Feb 27, 2014

Mini Post on ENTP Dressing (MBTI Fashion Follow-up)

One of my fashion enthusiast friends posted this link today, about the correlation between Zodiac signs and MBTI types.

I looked up ENTP and was surprised to see 2 signs assigned to ENTP! I mean, ENTP women are 3% of the whole population or something, we are like the rare unicorns of the MBTI land... So, 2 signs for us???? 

Anywho, I'm just going to make a note of it here, for future reference sake...
:D

♊ Gemini: Myers-Briggs: ENTP; constant absorption of ideas & knowledge, use of intuition to process, quick mental processing, excitable, enthusiastic, fluent conversationalists. Temperament: Pure Sanguine; fundamentally impulsive and pleasure-seeking; sociable and charismatic, thoughtful, sociable, chronically late and undependable. Jung's Archetypes- The Jester; to lighten up the world and enjoy life, to avoid being bored or frivolity, brings joy and can liven up any moment

♒ Aquarius: Myers-Briggs: ENTP; they seek to understand the world they live in and value their intuition. They have a good understanding of people, are intelligent, visionary, rational and logical thinking. Temperament-Sanguine; fundamentally impulsive and pleasure-seeking; sanguine people are sociable and charismatic. They tend to enjoy social gatherings, making new friends and humor. Jung's Archetypes- The Rebel; to revolutionize and overturn what is not working. They seek to shock and and are known for their outrageousness and radical ideas

End of mini post!

xoxo

Jessica

My Post-DYT & Post-Seasonal-Color-Analysis Phase - New Clarity and Perspective

These past couple of days, I've been just flipping and browsing through a lot of my old fashion book collection, and pondering what I'd learnt and how it wasn't the 'One Stop Solution' to my soulful longings.

I've been spending so much time especially torn over how the Dressing Your Truth and my color analysis didn't match at all. That bothered me. It bothered me so much.

Because, Carol Tuttle's program states and gives a style guideline that is very strict and restrictive on color. If we are a reflection of nature, as showcased in her videos, how is it that being a Type 4, my skin reacts only at its best with vivid Autumn colors? Is nature inconsistent? Does my energetic movement somehow contradict the pigments in my skin?

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There's actually a post I've been mulling over forever actually, which sort of pin points to the same problem that I'm having as the web-cartoon's author's fashion and style journey, that coincides with this particular topic.

There is a Korea based author who blogged for five seasons and launched books from these awesome web-cartoons called 'Dress Code', the main character which is herself presented in a cartoon form, embarks on a self-explorative journey to express authentic self via fashion and personal style. It covers all the good stuff one can find in most of the major image consulting related articles and contents, ranging from your own body shape to color analysis to wardrobe planning and organizing.

But the conclusion of the Season Five ended with the author saying something more philosophical than practical. Which left a slightly poignant disappointing taste in my mouth. Chagrin, perhaps. (She ended her 5 seasons, saying that what other people really remember is what we do in the clothes we wear, which is true and deep yes, but it didn't give the closure I was looking for regarding fashion and personal style.)

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Anyhow, I did find a different inspiration though tonight, from Ms. Rees which is clearly going to help me transition from my Uh-I-Did-DYT and Yeah-I-Am-A-Striking-Autumn-Palette but so what? phase to a much more constructive phase!

Enter,the third part of Ms. Rees's guidelines on how to utilize and incorporate your color palette into your personal style and wardrobe! Here's an excerpt from her blog post:

Ok, so you have analysed your complexion, worked out which one of the 12 seasonal types you are the closest to, and have explored your recommended colour palette. What’s next? Finding your type and colours is easy, figuring out what to do with that information is the tricky part. Are you supposed to throw out every item in your closet that does not belong to your recommended palette (short answer: no)? What if that palette does not match the one you developed as part of your style concept? And what happens if you simply don’t like the colours that supposedly suit you so well? In this post, I’m going to address all of these concerns and tell you my perspective on how to utilize your colour palette, although that perspective might differ a little from what professional colour analysts would tell you. My no. 1 point is that colour analysis is just one of many tools or techniques that you can use to define your personal style and build a wardrobe that perfectly fits you and your lifestyle. Try it out, implement certain parts and ignore others, bend rules or follow them to the letter, whatever works for you.

God. I just really needed to hear that. That is like the thing I've been craving to hear. She goes on to further expound on her 3 Basic Rules, and these were:

RULE 1 ǀ USE YOUR COLOUR PALETTE LIKE A GUIDE, NOT A SET OF RULES
RULE 2 ǀ SELF-EXPRESSION TRUMPS COLOUR ANALYSIS
RULE 3 ǀ PRIORITIZE ITEMS CLOSE TO YOUR FACE
Can we get a Hallelujah~! on this please? Especially on that Rule Number 2? The color analysis is constantly evolving and some of the really refined ones have upto 50~60 categories. With so many sub-categories. My personal favorite is the Rule 2. I think self-expression needs to be left wide-open for people to make on their own. Yes, I know Carol Tuttle mentions this too, that a lot of the Type 4 people will do this ANYWAY, they like to be their own authoritay! :-) Yeah, so be it. And Rule 3, my local color analyst told me this already, and she said that I could wear non-palette colors for bottoms and shoes, away from my face.

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Let me leave you with her words, regarding Rule 2, I think she speaks with fervor and conviction that may make your post-DYT life easier too...

RULE 2 ǀ SELF-EXPRESSION TRUMPS COLOUR ANALYSIS
Your colour palette should never restrict your ability to express your aesthetic ideals through your wardrobe. If your recommended colour palette does not match your style concept, you need to analyze each shade individually and then make a decision: wear, avoid or tweak. If a certain shade really does make you look sick and just plain bad, try to find a replacement that still captures the colour’s essence but fits your skin’s undertone a little better. Use the 12 palettes like a navigation system: If, say, you love the pink in the light Summer palette, but are a warm Autumn, move along the palettes towards your own type until you come across a potential alternative, e.g. the neutral plum shade in the soft Autumn palette. Your own palette might not include your wanted colour, but perhaps your palette’s neighbours do. If a colour does not look amazing but also not horrible on you,  then I say go for it! I’m a light Spring so black is definitely not one of my best colours, but I love it and it’s an important part of my style concept. If I want to wear black I will just put on a little more make up or use a few other tricks (described below) to make it work for my complexion.


Amen, Ms. Rees.
You rock my confused world tonight.
Hail your blog!
Long live your wisdom!

With deep gratitude,

xoxo

Jessica, feeling enlightened!

Nothing to Wear Problem & Solutions for My Incoherent Style Concept! (From Anuschka Rees's Blog)

Seriously, which woman hasn't asked herself and felt the woes of 'having nothing to wear' despite 'an overflowing amount of clothes' in their lifetime?

Despite having gone through so many different fashion systems which were supposed to help me, if anything, they have helped me buy more clothes in the name of experimentation and exploration, and my other desire to have a zen and tamed wardrobe have just gone out the window!

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Ladies, I give you this chart, from Anuschka Rees's awesome style blog!


This lady from Berlin is so cutting edge and so full of insight, I truly believe she is the voice of our generation and intelligence with the mind of a 'Style Surgeon'! She comes up with engineer-like solutions, so systematic and comprehensive!

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Anyhow, I followed that flowchart and was presented with my predicament of having an 'Incoherent Style Concept' which is true...

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Thankfully, Ms. Rees gives solutions too!
I'm really liking the visual help she's giving with her post on 'Proportions Catalog'!!!

What I wear these days are akin to these...
Chunky knit x Skinny jeans x Hooded overcoat





What I WANT to wear in the Spring 2014 looks like...



I love the H-line it gives which is a tried and true silhouette on me...
It's totally sporty casual yet clean and fresh looking...
It covers my body well for both warmth and 'work' environment involving students...

It's not overly formal or classic. It looks urban and practical, sporty and casual.
Yet pretty.

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A few more 'fun' proportions I found were these...
Maybe I can wear them on weekends and special occasions...




And also these...
just because they have a little bit of a 'twist' and personality...




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Towards the Summer, I'd opt for shorts...
although I might not be allowed to wear them for work...




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A bit off the chart though, and harder to pull-off,
but something to at least test out are these two...



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OK. Hope you have fun finding your particular issue and solution!!

xoxo


Jessica (That's not me by the way...)


Feb 20, 2014

Jill Chivers' 6 Week Mini Course Review & 40 Hangers Closet


I've been working on the Jill Chivers' email mini course in the past 6 weeks and I am ready to share my exploration into this 'challenge!'

First off, the course DOES cover what it sets out to do. It helps you tame your spending with clothing, AND it helps you learn more about your 'style personality' and how to tame your own wardrobe.


I just spent a while last night, taming my closet and although the course content does not give specifics on HOW to actually sort or organize your closet ie. there are no pictures of sorting methods or which organizational system will benefit you more (I will try to share some tips on this in the future), there is enough 'encouragement' I guess, to get you to take action. Or at least in my case, I ended up Googling 'how to sort wardrobe' and found a delightful new system called 'The 40 Hanger Closet' which worked out beautifully for me! :-)

Inspirational images I found for my closet...


The 40 Hanger Closet is not something that Jill Chivers endorses, just something I found, but I really liked it because compared to Project 333, it was easier to work with. As you can see from the images, although it is called 40 Hangers, you still have lots of shoes, accessories and folded up Tshirts and knit tops in your closet arsenal... so it wasn't as 'stressful' for me to 'Minimalize.'

I know that Project 333 does allow you to choose your own number but because it is called 333, and the initial guideline itself is 33 items for 3 months, I feel like I'm not really winning if I call it 553 or something like that...

Suffice to say, my 3 sectioned dressing room looks beautiful now with my main built in storage, my 2ndary standing armoire, and my coat rack totaling 40 hangers in all. With other compartments and drawers housing my other articles of clothing...

I can't say that it looks like a 'Boutique' yet, but it certainly is getting there! I especially LOVE my pants hanging neatly in a row, and that part of my wardrobe DEFINITELY looks like a boutique! I still have to find a way to store my accessories and jewelry, though.

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Anyhow, to continue with the 'review'...

Secondly, the 6 week course gives lots of thought prompts for those still struggling with shopping issues. I've actually weaned myself off from shopping last year Summer onwards. So I didn't have as much of a need to address these shopaholic tendencies... which I used to have in my twenties.

So, those of you who really spend a lot on clothes and fashion, with little yield and empty wallets or overwhelming credit card bills, please get yourself to a 12 step recovery group OR heed Jill Chivers' advice! The wonderful thing about Chivers' program is that it is specific to WOMEN AND FASHION SHOPPING, which I do believe is more pronounced in women's behavior than in men.

I personally spent my 6 weeks, not buying frivolously for fashion. I did get some thermals during my visit to Chicago, but I did not spend on getting any new clothes otherwise! And it really gave me the 'Power Pause' as Jill calls it, to reflect upon my behavior.

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I think though, my final and my most favored part of her email course was... this. 

Learning about 'Personality Dressing.' Boy, that really was a savvy, nifty little exercise she gave us! I learnt about myself SO MUCH from this! I hope you can learn from it too!

I mean, having been through heaven and hell of color draping, to learning how to Dress My Truth according to Carol Tuttle's system, and learning about Zodiac dressing and Fashion Feng Shui, and two dozen other fashion authors all pushing their concepts and theories on us... I really feel like I've seen and researched more than enough.

Those of you who have read some of my past blog posts would know that I've done Kibbe as well as 18 Personalities, looked at Capsule Wardrobe from iVillage, as well as clothes clusters from Sterling Style Academy, as well as the differing seasonal color analyses out there including the highly revered Sci/Art system. (Wait, maybe I haven't blogged about them ALL yet...)

Anywho, the approach that Jill Chivers espouses reminded me of two very old school fashion and style writers, as well as Fashion Feng Shui's course exercise my friends did for their homework assignment. Her approach to figuring out how you choose to dress and how you already dress, and delving into WHY gave me insights about my way of dressing, far more succinctly than any system or exercise I'd done so far!

So yes, I felt really good for finally getting round to doing her email course!

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For the die-hard fans of fashion and style reading, the two old school writers that this exercise reminded me of are, a) the two female authors of 'Simple Isn't Easy: How to Find Your Personal Style and Look Fantastic Every Day!' namely Olivia Goldsmith and Amy Fine Collins, and b) the authors of '10 Steps to Fashion Freedom: Discover Your Personal Style From the Inside Out' by Malcolm Levene and Kate Mayfield.

I remember reading these two books in my 20s, as a starting out fashion-lover and shopper. The former gives 6 recipes of creating your 'Personal Uniform' as well as teaching you how important it is to try on EVERYTHING you own. And how to come up with your own dressing recipe. For example, the author Ms. Goldsmith shares how her personal uniform is 6 quality pants with well chosen silk blouse collection, with some special occasion skirts. I think it was from reading this book that I first actually tried on everything I owned, and thinking and feeling that I must create my own 'uniform.'

The latter book, focused more on writing things down in your journal. And reflecting on the image you want to project. I remember it was from this book that I started thinking about my favorite fashion icons, as well as 'keywords' to describe my personal fashion style.

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Well, if I had only one choice, I'd go with Jill Chivers' exercise. It cut through a lot of 'misguided' thinking about what is needed and how much is needed to dress myself well.

And it really helped me discover what was already happening, in a fresh new important way! It was like learning about myself from a completely different perspective...

I think it was the Lesson 7 from Week 3. I had to examine how I was dressing myself already and what worked, and WHY I felt this way about the article of clothing I repeatedly wore or loved to wear.

I won't share all the steps here because I think it might infringe upon copyrights issues and such, and I would like Jill Chivers to do well in her business! But actually singling out the clothes I wore often and loved to wear, and writing it down WHY it was happening so gave me a new confidence about my fashion choices and what really mattered to me.

Chivers gets you to examine the opposite too, about what doesn't work and what you hate to wear and examine those too. This list I came up with was even more insight giving than the first!

Let's give you a taste of what I learnt about myself:

a) from what I love to wear and wear often, I found that being current and wearing slimming clothes, as well as having clothes that were chic/calming/flirty/festive were important to me. Having that range mattered to me in my clothing selections.

b) from what disliked wearing and avoided wearing from my existing stash of clothes, being well covered in terms of both being warm and hitting the right lengths, as well as having the right weight of fabric so that my flabby skin won't show was paramount, as well as the garment fabric not being coarse meant a lot to me.

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To wrap up, Jill Chivers email course was really worth the money. The only small yet solvable problem I personally had with the format of her course was that it did not give you any access to a 'Group' or 'Community' and that for a 'social learner' like me, getting email inboxes alone didn't inspire me enough to read through the lessons and answer them all. I needed a social context and like minded friends to actually DO the email course.

Thanks for reading!

Be stylish, be you!

xoxo

Jessica



Feb 13, 2014

Fashion Systems Rank Order - With Applicability & Budget In Mind



Dear Style-Reader,

Tonight, I want to give you my current feelings and thoughts on the various fashion systems I've explored in the past 4+ years.

I just made the above stat card using Bitstrips on Facebook, to give you a clear idea of which system has been the most beneficial and fun, with budget in mind.

1. Zodiac Dressing
I've been introduced to the concept of astrological signs and how they prefer to dress from a series of YouTube videos by AstroLada author Lada Duncheva. You can view all 12 videos via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHel9v15nWY&list=PLh2h8T5IUiBRn2bpRYHW9drMShnJRkFvd 
What I love most about these is that a) they're very insightful about the complex subject matter of personal fashion and style aesthetics, b) completely free, and c) full of visual references using celebrities as well as clothes and accessories sets.

This is the approach I want to test out in the next 90 days, beginning with my birthday in March! :-) I am still unsure though on which set of astrology sets to go with, as astrology can be calculated using the Western Tropical method, as well as Vedic Indian methodology. I hear that the former was created to understand the human psyche better, with the latter focusing more on predictive aspect of astrology. Will post this after I try out my 90 days!


2. Project 333
Although, Project 333 is more about living with 'Less Stuff' and not as much about delving into your personality/psychology/fashion itself, in terms of 'Efficacy' it is totally 'Bang for Your Buck' as a system, reasons being that, a) you do not need to buy or add ANYTHING NEW to your current wardrobe!, b) it teaches you how to edit your wardrobe which is an essential skill any stylist MUST possess, c) it automatically gives you a boutique-like wardrobe once you remove all other clutter other than your 33 items from your closet!, and d) it forces you to consider your work/weekend/special occasion attire for the 3 months and gives you flexibility to switch items out, and e) it cost less than $50 for the course AND it provided me with Facebook Group access with access to other members doing the same project with Courtney Carver giving us encouragement or feedback every now and then.

I remember in my interaction with Ms. Carver, I had told her that I really NEED variety in my wardrobe, and she replied that I could find variety in other areas of my life. I remember distinctly the 3 months I did the Project 333 challenge, I listened actively to more music on YouTube than ever.

The only drawback though that a) I find editing just so very stressful, and b) I was successful for the first month, but I found myself continually falling off the wagon in the continuing months, as the weather got cold, I kept switching out so many items, I no longer held to the idea of the strict 33 items being in my wardrobe.

The most refreshing and surprising thing about doing the Project 333 was that a) nobody ever told me, 'Hey, you're wearing the same thing over and over again!' and in fact, it was during this period when I was actually doing a cross between DYT 4 and Project 333 that I got so many compliments and got photographed a lot by my students, and b) I LOVED opening my wardrobe each morning, and putting back clothes at night was a breeze too.

I actually had 3 pieces of clothing I never wore too, so one really does not need that many articles of clothing to dress oneself for work!


3. Dressing Your Truth
Ah. Dressing Your Truth. The point where my personal fashion and style quest became more community driven, and where my blog got its birthing moment!

First and foremost, I must thank DYT and Carol Tuttle's team for the MOST COMMUNITY DRIVEN fashion program on this planet! I still remember with fondness, poring over the freebie YouTube videos hours and hours in my leisure time, trying to glean more information. Ultimately ending up buying a good majority of their fashion related products; the books, the videos & membership.

If there is one crucial thing that DYT taught me, it is that your Fashion or Style Statement MUST BE A TOTAL PACKAGE. Your hair, accessories, textures, design lines, colors, and patterns, makeup - these all must come from a certain 'strategy' and 'plan' to communicate your dominant energy and movement.

The part that frustrated so many of the more 'complexly beautiful women' I've met including myself is that, although DYT tells women that it is an 'intuitive' program, it is truly not so easy to figure your dominant energy and movement out. I think many Type 4 women in particular, like myself end up spending way too many hours over analyzing their information. Somehow the way the program is set up and the way they describe Type 4 beauty and Type 4 women, it makes one want to resist it.

I was definitely one of them, thinking from their tutorial videos that I was a Body Language wise dominant Type 1, with Facial Profiling dominant Type 2. Never would I have ever guessed myself to be a dominant Type 4.

So this was a surprise, both a welcome change as well as a sore point. On the one hand, hell yeah, I like being called a 'Striking Stunning' beauty, like a model! Then, there was the other side of it, I'm so in my head, I'm not as 'Graceful' or 'Feminine' as a Type 2, or as fun and adorable as a Type 1. And not sexy and hot or creative like a type 3.

Still, DYT gave me a lot of insight into my own personality, parts of me I had not wanted to own up, and helped me embrace that part of myself and become more fully integrated with my Intellectual side.

Seriously, the only part I regret though about this particular system is, a) the cost although a fraction of what Illuminescence supposedly charges you, it still collectively cost me around $400 AND it required a LOT of my time investment too, trying to follow their suggestions and methods. I still had to get properly typed by Carol via Skype to actually know my type which is an additional $200, so the total amount I expended or would have expended is around $600. That to me, is a lot of money.

Not to mention 2 other factors you must not overlook; a) I had such a hard time shopping for the exact items that they taught me to shop for, as Korea predominantly sells gold buckle bags and items in the colder months, b) I spent additional $$$ doing Type 2 dressing for 90 days, getting haircut, buying the clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, makeup which became monumental. I'm not 'blaming' this on DYT, but it LEADS to that, as I know I'm not the only one that ended up shopping like this, trying to amass my Type 2 wardrobe. I wish I had just spent the $200 to get typed by Carol from the beginning. I wish DYT told me that you can't easily type your own self just by reading their books and just by following their video material, because I must have spent 200 hours over 2 years learning their material. Then, I dabbled briefly with Type 1 and 3, followed by finally getting typed as a dominant 4, and going out to acquire the Type 4 stuff... Thankfully the Type 4 stuff have been awesome and I am using them to completion, especially the lipsticks I bought!

I am not against DYT, mind you, I learnt a lot, I made great friends through this journey, I admire the entrepreneurial spirit Carol exudes. I do believe though, that DYT is something one ought to come with more caution than is currently given to women. It was partly the most frustrating and also the most greatly enriching fashion system I've personally encountered and fully explored. I thank DYT team and community for how deeply they have affected me, as it will have its lasting effect on me. :-) Namaste <3


4. Brenda Kinsel
Ooh. This one now goes back in time for me, as I first read her book 'Brenda Kinsel's Fashion Makeover, 30 days to diva style' some time in 2009 or 2010. I had read many a fashion and style book before this, but this was also the most 'in-depth' and accessible book to style your wardrobe, the closet it comes to how a real stylist or image consultant might help you define and put together your look. The colorful and thick papered book cost me around $26 and it actually had me actively clustering my jewelry collection, grouping things in color clusters, teaching me to inventory what I had in my wardrobe, getting me to create an actual album of my style file, with lots of collages and groupings of what I wanted in my dream wardrobe. Despite how physically exhausting it was, I loved every moment of this book!


5. Fashion Feng Shui
Among my fashion groups, Fashion Feng Shui is possibly the most 'Asian/Oriental/Mystical' in flavor. Maybe mystical is not the word, perhaps philosophical is more fitting a description. Coming from such a Far East Asian background myself though, I remember still being baffled that even with FFS, there were actually two different approaches. Hold on, let me rephrase that. Fashion Feng Shui itself is the 'International' one, and its approach is 'Westernized' for its audience. Joey Yap and Rodika Tchi however, remain more traditional and use words like Bazi and use birthcharts to determine your base and natural element, and your supportive element and so on. FFS does not rely on your birth data actually; if I remember correctly, they go by a self quiz, although if you do the full paid class thing, there is an instructor who helps you determine your 3 points of the 'Triangle' which is fundamental to their approach. I love the 'flexibility' of FFS, as well as the 'Transformative' aspect they adpoted for their methodology in getting women to balance their lives, but after having spent my dough on DYT, I've decided to sit on my money for now. The part that I do wonder about and feel a little 'less special about' is how being Far East Asian, the vast majority of my clan will default to being our Water/Earth element with our hair being so typically black and our skin being beige.


6. David Zyla
I learnt about David Zyla through his book around the same time I discovered Brenda Kinsel. So that is probably around 2009 and 2010. I am grateful for Zyla's book and his tips at the back of his book, which are definitely more money savvy than other systems. The single most critical thing about this book is that it got me to actively study and examine my own personal coloring.

I learnt from Brenda Kinsel's book that the 'Key Trifecta' is your hair/skin/eye color combination. I have seen pretty much ALL color systems and ALL image consultants repeat this aspect as being fundamental and crucial to building your own visual image.

Zyla pushes you way further. He gets you to discover and examine your 8 personal colors. I have never looked at my own body with such intensity and vigor in my entire existence on earth. I even invested in a set of Pantone color guide to learn my body colors.

From Zyla's book, which ironically contains zero color in it, I learnt that I'm actually an Autumn coloring. Which later was confirmed with a local color analyst from Coloz.com although I am a Vivid Autumn and can't do any muddy Autumn colors which makes life oh-so-difficult...

My favorite section though regarding budget conscious wardrobe building comes from the latter part of Zyla's book, where he shows women in which priority and order one can build on their new color conscious wardrobe. It starts out with items starting around your face first, so your hair, makeup, and top/blouse need to be the right color first and foremost. Then it can branch out to the other areas, with shoes being your last, as it is the furthest away from your face. In hindsight, I wish I had heeded this while I was doing my excessive DYT type shopping! That would have saved me $$$.


7. Seasonal Color Analysis
This is probably the thing that has been circulated on the internet the most by a whole lot of differing agents, all sharing slightly different 'versions' of what Johaness Itten devised at Bauhaus centuries ago.

I think this is as much a 'cookie cutter' approach as DYT, because of the rigid adherence to the quadrant idea. DYT proposes 4 dominant energies, Seasonal color analysis bases it all on the 4 seasons.

The soupier part of 4 seasons approach arises on how loosely and how rigidly you allow women or men to 'categorize' themselves in. In my personal research and inquiring at my local hairdressers' there is a Japanese based system that vastly contrasts against the American approach.

Where Seasonal color analysis draws their diagram with 4 quadrants as their base, the Japanese one actually goes with 9 areas, very similar to how Feng Shui practitioners would draw up their 'guas.' That really fascinated me.

The more problematic part with trying to implement Seasonal Color Analysis into my wardrobe came from, a) muddier colors, browns and grayed colors not being very good for me which means my palette shrinks so much that it hardly resembles Autumn any way, b) the colors that were on my color card that I purchased from Coloz company looked so awful on me once I tested them at the department store (lipsticks and nail colors), c) whatever my skin reacts best to, my hair color which is definitely the Winter kind just fights so much and it seems like everything just gets cancelled out and look horribly messed up, d) to make Autumn palette work, I'd have to color my hair and my roots periodically and I'm too lazy to do that, and e) browns are not easy to use as a base neutral, as their variances are harder to match than blacks, which makes shopping a total nightmare, finally, f) living in an urban setting, black/white/gray/blue are so much the easier colors to blend in with the environment with, and also they are so much easier to shop for and replace with.


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Thanks for reading all this.
It really has been a journey!

I know there are other systems and books or approaches I haven't mentioned here. But this is all for now, folks.

Happy Valentine's Day!
May beauty, love, and joy find you each day!

Love,

xoxo

Jessica


Feb 3, 2014

Your Rising-Moon-Sun Signs of Astrology Determine Your Fashion Aesthetic!

Today I found a new exciting way of clarifying and articulating, perhaps even 'Envision' my personal fashion aesthetic!

My friend K shared a link to AstroLada and I spent a good deal of time listening to Lada Duncheva on YouTube. I was totally blown away by her insights, and both K and I felt that her insights resonated with our actual day-to-day style preferences and fashion aesthetics!


Here in a nutshell is the gist of what Lada Duncheva explains in her YouTube videos:

1. Look to your Rising or Ascendant Sign as it describes your physique and it is also your  'mask' that you project to the public.

2. Look next to your Venus Sign, as it is telling of what appeals to you aesthetically. It will be even more pronounced for women as it shows their particular femininity.

3. Check your Moon Sign, which is your emotions, feelings, and vulnerability.

4. Check your Sun Sign, as this is the core of your personality.

5. If you know your chart well, the number of planets you have can also be another influential factor in how you prefer to don yourself.

>>> To find your own signs, you can check out http://www.astrolada.com
>>> To view Lada Duncheva's videos, you can type in these keywords in YouTube, "astrolada + fashion."


OK, so for those of you who would like to see how these play out with details, let me share what I found out for myself:

1. My Rising sign is Taurus, and more than anything my shoulders and hips definitely are influenced by Taurus energy, much more so than my Sun in Pisces... According to Lada Duncheva, Taureans are all about natural way of emphasizing beauty, organic firmness, earthy sensuality, mother Earth, and about understated quality. She mentions Penelope Cruz, Halle Berry, Uma Thurman, Princess Diana, and Jessica Alba as some of her examples for this type. Colors for Taureans are brown and green, and lots of natural, organic hues, as well as stunning white, but they are very sensitive to the quality of the fabric they wear next to their skin. The associated body part for Taurus people is neck, so necklaces and scarves can be great accents for us!




2. My Venus is in Pisces, and Pisces reads so differently than I expected. Pisces have many needs and the first thing for the fish people is the ability to move or swim, as they cannot tolerate restriction. They need to be able to move easily, and at times, they even need to be invisible and escape, so articles like big scarves and hats and sunglasses can help them do this. The assigned color for Pisces is transparency, so they like materials that are sheer and colors that reflect the virtues of water, so a lot of cool tones like purples, blues, and greens look great on these people. Pisceans however, are chameleons and elusive, so they are very hard to pin down; they can adapt to all kinds of fashion styles! Other more expected comments about Piscean style is that they like very feminine, girly, romantic styles; I however probably side more with my Taurus side because I don't do over-the-top romantic. Celebs mentioned for Pisces are Jessica Biel, Reese Witherspoon, Emma Watson, Drew Barrymore, and Kirsten Dunst. Pisces are all about feet, so footware can accentuate their beauty!








3. My Moon is in Aquarius, and apparently the Water Bearer sign has a dual goal. First, they favor the cool and edgy, very much Dandy styles like Justin Timberlake (whom I love!) and a lot of these Aquarius folk have an androgynous look to them. But after their 30s, they develop another side to them which they are well capable of doing if it is of their choosing, to dress to 'fit into the mainstream' which is something they won't be so hot about in their younger years. Navy and blue colors, including indigo look amazing on Aquarians.






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Bonus Section:
I also found some really amazing insights from Lada Duncheva regarding the type of partner you will attract based on your 3 key signs (rising/moon/sun). According to Lada, the rising sign usually affects our relationships the most based on her previous readings for people, which would roughly account for more than 40% of our love life, followed by the moon sign which is about 30%, then the sun sign which we are most familiar with usually accounts for 25%. The fascinating advice though is that the sign that is the opposite of your sign actually is deemed your best match! And the rationale is that we learn the most and evolve the most when we are with our opposite sign.

For example, with my rising in Taurus, the partner who will benefit my spiritual and personal growth the most is Scorpio. For my moon in Aquarius, Leo is the best match. Then for my Pisces, a Virgo man will be the best teacher for me. Lada says that the percentages are guidelines, and some people will tend to date their moon's opposite sign the most or their rising sign's opposite sign etc. Of course, when she says opposite sign, it doesn't just mean a guy who has the Sun in that sign, it can be a guy who just has a lot of planets in that opposite sign, or someone who has a moon in that sign, etc., so it is quite flexible in that regard.

In my case, I've dated a fair number of Leo's in my life. And not as many Scorpio's. Probably very very few Virgo's if any! So it'll be fun to see what happens when I start to try new things there!

OK~~ I hope this was entertaining and insightful for you!


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Princess Valerie-Cherry-Pie