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itty bitty beauty boutique is We w i l l n ow b e l o c a t e d a t 2 0 M a r t i n S t re e t | G i l roy i n s i d e A m o re t t o B o u t i q u e we can’t wait to see you there! call or email for your appointment 408.529.2089 itty bitty and amoretto are local, independent, women-owned businesses. SUCCULENTS PLANTS POTTERY FOUNTAINS SOD KISS SUB-SERVICE IRRIGATION GARDEN STATUARY GARDEN GIFTS & HOME DECOR Everything for your garden and more! 11155 Lena Avenue • Gilroy, CA 95020 • Highway 101 & Masten Avenue 408.846.4555 • GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN First Impressions continued from page 74 And last on my list is your APPEARANCE, including BODY LANGUAGE. How you dress has an impact on people when you meet them for the first time, in both business and social situations. A well-groomed person has a better chance of succeeding in our world today. Even if you’re on a budget, a clean-shaven face, moderate makeup, clean and pressed clothes and a nice comfortable pair of shoes goes a long way in making a good first impression. Good taste has nothing to do with being able to afford an expensive wardrobe or not. And, don’t forget your crowning glory – your hair. Hair should be clean, styled and out of your face. Body language is important. Chewing gum, fidgeting, playing with your hair or beard, smoking or chewing tobacco are all examples of negative messaging when you are meeting folks for the first time. Your behavior is affected by the clothes you wear. To realize this, you have only to think of the time you were caught at your worst – hair up in curlers, old baggy jogging suit, torn T-shirt. You probably apologized for your appearance only to find your self-consciousness growing with each word. We feel and behave our best when we look our best. Making a great first impression is easy when you practice these five points. They will continue to come in handy any time you are meeting and greeting folks beyond the first encounter. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 83