We live in a world filled with colours - beautiful colours of different hues and shades. Yet do you know not all colours are suitable for us? In other words, only some colours truly belong to us and us alone. Wearing them make us younger, lively, energetic and noticeable. The reverse is true. Wear the wrong colours and we come across as tired, insipid, dull and sickly.

Welcome to colour analysis - one of my favourite components in grooming, image and style. Colour analysis is the start of an exciting journey for everyone to discover their best colours (and in the process unveil their worst colours too!). And this was what I sought to share with the students of East Spring Secondary School on Day 2 of their five-day grooming workshop.
 
To the untrained eye, it is difficult to fully grasp this concept because we all have our own likes and dislikes which have been ingrained in us over the years. When we look at a colour, we either like it or dislike it based on our association of it with past experience. Most of us love the colour black because it makes us look slimmer. But lo and behold, not everyone can take black. Wearing black for some of us make us look devoid of life and almost dead. Yet when others wear it, they look radiant and stunning.

Yet when one truly understands the value of colour analysis and the many benefits it brings, one will appreciate the seemingly endless trying and trying of the various colour drapes. It's like playing magician and working magic except your props are colour drapes!

In my lessons, I like to demonstrate how it is done as seeing is believing. But of course, my opinion alone cannot be the sole deciding factor whether to accept or reject that particular colour drape for the model. That's when my lovely assistants come in handy. See how hardworking they are - one scrutinises the model's face closely while the other is busy jotting down the details.

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My task for the students was a relatively simple one - to discover one's three best colours and three worst colours. When you know your best and worst colours, you buy your best ones and ditch your worst ones. It cannot get any simpler than this. This was in preparation for the students' mock job interview on Friday, the last day of their grooming workshop

Happy colour analysing! If you would like to have a colour analysis session for your school, corporation or client, please give me a call!
 
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As the annual Great Singapore Sale continues with more shops offering more tantalising offers, here's some survival tips for all! Remember, getting the discount is but a means to an end. Enjoying the entire shopping process and learning how to rise above the challenges is the true hallmark of the seasoned shopper.

Master these four handy survival tips & as they all say, happy shopping!

1. Be Prepared

As the shopping day can last anything from 4-10 hours, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and loose clothes. You certainly do not want to look under-dressed in a pair of flip-flops and bermudas but neither do you want to go the other extreme and turn up in killer 5 inch heels and spandex/fully lycra attire. 

Speaking from experience, it is advisable to do your homework first before attacking the malls. In short, always plan ahead. Recall this saying ''if you fail to plan, you plan to fail'. Under this sale climate, this saying is especially pertinent as you have to know which shops offer the best deals in town and how you should plan your route to maximise your shopping time.

2. Seek Shelter


It has been proven many times that too much sun can result in heat exhaustion. As Singapore only has two seasons - read summer and rain, it is best to seek the comfort of an air-conditioned building. Up your shopping experience by up to 4 hours if you are shopping in cool comfort. Nobody would like to shop under the hot blazing sun nor the heavy downpour. 

3. Stay Hydrated


Research shows that dehydration can reduce your shopping enjoyment by up to 20%. Ensure you take on regular refreshments every 1-2 hours to stay fresh and ready to shop (some more). This can be in the form of a fruit, drink or simply a bottle of mineral water.

4. Avoid Starvation

When we get hungry, we cannot think rationally. That's why it is of utmost importance to avoid starvation during our shopping. Even mild hunger can reduce your ability to think logically. This in turn increases susceptibility to unnecessary and pointless purchases. Grab a bite every 2-3 hours. This will also help prevent overeating and keep your weight in check.
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