Mums deserve to spoil themselves. You don’t have to sacrifice how you look just because you’ve had children. Lydia Leung, who used to be a full-time mum on-the-go, has decided to return to her career. All she wants is a new look which enables her to enter the competitive world again. What are the tricks of making her look better than ever?
Shape and look is a critical concern for mums who wish to regain their pre-pregnancy figures. Lydia is no exception. As she used to be a financial PR professional, Lydia excels in investor relations but feels lost in the knowhow of repacking her outlook. Lydia said, “I believe appearance is important in having an edge over other candidates in this competitive market that is in such a depressing economic situation.” This inspired Lydia to seek advice from an image and colour consultant, Eve Roth Lindsay (the Managing Director and Owner of Savvy Style, Colour Me Beautiful HK) who was ready to help the future working mum get the best, long-lasting results with the least downtime.
Lydia’s wish list
· I wish to look slimmer and professional
· I wish to hide the unwanted fat and loose skin around my waist and my upper arm
· I also wish to hide the deep lines on my neck
Eve’s works her magic on Lydia
· To hide her thick waist: wear on single colour for the entire outfit so as to make the waist-line “invisible”.
· To hide the loose skin and fat on her upper arm: choose a top with an appropriate sleeve length that ends at the slimmest part of the upper arm.
· To hide her necklines: wear a long necklace, e.g. with one that reaches the belly. In that way, people’s attention will go directly to the necklace instead of the neck.
Eve also helped Lydia fix her wardrobe to make her life easier and tailored her style, personality and body shape.
(1) We gave her advice on colours to start with. This enables her to build her wardrobe around a set of classic staples in suitable neutral colours that suit her Deep Winter colouring.
(2) We also advised her to keep a file of the clothes she likes in magazines. This gives her a reference point for what items to look for and how to style it.
(3) With makeup, we introduced new eye shadow colours to her. This would enhance her natural make-up look suitable for the working day.
Rule of thumb
By having an image overhaul, Lydia learned far more than she expected. “it is great discovery about myself and has widened my horizons in the colour world,” said the “transformed” mummy. “Eve has taught me an invaluable lesson: if you want to hide anything, the rule is not to draw attention to them.” Lydia also has a colour book that helps her a lot when shopping for clothes. She knows which colours she should avoid.
“I’ve learned that there are ways to help me look slimmer instantly instead of needing months of vigorous exercise to burn the fats away,” Lydia said confidently. “That prepares me well to get back to the job market and shine!”
Great Tips from Eve
The 4 piles in your wardrobe
Eve teaches mums how to manage their image in their busy life. The trick is to get organized so you can always look good with minimum effort. Organizing your wardrobe will make a world of difference in your busy life. Eve always advises clients to make four piles of all their clothes:
A “love it” pile: This can be sorted into categories such as skirts, pants, etc. so that outfits can be put together easily in the morning!
A “not sure” pile, and a “memory and must keep it” pile: This can be put into the back of the closet for sorting or altering later.
A “hate it” pile: This can be donated to charity or you can have a clothing-swap party with friends.
Avoid mistake purchases
Eve also pointed out the biggest fashion mistakes most people make. “They buy without thinking and get caught up in the moment, especially during the sales period.” Eve suggested that we should ask ourselves the 5 magic questions before we buy:
1. Does it fit?
2. Is it my colour?
3. Does it work with the other clothes in my wardrobe?
4. Is it my Style Personality?
5. Is it worth the price?
If so, then they should buy it!
Eve added, “it is always useful to make a list of what you want to buy so that you won’t get sidetracked and instead able to budget your money better.”