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Monday, January 14, 2008

I have a motherly soul. It comes from being the oldest and the only girl. Growing up, I mothered my brothers to within an inch of their lives, and I still do now that they're adults. Poor guys. I tend to want to "fix" things and so people call me for advice and I'm happy to give it. LOL

But I realized this week that sometimes I've taken it too far. I've totally traumatized Diann. She was giving Lonestar Secrets a quick read-through before I sent it to my editors. The next thing I know, Diann is on the phone demanding to know what is wrong with me. I've put Shannon in a BEIGE dress. I don't let anyone wear beige or brown, she says. I then have to explain that Shannon is a SPRING. She can wear creamy tones. She would look terrific in camel. And then here we are talking about Shannon as if she actually exists. Writers are just plain weird and I can't blame this on the Lyrica. LOL

But here's how the traumatizing happened. We were at conference. She'd bought a new pantsuit and it was BROWN. The worst possible color for a Winter. Now mind you, I'd told her before she shouldn't wear brown and she goes out and buys a brown pantsuit because it was on sale and she liked it. Hello? Did you see what it does to your skin, I asked. Then I'm speaking at a conference a bit later in the day, and she walks in the back after I've started. I think I'm talking about my writing critique buddies and I say something like, "Diann Hunt just came in the back. She's the one wearing brown which isn't a good color for a Winter." I have NEVER lived this down. And let me just say that it took me actually draping her and Denise to prove to Di that she shouldn't wear brown. She thought since she had brown hair and eyes that meant she should wear brown.

And speaking of weddings, did you see the news this morning about the millionaire guy who is actually at the altar ready to repeat his vows and says "I'm sorry, I can't do this," And he vamooses. I could have told that girl she'd jinxed her own wedding by wearing the wrong color. She wore a red wedding dress and it was a deep red--not a blond's color. LOL
Colleen Coble  
posted at 7:04 AM  
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At 9:54 AM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

Since you are the fashion expert, what do you think of this: I put a character in all black. I gave her a pierced tongue, among other things, including a chain that runs between her nose and her ear. She had black hair until someone one shaved it off while she was passed out. After that, she started wearing brightly colored wigs, including hot pink, lemon yellow, lime green, etc.

At 10:03 AM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

I have been draped and draped. So far, I've been told that I'm Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. I love James Taylor, but honestly.... :)

Both my daughter and I (she's a green-eyed blonde and I'm a blue-eyed *ahem* redhead) wore ivory wedding dresses--whether we should have or not! ;)

Colleen, I think you choose the best colors for yourself of anyone I know. You and Kristy Dykes.

At 10:15 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Don't encourage her, Katy! LOL! I STILL like brown!

At 10:18 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Katy, what color was your hair when you were in your twenties?

Timothy, it sounds like your character is wearing her color. LOL Black hair would always be a winter and black is one of their best colors and so are bright colors. Other than lime green. LOL

DIANN! I even SHOWED you how brown ages your skin!

At 10:36 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Yeah, I know. I'm feeling a tad mutinous today. Haven't had chocolate in a while.

I am wearing black today, but I'm sitting in a brown leather chair and enjoying it immensely.

At 11:32 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

That's why Diann likes makes her think of chocolate. But seriously, I'm a winter, and my color swatch kit includes one shade of deep brown. All the others, I run from. But that deep chocolate brown...I get complements when I wear it. But I love ruby red, navy, black.

At 11:35 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Even deep chocolate brown shouldn't be in a winter's pallet, Cara. Not sure where you got your colors done. Try an experiment. Get a mirror and go out into sunlight or stand in front of a bright window. Hold that chocolate to your face then try black. Watch the your mouth and around your eyes. You'll see a hair line appear like magic above your lips. You'll see the skin around your lips and your eyes looks sallow and older.

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

Di!! I love you!!!

Colleen, I started coloring my hair auburn at age 16. I had auburn hair as a child, but then it turned dark brown with auburnish highlights. My eyebrows are black. Except the ones that are grey!! But we don't have to go THERE. ;)

I tend to wear autumn colors, but sometimes a royal blue or a regal purple makes an appearance. Red? NEVER. Pastels? Rarely. I had one colorist tell me that HOT pink was my absolutely best color. I gotta say, she freaked me out a little.

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

So where do you go to find out your colors? This is something I'd be interested in knowing. I'm finally starting to get more girly. Not that I wasn't before, but now I'm actually interested in details.

I may write a chick-lit yet! LOL

At 12:29 PM, Blogger Chelf said...

I have dark brown hair and blue eyes. I think I remember something about Winter. I don't like brown so much. I miss the Tan M&M's, though. My mom looks stellar in brown. My MIL gave me a shades of brown sweater. She called it tan; I called it heavy, and don't wear it much.

I have a clear vision of what shade of red to wear... not too orange. The Auburn shades of hair color are good for me. Garnier Nutrisse in 65 Summer Berry is so good, a hairdresser thought it was natural!

At 12:37 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Katy, when you say you had auburn hair as a child, what does that mean? REALLY auburn with a lot of red? A lot of people think because their hair has red highlights it's auburn. ALL brown hair has reddish highlights when reacting with sunshine. Could you see the red when you weren't in the sun?

Your eyes are green, aren't they? So IF you had really auburn hair as a child and not brown, you'd likely be an autumn. Royal blue would not be your color but teal would be. And NEVER pink!

At 12:40 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Chelf you said:
I have a clear vision of what shade of red to wear... not too orange. The Auburn shades of hair color are good for me. Garnier Nutrisse in 65 Summer Berry is so good, a hairdresser thought it was natural!

No, no, no! If you are really a winter (dark brown hair and blue eyes (not light blue though) you'd be a Winter. This is a common mistake winters make to highlight the red in their hair. This makes their skin look harsh. Saying it looks natural to a hairdresser just means it looks good with your hair not your skin. They don't care about that but YOU should care.

Do the test I told Cara about. Get something brown and black and test it. That tells you your undertone. From there we figure out what else you could be. If your hair is light to medium brown with blue eyes you could also be a Summer and look smashing in pastels.

At 12:57 PM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

My baby and toddler pics taken indoors look as if I have truly auburn hair. By kindergarten it was dark brown with the red highlights that show up in the sun. Tons of freckles. Blue/grey eyes, which is why people say I look good in blue. Hey, you should send me a bill for this!!! :)

At 1:02 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Hmm, Katy remind me just before conference to bring my drapes to check you for sure We'll cover your hair and find out.

At 2:30 PM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

Don't you love a mystery??? :) I will remember to remind you about the drapes. I trust your judgment, but maybe we should let Di have a vote, too..... ha.

Now that assumes I'm coming to conference. My goal is to get another entire book written by then so that I can prove--if only to myself--that I'm not a One Book Blunder. ;)

At 2:57 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

LOL - I so love this post. It has been extremely entertaining on a day when I'm feeling fat, pregnant, and definitely sure that ANY color would look bad on me! :)

Thanks for the laughs, gals! (and Timothy)

At 2:59 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Jaime, darling, you're probably not even showing yet! Pregnant women have a special bloom and I give you a dispensation to wear whatever you like for these nine months. LOL

At 3:04 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

You're right, I'm not showing beyond a nasty little belly roll I never had.
Thanks for the dispensation. I'll email you a picture as I break every color code in the book in an attempt to see that "special bloom" you were talking about! :) :) :)

At 3:19 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

What am I? Red hair, hazel eyes (they're a really weird color!) and pale skin (of course) but no freckles!

At 3:21 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

You're an Autumn, Kayla. They're pretty rare, but not on our blog, evidently. LOL

You look great in muted golds and greens, beiges and the hated brown. LOL

At 7:33 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I was draoped by a color specialist and was a winter. She was right. But now that I'm older, I've become a Fall.

Probably because my hair is a bit lighter and brighter than it was when I was younger. I haven't changed formulas, but the gray takes color differently. And no, I won't go natural. :o)

One day I wore a camel colored sweater to church. A couple of my friends asked what I'd done, because I was glowing.

Suddenly those buzz words from being draped came back. Hot dog - I can change my wardrobe! After all, the same old colors aren't good on me any more! :o)

Hey, I'll use any excuse I can to go shopping!

At 7:45 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Ane, Ane, have you listened to nothing? YOU CANNOT CHANGE SEASONS!! LOL Especially not from a winter to a spring.

I can see I'd better bring my drapes to conference.

At 7:47 PM, Blogger Brittanie said...

I have dark brown hair and hazel eyes (some say green and some say brown). I also have kinda yellow undertones on my skin (some Indian and some Cajun). What colors would you place me in? (My picture is on my xanga if you need it.

Diann -I just finished For Better or Worse. Another Keeper. It was great!

At 8:12 PM, Blogger Kay said...

I am going to be so paranoid if I ever meet you ladies! I might be wearing the wrong color and Kristen will not approve of my Target purse! LOL

I have always wanted to be draped. I want to be a winter because I love those colors, but I like autumn colors, too. I don't like and don't look good in light or pastels at all, so I can at least eliminate some seasons.

At 9:04 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Brittanie, Cajuns and Indians are winters. People think they have yellowish skin but in in reality their skin is just thicker and it's sallow, not a true yellow. your look smashing in black, pure white, gray as your neutrals and in clear bright colors like red, emerald, royal blue, etc.

I'll be gentle, Kay. LOL

At 9:59 PM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

Kay im with you but without the target purse im a what purse!
i was drapped once and beige made me look sick i think it was beige anyway it was a colour i dont like anyway. they say im a summer.
which works for me i love the pastle colours and blue oh and red but its the blue red not orange red right?
But keep me away from Pink I hate pink!!!!!
I think they say summers go grey gracefully which is good cos i have so many alergies to hair products my hairdresser wont let me near anything that would change its colour.
but i have loved this coversation also.

At 10:01 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Oh Ausjenny, not beige but off-white. There is a difference!

Some summers hate pink. . . LOL

At 10:09 PM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

Oh ok i just know the colour was like on this blog where you comment i think.
but it was along time ago well over 20 years ago.

At 10:11 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Don't listen to her girls. Life's too short to wear what other people tell you!! I wear a lime green sweater all the time and it drives C nuts. Now I have two cashmere sweaters in baby pink, and they have holes in them and look pretty ratty. My friend even took me out to coffee to tell me it was time to retire it. But I sort of take pride in its wear, and cashmere never gets old. It's like a hug.

At 10:13 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Sure, they can wear what they want! People will notice the aging skin, but still.


At 10:15 PM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

Hey aging skin shows you have lived!
so they say. oh speaking of which i need to find my sunscreen its another hot day.

At 10:21 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Aging skin, that's what Retin A and facials are for. Duh. LOL

At 11:32 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

I wear lots of brown, actually! I'm always really drawn to green as well, but my closet is a complete rainbow, so Kristin should be happy, too.

At 1:40 AM, Blogger Melanie said...

I'm afraid my color knowledge is limited to what looks good with newspaper ink smudges.

But my redheaded, fair-skinned, blue-eyed heroine favors deep greens and slate blue.

I believe my Mom, sisters and I sat down with a copy of "Color Me Beautiful" when I was a kid, but I was too nondescript to match. The whole eye color question throws me off because my answer is green/gray/blue with a big brown blob. That, plus brown hair and pale skin perpetually plaqued by allergies make it tough.

If I ever make it to a conference, can I just wear my drab newspaper duds and hide?

At 7:14 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Melanie, that eye color would likely be called hazel. LOL They sound beautiful!

At 5:26 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

No, no, Colleen. I went from winter to fall. But if you brin gyour drapes to conference, I'll let you test drive my face.

At 5:28 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

What I'm saying Ane is that you were never a winter for real if you're now an autumn cause it's not possible to change your genetics. LOL

At 8:46 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

I cannot believe I missed this whole conversation!!! I love talking about this. Colleen, if I get to go to conference this year, I so want to be in on this draping session. Or if we could do it before conference then I could find clothes.

Cara insists she has a brown--but isn't it a taupey (grayish) brown? Doesn't that fit with winters? Not chocolate or a true brown, really. Anyway, I dislike pastels (a lot,) am not fond of pink and I dislike peach (a lot.) I have blue eyes with a tannish yellow burst around the iris. The blue is not a true blue, but more turquoisey, I think, because people think sometimes that I have green eyes. I love spruce green or the turquoises/aquas/and jade green. I keep thinking I'm a spring, but I don't like a lot of those colors. I think I look hideous in camel, but what do I know? Denise liked me in a deep salmon sweater.

Sigh. My hair was yellow-gold-red but turned brown as I hit my 30s and had 4 boys.(But I dyed it from then on...ha)

And yes, Ane, I read that you stay the same "colors' your whole life--you just adjust the palette if you let your hair go gray. That's another thing--I am coloring my hair a beige blonde, but only because my husband doesn't want me red. I have no color in my eyelashes and eyebrows and an opthamalogist one time said I was "blonde" in the back of my eyes.I am a cross between Swede/Norwegian (my mother) and (dad) Cherokee/English/Irish.


At 12:33 PM, Blogger Pat said...

If attractive appearance is the objective, it stands out that most people do not buy artwork that is beige.

The logic of simplicity reminds us that beige isn't meant to be attractive at all, but nondescript.

The same might be said for black, or white, for that matter.

Nature uses few if any of these colors, and most agree that nature is beautiful - so why the lack of imagination?


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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