Monday, 18 May 2015

pantone spring 2015: en plein air {treetop}

Cabbages by Unknown via Pinterest
Eyes of the Insane by OurLady-OfSorrow on DeviantArt
a d i n a by Stefania Jane on Flickr via justeunedeplus on Tumblr
Tea Picker by Unknown via The Owl and the Heart on Tumblr


Last Pantone Colour Report day, excluding Marsala 18-1438which I posted in January. And today is an appropriate day to post such a lush green as Treetop 18-0135, because it's raining and everything in the garden's lush and bright, as the sun keeps peeking through, and outside my window, the trees have started come into leaf, the lilac is starting to flower and the honesty has been providing a wonderful splash of purple over the last few weeks. It's one of my favourite times of year.

Plus, it's Chelsea time - and not the irritating faux-reality television series, but the garden show, which my mum and I always enjoy watching for al the pretty flowers and design ideas. It must be a wonderful feeling to create your own garden.

And I have a little success story from the garden this year, three of the peony seeds, which my gran saved from her tree peony and I planted two years ago have finally emerged!
Yes, I have waited two years to see if any of these marble sized seeds would finally germinate. I've stood in the snow, piling handfuls on each pot to keep them cold, I have been patients and this is what I have to show for it, three (though it was four) healthy little saplings which have trebled in size since I took these photographs.

Peonies are one of my favourite flowers, we have at least a dozen in the garden at home, so to have grown my own from seeds my gran's saved, is a pretty nice feeling, plus, guess what colour they may be? Lellow.

Things however, I have learnt from growing peonies from seeds:
1) They need cold to germinate. They like snow, so don't cover them, or, if you have them in a cold frame over the winter, pile it high to keep them cold.
2) If you want the seeds to germinate in the first year, plant them when they are still fresh, yellow in colour and soft. If you plant them when they've turned black as I did, they will take two years because the husk needs to bio-degrade to start the process of germination.
3) The first year you plant them from black seeds, the husk will rot and roots will begin to form in the soil, don't throw them away if you see nothing after the first year. Label them, put them somewhere safe and let them alone.
4) During year two, the plant will put its energy to germinate the first leaves that your plant will push out of the soil. Again, don't throw away any that don't, the seeds can remain dormant.
5) Don't move the plant to a larger container until the foliage has died back at the end of the year, or you may disturb the plants growth.
6) If you have seeds from a hybrid plant, they will probably not be true to colour. If they're from a non-hybrid, the colour should be true. So it's pot luck.
7) It will probably be five years before you see your first flowers!

That last one's a bit rubbish. Plus, is that five years from when you plant them, or five from when they emerge? I'm thinking probably the latter, so by the time I see my first flowers, I will be approaching thirty five!

After that terrifying revelation, I hope you've liked the Pantone Fashion Colour Report for Spring (and Summer) 2015 boards. I actually really enjoy doing Pantone centred mood boards, and originally, I wasn't that impressed by their En Plein Air, colour choices, but actually, one by one I've started to think it's quite a pretty collection of softly muted summer colours.

That said, give me a jewel tone any day!


Link | Pantone Fashion Colour Report Spring 2015
Link | Cabbages by Unknown via Pinterest
Link | Eyes of the Insane by OurLady-OfSorrow on DeviantArt (Pinterest)
Link | a d i n a by Stefania Jane on Flickr via justeunedeplus on Tumblr (Pinterest)
Link | Tea Picker by Unknown via The Owl and the Heart on Tumblr (Pinterest)

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Listening: In Water I Am Beautiful- City and Colour

pantone spring 2015: en plein air {titanium}



Fungi from Au Natural on Tumblr via Pinterest
Climate Transition by Obofili on Flickr
Fracture Series by Robert Hodgin on Flickr
Italian Greyhound by Hannah Blackmore via Peep My Style


Titanium 17-4014, it's a funny colour. You think of titanium as something hard, something solid, something cold and dark, but actually, most of the examples I found to show, as a colour at least, were beautifully soft and delicate.

But titanium to me, is yes, hard and solid but it's also somewhat magical.

In my first year of jewellery, we got taught how to anodize titanium. It's a relatively simple process by which heat or electricity is used to change the colour of a piece of titanium, and the colour depends on the heat or voltage used on the piece of metal...
Rainbow Elfweave Wave
Each colour on this chainmail bracelet by Melissa Randolph, is indicative of a different voltage passed through the titanium turning it beautiful golds, blues, yellows, pinks, purples, blues, greens and coppers. A rainbow from grey.

I told you it was magic.


Link | Pantone Fashion Colour Report Spring 2015
Link | Fungi from Au Natural on Tumblr via Pinterest
Link | Climate Transition by Obofili on Flickr via Lush Light on Tumblr (Pinterest)
Link | Fracture Series by Robert Hodgin on Flickr via Random Ghost on Tumblr (Pinterest)
Link | Italian Greyhound by Hannah Blackmore via Peep My Style (Pinterest)
Link | Rainbow Elfweave Wave by Melissa Randolph on Flickr

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Listening: Titanium - David Guetta feat. Sia

pantone spring 2015: en plein air {strawberry ice}

PANTONE 2015 via Blog Pixel Oats
Vintage Camera via Style Lover on Tumblr 
Anemone Coronaria, 2005 (CSL090) by Rob Van Dongen from Jackson Fine Art
Pink Things by Unknown on Etsy via Pinterest


We had four cats. Misty and Pepper, sister and brother, grey tabby chinchilla crosses and Dizzy and Gillespie, ginger/white brother and his classic tabby sister. Each was beautiful, crazy, idiotic little bundles of fluff with very distinct personalities. Dizzy, was the friendliest cat you could ask for, playful and a ruthless hunter who was a master of the locked cat flap and yowled to tell us when he'd come home. Pepper, aka Fatty, wasn't fat, he was big of fluff and missing of tooth, he liked to be sung too and didn't like peek-a-boo. Gillespie (Gilly) was tiny, stand-offish and when picked up looked like a flying squirrel. She was also in love with Pepper and would follow him anywhere.

Then there's Misty (Minnie), who was miss understood. For years we thought she was an angry cat, and to be fair, she kind of was to the other three. And while she was tolerant of the boys, she hated Gilly. I always loved her, we all did, despite her moods, but she probably got the most telling off's. However, something strange happened with Minnie, once we lost her brother and Gilly, she calmed down, she stopped hissing so much, stopped being angry and became a lump of soft grey and white fluff again. We kind of realised after that that sweet and innocent Gilly, was doing most of the mind tricks and bullying. Such as sleeping on the door mat in front of the cat flap so Minnie could neither get in or out of the house. When we lost Dizzy a year later, Misty was a totally different cat. She was calm and became a lap cat, seeking out heat and cuddles like a heat like a missile. She'd sleep on your chest, wrapped around like a scarf, padding at your clothes, at your own risk wear knitwear. She had a wet purr, a huge meow (she was a very chatty cat), she was funny, dribbled when she was happy and, the point of this little walk through memory lane, she had the most perfectly Strawberry Ice 16-1720 coloured nose.

But with Misty, it wasn't good enough to have a pink nose. You could tell her mood by the colour. It would start almost a white/grey to match her fur, but as you'd pet her, as she'd purr and became happy, her nose would turn pink.

It was the most perfect pink.


Link | Pantone Fashion Colour Report Spring 2015
Link | PANTONE 2015 via Blog Pixel Oats (Pinterest)
Link | Vintage Camera via Style Lover on Tumblr (Pinterest)
Link | Anemone Coronaria, 2005 (CSL090) by Rob Van Dongen from Jackson Fine Art (Pinterest)
Link | Pink Things by Unknown on Etsy via Pinterest

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Listening: Don't Let Me Get Me - P!nk

Sunday, 17 May 2015

pantone spring 2015: en plein air {dusk blue}

Slips of paper containing prayers in the cracks of the Wall by Yarin Kirchen via The Times of Israel
Pseudophilotes panoptes by  BlezSP on Flickr
War Games: Dip-dyed Raw Ceramic Marbles from Fredericks and Mae
For Get Me Nots by tanakawho on Flickr


The legend I know, behind the naming of the forget-me-not, involves a knight falling into a river. As the knight walked along the banks of a river with his lady, he fell into the water. Throwing back the posy of little blue flowers he was collecting for her, he called out "forget-me-not!" as the weight of his armour drowned him in the water. So it was often worn by ladies as a sign of faithfulness and enduring love.

The legend I didn't know is of German origin and claims, as God named all the plants, a tiny forgotten blue flower cried out "Forget-me-not, O Lord!" God replied, "That shall be your name."

A similar telling of this legend suggests God thought he had finished giving all the flowers their colours, when he heard one whisper, "forget me not!" All their creator had left, was a tiny amount of blue, but the forget-me-not was overjoyed to wear it.

I like this version, even thought I am not religious in any way, I like the idea of a flower being scared of being forgotten, that even though it was little, it called out. Even though it was probably quite happy waiting quietly, it just wanted to be noticed.

Makes me like forget-me-nots far more than love tokens.

Also, I missed a trick with this board, there is actually a Dusky Large Blue (Phengaris Nausithous) butterfly, but it wasn't nearly as dusky blue Dusk Blue 16-4120, as the Panoptes Blue (Pseudophilotes panoptes).


Link | Pantone Fashion Colour Report Spring 2015
Link | Slips of paper containing prayers in the cracks of the Wall by Yarin Kirchen via The Times of Israel (Pinterest)
Link | Pseudophilotes panoptes by  BlezSP on Flickr (Pinterest)
Link | War Games: Dip-dyed Raw Ceramic Marbles from Fredericks and Mae via Design Curiosities (Pinterest)
Link | For Get Me Nots by tanakawho on Flickr
Link | Forget-Me-Not on Wikipedia

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Listening: Once And For All - Clock Opera

Saturday, 16 May 2015

pantone spring 2015: en plein air {scuba blue}

Pushkar, India via Desert Dreamer on Tumblr
Succulent Succulent by Alan Shapiro on Fivehundredpx
58647264.IMG_0275_Kealakekua_bay_sandy_bottom_FocusFixer5 by cyranthus on Flickr
Sea Anemone On Pedernales Wreck In Aruba by Bob Hahn


In Pantone's Spring/Summer 2015 colours, blue seems to be featuring quite heavily. Scuba Blue 16-4725, being probably the brightest of all the colours of this year selections. But it's kind of a shoe in for Summer, it's the colour of the water from exotic beach holidays...

Scotland's water isn't that colour. It's blue, but it's not that blue. But it is pretty.
Carradale Bay Pano
This is the beach I have probably spent most time on during my life. It's not in a foreign country, it's not at the other end of the country, it's only a 160 miles away from where I live, but that beach probably holds more found memories than anywhere else.

Carradale Bay, near Campbeltown in Argyll, aka the west coast of Scotland. We spent a lot of family holidays here when I was little, and I don't just means my parents and sisters, I mean the whole family, both sets of grandparents and my uncle, to stay in the same little house, on the top of the hill which we'd more often than not have to walk up when we arrived as it was too steep for the car plus luggage, plus us. It had woods behind it, where I saw my first dragon flies and woods below, where my little sister fell off a tiny bridge into a burn and a few minutes walk down the road, Carradale Bay where we would spend hours (rain or shine) on the beach and in the water.

It may not be Scuba Blue 16-4725 and it might be colder and vaguely tainted by Paul McCartney's song Mull of Kintyre, but I remember being happy here.

This was also the place I first remember being curious about jewellery, after being take to the local jewellery workshop by my mum and dad. And still having this idyllic image of passionflowers growing up its front wall and the three tiny stacked rings my gran still wears.


Link | Pantone Fashion Colour Report Spring 2015
Link | Pushkar, India via Desert Dreamer on Tumblr (Pinterest)
Link | Succulent Succulent by Alan Shapiro on Fivehundredpx (Pinterest)
Link | 58647264.IMG_0275_Kealakekua_bay_sandy_bottom_FocusFixer5 by cyranthus on Flickr (Pinterest)
Link | Sea Anemone On Pedernales Wreck In Aruba by Bob Hahn via Fine Art America (Pinterest)
Link | Carradale Bay Pano by Steve on Flickr

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Listening: The Rescue Blues - Ryan Adams

Thursday, 14 May 2015

pantone spring 2015: en plein air {sandstone}

FLEUR via JusquOboutdumonde on Tumblr via Pinterest
Elie Saab Haute Couture S/S 2011 via Musing in Femininity on Tumblr
Cat's Eyes. by Egor Fedorov on Fivehundredpx
{ horse hues } from designseeds via Pinterest


I remember standing in the playground as a kid, facing the walls of my primary school, counting to whatever number you counted to when playing hide and seek, and playing with the pink sandstone bricks that the building was made out of. Brushing off layers of sand, looking at all those subtly different pinks, layered one after another. Helping it either eroded in undulations or helping small sections shear off the surface. It's a bizarre thing to have enjoyed, I probably just thought I was being pathetically destructive but thinking back on it, it was one of those strange little pleasures you have in life.

Apart from my memories of being a terrible vandal, Elie Saab makes me love Sandstone 16-1328. The Haute Couture designer uses a lot of shades his nude palette, intricately embroidered by hand with thousands of sequins, beads, appliqué flowers...
Designers talk about having idols. There are some people mention just because they're fashionable, or they make you look intellectual, there are clichés you roll your eyes at. I don't know if I have any, or at least many. I have designers I love, Thomas Heatherwick, Jacqueline Ryan, Dale Chihuly... Elie Saab is amongst them.

But I suppose it's the embroiders I adore the most. The beautiful, hand sewn intricacy of their work floors me. If textiles had been like that at university, I would have skipped joyfully into the textiles department. Instead I ran to jewellery to play with hammers and fire. I don't regret my path, I love both hammers and fire, but it would have been curious to see where a constructed textiles education could have taken me. Where I could be now rather than sitting in the lab popping lenses in and out.

As I stood in front of that sandstone wall, I knew I wanted to be a designer, just not what kind... twenty plus years on, I'm still not entirely sure what kind I am.


Link | Pantone Fashion Colour Report Spring 2015
Link | FLEUR via JusquOboutdumonde on Tumblr via (Pinterest)
Link | Elie Saab Haute Couture S/S 2011 via Musing in Femininity on Tumblr (Pinterest)
Link | Cat's Eyes. by Egor Fedorov on Fivehundredpx (Pinterest)
Link | { horse hues } from designseeds via Pinterest
Link | .: Backstage Elie Saab Haute Couture SS 2011 :. via A World of a Classy Lady on Tumbler (Pinterest)
Link | Elie Saab Atelier via Pinterest

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Listening: How Will I Know - Sam Smith

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

pantone spring 2015: en plein air {classic blue}


The Art of Fugue Soup by Charlie Lee Potter of Eggs On The Roof
36248 by Clive Nichols on flickr
Sculpture by Kate Mccgwire via Pinterest
{at the shops | clothing label : heinui, france} by {this is glamorous} on flickr


Blue, blue, electric blue, that's... not the colour we're looking at, so get that song out of your head.

Classic Blue 19-4052 does exactly what it says on the tin. It's that good, solid, reliable blue, which isn't quite as deep as navy, nor as purple as indigo. It's a good old denim blue.

Everyone's probably had a pair of jeans this colour before. I have, but seeing I live in jeans, that's not surprising. When I was a kid, you couldn't get me into a pair of jeans. I hated them, they were stiff and cold and... well, it was the nineties, so mostly stonewashed and way too baggy. So, I lived in leggings; maxi dresses; skirts and jogging bottom and then, while shopping in Glasgow, my mum and dad made me get a pair of jeans and I've given up pretty much all of the alternatives.

I hadn't thought about that before! That first pair of jeans - which I still have and are my one day never jeans - totally ruined me for all other leg based clothing!

 Damn pesky parents!


Pantone Fashion Colour Report Spring 2015
The Art of Fugue Soup by Charlie Lee Potter of Eggs On The Roof (Pinterest)
36248 by Clive Nichols on flickr (Pinterest)
Sculpture by Kate Mccgwire via Pinterest (Kate Mccqwire Website)
{at the shops | clothing label : heinui, france} by {this is glamorous} on flickr (Pinterest)

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Listening: Blue - Mint Royale

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

pantone spring 2015: en plein air {aquamarine}

Aquamarine Hair via Mariplopis on Tumblr
Zeeby and Mia Preening via Part of the Flock on Tumblr
Blue Eggs via Paonote_room269 on Tumblr
Untitled by Andrew Jason Leung via Paper and Stitch


There's a legend, that goes along with this subtly coloured gemstone. The Romans believed that the aquamarine was sacred to Neptune, the god of the sea. They believed that it had fallen out of the treasure box of the sirens and washed up on the shore. Because of this, sailors would wear the stone carved into the shape of Neptune and wear it around their necks as an amulet to guard them again danger at sea. Thus leading people to believe that the gem held more power when submerged in water.

When I was little, we'd go to visit my Gran and Grandpa. Between lying on the fluffy rug, underneath the glass coffee table and trying not to dislodge the bricks that ran along the edge of their veggie patch as I tiptoed along it, there was always one object in their house that I could happily play with for hours.

My gran had a carved wooden box, full of treasure in the form of polished beach stones. Piece of agate, quarts, jasper, serpentine and pretty pebbles that had been picked up over the years and either polished naturally, or in her tiny rock tumbler, which is now mine. There was something so satisfying about placing my hand in amongst those cold shiny rocks and it did feel like treasure.

Gran's still got the box sitting under a table in her living room and every time I'm at their house I have to resist the urge to have a look inside.I doubt very much there was any aquamarine in there, maybe a bit of amethyst, but if those were the siren's, they should have been in a better made treasure chest. Never trust sirens. Never ends well.

Aquamarine 14-4313, the colour to really irritate sirens in.


Link | Pantone Fashion Colour Report Spring 2015
Link | Aquamarine Hair via Mariplopis on Tumblr (Pinterest)
Link | Zeeby and Mia Preening via Part of the Flock on Tumblr (Pinterest)
Link | Blue Eggs via Paonote_room269 on Tumblr (Pinterest)
Link | Untitled by Andrew Jason Leung via Paper and Stitch (Pinterest)

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Listening: Elastic Heart - Sia

Sunday, 10 May 2015

pantone spring 2015: en plein air {toasted almond}

M: Jess by Candice Carlin on Flickr
COPIA_DSC4641 by maldonado photographs on Flickr via Pinterest
Gills. Shaugh Prior, Dartmoor, Devon, England by Ross Hoddinott via The Telegraph
Elephant via p-o-l-y-v-a-l-e-n-t Tumblr


I wish I had a better relationship with nude and neutral colours, but without fail, with my skintone, I either look grubby or like I'm blushing so hard, I've either done something very embarrassing or seen a very attractive man. It's just not a colour range which I seem to get away with.

But nudes and neutrals can look so attractive on so many people, and with so many other colours, I think a collection of colours excluding one or two would definitely be lacking.

Plus, I actually really love this Toasted Almond 14-1213 mood board. Never has a bulb of garlic looked quite so pretty and I love elephants and microfloral dresses. They remind me of the nineties and all the pretty micro floral dresses I wore with denim jackets and Doc Martins, before I went and developed boobs and hips and ceased wearing dresses bar very rare occasions.

Can't say I'm 100% happy that the nineties fashions have returned once more in 2015, but micro florals and denim jackets make up for me being barely born/too young during the era of grunge to really embrace it.


Link | Pantone Fashion Colour Report Spring 2015
Link | M: Jess by Candice Carlinon Flickr (Pinterest)
Link | COPIA_DSC4641 by maldonado photographs on Flickr via Pinterest
Link | Gills. Shaugh Prior, Dartmoor, Devon, England by Ross Hoddinott via The Telegraph (Pinterest)
Link | Elephant via p-o-l-y-v-a-l-e-n-t Tumblr (Pinterest)



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Listening: Tea and Toast - Lucy Spraggan

pantone spring 2015: en plein air {tangerine}

Links by WHO 2003 via ElemenoP Tumblr
Orange Bouganvillia via Pinterest
. by Anna NYCZ on Flickr via Sortrashion
Bark by Cedric Pollet via Pinterest


Every time I look at Pantone's Tangerine 15-1247, two things pop into my head. One is simple, I love burnt orange colours to wear and it's one you very rarely see on the high street. The other one isn't fruit, I think of the film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Joel: You look like a tangerine!
Clementine: Hmmm, Clementine the tangerine.
Joel: Juicy... 'n seedless.
Clementine: I like that.

It keeps popping into my head, as I think about the colour Tangerine. The conversation Joel (Jim Carey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) have about her dying her hair the same colour as her favourite sweatshirt before that memory, along with all the others are erased.

This is one of my favourite movies. The idea of being able to erase bad memories, who wouldn't want to do that? But on the flip side, how those painful moments in life, also become sacred. How erasing one bad memory, could meaning losing another your cherish.

Whilst I was working my way through papers soaked by that faulty dehumidifier behind my books, I came across some old emails.  Why I'd printed them, I don't remember, most I threw away as they were just the trivial babbling of a teenager, but one, even though the contents brought back hurtful memories. Also made me remember the little flicker for hope that this tiny email, of a conversation one friend had with another about me, had given me. Even reading it back now, I couldn't throw it away, because actually it made me feel better about the situation all these years later.

"Blessed are the forgetful, for they get the better even of their blunders." - Friedrich Nietzsche

I wish I was a forgetful person. I'm not. I remember things far too well for far too long, and my psychology suffers for that. I can, and will nitpick over things, both important and mundane, which happened a decade ago, as though they happened yesterday. Which, because I've written this down, I will without fail do to the point of not being able to sleep tonight. Being forgetful would be nice sometimes.

"How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd ..."
- Extract from 'Eloisa to Abelard' by Alexander Pope

Though it does come in handy when your family can't find any small to large object you can think of and they can mislay/leave for someone else to put away.


Link | Pantone Fashion Colour Report Spring 2015: En Plein Air
Link | Links by WHO 2003 via ElemenoP Tumblr (Pinterest)
Link | Orange Bougainvillea via Pinterest
Link | . by Anna NYCZ on Flickr via Sortrashion
Link | Bark by Cedric Pollet via Pinterest

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Listening: Peer Pressure - Jon Brion
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