Everyone, no matter their age, life-stage, race, career aspirations, size or shape deserves to have their own signature look, their own personal style trademark. Élan Image Management can help you define or refine your look and translate it into a new and improved image, branded with your unique signature style. We specialize in true transformation from the inside out, so that the new and improved you is authentic, realistic, and aspirational. We don’t just give you a fashion makeover, we address your entire image so that the results are truly transformational and lasting. Read what Past Clients are Saying about Elan’s Services.
Perhaps you can relate to the following: Are you vying for a promotion and need a more polished look? Do you have no idea how to dress in a way that flatters and enhances your figure? Are you stuck in an image/fashion rut or just want a brand new look and a closet full of clothes you absolutely love wearing? Perhaps you are going through a career transition? Do you dread shopping and have no clue where to go? Maybe you are an executive needing to take her image to the next level? Are you on the brink of media exposure and need your very own personal fashion stylist to ensure your visual image is aligned with your message or platform? Do you have a special event/photo shoot and you need to look fabulous? If any of these situations describes you then you can absolutely benefit from our services.
So whether you are petite, tall, plus size or somewhere in between, shopping for dresses, pants or business suits to flatter your figure, you’ve come to the right place!
In-Depth Image Consultation: One of Our Popular Packages
We recommend that every client invests in our in-depth image consultation as it is the foundation for all subsequent consultation services. The in-depth image consultation incorporates all aspects of image and appearance and is customized to each client’s needs and priorities.
If you are looking for a true transformation and education on what to wear and how to best dress your figure, this package is for you. This package is highly recommended as it incorporates all key elements of an in-depth image assessment. It includes a color consultation, personal style assessment and figure and fit analysis as the core modules.
We also address hair, accessories, makeup depending on your needs and the timing. As a client you get ‘homework’ to complete before the session that we review and discuss together as part of the session so we have a clear understanding of your preferences, challenges, style/image aspirations and priorities. During the session, we will document everything in a workbook that we will review together, customized to your needs. Other deliverables include color swatches and cards, and a list of action items to help get you started in achieving a new style, image and specific ‘how to’s’ so you know how to dress in clothing that fit, flatters and enhances.
This session is great for any woman who wants to improve her look and style whether she wants to dress more professionally or simply desires a polished and pulled together casual wardrobe.
This package requires a 5 hour commitment.
A typical consultation includes:
- image needs assessment
- personal style examination
- figure and proportion analysis so you understand how to flatter your figure
- color consultation
- You leave the session with a 30 page workbook that we will be completing during the session, action items for you to implement color swatches of your best colors
- My ongoing counsel as your image coach
In-Depth Image Consultation: Abridged
An abridged version of the 5 hour In-Depth Consultation. Key difference is that this session is 3.5 hours and focuses on two out of the three core image/wardrobe modules. Depending on options chosen, the deliverables may be different. Contact me for details.
Instead of utilizing the in-depth image consultation package, clients can choose to select a specific service that is part of the in-depth image consultation package above, as a separate service. In this case each service is billed at an hourly rate.
Discover your Signature Style
We each have a signature personal style waiting to emerge, whether we are aware of it or not. There are 7 unique styles and we help our clients understand which combinations of these styles best enhances and expresses their individual essence and educate them on ways they can incorporate elements of those styles into their ensembles. By delving into the preferences, personality, goals and lifestyle of our client we help clients uncover the nuances and accents that really resonate for them in different styles. These details help hone in a signature look. 2 hours
Dressing to Flatter your Figure
Each person has a unique body based on their figure, height, size and proportions. At Elan Image Management we empower you to embrace your body and teach you how to enhance your assets and minimize the parts of your body that are challenging for you. We examine in depth your body, figure and proportions. You will learn the designs, silhouettes and cuts that accentuate your assets and learn insider secrets to camouflage any figure challenges. 2 hours
The right colors can turn your wardrobe from Drab to Fab and make you look and feel more attractive. Understand how to use colors to make your image ‘pop’. We assess your best colors based on scientific principles (taking special account of your skin, eyes and hair coloring) and we use a customized approach for each client. After the session you will get swatches of your best colors to take with you. . These colors will be the basis upon which you choose clothing (any items from the waist up), makeup and accessories. 1.5 hours
Shapewear, Accessories, & Makeup
This can be part of the initial consultation or conducted at a separate meeting, after we have worked together on your immediate wardrobe needs. A good hairstyle, effective shapewear and complementary accessories and make-up are important finishing touches. You will not look totally polished and pulled together without these details. Accessories further enhance your appearance and help you express you own individuality. Shopping for accessories typically requires a separate shopping trip. Typically 1-3 hours depending on the client.
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‘Virtual’ Image Consultation
If you do not live in the DC/MD/VA metro area we can still serve you! We have worked with clients in other cities ‘virtually’ using a combination of phone, e-mail exchanges of photos, and Skype web cam capabilities to uncover most of the items we cover in an in-person session. The exception is the color assessment which must be done in person. You receive a modified workbook as a takeaway from a virtual session and the session is tailored to your specific image needs.
We have helped clients discover their personal style, dress to flatter their figure, consult with them on their personal brand and provide fashion consultation advice for photo shoots, all remotely. We have also ‘virtual’ shopped for clients. A typical virtual consult takes 2-3 hours and is customized to the needs and goals of the client. Contact us today to explore how we can serve you regardless of where you live in the US!
Listen to Natalie Share Her Experiences as an Image Consultant
Natalie was interviewed recently by Mia Redrick author of ‘Time for Mom Me’ and a nationally renowned expert on self care strategies for Mom’s. In this interview, Natalie shares how she works with clients, her philosophy, and provides key tips to help you look your best!
Other Individual Services
The services below are typically conducted after an in-depth image consultation or as part of a larger bundled package. But they can also be separate service offerings as well. Bundled offerings including these services can be customized to the needs of a client on an as needed basis. Contact us for details
Let Élan Image Management show you how to buy fewer clothes but have more clothing options through wardrobe optimization. We want you to use and love ALL your clothes in your closet. After an initial consultation, we will review your current wardrobe for style, fit, color, relevance, coordination, and function. We take your preferences, priorities, lifestyle, tastes and goals into consideration so that the audit is customized to your needs. We will ensure you have key wardrobe essentials in place; purge items of clothing that are not in synch with your new image goals; and identify key gaps in your wardrobe.
Depending on your priorities we will also show you how to ‘shop your closet’, in other words, use clothing you already own to create ‘new’ outfits. For example with 10 core pieces you can create scores of new ensembles. We will help you shop more effectively in the future so that you will have the right outfit for every occasion A 4-5 hour commitment depending on client’s current wardrobe and whether we’ve already worked together. A 90 minute pre-consult is mandatory for clients who we have not worked with previously. Contact us for specific details on the process.
We offer three different shopping services depending on your needs and budget.
1) We can shop with you at your/our favorite stores to select clothing depending on your immediate clothing needs and image goals. Our ultimate goal after this shopping trip is ensuring you understand how to select items of clothing that work with your body, coloring, image needs and lifestyle, irrespective of how many items you actually purchase that day.
2) We can shop for you after we have worked with you in a in-depth consultation. In this scenario we will know your body, preferences, best colors and personal style to make informed choices for you. You give us a clothing budget and clothing priorities and we handle the rest. After we have shopped for you we will meet you so you can try on all the new purchases. We decide together what you keep and we show you how to coordinate your new clothes with each other and your existing wardrobe.
3) We can shop online for you. In this shopping service, our goal is to e-mail you suggestions based on your priorities and price point. We do not buy clothes but instead e-mail you our recommendations from a number of our preferred e-tailers. This is the most cost effective shopping option.
In all shopping services, you will learn the cuts, styles, colors and pieces that flatter you, that express your personal style and achieves your image goals. Minimum commitment of 3 hours.
Celebrities aren’t the only ones to get glamour shots. At Elan we’ve worked with women just like you to help style them and pick out their wardrobe and accessories for a photo session. Perhaps you need a professional head shot taken? Or maybe you’ve reached an age milestone and want to celebrate and gift yourself a ‘Glamor Shot’? Or you could be an aspiring singer, model, author, or artist that needs photos taken for marketing purposes? Maybe you need pictures for a special event?
Whatever the occasion we can help get you ready for your shoot, by helping you select your outfit, providing accessories or props as needed, and consulting with you on hair and makeup to ensure you look fabulous in your photos. And even more, if you need it, we are there to ‘hold your hand’ during the session and work with the photographer so we capture your best angles and poses.
If needed, we can coordinate the entire shoot for you, tapping into our network of photographers, makeup artists, and hair stylists so all you need to do is show up. Contact us for details on how we make you look beautiful in your photos.
Personal Brand Consultation
Major Fortune 500 Companies hire brand strategists, marketing consultants and research professionals to help them build, maintain and monitor their brand image. In the same way, we each are our own walking advertisements, our own personal ‘brand’ that markets and conveys information about our credibility, intelligence, self image, and confidence. Personal branding hinges upon establishing a reputation for yourself, showcasing what differentiates you from others, and conveying the unique ‘value add’ you bring to a situation. Understand what brand image you are conveying by your image and how to develop a Unique Value Proposition that positions you for success in your life.
We give you an assessment to complete and then discuss with you what the results mean, in addition to advising you on strategies to strengthen the efficacy of your brand. Any individual representing a corporation, entrepreneurs, or those in the artistic fields (actors, singers, authors etc) and speakers need to be especially mindful of their personal brand identity. Explore how we can help you leverage your personal brand. 3 hours
Group Workshops & Seminars
Élan Image Management offers a number of workshops and seminars on image, style, personal branding and ‘purposeful presence’ to groups, associations and clubs. Groups can be small (20 or less) or much larger. The workshops are fun and interactive and can be social or professional in scope.
Dress For Success Seminars
We are particularly interested in giving presentations/workshops related to ‘Dress for Success’ topics which are relevant to students at Universities or those in career transition. As an individual with a graduate degree and one who has worked in corporate America for 15 years, Natalie is uniquely qualified to give such presentations as an image consultant.
Her ‘Dress for Success’ workshops can include any of the following areas:
- Importance of first impressions.
- The fundamentals of a business wardrobe.
- The impact of image and why an effective and polished image matters.
- Overview of personal branding, why it is important and tips on defining a personal brand.
- Having a purposeful presence- Establishing poise, presence and confidence.
- Paying attention to details: accessories, non-verbal cues, poise etc.
- Basic business etiquette (the proper handshake, eye contact, making an entrance).
- Recession proofing one’s image.
- And more!
We also offer customized workshops. Contact us for details.
Teen Image & Fashion Workshops
High School girls are at risk. Many have poor or no role models to inform them on what the proper social norms are which are the pre-cursers for success. They suffer from low self esteem, lack confidence and look to their peers or the TV for guidance on how to act and dress. Unfortunately too often, this just worsens the problem. Young women need positive affirmation, knowledge and the tools to succeed. Information is a start. The more positive input that is fed to them, the more they become empowered and emboldened.
Workshop topics can include any of the following:
- Importance of first impressions
- The impact of image and why an effective and pulled together image = power and confidence
- The consequences of a negative image
- Image and self esteem
- The fundamentals of a young woman’s wardrobe
- Understanding and embracing different body types
- Dressing to flatter the body
- Key Wardrobe Don’ts for young women
- Establishing poise, presence and confidence
- Fashion Influencers: The Impact of them, Who they are, and whether they are appropriate role models
- Understanding how to wow with color
- Finishing touches: Accessories
- Dressing for Different Occasions: School/Social/ Casual/ Church/ Prom
Contact me for specifics on building a customized program for your teens.
Image Coaching Series
The ‘New Year, New Gear’™ Teleseminar Image Coaching Program was specifically designed for women, as an ongoing image coaching program providing wardrobe education, style refinement, empowerment, fun, accountability and image transformation…all from the comfort of your home!
Each month, for an entire year (or 6 months) you will receive; a private one-on one image coaching session, a complimentary invitation to a coaching teleseminar, weekly e-mail exercises, insider access to resources and affiliates, discounted admission to wardrobe bootcamps and other events sponsored by Élan Image Management and much more! Get ready for a year full of education, empowerment, fun, fabulousness and most important, transformation. Visit Our Image Coaching Page for more details.
Ladies Night In Package
We offer a fun filled evening for small groups of women to help empower them to express their personal essence through their appearance. These sessions are customized to the needs of the women in the group but typically include any of the following: assess your colors, determine figure types and instruct on clothing styles that flatter and enhance various body types, bra fit, accessorizing, hair and makeup tips, clothes swaps and much more. Typical group size is 6-8 women. The hostess gets a free one hour image consultation. Contact us for details.
Give the Gift of an Image or Fashion Makeover
What better way to show someone you care than to treat them to an image makeover from Élan Image Management. An image or fashion consultation may be just the type of gift your loved one needs. Élan gift certificates can be purchased for birthdays, wedding gifts, graduations, anniversaries, special holidays or just to say you care.
An Élan gift certificate is a creative and unique gift that awards the recipient immediate benefits, the same way a day at the spa would. If your loved one relishes spa days they would love the gift of an image makeover. And it’s a wonderful way to treat yourself! You deserve it! Contact me for details!