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Wearing Colors Can Really Change our Lives

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

I love wearing black! There, I said it! It’s practical, fast and it matches everything.

In fact, my wardrobe was once a paradise for the color black. It even got to the point that I didn’t notice it anymore since buying black garments and accessories became as natural an act as walking or drinking water.

I didn’t even have to think of what to wear, as I already knew it would be “a black look.”

The heavy influence of the color black was partly dictated by the big city I lived in. Large and busy urban environments are tough places and everyone is always on the go, so in wearing a black outfit we sort of blend into the urban landscape.

Then, one day, my mother brought to my attention what had become of my wardrobe and that was really the very first time I started to think about the power and characteristics of colors. I also noticed that many characteristics of the color black were infused in my life.

What exactly are those characteristics?

Actually, that deserves a whole blog posting of its own. The wonderful black color which Western society loves so much has a long and interesting history and so makes it one of the most powerful colors in the palette. If you’re more interested in knowing all about our favorite color, I encourage you to read the book, Black: The History of a Color, by Michel Pastoureau – Princeton University Press.”

Today, however, we will analyze the influences and messages we send out when surrounding ourselves with other colors.

So, how is any of this knowledge important? The answer is very simple: we choose colors based on emotions, whether consciously or unconsciously (most of the time though unconsciously).

And so, by raising the awareness of our color selections, we automatically come in touch with our inner feelings and thus it becomes easier to identify with what we’re emotionally linked to at that specific time.

Amazingly, by wearing colorful clothing, or even just visualizing a specific color, we can shift our emotions and even create new ones which can be very beneficial to our lives.

We have reviewed already the influences brought by the colors blue, yellow, green and pink. This week we will review the colors orange, red, burgundy and purple.

ORANGE

A mixture of red and yellow which is a combination of motivation and alertness.

The result? Orange is a great anti-depressant.

This marvelous color fills our eyes with enthusiasm, courage, joy and a desire to start the day on the right foot. This color also cuts through all the boredom.

Taking on the characteristics of focus and awareness from the color yellow, orange help us to find out where we are in life.

Do you need some extra motivation? Optimism? Energy?

Then start by using those orange garments hidden in your wardrobe, or go purchase some house décor in this lively color, or even simply add some orange foods to your diet. You’ll receive and distribute lots of encouragement.

RED

This color is very much linked to our entire existence and life energy.

Red expresses our very human nature. It is a color that transmits strength, power, determination and courage. And when I say courage, I mean it in the deepest sense of the word.

Red brings immediate interest, as it is a color related to the human heart, which is the root of our humanity. It’s a color related to life, motivation and audacity. It encourages us to fight for what we believe in as a ferocious lion.

By adding red elements to our environment we’re welcoming its amazing energy to our lives.

In fact, when you’re feeling distracted or tired, try wearing something red or just eat some red fruits. It will help in bringing your attention back down to earth and induce you to take action once again.

BURGUNDY

L’Chaim!

Burgundy is the color of dark wine which is typically associated with nobility, valuable items, luxury and riches.

Wine tasting is an experience not to be missed, and so, tasting the pleasures of life help us to focus on the present time.

How many of us have been so distracted at a moment of joy that we actually ended up missing part of it? It’s like living only half a life.

Wearing Colors to Change our Lives

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Have you been to a wedding lately? How did you feel, looking at the beautiful bride, coming down the aisle peacefully and standing beside her beloved groom, smiling as an angel, dressed in a wonderful white gown?

Now, imagine the same scene, the same groom, the same smile and the same joy… but now the bride comes down the aisle in a red gown. How would you feel? What about the reaction of the other guests? How would you feel about the color of her dress?

What if the bride had shown up in a black gown? Yellow? Orange?

This wedding scene is the easiest way to illustrate the influence of colors in our emotions. Its power can be experienced physically and mentally, from the food we eat to the weather outside. What’s the immediate reaction upon seeing food that has a different color than the one designed by nature… like… a purple tangerine, or a green piece of bread? What if, instead of blue, our sky was white? Or brown?

The messages given by colors are strongly connected to our deepest emotions. And the good news is: by changing the colors of our garments, we can also change our reality.

The reaction to a color change in our garments will be reflected in us and in those who surround us (remember the wedding guests?). By choosing colors that have the attributes you’d like to add in your life, you will notice that your friends, co-workers and family will start interacting with you in a different way.

What’s the right color? All of them! Every color generates a different emotion that has its root is in our subconscious mind. Physicist Leonard Mlodinow, an authority in research on the subconscious mind, confirms, among many other specialists, that even decisions that appear to be totally conscious have their roots in the unconscious mind (Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior, Mlodinow, 2012).

A MIND OF FEELINGS

Still not sure? Think for a moment: why is Facebook logo blue? Why do car companies design their logos in silver? Why do famous restaurants prefer warm colors such as red, orange and burgundy? Why do fast food restaurants use yellow and red, instead of, say, green and white to their ads?

You can use this color knowledge to your advantage. It’s a very pleasant experience.


COLORS, THEIR MEANINGS AND INFLUENCE

BLUE
Seen in rivers, oceans and lakes when reflecting a glorious sky. Blue is the color that our mind connects to water, to the natural flow of things, to a peaceful sky that brings us calmness and the feeling of being safe. We trust we will have a good day when looking at a blue sky. Our mind connects this color to trust. When we trust, we’re relaxed, all anxieties vanish in water, they’re carried far, far away by the flow of an imaginary river… (You got calmer just reading these words, right? This is due to the phenomenon of visualization. According to color specialists, when visualizing a color, the body feels its effects as strongly as seeing it with the eyes.) Adding blue clothes to your wardrobe will aid you in raising feelings of peace and calm, and will increase your trust levels in yourself as well as stimulate others to trust you. Now you know why policemen uniforms are made in this color.

YELLOW
Road signs, traffic lights, warning signs… why are all these yellow? Do they get your attention? Do they make you focus? Bingo! That’s the answer. Yellow is used to enhance the sentiment of attention, alertness and concentration. Our sun is yellow, and when we see it we feel alert, awake, and full of life, ready for the activities we will engage in on this bright new day. We want to rush, go outside and do something! That’s the message that this wonderful color transmits. When wearing yellow, our optimistic feelings and rational thinking will get a boost, not to speak of our confidence level. Since this color is connected to the attention mode, by wearing it, you’ll transmit and get that. If you’re not ready yet to embrace this amazing color, take small steps toward its wonderful influences through yellow flowers, yellow accessories and yellow foods. Personally, I do love this color!

GREEN
Think about nature and its natural resources for health. We all feel calmer when surrounded by trees or walking on the grass. Green tea, anyone? We feel connected to the Earth, we feel natural, allowing ourselves to take that step we need toward balance. Green lights give us the “Go!” feeling, and how happy do we feel when getting close to traffic lights and being welcomed by the green one? Green is connected to possibilities (Go!), growth (nature), allowing to connect to something beyond physical limitations (walking barefoot on grass), and, as we do that, we will start to reflect on where we are going and if we’re taking the right direction. This color will help us and those around us to connect to feelings of growth, equilibrium and decisions made by the heart. Green fields remind us of prosperity, and maybe that’s why this was the color chosen for money.

PINK
Many cute objects are pink. Is it a girl’s color? Pink roses give us soft feelings and love cards are usually light pink. Vulnerability, showing emotions without fear of being judged, getting close to others in a delicate way, loving the other, allowing us to step into sensitive territory in the land of our hearts. Care. Support. Inviting the idea that our happiness is made by ourselves only, and no one else. When was last time you saw a guy wearing a pink shirt? Was he self-confident? Did he care about your opinion? Did you feel this person was in a state of mind above and beyond being affected by criticism? You know what? He was… beyond and above. Being vulnerable is one of the highest expressions of spirituality. We are open to give and to receive, without judgement. Pink is a color of self-acceptance and it invites the idea of being sincere with ourselves and others. Must I say that pastel pink is one of the main fashion trends for this coming Fall/Winter? Allow yourself to enjoy pink.

It was a pleasure to introduce you to this study of color and its influences. Are you thinking now about tips of color combination? No need to hire a color specialist for that, because Nature is here to help us! Take a look at your local flower shop, how do you like the color combination of that orchid? What about the wonderful color combination we learn from various species of fish? What feelings do you have when paying attention to their colors? If you live in a big city, take a look at window displays from famous retailers, they have competent people responsible for organizing all items shown in the most harmonious color combination. We can learn a lot from these great professionals.

You could start today adding color to your accessories or décor items in the environment where you spend most of your time.

Enjoy your Colors!

The Lovely Apple

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about how to dress up well when we are not familiar with our own body type. But how can a person not be familiar with his or her own body?

By familiarity, I am talking about love and acceptance. Only when a woman cultivates these two attributes, will she get familiar with her own body. If this physical structure we’re born with, which we call body, is not fully loved and accepted, our inner and outer self will always be in a struggle.

When we love and accept who we are, life becomes so different, so positive and so great. Love your body instead of fighting against it. That’s one of many strong principles in the art of styling.

In the previous weeks, we introduced the concept of the 5 main body types, now it’s time to get to know them better. This week, we will explore the best clothing options for the Lovely Apple.

Knowledge is power, remember? When you feel empowered, there’s no fear. No fear of clothes, malls, salespeople or colors. (Yes, fashion is insightful!)

The Apple body type is known to have the larger proportion of its form carried around the tummy area and not to have a defined waistline. But is that true?

What is a waistline, after all? Isn’t it at the belly button area? Not always. The thinnest area of the torso of an Apple-shaped woman is a little bit below the bust line, then making this area her waistline. Because of that, garments that are fitted at this particular area are the best bets for our lovely Apples.

Ready to explore more details?

Belts should be positioned with calm and patience. It will take you some minutes to find your sweet waistline spot at first, but once you find it, you’ll feel so happy about your new discovery. You will see belts as great friends instead of outer space objects that until then could only be of use of other women.

Another way to make a good use of your waistline is through the Empire Waist silhouette dresses. The Empire Waist is fitted until below the bust line, falling loose from there to the bottom hem. This silhouette elongates the body at the same time that it disguises the tummy curves.

That’s important information. Most Apple-shaped women wear fitted garments that define too much the curves of her stomach. By falling loose from the waistline down, the empire silhouette will take all attention off this area.

If you would like to elongate your body, use plenty of V or U necklines. In case you keep the tziniut dress code, you can create an optical illusion by using a V or U necklace, a fake collar or just a scarf beautifully adjusted in these shapes. The effect takes on an even nicer appearance if a mirrored V is made, meaning, a V-necklace on top of a V-neckline. Besides elongating the neck and body, the V shape on your top will take away attention from your midsection.

Use and abuse of drapes: placed in the right position, drapes take away all the attention given to your mid-section curves and create a flattering look. Another reminder: when wearing knits, give preferences to prints. Why? Because the eyes crave shapes, shades and colors. When using a jersey knit in solid color, the eye would go after all body curves and traces of shades it can find. Solid color knits are revealing, so it can cause a lot of… “situations,” as I would put it. By using printed knits, the eyes will be distracted by the prints and will not pay attention to the body forms. It’s easy!

Why not look for a printed wrap dress that creates drapes at the waistline area? If you prefer woven fabrics, go with textured ones.

For jackets and sweaters, choose the ones whose hems finish a bit lower than your hipbone. If the jackets are fitted (tailored or structured), bingo! A fitted jacket does the entire job: it shapes the body beautifully and gives a wonderful waist definition.

Leave your tailored or structured jackets open, it will give you a slimmer figure.

Another important hint is to bring attention to your bottom half with the help of A-line and flared skirts: they will create an “hourglass” illusion. Flared skirts also look great on you.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/styling-with-esther/the-lovely-apple/2013/05/30/

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