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Kit

Today, Glowing Color features Kit. Kit writes,

I just found your blog this morning and I am totally addicted already.  I have been on a quest for over a year hoping to identify my color.  I have “tried on” every season and still feel lost.  I’m getting older (will be 60 next month!) and I just can no longer see myself or identify what I look good in.  I need help!
 
I would be most interested in learning from you the services you offer and their rates.
 
Look forward to hearing from you.
 
Your new reader and fan,
Kit
About Kit: “I live in Los Angeles and have been married for over 20 years.  I love to draw and paint, read cookbooks and healthy living blogs.  I am mostly vegetarian but do enjoy occasional seafood and chicken.  My husband retires in less than three years and we will be moving from Los Angeles to a much smaller market.  We are both very excited about that and right now feel a little like we are living in limbo because we are ready for the next chapter in our lives but it isn’t quite time.”

Kit’s Color Interview:

What color(s) do you wear the most? My default colors are blue, gray, and white.

What color(s) do you wear the least? Orange.

In what color(s) do you feel sexy and/or beautiful? Navy or white.

In what color(s) do you receive compliments? Blue.

Keep in mind Kit’s natural hair color is a medium-dark brown. Kit in cooler colors:

Kit -blackKit - medium grayKit - warm grayKit - whiteKit - fusciaKit - cool pink   Kit - muted purpleKit - purpleKit - warm blueKit - cool greenKit - warm green

Kit in warmer colors:

Kit - camelKit - warm brownKit - cool brownKit - hot yellowKit - pale peachKit - coralKit - navyKit - soft army green

Kit is a Winter. Kit has been favoring cooler colors in her wardrobe, particularly blue. She instinctively gravitated toward the colors in her season! She wrote about her hair color feeling off, which makes sense because it is a warm brown with golden highlights. She definitely needs to go cooler with her hair, which will also set off her gorgeous eyes.

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See the difference?

If you would like me to do a color analysis for you (includes blog feature with pictures and customized color shopping list with your own personal power color) that will bring out your own unique glow, contact me at glowingcolor@gmail.com for rates.

Stephanie

Today Glowing Color features Stephanie. Stephanie writes,

Hello!

I am 38, born and raised in Olympia, WA. I was away for 5 years on active duty with the air force in Virginia, yet came back home to ply. I have 2 children, 11 and 2 both boys that keep me pretty busy, yet i still stay active with running and just started participating in the Spartan races with my oldest. I am a Judicial Educator with the state and a Knowledge Operations Manger with the Air Force. I came across your site today and am impressed with your analyses. What are your rates for consultation?

Here is Stephanie’s Color Interview:

What color(s) do you wear the most? black, grey, and blue

What color(s) do you wear the least? red and orange

In what color(s) do you feel sexy and/or beautiful? black

In what color(s) do you receive compliments? Can’t say about the color I receive compliments in…I mostly hear that I look tired.

Let’s look at Stephanie in cooler colors first.

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Now let’s look at Stephanie in warmer colors.

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Great photos, Stephanie! There’s a correlation between the fact that Stephanie hears she looks tired often, and her most common colors of black, grey, and blue. That’s because Stephanie is an Autumn. She needs to go deep into the boldest, most vibrant autumn hues and shy away from the duller tones and pastels.

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See the difference?

If you would like me to do a color analysis for you (includes blog feature with pictures and customized color shopping list with your own personal power color) that will bring out your own unique glow, contact me at glowingcolor@gmail.com for rates.

Ania

Today, Glowing Color features Ania. Ania lives in Warsaw, Poland. She works as a hairdresser and linergist. She is also a psychologist. She loves animals and has a cat- “a very beautiful Cornish Rex”. Ania writes,

Hello,

I am Ania. I live in Poland. I have a big problem with right colours especially with hair colour. That’s why all the time I change it and still it is not mine….I am begging you for help. What should I do? I am 34. Half part of my life I dyed my hair with dark brown (ash) or black thought nature made a mistake and I am a winter! But now when I looked on the pictures I can see it make me like sick. White and grey skin. I’ve never like orange, yellow or brown on me. Really horrible. So if somebody said I am an autumn I’d never agree. I am so much closer to soft summer colour palette but some of them are not good for me. Now I feel really good only in soft grey blue. Please help me. Help me choose the right colour for my hair. I am dreaming of it :-).

Here is Ania’s Color Interview:

What color(s) do you wear the most? I wear the most of grey(light or medium), grey blue, white(but not fluorescent white, not too bright) and black but now I feel in black a bit older than years ago. 

What color(s) do you wear the least? I feel very bad in orange, warm brown, warm beige, mahogany, aubergine, olive, bright green, bright yellow.

In what color(s) do you feel sexy and/or beautiful? I feel good in some kind of red(deep not bright, a bit dusty). Feel good in grey and grey blue and white. 

In what color(s) do you receive compliments? The most compliments?: in red, pink with a drop of solomon, white.

Keep in mind that Ania’s natural hair color is a mix of dark blondes. Let’s look at Ania in cooler colors first.

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Now, let’s look at Ania in warmer colors.

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Ania’s instinct is correct. She is a Summer. She gravitates to soft gray-blue, hates orange, brown, and yellow, and feels she can’t go too “cool”. Though she looks best in cooler colors, she has been going too dark with both her hair and clothes. When Ania lightens up both, she will see a dramatic difference.

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See the difference?

If you would like me to do a color analysis for you (includes blog feature with pictures and customized color shopping list with your own personal power color) that will bring out your own unique glow, contact me at glowingcolor@gmail.com for rates.

Julie

Today Glowing Color features Julie. Julie writes,

Hello,I’m a French girl who’d liked to receive your advices to know which colors look best on me cause I can decide. Am I Spring? Winter? Which hair color is for me? and so on…

I’m Julie, thirty years old soon and French!
No, I’m not living in Paris but in Strasbourg in the East of France, on the border of Germany.

My passions are creative arts and dance (modern jazz). 

I work in a school  but I’m not a teacher, it’s a temporary job. In fact, I’d like to get a job more creative in the field of art.
I love to create, painting, photographing and sewing. My latest creations was plushes (or do say “soft toys”?).
You can see some of them here:

http://destasdames.canalblog.com/

Be sure to check out Julie’s plush toys; they are cute! Let’s now get into her Color Interview.

What color(s) do you wear the most?

Greys (but not too dark grey like charcoal), black, navy blue, blue jean and sometimes purple but not very often. I used to wear a little bit of kaki when my hair were dyed in ginger.
I like discrete, easy to wear colours but I’m currently trying to put some colours in my closet with purple, red and blue- green.

In fact I recently start to like this blue-green color, I think you say “deep teal” in English but I’m not sure in French we says “bleu canard”), when my hairs were dried in ginger it was even better looking.
This colour seems to bring out my eyes (that’s what people said to me), and when I’m wearing this colour they tell me that it changes my eye colour which seems to be the exact same colour .
Strange isn’t it?

What color(s) do you wear the least?

– Pink.

– Beige. I look like a ghost and disappear with this colour.

– Brown. I used to wear it when I was light blond but now I think it was a mistake. I don’t like to wear it anymore, it doesn’t seem to fit me (and my man hates when I wear brown he says it’s not a color for me, well in fact, he begs me to take off the clothes in that color but maybe he isn’t a big fan of this colour at all. …).

Actually,  I’m not “attire” by which seems to be “autumn colors” in general even when I was a ginger it doesn’t work with me and I must confess that I secretly hope to not be “an autumnal girl” ha ha.

Anh I’m not a big fan of pastels colors, I think it’s because it doen’t look so great on my light and white skin….

In what color(s) do you feel sexy and/or beautiful?

Red without a hesitation! With blond or ginger hair I really like it!

In what color(s) do you receive compliments? 

“bleu canard”in French  (deep teal?) 

Keep in mind Julie’s natural hair color is dark blonde. The ginger-red is a dye in these photos, though you can see some of her natural color at the top as opposed to the ends of her hair. Let’s take a look at Julie in cooler colors first.

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Right off the bat, I can eliminate Summer for Julie. That leaves Winter, Spring, and Autumn. Now let’s look at Julie in warmer colors.

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First, let me say that I think it is nearly impossible for Julie to look bad in anything. She is beautiful! With that out of the way, Julie had two telling photos that showed me her season. Those two are her in the yellow and orange. So Julie is the one season she wanted to avoid. Julie is an Autumn. Now, commonly, those who hate the season in which they belong are not wearing their strongest colors within the season. Just because you are an Autumn does not mean that ALL Autumn colors are going to have you at your glowiest (do you like that made-up word?). I will specify which Autumn colors Julie should seek out and I think will make her a happy camper. For example, brown is an entire world. There are so many shades and variations. Some browns will work for Julie, and some browns will not. As for Julie being attracted to the teal/peacock blue. This is what I call a “fun” color. You may love it because it matches your eyes, or it is your favorite color, or whatever other reason. You have your “glow” colors and your “fun” colors. I am here to advise you on your “glow” colors. I will not tell anyone they can’t wear their “fun” colors, but that is their own decision. Personally, you can pry purple clothes from my cold, dead hands because it is not in my season but I will wear it anyway because I love it!

Now I’m sure you’re thinking, “Julie looked pretty in some of the cooler colors!” Yes, but you’ll see they have nothing on her in warmer colors. Let’s do some direct comparisons:

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See the difference?

If you would like me to do a color analysis for you (includes blog feature with pictures and customized color shopping list with your own personal power color) that will bring out your own unique glow, contact me at glowingcolor@gmail.com for rates.

Ally

Ally writes,

Hi,
Your blog is great!  I am a 40 year old mom looking to break  out of a BIG style rut.  I would love to find out what season I am and what colors I should wear. I am a 40 year old stay-at-home mom from Indiana.  My world is filled with little kids and family.  I teach Sunday school and volunteer at my kids’ school.  I like running, reading, and am a lousy cook! My clothes and makeup budget is very limited, so I want to get it right the first time and not waste money buying things that don’t look so great.  I have been told before that I am a winter, but when I try those makeup colors on they look too harsh and I feel like a clown.  I like some winter colors, but feel like many of the jewel tones overwhelm my coloring.  I also feel like my natural hair color is too light to match many of the winters I see online.  I need advice on makeup and clothing colors, and would love ideas for hair highlights that would look nice, too.
Ally’s Color Interview:

What color(s) do you wear the most? blues of all shades, followed by pinks and black.

What color(s) do you wear the least? white!  The kids always spill things on me!

In what color(s) do you feel sexy and/or beautiful? Sexy? LOL!! Beautiful – blues

In what color(s) do you receive compliments? when a color brings out my eyes – usually medium and bright blues.

Ally in cool colors:

blackpinkfuchsiapurple

blueaqua

green

Ally in warm colors:

charcoal grayivory

dark brown

Ally definitely is living in a Winter world. She was told she is a Winter and she gravitates toward blue and other cool colors. Ally is one of my clients who I instantly knew what she was as soon as I saw her first photo.

Ally is an Autumn. The cool colors wash Ally out or at best just sit on her. The deep charcoal and the dark brown tops especially flow with her coloring. I think once she starts including warmer, more vivid colors in her wardrobe she will notice a dramatic difference. I believe she will get more compliments than she is used to getting wearing blues that match her stunning eyes but do nothing else for her. Ally definitely had the correct instinctual reaction against cool makeup colors and cool jewel tones.

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See the difference?

If you would like me to do a color analysis for you (includes blog feature with pictures and customized color shopping list with your own personal power color) that will bring out your own unique glow, contact me at glowingcolor@gmail.com for rates.

Charlie Reese

Today I am featuring a very special little girl. Charlie Reese, daughter of photographer Takiyah (featured here previously) is probably the most fun toddler I have ever spent time with. Her personality is already so well established and a few minutes around her will have you cracking up or marveling at the thought that surely she has been here before; a previous life, SOMETHING.

From Charlie’s Bio on Tumblr:

Charlie Reese was born one stormy day in August 2009. Her 2 years on Earth have been just as eventful as the date she was born. She booked her first commercial job at 9 months old, and has continued book work with companies such as J.C. Penney and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. Although still a toddler, Charlie has been noted as being very easy to work with and funny! When she’s not on set, Charlie can be found riding her tricycle, dancing to music, eating strawberries, and  drinking chocolate milk. She aspires to be the world’s first Superhero Rock-star Dinosaur Doctor Princess.

Her resume (also on Tumblr) is pretty impressive too; check her out!

Charlie’s Tumblr

Charlie’s Facebook

Charlie’s Photography Tumblr (this is a collection of photos SHE HAS TAKEN HERSELF. Yeah you read that right.)

Since Charlie is in the spotlight a lot, it made sense for her mom to want a color analysis done on Charlie. Let’s look at Charlie in cooler colors first. Hold on to your ovaries.

You’re all talking in puppy-coo language aren’t you? I know. Just a gorgeous child. The more vibrant cool colors are really bringing out Charlie’s sparkle. But let’s take a look at Charlie in warmer colors.

Adorable. I just cannot take it. Anyhoo, though of course Charlie is cute in all of these, I think we have a clear winner. Charlie looks vibrant and glowing in the cool, vibrant colors. Charlie is a Winter. I think for special events or auditions, etc. TaKiyah should focus on those tones to dress Charlie. She will be irresistible. As always, I sent TaKiyah a Color Shopping List for Charlie with details on what colors to look for. Keep your eyes open for this little star!

If you would like me to do a color analysis for you (includes blog feature with pictures and customized color shopping list with your own personal power color) that will bring out your own unique glow, contact me at glowingcolor@gmail.com for rates.

Jo

Hi everyone! I apologize for the absence. Shortly after my last post I found out I am pregnant and the entire first trimester made me its bitch. There is just no more eloquent way to put that. That’s actual and factual. But I am feeling better and have returned! I have several posts planned, including Spring-specific posts on which I need to catch up.

Today I am featuring the gorgeous Jo from Scotland! Jo wrote:

Hello 🙂

I have just come across your website while trying to find some advice on what shade I should colour my hair. I am a natural blonde, although it has darkened over the years, and I am very pale.

I have tried several different hair colours over the years (mainly blondes – based on the opinions of hairdressers, make up artists and friends/family mainly) yet I still don’t feel like I have ever found the right shade for me.

I also struggle to find clothes that suit me and people always say I look tired, so I really think I could benefit from your expertise 🙂

Here is Jo’s Q&A:

What color do you wear the most? Probably black.

What color do you wear the least? Brown.

What color do you feel sexy in? Black, but probably because it flatters the figure more than anything else.

What color do you get the most compliments in? Pastel colours-lemon, lilac, baby blue, etc…

Now let’s take a look at Jo’s photos; cool colors first.

As you can tell from these photos (and Jo’s interview) she mainly wears cool colors. I see a range of things in these photos. In the white-based tops, Jo does not look bad, but the colors are just sitting on her. In black, cobalt blue, pure red, and light/bright purple, Jo looks washed out. Hmm, what about Jo in warmer colors?

And then….the heavens opened and the angels sang. Do you see the difference?? This dusty pumpkin color is marvelous on Jo. So she’s definitely warm. Since she’s a blonde, shouldn’t that automatically make her a Spring?

NEIN.

Jo is actually an Autumn, what is commonly referred to as a Soft Autumn (due to her light hair). Jo has the darker features that put her firmly in Autumn. Being a Soft Autumn is extremely versatile because you can wear a lot of the deeper colors Autumns love while still being able to wear some of the softer colors Springs love.

Jo’s photos fit her original inquiry where she mentioned that people tell her she looks tired. If Jo mainly is wearing cool colors that wash her out, she can end up looking too pale, sick, or tired. She wears brown the least, but a few items in different shades of brown; light, rich, and dark would look gorgeous on her. She admits she gravitates toward black because it flatters the figure (which is what a lot of people do), but once she branches out into the warmer tones, she will be much happier.

Regarding hair color, you can see in the photos where Jo’s hair is lighter or darker. She has colored her hair mostly in the lighter blondes and some darker ashier blondes while trying to get back to her natural color. A lot of these lighter blondes are also washing her out. Jo would definitely glow in some honey blonde to strawberry blonde shades, or if she wants to go darker, a rich warm brown would work (I included more details in her customized color shopping list). I suspect the compliments on pastel colors she was getting was more about the contrast with her light blonde hair, which is a common thing for people’s eyes to be drawn to.

Jo, get out there and add some Autumn colors to your wardrobe! I think you will notice an immediate difference.

If you would like me to do a color analysis for you (includes blog feature with pictures and customized color shopping list with your own personal power color) that will bring out your own unique glow, contact me at glowingcolor@gmail.com for rates.

Golden Globes 2012

Hi guys, I’m back! I’m here with the Right and Wrong from this year’s Golden Globes. Some women hit it right on target, color-wise, some were dead wrong, and some were right AND wrong. Let’s jump in.

Right


Nicole Kidman is pitch-perfect here. For those who don’t know, Nicole was a natural red-head as a child, then her hair naturally lightened to blonde as she got older. Nicole Kidman is a Spring, and she has everything in place here. Light hair (even if it’s dyed, it’s still light and warm), ivory gown with golden accents…homegirl is straight winning here.


Rooney Mara is a Winter. Although her hair is not naturally this dark (it is a rich brunette color), it works on her. Only Winters can get away with and glow going black like this. This combined with the all-black sleek gown is a winner for Rooney.


Though Dianna Argon is a blonde, it is a dark & dirty blonde which along with her coloring, makes her an Autumn. She is wearing an almost perfect shade of red for warmer skin tones. The lacy cutout designs throughout the gown show her skin and give the dress an even warmer effect. Gone head, boo. We see you.


Viola Davis is an Autumn, and Autumns stun in deeper shades of red to burgundy. Viola’s chocolate skin is radiant here.


Mary J. Blige is an Autumn; more specifically a Soft Autumn (meaning she can share some of the colors that Springs should normally wear). Even though the styling of this dress isn’t quite executed as nicely as I would have hoped (toward the bottom, the gown looks like murdered and bleached fry kids), the rose-gold color is still lovely on her golden bronze skin. I would have loved it if she went with gold jewelry and toned down the harsh highlights, but luckily it did not detract from her overall look.

Wrong


First things first. Emma Stone is a natural blonde. Further, Emma Stone is a Summer. That means everything about this ensemble is wrong for her (for glow purposes). She needs something lighter and cooler-toned. This dress is too “heavy” for her. Now, the overall picture is pleasing to our eyes because we are looking at the actual colors contrasting from her hair and the dress and that DOES provide a pleasing effect. However, if we look at her face (notice how you’re not drawn to her face, mainly the COLORS of her hair and dress), you can see that she looks way too pale and faded in this dress.


Red is a tricky color for blondes. Generally, reds look best on the “darker” seasons of Autumn and Winter. Reds work for blondes when the blonde is a Spring, and then it has to be precisely the right red (red accents are stunning on Springs). Reese Witherspoon, however, is a Summer. Summers do not glow in any shade of red whatsoever. Reese does not look bad, but this gorgeous red dress is just sitting on her, being a leech. With a powerful color like red, you have to wear the red and not the other way around (which happens way too often).


Sarah Michelle Gellar is an Autumn. Everything about this is wrong. She sure looks happy about wearing it though. Moving on.


Charlize Theron’s darker coloring and naturally dark-blonde hair make her an Autumn. The dyed hair (highlights) she has here are too cool for her tone. The dress is both too light and too cool for her skin, and the styling just generally gives off a look of hot mess.


Natalie Portman is an Autumn, so this screaming fuchsia dress is an instant NO. She’d have been better off with the entire gown in that deep red (the accent color at the top of the gown) and having the accent fuchsia.

Right and Wrong


Angelina rarely gets it completely right with her colors. She usually looks washed out to hell for red carpets. Angelina is an Autumn, which means the cream dress is kind of right. But though some Autumns can wear cream beautifully, for other Autumns cream is just too light to sufficiently warm them up. Angelina is still looking like an ice queen here. Now, she doesn’t look bad to me. I love the look and the contrast; it is just that these colors do not warm her up and bring out her glow at all. If the dress had more of a golden tone, and the red was either a bit warmer or deeper, she’d have had that glow.


Lea Michele is a Winter, so she has the color right. I think the sheer cutout of the top of the dress is making the whole effect “warmer” than it should be, so she is not glowing as she should with a metallic silver. I also think she should have worn her hair down and gotten better make-up done; particularly her lip color which is reading way too warm for her.


Zooey Deschanel is a Winter, so overall, she looks good here. I have issues with her bangs and makeup, but whatevs. The main negative here is though the lemon-lime green at the top of her dress is a striking contrast, it is too light and too warm for her skin, so it ends up almost overshadowing the black and washing her out a bit.


Michelle Williams is not a natural blonde, in case you didn’t know. Her natural hair color is brown, and she is an Autumn. Technically, the color is just about right. Navy looks wonderful on Autumns here. I think there are a few things detracting from her overall look: Her hair color is a bit too light for such a dark blue (though it has golden tones which Autumns should aim for when coloring their hair), and the style of the dress is in frumpy frock territory (I’m sure the velvet doesn’t help the cut of the dress at all either).


Madonna’s natural hair color is a rich brunette and she is an Autumn. This is…an interesting dress. The midnight emerald shimmer of the bottom of the gown is perfect for an Autumn. The silver up top, not so much. It does make for a striking contrast though. If it was a subdued gold color instead of silver, this would have really brought out her glow (along with her darker hair color).


Paula Patton is an autumn, which usually clears the way for yellow to come glow it up. However, this yellow is more of the electric-yellow that Springs wear and glow in. So close though.

That wraps up this year’s Golden Globes red carpet review at Glowing Color. If I missed your favorite celebrity, let me know in the comments!

If you would like me to do a color analysis for you (includes blog feature with pictures and customized color shopping list with your own personal power color) that will bring out your own unique glow, contact me at glowingcolor@gmail.com for rates.

La

Today I am featuring La of Liquors, Loans, & Love. La is a phenomenal writer and all-around awesome woman. Here is her interview:

What color do you wear the most? I probably wear black more than anything. Tied closely with red.

What color do you wear the least? Yellow. I look like an extra in a zombie movie in it.

What color do you feel sexy in? Reds tones; candy apple reds and blue based magentas.

What color do you get the most compliments in? Reds. And occasionally greens; mostly emerald green or army green.

La’s answers are extremely telling! Let’s look at her photos:

Notice anything? La wears primarily cool, bright colors. There is only 1 photo of her in a warm color; the brown. The brown is doing nothing for her whereas she is positively sparkly in the cooler colors of light gray, spring green, pink, fuchsia, and purple. La is a Winter.

Wynnie

Today we have another reader submission, the vibrant Wynnie. Let’s take a look at her photos and interview.

Here is her interview:

What color do you wear the most? Why?
I don’t have one particular color that I wear the most, but I do know that my favorite colors are bright colors and any pattern involving a bright color. I went through my closet and I have a lot of greens, blues, pinks, purples and yellows. The few rest are black or very little brown.

What color do you wear the least?
I try to stay away from dull colors like gray, black and brown.

What color do you feel sexy in?
I feel really sexy in red, dark purple and pinks…in that order.

What color do you get the most compliments in?
I wear a lot of dresses in the summertime. It seems that my bright reds and yellows have received a lot of compliments. Although, when I wear black (not very often), I also get good comments.

Looking at Wynnie’s pictures I can definitely see a theme of bright colors and patterns (I love the green printed maxi dress!). Wynnie’s stand-out photos where she is glowing are the photos of her in pure red, green/white floral print, and bright purple. All these colors are vibrant, but most importantly, these colors are cool. The only photos of Wynnie in warmer tones are those of her in the burgundy-ish sweater and the charcoal gray tank top. She does not look bad in either photo, but the colors are not doing anything for her and make her look a bit faded throughout. Based on those key photos I determined that Wynnie is a Winter. I noticed Wynnie has some gold/brown-toned jewelry that she wears in the photos. I would recommend more silvery-toned jewelry if you can, that will really set off your colors and your skin. Also, I would recommend Wynnie avoid cool pastels unless they’re in a pattern with more vibrant colors.

The awesome thing is Wynnie is an example of people who subconsciously lean toward the colors in their seasons without necessarily being aware of their season. She already has a good foundation, wardrobe-wise in her colors so it should be easy to build upon it going forward.

Thanks Wynnie!

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