HoC Spring thread....

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BeginnerSAHM Mon 12-Aug-13 19:00:53

This is a thread for all of us who have had their colours done' by House of Colour and are a Spring. (And 'believe' in it...wink.) Or, by CMB and are 'clear and warm'. Think a few other CMB catergories might be spring too - 'soft and warm' maybe/' warm and clear' (different from 'clear and warm' because of the order of priorities/dominance...)?

Feel free to ask any Spring-related fashion/make-up/style questions on this thread.... (I won't know the answer but lots of people on these boards will!)

So, I'll start with a 'spring' question.... I never wear lipstick. I occasionally wear neutral-ish lipgloss on a night out but never reapply during the evening so it's always gone within the first 20 mins. I know as a spring, I 'should'. Can anybody suggest a Revlon lip butter that is springish? I gather they are more sheer than full lipstick so might be a good way for me to start trying lip colour out! Thank you

SunnyUpNorth Mon 12-Aug-13 20:10:40

Ah good luck with your new thread Beginner. I can't join in, being a Winter, but saw you had started it so thought I would give it a bump for you!!

hey! I probably won't post lots as I was on a spring thread a couple of years ago which then moved to become a (secret) fb group and that keeps me neglecting the husband quite enough but I'll check in when I can.

I've just asked a lip butter-lovin' friend if she can nip over and stick her oar in on this.

Gillybobs Mon 12-Aug-13 20:29:19

Hello ladies...I actually don't think there is a perfect lip butter for spring...I found the clear warm colours too insipid and pale, other than candy apple which is a proper red.
For a nice coral gloss the Revlon colour burst lipgloss in Papaya is fantastic. mac See sheer lipstick is great and not too "in your face". For something with real punch mac cross wires is hard to beat.
Happy to help with any other questions, two years down the line with this whole business now and have learned so much (some of it from the lovely Season , although she's learned loads from me too grin )

BeginnerSAHM Mon 12-Aug-13 20:36:17

Thanks gillybobs and season!! Will try mac.... Sunny - there are LOADS of winters on that thread so enjoy!

gladyoucame Mon 12-Aug-13 21:03:35

I'm a blue spring but struggle with lipstick, although I've bought loads I don't seem to have found the one! MAC cross wires and Vegas Volt are pretty good, have Lip butter in Tutti frutti, and as they're on special offer i bought two more today in candy apple and a bright pink one today. Think I struggle as I have smallish lips and then tend to be dry, which don't always go well with the bright spring lipstick! Seem to fallback on nude colours for work, which I can see don't look as good as brighter colours, but are safer options, in fact at cosmetics counters they always push the more autumnal colours on me as I have auburn (ish) hair and freckles, but I can see they are too muted for me. Hope this thread lasts as I'm in need to some more inspiration especially for professional work clothes that aren't all navy!

Gillybobs Mon 12-Aug-13 21:21:08

I go for grey a lot for work, easier to find than navy. As long as I add a bright colour (silky or lace tops usually) and my lippy it's fine.

Other lippies I like are max factor pink brandy and coral bewitched, Chanel incandescent for full on going out lips.

SunnyUpNorth Mon 12-Aug-13 21:26:40

Sorry for hijack.... Gilly if Candy Apple is a true red would it be ok for a Winter too?

jumpinghoops Mon 12-Aug-13 21:37:12

Hurrah, fellow springs...like others here I love MAC Crosswires (my fave lipstick) and Candy Apple which I think is quite a warm red to me. I wanted to try Tutti Frutti so I'm glad that seems to be good. I also like No 7 Moisture Drench Coral Rose which I find quite subtle. No 7 have a coral lipgloss that I've been wearing quite a lot this summer.

My question: how do you DO autumn/winter?! I had my colours done in Feb 2011 and I still can't seem to get my head around dressing in the winter months. I can do some navy/cream/tan/chocolate but my consultant was very clear that I should keep things bright rather than too neutral (I'm a blue spring if this makes any difference) and I struggle to find things I like in the right colours in colder months. Do any springs have any items they've bought pinned on pinterest? I'd really love a browse of some fellow spring pins for inspiration!!

Gillybobs Mon 12-Aug-13 22:34:26

I think lippy can pull warm or cool on different people so its possible candy apple could be ok for a winter but you'd need to try it out.

I'm not great with Pinterest but for winter casual wear I have navy jeans and jeggings and some grey heavy jersey trousers fom Boden ( they were v popular lastwinter, forgotten their name now...) and I like my knitwear so I look out for bright blue, green, coral or red sweaters (I'm an apple so like a slightly bat wing shaped jumper). I also like big statement necklaces so that's a great way of adding a bit of colour near the face. I like a navy pea coat style jacket but always always wear a spring coloured scarf at my neck for that pop of colour we need. Another idea is to get a bag in a bright colour so even if you are wearing a lot of navy the overall outfit isn't too dull

GlassesDontSuitMe Mon 12-Aug-13 22:39:36

Hello spring ladies! I am a bright spring, I wanted to be an autumn, I thought I was an Autumn, I'm cross that I'm not an Autumn grin

I was diagnosed a year ago and I still haven't got the hang of it. I can see that the bright spring colours suit me really well but jeez, sometimes I feel a bit too colourful!

I am slowly eliminating the wrong colours and buying more wrong suitable colours. It's the clear thing I struggle with. Most of what I find is a bit too 'soft' iyswim. It doesn't help that I hate and am useless at clothes shopping.

I thought having my colours done would solve all my problems but it seems to have created more hmm Don't even get me started on the whole wearing three colours thing. It took the consultant so long to figure out what I was I didn't get much advice.

I have just bought a Revlon Lip butter in Sweet Tart and it's lovely. I've always struggled with pink lipsticks but this is lovely.

BeginnerSAHM Mon 12-Aug-13 22:40:50

Hello jumpinghoops and gladyoucame! And thank you for the lippy tips... Gillybobs - you've clearly been applying yourself properly for the last couple of years so really appreciate your input!

I've been not applying myself for years and years but think it's about time i embraced the whole colour system thing as I definitely look/feel much healthier when in 'my' colours.

I've been told I'm on the 'blue-ish' end of the spring spectrum but am not as blue a spring as some. Which I think I understand.

I totally understand about the autumn/winter issue. There are far fewer spring colours around. When I was first 'diagnosed' as clear and warm (or a spring), navy and dark brown (chocolate?) were very unfashionable so I had to stick to black and grey - mostly suits I suppose. A personal stylist I spoke too was very keen on layering clothes - so, for example, putting a long sleeved t-shirt in one of your neutral colours under an evening or a summery top so you can wear it in colder weather. I'm not entirely convinced by that as I feel a bit 90s (probably because I'm old enough to remember my teenage boyfriends doing it with band t-shirt wink).

I suppose what we should do, is go for navy/charcoal/chocolate basics and make sure we buy more colourful cardies/jumpers/vests/necklaces/scarves etc. Oasis seems to have a lot of colourful (cheap....) knitwear in springish colours. Benetton has a bit too although mostly winter colours. But there are some colbolts and corals etc. Banana Republic can be good for scarves, although I always find they get in the way when I'm playing with the children or cleaning, cooking, wiping faces etc.

Have other springs been told to wear shiny fabrics? Or is that just a 'clear' thing? There are some nice shiny 100% silk tops in massimo dutti (sp?) in navy and a pretty goldy colour if anybody needs work stuff. I think they're about £50-£65 so not too bad for silk.... I always feel a bit self-conscious wearing shiny tops in the day though so will try to add just a bit at first to see how I feel about it. (Have my eye on a mint velvet jumper with gold glitter in it... DD would love it....wink.)

Normally I have no idea what's in the shops but had an unexpected day free recently so had a good browse! Too indecisive to buy much though...confused. And shouldn't be spending much at the moment!

BeginnerSAHM Mon 12-Aug-13 22:47:20

Glassesdon'tsuitme - I feel your pain. I am struggling with wearing 3 bright colours. Together shock. I can just about manage one with a couple of very very bland ones, on a good day. But I'm trying.... There must be a way of doing 'spring' in a sophisticated and relaxed way! (Hmm - i like to think of myself like that but am not sure I am.)

I reckon we should stick to navy (or chocolate/charcoal), ivory and a little bit of something brighter - coral, turquoise, bright blue or green - near our faces until we get more comfortable with it. I wish I felt more comfortable in scarves!

Sunny - yes, a true red should suit you but you'll need to try it on. And a blue red might look better??? I dunno....grin

Joycey29 Mon 12-Aug-13 22:47:45

I'm a warm/ clear/ light from cmb and am loving my new look - never had so many comments from people!
Watching the lipstick saga unfold... Was recommended sheer rum by cmb - but was not buying on the spot but may go back as the make up she chose was fab.
Currently my wardrobe (holiday capsule) is mainly kelly green, pewter, french navy, mint and coral.
I would never have put them together but they do mix and match.
Have started with a few scarves which I would never have worn before but help lift my look.
Just loving having some direction as was a shopper of clothes that looked good on others!
Can t wait for more style tips!grin

Gillybobs Mon 12-Aug-13 22:52:22

I love these silk mix tops www.boden.co.uk/en-GB/Womens-Petite-range/WA450/Womens-Hampstead-Top.html. They do a half sleeve version in summer. Fab under darker neutrals at work and nice with jeans and some statement jewellery

I've found that I don't suit three colours in an outfit really, I use jewellery or a scarf to add the third colour, otherwise I look daft. At least I FEEL daft

Are banana republic often have loads of spring stuff in but in all honesty I don't seem to have too much trouble finding the right colours at all, I'm like a finely honed machine now when I step into a shop grin

Gillybobs Mon 12-Aug-13 22:56:20

Beginner I definitely base all my outfits on navy/charcoal/cream and add the bright in either a top, scarf, shoes or jewellery. I did the HoC style day too and am a classic so need to avoid the "fun" look anyway. You can certainly do sophisticated spring looks by really working the dark neutrals as you say. Half the battle is having the right lippy on, that was the biggest surprise to me.

GlassesDontSuitMe Mon 12-Aug-13 23:00:02

Beginner when I try to follow the 3 colour thing I feel like Ronald MacDonald confused
I love the neutrals Chocolate/Navy and Charcoal and don't find them difficult to wear it's just the other colours I struggle with. In the spring when our colours were in the shops I was a bit brassic so missed out on stocking up.

I don't struggle with scarves because I wear them 360 days of the year because I'm always freezing. It's the colours of them that are frustrating, that and the fact that when I find one in the right colour it is a zillion quid, which I refuse to pay for a strip of fabric grin

BeginnerSAHM Mon 12-Aug-13 23:07:40

Gillybobs! Hooray! You understand the issue... My consultant just looked at me a little blankly when I said I felt uncomfortable wearing so many fun colours. (That'll be because I a a misery-guts, style-wise.)

And I know the Ronald MacDonald feeling..wink.

That Boden top does hit the spring button, doesn't it? Weird - I've clocked the ravello top before and nearly bought it but don't generally like the Boden stuff for women so I dismissed it. (They have too many clothes called 'fun something' or 'hotpotch something else' - as I said, I prefer my look to be more glum...)

And yes - I refuse to spend loads of money on scarves. But I might do if I could get used to wearing one. And I thought I'd wear it an awful lot!

<accidentally blanks gilly, not recognising her in the new environment> ;)

Like Gilly, I tend to wear two colours in my clothes and use the third in accessories and make-up. Always. I almost never wear less than three now - it's a crazy thing but it is proper springy magic when you manage to do it in a way that works for you.

I don't really do scarves (wish i did) so I don't have that as fallback so have to chuck on more jewels and shit. Shame. grin

I'd really recommend some of you do style days as you'll find the whole thing easier then as some of your issues now will go away. As a Natural Ingenue, I look weird in stuff that's too kinda snappy and rainbowy as it doesn't look boho-y or delicately pretty enough. Understanding that has made a huge difference.

jumpinghoops Tue 13-Aug-13 08:45:19

You see, I think that's it, I probably need to do a style day. I suspect I fall somewhere into the classic category but Ive heard you really cant tell until you go along. Thanks gillybobs though, that's a really helpful start in terms of thinking through how I start pulling colours together.

I feel a bit like a fish out of water at the moment having just had my 2nd child a few months ago, totally lost my style mojo and need to get it back somehow. I live in an ultra fashionable part of east London where people throw on all sorts of stuff with confidence. I feel like their mum sometimes and I'm only 33!

Whoknowswhocares Tue 13-Aug-13 08:53:45

Yay, finally there's is a Spring thread!!!!!!
I'm very new to the 'colours' idea. Well, that's not strictly true, I've tried for many years to self diagnose wrongly, it turns out and never 'seen' the difference in the alleged right colours.
Until I settled on bright spring. Every single colour just sort of works. A stranger even stopped me in the street to tell me my cardi made my eyes look ultra bright and fantastic!
I've still never had the official diagnosis, but I now am finally sure. I've bought a truckfull of new stuff including some very useful Primark basics (camis and long sleeved tops. Very cheap and good colours to use with neutrals to avoid the Ronald look)
What's this 3 colour thing though?

Aquelven Tue 13-Aug-13 09:01:33

Oh, a Spring thread...brilliant!! grin
I was only diagnosed a couple of months ago & am still on a very steep learning curve. I'm a HoC Blue Spring too.
I'm happy with all the blues as it's always been my favourite colour, but the brightness was a bit if a shock. I've got lots & lots of black in my wardrobe hmm so plan to gradually switch it to navy & grey( which I can see are much better & do like) as funds allow.

The biggest lesson has been the lippy thing. I'd always stuck to muted pinks, I'm a very, very ghostly pale person with naturally white blonde hair, if my eyes were pink I'd look like an Albino rabbit confused so was convinced I'd be a light summer. The consultant sent me home in a red lipstick, never worn red in my life. Thought " no way " but driving home kept looking in the rear view mirror & when I got home I rang her & ordered two of the same colour!
I've since found No7 Mischief, a very bright warm pink, is good & if I really feel like being a bit less obvious Mac Bombshell is lovely.

Bought lots of cheap supermarket T shirts in my colours over the last couple of months, to get into the swing of it, but need to start looking for good basics, so will be on this thread a lot. Thanks for the brilliant tips do far smile

cardoon Tue 13-Aug-13 09:03:46

I'm a bright spring and am loving the lipstick thing - have taken to it like a duck to water grin

My favourites are HOC 174 and jane fardon poppy

The thing I struggle with most is green - always seem to chose something too blue toned/emerald.

and if anyone sees any good multi/print/coloured scarves could you link please, I'm hoping this will be the key to bringing all my bright colours together.

Aquelven Tue 13-Aug-13 09:05:11

SO far blush
Why is there no edit facility for typing mistakes on MN?

cardoon Tue 13-Aug-13 09:10:38

err, I didn't mean green lipstick there BTW!

Jane will send you a few samples of the lipsticks, which was great for me as I am so indecisive!

Gillybobs Tue 13-Aug-13 09:44:50

Scarfs are a real saviour when you love the dark neutrals like I do, this kind of thing


I've dozens of printed scarves which are great for adding colour to winter neutral knitwear. I've had great scarves from Zara, warehouse, TK Maxx and Lola rose

A big shift for me was away black footwear - a struggle at first but now I think black boots just look so clumpy and heavy. Love tan for shoes and bags, also grey but its harder to find

jumpinghoops Tue 13-Aug-13 10:07:43

I love that printed coral scarf. I have just bought the Boden Friendship Bracelet in bright green which is a good kelly green colour. I have another make up related question: has anyone found a good brown mascara? I need something thickening/lengthening ideally (ie.more lashes would be ideal!) I only find good mascaras that are black.

BeginnerSAHM Tue 13-Aug-13 10:29:50

Yes! I have a great brown/black mascara, I think from max factor - will check make-up bag when i get home.

And currently wearing smidgen of HOC 55 lipstick (red!) with stone long sleeved t from mint velvet, navy skinny cropped trousers (with gold zips), tan satchel, tan skinny belt and err pale tan ballet shoes with a few cream feathers and dark sparkly bits. I admit I look better with the smudge of lippy. It's soooo bright though shock.

BeginnerSAHM Tue 13-Aug-13 10:33:59

Had my eye on that friendship bracelet wink. And the scarf looks a good way to get into the bright colour thing! V pleased I started this thread. (Must get job now though...)

GlassesDontSuitMe Tue 13-Aug-13 11:43:22

Gilly That scarf is lovely, I have ordered. I agree with you about black footwear. I have the same boots in tan and black, the tan wins everytime. I have chucked a lot of black footwear I've amassed over the years. I'm replacing with navy and brown/tan. Same with handbags. I read somewhere that for springs, bags which are black/very dark tend to look like luggage and are to be avoided.

One of my 100% colours is kerry green but I struggle to find the exact (or tone) colour. If anyone can recommend something I would be very grateful.

cardoon Tue 13-Aug-13 12:01:52

Yes, the elusive kerry, would love a wool winter coat in this.

Thanks for the scarf link Gilly, does the viscose feel OK? I cannot imagine wearing black footwear now.

I use blinc tube mascara, gives a very natural look.

Gillybobs Tue 13-Aug-13 12:22:53

Sorry I should have said I don't have that actual scarf, just thought it was a good example of a not too scary spring colour.

The HoC lippys are too much for me, even though I'm a lipstick addict. I find the texture too thick and heavy. And the colours seem to change on my lips which drives me crazy. I think Season wears Hoc55 but blots it and adds a gloss on top.

Today I'm wearing Boden red bistro cropped trousers from summer range, navy lace ls top from next and nude coloured Sam edalman pumps . I've got some cream bracelets and a wooden and turquoise bracelet on too. And obligatory bright lippy.

BeginnerSAHM Tue 13-Aug-13 12:26:10

The brown/black mascara I use is max factor 'clump defying'. Highly recommend it!

And totally agree about black shoes! I only have them for work but often wore 'nude' ones with black suits as preferred them. Until Kate Middleton wore them the whole time.... (Mine are mid/kitten heel though - can't do proper high heels!)

I'm on the hunt for tan/brown ankle boots to wear with dresses and leggings - maybe Hudson ones or Office 'uncanny' ones. Sorry - am rubbish at links when on my phone.

BeginnerSAHM Tue 13-Aug-13 12:35:14

I think that Boden scarf is really nice gillybobs! And your outfit sounds great. I'm wary of bright trousers as am a pear shape. Admittedly, quite a slim one but still have a not-v-pert derrière! I like the idea of working on colour through jewellery though... Season seems to do that! (I'm learning...wink)

Oh good - glad you think that about hoc lipstick. I only bought that and the coral gloss but won't be buying any more, I don't think.

Gillybobs Tue 13-Aug-13 12:35:20

I've stuck with black mascara to be honest. I have very dark eyebrows and fairly dark hair so brown mascara just doesn't cut it for me. I don't wear black eyeliner any more though, dark brown, grey or occasionally teal works much better

I like nude heels for work too, and I picked up navy shoe boots from m and s that have been worn loads

Quite liking these tan ankle boots

BeginnerSAHM Tue 13-Aug-13 13:10:13

nice coral necklace?. Or is it a bit cheap looking?

Gillybobs Tue 13-Aug-13 13:58:56

I like that necklace. Also have a look at Stella and dot, fab springy stuff although it's pricey. Zara do great necklaces too

Mumelie Tue 13-Aug-13 14:26:51

Hi Springs - very excited to see a Spring thread!
I was 'diagnosed' a Blue Spring and a Classic Ingenue earlier this year. Loved buying all the clothes in the shops in Spring colours but feel a bit stuck for AW. I do have a fair bit of grey but going for Navy as my main basic as think it suits me better (was one of my * colours).
Thinking about this coat for Winter - esp with 25% off today grin.
I loved my HOC lipsticks, but tend to save them for the evening as they are very bright! I bought a bright red and a coral (sorry dont remeber the nos). I dont now feel properly dressed without lippy on.
I'm also on the look out for a fantastic leather bag - tan I think (but grey would also be god) - mainly for work but not overly formal or huge. Any ideas? Budget up to about £250 ish.

Gillybobs Tue 13-Aug-13 14:51:16
wools Tue 13-Aug-13 14:52:53

Great to see a thread for Springs. I was diagnosed a "blue spring earlier this year. Initially I was disappointed as I was so sure that I was a "winter". A few months down the line though I love my new colours. I agree that black accessories look too heavy and much prefer tan now that i have been enlightened. I would love a coral cashmere jumper and some camel wool trousers for the autumn. I know what you mean about the bright lipsticks - feels weird but they do work. I've got 3 revlon lip butters - candy apple, tutti frutti and wild watermelon and would like a lovely coral lippy too. Looking forward to all the "spring" chat!

Mumelie Tue 13-Aug-13 14:57:19

Nice bag Gillybobs! Prefer the tan to the grey I think.

Gillybobs Tue 13-Aug-13 14:58:13

This is a great comparison of my two favourite spring coral lippies, mac see sheer (nice and subtle for daytime) and Mac Crosswires, a bit more kapow


hollyisalovelyname Tue 13-Aug-13 15:02:02

CMB, a long time ago said I was a warm spring. What's the equivalent in HOC?
What's a blue spring?
Coral/ orange lipsticks are very difficult to wear unless you have very white teeth. They make teeth appear more yellow. Anybody else noticed that?

Gillybobs Tue 13-Aug-13 15:05:48

Pinky coral is fine, it's only when it pulls too orange it makes teeth look bad

Blue spring is someone who particularly suits the blues/greens in the palette I think

Aquelven Tue 13-Aug-13 15:17:59

There seem to be a few of us who are Blue Springs smile

I second the Max Factor black/brown mascara, I use the 1000 Calorie one. Used loads of more expensive ones but keep coming back to it.

I haven't had the style day yet. Would really like to but have to wait as stuck in bed at the moment having had an operation on my foot end of last week & on crutches, no driving for six more weeks. I don't understand the names they give the styles, can anyone give a rough description of what they mean by gamine, ingenue etc. please?

Joycey29 Tue 13-Aug-13 15:40:26

Went out this morning for a food shop and accidentally bought a teal/petrol coloured faux leather jacket!
So definitely not what I would have bought Pre-CMB, but so many comments already, it would appear to be a good buy!
Felt the need to share my excitement! grin

Gillybobs Tue 13-Aug-13 15:41:21

Style day is brilliant, completely fascinating and so helpful. virtually everyone is a mix of two style types, eg I'm a romantic classic. This means there are many many combinations you could be, and each element will have an influence on how you dress so it's really hard to guess what you're going to be. Also, everyone will put their own spin on it so my romantic classic wouldn't look exactly the same as someone slimmer or smaller than me, although we would both follow the same guidance on what works best

Very very roughly, classics like to be groomed and wear quality fabrics and shapes, romantics like a bit more "show" in their outfits and suit velvety, lace etc, ingenue is a girly type who likes detail and innocence, gamines are generally petite and neat and boyishly youthful, naturals can be very laid back in either a boho/outdoorsy/sporty way, dramatics tend to suit angles and sharp neat shapes. As I say, we are all a blend of two of these so it's brilliant to understand why and really get to grips with your body shape and proportions. Also h your personality affects true style. They then give you lots of notes and guidance on clothes shapes, fabrics, ideal shops etc

Gillybobs Tue 13-Aug-13 15:42:10

Joycey, link please!

vitaminC Tue 13-Aug-13 15:46:24

Can I gatecrash here? I'm a warm Autumn, but borderline warm Spring - light chestnutty auburn hair, tanned complexion and orangey hazel eyes. Actually everything about me is roughly the same colour - tan hmm

Anyway my best colours are the ones in both the warm Autumn and warm Spring palettes. Most of my clothes are cream, beige, tan or navy with teal or orange accessories.

And I've started wearing brown mascara and eyeliner, with a translucent coral lipgloss and get complimented all the time now on how well I look smile

The mascara is 360° from Yves Rocher, colour 02 BRUN
Eyeliner is a liquid one, also from Yves Rocher, 01 QUARTZ FUME
Lipgloss is Camille Albane, GL33 CORAIL TOUR

Gillybobs Tue 13-Aug-13 16:01:56

Hello vitamin do you buy the camille albane in the uk?

cardoon Tue 13-Aug-13 16:12:19

is the green in Gillys bag right or wrong?

jumpinghoops Tue 13-Aug-13 16:17:02

Yes Joycey, please do link, that sounds great. I've been told I can go darker into the autumn palette to Kingfisher/Teal.

I like this BR turquoise statement necklace over a grey t-shirt, not very wintery though! Maybe over a navy dress in winter.

Mumelie, there are some lovely grey, tan (and a good marine navy blue) bags at Mimi Berry. Particularly like this, this and this.

jumpinghoops Tue 13-Aug-13 16:21:12

cardoon, I currently have my little flip colour palette held against screen currently pondering that question smile. I think it's closest to no. 25 Leaf Green but might be a bit emerald. I guess you'd have to check it out in the flesh to be sure.

Thank you for mascara recommendations by the way, I'll go to Boots for a play tomorrow.

vitaminC Tue 13-Aug-13 16:22:22

No. Sorry Gilly, I live in France and bought it over here.

Gillybobs Tue 13-Aug-13 16:22:29
Gillybobs Tue 13-Aug-13 16:23:54

I think that John Lewis bag could possibly be leaf but monitors can lie so best to swatch it in RL. Great bag though isn't it?

Mumelie Tue 13-Aug-13 16:53:44

Oh Jumpinghoops thank you thanks - totally love the Mimi Faye bag in dove grey - think it could be the one! Although I am also very taken with that John Lewis bag now its been pointed out in the green! help - I feel a spree coming on wink.

hollyisalovelyname Tue 13-Aug-13 17:26:48

CMB warm spring is what in HOC? Please

Gillybobs Tue 13-Aug-13 17:33:55

Sorry Holly, not sure. Possibly True Spring? Slap bang in the middle?

Aquelven Tue 13-Aug-13 18:00:56

In HoC, how many different Springs are there? What are they? I'm a blue but no idea of the others as the two other people on my day were a summer & an autumn.

Gillybobs Tue 13-Aug-13 18:31:45

Not entirely sure, I'm a paintbox spring (high contrast), then there is blue and light and true/warm I think.

BeginnerSAHM Tue 13-Aug-13 19:18:18

Think warm spring is a true spring in CMB.

I'm blue 'ish'. And a clear warm in CMB. Definitely.

Got light/mid brown hair (with a few golden blonde highlights - v few...), dark blue but brightish eyes and pale yellow toned skin.

By the way, I think nars 'orgasm' blusher looks v good on springs - not as sparkly as it looks in the palette.

My double star colours are coral, geranium pink, all the turquoises (think 2? Don't have swatchy thing), tan (!!! How do you wear that head to toe with out looking like a giant poo?) and navy is double star at 75%. As is bitter chocolate (or some name like that...).

I love green so on the look out for more of it. Think I'm a double star at 75% for leaf or Kelly green. Must check pamphlet!

Seriously, try Benetton for good spring colour basic knits.... I forgot that shop still existed wink.

Love the idea of springs being persuaded to wear green lipstick.

BeginnerSAHM Tue 13-Aug-13 19:29:12

Love m birger scarf by the way. Pink bag and BR necklace are also great but I'm not brave enough... Yet. Plus, suspected classic traits are probably keeping my quite conservative!

jumpinghoops Tue 13-Aug-13 19:29:32

I've just read my booklet again and it says bright spring rather than blue spring as I'd thought. I'm not sure if that means I'm paintbox or just bright?! I sound pretty similar to you beginner, perhaps eyes and hair a little lighter but similar skin tone. My double stars are also coral, geranium, poppy and all the blues/violet so there can't be that much in it?!

GlassesDontSuitMe Tue 13-Aug-13 19:54:01

I'm a paintbox spring which my consultant said was the same as a bright spring. I have chestnut coloured hair, green eyes and my skin is yellow toned with a pinkish undertone.

Gilly, would you be kind enough to explain the high contrast thing to me please? I got very little info from my consultant. I was the only one there and it took most of the appointment for her to work out what season I was, which left little time for anything else and it all became a bit hurried.

Gillybobs Tue 13-Aug-13 20:08:58

Yeah I got little info from the consultant either, I've done loads of reading and TONNES of chatting with season and others about it to come to my conclusions. So, I have lots of contrast in my natural colouring, very pale skin, very dark hair, extremely blue eyes. I need to mirror that level of contrast in my outfits for the balance to look right. So three items of clothing in three brights just looks odd on me. My absolute best looks generally involve a dark neutral (navy or grey) a light neutral (cream) and one bright. My favourite brights are coral, turquoise or leaf green. I'm dipping my toe into yellow too...so far just with a bag and a scarf.

Beginner my classic means I can't go too zany but I do like bright accessories now that I can see what they add to an outfit that's otherwise neutral

Gillybobs Tue 13-Aug-13 20:11:25

This lady writes like her head is full of unicorns but if you can tolerate that you can glean loads from her writing...here is her take on bright spring...my colouring is very mary poppins and her articles really helped me understand the contrast thing


Joycey29 Tue 13-Aug-13 22:49:10

this is the jacket! Bought in small shopin West Cork.
It's made by Softy Outdoors.
I love it more and more and yet it is sooooo not the old me!

hollyisalovelyname Wed 14-Aug-13 00:21:01

Thank you

BeginnerSAHM Wed 14-Aug-13 08:31:31

Ok - so, double stars are: tan (ugh), tangerine, coral, geranium, flamingo pink, Kerry green, corn yellow, turquoise and aquamarine. Singles are chocolate, bright navy, cinnamon, honey, terracotta (yuk), poppy, apple green and bright blue. The consultant said I was on the 'blue-ish end' so I suppose I'm not as blue as some springs. I think she was trying to explain why I was misdiagnosed (by HoC 8 years ago) as a winter but, to be honest, it's fairly obvious to me (now!) that I look pretty drained in most winter colours....

So I'm not a true 'blue spring'! Therefore, if you have similar double stars to me, you are probably not on the bluest end of spring!! Just blue-ish. Hope that helps a bit confused.

Like gillybobs, I have a lot of natural contrast - pale skin, almost black eyebrows, bright dark blue eyes, quite dark pink lips naturally and light brown hair. Bit weird colouring really wink.

Gillybobs Wed 14-Aug-13 09:31:43

You * sound similar to mine *Beginner .

A combination thats surprised me is wearing tan/honey and bright blue together. I have a tan wool jacket and when I wear a bright blue top underneath it , it looks amazing. I just wear denims on my bottom half to avoid the rainbow bright effect grin

Whoknowswhocares Wed 14-Aug-13 09:31:43

Ladies, I need your help.
Sadly I have a friends funeral to go to in the next week or two. As a bright spring I can just about get away with black away from my face and have a black dress that i rarely use since discovering my best colours with a silver subtle pattern which may just about work. Not ideal, but best I can come up with so far.
Is thre any way of 'springing' my outfit appropriately? Am worried anyhing springish will be too bright and cheerful iykwim. Or another way people have found worked. Or shall I just forget all about it for the day?

Gillybobs Wed 14-Aug-13 09:44:49

Id forget about it and just wear a spring lippy, I think it makes a huge difference to your face even if the clothes are compliant

vitaminC Wed 14-Aug-13 10:02:31

I'm actually wearing black today, whoknows.
It's a black jersey shift dress but I'm wearing it with a wide tan wrap belt, tan wedge sandals and a cream cardigan...

Gilly, Navy (or indigo denim) with a burnt orange or tan jacket is one of my favourite looks smile

The conversation about contrast is really interesting, btw, as I have extremely low contrast. Last night I went out wearing head to toe cream and got told I looked fantastic, lol!

Gillybobs Wed 14-Aug-13 10:54:22

vitamin isnt it fascinating? I honestly think if you mirror your own levels of contrast you come up with the best combinations of colour. I wish House of Colour spent more time on that during the colour day, ive learnt most of that from the unicorn lady, linked above.

GlassesDontSuitMe Wed 14-Aug-13 11:52:19

Gilly Thank you for posting the unicorn lady link, I think I now get that I need high contrast and that it's probably where I have been going wrong. My colouring is very similar to the Mary Poppins photo except I have green eyes.

All the darker colours in my swatch are at best two ticks and most are for below waist. Is anyone else the same?

I really want a navy coat (two ticks) if I get a scarf in a star colour, will that be ok?

Sorry for all the questions, the penny will drop, eventually grin

BeginnerSAHM Wed 14-Aug-13 12:02:22

Hi all - yup, I found the unicorn lady very interesting too! Season mentioned her on another thread.

I might try a tan jacket then (and steal your looks!!). I think a style day soon-ish is inevitable...! Although I'm pretty sure I'm a classic mixed with either natural or maybe ingenue. Probably natural.

Love all the links people have posted!

BeginnerSAHM Wed 14-Aug-13 12:03:15

p.s. Glasses - yup, sure a navy coat with a scarf would be lovely.

Gillybobs Wed 14-Aug-13 13:37:54

Glasses a navy coat is perfect for us, then you can add different brights in your accessories. I have bought this in navy www.boden.co.uk/en-GB/Womens-Coats-Jackets/Coats/WE407/Womens-Mia-Coat.html
and plan to wear it with the pink bag and scarf i linked to upthread. I also have loads of other bright scarves to change the look

jumpinghoops Wed 14-Aug-13 14:01:49

Gilly, you are a wealth of lovely links, I really love the MB scarf.

grin at unicorn lady. My postnatal woolly sleep deprived brain did get a little lost at times but I get where she's coming from. I don't understand why I am a bright spring though?! I'm not that high contrast, do have fairly strong brows but they and my hair are dark blond/brown naturally and my eyes middish blue. I would never get mistaken for a winter! I get that working to your contrast is the thing to do, I wish my consultant had mentioned this.

Aquelven Wed 14-Aug-13 14:26:15

Thank you for the link to the unicorn lady, it's a very interesting site. Lots to go & read!
I'm confused really about the contrast thing still though as I'm completely different from most of you, have virtually no contrast, look complete opposite of Mary Poppins., pale skin, hair as light as it's possible to be blonde & my eyes are turquoise ( variously described as unusual, amazing, really strange confused)
My two star colours at 100% are all the blues & turquoises, leaf green & dove grey and two stars at 75% are navy, coral & poppy. The tans, yellows & browns are much lower rated for me except for banana & honey which get two stars at 50%.
My consultant never really mentioned contrast. Perhaps because there were three of us & the other two were related & had brought along extra family members to " view" so in all that I felt a bit outnumbered really.

Gillybobs Wed 14-Aug-13 14:45:29

Aquelven you sound more like a true spring to me, did you read the unicorn ladies' posts on True Spring? She often does polyvores of outfits in good colour combos which i found helpful. Love the fact I have re-christened the esteemed Christine Scaman as the unicorn lady....

BeginnerSAHM Wed 14-Aug-13 14:55:43

Agree with gillybobs, Aquelven.... Your eyes sound gorgeous, by the way!!

Aquelven Wed 14-Aug-13 15:16:37

My consultant diagnosed me as a Blue Spring, & am sure she was right as the drawings really popped the colours. So is that a True Spring on the unicorn lady's site then as I did wonder seeing as she didn't seem to have Blue Spring?
Thank you Beginner...flattery will get you everywhere! smile blush

Aquelven Wed 14-Aug-13 15:18:20

Drapings not drawings! iPad angry oh for an edit facility !

Gillybobs Wed 14-Aug-13 15:18:20

I dont think that the unicorn lady and HoC categories cross over exactly but I suspect Blue Spring is closest to her True spring, yes

BeginnerSAHM Wed 14-Aug-13 16:11:02

Gah! I thought I was a blue(ish) spring but I might be a 'bright spring' now...

Gillybobs Wed 14-Aug-13 20:02:39

Sorry for ridiculous length of post but this is a list of suggested spring make up a friend of mine found on one of the FB groups set up by followers of the unicorn lady. Hope it's useful


Bobbi Brown – Coral Pink Creamy Lipcolor; Canary High Shimmer Lipgloss, Soft Coral Rich Lip Color, Brightening Lipgloss in Peach, Lip Color in Salmon
Chanel – Rouge Coco Shine no. 44 Sari D’Eau, no. 68 Monte Carlo, Chalys, Rebelle and Peregrina
Clarins - Joli Rouge Brilliant 05 Papaya
Clinique - Sugared Grapefruit Different Lipstick; Golden Brandy Long Last Lipstick; Buttershine Lipstick in Ambrosia; Peach Pop High Impact Lipstick; Long Last Lipgloss in Guava Gold and Sunset
Cover Girl – LipPerfection no. 405 Fairytale and no. 300 Flame
Dior – Dior Addict Lipstick in New Look, Blazing Red, Beige Casual
Estee Lauder - Stay Coral Doublewear Lipstick; Pure Color Sensuous Rouge in Nectar and Peach Pleasure; Pure Color Gloss Stick in Honey Pink and Orange Poppy, Signature Lipstick in Apricot Sun
Guerlain - Shine Automatique in 263 La Parisienne, Gina*
Laura Mercier - Satin Lipstick in Candy Pink and Tangerine; Gloss Stick in Poppy
Lancome - Rouge in Love 322M*
L’Oreal – HIP Shine Struck Liquid Lipcolor in Precarious; Infallible Le Rouge in Charismatic Coral, Caresse lipstick in dating coral 301 (7.1 12t), Color riche 377 in perfect red (6.5 12t)
MAC- Crosswires (BSp?), Korean Candy and Ravishing Lipstick; Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Full Speed; Clingpeach Pro Longwear Lipstick; Instant Gold Lustreglass
Make Up For Ever - Rouge Artist Natural No. 40
Maybelline - Color Sensational Lipstick in Coral Luster
Max Factor-Flipstick in gypsy red 30 (6.4 12t) , Colour elixir 827 in bewitching coral (7.5 12t)
NARS - Velvet Gloss Pencil in Happy Days
Korres - Lip Butter in Mango
Revlon – Super Lustrous Lipstick in Peach Me, Ravish Me Red, and Siren; Colorburst Lipstick in Coral and Peach; Candy Apple Butter Balm; Super Lustrous Gloss in Firecracker
Rimmel –Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in All Day Seduction, Dare to Say, and Non-Stop Glamour; Burning Rose Lipstick
Smashbox - Photo Finish Lipstick in Legendary and Splendid
Stila - Convertible Color in Petunia; Long Wear Lipcolor in Adorable
Urban Decay - Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Punch Drunk

Bobbi Brown - Powder Blush in Apricot; Nectar Shimmer Brick Compact
Color F/X- Bronzer in Gold
Laura Mercier - Lotus Pink and Lush Nectarine Second Skin Cheek Color
MAC- Powder Bronzer in Golden; Mineralize Blush in Dainty (also listed for LSp.) , Fleur Power?*

Clinique - Roast Coffee, Shy Brown, and True Khaki Quickliner For Eyes; Brown Sugar , Chocolate Luster, and Eqyptian Creamshaper For Eyes
Elizabeth Arden – Color Intrigue Eyeliner in Pewter no. 02
Estee Lauder – Artist’s Pencil in Softsmudge Brown; Doublewear Eyeliner in Bronze
Lancome - Le Crayon Kohl in Gris Noir and Black Coffee
MAC- Grey Utility, Bountiful Brown and Duck Powerpoint; Uniform Tecknokohl Eyeliner
Maybelline - Line Express Brownish Black
MUFE - 19L*
Sephora - Matte Charcoal no. 11 (may well be too cool)
Urban Decay - 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Bourbon

Bobbi Brown - Bone Powder Eye Shadow
Chanel - Ombre Essentielle no.83 Slate; Quadre Eye Shadow no. 79 Spices
Clinique – Colorsurge Eye Shadow in Champagne; Butter Pecan, Copper Canyon , Sunburst, and Twice the Spice Colorsurge Duos,
Elizabeth Arden- Neutral Cashmeres Quad
Estee Lauder Pure Color Eye Shadow in Chocolate Bliss, Ivory Slipper, Riviera Rose, and Sugar Biscuit
Laura Mercier - Vanilla Nuts Matte Eyes Shadow; Sateen Eye Shadow in Stellar
MAC – Brule, Cork and Sunny Outlook Powder Shadow; Paint Pot in Groundwork
MUFE - 05*, 164*, 165*
NARS - Abyssinia, Biarritz, Cairo, and Cyprus powder Shadow; Key Largo, Madraque, Portobello, and Tsarine Eye Shadow Duos; Cream Shadow in Mousson, Nomad, and Lili Marlene

BeginnerSAHM Wed 14-Aug-13 20:14:08

Wowee! Thanks Gillybobs....

Aquelven Wed 14-Aug-13 20:29:52

Oh, Gillybobs, thanks for that, brilliant grin
Despite having enough makeup to restock Boots, I've got none of those except for the Clarins Papaya which is gorgeous.

jumpinghoops Wed 14-Aug-13 20:43:28

My god! <<Rubs hands in anticipation of a trip to Boots tomorrow>> grin

Gillybobs Wed 14-Aug-13 20:44:49

I've been wearing the bobbi brown apricot blush for years, way before the colours thing, and it is beeeeyoootiful. Trust me. I've also got the Chanel rebelle which is like a posh lip butter in clear red. But I think my fave is still mac Crosswires

jumpinghoops Wed 14-Aug-13 20:47:04

MAC Fleur Power is a smashing blusher by the way, I think a litle touch of this has made my face look much better with the bright lips.

Gillybobs Wed 14-Aug-13 20:49:46

Yes I agree jumping. Also mac pinch o peach, nice and soft

BeginnerSAHM Wed 14-Aug-13 20:58:52

I've been rummaging around to see if I can find the Bobbi brown bit of paper saying what blusher they put on me (on saturday) but I loved it. Thought it was called 'coral' but I can't find it on the Internet - wasn't sparkly at all but it was great.

Somebody please reassure me that nars orgasm is ok for springs!

BeginnerSAHM Wed 14-Aug-13 21:00:07

And I'm definitely trying the mac sheer one gillybobs recommended!! grin

Gillybobs Wed 14-Aug-13 21:08:15

I've heard orgasm does look sparkly on some? Is it deep throat that's similar but non sparkly maybe?
Bobbi brown blusters are fantastic, I love apricot and nectar

Mac see sheer is my fave subtle everyday lippy, because some days I just can't do shouty spring lips


jumpinghoops Wed 14-Aug-13 21:37:53

I love the look of See Sheer, the comparison swatch you showed upthread was v helpful. I am mourning the loss of Crosswires at the moment and was planning to get another, while it is generally my favourite lipstick it can feel a bit bright for work and I hope that See Sheer could be the one for this!! How does BB Apricot compare with Fleur Power (if you have both)?

BeginnerSAHM Wed 14-Aug-13 21:38:21

Ah - I had a mix of deep throat and orgasm on my wedding day! Had a spaceNK make-up person... Yeah - it probably is a bit sparkly - I should wear glasses really but don't wink. (Only a bit short sighted..!)

Am buying that lipstick, thank you gillybobs. And a new blusher probably!

BeginnerSAHM Wed 14-Aug-13 21:54:32

Just a thought vitamin, but maybe start an autumn thread??? Bet loads of people would join in!! I've found all the suggestions on this one very interesting. Not that you're not welcome on this one grin. I still feel very inane (and a bit Bridget jones' mum) banging on about the whole 'colours' thing but love it...wink.

Aquelven Wed 14-Aug-13 21:59:02

I've been buying the wrong Mac colours! Chatterbox, Speed Dial & Bombshell. Still like Bombshell though, it's pink but warm. Can't wait to try the right ones, especially See Sheer & Crosswires

Gillybobs Wed 14-Aug-13 22:15:07

jumping I don't have fleur power atm, just pinch o peach which is less pink (I believe)

Beginner I'm v v short sighted and wear contacts, in fact for years people asked if I wore coloured contacts...nope , just spring eyes I guess? I just ignore the Bridget jones mum comments. I'm happy with the changes I see in the mirror, theyre undeniable and that's what counts

Joycey29 Wed 14-Aug-13 22:37:16

Am shell shocked by that make-up range and a little daunted but am going to find one that suits! I'm a women on a mission!!

wools Thu 15-Aug-13 07:53:04

Great list Gillybobs - thanks for posting. I bought a new lipstick yesterday - Kate Moss for Rimmel, shade 110 which is described as vibrant coral. It's a bit scary as it is very bright but I am pleased with how it looks (just got to get over being scared of bright lips) and only cost £3.99.

Am trying to lose half a stone at the moment so slightly reluctant to buy any new clothes but still desperate at the same time to replace the vast amount of black I have hanging in the wardrobe. I'm so pleased with this thread and really enjoying learning more about the right colours.

Gillybobs Thu 15-Aug-13 09:13:23

Wools i have that Kate Moss lippy and its fabulous if a little on the neon side. Love it for going out. And the unicorn lady thinks bright springs can wear a little black, which I still do for work, just making sure I mix it with spring brights and the right lippy. Id never ever wear head to toe black now that I realise how deathly I look in it

Aquelven Mac bombshell looks fine for a light spring Id say but the other two do look quite pale. Trial and error innit? grin I have been married to this cause for two years and still making mistakes at times

TiredMule Thu 15-Aug-13 09:15:45

I'm just marking my place as I was 'diagnosed' as spring (think maybe warm and clear?) by my step mil a couple of years ago when she was training. She found me very hard to diagnose as there were quite a few autumn colours that looked good as well, so to be honest I've been a bit unsure and haven't really got into it as there is a bit of confusion and doubt in my mind!
I have hazel eyes, and naturally a warm mid ish blonde coloured hair which is highlighted, and my skin is fairly pale but tans easily.
Colours that looked best were corals, poppy red, bright turquoise, and a purple colour I think. I think one of the autumn colours that threw her was teal looked quite good.
I'd really like to get them done by someone experienced, but can't really justify the money ATM.
I find it very hard to find any of the exact colours (especially in an item I like) and so normally end up giving up and getting things as near to as I can, which really isn't the idea!
So I'm hoping to lurk a bit on here if that's ok, and try to learn some useful bits and pieces! grin

Gillybobs Thu 15-Aug-13 09:22:28

welcome Tired Ive heard it said that if you suite khaki you must be an autumn so that might be a good way of ruling out autumn for sure? Do you have a book of spring swatches to help you find the right colours? Its virtually impossible to shop without one, especially at first when youre trying to get to "know" your palette

wools Thu 15-Aug-13 09:36:55

Gillybobs - good to know black isn't a total write off. I bought a lovely black coat last winter before having my colours done and would still like to wear it this autumn so I guess a scarf in the right colours and my new lipstick may be the way to go.

Gillybobs Thu 15-Aug-13 09:43:02


Aquelven Thu 15-Aug-13 10:39:52

Same here, wools.
I have two newish gorgeous coats that I saved to buy & went a bit mad, one 80% cashmere & the other a beautiful soft black sheepskin that was more than I've ever spent on an item of clothing in my life. Both black confused but there's no way I'm letting them go.

Regarding the swatches, my consultant said not to try to match the colours exactly when shopping. The trick was to open up the folder & hold it against the item you were considering buying. If it toned & blended with the swatches it was your colour. I notice it says in the booklet she gave us with the swatches...
"The 36 colours in your wallet represent a quarter of the colour wheel & therefore it is not 36 colours that you can wear but hundreds & thousands.
Do not match. These colours are precision dyed so that you may use your wallet as a whole. Check that whatever you are buying tones with all your colours & you will find in-between shades. Use your words to help you when in doubt."

Gillybobs Thu 15-Aug-13 11:18:57

Thats true regarding the swatches but I think it takes some people a bit of practice to be able to see the swatches as a whole rather than individual.

But as your confidence grows its great as you realise there are many more colours that work really well. Ive found that a nice bright coral was missing from the swatches , and also a purpley pink, but now I know they work Im happy to buy them

Unicorn ladies' swatches have lots of colours missing from the HoC wallet so thats been interesting (I dont have her swatches, but have seen them online)

GlassesDontSuitMe Thu 15-Aug-13 12:02:15

Gilly thanks for the list, it's just in time for my visit to my nearest big shopping center on Saturday. First stop Bobby Brown to try the apricot blusher, next stop Mac for See Sheer and Crosswires.

Make-up has been a bit of a challenge for me.It took me ages to find the right colour foundation. Eventually I mixed a cool with a warm (accidentally) and hey presto, perfect! I'm still working on the right blusher so fingers crossed for BB.

Like all you lovely ladies, I need a bright lipstick which came as a bit of a shocker to me. I can't believe what a difference it makes, how it pulls everything together and was more astounded by this than the draping if I'm honest.

Thank you to everyone on this thread. I'd lost my colours mojo but it's back with a vengence. Come Saturday I shall be like a shopping spring shark hunting those brights grin

Gillybobs Thu 15-Aug-13 12:09:49

Have a great day on Saturday glasses and do report back!

Aquelven Thu 15-Aug-13 12:35:26

Oh yes, please do Glasses. I'm longing for a bit of season retail therapy but am stuck here on crutches for the next few weeks & it isn't the same online.

BeginnerSAHM Thu 15-Aug-13 17:02:06

Enjoy the shopping glasses!

Tired - suspect you might be a spring actually... But it's difficult to say. the khaki sounds like an excellent way of testing. All those colours you mentioned suit me well (including teal). Weirdly, (mid-ish tone) purple looks good on most people. Personally, I don't like it at all, so don't wear it but it does 'work' for me...

Gillybobs Thu 15-Aug-13 19:05:49

Interesting you mention purple I've had loads of purple disasters over the years, I used to buy loads of grey and sort of smokey purple (summer?) clothes and then wonder why I looked rubbish. I often think about all those expensive purple mistakes when I see folk on MN saying how much rubbish colour analysis is and how you should just wear what you like wink

I died my roots last night using a foam dye and its come out a bit too dark and I instantly look older. Bah.

jumpinghoops Thu 15-Aug-13 19:23:35

I`ve always avoided purple believing that it only suited dark haired/dark eyed people but the violet is one of my double stars and I found a coat in it a year or so ago. It`s my most complimented piece of clothing.

So, I`ve been shopping today and seen loads of good stuff for Springs!! I`ll try and link to some of it when I've put my little ones to bed.

cardoon Thu 15-Aug-13 20:20:07

Would this do for a bright spring?

BeginnerSAHM Thu 15-Aug-13 20:30:53

Ooh - hate it when hair colour goes wrong. I went too blonde a couple of weeks ago and had to get loads of low lights put in to correct it. V expensive as can't do it myself. confused

Hairdresser trip , gillybobs??

Jumping - ooh, do share when you get a mo!

Purple... Hmmm.... Not for me even though it does suit me! The hyacinth-ish ones anyway!

Gillybobs Thu 15-Aug-13 21:14:59

Going to try shampooing it with head and shoulders a few times, have a feeling it will lift the colour just enough

Hyacinth and apple are my two least favourite colours from the swatches. Way too mother of the bride for me.

Gillybobs Thu 15-Aug-13 21:26:14

cardoon that's not on the HoC swatches but I believe it's on the 12 blueprints bright spring fan. I have a coat in that colour and I definitely think it looks good. I am well jel that Johnnies B stuff fits you!

Aquelven Thu 15-Aug-13 21:28:30

Soaking your hair in oil, any, & warming it with a hairdryer in between shampooing it twice with the head & shoulders is supposed to help the colour lift more quickly.
Purple is one of my double star colours so going to try a knitted in it.

Cardoon, I have a thin jumper from last year in that exact colour. Wasn't sure when I bought it but do get compliments on how it suits me. I wear it with a light grey skirt or trousers & it looks ok, well better than ok really.

cardoon Thu 15-Aug-13 21:44:35

oh good, I thought it looked quite nice on, I'll keep it then - lovely quality and so much cheaper! I'm size 10 Gilly but the age 11-12y looks best confused

Gillybobs Thu 15-Aug-13 22:21:30

Oh thanks for hair tip aquelven will give that a try

jumpinghoops Thu 15-Aug-13 22:30:22

Right, first off, make up. Thank you Beginner, I picked up the black/brown Max Factor Clump Defy mascara which is really great. I also bought the Kate Moss bright coral lippie and the Revlon Tutti Frutti Lip Butter, both nice and picked up a Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliner in Bronze, which is waterproof so I imagine longlasting and a lovely colour. I couldn't get to a MAC counter so See Sheer will have to stay on the list for a bit longer.

Clothes-wise, I only popped into a few shops quickly while my baby napped. Banana Republic was awash with spring colours, lots of crew neck jumpers including Kerry Green jumper (though viscose/nylon mix not ideal), turquoise, lots of knee length work skirts in coral, turquoise, lots of striped t-shirts and jumpers in spring colours (see here). Nothing that exactly sets the world alight but good spring basics. Lots of nice tan and red bags including small tan crossbody, tan hobo and red nylon tote which is more poppy and less raspberry in real life.

Loved loved a smaller version of the green John Lewis bag linked upthread, a perfect small cross body bag- why didn't I take my colour swatch?!

Zara had some cotton blazers in navy and I think Leaf Green, good bright/marine navy cropped trousers and cropped jeans (also in dove grey). Nice grey cotton/silk jumper.

In Cos, I saw a coral skirt and grey skirt that I liked, loads of basic cream tops in lovely shapes and weights, a few things in Oxford Blue including jumper with rose-gold metallic thread and breton, some beautiful gold brogues...oh and v nice grey or navy folded leather shoppers. The COS website makes the clothes look awful! They're much nicer IRL.

I didn't buy a thing other than make up as I'm still losing baby weight but I had such a nice time browsing and feeling all excited about being able to wear beautiful spring colours again. thanks to Beginner for starting this thread!

I think I'm going to buy the Johnnie B navy peacoat though as it looks to be quite a bright navy. If anyone comes across a good red trench coat please let me know-that's next on my list!

jumpinghoops Thu 15-Aug-13 22:34:52

cardoon, do you mind me asking are you a small 10? Someone has reviewed the cardy saying that they bought a 15-16 yr as a 10! I may have to buy multiple sizes of the coat!

BeginnerSAHM Thu 15-Aug-13 23:05:36

Sounds like a very successful expedition jumping, even if you didn't buy any clothes! How old is your little one? Love the links by the way! All of them! I can't believe you've found a jumper in Kerry green... I might have to buy that (double star and all that wink).

I almost wish I was back at work now too, looking at all the Cos stuff... Trying to go in a new career direction so my attempt to get a new job soon may take a while. (This is the first time since university i haven't worked, other than 2 x quite short mat leaves.) Probably shouldn't shop for work stuff until I actually have a job...

I saw gillybobs' link to the larger JL bag and loved it. Think the green is fab actually. I've been after a replacement small cross body bag (best for trips to park etc with children now there are no nappies) so the smaller one looks great. My current daily bag is a cross body small leather dark brown one from top shop... Anyway, might buy that bag! Probably in tan (bit safer and goes with everything) although will have to check them out in real life before I commit... (Do you think we'll be able to spot fellow Spring mumsnetters all wearing the same stuff in a few months?)

Cardoon - v interesting to known Johnnie B stuff fits you. Opens up whole new shopping opportunities! Am a size 8 (small one hmm) on top... Think it's a lovely cardie.

BeginnerSAHM Thu 15-Aug-13 23:07:47

p.s. really glad people are finding this thread useful! And I thought I was the only crazy prematurely middle-aged closet Hyacinth Bucket around wink.

cardoon Thu 15-Aug-13 23:36:40

Lovely stuff there jumping.....

I'm not really a small size 10, 32E up top, but I do look better in fitted clothes or I get swamped.

BeginnerSAHM Thu 15-Aug-13 23:45:05

Lucky you Cardoon! (Nope, not at all jealous.)

Gillybobs Fri 16-Aug-13 09:38:24

Jumping great links, I didn't know there was a smaller version of the bag, love it but can't decide on colour....the pink is lush but I recently bought the pink Fossil bag..aaaarghhh..I have zero will power

wools Fri 16-Aug-13 10:26:55

Cardoon - lovely cardigan. Have also just spotted that they do it in a coral colour too...hmmm.

Jumpinghoops - great links - especially love the blue cos jumper.

I've just ordered a pair of ash spiral ankle boots from Brand Boudoir for autumn in a Camel colour - great for us Springs. A really bargain price too.

Gillybobs Fri 16-Aug-13 10:31:05

What a bargain on those boots. I think this thread is going to have a serious affect on my bank balance...

BeginnerSAHM Fri 16-Aug-13 11:17:34

Ha! Wools, I was about to do the same...!! Saw them on another thread and have been eyeing up Ash boots for a few months!

Yup Gillybobs!! It's going to be v hard to restrain my spending...

wools Fri 16-Aug-13 11:37:32

BeginnerSAHM - go for it smile

Aquelven Fri 16-Aug-13 13:46:14

Those boots are gorgeous, lovely colour & the suede looks great quality. Really good saving too.

jumpinghoops Fri 16-Aug-13 15:37:08

Gilly, I think the pink is veering towards more of a cerise winter pink actually in real life. I saw someone with your pink Fossil on Regent St yesterday and it's lovely, def a much better Springy colour. Maybe the JL in green or tan though....wink

I LOVE those Ash boots. I have some almost identical but paler ones from Aldo a year or so ago though so I guess I don't need them. But, oh, I want them!

Beginner my little DS is 4 months old and I still have a stone to lose so I'm trying to resist the urge to spend (on clothes, shoes though....), though size wise I'm not vastly different. I have just managed to get both my DC to sleep so I'm off for a sleep myself. Zzzzzzzz

Oh- and MCES for 20% off Boden + free delivery.

BeginnerSAHM Fri 16-Aug-13 20:10:56

Gonna get them!

Jumping - ahhh! Bit early to be trying to lose weight though if you are BF-ing though? In fact, a bit early all together maybe?? Hope it's all going well.

Does anybody have any alternatives to the Alex Monroe classic 'feather' necklace (in gold)? Been wanting the small one for ages but two good friends have it. Don't like the other Alex Monroe ones as much! Will post a link, hang on...

BeginnerSAHM Fri 16-Aug-13 20:17:26
Gillybobs Fri 16-Aug-13 20:30:33

Stella and Dot have some nice pieces, worth a look?

BeginnerSAHM Fri 16-Aug-13 20:37:25

Ooh yes - thanks Gillybobs! Looked at them last time you mentioned them. Mushy brain at the moment - memory like a sieve. (No excuse!)

Joycey29 Fri 16-Aug-13 21:57:10

Cleared out wardrobe of all the clothes I don't wear- was really ruthless!
Created a black drawer for blacks.
Then ordered all my gear in colour order - sad but satisfying!!grin

Gillybobs Fri 16-Aug-13 23:27:02

Joycey looking at my colour ordered wardrobe never fails to make me smile (takes seat in saddo corner)

Aquelven Fri 16-Aug-13 23:51:47
BeginnerSAHM Sat 17-Aug-13 07:19:47

Thanks Aquelven! Like the 3rd one.... Gosh, this thread is not going to be good for my bank balance shock!

Joycey29 Sat 17-Aug-13 08:33:28

Gilly - plenty of room in the corner! grin

BeginnerSAHM Sat 17-Aug-13 08:35:28

And I'll join that corner! grin Wardrobe needs a good sort but bit tricky during summer hols as rather busy in the evenings too at the moment.

Aquelven Sat 17-Aug-13 08:39:57

Been lurking over on the winter thread, again grin
Checking the links to see if they find anything that comes in our colours.
This one might be a possible?


Gillybobs Sat 17-Aug-13 11:01:06

I'm definitely in the AW zone now and made a few purchases last night with that in mind.

They are not typical spring brights at all but are on the colour swatches, what do you think? I live in Scotland and LOVE my cosy knitwear



The back of the second one makes me smile, so pretty

So,what do you think? Some days I want to be compliant but not crazy bright. Thinking they will look,nice under my navy Boden jacket lied to upthread

Joycey29 Sat 17-Aug-13 11:07:18

Gilly - love the second one - so pretty!

Aquelven Sat 17-Aug-13 11:15:41

Love them both, especially the second one, the wool looks really soft.
I know what you mean about cosy knits, living high on the North Pennines.

Sometimes I'm just not in the mood for brights either, takes a bit of getting used to. I'm finding navy & grey very welcome with just a bit of colour from a scarf or jewellery.

wools Sat 17-Aug-13 12:00:59

Love both of those Gillybobs. Both very good neutrals and you can always accessorise with a brighter spring colour should you wish.

I've just ordered these. www.uniqlo.com/uk/store/goods/078065

Both in navy blue which isn't terribly exciting but I think I'll get a lot of wear out of.

BeginnerSAHM Sat 17-Aug-13 13:00:12

What can I say Gillybobs, you have excellent taste. That second jumper is on my mint velvet 'wish list'. (Along with a sparkly beige/gold knit and some black leggings...)

mrsharrystyles Sat 17-Aug-13 13:54:48

I think I am a spring, self diagnosed obviously.
As an experiment I decided to wear spring clothes and make up all week just to see what happened. I didn't tell anyone.
It has been amazing. The number of compliments I have had this week has been ridiculous. People have complimented my hair, my skin, jewellery, clothes and make up.
The only thing I've changed about my make up is the colour, I've not changed the way I apply it or how much I wear. I usually wear black eyeliner and mascara with a nude lip. I've changed to brown eyeliner and mascara with a bright spring lip. It's taking some getting used to even though people say it looks good.
I think I might get diagnosed properly.

Aquelven Sat 17-Aug-13 15:37:07

The first link isn't coming up, wools, but the shirt is great. I have a navy silk shirt, pretty ancient from years & years ago, & it's one of the most useful things I own.

Mrsharry, you could well be right, but if you can afford it I think it's still well worth getting done properly. The consultant doesn't just give you the swatches, she goes through each one thoroughly telling how much of that colour will work best for you & how that interprets into whether it's best for just accessories, suits, big items like coats etc so you know just which are your very best colours out of the swatches. It's very individual & we're all different smile

mrsharrystyles Sat 17-Aug-13 15:41:31

Yes I agree. I will book am appt ASAP.

wools Sat 17-Aug-13 16:18:32

That's strange Aquelven ...link's working for me. It's the navy v-neck cashmere jumper. Glad to hear you've found a navy silk shirt useful, I think I will too.

I've just had a wardrobe sort through, mainly to check I'm across what's in it. Sometimes I forget I own certain items - does anybody else do that?

Aquelven Sat 17-Aug-13 17:18:43

Oh yes blush
I'm ashamed of what's lurking in mine, much still with tags on hmm

The link is working now, great price for cashmere.

marzipananimal Sat 17-Aug-13 20:39:14

Ooh, glad I found this thread. I'm a bright spring I think- warm, light, clear and bright. I'm thinking about doing the style day sometime, but not for a while as I have a 5 week old baby and want to wait til I've lost the weight and boobs are back to normal size. I'm rubbish with make up and hardly ever wear it but I have max factor pink brandy lipstick which does look good, I just feel a bit self conscious wearing it! How do you decide which lipstick to wear with which clothes? Can you wear pink lipstick with red clothes for eg?

Gillybobs Sun 18-Aug-13 11:21:19

marzipan there's no need to delay the style day until losing weight, honestly. They see beyond your current weight to your actual frame type iykwim. And it's also largely based on personality too. If anything I'd say it is just a great post baby boost and once you have all the info you can start browsing for clothes ideas for when you are ready to shop?

I'm a romantic classic so like to sort of match my lippy to my clothes, so I'd wear a coral red with red clothes, and a coral pink with pink (love my corals : ). I think that's another thing that depends on your style type though?

Gillybobs Sun 18-Aug-13 20:10:00

In a way, I found the style day even more helpful than colours, in terms of what to buy. Have others in the thread had style day, I know season has

Joycey29 Sun 18-Aug-13 22:11:13

Not me, fairly happy at the moment with what I wear now I have the right colours.
May consider it when I m rich!

BeginnerSAHM Sun 18-Aug-13 22:32:13

Gah - I replied but it's not showing... Short answer is, no but I might do soon. I can just about take a woman 15 yrs older than me with a very different look (that I think is a bit dated) telling me what colours suit me but not sure I want her to define my style... I sound very mean! Might go back to my CMB person in another part of the country as I like her style more. Or might just not do it at all!

Gillybobs Sun 18-Aug-13 23:21:31

I hear ya. I almost didn't do it for just that reason. Then I had a lightbulb moment...it's not about fashion at all...it doesn't matter one bit if the consultant looks like hyacinth bouquet....it's totally irrelevant....the info you glean is about your body shape, why you suit the shapes/level of detail etc that you do and why other clothes are great on the hanger but a disaster on you. Then you go off and interpret trends your way and avoid wasting fortunes on things that will never look right on your body or make you feel confident.

Aquelven Mon 19-Aug-13 07:14:18

No, I haven't but would like to & intend to when I can. But, as I've already mentioned, stuck at the moment on crutches & unable to drive as I had a foot operation eleven days ago.
Only had my colours done in July & hadn't heard if the style day till the consultant mentioned it. I am intrigued by it, all the different names & what they mean style wise.

I'm longing to get really going, sorting my wardrobe & buying new things but hampered at the moment.

BeginnerSAHM Mon 19-Aug-13 07:18:00

I see the logic gillybobs! I think I know what suits me, bodyshape-wise. Am a slim-ish pear (nice!) with size 6/8 top and 8/10 bottom so know not to wear fussy prints/brighter colours on my bottom half, tops that stop at my saddlebags etc! But the style 'type' thing is interesting. It might explain why I feel odd in v bright tops, small girly floral prints, Boden-esque stuff, etc. I am definitely not a dramatic.

Hmmmmm. It's quite a bit of money but I think I might....

Aquelven Mon 19-Aug-13 07:33:14

How much is governed by personality & how much by body shape?
Do you fill in a questionnaire ? I don't see how they can judge your personality in just one day.

Gillybobs Mon 19-Aug-13 08:25:15

I'm not sure how it's weighted but yes you do fill in a questionnaire and gosh does it make you think..takes a while to complete and involves lots of discussion. Also there is tonnes of body analysis, measurements, proportions, shapes etc

And yes yes to knowing why certain prints and styles are just wrong wrong wrong, no matter how fashion they are. I knew my body and style well too, having always been a clothesaholic but I still learned loads

Mumelie Mon 19-Aug-13 08:26:32

I did the style day about a few weeks after having my colours done. I found it a revelation really! We all think we know what suits us to some degree but going through the process of defining what style personality I was made me realise why some things will always look rubbish on me. I'm a Classic Inguene (sp?) and cannot do casual to save my life! I now feel ok with this instead of attempting it and thinking I look awful.
It was as interesting as having colours done and I would recommend it if you can afford it.

Gillybobs Mon 19-Aug-13 08:49:09

Oh I know two classic ingenues, what a gorgeous duke type, very feminine and serene

Gillybobs Mon 19-Aug-13 09:33:28

Sorry, style type , not duke type : )

BeginnerSAHM Mon 19-Aug-13 09:57:20

Ok! I'm convinced.... Am betting I'll be a combination of classic and natural (possibly classic and ingenue - if I'm lucky wink). Will look into diary and setting up an appt.

I seem to have started an expensive thread....grin.

BeginnerSAHM Mon 19-Aug-13 09:57:45

p.s. Why are there no autumn and summer threads??

Gillybobs Mon 19-Aug-13 10:11:13

There was a summer thread recently, I'm sure

Yes this thread is definitely going to be extensive...

RipMacWinkle Mon 19-Aug-13 10:32:03

waves to Gillybobs

I waited quite some time after my colours (understatement, think it was about 5 years) before having my style done this year.

I don't exactly regret going so late, I wasn't in the right place to understand what I was told - was still getting my head round the Spring bit to be honest. But now, it's all slotted into place.

I'm a natural gamine. Defo explains my aversion to getting all glammed up (nat innit?). Where some people on here would say they're never knowingly underdressed, I'd die off if I felt overdressed.

Find it fascinating that what looks absolutely amazing on someone else e.g. classic Gillybobs, will just look like I've put on my mum's clothes.

Once you have your head round that, you realised you have to dress for your shape and personality and make trends work for you and you have to just drop those that will do you no favours.

In short, loved it.

Gillybobs Mon 19-Aug-13 10:53:03

Welcome rip about time too

jumpinghoops Mon 19-Aug-13 12:21:38

Love love love that cream cashmere MV jumper Gilly, have bookmarked for future if it doesn't sell out super fast. While I'm hanging around looking and not buying I think I'll book a style day too. I am going to guess I'm classic-something, everything I've read online re. body shape, personality, need to have good quality fabrics etc. has lead me towards this as a starting point. But I am really drawn towards slightly offbeat prints or shapes, sometimes bold florals and sparkly things eg. necklaces, shoes with some kind of diamante, metallic thread in clothes. I found the colours time a real treat and felt great afterwards- how much is style day?

Gillybobs Mon 19-Aug-13 14:04:56

Jumping you sound very much like me, I like a touch of glamour with my classic shapes..Hmm.. do you have curves?

jumpinghoops Mon 19-Aug-13 15:47:27

Gilly, I do. I'm a fairly tall (5'8) pear shape normally, sadly my bust is nothing to write home about but the actual lines of my frame are v curvy if that makes sense. One slight concern I have re. style day is if the consultant determined I had a frame and/or personality type that should avoid the sparkle/jazz bits. The main frustration I have in dressing myself is tending to opt for quite plain outfits overall that when I wear them feel a bit dull. My shape at the moment is quite different from its normal proportions (partly due to breast feeding) as well as bigger overall. Will they really see past that or do you think I should wait until its settled down and is more 'normal'?

Gillybobs Mon 19-Aug-13 15:52:36

Honestly, they'll see past it. Fear ye not.

Gillybobs Mon 19-Aug-13 19:29:59

Oh and one thing I've learned from all the friends who've had the style day, if you are drawn to sparkle, it generally means you'll end up with sparkle on our list. Lots of it is about getting "permission" to dress how your gut tells you. If you often feel too plain in an outfit the chances are you'll be one of the style types who need embellishment or detail to feel properly dressed. Understanding why that is just helps you chill out , go with the flow and really shop much more efficiently

marzipananimal Mon 19-Aug-13 19:49:16

I see your point gillybobs but I think I'd be too frustrated that I couldnt go out and buy things straight after the style day. Plus it would be tricky with an ebf baby. I am tempted though!

Mumelie Mon 19-Aug-13 20:57:45

Gillybobs I couldn't have put it better myself - permission to wear those items. Thats exactly how I felt after my style day!

BeginnerSAHM Mon 19-Aug-13 21:05:18

By the way, I have ordered those Ash spiral boots in camel (2 sizes, just in case)... I also ordered these - just in case I prefer them! Only keeping one though.

Really want to do the style day nowshock!

GlassesDontSuitMe Mon 19-Aug-13 21:39:14

I think I might have to partake of style day. My consultant contacted me mercilessly to do it just after I had had my colours done. My head was buzzing so much with the colours thing I decided to wait. There's only so much info my head can take in a short time grin

I think I am a classic something. I have a typical hourglass figure and suit structured clothes but I need something to soften the classic otherwise it can be a bit too 'hard'.

My shopping expedition on Saturday didn't go quite to plan because a) I forgot my swatch wallet b) my back was killing me, and c) the shops were 90% full of end of season tat.

I did buy a lovely kerry green jumper in Zara. Not great quality but OK. I found a lemon chiffon blouse in Primark and a lovely green scarf in H&M. I tried This in green. It definitely worked its spring magic and fit like a glove but I'm not sure I have the confidence to wear it so didn't buy.

This is lovely but I have several scarves in that colour and wanted the green one, which of course they didn't have so will order online.

The BB Apricot blusher is lovely. It's hard to believe that something so lurid in the pot can look so natural on. Bought the Mac See Sheer too.

I've realised what I am sadly lacking is accessories. I need some really nice belts/necklaces/ bangles to help pull things together a bit more. Any recommendations ladies?

jumpinghoops Mon 19-Aug-13 21:41:54

OK, will book an appt for a couple of months when I know I'll be able to leave my LO for the day. Thank you for explaining all the ins and outs to me, I think if I don't do it I'll prob just end up buying more of the same (stripy tops) that I already have and continuing to be frustrated every time I get dressed!

Gillybobs Mon 19-Aug-13 21:58:01

glasses I'm romantic classic which means classic shapes softened with lux fabrics, drapey necklines, feminine touches of understated bling.

I love my accessories (probably because I wear a lot of neutral clothes) and have found boden and banana republic good for belts, zara and Dorothy Perkins for necklaces, scarves I've bought everywhere from zara and warehouse to Lola rose and tk maxx

Joycey29 Tue 20-Aug-13 08:07:57

My CMB consultant was fab and I love the way she has turned my colour style round.
The more you guys chat the more I'm intrigued - but still broke!!
Has anyone done a CMB style session?
How much does it cost?
Eeeek - I need a second job to fund this thread!
Thanks Beginner! wink

BeginnerSAHM Tue 20-Aug-13 08:23:31

Hi Joycey! I know... Funding is an issue... Nope, not done a CMB style session although had colours done by CMB as well as HoC blush. There are slightly different style types with CMB - there is something called 'city chic' which is what I'd like to be! I am definitely not at the moment.

I'm more 'slummy-mummy-who-cares-what-I-look-like-as-its-the-school-holidays-and-i'm-not-working-for-the-first-time-ever'....

Right, off to have shower and wash AND dry hair in an attempt to make more effort. Children safely occupied by screen. Ah, wonderful parenting!

Sorry, i digress... Not sure how much a style session is Joycey - maybe email your CMB person? Sounds a v similar thing to the HoC session.

marzipananimal Tue 20-Aug-13 15:16:06

Just thought I'd post this youtube video for anyone trying to get into wearing scarves. It shows tonnes of different ways to tie them which I found really helpful as I'm useless at that kind of thing

marzipananimal Tue 20-Aug-13 15:26:53

Just thought I'd post this youtube video for anyone trying to get into wearing scarves. It shows tonnes of different ways to tie them which I found really helpful as I'm useless at that kind of thing

marzipananimal Tue 20-Aug-13 15:27:20

Just thought I'd post this youtube video for anyone trying to get into wearing scarves. It shows tonnes of different ways to tie them which I found really helpful as I'm useless at that kind of thing

marzipananimal Tue 20-Aug-13 15:27:40


BeginnerSAHM Tue 20-Aug-13 22:19:47

Ha ha marzipanimal... I've seen that before but forgot about it and only ever do scarves one way - European something I think.... Must try harder with scarves! Especially as i seem to be bright-clothes-phobic wink. Thank you!

Gillybobs Tue 20-Aug-13 22:28:53

My mint velvet jumpers came today. Both delicious. They grey spotty one is probably not that springy but the blue dots have subtle sequins on them so that's a no brainer for me grin

Joycey29 Tue 20-Aug-13 22:30:28

Thanks marzipan - that's just what I need!

BeginnerSAHM Tue 20-Aug-13 23:11:14

Oooh, am jealous Gillybobs! Glad they are both so nice. (Am going to get the one with silk back and buttons....)

Gillybobs Wed 21-Aug-13 11:41:11

Good for you. Its very very neutral so will need a coloured necklace or summat. I am a bit worried about how it might wash but its too nice to resist.

wools Wed 21-Aug-13 12:51:07

Hi everyone. Been away for a few days so will have a good catch up on the thread a bit later. Just popped on to say the Ash boots have arrived and are really lovely - so pleased. Also, cashmere jumper and silk shirt from Uniqlo here too - have yet to try on but both look lovely. Also have ordered this www.meandem.com/sale/summer-sale/cap-sleeve-ruched-dress/products_id/1196/cPath/876_923_1004 in navy. I have gone a little bit navy mad at the moment.

BeginnerSAHM Wed 21-Aug-13 13:45:10

Ok - Ash boots have arrived. Love them but how do you tuck skinny jeans in? I'm going to have to wear skin tight leggings.... They are so low! I got these camel ash spiral and these [[

BeginnerSAHM Wed 21-Aug-13 13:46:44

Sorry - and these ash nevada. Which do people prefer? I think I slightly prefer the Nevada, weirdly, as didn't think I was v edgy but am liking the studs... Thoughts?? grin

BeginnerSAHM Wed 21-Aug-13 13:57:14

And - can you wear camel/light suede boots with dark opaque tights in the winter... ? I think maybe not hmm. So I can only really imagine wearing them with dresses/skirts and bare legs in the summer. Bother angry. I really like them!! (Spiral boots have a nice 'v' at the top front of the boot which makes my legs look less chopped off... Just in case anybody else is considering a purchase!)

Gillybobs Wed 21-Aug-13 15:00:52

I think you can but the issue is it can shorten the leg visually? So it really depends on your leg length I suppose!

BeginnerSAHM Wed 21-Aug-13 15:17:18

Thanks Gillybobs. Leg length is fine proportionately. Am 5'5'' and have 'normal' length legs. Reckon I'll have a trying on sesh tonight!

cardoon Thu 22-Aug-13 18:02:38

Got this today - lovely dress!

Aquelven Thu 22-Aug-13 18:30:44

Beginner love those studded boots!

How about these opaques with them instead of black?


BeginnerSAHM Thu 22-Aug-13 18:53:58

V nice cardoon! In the 'midnight' colour?

Glad you like them aquavelen! Kept the studded ones and sending back others... Perfect tights! Thanks grin. (Although I might wear them with knickers...)

BeginnerSAHM Thu 22-Aug-13 18:54:30

Sorry Aquelven! Bloody autocorrect...

cardoon Thu 22-Aug-13 18:57:50

Yes, midnight..........probably a wee bit dark...

Joycey29 Thu 22-Aug-13 21:56:57

Just bought new bras in re measured size. - I look a new women!
That and my colours - no one will recognise me!blush

cardoon Sat 24-Aug-13 08:17:58

We Springs are not very prolific posters, are we?

My main concerns re colours only stretches as far as paint samples right now - Farrow and Ball is my new swatch book!

Hope the thread keeps going til I'm ready to think of more important things like A/W smile

Lamp room grey anyone..........

wools Sat 24-Aug-13 08:46:01

I'm jealous of all the action from the Autumn and Winter threads right now - I guess it's more difficult for springs at this time of the year. I had a quick look in H&M yesterday and couldn't find a single thing I liked. I'm wondering about this www.boden.co.uk/en-GB/Womens-Knitwear/Jumpers/WK851-BLU/Womens-Bright-Bluebell_Loganberry-Printed-Button-Back-Jumper.html right now. I've been sent a £10 boden voucher.

Aquelven Sat 24-Aug-13 11:35:52

We'll have to keep bumping it up! I need it to keep going till I can get out. I'm climbing the walls with boredom here, desperate to get to the shops.....or just out!
Can't even manage to sort my wardrobe properly yet hampered by these flipping crutches & a foot wrapped up to resemble a rugby ball hmm

gladyoucame Sat 24-Aug-13 15:41:29

Don't want the thread to die! I just had a clearout of mainly old, rather faded, non Spring tops that I'd kept despite not being in my colours, so I now need some more clothes to replace them smile Ordered some cheap Ash spirals yesterday so looking for some new trousers and tops to go with them. Although I work full time in dress/suit type environment so don't actually need that much casual stuff

Mumelie Sat 24-Aug-13 20:17:27

Just been catching up on the Spring thread as been away on hols. I so need some time to sort through my AW clothing (as I had my colours done in May - I guess a lot can be replaced - I had an obsession with grey last winter - must make sure its the right shade).
Still to buy that new bag too confused so many to choose from!
I did get a compliment from my hairdresser today for my HOC lipstick (709 soft coral), which I wear often. Love the colour but it is drying on my lips. Anyone else get this with the HOC lipsticks?

BeginnerSAHM Sat 24-Aug-13 20:34:58

Hello mumelie! I have a similar excess of grey... Think it's fine though in most shades as a neutral. It's the 'pop' of colour i struggle with.

Gladyoucame - I have tons of formal office stuff and used to have hardly any casual stuff (well, jeans and lots of long sleeved white t-shirts...) but have been building up my stay at home mum stuff recently. I'll probably feel comfortable with my casual wardrobe just when I start work again - then I'll have to deal with my sea of black suits...!

Hope this thread doesn't die too! wink

Whitecat Sat 24-Aug-13 21:03:49

I'll keep an eye out for it. I think I'm a spring, having rejected Autumn after I tried living those colours for a while. I'm waiting to hear back from HOC for an appointment, so hopefully I'll get that sorted in the near future.
Bought two lipsticks today after looking at Gillybobs fantastic list. Revlon Candy Apple which was on the list and Tutti Frutti that wasn't. They are both quite sheer and don't make me feel self conscious wearing them.

Mumelie Sat 24-Aug-13 22:21:12

Your right Beginner - that 'pop' of colour is hard esp in the winter. I've just looked back through my swatches and all my ** colours are the brightest ones (poppy, geranium, bright blue, leaf Green etc). Think I'll look for tops work wise to go with the grey. I'm rubbish at causal too, loads of accessories helps I find grin

ygritte Sun 25-Aug-13 21:09:10

I'm hoping a Spring expert can help me here please.I have been reading the posts since this thread started (and the previous one which progressed onto facebook) but now I'm very confused. I thought that I was a bright spring...don't know where I got that from...but I suit apple green, cobalt and fushia, silver grey.

Having tried quite a few of the lipsticks Gilly posted about from a blog, it seems they are all too peachy for me especially MAC Crosswires and See Sheer. Then I tried the Zara blazer in kelly green which looked drab on me.

Do you think I need an analysis to find any underlying traits from a different season? Can you have underlying winter traits?

I hope this thread continues as Winter is Coming!! dah, dah, daaaah;) and the shops are very dull and lacking in lovely bright, shiny things....until Xmas, of course.

Joycey29 Mon 26-Aug-13 07:47:16

Been away and had so many comments on my clothes! This is unheard of! I was wearing scarves in teal and a minty green. My new boden top and another time a coral/orange top.grin
Also bought a gorgeous hoody from Lazy Jacks in teal and a turquoise.
Looks so good on me!
Off to buy lipstick this week!

wools Mon 26-Aug-13 08:47:17

Ygritte you sound more like a winter to me. Fuchsia and cobalt are very much winter colours . I would really recommend having your colours done. I felt so sure I was a winter until HoC diagnosed me spring. In fact I was very upset with my diagnosis to begin with and thought she was wrong. After a while I came round to the idea and can now see winter colours are very jarring on me and I suit a warmer palette. Have a look at the winter thread and see what the ladies over there recommend.

mrsharrystyles Mon 26-Aug-13 09:20:13

I think I am a spring. I'm going to contact HOC tomorrow to make an appointment.
Until then, could someone tell me what is the right shade of grey for a spring?

BeginnerSAHM Mon 26-Aug-13 16:55:29

Hi ygritte - written two long posts replying now that I'd lost! Grrr. Agree with wools though. In addition, I think the CMB system may be more helpful in your particular case - your dominant characteristic could well be 'clear' and your secondary 'cool', making you a winter. If you had 'clear' as dominant, the 'warm' you'd be a spring. But there is overlap between one type of 'spring' palette in the CMB system and one type of 'winter' palette. Definitely suggest having your colours 'done' properly though!

You could well be 'on the cusp' between seasons.

Aquelven Mon 26-Aug-13 17:09:05

Hello ygritte
I agree with with wools & beginner that you might be a winter. Although the only way to be quite sure is to get the swatches draped properly, I really don't think you can be a spring.
I'm on the very coolest end of spring, being a Blue Spring, but I look like death in fuchsia & all the coral toned lipsticks, even the most vividly orange, suit me far, far better than any cool pink, blue toned red or any with the merest hint of mauve.

BeginnerSAHM Mon 26-Aug-13 18:38:56

Mrsharrystyles - sorry, don' have my swatch book with me but pretty sure mid charcoal grey and pale grey are good neutrals... You need to have something bright with it though if you're a spring (not that i always do this...yet...)

ygritte Mon 26-Aug-13 21:22:34

Thankyou wools,beginner and aquelven for your replies,it has started me thinking. I was convinced that I was a winter in my younger years but now with different hair colour and ageing, sun-kissed (sallower) skin,it maybe proves that your primary characteristics still show through. Off to Google cool clear springs now.

I like all the linked clothes however and will not let go of my springiness until properly sorted....apart from tan;)

alemci Mon 26-Aug-13 21:34:09

I probably posted this before but was Cmb Analysised 20 years' ago as spring flowing into summer. I tend to wear alot of blue and don't look bad in the current reddish pink in the shops.

ygritte Mon 26-Aug-13 21:35:21

Hmm..cool winter maybe explains why I bought the Mac "lustering" then this weekend.

Joycey29 Tue 27-Aug-13 09:38:08

So from enormous lipstick list from earlier (thanksgrin) does anyone have any recommendations?
Am going shopping!grin

Joycey29 Tue 27-Aug-13 09:43:00

Anyone found a grey mascara?

BeginnerSAHM Tue 27-Aug-13 10:02:35

Hmm - think you should be cool or warm, although you can veer towards neutral, if you see what I mean? Probably not wink.

'Spring flowing into summer' sounds to me like the bluer end of spring (although still spring and therefore warm) but a 'light' one. 'Spring flowing into winter' sounds at the bluer end of spring too but going for 'clear' tones rather than 'soft' ones. I dunno! Best leave it to the professionals really wink.

Lipsticks - umm, no, still haven't cracked these! Am definitely trying mac see sheer when children are safely at school. Hopefully, I can use it as an interview lippy...

By the way, I'm still not sure of my HoC spring sub-category but I know what my double star colours are so I guess it doesn't really matter whether I'm a blue spring or a bright spring (or whatever)!! Still never going to wear head-to-toe tan though, despite it being a double star, as think I'd look like a giant poo. Tan accessories and jackets are ok though. As decreed by me wink.

Aquelven Tue 27-Aug-13 10:50:34

Beginner. My sub category is Blue Spring & tan is one of my least rated colours, only to be used at 25% for accessories, if that's any help.
All my double stars are blues, turquoises & greens with only one red & grey as the others. All the yellows, tans etc are very low rated for me.

alemci Tue 27-Aug-13 10:51:20


i did have swatches and I suit violet, turquoise, blues, my colours are warm and clear. I don't like green much although it is in my pallet and i quite like pinks and corals.

i have fair skin, blue grey eyes which are quite bright and my hair was once naturally light brown

i never wear black against my skin but do have black trousers and skirts etc.

BeginnerSAHM Tue 27-Aug-13 12:29:33

Thanks Aquelven - actually, I am not so sure tan is amazing on me but my consultant was.... I got double stars for the turquoise and the blue next to it. Double star for Kelly green and coral. And geranium pink I think. And one star for navy. I'm a weirdo spring, clearly!

BeginnerSAHM Tue 27-Aug-13 12:30:48

Thanks Aquelven - actually, I am not so sure tan is amazing on me but my consultant was.... I got double stars for the turquoise and the blue next to it. Double star for Kelly green and coral. And geranium pink I think. And one star for navy. I'm a weirdo spring, clearly!

Joycey29 Tue 27-Aug-13 12:47:02

Another non-tan fan here!

alemci Tue 27-Aug-13 13:12:28

don't like tan much either. love your weirdo spring analogy

BirdyBedtime Tue 27-Aug-13 13:28:31

Thanks Beginner for starting this. I was a serial lurker and occasional poster on the old Spring thread before they defected to Facebook.

I'm a clear spring and was diagnosed (?) 6 years ago. I've only recently thrown out the last pair of black trousers lurking in my wardrobe, but still hold onto a little black cardi that I revert to if I am not feeling confident enough to do 2 colours and a splash!

I am on the hunt this winter for a new winter coat/jacket. The last one I bought was 3 years ago and is a charcoal grey, but what I really want is a kelly green or turquoise one. Had a quick look round John Lewis yesterday and once again coats are going to be a problem I think - black, burgandy, moss green or purple anyone???

dreamingofsun Tue 27-Aug-13 13:39:52

birdy - believe it or not lands end sometimes have smart wool coats in lots of colours. i've never actually bought one - i tend to use their walking the dog type coats - though these too come in some amazingly bright shades. they maybe expensive at first, but they do some great discounts if you are patient. some are frumpy so you have to waid through to find the stars

Aquelven Tue 27-Aug-13 14:11:41

Coats are going to be a problem.
All my good, newish coats are black! I have one navy( a ** colour for me along with grey) but it's on it's last legs, threadbare, at least 15 years old blush. I suppose I'll have to look for a new navy or grey one though wasn't planning to cough up for one this year as I bought a really expensive, full length,black sheepskin last year that I was hoping would do me forever! Think I'll be resorting to scarves.

BirdyBedtime Tue 27-Aug-13 16:34:19

Thanks dreamingofsun - I'll have a look on their website. I don't mind if it's a bit expensive as I tend to keep coats for a few years, and if the colour is right then it will be worth every penny.

Gillybobs Tue 27-Aug-13 17:14:20

My boden mia wool jacket comes in a fab springy pink....

jumpinghoops Wed 28-Aug-13 09:28:48

Worth having a look in Hobbs for coats in Spring colours, I haven't managed to look this year but they usually do some great bright navy, dove grey, red and various other spring colours.

Gillybobs Wed 28-Aug-13 10:38:14

I see the autumn girls are doing a what are you wearing today thread for ideas. What a great idea. Why don't we do that here if we are wearing something we think works well? Today I'm working so in mid grey tapered trousers and great plains top which has turquoise, aqua, grey and terracotta print, turquoise lola rose beads, grey snake print shoes

BeginnerSAHM Wed 28-Aug-13 11:06:16

I saw that too! In Pilates stuff and about to go to the beach - will be in navy short skirt, navy bikini underneath and apple green vest. Will add tan belt so I have 3 colours....confused. And tan flip flops!

BeginnerSAHM Wed 28-Aug-13 11:07:37

Actually, stone/grey shorts - will be clambering over rocks I think...

BirdyBedtime Wed 28-Aug-13 14:54:27

I'm in a mid grey skirt, peachy and ivory diamond pattern top and kerry green cardi with chunky brown/gold beads and tan pumps. At work so not very exciting, but surprised by how good the cardi and top look together as I've not paired them before.

Have found a great green coat on Lands End site (thanks dreaming) so will be buying tonight.

Aquelven Wed 28-Aug-13 15:08:44

Was looking at that autumn thread & Wombat seems to be similarly hampered. At least I've ditched the DVT stockings ( winter white so no good) & progressed to crutches which luckily are a grey like my ** swatch. grin
Otherwise in black trousers blush my excuse, they fit over the rugby ball foot. Striped top in two shades of grey, see how I'm colour co/ordinating. One tan slipper( accessory colour as recommended by HoC) turquoise & silver necklace. Blue Springs can wear gold or silver equally.

Joycey29 Wed 28-Aug-13 20:57:57

Love it Aque!
I was wearing a blue denim skirt, with green vest top and an apricot hoodie.
Loads of comments on hoodie looking fab! grin

Joycey29 Wed 28-Aug-13 22:08:51

Birdy - is it the green swing coat - love that! Really impressed with a couple of Lands end- need to find more money!!!

BeginnerSAHM Wed 28-Aug-13 22:40:24

Ha - Aquelven, sounds very coordinated!! And, in the CMB system, think you 'can' wear black. (Pretty sure you are clear and warm...). However, I 'can' in the CMB system - it looks ok but much better with a bit of make up or skin showing between the black and my face!

About to put on my ancient bright coral short M&S cotton nightie... So am even doing the colour thing as I sleep wink.

Gillybobs Thu 29-Aug-13 09:40:36

Morning all. Working again today so in Navy wide leg trews, and a boat neck Breton which has navy, cream, poppy red, honey and a bright pink stripe. Cream and gold statement necklace. Tan suede wedges from Next on my feet (soooo comfy)

Ive ordered some grey suede (ish) pull on boots from M&S for work..you know the K Middy type boots? Thought they might be good with dresses and skirts in winter. Grey is hard to find ..


BirdyBedtime Thu 29-Aug-13 09:53:57

Yes joycey it is the swing coat. I can't work out how to paste link on tablet but it does look like the right shade. Fingers crossed.

Your top sounds great Gillybobs. I'm off today so in grey skinnies (grey features a lot in my bottom half too as I really struggle with brights below the waist), red and cream stripy cowl neck tunic and bright green gilet when i went out. Feet are red converse. Today is very autumnal here sad.

I'm another weird spring in that navy is not great for me but i do wear it on the bottom as a change from grey!

Aquelven Thu 29-Aug-13 10:20:00

Oh, I really like those boots, Gilly.

You are so getting into the swing of this, Beginner, even sleeping in the coloursgrin
Glad you found I can wear black as am rocking the same ancient black pull on trousers today(not a lot of choice re rugby boot) with navy top & turquoise hoody, accessorised by same tan slipper, grey crutches. No jewellery as yet.

I really can't get my head round brights on the bottom half either.....does my bum look big in.... confused

Joycey29 Fri 30-Aug-13 20:25:16

Have done it! Went lipstick hunting today with friend! Giggled senseless at coral colours, bargain bin jokes galore!
Then tried a few - CMB was right - I look fab in Cliniques -Brandy something!
So pleased with it! gringringringrin

Gillybobs Fri 30-Aug-13 22:35:13

Golden brandy it will be. A great daytime lippy, not too bright at all. Possibly a spring/autumn crossover

Gillybobs Fri 30-Aug-13 22:36:30
alemci Fri 30-Aug-13 22:39:36

I like pink godess buttershine by clinique

Gillybobs Sat 31-Aug-13 09:05:51

My grey boots have arrived. Have also ordered a grey jersey tube skirt and grey snake print wrap skirt for work. A lot of grey I know but I will wear bright tops for that bit of colour with them. Will report back once I've given them a try.

Gillybobs Sat 31-Aug-13 09:06:28
BeginnerSAHM Sat 31-Aug-13 18:32:04

Particularly like the first skirt Gilly. Both will look great with the grey boots and a colourful top.

I did a quick google on the pink goddess lipstick and somebody has said it matches the nars orgasm blusher (which is the one I wear) so might have to try that! So, that's at least 2 lipsticks on my 'probably will buy' list. (Pink goddess and the mac see sheer...)

Joycey29 Sat 31-Aug-13 19:19:25

Loving the new lippy! Can't believe the difference it makes!!

wools Sun 01-Sep-13 08:11:54

I love those boots Gillybobs. I fancy a long pair of boots this autumn as an alternative to ankle boots. I tend to wear mainly jeans in the autumn/winter so not sure how much wear I would get from them.

Gillybobs Sun 01-Sep-13 08:58:19

I've bought those ones for work as I wear dresses and skirts for office wear. For casual I have ankle boots and some fab knee high chunky heel choc suede boots from Hush Puppies of all places. Could walk miles in them

cardoon Sun 01-Sep-13 12:25:52

I wore this and estee lauder coral fantasy lipstick (great match) at a party last night - felt great! grin

BeginnerSAHM Sun 01-Sep-13 14:37:37

Can't get the link on my phone cardoon but glad you felt great in the 'right' colours!!grin

Gillybobs Sun 01-Sep-13 14:45:29

Gorgeous dress cardoon

Joycey29 Sun 01-Sep-13 15:16:02

Lovely dress!grin

BeginnerSAHM Sun 01-Sep-13 17:49:53

Love it too! Just managed to get the link....

wools Sun 01-Sep-13 18:12:30

Yes that is a lovely dress - amazing colour. I bet you looked fab,

Mumelie Sun 01-Sep-13 19:06:50

That is a great dress cardoon.

Can anyone recommend a bright red lipstick for a blue Sping? I'd like longlasting and matt (not glossy). I like the HOC lipsticks but my red one (No 1 - cant find it on the website) wont match my dress for a party (which is proper bright poppy red).
Thanks smile

Aquelven Sun 01-Sep-13 19:15:08

Hi Mumelie I'm a blue spring too smile
The HoC red was 606 which is still on the website. I haven't had chance to find one in the shops yet.

Mumelie Sun 01-Sep-13 19:30:53

Thanks Aquelven - my HOC lipstick has the No 1 on the bottom - which I cant see on the website but think is Geranium (brighter than the 606 Geranium Red) from this article.

BirdyBedtime Sun 01-Sep-13 19:32:47

Hi all. Just to say my coat arrived yesterday and is brilliant - just the right colour and shape. Was in Next on Friday and bought some plain tops (caramel and grey) which are going to be good for layering in winter. I really wanted a patterned blouse bit couldn‘t find anything I liked.

alemci Sun 01-Sep-13 20:04:09

still confused, went to cmb years ago and was a spring flowing into summer, how does equate with the updated concepts or hoc. am fair skinned, hair light brown naturally eyes blue.

any links please

Gillybobs Sun 01-Sep-13 20:17:25

Would that be a light spring?


BeginnerSAHM Sun 01-Sep-13 20:34:42

Sounds right gillybobs... Don't think there is necessarily a direct 'translation'. Probably 'light, warm and clear' in current CMB terminology....

I have HOC lipstick 55 on at the moment (having pre-dinner drink waiting for DH at a hotel!) and love it - was terrifyingly bright at first. Think it's v poppy red but not sure of it's exact description

Aquelven Sun 01-Sep-13 20:34:45

Sorry, mumelle. What I meant to say was that 606 was the red that the consultant sent me home in, not that it was the red for blue springs blush
I like it so much that I ordered it the next day, never been able to wear reds before. I do intend to look for one in the shops, when I can get out shopping again, so would love to know if you find any that suit us.

BeginnerSAHM Sun 01-Sep-13 20:40:02

Just a thought, but should blue springs try a 'true red' like one of the mac ones? I.e. not warm or cool - should suit both skin tones and be 'neutral'.

alemci Sun 01-Sep-13 20:42:23

thanks gilly. I must admit I looked washed out if colours are too pale. did have swatches somewhere.

I tend to go for blues, turquoise coral or deep pink and the odd bit of khaki. neutrals dont look that great. lilac or violet dont look bad on me.

Mumelie Sun 01-Sep-13 21:28:30

Thanks for the lipstick advice everyone. Think I'm going to order the HoC 606 and the 55 to try. Yes really need a neutral red not warm or cool.
I'm trying to do a 50s look - would you go for navy or dark brown to replace Black for winged eye liner?

BeginnerSAHM Sun 01-Sep-13 23:29:40

Mumelie - if you're a blue spring, think black might be ok??? Especially if you have naturally dark lashes/eyebrows? Otherwise, I reckon brown/black...

Mumelie Mon 02-Sep-13 07:28:50

Thanks Beginner - although I used to wear black all the time it now looks very weird on me (I'm middling - not pale not dark) . Think I'll go with the Brown/Black as too Brown would look a bit odd too.

Aquelven Mon 02-Sep-13 15:46:29

I wear brown/black or if brown a really, really dark one. Any hint of gingery brown looks dreadful on me. Same with eyeshadow, I like neutrals but the browns have to be cool slately browns, nothing orangey or reddish.

Been out....yeah!!!! grin
First time since op. Got a lift as not allowed to drive yet but hobbled on crutches to, guess where?.....Bootsgrin to look at lipsticks.
Bought No7 Moisture Drench in Coral Rose, love it!

wools Mon 02-Sep-13 16:03:51

Yes to brown/ black mascara - black much too harsh (on me anyhow). Lipstick sounds lovely Aquelven. Glad to hear you Are able to get out and about Again.

BeginnerSAHM Mon 02-Sep-13 16:18:58

Ditto Aquelven re brown eyeshadows! Glad you've been able to get out.

My eyebrows are incredibly dark brown (almost black) so think I could still wear black mascara. Have been wearing brown/black since most recent spring diagnosis though confused!

alemci Mon 02-Sep-13 18:15:39

what does a blue spring mean?

wools Mon 02-Sep-13 18:29:52

Alemci - blue spring means that all of the spring palette blues will look especially good on you even though other colours in the palette work too. You can wear silver jewellery as well as gold. Usually blue springs have bright blue eyes too.

alemci Mon 02-Sep-13 19:03:02

thanks Wool is there a link for that. is it hoc or another colour expert. I tend to wear loads of blue

wools Mon 02-Sep-13 19:11:49

This is a good website. It deals with all the seasons and how they are broken down.

Also, if you do a mumsnet search on blue spring - there are a number of threads which talk about it.

Basically it is a House of Colour diagnosis but Colour Me Beautiful will have something similar too.

Joycey29 Tue 03-Sep-13 07:26:43

Back to work yesterday! New term, new me! So many people commented on how well I looked. Really gave me a boost!

BeginnerSAHM Tue 03-Sep-13 09:00:52

Excellent Joycey! Very satisfying....

Mumelie Tue 03-Sep-13 17:53:08

Hi everyone. My HoC make-up order came today (super fast!).
The 55 Bright Red lipstick is just perfect for the party - totally love it! Also tried the 606 Geranium Red which is nice for every day wear.
Bought 2 others in the sale - 59 Orangey Coral - which although looked bright orange really suited me; and 683 Shocking Spring Pink - which was vile! But cheap so not too disappointing.

Mumelie Tue 03-Sep-13 18:00:49

Oh and well done Joycey - great getting those compliments isnt it?

Aquelven Tue 03-Sep-13 20:08:48

Great, Joycey, a real boost smile

How does the 55 differ from the 606, Mumelie?

Mumelie Tue 03-Sep-13 20:22:58

The 55 is a proper bright red - and is neutral. The 606 is ever so slightly more pinky so a little warmer - a little paler - more every day.

Aquelven Tue 03-Sep-13 22:23:40

Thank you smile
Not sure that I'm brave enough got 55.

Aquelven Tue 03-Sep-13 22:24:15

For, not got blush

BeginnerSAHM Tue 03-Sep-13 23:16:56

Honestly, go for 55.... Am really Not a lipstick person but I love it. Wore it tonight on a class mums' night out (not tres racey but fun), with a shiny white top (bad), cream vest and turquoise/patterned top. And skinny grey jeans and ash Nevada boots. I think the red lippy worked really well, despite being v bright.

Joycey29 Wed 04-Sep-13 19:36:15

Wore teal green dress and loved the comments. Told one person about CMB and she looked astonished and slightly shocked - before laughing and saying 'Really??? I didn't think people did that anymore'
Well after the change in comments since CMB - I just think her loss! confused

BeginnerSAHM Wed 04-Sep-13 20:10:05

Bet you looked fab Joycey! I don't tell many people... Still has the Bridget Jones' mum/Hyacinth Bucket image!!

Joycey29 Wed 04-Sep-13 20:19:19

I know, Bridget has a lot to answer for! Certainly not going to say it again just smile and say Thank you wink

alemci Thu 05-Sep-13 12:24:40

found my CMB wallet in grey with Spring flowing into Summer anaylis (light). I always felt a bit self concious taking the colour wallet out but perhaps i need to get over that now.

I won't be buying much now but when I do I will be more discerning and try to buy the right colours. I do tend to know in my minds eye what the correct colours are to some extent.

Aquelven Thu 05-Sep-13 15:33:53

Did I hear right? That there's a new Bridget Jones out? Might be a book though.
I was really self conscious at first, sneaking my wallet out to check things. But I've got quite blasé about it now grin Was flashing it around in the wool shop the other day, checking yarn colours. It's actually easier when you can just have them all spread out & try the new item against them. It really clicks what the consultant said about not trying to match each exact colour but more just see if it blends into the whole range, & explains why the booklet says it isn't just thirty odd odours you can wear but hundreds.
Think having to juggle swatch book, shop's basket, balls of yarn & couple of crutches might have taken the edge off feeling self conscious. grin

Armadale Thu 05-Sep-13 16:09:38

Hello, just joining in if I may smile
I will read the thread from the beginning over the next couple of days.

Aquelven Thu 05-Sep-13 16:32:04

Welcome Armadale. Glad you found us smile

Armadale Thu 05-Sep-13 16:37:09

thanks & thanks for the invite smile

BeginnerSAHM Thu 05-Sep-13 17:17:20

Hi Armadale! Glad you found us too wink.

I went to buy Mac See Sheer and Crosswires today but came out with Ravishing (unicorn lady approved) and Vegas Volt (not approved). Will let you know how I get Ravishing is my attempt at a daytime lippy. Still prefer the more natural look but will give it a go!!

Aquelven Thu 05-Sep-13 17:25:00

Do tell what you think of them, Beginner smile
I'm in a real mood for new, flattering lipsticks. What steered you to those from Crosswires & See Sheer? I haven't seen any of them in the flesh yet. Mac involves a bit of trek for me as no local stockist.

wools Thu 05-Sep-13 17:25:56

Welcome Armadale.
Back on the school run for me today. Wore coral capri trousers with navy striped top and my Kate Moss lippy. I was pleased with the look and got a few compliments too!!

Aquelven Thu 05-Sep-13 17:34:39
alemci Thu 05-Sep-13 17:48:01

lovely pattern aqua. will look good

BeginnerSAHM Thu 05-Sep-13 18:41:46

Don't like Vegas Volt already hmmhmm. Paler than my natural lip colour (by a long way) and makes my teeth look yellow. Ravishing seems nice though. Chose them over the other two as the bloody assistant persuaded me - am so unsure of what looks good lipstick-wise that I don't trust my own judgment. Anyway, I might come round to Vegas Volt but I'm not sure...

BeginnerSAHM Thu 05-Sep-13 18:55:47

Right, if anybody wants either, PM me with your address and I'll post them to you. Feel like a total idiot/middle aged mutton dressed as lamb (or a hyacinth bucket!) wearing them. I know they'll look great on most of you though wink.

Vegas Volt is an orangey/coral. Should be good for stronger springs. Ravishing should be good for everybody (but not me!). £30 down the drain hmm. Boo.

wools Thu 05-Sep-13 19:06:25

Beginner what a shame. I often find I can't really tell what a lipstick colour looks like in the shop under the artificial lighting. I need a bright natural light. The same with foundations - I have a drawer full of them due to crappy shop lighting.

BeginnerSAHM Thu 05-Sep-13 19:15:28

Thanks wools! Yup, rooky error! Ah well... By the way - if anybody does want them they are free to a good home smile.

Aquelven Thu 05-Sep-13 19:41:37

The lighting in shops is terrible. Most foundations I buy end up stuck in a drawer till they get chucked out as very few make them pale enough & end up looking tangoed.
I thought you quite liked Ravishing? Can you not mix them with other wrong ones that are the opposite colours to make a wearable colour?
I get really fed up with finding the perfect colour only to have them discontinue it soon afterwards. Estée Lauder are a pain for that.

BeginnerSAHM Thu 05-Sep-13 19:50:21

Changed my mind about ravishing Aquelven! Just not 'me' at all. Can only manage a mild stain/gloss or full on poppy red it seems shock... Am definitely a 'weird spring'.

shopalot Thu 05-Sep-13 20:41:07

Can I join? I was inspired to buy two new lipsticks today. I bought clinique Golden Brandy which was recommended on her and I really like it. On a whim I also bought Runway Coral which is very bold but actually I think it really looks good. So pleased with my purchases-thanks everyone for the advice. I also wondered if someone could explain the three colour rule? Is it just that-wear three colours?

shopalot Thu 05-Sep-13 20:41:54

Here not her......

Joycey29 Thu 05-Sep-13 21:22:57

Welcome Shopalot and Wools. Another good day! French navy long dress, Kelly green wrap cardi and pewter shoes.Oh and my new lippy!!
Loving feeling in control of my wardrobe!

Joycey29 Thu 05-Sep-13 21:23:38

I mean Armadale not Wools - blonde!

Aquelven Thu 05-Sep-13 21:28:09

Welcome shopalot smile

Those lipsticks sound promising!
I don't know the three colour rule. Think it might be something covered on the style day & I haven't done that yet.
Your outfit sounds lovely, Joycey, I love French Navy. I still need to get control of my wardrobe blush

alemci Thu 05-Sep-13 22:24:00

this thread is really helpful and I will definitely be trying to stick to my colours from now on.

Gillybobs Thu 05-Sep-13 22:34:23

Vegas volt makes my teeth look yellow too, it's very hard to wear. I'm still shaking my pom poms for crosswires and see sheer. Invested in Clinique runway coral this week and it's kapow coral....not brilliant for my teeth but nowhere near as bad as Vegas volt

Gillybobs Thu 05-Sep-13 22:36:43

Three colour rule should be mentioned at colour day, for paintbox or bRight springs I think the third colour should just be a splash, so probably an accessory.

BeginnerSAHM Thu 05-Sep-13 22:51:25

Hmm. Thanks gillybobs! Expensive lesson learnt!!

BeginnerSAHM Fri 06-Sep-13 10:00:53

Ok, I appreciate Vegas Volt might be a tough sell after Gillybobs and I both think it makes our teeth look yellow confused but Ravishing is on the unicorn lady's list as a spring-appropriate lippy and it's a 'sheer' one so not too intense... Any takers?? I am NEVER happy with lipsticks (well, very rarely) so don't be too put off by the fact that i don't want to wear it!! It's free.... (Will stop hawking my make-up mistakes after this post, promise wink.)

BirdyBedtime Fri 06-Sep-13 12:09:28

You're right Gillybobs - I'm a clear spring and we're told to wear two colours and a splash - mine is usually jewellery (I have a variety of beaded necklaces in brigh spring colours) or a scarf, but it can also be a colour in pattern, shoes, bag etc. I have a great green bag that is perfect when wearing more muted colours to brighten things up.

Today I'm in a blue and red patterned dress (white Stuff) with navy cardi, red pumps and my necklace is turquoise.

Because I have spent the last few years spring-ifying my wardrobe several of the items that I bought soon after being done are now beginning to need replaced. This summer I bought 2 new cardis from Monsoon to replace well-worn ones (yellow and red). They were quite expensive but at cost per wear have done really well and hopefully the new ones will last as long.

On the lipstick point I've stuck with HoC ones (1 and 347 for me) as have never found any suitable colours in the shops but I must not have been looking hard enough seeing all of the recommendations above. I wasn't one for lippy every day before having my colours done, but am a total convert and feel bare now without.

alemci Fri 06-Sep-13 12:25:00

I still really like wearing Pink Goddess which is a buttershine lipstick by Clinique. Don't know if this is a correct spring colour but I find it flattering.

Aquelven Fri 06-Sep-13 12:43:48

I don't remember my consultant mentioning the 3 colour rule on my colour day. But then she could well have done, as I mentioned earlier I was a bit overwhelmed on my day with all the family hangers on who turned up to watch the two sisters who happened to have booked on the same session as me. If I'd known before booking about that I'd have asked for a different day.

Lipsticks, I'm still liking the No7 Coral Rose & found another of theirs I had, Watermelon, which seems to work well, on me anyway. For reds I've only got the HoC 606. I also love their Shocking Spring Pink which Mumelie hated but I'm a funny spring too as if I had pink eyes I'd be albinoconfused

Gillybobs Fri 06-Sep-13 13:00:43

Birdy your outfit sounds great!

Alemci the pink goddess looks very summery to me but could be my monitor

Joycey29 Fri 06-Sep-13 13:14:23

Today I was wearing grey trousers, French navy jumper and sea green scarf. grin
Now coaching games in scuzzy games kit! Boo!hmm

BeginnerSAHM Fri 06-Sep-13 13:18:43

Hi all - Ravishing has gone! Vegas Volt still there if anybody has nice white teeth and wants to give it a try wink. Looks lovely in some pics when I googled it....

alemci Fri 06-Sep-13 14:02:31

could be gilly but I am a light spring so I can probably get away with it plus do some of the warmer lipsticks make your teeth look yellow

alemci Fri 06-Sep-13 16:12:55

the kettlewell spring colours look amazing and tbh aren't far out from alot in my wardrobe

BeginnerSAHM Fri 06-Sep-13 16:39:37

Hi all - Vegas volt gone now too...

Aquelven Fri 06-Sep-13 17:20:00

Has anyone bought from Kettlewell?
Their t shirt sort of things look quite expensive, are they better quality than the usual high street offerings?
They do have some terrific colours which can be hard to find at this time of year.

Mumelie Fri 06-Sep-13 17:50:33

* Aquelven * I think I maybe coming round to the Shocking Spring Pink lipstick after all! I have quite a tan at the moment and think it will look good against pale winter skin.
Todays outfit was a navy cropped cardi, teal/aqua wrap dress and grey shoe boots.
I'm keen to know what kettlewell is like too - not had anything from there yet!

alemci Fri 06-Sep-13 18:55:41

my mum buys from them in sales and she rates their quality. They are into the house of colour and the colours are just gorgeous IMO but yes they are expensive

BeginnerSAHM Fri 06-Sep-13 20:03:03

I didn't really like the styles of kettlewell (t-shirt sleeves looked a weird length) but maybe i should give a couple of vests etc a go!

Let us know what you think if you get anything grin!

marzipananimal Fri 06-Sep-13 20:18:28

I tried on a couple of kettlewell things at my colour day and although the colours were great, the fabric seemed a bit middle aged for me if that makes sense (I'm in my twenties)

alemci Fri 06-Sep-13 20:23:43

well my mum is in her 70sgrin but I may buy the odd thing too. clever marketing

evelynj Fri 06-Sep-13 22:00:07

Been loving this thread -awaiting to get colours done but pretty sure I'm spring & bought the no 7 mischief today & revlon tutti frutti-buy one get one half price in boots over many brands.

Any more recs on cheaper brands gratefully received-agree that the indoor lighting is really hard to tell so you need to put tester on & go outside! Also take a mirror as the plastic strip in my boots was utter rubbish!

I'm going about it an odd way as have 7 week old baby & lot of weight to lose but think it's good to start the learning curve now!

If anyone buys or browses in supermarket lines or cheaper high st stores please note any good buys.

Dunno if this link will work but is this good for a budget coral scarf?


Cheers all smile

BeginnerSAHM Fri 06-Sep-13 22:23:40

Oooh - like it evelyn! Perfect for spring. Reckon the blue one might be ok too but hard to tell on my phone wink! 7 week old baby?!? Ahhhhhhh! Reckon scarves will be pulled quite a lot over the next few years!

I'm going to experiment with cheaper lipsticks too blush. Will let everyone know how I get on!

Goodnight all!

Hi there
I was diagnosed in a basic way as just a "spring" in the 1980s and then later as a Light Honey-Toned Spring by an organisation called Beauty for All Seasons. I look particularly good in warm russet red, yellowy greens like this and strong corals though my "pallette" has a lot of turquoisy greens and paler pinks/ peaches too.

I have a couple of questions - would anyone want to hazard a guess as to which HOC spring I might be?

I see a lot of talk on this thread about navy. I've only ever been given a very weird navy (a dark french navy) in my pallettes that I've hardly ever been able to find. Do you think I can wear other more "normal" navys?

BeginnerSAHM Sat 07-Sep-13 12:20:52

Hi - the 30% off in Gap runs out today and was thinking about this .... What do you think? Springy enough?

(By the way, recently had a marketing email from consultant referring to my 'blue spring' colours so guess I am a blue spring then wink. Despite her thinking I looked great in top to toe tan confused.)

wools Sat 07-Sep-13 12:39:19

Love that scarf BeginnerSAHM. I think that navy and green are a lovely combination. Weird about the tan thing. I'm a blue spring and whilst I love tan shoes and handbags - that's about as far as it goes.

Aquelven Sat 07-Sep-13 13:47:05

That is odd.
I'm a blue spring too & tan is only rated very low on my booklet, just for shoes, bags etc. my best colours are all blues, turquoises, greys & some greens, plus one red.

Lovely scarves, both links. Evelynj most of those colours look spring to me, great price too. Thank goodness for scarves, I say, means most of my wardrobe is not completely redundant.

Made a mistake, the other No7 lipstick that I have is Waterlily, not Watermelon. Mischief, I agree is great. Funnily enough was my favourite shade even before.
I've just received a new Kettlewell catalogue in the post this morning, not had time to look at it yet.

Do you read the threads for the other seasons?
Must admit I do. Interesting to see the links, incase stuff comes in our colours. But then, perhaps I'm just nosey eh? grin

Aquelven Sat 07-Sep-13 13:52:26

Sorry, didn't mean to ignore your question blush
I find I can wear all navy shades. It's my best basic for suiting my colouring. I suppose it's how my consultant said use your swatch book as a guide, see if things tone with it, that way you can wear hundreds of colours not just exact matches.

What's your colouring, hair, eyes etc? That way we might be able to hazard a guess, HoC wise.

OK - I have very fair skin. Not red-head fair but probably only the next shade up. I can tan a bit in the summer but only to a kind of rich tea biscuit colour! My skin definitely has a yellow base rather than a blue base. I have grey-blue eyes. My hair is a warm mid-blonde but has some very light and some quite dark and some auburn strands within it fading a bit as the grey comes through but some semi-permanent dye sorts that I have quite pale/blonde eyebrows. I also look really good in tans/terracottas.

I'd be really interested if people thought I might be able to wear a range of navys as I've steered clear for a long while!

The person who did my colours years ago said my best basics were a deep russet red, cream and a very pale biscuit/beige brown colour (almost a dark cream) plus this very dark navy I can never find! The deep russet red is not always easy to find and the other colours are not always practical for work. I tend to wear a lot of browns (boring) and I'v ealso been told I look good in a really dark brown but it isn't in my "official" colour pallette.

alemci Sat 07-Sep-13 15:08:03

sounds more like Autumn colours to me. could you be a spring flowing into autumn.

Aquelven Sat 07-Sep-13 15:22:27

Yes, it sounds more autumn to me too.
One of the other women who was on my day was an autumn & your colouring sounds just like hers.
Very dark brown is not really a spring colour & russet, beige/brown, russet red are not even in my swatches. The navy that is actually in the spring swatches is a bright/light French navy, though I can get away with others.
You are definitely not a Blue Spring if you are a spring but don't know which other you could be, sorry.

jumpinghoops Sat 07-Sep-13 15:29:35

Beginner, just saw that scarf in GAP, def a good spring one. Just tried a nice coral cashmere crew neck jumper in there too (is it possible to do links on iPhone? I don't know how to) but ended up buying just a pair of grey always skinny jeans.

I really think I am mainly a spring - I look good too in bright corals, limey and yellow greens - oh and also in very bright tomato red/orange but maybe I do flow into autumn. My sister who has some similarities ( but not exactly the same - similar hair but a bit darker, different eyes and a slightly darker skin tone) is an autumn flowing into winter.

wools Sat 07-Sep-13 16:00:08

Jumping hoops -I saw that coral cashmere jumper yesterday. I loved it and want to buy but a bit expensive at £89. If you have the funds I would say definately go for it!!

Aquelven - I lurk on the other colour threads too and check out their links for possible spring colours.

BeginnerSAHM Sat 07-Sep-13 16:32:14

Just a quickie but I don't think I look good in top to toe tan. In fact I hated it. Love it for accessories/shoes but that's it. My best colours (other than tan...) are two blues, Kerry and leaf green (I think) and a red and coral. And geranium pink plus one yellow.

She only gave me one star for bright navy but I'd give myself two wink.

alemci Sat 07-Sep-13 16:47:24

don't like tan particularly but like camel. I have a nice pair of wedges which are veering into tan but are not dark. tan reminds me of 70's America somehow.

Aquelven Sat 07-Sep-13 17:45:31

I like it for leather bags, not much else though.

Aquelven Sat 07-Sep-13 17:53:24

I need to buy some trainers.
I've never bought trainers before but been told it's the best thing to wear at first, while my foot settles down, when the rugby boot comes off my foot & pins out of my toes( ouch shock) the week after next.
Anyone know about buying trainers, please? Soft ones with plenty of room near the toes, don't know where to start.... Now would they be best in grey, navy, coral, geranium........ grin

jumpinghoops Sat 07-Sep-13 19:34:38

Aquelven, again I'm sorry I can't lik on phone but have a look at the Nike Free Bionic trainers. Nike Free styles are generally very comfortable, I find them wide at the toe. And wouldn't you know there's a coral and dove grey pair grin

BeginnerSAHM Sat 07-Sep-13 22:37:10

Aquelven - are you allowed converse/supergra types or do they have to be proper trainers (that you can do sport in!!)?

cardoon Sat 07-Sep-13 22:44:22

Beginner, did you get my PM re Jane Fardon?

Aquelven Sat 07-Sep-13 23:36:57

Thank youjumpinghoops smile
I'll go & look for those.

Beginner, I'm allowed anything that will work. Just been told I'll need something flat but supportive,comfortable, soft & enough space to get my foot into as it will still be bruised & liable to swell when I have to start putting weight on it. Just thought trainers sounded like the best bet.