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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!!)



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!!!




Pony Tail

Pony Tail

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, 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


I’m Dreaming of……….




Bring on the Sun!

Bring on the Sun!






Mr Smith (and Donnie’s Tie*) Goes to Washington:

from Wikipedia:
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a 1939 American political comedy-drama film, starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, about a newly-appointed United States Senator who fights against a corrupt political system.

Never mind fighting against a corrupt political system, what will Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms, Mx be wearing when they go to Washington?????? Well, first lets look at what they will be wearing to the RNC and DNC conventions!!! Later, when the winner emerges in November we will take it to the streets of D.C.!!!!

#RNCCONVENTION starts today. #DNC CONVENTION next week. For #LOOKSSPEAK it started months ago as we planned our personal wardrobe as well as the wardrobe of countless attendees. Each client will be wearing their own personally tailored (literally and figuratively) ensembles. Everyone’s Looks Speak is unique, no two individuals will be outfitted the same. However, there are similar challenges, tips and tricks. For starters, if you are late in the game and are still home packing and deciding, RUN, do not walk, RUN to Hu’s in Georgetown (husonline.com) Looks Speak already has BOOTS (ok, not exactly boots, we have our Saint Laurent Lace Up Heels from Hu’s) on the ground in Cleveland and available via text, email, phone or at The Hill’s hub at Hodges in downtown Cleveland. But if you haven’t left DC and are in need of pieces to round out your wardrobe, the knowledgeable staff at Hu’s can help!!!

Keep your eye on

Looks Speak blog http://thecapitolimagecounsel.com/looks-speak-blog/

and, Looks Speak Facebook (@CapitolImageCounsel) as we will be highlighting some”BEST OF SHOW”. Our “covr photo” is watching! https://covrphoto.com



*DONNIE’s TIE- Donnie loved this tie I bought him a lifetime ago. He had style!  And, would have loved to be at these conventions with me!!!!!!!


Squeeky Clean

Squeeky Clean!


Looks Speak! That goes for your automobile too! The Looks Speak blog is always talking about how your “looks” enter the room and speak before you utter a word. Well, same goes for your automobile! You will thank me when you call Squeeky Clean Car Detailing!!! http://www.scautodetail.com They travel to you!! Its like having a personal stylist for your car!!!

I experienced Squeeky Clean several months ago. I’m hooked!! Last week my car reached its all time height of disarray. I love to eat in the car, need I say more? Fortunately Squeeky Clean got to me in time!!! I had an unexpected appointment and needed to drive clients around town. Imagine how embarrassed I would have been had I not have been visited by Squeeky Clean!!

Looks Speak Squeek!


Look Speaking!!!

FranSlide_white_hatLook Speak is out Look Speaking! See you later today!

AND……….coming sooooon——Beach Scenes, Looks Speak brings the Best of Summer, Best for Fall!!!!!



What is “Absolute Beauty”? Is Absolute Beauty a good hair day? Hmm, love those days, and we shouldn’t underrate its power. My friend in High School claimed she failed her driving test because her hair came out all wrong that day! Or, is “Absolute Beauty” the scale when it registers the “perfect” weight? Hmm, love those days too, like more of those please! Or, is “Absolute Beauty” a kind heart and warm smile? Certainly also true! Well, for the purpose of this blog post, the “Absolute Beauty” I am referring to is Pratima Raichur’s book, Absolut Beauty, skin care through the ancient secrets of Ayurveda.

Quick background and personal disclaimer regarding Ayurveda. I’m a newbee to this pre third century practice. So what you read here should be investigated further, I have a few centuries to catch up on. According to Ayurveda, the three Doshas (biological energies throughout the human body and mind) are the key to our unique nature. After identifying your primary dosha, from there it is about maintaining balance. Illness, disease, infection, mood, nutrition, skin care, etc relates back to the balance/imbalance of the doshas.

Remember Garbage In/Garbage Out in the early days of computing? What does all of that have to do with “Absolut Beauty”? Everything! In Raichur’s book she certainly discusses proper external skin care treatments and how to nourish your skin according to your dosha. However, these topical remedy’s, she reports in Absolute Beauty, while vital, as a stand alone they are not sufficient. “Indeed”, writes Raichur, “I cannot overemphasize the internal aspects of care, especially diet and the all-important stress reducing techniques of meditation, massage, and breathing.”

The term Ayurveda derives from the Sanskrit, “ayus’ (life) and “veda” (knowledge). Throughout the upcoming weeks, I will try to offer some “AyurFranda”. AKA, Fran’s Knowledge. Oy(us) Vey(da)!!!!! Or the more identifiable ancient Yiddish phrase: OY VEY! Fran Knowledge??????? Especially Fran knowledge on balance? We all know, to steal the words of Terrance Howard, I “ain’t got no equilibrium”!!!

TODAYS AyurFranda:

Three sets of 2 Minute “Planks” may or may not get me washboard abs. But I can tell you firsthand, I did this the other day and my stomach muscles hurt so badly I believe my abs are better than ever. So much so, I am now committing to this practice at least every other day. Okay, maybe once a week. But definitely again today because tonight I have my sights set on Peppermint Ice Cream. And no, none of the Doshas include Peppermint Ice Cream. But remember, my blog, my rules.

AYURFRANDA! (Now we all know how Dean came by believing in Dean-O-Topia! Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!)

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