Visible Monday: Color Me Beautiful
I knew traveling to Africa would change my life but I did not expect it to change the way I dressed.
In 2003 I led a Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip to Tanzania with MELISSA, my friend whose name deserves to be in all-caps because of this and this and a lot of other unprintable stuff that I will take to my grave honesttogod. On this trip we met Karen, a fellow volunteer and all around lovely young lady from the UK. Karen was Asian, had freckles and always looked fresh as a daisy while slinging mortar and stacking cinder blocks. Her secret? She had her colors done and it changed her life. Not only did her clothes and make-up always compliment her appearance, she told us how she saved both time and money every time she went shopping. Sold! A mere week after our return home, Melissa booked us both appointments with a local Color Me Beautiful consultant.
We sat in front of this woman’s living room window, bathed in natural light, as swatch after swatch was draped over our shoulders, each one being rated and ranked. At first Melissa was disappointed as the reds and blacks she regularly wore slid further and further down her list, but there was no ignoring the sudden glow daffodil and buttercream brought to her cheeks. Melissa was a Warm Spring. I got the reds and blacks as a Cool Winter and have given moss and ivory the stink-eye ever since.
GETTING MY COLORS DONE IS THE SINGLE GREATEST STEP I HAVE EVER TAKEN TO IMPROVE MY STYLE. Thank you Karen and Melissa. It may seem like a throw-back to the 80s but honestly it has made all the difference in the world. Just imagine how much of your life you get back when need a lipstick or a dress and you can eliminate 75% of the shades out there. Brilliant. Cannot recommend it enough. (Also cannot recommend Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village enough. Go and do good.)
I thought about CMB for this post because I am working nearly all my 9s and 10s in this ensemble:
From the magenta undershirt to the red kimono top; my lipstick, my deep purple eyeliner and even the beanie are all representing the best of Cool Winter:
Color Me Beautiful. Color Me Visible. Thanks Patti at Not Dead Yet Style! Happy Monday!