I am sure you've heard by now that Pantone's colour of the year is emerald green. Green is such a funny colour isn't it? It can take on some many oppositional meanings such as new growth, Spring or jealousy and envy. I've written about the colour green before, here, but it's been on my mind lately especially when I received a letter from a particular credit card issued by a certain bank named after a Canadian city. It said that I hadn't been using my credit card enough and, if I didn't start using it more, they were closing it down. What??? I thought that, after the global financial crisis, the trend was to get people off the credit card wagon, not browbeat them back on it. As I told the hapless client representative, if the cc company is worried I've switched over to the competition, there are more effective ways to get me back. I see the green-eyed monster in the company's eyes, don't you? I've had this card for longer than the age of the client rep so it wasn't a case of me being in arrears, simply that I wasn't using it enough for their liking. So, in a grumpy mood, I went off to the local mall to see what I could charge up. I went into Banana Republic and saw this dress.
|Banana Republic Peggy Knit Shift Dress|
Hmmm, I don't think I am brave enough for this dress. Monsieur really liked the clean crisp lines of this shift dress below though.
|Banana Republic Tipped Shift Dress|
I liked it too. I do think one has to be careful with an all green outfit as there is the danger of looking like Kermit the Frog. I think the trick is with the addition of accessories to break up all the green. However, this frugal girl really wasn't keen on being forced to part with her green and thus go sliding into the red, if you know what I mean. So I went off to Old Navy and ended up getting this.
|Old Navy Patterned Shirt|
Of course, I had to go thrifting in order to recover from all that out of character retail shopping. I picked up this vintage Swedish cast iron enamel casserole dish.
I've never seen cast iron enamelware in green before as I'm used to the traditional "hot" colours of red or orange that you often see in Le Creuset. There was something about the green accents that really spoke to me. And, I love the naive quality of the squiggles on the lid. I think it would look fab displayed in a kitchen.
I celebrated a milestone birthday this past week. Monsieur gave me this amazingly huge tote bag from Banana Republic for my birthday. It really is enormous. He said that it was for me to fill up with treasures when I go thrifting which I thought was really sweet and thoughtful as thrifting bores him stiff.
Switching out your decor or wardrobe whenever fashion changes can be pricey so I find that the easiest way to stay on trend is with the addition of accessories. I like adding little touches like a scarf to a bag to personalize it. But even relying on accessories may not be feasible if you are on a really tight budget. So the easiest, fastest way to inject green into your decor is with....plants!
I have met people who think green is an unlucky colour and avoid it at all costs. But plants are a part of Nature and it is a great way to bring life indoors. So if green is not your favourite colour, plants are a safe "neutral option." What do you think of green? Embrace or avoid?
I'm linking up with Sir Thrift A Lot, A Stroll Thru Life, Apron Thrift Girl, A Living Space, Thrifty Groove, My Romantic Home, The Charm of Home, French Country Cottage, Joyful Treasure Hunting, Young Heart Old Soul, and The Cottage Market.
This was not a sponsored post. The tote was a gift and I just really liked the shirt.