Following Up On The Fruits Of A Certified Color Consultant And Colleague

January 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

January 3, 2014

In 2005, I did a Color/Design class here on Bainbridge Island (as I do every summer) for those wishing to expand their careers in color and had the good fortune to have a lovely woman named Irma from Indonesia enroll in the class. Needless to say, Bainbridge is a long way from Jakarta and I was delighted that she was motivated enough to come all that way to take the training program, especially because I had spent some time in Indonesia doing consulting and presentations for a very large cosmetic company founded by a woman named Martha Tilaar. She literally started her company on a shoe string budget with a recipe for skin cream passed on to her from her grandmother. She had seen my first book, more recently re-done as More Alive With Color, and decided to contact me about the possibility of coming to Indonesia to train her make-up artists and salespeople in color.

I happily took my first trip there in the late 80s and subsequently went back to Indonesia twice in the 90s (including Bali— but that’s another story) and enjoyed every moment there. This is a country rich in color heritage and the women are really quite beautiful. They are a mix of native Indonesian, some other mixed Asian cultures and Dutch. The furniture in their homes, the food they eat and the clothing they wear reflects those varied cultures. Ms. Tilaar was a fabulous hostess and I found out when I was there that she had quite a success story behind her. When she took me to one of her cosmetic-producing factories, she opened cauldrons of bubbling creams and had assigned color names from More Alive With Color. It was quite a colorful and amazing experience!

It is always gratifying to hear from former students, particularly when I have such fond memories of both Irma and her country, so I was happy to hear from her with an update on what she has been doing in the eight years since she took my class. 


Among many other advancements in her career as a personal image and fashion consultant, she has been quite busy picking the colors for Garuda Indonesia’s crew uniforms. It was such an amazing coincidence that earlier in the year, July to be exact, she chose reddish purple as an additional color for the Maitre de Cabine uniform of Garuda Indonesia new cabin crew uniform (national flag carrier airline). Additionally in 2009 as part of the team of consultants for Garuda, Irma chose three colors for the new cabin crew uniform: turquoise, orange and blue (purser). After the launching of the new uniform in July 2010, she was thrilled knowing that turquoise was chosen as Color of the Year (2010) and Orange or Tangerine Tango for (2012).


Well done, Irma!


Pink Plascon Spaces

June 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

June 24, 2011

Anne Roselt is the color manager for Plascon Paints in South Africa. She is a delightfully talented person who attended our color/design program in January.

For Plascon’s Spaces magazine Anne chose pink as her theme.

Following are some visuals from the magazine.

Seems that the hue has struck a universal chord.

Embrace These Colors, Change Your Mood

February 25, 2011 § 1 Comment

February 24, 2011

I really like the way Chrissy Lorenzo has given suggestions on how to wear the spring colors from Pantone’s 2011 fashion report. If you are looking to add some color to your life whether in the home or in your closet take a moment to look at Chrissy’s suggestions by clicking the link below.

Come over and “Like” More Alive With Color on Facebook and share your color picks for spring.

Spring 2011 Color Trends: Embrace These Colors, Change Your Mood.

Making My Way To IHA

February 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

February 22, 2011

We are quickly approaching the 2011 International Home Housewares Show in Chicago, Illinois. The show starts Sunday March 06 and goes through March 08. If you will be in the area and are interested in attending click the image for more information.

You don’t want to miss out on this because Lee will be sharing Pantone’s 2012 View Home forecast for the first time.

Honeysuckle Meets Vanilla Print

January 10, 2011 § 8 Comments

January 10, 2011

Over the holiday’s Lee received the most charming card from her colleague Sarah Schwartz, the editor of Stationery Trends Magazine. Stationery Trends provides retailers with the latest design trends in the world of paper.

I would say it is the perfect marriage of color, inspiration and typography!

This wonderful card was created by Vanilla Print and has one of the top color trends for 2011. You guessed it Honeysuckle. Are you beginning to see a trend here? Pun intended.

Sarah’s Editor’s Letter: Time and Space really shines the light on capturing a moment.


Honeysuckle Lips and a Gap Tooth Pout!

December 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

December 30, 2010

Can you spot the three trends in this picture?

Photograph by Terry Richardson

I absolutely think this model, Lindsay Wixson, is ADORABLE! I might almost say she is perfection. Ok, I am wixsing poetic. Waxing. I know, I went too far. Who could resist such a face? I must also mention that I am a midwestern girl and have a soft spot for other fellow midwesterners. She is from Wichita, Kansas.

Enough about Lindsay, for now…

Back to the three trends. Did you figure them out?

1. Honeysuckle Lips. You knew we would put that first as it is the color of the year for 2011. Hot! Hot! Hot!

Photograph by Terry Richardson

2. Lindsay Wixson. Ranked #12 out of 50 top models, Donatella Versace’s muse and the face of Versace’s new fragrance Vanitas.

3. Make-up 101 for spring 2011. Bold lip with a soft and natural eye.

Like I said….Perfection!

I would like to take this time to say THANK YOU to all of our readers!
You have made 2010 a great year for us.

Here is to another colorful year…


December 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

December 23, 2010

Honeysuckle and Three Flavors of Honey

December 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

December 17, 2010

In light of the announcement that Honeysuckle 18-2120 is to be the color of the year for 2011, I put together a set of fun things from my favorite “make believe” online closet Polyvore.

I am calling this one Honeysuckle and three flavors of Honey as a hot color cameo for spring. I did a fashion compilation to showcase how the colors can be used together. Honeysuckle as the focal point with accents in the three shades of Honey.

I couldn’t decide which pair of shoes I would prefer with this outfit, so I put both in. I think I am leaning toward the Corso Como hidden platform with the Swarovski crystal heel. What do you think?

Also, I know that a few of the honey accents do look a little yellow but they were as close to honey as I could find and honey does have many different shades in real life depending on the flower that is used to make it.

The Pantone colors I used as inspiration for this set are…

Honeysuckle 18-2020

Honey Yellow 16-1143

Honey Gold 15-1142

Honey 16-0946

What Colortime would this ensemble look best on?

* These colors may look different from screen to screen. Click the fashion collage to find out more about Polyvore.

Honeysuckle is THE color for 2011

December 9, 2010 § 1 Comment

December 9, 2010

Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2011:
PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle

“In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman.

While the 2010 color of the year, PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, served as an escape for many, Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.

“Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.”

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