How early childhood shapes our self-image and style

When Scott* entered my studio for his first consultation, his personal presence was quiet and nearly invisible. In his mid thirties and single, he wore light gray, worn and baggy jeans, an oversized pale blue dress shirt, scuffed and mealy loafers…and had barely combed hair. He wore glasses that were conservative and more of a non-statement than anything else. This was nothing like the same man I had watched perform a song in front of a large audience with a vibrant and engaging presence. I wondered, where was the disconnect? He came to me for personal styling and identity work with the goal of improving his personal image and increasing dating prospects. Before I met with him, I had asked him to bring 5-7 favorite pictures from art, architecture and nature. I call this exercise the Favorites Effect. This simple exercise is remarkably telling. When you describe why you like […]

“You are my inspiration for all the transformation that I bring about in the image & styling work that I do with my clients.”



    Save $50 until Sunday January 29th at midnight on this personalized virtual makeover service to see the makeup techniques and hairstyle that will make you LOOK & FEEL amazing. This is not an app that will modify your facial structure or paste pre-designed hair and makeup packages onto you. Because YOU are unique and deserve individualized attention from your own personal stylist to assess and show you possibilities customized directly onto your photo. This service shows you the possibilities and guides you on the path to applying it yourself...from virtual, to reality!  
    Feb 18 / Menlo Park.  Your visual presentation tells a story whether you realize it or not. This masterclass will teach you to identify and communicate the psychological effects of style and tell the story that you want to tell.  Through demonstrations and interactive exercises you will learn how to create looks to alter moods and responses to you.  This hands-on class is open to everyone; both professional and non, so invite your friends along for an insightful day. This is an AICI certified class for .7 CEU’s. Get an additional $40 of enrollment when you purchase 2 tickets together by Feb 14th! 
    June 22-27 / San Francisco, CA Train with world-renowned author and Master Stylist Carla Mathis at this essential and foundational course. Whether you are just starting your new career or looking to deepen your understanding of styling & color analysis these 5 days of inspirational training will challenge you personally and enhance your consultancy.  
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    The Triumph of Individual Style is known as the "bible" of the image industry and used as a textbook at Cornell, the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, and design schools across the country. Carla Mathis, AICI CIM, has been changing lives one body at a time for 30 years. By pioneering and teaching the use of design as a powerful therapeutic tool, Carla has helped thousands of people worldwide learn to appreciate their bodies and achieve new levels of self-acceptance.  


Founding members and Carla, Eric and Erin describe the experience of having your body signature analyzed.  Learn more about our story…

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