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Special Promotion on Universal Style Analysis

I just finished 3 days of training with Alyce Parsons and Mimi Dorsey learning the Universal Style system. I am now a certified Universal Style consultant for men and women. This is a fantastic system to determine and create your own personal style.

How is your style determined? I take into account 9 assessments–personality; profession; activities; goals; preferences, body type; silhouette; face shape and features, and skin and hair contrast, tone and texture. All these are used to determine your core classic style and your secondary style(s).

What do you get? You get recommendations on color, line, design, fit, fabric, pattern, accessories, hair, and makeup or grooming. This is a fantastic opportunity to make sure that the outer you matches the inner you. And to make sure that your clothing is helping to further your goals.

I would love to help you find your Universal Style. My regular fee is $250. But for the month of February, I am offering this analysis at $175. That’s a savings of $75. So call right now and set up your appointment. 1.510.593.8805.

Universal Style

I have a busy, busy week coming up.  I’ll be taking Universal Style training Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  The Universal Style system was designed by Alyce Parsons to help men and women recognize and develop their own personal clothing style.  By the end of the training, I’ll be a Universal Style Certified Consultant and be able to help you through the seven styles–Sporty, Traditional, Elegant, Alluring, Romantic, Dramatic, and Creative–and find the one that’s just right for you.

International Year of Natural Fibres–Part 2–Wool

The United Nations declared 2009 as the International Year of Natural Fibres.  Wool is one of the best known natural fibers. Sheep have been used by man for clothing as far back as 8,000 BC, but was not spun into fiber and made into cloth until about 3,000 BC. Wool was an important part of economies of Babylon, Rome, and, later, Spain and England. In fact, wool was so important to Spain and England that until 1786, Spain imposed the death penalty on anyone exporting sheep; and King George III of England punished those trading in wool in the Colonies. Sheep are now found in most countries of the world, surviving in places that other animals cannot. Countries with the largest wool production are Australia, China, New Zealand, Argentina and Uruguay.

What are some of the wool’s characteristics that make it such a great choice for clothing? Wool is very comfortable to wear even year-round. In winter, wool absorbs moisture allowing a dry, warm layer of air to surround the body. In summer, this ability to pull moisture away from the body allows cooling by evaporation of perspiration. Wool resists wrinkling and soiling. It’s durable, is resistant to flame, and dyes beautifully. It also felts (shrinks) easily. Felting has the advantage of making strong, thick fabrics. Controlled felting also gives a softer finish to woven fabric. However, felting is the same reason wool must be dry cleaned, not laundered.

Some wool has been processed to be machine washable. Wool felts because scales on the fibers interlock with each other during agitation with heat and water. Several processes can remove these scales. One process is to coat the fibers with a resin that covers the scales. Wool treated this way is designated “Superwash.” Another method is enzymatic treatment of the wool to remove its scales.

What about wool allergies? A true wool allergy is rare and is due to the lanolin on the wool. Lanolin allergy can be determined by a patch test. What most of use experience is irritation from the scratchiness of the wool scales. Wearing one of the “Superwash” or other processed wools might alleviate this irritation. One quick way to determine if you will be sensitive to a fiber or garment is to rub it along your neck.

One big movement is the use of eco-friendly fibers in clothing. Conventional wool production can include dipping of sheep in pesticides, use of hormones and antibiotics, overgrazing, and use of harsh chemicals during processing. Organic wool avoids these. However, the higher cost of organic wool production results in higher priced garments.

Although we think of wool mainly from sheep, other animal coats can also produce wool. These other specialty wools include alpaca (from the alpaca), mohair (angora goat), cashmere (Kasmir goat), angora (angora rabbit), camel hair (camel), vicuna (vicuna), llama (llama), and quivet (muskox).

In future posts, I’ll describe other common natural fibers—silk, cotton, and, linen. And we’ll explore some of the newer plant fibers—bamboo, soy, seacell.

The Benefits of a Color Analysis

I know some may wonder, “Why, why spend THAT much money on a color analysis?  What a waste!”  Or some of you say, ” I wear what I like and what’s comfortable.”

Well, here’s a few things you’ll get from your color analysis.

One, instead of wearing what you like, you’ll love what you’re wearing.

Two. Why not be comfortable and look GREAT!  I’d never, never ask you to be uncomfortable in your clothes.

Three, you’ll recoup that money in a year, maybe 6 months, because you won’t make as many mistakes shopping.  You know what I mean.  That gorgeous shirt you bought that 3 years later went to Good Will with the tags still attached.  No more buying items that don’t work for you or for the rest of your wardrobe.

Four, less time shopping.  You’ll be able to zoom in right away to what’s right for you and ignore the rest.

Five, fewer clothes in your closet.  Yes, FEWER clothes, unless you’re a clothes horse like me.  Everything is going to mix and match, so you won’t have that one blouse that only goes with one jacket.  Have a huge number of outfits by having everything go together.

Six, less time accessorizing.  Yes, you do need to accessorize.  But you won’t need to shop for new accessories when you buy a new piece of clothing.  What you already have will work.

Seven, feel good.  When you look good, you feel good.  And when you feel good, you do good.  We all know what it’s like to get dressed in the morning and know that it’s not right.  You don’t have time to change.  But you feel uncomfortable the rest of the day.  Does not help productivity.

Eight, make that great first impression.  Within 30 seconds of meeting someone new, that person starts to judge you.  And most of that judgement is on personal appearance.

Nine, know what to wear when.  Need to look professional, wear your Formal or Dark Neutral.  Want to look believable, wear your Personal Eye-Related Neutral.  Exciting, wear a Dramatic.  Tired, look rested with your Related White.

Ten, learn a little bit about your personal style from your personal colors.  Are you one of the Springs?  Look for lightweight and simple.  Summer?  Lightweight and complex.  Autumns tend to be heavyweight and complex.  Winters? Heavyweight and simple.

Need any more reasons?  I think not.