January 04, 2023 4 min read
The past year I had the fortune to get to know an amazing couple who uniquely embraced growth through color and brought much inspiration to me personally and professionally. They worked as a team with me to modify their wardrobes, redo their closet and bring all they have learned during their color consultation into other aspects of their lives.
In October, I introduced you to Warm Autumn, Erin Sirianni and now it is my pleasure for you to meet her Cool Winter husband, Danny. While Danny's coloring is dark and cool, his personality is warm and open. As a Realtor and business owner of Sirianni Realty, he understands that real estate decisions are made visually and viscerally. He saw immediately the value in wearing flattering and harmonious colors and promptly incorporated it into his approach to his business.
Read more about his journey in this month's colorful lives blog.
What prompted you to have a color analysis?
My Warm Autumn wife before she knew she was a Warm Autumn had the idea. One of the best questions I have ever heard was when we first met and Erin asked me if I was willing to grow? No one has ever asked me that and it intrigued me. So to answer your question we both decided to find out our color that best suits us so we can continue growing on our beautiful journey.
How has it changed your life?
The color analysis has simplified my life by simplifying my clothes shopping. It has made it so easy to select certain clothes that fall within my colors. This not only saves me time but also money. Have you ever bought something that wasn't quite right? We all have and it just sits in the closet and you always grab the other item that best suits you. Now, can you imagine all your clothes being the one that suits your best? Wow, it's incredible.
In what ways has it changed the way you approach your business?
I have now incorporated color analysis and Kerry into my business. Kerry is now a teammate of Sirianni Realty where I have all existing and new realtors and brokers visit with Kerry. I give this gift as a benefit of working at our brokerage. If you can show up looking your best why wouldn't you? I believe it's very important to put your client first and by doing this you cannot be thinking about yourself even down to the point of what you are wearing and how you think you look. Our concentration needs to be focused on the best interest of our client.
What has been the biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge is perfecting the exact colors that are yours when buying clothes. Believe it or not there are a lot of black clothes that have many different shades and tones. (see the different black shoes below - the darker, saturated black works better with everything in my closet). Not all of these tones and shades are mine so figuring out which ones are the most challenging. My colors are usually found most the year besides my actual season of cool winter, however some other colors are more difficult to find and are only available during your color season so this can be difficult also.
Any interesting things happen while you were wearing your colors?
The most interesting thing that has happened to me when I'm fully embracing my correct colors is I get a large number of compliments on what I'm wearing. It's pretty funny because it happens almost every time without fail.
What was the biggest surprise?
My biggest surprise is I was pretty close to what my color analysis determined I was. This helped me not purging everything and allowed me to get rid of some items and just add to my current wardrobe.
Tell me about your favorite color in your palette.
My favorite color has always been black so when Kerry did the color analysis and black was one of my colors and one of my dominant colors I couldn't be happier.
Tell me about your closet.
My closet now is complete with all my correct colors based on Kerry's analysis. Erin and I also decided to remodel our closet to give us a better view and more space to continue our color analysis journey. It's never been easier to get dressed in the morning because no matter what clothes I grab they all are the right ones. Kerry also came to our house to help us get rid of any colors that didn't fall into our analysis which was a huge help.
Besides the great color analysis we have also gained a great friend in Kerry. She is a true professional who has passion in what she does. You cannot beat love and passion and this is what Kerry brings to the table.
How fun it was one evening last autumn to run into Danny and Erin and Cool Summer, Anne Stout! Thank you Danny and Erin and Anne for being enthusiastic clients, inspiring professionals and now dear friends!
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September 07, 2023 6 min read
It’s a treat to introduce you to this month's colorful lives feature, Soft Autumn Tim Stich who is also my son!! Tim’s experience with shopping for clothing and wearing color is unique as I become a color analyst when he was quite young. When he and his sister Clare were little, I tried dressing them in bright colors with strong patterns as was the style then.....but even before learning about personal color harmony, I started to sense that the clothes overwhelmed them and began dressing them in softer colors and solids. I was even shocked the other day to discover when I pulled out his school photos that every single photo (even before I learned of his color palette) was taken in a Soft Autumn color. You can see how his life has evolved wearing the soft, earthy colors that suit his ruddy hair, freckles and soft blue/green eyes.
Over the years, he has mostly been very eager to wear what suits him and looked to me to help him distinguish soft autumn colors from the two seasons nearby - warm autumn and soft summer. We enjoy shopping together, especially now that he lives in Manhattan and the shopping is abundant. It can be a challenge to find his colors in sizes and style that fit but when its perfect, it feels great and he knows it. Read on to learn more about what it’s like to be a guy whose mom is a color consultant!
August 01, 2023 7 min read
I am so excited to introduce you the “entertainingly irreverent” (Associated Press) Soft Summer, Valerie Peterson. Valerie is an extraordinary storyteller in a variety of media including scriptwriting, screenplays, fiction, non-fiction and book publishing/consulting. I analyzed her colors years ago in Rhode Island at a girls weekend hosted by a mutual friend (color analysis and girls weekends make a great combo!). In the years since, Valerie has embraced her Soft Summer colors in spite of living and working in New York City where black is a standard and practical.
It was a thrill when her publisher chose a photo of my family for her wonderfully spirited book, Peterson’s Happy Hour. On page 46, you can find me with my family - brothers, Mike and Tim and my parents Marcia and J. Michael Jones circa 1970. The book features many more photographic gems and recipes for a fabulous social gathering!
In this month’s colorful lives blog, Valerie shares her journey with her color palette. As with all her writing projects, she is humorous, colorful and entertaining! She has kept in great condition and still uses the Sci Art swatch book that I provided back in those days!! Be sure to check out her large body of work on valeriepeterson.net and read more in the blog:
July 25, 2023 4 min read
While doing color analysis in Boston in June, I had the pleasure of meeting Danielle Burton and giving her a 12-Season Color Analysis. Danielle had recently experienced a 4-Season Color Analysis with a House of Colour consultant and was told she was a Winter. I was skeptical that she was any type of Winter (in the 12 season system, there are actually 3 Winters - Dark Winter, Cool Winter and Bright Winter). Her light eyes, natural lighter and soft brownish hair and skin tone were much more consistent with my clients who fall into the lighter seasons, especially Summer.
Since her hair had been highlighted, we covered it with a neutral gray cap to do the testing portion of the analysis, ensuring that the lighter color did not sway the results of the analysis. It was clear from the beginning that Danielle was responding more harmoniously to the cool tones even some of the lighter cool winter drapes which was consistent with her 4 season color analysis.
But, while she contrasted with any drapes that were dark and bright, she was softened and balanced by the lighter cool tones, particularly Summer. The dark colors brought out shadows under her eyes and the brighter colors overwhelmed her and brought attention to themselves. In the end, she looked lovely and perfectly balanced and harmonious in the Cool Summer colors!
"While I had a great experience at House of Colour, I do think they are missing out on a ton of research and color science by not including the 12 seasons and variants. The added layer of cool vs bright vs dark was a huge difference for me and really solidified which category I best fit”.
Enjoy reading more about Danielle’s experience with both systems and her reaction to her diagnosis as a Cool Summer:
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