April 01, 2021 3 min read
I am thrilled to introduce Warm Spring, Andrea Bonawitz, an innovative colleague in Hair Coloring and Image Coaching. Andrea and I first met several years ago when she asked me to co-teach a class at Rochester Brainery on Creating a Colorful Capsule Wardrobe.
ACapsule Wardrobeis a truncated wardrobe of 50 items or less based on a simple color scheme and essential, foundational, interchangeable pieces.
Our philosophies on image, color, wardrobe and simplifying were so aligned that we seamlessly put together our class and we continue to find new ways to collaborate and expand our knowledge together. We offer a Colorful Capsule Wardrobe package that combines our services to help clients completely streamline their closets.
Andrea specializes in natural curly hair (she is Deva Curl certified) and gray color enhancement at her business, Parlour Hair Salon in the heart of the cultural district in Rochester, NY. But she also offers a holistic approach to helping her clients complete their look and wardrobe with Andrea Bonawitz Styling.
Andrea's warmth and enthusiasm for teaching and helping her clients radiates and is infectious. She has inspired me over and over again to continue to share my knowledge of color harmony with a larger audience and try new technology.
As a Hair Colorist and Personal Image Coach, I initially connected to Kerry in order to collaborate. Naturally, I became a client as well! Working with Kerry is a fascinating experience. First of all, she’s a very gifted communicator. She teaches in a simple, direct manner. When I wear my colors, it brings out the life in my skin, hair, and eyes. I refer clients to Indigo Tones frequently and tell them that "I would love to be a fly on the wall" at every single on of their appointments!
What prompted you to have a personal color analysis?
I am a hair colorist with a fashion background. I wanted to understand how the process worked, apply it on myself first, and then share this knowledge with my salon guests.
How has it changed your life?
Applying color theory to my capsule has refined my wardrobe into pieces that make feel good AND help my skin to appear glowing. I have been teaching for years about “creating a capsule wardrobe,” (a mini version of your wardrobe for day to day wear) and color theory fits right in with it! I can minimize the daily stress of choosing an outfit, make every day a “favorite outfit day,” and truly radiate by wearing my colors.
In what ways has it changed the way you approach your business?
So often, Hair Colorists rely on their gut instincts, or preferences when guiding clients. I am fortunate that I have a good instinct and a lot of experience working with a variety of clients. This has been useful, but understanding Color Harmony Theory from Kerry has helped me to approach each client with a fresh eye and reinforces that one size does not fit all.
(I am encouraging Kerry to share this knowledge with fellow hair colorists in a way that we can apply practically when working with clients).
What has been the biggest challenge?
It is not always possible to find my best neutrals in stores. I need warmer neutrals. Usually mostly black and gray are available. I often wear black as my work uniform. I do my best to create harmony by intentionally wearing my hair color and my accessories in my color family.
Any interesting things happen when you are were wearing your colors?
Generally speaking, I get more compliments on my features. I will take it!
Tell me about your favorite color in your palette.
Haha, anyone who knows me knows I really love variations on aquamarine (see my head shot lol). I love a silky soft, gunmetal, greige (warm light) green as a neutral when I can find it!
Tell me about your closet.
I work off 2 Capsule Wardrobes. The first is a colorful capsule of 40-50 items that feel most authentic. The second is a Black Capsule (for salon work) of about 30-40 items. I have been working slowly on acquiring more Warm Spring Colors since having another baby last year! Finally, the colors in the wardrobe are starting to take over the black pieces!
I tend to have MORE FUN shopping and an easier time “letting go” when I know exactly what colors I am looking to acquire!
If you would like to continue reading about the Warm Spring journey, please check out the 2020 featured Warm Spring, KC Rossi.
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November 30, 2022 4 min read
It is my pleasure to introduce Dark Winter, Meg Casebolt, founder of Love At First Search, an agency that guides small online business owners, especially female entrepreneurs in creating search friendly websites and strategic content. She helps her clients to optimize how they show up in search results in Google, Youtube, etc - Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
I learned to start by identifying the core essence of my business, to choose visuals and words that would be send out a clear message in an appealing way and how use all the tools to help viewers see me clearly and navigate around my site effortlessly. It is so similar to how I help my clients understand their coloring and style with special tools to authentically maximize a natural look in the simplest, most streamlined way.
Meg and I both help our clients to be seen!
October 26, 2022 1 min read
The past few months have been so rewarding helping clients purge their closets of items that may be their style but not in flattering colors. So many of us are ready for a simple, streamlined wardrobe where everything in it feels like a YES!
Some really motivated clients wanted to edit their closets and were happy for Indigo Tones to help them find a good home for some of their favored items.
As soon as the clothing exchange got started it was amazing how excited everyone was to purge and donate pieces that were not right for them. A big motivator was knowing that they would go to the right person who shared the same size style and was just as eager to find the items in their own colors and lovingly wear them!
Everyone in the clothing exchange had a blast and continues to enjoy curating their closet to be a unique expression of their coloring and personality.
Enjoy the pics of the exchanges!
October 26, 2022 4 min read
It is my great pleasure to introduce Dark Autumn, Joan Lincoln - Rochester, NY's fashion and beauty icon for decades! She lives life with style & flair and a never ending enthusiasm for connecting and collaborating with local businesses and charitable organizations. Her entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen belie a family oriented local girl sensibility and humanity that she brings to her business ventures.
I have collaborated with Joan for years. In the decades since I opened my first studio in Pittsford, NY around the corner from a fabulous boutique she managed, she has become Rochester's leader on all things involving fashion and style.
We share a passion for empowering women to be their best by making style affordable and accessible while lessening the impact of the fashion industry on the environment.
Read more about Joan's eclectic and expansive contribution to helping women in this month's colorful lives blog.
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