Category Colour

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.

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.

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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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.

Image source: The August Diaries

Image source: The August Diaries

As fashion month gets into full swing around the world and Summer draws to an end, many of us will be thinking about our Autumn/Winter wardrobes.

The start of a new season is the perfect time to take a step back and review your own personal style. We can all get stuck in a rut, or style of dressing that almost becomes like a ‘uniform’ which we end up wearing day in, day out. However, with a few simple steps you can transform your personal style to leave you looking and feeling refreshed for the months ahead!

  1. Keep it current

Not all of us are slaves to fashion, however it is important that you keep your look current. Glossy magazines and online sites are packed with image inspiration for the coming season and top tips on what is going to be ‘on trend’. Focus on the trends that appeal to you and then decide how you are going to incorporate them into your look in a way that is still ‘you’.

2. Shoe business

Your footwear can make or break your outfit. Throw away those battered boots and invest in a new pair, in one of your neutral shades, to see you through Autumn/Winter. If you can afford to invest a little more they will last you several seasons before they need replacing.

3. Good foundations

Ideally you should be measured and fitted for a new bra around every six months. If you’re overdue then head to the fitting room before you buy a single new item for Autumn! Good foundations are key to ensure comfort and smooth lines on your clothes.

4. Keep it colourful

There are some gorgeous shades around for the coming season so take this opportunity to try some new colours! Even after a colour consultation it can be easy to gravitate towards the same few colours as time goes on so take this opportunity to take another look at your colour swatches and add some new shades into the mix!

5. Buy what you love

Don’t buy anything that is just ‘fine’, you (and your wardrobe) deserve more than that! If you put something on that you feel truly fabulous in, then go ahead and purchase it. When you wear something you feel amazing in you will exude confidence and this will guarantee you look amazing too!

Here’s to a fabulously stylish Autumn/Winter!

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For help with defining your personal style, get in touch with a colour me beautiful consultant today. Click here to find your local personal stylist.

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.

bittersweet colours, colorful coats, culottes, Joe fresh, JUMPSUIT, mules, Spring trends, street style, yellow, yellow coat, floral prints, ...: “Colours this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute.

Interestingly, for Spring/Summer 2016 there are truly no perceivable distinctions in colour choices between the men’s and women’s collections. Many of the colours transport the wearer to more tranquil and calmer environs which encourage relaxation. Examples include pastels of pink, peach, rose brown and blue.

However, in contrast there are also colours that are inspired by artists such as Matisse and Picasso – two being yellow and red. Both vibrant colours that can bring a feeling of fun, optimism and passion to our lives.

We have all just survived the all-encompassing red and pink Valentine’s Day marketing. With Easter approaching now, we are surrounded by all things yellow e.g. yellow chicks, yellow eggs and, of course, the beautiful Spring flowers like daffodils and the more pastel coloured primroses. And don’t they look a picture! I don’t know about you but as soon as the daffodils start to flower I feel more positive and look forward to the lighter evenings approaching.

Enough of the chat about flowers, this is a fashion blog! So let’s talk about wearing ‘not so mellow yellow’ and this is quite another thing.

At colour me beautiful we are experts in all things colour and have advised millions of women and men over the years about the colours that suit them best. One of these colours will be yellow.

The decision as to whether you can wear yellow or not is based around the colour of your skin tone. Are you a warm or cool skin tone? It is essential to know this because to create harmony and balance the colours you wear need to complement your skin tone as well as your hair and eye colour.

Yellow is a warm colour so looks best on people with warm skin tones. As we know when you wear a colour on your top half it reflects on your face and with yellow if you haven’t got a warm skin tone it can make you look less than your best. So if you have a cool skin tone (ie. it is pinker in tone) my advice is avoid yellow at all costs.

If on the other hand you do have a warm skin tone then then this cheery hue is shining on every trend this season, from cropped pants and sheer dresses to bathrobe-style coats and billowy skirts, all designed to put you in the spotlight.

If you have a cool skintone or can’t bring yourself to wear it head to toe, then choose some ‘sunshine’ accessories like Nike’s retro sneakers.

So wear it well, sunshine! Sunglasses not included, but recommended.

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

For more inspiration please see our Pinterest board https://uk.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/sunny-side-up/

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Ha ha! But only buy it if it's right for you!: Who can resist the lure of the sales? With everything you never needed at eye-wateringly low prices, it can be difficult not to splurge on unnecessary items.

Come on hands up – how many of you have got items in your wardrobe with the ‘sale’ tag still on?

Despite the sales starting just before Christmas there are still some greatly reduced items to be had in January.

Here are some tips on how to avoid breaking the bank on those ‘bargains’ and most important of all how to have fun while you’re doing it.

What to expect

When you hit the shops there will be lots of items in the sales from this season’s hottest colours. But it’s worth taking a minute to consider if you will want to wear ‘volcanic orange for example or a red sequinned jacket next year when everyone else has moved on to another colour that is more fashionable. If you are going to invest make sure it is one of your best colours. If you don’t know which colours those are, then instead of rash spending invest in a colour analysis. For around £115 it’s one of the best investments you can make.

Make a list

Before setting off, make a shopping list of everything you wish to purchase and set yourself a budget.

There is no point in buying something that is heavily reduced if you don’t really need it. Don’t be swayed by any amount of saving. If you will never use it or wear it, what’s the point? Try to make sure you only purchase items that are on your shopping list as you know they will be put to good use – be strong!

Getting started

Go out on a day when you are feeling positive and energised – we all know this varies. Any purchase made to cheer you up will undoubtedly be a mistake.

Shopping is tiring so:

  • Wear comfortable and easy to remove footwear
  • If you are shopping for a dress, take some higher shoes and tights with you. Don’t try and imagine how it would look with your pop socks on.
  • Be sure to apply some make-up so you look your best
  • Wear a good bra and decent underwear. You want to look respectable if you are stripping off
  • Keep a watchful eye on your handbag – thieves love crowded shops and distracted ladies
  • Take a few coffee breaks and of course have a delicious lunch – don’t forget the diet starts tomorrow

Know your rights

Before you make a purchase be sure you know the store’s refund and exchange policy during the sale period. This will differ for each company, so to avoid misunderstanding always ask or read the signs that are usually displayed at the till point.

Enjoy!

Most importantly, have great fun at the sales – it can be a great day out. And remember those words of wisdom from Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City: “I like my money right where I can see it – hanging in my closet!

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

Why not ensure you make the right decisions when shopping the sales and start the New Year by treating yourself to a consultation with one of our consultants http://www.colourmebeautiful.co.uk/consultant/search/

Afterwards you will know exactly what suits you and make wise decisions when shopping in the sales.

Check out our Pinterest board for some more inspiration https://uk.pinterest.com/colourmebeautuk/how-to-shop-the-sales/