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When Is It The Right Time?

Kelly, my client from Brisbane called me yesterday feeling frustrated. She'd just come back from the mall having spent hours with no success, trying to find the pieces to complete her professional/smart casual wardrobe.

Have you ever experienced that?

In 2017, Kelly and I embarked on her personal brand journey kicking off with a personal brand discussion followed by a personal colour session and styling session. Armed with the key knowledge, Kelly hit the ground running and had great initial success in finding some fabulous pieces to up level her professional look.


She started to feel overwhelmed, she was trying to process all the information around colours, body shape, dressing style personality, styling principles and she quickly became frustrated and stuck.

So why am I sharing this story?

Because I want you to realise that discovering and creating your personal brand is a journey. As human beings we are multidimensional. We have so many layers and every layer needs to be explored before moving onto the next. Sometimes you just can't explain certain things like:

  • why you cut the tags off your clothing
  • why you must feel the fabric first before trying on a piece of clothing
  • why you dislike linen
  • why you gravitate to texture
  • why you've lost your true style

Having taken hundreds of women through the Platinum Personal Brand Program, I know with 100% certainty that they will get long-term sustainable results.


Because we've taken the time to peel away the layers, to discover her essence and put a plan in place to create a visual signature of how she wants to show up in the world that is fully aligned and authentic to who she is.

The program is a 5-6 step journey carried out over 6-8 weeks and each step is equally important. Miss one and you'll find yourself having more questions than answers.

The good news

Kelly and I are going on a personal shopping session so I can show her in practical terms how all the branding, personality, colour and styling elements all fit into place so that it ultimately supports her personal brand and how she wants to show up in the world.

I know in my heart that this is the best way I can serve Kelly to ensure she gets the long-term gains.

Having spent ten years working with professional women, this journey is not something we can understand and solve in one or two sessions. Whilst you may initially have success, you have yet to fully form and understand your brand to be able to take it to the next level.

SH is a client that recently completed the Platinum Personal Brand Program. Here's what she said.

So when is it the right time to embark on the program?

  • If you wake up every day and feel uninspired by your wardrobe
  • If you find yourself wearing the same combinations week in week out
  • If you feel invisible at work
  • If you feel like you're not getting the recognition you deserve
  • If you go shopping for hours and come home with the "it-will-do" piece that only works with one other piece in your wardrobe.
  • If you've evolved as a woman and your current wardrobe signals where you've been rather than where you're going

Today I'm offering you an opportunity to work with me one-on-one within our Platinum Personal Brand Program.

I feel incredibly connected to this program because I've now taken hundreds of women on this journey and the results have even blown me away.

Over the years I've continued to refine it and ensure it puts every professional woman in an elevated position so she can go after the success she deserves.

Together we will uncover the essence of who you are and how you want to show up in this world.

Today I'm offering you a $49 voucher to use towards this program - expiring February 28th 2018.

You can use this voucher towards the whole program or simply get started with one session of your choosing.

Click here and let's schedule a call to see if this is the right program for you.

I am coming for your transformation!

Are you ready?

Janette x

It's Not About The Clothes But What The Clothes Can Do For You

Let's be honest, you know your clothing choices affect and reflect your self-image and how you feel about yourself.

Imagine right now you've woken up and you're standing in front of your wardrobe and you're trying to decide what to wear for the day. At this point in time, your head and your heart are having a conversation and it's going something like this:

Head: I need to leave in 15 minutes otherwise I'll hit traffic or miss the train

Heart: How do I feel today and how do I want to feel today?

Head: What did I wear yesterday, did I shave my legs, do I have high-level meetings today?

Heart: I want to feel confident and look like a woman and try wearing something different today

Head: Just wear that outfit you always wear, you know it works. Done!

Heart: So boring, why can't I work out what to wear? I hate this

Sound familiar?

This internal dialogue can go on for minutes. You're stressed, time-poor, have decision fatigue and you feel down. Your day has only just started and this dilemma has set your mood for the day. You leave home feeling flat. You can't wait to get to your local coffee shop to grab your pick me up.

I've had thousands of conversations with women over the years about their clothes, wardrobes and career aspirations. Having conducted in excess of 3000 styling sessions for women around the country I keep hearing the same dilemma women are facing every single day.

They wake up, stare blankly at their wardrobe and pick out the "it will do" outfit to wear to work. They see all these great stand alone pieces they've acquired over the years but for some reason, they don't work together.

They are incredibly frustrated and time poor and loathe having to make such decisions first thing in the morning.

The thing is, they recognise that they can't fly under the radar anymore. They know they need their personal brand to start working for them. They know that dressing in separates is here to stay and is the new power dressing.

If you’d like to learn the techniques that will help you create a style that supports your business goals and supports your inner confidence then come along to the  “The Art of Self Packaging For Success".  Come and learn how to master the NEW way women are dressing for work.

It's taking place on the 25.03.17 at the Sydney Westfield Styling Suite

Here is some unseen footage from previous events.

The techniques I will be teaching you I have taught during my corporate workshops and I know they work because my clients have used them with great results. My clients are now primed and ready for their next career step, their laser focused on their message and goals and don’t have to give their image and personal brand a second thought. They have invested the time to get this right so that all their energy now goes into preparing for that promotion or landing their dream client. 

There is no doubt in my mind that when you dress to reflect who you really are, your confidence skyrockets and that's when you do your best work.

Note: Part of your ticket is redeemable towards a personal service & you will receive complimentary half hour speaker appearance by Janette Ishiyama in your organisation (more information at the workshop)

Click here to reserve your seat.

So don't sit on the sidelines, take action and be the driver of your success.

I hope to see you at the #1 Styling Event for Professional Women & Entrepreneurs.

Styling Your Success

Janette x


Gifts That Keep On Giving

So many people often say to me, "Wow you are so lucky to do what you do". And my answer is, "I know I feel incredibly blessed".

Oprah once said, "Luck is the moment when preparation meets opportunity"

I have been preparing for ten years to be the best Image Leadership Expert, Stylist and Personal Branding Expert. I know that what I give clients is the best of the best knowledge that I've acquired and continue to acquire.  I serve them from a place of wanting the best for them because they all have worked incredibly hard to get to where they are and so have I. 

What I love the most about the gifts I share with clients is that they keep on giving. 

The countless compliments they receive (even from strangers) years after a makeover is astounding. 

The ongoing commitment by them following a session with me blows me away. 

Every day clients send me photo's of their outfits and when they've had A-HA moments and I know that I've done my job.

Every day clients thank me for helping them achieve their career goals, for helping them take the stress away from getting dressed every morning and for finally understanding the "WHY's".

To be able to share my gift and to help people feel great about themselves is truly incredible. Hearing from them day in day out is what keeps my tank full and propels me to continue to serve and make a difference to the lives of women.

If you are looking for a gift that keeps on giving this Christmas then I would love to help. Just e-mail janette@imageconsultants.com.au and together we can change someone's life.

Janette xx

Five Things Professional Women Secretly Want

I feel incredibly privileged to be able to have very real and vulnerable conversations with my clients and it's something I will never take for granted. 

More often than not hiring me as their Stylist and Image Consultant is not just about the CLOTHES!

Over the last 10 years, I've had thousands of women visit my studio. They come in all shapes and sizes, varying professional backgrounds and varying ages.

At the heart of all conversations, I've realised that most women secretly want five things. Let me add an exclusion clause: This is by no means a double-blind randomised study but it's a collection of information that I've been fortunate enough to acquire. 

1. They want to look good in their clothes and be complimented by their friends and partner.

It's really important for women that they feel like they are dressing in sync with their friends and colleagues. They want to be able to look at themselves in the mirror and really see themselves. 

We all go through cycles in our life and with our wardrobes. So many women put their life on hold in the hope they will reach their ideal weight. If they don't look good in their clothes, they often won't take the promotion, they hold back from attending events and they stop speaking up in meetings. This downward spiral effect just continues. 

I can say from experience, putting your life on hold serves you in no positive way. Make a conscious decision TODAY to start looking and feeling your best. Even if you start by purchasing one or two pieces that make you feel more confident and self-assured. 

2. They want more self-confidence.

I'm the first to admit that buying clothes to feel more confident sounds ridiculous and superficial. I've styled enough women to know that when they look good, it gives them an inner boost of confidence that ultimately has a domino effect into other parts of their lives. It really works!

3. They want the recognition they deserve.

As women, we are great multitaskers. Most clients juggle an incredible load and wonder why their memory is failing them. Being a mum of two and a business woman there are days I crave "quiet time" and to be still.

We contribute a great deal and sometimes all we want is a "Thank you". Thank you for completing this project so well, thank you for dinner, thank you for working after hours this week, thank you for looking after the kids and booking their swimming classes....All we need is a "Thank You" so we can keep going. Look around your office and offer a thank you to another incredible woman who deserves some recognition.

4. They want purpose and meaning.

Many of my clients who come to see me are often at crossroads. They have either left their high-profile corporate career or are seeking a higher purpose within their business or role in the office. It's very hard to maintain a crazy pace at work if you feel like you're not contributing to a higher purpose. Most of my clients want to contribute to something bigger than themselves.

I feel incredibly blessed to have spent eight years of my corporate career working in the breast cancer arena. If there ever was a higher purpose, this was it. Here's a photo that was taken with some of our team members during Breast Cancer month, October 2005.

Our pace was crazy but as a team, we kept going because we knew the drugs we were working on were going to make a massive difference to the quality of life of women living with breast cancer. Now, as an Image Consultant, my wish is to see every woman land the leadership roles they deserve. My gift is to show women how beautiful they are. My small part in her life is to help her use her image to break barriers, overcome biases and lead with confidence.

What's your higher purpose? By finding it, it will give you so much satisfaction in what you are doing day to day.

5. They want to spend money on themselves without feeling guilty. 

How crazy is that!!!!!! So many women feel guilty for spending some hard earned money on themselves. I want you to think about all those long hours you've put in at work to ensure you completed an important project, think about all that you do for your friends, think about what you do for your family. Need I say more! Investing in yourself is the best thing you can ever do. When you feel like you've had time for yourself, then you'll have more to give to those around you. 

Did you resonate with any of these "secret wants"? I'd love to hear from you. Let me know your thoughts.

Until next time, I wish you all meaning, happiness, and success.

Styling Your Success


Off The Shoulder

One of the spring's biggest fashion trends is the off-the-shoulder style. From tops to dresses to jumpsuits, you’re sure to see a ton of shoulder-baring options out there. 

The unique neckline of this style cuts across the chest and upper arms to create bare shoulders. This flash of skin elongates the neck and creates a look that is both flirty and fun.

As with all trends, you need to assess your own individual dressing style and see how this style makes you feel. Depending on how you choose to wear it, it has elements of a feminine, natural sporty and dramatic dressing style. 

Here are some looks to consider this spring / summer

Some pointer's to keep in mind before purchasing an "off the shoulder" number

1. It may not stay in place so if that will irritate you then I would stay away from this trend.

2. Don't forget your proportions. If you are opting for a loose version then team it with fitted bottoms. If you going to wear it with a maxi skirt then keep the top at waist length so you maintain the 1/3 to 2/3 ratio.

3. If you are a pear shape then this style will help broaden your shoulders and potentially fill out your bust.

If you're looking for more style inspiration, head over to my Pinterest board.

I'd love to hear how you've incorporated this trend!

Styling Your Success



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