Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays - Dress to Impress this Holiday Season!


There are but few gifts under $500 that you can give someone that will last them more than a year or two, and even fewer are those that last a lifetime.  What about a gifts that makes someone feel special, confident and fun every time they are used.  You can give anyone on your gift list the special gift of fashion, style, organization and confidence.  What a great gift to be able to begin 2012 with a "New You" or a "New Closet."  The MODA gift certificate can be used anytime over the next 6 months, and I will help your special someone organize their closets and update their fashion and image.  You will be giving them a gift that will remind them how important they are to you for years to come.  Once the gift card is purchased, I will send you or your special someone a beautiful gift bag which includes a gift card, a fashionable gift to get the excitement going and a questionnaire that will help them to start thinking all things fashion and image.  SO, let's spruce up your husband or wife, surprise your college kids, or brighten your favorite girl's closet and make this holiday gift one they will put on for years to come. 


Please email or call me with any questions.  I would love to help you either find the perfect gifts for those special people in your lives OR give you a MODA gift card.  Let MODA do the shopping for you and give you the confidence that you are giving the perfect gifts!

From our family to yours; We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!


Mila and the entire MODA family


There is just something beautiful about the winter holidays that makes me think of cold sunshiny days, wintery nights, frosted mornings and the hope for snowy weekends. It really doesn't matter where I am in the country, one just can't help but get a chill when December comes around.  I grew up in San Diego and the idea of a "Winter Wonderland" was something we saw on TV, read in books or listened to on the radio. I love experiencing a true winter now that I am in Tennessee, but am aware that the winter holidays are festive and fun because for more than weather.  Holidays are a time of celebration; they are a time to set aside our worries and come together with family, friends and peers to celebrate life!

So this year, think about arriving in style, dressing to impress and bringing the life of the party with you in the clothes and colors you are wearing.  Throw in some great party gifts and a big smile and I can assure you the party will rise to meet your happy mood.  So read on and see some of my holiday secrets for looking great all day and then turning up the night time lights with a few additions or subtractions to the evening ensemble!  I am so excited about this holiday season and I have so much to be thankful for, as I am certain you do as well. So let us do our part to make this a December to remember.  Dress up, brighten the office and light up the party with great fashion, style and super company.  A great party begins with you…and when you look great you feel fabulous!!!


The goal for this holiday season is to stand out and make a statement - every time you walk into a room! Sequins, lace, bold colors and metallics are what you should be focused on!  If you are wearing jeans (Dark wash, vertical grain, no whiskering and threading the same color of the jean), wear a pair of heels that make a statement!  Glitter or bright red, but don't be boring!  Dresses can have sequins, be embellished with jewels around the neck or have a simple design in a bold color.  If you are going from work to a holiday party...keep your black pants on and throw on a top like one below to give your outfit an added kick.  If you only have time for a purse and accessory change, make sure to have a 'holiday' bag that makes a metallics are everywhere and earrings and bracelets should be the part of the outfit that puts you in the holiday spirit.

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Click here for a great TV segment featuring Mila.  The Ladies' Night Out event has already passed, but the holiday fashion tips are something you should see!

MICHAEL Michael Kors Sequin Knit Dress  Lauren by Ralph Lauren One Shoulder Matte Jersey Sheath Dress Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique Ruched Stretch Satin Sheath Dress 

Calvin Klein Sequin Jacket  Calvin Klein Boat Neck Sequin Top  Enzo Angiolini Pumps - Smiles Platform

Lauren Merkin Diana Metallic Snake Clutch  Sondra Roberts Large Pleated Satin Box  

Kate Spade New York Sparkle Summit Agathe Clutch    Adrianna Papell Beaded Jersey Sheath Dress
  Nadri 'Mosaica' Large Pavé Bangle (Nordstrom Exclusive)  Nordstrom Crystal Collection Drop Earrings
  Aidan Mattox Beaded Open Blouse  Splendid Shimmery Draped Top

Trina Turk Cerise Ruffled Shell  Diane von Furstenberg Kallina Sequined Kimono Top  Just Cavalli Waterfall Tunic

Elie Tahari Lindsay Printed Chiffon Blouse  Alice + Olivia Palmer Velvet Blouson Top  Magaschoni Sequined Sleeveless Tunic

(All of the clothing above can be found at,,, 
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Posted on 11/30/2011 12:00 AM by Mila Grigg, CEO
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
October Newsletter - Invest in your neighbors, the world around you, and then invest in YOU!


Well we are headed into my favorite time of year. The leaves are changing, the air is getting cooler and I love the fall sports and school activities.  There is nothing like sitting in a stadium and watching football or attending a school fall play as big or little ones express their creative sides.  The last few years have been tough on America and the world.  We have seen turmoil in the markets, neighbors who have lost homes and jobs and relationships break apart under the weight of the changing family financial wellbeing.  So while my joy is complete in the one I believe in, I would be remiss if I did not share the 3 greatest investments of all time.

The first is your neighbor!  Take a few minutes and get out and speak with the people who live around you and work with you - and in many cases, are in need of a kind word.  The days get shorter and the nights get longer, and it is shown that people go through some emotional changes during the fall and holiday seasons.  You may even be someone in need of a positive relationship in your life.  You can build up yourself by building up others.  Bake some cookies for a neighbor, go over and help with the yard, fix an extra cup of coffee and knock on a door.  Grab someone and take them to lunch.  Look around your neighborhood, and visit someone who is shut in, or watch neighbors kids for a few hours and give a couple some alone time.

You may know someone who lost a job, maybe even someone at your place of employment.  Do not avoid them, but rather reach out to them. Let them know that the job may have changed things but it did not change them and it did not change you.  So visit, offer some help and often we can make the biggest investment by just listening.  It costs nothing but it sure does offer some great returns.

Secondly, you can improve the world around you.  This may sound like a daunting task, however we know that a good word and a kind act spreads joy. Look beyond your immediate surroundings and think about our military serving around the world and write a soldier a letter of thanks.  What about the challenges in the Mideast and Europe?  Crazy times require more than mere mankind can solve.  So take time to remember those less fortunate the next time you are in prayer.  Become informed about what is happening in America and with our global neighbors.  Informed people can make better choices as a people when we understand what is really going on with people!  If your company has a charitable program, get them to contribute to local and global charities. Feed the poor, medicate the sick and house the homeless.  It all starts one person at a time doing one act at a time.  Invest in the world around you and watch how the seeds you sow return to you 1000 fold.  I have found when I tend to care about someone else and lift them up in prayer, my world seems a little lighter and a whole lot brighter!

Now the third investment is to invest in you.  Take the early nights and cooler days to rest, or enjoy a book. Decide this fall season to adjust your life so you can work on your body, mind and spirit.  Challenge your mind to learn something new, find or resurrect a hobby and get active again.  Throw out some old clothes and donate them to Good Will or other organizations.  Have a garage sale and treat you or the family to something special with the proceeds.  Start each day with a boost by putting on your best look.  These days can already be getting grey, but you can change every picture by dressing with some color.  I always smile more when I am dressed in vivid colors or have on my favorite outfit.  Decide to learn a new language or brush up on life away from the normal by visiting an art gallery or museum.  Change your environment and you can change your attitude.

The three greatest investments in the world are your neighbors, your world and yourself.  Fall is here, the weather is changing and this world needs more smiles, more caring neighbors and the bright colors fashion has to offer to make it a better place.  You can feel great each night when you close your eyes, knowing you made a difference. What a great way to go to sleep, knowing the world is a better place today because you planted some seeds that will improve it tomorrow.  Now read on and see how I can help you invest in you and give to charity at the same time.  Fashion and fall are a great time to break out some amazing outfits, colors, scarves, jackets and more. Clean out your closets, give away some clothes that do not work for you but may work for someone else.  You can warm your body and your heart by warming someone else's.

I look forward to hearing from you and getting your response to my blogs, invitations to special events and overall comments.  May we focus on the eternal and bring added joy this fall season this world.

As the weather cools down and the days get shorter, add a splash of color into your wardrobe to keep you feeling happy and energized! Here are some casual ways to add a bit of spice to your day...all available on!

Rachel Roy Pencil Skirt  DL 1961 Skinny Denim Jeans (Mermaid Wash)  Only Mine Cashmere Cardigan (Petite) 

MICHAEL Michael Kors V-Neck Poncho  Trouvé Dolman Sleeve Pullover  Saffron Ruched Sleeve Cashmere Sweater 
Leith 'Fisherman' Oversized Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater  Vince Camuto Faux Fur Trim Cardigan  Diane von Furstenberg 'Bonni' Cardigan


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Posted on 11/23/2011 12:00 AM by Mila Grigg, CEO
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
November Newsletter..Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi Friends!

There is something so good about Thanksgiving that it transcends all races, religions and nationalities.  Everyone has something to be thankful for while we enjoy our time with friends and family.  Let's be thankful for all that we have been given, remember those who are less fortunate than we are and those who have lost loved ones, homes and jobs.  Reach out to them, invite them into your homes and share THANKS GIVING with them.  It's not about things, clothes or position.  So please, while we get comfortable and relax, take time to drop to your knees and say Thank You to Our God who has blessed us during hard times and let each of us extend His love and will to our family, friends, and those in need.

I have compiled a few fashionable suggestions for the Thanksgiving holiday while you are visiting with family and friends.  Casual, chic and comfortable and will let you eat plenty of turkey!  I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


I was honored to be interviewed by USA Today last week and included as an expert in Friday's edition.  Please click the link to read the article, "Tips on picking out high-quality gifts."

Even on your most casual day, you can have something that says exciting!  A pair of jeans in a purple, red or green color paired with a neutral sweater.  Even when you need a pair of comfortable shoes for running around all day with family - it doesn't mean you must give up the 'cute' factor.  Try a pair of flats that have some attitude, fashionable accents or color!  Flat boots or ones that have a slight wedge are comfortable and chic - try with a skirt or skinny jeans.  You can't go wrong with a sweater dress, faux fur, a cape, wrap or oversized sweater paired with some skinny jeans or leggings.  Comfortable and fashionable...The choices below can be found at and

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Halogen® Wide Leg Trouser Jeans  Blue Essence Colored Denim Skinny Jeans  Nine West 'Orysia' Flat 
Leith Cashmere Sweater    Joie Exaggerated Collar Faux Fur VestHinge® Loose Knit Tunic 
Bobbi Brown Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick Compact  Seasonal Whispers Crystal & Metal Stainless Steel Bangles (Set of 6)  Steven by Steve Madden 'Intyce' Boot 
Tory Burch 'Reva' Flat   

Are you looking for the perfect gift?

MODA Image Consulting has the answer!

A gift that lasts a lifetime? 

How about the gift of confidence? 

Something unforgettable?

Something unexpected?

Something fun?

Gifts certificates are available...A gift for everyone and anyone - for that special someone in your life or someone that needs to start the New Year off on the right foot and in the right shoe.  Call or email today for more information.

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Posted on 11/22/2011 12:00 AM by Mila Grigg, CEO
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Are you an entrepreneur? READ HERE!

"Seen, Heard, Understood, SOLD'

Entrepreneurs are the foundation of American enterprise and the promise of growth for our economy going forward.  The dictionary says that an Entrepreneur is someone who "organizes, operates and assumes the risk for a business venture."  I agree, except they forgot to add in one more sentence.  They are also the person responsible for selling their ideas and products.  The success is not complete until the sale is made.  You can have great ideas, amazing diagrams and patents and a superior business plan, but all of those things mean absolutely nothing when you can't sell your products or your ideas.  Without "The Sale," there is no success.

In order to sell your ideas and raise capital, sell your products and produce revenue and communicate your brand to your employees, then you better understand the value of a visual aid.  Our sales communication is full of visual words.  We all have heard someone say, "Don't tell me, show me" or "Seeing is believing" and "Now I have seen it all."  Of course, the verbal plea for understanding occurs when we hear, "Do you see what I mean?"

Yes my entrepreneurial friends, this is a visual world and the greatest representation of your dreams, your company and your products is YOU. You are a walking billboard, your best advertisement and the first contact point that either creates doubt in you or your product or says, Quality, Value, Trustworthy and BUY ME.

  • So tell me, how you are representing your brand when you are at meetings, traveling, sharing your product and selling it to the world at large?  
  • Does your personal brand complement your business brand?
  • How does your professional image complement your company vision?

In the world of business, you better dress the part.  Your clothes are always talking what are they telling your clients?  I spend hours upon hours with executives, business owner and companies advising them on image and brand.  Helping them to understand that if they are not representing their corporate brand by their image alone, then they have already lost and damaged the business.  If your brand says trustworthy do your clothes ruin that brand?

If you are not looking your best, then your ideas are not being communicated with the clarity and precision that your success will demand from you.  If I have to look past your attire and hope that your ideas and company are better represented than you represent yourself, then you are already working harder than you need to work. 

I believe we must learn to WORK SMARTER, not harder.  I can show you many people who have put in endless hours, poured in millions of dollars and then failed to present the right package when the CLOSE was so important.  The right package for any entrepreneurial company is the entrepreneur.

So while your building the best business plans, getting the patents and creating the products that will fill the needs of your customers; spend some time making certain that your image is the best image you can present.  No one pays full price for a car with a dirty outside, and no one buys top dollar for the house with peeling paint and an unkempt yard. You have your ideas and someone else has theirs, and there are so many dollars to be spent, so you better put your best image in front of the bankers, buyers and employees.  You are your greatest asset and nothing is truly done until a sale is made. So dress up your image, utilize someone who can help you look your best and make your image a part of the total presentation.  Make certain that when you are seen, people want to hear what you have to say.  Fashion is not the answer to your success, but not understanding how important it can be to your success adds to the chances of failure.

Call me so I can help you to "Be seen, be heard, be understood and complete the sale."

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Posted on 11/17/2011 2:01 PM by Mila Grigg, President MODA Image Consulting
Thursday, 17 November 2011
RETAILERS: READ HERE! Fashion is a Business - and Business is about Profits

Fashion is a business and business is about profits.  Preparing for the future is important.  I wrote a blog called 'Fashionomics' in December of 2010, and recently an article was published in USA Today that has a similar message about the 'fading middle class.'  The changing economic climate will close stores over the next five years.  This means big deals from outlets and closing retailers.  Retailers wake up or you will not be here in 10 years. BRAND IS EVERYTHING. 


USA TODAY article: Middle class' share of the nation's income is shrinking

By Marisol Bello and Paul Overberg, USA TODAY

Analysts often use the middle three-fifths of households -- when they are sorted by income -- to define the "middle class." Middle-class share of total income in 2010 and 2006 and the percentage-point difference (* indicates that the difference is statistically significant):  For Reno car salesman Tim Ticknor, the squeeze on his middle-class existence gradually has turned into a chokehold.  In 2005, he was making more than $90,000 a year selling used cars to people who had moved to the Southwest for its booming economy. It was an income that allowed him to rent a townhouse with his wife and daughter in a gated community.  Over the next six years, as the economy slowed, so did his income. First, it dropped to $70,000, then after a time it fell to $30,000.

By Scott Sady, for USA TODAY

The car dealership where Ticknor last worked, making $90,000 a year, is bankrupt, and he is hustling as a day laborer for a temp agency. Today, the car dealership where Ticknor last worked is bankrupt, and he is hustling as a day laborer for a temp agency. He and his family had to move into his mother-in-law's mobile home because they couldn't afford to pay rent.

Ticknor's story reflects how, across the nation, the middle class' share of the nation's income is shrinking. Reno, which has among the highest rates of unemployment and foreclosures in the United States, is a stark example: The share of income in the metro area that was collected by the middle class fell from 49.8% in 2006 to 45.8% in 2010, the year after the 18-month recession ended.

A USA TODAY analysis of Census data found the Reno area was among 150 nationwide where the share of income going to the middle class - generally made up of households that make $20,700 to $99,900 a year - shrank from 2006 to 2010. Metro areas where the middle class' share of income dropped outnumbered those where it grew by more than 2-to-1.

"The lower share of income is a way of saying income inequality is growing in the middle," says Paul Taylor, executive vice president of the Pew Research Center, who has studied the shift. "The vast middle has less of the pie than it had before."  Income is shifting to the top tier of households, especially those in the top 5%, Taylor says. The top 5% earn more than $181,000 annually.  In 2010, the top one-fifth of U.S. households collected 50.3% of all the nation's income, up from 49.9% in 2006. The lowest-earning one-fifth of households collected just 3.3% of the nation's income, down from 3.4% in 2006.  That leaves the three-fifths of households in between - a common definition of a broad middle class. It collected 46.3% of the income last year, down from 46.7% in 2006.

Analysts call it the middle-class squeeze.


Contributing: Barbara Hansen in McLean, Va., and Jeff DeLong at the Reno Gazette Journal

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Posted on 11/17/2011 12:51 PM by Mila Grigg, President MODA Image Consulting
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Fast Sales, Flash Sales and Lost Sales

Thoughts behind Groupon and more…

Improper use of the new INTERENT CRAZE called "Flash Sales" can destroy a company and turn your Corporate Brand into unidentifiable MUSH. The idea of a sale is nothing new; companies have placed items on sale since the beginning of retail.  It is one of the best tools for thinning out inventory, for bringing customers into your business, and for highlighting your exceptional service and products to a new buying demographic. Unfortunately, improper use of the WEB BASED COUPON FRENZY will lead to a slow death: as cash flow in depleted, inventories are reduced and people no longer believe that your products or services are worth what you say they are worth.  You can only CRY SALE so many times until people start to say, "It's always on sale, and so whatever is on the sticker is not what it is worth."  You must protect your brand and understand the value of a sale and the proper way to help your clients benefit from discount opportunities - while at the same time maintaining your business brand.  One small mistake in the value of your product or service means your brand is diluted; or in the worst of cases: your company completely shuts down!  I am not saying that there isn't a time and place for these flash sale sites, but a business must know its brand before engaging with them or it could harm the long term business goals.

Flash sales are ideal for the new business which is really using the sales programs as a form of marketing.  Once a customer has used a product that has a real value, then they will return to the store or sign up for your services at the correct price because they know that they are getting a great value; however, if your product or service sold at a discount does not create a positive response from the end buyer, then you can kiss your business good bye. Today's savvy customers know when they are BEING SOLD or BEING SCAMMED. Great value is found when a customer gets more than what they pay for.  If I simply offer a product or service that matches customers' expectations then all I have done is create an exchange solely on price. Companies that last are built on creating SUPERIOR VALUE.  Superior Value is realized when the customer gets MORE THAN WHAT THEY PAID FOR AND MORE THAN WHAT THEY EXPECTED.

Use your sales properly, utilize the flash sales and coupon programs to create new opportunities for your business, to reduce inventory and as a way to share the superior value of your company and service.  Sadly, many of today's retailers and businesses are so desperate for business and lack any true understanding of their brand that they will use short term sales in the HOPE OF CREATING long term customers.  If only they had really taken the time to assure that their products and services were the best in the business, they would have grown the old fashioned and tested way - they will have earned their business through hard work, superior service and the best advertizing means known to man: Word of Mouth!!!  Nothing sells more than a satisfied customer bragging about your company.  

The best way to generate cash and company growth is to sell a great product or service and create exceptional value for your clients.

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Posted on 11/17/2011 12:42 PM by Mila Grigg, President MODA Image Consulting
Thursday, 17 November 2011
PARENTS: Read here!

"Sweet 16 and Never Been Kissed: Thank God"

My disclaimer is that I am not a prude or some Victorian princess that says no dancing and no hand holding and by all means everyone needs to go to boarding school.  I am a California girl who grew up on the beach and enjoyed every bit of the fun that High School and College had to offer.  I admit I have spent my time in front of the mirror - and like all young girls and women today, I was always worried about how I looked and wanted to make certain that I "fit in."  Looking back, all I can say is thanks mom for the tight reins you put me under as a teenager, and for saying I love you by sometimes saying NO. 

Advertisements bombard our young girls and boys with clothing images that say the best look is a sexual look. Especially for our young daughters!  Why is it that fashion trends are so provocative and who in their right mind dresses a 12 year old like they are 16, or a 16 year old like they are 22?  You know when we sow the seeds of invitation and excitement; we should be prepared for the seeds to become the plants of disaster and enticement.  Parents, wake up!!!

Wall Street Ad Agencies and todays so called fashion professionals are wrong.  We do not need to let our girls dress beyond their age and more than that, beyond their maturity.  Fashion for our young girls is supposed to express confidence, style and beauty - not invitation.  Young women have enough challenges in today's world, and we do not need to send our daughters into the world in outfits that "fit in" and then become concerned because the 18 year old wants to date our 15 year old, nor should we be surprised when our 12 year olds can flirt like 20 year olds.  The wrong fashion makes a statement for our girls' long before they are ready or can really understand the consequences of looking and acting like they are adults.  The results can be disastrous.

When I came along, we all giggled at the first kiss behind the door, or when our friends mentioned the infamous "Spin the Bottle Game" in middle school or beyond.  Today, "A kiss is not but a kiss."  I have attached an alarming article that every parent needs to read and every daughter or son should learn about.  Cancer and your child, something from the casual and seemingly innocent kiss, is not longer just a kiss!  I am not an alarmist and I understand the fun of first dates and even the first kiss…BUT to my fellow parents - we need to be informed.   Let's not put our daughters at a disadvantage by dressing them to "fit in" or to match the latest ads by Abercrombie and Fitch.  We have a responsibility to young people today, and that is to say, how you dress is important to your reputation and your health.'  Our girls do not need to head out to the door each day dressed like an invitation card that says "Get to know me physically."  MTV, VH1 and the world are wrong.  Our daughters and our sons are worthy of our protection, so let's start with how we dress them.  As the article shows, we need to talk with our kids and tell them that safe sex is not possible and the best bet is no sex until marriage. The best way to say I love you is not with your body.  As you will read, a KISS is NOT BUT A KISS.  I love fashion, I love great clothes and I love our children.  Dress yours appropriately and talk to them about the world's false messages.  Let's mold our daughters and sons to respect one another in every way.

Here is an excerpt from an article in Men's Health (August 2011), "The New Sex Cancer"
"However, simply kissing someone who has oral HPV can also lead to infection, according to many researchers who believe that it's possible for HPV to be transmitted through saliva."

Click here to read the rest of this article online

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