Pink is the new black!!

I am very excited about this trend! Pink in all shades is a big trend this winter. Wear pink from your head to your toes -pants, shirts, dresses and shoes.

Pink with a purple undertone is the colour you will see on the runways – under the influence of Pantone’s colour of the year, Radiant Orchid.

How do I wear this trend?

Choose a pink that suits your skin. Let me help you find the perfect colours to suit your skin tone. Colour analysis: R400 – get a free Style Personality analysis when you book a Colour Analysis before 30 June 2014.


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It is that time of the year again when most women stand in front of their cupboards and think: “I have a cupboard full of clothes but have nothing to wear.” I decided to make it a little bit easier by giving a Style Personality analysis when you book a Colour or Figure analysis before 30 June 2014. Contact me for more info.

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Juanri Image Consultancy studio is moving! Due to popular demand Juanri decided it is time to move her studio back to her home town. Her new studio will be situated in the centre of town, Thom Street Paarl making it easier for all her clients to gain access. Photos of her new studio will be posted soon.

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We all want beautiful lean legs but sometimes it is not that easy to get them. You can make your legs appear longer by just wearing the correct clothing and shoes. Here are a few tips to get those perfect, sexy legs.

Love your legs just the way they are.
Yes I know this is easier said than done, I still struggle with this every day, but if we don’t work with what we have we will be self conscious and even attract more unwanted attention.

Create length by using vertical lines.
Vertical lines in the form of pleats or stripes will make your legs appear longer and narrower. Wear trousers with an ironed pleat running down the middle or your leg or wear trousers with stripes running down.

Avoid horizontal lines/pleats or big, bulky pockets.
You do not want to attract too much attention to your legs if you are self conscious about it. So stay away from bright coloured trousers, trousers with unnecessary pleats and bulky pockets. Keep it plain and simple in dark natural colours like, black, brown, gray, navy blue or a dark coloured denim. Avoid turn-ups if possible as this can make your legs appear shorter.

Avoid skinny jeans.
There is a reason why they are called skinny jeans. Only really, really skinny girls look good in them. Rather wear a bootleg, straight leg or a wide legged trouser or jean.

Make sure your hemline is on the smallest part of your leg.
If your knees are well formed you are allowed to wear a dress or shorts above the knee, otherwise try to keep them covered. Most women look best with the hemline ending just underneath the knee, otherwise just under the broadest part of your calf. Avoid wearing trousers just above the ankles as this will make your legs appear shorter.

Wear the correct shoes.
Shoes can make a big difference. Shoes with a slight sensible heel will make you and your legs appear longer. Stay away from shoes with a lot of horizontal lines at the ankles for example gladiator sandals. Ankle straps can make your legs appear shorter. Try to wear a shoe that is as open as possible to make your leg appear longer and narrower. If you do not want to attract attention to your legs stay with simple shoes in natural colours that matches your hemline colour. Nude coloured shoes will make your legs appear longer.

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No matter how young or old you are, sometimes you just feel totally clueless when walking into a make-up store, where to start?

Here are a few tips to make it a bit easier. It is important to go for a make-up lesson at an image consultant or make-up artist to know how to make-up according to your eye and face shape. Visit my website for more information at . Do your make-up in natural light if at all possible.


Make and hair by Juanri Image Consultant & Fashion Designer, Photographer Kim van Zyl

Step 1:

Begin with your eye make-up. The eyes are the most important, like they say your eyes are the window to your soul. To prepare the eye lid, use a primer (no not the one you use to prime your walls).  This will make your eye shadow stay on longer and serves like a foundation for your eye lids. I love M.A.C make-up; they have an eye lid primer that is called Paint Pot. Ask the shop assistant to give you a colour that will suit your skin tone.

Step 2:

Start off using a light coloured eye shadow to add depth to your eye lid. Depending on your eye shape, take a small rounded eye shadow brush and put eye shadow on your eye lid.  It is very important to keep the area just underneath your brow as light as possible with a matt cream eye shadow without shimmers. Go to a professional as this step can make your eyes appear bigger or smaller.

Step 3:

If you are satisfied with the shape you created in Step 2, use a darker coloured eye shadow to create more definition. Begin with natural colours like brown or charcoal brown.

Step 4:

Use eyeliner to line your eyes. Draw it as close as possible to your lash line. Do not over do it, the trick is to create a line that looks natural. I like Rimmel’s Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer, it has a small sponge to blend the line and a sharpener.

Step 5:

Mascara is my favorite part, who do not want that sexy lashes that creates a tornado when blinking. Use more on the top than the bottom. Try out a few until you get the perfect mascara.

Step 6:

Wipe off any messed eye shadow or mascara, that’s why it is easier to begin with your eyes and then add the foundation.

Step 7:

Apply foundation using a foundation brush. Make sure your foundation is blended at the jaw line, take a hand mirror and tilt your face, wipe off any excess foundation with a make-up sponge. Ask a make-up shop assistant to help you find the correct colour foundation.

Step 8:

To get rid of a shiny face and to make your foundation appear more natural, apply powder with a powder brush. If you have a more mature face do not apply too much powder as this can make you look older.

Step 9:

Get that beautiful exaggerated cheekbone with a bronzer. Add bronzer just under your cheekbone to create depth. Start off with a bronzer that is not too dark.

Step 10:

Look young and vibrant by using a blusher on your cheekbone but not too close to your nose. Smile when applying blusher with a blusher brush and move the brush in the direction of your ear. Do not over do the blusher, use a rose coloured blusher – it suits most skin tones.

Step 11:

Get the perfect kissable lips by using a lip pencil in a natural rose colour. Draw a soft line on your lip line and blend it with a lipstick in more or less the same colour. To give that extra shimmer add lipgloss.







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The annual J&B Met is around the corner and every fashionista is running around to find the perfect outfit.

This year the theme is “Made to Fly”. The first thing that comes to my mind is birds and feathers. It is very important to stay away from pencil heel shoes – the racecourse is a predominantly grass and sand walk-about. The best shoes to wear are flats, wedges and sandals. You can wear feathers from your head to your toes if you want to. For the Met you may be a bit over the top but remember to still keep it stylish and fashionable.  Wear feather hair pieces, earrings, rings, boleros, clutch bag and feathers on your shoes. Just stay in the same colour scheme. I love nude coloured feather dresses and accessories that give a vintage feel. Combine nude colours with other pastel colours like duck-egg-green or a contrasting colour like black to give you that ultra classic look. To finish off the look wear Smokey eye shadow and nude lips and ad some feather lashes. It might be hot so keep a feather fan nearby and enjoy it!

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Do you have a cupboard full of clothes but have nothing to wear? It’s time to make time for your wardrobe. Make sure you have enough time to organize your wardrobe otherwise you will end up throwing everything back into your cupboard.

Get rid of the following:

  • Anything you have not worn for a period of 1-2 years.
  • Items too small or too big.
  • Clothing in the wrong colours.
  • Clothing that is old and worn.
  • Dated styles.
  • Unnecessary duplications of clothing e.g. 4 similar white blouses.
  • Shoes, handbags and jewellery that have not been worn, are dated or are incorrect styles or sizes.


When sorting the clothing, put the clothes aside that can still be used, but just need to be altered for a better fit. Also check whether styles can be updated by changing buttons, collars and lengths. If you are not sure if you must get rid of that dress your mom bought you for the school dance, put it away in a suitcase and after 2 years take it out again and see if you wanted to wear it in the meantime.

How to organize a cupboard:

  • Only keep clothes for the current season in your wardrobe.
  • Hang clothing on separate hangers – one item per hanger, or at the most two skirts per hanger.
  • Organize hanging items in the cupboard to have jackets, blouses, skirts and trousers together.
  • All clothes must be visible within a glance so that it is easier to see mix and match combinations.
  • On shelves, fold all jerseys, t-shirts and other items neatly and keep items of the same sort together.
  • Never pile items too high.
  • Keep smaller items such as socks, pantyhose and underwear in plastic containers or drawers.

If you want to add clothing to your cupboard take the time to visit an image consultant. They will help you to know what style and colour will suit you best and will help you not to buy unnecessary items. Visit my website for a price list.

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If you are as excited as I am that Spring is finally here, I have the perfect way to celebrate this new season. It is called Colour Blocking!

Colour blocking refers to wearing ‘blocks’ or a combination of different solid colours together in one outfit. Colours can be mixed, matched or clashed for maximum effect. It starts with effective colour blocking, which means wearing a single bold colour from head to toe. You can pair two or three contrasting colours – anything more than four is excessive.  Wear brights with brights and pastels with pastels – it’s the safest way to experiment with colour and get it right the first time round.

There are two ways to do the Colour Blocking trend this season.

 Bold or contrasting Colour Blocking:

 Choose bright, distinct colours from completely opposite sides of the spectrum and pair them up. The look is fresh, bright and perfect for summer.

Although colour blocking is perfect for an ‘anything goes’ approach, there are still some guidelines you might want to follow.

To get the colour block trend right, you have to know which colours complement each other best. When colour blocking your outfits, try out these combinations:

Analogous colours, which are any three colours lined up next to each other on the colour wheel. Example: blue, blue-violet and violet.
Complementary colours. These are colours placed directly opposite each other on the wheel. Like red and green or yellow and violet.
90 degree angles. Combine colours that are at a right angle with each other. Example: Orange-yellow and green or red and violet.
T colours. These are colours that form a ‘T’ shape. Like yellow, purple and orange-red.
Jewel Colours are equally rich and flatter each other, such as emerald green and ruby red.
Keep colours in the same saturation. Pastels with pastels, neons with neons.
Pink trick. You can substitute ‘pink’ for ‘red’ and use all the same combinations.


It’s good to anchor your outfit with a neutral colour like black, white, grey or beige. You can also finish the look by using a summer scarf with the same colours as your outfit, for instance an orange loose fitting top with a green skinny jean and finish off the look by wearing a summer scarf with the orange and green. You can finish it off by painting your nails a separate bold colour or wearing bright, chunky accessories in solid colours.

Ice Cream colour blocking:

This year you can also combine soft Ice cream colours to create the Colour Blocking effect. Combine peach pink with duck egg and finish off the look by wearing pastel or tan coloured accessories.

Pastels are really easy to wear, this season. No rules – it’s casual daywear at its best. Offset sorbet hues with something white, or go all out in head-to-toe pastel colour blocking.

If you’re still a little colour shy, you can start off with a bright handbag, necklace, head band or belt. This trend is such a fun and exciting way to experiment with different colour combinations. It’s up to you to interpret it according to your personal style.

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If lace is one of the first things that comes to mind when you think of weddings, you are going to love this wedding trend for 2012/2013. Yes lace is still a fashion trend for this season, but this time it’s not only your fragile, lightweight, sheer lace. We’re talking structured, large-scale, doily on the coffee table lace.

Lace is leaving its delicate imprint on everything from cakes, creatively made using doily impressions, to invitations, ornamental tableware, lighting, accessories, flowers and of course, the dress. Repeat the off cuts lace used for your dress as a hairpiece, make a big bow around the stems of your bouquet and cover your shoes with the same lace.

Use your grandmothers old ribbon embroidered coffee table cloths on you dress, as your something old. (Go have a look at Anne and Lee’s dresses on my website under Gallery -wedding dresses) For something new – a pair of fashion-forward heels, something borrowed – your moms veil or pearl earrings and something blue – a touch of blue on your lingerie, garter or use blue letters and write “I do” underneath your shoes.


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Chantilly lace is a popular lace used for bridal gowns. It is available in a variety of designs and forms, beaded and plain. Chantilly lace is one of the more famous French lace fabrics, featuring a netted background created using bobbins. Intricate embroidered patterns are worked into the net fabric using heavier silk threads.

Chantilly lace is characterized by delicate motifs of scrolls, vines, branches, and flowers outlined by a flat yarn. The pattern has areas of design that are very dense, and the pattern is often outlined with heavier cords or threads. The lace can be cut to produce single motifs and edgings. It is originally made in Chantilly France and is expensive, prices vary from R1500 to R2000 p.m. Chantilly lace is very delicate and soft and perfect to add a soft romantic touch to your wedding dress.
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