Although winter is officially here, Ciara Krempley will be thinking of summer when she goes to her closet to choose an outfit.
At least in terms of color.
The 29-year-old Downtown resident discovered earlier this month that she falls into the “summer season” after a session with a local color consultant Megan Rockey.
“Your words to think about are blue, soft, smoky and rose,” Rockey instructed Krempley to consider when picking out clothes, accessories or makeup.
“Winter and summer are cool-based,” she continued from the studio in her Powell home. “Winter is as if they left the dye extra long — like that fresh snow, green evergreen or red cardinal. Summer is as if you’re looking at those same colors through a frosted pane of glass.”
Krempley’s younger sister Kandis Sargeant, 28, turned out to be in the warmer, brighter “spring” category, just like their mother Nancy Sargeant.
Nancy Sargeant, of Tipp City, gifted her daughters a session with Rockey — who opened her House of Colour franchise (the only one in Columbus and one of four in the state) this summer — after being impressed with her own visit in October.
“There was this woman on our trip to Switzerland who always wore all these bright sweaters with lipstick and she looked great every time,” Nancy Sargeant said. “I thought, ‘What is going on?’ and I asked her. She told me she’d had her colors done.”
What a color consultant does
Rockey, 39 and a mother of two, left a career in marketing to pursue being a color consultant and stylist, because after going through her own House of Colour session in Akron earlier this year she saw how beneficial it could be.
To determine one’s season, consultants, who attend regular trainings, drape dozens of colorful scarves over a client’s chest to see which hues make eyes brighten or faces glow versus those that might cause the skin to look jaundice or washed out.
“No. 1, this makes shopping so much easier,” said Rockey — a “winter season” person. “No. 2, most importantly, it shows you in your best light. If when you’re in your season and surrounding yourself with your colors, your face comes into focus and looks brighter.”
She likes to joke: “We all have to wear clothes so let’s …….