Does Image Matter?


My article in Rotary magazine that was released on 31st OF August by Mr.MAALAN Chief Editor of NEW GENERATION MEDIA

 

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Here is the complete article –

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Your personal image is important; it is what people think about you!  Companies and some public figures use PR firms to build or reinforce their personal image, where their aim is to persuade the public to create a favorable opinion of their client.  Your personal image affects your success in your career, personal life and public life.  Personal image does matter!
People judge others based on three elements.

  • How they dress
  • How they speak
  • How they act.

When I do workshops /sessions with students I discuss how they are misunderstood.  I share with them how I would make a judgment about a student in the first five seconds of seeing him/her.  They unanimously object to such a quick leap to judgment.  I usually turn it around and ask them if they would they make a judgment if they saw a hot looking boy or girl across campus. The answer is always “yes”.

Do you only think about your personal image when you interview or go to work?  Do you ever run into bosses, professors or colleagues in your off time?  How are you treated when you are in a store or other venues outside of work? Would it be a lot easier if you dressed up all the time?  Sure, but that may not make you feel comfortable.  I think that is important too.  Your personal image should fit your personality.

 

You don’t need to dress up all the time to make a positive impression.  It is more necessary to look good!  Do you “look well put together”?  Are your clothes clean and pressed?  Is it appropriate for the occasion?  Personal opinion may enter into this, but that is why it is your personal image.  Own it. It is your choice!  Personal image is more than what you wear!  It is how you speak and act too.  In social situations, you may notice someone because of the way they look or act.
So, let’s start a series of talks to help you look and feel good so you can reach “your maximum potential”.

Babita Jaishankar

designer@babitajaishankar.com

CEO/Founder

WSol Fashion & Image Makeovers Pvt Ltd

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Curd for hair and skin

 

I love using something from my kitchen cabinet for skin or hair care rather than just going to market and picking up branded products that contain the same active ingredients as the stuff we use almost every day. You can see for yourself how simple these things can be if you know the ingredients (and your high school chemistry!).

Let’s look at the all too common curd for instance. (home made curd is the best because it is not sweetened and contains live culture ) for my hair and curd with organic rice flour as a body scrub.

 

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Curd for skin /hair care –

The zinc and lactic acid contained in curd are great for a healthy skin. Lactic acid fermentation in and of itself enhances the micro-nutrient profile of several foods hence lactic acid in curd more beneficial than lactic acid in milk.

Zinc accelerates the renewal of the skin cells. Zinc creams are used for babies to soothe diaper rash and to heal cuts and wounds. Zinc has also proven effective in treating acne, a problem that affects especially adolescents, and zinc has been reported to have a positive effect on psoriasis and neurodermitis.

Zinc is also used as an anti-inflammatory agent and can help soothe the skin tissue, particularly in cases of poison ivy, sunburn, blisters and certain gum diseases.
 
Zinc is important for healthy hair. Insufficient zinc levels may result in loss of hair, hair that looks thin and dull and that goes grey early. There are also a number of shampoos which contain zinc to help prevent dandruff.

The zinc present in curd (about .4-.9 mg per 100 gms of yogurt) also lightens the blemishes, discoloration caused due to poor circulation under the eyes and also the darkening of the skin due to suntan.

Gently massaging curd into the skin is sure to help remove dead skin cells, smoothen out the fine lines, tighten pores, hydrate dry patches and give a much-required shine and glow. The curd that I use for my skin and hair have more fat content as the high levels of fat and live cultures are the best for rejuvenation of the skin.

Due to acidic nature of the curd it is also very helpful in fighting against acne causing bacteria, fungus and germs.

Curd contains anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that help stimulate hair growth by acting as a natural cleanser and helps get rid of unwanted dandruff from the scalp. The anti-bacterial properties of yogurt also help soothe the scalp and reduce itchiness.

Have a glowing Sunday 🙂

Love

Babita Jaishankar

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weekend maddness

Often, when I do a makeover for a person, I tell them that I need to see more of their personality.. the personality that their clothes reflects. I want to see more elements of their lifestyles, something that matches the occasion. for example, take resort wear- going out for a vacation is a time to let go, get free of the stuffiness of their routine lifestyle. so why not? why not do it completely, along with the clothing.. spice your clothes up a bit, go free, romantic, maybe, sexy.. for those few days that you spend away.

On a similar note, long weekend is coming up, and I’ve been hit by a surge of interested, prospective buyers who want to know what they can do for their weekend off… with their clothes, that is. This got me thinking, “What would I do?” So I pulled out my designing skills, and got this together ( this one for getting the pattern right i stitched the sample myself )  , something that I’d love to wear on my few days off, but not anywhere else.. something different. Here’s what i put together and photography by Rashmi did complete justice to the out fit . Accessorized with  a watch and a handmade ring from Amrapalli ._DSC1082 copy_DSC1097 _DSC1107

So just analyze your lifestyle and your personality so you can have a wardrobe that fits   that .

Love

Babita Jaishankar

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Moong and mint – for acne prone skin

It is Sunday, time to pamper yourself with some homemade concoctions for bright and calming skin . The ingredients needed are  –

1. Finely powdered whole green moong dal ( washed and dried )

2. 1 tbsp  Fresh mint juice ( just for the face pack )

3 . Few drops of olive oil ( just for the body scrub )

4. Organic turmeric

Why moong dal and mint for skin care ?

Moong dal  provides significant amounts of thiamine (vitamin B1), folate ( vitamin B9) as well as vitamin B5 and vitamin B6. Vitamin B 1 is an antioxidant that helps to increase blood circulation and protects  from the effects of aging. Vitamin B 5 has shown the capability to reduce oil formation and thus, reduces acne formation. It has also become very popular in skin care industry because of its ability to assist in retaining moisture.  It helps hydrate and hydrated skin appears plumper, healthier and shows signs of aging much slower. Vitamin B5 is also needed for healthy growth and production to fight eczema.

Vitamin B also serves as an effective skin lightening agent. With regular usage you can see your hyper pigmentation decreasing.

In addition to this, it contains high levels of the minerals iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc that cuts the excess oil that causes the acne .

Mint is great for acne and cools and calms skin.

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Face pack –

Finely ground moong dal +pinch turmeric+ mint juice, mixed in buttermilk . Apply it and leave it for 20 min and wash it with lukewarm water .

Body scrub –

Ground moong dal + turmeric 1tsp+ olive oil . Use it as body scrub , in circular motion moving upward .

This pack is good for skin affected by hyper-pigmentation and is acne prone .

Enjoy and have a bright and cool Sunday .

Love

Babita Jaishankar

 

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Lady like !!!!

Today a good friend of mine who is into photography ( see her work here)  asked me “when a woman does a job that requires masculine/ athletic skills, or keeps her outdoors most of the time, how does she retain her femininity in our outlook and demeanor and still be taken seriously?
more so if she interacts with a lot of male colleagues/ customers/ vendors etc.”     got me into thinking and this is what my thoughts are –

  1. Balance

Balance both the elements (the masculinity and the femininity) so if you are planning to wear a girly blouse then wear it with a fitted neutral color trousers with juttis or loafers. Or if you are wearing a dress then maybe throw in a chunky watch or a briefcase Or like what I did here – wore a dress that had bold pinstripe and added a jewelry made of nuts  🙂 Textile patterns like houndstooth and pinstripes that are traditionally masculine shapes can be softened up with feminine colors and cuts

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  1. Drama

Bright colors, bold accessories and busy patterns in the outfit creates a visual interest , create the drama by not overdoing it but by knowing how much and where to place it on your body . Maybe just a bright shoe with the formals or maybe a polka dot belt on a grey or black dress

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  1. Outfit with a personality

When I do image makeover session I go through clients personality so when I am suggesting them outfits it suits their personality and thus looks authentic . So wearing one little thing that’s authentic to your style will keep you from feeling like a fraud.

”If you have to wear a suit, you can always add a stunning necklace or a vintage scarf you picked up at a flea market—just some little thing that lets the world know who you are.” – Elizabeth Nedeff

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4. You wear it ! You own !

After all it boils down to confidence, so be confident and own what you wear. There is room for all of us, in our own ways, to do the same in our wardrobe.

 

Love

Babita Jaishankar

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Palazzo on rainy rainy day


A day when you decide to wear white and then it rains the whole day .  Wore white linen palazzo trousers with midnight blue button down shirt. The shirt had a tie instead of collar with wide cuff . A jholla in copper added the bling to the look.  To know more about on how to style palazzos read my blog here .

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Today was the day when I met two ladies who were very clear on what outcome they wanted from the image makeover session.  One a home maker and the other a young college student . What amazed me the most was that the college student have saved up all her allowance to come to me 🙂

Waiting to start the sessions with these amazing ladies.

Love

Babita Jaishankar

 

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BAJA dress for dinner date

Love for dresses is what motivates me to design dresses for BAJA  .  I am comfortable if the dresses for special occasions don’t cling but drape well . These are some of the dresses that i love to wear to that perfect dinner date.

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Chiffon dresses with stretch lining  and hence it drapes very well .  Go very subtle on the accessories  to keep the ‘look’ delicate and dreamy 🙂

Love

Babita Jaishankar

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Orange sherbet

This dress  from BAJA  in pure chiffon,   instantly lengthening your figure with its vertical stripes, and draping flatteringly, is perfect for a romantic night out. Designed to be versatile and perfect, the yoke at the back causes the dress to fall and drape beautifully.

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It is lined with a stretchy, light weight fabric and its divided sleeves allow for much freedom of movement, and at the same time giving you exactly enough skin coverage to feel comfortable. The dress, called after its stunning hues, is named Orange Sherbet and effortlessly infuses functional glamor into your wardrobe. Sweet on its own, and stunning when accessorized, this dress will satisfy every one of your stylish whims and fancies.

Love

Babita Jaishankar

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Make your own rules

My BAJA dress has something vaguely sailor-ish about that makes the air around me taste saltier than it should. Odd as it seems, it’s true. With tiny boats dancing across the dark blue background and a silver cummerbund around my waist, I’d like to emphasize the fact that traditional touches can be added to any dress, western as it is. Let those traditional pieces hit the roads once in a while, just with a little right tweaks to the outfit.

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My necklace is no more a necklace that a bracelet would be as it is, not one piece, but a pair of my favorite silver anklets, linked together with the rings at the corners. My eye makeup is what I’d like to call old Indian, the sixties movie style- the winged eye. The fact is, opposed to popular belief as it is, that “traditionalistic” pieces or makeup can be paired with western, and they look fantastic. So take this as an invitation to raid your grandmother’s jewelry box, or take those pretty pieces out of the locked boxes they’ve been hiding in, and flaunt them!

Go ahead set your own rules 🙂

Love

Babita Jaishankar

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Treasured junk in my trunk

Every other day i am asked on how to arrange the wardrobe . So instead of just saying i thought to pen it down along with the pictures of my own wardrobe .

Doing it in parts and today it is about how i arrange my jewellery . Staying in an apartment i don’t have the luxury of space . I use the sliding draw under my bed to treasure all the junk 🙂

At a glance –

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I like to see all of them at a glance so i leave most of the smaller boxes (  shoe boxes or plastic storage boxes )  without the lids on .

I keep all my rings in  a big box ( have reused a cardboard box ) , i keep cotton balls in between,so they don’t rub against each other .

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I keep the precious ( stone /gem) and delicate rings in individual boxes.

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Teaming up same size and same color earrings / delicate necklaces  in a box which has small partitions , saves the time that you would  be spending taking them apart  . Oftentimes, my clients claim not to have any accessories to pair with their outfits, yet the truth is that they forget what they DO have.

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The chunky beads/pendant and expensive gem/beads are individually packed in velvet or cotton lined boxes.

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The fancy necklaces and pendants are individually wrapped and kept in two sections –     1. Colored      2. Gold/Copper/Silver

 

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Not much of bangle person and i like to stack them in a box so i can see them all together.

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Watches are wrapped in individual velvet pouches , i leave a bit of strap peeping out of the pouch hence easier to identify them without having to open  each  pouch to find the one you want .

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So yes, go ahead arrange your accessories and enjoy wearing them too 🙂

Love

Babita Jaishankar

 

 

 

 

 

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