Our Field Trip To Patricia Nugent Textiles

August 27, 2015 § 4 Comments

August 27, 2015

My good friend and colleague, Patricia Nugent, curator of a surprisingly vast textile collection, opened her nearby Seattle showroom to us so that my Color/Design Associate, Melissa Bolt, and I could hunt for special fabrics from Pat’s collection for our latest book, coming out early next year. Not only is a visit to Pat’s studio a walk down memory lane in terms of all the vintage fabrics in her collection, but it is also a study in the kind of quality and artistry that attracts top designers from around the globe for inspiration. Thank you, Pat!

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Okay, if you must know, the book takes a look at interiors via the Color Clock™ system I developed for my book More Alive With Color.

Can you determine what Colortime® and/or what decade each of these vintage fabrics illustrates?

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Sunrise, Sunset, Sunlight. What’s Your Colortime Signature?

January 22, 2013 § 3 Comments

January 22, 2013

In business, you want to wear colors that make you feel confident, and confidence-building colors are those that make you look and feel your best. For that reason, I recommend wearing your Signature Colors-those that repeat, contrast, and/or enhance your personal coloring. In order to do that you must understand your personal Colortime.

Take a look at this Estee Lauder ad with its three wonderful examples of Colortime colorings, Sunset, Sunlight and Sunrise.

Sunset, Sunlight and Sunrise Colortimes Via Estee Lauder ad.

Sunset, Sunlight and Sunrise Colortimes Via Estee Lauder ad.

Based on these examples the Sunset’s Signature Colors (woman on the left) would be golden tawny tones like Camel or Cognac. A coral pink necklace will brighten your skin and add a great accent.

Image Via More Alive With Color

Image Via More Alive With Color

A sand-colored suit and a blue-green shirt to show off your eyes are Signature Colors for the Sunlight’s (woman in the middle). Add a touch of dusty rose to complement the skin and capitalize on your own coloring.

Image Via More Alive With Color

Image Via More Alive With Color

If you are a Sunrise Colortime your best Signature Colors are a Frost Gray suit with a Bonnie Blue shirt.

Image Via More Alive With Color

Image Via More Alive With Color

Experts tell us about the four-minute time barrier, a period during which initial human contact is established. If the initial reaction is negative, the eye and the mind start to wander elsewhere.

You never have another chance to make a first impression.

This information can be found in my book More Alive With Color.

Click the link below to see how the Wall Street Journal suggests you dress for success.

Video – How To Dress For Success in Business – WSJ.com.

Color Touches Everyone

June 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

June 5, 2012


By now you may have read that Queen Elizabeth has been color coded. Pantone and Leo Burnett came up with a special edition color wheel for her Diamond Jubilee. The Queen has spanned many color trends during her reign and is a wonderful subject of color.


I was quoted throughout the guide regarding one of my quotes on using a singular color family.

“The Diamond Jubilee Color Guide is a celebration of that reign through color and its meaning. The Queen’s decision to favor one color in every outfit is a strong style statement. Monochromatic color schemes make the wearer appear taller, delivering a more stately air—perfect given that Queen Elizabeth is not tall at 5-foot-4. Choosing one color theme also ensures the outfit does not detract attention from the wearer—which is particularly important if you’re the Queen.”


Today, you don’t have to be a Queen to have your own color code. Get your own personal fanguide to color YOUR life’s jubilee. Purchase the More Alive With Color book and fanguide for a special Jubilee combination price of just $39.95 and unlock your own personal Colortime.


By reading More Alive With Color you will learn how to use color to make you feel more secure and successful. Avoid expensive mistakes with color. Use color with confidence to bring out your creativity. Understand what goes with what and why. Discover what color says about you. You will also learn about monochromatic color schemes to help you channel your inner British monarch.


This special offer won’t last as long as the Queen’s reign so don’t wait!

For more information about the book and fanguide click here.

This is a special deal for all the followers of this blog, Twitter, and Facebook. Click the More Alive With Color fanguides within this post to take advantage of the Queen’s Jubilee sale. 


Empower yourself with color.

We Are More Alive With Color In Taiwan

May 17, 2012 § 1 Comment

May 17, 2012

As you may have read that I was recently in Taiwan doing a project for Giant Bikes. What you may not have read is that while in Taiwan I got to spend some time with a lovely group of women who are Taiwanese More Alive With Color consultants.

This lovely partnership came about from a relationship that I developed with one of the translators named Melody Hong. Melody and I became fast friends with the common love of color, of course.

We enjoyed a fabulous and visually stunning dinner.

Following the meal was a ceremony where I presented the new graduates with their certificates of completion. This is a wonderful accomplishment for them.

I couldn’t be more thrilled to have such a handsome group of ladies to promote the love of color for Taiwan. Keep your eye out for their pictures on the consultants page. We are adding new faces regularly and growing our More Alive With Color territory.

Is there a More Alive With Color consultant in your area?

Stay tuned for more imagery.

How Can you Take Advantage Of Mother Nature? Use Sunlight!

April 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

April 6, 2012

Color’s message may be subliminal, but it’s always there to create an effect and to color your decisions, your moods, and your world. This notion was recently explored by one of my former students, Lara Serbin. She is an architect and full service color consultant living in Arizona. Her love of color has been expressed in many different creative fields including fashion, interior design, personal color consultations and architecture. As Lara has taken both my online training program in personal image color consulting (the Color Clock™ theory) and the “in-person” Color Design program, she is truly a “full service” color consultant.

Lara is currently working on a project for The Center for the Arts. In coming up with a color story for the center, Lara and the director, Joseph Benesh have created a harmonious color palette that includes two colors, Pantone Sunlight 13-0822 and Pantone Beaujolais 18-2027 from the Crossover palette that I explain in my book More Alive With Color. Crossover Colors are nature’s most versatile colors and are those that occur most frequently in nature. Your eye is accustomed to seeing them in combination with many other colors. Which is why pairing the Sunlight with Beaujolais was a smart move.

Lara has this to say about why she picked Sunlight: “Sunlight is a yellow that is the perfect background for any color.  Sunlight is also a complementary color to purple. Sunlight wakes this whole color board up with happiness!”

Click here for the full article….

I couldn’t agree more, Lara. Living here in the Pacific Northwest we know the importance of a little Sunlight. Still, we have ideal lighting for color matching, so there is always Column A against Column B!

Thank you for letting us share your story.

September Sale-Fill Your Horn Of Plenty!

September 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

September 1, 2011

September is the start of harvest season and the time when the kids are heading back to school.

So this is the perfect time to put the focus back on ourselves. What could be more fruitful than to gather some new skills to yield more for yourself and for your family. To help get you started we’re offering two separate sale opportunities. 

You can purchase the More Alive With Color Fanguide and get the More Alive With Color book for FREE. Click the image below for more information.

If you want to take it to the next level try the online training.

Colortime Image Consulting can help you enhance your field of knowledge in color. Click the image below to sign up for the online training.

Full Service Color Trainer In The Making

February 14, 2011 § 4 Comments

February 14, 2011
We just got back from a wonderful week in Burbank, CA where I conducted my most recent 4-Day Color/Design class. As always, there were many kindred spirits in color and the class bonded quickly. One of the attendees, Alicia Keshishian, has been an art director, graphic designer, surface designer and illustrator but still she wanted to hone her skills in color consulting. In addition, she currently produces a line of custom hand-made-to-order carpets.

Coming from a long line of gifted and influential carpet designers, carpets have been part of her life as long as she can remember.  As she puts it “the smell of the wool, the touch of the fibers, the variety of patterns. It all feels like home to me. Rugs are an ideal medium for creating an intimate piece of art. I custom design each piece so that it reflects my client’s sense of style and beauty.  The process is collaborative as I work directly with clients or their designer/architect to create a distinctive, personal carpet. We start by deciding on colors and patterns, then apply the design to the size and shape of the space.”

“It’s been increasingly clear to me that people respond to color before anything else. It’s truly visceral.  Clients are unable to navigate into any new territory, be it pattern or style, if the colors aren’t resonating. I believe colors are very personal and they transcend current fashion trends or peer pressure! I think it’s important, as a color consultant, to extend that confidence to my clients so they can live in the comfort of their own dreams.”

So well put and so true.
Alicia was so excited by what she learned in class that she decided to enroll in the online training as well so that she could become a “full service” color consultant and expand her services.

More More Alive With Color Monday

January 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

January 31, 2011

Unless you live in a cave or a nudist camp, you have to wear clothes. Everyday of your life you send messages out via your colors. Why not choose your very best colors for these messages, whether you’re wearing a business suit or a jogging suit? You’re painting a picture for your own enjoyment that can’t help but spill over to those around you.

Use your Colortime® palettes as an expression of you-from the Colortime® that makes you look and feel more rested, energized, creative, and confident, to the Colortime® ambiance you create in your surroundings.

Photo: Marcus Tondo / GoRunway.com

Photo: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com

Photo: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com

You deserve it.

What Are Your True Colors and What Your Clothing Color Says About You

January 7, 2011 § 4 Comments

January 7, 2011

Lee did an interview with Shine from Yahoo called “What are your true colors” which applied the concept of More Alive With Color to makeup palettes. There was quite a stir among the community of readers that followed. The responses were all over the board. I like hearing what everyone has to say and think it is interesting to learn about all of the ideas and thoughts that people put into wearing color.

It does seem that today there are a lot of people who don’t really know or identify with the concept of personal colors.

How many of you out there are familiar with personal colors? Is the system you are familiar with rigid in the “rules” of what colors you should wear? How many of you use More Alive With Color as a guide to wearing colors?

Are you Sunrise, Sunlight or Sunset?





I would love to hear what thoughts you are putting into the daily color choices you make.

For those of you who are interested in the psychology of color Women’s Health Magazine has great article in their January issue. Pay special attention to what is said about green.

What Your Clothing Color Says About You | Women’s Health Magazine.

Color Your BEST Accessory

November 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

November 12, 2010

This website image from Eileen Fisher that was just too lovely not to share and deserves a mention because it has a good message and it is visually appealing.

The colors that are shown are colors that would look good on almost everyone as they are what we consider “Crossover Colors”. The Crossovers are colors that occur most frequently in nature.

Eileen Fisher understands the concept of “esthetic color sense-what you see-plays and important role in your wardrobe decisions”.

If you aren’t familiar with Eileen’s designs click the image for more information and to see her latest creations.

If you want to find out more about Crossovers and learn about what Colortime you may be, click on “Crossover Colors“.

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