Beth Divine

Beth Divine is an independent personal stylist based in Indianapolis, who specializes in wardrobe consultation and personal shopping.

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Indianapolis, IN

Phone: 317.416.2782

When It’s Time to Find a New Hair Stylist…

This blog is for everyone -- men and gals because we all from time to time hire a professional to cut, style and even color our hair. Ladies often have stylists wax and shape their eyebrows, too. That's a pretty broad group of people, so that's why I am writing about this today. Hair Advice From Your Certified Image Consultant A couple of months ago I was in Toronto for my color analysis training and update. While I was there it was interesting to see when our teacher would suggest to clients (who had come in to let us practice doing color analysis on them) to change their hair color back to a more "natural" color. As you can imagine, this was not well received. One of the gals had very warm coloring -- deep brown eyes and tan skin -- yet her hair color was a pretty light, ash blonde. Don't we all want to be blonde? Anyway, it was suggested to her that she needed to return to her natural hair color. The clients said -- no. She didn't want to do that and couldn't see the reasoning. Most of the time I, your Certified Image Consultant, agree, a hair color that more closely matches what you had as a child will be the better choice. While I do have highlighted blonde hair, the color is nearly identical to what I had as a child, an ash blonde with some highlights. Anyway, what I have found lately with hairstylists is that they want to do what is trendy in hairstyle/color etc., rather than what is better for you. Many of us just go along with this trendiness because, no. 1, we don't really [...]

By | October 5th, 2019|Beauty|Comments Off on When It’s Time to Find a New Hair Stylist…

From Your Image Consultant: Do You Have Your 16 Points?

The next two blogs from your favorite Image Consultant are about issues we all deal with as humans: grooming and your image surrounding that. I know it's strange that I compare us to our two cats. Stay with me. Our big, fluffy Maine Coon loves to groom himself. He loves to clean his long, thick hair and asks to be brushed at least three times a day. He probably feels better afterwards. Our other kitty, Nellie, who is a domestic long haired kitty has very long grey hair as well. Her hair is more stringy and tends to pick up dust, etc. Nellie does not love to be groomed by us and sometimes doesn't groom herself. An Image Consultant Points for Grooming People can be the same way in their grooming and thus their image. I fall somewhere in the middle of all this. While I am not a natural style -- ladies who shun makeup and jewelry, etc. -- I have never really been a high maintenance woman either. Ever since I cut my super long locks in my senior year of high school and opted for a short, curly cap of hair, I have not sought to spend hours getting ready in the morning for the perfect image. I am lucky in that I have naturally curly hair, and when I have a great hair cut I can use a little product and go! Early in my Image Consultant training my teacher showed me her consultant favorite 16-Point Test commonly used by stylists to show their clients some ways they can have a put together image and perfectly groomed. Basically, you get a point for each of these things: Did you do your [...]

By | May 12th, 2019|Beauty, Commercial Photo Shoots, Fashion, Fashion Makeovers|Comments Off on From Your Image Consultant: Do You Have Your 16 Points?

Image Consultant Tips for Winter Skincare

Happy winter, everyone. Yes, it’s here…if you are like me, your skin may be showing some signs of dryness or you even have some painful hang nails on your fingers. It’s not fun, but would this even be a Beth Divine blog if I didn't provide my Image Consultant insight on such topic?! I have always had dry skin, and I am always talking to other experts about what to do about it. As a consultant, I want to have a wealth of knowledge that I can pass on to my clients no matter what the subject. Believe it or not, central to controlling dry skin are two things: exfoliating and having routine manicures. This is something most women do, but men may not do it. Men—yes, I am talking to you—men can get manicures, too. Getting a manicure as a male won't hurt your image. No, it doesn't have to involve bright pink nail polish but would involve cutting back cuticles, moisturizing nails and basically grooming your hands. I have to think of something this week: Last Sunday, watching the C-Span show, the host did a camera close-up on a document, and there for all to see were his ragged, rough nails and hands. I had to look away. Take my word for it: grooming for men is important for your personal brand and image. Dear Image Consultant, What Products Do I Use? Okay, enough with beating that dead horse. What do you look for in products for dryer skin? There are so many products out there. As your Image Consultant, I am here to the rescue. Look for products without or very little water in them. You can find this on the ingredients [...]

By | January 31st, 2019|Beauty, Beauty Products, Makeup, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Image Consultant Tips for Winter Skincare

Make it a Happy New Year!

Hello Indianapolis Fashionistas, This will go out between two holidays, so I am giving myself a break and doing a lighter topic. We are also moving next week -- in the same zip code -- but nonetheless all the work, joy, etc., of a new home. Since I am an Indianapolis Personal Stylist, not an interior decorator, I have been a little lost picking paint colors for our new house, and deciding what old furniture we keep and what we buy. For starters, the house we are moving into is completely different from the house we live in. That compounds my confusion! LOL..But in some ways, the principles of color and design are the same with interior design. This is what I've learned: Like in your outfit planning, you want to add contrast and pop, right? I ended up consulting with a lady named Teresa who is an interior decorator and a Sherwin Williams consultant. She helped me pick my paint colors and my upholstery colors for my chairs and couches (just covering some existing furniture the cats and Michael love). We ended up picking a very pale grey and pale yellow for the hallway, dining room and other rooms in the first floor. If you are not sure of your furniture/house style, go to Houzz. I added my "pop" in the furniture: I recovered my couches in apple green (not dark though), and then picked a houndstooth print of turquoise and green on cream for one chair and a navy, hunter green, blue and green print for the larger chair. Rug will most likely be neutral. These will pop against the very pale grey walls. The trim is a very bright white. The main objective [...]

By | December 30th, 2017|Beauty, Fashion|Comments Off on Make it a Happy New Year!

The Parable of the Five Scarves

Hello Indianapolis Fashionistas, As I had mentioned before -- I am not going to give you tips on what to buy people for Christmas -- beyond my gift certificates, LOL!! Tongue in cheek -- what I'd like to talk about in this blog is a philosophy about how you buy -- a principle that you can think about all year as you buy clothes for yourself and even gift them to others. I did mention in another blog to be careful about "gifting" clothes to loved ones unless you can totally nail their size and style, or have had previous success in buying for others. Accessories -- albeit Winter, cozy accessories -- are always a good idea for gifting. Who doesn't love a cashmere scarf or leather gloves lived in leopard? Or a cozy wool scarf? It's an easy gift but usually much appreciated. That being said -- now more about my styling philosophy. I have to function in the world we live in right now -- and that is a world full of enormous buying options and cheap clothing available more than ever before. Just like cable television, we now have a myriad of buying options for our clothes--online, subscription boxes, consignment, clothing rental and retail stores from high-end to very inexpensive. That doesn't make the job an easier, however. I can tell you the clients I work with are often confused and overwhelmed with all the online options as well as what is in the stores. Part of the problem is that sizing is so different and varies from store to store and medium -- online versus the box store. Did you know that online sizing is slightly larger than what you find [...]

By | December 23rd, 2017|Beauty, Fashion|Comments Off on The Parable of the Five Scarves

Common Mistakes Women Make…

Hello Indianapolis Fashionistas, I hope you are easing into the holidays and not getting too stressed out. If you do, take a minute, take a keep breath, enjoy a cup of tea or hot cocoa. Rest. Watch a Christmas movie. (Repeat if you can!) Anyway, this blog is one I do from time to time to give you my opinions on beauty, dressing your best and not falling into the mistakes many women make -- including me. First, I am talking about makeup. Yes, I wear it. My goal is to achieve a natural look. That means several things -- I don't draw on big eyebrows or make them a dark color that looks unnatural. This is something many women do as they begin to lose eyebrow hair -- or they may have never had great eyebrows and think drawing them on will solve the trick. It's true -- brows are very important. They frame your face, and the right shape is so flattering to you. So -- try not to use too much brow makeup or a color that doesn't look natural. I like Lancome's eyebrow pencils as well as even light brown eye shadow applied with a brush. Don't forget to pluck stray hairs or get an eyebrow was from time to time. Check out Mally Believable Brows Shaping & Sculpting System w/ Brush. Second, watch the shimmer -- especially after the age of 40. This is especially true with eye shadow. Shimmer draws attention to any wrinkles around your eyes or any darkness. If you want to use a little shimmer cream around your cheekbones -- try it. See how it looks, especially in natural light. Also, ladies don't overdo the eyeshadow. [...]

By | December 8th, 2017|Beauty, Fashion, Makeup Techniques|Comments Off on Common Mistakes Women Make…

Gift Giving With Panache!

Hello Indianapolis Fashionistas! Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa-la-la-la-la...Okay, not into the spirit yet? For me, Christmas really is about all the beautiful music. I love it. I'm usually in the choir and we do a special Christmas concert. It's fun to dress up and sing. I also like to bake at Christmas. I might make my mom's popular Snowball cookies with lots of butter, powdered sugar and pecans. They are good, and I usually make a rich chocolate fudge, but this year... Anyway, of course, beyond the traditions we all have at the holidays, at the core of it is buying gifts. This can be intimidating to people. I have not always been the best at buying gifts. I will never forget really early in my professional career we had an office gift exchange. I bought my co-worker brown bathroom towels. Now, they are popular, but back then...She was so angry, she wanted me to take the towels back. Not nice (well, she wasn't nice, overall anyway.) Since then, I have improved at personal shopping -- I hope so since I do it for a living. I really think the best gift givers are good listeners. They try to find clues year-round to find the perfect gifts for family and friends. I remember one friend and I discussed Downton Abbey constantly. When our public radio station offered a special gift, I "gifted" it to her. She loved it. Or just keep up with what's popular: my husband is a great gift giver because he see's what's popular and knows someone will want these items. (It's an interesting perspective.) For those on your Christmas list who are more difficult to shop for, I [...]

By | December 2nd, 2017|Beauty, Fashion|Comments Off on Gift Giving With Panache!

Seeing Red! It’s All the Rage

Hello Indianapolis Fashionistas, We all know bright red is popular around the holidays. We wrap our presents in red wrapping paper, decorate our tree, put out our bright red Poinsettias. But, unlike other years, red is really a hot fashion color this year. I just received three clothing catalogs in the mail--Talbots, Bloomingdales and Banana Republic--and they all had a red item or two on the cover. That's a not-so-subtle way of saying designers love red right now. Did I tell you ...I learned on my recent tour of NYC's Fashion District how a trend is created? A trend is a "trend" when two or more designers do the same thing on a runway such as using red, ruffles or bold stripes. As your Indianapolis Personal Stylist I can confidently say: red is a trend! So....how can you incorporate red into your wardrobe. Before we dive into that deep well Indianapolis, let's consider this: there are several shades of red. You need to find the right one that flatters your skin tone and overall coloring. A quick easy way to figure out your coloring is to look at your wrist: are the veins blue or green? Blue -- you have more cool coloring -- green: you have more warm coloring. I have cool eyes and hair (blonde hair and blue eyes) along with tan, olive skin. I can really wear both. I tend to like a more warmer, true red. Second, tip from your Indianapolis Personal Stylist is to ask yourself: Do I like to stand out, blend in? I like to stand out, that's why I have always worn red and red prints. I even have red pants. If you are less bold, start with an [...]

By | November 27th, 2017|Beauty, Fashion|Comments Off on Seeing Red! It’s All the Rage

The Joys of Velvet

Hello Indianapolis Fashionistas, If you are like me, when you think of velvet, you may remember some family photograph or holiday concert you were in as a child. What did your mom want you to wear? Velvet of course. Velvet has always been popular around the holidays. Perhaps you have a velvet Christmas dress, a velvet jacket or even velvet pants. I have had a beautiful hunter green velvet dress I used to wear amor the choir concert. I also had velvet pants that I would sometimes wear to the corporate Christmas party. I don't give velvet much thought, and often I only wear it a couple of times in the winter. Flash forward to today -- velvet is everywhere, my friends. From shoes to jackets, dresses to purses, even hats and coats. It's in some fun colors too, besides the conservative black velvet. And, unlike before, you can wear velvet any time of the year. Perhaps choose a lighter color velvet for fall or spring/summer outfits. I especially like the nude pink velvet color -- I recently saw one at Target in a Bomber jacket. It was so different. I also love to wear my burgundy jacket--and not just at Christmas parties. I will wear it in the fall over my slip dress, in winter over black separates and maybe to a more casual Christmas party with a lacy or silk came and satin pants. Of course, what's more beautiful than a little black (or navy, hunter, red, burgundy) in velvet for the holidays and beyond. Here are two options: Macy's Anthropologie I even like velvet dresses that are more on the casual side. Last year, I bought a beautiful teal velvet dress in [...]

By | November 19th, 2017|Beauty, Fashion, Fashion Makeovers|Comments Off on The Joys of Velvet

This and That!

Hello Indianapolis Fashionistas. I have been out in the "field" quite a bit the last two week, and sometimes it's fun to sit back and remember some of the cool clothes and shoes my clients and I liked. Indianapolis Personal Stylist Tips on Stores to Shop At For starters...Jeans. Those of you who know me know this -- I am a loyal follower of Lucky Brand Jeans. I love their quality, their fit, their finishes. I still am loyal to them...however, I recently took a very young client to Gap. I hadn't shopped for jeans there in a while, and I was pleasantly surprised at their price point, variety and selection. Gap is a very good choice for basic jeans, especially if you have trouble finding jeans that fit. I was also delighted to find a Salmon Pink Bomber Jacket there in a silky satiny fabric. So pretty. I also was happy with some very pretty clothes at JCrew. I have been seeing velvet jackets everywhere, and JCrew is on the band wagon. The store has a very pretty black velvet blazer you can wear through the holidays with bright colors, with a T for a casual Christmas party and beyond the holidays just to look sleek going out. Of course, as temps drop, you're probably like me and thinking -- I need some new sweaters. I have been thrilled with some sweaters I have bought for myself. Of course for something different -- color, design, fit -- I love Anthropology. I found a pretty olive number with a cute design on the front with hot pink! Love its bells sleeves, too. Ann Taylor had a very pretty cream sweater with a collar that can [...]

By | November 11th, 2017|Beauty, Fashion|Comments Off on This and That!