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is the color of the imagination and spirituality

Unlike the color red, which represents our outer most self and the physical world, purple is an introspective color. It allows us to get in tune with our subconscience and spirituality. Purple is a mixture of blue and red and it contains the energy and strength of the color red and the integrity of the color blue. It is the perfect balance between the body and the soul creating a union between our physical and spiritual energies. I would confidently say I am a personality color purple. It was my favorite color since I was a child up until recently when I kind of got sick of colors in general lol. I relate a lot to the below aspects of the color

Purple & General Traits
Purple is all about spirituality. It inspires psychic ability and represents the future and imagination. At the same time, it keeps us grounded. Purple promotes a harmony of the emotions and the mind, creating a good balance and mental stability, a sense of peace and it links thought and activity. It is a popular color for meditation.

Purple inspires selfless and pure love. It encourages compassion, sensitivity and it silences the ego. It encourages creative pursuits and seeks inspiration and originality through its creative endeavors. It likes to be unique, individual and independent, not one to follow the crowd.

Too much of the color purple can promote or aggravate depression in some. It is one color that should be used extremely carefully and in small amounts by those who are vulnerable to these depressed states.

Some negative aspects of the color purple include immaturity, being impractical, cynical and aloof, pompous and arrogant, fraudulent and corrupt, delusions of grandeur and the social climber.

Personality Color Purple
People with the personality color purple are the leaders of the pack. They are innovators, humanitarians and they definitely stand out from the crowd. They love the unconventional and it will often show in their art or personal style. They inspire others with their creative thinking and their ability to deal positively with adversity.

People are naturally drawn to your charismatic and alluring energy. You are very intuitive and maybe even quite psychic. You are a visionary, with high ambitions, dreams and desires, and a compulsion to help humanity and to improve the planet earth. You often hold positions of power because you are visionary, but you delegate to others all the minor details that you aren't interested in.

Purples are natural lovers who are sensitive, compassionate, understanding and supportive. They are the ones who everyone comes to for advice. Being needed motivates them, although that can often lead to them being taken advantage of.

You dislike responsibility and have difficulty dealing with real day-to-day problems

Purples are free spirited, gentle people. They feel very deeply and can be very sensitive to negative comments from others although they would never show it. A personality color purple means you have a peaceful and tranquil energy and a quiet dignity about you. You are more often introverted than extroverted and can come off as shy, even if that is not the case.

Being the free spirit you are, you love to travel to experience different cultures and meet new people.

You are a good judge of character and sum others up quite quickly and accurately, although you usually see the best in everybody.

Time means little to you and you are often late for everything. You trust the flow of the Universe to take care of everything.

You need to be careful not to take on too many projects at a time as you can become quite scattered in your thinking, resulting in stress and confusion.

Meditation is a good activity for you to help you become centered and balanced.

You can sometimes appear arrogant and conceited if operating from a negative perspective.

You can be selfish and self-indulgent as you don't like being imposed upon by others beliefs and regulations.

Sidenote: As I’m doing my research and writing these things down I’m getting goosebumps from how spot on this relates to my personality. There’s something so empowering about understanding yourself and why you are the way you are.

The deepest need for a personality color purple is to seek spiritual fulfillment and the meaning of life. You need emotional security and to create order in all areas of your life, especially your spiritual life. You also have a deep needs to initiate and participate in humanitarian projects, helping others in need.

If you dislike the color purple the following is probably true about you:

You are a realist with feet planted firmly on the ground.

You live in the present rather than the past or future.

You may not be artistic, but like to be a critic!

You prefer to conform to society's ideals rather than be individualistic.

You are more interested in the present or the past than the future.

You may be finding it difficult to express your creativity.

Purple & Fashion
To give you guys a little historical context of the color, purple was the first man-made dye which was discovered accidentally by William Henry Perkin in 1856. For a long time, it was an extremely costly color dye to get your hands on so only the royal and noble were seen wearing purple colored clothing. In ancient times, the Caesars wore purple robes. Therefore, the color purple is specifically associated with royalty and the nobility, creating an impression of luxury, wealth and extravagance. 

The color takes on different meanings in other cultures. In Thailand, a widow mourning her husband wears purple. In Tibet, amethyst is considered sacred to Teh Buddha. In the U.S. military, the Purple Heart award represents courage. In egypt, it siginifies faithand trust.

In business purple has the strongest connection with the 18-25 year old market as they see it as sexy and rebellious. Innovators connect purple with sophistication and power. It is most often used by businesses in creative fields such as designers, graphics, psychics and cosmetics. 

Wearing purple clothing will always appear more elegant than red or other colors. Red purples tend to look better on darker skin and blue purples tend to look better on light skintones. I offset these feminine over the knee boots and with casual jeans and a throback windbreaker. Yall know I love my tomboy meets girly girl vibes.

I hope you enjoyed this read! Would you say you identify more with purple or red?

What I'm Wearing
Windbreaker (Vintage) // High waist denim jeans (Zara)
Purple Lycra OTK boots (Similar here & here)

Photography by Elizabeth Malave

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As you all should know, my birthday recently passed and as usual when I go out to celebrate my birthday I have a hassle trying to find the perfect birthday outfit. I'm sure my ladies understand the struggle. I ended up getting really lucky and finding an outfit I loved and the best part? It cost me less than $50!

I usually have an image in my head of what look I want to go for and I'll just pull it together last minute but this year I had no idea what I wanted to wear. Originally I wanted to wear an all white, satin outfit but that was nearly impossible to find. I tried two outfits from Fashion Nova (see images below). The Glitter dress wouldn't even pass my hips. I ordered a size XS (I'm usually a small) and I was unaware that Fashion Nova's clothing runs small.  The Egyptian Cutout Set was ordered in a size Small and it fit me perfectly. I really loved the material and the color but it wasn't functional at all. Every time I bent down my boobs popped out of the top and I don't know what kind of underwear you can wear with that skirt. I wanted to look bomb of course but I wanted to be comfortable and able to dance without worrying about a nip slip. This was my first time shopping with Fashion Nova and honestly I wasn't very pleased with the service. The clothes were ok. The quality of the dress wasn't great and it offered ZERO stretch (a huge no-no for me.) I returned both items the day after I got them and I was only refunded a portion of my money & they only issue refunds in the form of an E-Gift card which I was extremely annoyed at. I emailed them to ask why didn't I receive a full refund and they said because the items were marked as damaged. Keep in mind I only tried the outfits on for 2 minutes each and made sure there were no damages before returning. Overall, I don't think I'll be becoming a loyal customer to Fashion Nova.

Ways to Articulate Glitter Dress

Egyptian Queen Cutout Set

So my next option was to shop around some stores - I always prefer shopping in person because trying on is a MUST for me. Something can look weird on a hanger but look amazing on you & vice versa. I stopped by the Rainbow across the street from my job one day after work (Ew, I know Rainbow?) You'd be surprised. They actually carry a majority of the same clothes as Forever 21 & H&M. I found these super cute wine colored belle bottoms and I FELL IN LOVE when I tried them on. They were only $20 so I bought them and decided to find a cute bralette or bustier to pair them with. The next day after work I stopped at Forever 21 to find a top and I ended up finding the same exact pants I bought the day before, for only $7.00! Yes, I said $7.00. I grabbed them up so fast and did a little happy dance lmao. I returned the other pair from Rainbow the day after and got my money back.

I must've grabbed every white and burgundy bralette/lingerie top in the store to try on. I added some of my options below. I ended up choosing to go with a matching top ($8.90) and I wore a body chain from my job under it to spice it up a bit. I found a cute pair of nude furry sandal heels at Forever21 as well ($29.99). My entire outfit cost me $46.00. It was definitely a win-win.

Alternate Option

I love the way bell bottoms accentuate my curves and add visual interest which calls attention to the legs, making them look longer. A cute bralette brought real Selena vibes and a faux fur jacket was the prefect amount of 'Extra' for my birthday. I accessorized with a body chain and rings and I kept my makeup pretty neutral with a dark lip. I tend to always wear burgundy for my birthday for some reason. It is the birth stone for January & I think it compliments my skin tone really well. See pictures of my birthday outfits from the past 2 years below.

A velvet dress with plunging neckline and high slit.
See more on my old post: WHAT TO WEAR: CASINO EDITION.

An oversized band tee with OTK velvet booties and a diamond choker.

Here's what my final look was this year:

Real Spice Girl Vibes

Remember, it's not what you wear, it's how you wear it.

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So it's January 31, 2018 and today I turn 24 years old. That's 1 more year till 25. WTF! I can't be anything but grateful to see another year and I'm so excited to see what this next chapter has in store for me! Here's a little personal post on some random facts to help you guys get to know me better. I'm going to dive right into it. Enjoy (:

1. Zodiac: My sun sign is Aquarius. My moon is in Libra. My Venus is in Aquarius. Im really into astrology. I'm not too fond of my birth chart because it exposes my most unfavorable traits, but it's taught me the importance of consciously choosing to change the things I don't like about myself and has definitely helped me understand myself better. I kinda think of it as a cheat code to life.

2. I was born & raised in Staten Island, NY (the forgotten borough). Not so proud of it lol. I moved 10 times from the ages 8 - 17 years old. I had a very unstable and unsheltered childhood. I had my first alcoholic drink at age 13 (supervised by my older brother), I've been working since I was 14, and I first tried smoking weed at age 15. I'm grateful for my early exposure to real life shit because I was taught how to handle things/have fun responsibly. It made it hard for me to connect with people my age because I was more experienced and no longer found interest in the things they were just starting to indulge in.

3. I was a straight A student my whole life but always risked graduating because I had horrible attendance & lateness. It started in 7th grade when I was at the peak of puberty and I went through my first ever phase of depression. I'm pretty sure I have the sleeping disorder DSPS which is the underlying cause for my tardiness (self diagnosed). I'll probably do a post focused on my struggles with my internal clock soon!

4. Im 5'0 tall. I used to be extremely insecure about my body (junior high & high school) because I got bullied and ridiculed every damn day. The most hurtful thing people would call me was a midget (my legs are much shorter "than they should be" in proportion to my torso.)  I knew that they were only deflecting their own insecurities on me but their words did hurt and they planted subconscious seeds in my mind. I never let it stop me from being my best self, but although I appeared to be strong and not be bothered by it I was really hurting on the inside (It's an Aquarius thing.) As I got older, I learned to dress in ways that flattered my figure and learned to love my body even with it's flaws. Now, nobody can tell me SHIT to make me feel bad about my body. I treat my body good, I eat well, I exercise, I dress in ways the empower me and help me express myself and I admire myself in the mirror. The funny thing is that so many of those people who used to make fun of me now comment under my pictures with heart eyes and the like.

5. I hate chocolate ice cream. But, I loved it when I was a kid. I'd chose sweet snacks over salty snacks any day.

6. I played the clarinet for 10 years and I was in my school's concert bad & marching band. I wish I would've taken it more serious and continued playing after high school. My favorite song to play as a band was 'Hey Jude' by The Beatles (I love them!)

7. I was obsessed with cheerleading as a kid and I was captain of my high school's team all four years. Yes, it IS a sport.

8. My all time favorite series is LOST. I've watched the full series 3 times over. I'm obsessed with any show or movie that has deep subliminal messages, time travel, mysteries/suspense, and fate-lined stories. You can say I'm a conspiracy theory junkie.

9. I write lists for EVERYthing. I even have a list in my iPhone of my favorite movies & shows... in order. LMAO

10. I graduated college Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Fashion Merchandising & Marketing Management with a minor in Graphic Design. Truthfully, I don't feel as proud to have graduated college as I thought I would. Education is important but a degree doesn't guarantee success. Hard work does. And if you aren't trying to follow the beaten path, a degree is most definitely not necessary.

11. I don't drink coffee. I drink at least 2 cups of tea every day.

12.  3 huge turnoffs for me (in a guy) are small talk/boring conversation/close-mindedness, condescending attitudes, & long nails. Also, I hate texting all the time - I'm old school in many aspects and I appreciate a nice phone call like were 11 years old again lmao.

13. My favorite number is 17. I was always number 17 in alphabetical order in elementary school and I always won raffles when I picked that number. It has never done me wrong.

14. Reggae/Dancehall is my favorite genre of music, Caribbean food is my favorite cuisine and I am a sucker for dreads. Maybe I was Jamaican in a past life?

15. I massage my own feet and shoulders a few times a week. I try to meditate and do Yoga every day. The first thing I do every morning as soon as I wake up is thank God for another day and pray for more blessings. I practice speaking positive affirmations to myself every day as well (This really helped with my anxiety and self confidence!)

16. I am mixed with a bunch of ethnicities but mainly I am Puerto Rican, Italian & British.

17. I've traveled to 7 different countries. My absolute favorite place would have to be Venice, Italy. Jamaica was amazing as well and had this incomparable free, loving energy.

18. The book I'm currently reading is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.

19. The most common things people say to me:
When they first meet me in person: "You're so much shorter than I expected."
When they get to know me: "You're so much cooler and sillier than I thought."
When I'm not wearing makeup: "You have freckles?!"

20. Two things I wish I could do: sing & fly.

21. I color coordinate my closet and I am an organization freak. I can't sleep with any doors open and I need to have a pillow between my knees in order to sleep well.

22. My favorite strange smell is the scent of new shoes. Especially in Payless lol.

23. The album I currently have on repeat is Heartbreak on a Full Moon by Chris Brown.

24. Fashion Freeway got it's name from my free spirited personality. A freeway connects two places across borders and I wanted to stress the importance of breaking boundaries and freeing yourself in  your personal style and all other aspects of your life. Dress up. Boss up. Bless up.™

Photography by Elizabeth Malave

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Red is the color of passion, energy and action

Red is a warm and powerful color. It ties us to our most physical needs and our will to survive. It exudes a powerful energy that is impossible to ignore. If you follow me on Instagram, you can tell that red has been my color for the past few months. Many people have assumed that this is my favorite color. Truth is, I don't have a "favorite" color. I just go through phases where I feel connected and empowered by a certain color (also evident in my Instagram feed.) Anyone who knows me can understand why I love the color red after reading this post on the psychology behind the color. I am a very passionate person that exudes a powerful and rebellious energy all around. Red looks good on my skin tone because my undertones are warm. This is the first look in a series of color theories I am working on in collaboration with my photographer and good friend Lizzy. Each look will embody a different color and emotion. I hope you enjoy!

Red & General Traits
Red signifies positive traits such as determination, strength, courage, power, passion, energy and speed, assertiveness, confidence, spontaneity. It can stimulate the appetite (often used by restaurants for this reason.) It can also stimulate sexual and lustful energy. 

On the not so positive side, the color red is often associated with anger, short-temper, ruthlessness, rebellion, violent, brutal, resentful, tiring, and domineering.

It's suggested to keep a good balance of the color around you. Too much of it and we become irritated and angry. Too little of it and we tend to feel fearful, manipulative, and super cautious.

Personality Color Red

According to studies, your personality color can be closely associated with your favorite color. However, you may find that you relate to the personality color of a different color. Personality colors are ties between a person's characteristics, attitudes, and actions which are also seen as traits of a certain color. Red personalities are the pioneers of the world. They are go-getters and entrepreneurs who like to be the first to discover new physical realms. Red's are always in a hurry and seldom procrastinate. They don't see the pointing putting off something for tomorrow if it can be done today. They are not afraid to pursue their goals and biggest dreams and they maintain a lively passion for life and adventure. 

Personality color red's are hard workers and don't mind getting their hands dirty. Although they do not always make for great bosses because of their aggressive and domineering attitudes. They act impulsively and out of anger, it is important to think before reacting. Although they do react and get worked up quickly, they get over it just as fast once they let the anger out of their system as they tend to not hold grudges. Red's have a vast need for power and control, which is tied to our most basic survival instincts. People with the personality color red often have an overactive ego and a heightened sense of self worth which can come off as condescending to other people.

The deepest need for a personality color red is for physical satisfaction and achievement. They are more "worldly" than spiritual and need to experience life through the five senses.

Red & Fashion

The color red takes on many different meanings depending on the cultural, historical and physical context it is being used. It is a contradicting color that is both associated with love and warmth (Christmas, Valentine's Day) but also danger and fury. It can stimulate life but also symbolize the loss of life.

In Eastern cultures such as China red is the color for good luck. Although times are changing and many Chinese brides now wear white, it is traditionally the color for weddings. In Indian culture it symbolizes purity and is often used in their wedding gowns. In South Africa, red is symbolic of mourning. In U.S. politics, Red is the Republican Party. If you're "in the red" on Wall Street, you're at a loss of money. In Jamaica, if you're red, that means you're drunk. Worldwide, the color of Communism is red.

A pop of red in just the right place is smart in some cases. I.e. One red accent in an otherwise neutral room draws the eye; a red lip with an all black or all white outfit adds just the right amount of energy to draw the eye.

After reading this do you think of the color red differently? Do you relate to the personality traits associated with the color? Do you oppose them? Do you see how you can use the color to your advantage both personally and professionally? Let me know what you think in the comments below! 

Stay tuned for the next color in our COLOR PSYCHOLOGY series!

Photography by Elizabeth Malave

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