Color Is More Than Just Color

Color Psychology

Have you ever wondered why a specific color is your favorite? Whether it be a deep ocean blue, or a flirty periwinkle, there is always one- or a couple that will always be your favorites! Studies show that color affects our mood and can channel emotion.

According to VeryWell’s Color Psychology, colors in the red area of the color spectrum are known as warm colors and include red, orange, and yellow. These warm colors evoke emotions ranging from feelings of warmth and comfort to feelings of anger and hostility. Colors on the blue side of the spectrum are known as cool colors and include blue, purple, and green. These colors are often described as calm, but can also call to mind feelings of sadness or indifference.

There are said to be four primary colors in the world of color psychology and art therapy. They are Green, Yellow, Red and Blue.

Green is a cool color that symbolizes nature and the natural world. Green also represents tranquility, good luck, health, and jealousy. Green is also said to be associated with relaxation and relieving stress. Yellow is a warm color that symbolizes intensity and brightness.  It is often described as cheery and warm. Color psychology suggests that certain colors are capable of evoking certain moods and may even have an influence over behavior and well-being. While color associations can be influenced by a number of different factors, including past experiences and cultural associations, some colors do tend to evoke certain moods or feelings. Red is often described as warm, vibrant, and intense. Red is associated with love, warmth, and comfort. Red is also considered an intense, or even angry, color that creates feelings of excitement or intensity. Blue is a color often found in nature such as the pale blue of a daytime sky or the rich dark blue of a deep pool of water. It is for this reason perhaps that people often describe the color blue as calm and serene. It is often described as peaceful, tranquil, secure, and orderly. On the other hand, blue is also associated with sadness and loneliness.

Color is very subjective. It holds different memories, emotions and associations for everyone. How I feel about the color purple is very different from how you may view the color.

When it comes to clothes, always dress in colors that make you feel good. Chances are if you feel good, you look good too. Confidence and color go hand in hand!

A world filled with color is what makes life so exciting; there is a color for every mood which is completely unique to you! Even shades of color are personalized. What I see and perceive can be totally different from what you see, which brings more beauty to color.

 

Dear Wonder Woman

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Dear Wonder Woman,

Thank you. Thank you for teaching us to be our own hero. You show us the importance of leaving your safe space and standing up for what you believe in. And you help us recognize that there is goodness in this world, and we have the ability to make a difference and help spread that goodness. We need to strive to see the best in people and help them do the right thing. But when the time comes, we can’t back down from a fight out of fear. And most importantly you remind us to fight for what is right. We need to help people who can’t help themselves. Because at the end of the day you help teach us that empathy and compassion for others makes us strong. We should be proud of both our physical and emotional strength because when we combine them together that is when we are truly strong.

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So thank you for reminding us that we can take care of ourselves. We don’t need anyone to lead us or control things for us. Like you, we won’t sit back and let others make all the important decisions. We are able to speak up and let ourselves be heard. No one can silence us but ourselves. We have the power. And it’s up to us to unlock it. And with your amazing inspiration we can push ourselves to use that power. Because after all we are all superheroes.

With Our Sincere Thanks and Admiration,

The Team at Hello Gorgeous

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Dress for Yourself

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Image courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar

Dressing for yourself seems to be a simple idea.  Choosing what to wear each day, (or several times a day) can be fun or it can be stressful. Iris Apfel and Leandra Medine both are examples of women who are really playful with their outfits and definitely have fun.

Iris is the star of the movie, “Iris,” and most recently is featured in the”Iris in Paris”exhibit at Le Bon Marche. Leandra Medine combines wit and fashion in her Man Repeller Blog.

Now, onto us…you may not want your own website, movie or exhibit, but it would be nice to enjoy choosing your look.

Some ideas to consider/questions to ask yourself:

  • Do I enjoy choosing my outfit for the day?
  • Who am I dressing for?
  • Am I dressing for me or for someone else?
  • Who do I want to be today?
  • Where am I going today?
  • How do I want to feel today?

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Growing up, my mom told me certain “rules” about clothes – the ones I remember are: horizontal stripes make you look wider, don’t mix flowers and stripes…there were probably more but these are the two I remember the most.

I like to break those rules now. I did when I was younger too (as you can see in the picture to the left), but somewhere in my 20’s I started dressing for other people, not myself. I lost myself a little bit. Before then, in junior and high school, I really did not know how I wanted to dress. I wore t-shirts and jeans and a very bright orange imitation down jacket that my parents bought at Payless.

In college, I had short hair, loved punk music, and found the best stuff at thrift shops. It drove my mom crazy that I wore thrift store clothes… I loved them… they expressed my personality, energy and yes, style.Photo Apr 02, 4 56 42 PM

I recall clearly an outfit that my boyfriend bought me… a pastel pink Lacoste shirt and Calvin Klein jeans. I did wear them, but felt so much like an imposter. He also bought me a Jessica McClintock floral dress. Again I felt like someone else, not me.

As I have gotten older, I notice that dressing for myself and for the day, was the best plan. I can dress conservatively, hippie (boho), arty, edgy, or slightly casual and get such varied reactions from people. I admire Iris Apfel and Leandra Medine because each woman is clearly having fun with fashion. The so called fashion rules that women have heard are disappearing everyday, yet I just overheard a woman trying on prescription glasses saying “…if I was younger….I could wear these.” What?? If you like it, you feel good in it, and you wear it well.

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Give yourself a chance to try different stores, looks, and every time you go shopping, TRY something on that you normally wouldn’t because you would usually say… “I can’t wear that because…”.

“You can’t have style unless you know who you are, and knowing who you are is not an easy matter.” – Iris Apfel

The Adventures of Alice in Make-Up Land

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Alice follows the White Rabbit through Wonderland just as we search for the perfect bold lip in Make-Up Land. What better time of the year to discover your bold lip color than the Holiday season? With all of the parties and dressing up, a bold lip is the perfect accessory to complete your outfit.

 

So what shade is best for your skin tone? 

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If you have a Fair skin tone:  Bright colors work best with your skin tone but stay away from colors that have an orange tint.

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If you have Medium skin tone: Look for shades that have neutral or blue undertones. Since you are in between fair and olive/dark you can get away with the shades that work best for their skin too.

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If you have Olive/Dark skin tone: Shades that have golden undertones and purple tones are best for your skin tone.

Not sure what skin tone you have? Check the color of your veins in your forearm. Do you see blue veins? You have fair skin. Do you see blueish/greenish veins? You have medium skin. Do you green veins? You have olive/dark skin.

Found your perfect color? Take the following steps to apply the perfect bold lip that’ll last hours!

  1. Exfoliate and Moisturize: Use a gentle exfoliant to get rid of any dry, cracked skin on your lips and apply a lip balm to moisturize your lips.
  2. Line and fill in your lips with either a nude or same shade liner as the lipstick you are applying. NEVER use a lip liner that is darker than the lip color you are applying.
  3. Dust finishing powder on top of your lined lips to set the liner and create a longer lasting lipstick application.
  4. Apply your lipstick or lip stain of choice to your lips, start in the middle of your bottom and top lip then blend outward. It is best to apply your lipstick directly from the tube to get a more intense color but using a lip brush works as well.

Trying to get the glossy look? After applying your lipstick, add a lipgloss that is either the same shade as your lipstick or add a clear shimmery gloss.

Going for the matte look? Make sure you choose a highly pigmented matte lipstick that doesn’t have any shimmer. Don’t apply a lip gloss or lip balm after applying your lipstick. Blot with finishing paper to lock in that “matte finish”!

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The Grand Reveal: Psyching Yourself Up for the Dressing Room

“I believe that people are entirely too hard on themselves.”– Kim Fredrickson, Owner of HGB

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Here’s the place where it all starts….the dressing room! So you’ve got all these great clothes, you go into the dressing room, you take off your top and suddenly you’re transfixed. You haven’t even put on the new top but instead you’re analyzing every little flaw on your body. AHH! STOP!

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Rewind. Let’s do that again. This time, walk into the dressing room, hang up the possibilities, turn away from the mirror, take off your top and put on the new top.  And now turn around for the grand reveal! Either you like it or you don’t. If you like it, great! If you don’t, turn around and try on another one. The key is not to look at yourself naked in a dressing room mirror. I first learned this when I worked at a lingerie store. I would measure people for the perfect bra and then give them a bra and leave. I would be gone for 10 minutes or so to let them try it on. I would come back and check on them, and inevitably I would go back and the person would be standing there in the bra staring at themselves sadly in the mirror.

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This occurred with every shape and size of woman. They would say “when I jump up and down my arms jiggle.” I ask you, how often do you stand in front of a mirror jumping up and down in a bra and panties staring at your arms? Not all that often. You have clothes on – your shield, your armor, your protection, and what you “suit up” in to conquer your day.

 

 

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Chances are if you follow this routine you will discover your grand reveal. Clothes that make you feel gorgeous and powerful. Your clothes are your armour that help you conquer your day. Even if you don’t find the “perfect one”, you’ll discover something better. Celebrate your Gorgeous and love yourself in the messy t-shirt and old pants that you came in wearing.

So now, go forth Gorgeous! Conquer the mirror, conquer the dressing room! Surprise yourself. Love what you see and celebrate your Gorgeous!