Friday, October 12, 2007

View the Latest Make-Overs

I recently held two days of make-overs for women who were ready for a boost in confidence or just wanted an image update. I had them use a color in their before picture that was not the most flattering - but was something from their current wardrobe that they might wear. The after picture included some clothing from Cabi consultant, Suzanne M. who was kind enough to bring her clothes for us to use in the photo shoot.

As you will notice, color and make-up make a huge difference in your appearance. The make-up used was Face Options mineral cosmetics and the hair stylists are Amy Cole and Adria Romero of Essence Salon in Pasadena, CA.

L-R: Hair Stylists, Amy Cole and Adria Romero

My specialty is daytime make-up which looks very natural in person but tends to get washed out in photos if the lighting is not right - too bright in this case. This will be corrected for the next photo shoot. In person there was actually a bigger difference than you can see in some of the photos. The models were very happy with their new look and you can read their stories and comments below.

Meet Robbie P.

Robbie is an Esthetician and successful business owner of Essence of You, a skin care clinic and spa in Bakersfield, CA. She has taken many of my classes and wanted to experience a make-over based on the image template we designed for her during my "Image & Essence" class. Robbie is someone you feel comfortable with right away. She has had an interesting and diverse life and is always good for a story or two. Normally very casual, she was ready for something new. Here is what happened when she arrived back home after participating in 2 days of hair and make-up make-overs.

Robbie's After Headshot

She wrote this the next day to me, "When I got home my husband met me at the door and I was pleasantly surprised. For the first time in 11 years he was speechless! He liked the new me!" She continued, "I appreciated being a part of your make-over days. I learned so much. Just think of the lives you changed in those 48 hours! When I returned to work I got all kinds of compliments. No one has seen me dressed up in years! Linda you truly have a gift the whole world needs."

Robbie's Before & After Pictures

Beautiful, romantic, together, ageless, confident, credible, healthy, charismatic, fun, innovative, describes Robbie's ideal image of herself.

Meet Patricia P.

Patricia is a successful business woman in real estate. With 28 years in the business she is a top producer. “I love matching people with homes and helping them to realize their ideal lifestyle." One look at Patricia and you see her fun and imaginative side. She is comfortable with herself and shows her uniqueness in her appearance. She was very excited to be a part of the make-over days. To Patricia a make-over means discovering a new faction of yourself. She shared, "I like being myself and taking care of myself. I’m one of my favorite people. I have worked hard to be this person so it’s okay."

Patricia's comments on the day, "It was a really nice experience and I thought it was really neat. I got a new perspective of myself through Linda's and Amy's eyes. I love it, I love the hair color and I do my make-up differently now. I have been filling in my eyebrows with brown now instead of the red color and I have been getting a lot of compliments on my new look."

Attractive, chic, memorable, ageless, confident, credible,accomplished, dynamic, fun, sexy, vivacious and imaginative, describe Patricia's ideal image of herself.

Meet Lori Ann Robinson
Lori is an award-winning costume designer who now has a successful Image Consulting business in southern CA. She is one of the first people I met when I moved to Pasadena and we have maintained a friendship ever since. Lori already uses my make-up, Face Options Mineral Cosmetics and comes in for regular updates.

She comments, "I love wearing Face Options! My skin looks flawless and I receive loads of compliments. I have tried many brands over the years, and Face Options mineral make-up is by far my favorite. I won't wear anything else." In regards to the make-over day, "Working with Linda is such a treat. I learn from her every time she applies my make-up. She is such a skilled and talented artist. We all had such a great time filming and watching each others transformations."

Glamorous, fun friendly, credible, vibrant, healthy, observant, cheerful, kind, entertaining and knowledgeable describe Lori's ideal image of herself

Meet Suzanne M.
Suzanne is a business owner with two hats. One is her professional job as an office space planner and contract furniture sales and the other is as a designer clothing consultant for Cabi clothing. Suzanne actually supplied the clothes for some of the make-overs in the photo shoot. Her love of matching clothing with the right people became clear in the two days we worked together.

Suzanne's comments, "Being a very busy woman and a single mom to a 13 year old boy, it is difficult to slow down and pay attention to my style. I wear beautiful clothes, get my hair cut and colored regularly, do pedicures and I have always believed that I do enough to express my success in my appearance. What was very evident after having worked with Linda is that I needed a tune up. After spending an afternoon with Linda I was told by two people that I looked great. When I asked in what way, each responded by saying that I looked younger and brighter. It is amazing what a little pampering and self-attention with Linda's guidance can do."

Attractive, stylish, noticeable, fresh, credible, successful, dynamic,
worldly, upbeat, original, adventurous, appealing, describes Suzanne's ideal image of herself

Image & Essence Classes with Linda Bertaut

Do you ever feel like you are operating on Auto Pilot? Do you dream of the day you will be able to be the person you really want to be? Would you like to have more credibility, business or romance? If so, this class is for you.

Your true image is locked within you. Your Inner beauty and Outer self can match. Learn how in my "Image & Essence" class where we design your image template for you to be true to yourself in any environment.

You pick up information intuitively about others. You may not be able to pinpoint what the problem is but you can “feel” when someone is Authentic. When you are authentic, you automatically put others at ease. What you see is what you get. When you speak you have credibility. Others listen and don’t question, “What’s wrong with this picture?”

Discover how you are viewed by others. What do people know about you just by looking at you? Is their assessment of you accurate? Maybe, maybe not. Take a look at the make-over stories below. Which version looks more accurate to their personalities and essence?

This workshop is for you if you:
  • feel like you are operating on auto-pilot.
  • change who you are to fit into your environment or to please others.
  • take care of others before considering your needs.
  • lack a strong sense of identity and purpose.
  • say "yes" when you really mean "no."
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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Meet Karen K

Karen used to downplay her image to fit in at work...Guess what?
She was in the wrong line of work.

Confident, successful, stylish, contemporary, modern, fun-loving, credible and adventuresome describe Karen's ideal image for herself.

Her previous job as a social worker impacted how she dressed for work. Not wanting to make people feel uncomfortable around her by looking too successful or overdressed she downplayed her wardrobe and image.

Her friends recognized her creativity and sense of just didn't show up in her clothing. Plus, the adjectives Karen chose for herself indicated that she was supressing her true self.

She has since changed careers and currently is working for a fashion publication while pursuing other more creative interests.

Karen comments, "Since the make-over, I feel really beautiful and am surprised at how good I can look. Because I am interested in fashion, my own sense of style and make-up is important, and the make-over gave me the tools to keep developing my own image."

Moral of today's story: Anytime you feel uncomfortable being you - you are in the wrong place, job...or with the wrong person or people. Change your environment to match who you are.

Want to learn more about how to do this for yourself? Join me at my signature workshop "Image & Essence" where I give you tools to be true to you in all areas of your life.

Make-overs performed with Face Options Mineral Cosmetics

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Meet Corey F.

Corey was a stay at home mom with no time for herself. One day she looked in the mirror and decided it was time for a change...

Beautiful, confident, credible, classy, sassy, fun and easy-going express Corey's ideal image for herself.

Before getting married, Corey had her own photography business as well as being a newspaper reporter for a daily paper in Central California. She put her career on hold to have a family. She shares, "Since quitting my job to have children, my personal maintenance went from minimal to zilch." After deciding to start her photography business again, this time in the big city, she realized she would have to address her image in order to be taken seriously.

When Corey came to me, the first thing I saw was red. Her face is very flushed and full of color. So much so that you don’t notice her great eye color or how perfectly her lips are shaped. I knew that toning down the red would give Corey a whole new look that would naturally enhance her best features. Add a great hair cut and color and you have a transformed mom ready to re-enter the working world.

After her make-over Corey says, "My make-over makes me feel like a movie star. It seems as though people are noticing me, and I feel more confident. When I walk around in the financial district, I can't believe my reflection. This is me, only better. This must be what movie stars feel like on the red carpet."

Corey sent me this note recently about my Mineral Cosmetics line, "I've been meaning to tell you for a while, I LOVE my foundation!!! I cannot live without it! It makes my skin more redness. And, it feels good. I love it!

Thank you Corey!

Message in this story - Moms have images too! Set the example for your children to follow.

Make-overs performed with Face Options Mineral Cosmetics
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Meet Tonia W.

Tonia wanted more credibility as a professional in her industry...

Attractive, fresh, together, updated, confident, credible, powerful, radiant, original, healthy, progressive and experienced describe Tonia's ideal image for herself.

Tonia is a talented, esthetician, massage therapist and yoga instructor with a youthful look that can be perceived as inexperienced. Tonia didn't feel she was getting the respect from colleagues that she deserved.

Her friends described her personality traits as someone who is sweet, caring, nurturing, somewhat shy and timid. No one mentioned image. This was a sign to me that taking care of Tonia was not part of her daily routine. Although I had watched her grow and develop her confidence over the past few years, her image had stayed the same.

When I told Tonia about the make-over opportunity, she decided it was time to create a look that would reflected her new found confidence and expertise.

Afterwards she sums up her experience in this way: "It makes a huge difference in my day. I get compliments everywhere I go. Sometimes you see make-overs and the person is so different that it is not believable or practical. At the end of my make-over I still felt like me, but more polished. I now appear more credible as an esthetician."

She adds, "Linda's work with me over the past few years on my external image and self image has really helped me to take a deeper look at myself. I am always looking for ways to improve myself. Her methods are very specific and in my opinion are highly effective."

Thank you Tonia!

The message in this story - Your Image IS Your Business! Take care of you first as you will attract your ideal clients this way.

Want to learn more about how to do this for yourself? Join me at my signature workshop "Image & Essence" where I give you tools to be true to you in all areas of your life.

Make-overs performed with Face Options Mineral Cosmetics

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Early Years Make-Overs

I have been performing make-overs for as long as I can remember. I discovered this picture of me at the age of 4 holding my cat that I had dressed up and I don't even remember the cat.

Next was my dog, Lady. She was like my sister and only sibling growing up. She went everywhere with me 16 years. I only have one picture of her in a hat I had made from newspaper but I can remember many more make-over incidents with her as my model.

In the mid-80's I got Konika Snow. Notice a pattern here?

My favorite early make-overs were my trolls. In the mid-60's trolls had no decent clothes to wear. I didn't do anything for Barbie because she already had it all. I wanted to help the ones in need of my attention. Then one day as I explored my mother's sewing kit I found fabric, bric-a-brac and other essentials to design clothes for most of my trolls. Looking at this picture you can see why I didn't turn out to be a clothing designer.

Now I work on real people. What a great way to make a difference and a living...