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Archive for October, 2010

Autumn Gray Done Correctly

QQ, an Autumn, wrote in and inquired if the shade of gray she was wearing worked:

Wholeheartedly, yas! Gray often comes across quite cool but the deep charcoals of the gray spectrum can give off just the right amount of warmth an Autumn needs. Pair deep, dark, grays with gold jewelry for maximum impact.

Winters can do a steelier, almost blue-gray. Summers can do the lighter grays, while Springs do best with a light to medium beige-gray. Seeing each gray out of context can make it difficult to tell what season it would work best for, but if you compare grays to each other, you’ll begin to see the differences.

E-mail me at bohemianbahamian@gmail.com if you have any color questions!

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Sherri

Today I am working with Sherri or SherBear, whichever you prefer. Interview first, photos second. LET’S GO!

What color do you wear the most? Why?
Probably greens and blues. Green is my favorite color, but sometimes I think that blues suit me better. Either that or the clothes I find that can fit my tiddies come more often in blue. Whichever. (Gem: *dead*)

What color do you wear the least? Why?
Oranges and yellows(I can’t pick just one, can I?). Just a bit too much yellow in my skin tone for them to work properly…sallow is not what’s hot in the skreets.

What color do you feel sexy in?
The hell if I know. Hell, it’s been a such long time since I felt sexy at all so I’m just going to shut up now…. (Gem note: ORLY? Cause I could have sworn….on a recent vacation…)

What color do you get the most compliments in?
Coral. Or turquoise. I think. Perhaps you should have chosen someone else for this? (Shit, I asked to be featured, didn’t I….nevermind…)

Sherbear in warm colors:




Some people don’t consider aqua (the first picture) a warm color, but I do. Aqua is a blue tinted with white and mixed with a tiny bit of green. That green is what makes it a warmer blue than say, turquoise or sky blue. Anyhoo, the aqua is shouting at us and distracting us from Sherbear’s lovely face. The taupe/tan jacket in the second picture is all wrong for her coloring and is pulling her look down to Blahville. SHERRI DON’T WANNA LIVE IN BLAHVILLE, TAUPE JACKET!! The orange tee is just sitting on her, not lifting a damn finger to pay anybody’s bills. The coral top is washing Sherri out and giving her skin an ashen tone. From this group, it seems pretty clear that Sherri is not a warm season.

Sherri in cool colors






In white, Sherri is looking soft and fresh, angelic even (don’t be fooled though). In vibrant fuschia Sherri is glowing! Kelly green is a color that is making Sherri shine; she looks gorgeous here. Sherri is pretty in the jewel-toned jade green. Radiant in sky blue. The only color that isn’t really working in this series is the heather gray (the last photo). I’ll get to this in a minute.

Based on these photos, Sherri is a Winter. The warmer colors were not working with her skin, while the cooler colors were. Cool, vibrant jewel tones are some of Winter’s most gorgeous colors, and Sherri wears these often if the pictures are any indication. The gray pictured was not working, even though it is a cool color. This is because the gray she had on is more of a Summer gray. Winter grays are a bit darker, steelier, stonier type grays and these are the grays Sherri and other Winters should seek out. Let’s do a Face-off to see Sherri in a warm and cool color right next to each other to better show you the difference:


See the difference?

Sherri’s interview responses also gave good clues. She was drawn to blues and greens and generally avoided oranges and yellows. Although she mentioned she had too much yellow in her skin, I disagree. The problem is she doesn’t have enough yellow in her undertone to pull off the yellows and oranges. She has more pink undertones which you can see pretty strongly in the picture of her in green. She said she gets compliments in coral and turquoise. The turquoise makes sense, the coral not so much. But, coral is a funny color sometimes; I have seen the muted, warmer corals like the one Sherri is wearing above, and a vibrant almost pink coral. The latter will work on Winters.

Til next time!

Cleanin’ Out My Closet

Going through your clothes and keeping only the things you love and the things that flatter you the most is the most successful way to build up a wardrobe that you won’t get sick of.

After figuring out my colors/season (I’m an Autumn) I went through my clothes and picked out the stuff that wasn’t flattering me. That sh** was hard y’all. I am one of those people who will shop for basics, see a sale table of basics in all the colors of the rainbow and be like, GIMME ALL OF THESE NOW! And don’t let them be 2 Tops for $20 or Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off cause chile…..


Me at a 2-for-the-price-of-1 Tshirt sale

But seriously, I’d just be grabbing random colors for the hell of it, grabbing colors I didn’t have. Collecting colors like I was collecting Pokemon. But that is not the answer.

So, I cleared out all the non-Autumn coloring friendly clothes, and now I have a true sense of what I actually have and what I actually want/need, wardrobe-wise.

One of my BFF’s (who will be featured soon) is a Winter and my size, so her wardrobe just got crunk courtesy of me. Take a looksie:

Go through your closet, get rid of stuff that doesn’t flatter you or that you don’t love. That’s the only way to truly tell what you’re working with. Keeping all the crap gives you an inflated sense of what you have. It feels good to dump it all. If you don’t have a friend who is your size and needs those colors, donate!

Christina Hendricks

Mad Men is one of my favorite shows, and Joan, played by Christina Hendricks, is one of my favorite characters. Christina is a drop-dead gorgeous woman but whenever I read celeb news and see her in magazines or at award shows, she often looks like death warmed over. I blame her stylist for this. It seems like everyone wants to accentuate her bewbs and they don’t pay attention to how SHE looks overall. She’s often dressed in cool jewel tones, hideous cool pastels, or black. She would look STUNNING if she wore colors to suit her tone. Most people would assume she is a textbook Autumn, due to her red hair but WRONG. Christina is actually a natural blonde and based on her coloring I would say she’s a Spring. Most of the colors she wears out fall under the Autumn or Winter category (overwhelmingly Winter). Autumn and Spring are both warm seasons, but Autumn can get away with bolder colors than Spring, and Spring can get away with softer colors than Autumn. This explains why, even when wearing Autumn colors as a “redhead”, something still looks off about her. Let’s take a look at some evidence shall we?

Christina in cool colors






If this heffa don’t look like slightly defrosted death in these pictures, I don’t know what…..All of these colors are either too dark/bold or too cool. Unfortunately, these types of colors are what she’s most often seen wearing.

Christina in Autumn colors



These pictures were my first clue that something was a bit off when trying to categorize Christina as an Autumn. She CLEARLY is not a Winter (nor Summer), and after these pics I concluded she’s definitely not an Autumn. These colors definitely look better on her than the cool colors above, but she’s still not really glowing like she could be. Navy and burgundy can work for Autumns or Winters and she looks okay in these colors but not stunning. The red she’s in is a telltale Autumn red. If she hit that one out the park, she’d be an Autumn. While she does look pretty here, the red is still not getting too crunk with her skin tone.

Christina in Spring colors



To me, Christina looks the best in these colors than anything else I’ve seen her in. She looks softer, glowy, fresh, ALIVE. Now in your mind, replace her red hair in these pictures with blonde. The effect would be perfect if she returned to her natural blonde color. Blonde is the best hair color base to start from when you want to go red because it looks more natural (compared to going red from a dark brown or black hair color), hence why many have no idea that isn’t her actual hair color. I’ve always been fascinated by red hair though for some reason, and I can usually tell if it’s natural, completely fake, or enhanced. Which is why even in the warmer colors, Christina often just looks….off. When the hair color, your skin tone, and the color of your outfit come together, hoes can’t tell you ANYTHING. Hopefully she’ll get it right more often in the future.

In conclusion, Christina Hendricks is a Spring who makes people think she’s an Autumn who wears Winter and Summer colors. Lawd.

**Update**
As I was going through my Google Reader, I saw a post on Celebitchy about Christina covering the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar. The post mentions that stylists have no idea what to do with a pale, busty, redhead. I agree and would add to that who’s-natural-hair-color-is-really-blonde. She looks pretty on the cover, but the color and the other photos…she just looks off.