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Christmas in Emerald Green!

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Merry Christmas everyone!

I have missed talking about colours, haven’t you? Well I have.

I began this blog this year with a post on Pantone Colour for 2012, which is (because we are still in 2012, Lol!) Zesty Tangerine Tango. I even got a really cool font for my invitation and stationer designing called “Tangerine”!

So, this post I’m going to announce to you, the Pantone Colour for 2013.

Drum roll please….

Emerald Green!

Coincidence with Christmas colour green? I think not. As a matter of fact, the season colours for winter (Harmattan haze for us within the West African region) are Evergreen, Red, Chocolate, Periwinkle (Sky blue), Silver and White.

Odd enough, where I am sitting in this café, I have spotted almost 5 people with a touch of emerald green on them. Cool!

The Beauty of Emerald

An Emerald is a pure verdant green coloured gemstone, which can be found in three main mines of Colombia, Muzo, Coscuez, and Chivor. An Emerald is regarded as the traditional birthstone for May, as well as the traditional gemstone for the astrological signs of Taurus, Cancer and sometimes Gemini.

Emeralds occur in hues ranging from yellow-green to blue-green, with the primary hue necessarily being green. Yellow and blue are the normal secondary hues found in emeralds. Only gems that are medium to dark in tone are considered emerald; light-toned gems are known instead by the species name green beryl.

emerald stones

History of Green

Lol! Remember the last story I told you about how Purple Delight came to exist?

Well, I am about to tell you a little story about Emerald Green.

“Once upon a time, there were 3 prominent families of the Primary Colours Kingdom, far far way. The families were Red, Yellow and Blue.  They were the great descendants of White and Black…hang on? We know all this already.

So, Sir Blu had had an affair with Lady Yellow (I’m beginning to think this Blu guy is a major playa). This scandalous affair was the painful consummation of two soul mates that could not be together! Though Sir Blu was betroth to Lady Redd from when they were infants, Sir Blu and Lady Yellow had shared a great sired bond, which made them soul mates. They bore many illegitimate children of Greens.

Lady Redd had wickedly manipulated and schemed her way into being Sir Blu’s wife. Out of anger and vengeance, Sir Blu intentionally had affair with Lady Magenta, Lady Redd’s Twin sister…”

LMAO!!

 Ok I’m sure we get the math behind this tale. Yellow + Blue = Green.

Like all colours, Emerald Green (Green) has its meaning, importance and value. Green is considered to be the  color of nature, fertility, life. Green symbolizes self-respect, balance, learning, growth, desire to expand or increase, harmony and well being. Green is a safe color, if you don’t know what color to use anywhere use green.

It often symbolizes money (dollar dollar bill y’all! Lol!). It was believed green was healing for the eyes. Egyptians wore green eyeliner. Green eyeshades are still used. Friday is considered to be the day of green. Green jade is a gemstone that is a sacred stone of Asia.

“Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the colour of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the colour of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other colour conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”” – Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute.

 What colours mix with Emerald?

Well, thanks to Pantone Fashion report, here are the colours for spring 2013!

pantone 2013 palette by dk

Remember my last post on Green and Yellow Mix? In that post, I said green and yellow were best friends. And I still stand by it, because you can see lemon yellow in the colour palette. Plus, the compatible colours I mentioned in that post can also be seen in this colour palette. The colour before the Lemon Zest Yellow is “Nude”. Yup! Nude colour is back, especially for lip sticks and lip glosses. Lol!

The names of the shades of green in the palette are, Emerald, Greyed Jade, Tender Shoots (don’t ask). The other colours are African Violet, Dusk Blue, Monaco Blue (navy blue, right?), Nectarine, and Poppy Red.

 

The tips given in Green and Yellow Mix (click here) would also apply when using Emerald Green and any other colour. With Emerald Green, because is a strong verdant colour, I would suggest using colours that are softer, or lighter in shades. Pastel colours would mix wonderfully with Emerald Green. I have also taken the liberty of doing up an Emerald Green wedding inspiration board, with lovely Elegant Emerald Green pictures.

elegant emerald green

However, should in case you decide to make your entire event Emerald Green alone, (without it looking like, your guests have been lured into the evil forest), and the colour of the walls at your selected venue seem to be at odds, may I suggest using lights. See the picture below.

emerald green decor lights

All you have to do is instruct your décor designer, to cover the walls with a darker fabric, like navy blue (not black), then have drape green fabric over it, then strategically place the green coloured lights in areas with the green fabric has been used, and voila!

Do check out Real Wedding features. I have finally put up the post on a real wedding I had spoken about in an earlier post What’s Your Style. Also in real wedding features, I would put a newspaper article about a wedding Dews of Keziah coordinated on the 29th of November and the 1st of December, 2012.

Remember Jesus is the Reason for EVERY Season! Till then, have a Blessed and Very Merry Christmas! 

:* Mwahh!

♥ Jumoke Abudu! Yes that’s my name. Lol!

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That Body…That Dress – Part 2

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the body the dress pt2

Hello my fellow women of beauty!

Last week’s post was the 1st half of That Body…That Dress. This week I bring to you the 2nd half.

I spoke about the 4 basic Body Types and Shapes, which are

  • Apple shape or “V” type (inverted triangle/ triangle downward)
  • Banana, straight, ruler shape or “I” type (rectangular)
  • Hourglass shape or “X” type (facing in triangles, or opposing triangles)
  • Pear, spoon, bell shape or “A” type (triangle upward)

And I spoke about, The Hourglass Body Shape and The Ruler Body Shape. I forgot to mention some top celebrities that have the Hourglass Body Shape and Ruler Body Shape. Hmm…

QUIZ TIME!

Please identify which celebrity has either an Hourglass or Ruler Body Shape

a) Nicole Kidman

b) Marilyn Monroe

c) Christina Hendricks (FYI she’s the red head in Mad Men)

**you are allowed to Google their images and scrutinise their body shapes. Lol!

In the 1st part of That Body…That Dress post, a friend asked me privately, about to know your body shape or body type. I told her that there are two ways, which was, by measuring herself or she could do it the way I did, which was to standing backing the light in my full underwear (minus body-magic, spanx, and girdle), and the shadow that was cast upon the wall revealed my body type, which is Ruler. 😀

The Pear/Spoon/Bell/Triangle or the letter “A” Body Type

pear shape triangle body shape

This is a classic feminine shape, which has a shapely bottom, with a small waist. Meaning, that you are thinner on top with more curves or fullness on the bottom half.

The features of a Pear/ Triangle body shape are where the hip measurement is greater than the bust measurement.
NOTE: the bust/shoulders are not proportional to the hips, unlike the Hourglass, where both the bust/shoulders ARE proportional to the hips! So stop deceiving yourself o! Also having a massive bumbum with no hips doesn’t equal to hourglass or pear shape o!

The distribution of fat varies, with fat tending to deposit first in the buttocks, hips, and thighs. As body fat percentage increases, an increasing proportion of body fat is distributed around the waist and upper abdomen. The women of this body type tend to have a (relatively) larger rear, robust thighs, and a small bosom.

Do’s

  • A-line and ball gown silhouettes flatter triangle-shaped brides. Select a gown with some sort of detail at the waist to draw the eye to the smallest part of the body. A drop waist styled dress would do just that. Kim Kardashian’s wedding dress by Vera Wang, is a classic example of a drop waist styled dress.
  • Try to create a balance for your shape by putting the attention on your upper half. Great options are one shoulder, strapless, V-neck, bateau or scoop necklines.
A Line Ball gown wedding dress style

Don’ts

  • Sheath wedding dress styles would be too clingy for your shape
  • Mermaid and Trumpet would pull attention on the wrong half of your body, which is attention to your hips.
  • Halter/High Necks can cause a disproportionate appearance

The Apple Body Shape or the letter “V” Body Type

apple / inverted triangle body shape and type

An Apple/ Inverted Triangle/ Triangle Downward/ letter “V” shaped woman has broad shoulders as compared to her narrow hips. Her best features are her trim waist and slim killer legs/thighs that make her look sexy, confident and fit. Because the legs of an Apple shaped woman are typically well-sculpted, it is best to show them off.

hawt legs!!

Apple/Inverted Triangle/ letter “v” shaped women tend to have fat that is mainly distributed in the abdomen, chest, and face. While the abdomen and chest tend look larger compared to the rest of the body.

Do’s

  • Use lower/plunging necklines draw attention upwards. Cowl necks V-neck and sweetheart necklines are great options, it creates an illusion of the shoulders being narrow.
  • Elongate your silhouette with a high waistline and a skirt that flows away from the body. Empire waistlines and A-line silhouettes are best for this. Full skirts help to balance your shoulders, by focusing on your emphasised waistline
  • Consider showing off your legs with knee or tea length dresses. Tea length dresses would be fantastic to show off those sexy legs of yours. Let your dress determine your style to a fab 50’s pin-up modern look

Don’ts

  • Sheaths, Mermaid and Trumpet will accentuate the widest part of your frame and flare at the slimmest
  • Ball-gowns won’t elongate your silhouette
  • Straight Across Strapless necklines won’t accentuate your bust-line
  • No ruffles around the neckline!

WARNING: Keep embellishments to a minimum, especially around the neckline. Don’t draw attention away from features such as your slim waist.

In some cases, the Apple body shape and the Orange body shape/ Circle body type have a lot in common. So I will talk very briefly about the orange body shape/ circle body type.

The Orange Body Shape/ Circle Body Type/ Letter “O” Body Shape

The Circle body types, like the Apple body Shape, tend to have fat that is mainly distributed in the abdomen, chest, and face. However, Circle body types have a less defined waistline, unlike that of Apple Body Shape. The Circle Body Types also have slim killer legs and thighs.

For the Circle Body Types, the same rules apply to you, as that of the Apple. Just take notes of the Do’s and Don’ts for the Apple Body Shape.

QUIZ:

Which top celebrity went from a Circle Body Type to an Hourglass Body Shape?

So…I don’t want to stretch this post any further. Don’t forget to answer the quizzes.

Have a great weekend!

Websites:

  • http://www.youbeauty.com
  • http://www.google.com
  • ♥ J!

    That Body…That Dress – Part 1

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    Hello!

    *Singing* “Please forgive me…,” for being so absent with posts for this blog. 😦 

    I got wrapped up in things that didn’t concern me. However, I’m back! And better!  I’ve got great things lined up for you my darling readers. Oi! Where do I begin…?

    A great man of God preached a sermon early this year called, “Start from Where You Are.”  That sermon moved my spiritual life. So using the topic as a motivator, I’m starting from where I am!

    In my last post, I said I had a real wedding feature to show you, it is ready!  I also said I would talk about knowing your body and finding that wedding dress.

    Woo-hoo! Let’s Do This!

    First, I’d like to mention that the 30th of October was my Birthday. Yayy! So, Happy Birthday to me 🙂 I’d like thank my all readers that sent me emails, asking what’s up with my blog and those that know me personally for sending texts and calling to find out what is going on. I really appreciate the concern. I love you all. :* :*.

    Also, I’d like to quickly thank a particular reader, for her suggestion with my last post about, “What’s Your Style”. I do agree with you, it was quite lengthy, and tiring. However, despair not mi fair maiden; I will re-visit the topic and emphasise on each one, piece by piece. I also split this post into 2 lovely parts and a grand finale showcasing of wedding styles are that in vogue for 2013 and 2014 (hopefully).

    Getting to Know Your Body

    Miss Bride-To-Be, knowing your your body shape or type is a MUST. In fact EVERY WOMAN needs to know her body shape or type. This post isn’t restricted to brides alone o!
    As a woman you need to know your body type, that is your body shape, what suits your body figure, what styles compliment your body and in some cases which fabric would help to flatter your frame.

    There are various body types, so please don’t feel bad or shamed to know it. For example, my body type is the banana/ruler/rectangle. I will explain on that shortly. Here are some of the generic Body shapes and body types:

    • Apple shape or “V” type (triangle downward)
    • Banana, straight, ruler shape or “I” type (rectangular)
    • Hourglass shape or “X” type (facing in triangles, or opposing triangles)
    • Pear, spoon, bell shape or “A” type (triangle upward)

    In the first part of this post, I will talk about the Hourglass, and the Banana body shapes. So, let’s begin with the Hourglass or as we Naija people call it “Figure 8.” (Shina Peters sepe sepe figure 8 just popped into my head). Lol!

    The Hourglass Body Shape or the letter “X” Body Type An hourglass body shape can be described as the letter “X” body type which is also known as the facing in triangles, or opposing triangles as shown in the picture above; this is when your shoulders/bust area and your hips are almost equal in width, and you have a well-defined narrow waist.

    For this body type it is best to take advantage of your well-proportioned body and defined waistline, by playing up an embellished style in bridal gown design.

    Fitted gowns will do wonders to your figure by showing off your curves.

    The best way to emphasize your natural beauty with an hourglass body type is to make sure the gown hugs your smaller body parts, meaning your waist.

    Do’s

    With this figure, here are styles that will flatter your figure, they include:

    Sheath

    Sheath dress style

    A-Line / Trumpet / Ball Gown

    an A-Line / Trumpet / Ball Gown style

    Mermaid

    Mermaid Dress Style

    Don’ts

    • DO NOT wear an Empire Styled dresses. It won’t show off your slim waistline and to die for sexy figure. Always go for bridal designs that would both compliment your figure and provide you with the confidence, and poise of gorgeous appeal, that would allow you to relax, knowing that you look your very best.

    WARNING: If you are Ginormous-ly endowed around the hips, and bust regions, don’t go jumping into a Mermaid style dress all in the name of “Fashion”. You have to know what style would suit and compliment your figure that would be pleasing to you and to the eyes that would have to watch you.

    The Banana/Straight/Ruler Body Shape or the letter “I” Body Type

    The banana body shape can be described as the letter “I” body type which is also known as the rectangular body type as shown in the pictures below.

    Ruler/ Straight body types

    The Banana/ Straight/ Ruler body shapes can be described as a rectangle, that is if your shoulders and hips are about the same width, and if you do not have a lot of waist definition.

    Your waist measurement would be about less than 9 inches smaller than the hips or bust measurement.

    Your body fat is distributed predominantly around the abdomen (tell me about it, *rolling ma eyes*), buttocks, chest, and face. This overall fat distribution creates the typical banana/ ruler (straight) shape.

    Do’s

    • With a banana/ straight/ ruler body type (like mine, Lol!), you’d need to create the illusion of curves. You can do this by drawing attention upwards, which is from the waist up your torso (strapless, v-neck, one shoulder) or towards the hem for example, Mermaid.
    • An empire waist will showcase the smallest part of your torso, aka Maxi Dresses.
    • You can also define your waistline with belts, sashes. Beaded details or coloured sash around the natural waistline will create definition.
    Empire waist dress style

    However, if you still wish to add that dramatic flair in your wedding dress style, you could look for a peplum styled wedding dress. I am a huge fan of peplums, because it hides my non existence hips and creates the false illusion of curves. Here are some wedding dresses in peplum styles:

    Elizabeth Fillmore Peplum 2012.jpg
    White-by-Vera-Wang-2012-strapless-peplum-column-bridal-gown

    Don’ts

    • Halter and High Necks (aka turtle necks or neck lines that go past your collar bone). This will make shoulders look narrow and as a result will not flatter your waist
    • Sheaths dress style will make you look boxy confused fit. Remember, your body type doesn’t have a lot of hips (not bum, hips), and you’d end up looking like figure 1 hehehe!

    This brings me to end of Part 1 of, “The Body…the Dress.” Watch out for Part 2 next week 😉 !

    ♥ J!

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