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The Facebook Effect

 Did you know? If Facebook was a country, it would be the 3rd largest on earth? With nearly 200 million more inhabitants than the USA. Would you believe that at the last count, the site added 8 new users per second!
Professional Impressions has officially added to that statistic by launching our Facebook Group. If you want to receive motivational messages,
updates and share tips,
please click here to join our group.

Have you found a great affordable fashion item or interesting business information website? Do you have an opinion or question? Do you have tips of your own? We're excited to hear your thoughts, read your comments or see your favourite fashion trend pictures.
I’d personally love to hear from you-let me know what  Summer means to you.....
The most original answers will receive
a Mangwanani Vital Renew Package
valued at R1 599.

How did a 19-year-old Harvard student create a company that has transformed the Internet and how did he grow it to its current enormous size? In this fascinating book by David Kirkpatrick he tells us how Facebook was created, why it has flourished, and where it is going next.  Facebook is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life of millions worldwide. As it spreads it creates surprising effects-even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.
This is the Facebook story that can be found nowhere else.
To get the book click here.


Ready to Wake Up your
Summer Wardrobe?


The start of a new season means it's time to re-invent yourself, de-clutter and refresh your wardrobe.


• Have you ever walked up to your cupboard and said "I have nothing to wear"?
• Are you tired of your clothes?

  This use to happen to me all the time. Thankfully, those days are over. It's possible to get yourself out of your wardrobe rut with a few simple tricks.

I will provide you/your staff with tips to: •wake up your wardrobe
•discover the new season’s style rules
•work the hottest trends into your lifestyle 

Corporate Workshops & Individual Consultations offered.

Contact us now to Spring into Sensational Summer Styles.

Tel: 011 469 1396


Latest Events


I was extremely excited to be part of the first Bytes Group Woman's Day at the JHB Country Club last month.The Theme was "Unlock your own full potential".I was honoured to be presenting amongst such powerful women as Diane Radley-Incoming Chief Executive Old Mutual Investment Group South Africa,Deidre Le Hanie-MD–Bytes Managed Solutions and Seara Macheli-Mkhabela-Group Executive Corporate Affairs Altron.It was a magnificent morning enjoyed by all.

Tarsus and HP hosted a ladies breakfast at the exclusive Saxon Boutique Hotel last month. I provided a selected group of ladies with practical tips on "How to be the Next Chief Breakthrough Woman." A lucky few won HP Vivienne Tam notebooks, printers and camera bundles. We all received awesome goodie bags from Jenna Clifford. My personal thanks to Sophia Evans-BU Manager for making the day so memorable for all.

"Probably the most sensible, fabulous workshop I’ve attended"
Nikki-Incredible Connection

"Your personality shines through.
Gave me hope,can do it,
survive the concrete jungle."
Claudia-Life Healthcare.

On the 10th Sept a selected group of Premier Foods' ladies were spoiled by a full day of Professional Impressions personal branding, etiquette, colour analysis and Superwoman presentations.

"I would like to thank you for an amazing presentation. All the ladies flooded us with appreciation. I personally gained a lot of insight into myself and from the moment the session was complete I walked out knowing I needed to become proactive in defining my own path and not wait for others to hopefully see potential.
Thank you so so much."
Claudia De Abreu-HR Assistant
Premier Foods

"I never thought that your presentation would have had such an impact on me. It was truly an eye opening experience for me.I have already started to ‘re-design’ my brand and I was amazed that by simply making a few changes I have had an amazing response."
Yolandi Hassink-PA-Premier Foods
Pretoria Maize Mill

Professional Impressions
would like to credit:
Suliman Surtee and Mr Ahmed Saloojee of GRAYS
Woman & Home-Oct 2010
Elle-Oct 2010
Pauline Weston Thomas -
Karel Leerink-Fashion Buyer-Truworths
Spring's Best, Most Wearable
tom ford
Destiny Man Magazine
THE FACEBOOK EFFECT by David Kirkpatrick



Sensational Summer Trends For You

I don't know about you but I LOVE warm weather so welcome to Summer! What does this season mean to you? Let's see-for me Summer is…ice cream, pretty pastels, sundowners, feminine sandals and not waking up when it's dark!
You can become overwhelmed by the fashion choices in the shop and the pictures in magazines, so I have provided you with the "look chic in the heat kit"-Summer's best, most wearable trends for the workplace. Read on and discover what will suit your lifestyle best. Have a Stylish, Sensational Summer!

                 "There is no time like Spring,
               when life's alive in everything."
                           Christina Rosetti

In this e-letter:
• Summer's Best, Most Wearable Trends
• Hot Colours for Summer
• Sensational Must-Have Items
• Trends to Avoid-don’t waste your money!
•The Latest Fashion for Men
•Ready to Wake-up your Summer Wardrobe?
•This month's great read-the Facebook Effect 
• Win a Mangwanani Vital Renew Package
• Latest Events 

Summer's Best, Most Wearable Trends

                         "In order to be irreplaceable
                         one must always be different" 

                                       Coco Chanel

A Fresh Romance
Create a softly feminine look-use floral prints, chiffon, silk, lace, layering, tone on tone nudes and loose-tailored garments. For work don't do light colors from head-to-toe-rather combine with charcoal or darker pants. Team up a ruffled blouse or lacy camisole with a relaxed jacket. This way you will look feminine and credible at the same time. Warning: over-doing this look could make you come across as too "girly" and you will not be taken seriously enough.

Back in the Wild
Neutral, earthy tones, trench dresses, gladiator sandals, a tribal beaded necklace, gold accessories, animal and ethnic prints. Anchor prints with a utility khaki jacket. Invest in a bag or shoe with a touch of animal print-it's a classic print. Warning: animal print from head to toe-will make you the laughing stock of the office.

Strong and Simple
Sleek tailoring and chic elegance. Choose jackets in classic styles; Monochrome Mixes – combinations of dove grey, black, ash and white. Warning: if lines are too severe you can appear to be too serious or unapproachable.

Ahoy! Ahoy!
Mix stripes with polka dots and add bold colour to update the classic nautical look. Use combinations of black, white, red and navy. Warning: avoid horizontal stripes over the widest parts of your body, as this will draw attention to any "problem" areas.

Hot Colours for Summer:
The Brights Palette
-inject your wardrobe with colour energy-try neon green, acid yellow, coral, aqua, tangerine, fire-engine red, electric blue, vivid purple. So as not to shock the office staff, anchor with a neutral. Remember that you can wear any colour of the rainbow-what's important is what intensity, hue and tone suits you best. For more info on our colour consultations-
click here.
Candyfloss Pastels-blush pink, soft peach, banana, lemon, lilac, powder blue, mint, jade and aqua.
The Nudes-café latté, beige, cream, taupe, stone and soft khaki.
Nudes go well when combined with other colors in an outfit or as a canvas to display a great piece of jewelry. Pick the correct nude fabric-nothing too body hugging. The fabric should drape and float away from the body.

Sensational Must-Have Items:

• The Dress-this is the season of the dress. If you are a busy woman, there's nothing easier than a dress in the correct style and colour to suit you. A Shift dress is understated, elegant and contoured. A Maxi dress is comfortable and kind to curves. The Grecian draped dress is very flattering. For work- make sure your cleavage and arms are not over-exposed.
• The White Shirt-update yours every season. Choose one with enough flair to carry a whole outfit.
• The Jumpsuit-select a neutral colour-grey, camel or black. Choose softly, draped simple styles and fabrics. Worn with belts, jackets, stacked heels and bold accessories.
• Bib and multi-row necklaces.
• Drawstring toggle bags and mini bags.
• Strappy, cut-out, stacked stilettos & wedges- nude, printed or floral, bows and buckle detail. Invest in a neutral pair of heels that matches your skin color-it will visually extend the line of your leg-instantly making you appear taller when showing off your legs.
• A striking arm cuff in brass, silver or wood.
Oversized glasses-printed and tinted in your favourite Summer shade.

Trends to avoid-don't waste your money:
• Rock a sock-wearing socks with your sandals..ughhh!
• The Utility Trend-looks like you are going to work on the plumbing of your house. Zips, ties, slouchy pockets. Too casual for work.
• Thigh-baring minis/shorts-beware of anything that is super-short, you will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. If you have good legs opt for the just-above-the knee pencil skirt.
• Lingerie as Outerwear-corsets, lacy camis on their own."I believe in the 9 to 5 girl-not the 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. girl." Adam Glassman. Rather make use of smart layering.
• Mixing multi prints & patterns-very few people can pull off this mix 'n match so rather keep to one major print per outfit.
• The Western look-faded denim, fringing, suede, cowboy boots. Your manager will put you on your horse and ask you to go back to the ranch!
• Casual, flat gladiator sandals or pumps for the office.

The Latest Fashion for Men:

-the cut this season is narrow and fitted. If you are not the athletic build, opt for a semi-fitted suit instead. Two button, single vent and single breasted suits are in. The new black is gun metal grey. In Summer you can choose a lighter colour neutral suit eg chocolate brown or stone. Don't go lighter than mid-tone if you want to be taken seriously.

Shirts & Ties-it's all in the understated detail e.g. contrast stitching, to contrast piping and contrast under collars. Shirt collars are double and exaggerated. Cuffs with piped edging. Multi striped shirts for a more casual look. Self-striped shirts and ties. Prints-subtle florals or paisleys. Ties are narrower this season. The tie and pocket square are an important part of the look.
Pants-the trend is to wear them ankle length. If you wish to do this use it for your more casual, non-work pants. Pleatless and looser wide-legged trousers are popular this season.
Fabrics-linen rears its head again-seen in black, stone and white. More appropriate for a relaxed environment or casual event. If you wish to introduce it to the office select it in luxury mixes with wool, cashmere or silk.
Colours-shades of the earth, sand, dark- brown and khaki-green, combined with white, and Chinese red and teal blue as highlights. Different shades of blue, mixed with beige and white, with accents of lilac and soft pink. High summer opens with lemon yellow, white and brown, followed by fire shades of burnt orange, fuchsia with white or metallic grey. The colour of the season is purple from lavender to bright purple,as well as all tones of green; from mint to neon-green.

Remember, it's not about what you wear-it's how you wear it. Make sure it's appropriate for the situation, accentuates your assets and makes you feel confident.

Well Done Miss South Africa-Nicole Flint

On August 23rd Miss SA Nicole Flint was placed in the Miss Universe Contest in Las Vegas before a worldwide viewing audience of one billion viewers. She beat Miss Venezuela and Miss USA-no mean feat. Well done girl! Best Wishes for the upcoming Miss World contest in China on Saturday 30th October in the city of Sanya. Contestants from over 120 countries will be competing in Miss World’s 60th Final which will begin Miss World’s diamond anniversary year.

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