Color Can Be Magical!

Color Can Be Magical!

COLOR can be magical! How many times have you been ambiguous about what to wear and you look in your closet and find that delicious sunny coral t-shirt that makes you smile and feel good all over? Or you’re out shopping and a rack of beautiful reds and burgundies catch your eye.  For an instant you think, “Wow, I love that”, while thinking oh I could never wear that and you’ve quickly move to the rack of all black. 

 

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Rent the Runway: Rent the Dress, Own the Look

Rent the Runway: Rent the Dress, Own the Look

On the red carpet or in the office, best-dressed can bust your budget. But now, the latest online shopping trend allows users to rent a dress, and own the look. "I think it's actually kind of awesome," said Annette Bond, owner of Definitive Style by Annette Bond. She is a personal image consultant with 30 years of fashion industry experience.

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3 Ways to Gain More Color Confidence

3 Ways to Gain More Color Confidence

Color is an interesting subject because it can conjure up so many different meanings and feelings to individuals. The colors you chose to wear may reflect your personality as an introvert, an extrovert or maybe you’re trying not to be seen? Through my one-on-one Color Image Consultation I am able to give you increased confidence on where to start and objective insight into why a color makes you shine.

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How To Refine & Elevate Your Personal Image Through COLOR

How To Refine & Elevate Your Personal Image Through COLOR

Did you know that color can bring out the color of your hair? This is known as one of your Signature Colors.Example: Anything yellow or gold is going to highlight (bring forward) the blond tones. Or bring out the blond highlights in brown hair.  This is when others compliment you and say, "wow you look pretty today."

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How to Increase Your Bottom Line, Lipstick in Hand

How to Increase Your Bottom Line, Lipstick in Hand

Do most women want to wear make up and feel prettier - I would say Yes!  Why, because there is something about looking in the mirror and saying Wow, I look good. That I look good thought turns into an emotion which then turns into a belief which turns into how they approach their day.

 Perception. There is something visually appealing when we see a woman put-together - hair, clothes, makeup and shoes. Yes, I am an Image Consultant and Yes this is what I help women accomplish. But at the end of the day it is all about the beliefs we have about our self. It's how we see our-self.  When we have positive emotions about how we look and feel, we look at every other area of our life in a new light.

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Spring: A Season of Colorful Equilibrium

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"This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium".

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute

Placid Blue, like a picture-perfect, tranquil and reassuring sky, induces a sense of peaceful calmness, while Violet Tulip, a romantic, vintage purple, evokes wistful nostalgia. Hemlock, a summery, ornamental green, provides a decorative touch that's very different from the greens of recent seasons.  Pair any of these versatile pastels with a bolder hue for an au courant look.

Sand, a lightly toasted and amiable neutral, conjures images of the beach and carefree days of summer.  Paloma serves as a quintessential neutral, interesting enough to be worn alone or combined with any color for sophisticated poise.

Cayenne, a high-pitched red, adds a dash of spicy heat to neutrals, and heightens the excitement when mixed with Freesia, a blazing yellow that is sure illuminate wardrobe this season.  Celosia Orange, an optimistic, spontaneous hue.

The palette is brought full circle with Radiant Orchid, the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year.  And Dazzling Blue, a scintillating, polar opposite to Placid Blue.

Five Minute Makeup (Video)

Last week we talked about having an effortless sense of style.

Effortless: showing little or no effort, easy, uncomplicated, fluent, simple, and painless.  I would say most women decide to ignore their style because they think it’s too much work, too complicated, requires too much effort and it’s much simpler to have NO STYLE.

Along with an effortless sense of style comes effortless makeup to complete your look.  I'm not saying a naked face but I am suggesting you take the time to apply makeup in an effortless way.  As we mature, it is natural for your skin to become uneven or possibly blotchy.  I believe we all need some kind of foundation.  Over the years foundation has come a long way, lots of options, and the colors are more natural than ever.  No more orange face.

I also believe in some sort of lip color whether that be lip gloss or lipstick.  I personally like lipstick as it stays on longer. You can always apply my lip gloss over top of the lipstick for that sassy sexy look.  As we mature, our lips start to become uneven, we lose our lip line, and finally one day we wake up and wonder where our lips went.  We all need lipstick!

Audrey Hepburn not only had an effortless sense of style but she also had beautiful and effortless makeup.  She took care of her skin, she applied foundation, lipstick, eyebrows and most importantly she focused on her eyes.  Her big brown eyes were a focal point on her face.

I've attached a "Five Minute Face" video from Global Makeup Artist Shawnelle Prestidge.  In the video she suggests using sunny citrus lipstick.  As a someone who has worked with makeup for the last 20 years, if an orange tone is not your color try a nice pink such as pink satin, pink passion, or  a neutral such as shell or toffee all Mary Kay lipsticks.

The following videos are fun, simple, and fabulous!  Watch all 5 Video tutorials or go to the playlist on the left corner of the screen and click  #5 - 5 Minute Face

A Week of Looks From White House Black Market

White House Black Market does a really nice job with showing you how to mix and match with a few great basics and adding a pop of color.  We all love black and white but many forget to add some pattern or texture to change it up.  The skirt and jacket below are great examples of taking the many black pieces in your wardrobe and updating them in a new fun way.

Love the below-the-hip length of jacket. This style can do wonders to camouflage your midsection but keeps a nice straight line.  It's classy, can serve as a coat in many climates, and is a fresh look from the blazer.

I also love the idea of adding a LGD (little green dress) as a favorite and accessorizing with neutrals such as gold, silver,  or white come spring.  If you love your little black dress, have fun with color in the same versatile ways.   If green isn't your fav, individualize your black ensemble with a color that makes your inner sparkle, flicker.  I am excited to explore the 2014 Pantone color of the year, "Radiant Orchid".

COMPLETE YOUR DEFINITIVE STYLE WITH...

A SCARF

What a great way to add texture and uniqueness to your outfit.  Choose a scarf that speaks to you in color and pattern.

SHOES

A spectator with a kitten heel is so versatile. Don’t forget about a suede booties shoe, Or a great pair of boots/tights.

A NECKLACE

Are you looking for elegance, classic, dramatic, feminine? You define your style…

GREEN, The MYTH

How many of you knew that EMERALD Green was the color of the Year?  For those of you who didn't know, every year Pantone Color, the leading color authority for fashion and home chooses a color that represents what is going on around the world with fashion designers, decorators, our economy and anything else that might influence our surroundings such as the upcoming Olympics.  In addition to the color of the year they also select 10 Top Colors for spring and fall that will be a big influence in the marketplace.

I am going to admit right now that I have never been a green fashion person although I decorate with it all the time.  Did you know that usually there is a reason why psychologically you don’t like a color? I encourage you to take a minute to think back on your past to discover if there is a reason why you don’t like GREEN.  In my color sessions with clients, I find a great deal of them who are not fans of green and some who love it. Be aware that there are at least 50 shades of green, so if you’re one of those who don’t like GREEN, experiment with a totally new shade. I hope you’ll also consider adding some GREEN clothing pieces to your wardrobe in the near future after learning a little more about the color.

What got me excited about EMERALD is the meaning of the color.  As you can see from above, there are a lot of standout adjectives such as magnificent, lively, radiant, and striking and so many more powerful descriptions of the color EMERALD. It makes me happy when I think of these words.

Green in general describes people who are usually stable, balanced types; kind, generous and can be a good listener from Leatrice Eiseman’ Book More Alive with Color®.  I did my own FACEBOOK survey and asked my followers what they thought of the color green and these were some of their responses:

  • Love it, Vibrant, Alive.

  • Nature, Crisp, Clean.

  • Doesn't look good on me.

  • I love green in my décor.

  • Has to match my eyes in order to wear it.

  • Looks good on red heads.

  • It’s a color of healing, money and growth.

So what is your take on GREEN or the color of the year EMERALD? I would love to know!

Fall Pants Done 5 Ways

 

 


Fall Pants 5 ways:

1. The Narrow Pant

Great to wear with basic sweaters, blouses or jackets.

2. Jodhpurs Are Not Just For Equestrians.

Wear a pair with a silk ruffled blouse and a blazer to create a perfect mix of masculine and feminine elements.

3. Iridescent Silk Pants

Once evening-only attire is now a choice for daytime.

4. Pantsuits Are Plentiful

Go for a monochromatic one or a patterned one. Or try one that uses the same color but different fabrics for the jacket and the pant.

5. Split Up Your Pantsuits

For example, wear a black jacket with patterned bottoms or black bottoms and a patterned jacket.

Fur, Gloves, Booties, Handbags - Whatever Suits YOUR Style!

Sometimes you just need that one piece that makes it feel new and alive. Whether you add the zebra gloves, stylish booties, or a hint of fur, you've got an updated look for Fall 2011.  Eggplant, Vivid Viola, or Raspberry is going to make you stand out in a crowd.

 

Go a little crazy.

Be a little dramatic.

Have a lot of fun.