Anton Chekhov “The Beauties” and Guy de Maupassant “Useless Beauty”

 

Jacques-Émile Blanche (1861-1942) "Woman Reading"

Jacques-Émile Blanche (1861-1942) “Woman Reading”

Humans are created in such a way that they prefer certain proportions called harmonious or beautiful.

In beauty we just rest… Milorad Pavic said that it is so hard to create something beautiful, so much effort is spent on it. In contact with the beautiful, we feel relieved knowing that when the overall energy in the world was distributed, we were saved a certain amount of labor: the efforts of others invested in the beauty reduce our share of fatigue. Saved from a certain expenditure of energy, we can enjoy it.

Many wrote about this magnificent subject. I would like to talk about two short stories. One of them is “The Beauties” by Anton Chekhov.

This a short story about feelings that the narrator had after seeing two beautiful women. He talks about two episodes that took place at different periods of his life. Strong emotions he experienced being next to beautiful young women (he did not even talk to them) stayed in his memory forever. “It was a sadness as vague and undefined as a dream … as though we all four had lost something important and essential to life which we should never find again.”

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Palette – Skin Tone – Your Intimate Color

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Portrait of A Lady As Evelina by John Hoppner; Photograph of Angelina Jolie from “The Tourist” 2010

Intimacy is defined as a close, familiar, and affectionate personal relationship or a close association with or deep understanding of a place, subject or person. So if you wish people feel intimate with you – dress yourselves in yourselves:).
We continue with the description of your most important colors in clothing, in other words your color harmony according to the theory of Suzanne Caygill. We have already discussed your eyes related color, your rose or romantic color, your hair related color. Today’s post is dedicated to your skin tone or beige.
The two variations of your skin coloration represent both the melanin or predominant beige tone of your skin, and the hemoglobin or red tone of your skin. This elegant beige color is the one that we chose from many shades found in your skin as being the most related to the overall look of your skin. We touched upon the red tone while we discussed your romantic color. The beige and rose are ones of the most important colors as they play the major role in creation of your color harmony.
 
You must have noticed the variety of beige in the market, I uploaded a picture with some examples. Finding the right one is quite a challenge. There are people with a “simple” skin without any sub-tones and there are people with a complicated skin. You may be swarthy, dusky, brown and at the same time your sub-tone could be a cold rose, which results in cooler types of beige and anything, which is burnt sugar, toasted almond or any other warm beige will be killing for your look. Well, I am sure you have tried on many things in beige and you understand …
While wearing the right beige you will feel yourselves calm, approachable and elegant. If your skin tone is lighter than your hair, wear your skin tone in combination with your hair related color, like in the Portrait of a Lady as Evelina in the beginning of the post.
Few examples of Skin tones

Few examples of Skin tones

Palette – Your Hair Color – Your Casual Neutral Color

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Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) Portrait of a Young Woman; Photo from The Sartorialist, courtesy of www.thesartorialist.com

The soul and appearance of each person have a unique individual set of parameters. Let’s name it as Individual Characteristic Frequency, which may be compared to the shapes of snowflakes, always unique. This Individual Characteristic Frequency represents the essence of an individual human soul and body. I will not elaborate further on that, I will just say that I adhere to the following philosophy – it is better to wear colors, lines and prints inherent in our looks, in this way our essence will be brought out and shine.

I started a series of posts dedicated to the description of the palette, i.e. color harmonies that we create for customers. It is a fan consisting of various swatches (see an example here). The effects of your eye related color and your “rose”, in other words your romantic color were already discussed. In today’s post I would like to discuss your hair color.

Hair color is a name for your casual neutral color, which in many cases should not reflect hundred percent the true color of your hair because  often case your hair color is not even, there are variations and highlights. Your hair color should be also in accordance with the rest of your palette. Remember, we are creating a color harmony where every color works with each other.

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