Sunday, July 31, 2011

Soft Autumn Seasonal Color Analysis Challenge: Day Seventeen

Soft Autumn Wish List...

My friend, Jane Rekas, from Expressing Your Truth, created this outfit for me based on the colors in my eye. Did you know that you can repeat any color in your eye? I love these pieces and would love to have and wear them. And will be on the lookout for similar ones!



More Soft Autumn Outfits...

I like these, too!






Today's Soft Autumn Outfit...

I had an outfit picked out for church but then, decided not to go. Instead, I basically was comfy and cozy in loungewear. I've been spending a lot of time writing articles due tomorrow for two online magazines and doing virtual color analysis for my certification.

But I will be back tomorrow with an outfit! :)

And on Wednesday, I'll be linking this post with Lindsey from the Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Soft Autumn Seasonal Color Analysis Challenge: Day Sixteen

Free Virtual Color Analysis: Asking "Which Season Am I?"...

I'm excited to announce that I am finishing up with my color analysis training! It has been wonderful. I was fascinated by everything I was learning, I bugged Lora Alexander every day to learn more and created my own homework because I couldn't get enough of seasonal color analysis.

And now, as I get near certification, I need volunteers to do color analysis with and I am offering it FREE! Not only that, but you will have two sets of eyes looking at your pictures!

I need at least five more people but will take ten if more requests come in. If you're interested, contact me and I will email you what I need.

Soft Autumn Outfit: The Weekend Edition...




Coral cardigan from J.Jill
Shell tank top from J.Jill
Coral print skirt from J.Jill

Soft Autumn Thoughts...

I like the soft look of this outfit. Low contrast. Soft and muted. I see the reward for my wash-and-fade with the coral (it had more intensity when I first got it). And hey, that's what that color is that's mixed with coral in the skirt! :)

But to be honest, my style is not this feminine. I feel like I'm ready for a sock hop or something. It's a little too cute for me.

I'm not sure I want to keep this skirt, but I'm reluctant to let go of it when it creates such a great outfit. Usually, those are the things I keep for a couple of weeks before I'm ready to say goodbye.

My Soft Autumn Palette...


(photo credit: Jane Rekas, Expressing Your Truth)

Friday, July 29, 2011

Soft Autumn Seasonal Color Analysis Challenge: Day Fifteen

Today's Soft Autumn Thoughts...

Yesterday, I got some feedback on my outfit that the shirt seemed cool and the pants seemed warm, and not in harmony. I had not thought so, but it reminded me that for the neutral seasons, you are a mix of warm and cool in your coloring and can repeat that mix with your outfit.




You can tie it all together with jewelry or a scarf or other accessories, and I may have needed a little more balance than my earrings, watch and bracelet gave me (a brown-and-camel scarf would be wonderful, wouldn't it?), but it can actually be a good thing to wear both warm and cool as long as they are not in sharp opposition.

Ideally, you could wear anything from the soft autumn palette together, and it is a mix of warm and cool colors. But soft autumns need low-medium contrast, so it would be better not to do two colors that create a lot of contrast (see my example of what not to do)...



Today's Soft Autumn Outfit...

Unfortunately, I think today's outfit is also an example of what not to do. That is partly because I have only washed that new J. Jill magnolia tank top once, and partly because the brown lace cardigan contrasts too much with it. Soft autumn does have this pink, but it is much softer and more muted.

I have just ordered a taupe cardigan from Old Navy that I want to try with this same tank (after a few more washings) & skirt, and see if that works a little better.




Brown lace cardigan from Roamans
Magnolia tank from J. Jill
Maplewood skirt from Lands End

The Soft Autumn Palette...


(photo credit: Jane Rekas, Expressing Your Truth)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Soft Autumn Seasonal Color Analysis Challenge: Day Fourteen

Soft Autumn Personality...

I love some of the descriptions I have found online about the soft autumn personality.

"You find yourself telling this person your dreams. They integrate Autumn’s open minded acceptance of new personalities and ideas and Summer’s gentle kindness. Autumn’s very natural disposition, completely without airs or pretense, is still here but tempered to lessen the more abrupt honesty. One feels so comfortable in this presence that our own masks and guards fall away. There is no threat, no tension, and no judgement." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Here are some of the words used to describe the soft autumn look on the Truth Is Beauty website: subtle, tender, gentle, natural, quiet, sincere, peaceful. There are more but those are the ones I relate to most.

Creating a Soft Autumn Capsule Wardrobe...

In this same post, Christine describes soft autumns as feminine & nurturing, pointing out that they facilitate growth and happiness for those they love. She suggests creating a soft, muted capsule wardrobe that expresses the feminine with floral patterns.

Though I am not a fan of floral patterns, I do like paisley. And the dressing your truth type 2 also needs pattern to fully express softness. So I will keep an eye out for how I might add a touch of the feminine to my soft autumn capsule wardrobe.

Soft Autumn Color Analysis...

Are you a soft autumn?

Soft Autumn is one of the neutral seasons, which means that it is a warm season but with some summer influence. Summer adds a smidge of cool. It's also one of the soft seasons.

What that means is that there is not a lot of contrast between your hair, your eyes and your skin. Your eyes are soft and muddy, your skin is neither completely warm nor completely cool and your hair is a sort of mousy, dull color.

African-Americans or other women of color with soft hazel, golden brown, amber or warm brown eyes, and who are light-skinned should consider this season.

Today's Soft Autumn Outfit...




I love this outfit!! Maybe because the brown is a stronger color? The lighting on the second pic is terrible, though, which is too bad because I think it would have been a much better pic had the sun not been hiding.

Which color do you think looks best on you?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Soft Autumn Seasonal Color Analysis Challenge: Day Thirteen


The Soft Seasons

One of the hardest things for dressing your truth type 2s and probably, seasonal color analysis soft/muteds is the fear that they will not show up, or not be seen, in their clothes. If as you try to figure out your own season, you land at one of the soft seasons and notice that same concern in yourself, let’s talk, because I can totally relate!

I think I must be getting closer to the ideal level of soft and low-medium contrast, because that fear is starting to come up. I loved yesterday’s outfit but when I looked at it again today, I wondered, “Am I in there?” and something awfully close to “will anyone see me?”




Soft Autumn vs. the Romance of Warm Autumn

I have been trying to squash my disappointment about not being a warm autumn. It’s kind of like being first runner-up or not even that and saying, “it was an honor just to be nominated!”


(photo credit: Seasonal Color Forum)

When I first saw the soft autumn palette, I fell in love. And was totally happy with the idea that that was my season. And then there was that brief moment when Lora (Alexander) thought I might be a warm autumn and I let myself consider that possibility. Yes, warm autumn is still muted, but boy, those colors seem BIG in comparison.


(photo credit: Jane Rekas)

So I guess I am having a little moment of grief. Goodbye,warm autumn! :)

Today’s Soft Autumn Outfit

I think there is something about the word neutral that bothers me, too. Lora mentioned it the other day, and said that other people have at times commented that they don’t like knowing they are a neutral season. It sounds too much like nothing. Like not really fitting in anywhere definitively.

But, of course, that is not the truth. And maybe I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.

I do like today’s outfit! I got the idea from my outfit the other day








Ivory pullover from Jessica London (I think)
Camel pants from Lands End
Multi scarf from Stein Mart

Which season are you? Are you a neutral, too?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Soft Autumn Color Analysis ~ Seasonal Color Analysis Challenge: Day Twelve

Soft Autumn Color Analysis...

"The Soft Autumn is a blend of both Autumn and Summer (autumn flowing into summer), and their blend of both warm and cool (though still having warm undertones) will show up quite neutral-neither obviously warm or cool." ~~Lora Alexander, Pretty Your World


(photo credit: Jane Rekas)


Soft Autumn Colors...

One choice for soft autumn lipstick is a sort of flowerpot terracotta pink...

"A warm pink is one of Soft Autumn’s choices. A more orange (but not peach, this is an earthy Season) light terracotta, is the other, the pink-orange of a flowerpot in the late afternoon sun." ~~Christine Scaman


(photo credit: 12 Blueprints)


 (photo credit: Truth is Beauty website)

Other soft autumn colors include spiced peach, cinnamon, brick and others. Stay tuned for more makeup recommendations from this blog.

Today's Soft Autumn Outfit...




I loved this outfit!! I think I am beginning to get the hang of "no sharp contrasts in color." And to me, the overall feel of it is soft. So I would say, it's a winner.

What do you think? Are you a soft autumn, too, and if not, what's your season?

I am linking up on Wednesday with Lindsey at the Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday. And with Claire for Fashion Wednesday. Come share your outfits, too!


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Monday, July 25, 2011

We Have a Winner! The Soft Autumn Seasonal Color Analysis Challenge: Day Eleven

The Winner: Soft Autumn...

I finally sent Lora a picture with the high resolution she needed to complete my seasonal color analysis, to determine whether I was a soft autumn or warm autumn. She already knew that I was warm, that my eyes were warm, and that I was an autumn. But she needed a clearer look at my skin to add to the impressions she already had. I uploaded this one and she said soft autumn...

To be honest, I was expecting her to decide I was a soft autumn, instead of a warm autumn, but I love all the autumn colors, and I guess a part of me hoped she'd give me permission to wear even richer colors than the ones in the soft autumn color palette.

Still, I love the soft autumn colors, too, so I think the soft autumn palette & I will be very happy together :)

And it's such a relief to know, for sure, once & for all.


Soft Autumn Color Palette...




(photo credit: Jane Rekas, Expressing Your Truth)

What interests me about being a soft autumn is that it doesn't conflict, really, with what I know about being a dressing your truth type 2. It just makes the playground a bit bigger.

I think I am still learning what it means for a dressing your truth type 2 to wear soft colors. And to wear color combinations that have low to medium contrast.

And it has been this deep dive into exploring seasonal color analysis that helped me understand it more. I actually understand the boundaries & the freedom within those boundaries even more now.

If I think of the saturation or the intensity of color as a continuum, mine needs to be at about the halfway point, at medium. And my colors will play much more nicely together if they are not that different.

For example, what not to do, from today's first try: too much contrast...



Creating a Soft Autumn Summer Capsule Wardrobe...

So it works much better for me to wear one or two shades darker and one or two shades lighter than very dark plus very light, even if they are both soft colors. And I get to wear colors like coral and pink, a combination I have been playing with a lot lately, as long as they are both soft and are at about the same level of intensity.




I do believe that women of color may need colors that are a little more rich than women who aren’t. So in any given season and no matter what their dressing your truth type, they may need more intensity even if what they need is soft and muted.

So my summer capsule wardrobe is changing a bit. It's getting warmer!! And I am using this soft autumn challenge to add and play with color in new ways.

Today's Soft Autumn Outfit...



What about you? Have you thought about color intensity or contrast? What works for you?


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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Soft Autumn vs. Warm Autumn Seasonal Color Analysis Challenge: Day Ten

Warm Autumn Color Analysis w/ Mock Draping...

My color analysis training began last week and first on the agenda was identifying my own season and learning as much as I could about seasonal color analysis with African Americans and other women of color.

I decided to do some more draping. I refer to it as "mock" draping because what I did was wear or hold up pieces of clothing & take pics, which I then emailed to Lora Alexander, my color analyst & trainer.


Except for the picture on the bottom right, I'm not wearing makeup and didn't do much with my hair. Yikes! But my goal was to showcase the colors against my skin, not look like a model (no worries there!)

Seasonal Color Analysis with Celebrities: Warm Autumn, Deep Autumn & More...

I created my own homework and got to work this weekend studying my notes, my books, and practicing with African-American celebrities and other women of color. 

I chose Beyonce, Queen Latifah, Eva Mendes, Jennifer Lopez and Alicia Keys. After looking at several pictures of each, I color analyzed them and sent my notes to Lora. I'll let you know how I did.

What was interesting about the experience was how warm and golden I thought some of them were, and then, when I compared their skin to mine, it was more similar than I expected. Made me think again about warm autumn.


(photo credit ~ http://www.shopmyclosetboutique.com)


Today's Warm Autumn Outfit...

I slept in today so didn't go to church (okay, that happens more often than not, to be honest) and the only reason I had to get dressed was a quick trip to the health food store. My allergies have been brutal this summer & I needed to restock my cabinet with allergy supplements.

So I decided to be casual and to wear my new shell tank top from J. Jill...










Brown lace cardi from Roamans
Shell tank top from J. Jill
Khaki pants from Lands End

I loved the outfit, but believe it or not, I am beginning to get tired of my brown lace cardigan! I think next time I try out this combo, I will wear it with my new favorite cardigan :).

How do you feel about what you're wearing today? Does it match your season?



Saturday, July 23, 2011

Warm Autumn Seasonal Color Analysis Challenge ~ Day Nine


(picture credit ~ http://www.shopmyclosetboutique)

Warm Autumn Color Analysis

My friend, Jane Rekas, from Expressing Your Truth added my picture to this warm autumn palette. These are some of the colors I will be trying this month in addition to the soft autumn palette I am already using as a guide for outfits.

My training with Lora Alexander began yesterday and we talked a bit about seasonal color analysis for African-Americans. She suggested that women of color may need the deeper, brighter or more intense colors within their seasonal color palettes.

I am wondering if that is the reason, in addition to not having given Lora enough pictures for my virtual color analysis, why the warm autumn color palette seems like a possibility for me.

Finding Warm Autumn Colors


(picture credit ~ http://www.shopmyclosetboutique.com)

So these are some of the colors I need to look for within my own closet to give warm autumn a try. Other colors include: cream, coral, light coral, warm brown, burnt orange, sienna, olive-moss, pumpkin, camel, dark brown, terracotta, deep peach, salmon and salmon pink.

Today's Warm Autumn Outfit

I had absolutely nowhere to go today so I decided to stay in my comfy loungewear. Let's let that picture be my day nine warm autumn outfit. That coral fits the palette. Meanwhile, I will search high and low for something to wear tomorrow...

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Soft Autumn/Warm Autumn Seasonal Color Analysis Challenge: Day Eight

Soft Autumn/Warm Autumn...

As I mentioned yesterday, I bought the Lip Drake Kit from Elea Blake (contact me if you would like to purchase one, too) and have now tried seasonal color analysis using the lipstick test twice now. I paid special attention to the autumn lipsticks, because I was trying to decide between soft autumn and warm autumn.

Here's a collage of the pics I took when I did the lip drape with the soft autumn, warm autumn and dark autumn lipsticks...




The Warm Autumn Winner...




When I posted them on the forum I'm a part of, the women there liked the warm autumn lipstick best and thought it harmonized most with my coloring. I agreed, and since Lora Alexander, the color analyst who is training me, thought I might be a warm autumn, I am going to explore it more thoroughly.

I think I will try both soft autumn and warm autumn colors during this 30-day wardrobe challenge and do the same with makeup.

The Soft Autumn Palette...


(photo credit ~ http://www.shopmyclosetboutique.com)


The Warm Autumn Palette...

(picture credit ~ http://www.shopmyclosetboutique.com)


Today's Soft Autumn/Warm Autumn Outfit...

I felt fabulous in this outfit!!




Thursday, July 21, 2011

Soft Autumn Seasonal Color Analysis Challenge: Day Seven

Today’s Soft Autumn Outfit

Today, I wanted to test one of the blue shirts whose color, I think, is in the soft autumn palette. I don’t yet own the swatchbook, so I have been using a picture of the seasonal color palette for soft autumn.

Also, I read that if you, yourself, are a blend of warm and cool, then so should your outfits be.  So I tried to blend warm and cool in this outfit, and then soften it, to make it a good match for my dressing your truth type 2.



I like it! But … I just don’t know, for sure, about the blue. I think time (and my training) will tell. 

Soft Autumn or Warm Autumn?

I did another lip draping and the consensus among my forum friends seems to be that the warm autumn lipstick harmonized best. So that could be another reason why the blue doesn’t quite seem right.

Top to bottom, I am wearing warm autumn lipstick, and soft autumn lipstick...





What I might do is transform this 30-day soft autumn wardrobe challenge into a soft autumn/warm autumn challenge and see what happens.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Soft Autumn Seasonal Color Analysis Challenge: Day Six

Soft Autumn & Tired...

Today's post is going to be short. I spent way too much time in 100 degree weather this morning & afternoon and I am pooped!

I had an early morning appt. to get my hair done and my hairdresser was late, so I waited and sweated (because the door was locked) for half an hour until she got there. By the time she arrived, her next appt. was there and she worked on both of us at the same time. I was there almost 3 hours!

Then, errands and hanging out a bit at my mom's house and we headed back here. Wait 'til you see what I scooped up at my mom's house...

Today's Soft Autumn Outfit...

Here's what I wore to get my hair done. Notice I didn't even bother with earrings?


A Soft Autumn Outfit from Long Ago...

And here I am after I got back, with hair done, and something I (stole) scooped up from my mother's house...


How are you beating the heat with your outfits?

The Soft Autumn Palette...


(picture credit ~ http://www.shopmyclosetboutique.com)
 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Soft Autumn Seasonal Color Analysis Challenge: Day Five

Wearing Soft Autumn Colors


Soft and muted is good. Soft and muted while wearing the right soft autumn colors: priceless! :)

One thing I learned from the Dressing Your Truth program is that when I am dressing my truth, I will be more in touch with who I really am. I’ll see it every time I look in the mirror and give myself the same message about myself that others will see.

Feeling “Soft Autumn” Today

All afternoon, as things slowed down a bit, I noticed that I was feeling more like myself in today’s outfit. And happier, in general. And then I read a comment on my other blog, Dressing My Truth, and it confirmed for me that I’m on the right path, color-wise…

“I think I've said it before but I love that coral color on you. Even though I don't know you, you sent me a wonderful email offering to help me get my blog started. That makes me think I know your personality, and I think the coral color brings that out on you.”Grammy Goodwill from yesterday’s post on my other blog.

I think that is the third or fourth comment or reaction of that type and it makes me really glad I bought all those coral pieces from J.Jill!

Soft Autumn or Warm Autumn?

I heard back from Lora Alexander, of Pretty Your World, and she said that though she didn’t quite have enough good-quality, high-resolution pics to decide for sure, she was making a guess that I am a warm autumn, but wasn’t 100% sure. She suggested trying warmer colors and said that if they seemed too warm or golden, then I am a soft autumn.

Okay, works for me! What I have to get clear on is that if I am a warm autumn, it doesn’t mean more intense colors, just warmer ones. 

I did notice that when I put on my peachy lip balm, it looked a bit chalky to me, but when I added a smidge more color with my Sunset lipstick, I looked much better. Still, I suspect I am a soft autumn because when I tried the warm autumn lipstick on again, it said, “HELLO!”

Today’s Soft Autumn Outfit




I love this outfit! It makes me feel like I am wearing ice cream. At first, I tried the green tank top with a water blue cardigan from J. Jill, and it was okay, but I didn’t really like it. And boy, as soon as I tried on the coral cardi, I knew I had the outfit I wanted to wear.

Coral cardigan from J. Jill
Dusty green tank top from Chadwicks
Khaki pants from Lands End

Even my son got into the act today with soft autumn colors :) ...