In This Issue:
- Through Liana’s Eyes
- Image Therapy 101
- Lianaism of the Month
- About Liana
I love to travel for many reasons, but perhaps one of my favorite aspects of travel is that it shifts my perspective and offers an opportunity to reflect on not only where I’m going in life, but how far I’ve already come.
As life gets full, it’s easy to always focus on the horizon ahead, and anticipate where we’re headed next. However, In this issue of Through Liana’s Eyes, I invite you to reflect on how far you’ve already traveled, and how much you’ve already accomplished in this world.
You are an amazing human being, and it’s so important to check in with the magnitude of your incredible journey from infant, to adolescent, to adult.
Do you realize how much you’ve grown, both physically and emotionally? Think about that miracle for a moment.
You’ve “traveled” from being an infant who couldn’t speak, to an adult who can read this message, and share it with others. You’ve “traveled” a great distance from where you were just one year ago. You’ve learned so much, accomplished so much, and become so much!
So as you enjoy my practical “travel” tips below in the Image Therapy 101 session, I invite you to take in the beautiful perspective of how far you’ve already traveled in this month’s Through Liana’s Eyes.
I see you, and you are magnificent.
How to Travel Lightly and Still Look Your Best
Do you love to travel, but hate packing? Does it sometimes feel like you need two extra suitcases every time you leave town? Do you ever say to yourself, “Next time I’m packing less stuff!”?
You’re not alone. So many of my clients come to me with this same challenge, so in this month’s Image Therapy 101, I’m going to share my best tips for making your next packing experience much easier and lighter.
Tip 1 – Create a Wardrobe Travel Log
You probably know which of your current, everyday outfits are your favorites right? These are your “staples,” or the outfits that you seem to pull out again and again because they make you look great and feel great.
Take a photo of these outfits and add them to a travel log. Organize them by season, occasion, or dress code. Then, when you’re getting ready for your next trip, you can check your itinerary, and plan ahead to make sure these items are clean, and ready to pop in the suitcase. If you had a few of these “staple” items for various occasions ready to go, you will likely cut your packing time down significantly.
Tip #2 – Packing Begins When You Shop!
If you are a frequent traveler, before you purchase any new clothing item, ask yourself how you can use it as a part of your travel outfits. Can you repurpose this for a few different occasions and outfits? Is it easy to pack? Can you use this item with different accessories and shoe combinations?
Of course if you love the item, you can still buy it even if it doesn’t fit into your travel plans, but if you want to make the packing process easier and more fun, I highly recommend thinking ahead the next time you’re in the store!
Tip #3 – Always Have a “Column of Color”
If you’ve been around my campus for a while, you’ve heard me talk about “column of color” a lot. It’s a basic necessity of any outstanding wardrobe, and refers to having color on the top that matches color on the bottom.
Whether that means choosing a blouse with matching pants, or having a blue blazer that closely matches the blue in your eyes, you want to create this consistent “column of color” and pack accordingly. By doing so, you will always have a solid base of options to build around. If it’s a formal occasion, you can wear a layer on top of your base “column” to give the outfit some glitz. If you’re headed to a casual affair, perhaps you can layer a scarf or shawl on top of your base “column.”
Play! Have fun!
Packing and travel can be enjoyable experiences, especially if you implement the three tips above. Instead of dreading the experience or waiting until the last minute, try approaching this process with the same level of play as I always recommend you use in your closet.
Enjoy the journey of travel from the moment you shop, to the moment you unpack your suitcase after returning from the airport.
Until next time, happy travels!
“When life calls, pick up the phone.”
The World’s Greatest Speakers: Insider Secrets on How to Engage and Move Your Audience to Action
I was recently interviewed by speaking coach and trainer Maria Lynn Johnson to be to be featured in her new book “The World’s Greatest Speakers: Insider Secrets on How to Engage and Move Your Audience to Action” – a real honor. The book is now available on Amazon here.
In our interview, I shared some great tips on how to connect with your audience so you can not only inspire them, but also leave them wanting more of you! Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a leader of a non-profit organization, or just someone who has a message to get out there, I think this interview may be of real benefit to you.
Click here to get a copy of my interview.
I hope the interview inspires you to get out there and share your true brilliance in an even greater way. Enjoy!
Liana Chaouli, (pronounced sha-oo-li), is the President and Founder of Image Therapists International Inc. and a globally recognized thought leader , style expert and educator. Ms. Chaouli, provides transformation through the empowerment of wardrobe. She has spent two decades consulting CEOs, celebrities, and political figures on matters of self-image.
As the developer of Image Therapy™, she works closely with her clients on their personal and professional presence using analysis, physical appearance, and education to adjust attitudes affecting self-esteem and overall sense of worth. Her clients include Bob Mackie, The Canfield Training Group, IBM, Nordstrom’s, Coldwell Banker University, Chico’s, and many more.
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