I am a colour coding activist. My husband rolls his eyes at me when I lay our grocery shopping at checkout organising it by colour. And even if I may come across as OCD, I do it whenever I can.
And wherever I can: the lingerie drawer, the glass cabinet in the dining room, my child’s toys in his room… And I would like to convince my readers to try and do it somewhere in the house and see the difference.
Even something as boring as a raw of detergents can be eye-pleasing:
Detergents out of reach but not out of sight? Colour code them!
More delicate and pretty glasses deserve to be organised in a gorgeous display cabinet, just like this:
Rainbow effect in the glass cabinet.
And last but not least, a classic: colour coding for your library. My library is white so it offers the perfect blank canvas for the colourful books to pop:
Colours separated by white, a classic library styling.
Give it a try! Any attempt you would like to share?
Ladies (and gentlemen) of both hemispheres: now is the time to dare with prints!
Clothes currently available in the shops are overloaded with prints, and judging by the 2013 collections, the trend is due to continue for a little while. In particular, I think those colourful printed pants are just adorable: they are ideal for summer for those up there in the Northern Hemisphere, and great to revive a cold and rainy day ‘down under’. Available in all shapes, colours, and price tags, from Dolce & Gabbana to Paradisco (found in a Newtown [near Sydney] shop, for less than $60).
Here are my styling notes on how to wear them:
PRINTED PANTS + NEUTRALS
Lisa Ho printed pants, Cue shirt, Diavolina boots
This is a zero-risk option: just add neutral colours. You can’t go wrong and you won’t distract from the statement print.
PRINTED PANTS + BLOCK COLOURS FROM THE PANTS PALETTE
Dolce & Gabbana pants, Verali hot pink patent leather heels, Cue red top
This look expands and complements the story told by your pants. Choose your colours from the pants palette, but use more than one to add interest.
PRINTED PANTS + BLOCK CONTRAST COLOURS
Jil Sender paisley pants, Agent Ninety-nine top, Peep Toe patent leather white shoes
By adding colours not included in the pants print, you create an even bigger statement, where the pants are just one element of the tale.
PRINTED PANTS + MATCHING PRINT
Jil Sender paisley ensamble
The perfect total look: buy a complete outfit within the same collection and you will double the visual impact.
PRINTED PANTS + DIFFERENT PRINT
Alice Olivia pants, APC floral top, Gianvito Rossi boots
Mary Kantrantzou for Topshop pants, Monique Lhullier top, Melissa and Alexandre Herchcovitch rubber flats
Topshop pants, Toga Pulla blouse, Tony Bianco patent leather green heels
‘Print on print’ is a tricky one, but if you get it right it’s really groovy. If you don’t trust your instincts when putting different prints and colours together, try to have at least one element of consistency across your patterns:
consistency of theme (flowers + flowers, cheks + checks)
consistency of size (big flowers + big polka dots, big tropical + large stripes)
consistency of colour (muddy colours with muddy colours, black-and-white with black-and-white)
consistency of tone or saturation (bright bold colours with like, faded tones with like)
Of all colours, green has always been one of my favourites – besides being the colour of my eyes. Luckily there’s quite a lot of it in the shops this year, especially in dark and emerald shades.
If you haven’t yet fallen in love with green, here are some good reasons to consider it:
green is the colour of nature (think about rain forest, hills covered in pines, wet grass in spring)
green is the colour of health (think vegetables)
green is also the colour of lime and mint (think mojito!)
if the above reasons aren’t convincing, think about a gorgeous emerald
So many things can influence our mood and how we feel about ourselves: the weather, what we eat, whether we had enough sleep or not, what happens on our way to work, the way our hair looks… Sometimes we just need to help ourselves to feel better, and I have a few suggestions about it:
1. Dress in orange or yellow. These warm colours symbolize happiness, sunshine and energy, and will lift your spirit and promote cheerfulness around you.
Braided statement necklace by Whimsical Jewellery (Etsy.com)
2. Wear an edgy piece of jewellery. Colourful earrings or a fun necklace will make everyone smile and start a conversation with you.
3. Put on heels. It may seem like an extra effort, but walking in heels will force you to keep your posture straight and your chin up.
4. Go for red. It’s the colour of blood, fire, and strength. Even if you don’t feel empowered straight away, people around you will perceive you as stronger than what you actually are.
5. Slip into luxurious lingerie. Try wearing it secretly under your work clothes for an interview or an important business presentation and you’ll get a boost of confidence. You will feel beautiful underneath, and nobody has to know!
6. Wear one of your favourite pieces. Put on something that reminds you of a happy experience, a place you love, or someone you admire.
What do Australia, United States, Holland and France have in common? Yes, the colours on their flags. But blue, white and red are also successfully featured in every Spring collection, year after year.
Keep it romantic for a French twist, add cord and anchors and it will be nautical, or simply use your style to create a more personal look!
Below is some inspiration for the season, and my blue-white-red with a Spanish twist.
Seafolly natural tote bag; Agent Ninetynine dress; Havaianas red thongs; Country Road navy singlet, Make Up Store Enigma eyeshadow; Dotti red pencil skirt; Country Road scarf; Nine west rattan clutch; Honnete dress; Samantha Wills bangles; Chanel nail polish; Peeptoe dotted heels; Painted Moon shirt; One Teaspoon denim shorts; Peeptoe crystals ring; Nine West heels