"Image isn't everything, but it is the first message you send when connecting with others. In career and in personal life, your visual presence speaks volumes: about who you are, where you're going, and how fast you'll get there. I'm here to help you make sure your message is on-purpose."
~ Patty Buccellato
Published Author & Image Coach
"As a shelter worker, counselor, play therapist, etc., my wardrobe consisted primarily of jeans and, if a "special day," maybe a nice sweater or blouse. As I worked into a more administrative function, I slowly added a few nice slacks, dresses, etc. but have never really felt comfortable in a suit ... I would love to find a style that makes me feel polished and comfortable."
"I have noticed that I am more confident in myself, less self-conscious, more relaxed around others and just generally more positive and ready to tackle things at both work and home."
"Over the years, the time I have to commit to shopping has diminished, and I find that my wardrobe is constantly in need of updating. I've been working hard to build out my wardrobe with trendy jackets and shoes, but I tend to be very conservative and have a hard time finding trendy clothes to fit a frame that is, shall we say, vertically challenged."
"I honestly did not realize how very little I knew about the correct styles and colors to help me look my best... Being willing to try something new and different has left me with an entirely new comfort zone - one that helps me look as polished and professional on the outside as I have always felt on the inside."
"I'd like to project a positive image for myself with a new hairstyle & makeup. My challenge is trying to find clothes that fit right. I'd like to feel good about myself with a new, fresh look."
"My makeover taught me so much about body shape, coloring and how to wear clothes and accessories... it made me come out of my shell a bit and show people the new me. I now feel more confident."
"I feel inspired! I'm excited now that I know, from my consultation, that I have a good base of items in my closet. I know what to put in my shopping basket now to make the complete outfits that flatter me. Your service is worth every dime -- not just for the consultation, but also for the money I'll save by avoiding future shopping mistakes. Now I know what to buy, and what not to."
Jody DeRosier, Teacher by profession; Mom by trade
"As a partner with one of the nation's top accounting firms, I have an appreciation for the role that personal image plays in professional success. I want to say that your work with two professionals in our firm has made a notable difference, Patty. Specifically, as a result of your coaching, I have noticed a higher level of executive presence, style, and demeanor in these individual (staff members) – all things that contribute to their success and their professional representation of the firm to both clients and the business community. Not only will I recommend your programs and coaching services to others in the future, but I have already passed your name along to a colleague!"
T. Wheeler, Partner, Deloitte & Touche, LLP
"What I notice is that people smile and say hello about 50% more often than before. Maybe I'm noticing more than usual, but I feel more "put together" than I have in a very long time.Your guidance helped give me the courage to make significant changes. I just had to trust and believe in your approach - only good things have come from the experience - and I've learned a whole lot about myself in the process."
Cheryl Schwartz, Healthcare Chief Operating Officer
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the Collegiate Employ-Net consortium program and for the programs you conducted at Hillsdale College. The overall responses from your presentations have been extremely positive. For college students, the job market is so competitive that they need an "edge." Your seminar on "Body Language and First Impressions," combined with "Dress for Success," gave them that competitive edge. I find your approach to be very professional yet entertaining. Your high energy level is contagious. The career services directors from the Collegiate Employ- Net consortium gained valuable strategies and methods to deal with a difficult customer, and we have banned together to support our new techniques gained from "Stress and Mess in the Workplace." The tools gained form this seminar will make us all more productive, I am sure. We look forward to continuing our programs with you, and I will contact you soon to establish a fall schedule. Thank you so much."
Joanna Wiseley, Director, Career Planning, Hillsdale College
"Having a Refined Images' Ultimate Makeover was one of the best decisions I have made this year! Before I met with Patty, I had a closet full of nothing to wear – accumulated over the years or acquired as gifts. I hated shopping, had trouble finding clothes that would fit right, and didn't even know where to begin to update my wardrobe. Once my daughter turned one, I was ready for a change . . . but between running a business and having very young children I did not have the time or inclination to "scour the malls". When Patty came in to do a color analysis and closet review, I was able to free up closet space and get rid of clothes that were not optimal. The experience was easy and comfortable. Plus, it was so easy to ask Patty all my fashion questions. She cut through the magazine and media hype to give me answers that would look best on me and work with my busy life. The Refined Images wardrobe plan has given me purpose and direction when I go to the store, which saves me time and aggravation. The assisted shopping has been a huge timesaver. Patty has also reviewed my own purchases and has saved me money by pointing out quality or fit imperfections. She really shines when it comes to combining existing items in new and different ways. I end up with more combinations and outfits out of a few key pieces than I could have ever imagined. Refined Images services have been well worth the investment."
Sharon White, Founder, Bedside Notes LLC www.BedsideNotes.com
"At the conclusion of my MBA program, I was preparing for a transition from academia towards a career in a science based, corporate leadership position. I needed to turn my field biologist wardrobe into something that was still comfortably 'me', but which would also help provide a look to back up my credentials. That's when Patty came into the picture. She listened to my situation and immediately understood what needed to happen. Patty engineered a game plan to transform my ordinary, casual work image into one of strength and impact. Her attention to detail and pursuit of perfection in this regard was phenomenal. My wardrobe now has both the flexibility and professionalism to go from day-to-day operations in the laboratory, to meetings with professors and Deans and to boardrooms. We've worked together for two years now, and Patty continues to add value with wardrobe planning and shopping for the various activities in my life, both professional and personal (and not only for me, but family members as well!)."
Russell Hepburn, M.Sc. MBA, Environmental Genomics Facility, Windsor, Ontario
"I've shared with many others how you used your tools to assist me in seeing what you were trained to see. Thereby, not just me 'hearing' your opinion... but your training in assisting me to see the results for myself. Thanks again for empowering 'just a mom' to feel so much better and more confident and self assured!!"
Lissa Bande, Flight Attendant
"This was one of the best consultations I've had in my
life. Thank you so much for all that I learned. You truly
love what you do, because you certainly reflect it and
made our time an amazing learning "me" time.
As a professional it will help me to pick the right kind
of clothes, as wife it will help me feel sexier, as a
mother it will show my tenderness, and as a woman it will
show a little bit of me.
Thank you for this consultation, with no doubt I will tell
everyone I know.
In certain things, people rate people or products with
stars. My rate to you is as followed:
Introduction of Fine Images 10
Phone Calls 10
Phone Message 10
Patty you are certainly one of a few who scores 10 in all. You certainly go out of your way to make it special time for your client and you deserve to know what a great job you did."
Claudia Vargas, President, V.I.P. Spanish Services
"On behalf of Horizon Enterprises, Inc., I would like to thank you for facilitating a superior training session in June. Based on the participants' evaluations, your program met the high level of expectations that we have at Horizon. As a training professional, I was impressed with your presentation style. You were able to take a diverse audience and draw them together with your style and program content. This is very challenging and I commend you. You took the time to customize this program based on our needs at Horizon, and this was the key to the program's success. .. I would highly recommend this program to other companies looking to enhance their staff development options. Horizon used this course as an optional, self- enhancement program and received a positive response. Due to this response, we will be able to move forward with our program development process. Thank you for starting us off on the right path."
Training Manager, Horizon Enterprises Group
"Thank you SO MUCH for yesterday's adventure! You're correct in your assessment that I will be able to implement my newly-gained knowledge quickly. It all made so much sense that I'm sure I'll never forget it! I'm still in amazement that a good part of my wardrobe was already appropriate for me. I doubt I'll get a chance to do any clothes shopping before I go to Australia, but it's wonderful to know that when I do, it will be with conscious knowledge of what does and doesn't work for me, so that eventually my whole wardrobe will work!"
Gina Piccirelli, NCBTMB, Certified Massage Therapist
"Since my image consultation, I've had so much more confidence! I have had several meetings and outings and have had the right outfit every time!"
Melissa, Wife of Executive
"Thank you for helping make our Employees Conference such as success! Your presentation on professional image not only helped employees see the positive effects of professionalism, but gave them some essential techniques to make changes in the workplace. The employees at the conference were very enthusiastic about your program. This was evident in the high ratings on their evaluation forms and by the numerous personal comments made to me about the program. You made me look great! I appreciate your enthusiasm and cooperation in putting together a program that was exactly what I was looking for. Your ability to work with my vision and bring it to life was wonderful!"
Conference Planner, Washington Credit Union League
"I thought I should let you know that everywhere I go, I'm getting compliments on how great I look -- not bad for a woman in her third trimester! My sister-in-law even asked, "Where are you getting all these great maternity clothes?" Thank you so much for kitting me out in colors, styles and fabrics that suit me so well -- who knew fashion could be this easy and this comfortable! I don't know if I told you how nervous I was before our first consult, wondering if I would have to deal with a fashionista who would want me in stilettos and tightly fitted clothing and who would have no understanding of the lifestyle I lead. Instead, you were funny, high energy and full of enthusiasm. You also made me feel that it was worth looking and feeling great whether I was in the professional realm of a research scientist or staying at home with our new baby-to-be. You showed me that I was spending a maddening amount of money on individual pieces of fashionable clothing but, as you said, many of my clothes were wearing me, not the other way 'round! Also, since the nicer pieces I owned didn't make me feel great when I wore them, I more or less lived in a few ratty t-shirts and pairs of jeans while those expensive clothes sat in the closet! With your help, I'm now investing my money in a coordinated wardrobe composed of selections that suit my body and lifestyle and that make me feel great when I wear them. It's always a privilege to watch a craftswoman at work, and that's what it was like watching you shop! In no time, you threw together one of the most stylish, comfortable maternity wardrobes I've ever seen. All I had to do was show up and try things on for a final look! Painless, quick, efficient and fruitful: everything my much-loathed shopping experiences aren't! I'm hooked, Patty!"
Sara, Mom-to-Be, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
"Patty is an expert in how to help clients project a professional image, refine their "look" and assess cut, design, color of clothing to project an image the reflects the person. She was very helpful in showing me how to adapt my current wardrobe, skilled at gently telling me how to enhance the impression I can leave with people, and resourceful in giving me ideas to work with in the price range that I required."
Judy Muhn, Area Manager, United Way of Southeastern Michigan
"Thank you so much for visiting our offices to discuss appropriate and professional apparel with our staff. We were looking for a program that would address a number of specific challenges, and you were able to hit them head on for us! Our staff especially enjoyed the segment which demonstrated how six pieces can easily be interchanged to create a number of different outfits. We stress the importance of professionalism and this helps staff be able to comply with our dress code without spending a lot of additional money. Finally, your presentation style was refreshing and certainly kept the attention of our audience. We were all impressed with how well you were able to remember the names of so many people! Thanks again for a great job. I am confident that it will make a lasting impression and impact on our organization."
Heather Bade, V.P. Marketing/Human Resources, Central Macomb Community Credit Union
"Ever since I morphed to "my colors", people can't say enough about how good I look. They don't say...what a nice outfit....they say, you look great and I love that color on you. I can't say enough about what a tremendous value your services are. If people only knew!!"
Kathy Elston, Managing Partner, Elston & Company
"I can't express enough how great it feels to know and understand a little more about the things I should be looking for to better suit my personal style. Phew!! I was getting so worried that I was destined to keep floundering!!!"
Aly Darin, Ali Darin Photography
"I engaged Patty Buccellato for a full style assessment and wardrobe consultation which was amazingly helpful. In the midst of a job change, I needed to revamp my wardrobe without starting from scratch. Patty helped both my wardrobe and me get focused!"
Lisa Bell, Director of H.R., Owens Corning
"The image consultation services Patty provides are invaluable. It is powerful information you will utilize every morning when you open your closet and select your outfit. I now dress with intention, and my visual impression speaks to who I am personally and professionally. Patty is also a delight to work with. She has a real passion for what she does and this passion will help you project your perfect image!"
Kelly Miller, Ford Motor Company
"Thank you for speaking at our two sessions of the Work Wardrobe Workshop: Your Professional Image on Thursday. The event was definitely considered a success by all. Your presentation surpassed my expectations for the 90 minutes allotted. I believe you are the most knowledgeable speaker on this topic that our office has invited to UM-Dearborn."
Kathleen A. Adams, Senior Career Counselor, University of Michigan - Dearborn
"My wardrobe is completely different than it was when I moved from Boston to Detroit 3 years ago, and I couldn't be happier!"
Anne, Manager, Daimler Chrysler, Michigan/Stuttgart, Germany
"There have been so many times since I first met Patty that I have been told that "you look very pretty today" instead of "nice outfit" or "great blouse" which stands as a great testimonial to Patty's philosophy that you want people to notice you, not your clothes. I could not be more pleased. I always look forward to the next fitting with great excitement."
Laura Corrigan, Working Mom/Neurologist