Asmita Image Consultancy

TORCHBEARERS OF COURAGE

By on March 9, 2019

“You are a girl, go play with your dolls.”

“It’s time you quit your job, who will look after the baby?”

“Praying for a son now, we have 2 daughters.”

Haven’t we all heard these statements sometime in our lives from someone?

Women from all walks of life have always fought their own fears to march ahead with determination, courage and endurance. Was it easy? Definitely not! Was it necessary? Absolutely yes! Since I have started my journey as an Image Consultant, I have iterated that beauty always begins with YOU! How many of us have buried our career or the dream to start a business just because we couldn’t take that first step. Beauty is much more than dressing well and make-up it is the inner glow we attain by following our dreams relentlessly no matter how difficult it is. Remember ladies, “Once you push yourself, magic happens” Here is the story of two incredible women who rose against all odds to live a life of their dreams.

LAXMI AGARWAL

The face you burnt is the face I Love…. I am alive and flourishing

Laxmi Agarwal is an acid attack survivor, who started a successful campaign called STOP SALE ACID that garnered a lot of attention and nationwide support. As social worker and a television host she continues to touch lives. She is the recipient of   ‘International Women of Courage’ in 2014.  She recently received International Women Empowerment Award 2019 from IWES, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and UNICEF for her campaign Stop Sale Acid. Way to go Laxmi!

ARUNIMA SINHA

In 2011, Arunima, a national level volleyball player was rendered without a leg because of some miscreants. She was crushed however she decided to give a new meaning to her life. She decided to Climb Mount Everest and undertook 52 days ascend towards the summit of Mount Everest with a prosthetic leg and became the first female amputee to scale the Everest. So gutsy! Author of the book” Born again on the Mountain” in 2014, she is the recipient of Padma Shri in 2015 and Tenzing Norgay Highest Mountaineering Award.

Wishing all the brave and beautiful women out there a very HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY!

HERE’S TO STRONG WOMEN, MAY WE KNOW THEM, MAY WE BE THEM, MAY WE RAISE THEM!

Tomboy Tina

By on October 1, 2018

It was just the other day when my friend was mentioning that her son loves reading books and his favorite one is Tomboy Tina who loved wearing dungarees and did not want to change into dress for a party. But, when her cousin Zara meets Tina, she understands and transforms her appearance by giving her loads of confidence.

That’s when I got reminded of Tomboy Tina that I had met a year back. She was in her early twenties and used to think that dressing up like a man would keep unwanted attention at bay. She wanted to portray herself as a strong, independent person, and especially as son of the family. So she was wearing clothes that were more like a man.

Her parents introduced me to her and wanted a transformation for her. When I met her, I realized that she idolizes her father and wanted to always become like him and in the bargain, had started dressing up like him. Now, she has become comfortable in those clothes. I worked closely with her for next couple of months and observed that she too wanted to dress and feel good but was not sure, how to do it?

Here, the transformation had to be internal first for it to be visible external. You have to start accepting your own self first, fall in love with yourself.

And, yes, the transformation did happen for real life Tina and today she is very happy in her personal and professional life, projecting herself as Strong and Elegant.

Journey of Inner Transformation

By on September 27, 2018

Personally, I always enjoy doing consulting for an Individual as there is lot of experimentation that can be done and most importantly, they open up to their innermost fears and apprehensions.

I specially want to share this particular consulting experience as this was one of the most difficult and life changing experience for the individual as well as for me.
Shobha was 21 years when she came to me for consulting much against her wishes. Her parents had forced her to come to me for consulting for her image makeover. She did not like Indian culture, customs, traditions or anything Indian. Her attire was restricted to Black Track Pants and T-shirt for all occasions. She was unsure of everything in her life be it career, clothes, behaviour or even relationships. Being the youngest in the family, she was pampered by her everyone. Her parents wanted to give best of best of everything that she desired or wanted. Inspite of this, She was unappreciative, negative, agitated towards them and in general towards everyone.
I took it up as a challenge. As an Image Consultant, I truly believe that its the overall personality of the individual that matter. I could have helped her in deciding the right attire but that that would not help her. My first step was to help her know her real self within. I helped her in her journey of discovering her real self. I had to engage with her first and made her comfortable to open up with me. I started watching her favourite web series to connect with her and strike a conversation. From then on, the journey became smooth.
Today, I can proudly say there is vast difference in her in the way she is carrying herself. Her relationship with her parents, friends, acquaintances have improved. She is clear of her career goals. She knows now, anger creates cracks more than anything else and has learned to control it. And, her dressing style resonates her personality – vibrant, clear, fresh, colourful and youthful.
Individual Consulting with Shobha has been a satisfying and rewarding experience for both her and me.
If you know someone or you yourself would want to experience change in any area of your life, I would be happy to help you and assist you in your journey. You can connect with me at asmita.aic@gmail.com or visit www.asmitaic.com to know more.

Do’s & Don’ts – Professional Wear for Women

By on September 7, 2018

In my earlier article, I mentioned the importance of looking professional for Women. 

Looking professional is an important step as this portrays your personality, displays authority, credibility and seriousness towards work.
Here are some of the do’s & don’ts in professional wear for Women.

Do’s 
  • Wear Dark colours (Black, grey, forest green)
  • Wear Cotton Pants, Straight Pants
  • Wear Collared Kurtas for Indian Formals
  • Wear Indian formals of fabrics like, Cotton, Khadi, Linen, Silk
  • Wear Closed toe heel shoes, Pumps, Wedges
  • Jewellry should be simple & classy
Don’ts
  • Wear Floral Prints
  • Borders (Gold / Silver) on Indian formals
  • Wear Chiffon, Georgette
  • Wear Slippers
  • Wear body hugging dress.
  • Wear dangling earrings along with neck piece.
These are just few of the many and I am sure it will be helpful in determining your professional look.
I will be happy to cover more on this topic. Do write in with your questions on asmita.aic@gmail.com or leave comment below.

Cluster your Wardrobe…

By on July 13, 2018

In my previous article, I had written about the struggle women face when choosing clothes and clustering of clothes would be the best possible solution.

As per Dictionary, Cluster is to form or gather together. Similarly, in Image Consulting, Cluster is to form or gather together group of co-ordinated clothes and accessories which creates different looks and individuality to the person.

Clustering would help you

  • To break the wardrobe into smaller manageable groups.
  • Flexibility to buy and replace clothes on a piece basis.
  • Get maximum wear out of older clothes.
  • Saves shopping time.
  • Guarantees mix-and-match.
  • Reduce useless impulse purchases.
  • More Consistent Personal Style.
  • Simplifies your life.

Just imagine with a little planning and innovation, you are able to create 25 looks with just 5 clothing pieces and most importantly, your wardrobe can be manageable and with it your life.

Exciting, Isn’t it? Wait. No need to go shopping yet. You can first evaluate what you currently have in your wardrobe and how they can be used to the optimum. Basis that, you can create a shopping list.

If you need to know more on clustering or need help with your wardrobe, please write to asmita.aic@gmail.com and we will get back to you with your queries.

We also conduct sessions which shows different styles and looks.

Can Less be More? Try Clustering..

By on July 13, 2018

It was just the other day that my dear friend enlightened me that profit margins in apparel industry ranges from 6 – 13% as per industry analysts. It sure raised an eyebrow for me but was not totally shaken by this fact.

Being in Image consulting for 4 years now, have come across many clients who are at influential positions but still go through the struggle of not knowing what to wear for different occasion. They like everyone, go on shopping spree and purchase everything possible without being aware that the same garment can be worn multiple times with various looks.

Usually, Women, (i am referring specifically to women here) purchase one whole outfit and once worn in a week do not like to repeat it again that week or the subsequent week. So, they purchase different outfits and help the apparel industry to prosper. 🙂

It is not that I am against the apparel industry. In fact, I want to promote ‘Less is More’ and would encourage People to buy good & branded clothes which can be worn for longer duration and at the same time can be styled in various ways. Clothes can be clustered in various groups and be worn according to need of the day.

‘Clustering’ helps in avoiding last minute rush and everyday hassle of ‘don’t have anything to wear’. We can start the day with positive and relaxed way. It just needs a little bit of planning and foresight which anyone can master over a period of time.

I will be covering more on clustering in my next article.

If you need to know more on clustering or need help with your wardrobe, please write to asmita.aic@gmail.com and we will get back to you with your queries. We also conduct sessions which shows different styles and looks. 

Being Professional!

By on April 29, 2018

When I first started out as an Image Consultant, it was difficult to convince people of my talent to develop and transform people. They had this perception that how a young person can teach us how to be well groomed and be polished. Well, but at least they gave me an opportunity to speak and tell them about Image Management and why it is important? Rest is history.

Today, I can proudly say that I have trained over 5500 people in over 90 Workshops and coached around 35 individuals for various fields who are almost double my age.

Clients have given me feedback such as…

“We heard you because you looked professional though young in age.”

This is what I communicate in my session “FORMA – Professionalism Workshop for Students”. Being professional is not just about looking professional it’s also about professional attitude and behaviour. You, yourself should look and feel professional first. That is like half work done. If you yourself are convinced of yourselves, it becomes easier to convince others of you and your work.

Colleges, today hardly give any emphasis on this topic which is the most important, especially when students step out in the corporate world. It is high time, that our education system include this as part of curriculum. As professionals, what are your views on this?

Asmita Neve-Pawar is a Certified Trainer in Image Management and Soft Skills from ICBI. Due to her keen interest in human behaviour, she has also done her NLP certification. She has transformed hundreds of individuals through personal and group consultations.