Well, I thought I’d be writing something myself for my very first blog and I’d considered writing something about what it’s like to have a Colour Consultation with me. But then Ella forwarded me on her blog “Live Life in Colour”, having had her colours done with me, and I think that it so perfectly sums up the whole experience. Please read on to find out more and if you’d like to read more of Ella’s blogs then you can find them here -
Oh my stars, last week was a busy one! Lots of work followed by a very busy weekend celebrating my beautiful mum’s birthday meant I didn’t manage to get this blog post out as quickly as I would have liked. But, taking my own advice from the previous week, I decided to slow down, and be present, enjoying lunches out with my family.
But now I am back on it and ready to tell the world how I am throwing out the black, and from now on will be available in glorious technicolour. Last week, I had my colours done. I have to admit, I had no idea how involved it would be, or how important it would be. I haven’t really consciously thought about the colours I am wearing before. And given the historical obsession with appearance that I have been afflicted with, I have a LOT of black. So, I don’t think I would have usually gone for a colour consultation, but fortunately my friend Sandra (www.colourandstyleconfidence.co.uk) has re-trained and invited me over to her house for a session with another friend of ours. And I am definitely a convert.
Let me start by saying that Sandra is quite literally one of the nicest people I know. She’s naturally kind and generous, and gets along with everyone. I don’t think I’ve ever heard her say a bad word about anyone, and she’s always been pretty stylish herself, so she is ideally suited to this business. We worked together years ago, Sandra was actually a customer of mine, working in corporate sales, and she’s given it all up to follow a dream she’s talked about for years. I have so much admiration for her, and I cannot recommend her enough.
What Sandra did was immediately put us at ease, with a bottle of champagne (I don’t think all clients get this, but as 3 girlfriends way overdue a catch up, it felt mandatory). Even without the champagne, I think we would have been pretty comfortable, as Sandra took the time to explain to us the history of ‘Colour me Beautiful’, and methodology behind the approach. Every person has a ‘dominant’ colouring, as well as ‘secondary’ and ‘tertiary’ colours, which is all determined by your skin tone, eye colour and hair colour. We each went through a number of colour squares to help demonstrate what our dominant, secondary and tertiary colours are.
Sandra had called it exactly for both of us (once she had taken in my new hair colour, dyed since the last time I saw her!), but it was helpful for us to see the reasons why I am, for example, Light, Cool, Soft.
With key colouring determined, we were each provided with a personal colour swatch, with 42 different shades to bring out the best in us. We then went through each of the colours in turn, looking at them against our faces and choosing the ‘best of the best’, noting the ones that really really made us look good, rather than those that just really made us look good.
Sandra also did our make-up, introducing me to teal eyeliner, which I have worn every day since, and finally analysed some of the clothes we had brought with us. Interestingly, for both of us, the favourites we had bought were pretty bang on in terms of being the ‘right’ colours. I guess subconsciously we have always felt better in those clothes. The whole experience was a real teal-tinted eye-opener, and one shopping trip later I have a lot more complimentary colours in my wardrobe.
Now I just have to start chucking the black, which makes me look a bit like Morticia Adams (my words, not Sandra’s!). When you look good, you feel good, and anything that can help build that confidence is all goodness as far as I am concerned. After all, life isn’t black and white.