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Oprah’s Finale Dress: On brand and On Point

Oprah has evolved into a style icon in her own right. She has found the perfect hairstyles and makeup to complement her features but more significantly understands how to dress to flatter her killer curves. If she has taught viewers anything about style is how to be comfortable in your own skin and look fabulous whether you’re an 8 (her smallest size) or a 16+. What I have always loved about Oprah is how she showcases her feminine sensibilities in understated ways and embraces color in its full glory. Who can rock yellow and hot orange better than Ms O? She wears every color under the sun and looks amazing.

For her show’s final episode, her complete look was a slam dunk. The well coiffed hair flipped up at the ends, the makeup to perfection (subtle smoky eye), her nude heels and THE dress. It was the perfect choice in my opinion. She chose a soft pink, silk dress from designer L’Wren Scott that was custom designed for her. Every detail from the chiffon belt off to the side, the wide scoop neckline, three quarter length sleeves, nipped in waist and just to the knee length, worked to enhance Oprah’s curvy figure. The fit–sublime. The effect–stunning!

The color choice was perfect. Pink as a color conveys softness, femininity, approachability, and warmth.  This was perfectly aligned with her core message in her final show-a show dedicated to her fans. She thanked them for their lessons and for letting her share in their journey’s but she also uplifted and inspired by using her own journey as an example. "There are no coincidences" she underscored. She shared that the past 25 years have been a divinely inspired master plan (led by God) that allowed her to use her stage as her platform.  She wanted her fans to takeaway simple  truths and the things she knows for sure from 25 years helping people live their best lives. Her look, her message, her persona were all aligned. I listened to every word.

 

Oprah, you are loved and your show will be missed.

 

Natalie Jobity, Elan Image Management, image consulting

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What to Wear? Comfortable yet Stylish Shoes for Work

As an image consultant and personal shopper one of the questions I get asked most often is where to find comfortable yet stylish shoes for work. It amazes me that many women will forgo wearing skirts and dresses because they do not have the right type of shoes that give them the comfort they desire yet not  frumpy. My answer is typically that options now are so much more plentiful than they used to be. Designers like Naturalizer, Aerosoles and Cole Haan have made comfort a priority in their shoe designs.

Naturalizer has a whole line–the N5 comfort series designed for women with these challenges in mind. There are also brands like Sofft shoes, Born, Dansko and Munro Italian that can be found in major department stores that offer designs that are a more fashion forward than your grandmother used to wear, while still keeping the ‘comfort first’ mentality in tact.

I typically advise women to look for a shoe with at least an inch and half heel to wear with skirts and dresses because a slight heel will be more flattering than no heel at all (in other words ballet flats really can’t be worn with a sheath dress!). Also examine the type of heel. A kitten heel with a narrow base on the bottom is infinitely harder to walk in than a block or wedge heel. Some platforms can also be forgiving in the comfort department.

So you don’t just have to take my word for it, here are a few stylish options for work that keep your foot comfort in mind (all available at Nordstrom).

Anyi Lu Dainty pump

Sofft Napoli III

 

Cole Haan Lainey pump

 

Munroe Odetta pump

Anyi Lu Soul pump

Naturalizer Verstood Mary Jane

Paul Green Faith pump

Trotters Jaden sling back

ECCO Coventry pump

Softspots Sherise pump

Colre Haan slingback

Natalie Jobity, image consultant, Elan Image Management

 

 

 

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.

Look Stylish and Feel Great as you Drop the Weight (Part 2)

We blogged about the challenge of dressing a changing body back in January  and gave you 4 concrete tips to help you look and feel great during weight loss. Weight loss is a time of change and any change is a little scary.  Modifying your wardrobe to adjust to your smaller frame is one more change many women find hard to grasp mentally and emotionally. Weight loss is so deeply tied to our self-image and that get’s so personal doesn’t it? These tips are meant to ease you into these changes with less frustration and angst. After all, you are in the midst of  achieving an important milestone that is all about you—getting to your ideal, healthy weight. So awesome for you!! Here are a few more tips to help you look as good on the outside as you are feeling on the inside!

1.    You may be used to ‘hiding’ your figure in big, bulky or baggy clothing. No more! Hiding actually makes you look bigger and definitely frumpy. Avoid boxy, baggy, loose, bulky clothing or anything that adds the appearance of unnecessary weight on you. This means thick fabrics, too many layers, and designs such as double-breasted jackets, flared baloony skirts, cargo pants with flap pockets where you don’t need them and elastic waistbands. We don’t want you to look like a boxy rectangle or an oval anymore. We want you to revel in your curves and flaunt them. Your new goal is to accentuate, enhance and highlight. Start looking at yourself objectively. What do you like about your new body? Find at least three things. Focus there. Look for details in clothing including vertical seaming, empire waists, ruching, pattern or print to highlight your best features and truly embrace them while camouflaging areas that still need work.

2.    If you have a tummy (or remnants of one), try slightly longer tops with some contouring or cinching near the waist. This is critically important so you avoid a square silhouette. A peplum style jacket in a soft fabric is your best friend; it can camouflage your tummy and is very figure flattering. Steer clear of elastic waist bands or front pleats which only make your tummy look bigger. Flat front pants with side or back zips are wonderful and have the added benefit of flattening out your tummy.

3.    Many plus size women feel they must wear black because it’s a slimming color, and typically restrict themselves to an all-black wardrobe. I want you to embrace color ladies. This is your time to shine! If you want to start with baby steps, know that any dark color is flattering and slimming, so consider, cranberry, grape,  forest green, magenta, navy, brown or plum, which all look fantastic if you choose the shade that best suits your skin tone. But don’t be shy to experiment with bright colors either. Hues like turquoise, yellow, orange, salmon, coral, fuchsia and kelly green have a fun, playful, free vibe. These shades can add spice and sass to your wardrobe and much needed variety. Bring it on.

4.    No one’s shape is right or wrong, good or bad – they are just different. As you get close to your ideal weight, learn to make friends with your body, and like any friend, love it for its positive features and be compassionate towards those that may still need work. If you are a good friend to your body it will return the favour in kind. Suddenly you’ll realize it wasn’t the enemy after all—that was just in your head. Your body loves you. Love it back. Get very clear on your figure type and how best to highlight your assets and minimize flaws. All women have to do this. Once you master the art of figure flattery, you will be unstoppable. Take my word for it.

Look for part 3 of this series next month!

 

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

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Your Style Your Way: White Shirts, You New Best Friend

Every woman needs a few white shirts in her closet. It is absolutely a Wardrobe Essential. White shirts are forgiving, easy to wear, easy to wash, comfortable, classic, can be dressed up or down and (my favorite) are great layering pieces. What’s not to love?

But so many women opt to get the plain old white shirt—you know, the one with no flair, no detailing, no shape that in effect looks like a shirt their boyfriend or hubby would wear. That is not the white shirt I want hanging in your closet ladies! The boxy, menswear inspired plain white shirt is blah, is boring. We want you looking fashion forward, to show you have a waist (or pretend you have one if you don’t), to look sophisticated and classic yet fashionable. And it’s so easy to do. It’s the difference between choosing a shapeless shirt versus one with style. What to look for? Details such as princess seaming (for fit), an unusual collar, ruching (for shape), pleating, puffed, balloon or flared sleeves, spandex  to ensure the shirt fits and is not baggy.

This cute safari shirt from White house/Black market is the ticket. Can also be worn as a jacket

These little details make the difference between looking tired and stale and looking  stylish. How you wear your white shirt is also important. If it is tunic length it can be belted for a hip look. If it is more cropped (hitting right at hip bone)  and very fitted this is a great look to pair with pants that are belted or skirts that have a waistband you want to show, or your favorite pair of jeans. Wear a fitted longer length white shirt under a fitted short jacket for a trendy look. Or wear your white long sleeve shirt with a vest for an up-to-date look–like I am rocking in the photo below

Like I said the versatility of the white shirt is what makes it so great. You can never have too many—seriously. And the options available this season are SO cool you will by multiples because you won’t be able to pick just one.

Natalie Jobity, Elan Image Management, image consulting. Author: ‘Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It. Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style’

7 Ways to Look Fabulous & Flaunt It on Valentine’s Day!

I love this quote from Michael Kors who was recently interviewed for In Style magazine. He shares, "Don’t dress to go with your age. Dress to go with your body. So much depends on self image! I know women over 49 who love their legs and 29 year old girls who hate their arms. Don’t let ‘age rules’ dictate what you wear." If you read my book ‘Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It‘ you’ll know I highly endorse this perspective. Sometimes we are what we wear and if you dress frumpy,  you sure won’t be turning any heads.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Celebrate your inner lioness and break out all the stops, regardless of how you spend your evening. Here are 7 quick tips to guide you!
 

  1. Take time to style your hair. So many women I work with just don’t bother and they have a litany of excuses as to why. If merely to please the man in your life on V-Day (or to get glammed for yourself) take the time to style your hair in a way that makes you feel beautiful.
  2.  Wear a skirt or dress. For most of us it’s winter and we’re all clothed up. Show off some leg on Monday. Don a pair of textured stockings that are all the rage now. Or show your arms. Or a little cleavage. Or a peek of your back. You will feel more feminine and will exude allure.
  3.  Please go the extra mile with your make-up, especially your lips and eyes. You can’t imagine the difference it makes to your sparkle quotient. Dare to paint your lips a shade of red. Put on a couple coats of mascara. Try a new eye shadow.  Make your command central, your face, simply irresistible.
  4. Come thee bejeweled. This is one of those days when you want to bring your ‘A’ game. Dangly earrings, a statement necklace, killer cuffs on the wrists, blinging rings-all good. Wearing jewelry will make you feel as fabulous as you’re going to look.
  5. Even if you’re a tall gal like I am, heels really do make you strut that much more convincingly. I’m not asking you to wear them all day now and they don’t have to be 4". Just skip the flats, ok?
  6. Wear a color that makes you pop! Ensure that there is no mistaking that you are Present and just radiating beauty. Any color that makes your eyes sparkle will be a winner.
  7. Wear a scent that will make your man want to cuddle with you all night. Perfume is an invisible accessory but on a day like this it can seal the deal. Your man will be hopelessly and happily yours all night long.

 
Be Fabulous!!

Natalie Jobity, Elan Image Management, an image consulting firm

Losing weight? 4 Ways to Look & Feel Great as You Shed the Pounds

Many women in the midst of weight loss or after they’ve achieved their weight loss goals have another hurdle to overcome—how to dress their new evolved bodies. Acceptance of the change is key. Because even though overweight women desire weight loss, it takes their minds some time to catch up with their new body. It’s different after all, and any change, even positive ones, can be uncomfortable because it is so unfamiliar. Often women who have battled with their weight have to then contend with the power of their negative self talk which can keep them hostage in a style and image rut.

Getting command over your mind and building positive self esteem and confidence is so critical to ensuring you keep your weight off. Do things that inspire, boost you up and that help you rediscover the woman you used to be. If you’ve always struggled with your weight, now is the time to come to terms with why. If you don’t do this very necessary work, all your hard work may be for naught. Become the master of your mind and harness your will so it serves you in the midst of your transformation.

These  tips below are meant to provide women like you who have lost weight, inspiration, empowerment, encouragement and information, so you can create a new image based on the woman you are evolving into. This is a celebration of your remarkable achievement and your amazing new body. Are you ready for the spotlight to shine on magnificent you? Read on!

1.    Often it helps to take small steps that have an immediate and powerful impact. One such step is investing in a great hair cut or color. Nothing gives a woman an instant boost than her crowning glory – her hair! Whether you decide to change the color, style, get augments –just make sure the style is realistic to maintain and in sync with your persona.  A new hair cut can liberate you and give you much needed momentum to keep going on your weight loss journey or celebrate the achievement of your goal with a new look. Have fun and be bold. Just be sure you put your hair in very skilled hands. 

2.    For many women, the fight to attain their perceived ideal weight puts a strain on their self image. They may let their image go. And what happens? They look like they don’t give thought or care to their look, when they really do care.  Many hang on to their old clothing for dear life because of emotional attachments that can be so strong that they can’t see how these items are no longer appropriate. Part of letting go of the extra pounds is also letting go of the emotional baggage that may have contributed to your weight gain in the first place!  You’re in a different place, a different life stage, if you will. Be happy, comfortable and confident with the person and in the body you are RIGHT NOW. ‘See’ yourself as you truly are and dress THAT body. Let go of the old, outdated images of yourself. It may help to take photos at varying stages of your journey. In my work with women as an image consultant, often I observe that they only truly see themselves when they take a photo. I can’t tell you how many times women have said to me, “I had no idea this (FILL IN THE BLANK) was so unflattering on me,” after seeing themselves in a photo. It can be a huge ‘aha’ moment. I encourage you to do this so you can keep up with your changing body and see it objectively so you dress it in ways that make you look beautiful. Get rid of all those oversized clothes that no longer fit.

3.    So let’s face facts: the first is learning to embrace your stature and the figure and size you are now. The second is that in all likelihood you will need to alter your clothes, especially if you’re still in the midst of weight loss. You don’t have to resort to your overly big, baggy clothes—if there are items that can be salvaged, do so with the help of your new best friend—your tailor.  As you go through the varying stages of your weight loss, consider whether to get an item tailored so it fits and flatters you better. Use belts to cinch where appropriate.  As you buy new clothing, look for items with stretch so that as you lose weight they will be more forgiving. The lesson: we want you to look great at every stage without breaking the bank. This is not the time to splurge on big ticket items, so be smart with your new clothing choices. Stock up on moderately priced basics which are versatile and allow you to mix and match in myriad ways. When you get to your ideal weight you can then jazz up your wardrobe with more creative pieces and silhouettes.

4.    Start paying more attention to your posture. So many of us walk, sit and stand with a slouch or slump to our shoulders and back. One of the things that immediately gives a woman presence and a look of confidence is an erect posture with a straight strong shoulder line. Standing erect not only makes you look poised but it also makes you look slimmer and taller. Looking confident will help you FEEL confident, regardless of your size. 

 

Look for Part Two of this feature in the next few days.

 

Copyright Natalie Jobity, Elan Image Management. Author: Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting it: Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style available on Amazon

Embracing Your Personal Style With Natalie Jobity

The Tysons Wedding Networking Group was honored to hear ‘The Image Diva,’ Natalie Jobity, speak recently at the gorgeous Tysons Marriot. Natalie is the founder and President of Elan Image Management, an image consulting firm based out of Maryland. Natalie empowers women to look and feel their best by helping them learn and embrace their personal style.

Especially important to wedding planners, Natalie reminded us how important first impressions are and how they can cause us to gain or lose a client. How we dress and present ourselves sends a message to our clients telling them how serious and informed we are about our business. Natalie was kind enough to bring copies of her new book Frumpy to Fabulous: Flaunting It: Your Ultimate Guide to Effortless Style. It was so kind of Natalie to share her evening and impart some her wisdom on personal branding and styling with us!

Posted January 15th, Splash of Elegance blog

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"