Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January Jumpstart & the Deep Autumn 30 for 30 Remix

How Did You Do with the January Jumpstart?...

Were you able to identify what worked and what didn't, choose your best colors and level of contrast, and create both a winter capsule wardrobe and a go-to uniform? I hope the month went well for you and you were able to get your year of style off to a good start!

My Warm and Deep Autumn Go-to Uniform...

While it wasn't the only thing I wore, I did find myself wearing this basic uniform quite a bit. Did you discover one, too, this month?

January Jumpstart: My Go-to Uniform




A Deep Autumn 30 for 30 Remix...

These are the 30 items I chose. Let me just confess right away that I did not wear them all. Nor did I get dressed 30 times this month! But I did enjoy creating different outfits and was glad to have the challenge of not wearing the exact same outfit twice.




The Deep Autumn Experiment...

My goal was to see what happened if I made an effort to wear only deep autumn colors, in outfits that had medium-high contrast. Along the way, I decided that I am warm autumn leaning deep, but I continued to play with the same group of clothes and with creating contrast.

I think the"leaning deep" part increases the need for contrast, but with warm colors. The deep autumn outfits were not quite flattering enough, frankly! I don't like what happened with my coloring. I liked most of the outfits. But there were some of them I didn't like on me.

Some did work, though, and I will continue wearing them. It's really a matter of knowing what's best and then, you can choose to wear the less wonderful outfits if you really like them. I say sometimes that I can be content with 75% instead of 100%. :)

But, in general, I will move the scale back to medium with regard to warmth, depth and contrast. I can get away with deep autumn, but clearly, it is not my best, because it isn't quite warm enough.




Deep Autumn Color Palette...




Warm Autumn Renaissance...

Warm Autumn Renaissance


Warm Autumn Color Palette...



I am linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday.




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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Start the process of finding your season by taking my
seasonal color analysis quiz
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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

Deep Autumn:"Sensible and straightforward as all Autumns, but direct in speech, and quick to absorb change with good evidence, they speak honestly and bluntly. What I love most, I believe, is that they are not one bit threatened or defensive about new ideas. The person may demonstrate more of Winter’s reserve, or more of Autumn’s passive and natural way, but there is always an element of fire." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Monday, January 30, 2012

Don't Tackle the Grandma!: A Visit to Mom's House & A Deep Autumn Update


One morning, recently, I actually managed to get out of bed earlier than usual so my son and I could hang out with my son before we started our homeschooling extravaganza for the day.

I wore some ivory again and it was so cold outside, I got to wear my dark brown sweater with it! It was unusually cold, actually, for our weather here.




There's my son hugging the stuffing out of my mom! I told him not to tackle her (sometimes, he doesn't know his own strength, LOL, and he overestimates hers). But we both had a good time hanging out with her and I'm glad we got a chance to go.




I am linking up today with Nina from Momma Go Round for Real Momma, Real Style and to Monday Mingle. On Wednesday, I will link up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday.


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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Start the process of finding your season by taking my
seasonal color analysis quiz
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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

Friday, January 27, 2012

January Goals: Did You Accomplish Them?


(1) Finish my career plan for 2012. I needed to finalize my long-range plans and strategies for what I would like to accomplish in the next year.

I have several long-range goals & strategies in place, and I am still identifying what that means for this year, but I have some basic ideas to start with (like increasing community) and am pleased with them.


(2) Identify other changes I would like to make this year. Carried over from last year is the desire to slow down, spend more time with family, drink more tea, get healthier, etc. I have landed on 3-5 goals to concentrate on for the year...

a) Drink more tea while creating a slower, contemplative tea lifestyle.
b) Spend more time with my son both during the week and on weekends.
c) Plan and eat more healthy meals, starting with more protein.

This goal worked well (did you read about my afternoon tea adventure?) on all counts and I am pleased with how well it's going. Now I just need to continue that each month. So I may bring this one back next month just to strengthen it a bit and make those changes more of a habit.

(3) Evaluate my winter capsule wardrobe & identify what works, what doesn't, what needs to change. My plan was to fully live out my own natural style and create a plan for the year that does so, while evaluating what I am doing already.

I did very well with this goal, in spite of the fact that it didn't happen the way I had expected. I had planned to do a month of deep autumn outfits by using the 30 for 30 Remix construct, and as it turns out, I have less than 20 outfits to show for it, and I have landed on warm autumn leaning deep (and that happened long before the month was up).

But even doing it a little differently worked in that I am clearer on what works and what doesn't and I have changes in mind to make with my wardrobe. I have new style words, I know I am a natural, vibrant warm autumn and I know where my wardrobe is going from here. Success! :)

How did the month go for you?




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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Start the process of finding your season by taking my
seasonal color analysis quiz
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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

Thursday, January 26, 2012

What Are Your Style Words?

Great Books for Identifying Your Style Words...

I’ve read two really good books on defining personal style that I would heartily recommend: Style Statement: Live by Your Own Design and Growing More Beautiful an Artful Approach to Personal Style .

Using them both, I created and refined a set of style words that I think perfectly complement my warm autumn coloring. The process starts with identifying words for body type and personality, then matching them with style words and style descriptions.

The words I ended up with are: earthy, warm, natural, goddess-like, warmhearted, sensuous, deeply rooted, lush, and vibrant. So what I decided to do is pair those words with the recent color extraction I have done and create some style inspiration.

Style Inspiration for a Warm Autumn Capsule Wardrobe

Wearing Myself Update: New Colors, Style Words


My Warm Autumn Coloring

These are some of the palettes that I created from pictures of my eyes and skin…

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The Warm Autumn Color Palette




By the way, some of the colors also fit within the warm spring color palette, which makes sense for warm autumns...




Which style words might you choose? Notice which color palette comes to mind as you hear them in your mind and share that in the comments.


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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Start the process of finding your season by taking my
seasonal color analysis quiz
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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

Deep Autumn:"Sensible and straightforward as all Autumns, but direct in speech, and quick to absorb change with good evidence, they speak honestly and bluntly. What I love most, I believe, is that they are not one bit threatened or defensive about new ideas. The person may demonstrate more of Winter’s reserve, or more of Autumn’s passive and natural way, but there is always an element of fire." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

January Jumpstart: Week Four

January Jumpstart: Progress with Week Three...

How did it go this past week? Did you plan your winter capsule wardrobe and identify the things you need to add to what you already have?

My focus this month has been on adding colors I don't yet have, but I found that I have most of the ones I want, already!

There are two colors I found in my eyes that I would like to have more of, and they are a caramel apple cider color and a dark olive. I'm keeping my eyes open for more, but have managed to add this...






January Jumpstart: Moving onto Week Four...

Identify a favorite outfit or "go to" uniform that you can rely on again and again as part of your winter capsule wardrobe. After several weeks of road-testing your winter capsule wardrobe, hopefully, you will have begun to identify the outfits you like best, that also like you best!

When you can identify a style of outfit or uniform that you know will work no matter what the individual pieces are, you can use this again and again.


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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Start the process of finding your season by taking my
seasonal color analysis quiz
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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

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

What's Its Color? Deep Autumn? Warm Autumn? Whatever!


What's Its Color: Did You Say, "Deep Autumn?"...

If you've been reading along, you know I have been all over the "what colors are in my hair and eye and skin?" thing, mostly with Color Your Style, by David Zyla. But a couple of weeks ago, someone posted a link on Facebook to What's It's Color?, a website that will identify the top ten colors in any picture you submit.


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I played with it for quite some time, both with my own pictures and some of my friends' pics. To my surprise, the ones of my eyes and skin had lots of deep autumn colors! And I realized I had been wearing those colors already, right alongside my warm autumn colors.




And then, just the other night, I found out about other free color extraction websites online and found even more colors in my eyes...




Deep Autumn Color Palette...


 (photo credit: Jane Rekas)


Warm Autumn Color Palette...


(photo credit: Jane Rekas)


(photo credit: Indigo Tones)


To be fair, there were warm autumn colors, too, and some overlap between the two! In fact, most of my eye colors are warm autumn colors. As was mentioned in a previous post about which autumn I might be, I think I am on the deep side of warm autumn and on the warm side of deep autumn, and this process helped to confirm that idea. I consider myself to be a warm autumn leaning deep.


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What's Its Color for Seasonal Color Analysis...

So maybe you can't take any one picture and use it to determine your season, but it can help you identify colors you can wear. And it should help you land in one broad season, like autumn or spring. And may help to confirm the season you already suspect.

I found another website that, if you put in the color numbers, will tell you the color names. Here are some of mine...

The browns: brown, reddish brown, dark grayish reddish brown, grayish brown, dark grayish amber
The olives: dark olive, very deep olive, dark grayish olive, grayish olive
The yellows: very dark gamboge, dark grayish gamboge
The vermilions (red-orange): dark gray vermilion, grayish vermilion, moderate vermilion, dark vermilion, very dark vermilion
The grays: yellowish gray, dark gray, dark apple greenish gray, very dark gray, reddish gray, dark crimsonish gray, dark ceriseish gray, dark vermilionish gray
The reds: moderate rose, moderate red, moderate amaranth
The tangelos (orange): moderate tangelo, dark tangelo and grayish tangelo

Give it a try and let me know what you discover! For more information about the colors I discovered, and how you can discover your own, check out best colors to wear.


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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Start the process of finding your season by taking my
seasonal color analysis quiz
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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

Monday, January 23, 2012

One Dress, Five Different Outfits: Deep Autumn Capsule Wardrobe

During the past several weeks, I've been doing a deep autumn 30 for 30 remix! As I mentioned before, I picked out 30 pieces and have been creating 30 different outfits.

Only not so much! Because I'm not wearing everything. This uniform of sorts has become a favorite and I have worn it more than anything else, so far. So I thought I'd get a little mileage out of it by pointing out these five ways I found to wear the same dress...


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Which one's your favorite? Which combo would you wear?

I am linking up today with Nina from Momma Go Round for Real Momma, Real Style  and on Wednesday, I will link up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday.


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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Start the process of finding your season by taking my
seasonal color analysis quiz
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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

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Winter Warm-Up Link Party!




Hi everybody!!

Thanks so much for visiting me here! I can't wait to meet some of you, and thought it might help get the party started to tell you a little bit about myself while we drink hot chocolate with marshmallows and munch on shortbread cookies.

By the way, our winters here are pretty mild, so I don't have a whole lot of winter warm-up advice, except for cozy fuzzy socks and vanilla tea or hot chocolate. :)

Homeschooling Mom...

I am kind of a crunchy granola kind of mom, although there are times when you would never know it, like the days when I just cannot imagine cooking a meal and head for the nearby golden-arches fast food place. When possible, however, we eat natural and organic.





We use a Waldorf-inspired homeschooling plan, though I am cheating this year by not planning the whole year in advance. I have homeschooled my son since the preschool and kindergarten years.

Personal Style Blogger...

I am on a mission to do two things: (1) identify and discover my own signature style and (2) create a capsule wardrobe I love and adore that loves and adores me back.

For almost two years now, I have been getting to know, and refining my style, and it has been a blast! Along the way, I've been sharing my thoughts, insights, outfit posts, etc. To me, it feels like finding myself and finding home.

I've had several before-and-after experiences. This one is the most recent...




Writer, Author...

I have lots and lots of diverse interests! A couple of years ago, I wrote an ebook about hand analysis and finding your life purpose called The Life That's Waiting for You. But I never tried to promote it because by the time I finished it, I had come to the unpleasant realization that I did not really like doing hand analysis.



Last year, I published The Capsule Wardrobe Book: Signature Style Essentials for Plus-Size Fashionistas. This year, I plan to create a do-it-yourself seasonal color analysis kit.

Certified 12-Season Color Analyst...

I don't think that seasonal color analysis is easy for anyone, but I think it has often been more complicated for women of color, so I created this blog to help other women of color find information that might help them determine their seasons. One of the reasons I became certified as a color analyst was so that I could help by doing virtual color analysis if they need it.

Even landing on a season for myself has not been easy! I was initially analyzed as a soft autumn, but realized that that wasn't working, and decided that since I was wearing warm autumn colors, and loved the way they looked, I must be a warm autumn.




But then I realized that most of those warm colors I was wearing fit both the warm autumn and the deep autumn color palette, as will happen, I think, for a lot of women of color.

And, based on a friend's suggestion, I wondered if deep autumn was the best place to land for my season. This month, in fact, I have been diving into deep autumn so that I can compare both my experience and my pictures with the ones that leaned more toward the warm autumn end of things.

But already, after lots of comparison, I am thinking warm autumn with a definite side of deep autumn. Or warm autumn leaning deep, bridging deep.

We each have a sister season, a second best palette that will include some or more colors we can wear well. And deciding which is primary, if you are doing it yourself, means determining which harmonizes better with your skin tone, clears your complexion, etc.

Do you know your season?

Can't wait to mingle and meet some of you! Thanks for stopping by. :)

Jeanine


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Having trouble deciding which season you are? I'd be happy to help!
Start the process of finding your season by taking my
seasonal color analysis quiz
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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