Like adding a dollop of cream to something spicy, pink is the softened, nurturing, sensitive version of fiery, passionate red. It’s the lust of romance mixed with the innocent blush on a young woman’s cheek.
Pink suggests youthfulness, tenderness, nurturing, friendship and femininity. A pink carnation means "I will never forget you.”
Pink is the color of emotional love, not only toward others, but self. It brings feelings of caring, tenderness, self-worth and acceptance. It helps heal grief and sadness as it smooths difficulties in both romantic and family relationships. Needless to say, the most popular choice of flowers is anything pink.
Pink is a color of happiness and is sometimes seen as lighthearted. For overworked women, an attraction to pink may speak of a desire for the more carefree days of childhood.
Bright pink (or shocking pink as it was termed in mid 1900’s), like red, stimulates energy and can increase blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat and pulse rate. It also encourages action and confidence.
Not only is pink filled with emotional meanings and physical responses, it has a fascinating history and strange uses as well. Like…
· Pink’s sweet, feminine connotation was only established firmly in the 1940’s. However, in Japan it has a masculine association due to the annual arrival of pink cherry blossoms that represent young warriors who fell in battle.
· The Chinese didn’t recognize the color pink until they came in contact with Western culture. Their word for pink translates as “foreign color”!
· Pink has been used in prison holding cells to help reduce erratic behavior. It is also used in the opposing team’s locker rooms for its tranquilizing effect!
· The origin of the pink triangle goes back to when Nazis forced homosexual prisoners to wear one on their clothing in concentration camps. Now, this symbol is a sign of gay pride.
· Some studies suggest that male weightlifters seem to lose strength in pink rooms, while women weightlifters tend to become stronger around the color.
· Pastries taste better when they come out of pink boxes or served on pink plates (it only works with sweets). Pink makes us crave sugar.
· The pink ribbon is an internationally recognized symbol of hope and awareness in the fight against breast cancer, first used in 1991.
· A common expression of being in good health is “In the pink.” Who can forget those many pink medicines you may’ve had to ingest as a child!
· If you’ve wondered where this color got its name, interestingly, it’s from the flower of the same name: Pinks.
Everyone looks pretty in pink. When I use it in my designs it makes me happy. I hope it makes you happy too. Or, to borrow a famous Audrey Hepburn quote: “Believe in pink!”
The first Monday in September signifies the end of summer and the appearance of autumn. Although this doesn’t happen as dramatically in “season-less” Southern California, in most places, leaves are beginning to change color, starting their flittering decent to the ground. Here you never know what it’s going to be, hot one day, cool the next.
With Labor Day behind us, that good ole Ban Wearing White rule kicks in, and thoughts start leaning toward the rapid approach of winter.
Believe it or not, changing the colors we wear as the seasons change was not invented by the fashion industry to subtly coerce more clothing to sell! Earthy browns and tan neutrals combine with golden yellows and bold blues not only make us feel psychologically cozy, they actually keep us warmer and more mobile in colder weather. During the not so distant past, minus the convenience of heaters, this was important for, not only feeling secure, but for survival. Literally.
As I’ve mentioned in other blogs, color subconsciously influences behavior, perceptions, emotions and even attitude. Colors that show up in the landscape of nature each season evoke memories that weave into our consciousness, affecting us in a myriad of ways.
Factors such as gender, age, and culture can influence how an individual relates and responds to color. However, our primitive nature outsmarts those elements: Like a moth to a flame, we find ourselves instinctively craving the more subdued autumn tones that arrive like clockwork each September.
Autumn feels like limbo. It’s that short period between bikinis and flip flops and hunkering down in wool coats, knitted scarves and fur-lined boots. The colors of fall let us gently ease into winter, still holding onto bright sunny memories of summer… just a tad longer.
I’m inspired as a designer is to emulate the seasonal beauty gifted to us by Mother Nature. As the temperature outside drops, the dyes I choose transform to an autumn palette, bringing warmth from the elements directly to your heart.
Do you like the color orange? Apparently, it’s one of those colors you either love or hate, and, statistically, it’s one of the most under-used colors in our society.
Perhaps it’s because we don’t understand the broad range of the significance of this happy-bright color, or we judge its chirpy intensity as being over the top?
Orange sits between red and yellow on the warm side of the color wheel. It borrows some passionate energy from red and balances it out with the sunny warmth of yellow.
Orange radiates the positive energy of happiness, creativity, invigoration, vitality, sociability and optimism. It’s an attention-grabbing color often used in graphics, signage and those orange barrier cones cautioning danger ahead.
Orange is the color of the second chakra (energy centers in the body), relating to emotional reactions, as opposed to the physical reaction of red below it or the mental reaction of yellow above it.
If you’re ever in need of emotional strength during difficult times, perky orange can help you bounce back from disappointment, despair and grief. Simultaneously, orange helps you honor your emotions, allowing them to be felt until spent.
Orange helps elicit a positive outlook on life. Is it any wonder it reappeared in the fashion scene during the recent tough economic times? Orange brings motivation, supporting you to look at the bright side of life. You’ve undoubtedly heard the expression, when life gives you oranges…
Orange helps you feel free, extroverted and uninhibited. With its enthusiastic vibe, orange relates to adventure and risk-taking, inspiring physical confidence, competition and independence. It helps you take action and make changes in your life.
Yet it’s also a color of self-respect and respect toward others. If you want to stimulate authentic social communication, put people in a room with some orange in it. Since orange sits between the red chakra (survival energy) and the yellow chakra (mental energy), it receives both physical and mental stimulation, balancing those two aspects with the added spice of emotion.
Is there some way you could add some orange into your life? What about planting a lovely hibiscus plant bursting with tropical orange flowers? Paint an accent wall with a more muted shade of orange? Or doodle with an orange pen just for fun? How about making a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice for someone you love, just because. Or maybe just notice orange accents that pop up in nature and let them do their happy dance for you!
Maybe it’s time to embrace (and play with) your inner orange.
And, there’s always a one-of-a-kind handmade silk tunic blouse from Lalamel!