When I meet people, and they ask what my profession is …. The response
I get is “Oh, an Image Consultant… how did you get involved with
My comeback is, “I was genetically programmed to do
You know how Tiger Woods was golfing at age two? Well, my
profession also started with play as a little girl. As young as seven or
eight, I would gather all the neighborhood children into my bedroom where
I would comb or dress their hair, straighten their shoelaces, clean their
runners, pull up their socks, and even wash their faces. The process had
My practice expanded. My poor cats ran around in baby sweaters and
bonnets. Most of my allowance was spent on clothes for Barbie who
performed in home fashion shows. Needless to say, Millie the Model was my
favorite comic book. My dream was unfolding.
Play became my stage. As a teenage “Makeup Queen,” my Mom couldn’t
leave the house without a once-over from me. I set out my brother’s school
clothes and I planned my own wardrobe a month in advance. Sewing became a
mad passion as I made outfits not only for myself but for my friends.
Patterns and fabrics replaced doll clothes.
The first door to my career opened for me when I was sixteen. At that
time Teen Fashion Counselors were chosen by The Bay and The Eaton
Department Stores in Winnipeg, Manitoba to represent their local high
schools in community events. To qualify for this position an essay had to
be written explaining why one would be the right candidate to represent
his or her high school and how being chosen would benefit one’s career.
The Bay chose me….. I was in heaven!
As a counselor we were hired to work part time at The Bay. One by one
my friends were assigned to all the “neat departments,” such as teen
fashions or makeup. Not me! I was sent to the Bay Basement, Baby
Department to fold baby clothes.….. So here’s where I can say “I started
at the basement and worked my way up!”
Looking back I can see that every job I ever had was directing me
toward my role as a Colour and Image Consultant. When Colours became
popular in the 80’s, I was one of the first to have my “colours”done.
Shortly thereafter I was hired and trained to be an Assistant Image
Consultant under Lynn Hutton of Colours of Oakville, Ontario. In ’84 I
moved to Windsor, raised a family and worked part time as a sales
associate with various ladies clothing boutiques. I didn’t realize I was
still in training for my career or that my dream of owning my own store
was about to come true.
In 1994 I opened Cranberi’s Fashion Boutique and embraced every moment
of it for the next six years. During this period I realized many women
needed to be educated on the principles of fashion and how to relate it to
their own body shape and personality. Their need became my desire to
instruct. I contacted The International Image Institute where I refined my
skills in Advanced Colour Analysis and Personality Profile. Now, I was
positioned to offer training and development in appearance and personality
for effective communication to both women and men. Beautiful You,
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