "Anyone with an interest in learning how to improve their skills in dressing professionally will benefit greatly from reading CWR Fashion Statements and learning from Natalie ."

For more information contact The College World Reporter at TheCWR@CWRMagOnline.

About The College World Reporter:  The College World Reporter (CWR) is the premier online student empowerment  and career transitional magazine in America.  The magazine provides information and expert advice to students and all readers, and also has a number of outstanding student reporters in many foreign countries who participate in the magazine’s Virtual Cultural XChange (VCX) Program.  The magazine is at the forefront of a growing student empowerment movement and is evolving into a full fledged student empowerment organization.

Fashion Consultant: A Few Cool ways I Can Serve You- Styling & Skype

I have had some really cool engagements with clients and it made me think this was a good time in the year to remind you of all the amazing ways I can serve you or your loved ones.  One of the offerings I have always had available is styling and wardrobe services for photo and video shoots. These can be for websites, book covers and book launches, professional photos or glamor shots.  So how exactly do I help you, you may be wondering? Well, I can help bring the team of experts together with a shared vision of making you look amazing. Typically, the dream team includes a photographer and/or videographer, makeup artist, hair stylist, and your very own personal image consultant–me.  I can help you select outfits in your best colors for the camera, which brings out exactly the essence you are trying to convey, in a way that flatters you and makes you feel at ease. I consult with you on how your hair and makeup should be styled and communicate the desired looks to those experts.

On the day of your shoot I am there as your advocate, making sure you feel at ease and of course look and feel fabulous. I loan accessories as needed as well.  In a time when our photos carry so much more weight because they are plastered everywhere-on social media sites like Facebook and Linked In, on your own website, as a representative of your company’s brand, and more often on the front or back of a book, you want to rest assured that your photo is representing you in the most favorable way. I would be delighted to be your fashion consultant.

I also want to remind you that I serve clients nationwide (and a few outside the US). In a world when we have so much fancy technology at our fingertips, it is really easy to be resourceful with a pc, phone and web cam. I have worked with many clients using Skype to critique their wardrobes, coach them on their image and even shop for them online. It’s amazing how much I can accomplish with neither of us ever physically meeting.  So distance is no longer an excuse for not investing in sprucing up your image. Neither is time, because tools like Skype make it really convenient for you to set your own schedule and relax in the comfort of your home while I refine and tweak your image.

Have questions? Give me a holla!

Natalie Jobity, Image Consultant, Elan Image Management.

Event: What to wear tips, Book Signing and Fab Giveaways to help you Flaunt It

It’s been extremely busy the past few weeks with the release of my book: Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style. Their are many style or makeover guides on the market but I believe my book is different. Sure I share tips, tricks and strategies to help you look amazing: from dressing for your figure type; to learning how to mix and match the right  colors for you so you pop; to figuring out how to pick the right jeans for your body; to dressing secrets for petites, talls and plus; to learning how to get inspiration so you continue to refine your own personal style and so much more. In fact there are so many tips in this book for ALL women that one reviewer dubbed the book, ‘the ultimate fashion accessory’. 

And here I am using it as such (smile)

Then there are the ‘stories’  I share based on my work as a professional image consultant working with hundreds of women. There is a very real personal touch and voice in these pages that women can relate to so they know they are not alone in their challenges. I help them tackle the ‘saboteurs’ that may be holding them back from their true magnificence! Oh women have many excuses for why they don’t have the time, means or know how to look and feel great. This book challenges each woman to elevate her image by blasting away the negative self talk that holds so many of us down. Finally, this book was written with a mission: to transform the life of each person who reads it. The transformation can be subtle or dramatic–just like the transformations I  see occur with my own clients. But the bottom line is that it is a book you will want to take with you when you shop so you can refer back to the advice in its pages (hello Kindle edition!). Lean more about Mission 1 Million Makeovers which the book helps support.

The paperback book is available for sale at Amazon and I am so pleased with the amazing support and feedback I’ve received. Folks have been asking me about my official "launch". I think any grand affair will occur at another point.  But in the meantime, l now have officially scheduled a book signing that is meant to inspire and share some of the tips I share with readers, promote other local businesses that support women’s quest to look and feel their best, and to help all guests have fun by winning exciting door prizes!! And of course I’ll be there to give on the spot fashion tips and sign your copies of Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style.

Where? Hotel George DC

When? Saturday September 25th from 4-6 pm

Cost? FREE!!!!!!

I will be updating my blog with updates leading up to the event but so far we have the following local businesses on board with gorg giveaways:

  • Coup de Foudre Lingerie is generously giving one lucky guest a $100 gift certificate to use in their Downtown DC lingerie store (near metro center). All I can say is ooh la la!
  • A complimentary belly dancing, pole dancing or yoga class from Jordin’s Paradise in  DC to get your body in tip top shape for MANY guests in attendance
  • A personal chef gift certificate from Joyful Creations so you can treat yourself to a scrumptious meal courtesy of chef Joy
  • 2 complimentary makeup sessions from Summark Faces so your face can take center stage for your special event
  • Evelyn Brooks Designs will be donating a necklace and earring set from her stellar collection to help you look more polished
  • A complimentary 90-minute style consultation from Elan Image Management valued at over $250 to help you get your Flaunt on!!
  • L~Shandi designs is donating one of her unique purses made out of African lace so you are well accessorized
  • Party Style will be donating a beautiful bouquet of flowers –to remind you how beautiful you are!
  • More giveaways to come!

All just for coming out and supporting and celebrating my book’s release. It’s a love fest ladies (and gents)! A thank you, a giving back and a celebration all in one.

Stay tuned for more details!! And be sure to bring your purchased copy of Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style to get it signed by me. Or you can purchase copies at the event (cash only though).

If you are interested in donating a product or service for the event please e-mail me directly at Natalie@ElanImageManagement.com.

Here’s to Flaunting It!

Natalie Jobity,  Image Consultant & Author

Natalie Jobity’s new book “Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It” to be released September 1st 2010

I am beyond thrilled to share with you my excitement about the upcoming release of my first book: “Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style”. This book is for any and every woman who has ever desired  to consistently look her best, understand her signature style, learn how to shop smarter and to build a wardrobe of clothes that flatters her that she absolutely loves. The icing on the cake?  Looking and feeling so great that you are inspired to Flaunt It, on your terms.

This book evolved out of my passion for my work as an image consultant and often being the facilitator for change in the lives of the women I have the privilege of working with. It is their journey’s of transformation that propelled me to want to make a bigger footprint—to really stand up for the power and liberation inherent in the elevation of a woman’s image and the transformation that inevitable takes place in her life as a result.

 

 

“Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It” is as much about style, fashion, what to wear and beauty as it is about self esteem, empowerment and motivation. It is my honor to have penned a book that I believe truly can and will make a difference outwardly as well as inwardly in the lives of the readers.

The book will be available for sale online by September 1st 2010. From the Amazon book summary: “This book is an invitation to change how the world sees you and how you see yourself, on your terms. You’ll learn how to dress to elevate your image so you look and feel amazing.  Wherever you are on your image journey-from fashion challenged to emerging fashionista-with Natalie as your guide you will be inspired to "Flaunt It!"”

Stay tuned for details on book signings!

Natalie Jobity, Elan Image Management. Author, "Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It"

‘Packaging’ your Personal Brand”: NAPW seminar for Women

Is your image conveying the message you want it to convey? Are you an entrepreneur or professional who needs to step up her look so her image speaks the words aligned with her company’s brand? Then, join me on Thursday June 17th at 4:30 for a great networking event.

The NAPW (National Association of Professional Women) Annapolis Chapter, is pleased to invite you to attend a 90-minute interactive workshop with Natalie Jobity, image consultant, an expert in the areas of image, personal branding, and dressing for success.

Our image or personal brand speaks volumes for who we are.  It sends signals about our intelligence, competence, confidence, level of success, and a host of other unscientific output, which may or may not be true.  For optimal impact, we must be sure to make focused and conscious choices about the messages our image ‘business card’ is transmitting.

Here are a few of the highlights of this workshop:

*   Learn the key elements of an effective personal brand
*   Get smart on why dressing with intention and purpose can be a pathway to success
*   Understand the impact of first impressions and how to ensure yours are positive and lasting
*   Explore ways to use your signature style and image to reinforce your businesses brand image

Join other women like yourself for this engaging and valuable seminar at the Naval Reserve Club in Annapolis MD. To register and for further details please RSVP HERE.
Hope you can join us!

 

Elan Image Management, Image Consulting

Swimsuit Giveaway: Look Fabulous at the beach in a figure flattering Tankini

Hi there ladies. Summer is officially here and to celebrate I am doing a swimsuit giveaway courtesy of Swankini. Swankini is a newly launched line of swimwear  designed by Lois McCourt. Her goal was to create swimsuits that were totally flattering and totally fabulous. After a lot of hard work,  she created a variety of beautiful swimsuits designed for all kinds of body types.

I am thrilled to be able to giveaway a beautiful Amethyst halter Swankini two-piece from the La Ruche line valued at over $100. This design is built with a bust enhancer and side ruching for extra tummy and waist slimming effect.

 Here is a photo of this hot "suddenly slimming" swimsuit–La Ruche Amethyst Swankini

 

To enter here’s what you need to do:

1.    Become of fan of Elan Image Management and Swankini on Facebook

2.    Tell us why you want to ‘get your swank on’ at the beach this summer by commenting to this blog or on our Facebook fan page discussion forum

3.    Get your comments in by June 12th!! One lucky lady will win her very own Swankini swimsuit!! Winner announced on June 15th!

Good luck!

 

The Image Diva, Elan Image Management, image consultants

What to wear to the beach? Your knowledgeable Image Consultant weighs in on TV

There are so many styles of swimsuits to flatter various figure types, tastes, and personalities. This TV segment which aired on May 27th on DC’s  News Channel 8 ‘Let’s Talk Live, featuring Elan Image Management, highlights a few trends, suggestions for a flattering fit, and what your swimsuit style conveys about you. 

We showcase the Swankini! This is a swimwear line developed by Lois McCort out of Ohio that is all about figure flattery! The suits are two piece tankinis geared at the over 35 crowd who typically want more coverage around the middle and who also want the slimming effects of a suit. The suit fabrication is made with quality spandex, and there are features like ruching, tummy tuck panels, pintucking at the busts for augmentation and more all catering to help you to ‘get your swank on’! Check her line out at Swankini.com

We reveal the  Monokini– definitely for the confident woman who is not shy about flaunting her body’s assets. The hallmark of a monokini is that it is a one piece but it shows so much skin especially around the waist it is almost a bikini. Personally I think it can be sexier for many shapes than a bikini. If you want curves, curves, curves then this style is perfect for you. It is also a great style for more boyish shapes that want to create the illusion of more curves. Monokinis because they reveal so much skin and contour the body’s curves, convey a strong sense of allure. Perfect if you are in great shape and want to get lots of attention from the guys!

The clip also shows other swimwear options, including tankini options, bikinis and one pieces.

 

View the TV clip here

 

For more on swimsuit figure flattery advice and tips with great photos, read my posts last year on the topic: Swimsuits for all bods part 1 and part 2

A special thanks to the Let’s Talk Live team for letting me share with their viewers and Lois Mc Cort for her generous swimsuit donation of  a Swankini suit which I will be giving away to 1 lucky follower on my facebook fan page. Not a fan? Get all the latest updates, tips and trends on our Facebook business page. Stay tuned!

 

The Image Diva, Elan Image Management, image consulting

Wondering what to wear? Take advantage of our Spring specials to step out in style

So you’re frustrated deciding what to wear for spring/summer now that the temps are rising. Yes I know, keeping up with fashion trends and making trends work for you and your personal style can be a challenge! But lucky for you their are image consultants like myself to help you with your wardrobe 411needs. Even better, I am running a few great specials now so you can save money while you are making your transformation to a newer, stylish, more magnificent you!

Take advantage of these savings and specials to get your spring/summer wardrobe all up to date and revamped so you can look great all season. Plus what better way to use your tax refund than treating yourself!

Client Appreciation Special

All past and current clients can get a complimentary 40 minute phone consult that can be used on its own or in conjunction with another service. A great opportunity for us to regroup together and make sure your image is on track and working for you! I will be reaching out to many of my clients this month but do feel free to e-mail or call me directly to take advantage of this offer!

Spring Discounts

The spring special promotion is for EVERYONE! If you’ve been thinking of using my services but needed an extra nudge,now is your time! Get 15% off any service including image consults, wardrobe audits, and personal shopping. This Special is for bookings made through June 15th. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to save and more importantly, get your image and style on point..

Special Packages

We have 3.5 hour, 5 hour, and 7 hour packages available to mix and match and customize packages to suit your unique needs while saving you money. Contact me for details.

What are you waiting in. Call me: Phone: 443-295-3526.

Elan Image Management, image consulting, personal shopping, closet purges and more.