Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween: Warm Autumn Outfit Idea for Halloween

Looking for Halloween party outfit ideas that don't involve putting on a costume? Here's a great fall outfit for a warm autumn heading out on Halloween...


Happy Halloween Outfit

For my take on this outfit, check back on Thursday! :)


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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Head over to my virtual color analysis page
and we'll start the process of finding your season. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~




Warm Autumn:“This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Friday, October 28, 2011

Warm Autumn Outfit Idea: Friday



Warm Autumn Outfit Idea 2



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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Head over to my virtual color analysis page
and we'll start the process of finding your season. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Warm Autumn:“This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Creating a Fall Capsule Wardrobe: Fall's Best Ideas for Warm Autumn



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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Head over to my virtual color analysis page
and we'll start the process of finding your season. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Warm Autumn:“This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Fall Jewelry Capsule for Soft Autumns, Part IV

The Leona Pendant...


Where to Buy It


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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Head over to my virtual color analysis page
and we'll start the process of finding your season. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

“Too often, the expression of passion through quiet is misjudged to be low, but that’s not so. Leave flash to someone else. Believe that others fully sense the extreme physicality of understated heat. We feel so grateful for the absence of force that we give more of ourselves back. Nothing rattles our cage, no visual element is aggressive, not a single one. We feel less guarded or inhibited, more open to reveal, more receptive to consider, more willing to play, I’m not using these words by accident. Soft Autumn is the most smoothly sensual Season.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Are You a Warm Autumn? Seasonal Color Analysis for Women of Color

Warm Autumn Seasonal Color Analysis...

You might be a warm autumn if your coloring is warm...

(1) Your natural hair color is reddish brown or has reddish undertones. Or if you are a women of color, your hair might be dark brown, charcoal brown or brown-black.

(2) You have golden or terracotta undertones in your skin.

(3) You have a warm eye color like amber, topaz or golden brown.

Variations on the Warm Autumn Theme...

As you know if you've been following along on my journey (and thanks, so much, if you have), I have landed on warm autumn even though I am not entirely warm. My suspicion is that women of color who would normally be analyzed as soft autumn or deep autumns might need the warmer end of the spectrum and thus, can wear warm autumn colors.

Either that, or we need additional categories for seasonal blends like soft-and-warm or deep-and-warm that fall in between the regular designations.


There is a system (because I went looking for them) that does include women of color in a sort of "warm autumn" category, but in this system, Uniquely You, by Betty Nethery, she calls the category "bright autumn"...



This is comparable to a "clear" category in the normal 12-season color analysis systems but also bears some similarity to deep autumn (and she doesn't have a "deep" category).

So if your skin or hair or eyes are warm but they aren't all warm, you may still need warm autumn )or bright autumn) colors. To drape yourself, compare peach, pumpkin and red-orange or light moss, olive green and dark olive to see which eliminates shadows and lines and gives you the best color support.

Warm Autumn Celebrities...


 (Stacey Dash)


 (Jennifer Lopez)

(Hoda Kotb)

(Robin Roberts)


Warm Autumn Color Palette...


(photo credit: Jane Rekas)


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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Head over to my virtual color analysis page
and we'll start the process of finding your season. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Warm Autumn:“This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Monday, October 24, 2011

Warm Autumn Outfit Idea: Monday


Warm Autumn Outfit Idea

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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Head over to my virtual color analysis page
and we'll start the process of finding your season. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Warm Autumn:“This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fall Capsule Wardrobe for Warm Autumn: Friday's Outfit





Believe it or not, I wore the same basic outfit two days in a row, only changing the pants. It was so comfortable and really felt like me! What have you worn lately that feels like you?






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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Head over to my virtual color analysis page
and we'll start the process of finding your season. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Warm Autumn:“This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Creating a Fall Capsule Wardrobe: A Month of Warm Autumn, Part 2

In last week's post, we identified the first steps to creating a month of outfits by building a wardrobe capsule: identifying your season and choosing a few colors to build your wardrobe capsule with that will flatter your coloring.

Once you have identified the colors you want to use from your seasonal color palette and you have identified what you have in those colors, already, you're ready to start building your fall capsule.

Creating Your Fall Signature Style...

Start creating your fall signature style with as few as six pieces: two shirts, two pairs of pants, a ¾-sleeve cardigan and a dress or skirt, all in colors that mix and match well together. Add more as you are able to do so.

Go slowly as you add to your capsule wardrobe. You can always add more when you can and if you take your time, you can pay attention to how each piece looks and feels, so you will know if it is really working for you or not.

A Fall Capsule Wardrobe that Keeps Your Lifestyle in Mind...

Here are two ways you might plan for a wardrobe capsule based on your lifestyle...

(1) Work Capsule: you might want to have one pantsuit, one skirt suit, a blouse and a shirt with a print or combination of your two colors.

(2) Casual Capsule: you might want to choose cardigans instead of jackets and jeans or cargo pants instead of dressier ones.

How Many Pieces for a Month of Outfits?...

How many pieces do you need for your fall capsule wardrobe? Well, I mentioned that you can start with as few as six, but for a month of outfits, I would suggest 10-20 pieces (or more, if you'd like).

Here's a chance to practice. In this example, how many different outfits could you put together? What if you added more accessories? How many more pieces would you need?

Autumn Possibilities


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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Head over to my virtual color analysis page
and we'll start the process of finding your season. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Warm Autumn:“This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Fall Jewelry Capsule for Soft Autumns, Part III

The Jacqueline Necklace...



Where to Buy It 

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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Head over to my virtual color analysis page
and we'll start the process of finding your season. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

“Too often, the expression of passion through quiet is misjudged to be low, but that’s not so. Leave flash to someone else. Believe that others fully sense the extreme physicality of understated heat. We feel so grateful for the absence of force that we give more of ourselves back. Nothing rattles our cage, no visual element is aggressive, not a single one. We feel less guarded or inhibited, more open to reveal, more receptive to consider, more willing to play, I’m not using these words by accident. Soft Autumn is the most smoothly sensual Season.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Taking A Break...

Hey everybody!

I am taking a break today from our weekly "which autumn are you?" series but will be back with warm autumn next week.

See you then!
Jeanine


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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Head over to my virtual color analysis page
and we'll start the process of finding your season. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Warm Autumn:“This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fall Capsule Wardrobe for Warm Autumn: Monday's Outfit Inspiration


This pic is from last week and I did not feel like dressing up. I tried to talk myself into a necklace but it didn't take.

What I loved about the outfit was the monochromatic look and how comfortable it was to wear! What's your most comfortable outfit?


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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Head over to my virtual color analysis page
and we'll start the process of finding your season. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Warm Autumn:“This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Friday, October 14, 2011

Warm Autumn Wardrobe: Friday

Warm Autumn Outfit...




Warm Autumn Palette...





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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Head over to my virtual color analysis page
and we'll start the process of finding your season. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Warm Autumn:“This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Creating a Fall Capsule Wardrobe for A Month of Outfits

If your goal is to create a month of outfits from a fall capsule wardrobe you adore, this Thursday series will help. Here's where to start...

Determine Which Autumn You Are...

I've been writing a series of blog posts about seasonal color analysis, each of which will become static pages on this blog, to help women of color determine their season.

Here are the posts you may have missed...

Are You an Autumn? Seasonal Color Analysis for Women of Color
Are You a Soft Autumn? Seasonal Color Analysis for Women of Color

My own season, I believe, is a kind of warm/soft hybrid. I am landing on warm autumn but making sure that although I am wearing those colors, they are muted. A lot of what I have seen in catalogs and online are very bright versions of the autumn colors, especially the oranges, and I have been avoiding those and wearing burnt orange or red orange, instead.




Examine the Color Palette for Your Autumn...

These seasonal color palettes were created by Jane Rekas and can be found on her blog at Expressing Your Truth. If you want to buy one, she has an Etsy shop linked at the blog.


The Soft Autumn Color Palette




The Warm Autumn Color Palette...




The Deep Autumn Color Palette...




Choose a Few of Your Favorite Colors...

From your palette, identify the colors you most want to wear and pick a few of them to concentrate on as you build your fall capsule wardrobe. My favorite colors are burnt oranges and chocolate browns and I have incorporated both, along with golden yellows and olive greens for my fall capsule wardrobe.


In her post on 3 best colors for each season, Christine Scaman, from 12 Blueprints, has identified colors for each of the autumns that she believes work best for your coloring. You might want to choose at least one from your season, if not all three...




Soft Autumn Colors for Your Fall Capsule  Wardrobe...

Dark brown
Soft cypress green
Mustard yellow

Warm Autumn Colors for Your Fall Capsule Wardrobe...

Red orange
Teal
Deep gold

Deep Autumn Colors for Your Fall Capsule Wardrobe...

Brown black
Dark olive green
Dark mahogany


Which ones do you like best for your season?


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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Head over to my
virtual color analysis page
and we'll start the process of finding your season. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Warm Autumn:“This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Fall Capsule Jewelry for Soft Autumns, Part II

The Pegasus Necklace...



 Where to Buy It


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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Head over to my virtual color analysis page
and we'll start the process of finding your season. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

“Too often, the expression of passion through quiet is misjudged to be low, but that’s not so. Leave flash to someone else. Believe that others fully sense the extreme physicality of understated heat. We feel so grateful for the absence of force that we give more of ourselves back. Nothing rattles our cage, no visual element is aggressive, not a single one. We feel less guarded or inhibited, more open to reveal, more receptive to consider, more willing to play, I’m not using these words by accident. Soft Autumn is the most smoothly sensual Season.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Are You a Soft Autumn? Seasonal Color Analysis for Women of Color

Deciding on Soft Autumn

This post is the second in my series about how to decide which autumn you are, written for women of color, but likely to be applicable to all women having a hard time identifying their season.

You might be a soft autumn woman of color if…

(1) Your overall coloring is warm and golden. Skin color can range from cafe au lait or cappucino to bronze to a darker chocolate brown. It's not about light coloring but minimal contrast.

(2) Your natural hair color is a dull brown or charcoal. Many soft autumns highlight their hair for exactly this reason.

(3) There are no sharp contrasts between hair and eyes and skin; they kind of all blend together. 

“On Soft Seasons, there are no big jumps from one colour to the next. Transitions exist, but as the eye moves from the skin to hair to eyes, it doesn’t encounter anything bold or sudden in the colours themselves or how they are combined.” –Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

The Soft Autumn Color Palette


(photo credit: Jane Rekas)

The Soft Autumn Personality: Is This You?...

This quote from Christine Scaman is so beautiful and poetic that I wanted to include it here as part of the discussion of soft autumn. See if you relate to the way she describes soft autumns.

“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. Though they certainly look more Autumn, their nature is nurturing. Rather than the soothing feel of Summer, this trait is more about fostering and encouraging the growth and happiness of those they love, very womanly aspects.” 12Blueprints.com

Soft Autumn Celebrities


 (Melissa Harris-Perry)

 (Tamera Mowry)

My Own Soft Autumn Dilemma...

You may remember from last week's post that I have talked about my struggle to determine, for sure, whether I am soft autumn, warm autumn or deep autumn. I really really think that women of color are harder to pin down.

And I wrote about that struggle in several other places...


The truth is, there is a very good argument for landing on soft autumn...




That's me with no makeup. Mousy hair. Not a big contrast between hair and eyes and skin. My skin and eyes are warm, but my hair really is not. When I was a child, I had much more contrast and would have been a deep autumn, but my eye and skin color have softened over the years.

However, when I dress like a soft autumn, those colors don't seem to support my own coloring enough.

Is "Soft" the Dominant Characteristic?...

Color Me Beautiful in Europe does seasonal color analysis based on identifying your dominant characteristic. If it is soft, but you are also warm, you get 30 soft colors in your seasonal color palette, 6 warm ones and 6 light ones. If it is warm, you get 30 warm colors, 6 soft ones and 6 deep ones. If it is deep, and you are also warm, you get 30 deep colors, 6 warm ones and 6 soft ones.

So here's what I did. I looked at each palette and identified the colors I know I can wear well under my face from each palette.

If I were going to order swatches based on those colors, I would order warm autumn because I identified nearly 10 separate colors I know I wear well, and only 2 or 3 from soft and 1 from deep that was a sure thing. Now, there may be some I can wear that are okay but not spectacular, but those were the ones I knew of that make my skin come to life.


(photo credit: Jane Rekas)

From that, I conclude, that though I am soft, it might not be my most important characteristic. Perhaps I need those warm colors but softened a smidge? I do know that anything bright overwhelms me. So maybe we need a soft/warm category...

And maybe that is true for many, or most, women of color. Maybe wherever they land, they will need the warmer end of the spectrum, at least in color choice. Many women of color are autumns, but what's the breakdown for the subcategories?

Seasonal Color Analysis for Women of Color...

Why don't you tell me, lurking women of color? :)

Let me say this, though. I am not suggesting that all soft autumn women of color should wear warm autumn colors. My mother is a soft autumn who looks fantastic in soft autumn colors. Her skin and hair and eyes are all lighter than mine, however, and her once hazel eyes are now blue.

What do you think? Are you a soft autumn? Tell me in the comments section.


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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Head over to my virtual color analysis page
and we'll start the process of finding your season. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Warm Autumn:“This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Monday, October 10, 2011

Warm Autumn Wardrobe: Monday

Warm Autumn Outfit...




Warm Autumn Outfit with Different Scarf: Which is Better?...



Notice the new scarf-as-necklace thing I'm doing? What do you think?

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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Head over to my virtual color analysis page
and we'll start the process of finding your season. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Warm Autumn:“This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fall Capsule Wardrobe for Warm Autumn

My Warm Autumn Outfit...




Warm Autumn Capsule ...
Autumn Possibilities
Warm Autumn Color Palette...


(photo credit: Jane Fardon)



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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Head over to my virtual color analysis page
and we'll start the process of finding your season. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~


Warm Autumn:
“This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Fall Capsule Jewelry Ideas for Soft Autumns

The Casablanca Bib Necklace...




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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Head over to my virtual color analysis page
and we'll start the process of finding your season. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

“Too often, the expression of passion through quiet is misjudged to be low, but that’s not so. Leave flash to someone else. Believe that others fully sense the extreme physicality of understated heat. We feel so grateful for the absence of force that we give more of ourselves back. Nothing rattles our cage, no visual element is aggressive, not a single one. We feel less guarded or inhibited, more open to reveal, more receptive to consider, more willing to play, I’m not using these words by accident. Soft Autumn is the most smoothly sensual Season.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Are You an Autumn? Seasonal Color Analysis for Women of Color

As you may know if you have been reading along, I started this blog because I wanted to provide information about seasonal color analysis for women of color. But because I also write a lot about my own capsule wardrobe experiences, a lot of the people who find my blog do so because they think they might be autumns.
























Seasonal Color Analysis for Women of Color

So this month, I will be doing a series on Tuesdays to help women of color (and probably women, in general) determine whether or not they are soft autumns, warm autumns or deep autumns. But first, I will share a little more of my own experience.

Which Season Am I?

I think seasonal analysis can be complicated for women of color. Look at me, as an example! I fit into all three autumn categories. I have dark hair (deep), I have amber/topaz eyes (warm) and golden/terracotta undertones but muted skin (soft). 

Warm Autumn Color Analysis

What has landed me at warm is a comparison between the colors and the guidance recommended for me as a dressing your truth type 3 and the colors suggested for warm autumn. I experimented with soft autumn, thinking that must be my season, but did not feel fully supported by those colors.

But as soon as I began to choose colors in the warm autumn color palette, I felt like I had come home!





















So my plan is to continue to play with the warm autumn colors and see how it goes. I also am following the guidelines for the dressing your truth type 3.

Are You an Autumn?

To know, for sure, I recommend actually draping yourself in autumn colors. But the place to start, in determining whether or not you are a soft autumn, warm autumn or deep autumn, is to decide if your coloring is cool or warm.

Are You Warm or Cool?

Here are some ways to begin to determine whether you have warm or cool coloring…

(1) Look at the underside of your wrist and see if your veins look more green (warm) or blue (cool).

(2) Does your hair or has your hair ever had reddish tones (warm) or does your hair have more ash tones (cool)?

(3) Does your skin seem more golden (warm) or more pink or red (cool)?

If you are a blend, and most of us are, you may find that not all of your answers were the same. If they are all the same, and all were warm, then you might be a warm autumn (you also could be a warm spring). If not, but 2 out of three were a warm answer, then you might be one of the blended autumn seasons, soft autumn or deep autumn.

Stay tuned for next week’s look at the autumn seasons.


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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Head over to my virtual color analysis page
and we'll start the process of finding your season. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Linking up today with Momma Made It Look Easy for "Share Your Awesome"...



Momma Made It Look Easy
 

Warm Autumn:“This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Monday, October 3, 2011

My Fall Capsule Wardrobe: A Warm Autumn Outfit

Warm Autumn Thoughts...

Remember this summer when my trainer, Lora Alexander, was trying to decide whether I was a soft autumn or warm autumn. She ultimately landed on soft autumn, but I think I am now leaning toward warm autumn. Those seem to be the colors that work for me and I know that as a dressing your truth type 3, those are the ones that work best.

So I am going to go with that and see how it goes. From time to time, once or twice a week, I will show you one of my outfits, most of the time without much commentary.

I wore this outfit the other day to go to the store...




Warm Autumn Color Palette...


(photo credit: Jane Fardon)

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Warm Autumn: “This woman never pretends. She won’t say something just to flatter you unless she believes it to be true. She cries harder than anyone at a funeral. She is fiercely loyal to her family but will not spare them hard work or spoil them with extravagance. She may seem to absorb a lot of demands but when she draws the line at enough, everyone knows it.” ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints