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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Mission of The Dawn

What we do:

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“[Style is] the state in which one feels the least separation between one’s character and one’s body”

-Alexander Nagel, Art Historian

We are a service that offers styling, style coaching, custom design, and wardrobe consultations.

At The Dawn, we strive to bridge the gap between the inner and outer persona in order to most fulfill what human beings seek: true expression. It is the duty of each individual to embody an authentic representation of themselves. The most effective way to do so is to cultivate one’s own unique style. Style goes beyond clothing: style is everything one has gone through and felt in one’s life all compressed into a moment of real time. The Dawn will help you make that moment count.

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Egon Schiele: The Sacred and the Profane

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Austrian painter Egon Schiele was lightyears ahead of his time. Coined an Expressionist, Schiele was known for his provocative portraits of himself as well as women. He especially liked the young female body, and during his years as a painter, he was seen as a social outcast with a filthy mind, certainly not suitable for any kind of reverence.

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Born in 1890, Schiele was a gifted artist from an early age. The renown painter Gustav Klimt recognized Schiele’s talents and took him under his wing, introducing Schiele to the bustling art scene of 20th century Europe. By 24, he had his first solo exhibition in Paris. Prior to his rising success, Schiele was notorious for his bohemian lifestyle and rejection of modern day cultural expectations.

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Schiele often hired young women to pose in his paintings, causing much controversy. He was seen as lewd, and was eventually arrested for seducing a girl who was below the age of consent. During the arrest, much of his work was seized on account of its pornographic content. Soon, however, Egon Schiele enjoyed many successful exhibitions throughout Europe until his death at the young age of 28. Though his career was short-lived, Schiele paved the road for many artists and displayed a most authentic persona in what he represented.

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Many saw Schiele as a troubled young man, shrouded in mystery. It is clear through his paintings that he had a connection to people that went much deeper than the superficial level. His subjects are depicted as deeply disturbed, grotesque, emaciated–a possible reflection of his own inner turmoil and spiritual milieu. His own self portraits are filled with his sorrowful gaze, as he so humbly made himself out to be The Other, and was not afraid to show his own vulnerability. Despite all this, Schiele still had the ability to capture a kind of rare beauty in his works, one of frailty and innocence that oddly opposed the graphic nature of his style.

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We admire Egon Schiele for many reasons, mainly for his passion for the portrait and his genuine take on the human condition. Not only was he absolutely talented, he was true to his desires, his needs, his output as an artist–qualities that are needed for truly honoring the art of self expression.

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His hidden wisdom is easily detectable throughout his work, as he was one who wasn’t afraid of his totality. He will always have a special place in our hearts, for his is a legacy that must live on as an example for All on how to embody Truth, however strange it may be.

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 That concludes our homage to the great Egon Schiele.

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To restrict the artist is a crime. It is to murder germinating life.

-Egon Schiele
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Circadian Rhythm and Optimum Performance

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Many of us walking this Earth live our day to day lives unaware of the natural forces that affect us biologically. The distractions of modernity keep us in spiritual and mental limbo as we struggle to find some kind of happy medium–often leading to destructive habits that could have lasting consequences.

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The circadian rhythm is a most treasured process that is constantly working to regulate the body’s system as it relates to the external world. One may call it our “internal clock,” as it is most commonly referred, but the circadian rhythm is much more than that–it is the reason for our consciousness, it protects us from sickness, and connects us to the cosmos.

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When the circadian rhythm is disrupted, the human body will suffer. Human beings are diurnal, meaning we operate most fully during daylight hours. Our bodies are programmed to metabolize energy (food) during certain times of the day. Similarly, we are also programmed to sleep, rise, and even procreate during preferred hours, all of which operate according to circadian rhythms.

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Because of our extreme sensitivity to the environment, circadian rhythm can be disrupted quite easily if one is not aware. Jet lag, decreased metabolism, inconsistent eating patterns, stress, absence of light, and sleep deprivation all pose a threat to our circadian rhythm. Drug abuse is also a major culprit, leading to a number of problems, including emotional instability and depression. Essentially, circadian rhythm reiterates the notion that everything is connected, and when we understand the bigger picture, the details can be more easily manageable.

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Scientists are still trying to understand how this phenomenon works, but they do know that light plays a primary role. Temperature is also a factor, and together, the human body uses these (and other) external stimuli to measure time and regulate the functions of the body. Through this, we can deduce that the human body is in fact its own system, separate from consciousness. We here at The Dawn will go even further to say consiousness arises from circadian rhythm, due to processes in the brain that allow intellectual growth and other elements of conscious thought and experience.

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Some suggest that when we are out of tune, problems such as obesity, diabetes, and other metabolic illnesses will appear due to dissonance. It is important to note that all living beings on this planet are operating within the circadian rhythm. The Earth itself is also aligned with this rhythm, so one may imagine the havoc that could come with mass disruption. Many of us today are not in sync with our circadian rhythm, which is one reason why we see so much sickness and suffering running rampant in so called ‘developed’ countries, not to mention the atrocities happening in less industrialized parts of this world.

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You may be asking how this relates to one’s sense of self or style. The Dawn believes in the importance of awareness as it pertains to the living body. When people walk about unaware of the basic functions and powers that dictate their existence, they are in danger of losing track of their purpose. Style is about visually appearing in line with one’s internal ‘fire.’ If we are out of touch, we are misrepresenting ourselves, and we all know what troubles that brings.

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So we ask you, Dear Ones, to study yourselves as you are: living, breathing wonders, sharing a planet with other beings such as yourselves, as well as plants and animals. We are all quite intimately connected to all that surrounds us, and we must not dispel this fact with over-rationality. What we humans have is the power to discern–we are given the power to choose, to create, to form our environments. However, we also have great responsibility to use this power for good. The crisis of our day is the abuse and ungratefulness of this gift.

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The circadian rhythm is a beautiful metaphor for the rhythm of our lives. Like music, if we are out of rhythm, the piece is no longer effective. Again, it is our belief that when one is ineffective, the point of existence becomes meaningless. In order to be effective, one must first understand their Truth, and much of that lies in how one flows with the rhythm of Being.

And don’t ever forget to do it in style.

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Thinking of You,

The Dawn

Rene Gruau: Merging Art and Fashion

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Art and Fashion are one in the same. Fashion, in its purest form, is wearable art. Rene Gruau understood this very deeply, and was able to display, quite beautifully, the relationship between these two forms of expression. His illustrations are world renown, and he has collaborated with the planet’s tops designers, including Christian Dior, Balmain, Givenchy, Rochas, and Balenciaga.

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His vision of clothing on the body is one of aesthetic mastery, as he would often exaggerate angles and represented designs in new and exciting ways.

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His dramatic use of line gave designers an edge that would soon become the standard in haute couture advertising.

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Rene Gruau is a being who discovered a distinct sense of style in his art and turned it into a cultural phenomenon–something we here at The Dawn graciously applaud.

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May his work continue to inspire lovers of Beauty and future artists of all mediums. Mr. Gruau is one to be revered, as his work marked a turning point in the culture of fine art and high fashion.

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Marigolds,

The Dawn

Recent Work at The Dawn

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Some of our most recent work with Chicago’s finest–Enjoy!


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One of our newest collaborations with Chicago photographers Marc Hauser and Escalante Photography. Always a pleasure to to work with such a legend as Mr. Hauser. This was our first run with the renown Escalante, and we must say there was never a dull moment in the studio. Our models were as sweet as can be. Love the end result!

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Photography by: Escalante Photography

Styling: Ruben Lopez

Hair and Makeup: The Dawn

Models: Caitlin McCoy and Lauren Smith


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Chicago pop duo Celine Neon is at it again. These women are a powerful force to be reckoned. Audacious, talented, and sublime; The Dawn is always delighted work with this sensational pair. See their latest video, Getcha Good, here.

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Before and after with the very accomplished Deladeso. View his work at the link below.

Oh, the colors!!

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“Fate loves the Fearless”

-James Russell Lowell

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Photography: Scott Thompson Photography

Digital Artist: Deladeso

Styling: The Dawn


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This is another collaboration with the very talented Ksju Kami of Ksju Kami Photography. The Dawn has been working with Kami Photography for almost two years now, and we are constantly inspired by each other’s visions.

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Our latest work deals with the nature of the Self, and how it interprets the world in which it resides. Beauty, pride, and the transience of being are all factors that play key roles in the mastery of existence. We chase the light, so as to be illuminated, and we transmute the darkness, to better see the road ahead.

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“He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”

-Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

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“The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.”

-Jiddu Krishnamurti

Editorial pick:

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Photography: Ksju Kami Photography

Styling/Hair: The Dawn


Cherished Ones,

That’s all for today. May your time be spent in awe of What Is.

Merriments,

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