Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Olympics Week: Michelle Obama at Buckingham Palace





(photo credit for both & article: Huffington Post)


“Being an Olympian isn’t just about winning the gold or setting a new record. It’s really about pushing yourself. It’s about believing in yourself and refusing to give up, no matter what obstacles you might face,” she said. ~~Michelle Obama in Huffington Post.


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and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


Monday, July 30, 2012

White House Series: President Barack Obama ~ Campaign Capsule Wardrobe

President Obama's Best Colors

Two weeks ago, we took President Obama's beautiful coloring and created a personalized professional seasonal color palette of best colors. Now, let's take a look at how he can use them to create outfits during the campaign season that will honor his coloring and still send the messages he wants to send about who he is and what he wants for our country.




What President Obama Should Wear

My advice for President Obama would be to create a campaign capsule wardrobe that does two things: gives him outfits that create an authoritative and powerful look, and give him outfits that suggest "friendly and likeable." Ideally, with colors that all mix and match so these don't need to be two separate capsules.

When I searched for pics of him, I found that he is already doing both to some degree...

Authoritative & Powerful: from the Color Alliance SIGNIA wardrobe capsule book ~ "combine deep navy, black, white, off white and deep red." This color combination also fits the bill for the "commanding attention" category.








And for a "power couple" look, wouldn't they look great together with him in that last suit and Michelle in one of these colors or something similar?...



(photo credit: Huffington Post ~ Huff Post Style)



Friendly & Likeable: "combine camel, tan or taupe with blue and pale gold or yellow."


(photo credit: found on Google)


These are great casual outfits, too. I wouldn't recommend this casual a look for campaign speeches, but I think they are an important part of his casual wardrobe during the campaign season in general.









And the red is casual but also attention-grabbing. I'd love to see him wear red and yellow more often when not giving speeches. But the blue-with-khaki or tan is a perfect combination.

Campaign Capsule Wardrobe: I guess his campaign capsule wardrobe is complete, already! I mean, I'd love more yellow ties, and maybe a lighter or more vibrant blue (more often) and even green.

"On the color spectrum, however, the President leans pretty conservative, so far sticking to blue, red, grey, black or white." ~~HuffPost Style.

But I guess he's doing pretty well with what he has already. And he does occasionally add a snazzier color in addition to the conservative ones.


 (photo credit for both "tie" pics: Neck of State)





So I guess he doesn't really need to add anything to his campaign wardrobe. Do you agree?

I am linking up today with Jill from Glamamom for this week's Monday Mingle and to Not Dead, Yet Style for Visible Monday. On Wednesday, I will link up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday, and to Melaina at Transatlantic Blonde for What I Wore Wednesday.









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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
Click here to find out more!
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Olympic Orange: Michelle Obama in an "Uplifting" Color

Couldn't resist sharing this. LOVE this color on her! There's that burnished warmth I was talking about in Monday's post...


(photo credit & article: Huffington Post)


“Being an Olympian isn’t just about winning the gold or setting a new record. It’s really about pushing yourself. It’s about believing in yourself and refusing to give up, no matter what obstacles you might face,” she said. ~~Michelle Obama in Huffington Post.



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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
Click here to find out more!
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


Friday, July 27, 2012

July Goals: How Did You Do this Month?



The Dead Heat of Summer! STILL!! So, all month I have been staying in a lot and reading. And I have LOVED IT! I think I want to add at least one reading goal each month.


INNER SPIRIT EXERCISE TO TRY: Speaking of what I love (and what you love), try this exercise from The Answer is Simple...

She suggests that one way to get to know your inner spirit is to make a list of what you love. She says to do it quickly or you may get too intellectual about it. But quickly jot down whatever comes to mind.

As an example, mine had things like apple pie, situation comedies, romantic movies, reading, etc. And she suggests that after you make your list, you read it to friends and family members, because they are likely to think of things you left out.


THE GOALS: Here's how I did this month...

(1) Read & discuss Eat, Pray, Love with my friends Steve and Julie.





I didn't finish this yet and may continue it next month. I love her writing! It's gorgeous. But she's still in Italy at this point, so I better see it through to the end. :)


(2) Finish reading The Answer is Simple, by Sonia Choquette, and write my thoughts about it in my journal.




Though I definitely want to finish this book, and I loved that "know your spirit" exercise I wrote about above, I think that the more I read, the more I find little bits and pieces I disagree with and then I have to reframe it in my own language, to make it more consonant w/ my beliefs. 

I think that is making me less likely to pick it up. Once I disagree a couple of times, I trust the writer less.


I do believe that we need to welcome and embrace our inner spirits, and I'd like to see what else she has to say about doing so. But it is a bit of a pain to keep stumbling over the parts I don't like!


What do you when that happens with a book you're reading?


(3) Spend an hour each afternoon hanging out with my son before we cook dinner together. This goal will mean I have to stop working earlier than I usually do.

Though this didn't happen as often as I wanted it to, it did prompt a change in the way I do my schedule and that has led to more time together and more meals cooked together overall. So that's a good thing! 


(4) Order planner and books for homeschooling. I really should start the planning process, too, but getting the books and planner in will help motivate me to do it next month. I hope!

I have the planner but still have not ordered the books yet. Hopefully, I will do so by the actual end of the month, but if not, I will do it next week (I hope). 



SUMMARY:  

So most of these goals (if not all) are still in process, but just having them as goals has led to such wonderful moments and changes this month, that I am thrilled, and I would count this month as a success!

How do you feel about your goals for this month as we wind to a close?



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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
Click here to find out more!
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Magical Power Colors: Finding Your Power Reds


Golden Palette, Power Reds


For Donna Fujii, your power reds are colors that will draw attention to you, but they might not be red at all. For instance, one of my power reds is paprika, or more like a red-orange.  And my red is a warm red, not the Crayola red we often picture when we hear the word.




(me, wearing "power" red lipstick)

I think I found a red that works as a power red, from Lands End, and I'm so pleased, I'm considering ordering a jacket in that red berry color!






(That is what it actually looks like, btw! Apparently, even when I draw the blinds a bit, the sun steals some of the color from my clothes. Rude, isn't it?)

And here I am in a sort of paprika color, both the tank top and the lipstick...




Here's more warm power red inspiration a friend of mine found on Pinterest...



“Like the Dramatics, the bright and deep Reds also tend to attract attention to you. They are great for parties, speeches, or just to attract attention. Like the Romantic Reds, your Reds must closely match your skin color in terms of coolness or warmth, because they will flatter or undermine your skin tone.” –Donna Fujii, Color with Style



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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
Click here to find out more!
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints


Monday, July 23, 2012

White House Series: Michelle Obama ~ Campaign Capsule Wardrobe

Two weeks ago, we identified Michelle Obama's personalized seasonal color palette of best colors. Now, let's take a look at how she can use them to wear fabulous outfits during the campaign season.




Michelle's personal style seems to be dramatic and classic, but as a First Lady, she seems to have lessened the dramatic and emphasized the classic a bit more. I think this is wise, and follows the tradition of previous first ladies. Occasionally, for dressier occasions, she adds a little more drama, and flair, and I think that is just right.















(photo credit: Mrs-O.com)

So in addition to focusing on classic style, we want to choose colors for her that enhance her message during the campaign season. Her best campaign capsule wardrobe will include her personalized color palette, classic style and color combinations that make her seem easy to relate to, like someone who understands what people are going through and who believes her husband offers the solution.

That, of course, is the basic "first lady" message, and we want her campaign capsule wardrobe to support and enhance it, not compete with it in any way.

But they also need to be colors that sustain her energy, and send a subtle message that she knows what she's talking about, without calling undue attention to the colors or the outfits, themselves.

Campaign Style

So this first outfit is in a color very close to one of the ones in her palette and I think it couldn't be more perfect, for color harmony, for warmth and for approachability.


Campaign Capsule Wardrobe Series: Michelle Obama


I'd like to get her away from some of the colder, icier colors she has chosen in the past and infuse her style with a little more warmth. So that's what I looked for as I "shopped" with her in mind.

Warmth plus Style: Though I included a hint of burnished color (love my oranges), I avoided the really bright ones in reds, yellows or orange. I think she can wear them but I am not sure they are campaign-best...


Campaign Capsule Wardrobe Series: Golden Warmth


Campaign Capsule Wardrobe Series: Burnished Warmth

Here's an example of her wearing what I think I will call Olympic orange, because she wore it to the Olympics. It's perfect, especially for casual wear. Not too bright and looks fabulous on her! I guess the wrestler thought so, too...




Navy: If she really wants to do the darker neutrals, here's how I would do it (in the Polyvore below, by adding color to navy).  Although she can handle navy by itself and with white, if we're going for perfection, I would avoid it because, as you can see in the picture below, it cools her look a bit and adds some shadow and gray. Subtle impact, but an important one to avoid.





Gotta mention, though, that she also could do dark brown, and that would be better for her coloring. She could even pair it with the blue. Definitely a great choice for more casual campaign stops, but I think it could be dressed up, too...


Campaign Capsule Wardrobe Series: The Navy Edition


Campaign Capsule Wardrobe Series: Casual Warmth


Polka Dots: Though they are the "it" thing for Fall, I would head there gently, if at all...


Campaign Capsule Wardrobe Series: The Polka Dot Edition


And here's one final recommendation, wearing what the Mrs. O website calls Obama blue, that matches a color on the bottom left of her fan. Do you see the match?




One could argue that this color would be the best to wear because it reinforces the brand color, but I think anything that is in harmony with her coloring and gives her warmth & approachability will be a great addition to her campaign capsule wardrobe.

So what do you think?? How did I do?

I am linking up today with Claire for Creative Mondays, to BonBonRoseGirls for this week's Monday Mingle and to Not Dead, Yet Style for Visible Monday. On Wednesday, I will link up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday, and to Melaina at Transatlantic Blonde for What I Wore Wednesday.







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"A unique system of color analysis, firmly grounded in scientific measurements
and circumscribed by the timeless principles of art. It produces a color palette unique to you, specifically designed to complement your own skin, hair and eye color." –Color Alliance
Click here to find out more!
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"When we find the set that enhances you above all the others, what we have really uncovered are the exact pigments already in your skin, in your body. When you then wear the colors you already are, you look like magic because your person and your attire is sending the same wavelength of energy to the viewer." ~~Christine Scaman, 12 Blueprints