Keep your professional and financial goals on track

  Recently I was a guest blogger for my good friend and financial planner extraordinaire, Kristi Sullivan from Sullivan Financial Planning, www.sullivanfinancialplanning.com.  Kristi posed several questions to me about how to “look fabulous while keeping your financial goals on track.” My answers might surprise some, but after working as an image and wardrobe consultant for over 12 years, I stick by these methods, especially for professionals dressing for work every day in a wide variety of environments. Q: What are fashion purchases that should be avoided because they are usually a waste of money? Dana: The biggest waste of money is [..] read more

How to wear sapphires for professional dress

For the next installment of our birthstone series, the September birthstone, sapphire! Accessorizing, especially wearing jewelry is crucial for a professional image. Luckily, whether you prefer fine jewelry or costume jewelry, there are many beautiful choices to enhance your look and help you feel pulled together. If you prefer fine jewelry, wearing your birthstone can be a lot of fun in addition to being powerful. Sapphire is an easy gemstone to wear for professional dress, because navy is a common neutral color for suiting, and in general lots of people like blue. Truly, a blue sapphire (more on that coming [..] read more

Transition your fall wardrobe with color

You’ve probably heard me say this before, but fall is the very hardest season for me. Most days aren’t cool enough yet for a winter sweater, yet we get this feeling simply because the calendar says “fall” and “back-to-school” that it’s too late to wear clothes in spring colors that are most likely the perfect weight. But never fear! As a professional, wardrobe and image consultant, I’ve found a solution! First, it’s important to have plenty of basics in 3 season fabrics. And second, include a few lightweight pieces in fall colors. In other words, transition your wardrobe into fall [..] read more

An Image Consultant’s Fall Trend Report 2016

Even though so many bloggers and personal stylists are deeming the season’s fashion as “maximal” and “hectic,” there are some fantastic gems to add into your professional wardrobe if you’re seeking an update. I’ve distilled all of my resources and have found plenty of great finds to recommend. Of course, these aren’t the only trends out there…I’ll dive deeper into specific trends as the season wears (pun intended!) on. Plaid: I’m not a product of parochial school, but I still seem to associate plaid with my childhood…it takes a pretty unique piece for me to get on board, (but that’s [..] read more

Professional Image FAQ’s-hair, make-up, grooming…

Today’s post is Part 2 to “Image consultant frequently asked professional dress questions.” Today I answer frequently asked questions about hair, make-up, nails, etc. for the very most successful, professional image. Hang on tight!! Several of these points are pretty controversial. You might not really like my answers, but the fact of the matter is, I give advice—you always have the will to do what makes you happiest, what makes you feel like you! As a Denver image consultant specializing in professional dress, I certainly have experience with all aspects of image. If you feel like you want some extra help [..] read more