If you haven't noticed it yet, I have a list on my sidebar of the books I'm reading. My goal is to do a short review of each book when I remove it from the list.
So my most recent completion? "Color Me Beautiful" - an eighties fashion and style book by Carole Jackson obtained from Paperback Swap. Keith laughed when he saw it, and I have to admit some of the hair and clothing in the photos is pretty dated. The wardrobe advice didn't much apply to me either since the author was advising business suits as wardrobe essentials . . . umm, how about jeans?
What I DID like was the color advice. I have never felt that I knew which colors looked good on me. I had heard the term "color season" but was not sure which season I would be. For years now I thought maybe I was an autumn since I like how I look in chocolate brown . . . but I was WRONG WRONG WRONG. According to this book, Autumns have to wear yellow, which is the one color I KNOW I look awful in!
So this book took me through a step-by-step diagnosis of my color season, and it turns out I am a summer. Now that I know that, I can refer to my little "color sheet" when I'm shopping for clothes. If a color is on the summer color sheet, it will look good on me! I'm not about to get rid of my whole wardrobe just so I can buy all new summer colors, but at least anything new I buy will have to fit the criteria.
The other advice I appreciated was make-up. I have always just guessed on make-up tints. So after reading this book I took advantage of the FREE Jane make-up at Walgreens to try on a few different colors. And I found a combo I really like. It must be good, because Keith has never liked me to wear makeup and now he can't stop talking about how much more beautiful I've become since he married me . . .(seriously he's said this about three times in the last week.)
And "Color Me Beautiful" says the ultimate test of whether you are wearing the correct colors is the compliments you will start getting. It's true! Since I started wearing the right make-up and when I've been wearing the right colors, I've gotten FOUR compliments from random acquaintances. Now how crazy is that?
So check it out from the library or ask to borrow from me, because your color season can be a lot of fun to discover!