Back in October last year, I was enrolled in Hannah Marcotti's Spirits of Joy. Every day we were sent an email with a piece of writing and a prompt for us to explore, muse and develop. This one particular day, she asked us: "What's Your Colour Story?"
Ok, so I knew the colours I liked but had I really assessed what was in my wardrobe? More importantly Was I Actually Wearing My Colour Story?
So I'm asking you now: What is YOUR colour story? The story that makes your heart sing, with fabrics feel sensual as they sit next to your body?
Or do you just throw on the same thing every day. Jeans and Sweats. (Hands up, I do that too).
As far as the average female goes, I really don't have alot of clothes. I have sent so much to the charity shop and recycled heaps, especially when we upped and went to live in France back in 2009. Since our return a year later, I have been so careful to not just add quick sale purchases back in.
I have gone minimal.
Yet I know what colours make my heart sing. How do I know that?
You only have to look at my old inspiration books & boards - ones that go back a looooong way. I was first introduced to them at university back in 1995 - in those days they were called Treasure Maps. I have been keeping them for about 18 years now - whenever I see something in a magazine that appeals to me I cut it out and stick it in my inspiration book and it is here, I get inspired as well as get clear on what I like and what I don't like.
Vision Booking/Boarding: Quite a beautiful act really. If you haven't fallen in love with Vision Books, then I heartily suggest that you sit down and give them a go. This is a great book by Joyce Schwartz.
Vision Boards/Books also tell me my colour story.
However, I realised that I wasn't necessarily being true to my colour story.
On that day, Spirits of Joy asked me to turn to magazines once again to find it. And here's what I discovered - on ripping, cutting and sticking.
My colour story.
One of my Inspiration Book pages from 5 years ago
I then decided to empty everything out on to the bed and look at what colours were present.
After I had organised my clothes into some kind of flow where those colours that felt right together hung together.
[ps our wardrobe scenario is not ideal right now as I share the bottom half with hubs, but it is what it is.]
I then dressed up: [such fun, highly recommend it] taking some selfies to see how I could actually mix and match what I had, this included all my jewellery too.
Let me tell you, it was such a lovely thing to do, to see how I felt in the clothes and really be clear about what felt lovely next to my skin and made me feel divine. (there wasn't much - it is still a work in progress).
But here are a few examples:
So here are my 3 Steps for you to find your soul style and colour story
1. Grab some magazines; (ask your hairdresser for the ones they'll throw out)
Spend at least an hour, with a unlined notebook, or just a large piece of paper - use whatever you have to hand (back of wall paper, old book you can paste over).
Without thinking, just turn the pages and rip out clothes, colours, images that really capture you. Don't analyse it, just rip.
Start pasting with a glue stick into your book and see how this builds.
Write down anything that pops into your mind. Something may remind you of a holiday, a relationship, a piece of music. Write those words on your colour vision.
After you have finished: Step back and admire your handywork.
You are beginning to see the colours your soul likes. Does this reflect in your wardrobe?
2. Turn to your Wardrobe: when you have a spare few hours. Empty everything on to your bed and split into piles.
Now go through everything and photograph your colour connections when they're laid out. See what mixes and matches and if you're permanently in one colour. Do you feel happy about that?
Package everything up for mending and charity shop
Be really honest with yourself here.
3. Set up your Dressing Up Station and Play
Here's where you try on different outfits and see what goes with what. Do you remember doing this when you were younger? Often you'd spend hours messing about in front of the mirror, trying on different looks, hats, scarves, bags. Stuff you used to do with your best friend.
Now you're going to do this for yourself.
Take photos and record what you look like. This is so important in getting to know your soul style. Open up instagram and share on there. I'm @julesdolly
Make a decision to wear clothes and jewellery that make you feel sensual and gorgeous and limit the times when you just throw things on, quickly.
Soul Portrait Colour Story
When I'm working with women on The Soul Portrait Healing Sessions, one of the questions I ask early on is about colour story. I want to draw you in clothes that make you feel good, so if you're constantly in jeans, would you like to be in a dress that's figure hugging and sensual?
Do you actually know what you like?
We talk about what colours make your heart sing and what you want to invite in to your life plus what you wish to steer away from.
Developing your colour story is part of the experience. Your finished Soul Portrait will be there to inspire you and make you feel desired and sensual, so helping you discover this, is what I'm here for.
I have had fun retracing my steps here and it reminds me that I am still a work in progress.
Hope that it has helped you too.
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