Red is one of the most evocative colours on the planet

The right red for you

Red is one of the most evocative colours on the planet.

Perhaps red makes you think of a flower, perhaps you think of a balloon, perhaps a strawberry. Red is the colour of love and of power.

Red is the 4th most favourite colour for women, according to a study that polled people from 22 countries around the world. In that study and another separate study that confirmed it, 9% of women said red was their favourite colour.

This means that there is a decent chance that you’re one of those women! Would you like to be able to wear red?

Red is everywhere. And yet I regularly hear women say that they “can’t wear red.” But did you know that everyone can wear at least one shade of red?

The shade of red that you can wear is perhaps not the same shade that three of your friends can wear, but there is definitely a shade of red that would suit you.

“When in doubt, wear red” – Bill Blass, American fashion designer

Yes, colours can get as specific as that – what suits one person is unlikely to suit three or four women standing near you. Even if you all have dark hair, or you all have olive skin, or you all have brown eyes. Unless you have exactly the same colouring as your friends, you’ll probably wear a different shade of red to what suits them.

How can you know which shade of red is right for you?

This was the topic of a closed / private group I ran on FaceBook during the first week of April, when women were inspired with the colours that suit them best. They uncovered their best colours, and how to distinguish them when shopping. We looked at red and all the colours of the rainbow.

Women joined us from Wellington, Auckland, Sydney, Canberra, Jakarta and Singapore!

These fifty women discovered in seven days what they need to look for and how to look good forever! They discovered the power of colours to give them a lift and to drain their natural colouring if they choose the wrong ones. They even discovered a full palette of colours that are well suited to them. These were just a few of the highlights.

Comments from the group were amazing: “Thank you!” – “Your advice is very much appreciated” – “Great to know!” – “Thanks, that’s so helpful!” – “Thanks to you Nina, I’m now also adding crisp light colours to my wardrobe” – “Just reread again all your amazing insight” – “This is awesome Nina!” – “This is great information!” – “You really know your stuff!”

Colours matter so greatly because we tend to have our ‘go-to’ colours – the ones we pull first from our wardrobes or first off the rack. They’re a safe bet, they seem to ‘work’.

However sometimes those favourite colours contribute to you looking tired and worn out, or people think that you have put on weight or gained a few wrinkles.

The impact can be subtle or profound.

When you want to make a great impression, you want to know how to skew the effect the other way – so that you get compliments! If you’re like me, you would probably prefer people to notice your really great features, not the ones that you could be self-conscious about.

Perhaps you just want to look in the mirror and enjoy the picture that looks back at you.

If you’re ignoring the power of colour, that will have a significant impact on your success with your personal styling.

Today you have access to a 7-Day course to teach you how to get your colour options right. The course is presented in a multi-page PDF.  I help you discover your colour options, with seven activities, one for each day.

When you sign up, I’ll also add you to the waitlist for the next course and notify you when it is about to start, so that you can join me in person and received personalised attention – if you like!

Each month we cover a new style foundation, to equip you with the keys you need to define your style.

To access the PDF and join the waitlist, enter your email address in the form on this page.  

Our style often goes through shifts – if your life or work has changed within the last five years, you could be in the middle of a style evolution. If that’s the case, this will be perfect for you.

Talk with you soon!

Nina

Fear of failure could be your most powerful limitation

Fear of failure could be your biggest limitation

Fear of failure could be your most powerful limitation.

Edwin Herbert Land was an American scientist and inventor.

He was known as ‘Dr’ but it was an honorary title – he had no formal degree.

He invented polaroid film and later the Polaroid camera (among other things). He did it without formal training or supported access to laboratory equipment (he snuck into the lab at night)!

He was a true visionary with incredible determination.

He brought us something amazing, because he wasn’t afraid to fail.

“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail” – Dr Edwin Land

If you’re after more creativity, diversity and inspiration in your style, putting aside your fear of failure is a great first step! Nina xo

Colour could add ten years or take them off

Rose Red vs Watermelon Red

Colour could add ten years or take them off.

Red is a popular colour, and everyone can wear red, but which shade of red is right for you? If your best colour is watermelon red, you won’t do well with orange-red.

Orange-red will be the one that gets you zero compliments, and when you look in the mirror you’ll wonder, ‘Did I get enough sleep last night?’ and ‘Is that a new wrinkle?’

For someone else, orange-red will be the colour that gets them compliments everywhere they turn.

But what makes this so?

Around 50 women discovered the answer last week in 7 Days of Style Inspiration, a closed FaceBook group by Nina Fountain.

We explored their colour foundations and why for them, one shade might be amazing, while another is disastrous.

Comments from the group: “Thank you!” – “Your advice is very much appreciated” – “Great to know!” – “Thanks, that’s so helpful!” – “thanks to you Nina, I’m now also adding crisp light colours to my wardrobe” – “Just reread again all your amazing insight” – “This is awesome Nina!” – “This is great information!” – “You really know your stuff”

Women were able to make better choices about what to wear and shop for. They now know which colours are optimal for them!

Would you like the same opportunity? Join the waitlist for 7 Days of Style Inspiration beginning in May, when we’re looking at body shape.

We’ll come back to colours in a few months and you’re welcome to stay in the group as long as your journey lasts.

To join the waitlist, use the form on this page.

This blog will be quiet until 8 April

We’re in Inspiration Mode over at 7 Days of Style Inspiration – a closed/private and free FaceBook group that enables career women to achieve style outcomes.

This page will be quiet until 8 April, while I give my attention to the group.

If you would like to join the group’s next intake, use the form below.

See you soon either way! – Nina

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A coherent outfit could make all the difference to your style

A coherent outfit could make all the difference to your style.

People talk about clothes and outfits being ‘easy on the eye’ – when you look at an outfit, it just feels right.

Something about it just works. It’s what people call ‘put together’.

It’s like a great meal, or a beautiful artwork. People know it when they taste it or see it, but they don’t necessarily know how to get there or to create it themselves.

Not to worry, you don’t need to become Monet or Matisse to develop a great sense of coherence in your outfits.

But you do need to know a bit about who you are right now. If you’re going to get that sense of wholeness and coherence about your look, then you’ve got to get clear about what’s distracting and confusing.

One of the most obvious ways that people get confused about their style is when they’re choosing their colours.

I’ll be walking a select group of career women through a 7-day process of discovering their colour options, in my free FaceBook group – 7 Days of Style Inspiration – starting tomorrow.

Be the first on the list to join next month’s intake, when we’ll be looking at a new styling goal that will help you define your current style so that you can be clear and free of distractions.

Join the waitlist, to receive personalised attention and daily activities that will inspire your style.

To join the waitlist, use the form on this page.

It can be as easy as you dreamed

It can be as easy as you dreamed.

It IS possible to look in your wardrobe and have a huge number of options.

I have services that can achieve that for you. But perhaps they’re not right for you.

What would be right for you? I’d love to know.

I would love to know more about you and what you’re dealing with.

What interests you right now about style? What challenge is on your mind?

This questionnaire will help me to help you, better than I am able to now.

For example, I recently announced a free FaceBook group where working women can get free, personalised attention and achieve a new styling goal every month!

This month we’re looking at colours – one of the foundations of great styling.

What about you? If I know more about you and your situation, I can tailor the content and support I offer so that it works perfectly well for you.

Perhaps your answers will spur on the next focus in the 7 Days of Style Inspiration group!

You don’t need to know any styling jargon to complete this questionnaire and there is only one required question.

So jump on in! Click the link below.

https://docs.google.com/a/stylegorgeous.com/forms/d/1qrIF0W60IOMG5EZp9QuARnDcVRye3ldEEu6kY6oyypQ/edit

It could be so easy to change up your style

It could be so easy to change up your style…
 
Here is a Google Review from one of my clients this week – Ute Lambrecht – thank you Ute!
 
“Choosing Nina as my stylist was one of the best investments I made over the last year! I knew what looked good on me but my styling range was so narrow and predictable – I wanted to change things up.
 
Nina has an amazing eye for what’s flattering and what’s merely meh. Her genuine and non-judgmental approach made me feel comfortable to open up my wardrobe for her to help me create new outfit combinations and go shopping with me. I highly recommend Style Gorgeous!”
 
It is so satisfying to see people transform when they connect with the style that really works for them, for their current life and style.
 
I am now taking names for my FaceBook group – 7 Days of Style Inspiration – about to launch this weekend!
 
Join the waitlist, to receive personalised attention and daily activities that will inspire your style.
To join the waitlist, use the form on this page.

I gave my confidence a huge boost

I gave my confidence a huge boost.

Like many of us, my journey with understanding my colours was patchy at best.

I remember when my mum had her colours done – I was around the age of eight at the time.

With her newfound understanding she worked out (correctly) that I was a ‘summer’ in Carole Jackson’s famous colour system.

But I didn’t like the verdict – I was told that my best colours were pastels but since then I’ve largely rebelled against pastels.

I’ve avoided them like the plague, and often wondered whether ’summer’ was actually the correct season for me.

Now that I’m a personal stylist, I understand that ’summer’ was the correct season for me, but I’m an unusual ’summer’ – I have an auburn cast to my hair, and my hair is dark, so I can actually wear quite well the darker colours and wonderfully bright colours that are in my closet.

But I knew that!

I had my natural instincts confirmed. I also discovered an even broader range of colours than I realised I could wear.

I found confidence in confirming that I wasn’t a ‘non-season’, or thinking I was the wrong season.

You are welcome to join my 7 Days of Style Inspiration FaceBook group to inspire your own style. This month we’re talking about colours! You’ll discover your colour options – what looks great, what washes you out and how you can tell. See you there.

Did you know that not everyone suits black?

Did you know that not everyone suits black?

Black has become our go-to colour for business wear. And yet, it is actually only flattering for a specific group of people.

Black could be the reason that you’re feeling washed out and your skin looks worse….

Black could be the reason that people ask you ‘Are you ok?’ or ‘Have you been unwell?’.

On the other hand, black could also be one of your best colours, if you’re one of the lucky ones!

You can find out your colour options, including whether black works for you, in a private FaceBook group launching later this week!

You’ll receive personalised attention and new ideas for 7 days. You’ll also discover your colour options – which are your good and bad colours, and how you can tell. See you there!

To join the waitlist, use the form on this page.

Even gorgeous women feel self-conscious

“Even gorgeous women feel self-conscious.

I witnessed Brooke Shields confess bravely and candidly to an audience that at seventeen, paging through a magazine whose cover she graced, she felt that she didn’t look as good as the other models.” – Stacy London

If you would like to dress with more confidence you can now join my free FaceBook group to receive 7 Days of Style inspiration.

Each day you’ll receive new ideas and opportunities to develop your style, starting with your colour options. The group will officially launch on 1 April 2017. 

To join the waitlist, use the form on this page.