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Hopefully what I’ve written previously helped you to choose your skin tone and whether you are a cool tone (with dark hair and eyes and therefore a winter) but if both are light,  you are a summer.  If your skin tone however is warm (and your hair and eyes are dark, you are an autumn) and if both are light, your a spring.

“Winter” complexions go well with navy, red, bright pink, and very light colors (lighter than pastels). “Summer” complexions go well with pastels and neutrals tones of powder blue and pink. Both  “cool seasons” winter and summer should avoid orange.

“Autumn” complexions on the other hand should stick with gold tones (beige, orange, deep brown)  while “Spring complexions” wear peach, gold and yellow exceedingly well.  Of all the seasons, these are the two that should avoid white and black as they wash you out.

It gets really complicated when each season is broken down into high and low which basically means as a “summer” myself and translucent skin tone I can wear more colours than most and even the colour experts couldn’t decide.  They decided I was a winter, had to be.  One day as I looked in the mirror I thought, odd, black makes me looks tired and washed out and I’m feeling energetic.  So I took the course myself.  I’m a “high” summer, which means I can wear a mixture of winter and summer colours.  Having said that, I prefer summer colours as they go with my personality.  I’m not given to drama or stark, but I do love elegant and free lines or curves.

When it comes to Jewelry it’s simpler, it’s either Silver or Gold.

Gold metals work best with red, auburn, strawberry blond and other red-tinted hair color along with brown black and hazel eyes.

Silver metals work best with blond, black and brown hair and blue green and grey eyes.

In the store try wearing blue versus orange.  If you look better in blue with silver jewelry, you are definitely in the cool skin tone group.  If it’s the orange with gold jewelry, your a warm skin tone.

Moving on to gemstones, for cooler skin tones I suggest Pink Topaz, Amethyst, Ruby Sapphire or Agate.  For warm skin tones you might consider Citrine, Mexican Opal (orange), brown (jasper), Green (peridot), Teal (blue topaz).

It was deliciously wonderful when one woman and I were chatting and she wanted to know about colour.  She looked down at her hands and her rings and smiled, “I’m a spring.”  She was.  Her jewelry had already given her the answer because often when we choose jewelry, we choose what we LOVE not what we like and because it’s an investment, we rarely choose a piece that doesn’t speak to us personally.

Hope you enjoyed this snippet and that it helps you decide which season most suits you.


Colours and You

Many were interested in how colour works for you.

I’ll add a little more and hopefully, this will make it easier for you to discern if you’re interested which colour best suits you.

Winter – Stark white or black

Heritage plays a big part in colours.  Of course these aren’t fast rules as we are a mixture of nationalities but for the most part, Europeans, Asians, East Indian and some Native Indians (with ink black hair) are winters as are many with dark brown hair.  Dark brown or chocolate coloured eyes

Summer – Powder blue, Dark chocolate brown

Blonds or brunettes with “ash” highlights with green or hazel eyes (translucent skin tones) some brown eyes

Spring – Periwinkle blue

Blonds, brunettes with soft brown or blue eyes some green but with gold flecks

Autumn- Orange (like the fruit)

Dark brown hair, or hair with red or auburn highlights or bright red hair (usually) eyes can vary from brown to golden brown, cognac

These are very basic descriptions.

If you wrap an article of clothing or scarf around your neck, hiding all other colours and look directly at your face (and any “flaws” you wish to hide disappear) this is your colour.  If said flaws are accentuated, then it’s not your colour. If you look drained, tired, washed out, this won’t be a colour for you.

Hope this helps.




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“It’s unusual seeing you sitting out here alone, what’s up?”

“Oh, I was listening.”

“Ok, why?”

“I was with Linda.”

“That doesn’t explain much, but some.”

“I try not to take life for granted you know?”

“Where’s this going?”

“In the space of an hour, she’d heard sounds, that we (I) obviously take for granted.  I’m not sure how she does it, but she does.”

“Give me a for instance.”

“For instance, while we were sitting together on the park bench, she identified at least a dozen different voices, all children playing together.  Not only did she identify the various nuances in the voices, some were happy, others dramatic, some quiet but she explained feelings to go along with what she heard. One child while talking had a depth of sadness that as a sighted person I could discern, but I found it incredible that Linda could tell the depth of her unhappiness.  She was right.  The little girl was sitting on the sidelines, wanted to play but was smaller than the others and couldn’t keep up.  She stopped running and trying.  There was such a dejectedness about her that it startled me.  It was also touching that (I guess it was her sister) ran back, grabbed her hand and tugged her along with the others chasing after a kite.”

“Linda described the entire scene and I don’t know how she knew there was a kite, because it was high in the sky, I didn’t notice any sound associated with it.  A man and his wife were racing around and the children in the park were so delighted they joined in, which the couple didn’t seem to mind, but invited.”

“So this got you to where you are now?”

Opening her eyes, Sienna continued, “I realized that even though I can see and obviously hear, I have been rushing through life, I needed to take a moment to connect again, with all the sounds I hear which are so precious and which add so much to any experience.”

“Were, are you feeling sad for Linda then?”

“On the contrary.  I realized that she hears and absorbs far more in the space of a few minutes than I do in hours.”

“First, you don’t take much for granted.  Secondly, it’s always good to touch base and appreciate what we have.”

“I have to write an essay for the professor so I decided the subject would be about appreciation, hearing in particular and to do that, I need to take time to listen, really listen to what I hear and describe it in colours and nuances.”

“Sounds like a winner to me.”

“I thought I’d interview Linda as part of the thesis, describing the difference between us, not all blind people, just us.”




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