August 02, 2021 4 min read
It is a pleasure to introduce you to Anne Lindyberg. It has been inspiring to see how Anne has approached life since her color analysis. She completely embraced her Soft Summer colors and all the information provided in the consultation. She had the confidence to let her hair evolve to her natural gray and the overall affect is harmonious, appealing and surprisingly youthful.
Her holistic approach in life informs her work as a Counselor and how she builds her wardrobe. Establishing trust with clients is key. In a telehealth environment, it is important to convey a confident, pulled together look via a screen with limited personal interaction. She radiates as someone who knows herself and can help others do the same.
What prompted you to have a color analysis?
Our daughters are good friends and Kerry gave my daughter Genevieve the generous gift of a color analysis for high school graduation. I noticed right away a change in how my Gen looked when wearing her new colors. That got my attention. I was in my late forties and feeling more challenge around looking my best, plus I have never liked to shop for clothes. It exhausts me, all the decisions! I thought, perhaps if I knew the best colors to choose, it would make shopping easier and I'd look my best with less struggle.
How has it changed your life?
Exactly as I hoped. Choosing clothes and makeup became easier. I adjusted my hair color before I reclaimed my natural gray, and both enhanced my look, in large part due to wearing my colors. I knew it must've been a good decision because I started receiving so many compliments.
In what ways has it changed the way you approach your business?
I enjoy having one less thing to worry about as regards looking my best. I also chose the colors I use on my letterhead and website from my palette (computer monitors are not always consistent, and as I relied on my monitor when choosing, I may not have gotten them right. We'll see. I can always adjust down the line!). I noticed during the analysis itself (which was a lot of fun!) that there is something about the energy of my colors that makes me feel very happy. Now every time I look at my clothing, the space I created and everything I developed for support of my business--my colors provide a supportive foundation.
As a counselor I've been doing telehealth sessions from my home most of the time. My favorite things to wear while I'm working are soft shirts with a neckline that can be dressed up with a necklace, earrings and makeup, although often the tops themselves are quite casual. Even when I'm wearing ath-leisure for my slacks, which my clients can't see, I make sure they're in one of my colors. I never have to worry about my colors matching. They always do!
What has been the biggest challenge?
I can't always find the colors I'm looking for. Sometimes if I'm shopping in a particular store I will see styles I like, but the colors are all wrong. I used to mope and lament... now I just leave and don't worry!
Any interesting things happen while you were wearing your colors?
I've received so many spontaneous and surprising compliments while wearing my colors--in restaurants, stores. It's not something I talk about generally but it always surprises me how people go out of their way to say something generous.
What was the biggest surprise?
I was most surprised by how it really made my life easier to be able to identify the colors that were best for me. It made such a difference. This affected my confidence and gave me more energy for living the rest of my life, for pursuing my passions.
Tell me about your favorite color in your palette
My whole life, blue was always my favorite color. A medium, dusty-soft blue is probably my favorite. It feels so soothing to look at.
Tell me about your closet
My closet is really a work in progress. I didn't buy very much during 2020, like most people. Plus I put on weight, so this spring I really needed to get quite a few new items.
The dress I'm wearing in my picture is a recent purchase from my trip to Maine this June. I was at the L.L. Bean outlet for the first time in probably two decades. I had an armload of clothes as I headed toward the fitting rooms. As I walked in I saw this simple, A-line dress on the rack to be returned. It caught my eye and I added it to my pile. It was the most expensive item, but once I put it on I had to have it. The colors thrilled me and it fit perfectly. I couldn't find another dress like it anywhere in the store, not any size. For me it felt like one of a kind. Plus, the whole dress has careful attention to detail, and is indigo-dyed cotton.
Natural fabrics and colors are so important to me. I don't talk much about this passion of mine, but I love natural fabrics and colors and I wish we would all get more serious about considering the impact of our consumption on the Earth.
Anne is a licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in supporting her clients through life’s challenging transitions. She primarily utilizes the Satir Transformational Systems to help clients become more fully, effectively and joyously themselves. It is extremely effective for career and leadership.
Anne only works one-on-one with people in Iowa and Illinois but she is available for training and consulting worldwide. Contact Anne at annelindyberg.com
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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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