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Happy New Year Que Sera Sera

It’s New Year’s Eve and it seems everyone I talk to over the past few days is so ready for this year to be over and I’m beginning to think I’m in the minority. 2013 was one of the first years in recent memory where I’ve tried to take hold of each day and wanted them to last just a little longer. Even adjusting to being laid off, downsizing my apartment, helping my best friend move back to New York, having two eye surgeries, losing a dear friend and helping another close friend deal with the loss of her mom, there were many moments for me to celebrate: Being laid off and now officially retired, the birth of my first grandchild, downsizing my apartment, and realizing that the people in my life are what really matter. I need little in the way of material things to be content so for these reasons I will miss 2013 and if there’s one take-away from this year it is I will continue to live within the present moment. So while anticipating the coming of 2014 I’m going to savor today, the last day of 2013.

Color Wheel What is Color?

18-3224 Radiant Orchid, (there really is a science to color so I added the number associated with this color) if you don’t know already, is the color of the year for 2014. According to Pantone, the color people, (they seriously know all things color and are the world-renowned authority on this subject), Radiant Orchid is described as: “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” This is such a lovely portrayal of this particular color although for many of us who cannot see very well the description is just that, a description. It seems incomprehensible, but the adage “you don’t know what you don’t know” (there are several variations of this saying) is so appropriate for this situation. It’s like before I put on my first pair of eyeglasses I didn’t know I couldn’t see. Not seeing was my reality and prior to wearing eyeglasses I had nothing to which compare clear vision. I like how Tommy Edison, who happens to be totally blind, attempts to describe color in his video What color means to blind people.

Today is Trending Tuesday and by now you’re probably wondering where I’m going with the whole color of the year thing. Just stick with me for another minute or two and I will share the destination with you.

It’s true some of us with vision impairments can still see and appreciate color and Orchidit’s also true that some of us have no concept of color. I’m proposing that if we can agree on some of the feelings invoked by the descriptions provided by Pantone and others in the field, that gives us a starting point for being able to take advantage of what the fashion industry has to offer. Being aware of these colors can be helpful when buying trending apparel, cosmetics, jewelry and accessories. I’m certainly not suggesting tossing out your current wardrobe rather encouraging you to enhance what you already have with pieces that incorporate the trending colors. As I mentioned earlier all colors and types of clothing do not work for everyone and you should go with what works best for you because you are unique.

Next week I’ll continue the discussion on color and how you can include various colored pieces into your wardrobe.

Have a Safe & Happy New Year!

“Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.” ~Rosalind Russell

3 thoughts on “Color 1

  1. Thanks for the reminder to be present. It’s so powerful. A color of the year? How fascinating! I’m going to look further into that – I wonder what color it was the year I was born…HNY!

    1. Thanks Lib, yeah, I’m not sure how far they go back but I just found all the info on the website fascinating.

    2. And it also gives me another reason to buy more jewelry. I may be living under a bridge soon but I’ll be decked out (no pun intended).

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