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!

 

 

services-for-womenWe may be a little biased, but having your colours analysed is truly a transformational experience and if you’re struggling to think of a special gift for your partner, friend or relative this Christmas then a colour me beautiful colour consultation is really something special!

Here are a few reasons why…

1. Wearing colours that suit you (i.e that work in harmony with your skin tone, eye and hair colour) will make your skin glow and your eyes sparkle! It can also make you appear more youthful.

2. Think you’ll be told not to wear black when you come for a colour consultation? Think again! It’s not just about wearing the ‘right’ colours, its also about knowing how to wear your colours; which fabrics, textures and jewellery work best, what other shades to combine them with and where to wear your darker and lighter shades (i.e. above or below the waist)

3. A colour consultation also includes a natural, daytime make-up application in your best shades – so your loved one will enjoy a lovely pamper as well as leaving their consultation looking and feeling fabulous!

4. The lucky recipient will also get a 42 colour swatch wallet to use as a guide when they’re out and about shopping as well as some handy tips from their colour me beautiful consultant, to remind them of their best shades and how to wear them.

5. Colour consultations can be done in pairs as well as alone! So if you fancy indulging a little too then book a joint consultation with your local consultant and make a day of it!

6. A colour consultation will save you time (and money!) No more trudging around the shops wondering where to look, making panic purchases and then never wearing them. Once you’ve had your colours analysed you’ll know exactly which shades are in your palette, making it so much easier to put outfits together and create a capsule wardrobe that gets maximum wear.

Find your local colour me beautiful consultant here.

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lipsHere at colour me beautiful we LOVE getting dressed to the nines and heading out on the town during the festive season. A bit of sparkle, a fabulous pair of shoes and a killer dress all make for the perfect party look.

All too often we’ll spend hours, or even days, searching for the perfect outfit for that special festive event, only to leave our beauty look to the last minute. This party season make sure you plan ahead to ensure your pout is perfectly polished too.

A statement lip is the look to be seen in this Winter (those of you who watch The Great British Bake Off will have seen this year’s winner certainly loved a bold lip!), so here are our top tips on which shades to choose and how to make your lips last!

Shades of Red
A bright red is an iconic Hollywood look for a reason; it’s glamorous, sensuous and feminine. Keep the rest of your make-up pared back if you’re going for a strong lip shade; neutral eyes, a little blush and then allow your lip colour to give the real WOW factor! We love Red Carpet, from the colour me beautiful make-up range for a show-stopping look.

Long Lasting Lips

Keeping your lip colour in place all evening can be a challenge for some, but with the right application techniques and products, it needn’t be…

  1. Gently exfoliate your lips using a specially formulated lip scrub.
  2. Apply a non-greasy lip balm to soothe and moisturise your lips.
  3. Apply colour me beautiful lip base to prime your lips, help your lipstick stay in place and reduce feathering.
  4. Select a colour me beautiful lip pencil in your ideal shade, line and fill your lips in.
  5. Finally apply your favourite colour me beautiful lipstick and voila!

If you’re unsure which lipstick shade to go for, get in touch with your local colour me beautiful consultant by clicking here for some advice!

Palm Leaf Pink Cashmere Sweater|Chinti and Parker

Palm Leaf Pink Cashmere Sweater|Chinti and Parker

When you come for a style consultation with a colour me beautiful personal stylist you will be told which fabrics and textures will work best for you; your body shape, your lifestyle and your budget.

The ultimate luxury fabric for Winter has to be cashmere, once you pull on a cashmere jumper you will never want to take it off! As well as feeling amazing, cashmere is also extremely practical; offering warmth in the Winter and keeping you cool during warmer months. It rarely pulls and doesn’t wrinkle, so although it is often hand-wash only, which for some is less than ideal, it does travel and wear very well.

Whilst it would be impractical (and expensive!) to own a wardrobe full of cashmere, it is certainly worth investing in an item of cashmere clothing this season if you can. You may pay a little more, but if you take care of it, it will last you for many seasons!

There are some amazing cashmere pieces to suit all styles this season, here are a few of our favourites…

Chinti & Parker

For colourful combinations and statement prints, Chinti & Parker has it covered! We love the fun their pieces add to a casual wardrobe!

Wrap London

A sumptuous collection of relaxed cashmere pieces in muted colours; Natural and Classic style personalities, and those who fall into the Soft colour category will be spoilt for choice!

Brora

Scottish brand Brora offers a range of simple, classic cashmere pieces for men, women and children, as well as fabulous fair isle hats and berets, scarves and gloves (perfect gifts for Christmas!)

Wyse London

With a wide choice of colours, there is something to fit every palette at Wyse London and if you have a dramatic style personality their bold patterns are sure to appeal. Bright colours, fun prints and unique designs you just won’t be able to resist!

Pure Collection

We love the range of colours and styles available from Pure Collection, and what’s more they have a machine washable collection of signature pieces too!

For some more cashmere inspiration, check out our Pinterest board here.

Need some advice on how to style your cashmere pieces this Winter? Contact your local colour me beautiful personal stylist here.

3daddf5d2731e024b212912f45545239One of the things we love most about the colder months here at colour me beautiful is that it gives us lots of opportunities to accessorise! Specifically by adding a colourful scarf to our outfit.

Scarves are a fantastic way of completing your look and can elevate a simple top and trouser combination to something supremely chic and effortless. Scarves are also the perfect way to inject some colour right next to your face, where it’ll have the most impact!

There are several scarf style options to choose from at this time of year; here’s a round up of some of our favourites

Skinny Statement

Those who keep an eye on current trends will know that skinny scarves, worn looped once around the neck then allowed to fall simply either side, are the look of the moment! Dramatics, Creatives and Romantics may all want to give this a try. It’s a fabulous look if you have a beautiful long neck and works particularly well when worn with v-neck tops and blouses.

Blanket Cover

Large blanket scarves in medium-weight materials have been around for several seasons now. They’re extremely versatile with a variety of ways in which they can be worn, meaning you can achieve lots of different looks with just one scarf. Many come in geometric and check designs with a variety of colours in and, because of their medium-weight material, they can often be left on even when you’ve taken your coat off (perfect if you work in a chilly office!)

Chic Handkerchief

A  simple silk neck handkerchief, tied closely to the neck, is a timeless look. Keep the rest of your outfit simple and go for a floral or paisley print with a myriad of colours in to lift your outfit.

Snuggly Snood

Those of you who have a Natural style personality will want a scarf that is functional as well as looking good, so a chunky snood (a continuous loop of fabric that you simply wrap loosely around your neck once or twice) is a great choice. If you’re petite in scale make sure you don’t go overboard as you may appear to be swamped if your snood is too big! If your Winter coat is in one of the neutral colours from your palette then have fun by adding a snood in one of your accent colours to brighten up those cold, grey days.

THE GOLDEN RULE!

Whichever scarf style you opt for this Autumn/Winter remember; it is vital that you choose one in one of your colours! Colour worn next to our face has the biggest impact, so its important to get it right!

If you’re not sure what your colour palette is get in touch with your local colour me beautiful personal stylist here to book a colour consultation!

For some more scarf style inspiration take a look at our Pinterest board here.