Sunday, May 7, 2017

Work Uniforms and Dress Codes......The Out Of Palette Experience and Solutions

If you are employed and have the freedom to choose your own outfits within the confines of a dress code, you are fortunate in that regard! Not all of us are blessed with choices like these. Many of us have to wear a company logo shirt or uniform. Chances are good, it is not flattering, color or style wise. If that is the case, what can you do to minimize the impact on your every day appearance?

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1) Make sure your hair is right. If your hair color is off, now is the time to either transition into your natural color, or find one that is in harmony with your skin tone. If your uniform is not meshing with your complexion, the wrong hair will only make things that much worse. 

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2) Accessorize. If your employer allows this, wear earrings and a necklace that are simple in style, yet in the correct metal for your seasonal category. Stud earrings, a bracelet with clean lines or a solitaire pendant are all great choices. They have the added benefit of not getting in your way while working. 

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3) The right makeup goes a LONG way towards helping you look your best with an article of clothing that isn't in your color scheme. I would even go as far as saying you should stick with the same eye shadow, liner, blush and lipstick as a default for every day wear so as to eliminate guesswork.

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4) If you can wear your own clothing, but have to stay within a certain color scheme, try to keep the color of your blouse or shirt as far away from your face as possible. Even if it is not the best line on you, v necks are a great solution. 

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5) Be willing to borrow from either one of your neighbor palettes. (e.g., I have to wear black, or black/white/gray for work. Neither one of those colors are my best, so for cosmetics, I still wear Bright Sping, but borrow from the Bright Winter palette quite a bit. )

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Let's put together a possible situation. It is hypothetical, but more than likely one a Light Spring will have faced at some point:

This is the Light Spring palette:

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Our Light Spring is the typical strawberry blonde, light eyed girl our mind's eye imagines:

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She puts together her resume, knocks on a few doors and finally lands that career opportunity she's been looking for!
Everything is all sunny and good, until she finds out what the work uniform/dress code will be. 

Black and white. 

If we look above at the Light Spring palette, black and white are nowhere to be found. 

What can she do in order to look her best during business hours?

I would opt for a pair of small gold stud earrings, or some gold stud earrings with a  stone in a favorite color of the palette. Since her hair has reddish tones, I'd choose a complimentary color like green:

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Another nice look, especially on Light seasons, is the layered jewelry trend. The warm tone of gold will help break up the coldness of black and white:

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Wear the most vibrant of your cosmetics colors that you can, while keeping the application fresh. This will help soften the impact of black and white. 

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Could she borrow from Light Summer, since the palette is a bit cooler and darker? It would depend entirely on how close she was to Light Summer at her draping. Either way, she'd be better off sticking with her Light Spring choices. 

Time to consider another possibility. Say you are a True Summer and your uniform means you have to wear orange. 

This is a tough one for True Summers because orange is not anywhere near their color selections:

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My first suggestion would be, wear your white gold or sterling jewelry if you are allowed to. A nice pair of pearl earrings will also help bring attention away from the orange and towards your face. 

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Take a look at the lipstick colors. I would choose a lipstick to match the warmest of these. I would also choose eye liner to match your greens and stick with your gray eye shadows, as your mauve grays and violets won't look right. 

Consider borrowing from your sister season, Light Summer. Sometimes in an extreme situation, you may have to be a bit more adaptable. The neutral pinks for lipstick colors and the greens for eye liner may help tie your look together a bit better. 

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If you need to work for a living, there are aspects of the job that you more than likely enjoy and other aspects that aren't quite so great. If your occupation is rewarding and is a good match for your skills and personality, a less than perfect work uniform should not be a deal breaker. With a little bit of creativity, looking your best each day can indeed be possible!



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Reading Glasses for the 12 Tones/ Part I

Presbyopia happens to almost everyone by the age of 50. For some people, it starts around 40-45. Others do not have to worry until they hit their 60's. It is that curious condition where suddenly, in order to read the find print, your arms aren't long enough. (This subject is near and dear to my heart, because myself and my co workers have been going through this almost simultaneously.....some of us more in denial than others!)

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One of the most popular, low cost solutions is to wear reading glasses. Fortunately, the options have come a long way. You no longer have to worry about being stuck with your Grandma's "specks on a chain", although that option is becoming much more chic:

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Let's find some great options for the 12 Tones:

True Winter:

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Not everyone who is a True Winter wants black, industrial looking frames, and not everyone can wear them well. These daisy frames from Brighton are lovely and they also come in pink and blue!

Are you more minimalist? I really like these wine/berry frames from They have softer lines. I think a True Summer could also get away with these. 

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If you want to get noticed, these gorgeous retro frames from Divalicious jewelry are a bit on the pricey side, but oh, so worth it!

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Bright Winter:

Bright seasons do well in fun, zingy styles. Due to being a Winter, a shiny black frame might seem like an automatic choice, but it can have a very heavy look to it without some ornamentation. 

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These glasses from EVrhinestones are both flashy and fun!
Bright Winter is the ultimate "sparkle and bling" season. However, if you aren't into all of that glitz, my suggestion would be something more primary toned and bold, like these, from Dave Cullen Eye Wear: I can't stop looking at this blue!

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Are you on the more edgy side? Reading Glasses Galore has these "not your Mama's glasses" to choose from:


Bright Spring:

Neon colors, splashy patterns and sparkle  are the watch words for Bright Spring. Shiny, transparent frames in brilliant colors are very eye catching. 

I love hot pink on Bright Springs. The two bright blocks of color bring out the best in one another. You can find these at

These Peppers Andiamo glasses from TDK Marketing are a really cute option, sans the bling:

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I did mention sparkle, right? Cat Krazy Volcano crystal readers, available on's shop called MyPreeBling. 
I think they are stunning!

True Spring:

If I were a True Spring and had to own only one pair of reading glasses, I'd make them a lightweight frame like this in a shiny gold finish. These are vintage Christian Dior frames. 

CHRISTIAN DIOR VINTAGE round frame glasses:

Few seasons look better in orange than a True Spring. I love the transparency of these frames as well.....True Springs don't do "heavy" anything. These are nice and bold without being overbearing: (http://www.readingglasses,com/)

Looking for something with a little bit more kick? These frames from are a great possibility. 

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Light Spring:

A little bit of glasses frame on you goes a LONG way. I recommend styles that are lightweight and transparent, if you choose plastic. Rimless styles work even better. These are from Septwolves1 at

What is Spring without some flowers in bloom? These buttercup reading glasses from are bright and happy without being overbearing. 

Also from is the Lynwood style. If you are a Light season, glasses that don't look like glasses are so flattering:

Light Summer:

Spring seasons have a harder time finding glasses, because everything is dark and blue based, or too bold. Fortunately, since you are a cooler toned season, it is a bit easier to find reading glasses. 

Taking a page from your Light Spring sister, the Buttercup frames in white are as pretty as can be!

I also absolutely love the Sprinkle design from It has a Boho chic vibe to it. :

I am personally a bigger fan of silver on a Light Summer than gold, but that is my preference. Rimless or half frame styles are very nice. These are the Magnums from

If you are looking for reading glasses, I hope these photos and suggestions have helped you out! Please note that all of these styles are subject to availability. 

I would also like to send and a special THANK YOU for offering so many styles at reasonable price points.....and for making my research a little bit easier!!!



Monday, April 17, 2017

Free Online Color Analyses......Worth Your Time?

Online quizzes are fun! Sometimes the answers are intriguing...other times, they are just funny. The best ones are in magazines someone else spent their money on, haha!!! If you want to know quasi-facts about your ideal partner, what your personality traits are like, or if you should make this or that decision, a quiz with a few questions can either lead you in the right direction, or down five miles of bad road. 

Should you take a chance and try to find your color palette via an online Q and A session? 

Let's try a few of these, and find out. 

Here is a photo of a woman with coloring you see every day, whether you are on the street or at the store. 

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Neutral to warm brown hair with warm blonde highlights, brown-amber eyes and a medium-light skin tone. Her undertone is not obvious. She has an overall neutral look with a peachy-pink glow. 

First color analysis test:

I came up with Deep for her analysis. If I change up the eye color selection a little bit, I come up with Soft

Second test:

Donna Fujii

This one was not as consistent as I hoped. If I chose the Caucasian option, she ended up being a High Contrast Summer (much like True Summer). If I chose the Latina option, she turned out to be Topaz (close to a rich True Autumn.) 

Third test:

This test was the quickest, but also my least favorite. All you have to do is choose the Hollywood/Famous person that most closely resembles you. 99.999% of us are real people that don't spend a lot of time in front of a camera. However, I do have to say, out of all three tests so far, this one was good.

Our model turned out to be a Soft Autumn. 

Fourth test:

This one was also a quick test that involved more photos of Hollywood starlets/famous women. Jen does a good job of breaking it down from soft to bright and warm to cool. The result for our model is:

Soft and Warm. 

Fifth test:

With this one, I had to click on various photos to find which one of the models looks the closest to our young lady. The Winter and Summer categories did not resemble her in any way, so I dispensed with those. There are a few more choices for Spring and Autumn. The Spring models were lighter and more clear than she was...the Autumn ones were closer. I settled on Sunlit Soft Autumn. 

In our case, almost all of the choices point to a Soft Autumn or an Autumn of some type, so with that being said, the results were pretty consistent across the board. Me being the cautious type, I would not trust any of these results without doing some further testing. 

Here are some flaws of testing your coloring online like this:

1) Total lack of objectivity. You may think you have mousey hair and dull eyes when you really don't! You could be warm and not realize it. 

2) The colors you currently are drawn to might not necessarily be the best colors for you, so you can't rely on personal preferences should that come into question during the quiz. 

3) What if you don't look like any of the famous people/models that are pictured? It can make you wonder if you fit in anywhere and cause needless frustration. 

4) If you are 40+, you won't be able to relate to a 20 or 30 something starlet that has a personal chef/trainer/makeup artist/clothing and hair stylist. 

5) You can get different results with each test, or slightly similar ones. 

6) What if you really have no clue as to what basic colors look best on you to begin with? In particular, Donna Fujii's test is going to drive you insane. 

7) Gray hair/silver/white/salt and pepper hair is not created the same. If this is your hair color, I can guarantee that you do NOT automatically fit into a Cool season. If any of the above are your hair color options, it will be very difficult to accurately judge the undertone. 

8) Not all of these online color analysis tests cater to all ethnic backgrounds. If you are multi racial, this makes it more difficult and frustrating. Not everyone who is looking for their color palette is always Caucasian. 

In online free color analysis can be a fun thing to do, but I would not base my entire wardrobe planning or cosmetics purchases on it. Before you do ANYTHING....back it up about a mile. Go on Pinterest and search for your color category for a color swatch photo you can use as a visual reference. Buy four T shirts and some inexpensive Wet and Wild, Jordana or Hard Candy lipsticks in the palette you want to test. See how that goes first before venturing further. If that doesn't work, you have 11 more categories to test. Rinse and repeat as necessary. 

Above all else, trust your gut! 



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Housecleaning and Business

Due to time constraints of my own, I'm unable to acknowledge or answer any of my comment posts for the time being. I know this will come as an inconvenience for some and an annoyance for others. For that, I apologize in advance. For those of you who have participated, thank you! Your comments fill me with a sense of deep gratitude and give me a lot of food for thought! I will more than likely open up comments at a later time. 

If you have questions you would like me to answer, comments or have suggestions as to what you would like me to write about in the future, please send all emails to 

Keep your eyes out for True Autumn, how our coloring changes as we age, my opinion on how companies market cosmetics and beauty items, and other good stuff. 

Thanks for reading!



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Hair, Eye and Skin Color....How Important In Color Analysis?

I still have a copy of Kathryn Kalisz's book entitled, "Understanding Your Color, A Guide to Personal Color Analysis." She published this in 1996, and for those who are serious students of color, her book is highly sought after. 
I often use both this book and "Return To Your Natural Colors" by Christine Scaman as references. 

In Chapter IV, Kathryn has individual in depth explanations as to what entails a seasonal group. Of particular interest are the last paragraphs of each explanation. (e.g, True Summer: "The over-all appearance of a person whose coloring is in harmony with the True Summer tone is cool and tone is soft pink, beige or rose coloring is ash brown, deep ash blonde or grey. Eye coloring is blue, blue grey or grey blue" pg. 62)

In going through this book, by reading the descriptions, it would not easily be a simple task to find your seasonal category because it is next to impossible to be objective enough with one's appearance. (e.g., Based on this info, Bright Spring would be my closest, but my hair is not "medium to dark brown or salt and pepper grey. (pg. 82)

This blog post from Amelia Butler from True Colour International got me thinking.....and this fairly recent blog post got me thinking even more. 

Could the idea that any season can have any hair, eye or skin color be wrong? Or, is our outer appearance, at first glance, a guidepost?

Within this post, I found my answer. 

"Generally speaking certain physical characteristics (hair/skin/eye colours) can be attributed to each of the 12 tones. For example Dark Winters and Dark Autumns generally have dark hair and eyes, whilst Light Springs and Light Summers generally have lighter hair and eyes by comparison. These generalities make sense in terms of how colour harmony works-the closer the relationship between two or more colours (in terms of hue/value/chroma) the more colour harmony is perceived.   This is not to say that unusual combinations of hair/skin/eye colouring do not exist, they certainly do but are far less common than people imagine. Although useful as a guide, physical descriptors cannot be used alone as an accurate diagnostic tool for PCA."

You will really need to read the entire post in order to get the fullest sense of her answer to this question. In my humble opinion, she knocks it out of the park. 

So....does your hair and eye color matter just as much as your skin tone does when finding your best color space? Yes, it does. The correct palette will enhance all three features of your appearance in concert, rather than just one over the other. 

I hope this post has given you a little bit more food for thought. 

For those of you who are hard core color geeks and wish to expand your knowledge in color theory, I invite you to read 
Amelia's blog.  You will definitely enjoy spending time reading the information she so graciously shares. 



Monday, April 3, 2017

Living With Your Natural Hair Color

If someone told me, even three years ago to grow out my natural color and leave it be, that advice would have fallen on completely deaf ears. It has been over eight months since I've grown out my color and I see no reason to change it. 

Here are the advantages:

1) Your hair will be in the best shape possible. 

2) I can guarantee that you will be using a whole lot less in the way of conditioner. 

3) Hair color dye technology has definitely come a very long way. Gone are the days of yesteryear when "hair dye in a bottle" was all one uniform shade. Even with a multi tonal formula, nothing works as well as what your DNA has given you. 

4) You won't have to worry over whether your hair color will work with your color palette, because it will. 

5) Less direct exposure to chemicals. 

All of these things are good....but not everyone is ready for their natural hair color. 

Maybe you are going or have gone prematurely gray. 

If your hair lacks natural body, highlights do indeed add volume and lift. 

Some women do not like their "mousey" hair and wish to enhance it by giving it more dimension and shine. (I say, try out your color palette may indeed change your mind about the whole thing.)

Is there anything wrong with giving your hair a kick of color? Nope.....certainly not! As a hair stylist, I really enjoy changing a client's look. It can be a whole lot of fun! Some of you might be looking for a drastic change. As long as your complexion can handle it....go for it. 

I have to say, in my own case, my untouched hair feels nice and soft. It has a natural shine that no amount of serums or product can replicate. I don't have to wear as much in the way of cosmetics. Furthermore, the cosmetics colors I do wear tend to look better, because I don't have overly blonde or red hair fighting with my skin tone so much. 

A nice added bonus are the the highlights the sun has given me. Instead of being brassy, they are the same tonal value as the rest of my hair. (Note the level of darkness in the back part of my hair....yes. It gets that light in the Florida sun just walking outside to my car. )

I have seen women go from hair tinted a dark brown make the transition into their natural silver gray and they look much younger rather than the other way around. 

My suggestion is to give it a try. If it isn't for you, it's not....but if you have had your correct color palette chosen it will be surprising how much better your natural hair color will look!



Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Nude Look In Cosmetics Trend....Should You, Or Should You Not? It All Depends.......

The nude look  in cosmetics has been very big within the last few years. Back in the late 1908's, going au naturel was quite popular and a welcome respite from purple and pink eye shadow with bubblegum lips. The unfortunate thing about the makeup that was seen everywhere from Melrose Place to Baywatch is, not everyone can create a reasonable imitation of it and look their best. 

There are some distinct advantages to "going nude", and they are the following:

1) Appropriate for every situation, from professional to bridal. 

2) Very easy to find cosmetics. Just about every brand offers a plethora of products to achieve this look.

3) The colors can be very mix and match. 

4) For a beginner who is not accustomed to working with cosmetics, applying nude colors is pretty forgiving. 

The disadvantages are:

1) Can be quite mainstream and boring looking (or worse) on the woman whose coloring demands more vibrancy. 

2) If you aren't careful, your makeup collection can grow like crazy since items from this color scheme is plentiful.

3) Can be a challenge to find the right undertone that will work with your skin type. 

There are indeed women out there who can "go naked" day in and day out while looking fabulous at the same time. This is because they know what undertones are their best as per point #3, which comes about through trial and error. 

We will go through the 12 seasons to figure out who this special woman could be. (HINT: If your best color palette does not contain any brown, the nude makeup trend is likely not your best bet.)

True Winter: Brown is not present, with the exception of a very dark taupe toned brown. Your palette is contrasting, icy, clear and primary. Since nude colors tend to be muted and warm, there will be a distinct dissonance between that and what you require to look balanced, which are pure tones with lots of definition. VERDICT: Avoid. 

Bright Winter: Brown is also not at all in your palette. You need colors which are crystalline, clear, brilliant and showy. Anything earthy, soft or gentle in tone will be your downfall....the color version of your kryptonite, especially since your skin tone loves jewel tones. VERDICT: Avoid. 

Bright Spring: Your neutral colors are warmer than Bright Winter. Your palette is very sunny, clear and intense. Much like your Bright Winter sister, soft colors on your face will just make you look tired and undefined. VERDICT: Avoid. 

True Spring: Warm, clear and optimistic looking with a tropical, beachy vibe is how your palette colors appear. Not as vibrant as your Bright Spring compatriot, True Spring needs a good amount of intensity without crossing over into the great divide of Winter. Should you decide to wear your more neutral tones, keep them on your eyes and as bronzer. 
Your lips need color, so stay away from nude lipsticks. VERDICT: Proceed with caution! Bronzer and contour sure to match your palette exactly! 

Light Spring:  Pastel and delicate yet possessing a certain amount of clarity, your palette is like a breath of fresh air. Anything even remotely heavy will weigh you down and muddy your complexion quickly. Even your neutral colors contain sunshine. Nude makeup will not look like it belongs on you. VERDICT: Avoid.

Light Summer: Iridescent, watercolor and refreshing, the neutral tones you have in your palette have a mauve base to them. If you do experiment with nude colors, there has to be enough pink in the base tone in order to pull them off. Even then, it would be all too easy to creep into Soft Summer, which is too heavy for you to carry. VERDICT: Avoid. 

True Summer: Cool, muted and ladylike, warmth of any kind is most unwelcome in the English garden that is the very embodiment of your palette. Most nude tones will be too warm for you to go near, especially since the majority of your neutral tones are blue gray or mauve gray. VERDICT: Avoid. 

Soft Summer: Gentle and elegant with a hint of earthiness, your palette is neutral cool in tone. For some of you, coolness will be of paramount importance. Others of you can carefully tread around the boundaries of Soft Autumn. When choosing nude makeup colors, stick to the rosy or cool side of the spectrum. VERDICT: You get the green light....just stay pink/rosy toned. No "lips like concealer" please. 

Soft Autumn: Restful, grounded and inviting, your colors are neutral/warm and quite soft. Since True Autumn is making an influence in your colors, terra cotta, burnt gold and pebble colored tans are making inroads. Be choosy and stick with cosmetics that are the correct undertone...not too pink, yet not too warm.  You can freely use bronzer and contour, taking care not to go too heavy. VERDICT: Green light.....use your palette as a guideline to choosing the correct undertone. NO "lips like concealer" please. 

True Autumn: Hot, metallic and bronzed, makeup colors for you are very easy to find. So many women love purchasing True Autumn cosmetics, but very few look good in them. Only you can look your best in copper lipstick and terra cotta blush with gold bronzer powders and chocolate brown eye liner. Going too muted can be the problem here. Stick closely with your palette colors for best results. VERDICT: Green light. NO "lips like concealer" please. 

Dark Autumn: Deep, jewel toned and sultry, more vibrant colors are making an appearance since Winter is beginning to make a debut. Your best cosmetic look contains some "darkness around the edges", as in a deeper espresso eyeliner with some black/brown mascara and a warm plum lipstick. The nude look on you will fall flat. have lots of neutrals in your palette, but wearing these alone creates no visual interest. You need your "color" colors, too. 
VERDICT: Proceed with caution. Keep your cheek color and lip colors more rich. 

Dark Winter: Cold and contrasting with a rustic edge, the Dark Winter palette edges even closer to True Winter. Only the deepest espresso browns can be seen. Tan, taupe, warm browns and nutty browns have been frozen completely over and blackened by the icy weather. Dark Winter women really look their best in those Winter wine, plum and berry colors. Browns tend to look muddy and messy on their complexions. VERDICT: Avoid. 

I hope this helps you make a decision as to whether the ever popular"naked face" is something you can wear easily, or a look you need to steer clear from.