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Ten Things That Suck

1. Mean people. You know who you are. You make people feel bad so you can feel in control. Mean people suck because they forgot they’re not the most important people in the world and that other people’s feelings are just as important as theirs.

2. Bad food. Food that makes you feel bad. Food that doesn’t taste good. Food that makes your feet swell up. Swollen feet suck. Swollen face is even worse.

3. Ignorance. Really, this is redundant. Ignorance begets mean people and as we stated in the beginning, mean people suck.

4. Illness sucks. Everyone dreams of laying on the couch from time to time, eating popcorn and devouring a trashy novel or TV series. Usually we don’t get to do this until we’re sick and then we don’t get to enjoy it and that sucks. Sick = suck.

5. Tight fitting clothes. Maybe we’re going back to the bad food issue, but when your clothes pinch, pull, grab, bunch or help you “roll”, that sucks. Shoes too. Except for roller skates. Roller skates are cool. But I didn’t mean THAT kind of roll.

6. Going to the dentist. The part where you get your teeth cleaned, good to go. The drilling and shots and the dentist asking you questions you can’t answer because your mouth is full of hand and glove and icky tasting medicine.

7. A bad book. You know, the one you threw across the room on completion of the last page. Investing a few hours and then finding those were wasted, well that just sucks (Never read The Horse Whisperer. In my opinion.)

8. The discovery, that after insisting on something, after being so very, very convinced of it truth, after declaring to the world, or perhaps to the one person who most needed to be convinced of its truth, that you are so wrong. So, so wrong. That sucks.

9. Needing to use the bathroom and there’s no place to go.

10. Bad breath. Yours, or the guy in the seat next to you.

Of Self Discovery & Lounge Wear

Here are the facts as I see them.

  1. There was an Ugly Robe that came to be at the beach house and I somehow felt obligated not to letImage it go to waste.
  2. I hated the Ugly Robe and yet I wore it for years.
  3. In a blazing moment of clarity I realized I had no real obligation to the offending item and it was time to move on, it was time to make my own Robe Choices.
  4. Not taking the situation lightly, I began the search for a Lovely Robe over 8 months ago.
  5. Shopping at the Outlet Mall yesterday at the beach, the Lovely Robe manifested to me in a soft grey hue at the Pendleton Store. It was the piping that sealed the deal.
  6. I felt the odyssey was finally coming to an end, I would finally rid myself of baggage that was never rightfully mine.
  7. Upon purchasing the Lovely Robe we went back to the beach house. My intention was to have the Lovely Robe take its rightful place and to finally eradicate the Ugly Robe from my world. Something of this magnitude needs a ritual, even a very small ritual, perhaps a few poignant words.
  8. I went to the closet, pushed back the doors, only to discover someone had stolen the Ugly Robe.

I was naive when I started this journey. I thought it would be easy to get rid of something that didn’t suit me. In reality it took me eight months to complete the process. But that’s not all. I forgot that one woman’s Ugly Robe is another’s Cozy Comfort.

It really is difficult to make changes. Every time I went back to the beach house and found myself wearing the Ugly Robe I felt a little guilty, having declared it unacceptable to all the world. What I hadn’t taken into consideration is that even when we realize that we’re not on our authentic path, we’re not living in alignment with who we truly are and what we know to be right for us, even then it takes time to make those life saving changes.

Look at me, it took me 8 months just to buy a bathrobe that suits me. You just have to wonder about the person who stole the Ugly Robe. Even if it was Cozy Comfort to them, I question their willingness to take on the bad juju over an old robe. Eventually I would have given it to them.

Ten Things I Like

We live in the Age Of Stuff.  It’s a pithy title and you can quote me if you want. Stuff is all around us and we regularly go to the store, run to the thrift shop or surf the internet in order to get more of it. Some of us do all three. We are excellent procurers of stuff. 

Don’t stop reading! I’ll not lecture you on being a generation of materialists. No, I will throw in my two cents about the stuff that makes me smile:

  1. My George Foreman grill. It really is all that and a bag of chips. No muss, no fuss and quicklyImage and without added oil will grill my salmon, chicken breast or even a sandwich if I put it in just right. George is there for us.
  2. Apple products. I’m not talking about an organic, delicious, heirloom fruit. No, I’m talking about the brilliance of Steve Jobs who lives on when I track my runs, tap into the internet at the cafe with my iPad or listen to an audio book on my iPod. These electronics are ubiquitous. And I love them because they give me the opportunity to use the word ubiquitous.
  3. Smartwool socks. Wool socks are naturally cool, naturally warm and Smartwool are the way to go. And they have cute styles.
  4. Yummy smelling shower gel. To think that our forefathers used soap made from potash and lye, makes my sensitive, twenty first century skin redden and peal. I choose awesome, natural, great smelling shower gel. And I am glad to have a hot shower in which to use it.
  5. Sushi. Technically not a ‘thing’ but let’s be honest, this delicacy wasn’t available to the Imageaverage American 100 years ago. Somehow it is a comfort food to me. Yum.
  6. Luxury cars. Whether we drive them or simply appreciate them from afar, they are works of art and vehicles of comfort.
  7. Cell phones. Mr Dreamboat was in the industry before they were normally available, so the portable phone has been a part of our lives since they looked like large, gray bricks. Whatever did we do without them?
  8. The internet. Does it count as a thing? For me, it counts as a thing to the power of a gazillion. It gets us places, it teaches us stuff and satisfies our need for inconsequential information at any random moment (like that moment when we need to know exactly how old Valerie Bertinelli is).
  9. Scarves. I have a whole slough of them in my closet. Sometimes I wear them to keep Imagewarm, but sometimes I put on a scarf and a big, round pair of sunglasses and I could swear I am glamorous (and then I remember that I sometimes share my home with goats, and I know that it’s an illusion).
  10. Books. Audio books, digital books, paperbacks and hard bound, used, new and in the discount bins. I love books.

‘Nuff said.

Adam Young: Building A Dream

The most common question posed to me is “how did you become an Image Consultant?”. It’s a fair question especially when you look at my background.
Growing up I was completely consumed by sports. You were more likely to find me in a pair of sweats and a ball cap than a cardigan and brogues.
cowboy adamLater I became a working cowboy, I started by working for my parents small farm, then on to day work at a horse ranch in Oregon and eventually culminating in my job on a 100,000+ acre cattle ranch in Big Sandy, Montana.
What I fail to mention is that between these huge swings in life experiences I was constantly focused on what was trending at the moment. Usually in business wear (ie; suits, ties etc.) but also in more casual clothing.
I remember visiting a gentleman who sold suits shortly before I left for my LDS mission to Mexico and after discussing the type of suits, the color and the tailoring I was interested he looked at me and said, “I’ve never had anyone quite as focused on current styles as you come into my store.” Yes, I’m paraphrasing, it’s been several years since this happened. Nonetheless, I was flattered.
Several months ago I was at a conference for work in Las Vegas. I was surrounded by some of the most entrepreneurial people I’d ever met. I was there as an assistant to the company’s CEO (You know him as Mr. Dreamboat, I know him as Dad). While there I decided I wanted to try my hand at starting my own business, the only problem was I had no idea where to start.
After talking with some very helpful serial entrepreneurs I decided that despite my love of fashion, I should focus on helping people. I made this decision not because one passion outweighs the other, I just figured that I couldn’t make any money in the fashion industry. Then something very interesting happened. A client of the company that I worked for was putting on a presentation regarding how to dress for success. I decided to attend as from what I’d heard she was a fantastic presenter.
After listening to Andy Paige present for 10 minutes I texted my dad and said “I think I want to work for Andy Paige” to which he replied “well go tell her!”. Andy’s presentation centered around how our clothing often speaks louder than our message, and that if we’re not dressing correctly, no matter how good our idea is, often times we won’t be heard. At this particular conference you have the opportunity to eat dinner with the different presenters and pick their brain for help on your project. I sat with Andy ready to express my interest in doing exactly what she did.
What happened next cemented in me that this was my future. At the dinner table with me were two ladies. Neither were particularly well dressed but both anxious to talk to Andy about her presentation and how it could benefit them.
One in particular was an over 6 foot tall woman from Canada who worked daily with oil field and electrical professionals. She explained that she felt like her height was the only thing that people noticed when she walked into a room and that was it. The idea was then presented to her to imagine that she was wearing a really great dress and had her makeup done just right, she already commanded attention walking into a room, now she was ready to control that attention. She began to cry, and explained that she had wanted that exact scenario to play out but didn’t know where to start.
Andy gave her some simple tips in regards to makeup and what small steps to take to start owning her own femininity and challenged her to start the next day. I interacted with this woman several more time, each time she was more confident, each time a little bit more feminine. She was still being her authentic self, but she was letting her 20130209-234515.jpglight shine. I knew after seeing this transformation begin that there was nothing I wanted to do more than help men dress for success and do it while staying true to their authentic selves.
I spend most every day focusing on tips that will help men better communicate their message in the boardroom, on a date, or just in everyday life. In the few short months that The Style Guy.de has been in operation I’ve already helped men make changes to their wardrobe that make them feel significantly more confident in themselves. It’s been a fun ride, and I’m excited to see where it takes me.

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