March 04, 2020 3 min read 1 Comment
If I had been born just a few weeks later, I would be considered a Gen Xer. A birthday in November, 1964 makes me one of the youngest of the Baby Boomers. That generation made the most transformative contributions to American culture in the late 20th century. Thanks to the boomers the 1980’s saw women entering the business world in record numbers and blazing new career trails.
I was good in math and science so everyone assumed I should go into business, including me. I enrolled in Syracuse University’s School of Management focusing on Personnel Management because I really liked people! As much as I enjoyed my classes, something creative called to me and I jumped on the opportunity to take some Art History classes. I was fascinated by all the beautiful paintings and how they illuminated world history. I took as many classes as I could. While my business courses involved logic and structure, art history helped me to see life from a whole new perspective. Looking back, I was destined to combine my love for art with an affinity for business.
Surprisingly, it was a book my mother brought on vacation that first introduced me to Personal Color Analysis. On a long car trip to Florida for spring break she brought Carole Jackson’s, “Color Me Beautiful.” This book popularized color analysis in the 1980’s. We attempted to determine each other's colors, my aunt’s colors and even my poor father who spent the entire vacation listening to us talk about color and seasons. We never could figure out where we all fit. I graduated with a degree in Personnel Management and a minor in Art History and joined the corporate world.
While working in Human Resources interviewing, hiring and training candidates I started recognizing how color affected me, my impression of people and assessment of their abilities. Those wearing black I barely remembered no matter how accomplished or capable they might have been for the job. Those dressed in a color that seemed to drain them or overwhelm them distracted me in a negative way. Those dressed in colors and styles that were appropriate appeared to know themselves better. So they seemed a better fit for the position and were hired.
Around this time my cousin Julie "got her colors done" and the results were amazing! She was already attractive & stylish but now she always look pulled together and there was a confidence and glow about her. I sought out my own personal color analysis in a 4-season color analysis system similar to Color Me Beautiful which was the only thing available at the time. More confusion. Some of the colors seemed right, but others did not work for me. How did color analysis create amazing results for some, but not for all?
I began listening to my inner compass and paying close attention to the ways colors looked on me. Julie and I read books and combed the internet learning everything possible about personal color analysis and discovered a more expansive concept than the 4 season system. Professional Munsell Colorist Kathryn Kalisz of SciArt offered training in color harmony and we became certified in her 12-season Personal Color Analysis System. The subtle differences between the 12 seasonal tones accommodate every person and every color. The science behind this system reinforced what I had learned about color harmony as an Art History student. Everything finally made sense!
This system was an important resource and it was clear this knowledge needed to be shared with a wider audience. Incredibly, a perfect space where I lived in the village of Pittsford, NY became available and Rochester’s first personal color analysis studio was in business! Since 2005 I have analyzed colors for thousands of clients, guiding them in creating their own color harmony. Each brings me a greater understanding of how we all fit into the natural world and also reinforces the theories outlined in the 12-season color analysis system.
Analyzing which colors look best is the first step. Providing clients with additional services and the tools they need to look pulled together makes Indigo Tones unique. I am especially proud to have designed and developed my own unique personal color swatch books, created a line of botanically based non-toxic cosmetics, and curate clothing and accessory pieces for all shapes, styles, colors and budgets for the online resale boutique.
My journey to finding color harmony in my personal and professional life has been exciting and rewarding. As a Personal Color Analyst and business owner I meet new interesting people each day. I love helping them feel confident wearing color and being themselves. It’s very fulfilling making the world a more colorful harmonious place!
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November 30, 2021 3 min read
I am so excited to introduce you to a trusted colleague and fellow color enthusiast, Jewelry Designer Sara Silvio. Years ago a client of mine introduced me to Sara's work and since then I have had the pleasure of analyzing her colors, choosing pieces which have become favorites in my own jewelry collection and collaborating to bring our clients masterfully crafted wearable art.
After years of preparation, Sara and I are now launching an exquisite line of jewelry exclusively curated for the Indigo Tones 12 seasonal tones. With unequivocal passion and painstaking enthusiasm, we have created collections of unique pieces inspired by her world travels to reflect the colors and vibe of each season. Meet Sara!
November 01, 2021 2 min read
I am thrilled to introduce you to a Rochester treasure and the hippest Optician on the planet - Dark Autumn, Tamra Asmuth, founder of One Hip Chic Optical. Tamra and I realized our shared passion for color and art during her color analysis many years ago. Since then we have collaboratively helped our mutual clients to confidently wear eyeglasses that enhance their unique style, face shape and coloring.
One Hip Chic offers an interesting selection of unique frames by designers from all over the world. Her local shop was recently named "America's Finest Optical Retailer" by Invision, a leading industry magazine.
October 02, 2021 2 min read
It was a treat for me to do a "surprise" color analysis for Donald Green for his 50th birthday several years ago. He was a good sport and went along for the ride and jumped enthusiastically into his Warm Autumn palette. Donald is a Podologist and runs a specialized European foot care center. I was amazed at his professionalism and attention to detail on my first visit. He and I share a similar exacting approach to our systems and methods and I appreciate the care he gives each and every client.
In the years since his color analysis he has incorporated his colors into his business branding and lifestyle.
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