We are absolutely blessed to have an early spring here on the wet coast. Crocuses start poking their heads up in February, followed by daffodils and tulips. Now, in mid-april, we are deep in our annual cherry blossom season and even have a cherry blossom festival to help celebrate it. This year marks the 10th year of the festival.
Certain streets in some neighbourhoods in Vancouver are absolutely ethereal right now. Trees planted over 50 years ago are very generous with their blossoms and now is the time to drink it in before the wind carries all the lovely petals away - also a glorious sight!
It's a little too late for this season, but did you know you can become a cherry scout for the festival? I so want to put that on my resumé! Sigh, next year...
Until then, enjoy the glorious blooms!
Spring has always been all about colour. Gone are the drab earth tones of winter and I know I can't wait to bust out the bright colours! But what about wearing more than one bright colour at a time? It's called colour blocking and it's a super hot look both on the runway and off.
Bold colour combinations can be a little intimidating. But if you think back to the colour wheel (remember, art class?), you have a useful tool to help you de-mystify colour blocking in all it's glory.
There's all sorts of advice on colour blocking combinations out there, so I'll keep it brief with some of my favourite combinations.
By far the easiest way to get into colour blocking is by using a monochromatic scheme. Think tone on tone shades of the same hue. The beauty is that you can go as subtle or as bold as you like. Blue on blue? Easy peasy. Hot pink on magenta? Whoah - look out!
It's also hard to go wrong with analagous colour blocking. My favourite combination this season are greens and blues. Think leaves and water, spring green buds on a branch stretched across a blue sky... it's an easy, natural and subtle introduction to colour blocking. Green and blue are next to each other on the colour wheel - the very definition of analagous colours.
If you are feeling confident and bold in your colour experimentation, go ahead and tackle complimentary colours - colour opposite each other on the colour wheel. This combo can get a bit tricky, you don't want to end up looking like a christmas decoration in bright red and green. Think softer, subdued tones vs. their primary counterparts.
If you're not ready to commit to colour blocking with your full-on outfits, take some baby steps with your accessories! Use the same rules to combine unexpected bright pops of colour. These bright blue earrings would look great paired with a summery sea-foam green top in either a solid or a print. That's right, green and blue again! Or if you want to try out a complimentary colour pop - try these amber earrings with a soft blue blouse.
I've created a fun colour block page on Pinterest with more great links to explore. If you are on Pinterest, let me know if you want to play along and I'll send you an invite to post pins on the page. The more the merrier!
On a related note, people often wonder if these vintage glass stones I use are indeed really vintage. I go to great lengths with my suppliers to ensure that the glass stones (or cabochons as they are known) are true vintage pieces. I recently enquired further with a supplier regarding one particular stone. Here is their response:
"If a stone comes in its original packaging with the country of origin listed, we try to remember to add it to the description (we are not always successful). Those particular stones did not come in a package, so I can't tell you 100% where/when they were made. However, I can tell you that nearly every other stone that came in with those was either West German, vintage Czech, vintage Austrian, or vintage Japanese. Additionally, many of our other moonstones are West German, so I would say I'm about 95% sure they were made in Western Germany, and I'm 100% sure they are vintage. We very, very rarely buy new stock of rhinestones . . . We prefer to buy the old ones because they are more unique/interesting".
So there you have it! Larger glass stones are getting harder and harder to find in perfect condition. I imagine their prices will start to rise as the supplies get more and more limited, but for now they are still an affordable indulgence. So indulge already!