Today we’d like to introduce you to Arden Reece.
Hi Arden, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’ve been working with color since I was little yet it took hold professionally in 2004 when I was living in San Francisco. I decided to leave my corporate marketing job and open a women’s clothing store which had always been a dream. The store evolved from being a retail site to becoming a popular personal styling business where I worked with clients from all over the world to discover their best colors and styles.
You’d think that would be the end of the story but it was only the beginning. A unique gift I’ve had since I was 4 is that I see color energy with my physical eyes as well as the occasional spirit or angel. Yet it freaked me out and I turned it off for the first half of my life. Interestingly, my clairvoyance started coming back when I worked with my clients to determine their best colors…the colors would “sing” to me when they were right. It made the sessions so much fun!
Once I left the fashion world for good in 2013 to focus solely on color, I moved to Encinitas and soon started working with conscious leaders and entrepreneurs who love color themselves. I guide my clients to understand the power of color and how to use color to increase their confidence, well-being, and even their level of enlightenment.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
There is no such thing as a smooth road to our own transformation. I’ve been through a few crucibles and had some epic failures. Lost a business, lost a quarter-million in a business venture and even lost a marriage. Yet, I wouldn’t change anything because I’ve gained wisdom, a strong direction to my own business and my own sense of self and purpose. I see failures and challenges as opportunities for growth.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Color is so ingrained into our lives that we sometimes forget it affects us in a variety of ways. Not only is it literally a light language, color is an energy that permeates your inner and outer world. The funny thing is, many of us are still wearing and using Enemy Colors…that’s what I call colors that literally fight our own energy—they dull our perceived value, beauty, and authority.
On the other hand, some of us have discovered at least a few of our Color Allies—these are colors that light us up, make us look and feel fantastic. But how many of us know how to discover which are which? Even if you hire a personal stylist, they just give you a set of colors, but you still don’t understand WHY.
My ColorFluency method reveals the secret: Colors are messengers. And our colors are constantly broadcasting specific messages about us, both good and bad. I teach women leaders to become ColorFluent, to understand and leverage color to lift and enrich their lives, their businesses, and their power in the world.
I bring a mix of art, science and soul to my work that my clients love because when you work with colors that are aligned with you, you embody your true essence and people take notice. They truly SEE you—in a deeper and more authentic way.
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
I am a true introvert when it comes to networking! But when I find myself at a networking event, I wear one of my Color Allies to support me. I wear either my Approachable color or my Vitality color and these bring forward some lovely interactions that allow me to be present.
- Website: https://www.ardenreececolor.com
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/ardencolors
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ardenreececolor
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ArdenReece
Ben Winkler Photography (for headshot in pink)