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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.


 

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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.

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!

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.

img_1850For this week’s blog post one of our recently trained consultants, Sarah Sallows (pictured) from Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, shares her colour me beautiful story.

Sarah says…

“I trained with colour me beautiful as I got to a stage in my life where I felt like I needed to do something for me. My eldest daughter left for university, my youngest had a full time job and my husband has his own very successful business. Basically the long and short of it was… I was bored. I needed something new, something exciting, something to give me a new lease of life. 

A couple of years ago I was given a present by my husband to see a colour consultant. I thoroughly enjoyed it and noticed how quickly people would compliment me on my style and how I looked. I never thought I would have the confidence to be a colour consultant or to even travel to London to do the course alone, but after a couple of years toying with the idea… I thought if they can, then why can’t I? 

The training for colour me beautiful was an intense week in London. It is amazing how much you can fit in a small amount of time! The course covered all types of colour theories to practical application and using each other and brave volunteers as models. What I found most helpful was the marketing and business element of the course. I loved meeting new people with all different backgrounds and coming together to work as a team.

One of the things I love about being a Colour Consultant is I get to work from home and the hours I choose! I am very flexible with my working hours and I am happy to work the hours that suit my clients.

To date I have had a mixture of clients ranging from all ages. I see clients individually but also have had clients who wanted to have a consultation as a group. I absolutely love the mother and daughter consultations!

Whilst I love the colour consultations, colour me beautiful inspired my passion for make-up. I now offer make-up packages alongside my colour consultations to ensure they are wearing the correct colours to suit their skin tone. 

Personally I love one to ones with my clients. I feel they open up more to you and you are able to provide the service specific to them. I feel it is a personal experience and everyone is different. I love making them feel better about themselves.

If you are considering training for a career as a personal stylist I would say GO FOR IT. I wish I had done it years ago. The satisfaction knowing you have helped, inspired and supported someone to make them feel better about themselves is the best job in the world.”

Sarah Sallows, www.colours4yousussex.co.uk

If you’re interested in training to become an image consultant with colour me beautiful take a look at our training academy here.

If you thought that Festival dressing was all about wellieFestival Chic 2s and waterproofs, think again. A girl (or boy) has to consider at great length what she (he) is going to wear to this  year’s festivals. It isn’t just about bunging a few things in a rucksack and off you go any more. There is a ‘chic’ side to looking festival fabulous.

I love festival dressing – you  can get away from your everyday wardrobe and be someone else for a weekend. Before now, I have been spotted at one, in a turquoise tutu and walking boots – not quite  the wardrobe for a personal stylist!

Whether you are choosing to go to Reading, Hop Farm, 3 wishes Faery festival, Bestival, Latitude or WOMAD, it’s time to party, grab your backpack your tent and get  some style inspiration. Visit https://www.festicket.com/magazine/top-20-music-festivals-in-the-uk/ and take your pick.

Tribal

Ethnic print trousers are practical and stylish. Keep the tops plain and you will be able to mix and match all weekend. Team with a cross-body embroidered bag to hold all your valuables.

The shorts

Denim cut-offs have always been a festival staple. Wear with gladiator sandals and a shirt if sunny, or coloured wellies and a waterproof, when the inevitable happens.

The all in one

These are everywhere in the shops in floral and geometric designs. They are so comfortable, especially when you are jumping around in a field all day to music. My only reservation on this one is the challenges when venturing to the portaloos!

The maxi

Be ready for any weather in a stunning print maxi. Great with comfy flat sandals and a denim cover up to rock the look.

The cover up

A necessary item to pack for after dark. The choice is yours, parka, mesh top, or padded jacket. Or you can really up your look with a beautiful  kimono-style long wrap.

The accessories

It goes without saying that we will pack our hat, sunnies and of course our wellies. Though if you don’t want to carry wellies I’ve got the best news for you yet. Check out these great cover-ups http://www.feetz.co.uk/ . They even have non-slip soles if you are having to wade through inches of mud!

If you are wondering which festival I will be going to this summer it’s WOMAD. What a fabulous family oriented festival it is! See you there.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

Further festival inspiration can be found here: https://uk.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/festival-chic/

Image courtesy of Pinterest.

plus side“I never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I am very proud of that.” Adele.

Well said Adele, I am sure there are lots of us that agree with you.

Research shows that the average size for a British woman is a curvy 16 and nearly half of UK women are a dress size 16 or above.

So why are we still bombarded by the media with waif-like models and celebrities? More than one popular magazine each week can be criticizing celebrities because they have put on as many as 8 lbs!

The real thing that concerns me about this is the effect it has on our teenage daughters. Isn’t it more important to be happy, have body confidence, think of a successful future than being body conscious at that age and dieting?

Though things are changing slowly, on my recent visit to the Fashion Show at Bristol Fashion week we had two models that were size 16 out of the 10 on the catwalk. Also Debenhams are using size 16 mannequins to merchandise their clothes.

My style advice for those of you who on the plus side is to find out what your body shape is. A lot of High Street retailers assume that if you are a size 16 and over, your body shape must be ‘oval/round’. The danger with being sucked into this is that you will wear baggy clothes that will make you look bigger especially if your body shape is a full hourglass or rectangle.

Many of my clients have been eternally grateful to me for letting them know their correct body shape and what style clothes they should therefore wear enabling them to look their slimmest.

My friend Jenny (who is a plus size lady), has a fabulous full hourglass figure. She always follows her rules of wearing shaped clothes and looks amazing as she travels around the country to attend meetings for the UK’s largest training provider. Jenny is a lover of comfort too and teams her black trousers with outstanding jackets and tops in her best colours.

I think Jenny would agree with Dawn French’s quote:

“If I had been around when Rubens was painting, I would have been revered as a fabulous model. Kate Moss? Well, she would have been the paintbrush!”

Take these words to heart the next time you get frustrated with current concepts about what makes a beautiful body. What Dawn French is saying, is that concepts of beauty are entirely subjective and change over time. In the 16th century, when Peter Rubens was a painter, unnaturally thin women were considered both unhealthy and unattractive. So, what matters is that you are accepting of yourself and see yourself as beautiful.

On a final note, my last quote for this article:

“If nature had intended for our skeletons to be visible it would have put them on the outside of our bodies.” Elmer Rice, American Playwright.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist

For more inspiration view on Pinterest board https://uk.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/on-the-plus-side/

Why not find out about the best styles and colours to suit you by contacting one of our consultants for a full make-over? Click here www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultant/search/ and just pop in your postcode to find out who is nearest you and send them an email. We are a friendly and knowledgeable team!

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material girlI visited a Vintage Fayre this weekend. What fun! Everything from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s for sale – clothes for ladies and gentlemen, fabulous fashion accessories and even the odd retro kitchen appliance. You could even book a make-up and hair make-over in the style of your favourite decade. Whatever the decade you started to be interested in fashion and clothes, it was a real trip from memory lane.

It was a joyful experience in terms of the variety of colours and styles of clothes but also the fabrics which have changed over the years with the introduction of lycra for instance.  There were lots of cotton, silks, satins, lace and horror of horrors – crimplene! Does anyone remember it? It was one of the first synthetic, crease resistant fabrics we wore back then and it felt awful.

We often consider colours and styles when choosing our clothes, but how often do we really think about the fabric? As a personal stylist, one of the key things I am aware of is that fabric can make or break your outfit – not many of my clients are aware of this, so I am always pleased to offer my expert advice at a consultation or personal shopping trip.

The general rule is the straighter your body shape, the crisper the fabric should be. If you are curvy, the best fabrics for you are those which have some fluidity, lighter in weight and draping attributes. Another underlying rule is that smaller people suit less textured fabrics, whilst plus size and taller people will suit fabrics with more texture. Your scale, therefore, will determine the weight and texture of your clothes as well as your body shape.

If you are petite in scale
Select fabrics which have minimum texture, such as fine knits, needlecord and lightweight tweeds as these won’t swamp you. Chiffons, silk georgette, and taffetas are good too, although you have to think about your bodyline as well. For example, chiffons are very fluid, whilst taffetas are crisper and would therefore only suit women with straighter body shapes.

If you are grander in scale
You can wear more texture. Fringing and embellishment are for you this season. Beware of layering two lots of heavier texture at once as this will add the pounds. Also, if you have a full hour glass body shape then keep your textures fine so they hug those curves.

Consider your cloth.

Chiffon
A delicate fabric that is a favourite among the romantics and good for softening a classic look. As chiffon is very fine, the dainty blouses are generally best for the small to average scale figures. A stylish dress or blouse in this fabric will add femininity.

Cotton
Cotton is a timeless staple that appears in many guises. There were many floral and polka dot, nipped in at the waist, 40s style dresses at the Vintage Fayre. In 2016, as in other years, the cotton t-shirt is a perennial that’s great for layering in summer months. It’s always worth investing in quality cotton T’s as they last longer and keep their shape. Shirts are wardrobe constants too, again, invest in good quality pieces with added polyester to help them stand the test of everyday wear. Make sure it fits properly though; there’s nothing worse than a gaping shirt!

Knits
Wool is a great staple fabric because it is so durable, doesn’t crease, and of course it keeps us warm in winter. With the weather in the UK, we tend to wear knits in one form or another most of the year. The High Street is offering both chunky and fine cotton knits this season, so be sure to select the right volume for your body shape.

Lace
The variety of lacy looks this season will attract dramatics, classics and romantics, depending on how you wear it. With the right accessories you can create the vintage look, neat or demure or pretty and girlish. Lace requires very little accessories as it is decorative enough as it is.

Satin
If you’re a bit of a city chic or a romantic you’ll love the satin blouses in smart, neat styles. Throughout the months they will brighten up a simple outfit by reflecting more light and giving your face a little lift.

As well as witnessing it at the Vintage Fayre, the look on the High Street shows that we can wear some of the most unlikely fabrics together, even in one garment, such as leather with satin or cotton with chiffon. However much you mix it, is up to you, but be sure you know the best fabrics for your shape and how to wear them.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

To find out about the best fabrics for you, why not contact one of our consultants for a style consultation? Click here www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultant/search/ and just pop in your postcode to find out who is nearest you and send them an email. We are a friendly and knowledgeable team!

For further inspiration please see our Pinterest board https://uk.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/material-girl/

Image courtesy of Pinterest.

rebel rebelDavid Bowie was Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, The Thin White Duke, A dapper gentleman and a style icon throughout his career. He was unarguably fashion’s king of self-invention.  As well as being a musical genius, he was the ultimate rule breaker continually re-inventing, innovating and challenging our pre-conceptions of fashion.

Bowie changed his style more dramatically than any other musician in history. His transformations brought about seismic cultural shifts, changing the definition of what it meant to be a popular rock star. For Bowie clothes were a way of projecting self-expression, a powerful tool in communicating individuality at its most extreme, glittering and creative.

I was privileged to witness this not only throughout my life but at the Bowie Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2015. It was inspirational to say the least!

We may not want to be as extreme as David Bowie in our approach to fashion, but do you ever feel you favour the same old way of dressing and get a little bored with how you look? So let’s rip up that rule book – ready, set, reverse!

1. Break the rule – no showing off

Embellishment is big this season and it’s such a shame to keep it for best. Re-spin your going out wardrobe to day-time by dressing down with flats or trainers and yes definitely wear sequins in the day.

2. Break the rule – hemlines must match

There was a time we were told coat lengths had to cover skirts. The High Street has been playing around with proportions for seasons, so wear cropped or knee length trousers with a ¾ length coat.

3. Break the rule – don’t clash warm and cool shades

Thought red and green should never be seen – think again. Gold and silver, hot pink and lime green, orange and blue, mustard and grey make a wonderful colour palette – stretch those pre-conceptions and get noticed!

4. Break the rule – gloss first

Turn any lipstick into an easy to wear shade. Instead of applying your lippie then a gloss, coat your pout in gloss first then pat the lipstick on top to give a subtle ‘kiss’ of colour, rather than a pigmented pop.

5. Break the rule – switch up your scarf

Is there anything more versatile than a scarf? As well as adorning our necklines, work around your waist which will result in the new ‘It’ belt. Whether sitting on top of a miniskirt or in a contrasting print to your dress, nothing could be easier to upgrade your outfit.

6. Break the rule – don’t mix patterns

Florals for Spring/Summer may not be ground breaking but they are if you wear them with check prints. As two of the boldest patterns around, they make the ultimate style statement worn together. The secret when mixing patterns though is make sure you keep to the same colour ways. Think tartan midi skirt with bloom blouse.

7. Break the rule – you can’t stay in your PJs all day!

Ever wished you could stay in your PJs all day? Well, now you can. From silky separates to slouchy two-pieces, the cool girls are rocking pyjamas as an every-day outfit. And finally…

8. Break the rule – don’t dress like a tom boy

The one fashion trick you need to master is the masculine and feminine fusion. A zip-up tomboy bomber and borrowed-from-the boy’s brogues gives a pretty full skirt an unexpected edge.

So, now you’re ready to rock and be a leader not a follower and pay homage – then remember my advice and the lyrics from David Bowie’s single Fashion

Fashion! Turn to the left
Fashion! Turn to the right
Oooh, fashion!

David – we salute you!

 

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist

For more inspiration view on Pinterest board https://uk.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/rebel-rebel/

To find out about the best style and fashion trends for you, which will ensure you buy exactly the right clothes, contact one of our consultants for a full make-over. Click here www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultant/search/ and just pop in your postcode to find out who is nearest you and send them an email. We are a friendly and knowledgeable team!

Image courtesy of Pinterest.

buckleupAfter a bit of a style dry spell on the belt front, the humble accessory is back with a bang. So, step forward with a pirate-inspired ‘swashbuckling’ belt – think, Captain Jack Sparrow – Pirates of the Caribbean.

But before you buckle up, let’s explore the ups and downs of wearing belts.

A great belt can make or break an outfit. It can add a stylish touch to any outfit, so be sure to invest in at least one for your accessories collection. Accentuate your shape and create a feminine silhouette with a waist-pinching belt, or add an extra splash of colour to your jeans with a skinny belt in bright, pop colours. From classic plaited to chunky with metal letter detailing, you’ll be sure to make a style statement.

Some belts are made to be seen like this season’s offerings with cut-outs, metallic finishes, studded or stretch to cinch-in that lovely waist. At first glance a belt can look quite casual but added to a posh frock or smart trousers – celeb style, lifts them from a regular accessory to a mega-glamorous update.

Alexander Wang showed us how to wear a grommeted belt in the pre-Autumn 2016 collection – around the waist of a classic trench, re-purposed it on a tailored grey jacket and used the grommet design for crisscrossing straps on an evening gown. The secret to not looking like you’re having a mid-life crisis when wearing one is keep the rest of your ensemble classic and pared-back.

So what are the styling rules?

The size of your belt needs to match your scale (based on the size of your bones), if you’re petite you need to wear narrower belts or the belt will wear you, if you’re average scale (around a size 4 – 6 in a shoe) you need a belt of about 1.5 inches wide, if your shoe size is 7 and above you can really go for it and wear a 2.5 inch wide belt. Keep the buckle size in keeping with your scale too.

So all this is great if you have a waist to show off, but what if you don’t? My expert advice is don’t bring attention to a part of your body that maybe your biggest challenge. Keep away from belts and invest in another gorgeous accessory that will draw the eye to your best assets, like a great pair of shoes if you have superb legs or a fabulous necklace if you have a great bust.

Belts are one of the best and cost effective ways to update your look this season, so if you have a great waist – you’re in! Otherwise just use one to hitch up your trusty old denims.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

For further inspiration, see our https://uk.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/buckle-up/

Image courtesy of Pinterest.