Many women are terrified of the word “The Makeover “. It’s almost like admitting your worst shortcomings to the entire World. “Here I am, I need help in all of this fashion stuff that I am not good at. To me, a Makeover Specialist, this is by no means the shortcoming, on the contrary it is very admirable that someone is gutsy enough to admit that they could use a bit of help in the Style and Grooming department.
We all have our strengths and weaknesses. And if Stye isn’t one of your talents then leave it to the professionals. Admit it, you always wanted to look stylish, elegant and a bit sexy? Sooner or later it becomes so clear that having The Right Image projects confidence, trustworthiness, ambitions and finally when you show that you care about yourself, you are capable of caring for others. Having the Right Image opens the doors to Opportunities and who does not like Opportunities?
What does a client say during a makeover consultation: “I want to learn how to make the best of me, play up my strengths and play down my weaknesses. “And make me look better, make me feel good about me.”
How can Julia help?
Julia will help you put together an image, or series of looks that convey the massages that are important to you: Success, status, personality, character, style or a combination of all. Whether you like it or not people formulate opinions about you in the first 10 seconds. Julia will help you to align your inner image with your outer image that the world actually sees. A team of trusted specialists on hand will complete this journey: Hairstylist, personal trainers, estheticians, nutritionists and of course a good tailor.
I recently had a pleasure in conducting Corporate Image Training for one of my favorite companies-Procter and Gamble or also known as P&G. Having a few weeks to prepare I carefully selected modules that would appeal to an audience of different ages and gender.
I knew for a fact that one of my modules on Color Analysis would be a major hit with women but would it be a hit in a room filled just with men? In this module on Color, I conduct a test with different fabric swatches and determine which colors work best for the person considering their unique complexion, hair color, eyes and undertone of their skin. Taking all of this information into consideration I choose a color season that works best for that particular person. The revelations during this exercise are astonishing. Ladies who thought they looked great in bright colors suddenly realize that it’s not the case and they see how their eyes brighten up when they wear muted or deep colors.
During my workshop I explain how the contrast of colors in the outfit can either enhance your look or totally lessen the overall “Wow” factor. It’s all in the subtle nuances and important to know when you create a palette of colors that make your look fresh, energetic, healthy, younger and more alert.
Why is it important to know what colors work best for you?
- Discovering your best colours will actually save you time and money when shopping!!
- You will appear more influential during meetings
- Make you look healthier and more vibrant
- Your self confidence will soar
- Show you how to coordinate your clothes
As a Russian woman, March 8th the International Women’s Day has been one of my most favourite holidays. Not only it’s an extra excuse to celebrate women but it also coincides with the beginning of Spring.
It’s the time when the first flowers are poking through with vivid colors and women are itching to shop for prints that are light and airy just like the spring itself. This year, I was given an opportunity to give back to women in the form of Styling workshops. Pass on my know-hows and share it with everyone who wanted to learn.
A clever collaboration between two moguls: Camera maker Leica and Fashion empire Max Mara made it possible to demonstrate the new spring summer fashion trends for 2018 and learn how to take amazing photographs that don’t need any additional editing.
As a young student living in New York I always admired the windows of Max Mara flagship store in Soho. It represented the kind of woman I wanted to be: elegant, yet relaxed and in step with the fashion. On March 7th, 2018 my dream came true. I was asked to present the spring/summer collection to the VIP guests.
I unveiled how to break down the runway looks and make them wearable for everyday life in Singapore.
Leica, held it’s ground by sharing it’s new camera that can take photos that need very little or no editing at all.
With the help of a talented photographer Rosalyn Tay everyone walked away equipped with tips on how to better take photos.
Did you know ?
“ Leica camera recently sold for a record price $2.96 Million at an auction in Austria?”
Marrakesh has been on my bucket list for a long time. It’s the kind of place that you just don’t know what to expect from when you get there. I was prepped by close friends that I will be hassled to buy things, I will be stared at and was told not to engage in conversations with the vendors. The simple act of politeness can get you back home with the carpet in hand.
Marrakesh has changed drastically, you will not find or at least I did not find any of the above mentioned to be true. I was amazed how this city can be so ancient yet so modern, so simple yet so complex, so pure yet so sultry and finally simply delicious. The temptation of exotic smells that make you crave things like: Olives, prunes, dates, pistachios, almonds are constantly in the air. Of course I visited a handful of souks (markets) that are intertwined and you can get simply lost in them for hours. Here I purchased: a handmade bag for my summer outfits, bedazzled babouches or as we call them fancy slippers and of course lots and lots of handmade jewellery.
The easiest way to access Marrakesh, which I strongly recommend to you is via Paris. Sure you can find a few good museums and cafes there on the way to the exotic land.
Tip for the travellers. If you are traveling light or perhaps traveling in colder months and your outfit is just blah because you are all bundled up, remember to have one item that catches everyone’s attention. In my case I was bombard with complements on my funky pom pom shoes. They are sporty, yet they scream I am original and stylish. Another way you can bring pizzazz is with a nice handbag, I chose a vibrant turquoise Hermes to add some color into otherwise simple outfit.
This time I found an amazing deal on Agoda and stayed in my most favourite part of NYC – Gramercy Park. It’s all those quaint streets that lead from Gramercy park itself (a tiny park only accessable to residents) up to the New York University. The neighborhood is reminiscent of a sprawling, well-groomed park with its clean streets and carefully cultivated greenery. On this trip I discovered lots of new cafes and gourmet shops, my favourite breakfast joint that has the best lox on bagels and pastries.
The hassle and bustle of the busy city was needed to restart my engine and creativity. I made an observation that women in New York have become more casual. It’s more common to see leggings paired with sneakers or walking shoes than tight jeans and heels. New York has always been a city designed for walking, so it only makes sense when the fashion follows.
Here are a few useful tips for you to remember:
- Match your outfit to the occasion. Walking shoes good for walking and casual dining, change them for the sexy heels during dinner with your loved one.
- Walking shoes/sneakers don’t have to be boring. I invested in a pair with fur pom-poms and got tons of compliments.
- For fall, keep your face well moisturised and polished but go bold on a lip. My new favourite from YSL 205 in rich plum shade.
September is an important month for Singapore. Grand Prix, the night race gets me very excited and in the mood for a good fun.
I look forward to the concerts, amazing parties and of course watching the race. However this year I wanted to do something cultural and out of town.
On Indonesia’s island Java, there is Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Constructed in the 8th and 9th centuries and abandoned around the 14th century, Borobudur was largely forgotten until it was rediscovered in 1814. It’s hard to imagine that this beauty was covered with dirt for so long. This temple is best visited at dawn when the sun is just slowly waking up and shining it’s rays on the stone temple.
I stayed in Amanjiwo, a part of Aman hotels. It was one of the most unique hotels I ever stayed in Asia. Enveloped by the rainforest of central Java, it’s a place for spirituality and relaxation. The majestic temple can be seen from almost everywhere in the hotel grounds.
I could not help myself to take these photos and share with you. It’s a shame that I could not bring the smell and sounds of this magical place. If you are ever in the area, it’s worth a visit.
Probably the most common dilemma women have is this – “How do I look professional at work without wearing a suit?
Depending on your industry and in some industries it’s a requirement; we can wiggle our way around and still look pretty professional.Even if your position doesn’t require you to see outside clients, you are still making an impression on your boss or your potential future boss. While women may have more options about what to wear in the workplace, they also have more room for misstep. Particularly in the summer or in the hot countries, weather factor is what opens the door to a slew of potential fashion landmines for professional women, including spaghetti-strap tops and gladiator sandals, a hot-ticket item that should be avoided unless the dress code is so laid back that everyone, including your boss is wearing jeans.
- Make sure all your clothes fit you well. The shoulders of a dress or blouse sit right where it should be, the ham of the pants is not too short of too long dragging on the floor, and of course the garments are in tip top shape and cleanliness.
- You can get away wearing a fitted pant with a lovely silk blouse and sweater wrapped around your shoulders. Make sure the blouse is tucked in so your look is sharp and not sloppy.
- Accessories but don’t overdo it. If you wear a colorful chunky necklace, leave your earrings and scarf at home.
- Pay attention to the shoes. I think closed shoes look so much more professional and classy. Again depending on your industry you can play with colorful shoes at work and keep the rest of the outfit simple and clean looking.
- A well-cut sheath dress with a statement necklace will always be a classic and never feel overly stuffy.
It’s becoming a tradition for our family to spend Lunar New Year in the Maldives. Not a bad tradition to have, and it beats spending February in cold New York.
This time my husband decided to surprise our family by booking a place we did not know about. So far so good, I love surprises. The problem with surprises is that you cannot do your own research and prepare for unexpected. Unlike other hotels we have stayed at, Ayada was very remote. Set in the relatively unexplored Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll in the south of the country just a few kilometers north of the equator, it took an international flight followed by a domestic flight and a boat to get there. Depending on sea conditions, the boat ride could take significantly longer and cause some discomfort to all but the most battle-hardened seafarers. I certainly didn’t foresee that and truth be told it wasn’t the best start to what I have come to expect of a few days in paradise. Once there however, Ayada delivered on all points. The island had amazing snorkeling, great restaurants, and lots of water activities for restless children. The staff was superb, being attentive without necessarily being overly visible and in your space. I was glad that I packed some nice clothes and accessories as guests generally dressed-up for dinner, respectful of the resorts dress code that I would describe as a combination of relaxed casual yet refined. For the Lunar New Year some guests made a real effort to stand out dressing very festively, which was really great to see.
Singapore is never short of colorful and exciting events. This one in particular I anticipate all year long. It’s the annual “Art Stage Singapore”. In short, it’s the leading Asian art fair connecting the world to the best of Asian contemporary art. Galleries from all around the world bring their best work to showcase. Its sheer size attracts the world’s most influential private art collectors, corporate buyers and VIPs.
And where there is a VIP there is always a good reason to dress up. This year I noticed a few new artists. One of them particularly caught my eye with his cubism and Picasso inspired works. Yuroz has a beautiful gallery in California but happened to be present at the exhibition. Having learnt that he was originally from Armenia, we eagerly exchanged a few phrases in Russian and exchanged cards. You never know when an artist might need a personal stylist. :)))