Monthly archive for August 2016

Back to School! Photo Op!!!!

 

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND…..

Back To School #LooksSpeak

Back To School #LooksSpeak

September is here tomorrow, to me, the month forever associated with BACK to SCHOOL. Every year I would look forward to my mother buying me new clothes, a new handbag (pocket book), pencil case, lunchbox, etc. And of course, back to school also meant the photo op.,  those dreaded photographs.  Sheila didn’t miss a photo op!!!! There are several photo’s of me floating around from way back when, always sporting a new outfit and lunchbox on Back to School morning. Thank goodness we didn’t have Facebook back then!!!!

Sheila emailed me an article this morning about decorating handbags and I immediately thought, how timely!!!  Back to School, Photo Ops, Handbags, my mind zeroed in on a lunchbox/handbag Sheila made years ago.  Thank goodness, unlike me, Sheila saves everything!!!!  See her design circa 1970’s. Get inspired! I am!!!  Check out these vintage lunchbox’s on Etsy, just waiting for a little decoupage!!!

Note, in Sheila’s designer lunchbox she swapped the original handle with a decorative black chain.  She found photo’s, announcements, news clippings, etc., pasted to surface, set shellac and voila!

Sporting photo’s on your handbag is a fabulous way to share your photo’s and getting them out from under the pages of a photo albums or computer. Another photo opportunity is in home decorating.  I always feel sad the few photo’s I have taken only live in some album or cell phone, so I decided to sport them all over my flat, especially my dressing room.

I do not have any dressers or cabinets, instead I use large plastic tubs, left over from my house fire. The cleaners packed the few surviving shoes and handbags in these ugly plastic tubs. I have since decorated them with photo’s and my dressing room is a wall to wall reminder of happy days!!! Then, because I am obsessive and can’t get enough of a good thing, I started pasting photo’s on everything!  Now my shoe box’s are covered. I wouldn’t be surprised if next I do an entire wall.  My only limitation is  that I was so traumatized by all of those back to school photo’s, I hardly ever take photo’s. What a dummy I am!!!

 

PHOTO OPP-Decorate with Photo's #LooksSpeak

PHOTO OP-Decorate with Photo’s #LooksSpeak

Photo Opp #LooksSpeak

PHOTO OP-Closet Art #LooksSpeak

 

Vintage Lunchbox #LooksSpeak

Vintage Lunchbox #LooksSpeak, Etsy, Waiting for Decoupage

Lunchbox by Sheila, #BackToSchool, #LooksSpeak

Lunchbox by Sheila, #BackToSchool, #LooksSpeak

White Out! White In After Labor Day!!!!

Does anyone remember “white out”? That wonderful white liquid that could erase any typewritten mistake.  For that matter, does anyone remember the typewriter??? If you answered “yes”and “yes”, then I bet you remember the advice of Emily Post and others, “no white after Labor Day”.

White Out, White In After Labor Day! #Looks Speak

White Out, White In After Labor Day! #Looks Speak

The first Monday in September (next week folks!) is the holiday honoring all workers in America and the unofficial end of summer.  Some where along the way Americans decided wearing white after Labor Day was a fashion faux pas. In 1920 Coco Chanel made white a year long statement, yet still, many Americans can not do the same in 2016.

Looks Speak says, do it! Be brave, follow Coco’s footsteps, wear white after Labor Day. In fact, wear white all year long!  Can’t get your arms around it?  Here are five ways you can take baby steps toward incorporating white year round.

  1. Wear White with Fur (fur signals winter, perfect way to offset summer association of white)
  2. Wear White with Leather  (leather, a winter staple tames the white)
  3. Wear White with Velvet (heaviness of velvet offsets the summer feel of white)
  4. Wear White with Black Accessories (gloves, handbags, tights)
  5. Wear White with Heavy Sweaters (sweaters, a nod to winter is permission to wear white pants)
    Channel you Chanel, Year Long White #Looks Speak

    Channel you Chanel, Year Long White #Looks Speak

 

White Out! #LooksSpeak

White Out! #LooksSpeak

FASTECHY- Fashionable Technology

FASTECHY WARMING

No secret technology is part of every facet of our lives.  Technology makes so many things possible, easier, enriching. On the negative side, many worry human interaction is waning because technology can distance us from our fellow (wo)man.  Looks Speak will be covering how technology is now wearable and where (wear) that may lead us. Look Speak has coined the word “FASTECHY” referring to the ever growing phenomenon of Fashion Technology. The letters F-A-S  is for FASHION.  The T-E-C-H for TECHNOLOGY, which gives you FASTECH. The Y is added on the end of Fastech, which gives you-FASTECHY. A  Y at the end of a word makes it all so personal and endearing. And, in this case it helps counter the impersonal reputation of technology.

When Deanny (Dean with y at end) calls (called) me Mom(my) or my niece and nephew call me Franny, it all sounds so warm and fuzzy.  Maybe that is why (Y), technology folks (who used to be called geeks and thought of as loners when I was growing up), refer to themselves as techies. Too bad they used the i-e to create the y sound, “techy” would have warmed things up for them even further.  Right? More, Touch-y Feel-y.

We all are aquatinted with the apple watch and the fitbit, all wearable technology seen on just about everyone. And, most of us, especially in marketing are familiar with analytics that measure sentiment across the web over the course of a specified time period. Now fashion technology measure sentiment.  How long until we all wear a collar? The “Phebster”, aka “Pheb-y” my dog sports a collar so I can keep her reined in, will I be next?

NY Magazine/FASTECHY #LooksSpeak

NY Magazine/FASTECHY #LooksSpeak

New York Magazine has an article announcing a 3-D collar which when worn around ones neck can detect when someone is gazing at you and react to people for you. The collar can either shrink or extend “porcupine-like spines in the direction of  the eye contact”. What next? Will I be wearing a belt that eats for me so I never have to exert the energy to chew? Talk about one technology replacing another.  TV usurping radio, the web usurping TV, now this new collar replaces a need for my fitbit since there is no need to measure my steps, technology is making it so I do not need to move at all!

http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/08/behnaz-farahi-creates-a-wearable-that-reacts-to-a-gaze.html

FASTECHY is not only here to stay, it will be blossoming.  Look Speak is here to shed light on all of the upcoming possibilities.  Who knows, maybe we will create a fashionable technology of our own. A Looks Speak scarf that opens up to a magic carpet, which eliminates the hassle of having to decide between Uber and Lyft, or the Looks Speak umbrella that does a Mary Poppins thing, also eliminating Uber and Lyft. Wow, Uber and Lyft should start worrying, Looks Speak is on their tail!!

Watch for more FASTECHY news!!! #FASTECHY Spread the word!

 

Clothing is Alive!!! Viva La Wardrobe!!!

CLOTHING IS PERSONAL!

Clothing is personal, it is alive, it breathes!!! Jennifer Grant, the daughter of Carey Grant, donated her fathers clothing to charity.  Grants suits do not hang in a museum, they outfit men looking for work, all the while, these men have no idea of their original owner. The suits, when allowed (not sold off in auction to hang in a museum) continue to breath, they live on!!  They are purposeful!!  The Wall Street Journal quotes Jennifer Grant, “clothing carries someone’s scent. It’s very personal.”  http://on.wsj.com/2bBnA0vhttp://on.wsj.com/2bBnA0v

Clothing is alive, clothing has a voice, clothing “speaks”!!  Ones wardrobe must be nurtured and used purposely. A life worth living is one with meaning. When Ted Stevens faced a tough Senate debate he wore a tie with the image of the Incredible Hulk.  Whenever I want to feel extra strong and channel my inner Donnie, or bring my father with me to places I know he would have loved to visit, I wear the tie he loved best to wear. (That’s the tie in the photo, I wore it to both RNC and DNC 2016 conventions, if Donnie were still alive we would have had endless conversations about these conventions and the election.)

Ted Stevens Power Tie

Ted Stevens Power Tie  tough debate clothing

Ted Stevens understood the power of wardrobe management.  Now, not everyone can pull off an Incredible Hulk tie, nor should they.  That is the very point of wardrobe management, authenticity.  I am a big advocate for Wardrobe Management.  In fact “Looks Speak” is trademarked and is a process of being strategic with your wardrobe, managing the use and affect of clothing on ones self as well as on others.  Its not trickery or trendy, Looks Speak is about bringing forward one’s best self so we can embrace our authentic selves and when our “looks” “speak” our highest self, we define who we are to the world.  Not the other way around!

So, go to your closet, let your wardrobe breathe!! As we approach a new season (Autumn is very close, hard to believe), this is a great time to do some closet editing.  If an item no longer feels alive, donate it or sell it to someone who will give it new life!! To every thing there is a season!!!

DADS TIE GOES TO RNC & DNC CONVENTIONS

DADS TIE GOES TO RNC & DNC CONVENTIONS – convention clothing

 

 

 

 

Hemline Theory. Don’t Hem Me In!

Sheila is working double time! This morning I received several newsy items in my in box , she is amazing!  I think she has made up for what happened to me in the second grade.  The article she pulled from WSJ reminded me of the Mrs. Goodstein/Lori Shapiro incident in the second grade. More on that later!  Lets talk Hemlines!!

According to WSJ, mini skirts, short skirt suits are in!  Hello Ally McBeal!!!!

Hemlines Go Up! http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-new-miniskirt-suit-fashions-tribute-to-ally-mcbeal-1471893715

Now I hope this also implies the economist George Taylor is correct, short hemlines indicate economic boom.  The Hemline Theory dates back to the 1920’s, the thought was women raise their hemline to show off their silk stockings.  In bad times, women wear long skirts to hide the fact that they are not wearing stockings.

Hemlines Go Up!

So here’s what happened in the second grade. We were in our library class. The librarian, Mrs. Goodstein called me to the front of the class and pointed to my hemline. She proceeds to tell and show the class how short my skirt was and that it was inappropriate. I stood there holding back my tears. In swooped my classmate Lori Shapiro. Lori ran to the front of the class, grabbed my arm and pulled me back to my seat, simultaneously Lori was yelling at Mrs. Goodstein to stop picking on me. Well Goodstein had to have the last words, “does your mother know how short your skirts are?” I was in the second grade, my mother dressed me for goodness sakes!!! And there in was the root of the problem, Mrs. Goodstein had it out for my mother!  My mother was a substitute teacher and Goodstein was jealous of Sheila!! Sheila is and always was gorgeous!!! Sheila’s skirts were as short as mine and she looked amazing!! Goodstein couldn’t take her envy out on Sheila, Sheila would have clocked her! (And I’m not kidding, maybe in another blog I will tell you how Sheila beat up Adele, our neighbor,  Adele, a fully grown adult had pushed me. Sheila retaliated, take that Adele.) Sheila is fearless!!

So I say, if you want to wear a mini skirt, go for it, raise your hemline, the Mrs. Goodstein’s of the world be damned!!!  Don’t be hemmed in and a slave to any one hemline.  I am proud my mother and I through her, we were (are) always fashion forward!!!  Now, what will they bring back next? Hot pants?

 

 

Celine Dion, Style & Wardrobe Reboot

Celine Dion has pressed the reboot button on her life, her style and her wardrobe. Even a stylish super star knows how important it is to reinvent herself!!!!  It is not always, in fact hardly ever, about going from wrong to right. Mostly it is about being playful and fresh and a reflection of who you are today, how you see yourself and how you want others to see you. We do not want to standstill, in fact it is impossible anyway. In life, nothing stands still, so it is a choice whether to go forward or backward. Celine Dion is moving forward, she has “emerged from the darkest of winters”, The New York Post reports. http://nypost.com/2016/08/19/celine-dion-tells-us-why-shes-embracing-a-bold-new-style/

New Style & Wardrobe-Looks Speak Blog

New Style & Wardrobe-Looks Speak Blog

As time goes by and life imprints new information, it is important to take an inventory and assess if you are aligning your appearance with who you are today. Dion has been grieving the back to back losses of her husband, Rene-Charles, and her brother Daniel. Attending and performing at the Billboard awards in May, signaled Dion is back! And what better way to mark her transition than with a new look; a style and wardrobe to match her reemergence. Even before she uttered the first note to “The Show Must Go On”, in the first silent 7 seconds, those precious seconds where an audience subconsciously forms an opinion, what speaks first is style and wardrobe.  Dion spent an entire month in Paris picking out new styles so her exterior appearance was congruent with her transition. Also, it is a reciprocal relationship, her stylist noted to the Post that the new wardrobe made Dion feel better about herself.

Appearance makes you feel a certain way about yourself and in turn communicates a message to others. And it is circular, as others respond positively to you because you are projecting a positive image, their positive reception makes you feel even better about yourself. Your “looks” should “speak” your message, not detract from it!

Perhaps Dion said it best in The Post’s article, and I will let her have the final word here. “If you are not having fun with shoes, dresses and jewelry, you might as well be naked.”

 

Purple Velvet TRENDING!

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Head nod to my mom for the latest article in  New York Magazine on top 17 trends for Fall. Sheila is waaaaaay ahead of the times!!!  Circa 1970 Sheila wore almost every item now trending on the list!!! She had a velvet blazer in the ’70’s and so did I!!  Sheila never left me out, I was always dressed in style!!! Sheila had sequins, leopard and more leopard!!  In fact, I saw a home movie of the day I was born, well maybe second day, Sheila was holding me in her arms,  taking me home from hospital.  Sheila was wearing tight black pants, leather jacket and a leopard kerchief!  She inspired me!!  Only one day old and looking at my smashing mother I knew I wanted to be an image stylist!!!!

Here are my top 5 Fav’s Trending Now:

  1. Velvet (of course!!!)
  2. Embroidery
  3. Stacked Heels
  4. Leopard (You Knew I’d Say That!)
  5. Purple (all things PURPLE)

DOUBLE’s for Sheila-she had a Purple Velvet Gown, gauuuuuwgis (gorgeous spelled as it sounds!!)

 

TRAINER WILLING TO POST UNFLATTERING PHOTOS #GETREAL #fitfamtrainer @annavictoriafit

Anna Victoria

Anna Victoria

In business we talk about the 80/20 rule, 80% of your revenue comes from 20% of your clients.  When it comes to getting physically fit, it makes sense the financially fit 80/20 adage applies!  That according to the amazingly brave instagram  sensation, Anna Victoria.  annavictoria   annavictoria.com #fitfamtrainer annavictoriafit #fitbodyguide @annavictoriafit

@kathleenhou wrote a fabulous piece on Anna Victoria, Trainer Who Posts Unflattering Selfies on Instagram.  Anna Victoria shows the world what it looks like and how to be fit.  Additionally, she is willing to show the world what a fit trainer looks like when she isn’t posing, flexing, aka-when she is real! Anna looks amazing in all of her photos, I call her brave because she is willing to GET REAL. It is inspiring to be reminded we all have our best and not so best moments, “FLAWESOME”.  On her  website Anna defines “Flawesome”, as an “individual who embraces their flaws and knows they are awesome regardless.

What does all of this have to do with the 80/20 rule? In the article Kathleen Hou quotes Anna:

People think, ‘okay I want to lose fat on my legs, I’m only going to do squats, or I am only 

going to do this one workout’. That’s not going to work. You have to do total body if you want to

see results overall.”

Anna reminds us, we are human, no-one can be perfect 100% of the time.  And, that we are multi-faceted beings.  She says, “I talk a lot about doing 80-20, when you eat healthy 80 percent of the time and let loose the other 20 percent.” YES!! 80/20.  This rule also applies to dressing!  In real life we are professional’s and we are also mothers, fathers, sons daughters, aunts, uncles, we go straight from work to children’s soccer practice, from the gym to the office, from airplane directly to a meeting, etc!!!  We can not be perfect 100% of the time, but if we get it right 80% of the time, our overall “image”, body of work, so to speak, then we are projecting the image and sending the message we are striving to send in order to accomplish our goals.  This is part of the Looks Speak philosophy and methodology!!!  In the soon to be published book, Looks Speak, there is an entire chapter dedicated to getting real!!!

So relax, GET REAL, enjoy, embrace both the 80 and the 20!!!

 

 

Scarves!

Pony Tail

Pony Tail

BE BOLD WITH SCARVES THIS FALL!!!
Hair, neck, wrist, waist……

Rummage through your drawers ladies (and bold Gents-think Cary Grant or Prince)

Honor Prince!

Honor Prince!

 

Wrist Action

Wrist Action

Variation of Headband Motif!

Variation of Headband Motif!

 

Vogue 1966

Vogue 1966

Think Cary Grant

Think Cary Grant

 

pull out those Hermes scarves you have been collecting, lets repurpose!!!!

HATS HATS HATS!!!

HATS, love them!!!!     Summer is speeding by, and nothing speaks summer like a straw hat! Not only is it functional, they look fabulous!!!  My favorites have a large brim, tilted ever so slightly over the eye, very mysterious!!!  My 2016 hat came from TJ Maxx, then I went to Michaels (craft store) and purchased some pom moms, mirrored discs, and voila!

Dolce Inspired

Dolce Inspired

FranSlide_white_hat

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