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It’s Harvest Season

En Plein Air

Oct_2013_Fall at Northpointe1 (14)French is one of my favorite languages and though I am not a romantic, whenever I hear someone speaking in French images of Paris flit through my mind. In the open air is the English translation of En Plein Air the title of Pantone’s Spring 2015 Fashion Color Report.

The subject of color, as it relates to blind and vision impaired people can be a topic that strikes a nerve in some circles. However the outcome of an informal poll of my blind friends indicates that color is an important aspect of our world that cannot be easily dismissed. Since fashion, trends dictate garment styles and color palettes, these same friends reported that they enjoy being current.

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Admittedly it is difficult explaining the abstract concept of color to someone who has never seen it but I think the opportunity exists for us to step up to this challenge. Another area where technology can help create a more inclusive environment would be on color identifier apps available on Android and the iPhone. While the apps aren’t perfect, in time I believe their performance will improve to allow people the confidence in knowing they’ve chosen the right color.

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Minimalistic is the inspiration within The Spring 2015 Fashion Color Report. I like this intro to the report “This season, cooler and softer color choices with subtle warm tones follow a en plein air theme, taking a cue from nature.”

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll go into more detail on the 2015 colors but for now let’s talk about fall.

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It seems like only yesterday we here on the east coast were yearning for spring to come after enduring a horrid winter. Not unlike the colorful, aromatic, budding blossoms of spring, the turning leaves of fall ushers in a symphony of brilliant warm, rich, oranges, yellows and reds. When I think of autumn I can almost smell delicious hot cider, pumpkin spice and my favorite scent of the season is a crackling wood burning bon fire.

In the autumn of 2013 I was very fortunate to snap some lovely photos of the landscape where I lived. Included in today’s post are the three pictures:

  • Golden colored treetops against a puffy white cloud-covered, blue sky
  • Radiant fuchsia bush
  • Fuchsia bush next to a bright gold tree

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The temperature is considerably cooler than summer yet it is welcome. I like to take advantage of autumn’s cooler weather to layer my clothing with a light jacket, sweater or wrap. I’ve included photos of an outfit I recently wore to the doctors and this time I remembered to include my white cane and Checkered Eye pin because I never leave home without them. Who says one can’t be stylish with a white cane? Following are descriptions of my ensemble:

  • Kohl’s – Rock & Republic Racerback Henley Sleeveless Button-Front top in Cayenne. This top is a mixed-media design with a combined lightweight crepe front and jersey back. It features a raw-edge trim, 3-button placket, 2-pocket, trendy drop-tail hem and shirred racerback.
  • Kohl’s – Vera Wang Mineral-Washed Skimmer Zip Leggings (similar HERE). Vera Wang leggings are the bomb. These navy leggings were originally $40+ but I got them on sale for under $20. The elastic waistband makes for comfortable wear and the zipper detailing at the ankle gives them that little extra oomph.
  • Roxy Jean blue denim jacket. This jacket was given to me several years ago (thank you Margie) and it’s one of my favorite jackets.
  • 6pm.com – Nine West leopard print synthetic snake-skin pointy toe mid stacked heel pumps (similar HERE). I love my heels and as long as there is breath in my body I will continue to wear them. The neutral color of these pumps lets me pair them with a multitude of outfits from beige & white, to navy, red, black or green, the possibilities are endless.

“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” ~Jim Bishop

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Get Your Face Summer Ready

SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ
SEPHORA + PANTONE COLOR IQ

Nothing aggravates me more than trying to find the perfect or near perfect foundation shade for my face. With so many shades, formulations, types and brands it’s enough to make your head spin. You’ve got your creams, liquids, oil-based, sheer, matte, mousse, stick, powder, minerals, tinted moisturizers and let me not forget BB (beauty balms) and CC (color correcting) creams.

Over the years I’ve tried many brands and different formulas some good, others not so good. It didn’t help matters when my skin would change from sensitive, to oily, combination to dry or anywhere in between. Until recent years, the whole looking for new foundation process was just an exercise in frustration.

So, when I caught a May beauty episode on The View I couldn’t contain my excitement on some of the products as shown by Lori Klein. Lori, an expert in the field of beauty, has been makeup artist to Barbara Walters for 19 years.

The first item the outcome of the collaboration between Sephora and Pantone is Color IQ. Color IQ takes the guesswork out of determining the perfect shade of foundation for your skin tone. The Color IQ device (looks to be about the size of an iPhone) is placed against your face in 3 different areas this will ensure you obtain a foundation shade tailored specifically for you. After this is done a number will be assigned which then needs to be inputted into Sephora’s foundation library.

With over 1,500 formulas in Sephora’s library, once you have plugged in your Color IQ number and selected your preferred type of foundation you will receive a number of results from which you can choose. The in-store consultation is free and once you have your Color IQ number you can purchase foundation in the store or online.

For those of you in search of a self-tanner that doesn’t make you look like an Oompa Loompa (the orange people in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) you need look no further than Clarins Golden Glow Booster. All it takes is adding 3 drops to your favorite day or night cream to develop a gradual tan that adjusts to your skin. Jenny McCarthy even spoke up and said that the golden tan she has through the winter months is from using this product. By the way when you stop using the product the tan will diminish as gradually it evolved.

Golden Glow Booster
Golden Glow Booster

Eye makeup wearers the world over have at one time or another had that panda bear look from eyeliner smudging. Heat from the sun, sweat, rain and tears can all wreck-havoc on our eyeliner. Thank goodness for Makeup Forever Aqua Liner available in pencil or liquid formulas.

The Makeup Forever Aqua Liner is available in a variety of shades, is waterproof, smudge proof and doesn’t fade throughout the day. What I found interesting about the liner is that it was developed for the Parisian Aquatic Ballet and it was tested underwater for 5 hours.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes

For lips Lori presented Lancôme Lip Lover Dewy Color Lip Perfector a 3-in-1 lip color that I can’t wait to try. I’ve noticed with age that not only has my skin become dry but my lips as well and it got to the point where I found myself constantly using lip balm so I’m open to trying this product. This 3-in-1 is lip color comes in 18 shades and is described as:

  • Hydrates like a balm
  • Shines like a gloss
  • Intensity of a lipstick
Lancôme Lip Lover Dewy Color Lip Perfector
Lancôme Lip Lover Dewy Color Lip Perfector

Though I am satisfied with my Sheer Cover Mineral foundation the next time I am in the vicinity of Sephora I am going to do the Color IQ so that I can write about my experience and subsequent feedback. The Lancôme Lip Lover Dewy Color Lip Perfector is the other item I am going to try because if memory serves when I tested Lancôme lipstick years back I liked it. So be sure to stay tuned…

“The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural.” Calvin Klein