Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Why we do what we do

To my pals in the blogosphere:

2010 is a year for Color My Closet to truly define what we do and why we do it. We have always known what we are about, but this message is not always easy to convey in simple terms for everyone.

We believe first and foremost that every woman should have a color analysis, but why? The "why" is what potential clients want to know about.

Why color? Color analysis was popularized decades ago but lost its appeal somehow. People bored of hearing about the 4 color categories, or seasons. Like other trends, color came and went.

This generation of young women doesn't even know what color analysis is, much less why color is so important.

We witness some miraculous things every time we perform a color analysis on a client. This affirms what we know about color and its importance.

So after much rambling, here it is.....why color is so important:

1) You physically feel better in your best colors

2) People react more favorably to you when you are wearing them

3) You make a much better first impression on others when colors harmonize with skin

4) Knowing your colors simplifies your shopping (never again do you buy the wrong lipstick or shirt color)

5) Your skin looks glowing and smoothed in the right colors

6) The WRONG color can make you look 10 years older, and skin look sickly

7) The WRONG color can visually add 10-15 pounds

8) Teeth appear whiter in the right colors

9) Your eyes sparkle in your best colors

10) Your whole wardrobe mixes & matches perfectly when you know your color palette

11) Getting dressed in the morning becomes fun, not tedious

12) Everyone and his grandmother will give compliments when you wear your colors!

13) Studies show that color accounts for up to 90% of our total look

14) The science of color has evolved to include 12 (not just 4) color categories to more fully encompass the full range of skin tones found in all ethnicities

15) No amount of plastic surgery, skincare serums, or Botox can reverse the awful effects of wearing the wrong colors!

If you have any questions about color analysis, please email us at colormycloset@prodigy.net. We are here to educate you on color and how valuable it is to your life and appearance.

Live in color!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Color My Closet mourns the untimely passing of our greatest mentor--Kathryn "Kitty" Kalisz

Dear blog friends & followers:

Thank you for tuning in. It is with deep grief and sadness that I write this evening, as my mentor and dear friend Kathryn "Kitty" Kalisz has suddenly passed away. More specifically, Kathryn's life was taken from her in a violent way.

Kathryn was founder of the company Sci\ART, the leader in the field of color analysis, education, training materials and supplies. Kathryn, together with her 3 grown daughters and 2 other staff members, ran the business.

I am especially sad to report that Kathryn's office manager Debbie's life was also taken, and that Kathryn's youngest daughter Manessa was shot, injured and is now recovering in the hospital. Yet another employee Amy was shot and has also been hospitalized.

I simply cannot focus on any other details of these deaths. It is too tragic and painful.

In this blog post, I want to let you all know who Kathryn was to me, and how much of an impact she has had on my work as a professional color analyst.

Kathryn trained me individually for both Color Analysis certification and an advanced course called Color Mixing & Matching. We formed a bond in that we were both entrepreneurs, had a strong love of color, and were mothers of 3 children (though Kathryn's girls are grown now).

Kathryn was not only my mentor, but certainly one of my biggest cheerleaders. I would lean on her not only for business advice but for emotional support in the ups and downs of running my own business.

The pain of not being able to pick up the phone right now to call Kathryn is almost unbearable. There's so much to tell her....so much to catch up on....so many things happening in our business that she'd be extremely proud of.

One thing brings me comfort, though. Kathryn's daughters Louanna, Suzie and Manessa plan to continue running the Sci\ART company once they've had time to heal and put together their plan of action. They all wish to carry on their mother's legacy.

I am deeply touched that Kathryn's last blog post was dedicated to the time she and I recently spent together on Color Mixing & Matching. When I learned of her death, I frantically searched for a photo of us together....something at least to hold onto.

Imagine my surprise when a fellow color analyst forwarded me this link to Kitty's last post: http://blog.coloranalysis.com/?p=109

My prayers go out to the Sci\ART family right now in the wake of these terrible losses of life.