Colour and Style
Alison White is a Colour Me Beautiful consultant and loves her job because it literally changes people’s lives for the better. She first discovered colour twenty years ago and after a long career in public affairs, decided to help others enjoy colour too, so trained to become a consultant herself.
Colour Me Beautiful have been leaders in image consulting for over thirty years, and with good reason! With a range of top-to toe services, Alison can help you feel and look good every day. You only get one chance to make a first impression, so you need to make sure it’s a good one. You need to be confident that you are wearing colours and clothes that suit you and bring out your personality, allowing you to shine.
Whether you are looking for a complete makeover, colour analysis, wardrobe de-cluttering, or some personal shopping assistance to buy a special outfit , or even a fun evening party for the girls, Alison will be able to help.
The Alison White Studio
Alison White is a Colour Me Beautiful Style and Image consultant serving Lancashire, Lytham St Annes, Blackburn, Preston, Bolton, Wigan, Blackpool, Darwen, Lancaster and Morecambe.
Alison also offers Bridal Styling, Bridal Services, Beauty Services, Makeover Re-styling, Wardrobe Weeding and Image Consultancy services in these areas.
Alison can provide the full range of Colour Me Beautiful products. Please call or send an email for advice and to place your order and arrange payment and delivery.
- Books – instructional manuals that explain the colour me beautiful philosophy of dominant colour palettes, make up advice and styling tips.
- Make Up – a full range of cosmetics in the colours to suit YOU. Everything from Skin primer to lip gloss.
- Accessories – A range of quality scarves in beautiful colours to complement your colour-co-ordinated and styled wardrobe
- Gift Vouchers – a lovely present for one of our quality services, in full or part payment. From £5 upwards
A full colour consultation. You will learn why some colours look better on you than others. Alison will show you your dominant colour palette and how to wear it. with secondary and tertiary colours which will compliment your colouring perfectly. Learn to shop with confidence and wear combine colours to achieve the look you want. You will find that buying less clothes in the right colours lets you to co-ordinate more outfits, knowing that whatever you wear, will look good. This will revolutionise how you shop for clothes!
Alison will also advise you on how best to wear the colours you already have in your wardrobe as you gradually adjust to your wonderful new palette. Alison will also complete full personalised make up for you in your colours, to suit your personality.
You will receive a personalised make up ‘prescription’ and a 42- colour swatch wallet in your colours to help you when shopping.
Cost £105 – lasts about 2 hours
Image & Styling
You will never worry about what to wear again! Firstly, Alison will take you through a questionnaire of your likes and dislikes of your body shape, clothing, your lifestyle and the image you would like to project.
Then Alison will discuss with you your body shape, frame and proportions, giving advice on how to dress to flatter your shape to its best advantage – including disguising those areas you may not wish to have attention drawn to. This includes cut and shape, style, fabrics, scale and type of patterns.
Alison will discuss with you those items of clothing you have brought with you. Those you enjoy wearing and others you like but somehow never wear – so you can ‘get your eye in,’ on how to make your existing wardrobe work for you, and how best to shop for clothes in future.
Alison will show you how to avoid shopping mistakes and dress with style and confidence for any occasion. She will also take you through how to develop a co-ordinated wardrobe, with less clothes, but more outfits – so you can always find the perfect thing to wear.
You will receive personalised style guide, indicating the type of shapes, fabrics, styles that work best for you which will make shopping in the future so much easier!
Cost £105 – lasts about 2 hours
The whole package! Here you have a complete makeover in a day which includes all the elements of a colour analysis, style consultation and make up lesson in one. This includes a 42 swatch colour wallet, a make up lesson with personalised beauty workbook and a full style consultation with personalised style workbook.
Cost £200 lasts about 4 hours
Make Up Class
Whether you’ve never worn make up before, or are using the same routine you have been for years, Alison will be able to help. You will learn how to care for your skin and then how to apply a full make up in the right colours to suit your colouring and personality and create the look you want.
You will know how to apply foundation easily and evenly, how to enhance your eyes with eye make up so they look the best, and how to correctly apply lip colours. You will also learn a suitable day make up and evening make up and take away a personalised workbook with advice and tips to keep.
You will have the opportunity to apply some make up yourself, to make sure you are familiar with the techniques required to maintain your new look.
Costs £40. lasts 1½ hours
Have you ever wanted someone to take the pain out of clothes shopping for you? Well Alison will! In advance of the shopping trip, you will chat with Alison about what you are looking for – whether it’s for general pieces for your wardrobe or an outfit for a special occasion. Then on the day, Alison will find a range of items to try in the most flattering shapes and styles for your body. Full advice from putting a whole ‘look’ together with accessories will be given so you will be confident you will look your best.
Cost – £50 per hour
Do you have lots of clothes but can never find the right thing to wear? Then Alison can help. Most of us wear the same things over and over again and leave some outfits on the hanger. There is a better way to be and to make your clothes work for you.
A wardrobe weeding will consider everything in your wardrobe and how you wear it – or not. Often you will find that you haven’t thought of combining various pieces or altering their shape slightly to make it work better for you. Looking at things in a new way, and how to make best use of accessories and jewellery can reinvigorate your wardrobe. You’ll learn how to organise your wardrobe to make it work for you and to always look your best.
Cost – £50 an hour
A popular session where Alison helps each person discover which of this seasons fashions and cosmetics will work best for their colouring and body shape. Alison will also provide some ideas for wardrobe updates and how to use accessories and jewellery to keep you ‘current’ even on a budget.
Cost £18 per person, including a ‘seasonal update’ booklet
Alison is available to give talks on colour and styling to your Ladies Circle, Women’s Institute groups and so on.
Please contact Alison for details.
Every bride deserves to look her best. Alison will help guide you to finding the colours and styles most flattering for you to achieve the bridal look you desire.
This consultation includes a full colour analysis and style consultation to help find the right colour for your very special bridal gown. Also to help you find a ‘theme’ colour suited to your personality and the look you are aiming for and the most appropriate colours and styles for your bridesmaids. The full analysis will also help you put together clothes in your best colours through your honeymoon and beyond.
Alison will give advice on accessories – including wedding veils, tiaras, jeweler and headdresses to best suit your natural colouring and style. Also Alison will recommend the most flattering hairstyles for your shape.
Alison will also apply a full make up application – in the most flattering colours for your dream look. You will have the opportunity to put make up on yourself, to ensure you have the tips and techniques you need to repeat the look.
You will receive a personalised bridal style guide, style workbook, 42 colour swatch wallet with additional ‘bridal’ swatches to help you choose the perfect dress for your perfect day. You will also receive a personalised make up workbook to help you replicate the perfect make up. To complete this package you will receive your own copy of the Colour Me Beautiful, ‘Be a Beautiful Bride,’ book to help with your finishing touches.
Cost £200 – lasts about 4 hours
If you are looking for a fun evening with friends whilst learning how to help make the best of yourself, then a party might be just what you’re looking for. This is an informal and budget-friendly way of discovering what Colour Me Beautiful can offer.
Parties can be designed to suit your needs – contact Alison for details. Some examples are given below.
Alison will show everyone their dominant colouring and how to use this wisely in your clothes and make up.
Cost – £55 per person to include a 30 colour fabric swatch wallet for each person as a guide for shopping
£25 per person including a copy of the Colour me Beautiful book for each person.
Alison will help everyone discover their style personality and how to select the most flattering styles and fabrics for their body shape.
Cost £55 per person including a personalised 28 page style workbook for each person.
Alison will show each person which cosmetic colours work best for them and what their beauty personality is. Alison will give a demonstration on applying make up and there will be the opportunity to apply make up individually to learn the techniques needed.
Cost – £20 per person, including a personalised beauty workbook.
A colour me beautiful consultation will make your life easier! Considering your natural colouring you will learn which are the shades to enhance your appearance and achieve the look you strive for.
You will learn how best to combine these colours for all occasions to suit your lifestyle, from formal to casual.
How to make the colours you have in your wardrobe already work best for you.
How to shop for clothes to suit your lifestyle and be confident you will always look good.
Cost £105 – lasts about 2 hours
20 Jul 2016The wedding season!
The arrival of Summer also heralds the start of wedding season and selecting an outfit that is flattering, comfortable, appropriate for the occasion and adaptable for the great British Summer can often seem daunting!
If you’re looking for some inspiration then you’ve come to the right place! In this post we’ll take you through some outfit suggestions and tips to ensure you stand out for all the right reasons (just try not to upstage the bride!)
You just knew we’d start here didn’t you? Our first tip is to start with a colour that really works for you (i.e. one from your colour category).
Go for a shade from your palette that really makes you feel fabulous – when you feel great, you look great after all. Now is not the time to experiment with new combinations (unless you’re getting some expert guidance from one of our fabulous consultants of course!) Opt for a shade you have worn and loved previously.
Beware! Don’t opt for white or ivory (too bridal), avoid black (even if it is in your colour palette, it is a little morbid for such a joyous occasion) and don’t go TOO bright (Clears and Dramatics, we’re talking to you!)
You Don’t Have To Do a Dress
A dress is an easy option for a wedding, and there’s no reason not to go for this if you find something you love and which flatters your body shape and proportions. However, don’t forget that there are many alternatives to a dress that you may want to try.
Skirts have made something of a comeback in recent years and are a great option for a wedding. Triangle body shapes in particular will love the trend for full, prom-style skirts that is prevalent at the moment and what’s more you can get lots of wear out of a skirt for other occasions by changing your top, shoes and accessories.
Don’t like your legs? Then try a jumpsuit! There are so many available now (and we’ve talked about some of them in our previous blog post here). Be sure to choose a material that works for your body shape to ensure your jumpsuit is as flattering and comfortable as possible.
Shoes can make or break an outfit so it’s important to get them right!
If you’re wearing something new for the big day make sure you give them a trial run at home first (top tip, if they need wearing in then pop a pair of thick socks on and wear them around the house to soften and loosen any areas that may pinch your feet). If you have room in your bag its always wise to put a pair of flats in so you can enjoy showing off your moves on the dance floor rather than toe-tapping on the sidelines!
Finally – don’t forget the details.
Hats are worn less at weddings these days but a percher or flat beret (as seen on the Duchess of Cambridge recently), or a simple hair accessory will complete your look and instantly make it feel more ‘wedding’ appropriate. Finish your ensemble with some carefully selected jewellery and a bag or clutch in a complementary colour and you’ll be good to go!
If you’d like some advice on choosing a wedding outfit whether you’re the bride, the bridesmaid or a guest, a colour and/or style analysis would be perfect! Just contact me to arrange an appointment.
23 Jul 2015On the Case!
Here are some secret tips for summer holiday packing and looking cool by the pool
Lancashire is fab, but sometimes we need to get away for a while for a holiday – then we’re glad to get back!
For most events in life a little planning can go a long way and that goes for your holiday packing too. The last thing you want as you anticipate your well-earned break is a stressful week of packing, then unpacking, then re-packing! Statistics show that it can take us at least five hours to decide what to take on holiday. So, before you even dig out your suitcase you need to draw up a basic list. Write a column for every day of your trip and for each day write down what you might be doing (sightseeing, sporting activity or just relaxing). In each column write roughly what you are likely to wear. This will quickly show you that you can wear the same pair of trousers or skirt, for example, at least twice and that you can pack lighter than you think. Think of your poor partner at the airport and all those cases!
Begin with the basics
Your basics are those items that you will wear more than once such as a pair of trousers, a skirt and a jacket. Use your list to pick out these basic pieces and lay them out on your bed. You may want most of these basics to be neutral or a mix of neutral and colours, depending on your preferences. When your selection is laid out on the bed you can work out different outfit combinations and therefore you will see which items will be the most versatile. Along with the basics you should have a couple of cotton tops for daytime and two that you can wear day or night which should be something a little more ‘special’, perhaps with a little extra detail, that you can dress up or down. You most definitely want a couple of dresses in two different, fabulous colours. Also, a maxi for the total look of style and comfort.
Capitalise on colour
Holidays are the perfect opportunity to really enjoy wearing colours as they always look more fabulous in sunnier weather and we’re not limited by work dress codes. Don’t feel you have to be ‘matchy, matchy’, clashing colours and patterns can look fabulous and are bang on trend!
Some great colour combinations this season are orange and pink or purple with green or turquoise. If clashing your clothes is a little too much for your taste just bring strong colours in to your accessories. A great pair of green shoes and matching handbag and a chunky orange bangle will set off a neutral outfit beautifully. White can be a super neutral against a tan, but check whether you suit a bright bluish white or a softer creamy white against your skin. To get your colours right it’s important to select the right ‘shade’ or ‘tone’ in each of your best colours so that they really complement your colouring.
The week’s beach holiday list
Don’t pack anything unless it goes with at least 3 other items!
Here is a basic packing guide to make your planning easier. Assuming laundry is not available you will need the following:
•1 pair of jeans
•1 pair of cropped or soft palazzo trousers
•1 pair of shorts (neutral)
•1 skirt (neutral)
•2 dresses (2 different colours)
•1 kaftan or maxi (colour-for beach or over trousers during the day)
•2 daytime cotton tops/t-shirts (different colours)
•2 smarter tops/t-shirts (different colours)
•1 cotton strappy top (white or colour)
•1 summer cardigan OR pashmina (either can be a neutral or a colour)
•1 light summer jacket (neutral) 1 pair of flip flops (colour)
•1 pair of comfortable shoes (e.g stylish trainers or ballet pumps in a good colour or a neutral)
•1 pair of pretty sandals (neutral or a strong colour that matches or clashes well)
•1 pair of heels (neutral or metallic or bold colour) 2 bathing suits/bikinis (in most flattering colours – lots of flesh on show for this one)
•1 hat (good colour or neutral)
•7 days of underwear 1 town/evening bag (matching/clashing well with colour shoes or neutral)
•1 travel bag which can double up as a beach bag
Do consider travelling in your jeans, one of your smarter tops and your comfortable shoes to save more space.
Enjoy, and don’t forget – they will love you even more if you pack light!!
04 Mar 2015Glorious Colour!
The story of fashion is the story of colour. More than any other single factor, colour gives a garment (and the person who wears it) impact – both visually and emotionally. A woman walking towards you in a red dress tells a very different story than the same woman in blue. Red is associated with confidence and passion, blue subconsciously says trustworthy and authoritarian.
As we know, why people wear what they wear is influenced by events, local and global, political and cultural as well as fashion.
So what colours do the SpringSummer 2015 trends have in store for us? The answer – they are full of ‘bright’ ideas and influences. With the colours on the catwalk and now in the High Street you won’t be able to do anything other than ‘strike a pose’. It will definitely be a case of ‘hue dares wins’!
The message out there is be bright and be bold.
Coral crush – here for the 2nd season. Worn last season with navy, this season it is being mixed with other brights especially when nailing the Eastern vibe with kimono-style robes and blossom prints.
Va-Va vert – blue green tones including emerald turquoise. This is an international colour which means it suits all colour types – so a great investment.
Sizzling yellow – from a twist of lemon to a burst of buttercup summer’s happiest hue has arrived. It’s everywhere on the High Street. If you can’t bring yourself to wear it head to toe, then choose some ‘sunshine’ accessories.
Acid colours – with neon pink and green – there is no danger of us not being noticed in the dark. This is a really challenging look for the brave hearted. The secret is to ensure you wear the right neon for your skin tone. If you have cool skin tone, wear neon pink, and if you have warm skin tone go for the greens and oranges.
True blue – this is more forgiving than black, so make navy or midnight your neutral for SpringSummer 2015. Used in mono stripes, it will be the simplest way to make a statement this season.
Pastels – should you not be one for bright colour combos then be ‘summer ready’ by choosing some sugary pastels. Even suede will be in gorgeous sorbet shades.
New research that was revealed on Twitter says that shopping can help you live longer, so what are you waiting for? How about living to 101 via your passion for shopping?
You can have your own colourful future from as little as £25. My new handmade jewellery collection will also be on sale soon in the latest seasonal colours! To find out more, please contact me and stay colourful!
26 Feb 2015Spring is coming!
At last it seems that spring is coming! How long has it taken? Too long!
My open day back in November kept me busy for quite some time – with lots of orders for my jewellery collection. I’ll be holding another one soon, so I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, there’s lots out there to be looking at with award season and fashion week in full flow!
If you have been suffering from the winter blues, then maybe you need a pop of colour by having your colours done! Did you know that colour parties start from as little as £25? So there’s a colourful future for every budget. Why not start yours today?
16 Oct 2014Colour Me Beautiful – new season scarf trends.
The New Season Scarf Trends: How will you wear yours?
Are you a wrap, tie or drape kind of woman?
However you like to wear yours, scarves are timeless and can give your outfit an instant new twist. The new season’s looks include layering and wearing your scarf under a belt. Make sure you have some good colours to choose from so you always have this must-have accessory on hand to add that something extra to your outfit.
‘Everyday elegance’ is one of this season’s looks. To fit with this theme you can keep your scarf style simple by tying it neatly around your neck and finishing with a knot or draping it loosely down your front.
Scarf colours shown above are Silver, Buttercup and Shocking Pink and are available at £15 plus p&p.
Belt over scarf
Wearing your belt over your scarf is the big new look for autumn/winter 2014. You can do it with any size scarf, whatever suits your style and shape. It’s a lovely way to inject colour, pattern and some layering.
Scarves shown here are Polka Dot Wraps in Ash Grey and Blush Pink. ($28 plus p7&p) From the Jersey Scarf range you can see Royal Purple and Emerald, (£15, plus p&p)
Jersey Scarves shown are Bronze, Peacock and Russett (£15 plus p&p)
Simple but effective: just let your scarf hang loose draping down your front (with or without a knot) or even down your back.
Scarves in order as they appear above: Emerald and Peacock together, shocking pink, russet and emerald (£15 each plus p&p)
There’s nothing like the feeling of a cosy scarf that keeps out the chill and looks fabulous too. Work this season’s pink, grey and spotty trends with our beautiful Polka Dot Wraps.
Scarves shown in pink and grey (£28 each plus p&p)
So fight the winter chills – but do it beautifully in your best colours and style!
20 Aug 2014Colour Me Beautiful Event at Dress for Success Manchester
The other day I set off from my Blackburn studio to spend a wonderful few hours with the ladies from Dress For Success, at Manchester. They do wonderful work, promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women, supporting them to get work by providing professional clothes and styling and a whole range of supportive tools and tips to help them at interview and beyond. They are based in a lovely space in Manchester, with a lovely boutique feel and are so welcoming and supportive to their clients.
I was there working with a group of ladies from the Halifax Bank, who are corporate supporters of Dress for Success. The ladies each had a mini consultation to find out their ‘dominant’ colour palette and had great fun doing so – learning as they went by a process of elimination and all about image and style. All the ladies went away happy, declaring themselves ‘ready to shop,’ and I’m sure they will have given the economy of Manchester a boost in the days that followed!
Dress for Success are always looking for help, with either volunteering, or donations of clothes and money, so do check them out – they make a huge impact on the ladies they support and are lovely to work with. You’ll find them their website at:- www.dressforsuccessmcr.org