Why Fashion Bloggers can’t be Trusted

Why Fashion Bloggers can’t be Trusted

I have a bone to pick with fashion bloggers who get paid in cash or free products for promoting brands.

Don’t think I don’t understand what it’s like for a fashion girl to get free clothes. I know exactly what it’s like and it’s impossible to say no. You see, I once designed for a fast fashion company and got more free clothes than I possibly could carry home every day. Sounds like heaven, right?

The problem was that these clothes weren’t really my style and I absolutely hated the low quality.

Still I ended up wearing those clothes but it wasn’t quite ME.

A great example of how FREE is CHEAP.

I have to warn you against listening to fashion bloggers or even magazines because they’re not independent and objective. They’re in the silk pockets of the fashion companies who pay them.

Just look at the terrible advice some bloggers dish out:

“This year you MUST wear pleated midi skirts. I won’t tell you they only look good on size XS Insta-Babes like myself or that they paid me to promote it.”

I hope you don’t try to copy the skinny blogger look because you might just look and feel like an idiot:

Why do I look so fat?

There must be something wrong with me because that fashion blogger looked amazing in this skirt.

Maybe you’ll get lucky if you happen to have the same tiny body type as the blogger (and the same photographer boyfriend following you around.)

Maybe you’ll be able to avoid looking 10 lbs bigger in a garment that’s 100 % wrong for your body type.

I don’t know.

But one thing is certain:

Following fashion advice from a blogger who’s getting paid by fashion companies instead of you only leads to making THEM money and making YOU look bad.

I bet you’ve been tricked by the fashion industry before by following one of those trends that make your body look terrible, missing out on the incredible feeling of loving your body because your outfit was perfect for your body type.

You know what I mean:

 

–          The pants that create the dreaded muffin top above your waistband.

–          The top that makes you look like a barrel.

–          All those outfits that make you look weird and question your body.

 

And I swear.

95 % of the outfits you find at the mall will make you look terrible in clothes even if you look beautiful naked.

It doesn’t have to be like this.

 

Let me introduce you to the magical world of dressing for your body type.

This is me: The 48 year old fashion designer and working mom who’s now the Go-to Stylist for Women Entrepreneurs.

And that’s my favorite dress: It streamlines my body, hides my big legs, and boost my small chest – so I feel like a HOTTIE.

Finding clothes like this is exactly what I help my clients do. I teach them to dress for their body type so they can feel good about their bodies, ignore stupid trends, and save money since they only buy clothes that are 100 % right for them.

I actually do the opposite of promoting the fashion industry like other bloggers do because I only accept payment from clients. This means I can be 100 % honest and only have my clients’ interests at heart.

Shopping becomes fast and easy for them, because they simply ignore 90 % of the clothes in stores and zone in on a few pieces that are perfect for them and their bodies.

This means they look 10 lbs lighter, 10 years younger, and finally start loving their bodies – maybe even for the first time.

They feel hot as hell and get a huge confidence boost so they can get out there and promote their business.

 

Listen to Ash Ambirge from the Middle Finger Project:

“If you’ve ever wanted to feel like both (a) a celebrity and (b) the coolest human alive, I cannot recommend hiring Hilde enough!!! (Cue: ALL THE KAZOOS.)

As someone who looooooves fashion, and who thinks she has pretty decent personal style (with the exception of that furry jacket from 2006) I never thought about hiring a personal stylist UNTIL all the sudden I realized that I might have an eye for style, but no CLUE how to dress for my body type. (Especially considering that my body type is playing a not-so-funny game of musical chairs.)

Pair that with an upcoming photo shoot for my brand, and I was all sorts of anxious about looking my best in front of the camera—which they say also adds another 15 fun-loving pounds.

That’s where Hilde came in. She worked with me virtually, which was a huge, huge help, given that I was in Costa Rica at the time, to help me plan and arrange the perfect, body-slimming wardrobe that was sharp, dynamite AND on-brand.

The minute she came on board I felt this hugeeee relief lifted off of my shoulders—it was so nice not to have to worry about this, for once, and just show up!

Whether you’re doing something professionally or just personally, this is a huge game changer, and I’m convinced every woman should have someone on their wardrobe team at least once in their life.

This is one treat that isn’t so much a treat, but a necessity. I’d hire Hilde every day of my life, if I could. It’s just a bonus that she’s so awesome and sweet on top of it all!

Let’s be real for a second. I’m not God’s gift to women (that’s Lewis Howes.)

But, I do have an unfair advantage when it comes to making your body look hot as hell.

You see. I have 5 years of fashion school and 20 years of fashion design behind my studded beltI know everything about making clothes fit like a glove, hiding body parts you want to hide, and flaunting those you love.

I’m also a mother who knows what it’s like to wear maternity jeans for MONTHS after having a baby.

Yes, I’ve been overweight, but I was so good at dressing for my body type that everyone thought I was a size M when honestly I was XL. So, while grown women who copy young skinny bloggers don’t always look that hot, they can look and feel absolutely stunning if they learn to dress for their particular body type.

 

Here’s Amanda Smith who didn’t recognize herself after she became a mom:

“Hilde is magical. Get Style Confidence. The word confidence.

You don’t realize it when you just start down this process but it hits you in a certain moment – and realizing in that moment that I do have the confidence to wear things like the dress I have on today.  

I was not by any stretch of the imagination comfortable in this outfit, probably 2-3 years ago, but then I worked with Hilde and she brought back that confidence. And a lot of it for me had to do with my body type, and having a baby, and not being comfortable in my own skin.

And Hilde, beyond words:

Thank you for bringing that back in my life and making me feel confident in the clothes I can wear now and making me feel beautiful again.”

 

OMG! This testimonial from Amanda is why I get up in the morning!

Helping women fall in LOVE with their bodies – without counting a single calorie is my MISSION and now you can fall head over heels too:

I’ve created a quick starter guide for dressing for your body type that show’s you the first easy baby steps that will get you  results today.

Let me introduce:

So now you can bring out that HOTTIE who’s hiding inside you and look slim and confident using fashion tricks alone.

You’ll finally look and feel beautiful – just like those successful online stars who seem to have it all: BOTH the looks and the business.

Sign up below and I’ll send you my 3 FREE emails and PDF-guide with the exact ways to:

– Camouflage the tummy so no-one knows it’s even there.

– Lift the booty so you look like a gym bunny.

 

It includes:

1. A friendly warning about the tops you find in every single store that make you look like barrel

– and what to wear instead.

2. A friendly warning about the popular pants that add pounds BOTH to your waist and your butt

–  and what to wear instead.

3. A friendly tip on how to make your butt and tummy look HOT

– by changing the way you dress a completely different body part.

 

BUT BE AWARE:

Don’t look behind you to see who that tall handsome stranger is checking out.

He’s looking at YOU 🙂

Sign up below so you can go from frumpy mom to hot business babe:

Guide to Winter Boots and How to Style Them

Guide to Winter Boots and How to Style Them

Monday 06.34:

Bam!

One second I’m sashaying to the car like a super model on the catwalk and the next I’m whimpering on the ground.
Ice already!

It was just summer.

 

Tuesday 07.55:

Eeek!

The beautiful angelic but oh so cold snow has made it’s way inside my cute ankle boots. At least I’ll look amazing on stage for my speech even if my socks are wet and cold.

I hope I don’t get the flu.

 

Wednesday 08.23:

Slush!

I’m NOT wading through this disgusting mess and ruining my new tall boots.

They are perfect for snow and ice, but not made for a foot of slush.

Darling husband comes to the rescue.

Lifts me up as if I’m light as Kate Moss and stomps down the driveway like a handsome NYPD firefighter who’s just rescued a gorgeous and mysterious lady.

This is SO romantic.

We make it all the way to the car and then SPLASH we’re neck deep in slush.

The watery ice slides down my back and I desperately try to keep it out of my hair.

Who leaves a skateboard in the driveway so it’s hidden underneath the snow?

I’m calling in sick!

 

Thursday 9.55:

Warm bed, cozy coffee, Wifi.

“Yes, I would love to speak at your event, but I’m not getting out of bed until April.”

 

Friday 10.32:

No need for NYPD because the Fashion Rescue Team is here!

The Guide to Winter Boots and How to Style Them has been released and I can be warm, dry, comfy, and chic all winter long.

It’s a miracle but it’s actually true.

Read on and find out how to survive slush, ice, and snow while looking stylish and beautiful.

Walking the streets in winter can make you think there’s a penalty for wearing something other than black.

Don’t forget there are other options, also when it comes to winter boots. You might have to look around a bit more though. I ordered my beige boots online in 2 different sizes and returned the pair that didn’t fit. Easy!

These boots are all light colored, but not so delicate that they’ll get dirty that easily. Give them a light spraying with a water repellent since this will keep them nice and clean longer.

I love wedges since they give me a sexy height while still being super comfortable.

Check out these cool winter versions. I think I NEED a pair of Lea’s from Sorel.

Light neutral colors look amazing against the beautiful white snow. The light bounces of the light colors and brights up your day when it’s cold and dark outside.

This is a great look for anyone who loves a minimalist style:

A head to toe outfit in more or less the same color looks modern, stylish and intentional. If you keep your colors neutral it’s easy to experiment with textures and fabric.

Check out the rock’n roll feather coat looking classy in dusty pink.

High heels and fancy styles can also work on snow. Sturdy rubber soles worthy of a lumberjack keeps you from sliding on ice, and the heels can be awesome for digging into the ice for a great grip.

Some of these boots are warm and comfy with a fake fur lining, and some are better suited for temperatures above freezing.

They look great with skinnies, wide pants, boot cuts, and skirts. Very versatile style.

Sturdy, heeled boots can be dressed up or down.

This is a typical smart casual outfit with basic pieces in striking colors. Notice how the accessories make the simple garments look classy but also interesting.

Wintery accessories worthy of a Russian princess such as the fake fur hat and the chic gloves create a sophisticated look. (So much better than your husband’s old hat and your kids scarf.)

Sticking to 3 colors in an outfit is a simple principle that always works. Notice how the cream color makes the outfit more luxurious than if it was only black and pink.

Winter boots can often look too bulky and don’t always work with a professional looking outfit, so I have found some minimalist and sleek styles.

The tall boots look amazing with skinnies and skirts, while you can also wear wide pants with the ankle boots. Play around with wool socks and insulation inlays if your boots aren’t warm enough.

This outfit is super warm and comfy without sacrificing color and style.

Black boots, bag, and down jacket might be something you already have in your wardrobe but you can spruce them up and make them stylish and exciting.

Personally I’m always on the lookout for sweaters, skirts, dresses, and tights in wool. Unfortunately there are a lot of acrylic blends out there. I prefer at least 60 % wool or you won’t stay warm.

Adding accessories in happy colors is an easy way to take your outfit to another level and brighten up everyone’s day.

If your city is cold but without a lot of snow and ice then you can go for a thinner heel.

60’s and 70’s styles are also lovely. Perfect for all kinds of skirts and pants.

If you have trouble fitting into tall boots you can check out Zappos.com. They have an option where you can search for boots by calf circumference. Very handy!

Curvy women look SO incredibly beautiful in a 50’s look.

This is a terrific style because it’s super feminine but also polished and professional.

The fact that it’s classic makes it well worth buying high quality clothes since unlike trendy items you can keep them for years.

Vintage shopping is also a great option.

Biker boots are cool and comfy and is perfect for the androgynous trend we have going on at the moment.

They are a great way for any jean lovers to upgrade their look, and the sturdy flat heels make it a joy to be moving around.

The buckles can be a bit of a handful when you’re in a rush to get out of the house, so look for boots that can be opened with a zipper. Lots of buckled styles have this option.

Jeans and boots can often look a bit unintentional but keeping to a narrow color scheme and making sure accessories look neat and intentional makes a huge difference.

This look is also very stylish with practical and comfy down jackets, moto jackets, parkas, and shearling.

Desert boots and Doc Martens are another breed of practical boyfriend boots.

They come in loads of colors and textures so it’s definitely an opportunity to get creative.

Skinny jeans is the obvious choice for these boots but they also look wonderful with skirts and dresses.

I have to admit I love these mittens. They are super cute and much more interesting than gloves. Mittens also keep you warmer since the fingers keep each other snug and cozy.

Check out the bomber jacket with the long rib dress. Great silhouette.

Did you know you can get winter sneakers?

Combine the cushy comfort of your favorite Nike’s with some extra padding and you have light wonderful boot. My favorites come in black and white, which is easy to style in a sophisticated sports look.

Winter sportswear can actually be feminine.

I love slim fitting down jackets with skinnies and a lovely sweater that hugs your curves.

Taking the time to find cute and well thought out accessories is absolutely worth it. Here’s another example of using 3 colors in an outfit. It really works!

How can you look and feel like a fun, sexy super star in the snow?

Moon Boots of course!

The truth is I have never owned a pair, but I might just jog down to the mall and get some.

Soundtrack for my jog: Funkytown.

Nothing says Bond Babe like a metallic down jacket.

If you want to get sporty? Why not go all the way!

You may have noticed I’m madly in love with winter white. It looks so fresh and sophisticated, and personally I don’t want to spend the winter months wearing depressing dark colors.

White is also a great base color that goes with everything.

Imagine riding a dog sleigh through a moonlit winter wonderland while you’re snug and warm in the cutest winter boots possible.

I love these sporty and hyper-functional styles in light wintery colors that match the pretty snow. If you want to stay warm, dry, and comfy then these are the very best types to go for.

They are water proof and some of them even have a rubber edge on the foot area. They are properly insulated for extreme cold, and the soles are safe on ice and snow.

The key to looking stylish in functional sportswear is to push your look to the limit.

Pretend you’re skiing to the North Pole and pick up accessories on the way.

Here’s a mix of different knitting patterns that originate from different parts of the world. The thing that makes them work so well together is the fact that they’re in the same color palette.

I’m so curious to hear what you think!

What is your favorite winter style?

What are you wearing to feel fabulous this winter?

 

 

 

Entrepreneurial Style Icons: Meet Nagina

Entrepreneurial Style Icons: Meet Nagina

Welcome to a brand new series about the mesmerizing stars of online business who are captivating us with their show stopping combination of style and branding.

 

SUPER STAR STYLE ICON NO. 1:

 

Nagina Abdullah

 

HER STYLISH BUSINESS:

 

Nagina uses the surprising power of spices to help women lose 10 pounds or more through her online program:

Spice Yourself Skinny.

She invented her unique method when she lost 40 pounds while working as a management consultant with 12 + hour days, unpredictable travel and 2 kids at home.

HER UNIQUE STYLE QUIRK:

Nagina’s washboard stomach has become her trademark.

She discovered that her clients needed a clear visual image of what they wanted for themselves and having a tiny waistline was their biggest dream.

It was important for Nagina to show off her own sexy, skinny body in her website photos, but how could she do that while still looking professional?

HER STYLE SUPER POWER:

 

Nagina is a wizard when it comes to using the power of her natural beauty. Her glamorous photos show her wearing full super model make-up with professionally blow-dried hair but the style is decidedly elegant and professional. She sticks to neutral colors in her make-up so her own natural coloring shines through.

 

Many women are afraid of wearing too much make-up in photos.

Then they’re disappointed with the result because their faces end up looking too plain.

The bright lights in the studio and camera technology tend to melt away your make-up so you can safely pile it on.

Your photo will often appear as a tiny square on your client’s phone so your features need to be enhanced for them to recognize you.

A trick to avoid looking like a drag queen when wearing heavy make-up is to stick with neutral colors like Nagina.

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WHY WE LOVE HER:

 

Nagina epitomizes the ideal modern woman who is both smart, sexy, beautiful, and a good friend. We’re often torn between obligations in our business and with our family, but Nagina shows us that it’s ok to take time for ourselves. She teaches us that self-care creates more energy so we can better take care of our family and clients.

…and just like Nagina we want to look like a sexy super star doing it.

 

LOOK LIKE HER:

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I live in a small town far away from beautiful boutiques so I often shop at inexpensive stores like HM and Zara. I love the fact that these brands have interesting trendy styles, but I hate the fact that the quality is so cheap.

Here’s how to find expensive looking pieces in any store:

 

Visit designer stores.

Familiarize yourself with what high quality clothes and accessories look like. Check out fabrics, seams, and details like buttons and clasps so you know what to be on the lookout for. Take a peek inside bags and garments since that’s where you often find hidden glamorous details.

Forget the cheap jersey.

(The soft fabric in T-shirts and yoga pants).

80 % of what you find at the mall is made of thin cheap jersey. You see it everywhere and it’s easy to think that this must be the way to dress because otherwise: Why would they sell it?
The answer of course is that thin jersey is inexpensive to produce.

Better brands have T-shirts and other jersey pieces in a heavier weight. Look for thick sturdy fabric and your clothes will look more expensive.

(Thin jersey will also make your body look bigger since it clings to even tiny bulges.

 

Choose woven fabrics.

I have bought some pretty skirts and bomber jackets at HM that people assume are exclusive designer clothes.

This is because I have hand-picked the most expensive looking items in the store. I usually only find a couple of pieces worth trying on since I want to buy clothes that look high end.

Woven fabrics are found in non-stretchy jeans, shirts, and dresses. They sometimes require ironing, but are definitely worth it since they make you look successful and sophisticated.

 

Tailor your clothes.

­­­­The key to looking like a star is wearing clothes that fit your body perfectly.

When you invest in a high-quality piece it’s worth spending a bit more to have a tailor take in the side seams to create a small waist or sew the perfect hemline to make your legs look gorgeous.

 

Networking Outfits that will Start a Conversation – Video

Networking Outfits that will Start a Conversation – Video

You think you’ve got it made.

You’ve left behind the sweaty stockings and back killing high heels of the corporate world for a relaxing entrepreneurial life in comfy yoga pants.

Then your cozy cocoon is shattered when you receive a scary email:

You’re invited to a networking event.

Eeeek. I have nothing to wear.
This time you’re not going to blend into the background by being one of the 100 women in a little black dress.

You’ll walk into that room and OWN it by looking so amazing that people can’t help wanting to talk to you.

Watch the VIDEO to find out how.

Rock’n Roll Mom And Her Little Rebels

Rock’n Roll Mom And Her Little Rebels

“Don’t you dare turn the dial. Let me hear this song. I‘m gonna teach you kids about real Rock’n Roll.”

I’m on the highway with my car overflowing with rowdy little boys. My son’s in the passenger’s seat driving me crazy with his terrible DJ’ing switching between stations precisely when a good song comes on. Finally, there is some decent music to help me survive the day.

“The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire.”

“The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire.”

This is cool. Everybody’s rocking out.

Mmm. These Norwegian kids are actually learning some English from this. I’m such a good mom teaching kids valuable skills on the go while juggling family and business like a real power woman.

“We don’t need no water let the motherfucker burn.”

“Burn Motherfucker Burn.”

The car explodes with little boys screaming:

“Motherfucker. Ha ha. Did you hear that? Motherfucker!”

Oh holy shit. The kids are gonna come home cursing like adorable little death metal rockers because of me.

What’s next?

Piercing and tattoos?

My son won’t get a single play date ever again. He’ll be the cute kid with the irresponsible mother they have to protect their children against.

This might make me the black sheep of the neighborhood but I have decided to follow Chrissy Hynde’s example: stop pretending to be a responsible cookie baking kind of mother and instead fully embrace my inner rock’n roll mom.

Taking up smoking would just make me cough too much and maybe even puke, so how can I get into the rock groove as fast and easy as possible.

The answer of course is getting my dirty hands on the ultimate rebel garment: A leather jacket.

Now if I was a really bad mom I would of course go out and flirt with a bearded, tattooed guy just to steal his jacket, but since there’s still an ounce of goodness left in me I think I’ll go shopping instead.

Here’s a quick look at my favorite Rock Mom Leather Jackets:

You’re Too Old To Dress Like That!

You’re Too Old To Dress Like That!

Who do you think you are Hilde?!?

You can’t dress like that.
That dress is way too sexy for someone your age. Ever heard the expression “mutton dressed as lamb?”

My inner critic was getting all riled up and had even taken on a posh British accent since I finally had made it to London and was shopping on beautiful Regent Street.

I didn’t dare walk into the Karen Millen store. A gorgeous feminine palace full of sexy man-eater dresses that were just a tad too expensive. Not a place for a suburban mom like me.

I scraped some courage from the bottom of my purse, sneaked inside, and tried it on.

The dress fit me like a glove.

Still I wasn’t the type to dress like that. I was a respectable slightly boring mom wasn’t I? My young wild days were long gone.

Looking for some objective feedback I asked some cute, young American girls for their honest opinion. I couldn’t detect any deceit in their eyes when they said the dress was perfect, so I pulled out my credit card.
The Sexy Dress was left hanging all alone in my wardrobe for 2 months.

I wore on the first warm summer day and felt like such a fraud.

I was self-consciously pulling it down to cover my wrinkled knees and imagined people talking about me behind my back. “Look at her.”

The next time felt much easier and before long I was so at ease in it that I even wore it to work.

Now the dress is the star in my About page photo and it was worth every single penny.

I’m so happy I silenced that inner voice and took a chance on a new exciting garment that turned ME into a new exciting person.

We all have ideas about who we should be and how we should look, but are these old ideas really in our best interest?

Are we projecting a brave and powerful image to our clients?

Are we strong and inspiring role models for younger women?

 

How would YOU dress if you could look at yourself objectively and see yourself in the same positive light that other people do?

I bet you would be sexy, vibrant, edgy, power- and colorful!

Do you perhaps also have amazing garments crying in the closet because they never get to go to the party?

Or – have you longingly stared at that perfect dress in the store window and thought that it wasn’t for you?

I’m dying to hear your stories.

Check your inbox or spam folder for a love letter from Hilde at Get Style Confidence.