In the past, I wrote a post and made an infographic all about color associations (color therapy, chromotherapy) and nail polish colors. That infographic got kinda popular on Pinterest — as of right now, it’s been pinned over 200 times! It seems a lot of you really like this idea of painting your nails to subconsciously tap into the good vibes of a certain color. I mean, all you have to do is look down at your hands.
What is color therapy, exactly?
Color therapy (chromotherapy) is a pseudoscience practiced by alternative healers, which is believed to alter a person’s mental, emotional and even physical health with colors. It’s a pseudoscience because it hasn’t been scientifically proven (astrology is another pseudoscience), so it’s very subjective. Regardless, these ideas are used in things like marketing, graphic design and interior decorating to set a certain mood. It’s all about making suggestions to your subconscious with associations.
Of course, you should always go by what a certain color means to you, personally.
If you love wearing nail polish (I do!), why not pick a color associated with something you want? Here are the colors with their basic associations:
Red is widely associated with luck, asserting yourself, power and passion. Wear it to help you get into a go-getter sort of mood. It’s linked with the base chakra (located at the base of your spine), which is associated with our basic instincts and survival.
Orange is often linked with stimulating change and will help you attract what you really want. It can also help get you motivated. This color is the second chakra (located right below the belly button), which is associated with our creativity and emotions.
Yellow is usually associated with happiness, optimism and mental stimulation. It goes with the solar plexus chakra (located at the base of your ribs), which is thought to be your center for self-expression, self-confidence and mental power.
Popularly associated with money, abundance and things that grow (your finances, and plants!). It’s linked with the heart chakra, which is the center for balance and your relationships with the rest of the world.
Shades of blue can be calming and soothing, as well as promote clear communication. It’s associated with the throat chakra, which is also linked with communication.
Indigo often gets left out of the popular rainbow design, but it’s important! It’s widely associated with wisdom and intuition. Need to read between the lines? Wear indigo. It goes along with the “third eye” chakra, located between and slightly above your physical eyes.
Purple/Violet is associated with imagination and spirituality — your connection to the divine or your higher self. Wear it to feel more in-tune with your life. Violet is associated with the crown chakra, located at the top of your head.
Wear magenta and pink to feel more loving in every sense of the word, as well as balanced and soothed. Wear it to get you in a friendly mood. Pink is also linked to the heart chakra, and unconditional love.
Black protects your boundaries, while making you feel sovereign and powerful.
Silver feels otherworldly, but also cheery. It gets me in a party-ish mood and reminds me of the stars.
Gold feels luxurious and is widely associated with wealth.
Brown is comforting and stable. Wear it when you need to feel safe and grounded.
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You know those “Most Beautiful/Fascinating People” lists in magazines? Well here’s mine, not in any particular order!
These women have a beauty that shines out from the inside as well, and that’s even more beautiful!
A musical goddess. She’s always fascinated me! I love her independent stance on politics (you can admire some’s independent thinking, and not entirely agree with them), and her views on spirituality:
“Personally, I don’t choose any particular religion or symbol or group of words or teachings to define me. That’s between me and the most high. You know, my higher self. The Creator.”
Hellen Mirren is one bad ass Dame. I didn’t know her until I watched RED (Retired and Extremely Dangerous) I love her no-nonsense outlook and her strength.
“The trick in life is learning how to deal with it.”
I love that she does most of her own stunts. I look up to people who take on their fears. I’m trying to do the same!
“People forget we come from an embryo and we’re part sperm and part ovary. We have both sides in us.”
I watched her bio-pic “What’s Love Got To Do With It” (portrayed brilliantly by Angela Bassett) and I fell in love with her fiery spirit and her music. “A Fool in Love” is one of my all time favorites.
“I believe that if you’ll just stand up and go, life will open up for you.”
Tavi is now 18 and already a media mogul, but enough about her age! Her writing, style, entrepreneurial spirit and zines are enough to make you feel inspired.
“I have a problem with people saying feminine means anti-feminist, and I think it’s counter-productive to immediately associate anything ‘girly’ with vanity or stupidity.”
I love how outspoken she is, and the way she questions a lot of issues in show biz and society (she flips sexism in music videos on its head in the video for “How to be a Heartbreaker”). Also, her fashion sense is super cute.
“Nothing is provocative, anymore even for kids
no room for imagining
cause everyone’s seen everything
question what the tv tells you
question what a pop star sells you
question mom and question dad
Question good and question bad.”
I’m pretty sure she didn’t put John Lennon under a spell or cause the actual break up of The Beatles. Those four men, John included, could think for themselves. People just needed a scapegoat, and she was the easiest one to blame. She DOES carry on John’s legacy for promoting peace and unity. I had a hard time picking just one great quote from her, so here are two.
“Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world. Just start thinking peace, and the message will spread quicker than you think.”
“The cynicism that you have is not your real soul.”
This is just my list, of course! You’re more than welcome to add to it in the comments with your own thoughts, or make your own “most beauitiful/fascinating” list on your blog, and link it back here in a comment!
Selfies really aren’t a new phenomenon. Famous painters used to sit for hours and paint themselves, and one of the first photos ever taken of a human was a selfie. The mirror selfie was invented waaay before the ancient relic that is the old version of Myspace.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking pictures of yourself. What harm are you doing? Your soul isn’t being sucked into the camera. You’re not becoming a vain shell of a human.
Selfies allow you to control how you’re seen by the world. There are way too many people telling you how you should present yourself, and one way of expressing your confidence and independence is through your own pictures. You like the way you look today, and there’s no one else around who will hopefully volunteer to take a picture of you? Take it yourself!
Asking someone to take a picture of you is (get ready)… no different than taking it yourself. The fact that it was physically taken by someone else doesn’t make it any more or less “vain” (there’s nothing wrong with vanity!). All you’re doing is making us think the other person volunteered to take the picture of you!
Misconception #1: “Selfies put more focus on outer appearance and cause people to neglect what’s on the inside.”
Well… that’s what a picture is — a representation of ourselves as seen from the outside. Do you actually care to find out what’s below the surface? Try talking to them.
Misconception #2: ‘Excessive’ use of filters will distort your view of yourself and is ‘false advertising’.
Posting a picture of yourself is not advertising. Filters are a lot like makeup — they enhance, they alter. It doesn’t mean you don’t already like the way you look. Once again, you are in control of this, and this is how you choose to present yourself. When photos of celebrities are altered in Photoshop for magazine covers, they have no say in how they are altered. It’s all out of their hands once the photo is taken.
It’s also never a simple overlay of colors, like putting it through the “Valencia” filter — they lighten skin, brighten eyes, lift up boobs and make legs and stomachs smaller. This isn’t someone playing with Instagram filters to present themselves in a fun way — it’s damaging to the people viewing the photos, as well as for the one who was altered to look in a completely different way.
Misconception #3: “Selfies are just for those ‘seeking attention and validation’”.
This one makes me giggle. There are plenty of others out there “seeking attention and validation”, and they have other people take pictures of them, write down what they say, and pay someone else to book them speaking gigs and other jobs where the attention is all on them. I’m referring to anyone from actors to politicians. These things, for one, are part of their job. They also already have plenty of power and validation from others.
I used to dislike every picture of myself, even if others told me I looked good. Getting validation sometimes isn’t it. People could tell you all day long that you’re beautiful, but if you don’t believe it yourself, all the compliments in the world won’t matter.
The more selfies I take, the better I feel about myself in general. I see myself in a different way than just through a reflection in a piece of glass. I see the things I used to dislike — my nose, my teeth, my chin, my thighs, and I accept them for what they are. The tolerating of my perceived flaws turned into acceptance, which are slowly turning into love.
My question is, what’s wrong with seeking some attention and validation? Posting a selfie is an act of bravery for many people — people who have had it drilled into their heads that they aren’t what the world perceives as beautiful. They don’t see themselves properly represented very often, so they put their image up for the world to see.
It’s also saying “I don’t need to wait for you to come along and think I’m beautiful enough to take a picture of me.”
So, next time someone in your Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr feed posts a selfie, don’t look down on them or belittle them. They’re practicing something powerful and important, and likely feel a little vulnerable at the same time — “Will people unfollow me? Will they tell me I’m vain/frivolous/self-absorbed/unattractive? Or will they just ignore me?”
If you like this person (you’re following them, so I assume you do), why not show you enjoy them and support them by favoriting or liking their picture? All this will do is give them a little confidence boost for the day. Why be stingy with that?!
Why not share your beautiful face with the world?
Do you post selfies? Tell us where (in the comments) so we can follow you and admire you.
Animals are so precious. Don’t they seem like they’re better than humans
sometimes quite often?
A female animal will take over the nursing of another animal, even from a different species. You’ve heard of mother cats adopting baby bunnies, or a female golden retriever adopting a kitten? It’s just so stinking cute, and they do it out of sheer motherly instinct. The desire to take care of a little one is universal.
We adopted Zoey a few weeks ago. She was a stray that was hanging around the place where my husband often goes while he’s driving his truck. She ran up to him the first day he was there, and jumped right up on his shoulder. He instantly melted — this is what his old cat, Callie, did. Callie was his favorite cat of all time because she claimed him, and she’d always perch on his shoulder like a parrot. Callie passed away in 2007, likely from feline leukemia.
So Jess fell in love with this cat, and he had to get her. I was reluctant at first. We hadn’t had a cat since our sweet Simon died 2 years ago. But he really wanted her, and animals have a healing quality about them. They lower stress and make you happy.
Another kicker: This cat had adopted her own set of kittens that weren’t even hers! The mother of these 3 black, 4-week-old kittens had gotten hit by a car and they still needed mother’s milk, so she started nursing them. Zoey must have had her own litter before this, but they must have grown up and left the nest before Jess discovered her.
So, now we have Zoey and these 3 black kittens — BigFluffy, LittleFluffy (both boys) and Selene, the only girl and the one I’m keeping for myself!
Selene. ♥ I love black kitties! It’s so hard to get a picture of them when they’re awake, and when they sleep they curl up together, and it just looks like a mass of black fluff.