1 of my friend who is selling life insurance for part time invited his friends to this tea-talk organized by HLA:
Ms Wendy Lee is the founder of Chapter One Colour. She is a Style and Image Consultant that specializes in assisting both men and women to define and refine their image as well as style their wardrobe. Wendy was trained under Ann Reinten of ‘the Australian Image Company’ and Pat Vincent Scott of ‘The Colourflair Studios, UK’.
Venue : Manhattan Ballroom, Level 14, West Wing, Berjaya Times Square Hotel & Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
Date : Thursday, 30th November 2006
Time : 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Dress code : Office attire
LongHairedGal and I went to BTS and window shopped around at Borders and Metrojaya. The decoration in Metro is so much cleaner, brighter, expensive than the one in Mid Valley and The Curve. :)
“There are too many Christmas trees in MV. So untidy,” LongHairedGal commented.
“They are selling the Christmas trees mar.” I kinda like the Christmas trees in MV. The ones for sale, not the deco.
“It’s like a jungle inside!”
Once we reached outside the ballrooms area, we saw lots of people in suits. All black suits, white shirts. *gulp*
Even though I was wearing a long-sleeved blouse and black pants, I felt overwhelmed, like I wasn’t as successful as these suits draped people. Some of them could’ve been our customers too when we were working at the apparel company. *shake head* Suits make the man. And my small bag. Made me look like a kid.
After walking around here, we headed to the refreshment. Friend said the refreshment would start at 6.30pm. Not leh… We were so thirsty. We saw lots of cups but no drinks. :( The buffet was not opened yet.
Friend was late too! He himself had told us to come earlier because there could be traffic jam.
After registration, they opened up the food and drinks but so many people queued up! We also got a small notebook, a pencil – handy to jot down any notes from the talk and it was also a free advertisement for HLA when we use it.
There was also a personality test which I had taken before I took the insurance test. You just need to fill up 2 columns for each row of traits – Least & Most. If you think it’s easy, it’s not. Sometimes, the meanings are very similar. It’s for the higher chains to know what they are getting and how to play around your personality :p The personality test is given to every pre-insurance agents – I had taken this before when I applied for Financial Planner with 1 of the top insurance agencies locally (not HLA).
LongHairedGal & I went for a short drink at the mall and got in when it was going to start. The opening was speeches by HLA bigshots, some really long winded talk about HLA’s history *yawn* and current departments.
The speaker, Ms Wendy Lee had a loud voice and even brighter yellow coat. She showed the slides on fashion history – I thought the slides moved a bit fast but they were interesting. What does the past fashion has to do with us now? Present!
Then she moved on to asking for volunteers to come out. Among the things she touched were:
Ying (feminine) & yang (masculine) Anyone with a fierce or squarish face is yang. Round and docile face is ying.
Styles from classic, dramatic, sexy, er.. feminine, etc.
Colours & skin tones if you want people to notice you, you have to wear a sharp tone contrast. For example, if you are fair, you should wear darker colours or pure white/light beidge.
Where the tie ends must touch the belt. Too short and it would show the big belly or you look stunted :) Too long and it’ll call more attention to your private parts. That’s ok for bedroom activities but not in the broadroom.
Read magazines about
old, rich and successful people like Tatlers, Vogue and instead of CLEO. Those were her words! Heh. See how they photograph themselves, what they wear, what function they attend, etc. Learn from the rich.
Dress yourself more in neutral colours – black, beidge, white, gray – to make yourself look more successful. Or boring (me says). Wear pearls for ladies. Have a personal style.
To pleat or not? Men with big thighs should stick to pleated pants (for more room and ease of movement) but they are old-fashioned. The current trend is un-pleated pants, straight cut.
Most of all, I think if one is confident and love self, it would be easier to appear successful. Of course, a good fashion sense helps.
For the men, they have it easier – they just need to be neat to be presentable. I swear, some guys stand in front of the mirror for ages, adjusting their hair spikes and opening eyes wide to check open pores. They move front and back, butt out, chest out and then pose like a model :)
After the talk, it was back to HLA people.. we filled up the form and passed it back to my friend.
I noticed Jean looked tired and she seemed to have aged a lot. Must be stress. She was also wearing a suit – plain black blazer but striped black pants (which didn’t match) and a white shirt. She was the example of the neutral colours from head to toe.
In the strict fashion sense, mixing a plain top/bottom with a patterned (stripe, check, printed) bottom/top is a no-no. But some people have this style called Eccentric. They love to mix-n-match the designs and the style can appear quirky. Or clash glaringly. Milla Jovovich, the spokesperson for L’Oreal and MNG, is 1 of the famous actresses/models who has quirky fashion style.
Overall, the How To Dress For Success was interesting (I didn’t fall asleep) and informative even though LongHairedGal & I had known some of the points. We worked in apparel company that has training on Visual Merchandize and how to guide customers.
The talk by HLA about HLA however, wasn’t interesting. It was a free talk by HLA so of course HLA must get something back (maybe we’d join to be their agents or buy their insurance policy).
Speaking of insurance, it’s 1 of the essential things in life – no longer a luxury to have because not all of us can afford to cure or pay health care bills ourselves.
“But I don’t even have money for myself now,” you say.
“So how are you going to pay thousand dollars of hospital care if you can’t even fork out a hundred or so?”