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Bridal whites for the 12 seasons and dresses for the mothers
Summer is wedding season! Christine Scaman invited me to cooperate on a presentation of different whites for bridal gowns, and collecting some ideas for dresses for the mothers of grooms and brides. Read about it HERE
Icy vs. Pastel
Do you find it hard to distinguish between icy colours and pastels? Me too. So I made an excercise for myself, and decided to share it with you HERE.
How we REALLY dress
Jeans for the 12 seasons blog post HERE
The Reluctant Bright Winter
Frightened by Bright Winter? Read THIS blog post.
Read about my own personal transformation, from a natural looking word nerd to …an even more natural looking word nerd, but in a totally different way. Curious? Read more here: Transformation
Honour that inner being
Personal colour analysis is aboutbecoming more whole. Nobody expresses this better than my teacher, Christine Scaman. She is launcing a series of video talks, and addresses the topic oc a holistic view od PCA, see link here
Some musings on the topic of wearing black…
PCA for a colour blind?
I recently had the very interesting experience to do a PCA on a friend of mine who is slightly colour blind. She is also a blogger, and wrote about her experience on her blog afterwards, and I will let you read it in her own words: Dark Winter Journey
Find your perfect colours – show the best version of yourself!
I know that every human being is beautiful. Every woman, man and child is born with just the right colouring for him/her. My vision is to help you find your way back to these colours, to fully make use of the possibilities they give, instead of resisting them. Through a systematic colour analysis I want to help you see for yourself which colours bring out the best in you, makes you radiant, makes you present the most authentic version of yourself, makes you look younger and healthier. Together we will arrive at an understanding of which colours reflect who you are.
The fashion industry (and family and friends) are eager to tell us which colours we should use but these colours are not always the best for you. Why should you spend your money on a wardrobe (or makeup) in colours that make you look drab and tired, when you have the possibility to choose colours that make you look radiant, interesting and younger? The colours that make people notice your eyes instead of the shadows under them. This knowledge will liberate you from «this year’s colours», and instead you will be an empowered consumer, armed with the knowledge of why these particular colours are YOUR colours. And you will save a lot of money when you know exactly which colours to choose when shopping, when everything you buy from now on will be right for your colours, and everything will match the rest of your wardrobe.
Behind the name Fargeporten (The Colour Gate) is Jorunn Hernes, and I invite you to spend a couple of hours together while we find your best possible colours through a Personal Colour Analysis. I was trained by Christine Scaman of 12 Blueprints, in March 2014.
This is what I look like:
photo by Lisette de Rade Photograhy
Personal Colour Analysis is a systematic process that finds the colour group or colour tone that best matches the colours already present in your skin, hair, eyes. When you use these colours as guide when you choose clothes or makeup, you will look healthy, radiant and authentic. You will even look younger. Your perfect colours reflect who you are.
Sometimes these colour groups or colour tones are referred to as seasons. Seasons is just a way to name the different colour tones, and we could have assigned them numbers, but names are easier to remember, and it gives us ways to associate the specific properties assigned to each colour tone.
In the 80s colour analysis was really hot, and many will remember the book Colour Me Beautiful, that operated with four seasons. The book was really interesting and enjoyed an intense popularity, but many (among them myself) let the idea go because we could not quite fit into one of the categories, that were either warm or cool. Besides, hair and eye colour were also taken into account, so people who felt they might have fitted into one category doubted it because their hair and/or eyes did not fit the description given for that season. Colour analysis has since developed in many directions, and we know now that at least 75% of people have a neutral undertone, not warm or cool. 12 tone PCA has, as the name says, 12 tones. Four «true» seasons, that are the original two cool seasons Summer and Winter, and two warm (Spring and Autumn). Each of these true seasons has two neutral tones, making a total of 12.
This is the PCA system I am trained in. We measure and compare the skin’s undertone to different colours, using pieces of fabric (we call them drapes). We measure and compare, because a colour is never only a colour. We see it differently, depending on what other colour is next to it. This is why your skin will look very different next to different coloured clothing.
Fargeporten is in Fitjar, a rural community on the north end of the big island Stord. Easily accessible from Bergen, Haugesund or Stavanger.
Travel time from bergen is 2 hours, from Haugesund app. 1,5 hours and from Stavanger 3. I will give you directions how to get here if you need them!
This is what my colour studio looks like:
What happens during a PCA?
The walls are painted a neutral grey, and the lights are the best I could find, to make way we see your colouring as true and undisturbed as possible. You will be wearing no makeup. If your hair is colour enhanced, we will cover it during the PCA, but if your hair has its natural colour we just tie it back, to get it away from the face. Please bring something to tie it back with if your hair is long. During the PCA we will establish whether your skin looks its freshest, clearest and healthiest in warm, cool or neutral colours, darker or lighter, softer or brighter, and in the end we are left with a conclusion about which colour tone (or season, if you wish) is better than the other ones. This can take some time, and we will not give up until both of us see why the one colour tone is better than the other.
What are drapes?
The PCA itself is conducted using carefully selected drapes, pieces of fabric that in colours that reveal an astounding amount of information about your skin tone, when we compare the drapes systematically against your skin, eyes (and hair). I did not invent or make these drapes. They are selected and made by Christine Scaman of 12Blueprints.
The drapes I have are in two parts: Test drapes and Luxury drapes. The test drapes is our tool, the luxury drapes will refine and illustrate the conclusion of our PCA. The test drapes are not selected to be the best colours in clothing, but to be the colours that best distinguish between adjacent colour tones. The truly great colours are in the luxury drapes, then we start seeing colours that you will wear. The luxury drapes will reveal, surprise and comfort you. The luxury drapes are the ones that reveal some fabulous neutrals and staple colours of your wardrobe, show you the lightest and darkest colours you should wear (illustrate your contrast level), and surprise you with some wow colours that you never even knew you could look so good in. The luxury drapes will comfort you with your best alternative to black, the colour you will want to pick for your next ”little black dress” (which might actually be a ”little sexy grey dress” or a ”little quietly fabulous soft navy dress”) that will have every woman at the party wearing black regret her choice of colour. And hopefully they will have you recognize favourite colours that you actually knew in your heart of hearts were ”yours”.
So: once we have arrived at your colour tone via the test drapes, we will let loose your hair, and play with makeup (in your colours) if you are interested. I have makeup from Elea Blake, and also of the fantastic Scandinavian make Tromborg. THIS is when we take out the Lux drapes, and have a good look at your colour tone again, this time in colours that you will be able to (and longing to) wear. For some people this part of the PCA is like coming home, for others it can be a strange experience to see themselves so radiant in colours that have not previously been considered.
Once we get this far, you will be presented with a brand new colour fan, or colour book as some people call it, 60 of your colours in one handy fan, to bring with you everywhere. And I will show you how to use this fan when shopping for new clothes or makeup, we will do some exercises together, and we can revisit this part of the draping if you decide to come back for a follow-up appointment after 3 months.
Is PCA only for women?
NO! Colour analysis is actually just as important for men. Do not be deceived by all the talk about makeup in the preceding paragraphs. It is increadibly important for a man to wear clothes that harmonizes with the colouring within him. The best possible outcome of a PCA is that the colours you are wearing meet and enhance who you really are, so that you will appear authentic, sympathetic and strong. As a man, you may not have so much in the way of accessories to utilize, the male dress code being somewhat more limiting than the female dress code in our western society. Well, all the more important to use the opportunities that are available by choosing the best possible colours to show yourself as you really wish to appear. You will be surprised at how much you can communicate by the right colour in a tie or a T-shirt!
How long time does a PCA take?
Let’s not be in a hurry when we do your PCA. We might use anything between two and three hours on a PCA, and we will not give up until we have arrived at your colour tone, and if we should need more time, we sill use it. My hope is to not tell you which colours you look best in. My hope is that you shall see it for yourself. My hope is to help you understand it, rather than take my word for it, through the systematic, thorough process that a PCA is.
How much does it cost, and what do I get for my money?
A PCA costs NOK 2490,-. Credit cards accepted, via iZettle.
Included in the price is a colour fan with 60 of your colours, which will be your best tool when shopping from now on.
We will take pictures. I will send the pictures to you, and keep copies for my own records. Under no circumstances will these pictures be shared with anyone without your explicit consent.
Included in the price is also a system for ”after care”, first in the form of a written summary of the PCA and some general information about your colour tone, also with a link to a Pinterest page for your colour tone (that will be periodically updated whenever I come across appropriate pictures to post for that color tone). I will also send emails with varying intervals (if you should want to be on the mailing list). And you can always contact mei f you have questions or concerns after the PCA, of course.
As part of the ”after care program” I am going to offer an optional follow-up one hour appointment after 3 months. It takes time to take in all the information. I have therefore decided to give this extra service, an hour where we can revisit the luxury drapes, talk about how you are coping with your colour tone, and how you are experiencing shopping with your colour fan, you may bring in clothing or makeup to look at together, etc. It is useful to do this after you have had a chance to ”live it” for a while.
Can I wear makeup to the PCA?
Yes, if you are used to wearing makeup and feel uncomfortable appearing in public without it, you may wear makeup when you arrive. However, it has to be removed before we start the PCA. I use makeup remover from Tromborg, which is mild, but please feel free to bring your own makeup remover that you use and trust, if you want. The most important thing is that all makeup is removed before the PCA. Also, please do not wear sunscreen, as some kinds of sunscreen have particles that reflect light in funny ways, an we do not want this to disturb the nuances we are looking for in the PCA.
And I have plenty of makeup, so even if you have to take off your makeup, you will not have to leave without makeup on.
Does it matter if I have a tan?
If you have a light tan, we should be able to arrive at a correct conclusion all the same. The drapes have shown surprising ability to reveal the undertone of the ski neven with tanned or windburned skin. However, if you have used self tanning products we should wait with scheduling a PCA until that has worn off.
Can I bring someone?
Yes, you may! Actually, it is really smart to bring someone to the PCA, someone you know and trust. It is all about looking and comparing, and it is quite useful to have an extra pair of eyes to witness the changes as we drape you. And a PCA can be a profound experience, and it is fantastic to share this moment with someone close to you.
Can I bring makeup?
Yes, of course. Makeup is fun, and when we are done analyzing, I would love to og through your makeup bag with you, help you swatch the makeup to your new fan and decide what to keep and what to renew. You may also bring some items of clothing that we can use to practice using your colour fan.
Personal Colour Analysis is personal
Fargeporten does not offer online colour analysis. A personal colour analysis can only be trusted if it is done in person, with controlled lighting using the correct colour drapes. Digital photography is marvellous, but digital photos on computer screens can never substitute a real live personal color analysis. It takes time, and you may have to travel far to get here, but it is worth it. I promise.
Can the draping be videotaped?
I do not allow videotaping during the draping. Firstly because the draping is a personal session with myself and the client, and I would not be able to control what happens to a videotape when it is out of my hands. Secondly, it will take my focus away from you. Third, there is no videotape equipment that will be able to capture and convey the nuances and changes of your skin during a draping, the way you and I will see it as it unfolds.
My personal colour journey
Would you like to read about my personal colour journey?
Here is a link to what I wrote after the experience.
Get in touch!
Tel: (047) 41 27 03 21
email: jorunn(at)fargeporten.no (I write it like this so the spam machines don’t catch on)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fargeportenPCA here is the direct link
I look forward to hearing from you!