PCA Training coming to YOUR Region…

…but ONLY if you invite me!

As we prepare for another successful colour analyst training in Vancouver this spring, we turn our attention to the fall and winter, planning our course schedule for the second half of 2016.

You can influence when and where we hold the trainings, but only if you tell me right now.

Where?

Canada only.

US Immigration does not permit me to work in the United States.

My CITY preferences are:

Vancouver

Montreal

Quebec

Halifax , Fredericton, or Charlottetown equally

When?

Two week-long training courses with Christine Scaman will be held in October or early November, 2016.

The specific week, we will determine according to our schedules.

How?

In your own studio. I will send you all the equipment information you need.

You select the models from the people you know.

Test and Luxury Drape Backlog! 

Whether you are considering a class with Terry Wildfong or Christine Scaman, we highly recommend you book your training ASAP. We have a three-month backlog for both Test and Luxury drapes at this point, based on students already committed for courses.

Skype meeting

Email christine@12blueprints.com today with your approximate date preferences. We will book a call to discuss your application for Fall/Winter 2016.

As you see from the big red writing at the top of the column on the left, I will be away from my desk until May 19 (can always be reached by email for any reason). Depending on when and where you want the training, we will  schedule our Skype meeting accordingly.

Still have courses in Ontario?

Yes, in Chatham, as before. Sending the email applies. Skype calls, dates, and drapes will be assigned in the order that emails are received regardless of the course location.

Course info

The PCA Training Course page answers many questions.  I would be happy to answer any others by email (address above in Skype section).

 

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Blueprints Cosmetics Pricing and Purchase

If you arrived on this page from a link under the PCA Client Resources tab, you can find more information ( cosmetic line overview, ingredients, and products by colour) under the next tab to the right on the home page, Blueprints Cosmetics Intro and Ingredients.

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Prices by product category ($CDN)

(does not incl. HST/GST or shipping)

(on March 1/16)

Lipstick, Lipgloss, Blush, Contour: $24.00

Eyeshadow Palette: $46.00  (eyeshadow accent colour(s) sold separately as Single Eyeshadow Accent below)

Refill eyeshadow pans for palette: $12.00

Single Eyeshadow Accent, Single Brow Powder, Transformer: $19.00

Brow Powder/Wax Duo: $32.00

 

Buying by country

If the destination is in Canada, purchase through me. The price will be the same as from other Canadian analysts, plus HST as applies to the province, and shipping. Email me at christine@12blueprints.com to order.

Outside Canada, prices are determined by the analyst selling them.

In the US, contact Leslie at colouressencenyc.com.

In the EU, Jorunn Hernes has a colour store at fargeporten.com. Note that Matte Contour and Transformer are not approved in the EU.

Product is boxed in EU-Responsible containers. We have had no problem with entry to North America and EU countries.

The same entry regulations and packaging apply to Australia as the USA. If you would like to contact me directly, I will be happy to supply the cosmetic. The price will be the same as in Canada.

This product is not approved for Russia. Ksenia, our analyst in Moscow, had no trouble with product entering the country, though it took 4-6 weeks, rather than the usual 2-3 weeks to other locations.

Test everything before buying. My personal policy is no returns unless packaging or product is defective. Other analysts set their own business policies.

Samples

Samples of any product except the eyeshadow palettes and Transformer (the liquid that makes eyeliner from powder eyeshadow) can be mailed for 50 cents per sample plus shipping.

Email me to christine@12blueprints.com with your Season, the colours requested, a mailing address, and the email on your PayPal account (or  if EMT works for you, if in Canada). I can have the samples in the mail to you within days unless the collection has been shipped to another location for a training course, where there may be a 2-3 week delay for sending samples.

In the US, ask Leslie at colouressencenyc.com or Cate Linden at catelinden.com.

In the EU, contact Jorunn at fargeporten.no.

Analysts 

Although they may not carry full inventory, all of these analysts can be contacted with questions, to sample, and to purchase.

Johanna Jarvinen, Finland. At Flow With Nature.

Rachel Nachmias, Philadelphia. At Best Dressed.

Katherine Schlagal Bullock, San Antonio. At Reveal PCA.

Heather Noakes, California. At Moda In Color.

Cate Linden, Kentucky. At Cate Linden Chromatics. Cate has a beautiful online store on her site where you can see, sample, and purchase the colours if you live in the US. You can also find a recent review of the products in the blog.

Amanda Brown, Wisconsin. At Color Therapy PCA.

 

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Signature/STYLE: Skirts Shapes and Fabulous Prints

Shopping Days of Old

11AM: Got a coffee, organized my needs, enjoying time alone, love to see what’s new in the stores. I actually like shopping.

1PM: Nothing looked great. Tried on a few but didn’t like the fit. Why are jackets always so stifling in the shoulders? Why do skirts pull across the hips and make my belly look big? Stop for lunch, think about going to another mall but I can’t face the parking. I will keep looking, still half the mall to go.

3PM: Have one item on hold. I could use a jacket for that meeting next week, so that’s an extra thing to look for but my body doesn’t look good in jackets, IDK why. Trying to stay pleasant and finding gratitude in not needing a bathing suit. Tried a lipstick but cosmetic sales employee was not hearing me. Why do they keep saying the same thing? Why do I keep buying the same thing? Who’s wrong? Them or me?

5PM: Bought a skirt and some earrings. I know how to buy earrings, it’s like they just appear in front of me! Already know I will return the skirt, hopefully before the zipper breaks. Ate an ice cream to keep blood sugar up and now feel fat and mad.

6PM: Drive home, happy with the earrings. Watch Netflix. Eat too much popcorn. Try not to think of shopping day. Fighting back tears about having to go back. I actually hate shopping.

This experience is becoming a choice, a thing of the past, a memory of how things used to be.

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How Today’s Woman Shops

You want to know how to buy everything the way you do earrings, where you picture the right thing so clearly that it appears in front of you. You want to know who was wrong about the lipstick and where the skirts are hanging that look and feel good.

Today, shopping fantasy and shopping reality co-exist.

Once you know your colours, lines, and scale, a parade of clothes can file past while you sit in your favourite chair sipping your favourite drink. Some of them will have a flag floating along beside them that says, Hello Jo Mama, I Am For You.

Google once said (in its early days of hiring the best):

…it’s easier to find what you’re looking for if it comes looking for you.

533 skirts! If there is a more effective way to find and buy, certainly in North America where you click on a link in a magazine that knows you already, someone must tell me what it is. Elsewhere in the world, this resource is the difference between entering stores with no idea what to buy and going in with a checklist in your hand.

For anyone who has learned their colours/lines but can’t picture the pieces, Signature/STYLE opens the curtain. If you can’t picture the skirt, you can’t find it because you don’t know what you’re looking for. How long before you give up on a scavenger hunt where the items are a secret? If you’re me, about 1.0 seconds.

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Skirts and Prints Content

The issue will be released to your inboxes within 3 days. The many links to products will excite your spam folders so check there if you are not happily studying skirts by then.

Readers will find mostly solid colours in the body of the newsletter to appreciate shape and proportion without distraction of print. In some cases, a skirt with a print was included to show a shape especially well, or illustrate an item that might have been placed in another image archetype (IA), if it had a different print.

Solid colours permit easier Season comparisons, for example to illustrate the three Summers’ whites. Solids also demonstrate colours that are difficult to find or visualize. Finally, Season assignments tend to be clearer than with prints where more variables must be taken into account.

The Feature is a look at prints. Our readers will have access to every archetype’s prints to show you the maximum number and how they look in skirt shapes other than yours. As always with this unique newsletter, the Catalogs are a projection screen for the in-depth explanations that Rachel and I offer about selecting prints in an accompanying article.

Wise compromise. Without it, we can never answer deeper questions. Not only does perfect not exist, if it did, it would be fragile and therefore flawed. If we use colour and archetype without intelligent flexibility, we restrict our wardrobes needlessly. These formulas are here to make our lives more beautiful and confident than we ever imagined.

This issue came together faster than any before, about 8 days. And yet, items might have sold out, same situation as with every issue. I fail to understand this, it’s as if retailers buy four of each size. Here one day, gone the next. We compensate for this reality by offering you high volume choice.

True to the real marketplace, Winter colours and prints are over-represented. No big deal. Everybody can find sensational clothes. We found them for you. Plus, we added education in what might be the most important key to shopping growth, learning, and success (and every other kind too): adaptability. In this issue, that means telling you every Season or IA that can wear an item well.

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 Return to Truth

Because I am a colour analyst, I read this poem often. The TED video is truly a journey of introspection and beauty. Architect Moshe Safdie, at TED 2007, reads the poem at the end.

If we seek truth, we shall find beauty

He who seeks truth shall find beauty.
He who seeks beauty shall find vanity.
He who seeks order shall find gratification.
He who seeks gratification shall be disappointed.
He who considers himself the servant of his fellow beings shall find the joy of self-expression.
He who seeks self-expression shall fall into the pit of arrogance.
Arrogance is incompatible with nature.
Through nature, the nature of the universe, and the nature of man, we shall seek truth.
If we seek truth, we shall find beauty.

– Moshe Safdie

 

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We hope that you enjoy this issue of Signature/STYLE. In it, find the truth of you and thereby, the beauty of you.

Information about the newsletter and subscription links are at the top of the right column of every page on this site.

 

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Presence, Finance, and Negotiation in Business and in Life

We live in a different world than we did 20 years ago, or 10, or even 5.

Retirement age is becoming a thing of the past. Earning and saving horizons have stretched decades past where they were not so long ago. We expect to help others and earn income until we are prepared to stop. The sooner we learn and practice excellent career strategies, the better our negotiation and leadership skills become, and the longer they serve us in our businesses and our lives.

Colour and image analysis are evolving rapidly. Professional appearance for women is intended to communicate ideas that were not in play in the year 2000. We have resources that did not exist 5 years ago to lead women straight to their best attire on retailer websites. Finding our right makeup colours has become a no-brainer that looks after itself. Every person should know what his or her appearance is capable of.

With our money and our appearance, they fall behind too easily as we update our many other skills in the overcrowded lineup of priorities in women’s lives. In fact, they are as essential to our networking success as current computing skills. Current says relevant.

A healthy body is one we don’t have to think about. It just gets on with the day.

A healthy mind is the same.

A healthy financial structure is the same. It is in place beneath our feet, running behind the scenes.

A healthy appearance is the same. Once in place, you don’t have to think about it. Your closet, cosmetics, and hair colour just get on with the day, every day.

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I hope you will be part of a dynamic and highly interactive experience as we take a modern look at empowerment through these topics.

In Part 1, Building leadership from the inside out, will be co-facilitated by Tracy Theemes and Marlene Delanghe, MA, Career Advisor. These two well-known teachers will address finance, negotiation, career tactics, and power. You will learn and practice new ways to ask for what you want and experiment with ideas that will take you to new heights in your career and personal life.

Learn more about Tracy here.

Learn more about Marlene here.

In Part 2, Rachel Nachmias and I will discuss how image identity presents an image that is in alignment with you and with the situation you wish to impact. Why and how do we go astray and how do we find our way back home? Define a presence that attracts people to share your beliefs, support your causes, and purchase your skills.

Learn more about Rachel here.

 Pre-registration is required. The price is $99.00.

To register, click here.

 

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Professional Photographs

Why are we all here?

Because we believe that appearance gives us information about a person.

Colour analysis is the #1 Advantage to have in your back pocket to achieve your highest visual potential.

With that in order, and stop #2 to interpret your lines, shapes, and natural body language  in attire, you have given yourself the keys to the Appearance Kingdom.

The video is here at YouTube.

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Heeeyyyy, y’ don’t suppose I’m yellow because of that big piece of warm-neutral fabric behind my right shoulder??? Not likely, the wall behind me is actually white and wouldn’t be that affected.

So then I go play with YouTube’s video adjustment options. I cooled the overall tone, raised the contrast and saturation a little. Now I look green. Experiment 1 not a big success.

Then, I notice some people have very nice thumbnails. Did they insert the images into iMovie before uploading and hope YouTube would pick them up? That sounds risky and slow, which I don’t like, plus complicated.

Nope. They have Custom Thumbnails. It’s very easy to do! Experiment 2, huge success!


This video is also here at YouTube.

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The photographer for the pictures below was Louise Vessey of Light and Vision Photography in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

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Jorunn Hernes, our analyst in Norway, is a highly skilled colour analyst with the great ability to create a presentation that is authentic and beautiful for each individual woman. Her online cosmetics store is at http://fargeporten.com.

This is the link to the article about psychologist Amy Cuddy’s view on the two questions people ask themselves first when they meet in professional situations.

Shopping for Your Season and Style is the Pinterest board where I have re-pinned the photo mentioned in the video.

The Light Summer eyeshadow collection:

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The Neutrals Collections

The Neutral Collections (NCs) are collections of 12 pieces of fabric cut in 9×4 inch rectangles in colours that function as wardrobe neutrals. Every colour is unique to that Season.

NC Price and Purchasing

The price for the NCs is $78.00 CDN before tax and shipping if buying from me.

E-mail is the best way to contact me: christine@12blueprints.com

The price from analysts will vary depending on shipping, duties, and other decisions that influence each of their independent businesses.

My intention is to support the analysts, since they are my direct clients, and their clients through them. As with cosmetics, for clients outside the US, I am happy to sell product directly.

I will be glad to A any Q you might have at any time. Please ask here if possible so that others can benefit from the excellence of the questions, perspectives, and opinions that is always true of readers of this site.

 

Mentioned in the video:

Terry Wildfong, my colleague, fellow trainer, and co-creator of the drapes and 6 eyeshadow colour collections for the 12 Seasons, is at Your Natural Design. We have harmonized a lot of colours, she and I, and Terry would agree that neutral colours are the most fun of all ;)

Rachel Nachmias, Philadelphia-based colour and image consultant whose work amazes me and with whom I write the Signature/STYLE newsletter, is at Best Dressed. As I mention in the video, Rachel and I are soon to enjoy some speaking and meeting time with a Vancouver audience. This event is still in the planning stages. Information will be announced here as locations, agendas, etc. are determined.

The book, The Power of Presence by Kristi Hedges. Our analyst in Norway, Jorunn Hernes, re-introduced me to the word meaningful recently. Here is a book about developing a truly meaningful presence, with fascinating information about the biology of how humans learn, change, and form long-term memory. We are all humans. By knowing how we learn and with awareness of our natural impediments (for example, our favourite learning thing is to re-confirm what we know already; the brain pats itself on the back for conserving energy), we become more effective in our own lives.

An important announcement for clients outside Canada and the US, Jorunn Hernes now has a most beautiful online store for the Blueprints cosmetics line.  The colour analysis website is http://fargeporten.no. The cosmetic store is at http://fargeporten.com.  Pay a visit. The photographs are simply lovely.

 


More than any other descriptive, I see myself in the role of explorer. In this Video 1, the explorations continue into why we feel so much a part of the colour world. The video is here at YouTube or below.

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In Video 2, I get to the point and show you the NCs. Here at YouTube or below:

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New Year 2016

This might be hard to believe at a holiday time, but outgrowing last year’s clothes can be a beautiful thing.

In 2015, we added a makeup line to be completed in January 2016. To avoid long waiting times during high-volume and/or high alert times at the border, a faster distribution system within the US is being organized.

The drapes continue to do their job admirably. With their guidance, our ability to read the optical effects that occur in colour relationships continues to become more nuanced, sophisticated, and precise.

We are committed to improving your shopping with tools that work. There are appearance questions that are being asked every day in women’s bathrooms everywhere. We ask them ourselves. We understand that vanity is irrelevant in this conversation. Our appearance is the architecture for our language. The language defines the person. A new product aiming to help you shop better, faster, and easier will be released in January.

The analyst-training course in Vancouver was a great success, to be repeated in May 2016. I hope that this becomes a twice-yearly event. Planning is also underway for full-day programs in developing credible professional appearance, combined with negotiation and financial structuring skills, to support women better, inside and out.

We will continue attracting students who wish to own viable businesses. I honestly seek people committed to growth without endpoint, who welcome never-ending change, and accept the examinations that accountability requires, because it is with those partners that we may all expand.

The classroom section of the course remains the same. To better support students in their early days as colour analysts (and at any time in their career), more interaction with the trainer (Terry Wildfong or me) has been structured in with the first few PCAs. New analysts are enjoying this, but  more importantly, the learning during this period is proving to be tremendous. No course can deliver all the information in a field and no student can absorb it all in a classroom. This is where we find the gaps and fill them.

Sometimes, the best thing we can do is pause. Wait. Become.  Here is where we had our Christmas. As most Canadians know, this is not how December 25 usually looks in Canada but this year, it did. If ever a place were the actual manifestation of creation, this forest would be it. In this very genesis surrounding, you expect a pod to land and a new civilization to begin taking shape – or you feel that you’ve been transported to such a place that still holds traces of ancient civilizations. On many long walks, the mind feels crystal clear to reflect on choices.

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You have seen photos of Sunshine House at Windhorse Farm, Nova Scotia before in the article 28 Clues That Our Look Wanted An Upgrade. You can also find lots more information on these sustainable, low-footprint endeavours if you Google their two names.

The 200+ acre property includes a house that sleeps 18, which housed our family, as well as cabins from one-person-outhouse-and-woodstove roughing-it style all the way to five people in a chalet on a lake. To write that poem you’ve been practicing, to heal your soul, make that painting, to start anything, what better place for a creation mindset to find you? Sit still long enough and a unicorn is bound to show up.

The story writes itself. I wished for a voice recorder to get started to the mystery series I’ve always wanted to write. Windhorse Farm Mysteries, Chapter 1.

The path underfoot is wet this morning, soft with the cushion of orange pine needles and burgundy leaves, in this forest of evergreen and hardwood. I cross the first bridge in my morning ritual of walking feet and feeling mind, very aware of the ground. The rushing stream is made of liquid glass. The water is high with the recent rain. Its sound is the only one I hear. At the crest of the bridge, something amiss in the stream catches my attention. I saw movement to my left, I am certain. My eyes soon tell me that the forest and stream are the only things living. The hand caught in a branch at the edge of the waterfall is not.

DUM-DUM-DUMMMMM, said wide-eyed, in deep, ominous voice.

Being online might defeat the purpose, but it can be done. Extend your data plan before arriving. When it’s time to send your creation to the publisher, you can turn your phone into a router (personal hotspot).

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Today’s post is a very sincere thank you to our readers and clients for believing in us. Thank you for being our inspiration. Thank you for taking the time to type the encouragement and the difficult questions instead of clicking on to the next screen. Thank you for coming back to read the answer.

Thank you to our analysts who are the link between you and the literal window into yourself which colour analysis unclouds. Thank you for the momentum of their hard work, for their deep hearts, and for caring and listening. Having once seen the inner beauty of a human being released on the outside, we share an addiction to finding the joy in that ultimate care package again and again.

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Readers, clients, and colour analysts, we are here together for a reason. We have in common a profound respect for every living thing. Allow me to end this year with the Namaste gesture, whose meaning is to extend love and recognize our union in a common divinity.

I received a beautiful gift from a British Columbia student, now colour analyst, whom you will soon meet. It is a Memory Block, one of the collectible wall plaques by B.C. artist Sid Dickens.

On the back is inscribed,

The light in me sees the light in you.

That is always the truth.

 

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Signature/STYLE: The Earrings Issue

Signature/STYLE is a newsletter that is emailed to subscribers. The information you want is over at the top of the right column of this page. Right there >>>

This is a pre-release announcement for the upcoming issue which should be released this coming week.

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A new way of seeing something that I thought I understood is one of the most generous gifts I could receive. This Earrings issue ranks at that level.

Earrings. Among my top favourite items. Who really notices one more basically-the same-colour lipstick? Earrings can cost the same or not much more and explore big new territory for you and everyone who sees you.

Here is a timeline of how the newsletter comes together.

Day 1: First, I go through the 20 or 30 pages of links that Rachel (the colour and image expert who oversees the image archetype section of the newsletter) sends and place them into their Seasons.

Still Day 1: That job is not even half completed when the second job needs doing. The second job is, buy one or two amazing pieces from the Winter/YangClassic section that are part of me before I even own them. This time, three were bought.

Days 2-3: Sorting links, not even stopping when eating, so amazed am I by what each link opens to.

Day 4: Now, the links are all sorted. And I am (and you will be) thinking, “OH!!!!!OH!!!!! I get it!!”

Or in the words of the eloquent Kaarin Huffman, our analyst in NC, “You mean, it’s ok!!?? I just do this and everything’s good!??”, spoken through tears of joy and hopeful laughter, “I can stop trying to look like everybody else?!”

Maybe that’s the part of PCA (personal colour analysis) and PIA (personal image analysis) that I’ll never get over.

Early Day 5: Race to the mall, know what risks to take and what to ignore. Being completely and confidently in control of a shopping experience is grounds for euphoria. Three pairs later that I’m still congratulating myself for.

Because I’m as guilty as anyone of slouching back to my safety zone, freely admitting it’s a type of laziness. I don’t need safe&generic, but I will choose it over accident&nonsense or forced&tried too hard, the three ineffective visual extremes. The fourth extreme is the one I want. To get it, I am willing to practice. That one is intelligent&modern. In 2015, authenticity reads as a form of intelligence.

Later Day 5: Back to the Earrings Issue. I made the N and the C newsletters. While in the Cs, I thought, “Now, how in creation did I miss those??”

You’d think I’d have gotten over the elegance of Rachel’s eye and taste, but I really haven’t. Each issue is a new adventure. Nobody gets contemporary shopping and how stuff looks next to bodies like this woman does.

Big sales right now that will only get better. I buy 2 more pairs. Averaged price for the lot, $23. You will never leverage a purchase better than when you know what to buy in advance. Then, it’s just a click of the Place Order button when the sale notifications come in.

Days 6-9: Building your newsletters, putting thought into offering you the most Right Now.Today. education in effective appearance.

Day 10: Where we are now, attending to final details, almost ready to send. Women, welcome to the Earrings Issue.  Absolutely stunningly beautiful choices.

The first Feature section contains big catalogs of silver and gold explained by Season, for each image archetype.

The second Feature section illustrates repeating the face shape, eye colour, and other aspects of the Season and IA essences.

Every discipline has boundaries. Since I cannot know Season from photographs, the colour section gives you explanations with word imagery, no face pictures. With Rachel’s work, size and scale are crucial. Therefore, we only linked to websites with a size reference in the product images.

As always with the Signature/STYLE newsletter, products sell out very fast, within days in many cases. Search the product by the same name at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Lord and Taylor, Shopbop, Amazon, Google, and any other large retailer you can think of. You will probably be successful. We were.

Days 11-12: Watch your mailboxes. Signature/STYLE: The Earrings Issue will be in yours in the next few days.

 

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3 Beauty Colours for 12 Seasons V2.0

Announcements

Across the top, a banner to allow you to have new posts delivered to your inbox within 24 hours of appearing on this site.

At the top of the left column, a schedule for placing orders.

The ever-expanding cosmetic collection has brought in Cheeky, a fantastic coral pink blush for Soft Summer, and Liaison, a lovely warm burgundy for True and Soft Summer.

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Stunning Colours 2015

Version 1.0, the 3 Great Colours post from 2011,  is linked here.

The sequence in which the colour journey has unfolded is intriguing. Today I understand why it had to be this way, but I have not always.

People of the same colouring type can have very different natural appearances or pigmentation. The palette, or Season, is the paintbox. You are a Bright Spring who got the yellow and blue in your eyes, your son is a Bright Spring who got the strong caramel and green in his eyes, your sister… It doesn’t matter where each colour went in each person in the group, only that they were all painted from that paintbox. They will all react to testing colours in the same way from a technical perspective. They might not all wear their palette identically to express their most authentic self.

I was 2 years into PCA when I wrote RTYNC (the blue book in the left column). If most books are obsolete about 6 months after they’re written and that one is 4 years old, how much of its content would I agree with today? All of it actually, the difference between then and now being the complexity of the landscape that surrounds the words.

For one important thing, the essential other half of appearance, image and archetype analysis, had not crossed my path yet. Winter and Dramatic are not partners, nor are Summer and Classic, Autumn + Natural, or Spring with whatever it was. The Signature/STYLE  newsletter (info at top of the right column) subscriber lists contain Winter Naturals, followed by Winter Classics, in the vast majority.

 

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Be sure to use your  imagination. This palette, any palette, is where you begin. What you can conceive with it is where you end.  Some of these colours are incredible even as broadcloth. Shine is never hard on a Winter, Dark Winter wearing a more brushed finish than the smoother Bright Winter. Dark Winter’s dark green-brown is magnificent as coat or cashmere.  I find icy mint superb on any Bright  Winter, whether the colour lives in the eye or not. We have learned that True Winter red is hard to find. Thankfully, the colouring accommodates red well. That darker of the two reds in the palettes? I still don’t know how that translates in fabric, but I almost do.

Of course, PCA is a magnet for Winters. With their love of dissection, classification, and perfectionism, to say nothing of being into their looks and living inside their own head, and realizing that cosmetics can turn them into someone nobody ever guessed, the force field is too strong to resist.

Are there more Winters in the world? Yes, probably so. Maybe one day with mixing of races, there will be only Winters and then we’ll have to subdivide those 3 Seasons in some way, but that’s a long way off. Summer, Spring, and Autumn colouring are plentiful, welcome variety to the landscape of this planet. Winter scenery, everywhere all the time, a little scary to think about.

The more we are exposed to anything, the more accessible and obvious the small things become. What we struggled to see as beginning analysts now comes out to find us. Harmony, the basis of it all, is a later step. It does not mean ‘looks pretty together’. It does not mean ‘looks even’, which is misinterpreted to end up as ‘looks drab, bloated, flat, vanishing, boring, lifeless”. Harmony means very literally “having the same vibration”.

Abstract concepts are not easy to define. My computer’s dictionary says vibration is “a component frequency of an oscillation or wave”. Since humans can’t interpret whether two wavelengths have the same distance between their peaks, we need other tests.

‘The same energy’, ‘do not distort one another’, ‘brings into focus’, and all sorts of other concepts that you have to see to understand can be used to describe the look and feel of harmony. If I wore this shirt with those pants, would you be looking at the two equally? I can put a high saturation Summer colour with a Winter palette and they balance decently but the colours are just weirdly wrong together. What neutral colour will she wear with it? Where is the lipstick that makes sense?

Even in the controlled environment of a PCA, the decision is made in the 0-4 seconds after the drapes change. Staring longer is not only useless, it is dangerous as our eyes accommodate to inform us that the image is normal. Once a person sees the energetic connection that is made, then they understand. In time, one learns to recognize it immediately.

 

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True Autumn colouring wearing Fire Opal Red is quite something to behold. Their navy is also outstanding, top of the scale when it has a little shine and texture, like raw silk.  I am still very on board with yellow for Soft Autumn from Best Colours V1.0, qualifying that by saying that if the hair colour is neither natural or correct, the prettiness will not happen. For today, periwinkle and a green that recognizes their important coolness are added. You might be looking at the last square thinking, “??” Picture a flowing but not floppy fabric with a brushed sheen and a suggestion of tone-on-tone camouflage pattern.  Dark Autumn brown is more muted and green than Dark Winter’s. This colouring also has an important coolness too, necessary for the person to appear in focus. To say that they look good in purple and candlelight white is an understatement of the truth.

The power of colour analysis (PCA) to change lives for the better has humbled me so often that it became a permanent state of being. Sure, we have problems to examine, so does Lululemon, and we will do that with the usual pain and opportunity that can only be found in truth. The seesaw is more than balanced when we look at how many people look better, feel stronger, are healing, and continue to step through their own doors. As a client we love said,

Right now I’m in the wonderful position that everything works so well together and enhances each other, from the lipstick to the jewelry, the hair, the clothing, and on and on.  The synergistic effect has taken me by surprise in the most welcome way!! I don’t know why I didn’t anticipate this but it really has a snowball effect.  Even my nail poilish now goes with everything too.  :-)  Everything reinforces the message of who I am – nothing takes away from it. Fewer items, of everything including makeup, because everything works.  And easier to see if something new fits because you now have the totality to compare it too, not just your swatch book.

 

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True Summer, Liaison lipstick mentioned up top, is the first colour. Fairly saturated green, where the sat tolerance ends and Winter starts. Can only know this about a person by draping them. Give that blue-grey the sheen and texture of hammered silk and oh, boy, do good things happen. Soft Summer, incredible red and blue that look like plenty of bright colour under that face, and dark brown, my latest exploration.  Light Summer in their muted coral is beautiful. The Season’s heat is important. Their particular blue, tipping between pinkish and greenish, stops all the talk in the room. And Come Dancing lipstick, of course.

3 Best Colours for one Season? No such thing. Every human is a little different even inside a Season. A Season is a template, a springboard to help you ignore all the other stuff you would have bought last week. Inside your own room in the house of your Season, you decorate according who you are. Your individual pigmentation, breathtaking colours, tolerances in your 3 colour dimensions, colour history, and many other factors, decide what your room looks like. Only your colour analyst knows those because she watched colours react with your own.

My very best white? No such thing. We all have 2 to 5 perfectly functional choices, even the True Seasons. Depends on the person, the fabric, the particular white of the eyes, and what it will be worn with, and so on. The fact that everyday lighting and our eyes’ ability to adapt and understand “Oh, it’s white.” widens the span. In the featured picture that wraps around the title of this article, it is unlikely that an artist would use pure white on its own anywhere. Your analyst can coach you on what matters, what doesn’t.

Don’t decide, “I can only wear warm red.” unless you have seen all the cool ones, which will never be in any analyst’s drapes sets. Don’t decide, “I wear cool colours best.”, if you only saw yourself in 2 or 3 warm ones of any given hue. You are probably not correct and you will certainly look boring-er than you need to. Everyone can wear their entire palette. The questions are where you place the colours and how big are the blocks, not a big negotiation on whether you buy them in the first place.

My very best heat level? Not if you’re a Neutral Season. You might do great in warmer blues and cooler yellows. You might wear clothing in any heat, but cosmetics with more restriction depending on the exact overtone of your face.

 

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True Spring in her wedding white, the sun is literally beaming out of her face. Gentle orange is easy and she is more visible than a big block of yellow if the hair is light. Light Spring has a particular neutral colour that is easy to overlook in the palette. Too brown to be peach, worn with their white and nut brown, in a fabric that would drift down like a magician’s scarf if you tossed it up in the air, it is fantastic. And Posie Pink, prettiest thing ever.  Bright Spring’s first colour has come to be known as Ksenia Pink, after our analyst in Moscow who wears it and stops traffic. Beautiful in their darker green-blue and very professional, and baby pink that is too pigmented to be icy and too pure to be pastel.

From where I stand today, these are the colours that I expect to be beautiful on most everyone of these colouring types, or Seasons. To make these graphics, I walked over to the drape inventory and pulled out those where I have to expend energy to keep a blank face when a student is working through a PCA. I see the colour coming in the drape sequence and I make my face a mask of neutrality Inside, small explosions are happening.

 

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Science, beauty, truth. Transformational results.

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