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

What is Your Style, and How Important is it?

As a personal stylist and Image Consultant, many clients ask me: "what is my style?" I don’t think I know it. They often appear confused and sad they don’t know this supposedly important key to their life. I think this attitude often appears because of the vast amount of press and blogs by stylists who talk about this subject. Is it important to know your style? Yes, of course, it is. Is it the only, most important factor to know in helping clients create a wardrobe that works for them and their lifestyle? I would say “no.” Let's define what "style" means. Style is what clothing and looks you prefer as a person. It goes beyond just clothing but it can also touche on lifestyle and grooming. It is "fun" to know your style and then how to make it work in the life you lead. In this blog, I will define the most common styles for women. And if you're still unsure which style you fit into, we got a little quiz to help as well! Most Popular Styles For Women Classic: Individuals that like a classic style tend to lean towards a more tailored look. Clothing that would last for years and look professional. Classic is neutral and not attention-getting. A person who favors a class style can spice it up a little with a more fashion-forward top such as a halter or asymmetrical neckline. Most of the time, they like straight lines with prints that are not too out of the ordinary. Someone in this group might be hesitant to try a trendy new look, or an unusual color or print. I am also going to put those who love Menswear into this [...]

By | May 16th, 2020|Beauty, Fashion, Makeup|Comments Off on What is Your Style, and How Important is it?

A New Lesson Plan for this Teacher

If you've ever wondered how a personal styling will go, here is a case study for you. Amanda contacted me for a style makeover. She said, “I have a lot of clothes, but I can’t seem to consistently put together outfits.” Intrigued, we arranged to meet at my home office and do a style/shape/color analysis, and then look at some of her favorite outfits. Making an appointment with an Indianapolis Image Consultant isn't a harsh critique of your body type or dumping out your closet. You know what you like. My goal is to give you more options so you feel confident in everything you wear. Cool For Teacher When Amanda walked in, it was clear to me: She had very cool coloring. From her brown hair, bright, blue-grey eyes to her fair, milky complexion. I liked her black and grey outfit—two neutral colors that were perfect for her. Her color analysis was pretty straight forward. Amanda has a “Cool,” color pallet. She looks better in clear cool colors such as black, grey, bright pink, purple, hunter green. Her best white was a bright white. Certainly not cream or earth tones such as rust, orange or warm yellow. First, I changed her lipstick from a rusty burgundy to bright fuchsia. Her wardrobe was pretty easy in that I saw many of her good colors, but she also had some rust, beige and cream neutrals These colors did not flatter her but rather, made her look older and tired. As an Indianapolis Image Consultant, I believed some of Amanda’s challenge with her wardrobe was her hair color. She has brown hair, but she added some warm, copper highlights to it. This is a common effect many stylists [...]

By | April 4th, 2020|Fashion Makeovers, Makeup, Uncategorized|Comments Off on A New Lesson Plan for this Teacher

How Feelings Can Affect Our Image

I recently had a color analysis with a new client – and the way I, your Indianapolis Image Consultant, conduct appointments now is I have certain tasks in mind, but really I just talk and interview clients to see what they want and why they are meeting with me – during the first 20 minutes or so. It’s been a most interesting journey. I find I learn so much more about people and their style, attitudes, self-esteem and what they think they want from me. Lessons Your  Indianapolis Image Consultant has Learned 1)I have heard all sorts of comments, and some of them I remember because I thought they were so profound. I had a male client that I asked, "Why do you want to work with a stylist?"  He responded that he  wanted to be “memorable.” Wow! That comment was really interesting since when I looked at him, I saw a handsome, successful guy in a high-level job. Yet, he didn’t really feel that way or see himself that way. We worked on a wardrobe that elevated his look and his attitude. I don’t agree when a CEO or just any C-Suite guy or gal is buying very cheap clothing, such as Johnathon A Banks dress shirts or jackets and pants at Goodwill. Sure, they may look okay and “pass” – but how does it make these individuals feel, really? It can’t be a good feeling. This suit is a perfect solution for an executive who wants to look like one: Emporio Armani Wool Suit   2) Another client of mine quite recently told me as she “ages” she feels she is fading away. That was another comment that was really telling. It’s true, ladies, as we age, [...]

By | September 7th, 2019|Fashion, Fashion Makeovers, Makeup|Comments Off on How Feelings Can Affect Our Image

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

Ho, Ho Ho…Merry Christmas…More on Gifting

Hello Indianapolis Fashionistas, The holiday is coming closer, and if you're not done with your Christmas shopping. Don't panic. There's always Amazon. LOL. Anyway, more about finding the perfect gift. I always think that the perfect gift is finding the item someone really wants but would never buyer him or herself. That can be a challenge. For some women, this means luxury items such as jewelry or clothes. I admit, I love getting jewelry at Christmas. I fine jewelry as well as items from Tiffany such as their heart bracelet. It is so classic; I wear it all the time! I especially like the heart with the Tiffany blue on the other side. The bracelet is also available in the smaller size, too. Holiday Gift Tips From Your Indianapolis Personal Stylist Other items women love but may not necessarily buy for themselves are good quality purses in a fashion color. We all have our camel or black purse, right? Last year, I requested a bright red Kate Spade purse--the smaller size. I love that purse, and use it so much. It's a perfect size. I like brands such as Kate Spade, Coach and of course Louie Vitton. I like purses in colors such as red, black and cream, hunter green, pale pink, medium and baby blue, even yellow. Or gift a plaid or floral print purse. Again, these colors and patterns are not basic and may be something your loved one doesn't have. Another area that I think is a great one for holiday gifting is the cozy, luxury arena. It's becoming winter and cold in most places. For most women, that probably means reaching for the warm, soft hats, scarves, sweaters, socks, poncho, blanket [...]

By | December 16th, 2017|Fashion, Makeup|Comments Off on Ho, Ho Ho…Merry Christmas…More on Gifting

Getting the Most from Your Eye Shadows

Hello fashionistas, This is Beth, your Indianapolis Personal Stylist here. If you are like me, at times you will buy the eye shadow quads that have different shades of color for you to use in various ways for your eyes. You might have even tried them out at a cosmetics counter at Macy's or Sephora. Good for you! I am all about taking advantage of other's expertise, and getting the free gift from products such as Clinique, Channel, Lancome, etc. I love getting the gifts!! Anyway, in my previous career, I did commercial and bridal makeup so I learned along the way from my work and some of my amazing friends who've done make for years: Carole Schidler (who's been a makeup artist her whole life), and Brenda Sotolongo (who owns The Makeup Shop--her makeup is awesome). From Carole I learned: when you are shopping for an eye pencil, try it out on your hand. It should easily glide and give creamy color on your hand. If it doesn't, pass it by. You don't want to stretch out your skin as you apply an eye pencil that is too hard. Also Carol would lament about the number of ladies who insist on wearing beige, light brown or gold lipstick. "It looks terrible on eyeryone," she'd say. Especially as you age, you need color. (One exception may be an 18-year-old model with perfect bone structure.) From Brenda, from whom I took my makeup artistry course, one of the main things I learned is moderation. Don't overdo makeup and try for a natural look. In class we would discuss all the various brushes, and what they do. Brushes really are great. They save makeup because you don't [...]

By | November 13th, 2016|Beauty, Fashion, Makeup|Comments Off on Getting the Most from Your Eye Shadows

From Workout to Going Out…

So many of us wear our workout clothing after class! Maybe you have some errands to run, you are meeting a friend for lunch or dinner, or you just love the comfort of yoga pants. Whatever the reason, if you are like me, you might need some ideas on how to look more presentable. The first step to looking more pulled together is a neutral base to build upon: for me, that means Black or grey top, pants and shoes. Layer on it grey, black, olive, color, and then scarves and even black boots if you are going out at night. All tops here are available at Lucky B Boutique in Broad Ripple and online. You will be surprised at how chic you look. (And you finished your workout, too!) Keep it Sassy, Indy. Beth Divine, Your Indianapolis Fashion Stylist

By | February 1st, 2016|Makeup|Comments Off on From Workout to Going Out…

Pop Colors Make a Difference

While some stylists don't agree, I think wearing the right colors is just as important as the clothing cut and fit. For instance, many people don't look good in black...it drains the colors from your face. Navy or Royal Blue are much better options. Case in point: Amy Schumer. Her stylist knows color and uses it to make Amy shine (not that she needs any help). Amy is a blue-eyed blonde bombshell. She wears black, navy and teal eyeliner -- not all at the same time. She looks amazing in all things blue and teal green. The smokey blue-teal dress she wore to the Emmys made her hair and eyes glow. She's also been on the cover of Glamour wearing a baby blue dress: again -- the color really gives her the wow factor. I love to show Indianapolis clients their pop colors. I also ask them: what colors do you wear when you receive compliments about your clothing. Many times, it's the colors I show them!   Keep is classy, Indy. B. Divine, Your Indianapolis Fashion Stylist

By | September 21st, 2015|Beauty, Fashion, Makeup|Comments Off on Pop Colors Make a Difference

Especially for Wavy and Curly Hair

Hello Readers. If you have wavy, curly or even slightly frizzy hair, you will love this blog post. I have been trying  curly hair products for years, and honestly, I can't endorse many of them. I used to think beach sprays were the cat's meow, and at the time they were pretty reliable...but I have found some products I love. Remember: I don't make money from any of these companies I endorse, so I am speaking from the heart. I finally tried the Living Proof products, endorsed by Jennifer Anniston. I used the travel kit that had shampoo, conditioner and a style cream. I took them on a short vacation and did not take my diffuser or curling iron. It was also some of the hottest days of the summer, so these products were really put to the test. I tried them two ways: Once time I slightly dried my hair and then put the styling cream in. The other time I put the styling cream in wet. All I can say is that I had soft, frizzy-free soft curls. I didn't need my curling iron or diffuser to get the soft, pretty look. If you want to try the products, pick up a travel kit and see what you think.   Keep it sassy, Indy! B.Divine, Your Indianapolis Fashion Stylist

By | July 27th, 2015|Beauty, Fashion, Makeup|Comments Off on Especially for Wavy and Curly Hair

Make Your Eyes Look Bigger!

Do you have smaller eyes as I do...without a lot of space above your lids for the elaborate eye looks popular right now? Don't despair: here are some tricks to enhance your eyes! This is a great video by Allure magazine: http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/tips/g8278/how-to-get-gigger-brighter-eyes/?slide=4 Try it out! I like to use green, teal, navy and plum eye pencils by Stilla...they are smooth and creamy and just glide on. Bobbi Brown's eye pencils are great, too. Be sure and line your eyes near the lash line, without any space in that area. Smudging the lines a little eliminates hard lines. Be beautiful!

By | February 11th, 2015|Fashion, Makeup|Comments Off on Make Your Eyes Look Bigger!