May 18, 2020 2 min read
Welcome to the Indigo Tones blog: Living in Color!
I am so excited about the new Indigo Tones blog. For years, colleagues and clients have been asking me to share what I know about color harmony.
My fascination with living in color started with a fascination with incredible peacock who defies all survival of the fittest theories. Peacocks confidently walk the earth showing their beautiful colors and embracing their uniqueness in the natural world. There is a luminosity to their plumes. I experience the same luminosity when I see people wearing their colors, being themselves and finding joy in life. When I designed the unique Indigo Tones fiber personal color swatch books, I was inspired by the shape and brilliance of the peacock's plume. The Indigo Tones Personal Color Plumes are an invaluable tool in tapping into our own luminosity.
As my business has evolved, so has my personal color analysis. I have learned as much from the mistakes I made as I have from the home runs. The more I focused on COLOR HARMONY, the more I saw that there is a multi-dimensional aspect to getting colors just right. It is not as simple as handing someone a swatch book of colors and telling them to hit the mall. It takes time to figure out the individual, their needs, and how they fit into the world of color. In this blog, I plan to share with you the concepts in creating personal color harmony, answer your questions about fitting into the world of color, and how to make things work for you.
I have met some amazing people who are embracing life, living authentically and joyfully. In the series Colorful Lives, I will introduce you them and they will share their stories of embracing life in color!
I hope you will find the blog interesting, inspiring and entertaining!
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December 03, 2023 7 min read
It is my pleasure to introduce you to this month’s Dark Winter feature, eyebrow, skincare and permanent hair removal expert, Gia Pauldine. Gia was one of my first clients when I started my color analysis business nearly 20 years ago. It was around that time that she also founded her business, Restoration Electrolysis, LLC.
Gia was easy to analyze. Her deep brown hair worked well with black and dark brown neutrals that were then and still are so easy to shop for. A few pops of rich reds, deep greens and purples and she was good to go for many years. When she decided to go gray more recently and wondered how to incorporate it with her clothing choices, we had the pleasure of reconnecting and working on her wardrobe and closet. I was amazed at how gorgeous her skin looked and she introduced me to some of the skin revitalization services she offers now including light therapy. Learn more about her unique, wholistic eyebrow makeovers and skincare maintenance to the process she went through in letting her hair go naturally from a dark brown to a multi-hued gray and how it impacted her clothing choices.
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:
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