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Are You Living a Blue Monday?

Monday, January 13th, 2014

How’s this for a Monday morning pick-me-up? I just read that the third Monday of January is the most depressing day of the year. It’s called Blue Monday. And it has nothing to do with the phases of the moon or the weather.

blue mondayBy the third Monday, over two weeks of the New Year have passed and you have already lost track of the resolutions you made. Remember those promises to yourself- exercise, read more, spend more time with family, etc., etc. Another new start and you’ve veered off the path to a successful new year. Humph!

Stop putting yourself down.

Besides, today is only the second Monday of the month.

The perfect day to assess if that resolution was right for you.

If you’re finding it difficult to maintain a new behavior, it’s because your reason for staying the same as you are is too strong. Ask yourself what you get from not exercising, from watching TV instead of reading, from working or being with friends instead of being with your family. Whatever behavior you resolved to change is too important to your current sense of identity to easily alter it.

In order to bring on lasting change, you must first see yourself as the person you want to become. Imagine every detail of what your life would be like as the person who has made this change. Each time you’re tempted to not do what you say you want to do, ask yourself what would your better self do. Bring a clear picture of that you into your mind. You don’t have to be accountable to anyone else. “To thine own self be true.”

You have the next seven days to practice being that new you.

On Blue Monday you can smile with satisfaction. No reason for you to be depressed.

You are living the dream!

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” Vincent VanGogh

When Drama Delights

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

The Autumnal equinox signals the beginning of Mother Nature’s most extravagant color spectacle of the year. As daylight hours fade, ordinary frocks of green worn by deciduous trees magically transform into golden, crimson and bronze gowns that shimmer in rays of sunlight.

MH900407575All the rainbow colors we have explored each month of this year- red, orange, yellow, green and blue, paint the scenery of trees and sky on an autumn day. The color of September, indigo adds the necessary drama for this season of contrasts.

How brilliant the colors against deep indigo clouds of a looming storm!

Many representations of the rainbow omit indigo and transition directly from blue to violet. Pity. Indigo has a history as rich as its hue. Its roots are Indian as the name implies, the word indigo meaning “from India.”

We shall follow the indigo trail on another day. For today, appreciate the drama she provides as you enjoy the autumnal splendor.



“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”   George Eliot



It’s True. It’s Blue.

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Close your eyes and imagine a calm and restful place. Mmmm. What color did you see in your mind? Chances are, a soothing blue colored your thoughts of a perfect place for respite.

Sailboat Under Blue Skies off the Florida CoastA cloudless blue sky.

Gently rolling waves of blue.

We are accustomed to associate blue with positive feelings of contentment and tranquility. That’s why the color blue is often used in the branding by companies that seek to inspire your trust in them, such as banks that want to put you at ease when dealings with them.

If you want others to feel relaxed and receptive when around you, wear blue clothing. You will appear more approachable and friendlier than if you choose to wear stoic black.

So it is with the month of August. Who doesn’t relish the comfortable days of August? The rainbow hue of blue that describes this month reminds us to enjoy the fleeting days of summer.

Relax while you can. You’ve waited all year for this time of vacation, walks on the beach hearing sounds of lapping waves, lying back in the grass to behold the immenseness of the brilliant blue sky.

It’s not too late to grasp your blue heaven on earth.

It’s true. It’s blue.


“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.”    e.e. cummings



A Recipe for Summer Smiles

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

What is no longer green and yet not quite blue? The color of July is a transitional hue on the color wheel that melds the freshness of green with the watery depths of blue.

Is it bluish green or greenish blue?

Turquoise or teal?

Aqua or aquamarine?

IMG_1242 Whatever the name, July marks that time of the year we can all enjoy. The month of longer days, vacations and relaxation, July is represented by the artful blending of tranquil green and calming blue.

Imagine the color of calm water as the sand below adds a golden tone. The blue bends slightly toward green to reflect this summery hue. One of my most memorable aqua sightings is in the wake of a ship cutting through the depths. The foamy rush of trailing water produces a magnificent blue green color I’ve seen nowhere else.

Green and blue, two universally favored colors, combine for this favorite time of year.  It’s no surprise this greenish bluish combination is universally becoming on anyone who wears it.

Since color is an efficient barometer to predict our feelings, being surrounded by a hue that creates feelings of well being is necessarily reflected in your face.

Are you smiling now?

“More varied than any landscape was the landscape in the sky, with islands of gold and silver, peninsulas of apricot and rose against a background of many shades of turquoise and azure.”  Cecil Beaton


Color Me Confused

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Have you ever wondered why cars are made in silver, or blue, or red, or black? Why do you see the color pink on everything from fabrics to phones one year, and by next year, pink is totally gone?

Where do colors come from?

Where do colors go?

Who thinks up those descriptive color names?

Who decides the colors that populate our world?

Color trends change with the seasons. Just as nature’s color palette changes as the months go by, the colors that are introduced in the marketplace change just as quickly. The difference is that nature is predictable in her yearly array.

Colors selections, as they are mass marketed, come as a surprise to most of us. The choices we are presented with each season for our clothing, furnishings, electronics and cars mysteriously appear. We see them in the media, on store shelves, on the car lots, and we dutifully choose them. Some higher authority deemed that we wear, sit on, listen to and drive products in the new colors of the season.

In just a few days, the Color of the Year for 2013 will be announced by Pantone, the "keeper of the colors," if you will. Once the proclamation is made, you will see their color selection everywhere in the marketplace, there for you to choose.

As with every choice we make in our lives, choosing to become part of the masses as a follower of each new trend, yields us the lifestyle that defines the masses.

One of confusion due to lack of self-identity.

A life of conformity rather than creativity.

Do you pick what you’re told to because you can’t decide what’s best for you? An absence of a clear self-identity makes choices confusing, so it’s easier to go along with the trend. That way you’ll be accepted as just like everyone else.

What begins as the easy choice, after time, creates your image to the world.

The choices you make, however subtle they appear at the time, accumulate and create the person you become.

Do you want to be seen as the perfect follower, or as a person set apart from the crowd? 


"When you look like you stepped out of a catalog, that's never good. People shouldn't succumb to trend, they should interpret trend."
Rachel Zoe

Are You A Color Victim?

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Color is such an integral part of daily life. Do you realize how much you rely on color to navigate through your day?

In choosing where to park your car, color defines the yellow lined parking space from the blue restricted spaces. When observing a person or an object, you use color to describe the visual attributes. And most importantly, color communicates the brands you look for when you shop.

Color's power to communicate extends beyond the label design on cans of soup. Manufacturers carefully craft the look and the colors of their logo to accurately represent their product and their message. Using the power of color, they get your attention and tell their product story.

The colors you select for yourself also communicate your personal brand. Do your color choices accurately communicate your level of color confidence? Or do your color selections proclaim you as a color victim?

To find out if you are a color victim, answer these three questions.

Do you always take other people's advice instead of trusting your own color instincts?

Do you make cautious color choices, usually opting for beige or black?

Do you follow every new color trend only to find yourself with a full closet and nothing to wear?

Well, does the Cinderella shoe fit? Too close for comfort? 

Do not despair. Being a color victim is a treatable condition. And you've discovered the first step to recovery. You know you have color issues. And I have color solutions for you.

You're in the right place as I continue to reveal tips to boost your color confidence and always…

Feel Great in Color.


"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself."
 Harvey Fierstein

The Colors of Patriotism

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Red and blue took center stage yesterday as these two primary colors painted the states of the U.S. map to indicate the tallied votes of the nation. Not to be left out, the third primary color, yellow, made a significant advance as it described an additional Independent candidate that won an elected seat.

How appropriate that these three hues are used to not only describe the voices of our varied population, they are also the beginning of all other colors in the spectrum. Combine any two or even bits of all three to create any color. From simple beginning come unlimited results. Are we talking about colors or about our country? Yes.

Color defines.

Color describes.

Color communicates.

Blue and red decorate the flag of our nation. The attributes we associate with those colors coincide with all that is American.  Red for bravery, resilience, strength and valor. Blue represents truth, integrity, ingenuity and patience. Although sharply delineated on the nations map yesterday, the melding of those colors creates violet, the color of inclusion, the color of enlightenment.

If our election process has made us see anything clearer, let it be that all colors of the spectrum are derived from the same white light. Like a prism twirling in the sunlight, white light is captured by its facets and creates every color in the rainbow.  We are each different, yet the same. And that should make us glad.


"Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country."

Calvin Coolidge

Sunset Sonata

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

We look at the infinite colors that surround us, the clothes, the cars, the electronic gadgets. Take your pick. It seems our color choices are unlimited.

Still, nothing amazes me like the display of color presented to us only once each day. The sunset array of fabulous color. Perhaps so we don't tire form the sight, many dusk hours are cloudy and gray, especially in fall and winter. All the more joyful when we are treated to this colorful spectacle in October.

Notice the trio of colors, blue, red and yellow. From these three primary colors, all known colors are born. The combination of any two create orange, green, violet and beyond. How appropriate to end the day with the beginning of all colors.

At various times, the sunset paints magically with these hues to produce the nightly colorful progression from early dusk till the sun sets upon the water with the seldom seen "green flash" as it dips beneath the horizon. The ensuing color show lasts until darkness takes over the sky.

As you enjoy the presence of color in every thing you see, remember the gift where colors begin. The light of the sun and her nightly ritual to slumber. Can she compete with her awakening in the dawn? Ahhhh!


"There is nothing is more musical than a sunset. He who feels what he sees will find no more beautiful example of development in all that book which, alas, musicians read but too little – the book of Nature. "
Claude Debussy

Dramatic Results

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

There’s something about the natural drama of the late fall. Storm clouded skies are streaked with variations of gray, from charcoal to dove. Yet in the opposite direction, the sun breaks through to cast a golden glow on the remaining yellow leaves and bare branches silhouetted against the autumn sky. What a magnificent sight!

You too can create dramatic color results by using one of Mother Nature’s same devises, contrast. The deep gray of the sky and the brilliant gold leaves creates a contrast that certainly is attention getting. We tend to pick neutral colors as a base for our wardrobe and our home décor, so everything “goes together.”

Yes, that’s fine- it all matches, but where is the drama?

A color client, Betsy, confided in me that she had just bought several new pieces for her wardrobe, all in the same color, black. “I never have to think about what goes with what.”

“How does your new wardrobe make you feel?” I inquired.

“Drab.” was her reply.

Betsy needed some contrast to make her new basic wardrobe come alive. Looking at her dark hair and eyes, I suggested she try on a cobalt blue jacket over her black top and pants.

An amazing pop of color!

Next, she tried on a red and black leopard print jacket over her black basics.

“Ooh, I love red!” was her reaction.

Finally, Betsy modeled a silky knit, cardigan sweater with a medallion pattern of black and rich magenta.

“This is my new favorite sweater.” Betsy nodded.

All three simple additions to Betsy’s basic black wardrobe foundation created just what she needed, a contrast.

And, most importantly, the colors drew attention back up to her face.

If you’re starting with black, dark blue or charcoal gray, add a bright color for contrast.

Or, if your beginning palette is pale, beige or off-white, contrast with a deeper accent color.


Create your own drama this season!


"Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper. Everything can have drama if it's done right. Even a pancake. "
Julia Child

Harvest Moon

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Make sure your weekend plans include a date moon gazing. The full moon on Saturday, September 29, is referred to the Harvest Moon, the full moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox. The bright reflected light from the moon provided farmers additional hours into the night to harvest their fall crops. 

The term "moonlighting" refers to work that is done after normal working hours, usually at night. And "moonstruck" denotes a form of madness, especially when you're in love.

The "light of the moon" has been romanticized in songs and strikingly captured in art through the centuries. The subtle colors from gold to ivory to blue fascinate the artist and the viewer. And who can forget those luminous images of man's first steps on its bright surface?

Truth is, there is no light on the moon. The golden moon is as dark as Earth was before the discovery of fire and the invention of artificial light sources. What we see as a glowing orb is a reflection of the light from the sun as both earth and the moon orbit that central source.

Our view of the moon and the amount of light we see has everything to do with our earthly perspective and the shadow cast by earth on the moon. But enough of the remedial science lesson.

I choose to imagine the moon shines with pride on the night of the Harvest Moon, bestowing on earth its special radiant light. May you bask in the glow and know that moonlight is the most flattering light of all.


"Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness. "
Allen Ginsberg

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Mary Ellen Lapp reveals how the colors we wear, and the colors that surround us, even the color of the car we drive, impact out self image and affects how we are seen by the people around us.

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