A little while ago I was sitting next to a friend’s daughter as she was scoping out potential prom dresses on the internet. We start talking about color. I asked her what season she was. She looked at me like she thought I was high. “What are you talking about?” she asked. I nearly fell out of my chair.
Back in the day, EVERYONE knew what ‘season’ they were. In fact, we held home parties so consultants could come and analyze everyone. Yes, it was that important. In fact, it still is. So what am I taking about?
What colors look best on you.
Whether you want to master the world of fashion or just want to look your best, this is vital information. You've got to know your 'season.'
SIDE NOTE: If you’re a guy (and, no, you’re not the only guy who frequents my blog) don’t think you should stop reading because this is a ‘girl’ thing. You want to look good? This will help and I promise I won’t tell anyone you were here.
There are four different color seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. Sound familiar? What season you belong to depends on your skin tone and hair color.
Your skin: Are you Cool or Warm?
Skin has one of two undertones: cool/blue or warm/yellow. Sometimes you can just tell which type of skin you have. When you blush, do you get rosy or peachy cheeks? That’s one indicator. The best way is to figure out which color looks best on you is to do the orange/pink test. Put a bright orange piece of fabric (or paper) next to your face. Then do the same with something hot pink. One should definitely look better on you than the other. In fact, one might make you look kinda sickly.
If you look best in the bright orange, you have warm undertones. When you blush, you probably look more peachy than rosy. That means you’re either an Autumn or a Spring. (Helpful hint: most redheads fall into this category.) If you look best in the hot pink, you have cool undertones. When you blush, you look more rosy than peachy. That means you’re either a Winter or Summer.
As I said before, you can also take a cue from your hair color. Is your hair warm (honey blonde, strawberry blonde, auburn, golden chestnut brown) or cool (black, dark brown, ash brown, ash blonde, platinum blonde)? Once you figure this out, read on.
Autumns vs. Springs
Autumns can most easily be classified as darker versions of Springs. They typically have darker hair and eyebrows, whereas Springs have fairer complexions and lighter hair. Go back to the color test. Both seaons look best in warm colors, but the Autumn color palette is a little darker than the Spring one. Do you look better in dark chocolate brown and pumpkin (Autumn) or apricot or pastel yellow-green (Spring)?
Winters vs. Summers
Like the Autumn/Spring comparison, Winters are usually darker versions of Summers. Many have dark skin and/or olive skin, though many with fair complexions and dark hair are winters, too. Think Snow White. She's a definite Winter. As for Summers? They usually have fair complexions and lighter hair.
For a complete list of the colors that look best on you, I think the best one is in Carole Jackson’s book, ‘Color Me Beautiful.’ It came out in 1980, thus starting the ‘getting your colors done’ craze. For an incomplete but get-you-on-the-right-track’ list of colors, click the links below. I even dish on which celebrities share your season. Check 'em out:
Autumn color palette
Spring color palette
Winter color palette
Summer color palette
Anyway, I hope this helps, but before you go one final thought: These color palettes are guidelines and not a full list. Don’t shun a particular hue just because it’s not there. If you know it looks good on you, go with it. Also, if there’s a color you really love to wear but it doesn’t look good on you, just don’t wear it right up against your face. Experiment. I'm sure you can make it work.
Like all things in life, don’t follow this blindly…make that color-blindly.
Have fun! And feel free to share what season you are and any tips you may have with a comment. Despite what it says, there's no 'login' or 'sign up.' It's just there to scare away spammers. ;)
I don’t care if you're Christian, Muslim, Buddist, or worship the ways of the Jedi, I’m sure you’ve heard of Noah’s Ark. It’s the biblical story where God tells Noah there’s going to be a huge flood, then instructs him to build a huge ark so he can save his family and two of each animal on earth. It’s a pretty popular tale, and I have a huge problem with that.
Let me explain. Back in the day when I was birthin’ babies, the Noah’s ark theme was a huge nursery room favorite. It still is. A wealth of Noah’s ark products are out there for purchase: crib bedding, lamps, pillows, pictures -- all featuring cute little animals walking two-by-two into the ark. As for books? Holy smoke! There are dozens, all aimed at the younger set. There are a bunch of toys, too. Even Fisher-Price makes an adorable play set complete with Noah, the ark and animals.
So what’s my problem? THE FACT THAT NOAH'S ARK IT IS ONE OF THE MOST HORRIFIC STORIES IN THE BIBLE.
God condemns everyone. There’s a huge flood. A fraction of life survives while everyone else DROWNS. This is the stuff bed time stories are made of? This is the story we push on our children?
Anyway, for giggles I conspired with my friend and illustrator, TJ Lubrano. She's a wonderful artist with an uncanny ability to create sweet, whimsical pieces that just make you smile. Much of her work would look beautiful on a wall in a child’s bedroom. So I asked her to take the TRUE tale of Noah’s Ark and create a sweet, magical painting just for kids.
She delivered. Take a look: (If you want to see the horradorableness up close, click the picture for a bigger version.)
I never knew horror could be so cute! I always wondered what happened to the unicorns, too. Guess they missed the boat, so to speak.
Anyway, I had to share this with you. I’m curious what you think. As for TJ, isn't she fab? If you want to see more of her amazing art, click her name above to go right to her blog.
Thanks, TJ. You're the greatest!
If you think I'm gonna let that comment slide...
Those smoldering eyes… that sexy swagger.…Ooh, that untamed heart.
Why girls are attracted to bad boys, I’ll never know. I always chose the nice ones. Unfortunately, that meant I had a lot of cool dates with sweet guys until I met the man of my dreams.
So. Totally. Boring.
Okay, I’ll confess. I did date a bad boy once. He reeled me in with his charm and oh-so-vulnerable invulnerability. I fell for it. Then, when he thought he really had me, it started. An 'if you really loved me, you'd...' here, an ‘I might have to dump you if...’ there.
Well, he didn’t have me. I kicked him to the curb like an empty Coke can, thus ending my bad boy experiment. The weird thing was he was stunned. Those bad boy antics had been working for him up to then.
So why do girls love bad boys so much? Is it the drama? The challenge? The whole ‘chasing after what you can’t have’ thing? I’m sure that’s part of it. Plus all the books, TV shows and movies out there don’t help. They keep telling us that bad boys all have hearts of gold underneath that rock-hard exterior. They’re misunderstood. They just need the right girl to transform them into angels. Who wouldn’t want to be that girl?
Well, sorry to break it to you but in real life, 99.9% of bad boys are just, well, bad. Not that they can’t be fixed. They can. I’m just not sure if you’re going to like how to do it.
If you’re not dating one, ignore them.
If you are dating one and they start treating you like crap, dump them. Stat.
Don’t like it? Well, how else do you expect them to learn? By mooning over them and letting them treat girls like dirt? Sure, you could make up excuses in your head, like, ‘he must be hurting inside’ or ‘no one understands him,’ but do really think that’s going to help the situation? No.
Showing them that treating a girl badly doesn’t fly is the best thing you can do. Trust me, if they want some action they’ll learn. You might not end up getting the final prize but, who knows? Maybe that sweet guy you finally (hopefully) end up with will have been a former bad boy?
That would be a happy ending.
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I have a daughter and two sons, leaving me forever baffled by how three very distinct individuals could have sprung from the loins of the same two people. Take money, for instance. Two of my kids are savers and one is a spender. In fact, if the spender were down to his last quarter and saw a gumball machine, he’d be flat busted broke before you could say "Rain-Blo"
Anyway, I’m different from most folks in that I don’t mind having kids who constantly want things. Truth be told, I kind of like it. A kid who wants something that requires money is the first to clean the bathroom for a buck. What I can’t stand are kids who want something for nothing. They've got to be willing to work for it. I'm a nice person, but why should I have to shell out my dough to feed someone else’s iTunes obsession?
Sure, my kids get birthday and Christmas presents. New school clothes? Not a problem. They get special treats on other occasions, but many of their wants go unmet. That is, of course, unless they buy it themselves. Gotta love that motivation. There’s nothing like seeing your kid work hard to earn something that they want.
Just this week, one of my savers finally salted away enough money to buy something they really wanted. I won’t say how much it was. Just know it took them over a year, so we’re talking major bucks. Would I have spent that much for the item in question? Honestly, no I wouldn't. But it’s wasn’t my money. They'd earned it themselves. They had the right to spend it.
I guess what I’m saying is that, in my book, you shouldn’t feel greedy if you really want something you don’t need, even if it’s really expensive. Just make sure you’re willing to do the work to get it. And make sure you’re willing to do without the other things that same money could buy. That’s what adults do and the sooner you learn that, the better off you will be.
That's it. Now go wash the windows or something.