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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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: Yellow

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One of the three primary colors, yellow elicits feelings of happiness, joy, and exuberance. Yellow is a pure pigment, and produces the secondary colors green and orange. The English root of the word yellow comes from the German word for gold. This comes as no surprise as yellow is the color of sunshine, and in painting, to mix gold one must start with yellow. We adore yellow’s brilliance and its ability to stand out in a crowd, and we find much enjoyment in wearing this shining color.

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Yellow evokes a myriad of emotions and feelings, both positive and negative. Creativity, optimism, cheer, wisdom, and confidence are some positive aspects of yellow, while judgement, impatience, pessimism, and deceit are negative aspects of yellow. It is also a color of the mind, not the heart, which means yellow tends to over think things and could cause emotional detachment if not properly used.

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Visually, yellow is easily detectable to the human eye. Street signs, warning signs, and other important images are often yellow due to its high visibility. If you ever want to stand out, wear yellow. The eye will naturally gravitate towards it, no matter who or what is around you.

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Yellow is also the color of the solar plexus chakra, located in the center of the torso, just below the rib cage. It relates to self-worth and self esteem. This chakra governs the pancreas, liver, spleen and digestive system. Awareness of yourself and those around you, as well as ego consciousness all fall under the yellow chakra. If it’s unbalanced, one can become anxious, over analytical and self critical. A well balanced solar plexus produces confidence, creativity, and high self esteem.

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When wearing yellow, like all colors, be sure to pay attention to tone. Since yellow is a primary color, there are no real rules according to skin tone. Yellow is difficult to match because the tone differences are very subtle, so we suggest lots of practice in order to find the right tone for you. Generally, people with red undertones should stick to greener yellows, and those with yellow undertones look best in golden yellows or redder yellows. Again, these are general suggestions. The best way to find the right tone is through trial and error, and close attention to detail.

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You can also wear yellow as an accessory to avoid looking too orange or washed out. Yellow hand bags, nails, or scarves work quite well with most colors. Yellow calls for creativity, so don’t be afraid to play. Pick unconventional ways to wear this vibrant color and watch the magic happen!

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And with that, we depart. It has been our pleasure.

Rainbows,

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

Color Watch: Purple

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Purple is one of those colors people tend to look over, especially when it comes to clothing. Whether it’s because of fear, disinterest, or plain naivete, we don’t see much purple in our lives, and The Dawn would like to help bring in a new appreciation for this beloved color.

Depending on the region of the world, certain colors seem to have precedence over others. In America and Western Europe, purple is not necessarily a go-to color, and we must wonder why, as it has many functions for the body, mind, and spirit. We suspect that many people simply don’t know how to wear the color properly, which is rooted in the question of tone. Purple ranges from dark plum to powdery lavender, in either red or blue undertones. By knowing the undertones of one’s skin, one can determine which tone of purple works best with their color.

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Before we get into how to wear purple, we must note where purple stands in the world of color theory. In general, color plays a dominant role in how we perceive the world. The human body is very sensitive to color, and not just visually. Experiments have proven that when exposed to different color rays while blindfolded, there is a physiological reaction in the body, particularly on the skin. To the human eye, purple is considered to be high-energy visible light. This means it is extremely powerful, just steps away from gamma and x rays. It’s the highest color we can see on the visible spectrum. Purple’s wave lengths are smaller than other colors’, but much more potent.

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Purple is also rarely found in nature compared to other colors. Back when purple was first used as dye (1900 BC), it was very difficult to extract the pigment. It took thousands of shellfish to produce under two grams of dye. This made purple a sacred color in the ancient times, and was only reserved for the clothing of emperors, kings, and people of high ranking. This is why, even today, purple is associated with nobility and wealth.

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Metaphysically, purple is associated with the supernatural. Magic, mystery, and power are all associated with purple. In some cultures, purple is a color of mourning. In mysticism, indigo and violet are the two highest colors in the chakra system, which pertain to the third eye, intuition, balance, wisdom, and divine consciousness.

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When it comes to wearing purple, the trick to getting it right is in the tone. People who have red based skin, (meaning red undertones) should always wear blue based shades of purple, like lavender, indigo, blue-violet, or royal purple. Those with yellow undertones should stick to red based purples, such as violet, wine, plum, and magentas. Exceptions to the rule do happen, often with lavender. Lavender is the more forgiving side of purple and can be worn on almost all skin types–but again, this has to be done carefully. We still recommend wearing a blue based lavender for red undertones and a red based lavender for yellow undertones. These rules aren’t universal, but if you want to look your best in purple, this is a good general guideline. Colors that match well with purple: blues, yellows, greens, nudes, and pinks. Dare to wear!

Now for your viewing pleasure:

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Who doesn’t love a purple hombre wedding gown?


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In fact, why not go all out with a giant purple victorian house..


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Complete with your favorite purple themed rooms? We know we will.


That’s it for our Color Watch. More to come!

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Love,

The Dawn