• The Magical Power of a Wardrobe Makeover

     

    I'm excited to share my second article in LumiNation Magazine about the magical power of a wardrobe makeover. It's amazing how some fun music and an upbeat attitude can help you to rediscover what's already inside your closet. Surprises and imagination make for great, colorful, and stylish outfits.
     
         Enjoy the article here and I hope it inspires you to reflect and explore what needs to be changed in your life!
     
     

    Enjoy…. wishing you all a day of colorful wishes,


    Betsy XO 


  • Color: A Love Story

     

    It’s been a while since I have written. I’m excited to share some great news!

         A few weeks ago, my dear friend and colleague, Kelly A. Connor, announced she was starting a new online magazine called LumiNation. The magazine is about celebrating life, beauty, and love. The vision is to create a media outlet where the focus is on harmony and light, verses division and constant controversy. A place filled with sensuality, hope, inspiration, and humor.

         I was so excited when she asked me if I wanted to be part of it and write a column for the Beauty section. My immediate reaction was "YES!!!" I was psyched for the prospects of writing about new experiences of beauty, looking within to reveal new sensual passions of color, art, food and our senses.
     
         The Magazine’s tagline is "Life As Church.” I paused and thought about this for a second, as I am Jewish. I thought this might cause a few to raise an eyebrow or two! I quickly laughed to myself, remembering that the temple I had gone to on Shabbat for 23 years was in a converted church. It was one of the most beautiful places I had ever been. I remember having many discussions with Jewish people about what it meant to be inside of a church to pray. Most said, “It's a beautiful space and I’m here to connect to something, whether that be God, others, or myself.” Church was a metaphor for the unity of love and connecting us all. 
     
         There’s a saying “Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.” Well, the magazine is dedicated to exactly that. The intent behind LumiNation Magazine is to shine light on and celebrate the beauty, spirituality and divinity in and of everyday life and living. I'm happy to be a part of something that aims to touch many people in a positive way as it grows.
     
         I’m thrilled about this magazine and I hope you will enjoy all the new beauty posts coming your way. My first column is called Color: A Love Story.
     
     

    Enjoy…. wishing you all a day of colorful wishes,


    Betsy XO 


  • The Yellow Connection

     

    Four years ago, I was sitting in the audience at Bobbie Horowitz's debut of Broadway tunes. A lovely woman asked if she could sit in the seat next to me. I said, "Sure, please sit down!" I was so taken by her powerfully bright and wonderful yellow scarf, and it opened up a conversation.

    After I introduced myself and what I do as a Color Coach, I told her about the color theory behind yellow. She was fascinated to hear what her yellow scarf represented. She introduced herself and told me that she was from Alaska. I was so excited as I have never met anyone from Alaska before. A connection was formed instantly. Over the years, she has come to visit me a few times in New York. We share a warm bond as we're both artists and love connecting over our crafts.

    She recently came to stay with me again this past week. I was so excited to see her and I greeted her as my "Yellow Connection". She is optimistic, warm, and radiates sunlight - she is the embodiment of yellow! She handed me the most beautiful, hand-dyed rainbow scarf. The colors are so vivid that you can feel the emotions as soon as you set your eyes on it. Such a beautiful gift made me feel connected, loved, and cherished. It is now my new favorite scarf.

    I truly value our friendship and the connection that was formed through color. It's so nice to know people from all parts of the world. 

     

    Do you have friends that you share a color connection with?

     

     


  • Always, Always Believe

         Eight years ago I graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Columbia's Teacher's College. I left with very little understanding on how to grow clientele and spread my message. I never realized how much marketing is involved in conveying your practice. My initial brand was "Get in The Mood with Super Foods", it dealt with how foods affect your well being and your energy. I then began to promote my practice, as “I adore me". It focused on adoring yourself from the inside out. I feel very proud of the program I did with Citizen Schools, as it influenced the lives of many kids, but it was still hard to get adults to say the words "I adore me". This inspired "Betsy Karp, The Color Coach". Color is my passion, it is what drives and inspires me. It has a direct correlation to our emotions, our moods, our feelings, and our energy. I wanted to share my color consciousness with others to uplift their spirits and inspire their lives in new, colorful ways.

         This is all a very big process, and it takes energy, motivation, persistence, and most of all, courage. It takes courage to believe in yourself and put yourself in the world. There were many times where I just wanted to give up but I’m glad I didn’t, because I keep learning and growing from myself and others.

         I was invited back to Eileen Fisher’s corporate offices this past week to work one-on-one with their employees. I felt honored, as this was the third time I was asked to come back. I left there feeling connected and inspired by the way color consciousness was able to aid the men and women I worked with. As she was leaving, one of the clients said to me, “Betsy I realized something working with you today about my own inner confidence, and I want to thank you for helping me see something about myself that I didn’t see before.” It was a great day all around for them, and for me. It goes to show even though developing your own brand is a lot of work, it’s also very rewarding.