Setting the Tone: How to Wear Color When it Makes You Uncomfortable

Sometimes when I jump up and down and flap my arms about the importance of color, my excitement gives off the impression that "color" has to be bright, bold, and cheerful - but that is not the case!

If you look great in brights - AND you love to wear bright clothes - then go ahead and wear bright, cheerful outfits a la J. Crew, Boden, and Kate Spade. However, some of us might LOOK great in brights but feel terrible, conspicuous, loud, and uncomfortable in brights. Others might not look good in very bright clothing at all. 

I generally fall into the former category - my coloring looks best in brights, but I don't always feel great in them. 

For those of you like me, here my Top 3 Tips tips to help you wear color in a way that flatters you inside and out...

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The Outfit as Self-Portraiture

I was talking with an artist friend over the weekend and, at some point, I interjected with a phrase along the lines of "outfits are my art!"

I said this a bit flippantly, just to be cute and make conversation. As I went about my day, though, my brain really got to riffing on this idea. Every outfit is like a work of art: a careful balancing act of light, shadow, color, shape, movement, and emotion - but more than that, I realized that every outfit is a self-portrait..

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Where are you going?

As we experience this weird Californian 90-degrees-hot limbo between Summer and any semblance of true Autumn, it's a great time to look back at where we've been and think on where we might be headed - literally and stylistically. 

These photos come from my very first Official Business Photo Shoot back in 2014, and I still love the sleek lines and black-and-blue combo! 

Still, with #LadyLeader and ColorFest - plus totally fun date nights like Tom Petty and Eric Clapton concerts! - on the horizon here in 2017, I'm realizing that my business has grown a lot since then, and my style along with it...

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But Why?? The 5 Surprising Reasons I Started Wearing Makeup

Last week, I was thrilled to announce my ColorFest collaboration with Hourglass cosmetics - an evening to help us get a head start on outfits for all those holiday photo ops!

But guys, I'm sooooo not a makeup maven...

My BFFs will tell you: I never really started wearing makeup at all until college, and then it was only the occasional lip gloss. At about 23, I started wearing tinted sunscreen to protect my skin, but I was pretty dead-set against the concept of makeup for everyday wear. To me, heavy makeup always made the wearer look like she was hiding something. Besides, the dark red lipsticks and blue eyeshadows I saw in the fashion magazines seemed overly girly and not very smart-looking. And I wanted to look smart and capable much more than I wanted to look "pretty..."

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