Friday, January 13, 2017

How to Dress when you are Expecting!

In our last Style Makeover, you met Lisa. She was wondering what to wear during the holidays...and she is pregnant! In the blog post, I promised to give you some tips on how to Dress when you are Expecting.

Some things to keep in mind: 

Know when something doesn’t fit - there will come a time (probably in the first trimester) when you will need to admit your "regular" clothes just aren't working. If something becomes uncomfortable, don't force yourself to wear it.

Stick with What you like - You know YOUR style, don't try to become someone else just because you are pregnant. Embrace YOUR PERSONAL a beautiful expectant mommy!

Look for fabrics like Lycra and jersey - anything that is stretchy is your new best friend. Avoid things like satin or heavy fabrics.

Opt for muted colors - being mindful of your best colors and sticking to muted neutrals is a good idea, especially during that first trimester.

Keep prints simple - prints can be tricky for mommys-to-be. Prints tend to bring attention to various areas of your silhouette - a smaller simple print is a safe option.

Invest in a few key pieces - no one wants to spend a ton of money on a wardrobe you will only wear for 6-8 months. If you invest in a few key pieces, you will be able to create many different looks while looking stylist and being comfortable. 

    • Good denim – base your wardrobe around a great pair of maternity jeans. Look for something in a straight leg or boot cut in a dark wash color
    • A stylish wrap dress- this is something that you will be able to wear at all the phases of pregnancy. Pair with boots in cooler months, and then transition to flip flops for warmer days. Layer over tank tops and under sweaters.
Do you still want a few more tips? Click HERE for a FREE download showing Pregnancy Fashion Tips through each Trimester! 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Goodwill Style Ambush Makeover - Lisa

This week's Style Makeover winner is Lisa.  She came to us with a wonderful style problem: how to dress for the holidays...on a budget...around a baby bump! We loved helping her find a great maternity outfit at one of the Goodwill of Michiana stores!  Check out her complete Makeover here:

Stay tuned for some tips and a FREE download style form on the top picks for dressing your baby bump!

Wishing you a wonder-filled, and fashionable holiday season!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Find the Best Colors to wear

In Pam's Style Ambush Makeover, we saw how the right colors really made a big difference for her. And, as promised, here is a simple way for YOU to find out how to determine the best colors for your skin tone.

Of course, like all rules, there are exceptions. If you are still not sure what the best colors are for you, be sure to enter to be considered for our next Style Ambush Makeover - or contact me for your own personal Style Makeover Session (mention Goodwill in your inquiry, and receive $50 off of your Style Makeover Session!)

Now - let's determine the best colors for you!
(download these FREE tips on how to find your best colors HERE)


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Goodwill Style Ambush Makeover - Pam!

We are thrilled to introduce you to Pam!  She is our latest Style Ambush Makeover winner!

Pam's wardrobe frustrations were varied. We helped her determine where the root of her angst with her closet and outfit options was. Find out how we walked through the process with her, and what the key to a great outfit is!

Like Pam learned from our time together, wearing the right colors really is key to choosing a great outfit; the right colors for your skin tone, the right color combinations, and the right kind of prints can transform what you currently see as your wardrobe options. To learn more about how to wear the right colors, check back on this blog soon for a FREE downloadable worksheet to determine what colors YOU should be wearing!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Nov. 3 - Little Black Dress Fashion Show and Boutique in Merrillville, IN


Attention Northwest Indiana! 

Grab your friends, mark your calendars and JOIN US at the LBD Fashion Show!

Don't miss out on a fabulous fashion show, and of course the shopping in the on-site boutique.  THE SHOPPING!  

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Overcoming Hearing Loss - Annette's Success Story

Goodwill Industries of Michiana assists those with barriers to employment. You’ve all heard that statement a million times. The truth is we are all one “thing," one “tragedy” away from having a barrier in our lives that seems to make gainful employment impossible. Those road-blocks might be incarceration, job training or a disability. This month's Goodwill Success Story Spotlight tells that story in a powerful way.

Being born with Bilateral Hearing Loss forced Annette to face many challenges. One of those challenges was gaining employment. Although she has always been a hard worker with a stable work history, she had a hard time finding full time employment that allowed her to utilize her skills in customer service.  She was also looking for a schedule that allowed her to care for her two young children with potential for advancement and benefits to support her family.

 In July of 2013, Annette came to Goodwill Industries of Michiana through the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Her goals were simple: a full time job with benefits. With the assistance of her Case Manager, Mary Ellen, and her Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Robert, a plan was developed to help her achieve her goals.

Weekly appointments with Elizabeth, her Employment Specialist, helped Annette begin to learn new skills and new ways to apply those things she had learned in previous jobs. She perfected her resume, enhanced her job interview skills and attended job fairs. During this time, her employment specialist suggested a job opportunity working with the South Bend School Corporation as a teacher’s assistant. This opportunity seemed to fit all of the things Annette dreamed of in her perfect job scenario.

Annette was granted an interview. While waiting to interview with human resources, she was stopped by a former teacher who had assisted her during school with sign language services. This teacher had thought so highly of Annette, she suggested that Annette apply for an opening in the Special Education Department as an Educational Interpreter. Annette was soon hired at a primary school as an Educational Interpreter.

Annette continues to work with The South Bend Community School Corporation. She has overcome many challenges in her life and is an inspiration to her family and to other children born with the same challenges she has faced.

 Congratulations, Annette! You have worked so hard for everything you have achieved, and are a powerful role model to so many. We can’t wait to see where your career takes you!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Models Wanted for Little Black Dress Fashion Show!

I can't believe it is that time of year again!  I'm gearing up to head out on the road searching for the next amazing group of ladies that will grace the runway at the 2016 Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique in Merrillville, IN!

I know many of you have been anxious to know when the open calls will be held, so without further adieu - here is the info!

Hope to see YOU there!