Part three of my color/style journey

Having spent a few months learning bits and pieces about Zyla’s system and observing my own personality, I slowly realized I was not very peppy anymore. I may have been happy-go-lucky when I was younger, and I am still go-with-the-flow, but bubbly is no longer something I call myself. My friend believed that I was not extroverted as I believed, but introverted. This surprised me. After I began to pay attention, I began to see other personality traits that I didn’t expect. I found that I was more like the Summer personality than I thought…more graceful and languid than bouncy & energetic; reserved yet unpretentious. Summer is likened to water, flowing yet forceful, with still waters that run deep.

I knew I wanted to get a proper palette from Kathy (founder of Beauty Valued), and to see the lovely ladies in San Francisco again before I moved. A truly custom palette could help me find my color home for sure. A month before moving, I was able to have my colors re-done, while my wonderful, patient, gracious carpool buddy watched my incredibly active 3 year old for me. (So much love for this, it was unexpected and whole-heartedly appreciated!! <3)

My hair at this point was at least 75% natural, with only highlights here and there. I didn’t think it would make much of a difference, compared to the first analysis. It made a huge difference! My palette was far less saturated than it had been. The shiny golden yellow hair I had before was not the same as the multi-dimensional, golden taupe I had 6 months later. My colors were far from dull and muted, but they were not bright — more rich and soothing. Unexpected, but not unhoped for: after realizing my mind’s view of myself was so different from reality, I had re-examined other Zyla archetypes and the type I loved (which my husband had picked for me immediately) had the soft, rich colors of Old World tapestries (Renaissance Summer).


I drove home brimming with ideas and excitement with how my new color palette related to my new findings in David Zyla’s system and my own personality. One of the things I looked forward to was naming my personal fan — all her clients have chosen names for their palettes, usually at least partially suggested by Kathy. She believes color tells a story…the quantity of certain colors and how they interact with each other. (For instance, lots of grassy greens sprinkled with various bright colors reminds one of a flower garden, does it not?)

We collaborated over the next couple weeks, and finally decided on the name ‘Stormy Dusk’. She said that when she looked at my palette, it brought to mind coral flower petals, scattered by the breeze/winds on the shore of a stormy ocean. I loved it — although the beach I imagine is not a very sandy one, but rocky, next to a forest.

Zyla’s system originated from Suzanne Caygill’s color theory, and those seasons are divided more by ‘energy’ type than color. The level of contrast and saturation your best colors are at, in comparison with your natural coloring, tells a story about you. It sounds ridiculous at first, but it’s true. In general, people who love bright colors have bright personalities; people who love muted colors have calm and stable lives. When you think about it, you realize that when you see a person dressed in calm colors and patterns, you don’t expect them to be a spitfire in personality.

Knowing my colors was a huge step towards knowing myself better. Many of my colors, I actually saw in the Zyla Floral Spring Fragonard paintings, but they were the darker ones found in the shadows. Who sees the shadows as the prettiest part of a painting? I guess someone who looks best in shaded colors! Or maybe someone with a ‘shadowy’, mysterious personality, as I’ve been told various times in my life..

What’s that? Color doesn’t tell a story?!

If you say so..

..either way, I was finally going to find out my Zyla type for sure, because the man himself was coming to Savannah for Christmas!


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