Makeup As We Age

by Jorunn Hernes (Norway) (Series – Part 2 of 5) As we grow older, our colours fade. Our hair turns grey, and the colour of our eyes fades a little. We don’t shed the outer layer of skin cells like we did when we were young, which results in a duller surface. The skin loses

Three Shopping Strategies You NEED Before You Spend Another Dime

by Rachel Nachmias (Pennsylvania) One of my gorgeous clients recently confessed something to me: she hates to shop! The truth is, many women feel this way – they want to look good, but just can’t get out of the mall fast enough. Unfortunately, this often results in walking out the door with something you don’t

Dressing My Changing Size and Shape

by Cate Linden (Kentucky) After gaining a significant amount of weight in the past 8 months – easily the most dramatic weight shift I’ve undergone aside from pregnancy – I was forced back to the drawing board with my closet. Practically speaking, I outgrew a tremendous number of things at once, including all of my

Christmas: The 12 Seasons in Your Home

by Elegance Colour Consulting (British Columbia, Canada) Expressing Your Season At Christmas… DARK WINTER Christmas Red Dark Winter is Winter influenced by Autumn. Bringing a dash of Autumn into Winter produces a palette that’s slightly warmed and slightly softened relative to the other Winters.  Since both Winter and Autumn colors are comparatively dark, depth of color is the most

How I Built a Kickass Wardrobe at Thrift Stores

by Cate Linden (Kentucky) I rarely buy my clothing new anymore, and I’ve never been so excited by my closet. Switching to thrift stores wasn’t a momentous or even a very conscious decision for me; I was just finding so much amazing stuff that I lost the motivation to look elsewhere. A couple of weeks

3 Reasons to Wear Lipstick

by Jorunn Hernes (Norway) Let me be crystal clear. You don’t have to wear lipstick. It is perfectly possible to live a rich and fulfilling life without it. However, lipstick is one of the most powerfully feminine icons of our culture. It is difficult to be a grown woman and not have a relationship with lipstick, whether you are

Where Are You Going?

by Cate Linden (Kentucky) When I meet someone for the first time, they already know who I am. I used to feel surprised when someone read me accurately upon a first meeting, but I shouldn’t have. My outfit was speaking for me, communicating my confidence in my choices, my sensitive nature, my fizzing intellect. It

The Right Polish for Autumn Skin

by Christine Scaman (Prince Edward Island, Canada) In the autumn time of year in the Northern hemisphere or the late afternoon of any given day, light from the sun travels a long distance at a low angle. Colours are imbued with particular qualities as a result, appearing rich and warm with emphasis on shape and

Dos and Don’ts for Post-PCA

by Alane Rode (Wisconsin) I can always see the look in a client’s eyes settling in just before they leave the appointment. It’s the “How the *bleep* am I going to do this by myself?” look. I get it. I’ve been there. The thing about finding your season is that it doesn’t actually work that

Dressing Your Postpartum Body

by Katherine Schlagal Bullock (Texas) I’ve wanted to write about this for awhile… it’s a tough subject for me. Still, I wanted to get my story out there, because I want it to be of help to those who might be going through, or have gone though, something similar. For those of us who are

The Minimalist Travel Wardrobe

by Jorunn Hernes (Norway) A simple rule to keep in mind when travelling: Everything you bring shall match all the other items. Travel Wardrobe = a condensed capsule wardrobe. If there is something you pick that doesn’t match the shoes you are thinking of bringing, choose something else instead. This is much easier if you

Makeup: Finding Balance

by Florentina Mossou (The Netherlands) With colour analysis, I spend a lot of time around makeup. While I was swatching, testing, and applying makeup, I started to wonder… What separates normal, average, seen-it-everywhere makeup from totally great makeup? Before we begin, please don’t think makeup for PCA is obligatory in any way. It’s not. You’ll

Tips For Great Hair Color Without Going to the Salon

by Courtenay St. John (Connecticut/Massachusetts) A Personal Decision Not To Go Gray… There are two things I remember Grandmom saying that must have deeply imprinted my ideas about hair color. Grandmom unfavorably viewed those blond TV personalities whose “roots were showing.” And, in her 90’s, Grandmom still crowed, “I have never seen a gray hair

Spending Money on Colour Analysis

by Florentina Mossou (The Netherlands) Yes, I chose a tricky topic for a blog. But it’s something I’ve wanted to write about for a long time. You see, I’m an analyst. I sell colour analysis. So of course I would say that colour analysis is worth it. I could tell you how the average woman

Look Your ‘Normal’

by Christine Scaman (Prince Edward Island, Canada) Hardly sounds like a goal, does it? Certainly not an exciting one, and quite unlike the language we’re used to with appearance. There may be a technical or more stimulating word. Balanced or elegant could substitute. Normal gets to the point and says more. Looking Balanced A 100%

Easter: The 12 Seasons in Your Home

by Elegance Colour Consulting (British Columbia, Canada) Expressing Your Season At Easter… LIGHT SPRING Light Mint Green and Apricot Light Spring’s warm pinks and apricots pair nicely with light mint green to create a lovely Easter decor. The apricots and pinks are warm and welcoming. The light mint imparts a dose of Spring freshness. Light and Clear

Shopping: 5 Lifestyle Types

by Florentina Mossou (The Netherlands) Colour analysis can be a game changer, whatever your lifestyle. It’s such a versatile, effective tool, and you are free to use it in whatever way works best for you. The Stylist – creative freedom If you love to shop, enjoy having a large closet, like to play with accessories

A Tale of Two Closets & Nothing to Wear

by Katherine Schlagal Bullock (Texas) In my time working as a stylist, I’ve had the opportunity to go through many different wardrobes, but two stand out in my mind: Closet 1 The first belonged to a woman named Anna. When I arrived at Anna’s house, she seemed a little nervous about showing me her closet.

Everyone is Beautiful

by Cate Linden (Kentucky) I believe that everyone is beautiful. I used to scoff at people who said things like that. I was convinced it was a pat on the head from the true beauties of the world, who felt badly for the rest of us. I had no idea that everyone’s eyes were capable