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Image: topshop.com

With the recent glorious weather in the UK it certainly feels like the time is right to unpack the Spring/Summer essentials and prepare for the season ahead.

Florals are synonymous with Spring and if you haven’t tried incorporating them into your outfit before, then now is the perfect time to give them a try.

Read on for our top tips on how to wear florals…

  1. Size Matters 

Consider the size of print if you decide to wear florals. If you’re petite, smaller more delicate prints are best. If you’re of average height then a medium size pattern will work well and if you’re grand (5’7 and taller) then you can go for something a little bigger and bolder.

2. Colour Lovers

Patterns are generally more colourful, particularly florals. As long as the overriding colour falls into your colour palette then this is fine. You could even pick out a particular colour from within the pattern for your accessories to ensure everything harmonises with your colouring.

3. Shape Up

Wear florals on your bottom half if you have an inverted triangle body shape and on your top half if you have a triangle body shape. Remember; whenever you wear your print is where the eye will be drawn so use them to show off your best bits.

4. Funky Feet

Embellished footwear is big news this Spring so you may want to consider trainers with a floral embossed print on them. A great way of ‘dipping your toe’ (pun intended!) into florals!

5. Subtle Statements

If you want to do florals in a more subtle way then consider adding a broach or scarf with a floral design to your outfit. Scarves also look great tied around your handbag so if the weather is too warm to wear one around your neck you can still customise your look in this way.

Take a look at our floral Pinterest board here.

Find out how to wear florals to suit you best by contacting your local colour me beautiful consultant here.

Image via Cox and Cox

Image via Cox and Cox

With the clocks springing forward this weekend we can soon look forward to lighter mornings and longer evenings – Summer is on the way!

However, losing that precious hour can put a real squeeze on your morning routine for the first few days, so here are our top three time-saving tips to ensure you can greet those early mornings with a smile (and in style!) next week.

1. Plan Ahead

If you’ve had a colour and/or style consultation with one of our colour me beautiful experts then it’s likely you’ll have a carefully curated collection for the season ahead, with each item being versatile enough to wear with several others in your wardrobe. However, there’s still nothing worse than going to pull an outfit out to wear in the morning only to find its in the wash/needs ironing. Decide what you’re going to wear the night before, along with accessories and have it all to hand for the morning.

2. Opt for Ease

Forgo a lip base and lipstick combo and add a slick of lip gloss instead. Our Extreme Sheen Lip Glosses are easy to apply and will give you the perfect pout with one quick application so you’ll be heading out of the door in a flash.

3. Handbags at the Ready

Pack your handbag (which you’ll already have selected to perfectly match your outfit), the night before with all your essentials so all you need to do come morning is pick it up and head out of the door.


 

Looking for some style inspiration for Spring/Summer? Visit our Pinterest boards here.

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Image source: Captain & The Gypsy Kid.

Image source: Captain & The Gypsy Kid.

If you follow us over on our Facebook page you’ll have seen that we’ve been asking you what has been the best style advice your Mum has given you over the years.

From ‘less is more’ through to ‘don’t show your underwear’ we’ve loved the pearls of wisdom you’ve been sharing and it certainly goes to show that Mum really does know best.

Today we look at style lessons from iconic women that we can all apply today.

“If your hair is done properly and you’re wearing good shoes you can get away with anything.” 

- Iris Apfel

Get the fundamentals right (in this case hair and shoes in Iris Apfel’s opinion) and the rest will flow. We all know how awful we feel if we’re having a bad hair day or if our shoes are scuffed and worn. Take care with the basics and you will look inevitably look put-together and feel much more confident as a result.

“You can’t control how other people see you or think of you. But you have to be comfortable with that.”

- Helen Mirren

We love this! All too often we all worry about what other people may think of us and how we dress. If you can shake this off and dress for yourself we can guarantee that your confidence and happiness will shine through – making you the best dressed person in the room, no matter what you’re wearing!

“Life is a party, dress like it.” 

- Audrey Hepburn

How often have you saved an item of clothing for ‘best’ only for it never to see the light of day? We love this advice from Audrey Hepburn – how fabulous would it be if we all dressed up every day?!The world would certainly be a much more glamorous place! Now we’re not suggesting you wear your ball gown to walk the dog, but perhaps next time the occasion calls for it, go to town a little and wear that fabulous dress/blouse/bag that you’ve been keeping for a special occasion. Beautiful clothes deserve to be shared with the world!

“Attitude is everything.” 

- Diane von Furstenburg

Isn’t it just? No matter your age, dress size or clothing budget, how you wear your clothes and the attitude you adopt really is everything! Adopt a positive, fun and optimistic attitude and this will flow through to your style and best of all, a change of attitude to how you dress doesn’t cost a penny!

If you’d like to share the style tips your own Mum has given you over the years come on over to our Facebook page here.

Take a look at our ‘Chic Mommas’ Pinterest board here for style inspiration.

Visit our main website to enquire about our image consultation services here.

logoAt colour me beautiful we love to discover new brands so when we heard that Samantha Cameron was launching her own clothing line we couldn’t wait to take a peak. After all, throughout her husband’s time as Prime Minster, Samantha was known for her impeccable taste and sense of style.

Cefinn, which launched earlier this month with a capsule collection of 36 pieces is, as you might expect, reflective of Samantha’s personal style with clean lines, a simple colour palette and elegant silhouettes. Samantha says of the range: “I want to make it simple for women to feel fashionable, feminine and confident.”

Designed for women with busy lives, most of the range is washable and the easy-to-wear separates make it a dream to mix and match different items to ensure you get maximum wear and versatility from each piece.

The colour palette has been cleverly thought through so that whilst there isn’t a rainbow of shades to choose from, each colour works well when mixed with other accent shades – and there’s a colour to suit each of our dominant colour categories too!

Red - perfect for Warms, Deeps and Clears. This shade will also work for Lights but remember to wear a lighter shade with it.

Navy - a universal colour, great for all our dominant colour categories and so versatile!

Black - a great neutral for you Deeps, Cools and Clears.

Khaki - enjoy wearing this if you fall into the Warm, Deep or Soft colour category.

Our top picks from the range…

Zip Neck Funnel Dress – elegant and versatile, the perfect item to take you from the office to after-work drinks in the city.

Tailored Long Sleeve Funnel Neck Blouse – Red – beautiful with trousers or a skirt for work, or with your jeans and heels for a smart/casual weekend look.

Pleated A-Line Skirt – Navy – a great staple for your working wardrobe in a colour that will go with all of your accent shades.

Belted Cocoon Coat - a modern classic, the cocoon shape is here to stay! A great item to help you transition into Spring.

Browse the full Cefinn range at www.cefinn.com

 

Photo credit: Blair Eadie, Atlantic-Pacific

Photo credit: Blair Eadie, Atlantic-Pacific

February is often thought to be one of the most romantic months of the year, with Valentine’s Day prompting a plethora of red roses, pink hearts, declarations of love and even proposals of marriage. As such, it’s almost guaranteed that wherever you look on the high street during February there will be LOTS of red and LOTS of pink – both colours associated with passion, romance and love.

Red and pink, which never used be seen worn together have more recently become an acceptable colour combination. In theory they ‘clash’, but when mixed together in the right way they can make a real style statement.

Block Colours

Probably the boldest statement you can make with this colour combination – try block colours. A red skirt worn with a pink top (or vice versa) is sure to make you stand out from the crowd and needs little else to finish off the look. Definitely one to try if you have a Dramatic style personality!

Subtler Shades

Most of us will imagine a bright pink and vibrant red when we consider these colours, but remember you can opt for paler, subtler shades if you prefer. Powder pink will work particularly well if you fall into the Light colour category and looks beautiful when worn with a richer geranium red (which would be best on your bottom half away from your face).

Accessorise

A red or pink bag, shoes, belt or statement necklace are all greats ways of incorporating colour into your outfit, without it feeling too overpowering. In particular, a red bag is a great item to add to your wardrobe as it can lift a simple monochromatic colour palette and give it real vibrancy and interest.

Pattern Play

Patterns are the perfect way of incorporating different colours into your outfit. You could opt for an oriental or floral pattern with shades of red, pink and other colours from your palette – a great choice if you love patterns (we’re talking to all you Romantics out there!)

Nail It

The simplest way to add a colour ‘clash’… change your nail colour! Pink and red are both great shades to opt for and can provide the subtlest of colour pops to your outfit (add a matching lip to pull your whole look together).

Looking for inspiration? Check out our Red + Pink Pinterest board for outfit inspiration.

Want to find out which shades of red and pink work best for you? Find your local colour me beautiful consultant here.

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This week MPs have stated that the government must enforce a law to ban sexist dress rules at work that discriminate against women. Here at colour me beautiful, we are delighted to hear about this, surely to have a rule for one person, but not another because of their gender is both unfair and sexist?

What interests us as image consultants though, is how different people will ultimately interpret dress codes in different ways. It’s all down to our style personality you see; so whilst one woman may be horrified at the thought of having to wear 2-4 inch heels on a daily basis, another wouldn’t dream of stepping out in anything less. The key thing is that we should all have a choice as to what we wear in the workplace.

In our mind it is all about being dressed appropriately for the environment you’re working in; so you are well groomed and comfortable but still given the freedom to express your unique sense of style too. After all, its takes seven seconds to make a first impression, so for an employer the goal must be to have employees who are appropriately dressed and also comfortable in what they are wearing. An employee who feels comfortable and confident will certainly perform better in their role and represent their employer in the best possible light.

In a smart-casual office environment for example, a dramatic style personality would most certainly be donning her 4 inch heels on a daily basis, she simply couldn’t concentrate in flats (as a famous dramatic once said). These heels may also be in a vivid colour and you can be sure that her footwear will compliment her on-trend office outfit. Her natural style personality colleague on the other hand, will look at those glorious heels and cringe. They’re just not for her. Instead she slips on a comfortable pair of flats worn with trousers and fixes her hair in a simple, no-fuss style to ensure it doesn’t bother her throughout the day. Both are dressed appropriately for the work environment that they’re in, just in very different ways.

Next take our romantic style personality, she may opt for some elegant Chanel-inspired court shoes with a mid-height heel. Her office look will be more detailed, perhaps a floral printed blouse or some delicate jewellery to off-set her smart work look. A classic style personality will opt for a more understated, slightly traditional look – a jacket and dress, skirt or trousers, comfortable yet smart shoes. Her whole outfit will be co-ordinated beautifully in tonal colours and with very little make-up or jewellery.

Ultimately, what you wear at work should be appropriate for the industry you work in, and for your role within the organisation. The key to dress codes is flexibility. Trust your employees to dress in an appropriate way, to present a well-groomed, professional exterior in their workplace and allow them to show some of the personal qualities that make the world the diverse and colourful place that it is!

States_california-hollywood-sign-EUnless you have been living in a cave for the past month, it won’t have escaped your notice that there’s a new Hollywood blockbuster hitting our cinema screens right now going by the name of La La Land.

This nostalgic Hollywood musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone is one of the most colourful displays of filmography to hit our screens for some time, so naturally the team at colour me beautiful were keen to get front row seats to see it as soon as it opened last week!

After all the hype (and a record-breaking seven Golden Globes) would it live up to our expectations? The answer is simply, YES! The story is beautiful, the music is wonderful and the costumes are colourful! It is the ultimate in uplifting escapism and the amount which the colourful costumes contribute to its feel-good factor should not be underestimated.

From the opening scene where four aspiring actresses shimmy and sing, each dressed in a different brightly-coloured dress, through to our heroine carrying her bright blue heels around in her oversized red tote bag, colour is everywhere! The result? You watch the film and you feel fabulous!

It is no secret that colour has a powerful effect on our senses and on our mood. In a recent article The Telegraph reported that the costume designer for La La Land, Mary Zophres, intentionally utilised the power of the colour yellow (as seen on Emma Stone on promotional posters for the film) to make viewers feel great about her character. After all, yellow is an optimistic colour, reminding us of sunshine; so its sure to put a smile on our faces when we see it and trigger positive associations.

As the film goes on we see Mia (Emma Stone) in an array of bold hues; emerald green for a romantic date with the dashing Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), primrose yellow for a show biz pool party, Chinese blue for a night out with her girlfriends. When she’s not wearing a brightly coloured dress she is carrying a true red tote bag everywhere she goes, injecting energy and vibrancy to the screen.

In a month most commonly associated with grey (mainly the colour of the sky here in the UK!), seeing a kaleidoscope of colour exploding onto our cinema screens in a most welcome sight. It’s also a great reminder that wearing colour, in particular colours which really do make you look and feel fabulous, can have the most uplifting and energising effect!

We’re packing our bags with our most vibrantly coloured clothing and planning a move to La La Land – care to join us?

Discover your show-stopping colours with a colour me beautiful colour consultation. Read more about it here and find your local colour me beautiful consultant here.

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Hands up if you’d like a wardrobe like this! Image via Who What Wear

We’re almost two weeks into 2017 and along with the influx of ‘SALE’ and ‘MONEY OFF’ emails, we’re also seeing lots of ‘NOTHING NEW’ messages; people who are shying away from the shops and instead vowing to buy no new clothes, some for up to a year (take a look at one of our favourite sites The Women’s Room for their recent post on this here.)

You may have heard the statistic that most of us wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time; we get into the habit of reaching for the same items time and again, leaving clothes lurking at the back of the wardrobe (some with their labels still on), never to see the light of day.

Whether you have a wardrobe bursting at the hinges with purchases or a modest collection of clothes, it is likely that there will be items in there that you may not have worn for several months, or perhaps even forgotten about. January is a great time to take stock of many things, your wardrobe included, so this month we’re encouraging you to shun the sales and instead go through your existing clothes, weeding out anything you don’t wear and perhaps discover some new outfits that you may not have come across before!

Here are our top tips to help you perform a successful wardrobe weed…

  1. Is the item in your colour palette? If not, can you wear it with something that is to ensure it flatters your natural colour characteristics? If the answer to both of these questions is no, then we’d suggest you remove it from your wardrobe.
  2. Does the style of item fit you well? Does it flatter your body shape and proportions? If you don’t feel comfortable in something then it’s unlikely you’re going to wear it, so it’s best to get rid of it.
  3. Has it worn well? Is it bobbled? Does is have holes or pulls in it? Sometimes we hold onto clothing for longer than we should do because we love them so much. However, wearing clothes that have seen better days can make you appear scruffy, it may be time to keep this item for days when you’re relaxing at home!
  4. How do you feel in the item of clothing? Feeling comfortable in your clothes is so important – if you feel uncomfortable or self-conscious then you won’t be able to relax and feel your best. If there is anything in your wardrobe that you really don’t like wearing it definitely needs to go!
  5. When did you last wear it? If it’s more than six months ago, then it’s unlikely you’re going to wear it again (unless it’s a seasonal piece of course). The exception to this would be classic items like skirts or trousers in a neutral colour, in which case give yourself another three months to get back into wearing them, if you’re still not reaching for them after this time then time to pop them on eBay or send to the charity shop.

Once you’ve completed this process you should have an edited wardrobe which only contains clothing which fits, flatters and makes you look and feel great!

Now it’s time to look at your clothes with a fresh pair of eyes. Experiment with different combinations of clothing, try accessorising with belts, statement necklaces and scarves. Have fun with your clothes and enjoy discovering new outfits without leaving the house (or spending any money!)

Need some style advice or would you like to book a wardrobe weeding session with one of our expert colour me beautiful personal stylists? Take a look at our directory here to find someone local to you.

If you are hitting the shops this January you may find this post useful, containing our top tips for shopping the sales!

Take a look at some of the dreamy wardrobes like the one in the image above over at Who What Wear here.

Image via pantone.com

Image via pantone.com

Every year Pantone select a shade that they feel represents what is happening in our global culture and therefore serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude. For 2017 that shade is Greenery;

“A refreshing and revitalising shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.”

Most shades of green are associated with nature and Pantone’s ‘Greenery’, which is very similar to Apple Green in our colour me beautiful swatches, is a zesty, yellow green tone, making it perfect for those of you who fall into our Light dominant colour category and who have a Warm undertone!

The way you wear this shade will vary depending on your dominant colour category, here are a few tips from us on how to wear this stunning shade!

Deep and contrasting

If you fall into the Deep or Clear dominant colour category you ideally want to pair Greenery with a contrasting shade. Neutrals like Charcoal and Black Brown will work well. You could also pair Greenery with Damson for a rich, contrasting combination or Lapis to provide a striking pop of colour.

Light and delicate 

Those of you who fall into the Light dominant colour category will want to add a shade of a similar, or slightly lighter depth to Greenery, to complement your colouring. Try wearing it with subtle colours like Soft White, Shell or even Powder Blue, which will give a lovely, fresh feel to your look as we move into Spring.

Go green!

If you fall into the Warm dominant colour category you may wish to wear Greenery all on its own, or with some simple gold jewellery; either way, it will certainly complement your warm colour characteristics. Those who are Dramatic and Warm may want to try some more unusual colour combinations, perhaps a pop of Pumpkin or Primrose to really spice things up!

Check out our Pinterest board for some more Greenery inspiration.

Not sure if Greenery is in your palette? Contact your local colour me beautiful consultant to find out!

Image via: www.likealady.net

Image via: www.likealady.net

Today’s blog post is celebrating National Christmas Jumper day, which is taking place up and down the UK  to raise money for Save The Children.

In recent years the Christmas jumper has taken on an almost cult-like status with the choice ranging from classic and understated festive patterns, all the way through to flashing reindeer noses!

With that in mind, we thought we’d take you through some different outfit options to help you decide which look you’ll be going for on the big day, just in case crazy Christmas jumpers aren’t your style!

Shimmer & Sparkle

There is no better time of year to shine than at Christmas so go for it with luxe fabrics like velvet and silk or try sequins and shimmery fabrics to glam up your daytime look. A sequinned skirt worn with a cosy knit is a great smart/casual look for Christmas day, alternatively you could go for some subtle embellishment on your shoulders or neckline for a more understated look.

Comfy & Cosy

If you’re feeling truly lazy and indulgent this Christmas (and why not we say!), then the idea of relaxing in some luxurious loungewear might be very appealing! Places like The White Company do fabulous loungewear ranges in the most sumptuous of fabrics (see our recent post on cashmere for more!)

Funky & Fun

Christmas is a great time to have some fun with your everyday look. Let’s face it, it’s the only time of year when it’s acceptable to walk around with deely boppers on your head all day! Embrace the Christmas jumper trend and go for something fun. Next do a great range of Christmas jumpers for the whole family, so you can all co-ordinate for those Christmas Day pictures!

Pretty & Polished

Use the festivities of Christmas Day as an excuse to get dressed to the nines! Pop on that party dress in a fabulous colour, dig out your fanciest pair of shoes and shine bright like the North Star! With so many of us opting for casual, less-is-more looks these days its nice to take the opportunity to dress up every once in a while (and those Christmas PJs will still be waiting for you to snuggle into when the day is done!)

Need more inspiration for Christmas Day looks? Check out our Pinterest board here.

Psssst! Still not got your Christmas shopping sorted? Check out our range of luxury stocking fillers here, or shop our gift experiences here. You still have time to get your loved one something truly special this Christmas!