Spice up your life: MUSTARD

As hot as mustardMustard is a dark yellow color that resembles culinary mustard – it also is similar in colour to Flax. It’s a relative newcomer as colours go and was first recorded as a colour name in English in 1886.

It’s been out of favour as a fashion colour for a while but seems to be growing in popularity again and there are quite a few mustard items hitting the High Street at the moment – no doubt a reflection of the 70’s retro trends, which was when the colour was last popular.

Your autumn skin tone clients will love this shade and find it a welcome change from the orange and sage colours that they can wear so well. Here are a few ideas for adding it to their wardrobe to “spice up their lives”.

Author: Helen Kendall-Tobias

Colour Analysis & Bespoke Jewellery

How one of our Consultants Uses Colour In Her Business…

Barbara Laws qualified in Advanced Colour Analysis with Colourflair in 2013. For her it was the next step towards launching her personal colour and bespoke jewellery design company, Gem and Tonic.

Barbara was born in Austria into a family of Jewellers. Her grandparents and both her parents were Goldsmiths/Jewellers. So there was never any question that Barbara would not also become a goldsmith and join the very successful and well known family business.

“My sister and I took over the family business where I looked after the workshop and completed my Master ‘Goldschmiedmeister’. Then life intervened and I married, had two beautiful children, which are by the way my “masterpieces” and focused on bringing them up while helping my husband with his business. As my children are now grown up I felt it was time to go back to my roots, back to the bench…”

Barbara believes that jewellery is and should be very personal. And this is what is lacking from the choice available on the high street. She has always been passionate about matching a gemstone with the right metal. But, since her training with Colourflair, has the knowledge to go further and be able to match metals and gemstones with the skin tone of her clients.

Gem & Tonic is an exciting concept which combines jewellery, design and colour analysis. ‘Gem’ represents the jewellery and ‘Tonic’ the colour consultancy. Her collections, Tints, Tones, Hue and Shade are named after the technical colour terms – and as gemstones come in all hues, tints, tones and shades combined with white- yellow- red- rose- gold or silver the possibilities for her jewellery collection are endless.

But that’s just part of the story. The jewellery in her brochure and on her website are examples of her skill. Gem and Tonic also designs bespoke pieces sourcing the gemstones and metal to meet a clients’ requirements – making totally unique pieces that are personal to her clients.

Barbara also upcycles jewellery that may have been handed down or left unworn in a jewellery box, giving it new life and a more contemporary design to suit the style personality of her clients.

You can see more of Barbara’s work on the website gemandtonic.uk

Oh and of course…if you’d like to book for a Colour Analysis, please contact Barbara hereGem and Tonic Barbara Law Gem Buds

The Power of Glamour

The Power of Glamour Anette Talpert

Book Review: The Power of Glamour (The women who defined the magic of stardom)

Annette Tapert Aurum Press 1999

This is not a new book, and the copy I have just bought is a second hand old library book…

Despite the title it is not in itself a glamorous book. The cover has a black and white pencil drawing of Hollywood stars on the cover and all the pictures are B& W. Is that part of its charm?

I was hooked from the very first paragraph: Read More