(I apologize for the unpolished post that was part one. It ended quite abruptly and didn’t have very good flow. I hope that sometime I will be able to edit it.)
I last wrote about this past spring of 2013. Early that summer, I was able to buy a discounted True Spring fan from a color analyst, who said it was Spectrafiles, even though the fan read that it was original Sci/ART. I’m not informed enough to know the difference (between the two fans, not between the two companies, which is its own saga). I began to mostly use the TSp fan, as it was less saturated and did not have the cool pinks I was beginning to instinctually stay away from. I was convinced that it was my color home in the 12 season system.
For the rest of the summer, I wore bright, warm colors happily. I was content for the first time in years to have blonde hair, which was, I thought, quite similar to my hair color. (But not close enough as it would turn out.) This was amazing in itself, because I have had black, brown, copper, pink, purple, blue-green, and just about every other color hair over the last 10 years. The only reason I decided to grow out my natural haircolor was to see what color it was and to see what season I was. I had every intention of dyeing my hair coppery brown until my hair went gray.
But after finding what I was sure was my color home, I started to feel self-confident and beautiful for the first time since gaining so much weight with pregnancy #3. My taupe hair was like a blank palette for any gorgeous color I felt like wearing. And I could pass by a mirror and not feel disappointed and disheartened. That was huge for me, and it occurred to me to try and help other people feel better about themselves also. I began to save money towards color/style analyst training.
In late summer, I finally had enough money saved to sign up for the long distance training course through Body Beautiful. I excitedly waited for the kit to arrive, and while I waited I practiced by analyzing my sisters. I used the sourcebook written by the course’s teacher, Carla Mathis, to learn more about coloring through the basic properties of color and how they apply to the coloring of the body (it is titled The Triumph of Individual Style, and is also available in its British-spelled version, Timeless Style). I started to notice that my ‘body colors’ (the colors of my hair, skin and eyes) were not as saturated as I expected. This fueled the theory that I wasn’t Bright, but I still knew that bright clothes were flattering, even if bright lipsticks were a bit too much. I simply thought that I had a larger palette of flattering colors than I previously realized, which included muted/deep coral and a soft pastel lime.
After looking at my colors so closely, I began to expand what I saw as possible for my Zyla ‘true colors’ (the 8 colors Zyla says are most flattering for one to wear, found in the eyes, skin, and hair). Looking for images to represent the colors, I came across swatches of Aromaleigh mineral makeup (makeup which I didn’t buy at the time, but were the prettiest makeup formulations I had ever seen, with by far the most variety) and I assembled a palette which was (largely by happy accidents and a dash of intuition) arguably the most accurate projection of what Zyla would give me than has been created by any other member in the Facebook Zyla groups.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough information or knowledge yet to know how to apply these colors, so it didn’t refine my clothing choices much. And my colors were still found in the Fragonard paintings of Floral Spring, so I continued in my funky retro style.
I felt pretty, but not very refined. I knew the style rules for my body type, but something was missing.