Color Watch: Pink

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Good Day Gentiles!

We know it’s been a while since our last post, but we assure you–progress is being made on the forefront of this Earthly existence.

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Today we honor the color pink. The color of unconditional love, passion, romance, femininity, and purity. With Venus in full retrograde, it’s a sensitive time for all of us, and so we study the color pink to gain its virtues and understand its role in our lives. Pink is unique because unlike primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, pink is not found on the light spectrum. In other words, it is not a reflective color. Pink is only visible to the human eye when it is combined with red and white, making it a transmissive color. Nevertheless, it is still a very important color found not just in your underwear drawer, but all across nature, especially in the flower, insect, reptile and mineral kingdoms.

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The etymology of the word ‘pink’ is thought to be of German origin, named after “pinks,” a type of flower with frilled edges representing the endearing hue. Historically, pink has symbolized many feelings and attributes relating to the human condition, including seduction, youth, innocence, and tenderness. Pink also was a symbol of the Body of Christ in many art works during the Middle Ages.

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Metaphysically, pink is associated with the heart chakra, which is also represented by the color green. This chakra deals with the subject of universal love and compassion. Planets associated with this energy center are Venus (as mentioned above), and the Moon, our heavenly guide for the functions of the body. Interestingly enough, Venus is the planet that rules our sensual experiences pertaining to pleasure. This doesn’t limit the term to  simply physical pleasure, but pleasure in the total sense of the word. The pleasure we derive from delicious food, good company, lovers, and friends. The spaces we inhabit and the things and people we like all fall under this energy.

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Psychologically, pink can be used to aid in calming the mind of anxious and irrational thoughts, as well as facilitate compassion and love for fellow man. Pink is also known to help dispel aggression and violence when used in color therapy. Let’s not forget that pink also represents femininity, which indirectly fosters the nurturing, receptive, and intuitive natures of the feminine role.

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We urge both men and women to invite pink into their lives despite the overwhelmingly redundant cultural references to its status in society. We see how, like many scared colors, pink has been made profane by the mass media and marketing entities, and we ask you to set your judgements aside and try pink from another perspective. Perhaps a different tone of pink will help alleviate some of the pressure that pink implies, as there are many alternative hues to pink including magentas, salmons, rose, carnation, and champagne for a more subtle exposition of this fascinating color.

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Pink can flatter any skin tone, but be sure to wear the right hue for you. Those with red undertones should stick to warm pinks (salmon, coral, peach) and those with yellow undertones look best in cool pinks (rose, violet-pink, lavender-pink).

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Suggestions on how to wear pink:

-Pink makes a great accessory or accent piece. Jewelry, scarves, or cardigans are great candidates for pink

-The right pink shoes can take any outfit to the next level

-Pink socks

-Pink blush or lipstick (tastefully, of course)

-Pink nail polish

-Pink pants match virtually any color, as well as a pink top–so treat pink like you would white or black. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

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That’s all for pink. It has been our supreme pleasure to bring you one of our favorite colors on The Dawn’s Color Watch. Stay tuned for more to come!

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Dripping in Love for You,

The Dawn

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Decade Dreaming: The 40’s

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The 1940’s in America was the perfect blend of excitement and uncertainty. Massive political and economic changes due to the Great Depression and second World War went hand in hand with the fashion trends of this elusive yet principal decade. Women were entering the workforce at unprecedented rates, creating an upheaval of the status quo in just about every aspect of the culture, particularly in the mode of dress. Fabric shortages and the effects of the depression forced a kind of creative renaissance in the fashion world, making way for the introduction of man made fabrics such as rayon and nylon, as well as new emphasis on line and form. It is our pleasure to share with you our favorite looks that remain pertinent to our current Modus Operandi. Be at ease, Dear Ones, as we delve into this possessing era of feminine beauty.


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High Waists and Full Skirts

Gone were the days of dropped waistlines and short hemlines of the 1920’s. The natural waist and long, flowing hemlines came flooding back in by the mid 1930’s and persisted throughout the 1940’s. This resurgence of female modesty was evident in all aspects of the female silhouette. Value was placed on highlighting the female form, and the waist was the center point. We here at The Dawn still believe in the power of a grand silhouette, and the waist plays a prominent role in perfecting this principle.


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Plunging Back and Necklines

1940’s Hollywood had a major influence on the fashion choices of the masses, and the elegant lines and fabrics worn on the silver screen had a direct effect on the style of the decade. Special occasions now called for form fitting, long silhouettes and dramatic back and neck lines. Halter tops, open backs, and sultry fabrics were all the rage, as women were getting re-acquainted with their bodies in new and profound ways. Some of our most revered looks encompass the body in its totality, as an object to be adored as well as a living, functioning entity in sacred embodiment.

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Accessories as Necessities

Which brings us to our next subject: the art of accessorizing. There is no better decade than the 1940’s when it comes to this treasured skill. Specifically, the hat and glove were ubiquitous during this time. Women everywhere rejoiced in the glove craze. Gloves were a heavy staple and were worn to any and all events. Hats were also in top demand, although they have been high on the fashion front for centuries before. We cannot think of a better addition to any outfit than a fabulous hat paired with a distinct pair of gloves. What sheer genius–a manner to be adored and imitated whenever possible.


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Ultra Femininity

Overall, the 40’s were a moment in history that paid great homage to the authority of true femininity. What we love about this time is its unabashed love for all things woman, for the recognition that to be feminine didn’t mean to be weak, but a state to behold in the highest honor. Women were deep into the workforce by the middle of the decade, and although this was masculinizing the concept of the role of woman in society, the nature of woman was in fact magnified in a unique and fervent way. The working woman didn’t have to become a man. She had simply morphed into her newfound identity, and, in our opinion, did so with the utmost level of grace and dignity.


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“Separates”

The emergence of separates was a direct result of this newly discovered identity. Women began to experiment with alternative ways of dressing their bodies, paying attention to the concept of function in addition to aesthetic. Thus, the birth of the suit jacket ensued. Boleros, empire and peplum cuts, flared cuffs, and a myriad of styles dominated the industry for years to come. This paved the way for endless creativity and awareness of cut, line, and coverage when it came to the style needs of Woman. We especially love the detailed tailoring and wild regard to color and design, two elements that are still in effect today, and for good reason.


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Swimwear as it Should Be

Traveling and beach going began to fully permeate the culture by the 1940’s. Tanning became an enduring trend and all over the country men and women were relishing in this exciting way of experiencing leisure. With that, swimwear was just another avenue for designers to build on their creativity. What we most admire about the swimwear of this decade is the balancing of form and function. Designers paid close mind to discretion and were careful about exposing too much. We believe the swimwear of the 40’s was the only happy medium in the history of swimwear fashion, for it exquisitely maintained the balance of taste, comfort, and sex appeal through practical means. Quite a fantastic feat, in our opinion, and one that deserves much praise.

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Demure Hair

Lastly, the hairstyles of the 1940’s marked a turning point in human history as far as womanhood was concerned. Women were in the process of growing their hair out after the fad of the bob began to decline. Emphasis on sleek, simple sophistication was the new standard, and the advent of the neo up-do began to take firm hold. This was a stark contrast to the elaborate up-do’s of the early 20th century and a response to the needs of the working woman. Soft, subdued curls were favored over past romantic styles, creating a more reserved look for the modern woman in all her working glory. Of course, she never fell short of inspiring beauty, for 1940’s hair meant a combination of virtue, purpose and poise. We only hope to aspire to that kind of relevance in today’s ocean of fleeting trends in the world of hair.

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Lovely readers, that’s it for our 1940’s Decade Dreaming. We hope you enjoyed our journey through this heartwarming phase of American fashion, as we attempt to keep these remarkable feats of human accomplishment alive and in spirit. May you rejoice in Truth and Integrity, and never fall short of transmitting your light for all to see.

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Roses Upon Roses,

The Dawn

Color Watch: Blue

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Out of all the colors, blue is by far one of the most popular, and rightfully so. It is the color that takes up most of our visual landscape, as it encompasses both sky and sea. Historically, blue has been a color of the Divine, and was often used in burials and other sacred rituals. The term “Blue Blood” came from this belief. Blue has been used for thousands of years all over the world. Cultivation of blue first began by extracting the pigment from stones and plants, then later became synthesized through the use of various chemicals, which is mainly how blue is manufactured today.

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Blue is the last of the three primary colors on our Color Watch. We like to think of blue as a statement color, one that demands high standards and a base of core beliefs. In other words, do not wear this color in vain. Blue has a myriad of uses and meanings. Trust, responsibility, reliability, honesty, inner wisdom, and eternity all resonate with this powerful color. Visually, blue falls between green and indigo on the spectrum, and ranges in tones from dark to light.

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In painting, blue was a coveted color and quite expensive throughout Europe during the Renaissance, as well as the rest of the world. It was a color worn by Kings and Nobles. Ancient Egyptians used blue to adorn Pharaohs, and the Chinese and Russians used blue to create ornate designs on porcelain glassware–a trend that took the Empires by storm.

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Blue is also the color of many uniforms, from schools to armies. This was started in Europe for economical reasons, as blue was under siege due to the popularity and scarcity of indigo dye. This started a mini revolution over the elusive hue, and as a result, blue began to be manufactured en masse. Blue uniforms soon dominated the industry, and are still popular today.

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Spiritually, blue is the color of the throat chakra, and it relates to the emission and absorption of sound. Body parts associated with this energy point are the ears, throat, lungs, and mouth. It governs the thyroid gland which is responsible for the body’s metabolism. A well balanced throat chakra manifests itself in relaxation, loyalty, trust in oneself and others, affection, and self expression. In contrast, an ill balanced throat chakra can show up as anorexia, hyper/hypo active thyroid, asthma, sleep problems, hearing problems, bronchitis, and mouth ulcers.

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When wearing blue, one evokes feelings of calmness, relaxation, freedom, and knowing. The paler the blue, the more freedom and openness one feels. Order, predicability, and communication also fall under blue, which is why blue can be very useful if worn with intent.

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We suggest wearing blue while cleaning, working on a project, or publicly speaking. If you have an eventful day, wear blue to keep order and maintain focus. Since blue is a primary color, tone plays a principal role. Be sure to match the right hue to your skin. Red based skin looks best with greener shades of blue such as cyan, turquoise, teal, and aquamarine. Yellow based skin goes well with shades closer to purple such as indigo, navy, cobalt, and ultramarine. Again, the nature of blue allows for experimentation, so take these guidelines as mere starting points and fear not the unknown! You never know until you try; often you may find that blue is just full of surprises.

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Our favorite shades of blue include grey-blue, ultramarine, pastel blue, periwinkle, navy, and turquoise. We find that these particular shades favor many skin tones. They also fare well as accessories. A pop of blue will never go unnoticed. Might we add that a good pair of blue shoes should be a staple in everyone’s closet.

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With that said, treat blue with the respect it deserves. Immerse yourself in the world of blue and discover the beauty that awaits.

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Loving You,

The Dawn

Color Watch: Red

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Red is a most powerful color that evokes ancient and primal instincts. Countless uses of red are evident in cultures throughout history. Red is the longest wavelength on the visible spectrum, which is why it’s the last color we see right before the sun sets, as well as the first color we see prior to the sun rising.

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In many cultures, red holds significant symbolism. It represents life, sexuality, energy, passion, happiness, movement, and strength. It can also have negative connotations such as danger, anger, fear, intolerance, and violence. Red also stimulates the appetite, which is why you will notice lots of red at restaurants and food establishments.

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Red is the color of blood, which is the essence of life. This places it in a category of utmost importance, as it literally is a life giving, life sustaining color. It keeps us afloat, allows for continuity, and is needed at the most basic level. Red is also a primary color, meaning it is a pure pigment and does not need to be mixed with any other color in order to be visible.

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In the chakra system, red is the color of the first, or base, chakra. Located at the base of the spine, this energy center governs our sense of stability and grounding. Body parts associated with this chakra include the bladder, kidneys, hips, and legs. The red chakra also rules the adrenal glands, which are responsible for releasing adrenaline and other stress related hormones throughout the body. If this chakra is not in good care, physical manifestations may arise such as hypertension, constipation, impotence, and leg and hip problems. Spiritually, one may feel insecure, fearful, anxious, or self-pitying. When this chakra is balanced, one feels safe, secure, and nourished. They are confident in their abilities and have a deep sense of their place in the world.

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When used correctly, red has the power to ground the body. We like to use red during transition phases. Even just a pop of red can do the trick. Wear red when you have an important job interview or meeting to stay grounded and focused. If you are feeling detached or spacey, red helps bring you back to the physical plane.

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Red, like all colors, comes in many tones. The wrong red can wash you out, so be selective in your choices. Those with red undertones in their skin look nice in cooler reds (mixed with blue rather than yellow), like burgundy, maroon, magenta, crimson, and red-violet. People with yellow undertones look best with warmer reds like scarlet, vermillion, and red-orange. Those with yellow undertones can jump back and forth a little more than those with red undertones, so do not be afraid to try lots of reds until you find the right tone.

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Red can be a bit tricky to navigate, so we urge you to explore this rich color and see what works best. Since it is a primary color, red looks good on all skin tones, and the general rules that apply for secondary colors are trumped by red. No matter the base of your skin, feel free to try all reds until you find what works best with you. The above mentioned are guidelines to start, but beware of red’s ability to morph your skin even in the slightest of ways, so be alert and choose wisely.


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We hope you enjoyed our journey through red. May your days be filled with laughter and your nights with joy.

Honored,

The Dawn

Color Watch: Green

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The etymology of the English word green comes as no surprise: it originates from the German root for “grow.” Green is a dominant color in nature and comes in a variety of beautiful tones. In color theory, green falls between blue and yellow. The human eye is very sensitive to green, as it is easily recognizable on the visible spectrum. Historically, green holds lots of meaning depending on the culture.

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In eastern philosophies and religions, green is associated with virtue, resurrection, rebirth, renewal, and growth. It also symbolizes paradise, love, and growth. In the western world, green has a mostly positive connotations, including wealth, peace, fertility, life, safety, nourishment, and health. It can sometimes have negative connotations such as envy, jealousy, sickness, and death. In the fashion world, there is a superstition that it’s bad luck to sew with green thread on the eve of a fashion show.

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Spiritually, green is the color associated with the heart chakra, located at the center of the chest. When functioning properly, this chakra is the link between the physical and spiritual worlds. Parts of the body connected to the heart chakra are the lungs, heart, and circulatory system.

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The Dawn believes that all colors are powerful, sacred tools to be used carefully when it comes to dressing. The right color can alter one’s mood and those surrounding in a very positive way. On the same token, the wrong color can steer one in a direction they didn’t intend to go. Green on the body will generally stimulate feelings of peace, tranquility, and wholeness. It connects the mind to the heart. Balance, harmony, and renewal of energy can all be channeled through the color green.

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If you are thinking about wearing green, here are some things to consider:

Tone: We cannot stress enough the importance of tone. Green is based off of blue and yellow, two very different pigments, and depending on the undertone of your skin, some greens will not work. Those with yellow undertones should wear more blue based greens (meaning there is more blue than yellow in the green). These include teal, turquoise, forest green, some emeralds, and hunter green.

People with red undertones should wear yellow based greens, like chartreuse, lime, grass green, jade, emerald green, and mint green.

The exception to this rule is olive green, which is more yellow based, but looks great on almost any skin tone. Again, these are general suggestions. Some skin tones are favorable to more greens and can get away with wearing similar based tones.

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Value: Value has to do with light. How dark or light your color should be really depend on your mood. Darker greens usually exude an air of seriousness or business. Lighter greens invite feelings of playfulness and relaxation. Also important to note that you should choose a value that compliments the value of your skin. Darker skin looks great in lighter values, and dark values go well with lighter skin.

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AccessorizeGreen goes great as an accessory, as it matches most colors and can add a wonderful pop of color to an all black ensemble. Don’t be afraid to play with green as an accent. Green nails are a beautiful and subtle addition to any look. Green shoes are also a winner, as long as you are conscious of the tone. Men: green ties, scarfs, and pocket squares add depth and dimension to your outfit. Colors that go well with green include reds, pinks, yellows, blues, purples, certain oranges, and nudes. Be bold.


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Loved Ones, fear not the unknown, for it is only a version of oneself, undiscovered.

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Light + Glory,

The Dawn