How did I holiday in France, drink wine every night and lose 2kg?


Now a holiday in France for an Australian is a big deal.  It is very expensive and extremely tiring to fly 30 + hours without sleep.  That is why my husband and I did not take the kids and decided to really live it up.  We drank every night.  I don’t mean a glass or 2, I mean more.  We ate great food every night.  We barely exercised – I’m just not that kind of tourist.  Our focus was on fine wine, food, rest and some sight seeing.

So how on earth could I lose weight after all that?  Here’s what IImage think;

1.  In France, their idea of fast food is a salad baguette.

2.  I saw only 2 Mac Donald’s in the entire country.

3.  I swapped cereal for bread, ham and eggs.  Maybe there’s more sugar in my ‘healthy muesli’ than I realised.

4.  I ate salmon every night. 

5.  I chose rice instead of pasta as a side.

6.  I didn’t eat red meat at all.  I have spaghetti bolognese at least twice a week because its a meal I know the kids will eat.  I am rethinking that one now.

7.  I ate bread with every meal which filled me up.

8.  I listened to my body when it told me I was full.

9.  I didn’t snack on biscuits and kept sugar intake to a minimum (except wine).

10.  I ignored everything I know about fat and ate it gleefully.  (full fat mayonnaise)

What is my conclusion? 

I think Australian food is loaded with sugars and additives that make us fat.  I think our focus on low fat products has made us fatter because more sugar is added to make food taste better.  Sugar has a lot to answer for. 

Now imagine I didn’t drink all that white wine?  I would be positively skinny!




6 Tips on how to avoid looking like a drag queen when you’re over 40.

1.  Ease up on the eyeliner.  Your eyes may have been perfect in your 20’s but do you really want to accentuate your newly formed ‘crow’s feet’.


2.  Avoid overly stylised hair – you’re not on stage.


3.  Don’t over dose on colours – you could look like rainbow vomit.


4.  Watch out for too much bling, sometimes less is more.


5.  Wear age-appropriate clothes – enough said.


6.  Avoid very dark lipstick….and for that matter, lip liner as well.


And remember, now that you are older it is a good idea to soften your features with subtle make-up and hair rather than outline our age!

Funky to Frumpy

Getting Your Groove Back

Losing your sense of style can be a slow process that goes unnoticed for years.  Once upon a time you were probably excited at the prospect of getting dressed up and going out.  Now the thought is almost nauseating.

“What will I wear?”, is the first thought that jumps into your mind.  After a quick and disheartening scan of your wardrobe you decide that you like nothing and everything is just plain boring.  Some women choose not to attend events because the idea of dressing up is too daunting for them.

Discover how this happened.

How did you lose your sense of style?

Generally speaking, as women move through different phases of their lives (motherhood), their priorities shift.  After things slow down they can then refocus on themselves but they discover;

  • their body has changed
  • fashion has changed
  • they are older
  • what used to look good on them is old and outdated
  • they are confused with shopping and give up
  • the don’t know what their ‘style’ is
  • they are stuck in the easy-dressing and downright boring rut

So let’s start fresh. Forget what you used to look like. Stop beating yourself up.  Embrace the person you are now and put in a little effort when dressing because when you do, you will feel GREAT!




10 Tips for Big Butts

Some women are blessed with a perfectly shaped butt however most of us are not.

I, like many others, possess a rear I wish I could just shrink in the wash.  What a wonderful idea – have a luxurious bath and shrink your butt at the same time. Some women go down the road of plastic surgery…….but there are other options.

By knowing a few key tips, you will be able to minimise your ‘butt’ without much effort or money.  Sounds good, right!

  1. Ensure hemlines do not end at the thickest part of your bottom.  This is especially bad if your top and pants/skirt are a different colour.  The contrast creates a strong horizontal line which draws the viewer’s eyes from side to side, making the area appear wider.


2.  Avoid details or prints around your bottom as they will immediately draw attention to it and in fact enlarge it.

 3.  Attract attention elsewhere with statement jewellery, a printed top, eye-catching shoes and hats etc.

4.  Try to keep shirts and skirts/pants in a similar colour or depth in order to keep the eye travelling up and down (not side to side).  The line of contrast will make the area look wider and in this example it is the waist that is accentuated.Image


  5. Avoid tight fitting pants and skirts.  Also a no-no from the front.

6. Choose pants and skirts that fall straight down from the widest part of your hips and then taper in slightly at the lower leg. 


7. Avoid A – line and bubble skirts as well as skinny leg or flared pants..




8.  Only choose block colours – not prints or patterns.



9.  Stick to dark colours on your lower half as lighter colours enlarge.


10.  Be prepared to get clothing altered.  It is extremely rare to find clothing off the rack that fits perfectly.

Finally, stop focussing on it! Enjoy life and laugh lots.





All Tied Up in Knots?

ImageWhat is the difference between a Personal Stylist and an Image Consultant?

A great deal, however, as most people are familiar with the term ‘personal stylist’, many Image Consultants call themselves this instead.

Anyone can call them self a personal stylist.  They are creative people with a passion for fashion.  A stylist puts together outfits.  That’s basically it.

An Image Consultant is a creative person with a passion for fashion but who has studied and gained certification in fields such as Image and Style Development and Flow Colour Analysis etc.  They are also usually members of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI).

An Image Consultant approaches each client as an individual.  They will educate them on dressing for their body shape, personal colouring, age, lifestyle, personal styles and many other factors.  Each session with an Image Consultant is tailor-made to their clients specific needs.

So the difference?  A lot!

Rachel Oliveri

Image Consultant